The Moth Project



BRENT PENNINGTON "The Moths Project" opening at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 07 December 2012.

I am very excited to share some images from the opening of The Moth Project at The Vintage this past Friday night!

The Moth Project is an annual event benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation, and runs under the motto “Keep hope alive.” On their website, The Vintage describes it as: “The Moth Project is a visual exhibit which combines the unique talents of various artists to create a synergetic installation. “The Moth” is our symbol of hope, ever chasing after the “light” of truth. Featuring the work of Brian Craig, John Bert, Katie Trott, Theresa O’Connor, Constance Denchy, Heidi Van Leuven, and Brent Pennington.”

There’s something pretty awesome about seeing your name listed on a promo card for an opening. It’s like a bit of validation for yourself as an artist. But even that isn’t anything compared to walking into the gallery and seeing your art on the walls, as part of a project, with people admiring and enjoying it.

BRENT PENNINGTON "The Moths Project" opening at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 07 December 2012.

BRENT PENNINGTON "The Moths Project" opening at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 07 December 2012.

My contribution to The Moth Project is three 18×48 inch prints, which are mounted to pillars on the main floor of the Vintage. All three images are forest scenes shot in Lackawanna State Park on a foggy morning this past autumn. The concept was to provide a “habitat” for the moths – a forest that gives them context and a place to “live.”

Since 18×48 isn’t a standard print size, the finished images are actually two separate 18×24 inch prints, printed with a half-inch of overlap on one side of each. The two prints get assembled into a final image then mounted to the wall with painter’s tape (no frames). The moths – or at least some of them, since there are dozens – are mounted on the pillars surrounding the photos, as if fluttering through the forest.

BRENT PENNINGTON "The Moths Project" opening at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 07 December 2012.

I was able to stop by the opening reception for a few minutes on Friday night (I wanted to stay longer, but had another obligation that dragged me away). I can’t even begin to describe how incredible The Vintage looked – the combination of all the elements, the lighting, the festive feel in the air, it was just perfect.

I had the point & shoot with me to grab some photos – obviously. And we spent a few minutes making moths of our own, which was a very nice touch.

The show runs through the end of December and I highly recommend you stop by and check it out.

BRENT PENNINGTON "The Moths Project" opening at The Vintage in downtown Scranton, PA, on the evening of 07 December 2012.

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