A painting of Andy Warhol hangs on the wall of the Dietrich Theater this month.
Which is appropriate, given the fact that it is one of the ‘Pop Art’ exhibits being featured at the Earnshaw and Sherwood Galleries at the Dietrich through the end of May.
In addition to Warhol, one can find examples of Pop Art produced by various local artists. A stroll through the galleries reveals paintings of cars and other objects which could appear in magazine advertisements, boxes containing small toys, plus odds and ends, arranged into objet d’art, and brightly colored paintings that one might find in a comic strip or on a billboard.
The show is a joint effort between the Dietrich Theater and the Kitson Arts Alliance.
Among the contributing artists is Michelle McKenzie of Tunkhannock, who produced the ‘cigar box artwork’ adorning the walls. McKenzie’s appearance at the Dietrich is the first time in several years that her work has appeared in public.
“I’ve always liked making art, but I finally decided to put myself out there,” she explained.
McKenzie likes to draw creatures and fantasy lands - working with various mediums, including cigar boxes.
“Each cigar box is a world filled with details,” McKenzie explained. “I’ve always been a collector - I love finding things at yard sales I like toys appearing in my pieces.”
In 2005, McKenzie saw an example of cigar box art created by Joseph Cornell. This inspired her to create her own cigar box artwork.
“I’ve created 17 so far,” she explained. “When I create something, I never have a set image in mind. I just lay everything out on the floor and see what happens. It just becomes what it is.”
Also represented at the show is Elyse Mattocks of Tunkhannock, who has several paintings of cars.
“I usually work in acrylic or water colors,” Mattocks explained.
Mattocks works at the Auto Mart in Tunkhannock, and art is her hobby.
“That’s where my comfort zone is,” she explained.
This is Mattocks first show at the Dietrich.
“It’s really exciting to see this,” she explained. It’s nice to see something in Tunkhannock here like this.”
Mattocks said she is writing a children’s book about a time-traveling cat, and anticipates working on an adult novel within a year.
The painting of Andy Warhol was created by Rhi Wallace of Kingston. Wallace is a tattoo artist with a shop on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston. She also creates pictures in various mediums.
“I don’t like to stick to just one style,” Wallace said about why works in a variety of mediums.
This is the first time Wallace has been to Tunkhannock, and was very impressed by the welcome she was given during the reception at the Dietrich.
“It’s great to see so many people here,” she said.
One artist returning to the Dietrich is Scott Nichols of South Auburn. Nichols creates lamps to order out of a variety of off-beat objects - including deer skulls, antlers, 45 records and figurines made out of metal.
Nichols says he has a job pending at Art E Fekts, a new gallery opening in Pittston. He’s going to be converting to two huge exhaust fans into chandeliers.
“It’s going to turn out pretty wild, I’m sure,” he said.
One of Nichols’ creations on display at the Dietrich is a long-neck lamp, with tins of ‘Revelation’ ‘Half and Half,’ and other tobacco related products at the base. Title of the piece is ‘Long Whip Nici.’
Other artists who have their works on display at the Pop Art exhibit include Catrina King, Mike Reznick, Steve Colley, and Amanda Robinson.