Chamber Gallery kicks off 2020

‘American Neon’ by Kenny Ganz.

The Chamber Gallery, located in the historic Dime Bank Building, now The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Building, Carbondale, will present the first exhibition of the 2020 season: “Metropolis,” Saturday, March 21, at The Chamber Gallery from 7-9 p.m., featuring the artistry of Kathy Fallon, Warren Cox, Kenny Ganz, Cindy Pearl and Ruthanne Jones. Legendary singer, Sandra Anderson will perform throughout the evening and refreshments will be served.

Admission is free.

The theme for the exhibit centers around the elements which are inherent to urban life, with each artist presenting through his or her unique individual medium, perspective on various aspects of a city including the historical origins, the devotion to the arts, the environment and iconic aspects which identify the character of the city, the residential areas and the experience of living within a large populous and yet finding individual enrichment. 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 co-operation with commerce, religious institutions, the governing body and the most important component–the citizenry– moving beyond surviving into a flourishing environment. The exhibit will run through April 11.

Each, in this “quintet” of visual artists, reveals, and brings varied personal views and perceptions to this exhibition, according to his or her particular specialty. Experienced, artist/painter for more than 50 years, Warren Cox, board member of the Scranton Architectural Heritage Association, and generational citizen of Scranton possesses, scholarly knowledge of the history and development of the city which he has beautifully documented in more than 80 paintings of surviving architectural and residential area hallmarks, representing the historical beginnings, origin and foundation of the city through the evolution of time. Many of his works will be presented in the exhibition.

Professional fine art photographer, Kathy Fallon, a life-long citizen of Scranton, derives her inspiration and, takes pride in her photographs of Scranton. These include Scranton’s colorful Italian Festival, as well as local landmarks including the Electric City sign, Lackawanna Station and the Penn Paper Building. Fallon also views the metropolis of Manhattan’s New York City, as a tremendous source of creative, compelling and striking imagery; consequently she has assembled a collection of pieces –both literal and enhanced– taken in photogenic of cities. The locations range from the Brooklyn Bridge to Grand Central Station to Central Park, Times Square and beyond. All are iconic emblems of “the city” experience.

Kenny Ganz, is a professional photographer, volunteer coordinator at Steamtown National Historic Site and works at the National Park Service. Ganz was a former photography instructor at Miami Dade College and photographer at Miami International Airport.

A selection from Ganz’s “American Neon” collection, showcasing more than 35 years of neon signs across the country will be featured in the show. Each photograph will be electrically illuminated from behind the photograph. Many of the signs in this exhibit are no longer in existence, however, Ganz feels fortunate to have realized and documented this true slice of Americana.

Cindy Pearl, a professional nature, wild life and environmental photographer/videographer, and manager of Environmental Arts of Lackawanna County, will address through her photographic images of the environmental impact locally which is of concern to all major cities and towns. Graffiti has become visualized as a growing urban problem for many cities in industrialized nations, spreading from the early 1970s to the rest of the United States and Europe and other world regions. On the other hand, graffiti artists, particularly marginalized artists with no access to mainstream media, resist this viewpoint to display their art or political views in public locations. Pearl captures graffiti as it impacts our environment along many rivers which border our cities including the Lackawanna River in Scranton and the upper valley cities.

Ruthanne Jones, director of The Chamber Gallery is also a fine art photographer, and makes her home in Carbondale. Having ancestral roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania since the 1700s, Jones focuses on the urban Carbondale once hailed in its prime as a premier city of commerce and now, like many towns and cities in the area, is struggling with the decline of these empowering forces. Carbondale, which was incorporated as a city in Luzerne County on March 15, 1851, is the oldest city in what later became Lackawanna County, and the fourth oldest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Carbondale was developed by William and Maurice Wurts, the founders of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, during the rise of the anthracite coal mining industry in the early 19th century. Carbondale was the site of the first deep vein anthracite coal mine in the United States. It was also a major terminal of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. All of these factors created tremendous economic growth. Carbondale grew in prominence and became a center of mining, commerce and culture.

Ruthanne turns her lens to what remains from the heyday and also the revival of what was known as “The Pioneer City.” Jones sees a renaissance and a rebirth of the spirit of the citizens which is reflected in her photographs for the exhibit “Metropolis.”

The Chamber Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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