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First Friday

November 27, 2011
By Staff reporters , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Pajama Factory

The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will hold its second Holiday Artisan's Market from 5 to 9 p.m. First Friday. The event will feature many items made by local artists that would be perfect holiday gifts.

The Mars and Venus Studio (Studio 48) will offer painting classes for kids and adults. The Center for Creativity's Clay Studio (Studio 26) offers a variety of ceramic classes for all skill levels.

In Studio 53, Susan Lower will have homemade cards for sale. Evolution Skateshop will be open and Tanya's Dance Plus will have a full line of homemade Tutus for sale. The PJ Cafe also will be open with coffee and free samples from its new menu.

Veer Pfaffli will have her line of binary code T-shirts available in Studio 21.

There also will be several jewelry artisans, including nationally recognized bead artisan Beth Moser on hand.

Wood-turned bowls by Steven Godfrey will be on sale as well as homemade mugs from artist Dave Stabley in Studio 46. Visitors also may book a message with Chelsea Karaban Massage

The band Ten Cent Days will perform in Site: B along with other musicians.

For more information, visit or "friend" the Factory on Facebook.

James V. Brown Library

First Friday in December at The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will feature a holiday concert with musician Chris Pick.

A missionary and singer-songwriter from Williamsport, Pick has been heard globally and has charted on several continents in both mainstream pop and Christian. Pick's music also has been heard locally on ChiliTechFM, Christian radio WGRC in Lewisburg and on WVYA in Williamsport. As one of the top 10 most-played artists on The Billtown Bus Stop Radio Hour on WVYA 89.7 FM, Pick has been a regular featured guest. His song "The Mission" was nominated as song of the year for 2009.

Pick's passion for global missions is at the center of his music and concert ministries. Playing a variety of instruments from keyboard to guitar to lap dulcimer, he has worked with and shared the stage with many artists in many categories of music and has performed for mission agencies, benefits and festivals.

Pick will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Rotunda Room, just inside the front vestibule of the Fourth Street entrance, easily accessible from the street.

Pick's new Christmas project, "Christmas in The World," will be available on iTunes in December.

For more information, visit or call the library at 326-0536.

For more information about Pick or to hear songs from projects, visit his BANDCAMP page and follow Pick on Reverb Nation at or become a fan and keep up with the latest news on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Gustonian Gifts

Priya Patel is a young and passionate jewelry maker. Inspiration for her designs is rooted from her East Indian descent. She loves incorporating bright colors, different textures and dynamic shapes into jewelry making. Inspired by landscapes, she converts the turquoise blue Caribbean waters and the fire orange fall foliage into art pieces.

She believes fashion should be both eye-catching yet comfortable, which defines her jewelry.

Dec. 2 will be the first unveiling of her jewelry and she would love for artgoers to come out and show support.

Grey Art Gallery

December at the Grey Art Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St, will bring larger-than-life, realistic oil paintings by Philadelphia veteran painter and printmaker Daniel Dallman Sr. An opening reception is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Since 1972, Dallman has exhibited in more than two-dozen solo and museum exhibitions throughout the United States. Some of his work remains in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ball State University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Embassy in Tokyo, CitiBank, Met Life Inc, Readers Digest, Inc. and more.

Other artists involved in the show include Aaron Bellve, Kurt Herrmann and Evan Summer, who will be making their Grey Art Gallery debut. Bellve, a local tattoo artist, will have two portraits of Puerto Rican revolutionaries and a painting referencing Puerto Rico's revolutionary history on display. Bellve works primarily with pen, ink and liquid watercolor while exploring other media including graphite, print and oils.

Herrmann has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating from Lock Haven University in 1995. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including Yard Dog Gallery, Austin, Texas, Rosenfeld Gallery Philadelphia, Perry Milou Gallery, Philadelphia, and Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, Ore.

Recently he had a solo exhibition at the Shoom Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has participated in many group shows in South Korea.

Herrmann was born and raised in a small town in central Pennsylvania, where the landscape, seasons and wildlife profoundly influenced who he is and what he does. By the time Herrmann graduated from college in 1995, he was painting every day. Painting, like everything else, has few absolutes, according to the artist, dead right can be dead wrong, beautiful can be grotesque, stupid can be sublime and funny can be terrifying - all at the same time.

Summer has been making prints for more than 40 years. He started when he was a chemistry major at the State University of New York College at Cortland. After completing his chemistry degree in 1970, he moved back to his home town of Buffalo, N.Y., and began art school at the State University at Buffalo. He studied painting, printmaking and drawing, but printmaking became his main interest. The combination of drawing and technical challenges ideally suited his abilities.

Summer's work (including drawings and collages as well as prints) has been exhibited around the world with many solo exhibitions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1999 to 2000), the Reading Public Museum (2001 and 2005-06), the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice (2007) and the Guanlan International Printmaking Workshop in Guanlan, China (2010). Summer also has received many awards, including the Tai-he Masterpiece Award in the Beijing International Print Biennial and the two major awards offered by Kutztown University: the Carlson Chambliss Award for outstanding research and the Wiesenberger Award for distinguished teaching.

Summer's work is included in many museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Returning Grey Art Gallery favorites with new work on display include Rick Prol, Dan Dallmann Jr., Danielle Charette, Luke Yocum, Josh Dannin and Tina Yesenofski. For more information, visit



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