Annoucing our 2019 Artists-in-Residence

We are thrilled to announce the Pajama Factory Artists-in-Residence for this year.

KAY LEIGH FARLEY, LAS VEGAS, NV

Kay Leigh Farley is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her MFA in studio art from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her BS in Visualization from Texas A&M University. Her work utilizes video, new media, and narrative to reveal hidden realms and communicate abstract truths. Farley has exhibited and screened work at venues including The Wrong Biennale, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and Co-Prosperity Sphere, and is in collections in the United States and Brazil.

RACHEL CUALEDARE, WILLIAMSPORT, PA

Rachel Cualedare is a poet and translator who teaches Asian humanities and writing in Central Pennsylvania. She moved to Williamsport from Philadelphia in 2017.

ROWAN SHAFFER, BLOOMSBURG, PA

Rowan Leigh Shaffer is a recent graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where they majored in Fine Art with concentrations in Fiber and Printmaking.  Rowan’s artwork has been featured in a number of local and regional venues, such as The Gallery at the Greenly Center in Bloomsburg. Their latest show, Ceremonial Sacrilege, featured work that explored and broke the boundaries between traditional printmaking and fiber, drawing on the memories of home and the natural world that so fascinate us as children and nestling themselves on surfaces that both beckon and reject touch. Rowan is from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Bloomsburg.

SARAH FOSTER, BLOOMSBURG, PA

Sarah Foster is a graduate from Bloomsburg University, with a Bachelors in Studio Art and triple minors in French, Chinese, and Art History. Her studio concentrations are in Drawing and Printmaking. Her focus lies in the waterless Lithography process, producing traditional illustrations. Her artwork has been featured in various exhibitions, including her solo show, Döchas, at the Greenly Center Gallery. She plans on returning to college to continue studying language and art. In the meantime, Sarah plans on developing a more well-rounded skill-set to work in a public studio and will further explore Waterless Lithography.

SHEILAGH WEYMOUTH, NEW YORK, NY

Sheilagh Weymouth – writer, dancer, singer, classically trained, multiple award winning actress, a 1986 graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School for the Theatre – is based in NYC, working in film, TV, theatre, voiceover and print. Sheilagh’s ridden camels, danced with Maasai, swum with sea turtles, has sat with mountain gorillas and men with guns, spends time with shamans, makes good medicine, and has been in love with videographer/filmmaker Cayce Crown since 1987, whom she married at NYC City Hall 12/31/2015, because she finally could. Kindness and humor chronically vie for first place on Life’s List of What’s Important.

SIGFRIED ARAGONA, WILLIAMSPORT, PA

Sigfried Aragona is a 22-year-old drag artist local to Williamsport. A self-taught drag queen, Sigfried has been practicing female impersonation through makeup, wig-styling, designing, and performing for one year as the beautiful, eccentric, Mandy Mango. Mandy pushes the boundaries of art and gender with her Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent. Whenever she’s not gagging her audiences with sickening deathdrops, Mandy Mango is working as a sexual health nurse and clinical case manager at AIDS Resource (in a little less drag). Mandy endeavors to blend her drag artistry and nursing intellect to address health concerns and disparities within the LGBTQ+ community.

SOPHIE NAJJAR, STATE COLLEGE, PA

Sophie Najjar is an artist who lives and works in State College, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Drawing & Painting and BA in Geography at the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. She attended Heima Art Residency in Seydisfjordur, Iceland in Spring 2018. A lifelong resident of Central Pennsylvania, her paintings are informed by observations of this place; the fervor of Penn State football, the bleakness of gray winter slush, and the lushness of July cornfields.


2019 Green-o-Ree Vendors and Nonprofits

Our annual Spring festival where we celebrate all things GREEN will be taking place on Saturday, April 20th from 10am-4pm.

Green-o-Ree is where we bring awareness to sustainable initiatives and focus on mindfulness and conservation. All vendors and nonprofits attending our event have a GREEN, SUSTAINABLE, UPCYCLING, OR REPURPOSING element to their services, products, or the process used to make their product.

We are happy to announce our 2019 vendors, conservation groups, and nonprofits that will be joining us this year!

Celebrate World Art Day with us!

4/15 is World Art Day – how do you want to celebrate?

World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts. The goal of this day, is to appreciate art in general, and to spread world-wide enthusiasm and awareness for the arts. Here are just a few easy and enjoyable ways you can celebrate:

  • Get a group of friends together and visit one our local Museums and Art galleries.
  • Get the kids involved! Teach them about the different forms of art and provide them with a hands-on way to experience the creation of artwork.
  • Purchase a piece of artwork for your home or office.
  • Wherever you go, make a conscious effort to be on the lookout for artwork. You will be amazed at how many works of art are prominently displayed, yet you walk by it everyday without noticing.

Consider Sponsoring an Artist!

World Art Day is also our Day of Giving for the Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence Program!

Another way to celebrate World Art Day would be to sponsor an artist for the Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence Program. We’ve raised $900 for each artist so far – only $542 remains for each of the 6 artist to be fully fund for 2019. Consider giving a gift (of any size!) on 4/15 to honor this important day.

Visit air.pajamafactory.net to make a donation and learn more about the program!

Courage & Companionship Grooming is accepting new clients and offering $5 off your first service

New clients receive $5 off their first service!

Whether you’re looking for a new groomer or ready to put your pet on a regular grooming schedule, C&C is always accepting new clients! We offer one-on-one appointments which allow us to focus on your pet, and your pet alone, during their appointment. Our goal is to make your pet’s visit as stress-free and relaxing as possible.

Certified in Pet Grooming, AKC SAFE, Pet CPR/First Aid, and fully insured, new clients get $5 off their first service! So, if you’re looking to find a caring groomer, who focuses solely on your pet to ensure they feel safe and comfortable, call or message us today!

Call for Artists – Applications for our 2019 Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence Program are now OPEN!

The Pajama Factory located in Williamsport, PA, invites artists to apply to the 2019 Pajama Factory Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. Artists of all disciplines, career levels, and localities are encouraged to apply to this multidisciplinary, immersive residency.

Artists spend 8 weeks (Jun 7-Aug 3) creating, communing, and exploring in the expansive 300,000 square feet of the Pajama Factory – a rehabilitated historic factory complex with authentic charm and endless possibility. Throughout the residency, artists have unlimited access to resources including a knowledgeable staff, local artist network, and Pajama Factory studios – a photo lab, clay studio, woodshop, printing and fiber arts studio, and shared studio space.

The 2019 deadline to apply is 11:59PM (EST) on Monday, April 15th, 2019. To learn more about the program offerings and to apply, visit air.pajamafactory.net.  Applicants must be 18 years or older.  Selected artists will be notified by Saturday, April 20th, 2019.

*** All questions about the program can be submitted via email to air@pajamafactory.net.

Pajama Factory tenants receive honors at Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit

We are very happy to announce that several of our Pajama Factory tenants were featured in the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Juried Regional Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA this year.  Congratulations are in order for Steve and Rita Bower who were both honored in painting and mixed media respectively.  Daniel Berberich was also honored for painting, while John McKaig received “Best in Show” for his wood cut.  Congrats to all our tenants!  We are so very proud of you!

5 years and going strong … An interview with Todd Foresman, owner of Way Cool Beans Coffee Shop in the Pajama Factory

Who are you and what do you do here?

I’m a lot of things; a business owner, a coffee roaster, and when I came here I was a caregiver for my mother. So, my mother passed, but I’m still a caregiver. That’s just a part of my personality. I’m a people person, I LOVE people. Especially here [at the Factory], they’re so diverse. Having come here and been around such a wide variety of different people, I’ve become more open-minded toward different lifestyles. I try to work on being non-judgmental, the unlearning is the hardest part.

How long have you been with the Pajama Factory?

In a few short days, it’ll be five years.

Did ​you grow up in the area? If not, when and why did you move to this area?

I literally sleep in my childhood bedroom. I live in the house I grew up in, which is three blocks away.

What was your experience with coffee roasting before you opened your establishment?

I worked in a print shop, buying whole bean coffee from the coffee shop up the street, trying to figure out what I was going to do to retire, because the printing industry was changing. The coffee shop down the street that I went to every day was closing, so I decided I would make it myself. I did all the research and figured out how to roast my own coffee. I built my first roaster, and I really had no intentions of opening a coffee shop, but one day it worked. I looked at my brother and said, “I’m going to open a coffee shop.” And three years later – I was here. I started with a table and a tent and worked at music festivals, anywhere I could set something up. I never thought I had what it took to open my own business, and it definitely takes some discipline, but it’s fun.

Tell me the story of Way Cool Beans. Why did you open, and why did you choose to open here?

The completely honest answer is, I don’t know. I knew there was some stuff over here, and I was just kinda drawn to it. I wanted to be down where the woodshop is, or around the corner. I didn’t know anything about the building. Barb [Andreassen] and Mark [Winkelman] pushed this spot on me, because it had plumbing and gas and had been empty for some time. I actually said no three times until I finally decided to be here. After being here, it became really obvious to me why I wanted to be here. It’s partly because of the community, partly because people meet here, a lot of things happen in here. I’m kind of a facilitator, not really by choice, it just kind of happens. It’s just the energy of the place. For example, there was a lawyer sitting here and also a guy who wanted to start a music festival, but he needed a lawyer. And they just happened to both be here. I live in a constant state of amazement but I’m never surprised anymore. It’s amazing, but it’s common. These things happen all the time if you pay attention.

​What core value drives your business?

Getting people together. This is a great place for people to stop and breathe. Everyone is in a hurry, everyone has something to do. Everyone is goal oriented, which isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re so goal-oriented while you’re trying to get there, you’re missing life. It’s the journey, not the destination. It’s about the now. Everyone says the same thing to me: “The seats are so comfortable in here.”

​What do you love most about what you do?

I do it for me. I’m not working for someone else, [so] it doesn’t feel like work. I don’t feel like I need to retire. I hang out all day. That’s what I do for a living. I brew coffee, but for the most part, it almost never feels like work. Since my mother’s passed, my brother comes and has lunch with me every day here so we’ve gotten closer.

What are your hopes for the future of Way Cool Beans?

Actually, I hope to really keep doing what I’m doing, but more of it. My intentions for the physical part of the shop – I’d like to do a facelift. I’ve started some things cosmetically. I’m working on getting into a few more restaurants. I’m working on making deliveries. I’d like to put together a coffee trailer – like a food truck, but for coffee, so I can go to events and hang out. Hiring more employees is a goal in the future as well.

What’s your current go-to drink?

Believe it or not, I drink more water than anything. Sumatra is my everyday coffee. Probably my favorite is the Hawaiian Kona, but it’s expensive.

Open your Heart to our Open Studios this February First Friday

This February First Friday, Open your Heart to our Open Studios at the Pajama Factory Experience our Creative Community in action.

Williamsport, PA, January 23rd, 2019  – Join us for Williamsport’s February First Friday event and discover our creative community. Tenants are opening their doors and sharing their hearts, and we’d love to see you there!

Starting at 6pm, Way Cool Beans (@ToddsCoolBeans) is celebrating 5 years of delicious, roasted coffee goodness (congratulations Todd!) and will host live music with Atom and Chloe.  Stop into Building 6 for a coffee, some tunes, and while you’re there – be sure to visit Pasta By Deb (@Pasta-By-Deb) down the hall in Studio 6-111.  Deb will be featuring heART you can eat and heART you can wear, so guests will want to check out her studio.  Across the courtyard, on the 2nd floor of Building 9 in Studio 10N, Factory Works Gallery (factoryworks.org) invites you to “Jonathan Preston,” an exhibition of street art influenced paintings by the Bellefonte / State College based artist. This is Jonathan’s first exhibition both at Factory Works Gallery as well as in Williamsport.

David DeFebo & Mary Woods owners of WholeheARTed Wholistic in Studio 7-240 will have Biocharger Demos every 30 minutes starting at 6pm with a presentation of the products and services they offer at 7pm.  Meet the artist in person! Todd Rice of Studio 7-243 and Barbara Andreassen of Studio 9-208 will each open their studios for guests to walk in, take a look around and discuss their work.  Paul Clacher of Studio 7-250 will also host an open studio and will be doing live watercolor paintings, while Pajama Factory owners, Mark and Suzanne Winkelman, will be opening their residential loft for visitors and friendly conversation!

This is only a sample of what will be happening around the Factory.  “February First Friday at the Pajama Factory has always been an opportunity for our community to welcome the greater Williamsport area community into what we do,” said Event Chair, Brian Spies.  “We can’t wait to have you see how our community continues to grow and thrive!” There is so much to see and do, so visit us and experience our Creative Community first hand.  And as we say around here: Dream it. See it. Do it. … at the Factory.

The Pajama Factory is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.  The event will take place Friday, February 1st from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission.  Food trucks will be onsite. For more information about the Pajama Factory, please visit www.pajamafactory.net or email events@pajamafactory.net.

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About the Pajama Factory: The Pajama Factory is a community of artists, entrepreneurs, and local businesses who come together to build off of each other’s strengths and dreams in order to create something bigger than themselves. The Pajama Factory is a proud member of the Williamsport Business Association and the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and is located at 1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701. To learn more, please visit www.pajamafactory.net.

Contact: Danielle Velkoff, Event Coordinator (570) 980-1452, events@pajamafactory.net