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.

Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State Parks June 3 & 4 Activities

This Saturday, June 4, the public is invited to attend the Star Party at Cherry Springs State Park to view the Milky Way. Hills Creek State Park is providing free programs this weekend, too.

Star Party at Cherry Springs
The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg is sponsoring the Cherry Springs Star Party this Thursday through Sunday, June 2-5. Astronomers will be set up at the park’s Astronomy Observation Field to view the night skies and listen to speakers who are experts in astronomy and astrophysics.

During this pre-paid, pre-registered event, the public is invited to look through different telescopes set up on the Astronomy Observation Field to view the stars one night only – this Saturday, June 4, from 8-11 p.m. Cherry Springs State Park is 15 miles from Coudersport on Route 44 in Potter County.

Bring a small flashlight with a red lens. The park’s Dark Sky Team volunteers will assist by providing visitors with red cellophane and rubber bands to convert flashlights with white light to red; white light is not permitted on the field.

The volunteers will also assist visitors in getting to Astronomy Field. Light sticks, strategically placed, will identify the 30 to 40 astronomers who have volunteered their scopes for the public viewing.

On a good night, thousands of stars can be seen along with planets, nebulae and distant galaxies. The entire Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon and the view is spectacular. Even under partly cloudy skies, many wonders of the Milky Way can be observed and enjoyed. If it is raining or totally overcast, the public viewing night will be cancelled.

The concession stand will be open and food and hot drinks will be for sale.

All visitors who are not registered to attend the star party will be asked to leave the park by 11 p.m.

For more information, visit the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund/Association website (www.csspdarkskyfund.org) or call 1-814-435-1037.

At Hills Creek
Hills Creek State Park, located about seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township, is hosting three free one-hour programs this weekend at the Nature Center area, which is located in the campground between B and C loop.

Squirrel Wars
This Friday, June 3 at 8:30 p.m., examine man’s ongoing struggle to cope with gray squirrels. Practical solutions and humorous attempts will be shown.

World of the Beaver
Learn more about the beaver that inhabit Hills Creek Lake and how important this amazing rodent was through history this Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Bears in Pennsylvania
This Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m., find out how well bears are doing in Pennsylvania. With the largest average weights, an earlier breeding age and larger litter sizes, black bears that live in this state exceed those living anywhere else. Why is this happening?

Canoe Tour
This Sunday, June 5, meet at 6 p.m. at the beach area to go on a 1½-hour canoe tour of Hills Creek Lake to explore its history and management and discover wildlife along the way. Boats, paddles, and personal flotation devices will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment but are still asked to register. To participate, register by calling the office at (570) 724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Wellsboro is Semifinalist in National Contest to Win $25,000

Wellsboro PAWellsboro has been named as a semifinalist in the 2016 America’s Main Streets contest being held by the small business movement Independent We Stand.

The public voted from 25 quarterfinalists, and the semifinalists are narrowed down to 10. A panel of judges will pick a winner on Thursday, June 2nd. On Friday, June 3rd, at 10:00 a.m., the Grand Prize Winner will be announced.

The Grand Prize winner will get $25,000. The $25,000 will be used revitalize the town and for activities focusing on “buying local”. In addition, the winner will receive a $1,000 certificate to STIHL equipment, a $500 Tire Pros certificate to use towards a set of Continental tires, a $500 shopping spree, an Alignable small business social media “Neighborhood”, and a special plaque worth $100. The winner will also get recognized on the social media channels and public relations outreach of Independent We Stand.

Wellsboro was founded in 1806. It is Tioga County’s county seat. If you would like more information about Wellsboro, you can visit wellsboropa.com. You may also call 570-724-1926 or email info@wellsboropa.com. To learn more about the America’s Main Street Contest, you can visit mainstreetcontest.com.

June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday

The June Wellsboro First Friday is on Friday, June 3rd and it will have an “Earth Day Every Day” theme. There will be shopping specials, a scavenger hunt, a contest, food, music, art, and much more.

There will be several shopping specials during the June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday event. At the Fifth Season, you can get a coupon for 15% off any regular priced item when you bring a gently used clothing item. Your gently used clothing item will be donated to Seeds of Hope. In addition, there will be a 15% off sale on picnic products, backyard BBQ products, cookie cutters, etc. There will also be a buy one, get one 1/2 off sale. While you shop at the Fifth Season, you can sample cookies and dips. Shabby Rue is having a $10 table. There will also be secret savings in the store. People participating in the scavenger hunt also get something. There will be a 30% off sale on Bug Bungalow, Butterfly Garden and Bug Magnifier at Pop’s Culture Shoppe. Country Ski & Sports will have a 15% off sale on everything between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. In addition, there will be a $25 off sale on used bikes. There will be a 10% off sale on all Patagonia products, including items on sale, at Wild Asaph Outfitters. Patagonia makes fleece clothing out of recycled plastic bottles. In addition, Patagonia donates some of the sales to preserving and restoring the environment. Any flavor frappuccino at Cafe 1905 will only be $3.

The scavenger hunt features a crossword puzzle on each side of the sheet. If you complete one puzzle, you will have a chance to win one of twelve prizes. If you complete both puzzles, you will double your chances of winning. Prizes are donated by local businesses. To get a sheet, simply stop in at any local business listed on the sheet.

The Sidewalk Chalk Contest will take place in front of Stained Glass Reflections. The contest is being facilitated by Apryl Tubbs and the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health. Three prizes will be awarded. Peggy’s Candies & Gifts had donated all of the prizes for the contest. Every participant will receive an “I’m and Artist!” badge.

There will be several activities at the June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday. You can make a pine cone bird feeder at Wild Asaph Outfitters. Make a flower pot craft at The Fifth Season. Dunham’s Department Store will have earth-friendly Green Toys Treasure Chest toys for the kids to play with at Cafe 1905. There will also be Kinetic Sand and water friendly toys. Kids may also pick out a prize from the “prize garden”. Boy Scout Troop 24 will have a knot tying demonstration at the Ginn & Vickery Law Office. Ropes and instruction sheets will be given so participants can practice knot tying at home. While you are there, you can buy meat sticks from the troop to help them raise money for a summer trip to Washington, DC. For a donation to the Animal Care Sanctuary, you can get a personalized engraved tag for your dog from Senior’s Creations on Main Street. The Animal Care Sanctuary will also have dogs to pet. You can play “Happy Salmon” at Pop’s Culture Shoppe during Game Night. You can get a free chair massage and possibly a manicure at Emerge Healing Arts & Spa in front of The Red Skillet.

There will be music and art at the June 3rd First Friday as well. Jesse Gotschal, AKA The Road Virus will be playing in front of Pop’s Culture Shoppe, and Artist Josh Crane will be displaying his painted art. A drum circle is being hosted by Liz Carras and Julie Schlosser of the Endless Mountains Arts Cooperative on the Deane Center lawn. There may be ukuleles and guitars to try out as well. Also on the Deane Center lawn, Artist George Morris will turn wood on a lathe. He will also be making small tops for kids.