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 artisttour.com. Monday is demo day, when several artists share their technique with the public.

Visit Montrose! It’s worth your while.

Betty Bryden
butternutgalleryssb@gmail.com

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.

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