Muncy Historical Society celebrates 10th year of art exhibit

Annual show highlights local talent that preserve the history of the area

Since 1936, the Muncy Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving and honoring local history.  This not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization presents a variety of historical events throughout the year, including an annual quilt show, a youth fishing derby and a concert on Pepper Street by the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. These events, and many others hosted by the Muncy Historical Society, celebrate both the past and the future of the culture of Muncy. The 10th Annual Invitation Artists Exhibition and Sale is a shining example of another such event.

The tenth annual invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The show returns to the Pennsdale Civic Center Social Hall, 261 Village Road, Pennsdale. Friday night’s opening includes a reception with complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra — William Knauth, Michael Fisher, Juliet Jacques and Rachel Boll. Both nights there will be an admission fee. The artists will be available during both Friday and Saturday hours to meet and greet show attendees, according to show coordinator Linda Poulton.

Poulton explained the mission of the art show: “The Society’s art show committee wants to ensure that show guests experience a well-rounded event that includes a wide range of artistic expression — diversity and excellent artistry remain paramount to the selection process.”

She said, “The show will feature some of the most talented artists in Pennsylvania whose works are exhibited and collected nationally; many share a close relationship with Lycoming County and the surrounding area. It includes a wide range of arts and craftsmanship, including photography, oil painting, jewelry, fashion, pottery, metal- and wood-working, quilting, mosaics, basketry, watercolor, sculpture and home decor. The show will be a rich and varied collection of original work along with signed and numbered limited-edition reproductions.”

This year’s artists include Carol Cillo, Michael Coppes, Dorothy Fisher, Steve Getz, Robert Hughes, Jeff Keiffer, Selinda Kennedy, Deb Parsons, Kris Robbins, Mark Robbins, Ken Sanford, David Seybold, Roger Shipley, Theresa Spitler, Deb Stabley, Kathy Sterngold, Bruce Storm, Nella Godbey Storm, Sue Swisher, Wynn Yarrow and Judith Cole Youngman. Five artists are making their first appearance: Joan Carroll, obsessed with animals and painting in oils; Joan Grimord, who combines whimsy with the macabre; Peter Grimord and his “pointillist” drawing technique; Lynn Kibbe who focuses on Americana and employs scratchboard; and Claudia Leo who brings finely crafted baskets to this year’s show, said Poulton.

The show also will feature a silent auction of works from the participating artists and two limited edition ceramic pieces by Jef Raasch, a nationally-recognized artist from the Midwest.

“There will be two door prize entry opportunities. The Muncy Historical Society’s door prize is two tickets to the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Broadway Celebration’ concert performance on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Under the direction of Gerardo Edelstein, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra will perform iconic show hits from West Side Story, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Show Boat, Carousel and others. Featured singers will be local stars Emily Wertz, Bernadette Boerckel and Brian Mextorf,” said Poulton.

Pieces of artwork from the Society Museum will also be displayed to celebrate the 10th year of the show.  “Art is part of the fabric of our community. The Society continues to collect, preserve and exhibit pieces that highlight the many talented artists, both past and present, from this area. An architectural rendering of Ashhurst Manor, images from the Jean Mohr collection and gunsmith Bill Kennedy’s handiwork are a few examples of the pieces that will be on display,” explained Poulton.

This year’s show proceeds will benefit the Muncy Historical Society’s educational initiatives and its outreach and other projects that focus on Muncy as a resilient community.

For more information, visit www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org, call 570- 546-5917 or send email to MuncyHistorical@aol.com.

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