Dream it. See it. Do it.
September 2010

Chad Andrews, Paper +

The Pajama Factory is a citizen in the global art community because our tenants and supporters reach beyond our walls. Chad Andrews—artist, instructor, owner of Paper + studio here in the factory—is currently showing his work at Gallery Plan B in Washington D.C. with fellow artist Gail Vollrath. Their show, entitled Relative: Recent Paintings and Drawings, enjoyed an opening reception on September 11 and will run through October 10. If you’re going to be in the area, visit www.galleryplanb.com and make a plan to support our tenant, artist, and friend.



Autumn is a time of change, and we certainly see that around the Pajama Factory. The breeze feels a little cooler and there is a hint of color on the tree in the courtyard.

Changes are cropping up around the neighborhood as well. A completely refurbished bowling alley has opened across the street (no doubt a Pajama Factory league team is in the forming!) and three new restaurants serve the neighborhood; within convenient walking distance to our block are Rocco’s, Mamma Sue’s and Leslie’s.

We’ve also seen change here at the building with new management; we recently announced Jen Rixey’s promotion to Building Manager. She will be replacing Marshall Harris who will be moving back to Texas and finishing his art thesis.

With all this change, we look forward to the future promise that all our tenants and visitors continue to bring to the Pajama Factory. Please come visit, check out our website and spread the word about our great community.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

Tenants Around the Factory

Tenant Association Forming

Having grown from a handful of tenants to more than 45, the tenants got together last month for the first Tenant Association meeting – a forum for them to help direct the future of the Pajama Factory. Additionally, the tenants have formed a separate First Friday committee to plan not-to-be missed future events and there are a few fun ones on the docket! Stay tuned.

Avenue of Shops

More and more shops are selling their wares in the building, from the long-time – Cobbler’s Shoes and – Eagle Rock Winery, to galleries, T-shirt and skate shops, antique clothing, jewelry and, most recently, we look forward to the planned opening of a sandwich shop. A lingering few retail spaces are still available so don’t miss an opportunity to grab one while you can: as the neighborhood grows, we anticipate these to be coveted spaces!

First Friday @ the Pajama Factory

First Fridays Past...

August brought the blaring heat of summer and the camera lenses to capture it. Supporting the grand opening of the Williamsport Community Darkroom at the Pajama Factory, the theme “Photographers at Work” showcased the work of – Street Light Photography, – First Impressions Photography and – Jim O’Connell in the Floating Gallery. The Susquehanna Shutterbugs and Williamsport Photo Walk also displayed for the event.

The Graphic Hive employed their own marketing savvy to the August event with their grand opening, enticing visitors to their space with an industrial DJ (well positioned in the common area between buildings) along with a number of featured artists they had invited to show in their space.

...and First Fridays Future

“The Art of Wheels,” October's First Friday theme, will bring to light what's hot between two or four wheels, with an engine and custom paint job. In addition to all the open studios throughout the building, look for the bounty of fall harvest in the courtyard, music, the Graphic Hive's visiting artists, and the Ditty Wilcox Gallery Open House.

December might seem like a faint beacon on the horizon, but the Pajama Factory won’t let it pass without festivity! The Holiday Marketplace, to be held Friday, December 3, will bring quality art, vendors, a Best of BEAL (Bald Eagle Art League) show in the Floating Gallery, and a jolly welcome to the holiday season. Mark your calendars!

Construction Update

Shared Space in the Pajama Factory

In an effort to accommodate the growing wait list of many artists interested in smaller studio spaces, we have looked at innovative solutions to accommodate these needs. One of our large studio spaces was recently reorganized to accommodate nine smaller studios, separated by half-wall bookshelves. Artist – Veera Pfaffli is just one of the many happy new tenants who says her corner shared space is a perfect fit. To learn more about the spaces, being leased for only $75/month, call 570.323.7650.

“Factory Fresh” from our Artists-in-Residence

A unique and amazing space, combined with the creations of 12 talented artists led to a very successful Artist-in-Residence show, “Factory Fresh,” at the end of July.

Resident Alida Frey, an artist with a BFA in painting from the University of Boston College of Fine Art, chose to stay in Williamsport after finishing her residency. “It literally changed my life,” she said of the program, both by redirecting her future and connecting her with artists from across the country. The affordable cost of living and accessible community of artists she found in Williamsport enticed her move from Brooklyn, where it’s expensive, and harder to break into circles of artists. Working in studio 1, she says the resources at the Pajama Factory – fellow artists and creatives – are a big draw.

In Closing...

It has been a great summer – one filled with lots of new visitors and continued excitement about the possibilities at the building – possibilities for the growing art scene here and possibilities for entrepreneurial ventures.

Our management team recently met to discuss plans for the future and the dreams are big. We can’t wait to get there – little by little!

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

Our vision: the Pajama Factory @ night – all lit up