Montrose ArtScene

ArtScene: Montrose

by Betty Bryden –


Winter seems to be a time for huddling in our studios and being creative so there isn’t a lot happening in town for this quarter’s report but there are indeed reasons to visit Montrose that celebrate creativity.

The Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center at 200 Lake Avenue in Montrose starts us off. On February 9th they will present the Silver and Ivory Concert featuring Melanie Valencia on flute and Susan Hurwitz playing keyboard. The fare is “music in a gentle mood” so bring your best winter self out for a meditative evening of enjoyable music. The concert is at 5pm, advance tickets are $15, and $20 at the door.

On March 20th – weather permitting – they will host their Spring Equinox Celebration starting at 5pm. It includes Spring Rituals, a fire ceremony, and a labyrinth walk. Light refreshments will be served afterward.

Slanted Art Co-op at the corner of South Main and Church Streets continues to showcase an eclectic selection of art from their 40 members. On the First Friday of each month they will host an area poet for a poetry reading beginning at 6:30pm. This new initiative reaches out to poets from Binghamton, Wilkes-Barre and Susquehanna County.

“Slanted” offers a featured artist event on Third Thursday each month. Coming up are Jesse Jackson – portrait artist; Elaine Helvig – mosaic artist; and Anna Blachman – leather artist. In March there will be a member-wide show called “Purple.” For additional information call them at 570 432-1075.

The Butternut Gallery & Second Story Books, 35 Pine Street in Montrose, is closed until March when they will feature an exhibit titled “A Perfectly Lovely Place to Sit,” the first in a wonderful line up of exhibitions for the coming year. Artists will be receiving a Call For Entries for their annual Focus exhibition that opens the third Friday in May. This juried regional draws an exceptional array of artists and typically has impressive prizes. It is open to all artists so if you would like to receive a “Call” reach out to the gallery by calling 570 432-4004 or email to

Pink Arrow Arts, also at 35 Pine Street, is enjoying their continued renovation and will open their doors and porch to  A Basket Extravaganza, featuring baskets of every size and shape imaginable, some antique, some newish – all waiting to receive their new purpose OR be the most perfect Easter basket ever.

For those of you who have enjoyed stopping in at our local newspaper office to see the work of Hill Country Artists you should know they no longer have their space in the “Independent Building” because the paper has relocated. We’re pretty sure they will find a new place to hang their work in the near future.


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About the author:

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 23-year-old Artists’ Open House Weekend. She is devoted to promoting the arts and artists of the area.

Owego ArtScene

ArtScene: Owego

by Christina Di Stefano –


Though in the throes of winter, the Village of Owego offers respite—here we have an atmosphere of creativity and friendliness for our visitors.

Tioga Arts Council (TAC) is pleased to host a variety of visual artists in its gallery. In February, Rod Reynold’s work – a mixture of surreal and celestial – will be on display during his solo exhibition, Local Flyers. It will be on display at 179 Front Street from February 1 – 23, 2020. He will also be giving an Artist Talk on Thursday, February 20, at 7 p.m. In honor of Mardi Gras, TAC has also invited Katie Campbell, illustrator of the “Little Laveau” series, to do a reading of “Little Laveau: Bayou Beware” and talk about the process of illustrating this story series of an iconic New Orleans figure. Visitors will meet Katie, hear the story, enjoy a classic New Orleans treat – beignets – and partake in an activity on Saturday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. at 179 Front St., Owego.

Then, in March and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, TAC will host an exhibition called The World Split Open: Artistic Responses to the Women’s Rights Movement & Its Legacy. The title is adapted from poem “Käthe Kollwitz” by Muriel Rukeyser, which reads, in part: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.”

Revealing truths about womanhood and creating dialogue about the American woman’s experience are at the heart of this juried show. It will on display from March 6 – 28, 2020. A series of other complimentary events – including exhibitions at the Tioga County Historical Society, a creative audio initiative called Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives, and more will be going on throughout the Village of Owego to honor Women’s History and kick off the centennial celebration for women’s suffrage. Finally, one of our most beloved fundraising events, artfully SQUARED, will follow in April. This is a collaborative art event where we encourage creatives of all ages and skill levels to create a 7 x 7” artwork, donate it to TAC to be sold for a $20 donation.

At The Walk-Up Gallery & Studio Space, both Carolyn Campbell and Suzanne Lachman will be offering classes between February and April. If you are interested in learning how to quilt or to take on a project – a square, a bag, a quilt, or something else – contact for more information. Lachman will offer an Introduction to Knitting workshop; for scheduling and details email To learn more about classes and offerings of Campbell, Lachman, or Alice Mischke, check them out on Facebook or email

From February to April, Carol’s Coffee & Art Bar will host several artists, including Space Invaders the painting, John Pidcoe and Mary McPherson (acrylics and mixed media). Not only is there beautiful work on display, but it is a place with opportunities to join open mic night or take a painting in the coming months. For details and to register for monthly art classes, go to

Owego First Friday—featuring a variety of artists, musical acts, and delicious food – runs on February 7, March 6, and April 3. Combined, the Black Cat Gallery; East of the Sun, West of the Moon; and Gallery 41 represent over 60 regional artists. Just north of the Historic District: Tiahwaga Community Players.

From March 6 – 22, 2020, Tiahwaga Community Players will present Monty Python’s Spamalot. King Arthur and his knights are searching for the Holy Grail, singing and dancing along the way with the Lady of the Lake, the Laker Girls, dead people, villagers, casino workers, French taunters, and many more!


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About the author:

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

Tunkhannock ArtScene

ArtScene: Tunkhannock

by Alice Strauss –


On this dreary, but rather warm, January day I’ve been searching for interesting things to do in the upcoming months.  Hmmmmm….Tunkhannock must have had a very stressful holiday season, because the overwhelmingly frequent activity is – YOGA.  In February, March and April one can attend Hatha Yoga, Beginning Yoga, Tai Chi, Relax and Renew Yoga and Slo Flo Yoga all mixed in with some stress management workshops.  Whew!  By May we should all be as relaxed as that bag of old elastic from great-grandma’s sewing box!

February, the month for lovers, does offer a few other entertainments. Superbowl Sunday, the 2nd, will undoubtedly spawn a goodly number of Watch Parties, during which we can all keep track of Punxatawny Phil’s predictions. On the 3rd  and the 24th  the Lego Club ( for kiddies ages 5 – 9) meets at the Tunkhannock Library.  On the 5th, Wyoming County Reads begins at the Dietrich Theater and continues on Wednesdays through March 4th.  This session will be a discussion of Ian McEwin’s book “Atonement” and the accompanying movie will show on February 12.

Feb. 8 brings Terrarium Workshops at Creekside Gardens (through Feb. 9).  Jeff Mitchell presents a talk on Hiking the Natural Beauty of NEPA at the Dietrich.  Chippy White Table on Tioga Street will host ‘Galentines’ Day and the Tunkhannock Library will celebrate Donor Appreciation Day.

Valentines Day!  Why not go for a special night at Shadowbrook and attend their Murder Mystery Dinner or to the Laugh and Love Comedy at Stonehedge. Mercantile 22 will be hosting a wine and cider tasting from 3 to 7pm  on Tioga Street.   The Dietrich will present a Health Transformation Workshop on Feb. 15 (we’ll need it after all that wine and chocolate!).  The Food Pantry will be open at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Feb. 17, Presidents Day; then on the 21st, the Dietrich’s Winterfest Film Festival opens, continuing through March 12, and Flatland Ruckus will be appearing at Kelly’s Creekside Inn.  And last, but not least, Shadowbrook will host a Beerfest on Feb. 22 and there will be a free showing of the film “On Chesil Beach” at the Dietrich on the 26th. We’d all better keep relaxing with all that Yoga for the last February week because this is a Leap Year, so we can’t get to March and April for an extra 24 hours!

Now March is the month where we can all switch from wine tasting to beer drinking, thanks to St. Patrick and his celebratory day.  There are, however, some otherwise entertaining events to consider.  The kiddies Lego Club meets on Mar. 2 and 23 at the Tunkhannock Library.  There will be a Nutritional Workshop at Levin Chiropractic on Mar. 3, and the Dietrich will hold its Winterfest Discussion session on the 13th.  Loch’s Maple is having an Open House on the 21st and 22nd – a lovely time to sample some wonderful local maple products.  Open Mic night at the Dietrich is on March 27, with Magician Tony Leoni providing some extra fun.

In honor of  St.Patty’s Day, the Dietrich will be presenting Leprechaun Lore with Hal Pratt on the 14th and the film “The Quiet Man” on the 18th.  Back to Kelly’s will perform at Kelly’s Creekside Inn on the 7th and 8th, and lest we forget:  Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8, and the Spring Equinox occurs on the 19th.  There is hope for us all!

April Fool’s Day is for pranksters, but on April 2, the Dietrich Theater holds the Spring Film Festival preview.  Then there’s more Yoga until April 7, when just to shake things up a bit, Flatland Ruckus will hold forth at Kelly’s Creekside Inn.  In between we will see Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the start of Passover.  On the 16th, the Dietrich will present the Tom Knight Puppet Show and on the 17th, the Spring Film Fest begins, running through the end of the month.  On April 18th, in honor of Earth Day (April 22) there will be a free showing of Rachel Carson’s “Voice of Nature” presented at the Dietrich by the PA Parks and Forest Foundation.  This will include a panel discussion and a Q & A session following the movie.  On the 19th, the artists’ reception for the exhibition Arts in Nature will be from 2 – 4 pm at the Dietrich.  Leave a little early to attend the Northern Tier Symphony’s concert at 3 pm at Tunkhannock Middle School.  Another Food Pantry day at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the 20th, and we can celebrate the first day of Ramadan by attending Open Mic night at the Dietrich – this time with guests the Binner Band. Finally, let us all hope that April brings us a truly springlike month so that we can get out in those gardens and DIG!


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About the author:

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.

Wilkes-Barre ArtScene

ArtScene: Wilkes-Barre

by Alexandra Isaac –


It might be cold outside, but there are plenty of things to see and do in Wilkes-Barre this winter season!

The NEPA Philharmonic will perform “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” on Friday, February 14 presented by PNC POPS Performance. Featuring a trio of Broadway’s top vocalists (“Come From Away,” “Kinky Boots,” “The Book of Mormon”), “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” celebrates the singer, the icon, the leader, the woman. The performance will start at 8:00 p.m.

Kings College Theater will have their 71st annual Shakespeare Production with the classic, “King Lear.” The play depicts the increasing madness of the king as he splits his kingdom for his daughters, based on their false declarations of love for him. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on February 20-22, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 23.

In mid-April, Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors portray more than forty characters.  Performances will be April 16-19 at 7:30 p.m.

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. Exhibition dates are January 28 – March 15.  January 30, 4:30 PM | Opening Reception & Art in Context Lecture with Eva Pollizzi will be January 30 at 4:30 p.m. Snow date: February 7.

On February 22, The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery will open the exhibit “Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity.” This fascinating exhibition examines works on paper—etchings, engravings, lithographs, drawings, watercolors, woodblock prints, and photographs—by some of the most important women artists of the last four centuries with a selection of 37 examples from the Reading Public Museum’s fine permanent collection.

Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University will present singer and Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, best known for his work on the Broadway productions of “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Parade,” at its “Celebrating the Stars” concert on Monday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall with special guest vocalist Nova Y. Payton, seen in hit shows like “Dreamgirls” and “Hairspray.” Brown will perform songs from his theatrical repertoire as well as songs from his new album, “How We React and How We Recover.” Tickets are available at, the Misericordia box office, and at the door.

You don’t want to miss any of these exhibits or performances this winter in downtown Wilkes-Barre. I guarantee It will be worth getting out in the cold for!


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About the author:

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.