Owego ArtScene

ArtScene: Owego

by Christina Di Stefano – tiogaartscouncil@gmail.com


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 quiltedbycarolyn@gmail.com for more information. Lachman will offer an Introduction to Knitting workshop; for scheduling and details email suzannemlachman@gmail.com. To learn more about classes and offerings of Campbell, Lachman, or Alice Mischke, check them out on Facebook or email walkupgallerystudio@gmail.com.

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 www.facebook.com/CarolsCAB.

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

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