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Octofest: a Funky Fall Festival… First time event showcases city’s creative community
The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., is trying something new — and funky — this weekend with their inaugural event, Octofest. Taking place 6-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Saturday, the Pajama Factory will be a place for everyone, with music, crafts, food, art and more.
According to Danielle Velkoff, head of events and business development at the Pajama Factory, the name for the event came from a brainstorming session with Kyle Huggins, Factory tenant and owner of Kyle Huggins Design & Photography. “We wanted to find a name that represented our arts festival happening in October, but that would also embody the quirky, offbeat side of our creative community,” Velkoff said. Huggins came up with the idea of calling the event “Octofest” and using an octopus as the graphics. “At first we laughed, but then we realized it was spot on. Each of its eight legs representing all the different aspects of what we have happening — not only at this event in particular — but our community as a whole. It was perfect, fun and funky, just like us,” she continued.
‘We Come From Afar’ Artist-in-Residence program closes with exhibition at Factory Works Gallery
For eight years, the Pajama Factory’s Artist-in-Residence program has been providing an extensive work experience during which artists have time to create two- and three-dimensional work in studio space. The seven-week residency program typically concludes at the Factory Works Gallery, Studio 10, Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., with an exhibition of participants’ work. “We Come From Afar,” a collection of art from this year’s AIR program artists, will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
‘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.
Brownfield Coalition to meet, showcase grant benefits
Lycoming County commissioners, the county’s environmental consulting firm and representatives from the city and Muncy Borough will hold an outreach meeting at 10:30 a.m. June 7 in the Community Room of the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave.
The meeting will focus on the final environmental assessment results and accomplishments of the Brownfield Coalition.
“The Pajama Factory is a really prime example of a Brownfield sight being reused and, really, what we want the program to achieve,” said Jenny Picciano, of the county Department of Planning and Community Development. “The current property owner had a vision of turning it into something else, and he’s making that vision a reality.”
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Penn College student transforms trash to fashion for show
A Pennsylvania College of Technology student’s ability to transform trash to fashion will be showcased for the public at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. The “Trashion Fashion Show” is a free event devised by industrial design student Ashley E. Mahaffey, of Hughesville, as part of her senior capstone project. … Designer Valerie Beggs, director/owner of Make What You Wear at Williamsport’s Pajama Factory, has assisted Mahaffey throughout the project…
Williamsport Community WoodshopThe Pajama Factory encompasses many different creative facets from small business owners, to entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, coffee lovers, but tucked in the back part of the building past the courtyard is a special place for people to use their hands and learn a new skill.
Cliff Stevens and his wife, Veruschka, moved to the Williamsport area from center-city Philadelphia, and even though they have only been in the city a little over a year, they have felt a distinct welcome in the community.
Tommy Grieco is an artist from Lock Haven who uses the Pajama Factory for his studio space to create his paintings and chalk pastel pieces. “It’s great to get together and share ideas and creativity,” he comments about the atmosphere at the Pajama Factory. Tommy says that he feels a sense of community within the Pajama Factory, but felt an even greater sense of it when people from across the Williamsport and Lock Haven area donated to his GoFundMe site for a new wheelchair.