Kennedy Memorial Art Show to benefit Hawley Public Library July 17, 2015


Regional artists, Juan Espino and Austin Burke are honoring three decades of Tom Kennedy’s dedicated service to the Hawley Public Library. Kennedy,, a Hawley community leader and a retired principal at Wallenpaupack Area Elementary School who passed away this year was a longtime advocate of education, regional history and the Library.


The art exhibit will open at the Looking Glass Art Gallery, 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley with a Meet the Artists reception on Friday, July 17 from Five to Eight pm.  The show will continue through August 3, 2015 and is open to the public. Proceeds from the show will directly benefit the Library.


The show is inspired by and celebrates the Northeastern Pennsylvania area, its people,  countryside, cities, towns, architecture and celebrations. In addition, both artists have grown, creating paintings depicting distant places and distant times.  The result is an eclectic mélange of  subject matter.


Juan Espino, a renowned Hawley artist, creates folksy Hawley area scenes and historical tableaus in the ‘naif’ style reminiscent of Grandma Moses. His extensive volume of work includes new studies featuring Wallenpaupack area scenes.


Austin Burke, from Lackawanna County, is known for landscapes featuring iconic buildings and community events in and around Scranton.  Since his retirement as President  of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce he has added scenes from his travels, including Italy, England, France and Israel for display at the Art Show.


Both artists will be available to discuss their paintings at the July 17 Reception.

CONTACT:  Juan Espino, Looking Glass Gallery, 570-226-0782

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