The Artists’ Studio
electric city/diamond city’s bi-monthly gallery tour
Maryland based artist D. B. Stovall admits a weakness for old buildings but, of course, there’s more to his artistic vision than a time parameter.
“Older structures, like whiskey or cognac aging in a barrel, acquire a certain color and flavor after many years. This is enhanced by the various hands that have put their own touches onto the structure, kind of like an artist on a canvas over a long period,” he explains in a statement about his work.
An exhibit of Stovall’s recent works from his “Photographs of the American Vernacular” collection opens at Camerawork gallery on Friday in conjunction with First Friday Scranton.
The camera, he explains, enforces a kind of discipline he describes as a “slower way of seeing” that bring details into the foreground that tend to get lost in the daily shuffle.
The images in “Photographs of the American Vernacular” were shot with little regard to nostalgia with a 4×5 view camera on color transparency which is then and scanned and printed as digital files.
A native of Washington, D.C., Stovall started shooting at age 10 with a Rosko camera purchased for 88 cents at a neighborhood Five and Dime store. He progressed to Japanese 35mm SLRs and was proficient in the darkroom by the time he started highschool. The view camera was a tool he discovered while earning his photography degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in the early ’70s. Dissatisfied with the methods available for fabricating high quality archival prints from transparencies, he went without making images for years before viable digital printer technologies emerged in the new millennium. His work has since been exhibited in juried group shows in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and in solo shows in various galleries in Maryland and in Harrisburg.
Camerawork is located on the lower level of Marquis Art& Frame on Center Street in Scranton. Visit www.cameraworkgallery.org for more information.
The evergreen and birch speckled wetlands around Roaring Brook, Leggett’s Creek, and Bear Creek Lake are among the most recent northeastern Pennsylvania inspirations to work their way on to painter William Chickillo’s colorful expressionist canvases. Demarcated by the distinct organic lines of maples, poplars, sycamores and black walnut trees, the works celebrate the region’s natural spontaneity dizzying bursts of fluffy snow flurries to the suprising stature of a full moon hovering among daylit clouds.
The Skylake Gallery’s Holiday 2012 exhibition of recent paintings by Chickillo opened in mid November and will continue through Jan. 6.
Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. The Skylake Gallery is located in the former Fleetville United Methodist Church on route 407 two miles past Lackawanna State Park, Visit www.skylakegallery.com or call 945-7000 for more information.
Strike a Pose
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,” designer Coco Chanel is widely credited with opining.
Fashion illustration communicates this greater worldliness of design in the context of life as seen through the lens of an individual artist. Ted Michalowski’s 2012 Marywood University illustration students will share a series of fashion illustrations created exclusively for Scranton boutique FreedLove this month. Images will remain on display through Dec. 28.
Participating artists include Melissa Louise Bellantone, Ky Betts, Dominique Kozuch, Isela Lopez, Dan Pfafman, and Brent Smith.
An opening reception held in conjunction with First Friday Scranton from 6 to 9 p.m. this week will also feature live music by Tribal Waves from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Christian Gratz from 7:30 to 9 p.m. FreedLove is located at 532 Spruce Street. Call 969-1010 or visit www.shopfreedlove.com for more information.