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First Friday

October 30, 2011
Staff reports , Williamsport Sun-Gazette



The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will celebrate First Friday with the presentation of the Bald Eagle Art League's annual "Best of Bald Eagle Art League" competition. The Art League invites the public to enjoy the exhibition along with other First Friday displays and events from 5 to 9 p.m. The Art League show will feature the best of the membership's work from the current year and will feature food and beverages for attendees.

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Dr. Don Hess will perform with his son, Christopher, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Rotunda Room of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Also, see works of art by Pajama Factory artists' in the halls as part of their "Best of Pajama Factory" Exhibition. Studios will be open to the public. A new map of the gallery spaces will be available to assist participants in identifying and locating the artists.

A variety of art and craft items also will be available from vendors that will be set up in the south lobby area. Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser, "SAFER - Safe Art Food Effort and Relief."

Enjoy music and food as well as view shacks decorated with art.

For more information regarding the Pajama Factory and the First Friday event, call 323-7650 or send an email to

Grey Art Gallery

The word "sublime" is defined as the process of converting [something inferior] into something of higher worth. "Grey" is defined as being of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white. That being said, "Sublime Grey" seems to be an appropriate title for the upcoming art opening at the Grey Art Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St. has planned for Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m.

Featured artists for the group show include Craig Kaufman, Luana Cleveland and Spencer Gregory.

Craig Kaufman is a graduate of the York Academy of Arts and Kutztown University. He teaches art for the Williamsport Area School District and Pennsylvania College of Technology. He previously taught at Lycoming College.

During his four-decade painting career, Kaufman has had solo shows in New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, State College, Jim Thorpe, Erie, Loretto and Williamsport as well as Elmira, NY. His art is in the collections of Kutztown University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Mercyhurst College and the Museum of the Southern Alleghenies as well as numerous private collections.

His current work consists of layered non-representational images on birch plywood with canvas and oil paint.

Luana Cleveland is a graduate of Penn State University. She also attended the Art Students' League in New York City and the Brooklyn Museum School. She has had solo exhibitions of her work in New York City; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Sloan Gallery, Lock Haven University; and Penn State.

Cleveland's art has been featured in American Artist magazine. She worked as a studio assistant for Will Barnet (who turned 100 years old this year) as well as holding numerous arts administration positions and managing a fine arts press in New York. City.

Her recent work focuses on exotic animal portraits in pastel and watercolor. Spencer Gregory is a graduate of Kutztown University. He currently calls Stumpy Point, North Carolina home.

Other artists that will be making their Grey Art Gallery debut include Janelle Whisenant, Danielle Charette, Rick Prol and Geoffrey Haun.

The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and the show will be on display until Nov. 26. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. They will have extended hours during First Friday, and hours by appointment can be arranged by calling 570-435-7080. For more information on the gallery, check out

James V. Brown


First Friday at The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., presents "Reprise" with Dr. Don Hess, the Mando Medicine Man, and his son, Christopher, for an evening of family music and fun.

Hess may be described as a singer-songwriter, troubadour and Renaissance man. He plays mandolin, harmonica and a variety of instruments too numerous to list. He does not play the ukulele. Don describes his music as "folk deluxe."

10 years - almost to the day - of the release of his CD project, "Orphan No More," Hess plans to do a "Reprise" set that will feature several of its songs and then a second set of songs from his folk deluxe repertoire.

"Reprise" will be presented Friday, November 4, from 6 to 8 pm in the Rotunda Room, just inside the front vestibule of the Fourth Street entrance, easily accessible from the street. Stop in and check out the show as you explore downtown Williamsport. For more information go to or call the library at 326-0536.

Julie's Coffee

Julie's Coffee, 33 W. Third St., will host an exhibition for November's First Friday by painter Richard D. Welde. His exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings titled "Vibrant Landscapes" will open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show will run through the end of December.

Welde was born in Philadelphia and because his father often was transferred to a variety of different cities, he attended many schools in his youth, including ones in Columbus, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Chicago Illinois; and Boston, Massachusetts, before ending up in Baltimore, Maryland.

He is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He then served in the navy for two years and eventually worked in the insurance industry, which brought him to Williamsport in 1966.

He always was an avid visitor to art museums wherever he lived and became fascinated by the paintings he saw. However, it was when Welde moved to Williamsport that he first began to paint. He is a believer that most everyone has artistic talent that can be developed if they are willing to put forth the effort. In his case, he developed an overpowering desire to paint upon acquiring a small set of oil paints.

Primarily a self-taught artist, Welde also has studied with Theresa Spitler and Ron Beach and often paints with a group at the Lycoming Art Students League in Montoursville, organized by artist and director, Ed Steinhilper. As an avid plein air painter, he paints local scenes, and also has painted in Gloucester and Cape Ann with Ed Steinhilper and his students.

He has served as a board member and gallery manager for the Bald Eagle Art League during a 13-year period. He has won Best in Show, First Prize, and Honorable Mentions in the Annual Best of Bald Eagle Art League Competition and has won the Annual Sun-Gazette Christmas Church Cover Competition, twice. He also has exhibited locally in group and solo shows.

Milissa Augustine Dance Academy

The Milissa Augustine Dance Academy, 146 W. Fourth St. will kick off the holiday season in the heart of Downtown Williamsport with the "Kids Holiday Tree Art" creative art workshop and "Creative Holiday Writing Workshop" featuring the Downtown Holiday Writing Contest and Decorative Booklet Making from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. "Kids are invited to join the downtown community in creating tree art for the twenty-five foot annual downtown holiday tree this holiday season as well as submitting a writing contest entry," Augustine said.

The Creative Holiday Tree Ornament Workshop is free. All ornaments will be displayed on the holiday tree, beginning with the Mayor's annual tree-lighting ceremony and entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18. The tree art will remain on display until New Year's Eve.

The "Downtown Holiday Writing Contest" subject is "What the Holiday Season Means to Me" and has been created for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, with a 300-word limit. Several outstanding winners will be featured with Mayor Campana on the "Festival of Lights" stage in Brandon Park at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20, as he presents their winning writing entries to the community as part of the annual "Festival of Lights" ceremony.

The Decorative Booklet Making Workshop is free and will consist of designing and decorating a holiday booklet for the holiday writing contest entry in the atmosphere of holiday music, movies and refreshments.

"Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in cognitive ability, reading, math, critical thinking and verbal skill," Augustine said. "Arts learning can also increase the improvement of motivation, confidence, teamwork, and concentration."

Additional tree ornaments and writing contest submissions may be dropped off from Saturday through Nov. 15 at Gustonian Gifts, Le Chocolat and the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy.

For more information, call 323-5115 or milissa augustinedance@yahoo. com.

Gustonian Gifts

Gustonian Gifts, 357 Pine St., will feature the jewelry of Terri D McNutt. She started making jewelry for herself when she was a teenager and once her friends at school saw her pieces, she was swamped with orders for them and the prom. She also loved to make jewelry for gifts for her family, friends and teachers. Once she graduated and started working and got married, her hobby was put on the back burner. Now she has rechanneled her creative side, she just couldn't seem to find what she was looking for in the stores and wanted some special pieces for family, friends and herselfso the ideas have been overflowing and she just can't seem to stop! She loves unique pieces and each piece has its own character.

Gustonian Gifts also will feature the knitwear of Jenn Campbell. Campbell is a recent college graduate who taught herself to knit. She always has been a crafty person - even trying to teach her grandmother to knit. She grew up near Lancaster. She's a graduate of Lycoming College (2002) with a degree in astronomy, history and physics. She will show a variety of handcrafted accessories and children's clothing from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Gustonian also will have live music for First Friday featuring Isaiah Britton. Specializing in on-the-spot improvisational tunes and covers of his many influences, guitarist Britton enjoys surprising himself and listeners with the unique direction that each of his performances takes. From acoustic tracks approaching background music to in-your-face rock 'n' roll, Britton and his guitar are able to capture any mood and captivate the listener accordingly.



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