Upcoming Events

Special Effects Makeup Class

Heather Bohner with one of her special effects creations

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to be involved in the Wellsboro Comic Con happening on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th. As part of this exciting town-wide event, the Gmeiner will be hosting a free special effects makeup class on Saturday, August 13th at 1PM in the Studio. Heather Bohner of Columbia Crossroads will demonstrate how to create a makeup effect that looks like a mask coming off with a Marvel comic character underneath. Students will then have the opportunity to try hands-on contouring and shading techniques on themselves. Heather is a self-taught special effects makeup enthusiast who challenges herself to create a different “look” every day each October. Check the Gmeiner’s website and social media pages for a sampling of some of her amazing work.

This class is open to students ages 10 and up, and is limited to 15 students. The class is free and materials are provided. THIS CLASS IS FULL, but there is a waiting list – interested participants MUST register with Carrie Heath, the director of the Gmeiner, at 570-724-1917 or director@gmeinerartculturalcenter.org.

“Flesh” Class

Latex “flesh”

Have you watched too many zombie movies? Been fascinated by the tv series Face Off? Want to learn how to make the creepiest Halloween costume on the block? Well, now is your chance! The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center will be hosting a free prosthetic “flesh” class on Sunday, August 14th at 11AM as part of Wellsboro’s Comic Con weekend. Anthony Polonia of Wellsboro will demonstrate how to create special effects “flesh” using latex and a canvas. 

Anthony grew up in the horror movie world. Most families take their children to ball games, fishing, and hunting, but Anthony’s childhood consisted of monster movie conventions, silent films, Italian zombie flicks, and the fantastic and fabulous world of Japan’s 1954 Godzilla and 1960’s Ultraman! Anthony has both informal and formal special effects training from a mentorship with Grandpa Brett Piper, the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, and Lights Film School based in New York City. He is excited to share this aspect of his life (A peculiar life. A life of monsters and mayhem! Mwah ha ha) with others who may never have had a chance to learn about special effects. 

This class is open to students ages 16 and up, and is limited to 5 students. The class is free and materials are provided, but participants MUST register with Carrie Heath, the director of the Gmeiner, at 570-724-1917 or director@gmeinerartculturalcenter.org.

Children’s Book Reading with Fred Lawrenson

Wednesday, August 17th at noon

Fred Lawrenson in his studio

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce the next in our continuing series of readings from local authors. At noon on Wednesday, August 17th local artist and children’s book author, Fred Lawrenson, will read from two of his works. Both of his books were national finalists in the USA Best Books competition. The first book is “Shalock and the Cloud of Bad Dreams” about a little girl struggling with bad dreams after her older sister gets her own room, and the toy lion that comes to her rescue. The second book, “In Search of the Great Wild Kawkins,” is about a five year old boy whose imaginary friend is a very wild and colorful creature. Both stories are written in rhyme with full color illustrations by the author. Copies of the books will be available for purchase after the reading. Bring the kids for this free, fun event!

Wellsboro Art Club Chair-Ity Auction

The Wellsboro Art Club is at it again! Taking old, broken down chairs and making works of art out of them for their bi-annual “Chair-ity” Auction. This event will take place at the Gmeiner on Friday, August 19th. The doors will open for viewing the chairs beginning at 6pm on Aug. 19. The auction will start at 7pm. There will be refreshments. At least 18 chairs including a potty-chair for a toddler, Teetertot rocking chair for a child and ladder-back chair for an adult, plus a storage chest will be auctioned off! Some chairs are on display now at the Deane Center, Pop’s Culture Shoppe, and other downtown Wellsboro businesses. Wellsboro Art Club members and friends have been making works of art out of chairs by creatively painting them with beautiful, fun and whimsical designs. The first Chair-ity Auction was in 2016, the second in 2018 and the third this year in 2022. It was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Jane Wetherbee Scholarship Fund, which will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Wellsboro High School senior who is furthering his or her art education. The Wellsboro Art Club has been promoting the arts in area communities and encouraging the artistic endeavors of its members since 1948. For more information about the Chair-ity Auction or the club, call 570-948-9001.

September exhibit – Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild Member Show

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild has scheduled their Quilt Exhibit at the Gmeiner Arts & Cultural Center
at 134 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. The Opening Reception is Friday, September 2, 2022 starting at 6:00PM. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded.

This popular exhibit will run from
September 3 to September 24, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Saturdays. The highlight of the exhibit will be the beautiful Mary Jane Quilt. This 2022 raffle quilt was created by eight guild members in memory of Mary Jane Ehlich, the founding President of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild. The quilt
was inspired by fabrics Mary Jane had collected and by her beautiful applique and quilting skills. It was hand quilted by Marjory Harris. Raffle tickets are available from guild members or may be ordered from Ellen Moon, 1118 Broughton Road., Westfield, PA 16950 with payment to the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild and a self- addressed, stamped envelope for the return of ticket stubs, enclosed. They also will be
available to purchase at the Gmeiner during Exhibit hours. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn October 17, 2022. For more information visit