Eighteen months after its cancellation because of COVID-19, a exhibition of work from six local artists is set to launch later this month.

Metropolis will be the featured exhibit for The Chamber Gallery’s reopening, according to a press release from gallery officials. An opening reception is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25. The gallery is located at 27 N. Main St., Carbondale, inside the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

The exhibit was initially scheduled to open on March 20, 2020. Forty pieces of art were hung on the walls and the gallery was ready to open, but the pandemic kept the gallery dark until now.

The theme for the exhibit centers on the elements inherent to urban life, with each artist offering their perspective on the various aspects of a city. From the historical origins, the celebration of arts, the environment and even iconic landmarks that define a city, each artist uses their unique medium to bring the ideas to life. The exhibition also addresses the struggles of once great urban centers, now facing modern realities and obstacles, yet still surviving and with the efforts of cooperation with commerce, religious institutions, the government and the most important component — residents — moving from surviving to flourishing.

The exhibit will feature works from:

  • Warren Cox, board member of the Scranton Architectural Heritage Association and a resident of Scranton.
  • professional fine art photographer Kath Fallon, a lifelong resident of Scranton.
  • professional photographer Kenny Ganz, a volunteer coordinator at Steamtown National Historic Site.
  • Cindy Pearl, a professional nature, wildlife and environmental photographer/videographer and manager of Environmental Arts of Lackawanna County.
  • Alice Taylor McGraw, a photographer and lifelong citizen of Scranton.
  • Ruthanne Jones, director of The Chamber Gallery, fine art photographer and Carbondale resident.

The opening night reception is free and will also feature music from Sandra Anderson. In addition, the gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Masks are required in the gallery.