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B & B Art Gallery announces its March Third Friday Exhibit. The Featured Artist for March is Mark Ciocca, area artist and art teacher at Pocono Mountain West High School, will be on display.

His exhibit is called “Architectural Gems.” Mark creates stunning pen and ink drawings of area landmarks, which he also offers in the form of prints and greeting cards. This exhibit will focus on iconic landmarks of Lackawanna College. Additionally, Mark will give a talk about the architecture of these iconic buildings at 2 pm, Sunday, March 24, which is free and open to the public.

Also new for March are: Sharon Cosgrove, Painter, Mark T. Malak, painter; Rosalie Krastek, Painter; Ben Jackson, Painter; Bob Slachta, Photographer; Jack Lawrence, Stained Glass; and Cathleen Repholz, Pottery. Joe Kluck, a former Featured Artist, always has work on display. Sharon Cosgrove is a Professor of Art based in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where she maintains a private studio and teaches undergraduate courses in painting and printmaking at Wilkes University. She holds a BFA, MA, and MFA from the University of New Mexico and a BA from Shepherd College. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited in over fifty invitational, solo, and juried shows, nationally and internationally and can be found in both public and private collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Mark T. Malak has been enjoying painting, drawing and photographing nature, wildlife and landscapes for over 20 years. He always had a love for the outdoors, so a lot of his work shows that. All Mark’s photographs are all digital and they can be of just about anything that catches his eye. His paintings are done mostly in oils and have a rough look and feel to them. Mark does not want his paintings to look like photographs. He likes to show brush strokes, imperfections and character in his paintings. Mark doesn’t like to limit himself to just one type of digital image, or one painting technique. He has been displaying his work in local businesses and at art shows in northeast Pennsylvania for eight years.

Rosalie Booth Krastek studied fashion illustration, anatomy of the human form and design at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City. She also studied portrait painting. For a dozen years Rosalie served as art director for a major department store as well as a busy free-lance fashion illustrator. For twenty five years, she was resident artist with Gentex Corporation. Throughout her commercial art career, Rosalie has pursued her first love, painting. She believes the mixing of color—its desired shade or nuance—is the real thrill of painting. Rosalie has shown her watercolor, acrylic, and oilpaintings in both juried and invitational exhibits and received many awards. Rosalie is a native of rural northeastern Pennsylvania, and resides at Newton Lake where she maintains an art studio.

Ben Jackson was raised and currently resides in Lake Winola, Pennsylvania. He developed a strong passion for art at a very young age. From the time he was old enough to pick up a pencil he was drawing on anything and everything he could get his hands on. Ben briefly attended Keystone College where he took a few drawing classes.

He is a self-taught painter, always pushing himself to improve with each new piece. He has designed several logos for businesses and websites and has paintings hanging in personal collections all over the country. Ben plans to one day open up his own gallery where he can display his own work and help other up and coming artists to achieve their dreams.

Bob Slachta is a lifelong resident of Lackawanna County. He has been a photographer longer than he can remember. His photographs have been published in numerous books, including “Photos That Inspire” and “Flora and Fauna”. He was a contributing photographer for Milford Magazine and had photographs on display at the NEPA

Regional Art 2006 and galleries in Pennsylvania and Texas. He was a member of the Star Gallery at The Steam town Mall. Bob has a unique way of looking at flowers to capture their intricate detail. His hope is that you walk away with a different perspective of nature.

Jack Lawrence is a stained glass artist and owner of Lawrence Studio. Mr. Lawrence is president of the Glass Artisans and a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Working from a home studio located in Dunmore, Pa., Mr. Lawrence has been crafting unique and original designs in glass for 30 years. The first piece he crafted was a cow head in a circular window from a pattern. He felt he could do more. His next attempt was an original dragon image, set in a forest of bamboo inspired by a postage stamp and his years of study in Kung—fu.

In a recent interview, Mr. Lawrence said, “My lack of formal training makes me feel learning and developing within the craft is an ongoing process. I feel a freedom to try things others may not think advisable. Insight and technique evolve as I work within the medium from one project to the next. Inspiration comes from the desire to make the piece I am working on something special.”

Cathleen Repholz began working in clay in 2007, while earning her B. S. in Mathematics from Dickinson College. She decided to pursue a career in clay and started Bean’s Pottery in 2009. Cathleen earned her M.A. in Ceramics from Marywood University in 2011. She has been a member of the Pocono Mountain Arts Council since

2009 and a member of the PA Guild of Craftsmen since 2012. She currently resides and works in the Pocono Mountains, and promotes and sells her work at fine craft fairs in Pennsylvania and New York.

Third Friday is March 15. The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. B & B Gallery is at 222 Northern Blvd, South Abington Twp.

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