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"Never Stop Learning" Exhibit/Reception

April 30, 2016 1 – 3 PM

Highland Town Hall, 4 Proctor Road, Eldred, NY

You are invited to celebrate lifelong learning with local artists from eight to eighty years old.  Our "Never Stop Learning" is the first of our "Building Community Through Art" events

This special Exhibit will include artwork from students K – 12, as well as the creations of some of Highland’s most seasoned professional artists.  There will also be surprise performances by both groups at the reception.

The public is invited to enjoy the art, the music, the complimentary refreshments, and the many surprises the afternoon reception promises to offer.   You’ll see "Mask" by 7th grader Emily McGrail, as well as work by John Tomlinson, who has spent more than 40 years as a professional artist and professor of art.  The "Never Stop Learning" theme has united our youngest and most experienced artists. 

Knowing is a very poor substitute for learning.   Some of the people with the most knowledge often find themselves unable to cope with a world that is ever-changing—their heads are filled with useless facts that don’t bring them happiness.  Learning is what really excites us.

And so the exhibit includes the work of ECS students as well as life-long students of art, such as John Tomlinson, Claudia Bocker, Kurt Kreider, Daria Dorosh, Anthony Biancoviso, and Sally Rowe


The Art of War Event

It’s often said that both countries in a war think god is on their side.  It’s equally true that both parties have art on their side.  Depending on your point of view, artistic creations have helped make the world safe for democracy, or been used to dehumanize "the enemy" to make it easier for soldiers to kill them.


"The Art of War" Exhibit includes art from both sides of the World Wars.   Special sections are devoted to the use of children in war propaganda, and the use—by both sides—of racial and ethnic stereotypes. 


Several original WWII posters on loan from the Pike County Historical Society will be on display, including Norman Rockwell’s famous "Freedom From Want" poster.  The exhibit includes obvious choices like "Rosie the Riveter" and "Uncle Same Wants You".  But there is lots of lesser known art that has disappeared because it makes many of us uncomfortable.


Some of these posters and prints are highly offensive.  Our curators made a decision to place a higher value on historical accuracy than audience comfort.  People will disagree on which works of art cross the line, but whatever your politics, you’ll be amazed to see what a big part art has played in the history of war.  Exhibit runs now through July 9.


The July 1 Opening Reception will also include a brief presentation, and a group exhibit of local artists including Eloy Argueso,  Isabelle Bajda, Jane Brennan, Richard D'Ambrosia, Mef Gannon, Debbie Gioello, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Dixie Rich, Kelly Ryan, and Joan Standora.

The Reception is from 4 – 6 PM, July 1, 2017, at The Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.  Please join us.

BAAA Celebrates Women's History Month

March 2016

     Since the beginning of time, men and women have been creating art.  For whatever reason, women have been left out of most historical documentation.  The top 100 artists, by dollars sold each year, is the exclusive domain of men.

     When women are remembered by history, it’s too often for a scandal or their attachment to a male, rather than for their own body of work.  The Barryville Area Arts Associaton has partnered with the Artists’ Market Community Center to take one small step in setting the record straight.

Our display includes:

"Self-Portrait at the Easel" (1556) by Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625).  Sofonisba was one of the greatest Renaissance artists, but until recently she was left out of most historical accounts of the period.  When she is included, it’s for her colorful lifestyle instead of her art.

Because she was such a great painter with a similar style to other great painters of her time, Sofonisba’s work has often been confused with or attributed to Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Battista Moroni, Anthony Van Dyck and others. 

Sofonisba was the court painter for King Phillip of Spain, Lady-In-Waiting to Queen Isabel, and was also commissioned by the Pope.  She is beginning to be recognized for the many contributions she has made to the art created during the Renaissance.

"The Happy Couple" (1630) by Judith Leyster (1609-1660).  Although Judith was one of the most famous painters in Holland during her lifetime, she was just about lost to history until 1893.  Her monogram was discovered on this painting, which had been sold the Louvre as the work of Frans Hals.  Other paintings attributed to Hals were also Judith’s.  For example, "The Jolly Toper" (1629) was acquired by the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum in Berlin as a Frans Hals creation, but that turned out to be Judith’s, too.

"Susanna and the Elders" (1610) by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1556) was one of her earliest paintings.  It was attributed to her father, Orazio, until 1977.  "Danae" (1612), at the St. Louis Museum of Art and also thought to be Orazio’s, has been re-attributed to her.  But internet searches still haven’t caught up, and attribute the painting to her father.

In "Judith Beheads Holofernes" (1620), Artemesia recreates a Biblical scene popular by painter of the time.  But she replaces Judith’s face with her own, and Holofernes’ face with the man who was accused and convicted of raping her.   

Her "Self-Portrait as a Martyr" (1615) is also showing.

"Portrait of an Old Man with a Boy" (1585) was long admired as the work of Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto.  It was considered one of his finest paintings, until his daughter’s monogram was found on it in 1920.  Historians had assumed that Jacopo’s productivity decreased after his Marietta Robusti Tintoretto’s (1560-1590) untimely death because he was mourning the death of his daughter.  Experts are now exploring another reason. 


"Vintage Modern Art" Event

"Vintage Modern Art" Event, August 27 2016 at the Barryville Farmers Market in Barryville, NY is the third event in our "Building Community Through Art" series.  Our outdoor art display will include creations that marry something old with something new, including the use of vintage newspaper as the canvas for a new oil painting, re-purposing of things disposed of by others, new technologies creating traditional themes, modern re-interpretations of classical works, and new photographic displays of vintage collectibles. 

The local artists with their sculptures and paintings on display, selected especially for this event, include Norma Bernstock, Delia Cadman, Jeff George, Gordon Graf, Dave Kener, Claudine Luchsinger, Brandi Merolla, Paul Plumadore, Dee Rivera, Naomi Teppich, and Gayle Zier.

There will also be a live performance at 11 AM by the Americana Band, "Little Sparrow".

Where else in the world can you find fantastic artwork, great live music, your favorite neighbors, and fresh fruit and vegetables all in one place!  Please join us.

Event Coordinator: Claudine Luchsinger

Pictured above: "Perfect Dessert" by Paul Plumadore


"Brides in Art" Event, June 25, 2016, 3 – 5 PM at the Highland Senior Center in Eldred, NY.  This Reception, with a bridal theme, will include a group art show, complimentary refreshments, and a surprise performance by the Forestburgh Theater.  It will also include a community art project, where attendees are invited to paint and sign a portion of a large canvas.  The canvas will be donated at the end of the event to the Highland Senior Center. 

A few of the artists showcasing their work at this event include: Theresa DeSalvio, Mef Gannon, Rachel Arielle Kleinman, Claudine Luchsinger, Brandi Merolla, and Elva Zingaro.

Event Coordinator: Ari Mir-Pontier

"Visions of Spain" Event

An invitation to listen so some oldies on Labor Day Weekend is not so unusual—except that some of these oldies are 480 years old. The "Visions of Spain" Event sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, in collaboration with The Hispanic Society of America, will include live Spanish Guitar music by Peter Kolesar, including "Pavan", written by Luis Milan around 1536. It’s from the first printed book of music for the guitar/vihuela. (The vihuela is an ancestor of the guitar, which was something of a cross between the guitar and the lute.) 

Other "hits" from the early days include "Guardame las Vacas", written by Luis de Narvares in 1538, and "Danza Espanola" written by Gaspar Sanz for the Spanish Baroque guitar in 1674. Depending on the mood of the crowd, there may also be 19th Century classics like "Romanza Anonimo" and some flamenco toques such as Farruca, Soleares, or Sequidillas.

That should put everyone in the mood for the presentation being given by Stephanie McClure, Museum Department Registrar of The Hispanic Society of America in New York City. She’ll take her audience on an artistic tour of Spain’s provinces, courtesy of the 14 "Visions of Spain" murals by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida.

In addition to her presentation, The Hispanic Society has been so kind as to highlight images from their collection for a standing exhibit that will be on display at the Artists Market throughout the month of September. It includes 16 prints that will help viewers appreciate the diversity and depth of Spanish art, and the role Hispanic Heritage continues to play in our lives. 

This celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month is taking place on September 3, 2016, from 4 – 6 PM, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA. Free admission and complimentary refreshments provided.

[Pictured above is: Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923); Provinces of Spain. Valencia, 1911-1916 (A1805); Oil on Canvas; H 351 x 301 cm; (Courtesy of the Hispanic Society of America, New York)

A Celebration of Dance!

The Barryville Area Arts Association is sponsoring a month-long "Celebration of Dance" that includes a standing exhibit, live performances, and presentations.  There will be two separate presentations at the June 3 Opening Reception.

The Hanna Q Dance Company will be making a presentation on modern dance.  Jeffrey Stocker will share his expertise on classical dance, and and about his years working with John Magnus.

The Celebration of Dance Exhibit will include tutus, head pieces, point shoes, photos, posters, and prints of artwork inspired by dance by Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  An exhibit of local artists will run concurrently, including the photography of Eloy Argueso, Joan Brennan’s alcohol ink tiles, the paintings of Debbie Gioello, the fabric art of Mef Gannon, ceramics by Adrienne Markowitz, jewelry by Stephanie McClure, originals from the Floral Collection by Susan Miiller, pottery by Kelly Ryan, a portrait-in-motion by Joan Standora, and oils by Elva Zingaro.

Complimentary refreshments will be served.  Please join us June 3, 2017, from 4 - 6 PM at the Artists' Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.


A Celebration of Black History Month

February 4, 2017 4 - 6 PM

When the judges in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition found out that the man who painted the picture above was black, they tried to take back the prize they awarded him. Justice was only served because his fellow artists—the ones he beat in the competition—stood up for him, and the prize was reinstated.

Prints of the work of this artist, Edward Mitchell Bannister, and several other prints by black artists are on display for Black History Month, in an exhibit curated by the Barryville Area Arts Association. The historical Exhibit traces the history of black American art through slavery into the civil rights movement.

Running concurrently with this Exhibit on black art history is a display of the work of contemporary and local black artists, including Robert D. Brown, Branly Cadet, Amber Doherty, Jennifer Doherty, Teddy Wilson, and the late Geoffrey Holder. Both Exhibits will be on display at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA during February.

There is a free opening reception with complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation on February 4, 2017 from 4 – 6 PM. Please join us.


"CENSORED!" Exhibit

Free Reception June 4, 2016, 4 – 6 PM     

   Throughout history, censorship has haunted the creative expression of men and women.  Often with the "best" of motives, censors have banned and destroyed works of art.   Offending artists were sometimes barred from creating any more art, sometimes tortured, and sometimes killed.

   Vatican censors painted clothes on the work of Michelangelo; Nazi censors confiscated artwork created by Jews; Stalin tried to erase his enemies from history by altering historical photos.

   Barryville Area Arts Association’s CENSORED! Exhibit offers up just a few of the great works of art that were thought offensive by political or religious leaders.  In some cases we display prints of the actual images banned or confiscated.  In other cases we display works of art censored by us—just to demonstrate the absurdity of some of the Censors. 

   "The Origin of the World" is probably the most famous painting in the world that almost nobody has seen.  Commissioned in 1866 by an art collector who was a Turkish diplomat, "Origin" was not shown publicly until 129 years after its creation.  But its reputation spread like wildfire, as a work of art that most people were not ready to appreciate.  

   It’s bad form to be seen standing next to somebody you recently had executed, so Joseph Stalin had Nikolai Yezhov edited out of all historical documents.  We have prints of the same photo, with and without him.  It’s just one of many examples of similar editing that occurred during Stalin’s rule.

   The Nazi regime called almost all modern art and avant-garde art "degenerate art".  It could get banned for being considered un-German, Jewish, or Communist.  We have a print of an oil on canvas by Jean Metzinger, confiscated by the Nazis around 1936.  The original is still missing, last seen in their "Degenerate Art Exhibition" in Munich in 1937.

   When a fire destroyed Titian’s work in a Domincan Friary, Paolo Veronese was asked to paint a replacement.  He gladly complied, painting a fantasy version of the Last Supper.  Veronese was paid for his efforts with an investigation by the Roman Catholic Inquisition. You'll learn how he outsmarted them at this Exhibit.

     Also on exhibit in a group show are local artists Claudia Bocker, Linda Cobb, Rebecca Esposito, Laura Gagliardi, Mef Gannon, Woody Goldberg, Nancy Kaericher, Judy Kirtley, Kate Rosalia Kozel, Alexis-Briana Kramer, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Ann Karus Meeropool, Warren Pardi, Joan Polishook, Nick Roes, Paul Rubino, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, Anna Van Gaasbeek, Briana Woods, Elva Zingaro

So please join us from 4 – 6 PM on June 4th, 2016 at the Artists Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458.  Complimentary refreshments provided by the AMCC.


"Founding Mothers" Exhibit

"Founding Mothers" Exhibit

Free Reception May 7, 2016, 4 – 6 PM

      Ever wonder if George Washington’s mother had to coax him to eat his vegetables?   Which Founding Father loved his mother most?  Which Founding Father seemed to hate his mother?  The answers, which may surprise you, can be found in a special May salute to our "Founding Mothers".

     Out of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of them had mothers!  But we know so little about them.   There was no Twitter or National Enquirer back then, but there wasn’t any less gossip. 

     It seems like the accusation that George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington (pictured above), was a British sympathizer during the war is false.  But there is some evidence to support the assertion that Thomas Jefferson may have hated his mom.

This Exhibit includes portraits and some very interesting tidbits about the hands that rocked the cradles of our Founding Fathers.  For example:

Mary Ball Washington—We need to thank her twice; once for giving birth to George, and a second time for talking him into accepting the presidency after he was elected.

     Historical records show Mary Ball Washington had to talk her son into accepting the Office of the Presidency after he was voted in.   George had traveled to meet his Mom the day after he found out he was elected the first President of the United States.  She was in such ill-health he decided not to take the job, but Mary insisted he "fulfill the high destiny which Heaven has foreordained you to fill. Go, knowing that you go with a Mother's and Heaven's blessings!"

There have been rumors that Mary was a Loyalist, or British sympathizer, during the Revolution.   But there is no hard evidence to support this, and we feel it is unlikely since her other three sons and a son-in-law were also in the Virginia militia.  And Mary accompanied George to the Victory Ball in Fredericksburg after the British surrender in Yorktown.

For more details on the mothers of the likes of Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams, please check out our May Exhibit at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.  And join us at our free reception on May 7, 2016, from 1 – 4 for complimentary refreshments and a Q&A about the "Founding Mothers".


"How Art Helped Win the American Revolution"

     Few people know how art helped win the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere created breath-taking artwork that inspired colonists to take up arms. And it’s on display this July 4th in an exhibit sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association.

You’ve probably heard that Benjamin Franklin flew a kite and discovered electricity. Did you also know he was also an accomplished artist who used his talents to further the patriot cause? And you’ve probably heard of Paul Revere warning "the Redcoats are coming, the Redcoats are coming". But did you also know that his artwork inspired colonists to take up arms? And it’s all on display as part of a special exhibition this July 4th at the Artists’ Market Community Center in Shohola, PA.

The Exhibit, "How Art Helped Win the American Revolution", includes prints of artwork by Franklin, Revere, and other Patriots. The display includes a print of Franklin’s famous 1754 "Join or Die" drawing, depicting a disjointed snake representing the colonies, as well as a reproduction of a parchment that was used 240 years ago as a call to arms against the British.

The British tried to counter with art propaganda of their own—also included in the Exhibit—but they were no match for Ben Franklin and his fellow artists.

A local historian will be on hand to make a brief presentation and answer questions about art’s role in the American Revolution at a free reception, including music, complimentary refreshments and other art on exhibit. It’s all happening July 4, 2015, from 4 – 6 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. Visit for more information.

"Renaissance WOMEN!"

On Display August 20 - September 16, 2015

We hear a lot about the "Renaissance Man", but what about Renaissance Women?

   Women throughout much of history have been considered legally subject to the will of their husbands.  Even during the "Renaissance", women were supposed to devote themselves to their husbands, do the chores, and give birth to boys.   In some places, the mere mention of gender equality could get you killed.

   Yet there were several women who refused to hide their talents, and dared to share their expertise in realms reserved for males.   And these "Renaissance Women" are the subject of this Exhibit.

   Renaissance Europe was certainly not the land of opportunity for female artists.  Women seldom worked, and they were especially unwelcome in male-dominated professions like art. 

   Women were forbidden to receive formal art training, since the study of the nude was a big part of the curriculum.   When a woman created a magnificent painting, a man often took the credit. 

   "Renaissance Women" includes biographies and reproductions of the work of five of the many talented women of the Renaissance.  One of them is Italian painter Artemesia Gentileschi, one of the most recognized women artists of the Renaissance. 

   She was trained by her father, but was rejected from the academies because of her gender.  Determined to succeed, she continued her studies under Agostino Tassi, who sexually harassed and eventually raped her.  Artemesia’s father brought charges and during the seven month trial she was required to give testimony under torture. 

   Tassi was convicted and Artemisia was vindicated.  The trauma of the sexual harassment and assault she experienced can be felt in her work, including the print of "Judith Beheading Holofernes" included in this Exhibit.

   After her death, most of Artemesia's works were attributed to her father and others.  Recently her work and story have reappeared, and been the subject of many studies.

   The Exhibit is on display from August 20th through September 15th.  

   A local artist will make a brief presentation on the Exhibit at a reception on September 5, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458.  Complimentary refreshments provided by the AMCC.


"Selfies of the Masters"

On Display July 11 through August 16, 2015

"Selfies" are nothing new. One of the most popular subjects of Renaissance men and women was themselves. Self-portraits have probably been around since the first caveman saw his reflection in a stream and tried to recreate it on his wall.

Like all representations of our faces, "Selfies of the Masters" provides hints to the artists’ character and identity, as well as their physical appearance. We’ve come to appreciate how viewing the world through the eyes of the masters can enhance our own experience. Much less time has been spent learning about the masters by studying how they viewed themselves.

The "Selfies of the Masters" Exhibit, sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association as a public service, includes 8 self-created representations of self, arranged chronologically from a controversial self-portrait by Albrecht Dürer in 1498. And it includes a photo of controversial selfie being taken by Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt with President Obama in 2014.

There's a reception with complimentary refreshments provided courtesy of The Artists' Market Community Center on August 1, 2015, and it includes a brief presentation by local artist John Tomlinson. The AMCC is at 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.

"Macabre Art History 101"


On Display through October 31, 2015


"Come to our October Exhibit at your own risk!" says Aly Paino of the Artists’ Market Community Center.  "Our Macabre Art Histoy 101 display is not for the squeamish." 

This Exhibition includes prints of pieces from 1568 to the present, and includes Francisco Goya’s "Saturn Devouring His Son", which was never meant for public display.  It’s one of 14 oils Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house outside Madrid, and these came to be known as the Black Paintings. 

A local artist from the Artists Market Community Center will be at the Opening Reception to make a brief presentation and answer questions.  

The Opening Reception is scheduled for October 3, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA, with complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation on the Exhibit.

Puritans in Pictures

How pure were the Puritans?

Since the word was first invented in the 1560s, "Puritan" has been used mostly as an insult: a stereotype of a joyless, holier-than-thou hypocrite who sees art, music, and just about any type of fun as sinful.

But the "Puritans in Pictures" Exhibit sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association proves that’s not really the case.  It’s true that art and music were often banned from Calvinist Churches—it was thought of as "too Catholic".   But Calvinists enjoyed art and music outside the Church, drew their own pictures, and wrote their own songs and poems.   In fact, it was during the brief Puritan reign in Britain that the Commonwealth saw its first publicly-staged operas.

And one of the world’s most famous Puritans, Oliver Cromwell, intervened in the sale of the royal art collection, preserving masterpieces by Raphael and Andrea Mantegna for the Commonwealth by preventing them from being auctioned as part of King Charles estate after his execution.   

The Special Exhibit includes prints of some of these rescued paintings, as well as art by, for, and about the "Puritans"—including some that’s not so complimentary to them.  It’s at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA through the month of November. 

An Opening Reception with complimentary refreshments, music, and a brief presentation on "Puritans in Pictures" is being held November 7, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM. 


"What the World Needs Now" Exhibit
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What the World Needs Now

The Barryville Area Arts Association is curating a special exhibit that will include creative representations of ancient Greek concepts of love, including eros (romantic love), philia (deep friendship), storge (parental love), ludus (playfulness), philautia (self-love), pragma (long-term, mature love), and agape (unselfish love for all).

"What the World Needs Now" will be displayed at the Artists’ Market Community Center in Shohola, PA for three days only: February 13, 14, and 15, 2016.  We are hosting a reception from 4 – 6 PM on February 14, 2016, with music and complimentary refreshments.   

"Revolutionary Art" Exhibit

It’s a good thing there were no fact-checkers during the time of Napoleon.  They would have exposed the famous painting of him on his horse leading his men across the Alps, "Napoleon Crossing the Alps", as a fraud.  He actually followed his men a few days later, and rode on a mule (which is much more practical for crossing through mountains).

The Barryville Area Arts Association’s "Revolutionary Art" Exhibit includes lots of other interesting tidbits, too—as well as some of the most important art from the American and French Revolutions. 

For example, did you know that Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere were both accomplished artists whose work inspired the American Revolution?  Their work is included in this Exhibit as well.

The Opening Reception for "Revolutionary Art: Art of the American and French Revolutions" is being held exactly 240 years, to the day, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence in America, and 227 years (to the month) of Bastille Day in France. 

Complimentary refreshments will include red-white-and-blue cookies and Napoleons!

 Also included is a group exhibit of some of our most talented local artists, including Linda Cobb, Lauryn de Leeuw, Mef Gannon, Kate Rosalia Kozel, Adrienne Joy Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Warren Pardi, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, Brianna Woods, and Elva Zingaro.

It’s Saturday, July 2, 2016, from 4 – 6 PM, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA

Pictured above: "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" (1801) by Jacques-Louis David

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"Surely You Jest!" Exhibit

Reception 4 – 6 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016

The art of clowning has existed for thousands of years.  A pygmy clown performed as a jester in the court of Pharaoh Dadkeri-Assi about 2500 B.C.   Court jesters have performed in China since 1818 B.C.  

One of China's great Court Jesters, Yu Sze, is remembered as a national hero.  He saved the lives of thousands of laborers in 300 B.C. when he joked the Emperor, Shih Huang-Ti, out of having the enemy side of the Great Wall whitewashed.  Throughout history most cultures have had clowns.

But somehow, fools, jesters, and clowns are the one group of people that political correctness has left behind.  Much maligned and often feared, even their number one constituency, children, seems to have abandoned them.  "Very few children like clowns," reports the BBC.  "They are unfamiliar and come from a different era." 

But the Barryville Area Arts Association is coming to their rescue!  The proud tradition of this profession will be on display during April in the "Surely You Jest!" Exhibit—just in time for April Fool’s Day. 

The Exhibit will be on display for the month of April, 2016 at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458.  There will be a free reception from 4 – 6 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016, with music and complimentary refreshments.

The work of several local artists will also be on display, including Claudia Bocker, Linda Cobb, Rebecca Esposito, Laura Gagliardi, Mef Gannon, Alexis-Brianna Kramer, Stephanie McClure, Kate Rosalia Kozel, Nick Roes, Joan Standora, Brianna Woods, and Elva Zingaro.

A Celebration of Painting "En Plein Air"

October 29, 2016 1 – 3 PM

Highland Town Hall, 2 Proctor Road, Eldred, NY

During the Depression, many of our nation’s most famous artists had to compromise their artistic integrity so they’d have something to eat.  That was bad for them, but lucky for the rest of the country.  Some of the nation’s greatest talents worked on some of the nation’s most popular (“pulp”) publications, including Adventure, Dime Detective, Dime Mystery, Horror Stories, Love Story, Terror Tales, Operator 5, Top-Notch, The Whisperer, Western Story and The Spider.

One such accomplished artist was John Newton Howitt, the subject of a special presentation by Lori Strelecki, Director of the Pike County Historical Society at the Columns in Milford, PA.   Lori will present at the “Celebration of Plein Air” Event at the Highland Town Hall in Eldred, NY, from 1 – 3 PM on October 29, 2016.

Besides this special presentation, the Event includes a standing exhibit with stunning prints and originals by plein air painters past and present, including artwork from Thomas Cole (1827), Jules Dupre (1852), Winslow Homer (1868), Albert Bierstadt (1873), and Georges Seurat (1886), as well as contemporary plein air artists Bob Carl, Susan Miiller, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.

The public is invited to join in for the for the facts, food, and fun on October 29, 2016, from 1 – 3 PM at the Highland Town Hall, 2 Proctor Road, Eldred, NY.   This FREE event is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, and made possible with funds from the 2016 Arts for Sullivan Decentralization Program, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.  


Event Coordinator: Joan Standora

Gold Medal Art Event

Almost nobody knows that the Olympics, from 1912 to 1948, included competitions in five categories of art: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture.  So the Barryville Area Arts Association has put together an exhibit, "Gold Medal Art", that provides information and examples of some of the artwork that took home Olympic Gold.

More than a thousand works of art were displayed at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics—not counting the entries in architecture, music, and literature.  From the beginning, many nations were uncomfortable with the idea of combining art with competition.  The juried art competitions stopped in 1954, since artists were considered professionals and the Olympic competitors were required to be amateurs.

The display includes prints of many gold medal winners, and will be on exhibit throughout the month of November at the Artists’ Market Community Center, in Shohola, PA.  There’s a free reception on November 5, 2016, from 4 – 6 PM, that includes complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation on the once Olympian, but now forgotten, art.

This Event also includes live improvisational music by Paul E. Mitchell, as well as a group showing of local artists, including Linda Cobb, Debbie Gioello, Nancy Kaericher, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.

The Artists’ Market Community Center is located at 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.  

Creative Conversation: Exploration or Exploitation?

We're sponsoring a panel discussion on our interactions with indigenous tribes in places like Ethiopia, India, and the Irian Jaya. Recent interactions by Western photographers have raised several questions—including questions about whether they should even visit in the first place. 

Two women deeply involved in this work have been chosen as panelists for a "Creative Conversation". 

Wendy Stuart Kaplan is an actress, comedian, model, and star of the video series, Model With A Mission. Her recent documentary, Fragile Beauty, showcases the natives of Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia, and explores when and how they may be forced to change.

Tamara Singer is also fascinated by people in remote villages. She is a photographer who has published nationwide and internationally. Her images have interpreted and recorded some of the world's fastest-disappearing native cultures, and appeared in the video, Tribal Encounters.

Possible discussion points:
Is it exploitative to "showcase" indigenous tribes?
How does it affect those on display?
Should nudity be handled differently than it is in Western cultures?
Should indigenous tribes be encouraged or discouraged from moving toward Western values and technology?
And, finally, are we really that different?

The public is invited to listen to the presentations, participate in the discussion, and enjoy light refreshments at this free event, sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association. 

April 8, 2017 from 2 – 3:30 PM at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 113 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA

A Tribute to Our National Park Service

Opening Reception August 6, 2016   4 - 6 PM


     As if a Commemorative US Postage Stamp and a Commemorative US Coin were not good enough, the National Park Service is getting another present for their 100th Birthday.  This one is in the form of a photographic tribute, sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association, and on Exhibit throughout the month of August, 2016.


A representative of the National Park Service will be on hand to make a brief presentation and answer questions.


   A few of the photographic subjects include:

  • The first eastern National Park, home of the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast
  • The National Park with the largest collection of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) in the world
  • The National Park  that displays the results of more than 70 million years of volcanic activity
  • The world’s very first National Park
  • The National Park best known for the beauty of its waterfalls
  • The most "unwelcoming" National Park created where two of our desserts meet


Most of these spectacular photos were taken during the travels of local photographer, Woody Goldberg.  


There is an Opening Reception, celebrating the Exhibit and the 100 years of the National Park Service, from 4 – 6 PM on August 7, 2016, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.  A representative of the National Park Service will make a brief presentation at 4:30 PM. 


In addition to the NPS tribute, there are complimentary refreshments, and a group showing of local artists including Linda Cobb, Mef Gannon, Nancy Kaericher, Adrienne Joy Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Nick Roes, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.


Celebration of Women's History

Opening Reception March 4, 2017     4 - 6 PM

It’s a pretty safe bet that the very first pottery, textiles, baskets, painted surfaces, and jewelry were created by women—and women have never stopped creating since.  But in the haystack of the recorded History of Art, women are the needles. 

The Barryville Area Arts Association has curated an exhibit of framed prints that traces the history of Women in Art.  It is running concurrently throughout the month of March—Women’s History Month—alongside the work of contemporary female artists. 

The reception includes complimentary refreshments and a brief presentation.  You’ll learn, for example, how and why the work of Caroline Louisa Daly hung for almost 50 years in a Canadian gallery, attributed to a male merchant and politician who never even painted.  Even though her work was signed, "CL Daly"!

Please join us on March 4, 2017, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA, from 4 - 6 PM.

Paintings and Poems

Painters and Poets--A Celebration of Kindred Spirits

Free Reception April 1, 2017     4 - 6 PM


We’re so excited to celebrate National Poetry Month by pairing local artists and poets.  Several artists will be creating pieces inspired by poems; and several poets will write poems inspired by paintings.  Artists and poets will be on hand, to share their work and explain their process.

So far, participating poets include Norma Ketzis Bernstock, Nancy Dymond, Penelope Ghartey, Sally Hendee, Patricia Kett, Bonnie Law, Celena London, and Tracey Gass Ranze. They’ve been paired with participating artists and photographers, including Isabelle Bajda, Mef Gannon, Penelope Ghartey, Woody Goldberg, Claudine Luchsinger, Susan Miiller, Ari Mir-Pontier, Nick Roes, and Joan Standora.

Please join us.

"Creative Conversations" Discussion Groups

BAAA sponsors a monthly discussion group where local artists and other interested parties meet to talk about things of interest to the community. It meets 2 - 3 PM on the second Saturday of each month.

You’re welcome to attend, take a turn as a panelist or moderator, or to submit a discussion topic for consideration. It’s free and open to the public, with complimentary refreshments provided by The Artists’ Market Community Center.

Some of our past discussions:

4/26/2015: Creative Differences with Nick Roes

Topic: "Does beauty or obscenity exist as an objective reality?"

Are beauty and obscenity real? Or do they exist only in the eye of the beholder?

5/31/2015: Creative Conversations with Claudine Luchsinger

Topic: "How does art create social change?"

Panelists: Brandi Merolla and Isaac Green Diebboll

Moderator: Claudine Luchsinger

7/5/2015: Creative Conversations with John Tomlinson

Topic: "Identity in the 21st Century"

In the digital age, ideas can be shared and judged independently of the personalities who created them. We have no other choice, since we don't know the age, gender, or ethnic background of those who share anonymously. Is this the end of originality? Or the beginning?

Discussion Group Leader: John Tomlinson


2/13/2016: Creative Conversations with Glenn Pontier

Topic: "Art and God"

Is God the source of all art? Is art the creator of all gods? What place does God play in your artistic creations?

Discussion Group Leader: Glenn Pontier

The Climate Collection

January 7, 2017 4 - 6 PM

"The Climate Collection" Event is sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association.  A "Delightful Dozen" prints will be on display including Winter Weather Favorites by Edvard Munch and Claude Monet, as well as those by lesser known but equally talented artists.  There’s also the print of "Hunters in the Snow" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder that was painted in the year 1565 shown above.  


Local artists also participating so far in a group show include  Ray Corriher, Rebecca Esposito, Laura Gagliardi, Mef Gannon, Debbie Gioello, John Morrissey Griffin, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Warren Pardi, Nick Roes,  Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, Brianna Woods, and Elva Zingaro.


There’s a free reception from 4 – 6 PM on January 7, 2017, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.  Take shelter from the cold, and enjoy the hot cocoa, coffee, and other complimentary refreshments.


"Women of Song" Event

The history of women in Western music is an embarrassment. Most of the time, women were expected to perform and teach music, but not create it. The "Women of Song" Event includes a presentation of images tracing the history of women in music, a discussion of the special challenges facing women composers, and a live performance by local singer/songwriters.

The discussion will be led by "Mef and Angela", a song writing and performing duo who have been in the music industry for many years. The images cover virtually unknown, but extremely gifted, women from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods.

Running concurrently is an exhibit of local artists, including Eloy Argueso, Isabelle Bajda, Jane Brennan, Rebecca Esposito, Mef Gannon, Debbie Gioello, Adrienne Markowitz, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Warren Pardi, Joseph Petrosi, Dixie Rich, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, Joan Standora, and Elva Zingaro.

It's 4 - 6 PM, August 5, 2017, at the Artists' Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458. Please join us for complimentary refreshments, and an event you’ll never forget.

A Celebration of Cinematic Arts

Classic movie buffs will think they died and went to heaven. It’s A Celebration of the Cinematic Arts, featuring rare artifacts, a video presentation, and John DiLeo—author of six books on classic movies. The video, BLOOPERS, SECRETS, AND SURPRISES FROM HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE, is a fascinating compilation of classic-movie clips—not outtakes, but actual mistakes nobody noticed until it was too late. It’s a funny, light-hearted peek at behind-the-scenes Hollywood, including clips featuring Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire, Yul Brynner, Alfred Hitchcock, Cyd Charisse, and many more.

"A Celebration of Cinematic Art" is being sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association. Our featured guest will be John DiLeo, the author of six books about classic movies who has conducted one-on-one onstage interviews with the likes of Arlene Dahl, Jane Powell, Rex Reed, Farley Granger, Marge Champion, and many others.

The timing of this celebration coincides with the release of John’s latest book, Ten Movies at a Time, being published by Hansen Publishing Group. Through reviews of 350 representative films, John writes from the perspective that the history of movies parallels the history of America itself. 

For example, the 1940s show Hollywood in full war-effort mode, in battle and on the home front. This is followed by a post-war cinema consisting of groundbreaking realism as well as a spate of fantasy films; then the new and exciting film noir, portraits of Cold War panic, and the domestic bliss of suburbia.

The Event will also feature an exhibit of cinema related artifacts on loan from many different sources, on display now through October 15.  Plus a group exhibit of local artists including Eloy Argueso, Jane Brennan, Rebecca Esposito, Mef Gannon, DebbieGioello, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Ari Mir-Pontier, Dixie Rich, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, and Joan Standora.

Please join us on October 7, 2017, from 4 - 6 PM at 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA for complimentary refreshments, and a classic movie buff's dream.

This Event has been made possible with the support of the Richard L. Snyder Fund, administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

Plein Air Adventures


    Our 2017 Plein Air Adventures offered artists and art-lovers the chance to celebrate life as they never have before.  Painting events took place both day and night, and along lakes and rivers.  We provided supplies and complimentary refreshments, and many of these events will also have live music.

Participating artists had several opportunities to show off the work they created, in at three Receptions in different parts of Sullivan County.  Our Plein Air Adventures were made possible with funds from the 2017 Arts For Sullivan Decentralization Program, administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.


Our painting parties were along the Delaware River in Callicoon, on the banks of Kenoza Lake, and at ECCE Bed and Breakfast in Barryville, NY.

Venues for our celebrations included Sunshine Studios in Barryville, NY, the Jeffersonville Branch of the Sullivan West Library, and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor.

Reception at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum's Wulff Gallery--Kelly Buchta gave a great talk about how plein air artists and catch-and-release fishers are kindred spirits, and we were treated to live music by Nick Roes.  

The Exhibits included a collection of prints featuring the history of plein air painting, a group exhibit of local plein air artists, and work created at our Plein Air la Nuit painting party.  

Plein Air La Nuit--A dozen artists gathered on private property along the Delaware River in Callicoon, NY.  Alexis Siroc gave beginners some pointers, and experienced artists like Gregory Pelly and Ari Mir-Pontier created plein air masterpieces.

En Plelin Air Du Lac--Access to privately owned property on Kenoza Lake was just one of the things that made this Event so much fun.  Artists had difficulty deciding where to set up, as a babbling brook, tranquil lagoon, and the majestic lake offer so many breathtaking views.

The Art and Historyof Kenoza Lake--Art created at a painting party in Kenoza Lake was on display. PLUS, an SRO crowd heard County Historian John Conway separate the facts from the fiction about Kenoza Lake's famous "Hex Murder".

Sculpture in the Garden

November 4, 2017

"Celebration of Hispanic Heritage" Event

September 2, 2017 4 - 6 PM

It’s hard to overstate the impact that Spanish culture has had—not only in the arts, but on Western civilization in general.  The Barryville Area Arts Association is sponsoring "A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage" Event that includes an exhibit of prints representing 2000 years of Hispanic Art.  

Work of contemporary Hispanic artists will also be on display.  The Exhibit was created with the generous collaboration of the Hispanic Society of America to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The free September 2nd reception will include a brief presentation by Artist/Cuban refugee Ari Mir-Pontier, live music from Daniel "Danny J" Justiniano, and complimentary refreshments.

Running concurrently is an exhibit of local artists including the work of Eloy Argueso, Jane Brennan, Rebecca Esposito, Mef Gannon, Debbie Gioello, Stephanie McClure, Susan Miiller, Ari Mir-Pontier, Dixie Rich, Nick Roes, Kelly Ryan, and Joan Standora.

It’s all happening September 2, 2017, 4 - 6 PM at the Artists' Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA 18458.   Please join us.



"BEHOLD" October 21, 2017 1 - 3 PM

Those of us who live in the Upper Delaware River Valley sometimes take for granted the beauty of our local surroundings, and local artists have been doing all they can to correct this.  "BEHOLD!" is an event that will include a display of breathtaking views that many of us "locals" have passed by hundreds of times without even noticing. 

Creations by local artists help us appreciate the wonder of local wildlife, leaves, trees, rock formations, and, of course, of many views of the Delaware River.  This special event  will include an exhibit of the work of more than 12 local artists, live music, complimentary refreshments, and a presentation by Alan J. Rosenblatt.

Alan’s venue, ECCE Bed and Breakfast, hosted one of the painting parties where artwork was created for this event, and loaned the English translation of the Latin word ECCE ("BEHOLD!) as the name of this event.  Work on display includes scenes from the grounds of ECCE, as well as creations from earlier painting parties in two other parts of Sullivan County.

Participating artists include Barbara Arrindell, Robert Carl, Eija Friedlander, Mef Gannon, Kurtis S. Kreider, Audrey Lanham, Claudine Luchsinger, Gregory Pelly, Ari Mir-Pontier, Sharon Pontier, Alexis Siroc, Joan Standora, and Edward Stone.

So come and "BEHOLD" on October 21, from 1 – 3 PM at Sunshine Studios, 12 River Road, Barryville, NY.

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