Four Keystone College senior art students who graduated from local high schools and are nearing the day when they will see Keystone in the rearview mirror finally got something they’ve been dreaming of Friday.
Gallery space to show they had arrived.
On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., they were given a chance to have their work viewed by the public in a reception that at times left little room to view the efforts.
Tunkhannock Area grad Morgan Scudder stood next to some large landscapes in the Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery at 514 Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, with a huge grin and said, “This is my depressive and anxious self,” noting her art was a way of getting rid of negative energy.
The images had brilliant color, however, and were not “dark,” she acknowledged.
Diagonally opposite her at AFA Gallery was Elk Lake grad Dustin Goff of Meshoppen, who stood in front of some panels of photography which told their own stories both through individual frames and the larger panel itself.
He said he started working with photography in high school and admits “I wasn’t very good then.”
But he beamed about the panels which showed a real grasp of digital photography - both in technique and composition and also in coming up with a new way - the panels - of telling stories.
Upstairs at AFA was Janelle Rought, also a Tunkhannock grad, who had a sizable amount of wall space devoted to her black-and-white photographs which told a story of the interplay of youths with caring for farm animals.
Rought said she began to have an interest in photography with a point-and-shoot camera in eighth grade, but liked working in a black-and-white medium because “It provides a safe feeling.”
She said she would love to work in conservation and wildlife photography to raise awareness “of issues we should all be concerned about.”
Across Lackawanna Avenue at the Artworks Gallery, Lackawanna Trail graduate Reese Scott stood next to some almost larger than life charcoal drawings, that were not just self portraits, but double self portraits where he was able to get himself in his art not once but twice.
He admitted that any one of them took about 40 hours from concept to finish, and he particularly liked the one of himself as fisherman who at the end of his hook, had caught another, well, image of himself.
Drawing from famed American artist Norman Rockwell’s ability to do the something similar, and admitting private lessons a way back from local artist Barry Singer and classroom instruction from Trail art teachers Mary Belle Gilroy and Dan Demora, Scott said he really liked the idea of finally seeing his art (mostly 22x30 images) on the wall.
The four were among 23 graduating students from Keystone College’s four-year art programs.
A graduation requirement for art students, the exhibit features a wide array of diverse media including graphic design, photography, ceramics, sculptures, and glass, among others.
The show consists of displays at both the Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, and the ArtWorks Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, and will remain open for the rest of the month.