ArtScene: Wyalusing by Jason Boatman & Abbie Stevens

The Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their Firemen’s Carnival August 6-10. Wednesday evening is the Firemen’s Parade through Wyalusing and Friday night is Fireworks! You won’t want to miss their delicious BBQ chicken dinner.

August 10 from 12 pm to 8 pm, Laceyville’s Oldest House will be featuring “Music with the Morrisons.” There will be music throughout the day, plus tours and, at 4:30 pm, a covered dish picnic. At 6 pm there will be music on the lawn.

The Wyalusing North Branch Triathlon takes place on August 24. Check in is between 7am & 8:30am at the Wyalusing High School with a shotgun at 9am. Find more information at

The Camptown Races will be held September 7 at 10am followed by a chicken barbecue and the opening of the time capsule in Camptown, PA.

The 15th Annual Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival will be held Saturday, September 14, from noon until 5pm on the TW Campus, 80 Fifth Street, Wyalusing, PA. Sample the taste of Pennsylvania wineries, browse craft vendors, enjoy the music, and relax with family and friends. For more info:

October 25 and 26, Laceyville’s Oldest House will have a Fancy Fair from 9 am to 5 pm. This is their annual fund raiser and they will be selling quality glassware, art, textiles, and Christmas novelties. Soup and sandwiches will be on hand for purchase.

Abbie Stevens

ArtScene: Wilkes-Barre by Alexandra Isaac

It’s the end of summer, the kids are back to school, and although the leaves are slowly changing, the temperatures are still keeping us warm for a bit longer. Despite the change of season, there are still plenty of things for you and your family to enjoy in the Wyoming Valley.

This August, join actor Anthony Michael Hall at the F.M. Kirby Center for a screening of everyone’s favorite coming-of-age dramedy, The Breakfast Club. After the screening, there will be an interactive discussion and Q&A with Hall. This event will take place on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. Anthony Michael Hall’s career has included multiple movies (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Edward Scissorhands) and television programs (USA’s The Dead Zone, cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live). The Breakfast Club is known as the “quintessential 1980s film” and is considered as one of the best films of the decade.

For all you Beatles fans, Classic Albums Live presents The Beatles’ Abbey Road on October 4th at 8:00 p.m. Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them live, on stage. This is a performance you surely don’t want to miss! Tickets are now on sale.

Just in time for Halloween, join Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown host, Josh Gates for “An Evening of Ghosts, Monsters and Tales of Adventure!” on October 18th. The event will start at 8:00 p.m. Discovery Channel’s hit-series Expedition Unknown chronicles Gates as he sets out on a global quest to find the truth behind iconic legends and archaeological mysteries. Josh Gates is an avid explorer whose deep-rooted passion for adventure propels him to the farthest corners of the world.

The Sordoni Art Gallery will be hosting the Rust Belt Biennial Exhibition at the end of August. Rust Belt Biennial is a celebration of photography with work realized throughout the Rust Belt Region. Andrew L. Moore will serve as competition juror for the exhibit. The exhibit will run August 27-October 5, 2019.

On October 22nd, the Sordoni Art Gallery will display the exhibit “Two Presidents, One Photographer” – which showcases 56 of Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan.

The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery will participate in the 10th Health Care Symposium: Arts in Healthcare. Arts in Healthcare is an exhibition of two- and three-dimensional artworks by a diverse group of artists. This exhibition will engage symposium participants and the campus community in reflecting on the benefits of art to the healthcare environment. This exhibition will provide a space for reflection as well as build observational, diagnostic, and empathic skills. The featured speaker for this event will be Houston-based artist Joseph Cohen. The exhibition begins August 23 and runs until October, 2019.

I hope you and your family can attend one or all of these great events over the next couple months!

Alexandra Issac

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 by Alice Strauss

A couple nights ago I was asked to write a column about the art scene in Tunkhannock. So I scrambled around to see what would be going on around town from August through October. Here I sit writing this in mid-July when summer seems an endless stream of warm, sunny days with clouds of daisies dotting the roadsides. August, however, hints of cooler weather, warm sweaters and the end of poolside picnics. It also sports all sorts of good things happening to ward off any serious thoughts of the long, cold winter that awaits us on the horizon.

On August 9, 10 & 11, the Kitson Arts Alliance’s North Branch Arts Trail will present its seasonal North Branch Arts Weekend. Art lovers can use the trail’s quarterly arts publication, The NBat Guide, to find their way around the trail using the center-spread map that highlights the stops on the trail.

Also on August 9, Creekside Gardens (Route 29 South) presents Food Truck Friday featuring food (of course) and live music. And speaking of music, Flaxy Morgan Band will perform at the Triton Hose Bazaar on August 1, with dance music and classic rock; Creekside Inn (Route 92 North) has Heads Up Duo on August 10; The Blogg (Tioga Street) will present Flatland Ruckus Duo on August 7 and Farmer and Daughter Duo on the 23rd.

August 4 brings us The Dietrich Theater’s special showing of the 9th annual (and first time to go global) screening of “The Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies,” and yes, the Dead are old enough to be considered part of the “art world.” A Gathering of Singer/Songwriters will take place at the Dietrich on August 21, followed by an Open Mic Night on the 23rd with local singer Tom Rogo as the featured guest. The evening is open to performers of all types, from poets to musicians and comedians. “All About Eve” from the National Theatre Company will show at the Dietrich on August 11 and 18, and on September 8, there will be a special preview screening of the upcoming PBS presentation of “Ken Burns’ Country Music.”

Art appreciation can take many forms, of course. The Starlite Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Show will spotlight classic cars and oldies music on Hunter Highway in Tunhannock on August 24, with a rain date of September 7.

Fourth Fridays continue on August 23, and September 27, turning all of Tioga Street into a gallery for browsing in our quaint shops while enjoying a relaxing evening on the town.

On August 20 and October 15, at the Tunkhannock Public Library, little builders and architects can enjoy the “Parent and Me Block Party,” where they can create great things with building blocks. On September 7, the library will present “Lego Adventures”; “Touch a Truck” will be happening at Lazybrook Park on September 21; and Dance Classes at the Dietrich on August 5 and 6 let kids from ages 2-9 explore the world of dance with instructors from the Stage Door Dance Studio.

Decorative painting classes continue at the Dietrich August 16-28, with instructor Theresa Brewer. On August 16, Steve and Amy Colley host “Fine Wine, Fine Art” painting a la Impressionism. Bring your own wine and create a piece inspired by the impressionists. Artists can enjoy “Open Studio/Portfolio Prep Series 5” with Steve Colley on August 6, 13, 20 and 27. This series is open to all with a specific aim toward helping students in preparing a portfolio for college or employment.

Writers’ Group meets Fridays at the Dietrich for all budding authors and poets. Artist Gail Jones will present a Mosaic Art Workshop at the Tunkhannock Public Library from August 12-29. A ten-day program for learning the ins and outs of working with mosaics. Register by August 1, please.

For pottery enthusiasts, check out Steve Colley’s “Series 5 Pottery Workshop” on August 12, 19, 20, 26 and September 9. A little more adventurous? Try “Paint and CBD” at the Prehempt CBD Boutique where you can create your own version of “Lotus and Dragonfly” and sample CBE-infused chocolates, coffees and teas.

You can also “Create a Piece with Elyse” on September 14, at “The Dreams Art Workshop” held at the Kitson Gallery. The Butterfly Release at Creekside Gardens takes place September 8 and 15, with live music, food trucks and the opportunity to learn about building sustainable butterfly habitats. Art appreciation does indeed come in all colors!

On Sunday, August 25, at the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater, the Kitson Arts Alliance will open “Trains and Breakers,” an exhibit of the train engine photography of Oren Helbock of Bloomsburg coupled with the coal breaker paintings of Dallas artist Sue Hand. Along with the live exhibit, train photos by Kenny Gantz, the official Steamtown photographer, will roll by on two TV screens. In the all-purpose room, Lego toy designer Megan Rothrock and co-founder at Construct-a-Venture, Jim Foulds, will be making a train engine from Legos! The exhibit runs through November 3.

We must not forget the Wyoming County Fair, going on from August 28-September 2. Music, crafts, food, and fun for the whole family! The Tunkhannock Rotary Club’s Harvest and Wine Festival happens on October 12, and the Fall Fest Craft Fair is at Tunkhannock High School October 26. Looks as if fall has finally arrived in Tunkhannock. And Christmas is only 164 days away!

Alice Strauss

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, at the Kitson Gallery in Tunkhannock, or by contacting her on Facebook at Alice J Strauss, Author.

ArtScene: Owego by Christina Di Stefano

In summer and fall seasons, see how color, texture, and sound interact, collide, and burst throughout Owego’s arts community.

Tioga Arts Council (TAC), in partnership with Cloud Croft Studios (CCS), is excited to announce its second juried regional art exhibition “Everyday Life, Every Day Art.” The exhibition will take place from September 6 to October 5, 2019. It will feature work from artists within a 100-mile radius of Owego, encompassing 25 counties in New York and Pennsylvania. For every artwork sold, 70% will benefit the artist and 30% will be split between the Tioga County Anti-Hunger Task Force and Tioga Arts Council. Below are the 2019 Award Categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Fiber
  • Clay
  • Graphics
  • Special Theme – Edibles
  • People’s Choice
  • Honorable Mention

Thanks to the North Branch Art Trail (NBat), the Best in Show winner will have their artwork featured on a cover of the trail’s quarterly regional arts publication, The NBat Guide, in 2020.

If you are planning to submit artwork for jurying please RSVP via email to From August 9 through August 11, artists will deliver work for live jurying to Cloud Croft Studios at 1003 Sanford Rd. in Owego. For more information and to access the “Call for Entries” form, go to:

In addition to this incredible show, there are many amazing artists and events in the Village of Owego from August through October.

Black Cat Gallery is overflowing with creativity. On August 2, visit and enjoy the music of Jim Overhiser, Mike Mancini, and Robert Seigers on the guitar, mandolin and banjo. Tarot card readings will be given by Theresa Gosart with proceeds going to the Tioga Arts Council. The featured artist in September is Marti Hawley, who gets creative with acrylic pour and resin artwork and jewelry. Musical group, Story, will have songs and styles span folk, country, and blues on September 6. Denise Tarbox, who creates wool hats and whimsical felted animals, is the featured artist for October and will be accompanied by the musical group, Triton Trio, on October 4.

From August through September, Carol’s Coffee & Art Bar will host three guest artists. August features acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings by Jillian Smith. In September, abstract paintings by Michael Husted will be on display. “After a recent trip,” Husted says, “I began a series of paintings inspired by the view out the window. Some of the canvases are a blend of aerial landscapes and street graffiti.” The guest artist for October is Dale Reed, landscape painter. In addition to the artwork on display, Carol’s offers monthly classes and live music for its patrons.

“Aquarius Revisited: The Art of Tie Dye Fifty Years After Woodstock” by artists, Kirk Holm Madsen and Eric Abbuhl, is the August exhibition at Gallery 41. Their artwork celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock and how psychedelic art rocked the world of music. In September, enjoy mosaic art by featured member, Pat Stacconi. Colors of Nature is a collaborative exhibition that will be on display in October and feature work from three FASST (Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier) artists: Donna Cheresnowski, Mark Green, and Tricia Kohn.

Tioga Arts Council (TAC) will also host a series of gallery exhibitions during this time. TAC will host En Plein Air painter Christine Capriglione and her exhibition “Views of a Happy Life” in August. Frank Bocek, a painter from Apalachin, will have his work in the gallery in September. In October, TAC will host its annual Members’ Exhibition—showcasing works from artists in and around Tioga County. As mentioned above, TAC and Cloud Croft Studios will co-host its second annual juried regional art show, “Everyday Life, Every Day Art,” from September 6 through October 5, 2019.

The Walk-Up Gallery & Studio Space has a new artist, Suzanne M. Lachman. Whether you are interested in purchasing local artwork, taking a class with Carolyn Campbell or Alice Mischke, or buying a small treasure, there’s much to enjoy and discover in this exceptional space.

Owego First Friday also continues on August 2, September 6, and October 4.

Enjoy these wonderful arts events as summer makes way for fall.

Christinia Di Stefano

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


ArtScene: Montrose by Betty Bryden

The arts thrive here in Montrose – so a visit almost anytime will make your trip worthwhile.

Slanted Art Co-op is a great place to start; you’ll find creations by many local artists. Their artist member Third Thursday event in August will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Each artist will create a piece in their medium of choice, depicting their thoughts and feelings on that legendary concert. The Woodstock opening reception will be Thursday, August 15th, 5-8pm. Come out and see the varied and inspired work in full Technicolor. The Slanted Art team is excited to announce their new line, Boho, a Woodstock-inspired line of clothing and accessories created by their very own artists – all things denim with vibrant colors. This line launches in August in homage to the momentous concert.

The Hill Country artists continue their ongoing display in the lobby and windows of the Independent newspaper office on Church Street – a stone’s throw from Slanted Art which is located on the corner by the light.

The Lily Pad, though not a typical “art location,” is across the street from the Independent with the most arty clothing to satisfy your carefree colorful self, and the owner makes exquisite and creative floral arrangements to honor every occasion.

A short drive up Public Avenue and a left hand turn at the courthouse takes you to the Pink Arrow Arts Building at 35 Pine Street – a short street with three houses – 35 has a pink door. On the first floor you will find the Butternut Gallery & Second Story Books. This gallery, with a long-standing history of presenting intriguing exhibits, continues with “The Remarkable Among Us” in August (10-24) featuring 15 exceptional women who have led interesting lives in the arts or in the community, written about by 15 writers and photographed by three area photographers. August 31 through September is the traditional fiber exhibit featuring the work of seven fiber artists working in varied ways, and October features the works of art quilter Karen Farmer (Montrose, London) and collage artist Betty Bryden (Montrose) who will be showing works created under the influence of each other’s style.

All these venues are open for Montrose 3rd Friday, a small town celebration with extended evening hours that takes place in downtown Montrose each & every month year-round – music, food trucks, pop-up shops – a fun evening out!

Of course Columbus Day Weekend, October 12, 13 & 14, is the 23rd Artists’ Open House Weekend which highlights the creativity to be found throughout Susquehanna County. This year, 25 artists will be exhibiting at 16 locations in a wide variety of media: photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, found object and paper collage, wood, encaustic, metalsmithing, stone wall building, and quilting – something for everyone. Pack a picnic lunch and come out to enjoy a weekend of art. Brochures are available at many area businesses and at Monday is demo day, when several artists share their technique with the public.

Visit Montrose! It’s worth your while.

Betty Bryden

Betty Bryden is a painter living in Montrose. She works in collage, depicting the area landscape, and with ink and watercolor ,capturing the small details of growing things – all focusing on the use of handmade papers. She is co-owner of the Butternut Gallery & Second Story Books and for nine years has been co-director of the 22-year-old Artists’ Open House Weekend. She is devoted to promoting the arts and artists of the area.