Michael Sorrentino’s favorite art is “the artwork that is shared.”
“I really enjoy sharing my artwork,” said Sorrentino.
“The joy an art buyer feels when taking home a picture that I made, the one that “seems to speak to them” in some emotional way, is the most rewarding experience as an artist.”
Art enthusiasts will have an opportunity to see his work, a style known as wax resist, at Everything Natural, 426 South State Street on July 12, 5 to 9 p.m.
The North Abington Township resident is the Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk featured artist.
Sorrentino described the wax resist process as, “…similar to when children (and adults) draw or write on Easter eggs before dipping them in the colored dyes,” he said.
“The wax from the crayon does not allow the dye (or watercolors in my artwork) to penetrate to the next layer,” but the personal application of his materials differs from other wax resist processes in the fact that they, the pictures, “are created in a series of ‘scribbles,” according to Sorrentino.
“Within the colors and tones the landscape images appear in the watercolor paper. I like using watercolor paper for the additional texture in the image. The most important thing that I seek in creating my artwork is that the process is fun.”
While his medium of choice is watercolors and crayons on watercolor paper, Sorrentino works in all sorts of media. For the series of wax resist landscapes he will exhibit, “the results come quickly and there is always forward progress because you can erase your mistakes.”
The beauty of local landscapes most often captured in North Abington Township provides the backdrop for the majority of his art.
Regarding the opportunity to present his work at Everything Natural and the art walk, Sorrentino said, “I am honored to show at Everything Natural and I would like to thank Barry Kaplan for the invite.”
He added, “It is a joy to show my artwork and I am looking forward to meeting and talking with everyone participating in the art walk that evening”.
Sorrentino is an art teacher at the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School and “believes in the gift of sharing art and art education in our community.”
“I enjoy talking with children and explaining my belief that we are all artists and we all have unique abilities that make us unique individuals,” he said.
The artist serves on the AFA Gallery board of directors and enjoys volunteering at the Everhart Museum and helping Scranton’s Junior League’s “Know Me” program at Untied Neighborhood Centers.
He is a graduate of the School of Visual Art, NYC and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and a Masters of Art in Teaching.
Locally, he has exhibited at AFA Gallery, Artworks Gallery, Scranton First Friday and Tunkhannock 4th Friday Venues; the Waverly Post Office, and the Scranton District Attorney’s Office. (Murray Building)