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Classic art celebrates the holidays

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

“The Dream of St. Joseph” by Philippe de Champaigne (1643). Photo contributed.

BARRYVILLE/SHOHOLA: Everyone is invited to share in a free holiday celebration that includes refreshments, art, music, and hot chocolate. The Barryville Area Arts Association is celebrating all holiday traditions with two themed displays of classic art and a display of work by our most talented local artisans.

The Story of Christmas in Classic Art includes ten classic prints, from the angel’s announcement to Mary that she would give birth (“The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico, c. 1440), through the trip back home and hiding the Baby from the murderous King Herod (“Rest on Flight Through Egypt” by Orazio Gentileschi, 1626).

Another exhibit, Creation Stories from Around the World, includes artistic representations of ten different creation stories associated with major, obscure, and extinct religions.

“According to some Chinese creation stories," explains Event Coordinator, Nick Roes, "the universe began as a big, black, cosmic egg. Inside this egg was Pangu, who slept for 18,000 years while the Yin and the Yang came into balance. Our classic illustrations show what he did after he awoke.”

“The Creation of Adam” (c. 1512) by Michelangelo. Photo contributed.

Also on display is a large selection of one-of-a-kind items, created by local artists and suitable for gifts. These include painted rocks by Ray Corriher, stone necklaces by Stephanie McClure, framed photography by Eija Friedlander, knitted “Shohola Chapeaus” by Rene Pedlock, bracelets and fabric art by Mef Gannon, crystal pendants by Rebecca Bryant, photos on canvas by Erika Vidal, re-purposed jewelry by Rose Chateau, alcohol ink designs on tiles by Jane Brennan, watercolors by Audrey Lanham, bottle openers made from salvaged Erie Railroad spikes by Jerry Keller, pencil drawings by Robert Bradley, polymer clay sculptures (“Jaws in Jars”) by Laura Gagliardi, Pottery by Kelly Ryan, original T-shirts, hand-painted holiday ornaments, hand carved holiday decorations, and much more.

The classic artwork exhibits and work of local artisans will be on display till December 27 at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA.

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