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First Friday

July 1, 2012
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Digiplex Cinema Center

All artists, whose work will be on display for First Friday at the Digiplex Cinema Center, 300 W. Fourth St., are featured at Valley Gallery and Gifts, 2880 Quarry Road, Nippenose Valley, Jersey Shore.

Leona Palski - Palski paints in acrylic on canvas. She also has local scenes available as prints. Palski specializes in pet portraits from her customer's photos. She donates a portion of the proceeds from all portraits to local animal shelters.

Barbara Eyer - Eyer paints landscapes in oil on canvas. She also has prints available.

Joe Cesa - Cesa, from South Williamsport, enjoys painting watercolors and pastels. He has painted many local scenes such as the Park Station, the Pennsdale Meeting House and a barn from 1839 in Nippenose Valley. His originals and limited-edition prints are on the walls of many homes and offices in the area.

Michael LeKites - LeKites paints local scenes and civil war scenes on canvas. His work also is avaliable in limited-edition prints.

Sandy Kline - Sandy Kline makes eight different styles and sizes of quilted designer handbags. There are many different colors and designs to choose from.

Don Kline - Don Kline has been photographing the country for more than 30 years. His collection of prints for sale include Lighthouses, old barns, grist mills, old doors, outhouses, landscapes, seascapes and wildlife.

Community Arts Center

For the First Friday in July, the Collegetown Gallery would like to present Jake McCauley, a senior at Kutztown University. The exhibit "New Works" is comprised of lithographs and paintings using oil and acrylics. McCauley is originally from Montgomery and plans to continue with his art and to eventually attend Graduate School.

The Collegetown Gallery is designed to showcase our local college art programs, teachers and students. A new exhibit may be seen each month from 6 to 9 p.m. First Friday at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., and for the remainder of the month on the second floor lobby.

James V. Brown


First Friday in July at The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., presents singer-songwriter Damon Shaheen performing a set of original material and classic covers.

Shaheen brings 25 years of musical history to his performances. All the music he performs is a biography of his musical experience. He currently performs in a number of projects, but uses the solo performances to express his pop music side.

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

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

Otto Bookstore

Otto Bookstore, 104 W. Fourth St., will host author-singer-songwriter Brooklyn James for a booksigning and acoustic music for First Friday.

James is the author of "The Boots My Mother Gave Me," which placed as a quarter-finalist in's Breakthrough Novel Award contest. James will share a reading and perform an acoustic song from the original music soundtrack to the novel. The book is an inspirational read inspired by the true story of a young woman coming of age while overcoming an abusive childhood. The initial setting for the book is in Northcentral Pennsylvania. "The Boots My Mother Gave Me" has been used as a platform in the education and prevention of family and domestic violence, with several fundraisers for organizations that support the cause. Her newest release, "Vigilare: Hell Hound," the second installment in the "Vigilare" thriller trilogy, also will be available.

James is an author-singer-songwriter inspired by life in the live music capital of Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Northfork, a speck on the map, two hours north of Williamsport.

James holds a master's degree in communication, and a bachelor's degree in nursing and animal science. The "Vigilare" trilogy is an adaptation from a short narrative film. James is currently working on the last novel in the series as well as another book and music soundtrack combination. James is active in the live music scene of Austin as part of an acoustic duo, performing weekly. All songs from the soundtracks are written-co-written and performed by the author. Listen free at or BrooklynJamesSinger.



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