Wellsboro – On Friday, the sidewalks of Wellsboro will host a First Friday celebration from 4 p.m. until dusk with lots of free, fun, family-friendly activities, crafts and games in front of several local businesses.
Visitors can participate in a sidewalk chalk contest, and adults are invited to sample local wines and ciders.
A highlight of the first Friday is the opening of the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center Opening Reception for two new exhibitions from 6-8 p.m.: “From Rocks and Streams to an Artist’s Dreams” by Sarah Wagaman will be on display in the Atrium Gallery and the Grand Canyon Photography Club members’ ‘Through the Years’ exhibit will be featured in the Main Gallery.
From rocks and streams to an artist’s dreams
Wellsboro-based artist Sarah Wagaman will be exhibiting works using her new technique: creating striking images of people and landscapes from rocks she finds. The exhibition reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be available.
About five years ago, while hiking and running, Wagaman’s eye was repeatedly drawn to stream beds and rock formations. She wanted to use them as inspirations for art, but didn’t like her early attempts. Then, she discovered that she could create images herself from collected stones: she found a new joy and appreciation for nature in her stone collages.
Wagaman commented, “The stones tell a story in themselves. There’s just something about rocks that speaks to us on a primal level and makes us want to find them and keep them. And because they’ve been molded and shaped by the hands of time and the incredible forces of nature, they look even more gorgeous and resilient.
For nearly 27 years, Sarah Wagaman has been teaching art and is well known in the community for her work with children and her photography. She has won several state awards, regional competitions, been published nationally and recently received her second award from the International Regional Magazine Association. His work can be seen in Mountain Home Magazine and locally at Penn Wells Lodge, Wellsboro Family Practice, Mansfield Family Practice and the Mansfield Practice and Administration building.
Sarah’s art can also be viewed on her website and on Instagram at @Swagaman2018 and @justmyrocks.
More rock art will be on display at “Dickens of a Christmas” in December and events at the Stony Fork Heritage Farm shop.
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, behind the Green Free Library. The galleries are open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, contact the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917 or [email protected]