TUNKHANNOCK — Two local artists filled the Earnshaw and Sherwood Galleries at the Dietrich Theater with their work.
Millie Schelling’s pastel landscapes and still life scenes can be mistaken for oil paintings, and Mel Wolk’s designs are created with unconventional materials.
Schelling’s pastels have won her numerous awards at national exhibitions, including Best in Show Still Life, First Place and Purchase Awards and have also been included in Pastel Society of America National Exhibitions at the National Arts Club in New York, as well as regional shows in Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania and at Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia.
She has been an instructor in various states at Regional Art Centers and at the Everhart Museum in Scranton. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Virginia and New Jersey. She is a signature member of Pastel Society of Connecticut and Pastel Society of North Florida. She was the demo artist at Connecticut Pastel Society National Exhibition and a juror for one of their national shows. Recently her work was exhibited in Pennsylvania for a two-month solo exhibition.
Schelling’s paintings have been included in the Pastel Journal Jan/Feb 03 issue and she has participated in many national pastel exhibitions, including the Pastel Society of America, New York, Pastel Society of North Florida, Maryland Pastel Society, Mid Atlantic Open, Florida Pastel Association, Heartland Pastel Society, Mid Atlantic Open, Florida Pastel Association, Heartland Pastel Exhibition, southeastern Pastel Society, Northwest Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Cape Cod, Midwest Pastel Society and the Connecticut Pastel Society.
Wolk is a retired pediatrician and a self-taught photographer. During his years of medicine, he was usually found with a camera in his hands in his free time. A course of study with the New York Institute of Photography fine-tuned his skills in technique and exposure. A course with the Palm Beach School of Photography and a week “in the field” with photographers John and Barbara Gerlach added to his training.
Since retirement from medicine, Dr. Wolk has been a frequent contributor to Pennsylvania magazine, Nature Photography magazine, Brown Trout calendar publications, Country Living magazine, Popular Photography magazine and Gourmet magazine.
He has won numerous awards in juried art shows and his work has been displayed at both the Everhart Museum and Marywood University in Scranton. He was featured artist at Tudor Gallery in Clarks Summit, and both Eldorado Gallery and Foxglove Gallery in Stroudsburg. In 2003, he had an exhibit at the Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton, entitled “Ashes to Art” which featured artistic works of culm deposits in the area. Another recent exhibit took place at the Artists For Art Gallery in Scranton and showcased a new bent in his photography: neon signs reinterpreted into digital abstracts. A digital interpretation of a garden artifact entitled Triple Header won a spot in the juried show at Susquehanna Art Museum’s Fine Art Photography show in Harrisburg in 2008.
Antique cars and rusted auto wrecks have always been a favorite subject and his digital interpretations of hood ornaments, fenders and other parts were the basis for his last show at the Antique Automobile Museum in Hershey in 2010. Since then, he has shown in the following juried art shows: Roberson Art Museum in Binghamton , New York in 2013, and New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT in 2014.
Both art exhibits will be on display at the Dietrich Theater through May and can be viewed anytime movies are shown or by appointment. For more information, call 570-996-1500.