Gallery425 Hosts the WVIA Annual Artist Celebration!

Gallery425 has the pleasure of hosting student artist candidates for WVIA’s Visual and Performing Artist of the Year.

The Artist of the Year for both Performing and Visual Art, as well as the People’s Choice Awards will be announced at the Artist Celebrations at the following locations:

Mainstreet Galleries in Kingston, Saturday, April 8, 6-8pm
Gallery 425 in Williamsport, Friday April 7, 4-6 (First Friday Celebration at 6pm)
The Looking Glass Gallery in Hawley, April 21, 5pm

The Visual and Performing Artist of the Year, as well as the Visual and Performing People’s Choice Award winner will be presented with their plaque at the Artist Celebration he or she attends.  The Performing People’s Choice Awards and Artist of the Year will also be presented their plaque at their annual school spring concert, or similar.

Artist of the Year:Performance

WVIA is proud to announce that the following Performing Artists of the Week have been chosen as the top ten performers, and finalists for Performing Artist of the Year!  (and one Viewers Choice Award winner, both to be named later)

Eric Lee, Valley View
Jessica Hopkins, Wyoming Area
Ellie Motichka . Western Wayne
Natalie Ryba, Hazleton
Dylan Tackley, Mid Valley
Kaile Martinelli, West Scranton
Cassandra Walters, Hughesville
Christina Han, Lewisburg
Jessi Burdett, Loyalsock Township
William Knauth, Williamsport

Artist of the Year: Visual

WVIA is proud to announce that the following visual Artists of the Week have been chosen to exhibit their work at one of the three gallery locations.  The top ten visual art students, plus one People’s Choice Award Winner (to be revealed at the celebration) are as follows:

Nicholas Woronchuk, Abington Heights
Nicholas Antidormi, Western Wayne
Abbey John, Hazleton
Bailey Piechota, Pittston Area
Reiley Weems, Delaware Valley
Jake Orrell, Mid Valley
Rachel Caudell, Tunkhannock
Bobby Brenner, Coughlin
Sheila Brassard, Southern Columbia
Olivia Martin, Lewisburg
Kacee Reitz , Milton

A panel of judges will score each student’s 9 piece submission, and determine the Artist of the Year.  The pieces will be displayed at three galleries across the WVIA viewing area for our annual Artist Celebration.

All pieces will be available for viewing throughout the month of April. Congratulations go out to each and every participant!

Vincent Hron at Gallery425 in April



Hron’s work has evolved over the years through diligent engagement’s with the painting medium within varied personal and cultural contexts. This process has been inspired by a few big ideas that continue to invite exploration, and of those ideas, notions about drawing and spirituality are the most fundamental.  In more recent years, observation based drawing and paintings of skies and clouds lead to a new body of abstract work.  Clouds are amazingly complex subjects to try to draw because of their fractal nature, and because they are molded by the currents of air in and around them.  They are ephemeral. Hron likes to think of them as a metaphor of the self, shaped through the dynamic interaction of internal and external forces.  Drawing clouds becomes a formal challenge of finding the pattern in the turbulence.  Similarly, in the abstract works, he tries to generate a spontaneous scribble, and then work to find ordering patterns within it.

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Hron was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.  In 1984 he received a B.F.A. from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and in 1897, an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.   Upon graduation, he received a Graduate Scholarship to study for a year at the Statliche Akademi der Bilden den Kunst, in Karlsruhe, Germany.  Following his year abroad, Hron returned home to Omaha where he established a regular studio and exhibition practice.  Hron served as an adjunct faculty member to several area universities, receiving numerous regional awards.  In 1996 he accepted a position at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania where he continues to paint, exhibit, and teach.

Vincent’s Full Resume Here