Call to Artists – RiverWorks III at ArtWorks


September 6-29, 2012

Opening reception: First Friday, September 7 from 6-9 PM


Eligibility: Open to all artists and students in the NEPA area (no provision for shipped work). Work may be entered in one of two categories, “Artist” or “Student.”  First, Second, and Third prizes will be awarded in each category along with $500 cash for the Best in Show.

There is an entry fee of $10 for the first piece, and $5 each, for up to two additional pieces. Work may be in any medium, must be original, and must be framed or ready to hang with wire on the back and not previously exhibited at ArtWorks Gallery. Work must be for sale.  Artworks reserves the right to refuse to include any work not complying with the above. ArtWorks will retain a 30% commission on all sales of work from the exhibition and split commission with the Lackawanna River Corridor Association (LRCA).

“Water is the carrier of messages” – Bernie McGurl

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lackawanna River Corridor Association, the theme for this juried exhibition is the river itself.  We invite you to create artwork to share your views and interpretations of one of our area’s greatest natural treasures.  For information on the LRCA including a complete description of the watershed and its access points please visit

Delivery: Work must be delivered to ArtWorks Gallery & Studio on Friday, August 24or Saturday, August 25 between 11 AM and 3 PM.

Liability: All work will be professionally handled by the ArtWorks staff and all due care will be taken. However, neither ArtWorks Gallery and Studio, nor Keystone Community Resources, can be responsible for loss or damage for any reason. Any artists desiring insurance for their work while on ArtWorks premises must provide their own policy. Entry of a work into this exhibition implies acceptance of all the terms of this prospectus.

Exhibition Dates: There will be a reception open to the public on First Friday, September 7 from 6-9 PM.  Awards will be announced at 6:30 PM. The exhibition will be open from September 7 through 28, at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio. Gallery hours are from 11 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday through Friday and 11 AM – 3 PM on Saturdays.

Artists must pick up their work at ArtWorks during gallery hours on Friday, September 28 or Saturday, September 29. Unless special arrangements have been made by the artist, work that is not picked up within 30 days of the close of the exhibition will become the property of ArtWorks Gallery.

 ArtWorks Gallery & Studio

503 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton


Our jurors:

Bernard McGurl

Bernard McGurl has been the Executive Director of Lackawanna River Corridor Association since 1990.  He authored of The Lackawanna River Guide Book (1994) and The Lackawanna River Watershed Conservation Plan (2001).  An active volunteer, he is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Lackawanna Valley Conservancy (LVC), the Northeast Pennsylvania Rail Trail Council, the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR), United Neighborhood Centers of Northeast Pennsylvania, and Community Intervention Center. He is an active member of many local organizations including Artists for Art (AFA) and The Lackawanna Historical Society.

Nezka Pfeifer

Nezka Pfeifer is the Curator at the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art in Scranton, PA, where she has been curating the exhibits for the last 6 years, as well as the collections of art, history and natural science. Nezka has worked for a variety of museums, including several historic sites, as well as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Sandwich Glass Museum, and the Berkshire Museum.

Dr. Vito G. DelVecchio

Vito DelVecchio is President of Vital Probes, Inc. a biotechnology company he founded in 2001.  He has devoted the major portion of his career to studying a wide range of microorganisms which has resulted in technology patents, textbooks, reference books, posters, and juried publications in major journals.   He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Scranton, a Master of Science degree in Genetics from St. John’s University and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Genetics from Drexel University.  His scientific collaborations have allowed him to live and travel extensively all over the world and to build a varied collection of art.  His interests are contemporary paintings, photography, Russian iconography, European and American art glass, Imari and Chinese export porcelain, African masks, and contemporary design.  In 2009 he was a panelist in “Collectors and Collecting in Northeast Pennsylvania” a symposium moderated by Robert Schweitzer, Curator of The Maslow Collection housed at Marywood University.  Dr. DelVecchio is an avid supporter of the local arts.



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