So, I am only showing you a few pictures…I hope you visit to fill in the blanks; after you read this post of course!
The building(s) (there are 6 or 7) are quite amazing and alive with activity. As we walked around…there were artists working in private studios, I started to wonder “what is being created” as we walk by…sometimes getting a glimpse into a door that was cracked open……and then an artist emerges only to dash down the hall disappearing into the next maze of hallways…sort of reminds reminds me of a beehive!
Then it happened a real treat…my own personal look into the mind of a master painter. The manager put the key in the door and we walked in as if we belonged. As I started to look around noticing images from newspaper clippings, whole magazine pages and books with dogeared pages laying scattered about in a collaboration only the artist could translate. The artist only paints once a week at the PJ factory and that was not today. The unfinished painting clipped to the wall was on loose canvas was at least 5×5 was starting to materialize from the clippings to canvas. We were in her studio for all of 45 seconds and yet it was so profound. Upon leaving was when I felt the great privilege and weight of being able to view the inner workings of her process a rare look at a master. I felt like I was just told a secret by her and yet she did not know she told me.
The factory is transforming quickly…
Plans for a rooftop beer garden and luxury loft apartments and already non-profits and for profits share many office spaces. Every month the PJ Factory hosts First Friday events with open studios, art for sale and special exhibits.
Don’t miss the First Friday events in downtown Williamsport also…more on that soon.
And what an opening it was! I brought my good friend & fellow artist Laura and we drooled for 2hrs looking at all the creative expressions.
This is a destination not to be missed. If your looking to buy or just looking you will be impressed.
Check the website for hours but don’t drive by this gem without stopping…even to peak in the windows!
I am really very grateful to be included in such an amazing collection of work.
The Surface Artist Co-op is where my gallery/client meeting space is located. I have my very own nook in an amazing old barn with huge windows and exposed beams. Most of the Artists work in their studio during the week and all of the Artists have work available for sale.
Above is a snap-shot of our temporary display on College Ave, in State College.
Surface has retail hours for shopping….
Monday- Wednesday 10-3pm | Thursday 10-7pm | Friday 10-5pm | Saturday 10-2pm
To see more from the artists before visiting please see our website.
Surface is located at 201 Elmwood Street, State College and is a green barn with a light tan roof and an arbor out front.
This is my nook! Isn’t it cozy!