North Branch Art Trail – 25th Year!


When it was created in 1994 by local artist Brian Keeler, the North Branch Art Trail (named after the North Branch of the scenic Susquehanna River) was the first of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For 16 consecutive years, Brian produced an annual open house celebration on Columbus Day weekend. Each weekend included regional art exhibits, studio tours, and a community festival, and grew dramatically in size and reputation year-after-year until Brian stepped down and relocated in 2010.


With Brian Keeler’s blessing & support, this important Art Trail has been expanded and reinstated as a program of the Kitson Arts Alliance. In 2018 the trail will focus on all there is to see and do along and near a 100-mile stretch of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River from Owego, NY to Wilkes-Barre, PA on a quarterly basis. Every three months our seasonal “Get Out & Explore” NBat Guide will lead locals and tourists alike to a wide variety of our region’s special destinations. The guide will feature everything from art galleries and antique shops to historic sites and nature centers; from garden centers and farm markets to wineries and breweries; from restaurants and hotels to movie theaters and performance venues, and a whole lot more!  

By chance, 2018 marks the 25th year since the trail was originally founded. As such, we proudly celebrate the 25th year of the North Branch Art Trail!

The North Branch Art Trail is a program of the Kitson Arts Alliance.


Kitson Arts Alliance, Inc. (KAA) is a non-profit focused on collaboration and partnership. We exist to foster connections between creative individuals and organizations of all kinds, and the broader public. KAA embraces a diverse community of creatives, including artists & curators, artisans & agriculturalists, and writers & performers, in the belief that these creative endeavors complement one another and foster social, cultural, and economic growth. By promoting and nurturing a diverse creative community Kitson Arts Alliance contributes to a public appreciation of the arts that is vibrant, strong, and sustainable.

Our Mission

Kitson Arts Alliance cultivates collaboration among a diverse community of creative individuals and organizations in order to build programs, events, and other opportunities that promote their work, empower and support them, and contribute to the social, cultural, and economic advancement of their local communities.

Our Objectives

  1. To build and maintain membership and partnerships that are diverse and vibrant;
  2. To build programs, events, and opportunities that promote, empower, and support our members and partners, and that contribute to the social, cultural, and economic advancement of their local communities;
  3. To provide time, space, a platform, and support for creatives to explore and realize new ideas for advancing a diverse array of artistic and cultural expression;
  4. To foster and promote programs that engage individuals of all ages and backgrounds in the arts and culture;
  5. To support youth and education through the development of curricula and opportunities that engage students in studying the arts
  6. To raise funds for the support of KAA programs, events, and opportunities.

KAA Management Team

  • Executive Director – Dan Tompkins
  • Creative Director – Patrick Kitson Robinson

KAA Board of Advisors

  • Diana Burridge
  • Tina Carlin
  • Betsy Green
  • Gary Kaschak
  • Ken Patton
  • Mary Jo Paul
  • Patrick Kitson Robinson
  • Dan Tompkins
  • Tim Zieger

KAA Board Officers

  • President – Patrick Kitson Robinson
  • Vice President – Dan Tompkins
  • Secretary – Tina Carlin
  • Treasurer – Diana Burridge

KAA Strategic Partners

  • Bob Calin
  • Gerald Carlin
  • Steve & Amy Colley
  • Grace Dove
  • Erika Gibson-Bertram
  • Vikki Hammond
  • Rick Hiduk
  • Amy Kaschak
  • Marta Kovacs-Ruiz
  • Rachel Mercaldo
  • Debbie Mills
  • Merriel Oliver
  • Debra Osborne
  • Andrea Pabon
  • Maureen Whipple
  • Abi Zieger

KAA Programs

  • North Branch Art Trail
  • Local Art On Display
  • KAA Events
  • Community Involvement