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Barbara Kapalski’s acrylic, ‘Could Be Crows?’

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Rita Eddy’s paper collage is called ‘Skyline.’

The latest show at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts was an open challenge for area artists to ‘Exploring Minimalism: Less Is More.’

Gallery director Marion Stroka said the display during February features a diverse group of artists who literally answered the challenge.

At Sunday’s gallery show opening, Mary Sadauckas of Hop Bottom, for instance, had a watercolor heavy on snow but with a couple of cattails poking up to remind of a simpler time and place spent in Maine.

The former imaging employee at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock for more than 20 years with about 13 additional years spent at the Community Medical Center in Scranton, said she went back to school for a degree in art therapy at Marywood University, and finds art “so good for you” in terms of expression and interpretation.

She belongs to a group of Monday painters including Michelle Thomas and Lavona Daniels who have been painting together every Monday for nearly 20 years. Although Sadaukas has only been a part for the past two years, she finds a degree of richness in the sharing of knowledge and experiences which she believes has made them all better artists.

Sadauckas said minimalism could be some bright colors splashed on the palette or simple lines, “whatever you want it to be, really.”

A member of the Calligraphers Guild, Sadauckas said she likes to make her own cards that combine elements simply stated.

In addition to Sadaukas, Thomas and Daniels, artists whose work is on display through Feb. 24 at the EMCA Gallery are Lynn Zoller, Richard Cochrane, Joan Yeager, Sue Jayne, Barbara Kapalski, James Dougher, Rita Eddy. Cindy Reynolds, Christine Franck, Sonja Lee, Jan Henning, Helen Fries, Nance Brown, Maureen Van Nostrand, Diane Stizza, Gail Long, and Carol Matheson.

The gallery is open at 302 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m.