Arts and Community

rabbit in field

No, this is not student art, this is “Rabbit in Field,” a lovely stained glass work by Sullivan County artist Mary Ellen Minnier. She donated it to the Arts Council as a prize offering in 2010.

Student art added to Fall Art Expo

This year’s Fall Art Expo – October 13-14 in the Blue Building, at the Fall Festival in the Forksville Fairgrounds – will include high school-level student art work from across the Pennsylvania Northern Tier. Last year, for the first time, the Expo was opened to county-based students – public, private, home schooled and the Red Rock Job Corps Center. The experiment was both successful and inspiring.

This year, Sullivan County High School art instructor Dylan Wiesner will approach his colleagues at high schools across the region to see which ones might be interested in having their work featured. He plans to do this canvassing in August.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the student categories, as they have been annually for the adult work. Funding for these new prizes will be covered by a grant from the Claire Aldona Gallagher Trust for the Arts.

For entering the traditional adult art work at the Expo, click here for an  application form. A general mailing to artists across the region – both email and postal – will go out in early August. So stay tuned for updates here, in the Sullivan Review, on the website and in your mailbox.

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Barb Murray takes over as Arts Council president

Helen Day has stepped down as SCCA president, and current vice-president Barb Murray has taken over at the helm for the remainder of 2018. Regularly scheduled elections will be held this November for the following two-year terms of all Arts Council officers.

At the same July 16 meeting, Derek Davis also handed over the reins of the treasurer’s office to Linda Roman. Helen Day was named vice-president, so that she and Murray essentially switched roles.

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Yee haw, ride the Arts Trail

We also hope to revive the Arts Trail brochure which was distributed throughout the area a few years back. It contained a listing of local artists with a map to their studios and descriptions of their work. In its former incarnation, it not only drew attention to the wealth of art in an around the county, but led to tourist visits and sales.

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Arts Council sponsors scholarships

The SCCA is sponsoring new scholarships to be awarded by the Endless Arts in Eagles Mere and by the Dushore Music Club. 

The Endless Arts in Eagles Mere program will take place this September, with our scholarships going to two Sullivan County High School students, already chosen.

The Dushore Music Club scholarship will be funded annually and will supplement their existing annual gift to a graduating senior in Sullivan County. The Arts Council now provides equally funded annual awards in music, theater (to a graduating senior), literary work (to the four winners of the literary contest) and the visual arts (the Choice of Show award).

We’re looking for future opportunities to support scholarships for summer student classes in the arts. Send information or suggestions in this area to Barb Murray at 570-928-8968 or

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Countywide Calendar

Our Countywide Calendar is set up to list all kinds of public events (except church services and sports) in Sullivan County. So if your organization is sending an event listing to the Sullivan Review and/or Connie Hatch’s S.C.A.N email newsletter, add to you “To:” header. And feel free to put the calendar URL on your organization’s (or even personal) website: We update the Calendar weekly. 

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For a list of all our major programs, look here.







Heading photo by Donna Sherwood