CLARKS SUMMIT- A mixture of colors and clay will be featured in one exhibit on display, Nov. 9 in downtown Clarks Summit.
Michael McGoff, the featured artist for this month's Second Friday Art Walk offered suggestions for eventgoers.
Try to keep an open mind. You might scratch your head and wonder what it's all about, but you need to keep coming back to it a few times to get it. It happens to me, too. Art is meant to create a reaction in people.
McGoff's work will be featured at the Abington Financial Group office of Jamie Kresge, 120 S. State St.
The Scranton native and current Moscow resident has been creating pottery since 1982. He took his first pottery class while at Marywood University where he studied art education. McGoff said he took the course only because it was a requirement, but after that, he fell in love with it and couldn't keep his hands off of it.
When asked about his favorite pottery pieces, he laughed. Well you'd have to see them to understand, he said.
To anyone interested in pottery, McGoff's best advice is practice.
If you really like it and it's something you want to do and pursue and keep after, you have to practice. Look at shapes and forms. Keep in mind what you see and then make it your own way. Practice, practice, practice, especially if it's wheel work. That requires a lot of practice, said McGoff.
He sees art as a different way to view the world.
With art and basic potting or sculpture, the general public has a hard time with art because they don't understand. They need to just come and see the artwork and realize that the artist is looking at the world in a deeper way. Exploring the deeper realms of things, colors, geometry, personalities and emotions, said McGoff.
McGoff said artists often create pieces or paintings that relate to social conditions or political statements, as well as shape and form with new views and ideas.
His artwork has been displayed at First Friday at AFA, Nov. 2011, The Roberson Museum, Binghamton, N.Y. in 2007. in Binghamton and he was also part of a group exhibit Enchanted Reflections at The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, NYC in 2004.
First- time Art Walk venue Abington Financial Group will provide wine and cheese as refreshments for the Art walk Nov. 9. from 5 to 8 p.m.
This is going to be our first art walk event – the first one we've participated in… said Jamie Kresge, owner of Abington Financial Group.
Foot traffic is very important to the viability of Clarks Summit Borough, and it's nice to see the different organizations, the Abington Business and Professional Association, the Art Council of the Abingtons, do things to have the foot traffic for the Abingtons….
I was just informed that Borough Council is going to give me a proclamation. It should be a fun event for that evening, added Kresge.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a Toys for Tots drop box located at several Art Walk venues, said Charles Charlesworth of the Arts Council of the Abingtons.
He also noted the event will pay tribute to Veterans.
We are honoring Veterans this month. People can also register to win a signed print of a painting of the Flag Raising at Iwo Jimas (20 inches by 24 inches). There is no purchase necessary. Sign up at all locations.
For more information on the Second Friday Art Walk, contact Charles Charlesworth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Walk venues:
Abington Art Studio
Abington Financial Group
Lawler's Affordable Elegance
Sonia's Contemporary Clothing
Paulette's Pretty Purses
Cloe & Company
Sole to Soul