Rita & Steve Bower: Painted Journal II, Opening Reception

Factory Works Gallery invites you to Painted Journal II, an exhibition of work by Rita & Steve Bower which chronicles the creative journey they have traveled over the years.  Join us on Friday, 11/3 from 6-9pm on the 2nd floor of Building 9, Studio 10.

According to Steve, “It is almost painfully difficult to describe art and the art experience. Try to describe the wind, the sun on your face, or the look in a child’s eye and that is what it is like. For each person it is a distinctly different experience or sensation and we as artists try to create things which in the presence of others are transcendent enough to connect.”

Rita added that, “It is my dream to one day make art that will stir someone. Although more comfortable wearing the hat of the ‘art educator,’ when I make art I am often filled with a sense of accomplishment and honesty.”

We hope you will join us in exploring this painted journal that Rita and Steve Bower have and continue to create.  This exhibition will be available to public through November 24th.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4-7pm.

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Whether They Should Cry Out: Juried Show OPEN CALL 

*DEADLINE EXTENDED* August 26th, 2017 11:59 PM (UTC-5)*

“Until the case was closed they could not be certain which way to jump, whether they should cry out that they were martyrs, or remain what, at heart, of course, they were, simple citizens, bitter against outrage and anxious to see justice done and the health of the state preserved.”  ~ James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room 1956

A national juried exhibition focusing on the ways we are responding to the changing political climate and the world around us.

Jurors Award – $250.00   |   Directors Award – $125.00   |   Three Honorable Mentions

Open to all artists in any medium. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and may not have been previously displayed at Factory Works Gallery. Finished work chosen for display may not to exceed 36 inches wide or 72 inches tall. Work must be suitably framed and ready to hang. No work may be removed from the gallery prior to the closing date of the exhibit.

  • Entry deadline: 11:59 PM (UTC-5) Aug. 26, 2017
  • Acceptance notifications: Sept 2, 2017
  • Accepted work to be received by: Sept 23, 2017
  • Opening reception: Oct. 6, 2017 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Show ends: Oct. 28, 2017
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Factory Works Gallery Director, Ralph Wilson’s ‘Mind Shadows’

“There are parts of our lives that we only allow a glimpse of to others. These glimpses cast a shadow of our well-being.”

Lovely feature in the Williamsport Sun Gazette on Ralph Wilson’s latest project ‘Mind Shadows’ currently on display at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. Ralph is the Director of Factory Works Gallery​ and the Williamsport Community Darkroom here at the Pajama Factory. There is an artist reception and talk June 2nd, 5-9pm.

Be sure to see this haunting and intriguing exhibit on display though July 22nd. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our very own tenants.

‘Mind Shadows’: a photographic exhibit at Lycoming College Art Gallery

Just as the body creates a shadow in bright sunshine, so can the mind create a shadow of the self. These shadows of the mind are the topic of exploration for photographer Ralph Wilson’s upcoming exhibit at the Lycoming College Art Gallery. “Mind Shadows” runs through July 22.

Wilson is currently the director of the Factory Works Gallery and the Williamsport Community Darkroom at the Pajama Factory, where he teaches black and white film photography and historic processes.

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Lawrence Charles Miller – Converge Gallery

The use of multiples and the confusion of reality and artifice began to appear in my work as if by osmosis. This occurred around 2009 with a steady stream of graphite drawings. At that time I switched from oil to acrylic paint to hasten to process of releasing images. In summer 2013 I turned all the canvases to my studio wall and began to work on paper. The directness of this method is simpatico with my inclination to transfer imagery onto the surface with intuitive immediacy.

The imagery comes from many influences including my past day-jobs as a scientific, military, and editorial illustrator. Occasionally Pennsylvania Dutch motifs occur because my research into Fraktur (the illuminated writings of the early German speaking community). The multiple landscapes mixed with interiors appear spontaneously as do the subtitles and notations.

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“Objects to Place” featuring Chad Andrews on display at Converge Gallery in January – Converge Gallery

WILLAMSPORT, PA (January 9, 2014)

Converge Gallery will be bringing in 2014 with a special solo show featuring new artwork by local printmaker and instructor, Chad Andrews. “Objects to Place,” featuring Chad Andrews, will open on Thursday, January 9 at 5PM with an artist talk to follow at 7PM. The exhibition will be on display from Thursday, January 9 until Saturday, February 22.

The name for the exhibition “Objects to Place” is reminiscent to the saddening moment that occurs after an exhibition ends. As artists, enormous amounts of creative energy, time and money are put into an exhibition that steadily builds up over a series of months. This build up leads to the highly intense moment of the reception which is followed by the month or so that the work is up on the gallery walls. At the close of an exhibition, we find it strange how the “art” turns into “objects”. These objects need to be moved, wrapped and stored. It is during the post exhibition depression that we often see the works in their truest light. With this new exhibition, Andrews is trying to curtail this effect by filling the gallery with objects to place that enable the viewer to see them in their truest light.

Andrews will be showing silicone polymer installations that explore his relationship with tobacco, new paper silhouettes, graphite drawings, and mixed media pieces that reflect his immediate world. His work on display will also reveal some new printmaking techniques discovered in his private studio, and some new subtle imagery that should creep up on the viewer.

About the Artist

Andrews grew up moving every two years for nearly 50% of his life. When he went to college, Kutztown University was the first school that he attended for more than two years. This constant change of environments is melded to Andrews persona and is manifested in his approach to making art. Andrews work constantly fluctuates with mediums, techniques, imagery and concepts and yet through all this change, he remains the constant. Andrews recent exhibitions present a variety of directions and ideas simultaneously. This manner of working feels right to him, in a way it is exactly the way he lives his life. Andrews lives on a horse farm, teaches at Bloomsburg University, and has a private studio practice at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, PA. These three very different lives are one to him and are reflected in his artwork.

In a recent studio visit with Andrews, a critic stated that, “If someone thinks they know what you do, they don’t know you.” Andrews took this as a compliment and keeps pushing his life and work forward. Andrews art keeps him observing and participating in the world around him and as this world changes so does his work.

Terms such as Representational, Pop, Graffiti, Conceptual, Installation, Abstract, and Contemporary, may be used to describe some of Andrews work. But the moment you use a name to describe what Andrews is doing, he feels that he is moving in a new direction.

Andrews received his BFA in studio art from Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA) and his MFA in printmaking from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). He has taught at The University of Pennsylvania 1994 – 1999, as well as held the position of Director of Visual Arts at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI) from 2000-2006. He is currently a full-time instructor of Printmaking and 2-Dimensional Design at Bloomsburg University.

His work has been shown at numerous galleries in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and Virginia with his most recent solo show held at William and Mary University (Williamsburg, VA) and is represented by Gallery Plan B in Washington DC. Primarily a print-maker, Andrews uses all his skills in his work and often includes a combination of drawing, and painting with the print-making.

About Converge Gallery

Converge Gallery opened in 2011 and is already receiving recognition in the art world for its ambitious program. While the gallery is based in Williamsport, PA it also mounts exhibitions in New York City and at prestigious international art fairs. Director Casey Gleghorn visits artists’ studios in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco as well as Pennsylvania. The gallery shows the work of emerging and notable mid-career artists.

The gallery features contemporary art in all mediums and genres. The work shown has a progressive spark that is informed by the contemporary international zeitgeist. The work can be further described as having a vitality and presence that transcends styles and schools of art that are often codified in the art world, marketplace and academia.

Converge is trying something a little bit radical by being a contemporary art gallery in Williamsport, PA and in New York City and other cultural capitals simultaneously.

Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Converge Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday 11am – 9pm and Saturday 11am-7pm.

For more information, please call: 570-435-7080, or visit: www.convergegallery.com or email: casey@convergegallery.com or john@convergegallery.com.

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