Realism exhibit expands

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First Posted: 9/9/2013

Realism: the general attempt to depict things accurately, from either a visual, social, or emotional perspective.

See also: Misericordia University’s latest exhibit, one packed with the works of talented local artists capturing just that.

“Capturing Realism 2013” is a biennial exhibit for the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at the college, one that showcases works from the studios of Ani Art Academies Waichulis atelier, Bear Creek Twp., Pa.; the Ani Art Academies Anguilla, on the Caribbean island of Anguilla; and the Ani Art Academies Dominicana, on the island of the Dominican Republic.

The exhibit began coming to the school in 1998 and has grown immensely since.

“When we held our first exhibit in 1998, we only had a small group of artists, and we easily fit into the space at Misericordia,” explained acclaimed modern master Anthony Waichulis in a press release. “Now that we have over 20 artists in each of the three schools around the globe, we decided to make this a juried show and select the items for exhibit so to provide the most rich and diverse representation of the work being done at all three academies.”

Waichulis hails from Nanticoke and has an international reputation for his Trompe L’oeil paintings. He founded The Waichulis Studio in 1997, which merged with the newly-formed Ani Art Academies in 2010. The Ani Art Academy Waichulis was established and was joined by the Ani Art Academies Anguilla in 2012 and Ani Art Academies Dominicana in 2013. Academies are expected to open soon in Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Participating artists:

From the Ani Art Academies Waichulis: Jason Brady, Dallas; Helen Crispino, Dalton; Jay Davenport, Jim Thorpe; Rodney O’Dell Davis, West Pittston; Joseph Dillon, Nanticoke; Brandon D. Drake, Plainfield, N.J.; Chelsea Herron, Wilkes-Barre; Emma Hirst, Oakland, Ca.; Michael E. Hockenbury, Swoyersville; Sharon Hourigan, Mountain Top; Alicia Lang, Clark, N.J.; Roger C. Long, Highland Park, N.J.; Ricardo E. Martinez, Jersey City, N.J.; Kevin A. Moore, Bridgewater, N.J.; Susan Obaza, Nanticoke; Emily Reynolds, Locust, N.J.; Tim Reynolds, Locust, N.J.; Omar Rodriguez, Jr., Kingston; Terese Rogers, Wilkes-Barre; Victoria Steel, Edwardsville; Leah Waichulis, Bear Creek; Susan Wallace, Encino, Ca.; Stephen Yavorski, Livingston, N.J.; and Kierstin C. Young, Branchberg, N.J.

From the Ani Art Academies Anguilla: Timothy Jahn, head instructor from Piscataway, N.J.; Jaiden Fleming, Emily Garlick, Lynne Garlick, Akeem Laing, Courtney J. Mills, Elizardo Mojica, Romaro Richardson, Shanicia Richardson, and Canita N. Ruan.

From the Ani Art Academies Dominicana: Edward Dillon, head instructor from Nanticoke; and Catherine Acosta, Deborah Lloyd, Welinton Medina Lopez, Kalvin Camilo Pena, Felix Esteban Rosario, and Jonathan Ramon Frometa Vasquez.