The 16th Annual Invitational Artists’ Exhibition and Sale will take place on Friday, November 11 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be held at First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy.
The Society’s Art Exhibitions Committee wants to ensure that exhibition guests experience a well-rounded event that includes a wide range of artistic expression – diversity and artistic excellence remain paramount to the selection process . The exhibit will feature some of Pennsylvania’s most talented artists whose works are exhibited and collected nationally; many share a close relationship with Lycoming County and the surrounding region. It includes a wide range of artwork including oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, jewelry, ceramics, metal and woodwork, textiles , mixed techniques, mosaics, sculptures, stained glass and interior decoration. The exhibition will be a rich and varied collection of original works as well as signed and numbered limited edition reproductions.
This year’s performers include Judith Cole Costello, Selinda Kennedy, Abby Machamer, Deb Parsons, Tammy Quigley Rosenow, Kris Robbins, Mark Robbins, Roger Shipley, Theresa Spitler, Deb Stabley, Bruce Storm, Nella Godbey Storm and Wynn Yarrow. Joining the show for the first time will be Melanie Payton of Mount Joy and Liz Tilley of Stroudsburg.
“A panel of independent jurors evaluates new entrants and selects from our stable of talented craftspeople who are already jurors to choose those who will be invited to participate in the current year’s show. Although each exhibition is different, a small number of our artists are at the heart of the exhibition. We take care to offer a mix of traditional and contemporary styles and techniques, from oil painting to acrylic to mixed media. We are very lucky to be able to introduce our community to such incredibly talented artists and to be able to vary the show each year with different artistic expressions,” said Linda Poulton, show coordinator.
Michael J. Davis and Bruce Storm will be available both days to personalize and sign their books which have been published by the Muncy Historical Society. Davis is the author of the most recent collaborative effort, “17756,” an illustrated children’s book. With artwork by Bruce Storm, “17756” guides youngsters through the story of Muncy’s rich history and heritage. Muncy’s story unfolds through the eyes of Brady Rabbit, McCarty Cat, Schuyler Box Turtle, Painter Firefly and Hardscrabble Mouse. Storm will be available to personalize and sign “Views of the Dragon and Other Observations”, released in 2019, featuring 126 of his earlier paintings.
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction on Friday and until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Along with art from participating artists, an original oil painting by David Seybold titled “Sunny Sweet Peas” will be available to bidders. Attendees can also register for a free drawing for a $100 gift certificate towards a purchase at Salon des artistes 2023.
Proceeds from this year’s show will benefit the Muncy Historical Society’s educational initiatives and outreach, including the seventh “Fish at Pepper Street” concert and the development of the Captain John Brady Heritage Park located at the north end of Market Street in Muncy.
Arts funding support was provided by Gary’s Furniture, 3 Factory St., Picture Rocks; state funding through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, an agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and friends of the Muncy Historical Society.
For more information, visit www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org, call 570-546-5917, or email MuncyHistorical@aol.com.