In Focus: Larry Miller
Larry Charles Miller is one of the many artists in the building who started out renting a small studio and then moved to a larger space to give him room to grow creatively. His new studio is light and airy with lots of plants and he has settled in—hopefully for a while.
Much of his new work is in acrylic and charcoal and his imagery comes from many influences including his past day-jobs as a scientific, military, and editorial illustrator. Larry has had shows around the world-including, NYC, Chicago, Omaha, Seattle, Boston and LA and his work is in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We are glad he is here to help inspire others in our community.
It has been a snowy and cold winter – and, like the rest of the country, we are doing what we can to stay ahead of the weather – keeping heat going, pipes from freezing and paths and parking lots clear. A huge call-out to our dedicated staff who have been working overtime on this front. What is warming our hearts, though, are some new activities that are happening in Building 6 at the Pajama Factory.
Hurray for Jennifer Eisner (at Celebrations Cakes and Confections) who is baking up a storm and Todd Foresman (of Way Cool Beans) who has recently opened with a mission to serve up some great tasting coffee – he roasts and fresh grinds his own coffee beans! And then there is the new Saturday Market at the end of the hall with local artists and many vendors who have joined us for the winter months from the Williamsport summer farmer’s market.
Whether hot coffee, a warm cupcake or some great food/craft items to brighten even the darkest winter day, this part of the building has become a new hub of activity. In fact, Mark heads down to Karen at Roots Hair Studio for his regular haircut – drop Karen an email to set up an appointment. And with all this activity, we’ve given the hallways a fresh coat of paint (and plan to get some artwork up on the walls!). In any case, on your next trip to the building, check out Building 6.
As always, thanks for your support. Spring is almost here – in the meantime, stay warm!
– Mark and Susie Winkelman
Our first residential space is almost complete and it is turning out to be a real gem! Its 3500 sq ft includes newly finished but otherwise original maple floors, a kitchen and a bathroom (with interesting antique bath and sink fixtures) in an entirely open living space. Tom O’Connell is the proud resident of this space which he helped design. His first purchase for the loft was a 9 foot antique billiards table, manufactored at about the same time the original PJ Factory was built.
It is a nice commute from his office – Boulder Design Group – just down the hall and up the stairs. Tom previously lived on the west coast but is excited to be back at the building with his tech software consultancy. Of note, we have a few other spaces at the building that could also be converted to residential units with a small amount of investment—just reach out to us to discuss further.
Non-profit Center For Creativity
The Center for Creativity, a nonprofit arts & community organization that was created by and continues to be nurtured by the Pajama Factory staff and management, had an incredibly busy year that ended with a big party in December—our 2nd Annual Blues Bash, a fundraiser hosted by the Pajama Factory and organized by Fred Daniele to help raise money for the organization. Close to 200 attendees enjoyed dancing to the Nighthawks, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, and Williamsport’s own, Sean Farley.
The Center for Creativity is currently gearing up for Spring with the announcement of two new projects—the Clay Studio and a Bicycle Recycle program. These new projects dovetail nicely with the Center for Creativity’s new gallery, artist-in-residence program, the fully-functioning woodshop, and photography lab & darkroom. Classes have started up in the woodshop. The beautiful Adirondack chairs in the photo were made in the Community Woodshop for the Pajama Factory courtyard. Why not sign up today to make your own personalized chair?
We also are hosting a limited Artist-in-Residence program this summer so please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Stay-tuned for the announcement of the organization’s name change!
While the days have been cold and the snow endless, we never want to forget the moments of beauty that are always within our reach at the PJ Factory. This is a picture Mark Stabley recently took from the roof of the building. What views! (and of course, we can’t wait to get a rooftop restaurant in the building.)
– Mark and Susie Winkelman