Masks Requested

In the Interest of Public Health, Masks are Requested When Inside the Gmeiner.

Due to current numbers of COVID-19 cases in Tioga County, we are requesting all guests to wear a mask while inside the Gmeiner. Please use hand sanitizer and maintain a social distance of 3 feet, when possible. Your cooperation allows us to remain open!

Land of Magic, mixed media monotype by Rita Bower

“Inspirations of Egypt” 

 An exhibition of works by Steve and Rita Bower in the Main Gallery at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center continues until Saturday, December 4th

The Bowers visited Egypt and have both been influenced by what they discovered there. The art is a combination of Rita and Steve’s individual styles in media including sculpture, watercolor, drawings, and mixed media monotypes.   Recently, Steve turned his attention to creating ceramic and steel sculptures. Rita loves using a variety of art mediums and techniques to express herself in her art-making. She draws inspiration from traveling, study, sharing ideas, and the connectedness of these in every day living. 

“Angel Chimes” Poetry and Harp

On Thursday, December 2nd at 7PM, The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center will host local author Judith Sornberger as she reads from her book of poetry, “Angel Chimes: Poems of Advent and Christmas.” Harp music will be provided by Cheryl Hein Walters. Copies of Judith’s book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be provided. Free admission.

One Dozen Ideas, monotype by Rita Bower

Monotype Workshop, Sunday December 5, 1-4PM

The Bowers will be offering a monotype workshop at the Gmeiner Art &Cultural Center on Sunday, December 5th from 1-4PM. Rita will be teaching 2-3 different monotype techniques. The cost is $50 (nonrefundable) which includes all materials. Adults and children 15 and older are welcome to attend. The class size will be limited to 10 people. Attendees should bring an apron, smock, or old t-shirt to protect their clothing. Contact the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center at 570-724-1917 

Detail of Shiny Brite ornament box, 1940s

Christmas on Main Street

An exhibit of Shiny Brite ornaments will be on display in the Atrium Gallery from Tuesday, November 30th through Tuesday, December 28th. The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is proud to participate in Wellsboro’s 6th Annual Christmas on Main Street Celebration, taking place the weekend of December 10 – 12. The Gmeiner will be open from 12-6 on Friday and Saturday.

This year’s events will focus on the people who helped make Wellsboro the glass Christmas ornament capitol of the world, and “The Town That Saved Christmas.” There will be a display of Corning shrink-wrapped ornaments designed by Don Wilcox as well as a video describing his contributions to the history of glass ornaments. Shiny Brite glass bell ornaments will also be on display in the Atrium Gallery for this event.

If you are getting your passport filled out, be sure to visit the Green Free Library right next door to the Gmeiner as there will also be a display there! 

All My Favorite Textures

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, December 10 from 6-8PM to celebrate the new ceramics exhibit “All My Favorite Textures” by Elmira College professor Chris Longwell. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Mr. Longwell’s work has been featured in several books and national shows. He is an artist, art educator, gallery director, and community volunteer. For more information on Mr. Longwell, see his webpage:

The Wednesday Morning Musicales hold monthly performances at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center on the first Wednesdays at 10:15 AM from September through May.
The Wellsboro Art Club meets in the Studio every Thursday at 10 AM.

Upcoming Classes/Workshops
The Grand Canyon Photography Club meets on the Second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.
The Wellsboro Knitters and Spinners meet from 2-4PM every Wednesday in the Studio
We accept art exhibit proposals year-round. Send samples of your work and a description of your show to


The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is a non-profit dedicated to the community of Wellsboro by Arthur J. Gmeiner in memory of his family. We are committed to cultivating the link between art, culture, and community. Our gallery space allows local artists to share their work, while our studio space is a hub for creatives to congregate. We host art exhibits as well as the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild, Grand Canyon Photography Club, Wellsboro Art Club, Wednesday Morning Musicales, and the Friday Club. The facilities can be used by any member of the community for educational purposes.


The architecture of the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center was inspired by the Mid Century Modern Movement of the mid 20th century. The structure stands out from the dominant 19th century architecture of Main Street Wellsboro. Efforts to preserve and enhance the Mid Century design of the building are ongoing at the art center.

Green Free Library

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 under the governance of the Board of Directors of the Green Free Library. For more information about the Green Free Library visit