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“A.Y.E.” – Art Youth Exhibit Are You Excited?

Your HAL board of directors has been thinking very broadly about the future of our organization. We all feel that if the League is to survive and prosper it must appeal to many new people and give them reason to support and join us. As most of you know, our profile in the community is low; most people seem to be unaware of our existence, or if they know we’re here, they don’t know what we do. We’re particularly concerned that two important constituencies professional artists and young people, are rare among our members.

With this situation in mind, HAL recruited a group of arts-friendly students, institutions, and business people to launch an ambitious event that should make the community more aware of us while also serving the needs of our young creative people and our much battered downtown. The Art Youth Exhibit (“A.Y.E.”) will be held at the League and nearby venues on April 1 And 2 (a Friday and Saturday).

Art in virtually any medium is being solicited from area students and young adults. Judges will select the best works, to be exhibited at the League and compete for significant cash awards in two age groups (13- 19 and 20-26) and five categories:

  • Best use of color

  • Most emotionally moving

  • Most realistically rendered

  • Best abstract

  • Most powerfully conveyed message

The participating artists themselves will vote for an Artists’ Choice Best of Show award. Creative foods prepared by young culinary artists from the Career Center will be featured at the opening on April 1. In addition, all the other submitted art will be displayed at the other nearby venues (as of now: The Dragonfly Café, The Cyber Calf, Fellin’s Jewelers, and Lackawanna Jr. College), where small groups of adventurous young artists and designers will have two weeks to use the art and anything else they want/can find to create unique environments or installations – anything their creators’ imaginations can conceive of and the space can accommodate. Through collaboration with the DeMelfi School of Music, young musicians from our area will be selected to perform at each venue. The public will be invited to enjoy an art walk among the locations to sample the food, music, and visual art.

The planning group is still working on the details; we are brimming with ideas and excitement. This will NOT be your typical art show. Nothing like it has ever been staged in this area, or possibly anywhere. This is an opportunity for young creative people to organize and work together to showcase their talents and have a real positive impact on the community. If we are successful, we envision even larger Youth Art Expos in the future, adding drama, poetry and dance.

We hope this all sounds as wonderful to you as it does to us, and that you will support it and HAL, support our downtown, and encourage our creative young people by spreading the word and attending on April 1 and 2. And as the note accompanying this newsletter states, we would certainly welcome any financial support you are moved to provide.

Contact Dr. Carl Frankel at 570-454-2982 or csf1@psu.edu for more information or to volunteer to help with this great event.

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