Upcoming Events

“From Scratch, My Thoughts, Through Time” exhibit open until May 29th

In May, the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center will feature three women in its galleries in a show collectively titled “From Scratch, My Thoughts, Through Time.” This exhibit is appropriate for all ages and the public is encouraged to attend to view these artists’ lifetime of work.

Lynn Kibbe from Trout Run will have a collection of recent scratchboard art titled “From Scratch” in part of the Main Gallery. Lynn has no formal art training and began with an interest in oil and watercolor painting. Since early 2009, she has created scratchboard art with a focus on particularity and dramatic light. Scratchboard is a very tedious medium, and it takes many weeks to complete just one art work.  Lynn’s main focus is on horses, wildlife, and an occasional still life. Lynn is a Signature member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, where she shows regularly in their exhibits.  She also shows at the Clinton County Arts Council’s Station Gallery and the Bald Eagle Art League’s exhibits.  She donates regularly to many not-for-profit charities such as the SPCA, Beckoning Cat Project (Williamsport) and Appalachian Horse Help & Rescue (Linden). She plans to give 10% of her sales from this exhibit to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary to support their cause.

Letty Burd is a resident of Gaines. A retrospective of her acrylic paintings called “My Thoughts” will also be on display in part of the Main Gallery. Letty is originally from Ohio and has been painting since she was a child. She received formal art training at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has been an active member of the Wellsboro Art Club for years. Although her favorite artist is Van Gogh, Letty’s works are all original, from her imagination. She often sits with a blank canvas until inspiration strikes, and says that “Each painting inspires me to do the next.”

Longtime Wellsboro Art Club member Eileen Wilson of Middlebury Center will have a retrospective display of her watercolor, oil, acrylic, and china paintings titled “Though Time” in the Atrium Gallery. Eileen has been painting for 70 years, and continues to paint even though she is now 90 years old. Eileen has been a member of the Wellsboro Art Club since she and her family moved to the area in 1993. She has no formal training, but took classes from other artists, including Marcie Copley, from whom she learned how to paint china. Eileen even taught some classes herself. Her family is thrilled at this opportunity to display a lifetime’s worth of her artistic achievements.

Fiber Arts Residency with Gail Jones

May 31 – June 11

Muncy Valley artist Gail Jones is returning to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center for a second residency! Last year, Gail taught students how to make mosaics in a residency that was very popular. Gail Jones is a certified artist educator in both ceramics and fiber through the Pennsylvania Partnership for the Arts. Gail thinks of herself as an art missionary, helping people to unleash their  creative energy to the world.

This year, Gail will be teaching students how to make their own batik fabrics in free classes from May 31stthrough June 11th. This residency will have three parts: a core group who will meet for 3 hours at a time over the course of ten days for an intensive experience, two 2-hour “make and take” sessions for those want to learn, but need a shorter course, and a two-day session geared specifically towards quilters. 

Core Group

The core group will meet from 3-6PM Tuesday, May 31st, Wednesday, June 1st, and Saturday, June 4ththrough Saturday, June 11th for a total of ten days. The core group will be exploring Traditional batik. They will be using natural fiber fabrics, hot wax for resist and submerging their fabric into dye baths using fiber reactive dyes. Core group members will complete at least two projects during the course of the residency and will have a chance to participate in a closing ceremony on the last day. Adults 18 and older can register for this ten-day course. Registration is free and limited to 12 students.

Make and Take Sessions for Families

Make and take sessions will be held from 1-3 PM on Saturday, June 4th and Thursday, June 9th. This will be a family-friendly project to design a family flag or banner. Participants will use foam to create stamps and use a dye bath to color their 6” x 8” panels (one panel per family member). They will be able to take their projects with them at the end of the session. Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult. Registration is free and limited to 36 people (12 families) per session.

Two-Day Quilters Group

The quilters group will meet from 1-3 PM on Tuesday, June 7th and Wednesday, June 8th. This group will learn about the chemicals, how to prepare the dye bath, and experience dying with two different natural fiber fabrics. They will also get to experience making a personal banner.  Adults 18 and older can register for this two-day course. Registration is free and limited to 12 students.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

To sign up for these classes, please contact the director of the Gmeiner at (570) 724-1917 or director@gmeinerartculturalcenter.org. In order to provide this wonderful free opportunity to as many participants as possible, we request that you only sign up for one session.

“This project was made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts in Education Partner in this region is Northern Tier Partners for the Arts (NTP4Arts). NTP4Arts supports Arts in Education Residency programs in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties. NTP4Arts’ Arts in Education Residency Program strives to provide intensive on-going arts experiences that affirm the creative potential of each person, enhance technical knowledge and ability, inspire creativity, stimulate the expression of personal vision, and applaud excellence.”