Project Gallery Expansion into Gallery425

“Learning to See,” Photography by Susquehanna University Students

Opening Friday, March 3rd, 2017, 6pm-9pm

Located at Gallery425, the Project Gallery will be a joint effort that allows Lycoming Arts to add to it’s current 3 educational gallery experiences. Presently, there are three student galleries: one at Plankenhorns for elementary students, one at the Genetti for High school students and one at the CAC lobby for College students.

Gallery425 will launch its new Project Gallery with a collection of photographs by Susquehanna University students on First Friday March 3rd.  The exhibition entitled “Learning to See” will feature original works by more than fifteen students produced for assignments during the past several semesters.

“Creating an exceptional photograph is more than just understanding the technical workings of a camera,” said Adjunct Professor Gordon Wenzel, a fine art / commercial photographer who teaches the photography program at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.  “It is about seeing the world from a unique vantage point and being able to express that visually.  We all make assumptions about what things look like in the world around us.  But in order to create a truly compelling image, we must really learn to see differently, looking beyond our assumptions.  Just like someone who is drawing an object must break down the form into its basic components, a photographer must open their eyes and minds, and breakdown a scene to what is not just obvious or familiar.  Then using compositional tools, they can construct an image so that it informs the viewer of something truly unique.”

Regarding the Project Gallery, gallery owner Judy Olinsky said: “in partnership with Lycoming Arts, this new space can be used for special art projects done by the regional art professors, public school art teachers and non-profit groups.  The gallery has a special hanging system that can display matted only works—which is important since it is usually too expensive for students to frame their works.  I am very excited to be able to host such exhibitions in our downtown gallery.”

There will be an opening reception on First Friday March 3rd from 6-9pm which is free and open to the public.  The exhibition will continue on display until April 5th.


For more information:

Gordon Wenzel 570-490-0778


There is going to be a “Battle” at Gallery 425 in March! Photography by Arissa Dickison

“Battle” by Arissa Dickison

Opening Friday, March 3rd, 2017


Dickison was Born in 1993 in a small town in New Jersey. It was her father that inspired her to start to study art at a young age. It all started when she won the fourth grade art award just like her father, brother, aunts and cousins had done before her. When it came to high school, she fell in love with the art of graphic design. Arissa then went off to Lycoming College to study commercial design and photography. Arissa graduated from Lycoming College in May of 2016 with a B.A  of Photography and Commercial Design and stayed in the area to work on her photography. 

While at Lycoming College, Arissa found what style of photography and art she liked to create. Most of her work shows the issues and stereotypes everyone deals with on an every day basis. Her work is created with hope to over come these issues in society. 


Battle is a body of work that focuses on the constant inner struggle within oneself against society. Men and women are going through challenges in their everyday lives to overcome their self-conscious issues of not being good enough. Each day, people strive to be confident and be the best version of themselves.

The models are painted in different colors to express their own struggle and then photographed. The smoke manipulations are intended to create an illusion of the models overcoming their issues of the past.

The audience should leave understanding the fight against the past to become confident. The past is not defining, but strengthening and using the past to motivate oneself can help build inner confidence. Due to society and the media, we have become adapted to trusting someone else’s opinion, rather than our own. We are all trying to believe in and love ourselves. Men and women are learning how to become confident within themselves and finally breaking societal norms. In order to feel truly confident, we must be able to handle every part of our selves.

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