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.

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