Art Extravaganza Features 42 Auction Pieces, 30 Artists, 4 Galleries


Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort in Lake Wallenpaupack provides the perfect canvas for the exciting 1st Annual Art Extravaganza on Sunday, Aug. 29th. The tri-state area’s largest and most prestigious Art Show and Auction will be held from 12 Noon to 5 PM in conjunction with numerous other events during the 1st Annual Wally Lake Fest Weekend August 27-29th. Art Auction begins promptly at 1 PM.

Presented by Connections Magazine and Bold Gold Media Group, Art Extravaganza features 42 pieces of artwork to be auctioned off, 30 artists booths and 4 art galleries. Connections’ Art Coordinator, Lucille Norella, explains how the project began: “The Community Library of Lake and Salem Townships had an idea of having a small art show/auction with a few local artists at the library, and a member of the library recommended that they contact Deborah Bailey, Publisher of Connections Magazine and Owner of Bailey Design and Advertising. They met at Connections Magazine, and together with Deborah Bailey and her staff, Art Extravaganza was created. I am the CM ArtScene Coordinator for Connections Magazine and Deborah called me and got me on board to coordinate the artists and art donations for the event. This quickly developed into an extremely prestigious event put together by eight Wayne County business people, and its purpose is to raise money for children’s literacy and other programs, run by the Lake and Salem Community Library.”

The main focus of Art Extravaganza is the AUCTION itself, which features pieces by world-renown crystal Sculptor Christopher Ries, and nationally known Artist Curtis James of CJ Studios in NY, who also donated a piece by International Artist/ Sculptor Howard Jason, who had been commissioned by the late Michael Jackson, King of Pop, to do works for his Neverland Ranch. Howard Jason’s piece, “Papillon”, will be on display until August 28th at The Honesdale National Bank’s Main Branch lobby located at 733 Main Street in Honesdale, PA. The public can view “Papillon” Monday thru Thursday from 9 AM until 4 PM, Friday 8:30 AM until 7 PM, and Saturday 8:30 AM until Noon. The estimated retail value is $6,500.

The galleries participating in the event include Lizza Studios in Tunkhannock, PA, the Willow River Gallery and Hanson Gallery and Decorium, both in Honesdale, PA, and The Artisan Exchange in Hawley, PA.

Tickets are $10 at the door. There will be no advanced ticket sales. Attendees will enjoy beautiful art by local, regional, national and world renowned artists, an art auction with 42 beautiful pieces of art, 30 artist booths with purchasing opportunities, hors d’oeurves, live music provided by the JAZZ ASSASSINS, a 50/50 drawing, cash bar and so much more. MC for the day will be local favorite Michael G. Stanton, Art Extravaganza committeeperson and Sales Manager of Bold Gold Media Group. Auctioneer for the Art Auction will be Mark Graziadio, Vice President of the Honesdale National Bank.

The following is a complete list of artists participating: Chip Forelli, Catherine Phillips, Liz Revit, Barbara Briden, Marianne Stratford, Joann Wells Greenbaum, David Greenbaum, Ron Kaskus, John Hudanish, Diana Lesser, Erin Miele, Dottie Kerber, Debbie Gioello, Vincent Griffis, Oleg Poletayeu, Oleg Georgiyevskiy, Veronica Freschi, Jeffrey Hiller, Joseph T. Michonski, Jacquelyn Dienst, Judith Youshock, Sister Regina Kiel, Lucille Norella, Mary Campagna, Agnes Keough, Marilyn and Richard Roberts, Warren Furman, Wendell M. Upchurch (his wife is doing this in his memory), Josette Edwards, Jeanne Esposito (her son is doing this for her), Curtis James, Clarissa Jan Ward, Jeff George, Christopher Ries, Bob Lizza, Trix Render, Cynthia Hanson, Peter Daniels, and Howard Jason.

Works are in the following mediums: Watercolor, Oils, Pastels, Photography, Botanical Art, Ceramics, Acrylic, Venetian Plaster, Batik on Ricepaper, Stained Glass, Oilbar, Sterling and Gold Jewelry, Furniture (Woodworking), Digital Fine Art and Florals.

The auction pieces, biographies of each artist, gallery information and more can be found on Art Extravaganza. You can also visit or call Dr. James Tickner at 570-689-0903.

Michelangelo Sponsors (Platinum) include: The Honesdale National Bank, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, Family First Vision Center, and Bailey Design and Advertising.

Van Gough Sponsors (Gold) include: PPL, WNEP the News Station, Jim Shook/Lake Region IGA, Jeff George Design (Art Extravaganza logo).

Da Vinci Sponsosr (Silver) include: Spencer Printing, St. Clair Graphics, Wayne Bank, and Watchful Eye Security.

Art Extravaganza Committee: Dr. James Tickner, Carol King, Amy Alpaugh, Jacquelyn Dienst, Mary Gridley, Lucille Norella, Deborah Bailey, and Michael G. Stanton.

Photo Credits:  (top) by Christopher Ries, (bottom) Howard Jason