Local artists display works in Eldred
Constance Andrews displays one of her pieces of Scherenschnitte. Andrews teaches classes in the art of papercutting from time to time at the Eldred Township Community Center.
These are some of the beautiful examples of the flowers painted by Charlene Taylor. Taylor uses oil on canvas to create are “Birth Month Flowers.”
Gary Embich’s water colors are as lifelike as his wife, Nancy’s photos.
Art students were on hand to demonstrate how they are creating art using both modern and time-tested techniques. Armand Ceres was creating a piece of animation using a tablet while his friend Hannah McBride looked on. Jeanna DiAngelis was sketching while Madison Jackson was using chalk to perfect a still life.
Linda Stockman of Kunkletown prefers to paint oil on illustration board. Here she poses with her work “Kathy’s Kritter.” JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
For the second year the Eldred Township Community Center held an art exhibition to show off some local talent. The show, which took place April 12 and 13 showcased members of the Pocono Mountains Arts Group and other local artists and students.
The exhibit included oil, water, felting and an old German paper cutting art known as Scherenschnitte.
The Scherenschnitte was the work of 102-year-old Constance Andrews of Kunkletown. Andrews, who taught in the one room schoolhouses of Monroe County, frequently holds Scherenschnitte classes at the community center where she passes on the unique skills she has honed through the years.
Julia Saeger, who exhibited her oil, water and acrylic paintings explained how she came to be an artist.
“I started painting after my husband passed away,” Saeger said. “Before that I didn’t think I could draw a stick figure. But painting, it calms you down, it makes you level. For me it gives me a purpose.”
Both Nancy Embich and her husband Gary exhibited their work at the show. Nancy is an accomplished photographer, capturing images of the wildlife that is abundant in the Poconos. Gary paints, mainly in watercolor. Nancy says that Gary often paints subjects that she has photographed.
“I don’t photo shop any of my work,” Embich said. “But sometimes Gary will paint it and he leaves out the wires. He does such beautiful work.”
Gary Embich also has an art studio in his Saylorsburg home where he teaches art classes to students eight to 80.
“I teach water, oil it doesn’t matter,” he said. “If a person enjoys painting I encourage them to continue. They may never exhibit their work, but it’s more about how it makes them feel.”
There were a number of students working on their crafts during the exhibit. Armand Ceres was using a tablet to create an animated piece, Jeanna DiAngelis was sketching while Madison Jackson was working on a still life in chalk pastels.