ARTWORKS has Moved to 236 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA
ArtWorks Gallery & Studio is a fully licensed Day Program for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. We offer waiver eligible services for adults with special needs.Celebrating the artist in each of us through fine art instruction, gallery exhibitions, that immerse people with developmental disabilities into a larger arts community that provide them diverse opportunities for fulfilling lives.
Please join us in for an open house and reception at our brand new location. October 4th, 6-9p. Music will be performed by jazz musician Mark Biederman. This exhibit will be a collective of our students creations, encompassing painting drawings, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and decor. ArtWorks prides ourselves on celebrating the artist in each of us through fine art instruction, gallery exhibitions, that immerse people with developmental disabilities into a larger arts community that provide them diverse opportunities for fulfilling lives. Free and open to the public
The exhibition entitled, “Perspectives”, features the works of two highly accomplished artists who have chosen Nature as subject matter yet differ in their, styles, mediums and vision, and ultimately perspective, which creates a dramatic juxtaposition generating dynamism to the collection’s presentation.
Cathy Arvonio , show-cases her dedication and love for oil painting , a highly specialized and difficult medium, in which Cathy Arvonio has mastered and excels in the difficult artistic process. The minute detail Cathy achieves is her hallmark of style and expertise. Cathy’s genre is Realism, primarily still life and landscapes, presenting those familiar scenes, places and objects, bringing a fresh importance to all that surround us, while basking in the light of beauty.
Cathy Arvonio feels the importance of nature in our lives. “I always, always find beauty in everything I paint! There’s beauty all around us and in every one of us, and it is a gift to “see” it and to paint it. From that I take, and put it all onto my canvas. Throughout the years, I learned to be freer with my creations and have put more of myself into the painting, along with recreating the picture I see. One of my favorite artist’s quotes…”Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.” – Paul Klee
For Melissa Anowai, her expressionist style using acrylic medium, is rooted in the metaphysical, creating an incandescent beauty, which transcends the traditional depiction of Nature life subjects. She chooses to explore those creatures that elude us so often, both of the avian and entomological species. Melissa focuses on the cycles of life, the transitory and ephemeral precious seasons of the natural world suspending them in a timeless beauty revealing dignity and integrity, inherent in each of her subjects, imbued with honor and soulful light. Melissa brings forth an extraordinary vision of our world and asks questions of us through her art.
"As an artist,” states Melissa, “I have always felt compelled to depict all aspects of the natural world and view all life as beautiful and worthy of celebration. I, also, feel that the natural world should be cherished both in life and in solemnity of death. There is a reverence that I try to create in each piece, which is a reflection of my love and respect for nature."