2015 Arts Around the Town

The following exhibits are occurring in conjunction with the Fine Arts Fiesta. Be sure to support these local businesses and organizations and the artists they will showcase:

Gus Genetti’s Hotel, 77 E. Market St., W-B, Mo Devlin, photographs

Barnes and Noble, 7 S. Maine St. W-B, Diane Grant Czajkowski, paintings and drawings

Marquis Gallery, 122 S. Main Street, W-B, Betsy Havira, paintings, Kevin Snow, paintings, and Jackie Snow, jewelry

Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 S. Franklin Street, W-B, May 15, Third Fridays, 5-8 pm, Circle Centre for the Arts, May 16, 2-5 pm, Spring Members Juried Show

Sardoni Gallery, Wilkes University, 150 S. River St. W-B, in the Stark Learning Center, Dale Threlkeld: End of Illusion, paintings

Luzerne County Historical Society, 69 S. Franklin St. W-B, World War II, Luzerne County Answers the Call and Native Americans in Wyoming Valley

St. Stephen’s Church, 35 S. Frankin Street, W-B, The First Presbyterian Church.

Tom Jones, Senior Warden of St. Stephen’s Church, and Matthew Schooley, President of the Forty Fort Cemetery Association will be conducting lecture/tours of the stained glass windows and artwork in the First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephen’s church as part of the events happening in conjunction with the Fine Arts Fiesta’s ‘Arts About Town’. These lectures will encompass the architecture and history of each structure as well as a comprehensive review the incredible stained glass windows and art.

Jones and Schooley have studied the works of Henry Holiday (an English firm) with a Holiday scholar at multiple locations in Philadelphia and the work and Maitland and Helen Armstrong in Baltimore. St. Stephen’s contains magnificent examples from these two companies of the late 19th and early 20th century. The First Presbyterian Church has 8 Tiffany & Co. windows, as well as windows from the Baut Studios. Baut is a local stained glass company located in Swoyersville.

These tours will last about 2 hours and are scheduled for 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Thursday May 14, 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Friday May 15, and 12:20 PM on Saturday May 16. Limited tickets are available at the Fiesta Gazebo. Transportation is being supplied by the Westmoreland Club, and the tours will start and finish at the Square in Wilkes-Barre.

St. Stephen’s Church 35 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

George Levandowski Recital, Saturday, May 16 at 7:00 pm

Bass-baritone George Levandowski, accompanied by Canon Mark Laubach, will perform works by George Frederick Handel, Franz Josef Haydn, and Stephen Sondheim, as well as Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Also featured will be members of the choirs from St. Stephen’s and St. Nicholas in Wilkes-Barre and other musicians. This event will support the St. Stephen’s Choir’s pilgrimage to Winchester Cathedral in England this summer. A reception will follow.

Free will offering

Bart and Urby’s, 119 S. Main Street, W-B, paintings

Downtown Arts, 47 N. Franklin Street, W-B, May 15th, 6:30 pm, An Evening of Dance and Music in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Fine Arts Fiesta featuring Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre and Without Wall Dance Co., free

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