The Elements Steve and Amy Colley
Believe Can Change the World
by Nikki Stone Walton
You may not know his name, but if you’ve traveled a little around Northeast PA, you may be familiar with his work. He’s responsible for the design of the Korean War statue, “The Forgotten One,” located next to the military tank on South Blakely Street in Dunmore. Stephen Colley, a Marywood Art Professor and the Dietrich Theater’s Resident Artist, designed that amazing bronze sculpture of the head-down, weary soldier, holding a gun, sporting combat boots and a poncho. Commissioned by the Friends of the Forgotten, In a mold, Stephen beautifully captured the heart-wrenching feeling of trudging through the cold and snow during that “disregarded war.” Today, he is working on a future project for the group in conjunction with Governor Tom Wolf and Representative Karen Boback, that will be another tear-jerking tribute to our fallen armed services personnel.
Working with clay and creating pottery is just one of Stephen’s specialties. Stephen has his master’s degree is in painting. During the flood of 2011, he discovered a new-found talent creating art out of recycled glass. Losing pretty much everything from his studio to the water, Stephen felt challenged to expand his horizon. The material left from Mother Nature’s destruction was the perfect medium…glass. From the glass, he was able to create magnificent and amazing pieces of art that are indeed one of a kind.
Stephen's wife Amy Colley is a very gifted artist herself, capable of bringing astounding color to life through incredible oil paintings. Though seemingly 1-D artwork, Amy’s talent makes each subject (primarily landscapes & floral designs) pop out as if you can feel each soft petal.
Stephen and Amy love working with children. They are working hard to help their students hone in on their unique artistic talents at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Stephen expresses appreciate stating, “I love to see how things come together when creating a piece.” Teaching for the couple isn't a job, but a pure pleasure they have been blessed to share. The Colley's sincerely welcome the opportunity to share the knowledge they have acquired through different experiences.
When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science. The Colley's believe that the science of the arts can teach children many complex skills. Abilities such as developing their excellent motor skills, learning colors, fundamental math skills like counting and establish free expression which is good for overall health and well-being. The arts provide children with a creative outlet helping to relieve stress and perhaps most importantly when kids feel good while they are creating, it helps boost self-confidence.
Classes are available for pre-schoolers to adults almost every day of the week at the Dietrich with choices like drawing, painting, sculptures, and recycled art for both children and adults. Adults may even discover an excellent wine & fun art class among the list of art activities. To view the full list of courses to the Dietrich’s Theater website at www.dietrichtheater.com or you can also visit the studio at the Dietrich Theater, where you can see and purchase both of their amazing works.