Published on August 22, 2022 at 1:11 p.m.
The August Hazleton Art League exhibition: ‘Maybe It Was Just A Dream’, featuring two local artists – David Corrado and Marcy Lanza, is still open to the public. The exhibit at the Hayden Family Center for the Arts, 31 W. Broad St., Hazleton, will be on display through Sunday.
Corrado paints in the fine art tradition and is an illustrator and graphic novel author.
Originally from Hazleton, he started very young when his maternal grandfather introduced him to drawing and painting. After graduating from Penn State University, Corrado did altar paintings for churches, portraits for RC theaters, and murals for American Legion Post 473 in Freeland and FOP at Hazleton City Hall.
Lanza was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY After getting married and raising a family, Lanza followed her dream and graduated from the Art Students League of New York. After studying art, she lived in Liverpool, England for 14 years. There, his art really took off. Lanza says, “I’m very experimental,” putting a dab of Wesson oil in watercolor to see what happens, or painting with rotten cherries.
Lanza came to Hazleton after her daughter moved there. Like most people during the pandemic, she was housebound. As a result, many of his new plays are “pandemic plays”. Much of Lanza’s art is abstract with fine lines and brilliant colors. Flowers and nude figures also appear in his work.
These two artists, from different generations, proposed “Maybe it was just a dream” as the name for their exhibition, considering that the works are quite varied. Corrado’s paintings are portraits and Lanza’s are mostly abstract.
According to Marcy, she and David thought the title of the exhibition would encourage people “to try to figure out what it means and apply it to the artwork”.