2018 Exhibition Schedule

CURRENT EXHIBITION: A Diary of Bodily Pain | Frank Locke (August 17 - September 29)

A solo exhibition by “Zeitgeist” winner Frank Locke

Zeitgeist winner Frank Locke will be here in Williamsport on Friday, August 17th to unveil the new exhibition “A Diary of Bodily Pain”. A University of Maine grad, Frank’s work uses textiles to embroider the words she cannot forget. The medium is a means to an end. During the opening an artist talk is planned for 7:30 PM. We hope to see you soon!

Notes From the Underground (October 5 - November 10)

Johnny Romeo / Kurt Herrmann / Mike Egan / Mark Loughney

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Abigail Atienza / Vance McCoy / Rick Bach / Richard “Ramma” Sutton

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND

Works on Paper

Internationally acclaimed Australian Pop painter Johnny Romeo is proud to announce the launch of his latest artistic project, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND. A strong supporter of the local Pennsylvanian creative community, Romeo has curated an exciting and forward thinking art initiative at Arthaus Projects, Williamsport, that examines the power of grassroots movements and the value of connecting with your artistic peers. Following off the back of 2017’s successful group initiative, ‘LA Residency (Local Access)’, the project is a thrilling celebration of the ‘underground’ as a vibrant place for collaboration and creation.

The brainchild of Johnny Romeo, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND explores the idea of community, of how the influence of our artistic peers allows us to build creative spaces with distinct identities. The project features Romeo alongside hand-picked Pennsylvanian artists Kurt Herrmann, Mike Egan and Mark Loughney, who in turn have each invited one artistic peer to take part who they believe is influential or captures the spirit of their community. As part of the initiative, Johnny Romeo will be inviting his longtime assistant Abigail Atienza. Mike Egan has elected local Pennsylvanian artist Rick Bach, while Mark Loughney has chosen fellow inmate Richard “Ramma” Sutton. On the academic end of the spectrum, Kurt Hermann has invited Vance McCoy, his ex-lecturer and mentor from Lockhaven University. Collectively, the participants brought on board reflect the diverse tapestry of artistic peers that enrich creative communities and allow them to grow and flourish.

Taking its title from the 2013 album by LA hard-rock band Hollywood Undead, the project gives a cheeky nod to the music and records that influenced Johnny Romeo in his formative years. Each of the 8 participants have contributed 6 small works on paper to be exhibited that respond to the theme of ‘notes from the underground’ in intuitive and insightful ways. Romeo’s clever curation can be seen through the 48 works featured in the show, with the number 48 acting as a playful riff on the project premise of ‘four artists becoming eight’.  All the paper stock has been custom cut to mirror the size of 12” record covers, including sleeves. The idea of the record cover, more notably, has informed the way in which each artist has approached their works, creating pieces that, like iconic album art, instantly draw in the viewer.

Much like the short, sharp bursts of punk rock that soundtracked Romeo’s youth, the participants have been encouraged to embrace rawness and speed in their art making process and complete each work in 30-45 minutes. These visual snapshots of ‘creative communities’ are characterised by their eye-grabbing immediacy, allowing the participants to approach their art making with an intuitive looseness that echoes the spontaneous and organic manner in which the creative underground develops.

The frenetic urgency and collaborative energy of the underground is powerfully captured by Johnny Romeo’s artwork contributions to the project. Romeo has crafted a stream-of-consciousness portrait of Salvador Dali that depicts the head of the Surrealist visionary elongated across the span of 6 paper works. Drawing on the gritty expressionism of Dostoevsky’s 1864 novella ‘Notes From the Underground’, Romeo’s gleefully absurd take on Dali is a grungy homage to Surrealism that exemplifies how artistic communities are often greater than the sum of their parts.

Making art more accessible to the community lies at the heart of NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND. Reflecting this ethos, the project shifts away from the conventional pricing of the commercial art market, with each work at priced at $150 to make it more affordable for local audiences to collect and engage with the art world. More importantly, the project gives audiences a unique insight from the artists involved into their world, and what it truly means to be a part of an artistic community.

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND is an ambitious and dynamic tribute to the spirit of connection, and a powerful testament to the notion that it takes a community to make a movement. Masterminded and curated by Australia’s King of Pop, the project is a celebration of coming together, of learning from your artistic peers and sharing in the joys of creating meaningful connections and communities.

Keystone (November 16 - December 22)

A group exhibition highlighting Pennsylvania contemporary artists. The finalized artist list will be announced soon.

New Beginnings (January 5 - February 10)

New Beginnings

A Group Exhibition Sampling All 2018 Artists

January 5 – February 10

“New Beginnings” is the inaugural exhibition of the newly formed Arthaus Projects, a 501(c)(3) non-profit art hub. “New Beginnings” will showcase a few pieces from each of the seven planned exhibitions for 2018. Exhibitions for the year include “Transformations” which is a dual exhibition by Kurt Herrmann and Tom Svec, highlighting the work and influence of mutual mentor Bill Foster; “Under Pressure” a group printmaking exhibition with hands on demonstrations; “Trophic Eggs” a solo exhibition by Mark Loughney; “Techne” our annual juried exhibition examining art and science; “A Diary of Bodily Pain” by “Zeitgeist” winner Frank Locke; “Notes from The Underground” a group exhibition examining art communities, curated by Johnny Romeo; and “Keystone” a showcase of Pennsylvania Contemporary artists.

This group exhibition exemplifies the gallery mission of making innovative, contemporary artwork accessible to those in Central Pennsylvania. It is a great way to plan your year and see a wide variety of works in person while meeting some of the exhibiting artists.

The opening reception for “New Beginnings” will be held on Friday, January 5th from 6-9pm. Several artists featured in 2018 will be in attendance during the opening. The exhibition runs from January 5th – February 10th, 2018 at Arthaus Projects (former Converge Gallery) in downtown Williamsport.

Transformations (February 16 - March 31)

Where creative endeavor is concerned, the evolution of artists, such as one might encounter in the study of art history can seem random and somewhat abstract. Direct influence is sometimes hard to establish, sometimes difficult for artists to embrace. Generally speaking, such activities are left to the art historians who delineate them according to their own set of observations and impressions.

Both Kurt Herrmann and I studied with Bill Foster at Lock Haven University. ( It was still Lock Haven State College when I was there in the 70″s). Kurt was a fine arts major, I was a liberal arts major. Kurt wanted to establish himself as a studio artist from the start. I gravitated toward the art department late in my academic career in pursuit of a degree in design – specifically furniture design.

It is not always the norm that a professor of art will have been an outstanding studio artist, energetic and ambitious in pursuit of his or her creative vision. It is also not the norm that such a person would also be an outstanding teacher. Not only was William Foster an outstanding teacher but he was able to separate his own artistic style from those of his students while maintaining a valid artistic critique.

Mentoring is a human art the basis of which is the suppression of ones ego to the point where constructive criticism can be rendered. Without critique, one can seldom move forward effectively in any creative undertaking. Mentoring in the case of Bill Foster involved not only moral support and constructive criticism but also actual monetary support. Bill owned our work. We became lifelong friends in the bargain.

As a group, we represent three different generations of creative undertaking. Bill started his undergraduate studies in the late forties, graduating from Columbia University with an MFA in fine art in the early fifties. His mature work, his transformations as he called them, began to take shape in the mid to late fifties and evolved on into the 80’s

I graduated in 1979 and established a furniture design workshop and studio shortly thereafter. From that point to the present, designing and building furniture has been my sole occupation.

Kurt graduated in 1996 with a BFA from LHU. He and I worked together for a number of years building furniture while he set about the task of establishing a studio. In about 2000 he established himself as a full-time studio artist.

It is hoped that within the purvey of this exhibit one might get an idea of creative evolution by three people interconnected by education and creative proximity. That we were all good friends, respected each other’s creativity, and were able to share those attributes across three generations encompassing the late forties through the present will, I hope, make for a thought provoking and entertaining exhibit. Transformations.

Under Pressure (April 6 - May 12)

Printmaking is over 5000 years old, with the earliest examples coming from the Sumerians who used cylindrical carved stone seals to make impressions on wet clay. Throughout history since then, printmaking has had a large impact on human civilization by increasing the speed, accessibility, and affordability of spreading ideas and images, an influence that continues even today in our modern society dominated electronic communication and reproduction. Even as older printing techniques are surpassed by new ones as technological and economic instruments, artists continue to use and preserve historical methods for their unique aesthetic and procedural properties, and so contemporary printmaking is a landscape in which artisan tradition and cutting edge technology coexist. Under Pressure is a group printmaking exhibition exploring this landscape.

Chad Andrews is a professor at Bloomsburg university and is showing works from his “Print is not a button” series, which are a reaction to the lifeless and hands-off nature of digital prints.
Madelin Beattie is a printmaker and sculptor living and working in Williamsport Pennsylvania, and a tenant at Pajama Factory, where she holds a studio and works as a Print Studio Assistant in Studio Paper+, and helps manage the Factory Works Gallery. Her work draws attention to the nuances and details of certain things, which often are tied to personal memories or mundane, everyday experiences.
Jeremiah Johnson is a north central Pennsylvania native and professor at Lycoming College, Bucknell University, and Susquehanna University. He works interchangeably in print, drawing and painting as well as with found and recycled material assemblage, with an interest in culture, folklore, the laws of attraction, and quantum physics.
Chris Leete is both and artist and a graphic designer living in central Pennsylvania, and his work in each field informs the other. He is inspired by the media, popular culture, and his interactions in day to day life, fusing a wides scope of topics and experiences to spawn his imagery.
John McKaig is a professor at Bloomsburg University and Pennsylvania College of Technology. He approaches his work as a statement of empathy, and with the sense that “the only revolution is the personal revolution.”
Wanda Riley is a former nurse, and current director and curator of the Schulman Art Gallery at Luzerne County Community College. Her emphasis for subject matter focuses on humans and their environment, whether physical interaction with the natural environment or the emotional connections and conflicts of humans within their environment.
Devon Stackonis is a painter and printmaker living and working in Berks County, PA. Observation is essential to her process as she often works from her subjects on site. Interested in industry and the changes she’s observed in her own area, Devon’s work is characteristic of Pennsylvania.
Evan Summer is a professor art Kutztown University of Pennsylvania specializing in printmaking, specifically etching on copper and the collograph, a print medium that utilizes a collaged printing plate. Most of his work is landscape and the spaces he creates are usually populated with architectural or geometric forms.
Trophic Eggs | Mark Loughney (May 18 - June 30)

trophic egg – (n.) a rejected egg, usually degenerate in form and inviable, that is fed to other members of an ant colony

The Trophic Eggs collection of drawings was inspired by resurrected thoughts and ideas that I had previously rejected as nonsense. It is easy for me to dismiss my good ideas because they are mine. Then when a stranger expresses what I had felt, I recognize my own rejected thoughts in their work and it all comes back to me with an alienated twist, and I am forced to take, with regret, my own opinions and ideas from another. So, for Trophic Eggs, I set out to put down on paper some of those once rejected, inviable ideas to find out if any nutritional value could be squeezed from them.

Insects have again made their ubiquity apparent in these works, as they had in my previous collection, Letters From Desolation Row. Bugs fascinate me. Among other subject matter, these drawings include some of my interpretations of my experiences living with insects and other small creatures… How they look, how they feel, how they make me feel, how they taste, how they feel crawling through your hair. (You have something in your hair!)

My drawings all begin in pencil, graphite, and colored pencil. Then I refine them by cross-hatching with a ballpoint pen. If the composition calls for a large area of value, I use acrylic paint. Every piece begins as an egg of an idea to be hatched and grown out on the paper. As I work, a blob and a couple of squiggly lines help to get the overall composition to emerge, then they slowly begin to turn into a gallbladder, a foreleg, a chine, a river, etc. The more absurd the final result appears, the more I love looking at it. I take absurdity very seriously.

-Mark Loughney

“If you can master nonsense as well as you have learned to master sense, then each will expose the other for what it is: absurdity. From that moment of illumination, a man begins to be free regardless of his surroundings. He becomes free to play order games and change them at will. He becomes free to play disorder games just for the hell of it. He becomes free to play neither or both. And as the master of his own games, he plays without fear, and therefore without frustration, and therefore with good will in his soul and love in his being. And when men become free, then mankind will be free.”

-Malaclypse The Younger

CURRENT EXHIBITION: Techne: A Juried Exhibition Examining Art & Science (July 6 - August 11)

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well. – Albert Einstein

“Techne” is our third annual juried exhibition. The theme for 2018 examines the relationships between art and science. Artists are asked to submit 1 to 3 original pieces around this subject for a chance to win one of three prizes: First place: $250 and 2019 solo exhibition. Second Prize: $150. Third Prize: $75.

Details and the submission form can be found at www.arthausprojects.com/techne

Our History

Converge Gallery & Grey Art Gallery

Prior to converting to a non-profit community art space, Arthaus Projects operated as a commercial contemporary art gallery. From 2011 – 2012 we operated as Grey Art Gallery and later had to re-brand as Converge Gallery due to organic online search issues. Converge Gallery operated from 2012 – 2017 and exhibited the works from renowned artists and participated in several pop-up exhibitions and international art fairs. Below is a timeline of our history.

  • Wanderlust Jan. 6th – Jan. 28th)
  • The Fungus Among Us by John Breiner (March 3rd – April 1st)
  • Hard Motion Painting By Abner Harris (April 7th – April 29th)
  • Some Infinities By Kate Paul (May 5th – May 27th)
  • Zeitgeist, A Juried Exhibition (June 2nd – July 15th)
  • …It’s Been A Bit… By Tyler Coey (July 21st – Aug 26th)
  • Evidence By Mathew Rose (Sept 1st – Sept 30th)
  • Two Faced By Michael Bell And Dillon Samuelson (Oct. 6th – Oct. 28th)
  • The L.A. Residency (LOCAL ACCESS) Nov. 3rd – Nov. 25th
  • State Of The Art By Bryan McGinnis (Dec. 1st – Dec. 23rd)
  • Expectations: A Showcase of 2016 Artists | January 7th – 30th
  • The Story of Job | Job Johnson February 5th – 27th
  • Models Of Temporal Consciousness | Juan Arata March 4th – 26th
  • I Still Love You | Dean Landry April 1st – 30th
  • Just Another Sentient Being | John McKaig May 6th -28th
  • Selfie | An open call, juried exhibition June 3rd – July 16th
  • You’re Messin’ With the Wrong Guy | Curt Miller July 22nd – August 27th
  • Craig Kaufman & Luana Cleveland | 34 Trips Around the Sun September 2nd – October 1st
  • Hot Feet | Kurt Herrmann October 7th – 29th
  • Lincoln: The Freedom Series | Johnny Romeo November 4th – 26th
  • Letters From Desolation Row | Mark Loughney | Curated by Johnny Romeo November 4th – 26th
  • This Region – This Time | Chad Andrews December 2nd – 23rd
  • Beneath the Mattress featuring Anna Kell & Liz Parrish | November 20th – December 19th
  • Full Color Buzzkill featuring ClockWorkBox & FCK H8 featuring M. A. Morgan | October 16th – November 14th
  • TV Land print exhibition and book release featuring Johnny Romeo September 18th – October 10th
  • Through Nature | Neil Anderson July 17th – September 12th
  • ‘Outside the Lines’ featuring Matthew Parrish & Jonathan Frey | June 5 – July 11, 2015
  • Lipstick Collars & Power Couples | Damon McCloskey May 1 – through May 30, 2015
  • Pressure Washing: An Indiscreet but Satisfying Rapture | Matthew Rose March 6 – April 25, 2015
  • Almost Human | Curated by Deianira Tolema November 21, 2014 – February 28, 2015
  • Converge Gallery at Context Miami Booth E63 | Miami, FL December 2 – 7, 2014
  • Ignite | featuring Ekaterina Panikanova at the Pajama Factory Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Almost Human | Curated by Deianira Tolema November 21, 2014 – February 28, 2015
  • Absence of Evidence | Anthony Cervino September 5 – November 1, 2014
  • Metamorphic | Curated by Kasey Lyon July 11 – August 2, 2014
  • Art Now NY | Curated by Joseph Gross May 2 – July 5, 2014
  • Drawing Breath | Lawrence Charles Miller April 3 – 26, 2014
  • Scope NYC  Booth B03 March 6 – 9, 2014
  • Very Much So | Trey Speegle March 1 – 29, 2014
  • Objects to Place | Chad Andrews January 9 – February 22, 2014
  • Outside In | Anthony Cervino, Michael Darough, Greg McLemore, Lawrence Charles Miller, Kimberly Witham November 1 – December 22, 2013
  • Fountain Art Fair Chicago September 20 – 22, 2013
  • No Absolute State | Ryan Hewett | New York City, NY September 12 – 19, 2013
  • Below the Surface September 5 – October 31, 2013
  • The Letters | Matthew Rose July 5 – August 31, 2013
  • Uprising May 2 – June 29, 2013
  • Fountain Art Fair New York March 8 – 10, 2013
  • Suspended In Time | Jonathan Frazier, Amy Abattoir, Casey Snyder, Bradley Shoemaker, Lynn Estomin, Jeremiah Johnson and Holly Patton Shull February 28 – April 27, 2013
  • Never Enough | Jeremiah Johnson February 7 – 14, 2013
  • In Story | Joanne Landis January 3 – February 23, 2013
  • Abstractions | Howard Tran, Hanna Leah Gibbs, John Nicholson January 3 – February 23, 2013
  • Sinners & Saints | November 1, 2012 – December 22, 2012
  • Remaining Relentless | Matthew Ryan Sharp, Yosiell Lorenzo, Tyler Coey, Brent Nolasco Septenber 6 – October 27, 2012
  • Underground | Bushwick, NY August 10, 2012
  • Sleeping Giants | Jennifer Gunlock June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • After the Flood | Matthew Rose June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • The 88 | Clockworkbox June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • Light & Form | Roger Shipley June 29 – August 25, 2012
  • Beyond Life & Death | Jeremiah Johnson May 18 – June 23, 2012
  • WeeGee | Rick Prol April 5 – April 28, 2012
  • Better Than Nothing | Broken Dayton Machine March 1 – 31, 2012
  • From Paul Kostabi with Love | Paul Kostabi February 2 – 25, 2012
  • Here Be Monsters | Liz Parrish January 5 – 28, 2012
  • From Life | Daniel Dallman December 1 – 31, 2011
  • Sublime Grey | Craig Kaufman, Luana Cleveland, Spencer Gregory November 3 – 28, 2011
  • A Cut Off the Old Block October 1 – 29, 2011
  • Today & Now | Steve Hirsch September 1 – 29, 2011
  • Water | August 5 – 27, 2011
  • Oops on Purpose | July 1 – July 30, 2011
  • Converge Gallery at Context Miami Booth E63 | Miami, FL December 2 – 7, 2014
  • Ignite | featuring Ekaterina Panikanova at the Pajama Factory Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Scope NYC Booth B03 March 6 – 9, 2014
  • Fountain Art Fair Chicago September 20 – 22, 2013
  • No Absolute State | Ryan Hewett | New York City, NY September 12 – 19, 2013
  • Fountain Art Fair New York March 8 – 10, 2013
  • Never Enough | Jeremiah Johnson New York City, NY February 7 – 14
  • Underground | Bushwick, NY August 10, 2012
  • Fountain Art Fair New York March 9-11, 2012

CG Projects

For a few short months in 2014-2015, Converge Gallery operated a sister gallery space called CG Projects. CG Projects was created to test new initiatives and better utilize the gallery space to host multiple exhibitions at the same time. Below is a list of exhibitions that CG Projects hosted from July, 2014 to February, 2015.

Show Your Teeth | Tyler Coey

Friday, July 11 – August 2nd Opening Reception Friday, July 11 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Artist Tyler Coey is a Kansas City born and raised artist. After studying at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, Tyler returned to KC and settled in the Crossroads District. Attention was quickly directed to the local gallery scene, which in turn lead to national, and international exhibitions. Coey’s pieces combine the brush work and technique of traditional painting with contemporary subjects and icons. Outside of fine art, he works days as an illustrator for C3, a children’s marketing agency. In 2008 Tyler started “MUTT”, an art focused company that produces limited edition toys, accessories, and home products.

Ghosts in the Smoke | Liz Parrish August 7th – September 27th Opening reception: Thursday, August 7th 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: The works on display are a combination of story-telling, magical thinking, irrelevance, imagination, and humor.The feeling of the artist to be “watched by things” is what connects the different creatures, half human and half animals, half alive and half dead, that are typical of her imagery to reality. Ghosts, demons and other supernatural entities hidden behind the veil of thin air constitute the fulcrum of this discussion about art, memory, symbolism, dream, perception and even psychology. The references that can be easily identified in this body of works are suspended between ancient art, the figures that populate the margins of the medieval illuminated manuscripts and a reinterpretation of the modern illustrations of fairy tales. The implied suggestions in her work are meant to strike the subconscious of the viewer

Icons | Johnny Romeo

October 3rd – November 15th Opening Reception Friday, October 3 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: Icons, the exhilarating latest series from internationally acclaimed Australian Pop painter Johnny Romeo, is a playfully irreverent exploration of youthful nostalgia, kitsch and pop culture. Featuring a list of beloved childhood icons, Romeo has returned with some of the most bombastic and gloriously Pop paintings of his career.

Beyond the Journey of Light and Life | Misako Oba

November 7 – November 29 Opening Reception Friday, November 7 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: Beyond the Journey of Light and Life, the latest series of new work from Japanese encaustic artist and photographer Misako Oba, explores human life as a journey, and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of soul and an exploration of universal experiences. In Oba’s work you will often find the contrast of darkness and light. Oba is drawn to light(s); natural lights such as stars or sun shines and also artificial ones such as lights in cityscapes. Oba’s work is also conceptual and suggesting perspective.

Your Love is Wild | Tracy Piper

January 2 – February 28 Opening Reception Friday, January 2 at 6pm 140 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701 About the Exhibition: ‘Your Love is Wild’ is a tribute to love in all it’s forms. Passionate, fervent love, the kind of love deemed dangerous by the status quo. Exposed fully for our viewing pleasure, ‘Your Love is Wild’ is a discovery of sexuality; born from informational interviews conducted by the artist with her subjects. Her models are asked to strip their ideas of shame, let go, and emerge themselves into their wild sides. At times this means shedding their skins and becoming a creature of their choosing and at others allowing the animal that is the sensuous human come to the forefront. With this on-going series of narrative paintings Tracy Piper continues her work within her community of sex-positive performers, artists and friends. She carries on the healthy tradition of putting sexuality at the forefront of the artistic world, but adds a colorful, playful twist that could only be born from a San Franciscan circus performer turned fine artist.