Artworks To Host “Purely Pastel”Art Exhibit

Join us at ArtWorks Gallery and Studio on First Friday, November 4th, from 5-9 pm for Purely Pastel, an exhibition of recent works by Lisa Cunningham and Joe Kluck.

 LISA CUNNINGHAM is an artist based in Northeastern Pennsylvania who creates two-dimensional works of art using soft pastels as her desired medium. About her work, the artist states, “It is my intention to create work that allows us to stay connected with the places we see and experience every day. Architecture in our environment, throughout our cities and rural landscapes, incorporates history, culture, and purpose for each of us.” A classically trained, representational artist with degrees in fine art and education, Cunningham finds inspiration through travel and the simple things that exist in everyday life. Cunningham’s work is represented by Patricia Hutton Galleries (PA), Sheldon Fine Art (FL), and Cooper & Smith (CT).

 JOE KLUCK is an artist based in Northeastern Pennsylvania who creates two-dimensional works of art using soft pastels as his desired medium. Kluck’s accolades include earning Master Pastelist status from the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle Status from the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Throughout his career, he has concentrated his studio practice on depicting subject matter, including but not limited to automobiles, landscapes, still life imagery, and favorite past times. In addition to his work as a Pastelist, Kluck has specialized in hand-carved gold leaf signage, teaching through visual art, and working as a Cartoon Artist, where his 1980’s “Onionhead” series was featured in newspapers across the U.S., South Africa, and the Phillippines.

Artworks Gallery To Host Art Exhibit

Join us at ArtWorks Gallery and Studio on the First Friday, October 7th, from 5-9 pm for Jessica Maietta: Synergy. Maietta is an artist based in Northeastern Pennsylvania who creates two-dimensional works using various mixed media techniques.

About her work, the artist states, “mixed media enables me to channel my subconscious mind and discover personal truths. Some of my art is non-archival, mirroring the ever-changing impermanence of life. Everything has a beginning, an end, and the now. I create my own pictorial language using symbols. My pieces reflect personal views of human life in relation to time, space, nature, and spirituality. The symbols I use are universal, allowing variable interpretations. Being aware of these alternative dimensions elevates me from being a robotic gear in the clock of life.”

In addition to her work, Maietta is an accomplished tattoo artist in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Join us in celebrating Jessica’s work for the entire month of October. Beyond First Friday, the gallery is open to the public 8 am – 4 pm M-F. Masks required.

ArtWorks Gallery and Studio Exhibition to Honor Alex Seeley

The Alex Seeley Memorial Fund is proud to announce an exhibition of Alex Seeley’s work at ArtWorks Gallery and Studio from August 1 through 31, 2022. Perseverance: The Life’s Work of Alex Seeley will have an opening reception to the public on First Friday, August 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This retrospective will display a variety of work that Seeley created throughout his life as an artist and photographer. Seeley created art in all stages of his life and was most well known in the community for his concert photography. He was a great lover of music, horror, and all things Halloween. His loved ones remember him as vivacious and insightful with a deep love for life and a witty remark always at hand. Seeley succumbed to his long battle with cancer on February 11, 2021.

“I love my brother and I want to support and preserve his legacy,” said Melissa Seeley. “I’ve always been so proud of how he was easily able to express himself through his art. He was able to turn his observations into something magical. I miss him everyday.”

The Alex Seeley Memorial Fund was created in 2022 to honor the legacy of Alex Seeley. The fund is administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.The Alex Seeley Memorial Fund is a tax-exempt fund that supports initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Formed in 2022, the Alex Seeley Memorial Fund supports the arts, photography, and initiatives that serve children facing illness such as Make-A-Wish.

To support this fund, tax-deductible donations can be made here: or by calling the Scranton Area Community Foundation, (570) 347-6203.