Reception of artists on Wed. for the exhibitions of double sculptures

East Stroudsburg University will host an artists’ reception for the exhibitions “smalls: Ronald Gonzalez, sculpture” and “Recent Work: Andrew Molinaro, blacksmith” from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, at ESU’s Madelon Powers Gallery, Normal and Margaret Streets, East Stroudsburg.

The exhibitions will run until November 6.

As a young boy growing up in Binghamton, New York, Gonzalez would find little ones in the woods and streets to make toys and playthings. He visualized a small world that he could hold in the palm of his hand in secret and save from being lost forever.

Drawing from the tradition of assemblage art and focusing on the standing figure, Gonzalez creates elegiac sculptures and installations with steel armatures, time-worn objects, and detritus from his surroundings. His creations are the embodiments of death and loss imbued with psychic energy, grotesque storytelling and witty pathos.

Gonzalez has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries across the United States, South America and Europe. His sculptures are in the collections of museums and galleries across the United States.

A professor of sculpture at the State University of New York-Binghamton since 1999, Gonzalez was recently awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Endeavors.

Artist-smith Molinaro opened his studio — Artisans of the Anvil — in Stroudsburg in 2000 and specializes in the craft of blacksmithing for residential and commercial architectural metalwork in traditional and contemporary styles. The company has completed major restoration projects such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Manhattan and Longwood Gardens, as well as private homes, estates and public spaces.

Molinaro began blacksmithing as an apprentice at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and worked up to chief blacksmith. He also apprenticed with the firm of Stokes of England located in Charlottesville, Virginia. In recent years, Molinaro has created more individual and expressive pieces which are the focus of the current exhibition.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The gallery‘s hours of operation, located in ESU’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts, are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. The gallery is closed on Monday, October 12.

For more information, call 570-422-3483 or email [email protected]

Julia P. Cluff