Saturday, September 13, 2014


After a long summer of waiting, we were finally able to spend a wonderful evening with our guest artist John Garrett Slaby, that will be exhibited now through October 3rd, 2014. An intuitive discussion with the artist gave us a valuable insight behind his work.

John Garrett Slaby was born in Wilkes-Barre but grew up in Dallas, just north outside of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Slaby first found his call for painting in the later part of his teens while attending Bishop O'reilly High School, under the supervision and influence of his art teacher, Linda Johnson. He pursued his education at West Chester University, and while enrolled, decided to obtain a BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art History.

One could say that the “gallery world” was opened to Slaby when he began working for The West Collection, a contemporary art space that collects works from up and coming artist in Oaks, PA. Today, he has been with The West Collection for about eight years and still enjoys what he does; but still eager and determined to push his name out in the art world as an artist.

John Garrett Slaby moved to the city of Philadelphia a little over six years ago and enjoys the city life.  Some inspirations come from his surroundings, but Slaby explained that some of his biggest inspirations come from contemporary artist around his age that work hard and are trying to also make a living from their art.

The opening we attended showed a wide range of his work from the incredibly detailed small pieces to the large graphic style paintings. Slaby pointed out in his art that there is a reoccurring theme that relates to a personal and semi-artificial narrative. He described his work as a cross between stylized and meticulous detail. He feels that there is a type of, “universal appreciation for detailed work”. 

In addition to the paintings on the wall, we were able to see his collaborative zine project titled, “Not Now”. The zine was a project Slaby worked on with Pat Brier and Sean Kearney. The work and detail inside the zine was a shared artistic experience, where one form of art affected the next. The three men worked hard to make the zine release, in addition to the music cassette, a cohesive scheme.

Slaby continues in working with bands to produce album cover art. Best known for his work with groups like Title Fight and Turnover, the artist is the midst of working on a current project. Though he enjoys working with these bands, Slaby makes it clear that his first priority is his paintings and showing in galleries.

Eckhaus was pleased to have John Garrett Slaby and Sean Kearney at the gallery on September 12th, 2014.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thank you to the performers and audience members that joined us for our first open mic night of the academic year. Our next upcoming open mic nights will start at 7 pm on 
Sep. 18th and 25th. 
Oct. 2nd, 9th and 30th. 
Nov. 6th, 13th and 20th.
All types of acts are welcome!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Do you or anyone you know want to perform at an open mic night?
Eckhaus Gallery is looking for all kinds of performers for our Thursday open mic nights. We welcome musical performances, poetry/monologue readings, stand-up comedy, or whatever! All our open mic nights are free and open to the public.
7-9PM
Sep: 11th, 18th, 25th
Oct: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
Nov: 6th, 13th, 20th


Friday, August 29, 2014

Come see what our Art Club grant winners were up to all summer! This will be a one day show, so save the date. September 7th, from 1 -5pm

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Join us in our first exhibition of the academic year on September 12th. John Garret Slaby - a Wilkes-Barre native but currently living in Philadelphia - will be showing a number of paintings in addition to his new zine release titled Not Now. On opening night starting at 5pm, there will be a musical performance by Pat Brier and also a reading by Sean Kearney.