What's going on in arts, leisure and community February 25 to March 3
HONESDALE, PA — The Honesdale Jaycees will sponsor a student from the Wayne County school system to appear on the 2021 edition of The Great Wall of Honesdale, the Wayne County landmark of billboard-size art. Now entering its sixth season, this year’s theme is “Saturated (as in color)” and student artists in all mediums are encouraged to submit their work.
The twelve 11-by-17-foot vinyl panels installed at the end of Main Street in downtown Honesdale will premiere in June and remain on display for a year, being seen by more than 100,000 vehicles a week. The winning student will be permanently featured on the Great Wall website and be invited to participate in “Off the Wall,” a show of their original art at the WCAA’s Main Street Gallery in Honesdale, PA.
The deadline for all submissions is Monday, March 15.
For more information and complete details about how to make submissions, visit “The Great Wall” at www.WayneCountyArtsAlliance.org. Students should mark their entry “Student Submission.”
ONLINE — Join the Time and the Valleys Museum for an online program, “Tannery Hides and the Beaverkill Bridge,” on Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
Tanning, or the process of converting animal skins to finished leather, is one of the oldest-known crafts. The tanning process required large quantities of both water and hemlock bark, and the Catskill area had both. Men with vision purchased thousands of acres of forested land and built tanneries near the seemingly unlimited supply of water, which quickly became polluted by the tanning process. Prosperity came with the tanneries, in the form of turnpikes, villages and sawmills. Sullivan County alone had thirty-nine tanneries by 1860.
In the program “Tannery Hides and the Beaverkill Bridge,” Town of Rockland Historian Dr. Joyce Conroy will tell the story of how 100-year-old tanned hides were found in the Beaverkill Bridge in Roscoe, NY.
To register, email email@example.com and you will receive a reply email invitation with information on how to log in for the program. For more information, call 845/985-7700.
NARROWSBURG, NY — “A Bright Future: Envisioning 2021,” an art exhibit featuring paintings, mixed media and collage, has opened and will be on display through Saturday, April 3.
Inspired by pop art, graphic design, the avant-garde, and all things abstract and fantastic, the show presents the antithesis of 2020, with art that is both a response to, and respite from the dark, grey days of the past year. Exhibiting are local and visiting artists Courtney Caserta (digital photo collage), Mike Zimmerman (paintings), Lisa LoCurto (paintings), Laurie Guzda (paintings), Thong Keokham (paintings and mixed media).
Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Narrowsburg Union exhibits are free and open to the public. Masks and social distancing are required.
For more information, visit www.narrowsburgunion.com or call 8458/252-3100.
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — While the scheduled Wayne County Arts Alliance’s (WCAA) show “Celebrating Students Creativity” has been canceled, the AM Skier Insurance Agency and the WCAA would like to celebrate and share students’ creativity online.
This call is for students in grades 7 through 12 in Wallenpaupack, Wayne Highlands and Western Wayne School Districts.
Submit up to three photos of pieces of your art to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “student art.” Include your name, grade and school in the email submission.
Deadline for submission is Monday, March 29.
Artworks will be shown on the Wayne County Arts Alliance website and Facebook page beginning April 3 through the end of April.
ONLINE — Sullivan Renaissance and Dorene Warner of W. Design, located in Barryville, NY, will offer a free online seminar about the importance and impact of curb appeal for marketing your business. Elements of curb appeal include signage, landscaping, window treatments and the general appearance of your building and surroundings. The program will premiere on Wednesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Pre-registration for this seminar is required.
A portion of the workshop will focus on well-designed signage; from conception to installation, best practices for working with a designer, and all that you need to know about the process along the way.
Sullivan Renaissance Horticulture Manager Diana K. Weiner will introduce the Business Assistance Grant Program as a resource for funding elements of façade improvement projects. The program offers reimbursable grants up to $2,500 based on the scope of the project and funding availability.
For more information and to register, visit www.SullivanRenaissance.org or call 845/-295-2445.
ONLINE — On Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m., the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, NY will present a program on Irish Immigrants in Sullivan County.
Sullivan County historian John Conway shares information on the Irish immigrants who came to work on the D&H Canal and those who came later to work in the tanneries, including at least four of John’s ancestors.
John Mason Conway came to America in 1852 from the Lough Ree region of County Roscommon in Ireland, and moved to Sullivan County the following year, taking a job in the Stevens Brothers’ tannery in Stevensville. From there, he went to work for W.W. Gilman’s tannery in Forestburgh, the largest in the county, where he eventually became head bookkeeper. By 1872 he had saved enough money to buy a farm in Kiamesha, where he farmed and took in boarders until his death in 1906, after which his family continued to operate the boardinghouse.
This is one man’s story, but it is representative of a large number of Irish immigrants who ended up in Sullivan County in the second half of the 19th century, working in the tanneries. Learn more about Irish immigrants in this lecture. Registration is limited to 100 people.
For more information and to register, visit www.ebcpl.org and then click on “March 2021 Adult Calendar.”
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