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.

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