Annmarie Ciccarelli and Heather Martyak will be having an exhibit of their paintings from March 1-30, 2012 at the AFA Gallery in Scranton. There will be an opening reception on First Friday, March 2nd from 6-9 PM
Annmarie Ciccarelli received her BA in Visual Art from Keystone College. Her work is abstract, combining bold color with organic and geometric shapes. She has exhibited her work throughout the region in juried and group exhibitions. Annmarie is an Artist in Residence with the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She was awarded a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Grant in 2010 for a collaborative project.
Annmarie draws inspiration from her surroundings. She says, “Scranton, a city that I couldn’t wait to leave, has now become home to me. With a renewed acceptance I view my home with new eyes. I peel away the most interesting shapes, reflections, and shadows. Together they create a pattern of shapes which then breathe new life into what was there already, a reflection of myself and the beauty of the city that is my home.”
Heather Martyak has received both an Associate of Fine Arts degree and her BA in Visual Arts from Keystone College. She continues to work as an artist both personally and professionally. Heather’s inspiration comes from nature and a connection to something greater in the universe. “I appreciate that life is made up of the tiniest particles joining together, working in harmony and forming a larger more beautiful whole.”
Her paintings have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally including commissioned works and murals. She is currently working to nurture creativity and art exploration with preschool children at the Endless Mountains Learning Center in New Milford.