A View from the Easel

A really nice feature of John McKaig‘s studio space can be found in Hyperallergic, a Brooklyn-based arts online magazine.  John is a prolific artist and long time tenant of the Pajama Factory.

A View From the Easel

A full-time lecturer of drawing at Bloomsburg University, and of drawing and art history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, John received a BFA in printmaking from Miami University in Ohio and a MFA in printmaking from Syracuse University.  He has taught printmaking, painting, figure drawing and anatomy at Syracuse University, drawing and illustration at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, and all levels of painting, printmaking, general and figure drawing, and analog photography at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI. John McKaig has exhibited work throughout the United States and internationally, in group and juried exhibitions as well as in several solo exhibitions. To see his work, visit johnmurraymckaig.com 

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Close to Home: The 2018 Pajama Factory Artist In Residence Pop Up Closing Exhibition

Factory Works Gallery and The Pajama Factory Artists-In-Residence Program at the Pajama Factory invite you to “Close to Home: The 2018 Pajama Factory Artist In Residence Pop Up Closing Exhibition,” from 6-9pm on Thursday, Aug. 2, 1307 Park Avenue, Studio 9-210.

This year’s artists all reside in and around Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They were chosen to participate in this year’s program with the stated intention of creating work larger in scale and scope than their usual working space would allow. Creating works in mediums as varied as fibers, sculpture, painting and photography they represent a diverse array of practices emblematic of the spirit the Pajama Factory Artist In Residence Program has embodied since it inception.

The included artists are:

  • Ari Hajdu
  • Brian James Spies
  • Chad Andrews
  • Madelin Beattie
  • Meredith Re’ Grimsley
  • Paula Swett

We hope you’ll join us, Thursday, August 2 from 6-9pm, for this pop up closing exhibition.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information on the Pajama Factory AIR Program, please email it’s director Mersadies Burch at air@factoryworks.org

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Pajama Factory Family

What better source of happiness can there be than the understanding that we are known and loved.  Finding your tribe, your community can be just that… a coming home of sorts.  That moment when you hear your heart in the voice of another person’s call – today, on this day of LOVE, we celebrate all the uniqueness that is our Pajama Factory community.

Maybe now is the right time for you to find your tribe, your home here at the Pajama Factory?  If it is, we are here – ready to welcome you with open arms.

“Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. … Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it… True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.”  

― Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

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Sun Gazette features Pajama Factory’s upcoming Feb First Friday Open Studios

Great article in the Showcase section of the Williamsport’s Sun Gazette by Jason Klose highlighting all the exciting Open Studios and happenings during February First Friday, Feb 2nd from 6-9pm.

Find a piece of your heart at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., for February’s First Friday event, “Open Studios,” as local business owners open their studios to the community 6-9 p.m. Friday.

There is so much to see and do at the Factory — explore the tenants open studios, art exhibitions, workshops, and product launches.  Among the variety of skills one can see at the Pajama Factory are woodworking, painting, fiber arts — including quilting and garment-making, photography, screen printing, pasta-making, metalwork and pottery/ceramics. Visitors can also meet yoga teachers, computer gamers, writers, printers, sculptors and coffee roasters among others.

To read the full article, visit http://www.sungazette.com/life/showcase/2018/02/pajama-factory-hosts-open-studios-for-february-first-friday/

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OPEN STUDIOS, February’s First Friday

Join us for a night of OPEN STUDIOS, from 6 to 9pm on February First Friday which happens to be Feb 2nd. Explore our open studios, art exhibitions, workshops, product launches and while you’re here find a piece of your heart in ours by playing our matchmaker puzzle game. Simply match a puzzle piece from our welcome table to one of the different open studios for a chance to win a prize.

There is so much to see and do at the Factory!  To learn which studios will be open and about all the different happenings, visit http://www.pajamafactory.net/FebFirstFriday

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Candy Cane Lane – Holiday Passport to the PJF Studios!

Due to the success of #OCTOPAS, we’re doing a version of it for the Holiday Market!

The Events Committee is introducing a studio pass into the Holiday Market.  It will be similar to this year’s #OCTOPAS, but with a holiday twist.  We will be paying homage to Duboistown’s Candy Cane Lane.

  • Guests will enter the Community Room where they will collect their pass and head to the 4th floor.
  • They will make their way along “Candy Cane Lane” which will feature Open Studios and vendors.
  • Guests will need to collect 8 stamps from 8 different, featured studios and they can enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 factory-made prize package valued at over $100!

Keep the gifts for yourself or give them away as gifts to others!

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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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