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March 26. 2013 2:11PM

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New Visions Studio and Gallery will present its April exhibit, “Under the Sea,” featuring artwork by Morrell “Mo” Devlin, Megen Fuller and Kyle Lavery. Gallery-goers can expect to see underwater photographs of tropical fish by Mo Devlin, fiber “sea creature” sculptures and nautical mixed media pieces by Megen Fuller and glass sea shells in addition to functional wear by Kyle Lavery.

The exhibit will be on view April 5 through 26. The opening reception will be held April 5 from 6 to 10 p.m., in conjunction with First Friday Scranton. During the opening, complimentary food and drink will be served. Artists will also be available to discuss their artwork. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Devlin and his wife Lisa are residents of Dallas. His love of photography started in 1973 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his eight- year enlistment, he acted as both medical photographer and photojournalist. His passion for photography is equaled only by his other interest, tropical fish. An avid aquarist for more than 30 years, he combines his collective interest to produce artistic images of these fish and their environment.

Devlin is the owner of Aquamojo.Com, a hobby website dedicated to his collection of fish and photos. His ongoing fish blog, titled “Today in the Fishroom” showcases his photos and has achieved both national and international acclaim. His images and articles appear frequently on the cover and inside publications like Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Amazonas, Redfish as well as hobby magazines in Turkey, Sweden, Great Britain and Slovakia.

He is the current publicity Chairman and past president of the American Cichlid Association. Over the years he has traveled extensively across the country speaking at various fish clubs and conventions both on breeding and keeping the cichlid fish as well as the fine art of aquatic photography.

He currently maintains close to 3,000 gallons of fresh water fish tanks in his home. Over his 30 years in the hobby he has successfully bred many of the Central and South American cichlid fishes. Lavery began working with glass in 2006. He attended Keystone College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in glass. While in college, he began taking classes at the Corning Museum of Glass. He worked with artists such as Bill Gudenrath and Harry Seaman. After graduating from Keystone College, Lavery moved to Corning, N.Y., where he began to work for Make Your Own Glass. Through this position he applied for the studio technician apprenticeship and is currently the Facility Coordinator at The Studio.

Fuller is a traveling artist, always open to new input and different forms of expression and fantasy. She specializes in textiles, but is also prone to block printing, silk screening and watercolor to name a few. A Binghamton native, her work has shown in venues in multiple U.S. cities, including Austin, Texas, St. Louis, Miss. and Montrose.

Her soft sculptures, crocheted from recycled T-shirts, are inspired by the brightly colored life of the ocean, and contain a heavy emphasis on conservation. Many or all of the materials she uses would have been thrown out by thrift stores, as are thousands of pounds of garments and fabric daily in the United States.

New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine St. Scranton, is open regularly Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 570.878.3970, visit or e-mail


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