Upcoming Events

Rock Art Class

“Nature’s Bounty” by Sarah Wagaman

In conjunction with her exhibit, “From Rocks and Streams to an Artist’s Dreams,” local artist and art teacher Sarah Wagaman is excited to offer a class in how to make rock art at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center.

The class, for students from age 8 to adult, will be held on Thursday, June 30th  from 4:00 to 6:30 in the Studio. The class is free and materials will be provided, but if you have some favorite rocks you would like to incorporate, please bring them. There will be images available to look at, or you can use a photo from your phone as inspiration. Class is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required! Please contact Carrie Heath, the director at the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917 or director@gmeinerartculturalcenter.org. You will have a fun piece of your very own rock art to take home at the end of class.

Free Music Classes for Children Ages 0-5

Momentum Music Services and the Tioga County Drug Endangered Children Alliance will offer free music classes in the Studio at the Gmeiner for 6 weeks starting on Friday, July 1 at 9:30. Please contact Momentum Music Services for more information!

July Main Gallery Exhibit – “Trompe L’oeil and Beyond”

Opens Friday, July 8th at 6PM

“Wrench” by Vincent Hron

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce the Main Gallery exhibit for July “Trompe L’oeil and Beyond” a collection of surrealist oil paintings by Bloomsburg University professor Vincent Hron. This exhibit will open with an artist’s reception from 6-8PM on Friday, July 8th. Light refreshments will be provided. Trompe l’oeil is a French phrase which means “deceive the eye.” In painting, it refers to the creation of an optical illusion in which depicted objects appear to be three dimensional.   What at first looks like a hyper realistic landscape will soon surprise and delight guests with elements such as a wrench, a pool floatie, or insects that seem to be coming out at the viewer.

Trompe L’oeil elements are often associated with the 16th century “Vanitas” tradition in painting in which depictions of impermanent or fragile still life objects were used to remind viewers of life’s precious, fleeting nature in order to encourage moral behavior.  Though not all of the paintings in this exhibition employ trompe l’oeil, the goal of helping viewers to become increasingly self-aware is part of all of the work.  These images encourage the viewer to reconsider their expectations in the hope that it might enable people to make choices that would lead to a better world.

Vince completed a B.F.A. from Drake University (Des Moines, IA,1984) and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, 1987).   He received a Graduate Scholarship to study for a year at The State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany.  He then established a regular studio and exhibition practice in his hometown, Omaha, NE.  He was an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.  In 1996 he accepted a position at Bloomsburg University and is currently a full professor having exhibited nationally, and having received numerous grants and awards. Vince has pieces on display in national and international collections.

“Looking Up” by Vincent Hron

July Atrium Gallery Exhibit – “Journey Through the Amazon Rainforest”

“Peru Girl with her Favorite Hat” by Russell Richard

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is happy to announce the opening of an exhibit of paintings by Russell Richard inspired by his trip to the Amazon, as well as some objects that he gathered in his travels. Titled “Journey Through the Amazon Rainforest,” this exhibit will be on display in the Atrium Gallery from Friday, July 8th until Sunday, July 31st.

Russell Richard will give a presentation about his journey on Saturday, July 16th at 7PM in the Gmeiner. He describes it as, “In 1994 I had the opportunity to travel to the Amazon Rain Forest. Arriving at the port city of Iquitos was the beginning of a two-week unforgettable experience.  I visited open-air markets, explored the jungle, tasted very different types of cuisine and discovered animals and insects that I didn’t know existed. Especially meaningful was meeting some of the local tribes. They were warm, welcoming and happy to share their traditions, music, food and dance. This was a humbling experience and one that I will treasure forever. I would love to share my experience with you through the lens of my camera.”

Russell Richard is a self-taught artist with an extensive background in Biomedical Engineering and as a Technical Trainer. Combining his experience as an instructor and his love for art, he created a successful business as a Certified Bob Ross painting instructor, who has offered many classes in this style at the Gmeiner. When Russell is not teaching the Bob Ross Style he enjoys creating art of his own style. This has evolved to a mixed media form of art using anything that will create the image and the emotion that he is trying to express. His art often includes acrylics, oils, wood, plastics, and dyes.  

Besides art, Russell enjoys exploring. He has traveled through most of the US plus Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Canada, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Russia, South Korea, (and a few others). Russell can be reached at fineartbyrussell.com.