Welcome to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center!

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center will reopen on Saturday, June 3rd with a reception from 2-4PM. We will be open on Sunday, June 4th from 12-6PM.

The Gmeiner will be CLOSED on Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th to set up for the Friends of the Green Free Library annual book sale. Please see the Events tab for more information on the book sale days and hours.

“The World Around Us” Main Gallery exhibit by the Grand Canyon Photography Club members

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce a Main Gallery exhibit of photography by the Grand Canyon Photography Club. This exhibit, titled “The World Around Us” will be on display from June 3rd – June 25th.  The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, June 3rd from 2-4PM where refreshments will be provided and prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places, as well as Best in Show. This year’s categories are: The “Eyes” have it (wildlife, people, pets), Flowers/Still Life, Landscapes/Scenic, Architecture, Black and White, and an “Anything Goes” category for creative, composite, or abstract images. There will also be an electronic display of winning photos from the club’s 22-year history. 

The Grand Canyon Photography Club was formed in 2001. The club has over 40 members, ranging in skill level from beginner to professional, who share a passion for photography. They work in all photographic mediums, from film to digital. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9 PM at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA. After a short business discussion, the featured program covers a photography-related topic, anything from composition to the latest smart phone photography. Following a break for refreshments, the members have an in-depth critique of member submitted images. GCPC publishes a monthly newsletter that includes information on the club, its officers, the upcoming program, and showcases images from the previous month’s critique. In addition to the biannual exhibit at the Gmeiner, Grand Canyon Photography members also have the opportunity to display their work on a rotating basis at the Native Bagel restaurant in Wellsboro.

Masks are optional at the Gmeiner

Masks are currently optional at the Gmeiner. Individuals are still welcome to wear a mask for their own comfort and safety if they choose, and masks are available by the bathrooms.

“It’s a Small World” Atrium Exhibit by Michelle Sepiol

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce an Atrium Gallery exhibit of Model Horses by Michelle Sepiol of Wellsboro. This exhibit, titled “It’s a Small World: Creations in Miniature for Equine and Man” will be on display from June 3rd – June 25th. This exhibit will showcase the incredibly detailed model horse tack and riders that Michelle crafts in her home studio and competes with in Model Horse shows all over the USA. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, June 3rd from 2-4PM along with the Grand Canyon Photography Club’s Main Gallery exhibit opening. Light refreshments will be provided, and Michelle will give an artist’s talk at 3PM.

Michelle (Grand) Sepiol and her husband Mark Sepiol live in Wellsboro, PA where they raised their family. Having been raised on a local farm in Tioga County, PA, she has always been involved with agriculture, and especially horses. Michelle was active in 4-H as a youth and later in life as a 4-H leader. One of the projects that she was passionately involved in was the Model Horse Project. The Model Horse Project was developed in the 1960s to provide a resource for youth that did not have the opportunity to have real horses as well as an outlet for individuals to enjoy model horse collecting and showing. As a 4-H Project it was utilized as a ‘teaching tool’ for the equine sciences. Michelle brought the Model Horse 4-H project to life here in Tioga County in 1999 when her two daughters were interested in the project. Then the girls grew up and the horses were put into storage. In 2018 the horses were brought out of storage and the collection revamped and added to. 

Since Michelle has retired, she now creates pieces for herself and occasionally to sell. She can no longer physically have real horses, so her art allows her to fill her “real horse” need with models. Michelle competes nationally in Live (physical) Model Horse shows. Michelle shows in a division called OF (Original Finish) Performance. The horses and set ups must represent as realistically as possible a snap shot of a real horse event. A brief documentation of the event, often accompanied with a photo, is presented with the set up. The set up is judged on realism, detail, and condition of the model and components. Most of the models that Michelle shows are “vintage” horses, the oldest being some of the toys she received as a child.  Michelle has incorporated various other skills and hobbies into creating miniatures, from tanning hides, sewing, wood working and most recently 3D printing. For many of the items she creates there are no patterns, just a photo of a real ‘thing’: I have to figure out the challenge of “how can I make this in miniature?”

None of the items in this exhibit will be for sale, as they are the artist’s personal collection. 


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 meetings of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild, Grand Canyon Photography Club, Wellsboro Art Club, Wednesday Morning Musicales, Pine Pitch a Cappella and the Friday Club.

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 https://www.greenfreelibrary.org.