“THE FORWARDIAN ARTS SOCIETY is a fellowship of people who love the arts sharing the belief the arts can inspire our creative dreams to become magnificent worlds of our deepest experiences reminding us who we really are. Therefore, our fellowship shares a desire to support, encourage, and explore the artistic experiences of creative individuals and groups as they go forward toward their dreams.” Mission Statement


Please feel free to contact The Forwardian Arts Society and ask any questions or share a thought you have about us. We promise to read your words with interest and to tell you everything  there is about us. We'd make terrible spies.


The Sterling and Dorothy Strauser Award was presented to Paul on Saturday September 10, 2016 by The celebration of the Arts Festival

The award is to honor those who have demonstrated excellence in the arts and has shared their insights and inspiration by encouraging creativity.

The Monroe County Image Awards presented The Forwardian Film Festival their award for Community Films on Sunday September 11, 2016.




The Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA presents a Jazz Jam with the Bill Washer and Friends Trio every Thursday beginning at 8pm along with performances by a variety of musicians every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights . For More Information .

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, PA presents their Community Concert Series every Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm . For More Information

Saturday January 18th

The Third Annual Sherman Winter Craftfest will be held at The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA beginning at 11am featuring over 70 craft vendors. The event continues until January 19th. For More Information.

The Mac-n-Cheese and Chili Cook Off for 2020 featuring an opportunity to sample and vote for dozens of mac-n-cheese and chili dishes made by home and professional chefs will begin at 11:30am until 3pm at Saint Patrick's Event Hall in Milford, PA. Music will be provided by Marc Von Em. For more information

Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski: The Bossa Nova Wave will be presented beginning at 8pm in the Sitnik Theatre at the Lackland Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown NJ as part of their January Thaw Music Festival. For More Information.

Monday January 20th

The film “King in the Wilderness” will be presented at The Eastern Monroe Public (aka Hughes) Library in Stroudsburg, PA beginning at 2pm as part of their Words and Film Series. For More Information.

Wednesday January 22nd

The Film “ONE WAY PASSAGE” (1932) with William Powell and Kay Francis will be presented at The TriVersity - Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Milford, PA beginning at 7pm as part of their Winter Film Series with John DiLeo. For More Information

Friday January 24th

An Artists’ Reception for The Pocono Art Council’s 2020 Student Exhibition featuring the work of the Monroe County Students from Grades K to 12 will begin at 5pm in their main location at 701 Main St., Suite 401 Stroudsburg, PA. The exhibition will continue to be on display until February 28th. Note: The Drop Off date is Tuesday January 21st from Noon until 6pmFor More Information.

Sunday January 26

Join the Jug Band featuring Pete and Cat from the Juggernaut String Band will be presented at The Eastern Monroe Public (aka Hughes) Library in Stroudsburg, PA beginning at 2pm as part of the Bluegrass Winterfest. For More Information.

Thursday January 30th

An Artists' Reception for the Immigration: An American Story Exhibition will be held at The Northampton Community College in their Dunning Art Gallery located within their Keystone Hall on the Monroe Campus in Tannersville, PA beginning at 5:30pm. The Exhibition will continue to be on display until March 25th. For more information.

An Artist’s Reception for the Infamous Oculus Exhibition featuring the work of Jackie Lima will be presented at The Nurture Nature Center in Easton, PA beginning at 6:30pm. For More Information.

Friday January 31st

Forever In Our Hearts Through The Arts featuring KwanzaaMama, Jason Eskimo Snow, Myles Burton, R1:16, and others will be presented at The Eastern Monroe Public Library (aka Hughes) in Stroudsburg, PA beginning at 7:30pm as part of their BookHouse Series. For More Information.

The Origins Gallery’s In The Company of Angels Exhibition featuring the work of Maria Ferreris will to be on display until February 1st. For More Information.


To our creative friends - As the new year of 2020 begins, The Forwardian Arts Society’s leadership has recently decided to redesign our fellowship’s logo. The design we're looking for needs to encompass our fellowship's encouragement, support, and love for the arts and artists and may or may not resemble our current logo design.

So, we invite those of you whose talents in the visual arts would enable you to envision and to share with us a design that may become our new logo to do so.  The artist or team of artists whose image is selected will be credited for their endeavor everywhere the logo will be placed during 2020.

Just post your design on our Facebook invitation. We’ll be accepting images from you and other members of the creative community until January 31st, 2020. We'll then invite everyone to vote from February 1st to the 4th on the image they would like to see become our new logo. You'll be able to invite your friends to vote as well. We’ll then reveal our new logo for 2020 to the world on February 5th, 2020.

We are planning to make this an annual event resulting in a new logo created every year in order to reflect our fellowship’s desire to move forward in the arts even further than we did in previous years.


The Forwardian Arts Society Magazine which will be an Art News magazine filled with reflections upon the creative wonders of our most recent memories while listing the dreamlike experiences that are waiting for our participation and a Literary and Arts magazine filled with stories that speak to you, poetry that inspire you, and images that will captivate you.

Our new publication will be available through our website at no charge. To receive a free copy of our magazine in your email along with weekly updates of events, contact us with the words "Subscribe me to The Forwardian Arts Society Magazine " in your message.

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Recent Works at a New Venue

The Pocono Arts Council held an Artists' Reception for their Recent Works Exhibition on Saturday December 7th at a new venue for the organization in Nai's Merlot and Picasso Studio Gallery in Tannersville, PA. Awards were presented during the event. The exhibition was on display until January 3rd, 2020. 

A Black Canvas and a Maker Market Tradition

 The Origins Gallery located within the School for The Visual and Performing Arts in Stroudsburg, PA held their Annual Maker Market which featured 10 area artists who displayed their creations, fine craftworks, and more that were available for purchase and an Artists’ Reception for their Annual Black Canvas exhibition with works on black canvas or framed in black with black matting by a variety of artists on Saturday December 14th. The evening included live music with Barry Field, Steve Hauser, and others along with their famous Art Raffle and refreshments. Photography by Paparazzi Paul.