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“Purple”by Sonia Munson

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“Sunset” by JR Regelsky

The Chamber Gallery in Carbondale has been the setting for many artistic experiments over the past five years.

Next weekend, the gallery will open a new exhibit that celebrates this diversity. Titled “The Fifth Year Anniversary of The Chamber Gallery Exhibition,” the show will display numerous works of art in varied media by many of the artists whose works have graced the gallery.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. with entertainment by song stylist Sandra Anderson. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. The artworks will be for sale unless otherwise noted.

One of the Gallery’s goals is to feature and give focus to artists who live in Carbondale and the Upper Valley, according to Ruthanne Jones, director.

“We are blessed with an abundance of our citizens who are creative artists and are a part of the fabric of life, who work, live and love, right here in our beloved Pioneer City and the surrounding towns that make up the Lackawanna Valley,” she said. “I feel it is important that their work is in the spotlight in The Chamber Gallery, for not only do they enrich the quality of life, but also through their creative works, give definition to the character of the town and its people, expressed through the power of art.”

Jones said another goal of the gallery is to represent the varous techniques, disciplines and styles — oil painting, acrylic, pastel, scratch-art, pencil, altered paper process, splatter art, charcoal, realism, expressionism, impressionism, abstract, traditional photography, iphonography and conceptual photography — have all been represented.

“I hope to continue to build upon what we have started here,” Jones said. “Artists continue to become a part of this as I am now scheduling our 2019 season with many more accomplished and exciting artists with a variety of styles and techniques including ‘Outsider Art.’ There is much more to be offered.”

Among the artists represented are: Judith Marsh, Nancy K. Free, Karen Duncan, Marina Whittington, Shawn Connoly, Bridget Connoly, Mike Frank Burnside, Cathy Arvonio, Studio on Salem, Warren Cox, L.P. Howard, Tom Hill, Jeannie Dempsey, Sonia Munson, Ruthanne Jones, Stephanie Westgate, John Budash, JR Regelsky, Nanci Hendrickson, Kris Coolican, Linda Ilif, Kathy Fallon, Ellen Goosay, Beew Conklin,Virginia Sosik, Nancy Mills, Maise Gervalis, Maureen Brennon, Rosemary Telemko, Kate Conaboy, Rosemary Ogazaly and Carol Moreau.

The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 1. The Chamber Gallery is located in the historic Dime Bank Building, now known as The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Building, 27 N. Main St. in Carbondale. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public during weekday business hours. Special Saturday and Sunday viewings of the exhibit can be made by appointment by contacting Jones at 570-282-1690.

For more information visit “The Chamber Gallery Home” Facebook page.