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.

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