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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.





Thursday February 21 st

An evening of words will be shared at The Origins Gallery located The PoconoArts Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA beginning at 6pm as part of their Poetry and Prose Series . For More Information .

Friday February 22 nd

The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA presents 1964 The Beatles Tribute. For More Information

Saturday February 23 rd

The 8 Annual Share Your Heart Fundraiser will be held at the Waterwheel Café and Bakery in Milford, PA The Triversity Center for Gender Sexual Diversity’ First Got Talent competition. All proceeds will go to the Ecumenical Food Pantry at the Good Shepard Episcopal Church Milford, PA. For More Information

Monday February 25 th

The Water Gap Jazz Orchestra directed by Matt Vashlishan will perform at The Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA . For More Information .

Wednesday February 27 th

An artist presentation and panel discussion titled, “River Fugues/Catalyst for Change” associated with the River Fugues/Moving the Waters Exhibition featuring ESU and Local Environmentalist will be held in The East Stroudsburg University of PA’s Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall within the campus’ Fine and Performing Arts Center beginning 7 pm.For More Information .

And to our friends in the arts.

We congratulate the winners of the 2018 Annual Shawnee Play house Original Playwright Series contest. Please feel free to share your congratulatory sentiments with the winners.

“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

The February 2019 issue of our Art News magazine titled, "The Forwardian Gazette" is filled with reflections upon the creative wonders of our most recent memories and a listing of the dreamlike experiences that may occur this month.

The Volume II Issue 2 Edition of our Literary and Arts magazine titled, "Forwardian" is filled with stories that speak to you, poetry that inspire you, and images that will captivate you.

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We’re Accepting Submissions for The 2019 Forwardian Film Festival until June 1st. Here is one of our most recent Entries. We look forward to seeing yours. Read Our Submission Guidelines.

The Submission Fee is $10.00.

Certificates will given to filmmakers who are chosen by the audience and a panel of Judges for Best Short Film, Best Feature Length Film, and the film determined to be the Best of the Fest (Best of Show).

Cash Awards for films selected by our Panel of Judges:

Best Short Film - $200
Best Feature Length Film - $250
Best of the Fest - $500

The Forwardian Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world's #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and more.

If you would like to help select the films that will be in our 2019 festival, email us at and you'll be able to see and evaluate films as they come in.


A Rambling Kickoff of a Winter Fest

We were at The Artspace Gallery within the PoconoArts Community Center in Stroudsburg, PA on Friday January 25 th where The Lost Ramblers officially initiated The Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society’s 19 th Annual Winter Fest. The festival took place throughout the weekend and concluded on Sunday January 27 th with most of the Concerts and Instrumental Workshops held at The Pocono Plaza Inn in Stroudsburg, PA. A wide variety of Bluegrass musicians entertained the gatherings that came to partake of their talents and the music they performed. See What We Saw. Photography by Paparazzi Paul

Swinging on a Deer

We were at The Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA who presented the Riverside Rhythm Big Band on Sunday January 13 th. Outstanding musicians woo the large audience with their soothing and rousing interpretations of numerous swinging jazz standards. Song were introduced and sung by Lisa Ellex along with a number of additional singers. See What We Saw . Photography by Paparazzi Paul


The PoconoArts Council’s 25th Annual Student Art Exhibition

We went to an Artists’ Reception on Friday February 8 th for The PoconoArts Council’sthAnnual Student Art Exhibition that features the Art Students from area school districts located in Monroe County, PA . Numerous art lovers attended the reception and cheerfully applauded as those students whose work was deemed exceptional by Juror, Ellen Silberlicht, received their awards. The exhibition will remain on display until February 23 rd. See What We Saw . Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

Of Festivals and Origins

We went to the 3 rd Annual Winterfest that was celebrated in Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday February 16 thwith Ice Sculptors lining the borough’s Streets sharing images in keeping with this year’s theme which was Fairy Tales. Those that dwell upon the sunny side of town on the warm day began to grow featureless due to their melting while those on the shadowed side kept mostly to the design of the artists who created them. After the festival, The Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists’ Reception for their 5 th Anniversary Exhibition titled, “Loving it.” The evening featured a variety of artists, music by Professor Michael Kessler, and their famous Art Raffle. It was announced that the current exhibition will be the last shown within The PoconoArts Community Center as Origins and the PoconoArts Council will be moving to another site. The Loving It Exhibition will continue to be on display until February 28 th. See What We Saw . Photography by Paparazzi Paul. 

Photos in the Hall

We were at he Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, PA who held an Artist’s Reception on Friday February 1st featuring the work of Jonathan Broady. The evening served as an Inaugural Celebration as the Hallway utilized to display the Exhibition is now a permanent rotating gallery the Pocono Center for the Arts. The event offered some wonderful music by pianist Chris Centrillo, good conversation among the moderate number of art lovers who attended, and images that penetrated the imagination and sense of wonder of all who experiences them The Exhibition will continue to be on display until March 19th. See What We Saw. Photography by Paparazzi Paul 

Exploring Scholastic Creativity at NCC

We went to an Artists’ Reception of an exhibition that features the Art Teachers and Students of Northampton Community College’s (NCC) Monroe Campus in Tannersville, PA on Thursday February 7 th in the Dunning Gallery located within their Keystone Hall building. The students whose works were featured are Jillian Goldardi, Martha Gonzalez, Hanna Gruber, Courtney Lutes, Kaela Rodriquez, and Alexandra Rughley. An Art Talk took place after the reception that featured members of the art faculty whose work is also part of the exhibition. They are Alma Barrantes, William Ruck, and Arzu Yontar. The exhibition will remain on display until March 22 nd. See What We Saw . Photography by Paparazzi Paul. 

The Snows of Hotel Fauchere

We were at The Hotel Fauchere in Milford, P A who held an Artists’ Reception on Sunday November 18 th for their Snow Exhibition. The exhibition will continue to be on display until March 31st. See What We Saw . Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

The St. Valentine’s Day Art and Musicacre

We went to the Artists’ Reception for the Art Of Hearts Exhibition held at The Soho in the Burg Art Gallery located within the Renegade Winery in Stroudsburg, PA on Thursday February 14 th. Conversation and Chocolates filled the evening as the love filled art presented touched the divine natures of all who explored their images. After the reception, The establishment held its weekly Open Mic Nite that was hosted by Andrew Moses who performed a number of songs and was followed by a number of musicians and singers that included Mike V., The Professor Michael Kessler, Billy along with Jesse Morales and Nicholas Pulsinelli and many more. It was a good night all around. The Art Of Hearts Exhibition will continue to be on display until April 1 st. See what we saw . Photography by Paparazzi Paul