Dream it. See it. Do it.
May 2011

In Focus: Veera Pfaffli

Originally from Finland, Veera Pfaffli has called the Pajama Factory home for a little over a year. Busy in her studio, Veera has focused on her paintings, often expressing her artistic message in Binary-, Morse-, or Data Matrix-code writing. Her newest show, “My life in numbers”, will be on exhibit through May of this year in the Harvest Gallery, 461/2 Fourth Street, Williamsport, opening Friday, May 6, from 6-9 P.M.

Find out more about Veera at her website: www.veerapfaffli.com



Walking through the courtyard the other day, I noticed new growth, greenery, and flowers popping up. Signs of Spring (at last)! It has felt like a very long winter, but like the flowers in the courtyard, we are seeing signs of more activity around the factory, too. Some are visitors just curious about what’s going on here; some are new tenants, recent additions to our community; and other folks stopping by are actively looking at ways to get involved. Our waiting list for studio spaces continues to grow – if you know anyone who is interested have them email the Pajama Diva about their needs.

The collective excitement of all that is going on these days is infectious, which is why we keep growing! We invite each and every one of you to stop by this summer, if you haven’t already, to explore, engage, relax, or stimulate your senses as you roam the halls and meet our tenants

– Mark and Susie Winkelman

Norwegian Students Study Street Art in Williamsport

Thirty-two students and three teachers from Skjeberg folk high school in Norway recently enlivened our hallways after a stay in Brooklyn, NY, where they studied under prominent graffiti artists, including the Mad Hatter. Here at the Pajama Factory they focused on photography, mural art, graffiti art, and they contributed a new mural to the courtyard. Tenants who worked with the students during their trip included Alida Frey, Chad Andrews, Jeremiah Johnson, Jim O’Connell, and Ralph Wilson.

The trip, a brainchild of Michael Pilato, Director of the Public Art Academy, and Mona Sandberg, teacher at Skjeberg folk high school, was the first of an anticipated new collaborative learning exchange program with Norwegian schools and the Public Art Academy, so it’s exciting to think that we may play host to more international students each year.

Events @ the Pajama Factory

There is always something going on around the ‘factory,’ so we try to keep folks updated on weekly events and activities on our Facebook page. With over 800 members (and growing) it’s proving to be a popular place for Williamsport’s artists and art-lovers to connect, communicate, and stay in touch with the happenings inside and outside the Pajama Factory.

April First Friday

The Pajama Factory hosted and co-sponsored the 2011 Lycoming County Student Art Exhibition. Working together to celebrate the value of art education for children, the event was co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Education Association. The exhibit showcased some of the best artwork produced from the more than 20,000 students, ages five through 20, across Lycoming County. More than 1,000 pieces of art hung on walls, and collaborative art projects kept young visitors busy. We were excited to see so many families visiting for the first time.

May First Friday

May 6 is Fiber to Fashion Night, beginning at 5PM. Come for spinning, weaving, and carding demonstrations by members of the Susquehanna Valley Spinners and Weavers Guild, pattern-making demonstrations and a “Pajama Lab” in honor of the Pajama Factory’s history, and fashion illustration instruction with live models. Enjoy food, beverages, and other not-to-miss exhibits, demonstrations, and events including:

  • The Penn College of Technology’s ‘Green’ architecture exhibit
  • Jewelry, pottery, arts, and crafts for sale by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman
  • Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s traveling photography exhibit
  • Williamsport Civic Ballet dance and music performances
  • After-party with a live rock band

Workshops and Classes

Art is for the masses, and many of the Pajama Factory tenants are sharing their skills with the community through workshops and classes. From glassblowing to printmaking, pinhole camera workshops, and an upcoming Design-to-Garment workshop hosted by tenant Joanne Landis and Woolrich, Inc. clothing designer Valerie Beggs, the opportunities to learn a new craft abound! Stay tuned to “What’s Happening” on the Pajama Factory website.

Building & Tenant Update

Now that the snow has melted and temperatures are warming up a bit, we are continuing work on the elevator to the roof. The materials for the next step – the skylight sections that will complete the elevator shaft way – have arrived. We're hoping to get it all in place this summer so we can enjoy beautiful evening sunsets on the roof.

A new tenant has taken over the former Treasure Hunt location in building 10. Tanya’s, selling formal wear and dance apparel, is a classy mix of industrial and chic with exposed ductwork, steel beams, and glittery chandeliers. The 6,000-foot showroom offers a variety of formal and bridesmaids dresses, with a private dressing area for brides to be. A line of garage doors was recently replaced with showcase windows, offering the perfect display of formal wear to all who pass by the building. Visit Tanya’s website to learn more.

There are still a few larger studio spaces available; however, until we build our next floor of studios spaces, we are pretty full. Don’t let that stop you from getting your name on a waiting list!

Introducing the Pajama Factory Center for Creativity

We are extremely excited to announce the formation of a non-profit (501c3) organization: The Pajama Factory Center for Creativity. This organization was established to support community spaces for ceramics, wood/metal and glass working, a digital photography lab, and workshops for theater, writing, and poetry. The Pajama Factory Center for Creativity will also support the artists at large by scheduling events, sponsoring educational seminars and lectures, maintaining an art gallery space, offering classes to the community, and working with local organizations to promote Williamsport and the Pajama Factory as an arts destination.

Janet Harris is the Director of this new organization and Chad Andrews, who occupies studio 30, Paper +, is Director of the Community Studios. We are currently donating space and start-up costs for this very worthwhile organization. Additional donations, including supplies, clay, wheels, and kilns, are still needed to get the ceramics studio up and running. Contact Chad Andrews by email with any leads.

In Closing

Our garden sculpture, “Study 8,” will be taking a temporary hiatus from our courtyard to be shown in an art show in Springfield, Mass this summer (it was previously in a competitive show under the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC). Our Norwegian friends left us with “Speak Out,” the new mural to enjoy in the courtyard, and we anticipate much more in the upcoming months of growth.

“Speak Out”

Wishing you a season of growth and change, and again, thank you for your support of the Pajama Factory.

– Mark and Susie Winkelman