Arts and Community


Albrecht Durer 1498 self-portrait as a rather arrogant young fellow. Well, if you were Durer, you’d have the right to feel arrogant. 

NEW TIME AND PLACE for On the Verge: St. Basil’s Hall, September 22, 7:30 pm.

St. Francis Hall, Mildred, the original venue for the Winding River Players production, has fallen victim to moldThe date remains the same, Sat., Sep. 22, but the production moves to St. Basil’s Hall, Dushore. The time has been set back a half hour, to 7:30 pm. Three women adventurers from 1888 travel through earth-bound space and time to watch the modern world unfold. A marvelous piece of writing with interwoven word-play. $10 adults, $1 students through high school, preschool free. Pay at the door.

Deadline to submit artwork for jurying for the Art Expo, Sep. 30. See more on this below. Download an application here.

 Endless Arts in Eagles Mere. We want to thank the SCCA for its support. With your help we were able to expand our scholarship opportunities. Showcase Presentation, Saturday, September 22, 8-9:30pm to hear participants from the story-telling and jazz workshops offer short presentations.  Sunday, September 23, Student Exhibit from 11am-1pm. Closing exhibit of work from the visual arts workshops. Let the person at the door know you are attending as our guest. Both at DeWire Center, Eagles Mere.

Last Friday Poetry Readers, Sep. 28, 6 pm,  Iris Arts House, 80 Main St., Lopez. Same scintillating group of readers at a different location for Sep.

Fall Art Expo, Oct. 14-15, 10 am-5 pm, Blue Building, Forksville Fairgrounds. During the Sullivan County Fall Festival. This year the SCCA plans to bring in student art works from high schools within a 40-mile radius of the county.

“Spread the Jam,” November 3, 2 pm until the cows forget to come home, St. Basil’s Hall, Dushore. The SCCA’s big day of music and caloric intake starts with the Celtic Martins’ annual appearance at 2, then informal music and jamming while we feast on your favorite potluck dishes, along with a main course and drinks provided by the Arts Council, followed by the mind-blowing ragtime piano of Bob Milne at 6 pm. $10 for each main event or $15 for a day pass, $1 for students through high school, preschool free. Will we be taking reservations? Likely not, just pay at the door.

Note from Karen Black. Library art class update: Unfortunately I did not receive the PPA grant this year, so the Free Adult Art Classes, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, have been a suspended at the Sullivan County Library. I’d truly like to see this program continue. It fills a niche with Adults and Seniors who feel comfortable in the surroundings of the library. 

But all is not lost – I’ve been in contact with the Library and have recently received some positive support from local businesses and organizations. The goal is $2400 to complete an entire year of classes. So classes may resume soon. Stay tuned, and if you would like to help out, contact me at for more information.Thanks for keeping art alive in Sullivan County.

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Wanted: One Social Media Maven

Yeah, “maven” is one of those words that should never be uttered. But we bet it got you to read this far. The Arts Council has a nominal presence on Facebook, but none of us introverts wants to work with it. Yet, by all accounts, it’s a wide-open doorway for inviting the world to our work. So we need someone with sense, interest, ability and determination to take charge of our Facebook page and make it relevant, or at least approachable.

By the way, “media” is plural. Somebody, somewhere in the media world must have learned Latin.

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Accepting applications for Fall Art Expo

The SCCA is accepting entries for jurying in its annual Fall Art Expo, with an application deadline of September 30. The Expo will be held during the Fall Festival, October 13-14, at the Forksville Fairgrounds.

As in previous years, the Expo will offer cash prizes in multiple categories, which include – but are not limited to – 2-D painting, drawing, pastel, photography (raw and manipulated) and 3-D sculpture, stained glass, ceramics, carving, fabric work, jewelry, etc. Basically, any medium or material that an artist might choose to express her or his creativity.

Acceptance after jurying will be determined by the Arts Council’s application committee. The winners for the Expo will be chosen by three judges appointed by the Council. Prizes will total at least $1200. There is also a People’s Choice Award, determined by votes from those viewing the exhibit.

In this, the second year of the Expo’s expansion to include high school-level student work, Sullivan County High School art instructor Dylan Wiesner is approaching his colleagues at high schools within 40 miles of the county to see if they might be interested in having their students’ work entered. Cash prizes will also be awarded in the student categories, with funding covered by a grant from the Claire Aldona Gallagher Trust for the Arts.

For the adult Expo jurying, artists may submit photos of their work by email to helenday139 at or by standard mail to Helen Day, PO Box 139, Eagles Mere, PA 17731. Photos only will be accepted – please do not send original artwork for jurying.

Cick here for an  application form.

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Return of Simple Gifts

The lively, multi-talented folk music duo of Simple Gifts will be returning to Sullivan County in Septermber of 2019 to lead a ukelele workshop at Sullivan Terrace in Dushore, and also perform a public concert. This will be their third appearance sponsored by the SCCA over the last few years. More info as the time draws near

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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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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