People attending the latest art show at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts gallery are literally seeing red.
Which is not surprising, given the title of the exhibit is ‘Predominately Red,’ and features work of many local artists in which red is the primary color.
According to gallery director Marion Stroka, in order to qualify for the exhibit, a piece had to have at least 80 percent of the color red in it. At least 50 artists submitted work for this month’s show, and a committee decided which ones would be displayed.
Concerning using red as a theme, EMCA’s Gerald Kenjorski explained that he, Stroka, and others were discussing various possibilities, when they recalled a series of art books published several years ago. Each book was dedicated to a single color - red, white, blue, etc. - and featured works of various artists.
“Someone called out ‘red’ and that’s how we came up with it. Something that was different,” he said.
Red indeed is the prominent color, dominating every painting, sculpture and every other piece of artwork on display.
The theme inspired Gail Long of Meshoppen - an EMCA member - to create her own work specifically for the show - a collage titled ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’
“It was my favorite story when I was a kid,” Long explained. “So I went from there.”
Long has previously had her work on display at the gallery - mostly in pen and ink, and watercolors.
“I wanted to do something different because it was a challenge,” Long said about the collage.
Susan Jayne of Laceyville also created something specifically for the exhibit, a watercolor of a tree painted on yupo paper titled ‘Fall.’
“When you use yupo paper, the colors have a tendency to run,” she explained. “So you try to control it, or it controls you.”
Jayne said she was intrigued by the idea of using red to create a painting, just to see what she could do.
This is the first time Susan Yanoski of Tunkhannock has had one of her pieces on display at the gallery - an oil painting titled ‘Red Bells,’ which are actually peppers. She’s been painting for four years and has had her work displayed in Mount Claire and other areas.
“I’m an accountant, and I have grandchildren. “I wanted to leave them something more interesting,” she explained about what got her interested in painting.
By far, the most interesting exhibit is an ‘installation’ set up in the gallery’s center room, dominating the proceedings. Keeping with the theme, almost every piece of the exhibit is red. But to the casual observer - looking at the old worn metal chair, step stool, shoes, dress, vase, a pinochle deck, and pennies strewn about the floor - it would appear that someone had emptied out their basement or garage. But looks can be deceiving.
The exhibit was put together by local artists Mike Trovato of Scranton, Michelle Thomas of Tunkhannock, Barbara Kapalski of Nicholson, and Mary Sadauckas of Hop Bottom.
Kapalski supplied the materials and she and the others assembled it at the gallery.
Kapalski said she had previously created a still life in the upstairs section of the gallery, and decided to use some of its elements - plus others she added - when exhibit’s title was announced. When she arrived at the gallery, she and her three colleagues assembled the exhibit in under 30 minutes.
“It just all came together,” explained Sadauckas. One thing would be put in, and it would suggest something else. It all said ‘Barbara’ - her shoes, her socks.”
At the end, they even made Kapalski leave the hat she was wearing as part of the exhibit.
“Installation is a way of taking found objects, and arranging them in an artistic way to convey an idea,” Thomas explained.
‘Predominately Red’ will remain on display at the gallery at 302 W. Tioga St. in Tunkhannock through Sunday, Feb. 25.