TUNKHANNOCK — Eight creators of pop art are featured in two galleries of the Dietrich Theater through May, with an Opening Reception scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8. All are invited to come and meet the artists, view their works and enjoy light refreshments.
Pop art, making its debut in the 1950s, uses elements of popular culture, such as magazines, movies, music and even bottles and cans. It is an expression or a critical comment on traditional views of fine art.
The works of eight artists, all from Northeastern Pennsylvania, have been assembled and installed by Patrick Robinson and Betsy Green of the Kitson Arts Alliance.
Catrina King, never formally trained, started painting in 2000. She loves to paint on recycled materials such as barn wood, old roofing tin and old LP records.
“I have painted and sold 120 plus paintings so far and plan to never stop,” King said in a news release. “When you are doing what you love, you never want to stop.”
Rhi Wallace owns A Psychic Unicorn, a tattoo shop in Kingston. A lover of pop art, she uses colorful and sharp imagery, working with acrylic and oil paint, printmaking and digital and hand drawing.
Mike Reznick’s work, Street Art Luxuries, credits graffiti/tattoo artists with inspiration for his artistic journey.
He found that art helped him deal with his dyslexia, expressing through freestyle media, his life experiences.
Steve Colley, resident artist and teacher at the Dietrich Theater, works with clay for this exhibit. Experimenting with pop art, his two works express his strong belief in the power and importance of the arts and the core values of our country.
Elyse Mattocks says she developed her love of art from her grandfather. Multi-talented, she is currently working on a novel but she claims she feels most accomplished when able to help others and give back to her community.
Michelle McKensie is a mixed media artist, specializing in 3D scenes inside of cigar boxes. She finds objects in yard sales, thrift sales and antique stores.
Each is unique and each tells an intriguing story.
Amanda Robinson, another mixed media artist, especially likes working with acrylics, expressing life experiences and subconscious thought. She loves to put her thoughts and feelings into images.
Scott Nichols expresses all kinds of themes by creating table lamps, decorated with varied objects. No two are alike. He can create a lamp with the theme of your choice upon request.
For more information about the exhibit, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.