Verve Vertu Art Studio is an arts apprenticeship that taps into the creative energy of people with special needs. The artists work in a wide range of mediums, creating unique and whimsical art pieces. We will feature a new artist from Verve Vertu each month. The artists’ work is in our Paul & Nancy Ford Room.
The Photography of Selena Waters
Selena has been part of the studio since 2010. She enjoys working in all mediums, but photography is her first love.
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Mel Wolk has agreed to be the Artist-in-Residence at The Gathering Place for 2021.
Dr. Mel Wolk is a retired Pediatrician and Pediatric Allergist. He is a self-taught photographer who graduated from the New York Institute of Photography. He had been a free- lance photographer with Pennsylvania Magazine for twenty years. He produced a food calendar and many other images for Browntrout Publications, and his images have appeared in Country Living, Popular Photography, and Gourmet Magazine.
Past exhibits in juried art shows have included Stroudsburg, Clarks Summit, and Scranton galleries. Solo exhibits were at the Trolley Museum, Tudor Gallery and the Artists for Artists Gallery in Scranton.
A photo-digital interpretation won him a place in a juried show at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA. Because of his interest in antique and junk cars, he had a solo show at the Antique Automobile Museum in Hershey, PA.
For the past few years, he has extended his work into Abstract and Expressionistic art. The use of found objects enhanced with vivid colors has since won him places in juried shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut, and the Robertson Art And Science Center in Binghamton, NY. His most recent entry was at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Dr. Wolk’s exhibit at The Gathering Place will feature his abstract and expressionistic work. His devotion to art is shown in his own words: “Without imagination you would have no creativity; without creativity, you would have no art; without art you would have no culture; without culture, you would have no thinking; without thinking, you would have no imagination.”
One of Dr. Wolk’s favorite quotes is from Salvatore Dali, “ The world will never have enough outrageous!”