Stroudsburg, PA – The Pocono Arts Council, along with several local partners, will host “The Earth Speaks V: A Juried Exhibition on the Environmental Crisis,” in Spring 2019 at the Dunning Art Gallery, Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Tannersville, PA.

The show, now in its fifth year, grew out of past Pocono Arts Council board president Mark Lichty’s deepening concern for the climate crisis currently affecting our planet. Explaining the focus of the show, Lichty states that “Art has always been a powerful vehicle for raising consciousness, and this exhibit hopes to bring to light our growing awareness of a crisis we can no longer ignore.”  Local partners include Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Monroe County Conservation District, and East Stroudsburg University.

The juror for the show is Harry C. Tabak from New Paltz, NY, whose early work reflects his bond to nature through his landscape paintings. For nearly two decades, Tabak’s art reflects a social commentary with an emphasis on environmental issues.

He began to explore sculpture as a medium in 2001, utilizing found natural materials, creating the basis for his current experiments often described as “three dimensional drawings.” His compositions include wood, stone, glass, discarded broken materials, as well as metallic objects. Tabak studied Painting and Sculpture at The Art Students League of New York and attended Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.

“The Earth Speaks V” is a regional open call for work that focuses the public’s attention on the gravity of environmental issues. Artists from the following states are invited to enter: ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, VA, MD, DE, DC. Download the prospectus and enter online at www.poconoarts.org/earthspeaks.

There is no limit to the number of entries. Students are encouraged to enter. Student: $15 for first two (2) entries, $10 for each additional entry; Adult (PoconoArts Member): $20 for first two (2) entries, $15 for each additional entry; Adult (Non-member): $30 for first two (2) entries, $25 for each additional entry.

Deadline for submission, Friday, February 8, 2019; Notification of accepted entries, on or around Friday, February 15, 2019; Winning entries arrive at the Dunning Art Gallery, on or before Thursday, March 28, 2019; The Earth Speaks V Exhibition at the Dunning Art Gallery, April 6-May 28, 2019; Exhibit Reception at the Dunning Art Gallery, Saturday, April 27, 2019.

More than $1,000 in cash awards are available in a variety of mediums including 2-D, 3-D, Photography, and Printmaking. Awards include: $250 Juror’s Choice Award: $250 Kay & Girard Lichty Climate Crisis Award; $100 Otto Grever Printmaking Award; $100 3-D Award, $100 2-D Award; $100 Photography Award; $100 ARTSPACE Gallery Student Award; and $50 Origins Gallery Award.

To cover exhibition fees and support artist expression, the Pocono Arts Council is seeking sponsorships for “The Earth Speaks V” from local businesses and community members at a minimum $250 level of support. Details here: http://poconoarts.org/support/become-a-sponsor/   

For further information, call 570-476-4460 or email info@poconoarts.org. Founded in 1975, the Pocono Arts Council is the oldest and most established local arts service organization in the Pocono region of northeastern Pennsylvania. 

It serves as a “Chamber of Commerce” or umbrella organization for artists and arts organization in all disciplines, as well as the resident and tourist populations of the area.  Its motto, Culture Builds Community, highlights PoconoArts mission of art service, promotion, education and advocacy.