Thomas T. Taber Museum
The Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs have set the opening night and reception for their third annual "Black & White Photography Show." Starting Oct. 5 and coinciding with First Friday, the show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St.
The public is invited to come and vote for their favorite photographs while enjoying wine, cheese and refreshments prepared by the members of the photography club.
The sixth annual animal fashion show will benefit the Lycoming County SPCA. There is a $10 registration fee. The event will be held in front of Gustonian Gifts at the corner of West Fourth and Pine streets.
That night, a "Best of Show" ribbon will be awarded to the photograph receiving the most popular votes. Nine other ribbons in various categories also will be awarded. The show will display a variety of both traditional and digital photographic images. Portraying a wide diversity of skills and talent, all work is original by the members. The Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs is comprised of both amateur and professional photographers of diverse talent and backgrounds. New members are welcome. The artwork will be on display Oct. 5 until Nov. 3.
The Shutterbugs meet on the fourth Monday of each month at the museum. All meetings are open to the public and start at 6 p.m. The next fine arts photography show sponsored by the organization is scheduled for Feb. 3.
For further information regarding this show or the Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs, contact Paul Barrett, 584-2806 or email pbarrett1@com cast.net.
The theme at the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., will be writing, words and literature. There will be a professional authors' reading performed in The Community Room. A small number of writers will read from their own work starting at 6 p.m. These writers hail from The Market Street Writers Collective, Wilkes University's MA-MFA program, the Factory and the local community.
Afterward, an open mic session will be held. It is open to anyone who wants to share their work. Participants should come early to sign up and enjoy the rhythm of the crafted word.
The Factory's resident writers, Carrie Pauling and April Line, will be in studios 4 and 3, respectively. Spooky Edgar Allen Poetry will be read on demand at 7:30 p.m. and reusable journal cozies will be for sale. Also, two community publications that are housed at The Factory, The Williamsport Guardian and Susquehanna Life Magazine, will be available. The Guardian is under new editorship and is always looking for volunteers.
Aside from all of this, the usual suspects will have their doors open for the evening: the Community Darkroom, The Pajama Design Lab, Lovemotor Yoga, becker.s photography and various 2-D and 3-D artists and artisans will be showing, discussing, and selling their work.
James V. Brown
The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., and "For You Blue Moon" will present song collector and musician Steve Sutherlan for First Friday in October.
Sutherlan will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. for First Friday at the library. Sutherlan plays compositions from all eras of the 20th century. No request is too extreme.
Sutherlan is a singer-guitarist who began his sojourn in the Hawaiian Islands circa 1970. He's played a lot of songs for more than 40 years and he's always looking for more. Sutherlan likes to play songs that music listeners haven't heard in so
long they've almost forgotten them. He likes to play any song they want to hear. If he doesn't know it, he'll find it, listen to it and learn it.
Asking someone what their favorite song is and playing it builds Sutherlan's ever-expanding songbook and repertoire.
"Oh, I can't think of just one, there's just so many," is a quandary Sutherlan understands all too well. It's always helpful if you keep one or two in your pocket just in case someone asks, he said.
"What brought you here to Pennsylvania?" is a common question. "What were you thinking?" is often implied. Sutherlan has learned more Hawaiian music in the 10 years he's lived in Pennsylvania than the 30 previous spent on its golden shores. Sutherlan spends much of his time searching for the elusive tune. Whether by composing it or representing another's vision, Sutherlan attempts to capture the moment.
Sutherlan will perform starting at 6 p.m. in the Moltz Rotunda Room, just inside the front vestibule of the West Fourth Street entrance, easily accessible from the street.
For more information, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call the library at 326-0536.
Gold Leaf Frame Shoppe
Original watercolors and limited edition prints by local artist Joe Cesa will be at the Gold Leaf Frame Shoppe, 201 Basin St. Cesa's artwork captures scenes and landmarks from the Central Pa. landscape. The opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Visitors will receive a free gift from the artist. Light refreshments will be provided.
The sixth annual animal fashion show benefits the Lycoming County SPCA. There is a $10 registration fee. The event will be held in front of Gustonian Gifts at the corner of West Fourth and Pine streets. Raffle items will include Very Bradley bags. Some animals up for adoption will be in the show.
Peter Herdic House
The Converge Gallery and The Peter Herdic House have announced a showing of artwork by Misako Oba for October's First Friday. The work will be on display Oct. 5 to 31 at the Peter Herdic House, 407 W. Fourth St.
About the Artist
Misako Oba's work explores human life as a journey and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of her soul and an exploration of universal experiences. In her work, viewers often will find the contrast of darkness and light. It also depicts the beauty of life with its transient nature.
Oba has spent much of her career exploring these themes using photography, including a traditional chemical process such as gelatin silver prints and toning. As she continues pursuing art, she has expanded to mixed-media painting, especially incorporating text, photographic images and encaustic that based on the individual concept of each series.