ArtScene: Owego

ArtScene: Owego

by Christina Di Stefano –*

The color of winter is in our imagination.—Terri Guillemets

As autumn gives way to winter, see how the seasons spark the imagination of artists and creatives in the Village of Owego. First, consider dropping by Tioga Arts Council (TAC) and The Walk-Up Gallery & Studio Space.

On November 1 at TAC, visitors can experience the vibrant delight that quilts can bring to a space in Carolyn Campbell’s solo exhibition, Quilted: Cotton & Color Combined. A month later, T. Benjamin Hobbs of Stanton Hill Studios will showcase original handcrafted furniture in his exhibition that opens on December 6. Finally, 2020 will kick off with a solo show by acclaimed artist, Brian Keeler. All TAC exhibitions will open on First Friday each month at 179 Front Street from 5 to 8 p.m.

On the second floor at 179 Front Street, The Walk-Up Gallery & Studio Space offers visitors a trove of little treasures and original artwork by Carolyn Campbell (quilter and painter), Suzanne M. Lachman (painter), and Alice Mischke (painter). In November and December, The Walk-Up Gallery will be open Thursday through Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m., or by appointment. To schedule a private visit and to learn about special hours during Holiday Showcase, Small Business Saturday, and Lights on the River, email

From November to January, Carol’s Coffee & Art Bar will host painter and stained glass maker Frank Bocek, photographer, and painter, Pricilla Clark. This holiday season you can also give the gift of creativity by purchasing an Art Class Gift Card. For details about gift cards, monthly art classes, live music, and Open Mic Night, go to

Holiday Showcase marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in downtown Owego. Many galleries and artisan shops – including Black Cat Gallery; East of the Sun, West of the Moon; and Gallery 41 – will be open on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, November 17, the Owego Rotary Club will host its 11th Annual Artisan & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Owego Elks Lodge, 223 Front Street.

The Village of Owego sparkles with holiday spirit during its annual festival, Lights on the River. Beginning at 4 p.m. on December 6, visitors are invited to enjoy an evening filled with family-friendly activities, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling musicians, hundreds of decorated trees, and riverside fireworks. The next day, on December 7, TAC invites you to its Home & Historic Building Tour fundraiser. This year, one stop will feature artist Chris Knickerbocker’s home and studio, called Old Souls Home, located at 42 Lake Street. For ticket information about this and other events, contact There’s so much to enjoy, so why not make a weekend of it?

Join us and discover how Owego colors your imagination this season.


*Christina Di Stefano is the Executive Director of the Tioga Arts Council.

ArtScene: Wilkes-Barre

ArtScene: Wilkes-Barre

by Alexandra Isaac –

The holidays are just around the corner! Besides the shopping, there are many things to do and see around town this holiday season.

Start the holiday season by taking the kids to see “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the F.M. Kirby Center on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 PM. Rudolph and friends are soaring off the screen and onto the stage in a spectacle-filled musical featuring all of your favorite characters.

On December 17th the Kirby Center welcomes the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The show starts at 7:00 PM. Get your tickets before they sell out at

The week before Thanksgiving, Kings College Theatre will present “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl. “Eurydice” reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus though the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice journeys to the underworld – where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. Performances are November 20 – 23 at 7:30 PM and November 23 at 2:00 PM.

Wyoming Valley Art League will be displaying works by artist Anthony Ferro in the exhibit titled “Form and Frolic.” The exhibit will run until December 12 in the Sandra Dyczewski Maffei Gallery.

Down the street at the Sordoni Art Gallery, “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints” will be on display beginning January 14, 2020. This show, curated by Nancy Crow, is an exhibition focused on the art of quilt-making by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Opening November 1, the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery will be displaying a new show, “Percussion! Stefana McClure & Johana Moscoso.” “Percussion!” features the works of New York-based artist Stefana McClure, who grew up in Northern Ireland, and Colombian-born artist Johana Moscoso. Both artists use movement, pressure, and striking motions in their art to represent their experiences with conflict and change. “Percussion!” will be on display until February 2, 2020.

Later in the month, Misericordia University Players’ will perform the student production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” in the Lemmond Theater. Performance dates are November 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM and November 24 at 2:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at or call the University Cultural Events Box office at (570) 674-6719.

If you want to get in the Holiday spirit, make sure to go to the holiday concert by the Misericordia University Community Choir. The holiday concert will be on December 4, 2019. More details to follow.

There are a lot of fun things going on during the holidays in Wilkes-Barre. I hope you can attend one or all of these fabulous performances that will certainly get you into the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year.


*Alexandra Isaac coordinates events and communications for the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University. She has a communications degree from Penn State and worked for the Waichulis Studio of Ani Art Academies prior to joining the Gallery staff. In her off time Alex is an active member of the equestrian community and avid supporter of animal welfare organizations.

ArtScene: Tunkhannock

ArtScene: Tunkhannock

by Alice Strauss –*

It’s only October, and my life is still centered around picking and freezing beans, canning applesauce and oven-drying cherry tomatoes, not to mention getting as much outdoor work done as I can before we have a frost!  I am, however, switching gears long enough to write down some fine happenings

in the near future of our lovely hometown.  I’ll begin with what’s going on right after all the witches and goblins have been put to rest and much of the candy has been consumed, and then continue right on through January.

Lots going on in November!  First and foremost, the North Branch Art Trail’s Fall Arts Weekend will take place Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 8, 9 & 10.  This time we will feature the section of the trail from Laceyville to La Plume, along Route 6. Galleries and shops are taking part in this celebration of local artists with exhibits and entertainment, while honoring our veterans and the American Legion’s 100th anniversary.  In addition to established locations there will be two pop-up venues showcasing local artists and artisans. In Tunkhannock, our own Greenwood’s Furniture will be the site of one of the pop-ups while the other will be at American Legion Post 510 in Black Walnut (between Laceyville & Meshoppen).

On Nov. 2 at 11 am, there will be a presentation at the Dietrich Theater on Social Media Marketing for Self-Published Authors, while the Writers’ Group continues Thursday evenings through Dec. 19. Also on the 2nd, the Lake Carey Sportsmen’s Club will host a wine and appetizer party, and Clarence Body will entertain with his Blues/Rock music at the Blogg on Tioga St.

On Nov 6, Flatland Ruckus will rock out at the Creekside Inn, followed by Heads Up on the 15th. You can head up to the Apple Wagon Antiques Mall for a Holiday Open House on Nov.15; then take in Comedy Night at Shadowbrook the very next night.  How about trying out your own painting technique?  Take in an evening of Fine Wine, Fine Art at the Dietrich Theater on Nov.15,  or attend a Paint and Sip evening Nov. 9 at The Kitson Gallery where participants can paint a canvas titled “Snow Buddies.”

Want to go to a Block Party?  On Nov.19, the Tunkhannock Public Library is having one with real blocks!  It’s a fun time for parents and kids to let imaginations go wild building with blocks. (Here’s to all future architects and engineers!)

The Dietrich has a whole bagful of fun things for kids to do this month.  Music for Littles, (ages 2 ½ to  5) Nov. 11,18, Dec. 2 & 9; Preschool Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, (ages 4 and 5) Nov.14, 21, Dec.5 &12; Drawing, Painting and Printmaking for kids (ages 5 to 12) Nov. 13, 22, Dec. 6 & 13.

More at the Dietrich – this time for the grown-ups.  Decorative Painting classes continue in November on Wednesday afternoons from noon to 3 pm, and there’s an open studio from Nov. 12 through Dec. 3.  A performance of 42nd Street will air Nov. 3 and 10, with the cast of Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London.

Now get ready to head to Stone Hedge for the start of the Festival of Lights. That absolutely fantastic extravaganza begins on Nov. 22, and runs through Dec. 31 (excepting Christmas Eve.)  An art happening in “LED Technicolor,” this is really not to be missed!

Want more music?  The Northern Tier Symphony holds its winter concert at Tunhannock Middle School at 8 pm on Nov. 24, and on the 29th, Shadowbrook will “Bring Back the Brook,” recalling that infamous 80’s Night Club for one special night.  A live DJ will spin music from those unforgettable years for dancing and reminiscing.  Still want more music? You may want to head to the Blogg on Thanksgiving Eve when Sellout Soundtrack will be playing top 40 music (with no cover charge!). On Nov. 30, enjoy Jackson and Liss, also at the Blogg.

After all this wine-sipping, canvas-painting and music-listening, make it a point to relax at Shadowbrook for brunch on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone needs to take a breath with some good food in preparation for all those holiday doings! On Nov. 29, the Shop Chamber Contest commences. This is a great reminder to shop local. Save the date and pick up forms at local businesses to win prizes while supporting local commerce.

OK – on to December!  Start off this month at the Dietrich watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream live from London‘s Bridge Theatre, Dec. 1. (See it again on Dec. 15!)  Then, take in the Golden Days of Radio’s free performance on Dec. 3, and a free screening of Polar Express on Dec. 4. But wait – there’s more!  A free presentation called “It’s a Wonderful Life: NEPA Roots” on Dec. 8, followed on Dec. 10, by the Dietrich’s annual free showing of the film itself (with FREE POPCORN!)

Christmas in Our Hometown takes place Dec. 6 and 7, with businesses enthusiastically providing open shops, refreshments and street entertainment.  On Dec. 7, the Tunkhannock Historical Society opens its doors to the hometown Christmas celebration, and the Tunkhannock Public Library puts on its Christmas Show at the high school on Dec. 7 & 8.

Shadowbrook  hosts the Thrifts and Sips Craft Show from 11 am to 3 pm on Dec. 8, so plan to bring along your Christmas shopping list. If you’re missing your garden already, get down to Creekside Gardens for their Green-up workshops Dec. 7 & 8, and 14 & 15.

You can take a Journey to Bethlehem at the United Methodist Church on Dec. 12, 13 & 14, and spend an evening with the Wyoming County Chorale at their Christmas Concert Dec. 15.  What with all this shopping, cooking and theater-going, I’ll leave you to your own devices and skip ahead to the New Year’s Eve dinner at Shadowbrook, which will nicely round out this happy, event-filled month.

As to January – evidently, an exhausted Tunkhannock rolls up its sidewalks for a long winter’s nap!  There are probably some events waiting to happen, but the calendar remains at present deplorably bare……except for the Creekside Inn’s $5.00 breakfasts every Sunday from 11 am to closing – see you there!


*Alice Strauss is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a member of the Kitson Arts Alliance.  Her book, “What if Ants Wore Orange Pants?” is currently available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Kitson Gallery in Tunkhannock or by contacting her on Facebook at Alice J Strauss, Author. Some of her artwork will be at Greenwood’s in Tunkhannock during the North Branch Art Trail’s Route 6 Open House Gallery Tour on Veterans Day Weekend.