Muncy Historical Society to host annual exhibition of fine arts made in Pa.

PENNSDALE — Many of the most talented and diverse artists and musicians in the region join forces to illuminate the opening of Muncy’s annual juried art show.

The 11th annual invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale, sponsored by Muncy Historical Society and Museum of History, will be held 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pennsdale Civic Center Social Hall, 261 Village Road.

Friday night’s opening includes live music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. The artists will be available during both Friday and Saturday hours to meet and greet show attendees, and light refreshments will be available both Friday night and Saturday.

The society’s art show committee planned the event to ensure that guests experience a well-rounded event that includes a range of artistic expression. Diversity and excellent artistry remain paramount to the selection process. 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.

This year’s show includes a variety of arts and craftsmanship, including photography, oil painting, jewelry, fashion, pottery, metal and woodworking, quilting, mosaics, basketry, watercolor, sculpture, pysanky and home decor.

This year’s artists include Carol Cillo, Michael Coppes, Dorothy Fisher, Steve Getz, Joan and Peter Grimord, Robert Hughes, Selinda Kennedy, Lynn Kibbe, Claudia Leo, Deb Parsons, Kris Robbins, Mark Robbins, Roger Shipley, Theresa Spitler, Deb Stabley, Kathy Sterngold, Bruce Storm, Nella Godbey Storm, Wynn Yarrow and Judith Cole Youngman. Five artists are making their first appearance: Lynette Ambruch, jewelry; Lisa Fink, ceramics; Christy Hoffman, succulents and holiday arrangements, Deborah Mezick, paintings; and Tim Millard, pysanky. Chris Washack rejoins us in 2017 with her top-quality floor coverings.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of an important period in the history of Lycoming and Union Counties. Until recently, with the release of the documentary film “Surrender! The Sudden Death of Alvira, Pennsylvania,” the agonizing plight of many citizens of the White Deer Valley in Lycoming and Union Counties during World War II, had gone unrecognized, their stories lost in the tumult of those times.

In their new book, “The Land: A Biography of 13-Square Miles of the White Deer Valley,” Steve and Martha Huddy examine (with profuse color illustration) the circumstances surrounding this “lost moment” in local history from a different perspective: a “biography” of the 8,500-acre parcel that housed the munitions factory-acreage that would never return to private ownership.

This year’s show proceeds will benefit the Muncy Historical Society’s educational initiatives and its outreach. For more information, visit www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org, call 570-546-5917 or send email to MuncyHistorical@aol.com.

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