Arts and Community

Zoe Pedro, watercolor, “Rehoboth”: 2021 Choice of Show Award

With summer ’21 sloshing into oblivion, some reminders of our fall programs.

Fall Art Expo

The (delayed) 30th anniversary of our Fall Art Expo will be held October 9-10 in the Blue Building at the Forksville Fairgrounds, during the Sullivan County Fall Festival. The usual array of prizes will be awarded to artists chosen from PA’s Norther Tier and the Southern Tier of NY. All prize-winners with receive a one-time addition of $30 to the usual cash prize. Is that symbolic or what?

Note to artists: If you plan to submit entries for jurying, they must be received by September 30. Send photos of your work to Helen Day,

The Clothesline Art Exhibit for grade-school kids, normally held during the Kiwanis WinterFest, has been moved to the Expo for this year only, to make up for the WinterFest’s necessary but unfortunate cancellation last February.

For many visitors to the exhibit in the Blue Building, the chief draw is the People’s Choice Award: Visitors get to vote for their personal favorite piece in the show; votes for People’s Choice usually run to 400-500 entries (despite the strictly imposed limit of “one-person, one-vote”). This award is a vindication for the winning artist that their work is not only appreciated by the artistic cognoscenti, but genuinely enjoyed by those who might like the see it gracing their living room. The People’s Choice winning artist receives $200 ($230 in this gala year).

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Bob Milne returns!

Yes, we’re bringing back the unrivaled master of the ragtime and boogie piano. Bob will appear Saturday, October 2 at 2 pm in St. Basil’s Hall, Dushore. Come early so you can sit up front, because Bob’s playing has to be seen as well as heard; his hands do things on the keyboard that most of us wouldn’t believe possible. His storytelling is superb as well, providing the perfect introduction to his wide-ranging repertoire.

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Carol Burnett’s Back!

You didn’t expect that, did you? The Winding River Players, under the direction of Linda White, will be putting on a performance of skits from Burnett’s classic comedy show as a dinner-theater benefit for the Friends of the Sullivan County Library at the Eagles Mere Country Club, October 1 at 6 pm. The SCCA is covering the production costs as a gift to the Friends and the library. Linda, many of you will remember, was artistic director for the 8-year run of our Roving Historical Theater. To order tickets, call Suzie Kaier at 570-764-5948.

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2021 Hills and Valleys

The latest edition of our annual literary magazine can be browsed or downloaded here. As we always say when we give the dog a plate to lick, “There’s really good stuff here!” As noted below, Kyler Burke has ended her Sullivan County High School career be taking the top literary prize for the fifth time in six years. But she’s only one of the many talents can can uncover in Hills and Valleys. As always, we’re deeply proud of the talent that Sullivan County continually releases into the world.

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2021 Choice of Show Award to Zoe Pedro

As we have every year since 1998, the SCCA picked a single outstanding artwork from the spring Sullivan County High School art show (held virtually this year). This 2021 prize went to Zoe Pedro for her watercolor painting, “Rehoboth” (seen above). The Arts Council purchased the piece for $250, will have it framed and added to the permanent Choice collection in the school’s main corridor. Our judges this year – Dan Curry, Karen Black, and Joan Werner – said they had an incredibly difficult time because of the eclectic variety and quality of the students’ work. 

The Arts Council also provided three exhibit judges – Linda White, Helen Day, and Camelia Peguero – to choose 1st-10th place awards for students’ individual art displays, each comprising three artworks that the student felt were their strongest artistic creations throughout the school year. The cash prizes, as in previous years, were provided through the continued generosity of the PA Bowhunter’s Festival Association. Zoe Pedro made it a clean sweep by taking the top award in this category as well.

1st place – $125 prize: Zoe Pedro

2nd place – $100 prize: Colton Pretti

3rd place – $75 prize: Emily Geist

4th place – $50 prize: Paige Burke

5th place – $25 prize: Kyler Burke

6th place – $25 prize: Colby Heaton

7th place – $25 prize: Chris Hill

8th place – $25 prize: Karlee Wettlaufer

9th place – $25 prize: Kailee Vest

10th place – $25 prize: Lyndsay Smith

SCHS art teacher (and SCCA board member) Dylan Wiesner thanks everyone who helped make this virtual show possible and congratulates all of the winners and participants. 

The exhibition is available for public viewing on the Sullivan County High School website, Simply click on the link titled “2020-2021 SCHS Virtual Art Show.

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

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Local arts and other links:

Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum

Sullivan County Library

Sullivan County general page

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Heading photo by Donna Sherwood