CONTEMPORARY BLACKSMITH AND PRIMITIVE PAINTER EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

CONTEMPORARY BLACKSMITH AND PRIMITIVE PAINTER EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

By: Carrie Heath, May 3, 2024

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is very pleased to announce a new Main Gallery exhibit for May featuring husband and wife artists Anthony and Lisa Arkus. Anthony is a contemporary blacksmith and Lisa paints in a quirky primitive style. Locals and visitors may have seen the Arkus’ work at the Laurel Festival or other regional festivals. This exhibit open with a free reception for the public on Saturday, May 11th from 2-4PM. Light refreshments will be served. This exhibit will only be on display until Sunday, May 26th

Lisa and Anthony Arkus live in the mountains of Potter County, PA with their 2 cats. Lisa was introduced to art at a very early age with an abundance of art supplies and the freedom to create, which has been a large influence on the self-taught artist she has become.  When Lisa began selling her art full time 25 years ago, painting was her main medium. She has since begun adding vintage and handmade papers, along with other mediums. Each piece Lisa creatse is a story in its own right, a testament to innocence, the magic of childhood, and the world of make-believe.   In her spare time Lisa tends to her amazing flower gardens, which are a source of inspiration for her artwork.

Anthony began as an apprentice in Vermont in the 1970s, where he was trained in traditional blacksmithing. Anthony then began his own shop, creating original designs. Anthony is a full-time blacksmith. creating both functional and sculptural pieces. His original designs are inspired by nature and expressed in metal by hand forging using both ancient and modern tools and techniques, creating a harmony of design and function. He uses raw materials such as steel, copper, and brass, in bar stock, sheets, and plates which are shaped and formed with a coal and propane forge.

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. 

“The Pa Wilds by Day and Night” photography by Curt Weinhold in the Atrium Gallery

“The Pa Wilds by Day and Night” photography by Curt Weinhold in the Atrium Gallery

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce the extension of our current Atrium Gallery exhibit “The PA Wilds by Day and Night.” This exhibit is by Curt Weinhold, a photographer from Coudersport who is well-known for his photographs of the Dark Skies, as well as local nature scenes. This exhibit will remain on display until Sunday, June 2nd. Curt says of the exhibit, “I see my photos as a way to show a piece of the natural world, encouraging others to appreciate and preserve these resources.”

Curt Weinhold is originally from Lancaster County, but after visiting Potter and Tioga counties as a teenager, decided he wanted to move here. He has lived in Coudersport for more than half his life. When he wasn’t at his 40 hour per week day job, Curt started taking wedding photographs and doing portrait sessions in his home studio. However, it was always the outdoors that called to him and his camera.

Curt has been promoting the special places of northcentral Pennsylvania with photography for many years. Though he traveled to many National Parks, Curt has always been most passionate about the beauties of what’s now known as the PA Wilds. He enjoys the photographic adventure of searching for wildlife, wildflowers, waterfalls and the starry night skies. He wants to show all subjects in the best light, or the best darkness in the case of the night sky. During the dark of the moon, Curt often teaches nightscape photography classes at Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County. The darkest place on the East Coast is a magnet for many stargazers.

All of his photos in this exhibit are for sale. Some are framed under glass, and others are printed on canvas. Curt has also brought many prints of his photos, offering a variety of price points. His photos are also for sale in the Potter County Artisan Center in Coudersport, where he teaches classes.

Community Arts Center awarded EITC funds from Truist

Community Arts Center awarded EITC funds from Truist

Williamsport, PA – The Community Arts Center is pleased to announce it is the recipient of $3,000 from Truist through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The contribution will be used to support the Educational Series programming within the approved Educational Improvement Tax Credit Programs.

“Supporting the arts can ignite new passions for students and families across Williamsport,” said Alexander Nicholas, Vice President, Commercial Lending. “At Truist, our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities – my hope is this grant will help inspire a new generation of performers who found their love of the arts at the Community Arts Center.”

The CAC is an approved Educational Improvement Organization by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds allow approved organizations to invest in projects that improve access to high quality education programs.

Jim Dougherty, Executive Director of the CAC said, “The support from Truist is instrumental in allowing us to continue presenting meaningful and entertaining educational content for our region’s K-12 learners, and we’re incredibly appreciative of their donation.”

Funding for the educational programming is derived from various sources, including EITC Funds, donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants.

“This support from Truist makes it possible for us to reach our youngest and most diverse population. We know that exposure through the Educational Series fosters a familiarity and love for the arts and we are thankful to them for that,” said Ana Gonzalez-White, College Relations Officer in charge of development for the CAC.

For more information about giving opportunities at the CAC, contact Gonzalez-White at 570-327-7657 or email [email protected].

The Community Arts Center is owned and operated by Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education.

Susquehanna Valley Chorale Presents Pops Concerts Featuring Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) will end its current performance season with audience favorite Pops Concert featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehanna University’s Weber Auditorium in Selinsgrove.

The Chorale performs under the direction of Bill Payn; Fred Hooper will return as Emcee.

The SVC will be joined by the SVC Stage Band which includes: Dick Adams, David Cover, Kevin Henry, Jack Lawton, Dale Orris, Mike Trego and Chris Wheeland.

Three of SVC’s scholarship singers will perform solos during the performance: Becca Lipsky, Molly Manhoff and Robbie Speece.

Other featured soloists include: Shannon Borchert, Amy Caron, Brian Crane, Josh Deering, Adam Dietz, Marina Gresh, Fred Hooper, Katie Kelley, Sara Kelley, Leta Jo Maue and Rita Palasek.

Songs from the following musicals will be featured in the program: The Frogs, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Into the Woods, Candide, and many others.

Singer Doug Spotts said of the performance, “It has been wonderful reconnecting to the SVC after moving back to the area this past summer; for the first time in my professional life, I had the bandwidth to contemplate joining and successfully auditioned in September. It’s a decision I have not regretted as music connects my scientific and artistic interests as a physician, teacher, and healthcare leader.”

Spotts continued, “Singing with the SVC is especially meaningful as many voices are blended and united to create a beautiful result through musical dialogue. It is a model for healing, community, and creating the art of possibility that resonates with me deeply. The music for this Pops performance is complex and challenging, and we have been working very hard to create an end result that will not disappoint.”

Sponsors for the Pops performance are the Patricia McDowell and Dede Gronlund in Memory of Bob Gronlund. Co-Sponsors include Patricia and James Apple, Coleen and Ron Renshaw, the Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, and the Charles and Betty Degenstein Foundation. Underwriters are Dawn Dietz, Anne and Tom Gates, and Judy and Robert Hontz.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets are available online at SVCMusic.org, by calling 570-547-0455 or at the door.

The SVC’s new 24-25 season has been announced and includes four performances: The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass in October, A Candlelight Christmas in December, Alzheimer’s Stories in March, and Pops: The Best of 30 Years (Part 1) in May. Subscriptions are now available.

Early bird subscriptions of $70 are available until June 30, 2024. Subscriptions include four tickets to any SVC performance, a “Share the Music” coupon to bring a friend to a concert for just $5. After June 30, subscriptions are $85.

For more information about this performance and future performances, visit SVCMusic.org.

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces May 2024 Programs

Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Announces May 2024 Programs

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, is pleased to announce its programs for May.

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. For more information about these and additional programs, visit the-childrens-museum.org

CLASSES

Music Together
May 3, 10, 17, 24
10:15-11 AM
Register online: www.musictogetherofbloomsburg.com
Join Miss Kerry for this interactive music program.

Kids Culinary Corner: “May the Force be with you”
May 14
5-7 PM
Register online: https://bit.ly/bcm-kccmay24
Join Miss Madi as we learn to make oatmeal Wookie cookie sandwiches, Yoda guacamole, and Galaxy’s Edge blue milk! Recommended ages 6+. Adults are welcome.

Kids in the Kitchen: One Pot Wonders
MAY 15
5-6:30 PM
Register online: https://bit.ly/kikmay24
Cooking is chemistry, nutrition, measuring, microbiology, and problem solving! Join us and make your family Chicken Penne al Limone.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Kitties with Kiddies
May 4
9:30-10:15 AM
Register online: https://bit.ly/bcm-kitties24
We are excited to host this special story time with kittens from the Animal Resource Center. A themed craft is included. Space is limited. Parents and children need to register. Proceeds benefit the Animal Resource Center.

Lightstreet Dine to Donate
May 16th
6-8 PM
Do you need dinner plans? Do you want to help support a non-profit? Join the Friends of the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum at Lightstreet Hotel located at 1361 Main Street in the village of Lightstreet. The Museum will receive all bar tips and 10% of food sales (dine-in or take-out) from 6-8 PM on Thursday, May 16th. Join us for an evening of good food, live music from Todd Cummings, a 50/50 cash drawing and basket raffles! Don’t want to dine in? Don’t worry! Call in orders from 6-8 PM will also count! See you there!

2024 Junkyard Wars Family Challenge
May 11, 18
2:30 – 4 PM
Register Online: https://bit.ly/junk2024
It’s Junkyard Wars Children’s Museum style! Families compete to earn prizes in this fun competition. Families work with supplied materials and tools to create a kooky contraption to do a task. Will the task be to launch a ball, squirt water, hoist up a family member, or something else? Registered families will learn on the day of the competition what their challenge is! They will have one hour to engineer and build their creation before testing it. Free to register and participate. All participating families will receive event T-shirts.

The family that wins our event will be eligible to compete in the final competition with an all-new challenge at Milton Maker Space on May 13th from 2:30 – 4 PM with a chance of winning a $150 prize! Our winning family will compete against the winning families from the Lewisburg Children’s Museum and the Milton Maker Space in the final competition.

PROGRAMS
First Friday: National Space Day
May 3
10 AM – 7 PM
The museum will be open until 7 PM.

PreK: Wild Roots
May 7, 21
10 – 11 AM
Pre-K children come to explore the wild in this nature-based program. We will learn about animals, insects, birds, trees, and the world around us. We will read together, make a craft, and combine music and movement as we explore and play in nature! Included with admission.

$2 Tuesday
May 21
10 AM – 4 PM
On the third Tuesday of the month, there’s $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects from 10 AM – 2 PM

HOMESCHOOL HANGOUTS
May 1
Dairy Day!
12-2 PM
Join us for this special edition of Homeschool Hangouts! We will be discovering the world of dairy farms in Pennsylvania. Learn about our adopted cow, Bretta! At 1:00, we will enjoy a virtual tour of Bretta’s home, Zahncroft Dairy. Our parent/child activities are designed to complement concepts taught in the homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. $5/per person admission for homeschooling families.

VISIT US OFF SITE
Degenstein Community Library
10:00 – 11:00 AM

The Green Free Library
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Tuesday, May 7th
Milton Public Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Central Columbia Elementary School Science Fair
5-7 PM

Thursday, May 9th
Priestly-Forsyth Memorial Library
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 11th
Knoxville Public Library
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Tuesday, May 14th
Berwick Teen Center
5:00 – 6:00 PM

Thursday, May 16th
Orangeville Public Library
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Monday, May 20th
Trinity Lutheran School
10:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Elkland Area Community Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, May 21st
Trinity Lutheran School
10:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Shamokin Coal-Twp Library
6-7 PM

Thursday, May 23rd
Blossburg Memorial Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Montgomery House Library
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 28th
Career Day at West Berwick Elementary School
9 AM – 2:30 PM

Mt Carmel Library
4:00 – 5:00 PM

THE BOOK OF MORMON ANNOUNCES LOTTERY TICKET POLICY ONE NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE ON MAY 2 AT THE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

THE BOOK OF MORMON ANNOUNCES LOTTERY TICKET POLICY ONE NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE ON MAY 2 AT THE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy in Williamsport, PA playing at the Community Arts Center on May 2. A limited number of tickets will be available at $25 each. Entries can be submitted online at CACLive.com/Lottery or in person at the Box Office.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.

Entries will be accepted online at CACLive.com/Lottery or at the Box Office beginning today; each person will provide their name, email, phone number, and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase for the drawing. On April 25th, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Winners must purchase their tickets through the CAC Box Office by Friday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. The Broadway production is directed by Parker and two-time Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, and choreographed by Nicholaw. The tour is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner based on the original Broadway direction and choreography. Set design is by three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design is by Tony Award winner Ann Roth, lighting design is by five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt, sound design is by two-time Tony Award winner Brian Ronan, and hair design is by Josh Marquette. Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus. Music supervision and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus. Casting is by Carrie Gardner.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical; and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
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