Fred Lawrenson Exhibit to Open at The Deane Center on June 6

Fred Lawrenson works on “The Listening Place,” inspired by a place on Stony Fork Creek. It will be among his paintings on display in the Deane Center lobby and gallery at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
Fred Lawrenson works on “The Listening Place,” inspired by a place on Stony Fork Creek. It will be among his paintings on display in the Deane Center lobby and gallery at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

WELLSBORO—Beginning Monday, June 6 and continuing through Tuesday, July 5, original paintings and framed prints by award-winning artist C. Fred Lawrenson of Elkland will be on exhibit in the lobby at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This free exhibit can be seen whenever the Deane Center is open.

In 2005, Lawrenson retired after teaching art for 34 years at Cowanesque Valley High School in Westfield. Between teaching and coaching basketball, he would paint whenever he could. “I have always loved to spend time hiking on state and national forestlands. Often I take paper and a sketch board with me. My paintings offer the viewer an opportunity to take a walk in some of the beautiful places I have visited.”

Two of his paintings were named to the PaintAmerica Top 100. “Origins” was chosen in 2007 and in 2008 was included on a yearlong tour with the 99 others selected. “Tanglewood Touchdown” selected in 2010 toured in 2011. “Tanglewood” also won the pallet award at the Arnot Art Museum’s Regional Art Society show in December 2013.

In 2014, his paintings Abram’s Falls” and “After the Rain” were named Paint the Parks Top 100 competition winners and are included in a national traveling exhibit of 56 of those paintings. The tour began in 2015 and is being sponsored by the Coutts Memorial Museum in El Dorado, Kansas.

During the Laurel Festival on Saturday, June 18, Lawrenson will be in the Deane Center lobby from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, June 19 from 1-4:30 p.m. He will have copies of “All the Difference,” his just published hard cover coffee table book featuring 56 of his original paintings, as well as copies of the two award-winning children’s books he wrote and illustrated. Lawrenson will also have a few of his framed prints and a cradle of his unframed prints available.

For more information, contact the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

2016 Gmeiner Regional Art Exhibition

Pictured is "The Owen Boys - A Tradition of Honor" by Randy Owen of Mansfield. Completed in 2015, this three by four-foot oil on canvas will be on display in the 2016 Gmeiner Regional Art Exhibition beginning this Sunday, June 5.
Pictured is “The Owen Boys – A Tradition of Honor” by Randy Owen of Mansfield. Completed in 2015, this three by four-foot oil on canvas will be on display in the 2016 Gmeiner Regional Art Exhibition beginning this Sunday, June 5.

WELLSBORO—The 2016 Gmeiner Regional Art Exhibition will open this Sunday, June 5 with a reception from 2-4 p.m. The winners will be named and awards presented at 3 p.m. The Wellsboro Art Club is providing refreshments. Admission to the reception and gallery is free to the public.

“The 2016 Gmeiner Regional Exhibition is a platform for creatives,” said Gmeiner Director Anna Wales. “At this show, we will see artwork from artists who enter every year as well as new faces. Among them are several featured in the Studio exhibit in February, others who have studied here at Drop-In Drawing Nights and members of the Wellsboro Art Club. This show fits perfectly into our annual cycle of exhibits,” she said.

On display will be works by 38 amateur and professional artists. They are from communities in Bradford, Lycoming, Potter and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania and Chemung and Steuben counties in New York. Of the works to be exhibited, seven are digital, fiber and comic art, five are jewelry, 14 are photographs, seven are drawings, 10 are oil paintings, seven are acrylics, five are watercolors, two are mixed media and two are sculptures.

Kathy Rice Cummings, a prolific oil painter from Tioga, Pa. is judging the show. She is a retired art teacher and former student of the late portrait painter, Thomas Buechner.

Between June 6 and 26, the exhibit will be on display from 2- 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, June 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, June 11 and 12, 16 and 17 and 23 and 24. Admission to the gallery is always free to the public. The gallery will be closed to the public Mondays and Tuesdays during the month.

Private tours of the exhibit are available to anyone – families, Scouts, art clubs, curious painters, church groups, etc. To schedule a private tour, contact Director Anna Wales at gmeinerartscenter@gmail.com.