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First Friday

February 26, 2012
Staff reports , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Julie's Coffee

"Silver Linings," an exhibit of film-based images, will be on display at Julie's Coffee, 33 W. Third St., for First Friday. The exhibit is a collaborative body of "lo-fi" photography by Ralph Wilson and Stephanie Carey using pinhole, toy and vintage film cameras. The artists' reception will be held on First Friday.

"Using film with antiquated technology restores the excitement of achieving somewhat unexpected results," Wilson said. "It's an aspect of photography that has been left behind with even basic digital cameras."

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Wilson added that this exhibit is not about the virtues of one technique over another. It's all about exploring the art form with a variety of tools and methods.

Pinhole cameras are lens-less, light tight boxes - some made out of found objects, with a tiny pinprick to allow light in to expose the image. Many might remember making these cameras with oatmeal cans in grade school.

The photographers also created images using low-quality, plastic toy cameras. They're so deficient, they cause images created with them to take on unique characteristics. Made overseas with no quality control, each one adds its own signature to the images through light-leaks and soft focus areas of the plastic lens.

Their vintage cameras run the gamut from Kodak Brownie cameras to professional press cameras used in the 1940s and '50s. Some were marketed to consumers as simple "point-and-shoot" cameras, while others allow complex settings and use large format films.

Developed in the Williamsport Community Darkroom, the images remind the viewer of the time before convenience of digital and photo-editing software, and return the historic, gritty feel to the art of photography.


Gallery at CAC

The Collegetown Gallery would like to introduce Rachel Degler as its featured artist for March's First Friday. Degler is a senior at Lock Haven University whose art interest lies in the fashion industry. Her goal, as an artist, is to produce aesthetically pleasing works in the form of photographs, accessories or textiles. Degler's digital photographs may be seen in the front lobby of the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Her photos will remain on exhibit for the remainder of the month on the second floor lobby. The Collegetown Gallery showcases a different college student each month.

Gustonian Gifts

Kalli Irvin is 28 years old and lives in Central Pa. Her jewelry line is named Forever Impressed Jewelry by Kalli. Jewelry-making has been a hobby of hers for many years. Starting at the age of seven with plastic beads, she has gradually advanced, teaching herself many of the skills she uses today: From plastic beads to hemp and thread. From seed beads to silver wire. Now, much of her jewelry is handcrafted precious metal clay. Sanded, fired and polished into rings, earrings and charms.

James V. Brown


First Friday in March at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., features the return of bluegrass with Stained Grass Window.

Celebrating its 19th year, Stained Grass Window has performed at numerous festivals and events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as recording a number of CDs. This locally-based bluegrass group draws its music from a wide variety of sources, including traditional bluegrass, gospel and jazz.

Bringing solid musicianship, energy and light-hearted humor to the stage, Stained Grass Window's goal is to offer a good time while the audience sits back and enjoys the show.

Stained Grass Window will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rotunda Room

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

Grey Art Gallery

On Thursday, The Grey Art Gallery will be invaded by an artist collective known as the Broken Dayton Machine. Originating in Dayton, Ohio, the Broken Dayton Machine will be unveiling some incredible new artwork for the "Better than Nothing" group show. Video installations, paintings, limited letterpress and serigraph prints and mixed-media pieces from more than a dozen different artists will be on display for the opening. The opening reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Broken Dayton Machine's main goal is to let others love art. It has shown nationally - taking on spaces both conventional and unconventional - to spread art as a group. The artists are here to change the perception of art through their combined prowess of subject matter.

Those directly involved with Broken Dayton Machine include Nicholas Arnold, Ian Breidenbach, Ren Cummings, Frank Travers, Ashley Jude Jonas and Phillip Evans.

Nicholas Arnold first made art while traveling the sandy beaches of Dayton with his sled dogs Asimov and Rutger. He glued seashells and macaroni together to create mobiles for the fishing biplanes which frequented the shoreline. From there, he decided art was his passion and he has been creating ever since.

Arnold's creative process evolves from the mundane and private in the form of personal humorous situations. He vignettes it and then universalizes the situation for an audience to experience. The idea of the "authentic experience" or the twist of the "false experience" is a critical factor in his studio practice.

Ian Breidenbach is a multi-media artist, beard- grower and blogger. He graduated from Wright State University in 2009 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in video art. Shortly after graduation, he co-founded and ran Space11, an installation art and sculpture space in downtown Dayton, with three other artists, curating shows until the ceiling literally fell through.

Frank Travers was born in Dayton but grew up in Albuquerque, N.M. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from Wright State University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Connecticut. Travers is fascinated by symbols. Through printmaking and drawing, he is able to spawn images of collage and expressive mark making, capturing a discombobulated whole.

Ren Cummings was born and raised in Dayton. She graduated with her bachelor of fine arts in studio arts from Wright State University in 2008. After finishing her bachelor of fine arts degree, Ren traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., where she studied media arts and received her master of fine arts degree from University of Tennessee. Currently, she works at Austin Peay State University as a visiting assistant professor.

Ashley Jude Jonas was born in Key West, Fla. After her delivery, Jonas' father cut the umbilical cord and hung it from the outside clothesline. After the delivery of the after birth, her father cut a piece off of the placenta, ate it and buried the remainder in the garden.

The shriveled umbilical chord is now encapsulated in an old glass whiskey bottle, along with a lock of Jonas' hair and a few small sea pearls. This narrative is indicative of Jonas' studio practice, artistic process and general behavior. She is currently a master of fine arts degree candidate at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Phillip Evans is a New York-based artist who left his native Georgia to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University.

Working from a background in foundry arts and fabrication, Evans has branched out into all forms of art, including performance, video, photography and painting, as well as continuing to place an emphasis on object-based cast and fabricated works.

Drawing from his southern roots, combined with time spent in the rust belt, Evans favors motifs of decay and rebirth, as well as questions of function and personal identity. With a penchant for found objects and commonplace materials, he works from a place of familiarity, though his treatment of these materials often seems to imply that they really are more than they seem.

Currently, Phillip is pursuing the last year of a B.FA in sculpture and showing work nationally. He is also a member of the Detroit, Michigan based collective, "Carbon Arts".

Guest artists for the opening include Fade Kainer, Rick Prol, Landon Crowell, Robmat Butler, Jeremiah Johnson, and Matthew Parrish.



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