Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory invites you to “Jonathan Preston: Why?,” an exhibition of street art-influenced paintings by Bellefonte/State College-based artist Jonathan Preston, Feb. 1-21, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. February 1, 1307 Park Avenue, Studio 9-210. This is Preston’s first exhibition both at Factory Works Gallery and in William­sport.

An abstract expressionist painter, Preston currently resides in Bellefonte.

Taking an interest in art at a young age, Preston began painting community murals in grade school and drawing was a big hobby of his as well. After high school, he attended Penn State University as an English major.

“I went through school focused on sports and music,” he said. “I was a drummer and ended up touring in punk rock bands. It was then that my love of art and fashion came back.”

After some touring in the band and a year at Penn State, Preston transferred to The Art Institute of Philadelphia to study menswear design.

Preston’s personal work kept growing after he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he worked in fashion and music but kept a small home studio. After leaving fashion and another stint as a touring musician, he moved back to Central PA and continued working on art as well as street art.

Preston has shown his work at several galleries since moving to State College six years ago.

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