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Kitson Arts Alliance Hosts Open House, Looks Ahead

The Kitson Arts Alliance (KAA), which represents and serves most of northeastern Pennsylvania and New York’s southern tier, hosted an open house at the Comfort Inn in Tunkhannock on Thursday. Co-founder Dan Tompkins offered an overview of the organization’s accomplishments of the past year and a synopsis of plans for 2019.

KAA’s biggest success in the past year has been the growth of the North Branch Art Trail (NBat), a seasonal promotion geared toward bringing attention to and getting residents and visitors on the road to visit and patronize regional artisans. The NBat guide is published four times per year to showcase events and exhibits that highlight KAA members, who range greatly from painters and photographers to traditional crafters and musicians.

Secondly, the KAA has expanded its base for exhibit space, placing its members in the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, The Cup in Towanda, and the Luzerne County Courthouse. The KAA has also expanded outreach in Susquehanna County this year.

Members look forward to the return of Farmstead in 2019, as well as ongoing enhancements to the NBat guides. Each issue now contains regional reports written by members privy to their respective happenings, an enhanced map and tour loop for the NBat Trail, and two artists’ features. The most recent edition focuses on the talents of mixed media artist Sonji Lee, who creates interesting compositions from found natural objects, and John Rocklin, whose photographic focus is live musicians near and far.

For more information, follow the Kitson Arts Alliance on Facebook.

Kitson Arts Alliance members who greeted guests of an open house in Tunkhannock on Nov. 1 included (seated, from left) Amy Kaschak, Patrick Robinson, Betty Bryden, Ava Riley, Dan Tompkins, Betsy Green, (standing) Gary Kaschak, Hank Fells, Diana Burridge, Gayle Ruckstuhl, and Sue Palackas.

Dietrich Theater to Celebrate the Blues in Art and Music Jan. 14

TUNKHANNOCK — The Dietrich Theater and Kitson Arts Alliance will celebrate The Blues in Art and Music from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14.

This free event will feature the art and photography of John Rockland, Scott Nichols, Ericka Gibson-Bertram and Katrina King, and the music of The Matt Bennick Project and the Electric Trio with Phyllis Hopkins. Light refreshments will be served as visitors browse the galleries, meet the artists, and listen to the music.

Five Artists for New Year at EMCA

The works of five local artists are on display this month at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts gallery in Tunkhannock.

Which is appropriate, given the fact that the theme of this month’s exhibit is ‘Five for the New Year.’

“We just wanted to do something different,” according to Gallery Director Marion Stroka.

Rhythm and Blues Comes to Life in Wyoming County

TUNKHANNOCK, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- One art exhibit in Wyoming County is aiming to bring the soulful sounds of rhythm and blues to life.

A free artist meet and greet will be held Sunday at the historic Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.

Paintings, photos, and pastel. The history of the blues comes alive through an exhibit organized by the Kitston Art Alliance.

Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen Receives Donation from Kitson Arts Alliance

Kitson Arts Alliance and its artist management division, Kitson Art Partners, proudly presents a $1,000 check to the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen’s from monies raised at the Alliance’s recent Evening of Art and Music held in downtown Tunkhannock. At the check presentation, from left, are: Patrick Kitson Robinson and Mary Lu Shaffer.

Brian Keeler, Dan Tompkins, Patrick Robinson on Erika Funke’s Art Sceen, August 7, 2017

Artist & musician Brian Keeler, Dan Tompkins, executive director of the Kitson Arts Alliance, and Patrick Robinson, creative director of the Kitson Arts Alliance, talk about the North Branch Artisans Tour Summer 2017, taking place Aug. 11-20 along the north branch of the Susquehanna River, from Waverly, N.Y. to Pittston. Complete details at

Vendors and Musicians Provide Many Options for ‘Farmsteaders’

Photo (C) Rick Hiduk, 2017

Rick Hiduk, September 18, 2017, Endless Mountain Lifestyles

Participants in and patrons of the second annual Farmstead Arts & Music Festival in South Auburn couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sept. 16. Warm fall sunshine danced with multi-hued clouds throughout the afternoon, giving way to a rain shower only as the event was coming to a close. But it was the vendors offering a vast array of products and musicians catering to young and old alike who were the stars of the day.