A Haunting Exhibit
If you count All Hallow’s Eve, as well as the subsequent Day of the Dead and All Saints celebrations, Halloween is a holiday that extends over several days. Like the region’s many haunted attractions, which are already running, New Visions Studio & Gallery has decided to extend the celebration all month long. Opening on Friday with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. in conjunction with First Friday Scranton Nightmare on Vine Street will showcase “spooky-themed art” by three young artists with a Keystone College affiliation.
Current student Alex Seeley specializes in black-and-white photography that includes portraiture, as well as narrative, fine-art compositions. Alum Erica Simon will display black-light paintings in honor of the season, as well as blown-glass sculpture. Multimedia mask work by alum Nick Shotwell have been crafted with leather, burlap, bone and mold castings. All three artists will be in attendance at the reception to talk about their work. Also enjoy festive refreshments in a fog-filled, suitably spooky atmosphere.
The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 31 as a fitting backdrop for the gallery’s additional Halloween-themed programming. Events include a “Rocky Horror Rock Show” on Oct. 21, featuring songs from the cult classic film performed live by local bands Down to Six, Silhouette Lies, and The Agarwals, and a Dance Party with a screening of “The Night of the Living Dead” on Oct. 22. Costumes are suggested for the Friday event and required for Saturday’s. See our special listing of Halloween events for information on other seasonal celebrations in the 570.
New Visions Studio & Gallery is located at 201 Vine Street at the corner of Franklin Avenue. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 878-3970 for more information or visit newvisionsstudio.com.
Born in Brooklyn in the late 40s, abstract artist Louis Rogai earned his Masters in Fine Art at Pratt Institute before moving to northeastern Pennsylvania where he worked as an art teacher in Sullivan County, N.Y., for three and a half decades while raising his family. A retrospective exhibition of his large paintings at Afa Gallery in Scranton spans work created from 1972 to the present day. It opens on Thursday with an opening reception to follow on Friday in conjunction with First Friday Scranton from 6 to 9 p.m.
“Of those not sold or given as gifts, many of his canvasses have been lost or destroyed in storage over the years, and some for the AFA show needed reconstruction,” his son Lou Rogai explained in a note to ec/dc about his father’s exhibition.
Designed along geometric, minimalist aesthetics similar to that seen in the work of Frank Stella and Piet Mondrian, the artist felt a shift in color could bring an “warmth and humanity” to work traditionally as cold in color as crisp in form. “His paintings are meant to act as windows into peaceful states and portals of travel,” proposed his spokesperson.
Visit www.louisrogai.com for more information including images from the 1974 exhibition at Pratt. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 29. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Contact the gallery at 969-1040 for more information or visit www.artistsforart.org.
Picture of Compassion
Generally desperate to earn a few bucks after many years’ investment of time and money spent developing skill and a portfolio, emerging artists rarely give away the entirety of a first solo exhibition. As our recent UpClose and Personal interview revealed, writer/photographer Dale Wilsey, Jr. is hardly typical.
A native of Tunkhannock, he was privy to knowledge of the best vantage points to capture the devastation of last month’s overwhelming floods. Rather than cash in on the tragedy, he’s decided to donate the proceeds from the sale of his photographs toward the tens of thousands of dollars of renovations facing The Dietrich Theater, operated by the Wyoming County Cultural Center.
“From One Cultural Center to Another: Rebuilding the Dietrich Theatre One Photograph at a Time,” will be held at the Scranton Cultural Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with First Friday Scranton and the kick-off of the Electric City Listen Local series. Donations will be accepted until 10 p.m. Proceeds from a bake sale will also benefit the cause.
Visit Wilsey’s blog, “Manic Frustration” at manic-frustration.blogspot.com for a preview of the artist’s flood images and several evocative blog posts tracing the genesis of the exhibition and describing his experience as an immediate witness to the flooding and subsequent documentation efforts.
Call 344-111 or visit www.ScrantonCulturalCenter.org for more information.