Art can take us out of our own worlds
The paintings of 33-year-old abstract/neo-expressionist Jesse Clemente take your breath away and pause as you enter the Dietrich Theaters Earnshaw gallery. Now a resident of New Jersey, his first experiments with graffiti in Greenridge train stations in Scranton allowed him to create new interpretations, such as his bold painting which he titles “A winter with Willem de Kooning”, clearly inspired by the Dutch-American Abstract Expressionism. . This painting greeted me and caught my eye when I walked into the theater this morning.
I invite you to find which painting in the exhibition catches your attention. Or will it be one of the whimsical works of art that will make you smile and wonder, dolls and creatures that sit next to the paintings? Patrick Robinson and Betsy Green, curators and installers of the exhibition, both from the Kitson Arts Alliance, have brought us into contact with so many artists, artists who open our minds to new expressions. We are very grateful for our collaborations with the Kitson Arts Alliance.
You can view this exhibit when you come to our free Winter Fest preview day on Thursday, February 3 at 1 or 6 p.m. Sit down and watch all 21 trailers for all 21 Winter Fest movies, starting March 18 and running through Thursday, March 10. On the day of the preview, you receive the brochure with all 21 films, so you can tick off the films you want to make sure you see. You can just show up, a great time to gather your friends.
And finally I can announce that all 21 foreign and independent films of the Winter Fest have been confirmed. Starting with Opening Night on Friday February 18, ‘Belfast’ and ‘Being the Ricardos’ kick off the festival – two acclaimed films that deserve to be seen on the big screen. ‘Belfast’ is the inspired childhood story of Kenneth Branagh, starring Jamie Dornan and Judi Dench, the story of a tumultuous time in 1960s Northern Ireland when Catholic and Protestant gangs roamed the streets , a time of fear and uncertainty.
The second film on Opening Night also takes us back to the 1950s, the era of the “Red Scare” in the United States. Filmed in the 1950s, episodes of “I Love Lucy” air today and can still be viewed online and on TV. The movie “Being the Ricardos” takes us back to the 1950s and the hit sitcom I Love Lucy TV, but it focuses on the obstacles and challenges that Lucy and Ricky face, professionally and in their marriage. Nicole Kidman‘s performance as Lucy won her Best Actress at the Golden Globes.
Another Winter Fest movie that won a Golden Globe is “The Power of the Dog” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Best Picture winner Kirsten Dunst. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the artistry not only of the actors, but also of director Jane Campion. Its depiction of the complex relationships between such different brothers, ranchers in the gritty Montana landscape of the 1930s, the entrance of a mother with a sensitive young son, with a backdrop of haunting music, make it a film that, I predict, will become a classic.
Next week I will write about all the Winter Fest documentaries. Over the past two years, we’ve had a feast of award-winning documentaries, a feast that continues this year’s Winter Fest.
As we prepare to say goodbye to January, we invite you to come experience the works of Jesse Clemente, forcing you to look with fresh eyes at new interpretations. And we invite you to set your sights on so many new stories told in the Winter Fest films.
Anything that can take us out of our own worlds and help us understand new viewpoints or knowledge brings us renewal and a new sense of purpose. Like a breath of fresh air!