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First Friday Events

April 29, 2012
Staff reports , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Cinema Center

Artwork by Joe Cesa, Lynn Kibbe and Bob Crain will be on display at the Cinema Center, 300 W. Fourth St., for First Friday and the following Saturday.

All the participating artists are regularly featured at Valley Gallery and Gifts, 2880 Quarry Road, Jersey Shore. For more information, call 745-3634.

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Cesa, from South Williamsport, enjoys painting watercolors and pastels. He has painted many local scenes such as the Park Station, the Pennsdale Meeting House and an old barn, built in 1839, in Nippenose Valley. His originals and limited edition prints grace the walls of many homes and offices in the area.

Kibbe paints watercolors and oils, but another passion of hers is scratchboard art. On black ink-coated boards, she scratches out fantastic images.

Crain, of Montoursville, paints beautiful wildlife scenes, mostly from our area. In addition to originals and prints for sale, his work has been featured in Pennsylvania Game News.

Pajama Factory

May's First Friday will feature a ceramics exhibition including the works of Mark Winkelman, Flo English, Dave Stabley and others. Pajama Factory tenants also will open their studios, hosting special events and exhibiting new artwork.

The Factory also will present the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership's photo contest gallery on the second floor. Each year, the organization hosts the "Treasured Towns & Landscapes of the Susquehanna" photo contest and the winning photographs are framed and spend the next year traveling to galleries and other public spaces throughout the state.

Artgoers are invited to a cocktail party at the Pajama Factory's Green Architecture Exhibition, "PJF Concepts," presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology's Building Science and Sustainable Design students.

Kimberly Adair & Soulful will perform jazz music in the courtyard from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ten Cent Days will be playing on stage in the big exhibition space on the second floor from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funnel Cakes and various carnival treats will be for sale in a tent in the courtyard.

The event is free and open to the public.

Thomas T Taber Museum

The Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs will hold a wine and cheese reception Friday to celebrate the opening of its sixteenth Annual Juried Photography Exhibit. The gala event is to be held at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

The display of fine art photography will feature works of many amateur and professional photographers throughout the region. A wide variety of styles and subjects will be part of the exhibit that include both natural and creatively enhanced digital photography.

All pieces will be judged by a panel of three judges to earn a spot in the presentation of awards. The judges for the spring 2012 show are Bruce Dart, Michael Darough and Lauren Richie. They will select nine cash prize winners.

Each year, the Shutterbugs photography club awards more than $1300 in prize money to recognize the photographic excellence of the top entries. In addition to the cash awards, attendees of the opening will be given the opportunity to cast a vote for their 5 favorite pieces. Ribbons will be awarded to the winners of the most popular vote.

The photographs will remain on display at the museum through June 2 and may be viewed during regular museum hours. Schedule information is available by calling the museum at 326-3326.

Ross Club

The Ross Club, 201 W. Fourth St., will host landscape painter Jessica Heath for May's First Friday. Her exhibition, titled "Recent Paintings," will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Recent Paintings" is a collection of local landscapes and scenes from Gloucester, Mass., another location where she paints.

Heath is a graduate of Penn State University. She also studied at Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Upon returning to Williamsport a decade ago, she became involved in the local art scene and has been in solo and group shows, as well as competitions. Her work was selected for the 2008 Governor's Awards for the Arts and, most recently, Susquehanna Health's new Tower Project. She has portraits in numerous private collections, locally and out of state.

Heath is an avid plein air painter who paints with a group of like-minded local artists.

"It is a discipline crucial to my artistic development," the artist said. "Our landscape is inspiring in all seasons of the year. The play of light against shadow and time of day all combine to make a picture that captures a love of the outdoors."

Julie's Coffee

Julie's Coffee, 33 W. Third St., will host pastel artist Jennifer Shuey as the guest for May's First Friday. The exhibition, "Cherished Landscapes," will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will run through the end of June.

Shuey is the executive director of ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania and a native of Centre County. She is a graduate of Bellefonte High School, with a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from Penn State University.

She is particularly interested in conserving the beautiful natural landscapes of Central Pennsylvania and engaging more people in the protection of the land and water resources.

Shuey's journey into the local arts community started with an oil painting class through the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. Later, at an artist's retreat at Hameau Farm, she borrowed some pastels, experimented with this new medium and fell in love with the vibrant colors and its ability to quickly capture the true beauty and character of the natural landscape.

She is a signature member of the Treasurer of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society and serves as the treasurer on the board of directors of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. Her work has graced many regional juried art shows over the years.

Otto Book Store

Maryann McFadden will sign her new book, "The Book Lover," from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Otto Book Store, 107 W. Fourth St.

"The Book Lover" features a struggling writer who publishes her book herself after receiving numerous rejections - an experience the author had with her first book before Hyperion picked it up. Lucy, the writer, is getting out of a decaying marriage and into a "friendship" with Colin, Ruth's son, a paraplegic Army vet.

There's the hesitant relationship Ruth struggles with after the ex-con gets out on parole. (What will the small town and especially her family think when she introduces him-an ex-con?) There's a center for rehabilitating raptors in a nearby park and a lot of information of what they can and cannot do for them.

There's a theme of emotionally rehabilitating other severely injured vets. It's a finely crafted novel seamlessly interweaving all these themes.

James V. Brown


First Friday in May at The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., presents singer-songwriter Christopher Carithers performing an acoustic set of original material backed by musician and instrument maker Steve Catania on mandolin.

Carithers, a rust-belt writer and self-taught guitarist, is a life-long lover of roots rock, modal jazz and improvisational performance.

Carithers and Catania will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rotunda Room, just inside the front vestibule of the Fourth Street entrance, easily accessible from the street.

For more information, visit or call the library at 326-0536. For more information about Carithers, visit For more info about Catania and his handcrafted instruments, visit

Community Arts Center

The Collegetown Gallery, held in the front lobby of the Community Art Center, 220 W. Fourth St., from 6 unitl 9pm, will feature Lycoming College sophomore Brooke Long.

Following graduation, she plans to go on to graduate school for a master of fine arts degree and to teach at the college level.

Long's exhibit, in oil and mixed media on canvas, panel and paper, expresses her understanding of death and it's relation to our society and culture.

The Collegetown Gallery is an avenue to showcase local college art programs and students.



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