SCRANTON — ArtWorks Gallery and Studio will showcase paintings by Lisa Cunningham and Renée Emanuel in an exhibit titled “Near and Far,” Sept. 4 through Oct. 7. The exhibit will open with a First Friday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4. It will feature pastel paintings by Cunningham and acrylic paintings by Emanuel of places and things that evoke a strong personal passion in each of the artists.
Both artists are nationally recognized for their work. Cunningham’s painting “Weathered Spring Hills” was recently accepted into the 2015 Pastel Society of America 43rd Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! in New York City. The painting, “Peace and Quiet,” won the Great American Artworks Award in the For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2015 national juried show.
Cunningham is a graduate of Keystone College and Kutztown University with degrees in Fine Art and Art Education.
Emanuel graduated from Marywood University with an MFA in Painting. She has been recognized as an award winner in the publication, “The Best of America, Watercolor Artists and Artisans” and is a signature member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Her work was also selected for the books “Watercolor Expressions” and “The Best of Acrylic Painting” and was the focus of an article, “Cherished Objects” in Country Living Magazine. Most recently, she was awarded the NSPCA’s highest award for Casein Painting at the Salmagundi Club in New York.