A proud lion gazes out into the distance and ponders his next meal - or perhaps how he is the true king of the jungle – even if that jungle is the Philadelphia Zoo. Alyssa Amori, Clarks Summit resident, depicts the personalities of African animals like the lion, Bengal tigers and giraffes in her photography.
Her art will be on display at the Glenburn Township Municipal Building located at 54 Waterford St. in Dalton now until the end of March, Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon. There are more than 60 photographs on display and for sale. If the topic of zoo animals does not pique your interest, Amori also has photographs of the Abington area and local scenes such as: waterfalls from Ricketts Glen State Park, the Nicholson Bridge, the Waverly Community Center and various images of flowers and foliage.
I rarely go anywhere without my camera. Every time you go out, there is something new; a different feel or look. I love being outside to take picture of nature, Amori said.
Not only does this love of art apply to the photographer, but to her daughter Kara Amori.
Life with my mom as a photographer is crazy sometimes, but just the way she looks at stuff in a creative way gives me inspiration for my own art, said the younger Amori, a double art minor.
This is the first time that the Glenburn Township Building has hosted a solo artist. Every year in October there is a community art event the township hosts with the help of a municipal arts grant from Lackawanna County. The local artists display their pottery, photographs and paintings with a general theme for the show chosen by Joanne Benson, secretary and treasurer of Glenburn Township. For the past three years Alyssa Amori has been part of the art event.
Aside from the single photographs, she has a book, Scranton-The Electric City that she assembled in 2007, specifically for the soldiers in Afghanistan, that can also be purchased at the exhibit or online: http://www.alyssaamoriphotography.com/default.html.
The book is all about Scranton. I wanted to put something together for soldiers to show their comrades and buddies, so that they could refer to it when talking about home. The pictures in the book give them something to hold onto; a piece of home, said the photographer.
Those interested in participating or exhibiting art can call Benson at 563.1177.