We were first entranced by the surreal photography-based works of Shane McGeehan & Laurie Otto at New Visions Studio & Gallery in its former location in Taylor. Now celebrating its first anniversary on Vine Street in Scranton, New Visions is offering another second chance for local art lovers to explore this team’s magical images. Titled Site Specific the new exhibit also features paintings in oils, acrylic, and watercolor by Austin Burke and carved stone bowls by Mark Zander. It opens on Friday with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m.
Working under the name of The Dreaming State: Fine Art Photography, McGeehan and Otto have spent the past few years collaborating on a series of large-scale images inspired by “altered perspectives in the dreaming state” appropriately titled “Visions.” It’s not unusual for a single composition to be the result of 80 separate exposures layered and blended.
“The work is an attempt to push the viewer into a new way of thinking. To see things in a different way,” a release for the exhibit offers. “Within this work, you are being told only fractions of a story and left to fill in the gaps with your own imagination.”
Among the artists’ latest works is a piece titled “Stitched In Black And White” which, part sculptural installation, is conceived as a thematic link for an innovative display.
Zander is a native of Jamaica Plain, Mass. Mark Zander founded T&M Stone Scaping after moving to NEPA. He specializes in the construction stone walls, patios, sidewalks and waterfalls with regional stones including grey and blue stone and West Mountain stone, a colorful layered sand stone. When not painting local landmarks, Austin Burke serves as president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, a position he assumed in 1981.
Sight Specific will remain on display through June 16. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. New Visions Studio & Gallery is located at 201 Vine Street. Call 878-3970 for more information or visit www.newvisionsstudio.com.
“Woodloch Sanctuary” by Bill Teitsworth is one of the works on display this month at ArtWorks in a shared exhibit with ceramic artist William Tersteeg nicknamed “The Not that Bill Show,” on account of the two artists being often mistaken for each other over their long and fruitful careers here in The 570. “William Teitsworth and William Tersteeg at ArtWorks” opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m and will remain on display through June 29. Normal gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. ArtWorks Gallery & Studio is located at 503 Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton. Visit www.artworksnepa.com for more information.
How many glass artisans does it take to put on an art show? Technically only one, but a dozen different artists will see their work featured at B’s Floral Design in Scranton this First Friday.
Titled “Born from Fire,” the show gives a nod to this weekend’s Arts on Fire Festival as it draws attention to the furnace foundation of glass artistry. A reception will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
In a release for the exhibition, Mary Ann Paulukonis described the roots of a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Both fledgeling and veteran artisans from Lackawanna, Luzerene, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties came together last October to “share their love of glass, learn from one another, and promote glass craftsmanship.” The group was recognized as the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s second media-specific chapter in February. Based in Lancaster, the Guild (www.pacrafts.org) is a 501c3 arts education non-profit and encompasses individuals working in a diverse range of fine crafts from fiber and clay, wood, photography, jewelry, printmaking, paper, metal, mixed media, leather, basketry, etc.
Born from Fire showcases glass artisans working with both fused glass and stained glass techniques. Those displaying work include Angelo Cerra, Dennis Christie, Paula Gantar, Anthony (Jack) Lawrence, Mary Ann Opecko, Jay and Mary Ann Paulukonis, JoAnn Radicchi, Richard Roberts, Karen Selige, Lisa Stafursky, and Jan Winemiller.
B’s Floral Design is located at 131 Penn Avenue. Call 343-7717 for more information.