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HONESDALE—Second Saturday celebrations return to Honesdale this weekend with new artists dropping anchor in the island gallery, Art-a-Pelago, now featuring the new Anafi gallery, located in The Bodhi Tree, 214 6th Street, Suite B.
Painter and prominent sketch artist, Patrick H. Dennis, makes port in the Paros gallery at the D. J. Harvey Agency and multi-disciplinary artist, Barbara McPhail anchors her work in both Thassos, located at Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Co., and newly established Anafi gallery.
The galleries will be open from 6-9 p.m. this Saturday. McPhail will be present, splitting her time between Anafi from 6-7:30 p.m. and Thassos from 7:30-9 p.m.
Both artists' work will persist in their respective galleries through October of this year.
McPhail's display marks the first time in 14 years she's had a gallery in the area.
“I'm really excited to see the area after being gone so long,” said the artist, principally known for her printmaking.
In the nearly decade and a half she's been gone “my work has changed a lot and grown a lot,” said McPhail.
Having lived in Narrowsburg for 17 years, McPhail explained one thing that stuck with her was the sweeping beauty of the Delaware River.
“I love the river,” said McPhail, further stating that no matter where she'll go in life, “I'll never be able to find another place like the Delaware River.”
A commemoration of the river in art is one of the pieces expected to be on display this weekend.
Such strong passion for the natural world persists in much of McPhail's work as an underlying theme of environmentalism.
McPhail said the other prominent statement found to a lesser extent in her work is that of social justice.
While her talents include drawing, watercolor and paper making, McPhail's true calling is that of printmaking, the art of etching a design in a plate, filling it with ink and transposing the image onto another surface.
“I think I was a printmaker in another life,” said the artist, noting her deep love for the art form.
McPhail stated she first experienced printmaking while studying at East Carolina University and has since grown in her craft, always looking for ways to combine different styles together for varying effects.
Having also developed a passion for teaching, McPhail will instruct a linocut workshop at the Bodhi Tree next Saturday, July 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A form of printmaking, linocut works by etching a design into linoleum which is then inked and transferred to paper.
Those interested can pre-register by emailing McPhail at firstname.lastname@example.org or texting her at 585-402-6097 by Wednesday, July 18.
Space is limited to eight participants. Cost including all supplies is $40. Participants are encouraged to bring a smock or apron.
Second Saturday events
Those looking to be out and about this Saturday have a great deal of events with which to entertain themselves.
The Cooperage will be the headquarters for July’s 2nd Saturday Honesdale.
Residents are encouraged to “stop on by for an awesome evening of great music!” states a release.
Doors will open at 6:30pm with music starting at 7:00pm.
The release further states, “We will also be selling t-shirts, food and beverages with the proceeds to help fund 2nd Saturday in Honesdale!”
In addition to the Art-a-Pelago three-in-one gallery, other entertainment Saturday includes:
• Here and Now Brewing Co. 645 Main St. - The Spare Parts Band playing from 1-4pm.
• The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St. - Sweetbriar Rose featuring Arrah Fisher 7:00pm Doors open 6:30pm.
• Basin and Main, 564 Main St. - The Paper Caves, gallery open 1-4pm.
• The Twisted Rail, 505 Main St. - Noodles playing 9pm.
Irving Cliff Brewery, 2 Chapel St. - Snowblind 7 - 10 p.m.
More information and a map are available from Second Saturday Honesdale on Facebook, 2ndstahonesdale on Instagram, and 2ndSatHonesdale on Twitter.