Foundation Announces 2024 Competitive Grant Rounds

Community Giving Foundation is pleased to announce 2024 competitive grant rounds are now open. Grant rounds include opportunities through Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, Selinsgrove, and Sunbury affiliate foundations. The process opens January 2nd and closes February 29th.

To be eligible to receive a grant, an organization must hold a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be a governmental organization. All grants must benefit the residents and communities within the defined service areas. Individuals are not eligible to apply. If your organization is physically located outside of the service area, you may still apply if you will be serving residents within the service area. Visit for more information.

Grant applications will be completed and submitted through a web-based program. To access the application process, select “Grant Site Login” here. Additional information regarding grant guidelines and service areas are also available. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm on February 29, 2024.

If you have questions regarding the grant process, please contact Karri Harter, Grant and Scholarship Administrator, at [email protected] or 570-752-3930 ext. 6.

Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC) Looking for New Singers

Do you LOVE to SING or know a young singer who would like to be a part of an amazing experience? 
The SVYC offers excellence in choral instruction to singers grades 2-12.

Youth singers, in grades 2 up to and including grade 12, are welcome to audition for the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC). Auditions are held to better understand your child’s level of singing ability. Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 10 am-12 noon and Monday, January 22 from 6 pm-8 pm at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Market St., in Selinsgrove. The first youth rehearsal will take place on January 29 at the same location.

To schedule an audition, please contact Coleen Renshaw at 570-765-0637 or [email protected].

The Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale began in 1993 and has served many children of the Susquehanna Valley. There have been different concert venues over the years and children worked under the direction of 6 different directors.

Our youth program complements school music programs, giving talented youth singers the opportunity to sing and perform at an advanced level with other highly motivated singers from the Susquehanna Valley. Our singers enjoy learning more about music, improving their musicality, making new friends and presenting a concert for the community.



By: Carrie Heath, September 20, 2023
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center and the Hometown Science Festival announce an open call for local artists to participate in the November Atrium exhibit, “The Golden
Ratio: Where Math, Art, and Nature Intersect.” Artists of all ages and levels of experience may enter one piece in any medium which shows their interpretation of the Golden Ratio. Drop-off for artwork is Thursday, November 2 from 12-6PM. The exhibit will be on display from November 4-26th.

What is the Golden Ratio? The Golden Ratio is a proportion of 1 to 1.618. Take a line and divide it into two parts – a long part (a) and a short part (b). The entire length (a + b)
divided by (a) is equal to (a) divided by (b). And both of those numbers equal 1.618. So, (a + b) divided by (a) equals 1.618, and (a) divided by (b) also equals 1.618. It may be
easier to think of a rectangle with a square inside it. The sides of the square are equal to the shortest length of the rectangle. These squares and rectangles can be placed
together in a pattern radiating out from a center point. Then, if you draw an arch from one corner of each square to the far corner, you create a perfectly balanced spiral. This
shape may be familiar to you from fractals, flower petals, and seashells.

Where do we see the Golden Ratio? The Golden Ratio can be seen all over in nature – in the spiral of a fiddlehead fern, the swirling clouds of a hurricane, even the proportions
of our faces. Artists, architects, and product designers have used the golden ratio for centuries to create harmonic, pleasing designs like the Parthenon, the Mona Lisa, and
even the Apple logo! Many websites use this proportion as the basis for their designs.

Rules for Entries:
Entries must relate to the theme of the Golden Ratio. All 2-dimensional work should be able to be hung on the wall. Any 3-dimensional pieces should be stable enough to sit on
a flat surface without support. Artists will need to fill out a form with their contact information when they drop off their artwork, and will be expected to pick up their
artwork at the end of the exhibit.

Exhibits at The Gmeiner are not insured, so artwork is displayed at the artist’s risk.

Please ensure that your work is ready for display by the drop-off date. All pieces should be signed and dated, and they should have the title on the back. Paint or photographs
should be dry. Photographs of children will only be displayed with signed consent from their parent/guardian.

Only work completed in the past five years will be accepted. Pieces that have already been displayed at the Gmeiner in group or regional shows will not be displayed again.
*The Gmeiner reserves the right to refuse any work.*

This is truly an open call for submissions. There is no fee to enter. We would love to see a child’s work displayed next to their grandparent’s artwork, amateurs next to
professionals. The goal of the Hometown Science Festival is to show individuals that science is in their lives every day. Our hope is that this exhibit will reinforce that
message and show viewers how art, science, and math can intersect to produce beautiful results.

For further information, go to the Gmeiner’s website at or contact Carrie at 570-724-1917 or [email protected].

2023 Artisan Alley Regional Juried Exhibition, ‘Intersections’

2023 Artisan Alley Regional Juried Exhibition, ‘Intersections’

Artisan Alley Fine Arts Gallery, located in Shamokin, PA will hold an opening reception for the ‘Intersections’ Juried Exhibition on Friday, October 6th from 6-9pm. The exhibition features work by a select group of artists residing in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States, chosen by this year’s juror, internationally renowned artist, Eddy Lopez.

The celebratory evening will include music, light refreshments inside, and the Smokin in Shamokin food truck for visitors outside. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those over 21. An overview of the selection process and works chosen for the exhibit will be provided by Lopez, along with the announcement of works chosen for Juror’s Prizes. This is a free event open to the public.

Juror, Eddy Lopez was the recent recipient of an award at the Art of the State exhibition at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA. His work has been exhibited and collected on an international scale. López received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Miami, and a BFA in Painting and Printmaking as well as a BA in Art History from Florida International University.

Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The show’s theme ‘Intersections’ refers to a point at which two or more things intersect– a crossing, a convergence, a joining. Artisan Alley invited artists to submit work that explores intersections, whether it’s through form, ideas, and/or materials. This is the first of what is expected to be an annual juried exhibition opportunity, planned in collaboration with Anthracite Creative Works. The prestigious event is expected to draw visitors broadly from around Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Artwork will remain on view for the month of October, closing after Artisan Alley’s First Friday event in November.

WRITERS OPEN MIC NIGHTS at The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center

WRITERS OPEN MIC NIGHTS at The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to announce the return of the Writer’s Open Mic Nights after a summer break! Writer’s Open Mic Nights will be held on the first Tuesday of each month from September through December. Readings start at 7PM. Come early at 6:30 to sign up for a 10-minute slot if you plan to read. You can BYOB or grab a cup of coffee and some snacks, and socialize a little with other writers and appreciative audience members. 

This is a free event, organized by Ashley Ensminger and Lyndsay Costley, who usually share a little of what they have been working on as well. This group met for years at Conspiracy Coffee Company in Mansfield, but moved to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center this year when the members realized that the majority of them live in Wellsboro. 

You do not have to be a writer yourself to attend. It’s fine to just come to listen and enjoy! Those in the audience are asked not to record without permission.

Call for Entries! Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center 2023 Regional Juried Exhibit

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center announces the return of our Regional Juried Exhibit to be held December 2-23, 2023. Any artist located within 150 miles of our location working in any two-dimensional media is invited to apply!

The deadline for entry submissions is November 2, 2023.

The Gmeiner is a large, free public art gallery located in beautiful downtown Wellsboro at 134 Main Street. We are committed to showcasing local emerging and established artists.

Entries begin: Monday, October 2
Go to: and click on the link for the submission form
Deadline for entries: Thursday, November 2 at midnight
Notification of acceptance: Friday, November 10
Delivery of accepted work: Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17 from 12-6 PM.
Exhibit dates: Saturday, December 2 through Saturday, December 23.
Reception date: Sunday, December 3 from 2-4 PM
Pick up dates for unsold works: Tuesday, January 2 and Wednesday,
January 3, 2024 from 12-6 PM

• Artists living within a 150-mile radius of 134 Main Street, Wellsboro
• Age 18+
• Must be original work completed within the last five years
• Artists may submit up to 3 works
• All two-dimensional media considered
• Artwork cannot have been displayed previously at the Gmeiner
• Work cannot exceed 60” in any direction
• Work submitted must be available to be on display for the entire length of the exhibit
• No substitutions allowed

• Accepted work must be professionally finished and installation ready – either framed or gallery-wrapped – with secure wiring
• Unfinished, wet or uncured objects will not be accepted

The Gmeiner reserves the right to refuse any work that is not properly prepared, is not of acceptable quality, differs significantly from the images submitted, or is not original. Fees will NOT be refunded for work that is not accepted.

• To submit entries, go to: and click on the link for the submission form, which will open on October 2nd .
• The following information is required for each submitted piece:
o Title
o Date completed
o Medium
o Dimensions
o Price (or NFS)
• A short description (less than 200 words) of the work is optional
• Each submitted work must have a digital photo that shows the whole piece
• Up to 3 original works may be submitted per artist
• Up to 2 detail or alternate views per work may also be submitted

Images should accurately represent the work. Poor-quality images are more likely to be eliminated.
Image files submitted for the jurying process may also be used for publicity purposes prior to and during the exhibit. The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center may photograph, digitally distribute or reproduce the entries for educational, cataloging, and publicity purposes.

Image Files:
• Files must be under 3 MB each
• Only files saved in JPEG format will be accepted
• Suggested minimum file size – 72 dpi, 1,000 x 1,000 pixels (no less than 480 pixels)
• Image files MUST be named in the following format:
o Last Name
o Entry #

o Title of work
o Detail # (if applicable)
• Use underscores between parts of file name, not commas or spaces
• Examples:


• $10 per entry, up to 3 entries (non-refundable)
• Fees may be paid by bringing or mailing cash or a check made out to:
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Fees may also be paid for using a credit card or mobile app in person at the Gmeiner or by calling 570-724-1917 during our normal business hours.
• Entries are not considered complete until the fee is received

The Gmeiner does NOT insure exhibits. Art is displayed at the artist’s risk.
Artists are encouraged to speak with their insurance company about a rider if coverage is desired. Please keep this in mind when deciding whether to submit your work for the exhibit.

• The independent juror will select the works of art to be included in the exhibit, as well as choose the award winners, based on their merits.
• Not all works submitted to the jurying process will be selected.
• Fees will not be refunded for works that are not selected.
• Artists will be notified if their works have been selected by Friday, November 10, 2023.

Delivery of Artwork:
• Artists are responsible for delivery and pickup of their artwork.

• Artwork accepted into the exhibit must be hand-delivered to the gallery on Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17 between the hours of 12-6 PM.
• The artist may have another person deliver their work for them.
• We do not accept artwork by mail, nor do we have storage room for packing materials.
• Pickup of any unsold artwork will be on:
o Tuesday, January 2, 2024 from 12-6 PM and
o Wednesday, January 3, 2024 from 12-6 PM

• Artwork does not have to be available for sale to be included in the exhibit. Please mark such pieces as “NFS.”
• Keep in mind the cost of materials (including framing), your time, and the Gmeiner’s commission when pricing your work.
• The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center will handle all sales of artwork in the exhibit, including collecting PA sales tax (6%).
• It is the responsibility of the artist to pay any tax owed.
• The Gmeiner charges a 20% commission on all art work sold during an exhibit.
• Artists whose work sells during the exhibit will receive a check within 3 weeks of the end date of the exhibit.
• Although we encourage guests who purchase art work to leave it up until the end of the exhibit, because we are a tourist location, that is not always possible.
• The Gmeiner does not ship purchased artwork.

About the Juror:
John McKaig is an associate professor of art at Bloomsburg University. He received a BFA in printmaking from Miami University in Ohio, and an MFA in printmaking from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. He has taught printmaking, painting, figure drawing and anatomy at Syracuse University, and all levels of painting, printmaking, general and figure drawing, and analog photography at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI. John McKaig has exhibited work throughout the United States and internationally, in group and juried exhibitions as well as in several solo exhibitions.

Entries begin: Monday, October 2
Deadline for entries: Thursday, November 2 at midnight
Notification of acceptance: Friday, November 10
Delivery of accepted work: Thursday, November 16 and Friday,
November 17 from 12-6 PM.
Exhibit dates: Saturday, December 2 through Saturday, December 23.
Reception date: Sunday, December 3 from 2-4 PM
Pick up dates for unsold works: Tuesday, January 2 and Wednesday,
January 3, 2024 from 12-6 PM

Any questions, please contact Carrie Heath, the director of the Gmeiner at
570-724-1917 or [email protected]