Photographer Alex Seeley’s life’s work will be on display in Scranton at ArtWorks August 1-31

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From a press release:

The newly formed Alex Seeley Memorial Fund has announced an exhibition of Alex Seeley’s work at the ArtWorks Gallery & Studio in downtown Scranton from Monday 1st August to Sunday 31st August.

Perseverance: The Life’s Work of Alex Seeley will have a public opening reception during the First Friday Scranton Art Walk on August 5 from 6pm to 9pm

This retrospective showcases a variety of work that Seeley created throughout his life as a respected artist and photographer. A Lake Ariel native, he has been an artist at all stages of his life and is best known in the community for his concert photography. He was a great lover of music, horror and Halloween. He is remembered by loved ones as a vivacious and perceptive individual with a deep love of life and a witty remark always at hand.

He graduated from Western Wayne High School in 2007 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in photography from Keystone College in Factoryville. He was employed as a photographer by Saks Fifth Avenue at their Pottsville studio and contributed award-winning work to many newspapers, magazines and websites in the area.

Seeley succumbed to his long battle with cancer on February 11, 2021 at the age of 32.

“I love my brother and want to support and preserve his legacy,” said Melissa Seeley.

“I was always so proud of how easily he could express himself through his art. He could turn his observations into something magical. I miss him every day.”

The Alex Seeley Memorial Fund was established in 2022 to honor his legacy and is administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation. It is a tax-exempt fund that supports programs for Lackawanna County and Northeast Pennsylvania residents, specifically arts, photography, and initiatives that help sick children like Make-A-Wish.

To support this fund, tax-deductible donations can be made online or by calling 570-347-6203.

The mission of ArtWorks Gallery & Studio (236 Penn Ave., Scranton) is to celebrate the artist in everyone through art classes and gallery exhibitions, while also immersing people with intellectual disabilities and autism in a larger art community that gives them diverse opportunities to live fulfilling lives offers .

ArtWorks is supported by Beacon Specialized Living – Keystone Community Resources at Clarks Summit, which provides quality, gentle, compassionate, evidence-based care to help people achieve their goals and live fulfilling lives.

For nearly 60 years, Keystone Community Resources has been Pennsylvania’s premier provider of community-based services for people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. It serves over 1,400 adults in seven counties and offers a variety of services including full-time and part-time support. It operates over 80 group homes and day option programs in addition to supported employment, life-sharing and supported housing opportunities in NEPA.

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