WATERCOLOR CLASS AT THE GMEINER

WATERCOLOR CLASS AT THE GMEINER

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce that our current Atrium Gallery artist, Lee O’Connell, will be presenting a class on “The Basics of Watercolor.”

The class will be held on Saturday, July 6 th . from 10AM – 12PM in the Studio at the Gmeiner. The cost is $20 per student and materials will be provided. Students do NOT need any previous drawing or painting experience. They will learn to paint a sunflower and receive instructions to take home with them to continue learning.

Lee O’Connell is primarily a watercolor artist who dabbles in oils. Lee belongs to many art societies including Women in Watercolor, the American Watercolor Society, the Central New York Watercolor Society as well as several local art societies including the Elmira Regional Art Society, 171 Cedar Arts Center, the Arts Council of the Southern Tier, Community Arts of Elmira and many more. She has won several awards for her work including honorable mention in the Palette Show at the Arnot Art Museum and Jurors Choice Award at the Central New York Watercolor Society show.

Class is limited to 15 students and pre-registration is required. Please contact the director of the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917 or [email protected] to register and pay the class fee. We can accept cash, a check made out to Lee O’Connell, or VenMo to lee-oconnell, or Zelle to 607-331-8686.

“CAPTURED MOMENTS” EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

“CAPTURED MOMENTS” EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

By: Carrie Heath, June 3, 2024
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to announce a regional photography exhibit in the Main Gallery, “Captured Moments,” featuring photographers from within
150 miles of Wellsboro. The exhibit will open on Friday, June 14 th with a reception from 6-8PM hosted by members f the Grand Canyon Photography Club. The reception is free and open to the public, who are invited to come meet the photographers and see the awarding of ribbons, which will take place at 7PM. This exhibit will remain on display until Sunday, July 7th.

For three weeks, the walls of the Gmeiner will be graced by some of the best photography in the area. Approximately 40 photographs from 17 photographers will be on display. There are, of course, several participants from Wellsboro, but other areas of Tioga County are represented as well – Mansfield, Lawrenceville, Elkland and Westfield. This exhibit has also brought participants from Coudersport, Troy, Montrose, and Northumberland in Pennsylvania, as well as Corning and Big Flats in New York. Many of the photographs capture beautiful moments in nature.

The juror for this exhibit is Sarah Blodgett, a portrait, commercial, and fine art photographer from Ithaca, NY. Born in New York City, her family moved to the Hudson Valley in the late 1960s. Since the purchase of her first camera at the age of ten, upstate NY has been her chief source of inspiration for her landscapes and still lives, and has also served as a backdrop for her portrait work. Artistically, Sarah’s work has been exhibited at the Tivoli Artist Gallery in Tivoli NY, Deborah Davis Fine Art Gallery in Hudson, NY, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art in Scarsdale NY, the Barrett art center in Poughkeepsie, NY, her own gallery in Millerton, NY and many group shows in the Tri State region. Her work has been published in Fine Gardening, Country Living Gardener, The Country, Catskill mountain Region Guide, The Knot, Martha Stewart, The Sun Magazine, Berkshire Home & Style, Quest Magazine and 2wice magazine published by Pentagram.  She has been featured as a “trendsetter” in Art Business News. The Gmeiner is pleased to have such an accomplished photographer agree to judge our exhibit.

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.

“A SLICE OF LIFE” EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

“A SLICE OF LIFE” EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

By: Carrie Heath, June 3, 2024
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce a new Atrium Gallery exhibit “A Slice of Life” featuring watercolors by Corning artist, Lee O’Connell. The exhibit will open on Friday, June 14 th with a reception from 6-8PM. The reception is free and open to the public, who are invited to come meet the artist. This exhibit will remain on display until Sunday, July 7 th . Lee says of the exhibit, “This show is inspired by my love of noticing the little things that inspire me to take note. Whether it’s a person, a flower, a bird… be there a shaft of light that attracts my attention, or colors screaming for me to paint them, or maybe just a quiet little moment that makes me think, any and all can inspire my art.”

Lee O’Connell is primarily a watercolor artist who dabbles in oils. She began her artistic career after retiring as Director of Admissions, from Chemung Valley Montessori School in Big Flats. Lee is a self-taught painter, though truly that is a misnomer as there have been many teachers in her life. Lee has always had a creative soul, though, even if she does not have formal training.

Lee lives in Corning, New York and divides her time between painting and canoeing, her two great passions. She often combines the two and paints while floating about in
her canoe—though it is not her best work as she freely admits, it is fun and inspiring, nevertheless. Lee tends to paint loosely, only adding enough detail to draw the eye and describe the moment she has caught on paper.

Lee belongs to many art societies including Women in Watercolor, the American Watercolor Society, the Central New York Watercolor Society as well as several local art societies including the Elmira Regional Art Society, 171 Cedar Arts Center, the Arts Council of the Southern Tier, Community Arts of Elmira and many more. She has won several awards for her work including honorable mention in the Palette Show at the Arnot Art Museum and Jurors Choice Award at the Central New York Watercolor Society show.

Currently, you can find Lee’s work in the Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, NY and in Pink Bellini on Market Street in Corning. You can find her online on Instagram as @leeoconnellartist, on facebook as Lee O’Connell -Artist, or on her website at www.leeoconnell.org.

Lee will be teaching a watercolor class for adults on Saturday, July 6 th in the Studio at the Gmeiner. Please contact the director at 570-724-1917 or [email protected] to sign up and for more details.

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.

REGIONAL PREMIERE OF “THE PROM” AT COMMUNITY THEATRE LEAGUE

REGIONAL PREMIERE OF “THE PROM” AT COMMUNITY THEATRE LEAGUE

The Community Theatre League (CTL) is thrilled to announce the regional premiere of the hit musical “The Prom,” opening June 14 and running June 14 through June 16, and June 20 through June 23 at their Mainstage Theatre. The show promises to be a vibrant, heartwarming, and humorous production that captures the spirit of inclusivity and love. This production is proudly sponsored by Diamond Drinks and the AIDS Resource Center.

“The Prom” follows four eccentric Broadway stars who are in desperate need of a new stage. When they learn of a brewing controversy around a small-town prom, they see an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the issue—and on themselves.

The town’s parents aim to keep the high school dance strictly traditional, but one student’s wish to bring her girlfriend to prom changes everything. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl to change the hearts and open the minds of the town’s citizens. The result is a love that brings them all together. “The Prom” masterfully blends humor and heart, delivering a classic musical comedy with an important message for today’s audiences.

Director Marie Fox, Music Director Amanda Haney, and Choreographer Kat Shondeck lead this talented creative team. The production stars Rubie Natal as Emma, Hannah McBride as Alyssa, Katie Conklin as Dee Dee, Steven Lindenmuth as Barry, Tim Hippensteel as Trent, and Abby Simon as Angie. A large and dynamic ensemble rounds out the cast, bringing
the town and high school to life with their energy and talent.

Seth Sponhouse, CTL’s Executive Artistic Director, expresses his excitement: “We are beyond thrilled to bring ‘The Prom’ to our stage. This musical is not only entertaining but also deeply moving with its message of love and acceptance. It’s an important message for our community, our nation, and our world.”

He adds, “The cast and crew have been working tirelessly to bring this story to life with all the humor, heart, and high-energy musical numbers that make ‘The Prom’ such a hit. This is a show that resonates with people of all ages, and we encourage everyone to come and experience this joyous production.”

Opening Night attendees are encouraged to dress in their prom best to add to the festive atmosphere of the premiere. “Feel free to come dressed as if you are heading to prom!” says Sponhouse. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

Please note that “The Prom” contains some language and sexual innuendo and may not be suitable for younger children. Parental guidance is advised.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at https://ctlshows.com/season-47/#TheProm. Don’t miss your chance to see this extraordinary musical that The New York Times calls “a joyful hoot.”

EVENT DETAILS:
• What: Community Theatre League presents “The Prom”
• When: June 14-16 & 20-23
• Where: Community Theatre League, 100 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA
• Tickets: Available at CTLSHOWS.COM

LEGAL ATTRIBUTION:
Book & Lyrics by CHAD BEGUELIN
Book by BOB MARTIN
Music by MATTHEW SKLAR
Based on an original concept by
JACK VIERTEL

Original Broadway Production directed and choreographed by

Casey Nicholaw
Originally Produced on Broadway by
Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, Jack Lane

The Prom is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by
Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com

ABOUT COMMUNITY THEATRE LEAGUE: Community Theatre League is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing qual-
ity theatrical experiences for the community. With a commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement,

CTL strives to enrich the cultural landscape of Central Pennsylvania through the performing arts.

Weis Center Announces 2024-25 Season that Includes 23 Professional Performances

Weis Center Announces 2024-25 Season that Includes 23 Professional Performances

The 2024-25 season at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts includes 23 professional performances – including world music, classical, contemporary cirque, Americana/bluegrass music, modern dance, and jazz.

When patrons return in the fall, they will notice a revitalization to the Atrium. This summer, the Weis Center’s HVAC and architectural lighting systems are being updated with new LED lighting and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to align with the university’s sustainability practices. As part of this project, the Atrium also received some aesthetic updates to refresh the space, which has been in use for 36 years. This exciting two-phased renovation will continue in the summer of 2025 when the corridors and front entrances will also be updated.

Tickets go on sale to the public on July 8 for subscribers (5+ performances, 20% discount) and on August 8 for single tickets. At that time, patrons may call 570-577-1000, go online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or use a mail-order form available at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

The fall season kicks off on Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by acclaimed bluegrass artist Sierra Hull. Hull is widely regarded as a master of the mandolin. She is a two-time Grammy-nominated artist and songwriter, recognized for her most recent projects, 25 Trips (2020) and Weighted Mind (2016), and is also the six-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolin Player of the Year, the first woman to ever receive this distinction.

Classical music takes center stage on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. when Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs with pianist Garrick Ohlsson. They will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, Jeunehomme, Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 as well as a new work by composer and six-time Grammy winner Billy Childs.

Contemporary cirque returns to the Weis Center with Machine de Cirque’s Ghost Light: Between Fall and Flight on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Award-winning Guinness World Record-holder Maxim Laurin performs a spectacular duet with Guillaume Larouche on a spinning teeter board that brings audiences into the elusive world between fall and flight. Ghost Light features a blend of breathtaking acrobatic feats, poignant choreography and a saturated lighting design.

Americana singer-songwriter Charly Lowry performs on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, N.C., is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora tribes. She is passionate about raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved communities.

Then, in a free, non-ticketed outdoor event, Cirque Kikasse performs on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 12 noon and 4 pm on the Weis Center Plaza. Cirque Kikasse presents SANTÉ!, a dynamic circus show with high-level acrobatics, contagious energy and breathtaking balances, all on an extraordinary food-cirque truck. The performers arrange furniture that turns into a balancing tower 30 feet off the ground, playfully and inefficiently clean the truck and trampoline and react to an overflowing popcorn machine. This fun concept will give thrills to even the most seasoned in the audience.

In the first of several jazz events, Lakecia Benjamin Quartet performs on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. One of the most sought-after and revered saxophonists in the world, Lakecia Benjamin was voted 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll’s Rising Star, alto saxophone, and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Known for her charisma and dynamism as a player and as a composer, she has an inimitable skill of fusing traditional conceptions of jazz, hip-hop and soul. Her latest album, Phoenix, was nominated for three Grammy awards.

Contemporary Dance troupe RUBBERBAND performs their work Ever So Slightly on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles native Victor Quijada brings together classical dance composition and West Coast hip-hop like no one before him. Bursting onto the scene with his Montreal-based company in 2002, Quijada’s dance technique, the RUBBERBAND Method, is taught in some of the most prestigious dance schools and conservatories from Los Angeles to London. Ever So Slightly explores the behavioral mechanisms and reflexes we develop against the ceaseless flow of irritants that bombard us in our daily lives. Most of us long for calm and resilience and ask how do we get to a zone where noise and aggressiveness no longer have a place?

Classical ensemble Quartetto di Cremona performs on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. Winner of the 2019 Franco Buitoni Award, Quartetto di Cremona is among the world’s preeminent string quartets, noted for its lustrous sound, refined musicianship and stylistic versatility. According to The Strad, its Lincoln Center debut in 2022, “was distinguished by splendid balance, abundant color and a relaxed mastery of all the musical elements.”

Jazz pianist Sean Mason performs on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. When Sean Mason speaks about music, the notes fall into place. The cadence of his ideas unfolds with deliberate tempo, each exploring and resolving tension like an inspired chord progression. On his debut album, The Southern Suite, he emerges as a guiding luminary, shining his introspective command as both a pianist and composer through the historic lens of jazz to create a work that distills the essence of the genre for our time, even as it points the way forward.

Sister Sadie performs on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Sister Sadie is a wildfire of raging hot bluegrass combined with breathtaking instrumental drive and awe-inspiring vocals. Comprised of original members Deanie Richardson (fiddle) and Gena Britt (banjo and vocals), and newcomers Jaelee Roberts (guitar and vocals), Dani Flowers (guitar and vocals) and Maddie Dalton (acoustic bass and vocals), Sister Sadie has combined the varied talents of each woman in the lineup to create something that is far more than the sum of its parts.

Alex and Olmsted’s Jim Henson Foundation grant-awarded MAROONED! A Space Comedy comes to the Weis Center on Saturday, November 16 at 4 p.m. MAROONED! is an innovative new puppet show that features music from the Voyager Golden Record and takes place at the outer reaches of space. An astronaut crashes on an uncharted planet. Will she be able to survive strange creatures, an anomalous atmosphere and isolation in order to find her way home?

Tab Benoit brings Delta blues to Central PA on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30-plus year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta-swamp blues. He’s acquired a devoted legion of fans along the way as well as five Blues Music Awards, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (twice), and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Pablo Giménez Spanish Ensemble brings flamenco and classical guitar to the stage on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Giménez performs as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles and as an accompanist for flamenco dance and song. He is also the artistic director and guitarist of the Pablo Giménez Spanish Ensemble and flamenco company Corazon de Granada.

Gospel Quartet Kings Return performs on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Dynamic and soothing four-piece vocal group Kings Return takes pride in crafting a diverse yet supremely cohesive a cappella sound. The blend of their unique vocal timbres is so rich and smooth that, at times, it sounds more like a full choir than four men. Their brand of rhythm and blues is entwined with free moments of jazz, soulful bursts of gospel and bright touches of pop — all built on a solid, classical foundation.

World music from Brazil comes to Central PA when Heloísa Fernandes Quartet performs on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The work of Brazilian pianist and composer Heloísa Fernandes is the sound of a woman free to study literature, poetry, nature and the classical, jazz and Brazilian musical worlds, and to let them shape her identity and flow into compositions. Strong and original, ancient and modern, her sublime creations blossom with rhythmic vitality and melodic delicacy. With her skill as an improviser, she searches for emotional depths and soars with joy. “Fernandes is beyond categorization,” wrote the Post and Courier of her American debut. “She is herself, and I’ll always be interested in any music she cares to explore.” In addition to herself, the quartet includes Toninho Carrasqueira (flute), Sidiel Vieira (bass) and Ari Colares (percussion).

Bluegrass ensemble Henhouse Prowlers perform on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Founded nearly two decades ago, this Chicago-bred quartet finds itself at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education. Onstage, the group’s performances give audiences a sense of how much they love what they do. In recordings — including 2023’s Lead and Iron, released via Dark Shadow Recording — the band explores their collective life experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Henhouse Prowlers’ music, the band bends and squeezes the traditional form into a keenly developed sound all its own.

Jazz drummer Nate Smith performs on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Smith’s visceral, instinctive and deep-rooted style of drumming has led to three Grammy nominations. Smith fuses his original compositions with an eclectic mix of music, including everything from jazz to rhythm and blues and hip-hop to pop. His latest album, Kinfolk 2: See the Birds, is the highly anticipated follow up to his 2017 Grammy Award-nominated album, Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere. Smith’s videos have been viewed by millions of people, underscoring his popularity as one of the most influential drummers of his generation.

Esmé Quartet performs on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Praised for its warm sound and powerful stage presence, the Esmé Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany, by four musicians who had been friends since their youth. The Esmé Quartet brings together four brilliant and distinct musical personalities to form a cohesive, close-knit group that is passionately dedicated to the string quartet repertoire.

World music from Ukraine will be presented by DakhaBrakha on Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. The group is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time, and its name means give/take in the old Ukrainian language. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African and Ukrainian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

Houston Ballet II graces the stage on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fourth largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of young dancers from around the world, Houston Ballet II is under the direction of Artistic Directors Julie Kent and Stanton Welch AM. They will perform: Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, Act II, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth and Sleeping Beauty, Act III.

Neave Trio comes to the Weis Center on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Since forming in 2010, the Grammy-nominated Neave Trio, including violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Eri Nakamura, has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. Gramophone praised the trio’s “taut and vivid interpretations,” while The Strad called out the musicians’ “eloquent phrasing and deft control of textures” and BBC Music Magazine described the performances as balancing “passion with sensitivity and grace.”

Back by popular demand, Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion will perform world music on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and as one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors.

The season ends with a blues performance by Ruthie Foster on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Renowned for her ability to weave together a tapestry of diverse musical influences ranging from gospel and blues to folk and soul, Ruthie Foster’s musical odyssey has taken her from singing in churches in rural Texas to earning multiple Grammy nominations, gracing the stage of New York’s Beacon Theatre with the Allman Brothers, and collaborating with icons such as Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. With her milestone tenth studio album, Mileage, released by the legendary Sun Records, Foster continues to tell stories that reflect her personal triumphs, losses, and the universal human experience.

Season Brochure
The season brochure is now available at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

A limited number of hardcopies are available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Hardcopies will be available throughout the Susquehanna River Valley region in early June.

Sponsors
The Weis Center’s 2024-25 season is supported by the following season-level sponsors: Bucknell Sports Properties, The Daily Item, Seven Mountains Media, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and WVIA.

Event sponsors include Martha and Alan Barrick, Centre Daily Times, Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Nancy and Sam Craig, Evangelical Community Hospital, Clayton and David Lightman, Teri MacBride and Steve Guattery, The News Item, Press Enterprise, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Gary and Sandy Sojka, Standard Journal, Stone State Entertainment, ViaMedia, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family, PAHomepage/WBRE/WYOU and WNEP.

Grant funding for the season includes Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Tickets
Tickets go on sale to the public on July 8 for subscribers (5+ performances, 20% discount) and on August 8 for single tickets. At that time, patrons may call 570-577-1000, go online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or use a mail-order form available at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

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SURREAL SPACES EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

SURREAL SPACES EXHIBIT AT THE GMEINER

By: Carrie Heath, May 3, 2024

The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is thrilled to announce a new Main Gallery exhibit for May “Surreal Spaces” paintings by Anna Lee Hafer. This is Anna Lee’s first exhibit at the Gmeiner, and we are thrilled to introduce her to a new audience. This exhibit open with a free reception for the public on Saturday, May 11th from 2-4PM and will remain on display until Sunday, June 2nd

Anna Lee Hafer is originally from Williamsport, but currently works from a studio in Wayne, PA. She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Fine Art. She relocated to the Philadelphia area to pursue a graduate degree at Temple University and career in studio art. Anna Lee has exhibited at the Finger Lakes Art Series, the Macfadden Gallery, NY, at Lycoming Arts in Williamsport, PA, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, the Davison Art Gallery, NY, Still Point Arts Quarterly Mixing Mediums Show, the Rush Law Group in PA, and Roberts Wesleyan College, NY. Anna Lee has also received a Standard of Excellence Award from the New York State Art Teachers’ Association.

Her work is heavily influenced by such famous surrealist painters as René Magritte, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso, all of whom strove to build their own realities through small glimpses into a particularly confusing, but utterly unique worldview that dictates its own specific set of instructions. With references to the laws and physics of Alice’s Wonderland, the artist challenges the audience’s inherent understanding of perspective, reality, and universal order.

In her work, Hafer pours and layers paint to create dimension and texture, mixing different styles and colors onto each other until they produce a 3D effect. Through marker and pencil that create shadow, she further enhances these forms and separates them from the background. Heavier layers and thicker brushstrokes in the foreground of her work push the painting toward the viewer, whereas the thinner layers and small brushstrokes in the background, elongate the space and push away from the viewer. By juxtaposing interior and exterior elements, Hafer makes the audience question whether they are looking at something inside or outside. 

On the last day of the exhibit, June 2nd at 4PM, Anna Lee and her mother, the poet Marjorie Maddox, will give a presentation on Marjorie’s collection of ekphrastic poetry “In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind.” This book is based on the experiences of the mother-daughter duo on a rainy-day excursion to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, where, as never before, they realized how their passions for art and poetry intersect. Anna Lee’s artwork is featured in the book, which will be available for purchase at the Gmeiner throughout the exhibit.

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.