I write today with sadness as we reflect on the passing of one of the Pajama Factory artists, Steve Hirsch. While many of our tenants are younger folks just starting their businesses or careers in the arts, Steve arrived after retiring from his second career. He began as a Graphic Designer and Art Director on the West coast and then, after earning a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, he spent 16 years as a Professor of Graphic Design at Penn College.
After he retired, Steve returned to Williamsport because the Pajama Factory offered affordable rents and a supportive creative community. Bringing a life’s worth of experience Steve was looked up to by many of us in the factory and he will be sorely missed. The Pajama Factory recently hosted a memorial service and exhibit of his work.
Of his time spent at the Pajama Factory, Hirsch reflected,
“Emotionally, I’m a lot better … This is a special place. You won’t find many places with these elements – carefree, motivation, conversation. Here, there are no egos. It’s the idea of, let’s just produce images. Let’s just produce art.”
Steve we couldn’t say it any better!