‘Art on the Edge’ at the Hawley Silk Mill

The “Art on the Edge” exhibit at the historic Hawley Silk Mill will feature the most dynamic contemporary art pieces from prominent regional artists as well as provide a sophisticated yet accessible environment for art collectors, patrons of the arts, and families to enjoy. The exhibit will run from July 2nd thru Sept 10th, daily, from the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be an opening on Saturday, July 2nd.

In November of 2009 a small group of art enthusiasts got together with members of the Hawley Silk Mill to promote an art space in Hawley at the Silk Mill.  Members of the organizing committee include Ty Welles and Joe Kluck.  The group quickly defined a concept now branded “Art on the Edge”, a temporary art exhibit to be located on the first floor of the Mill.   The exhibit will be free and open to the public during normal business hours from July 2nd to Labor Day.  The Wayne County Arts Alliance responded quickly in a call to action to host this terrific exhibit which will feature regional contemporary artists.
Art on the Edge will also serve as a weekly Friday evening venue where visitors, for a small fee, will enjoy wine, cheese and live music while experiencing art through viewing pleasure and speaking with the artists directly.

The Silk Mill located on Welwood Avenue in Hawley PA, was built by the Dexter, Lambert & Company in 1880. Known as the Belmont Silk Mill it operated as a mill in silk or textiles from 1880 until 1986. It was the largest employer in Wayne County and one of the first large scale silk mill factories in North Eastern Pennsylvania. To this day it is still the largest laid bluestone building in the world with a rich history of alternative energy use that was once a hydro-powered factory and is now largely powered by solar. The mill has nearly 60,000 square feet of space on 3 full floors and 2 partial lower floors. There is a small blue stone building in the front of the mill that was the vault for the rare and expensive silk cocoons and thread. Recently both buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The sheer size and beauty of the structure, placed on the edge of a natural bluestone gorge that was carved by the Wallenpaupack River, makes it an appealing gateway to the Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack community. The “ART ON TH EDGE” exhibition will be located in 4500 square feet on the main floor. It will be joining Lackawanna College, a lifestyle fitness center, yoga studio, community coffee house and a number of small independent businesses. The mission for the buildings is to be a vibrant center of commerce offering education, arts, history, a sense of community and continuing the tradition of economic contribution that have existed at the site since 1880. For more information on the Hawley Silk Mill go to http://www.hawleysilkmill.com
Michael (Rocky) Pinciotti has an MFA from Pratt Art Institute in New York. He has an extensive exhibition record and has organized, curated and installed art exhibitions in the U.S. as well as Finland, Brazil and Argentina. Starting in 2005 as Gallery Director at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in Narrowsburg NY, he annually organizes approximately 11 solo and 5 group or curated exhibitions each year displaying approximately 500 works of art a season in a wide variety of artistic mediums. His recent curated exhibitions include “Go Fish”, “Minimalism” and the annual DVAA “Art In Sixes” exhibitions.




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