Two artists, one exhibit at Pajama Factory

PHOTO PROVIDED Artists Joanne Landis and Elody Gyekis will display their “Collaboration” paintings at The Pajama Factory, with an opening reception on Friday, March 2.

WILLIAMSPORT — Factory Works Gallery at The Pajama Factory invites the public to view the exhibit “Call & Response: Joanne Landis and Elody Gyekis.”

A year ago Joanne Landis and Elody Gyekis embarked on a collaborative artistic journey celebrating the strength of women through myth and magic, archetype and alchemy.

Having always admired each other’s work from afar, they both felt the idea of collaborating had real potential. Though their respective work is aesthetically very different, they both explore similar ideas. In each of their independent work they have both celebrated the power of women and their stories, utilizing a diversity of visual symbols and mythologies.

They completed six “Collaboration” paintings in the three summer months of 2017. The first pair of independent works jumped off from the same point, the latter two pairs are an inextricable combination of both of their work responding to each other.

The six paintings are a reflection of their chemistry and the magic that emerged through delight and challenge, struggle and inspiration. They gave themselves over to the lack of control of combining two very different and powerful female voices into one story, calling and responding to each other in an ancient cadence.

The exhibit’s opening reception is Friday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, Landis will speak at the gallery March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. on her recent trip to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Factory Works Gallery, part of the non-profit Factory Works, is in The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., a vibrant community of small businesses, artists/artisans, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits housed in 300,000 square feet of historic manufacturing buildings.

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