Welcome to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center!

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is CLOSED today, Wednesday, January 25th due to the winter weather.

Please visit us after we reopen tomorrow at noon.

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.

“One Common Thread: My Journey as a Fiber Artist” exhibit of fiber art by Kari Roslund

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce an opening reception for “One Common Thread: My Journey as a Fiber Artist” an exhibit of works by Kari Roslund which will be held on Saturday, January 7th from 2-4PM. Kari will give an artist’s talk at 3PM to talk about her journey as a fiber artist that started here in Wellsboro with her daughter’s 4-H project. Light refreshments will be served at the reception, which is free and open to the public.

This exhibit will highlight Kari’s journey from a developing fiber artist to a professional whose work has been exhibited nationally. She is a fiber artist drawn to capturing the wonders in nature.  She enjoys the process of layering a variety of materials such as wool, silk, wire, wood, and paper to create a captured place or moment. As she introduces the viewer to the tactilely enticing juxtaposition of various textures, she invites them to examine subtle, yet delicate details found only when we stop and ponder. Kari’s work is warm, inviting, and surprising. She will have fiber landscapes, florals, sculptures, and jewelry on display. This exhibit is suitable for all ages.

Kari grew up in Woolrich, PA where she naturally grew to have an appreciation of wool as a fabric, but she did not think of it as an artistic medium until raising a small flock of sheep herself. She attended Lycoming College and received a BFA in Studio Art with a certification in teaching. She and her family later moved to a small farm in Wellsboro. As the farm grew, so did her understanding of wool’s unique potential. From shearing the animals to hand-dyeing the wool, she learned firsthand the process required to transform raw fleece into one-of-a-kind, hand-felted art. She began to reach out to other fiber artists in order to learn more about the process of felting. As a result, she began to explore the possibilities of using her painting skills in conjunction with fiber arts. Kari credits much of her development as an artist to the communities of other artists whom she has learned from. 

“One Common Thread” will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center from Saturday, January 7 through Sunday, January 29. The Gmeiner is open from 12-6PM Tuesdays through Sundays and is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro behind the Green Free Library. Admission to the gallery is free.

“Surge” by Kari Roslund

“Rewritten Presents: The Life Story” exhibit by 13 local artists

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce an opening reception for “Rewritten Presents: The Life Story” a collaboration with Rewritten of Tioga County which will be held on Saturday, January 14th from 2-4PM. Rewritten of Tioga County addresses human trafficking issues by increasing awareness of the problem, offering preventative solutions that can end demand, creating trauma-informed communities, and providing restoration services to survivors. This exhibit will showcase thirteen different survivors’ stories as interpreted by thirteen different local artists. Ashley Wilson, the founder of Rewritten of Tioga County, will give a talk at 3PM to explain Rewritten’s goals and the origins of this exhibit. Light refreshments will be served at the reception, which is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the exhibit is to raise awareness about human trafficking and to value survivors’ voices. Artists have been asked to create their interpretation of one of 13 survivor stories from the website www.thelifestory.org Although this is a small exhibit, it will feature a wide array of artistic media, from watercolors to dance, photography, metal sculpture, spoken word, and fiber art. The artists have agreed to tackle a tough subject during human trafficking awareness month in order to shed some light on a subject that is too often kept in the dark. The content of this exhibit may be triggering for survivors. Visitor discretion is advised.

About

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.

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.