Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St., has secured a spot at one of the most renowned contemporary art shows in the nation.
The SCOPE Art Fair will be held in New York City today through March 9.
SCOPE is an art fair that features a collection of "Main Street" galleries, giving a variety of galleries and artists from all over the globe an opportunity to show off their work. But SCOPE isn't a fair just any artist or gallery can jump into; according to Casey Gleghorn, Converge's director, the approval process isn't easy.
Pictured is “Soft Grader,” by Chad Andrews, which is on display at SCOPE Art Fair in New York City through March 9.
Pictured is “fraktur 2” by Lawrence Charles Miller, which is on display at SCOPE Art Fair in New York City through March 9.
"They have a standard of what they're going to let in there. And that's why it's a big deal for us, because it's our first branded art fair that we've ever been to," Gleghorn said.
The work of six Converge artists will be represented at the fair, three of whom are from Pennsylvania: Chad Andrews and Lawrence Charles Miller, of Williamsport, and Anthony Cervino, of Carlisle.
Additional Converge Gallery artists chosen to be in the fair are Ekaterina Panikanova; Matthew Rose; and Trey Speegle, who currently has a show on display at Converge through March 29.
According to Gleghorn, the fair "provides a place where collectors, museum curators and journalists can come see what's fresh and new" in the world of art.
SCOPES website, scope-art.com, claims that the fair is "renowned for presenting the most innovative galleries, artists and curators" and is the "premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming."
"SCOPE Art shows in Miami, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons have garnered extensive critical acclaim, with sales of over $450 million and attendance of over 7,000 visitors," the website says.
"We found out that we were accepted about two months ago and it has been a whirlwind ever since," Gleghorn said.
The gallery has been preparing to transport all of the artwork to the show, which isn't an easy task. The artwork that will be on display range from traditional on-paper artwork, to complex, large-scale exhibits. Panikanova's piece incorporates ink on aged books, nails and wood, measuring 53-by-47 inches. Gleghorn said Andrews has an even bigger exhibit, noting that they'll be taking some risks with such a "huge installation," but that it will help get the gallery noticed.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Chad Andrews is an art professor specializing in printmaking and 2-D design at Bloomsburg University. He is considered a "contemporary artist whose work is informed by change, transformation and intellectual movement."
His show, "Objects to Place," was recently shown at Converge.
His piece, called "Soft Grader," which is black construction caulk pinned to the wall, is on display at SCOPE. It is considered one of his "most ambitious" installations yet.
He can be found working on his art at his studio at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., and also online at chadandrews.com.
Anthony?Cervino is a sculptor who says that his work draws "on personal memory, a sense of cultural nostalgia and notions of boyhood."
Some of Cervino's work was on display at Converge in 2013.
His piece, called "Crate (for Mother)" is on display at SCOPE.
His work can be seen at anthonycervino.com.
Lawrence Charles?Miller, born in 1949 in Harrisburg, has worked as an editorial illustrator for the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times.
His imagery "comes from many influences, including my past day-jobs as a scientific, military and editorial illustrator."
Some of Miller's work was on display at Converge in 2013.
Several of his pieces, which utilize acrylic and graphic work on paper, are on display at SCOPE.
More of his work can be viewed at www.convergegallery.com/portfolio/lawrence-charles-miller.
Ekaterina Panikanova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1975 and now works in Rome. She recently came on board with Converge. Converge is the first gallery in the United States to be exhibiting her work. Gleghorn visited Italy in January to see her work in person.
Her piece, "Happy Turkey," is on display at SCOPE.
To see more of her work, visit www.ekaterinapanik anova.com.
Though he now works in Paris, Matthew Rose was born in New York in 1959. His show, "Love Letters," was on display at Converge in July 2013.
He is considered a collage and multimedia artist who has a conceptual and international component that has "translated seamlessly into the digital era."
In an earlier interview, Rose told the Sun-Gazette that "Art is a window on our consciousness ... Artists can provide the glue to culture; I'm interested in correspondence in all its flavors."
Some of his paintings will be on display at SCOPE, including a piece called "Breathless."
"SCOPE New York is the kind of venue my work was made for - the collectors are enlightened and invested in art, and Converge Gallery's Casey and John and Kasey are very prepared to meet New Yorkers in their own backyard. I'm happy to be part of it with the gallery. It's a perfect storm of art and culture and business," Rose said of the art fair.
Visit matthewrosestudio.net to see more of his art.
Trey Speegle is considered a paint-by-number pop artist.
He "explores themes of hope, love, longing and transformation by juxtaposing the formal attributes of the paint-by-numbers with word play that will resonate with a broad pop appeal."
His work is on display currently at Converge.
Converge will feature one of his newest paintings at the gallery's booth at SCOPE.
To learn more about Speegle, visit treyspeegle.c om.
Gleghorn is extremely excited about the opportunity to show at the fair. He said that many artists and galleries go to art fairs with their only hope being to sell artwork, adding that there's more to the simple transaction.
"There's something very special about someone who has a collection of Picassos and wants to add something from our collection. It's really something for (our artists') career, something more than financial, like prestige," he said. "It's Amazing how far we've come, I'm sure for the emerging artists it's a dream come true to be on the same playing field as big artists. It goes to show what hard work and dedication can get someone from Williamsport to."
Even though folks from the area might not be able to make it to the New York City art fair, they can get a taste of all of these artists' work at convergegallery.com.