Author: The Gathering Place for Community, Arts & Education

The Future of Rights and the Future of Democracy

We understand our democracy to be founded on the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. But the Founding Fathers and the rights tradition they learned from insist that rights come with limits and responsibilities. Popular contemporary interpretations of rights refuse to acknowledge those limits and responsibilities (e.g., unlimited free speech and gun ownership, or the freedom to not wear masks). This class will briefly review the context in which rights were initially asserted, how that has changed, and the implications of this change for the future of democracy and its current tendencies toward authoritarianism and populism.

This salon is lead by Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, The University of Scranton.

Date: Sunday, March 7
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: $5.00

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Am I a racist? Understanding implicit bias

Last year’s murder of George Floyd was only one racially-charged incident in a long history of similar events in America. Yet it may have prompted a tipping point for people of good conscience to confront racism in our nation. Social scientists have offered tools to understand the prejudices that lurk in all of our souls, often hidden and mostly unaddressed. This salon will offer a safe and honest conversation about the biases that we carry. It is an important conversation to begin in our affluent and relatively non-diverse community. We will learn from one another and share helpful resources that build understanding and undergird the work of racial justice.

This salon will be lead by Rev. Bill Carter, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit

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Meet YOUR Local Artists – Earl Lehman

 

Earl Lehman’s landscapes and abstract imagery are widely collected. A rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts in Education program since 1989, Earl has conducted residencies and taught throughout the Commonwealth.

Lehman is 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Kutztown University and recipient of numerous awards throughout his career. Along with being a professional artist and resident artist throughout the state, he serves as juror, panelist, advisory board member and community volunteer. He was also the preparator of exhibitions at Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University for 15 years. He is a board member of Artists for Art in Scranton.

Earl lives with Luna, his little dog, in Susquehanna County where he finds inspiration and contentment.

This Art Demo is Supported by Lackawanna County, in cooperation with Clarks Summit Borough and is free to the public, but you must register so we can send you the link.

Date: Thursday, March 11 at 1 PM      Cost: Free

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Meet YOUR Local Artists – Brooke Wandall

Brooke Wandall is a local abstract artist living in rural Pennsylvania. Her work was featured the film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and in the tutorial art book by Carrie Schmidt, Painted Blossoms.

Brooke graduated from Marywood University in 2007 with a BFA fine art, receiving the Saint Luke Medal for Excellence in Art.

Brooke’s style is unique, it is abstract, with a touch of realism. Her color pallet is intelligent and brilliant. It draws us into the painting. You can view Brooks work at https://brookewandall.com/, Facebook and Etsy.

This Art Demo is Supported by Lackawanna County, in cooperation with Clarks Summit Borough and is free to the public, but you must register so we can send you the link.

Date: Thursday, March 11 at 1 PM      This is a Zoom event. 

 

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Meet YOUR Local Artist – Michael Sorrentino

Michael Sorrentino is a PA artist who works in a multitude of mediums including: oil paints, watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, and sculpture. In his current series of pictures, watercolors and wax crayons were used to “scribble” impressions on watercolor paper of the Pennsylvania landscapes. The coloring technique called wax-resist and is similar to how crayons and colored dyes are used to decorate Easter eggs. 

Michael Sorrentino grew up on Long Island, NY. He moved to NYC to attend the School of Visual Arts, earning a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Illustration in 1997. After working as an artist in NYC for many years, Michael returned to SVA to earn a Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) degree in 2004.

Moving to North Abington Township, PA in 2006, Michael has continued to work on his own private collections. “The natural beauty of rural PA has been a great inspiration to me. It feels important to try to capture the imagery I see when driving through the countryside. Every direction you look is a ‘picture postcard’.”

Michael enjoys being a part of the NEPA arts community. He is a former art teacher at the Howard Gardner School Multiple Intelligence Charter School and volunteers for various art programs and events held at the Everhart Museum. Michael is also active with Greenhouse Project and proud to serve on its Board of Directors.

Date: Thursday, February 25 at 1 PM       Cost: Free      This is a Zoom event.

 

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The Project

When Bears become Art

The Gathering Place invites the community to join the “Bears in the Summit” project as a Downtown Bear sponsor, artist, or volunteer.

Spring is right around the corner and black bears will begin walking through neighborhoods. To celebrate the Abington’s harmony with these furry critters, The Gathering Place has launched a community art project, “Bears in the Summit.” The project follows in the footsteps of the famous Cows on Parade in Chicago, the Miles of Mules in northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Black Bear Film Festival in Milford, Pennsylvania.

This July, during the height of blueberry season, artfully decorated bear statues will be displayed throughout downtown Clarks Summit. The Gathering Place will hold a dedication day with a meet-the-artist event, a bear-themed coloring book created by artists, a walking tour through downtown Clarks Summit to see the bears, a short walk on the Trolley Trail with a naturalist, and other family-oriented activities.

The Gathering Place is inviting the community to participate in several ways:

  • Sponsor a Downtown Bear: Businesses, nonprofits, agencies, schools, and individuals are invited to sponsor a bear. The cost is $300. Each bear, measuring 10” deep x 45” long x 28” high and affixed to a base, will be transformed from a lowly foam hunting target into a piece of original artwork. The bear will be permanently placed in downtown Clarks Summit at the sponsor’s location.

  • Decorate a Bear: Artists interested in creating a Downtown Bear are encouraged to apply. Professional artists, amateur painters, and school students are welcome to submit their ideas. The Gathering Place will provide a stipend to cover the cost of supplies and an artist fee. The finalists will be chosen by a committee of representatives from The Gathering Place and the community.

  • Coloring Book Drawing: In a separate project, artists are invited to submit one or more original bear-themed drawings for the “Bears in the Summit” coloring book. Drawings can depict a natural-style bear, a cartoon bear, or a bear in popular culture, such as a teddy bear, Smokey the Bear or Baloo. Again, artists of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

  • Join the “Bears in the Summit” Committee: The Gathering Place welcomes community members to help out on the project committee. The committee will choose the artwork for the bear statues and coloring book, create fun, family-friendly and inclusive activities for the dedication day in July, and help to promote the project.

  • Support the Project: The “Bears in the Summit Day” program book will have information about the day’s activities, a map showing the location of each Downtown Bear, artist profiles, and more. Listings start as low as $10, and ad space begins at $50.

Those interested in joining the “Bears in the Summit” committee should contact The Gathering Place at GatheringPlaceCS@gmail.com or (570) 575-8352.

The project has been supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Chris Chermak, Jerry Notarianni, and Debi Dominick, Esq. and a grant from the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority.

The Meaning of Life

Explore the question what is the meaning of life – a question that virtually everyone asks themselves at one  time or another with Kevin Creegan, Ph.D.

There are good reasons we ask this: including the fact that having sense of meaning significantly improves a person’s mental and physical health. Another reason is that having things that are meaningful in our lives can really help us get through hard times. Few would disagree that we’re all going through a pretty hard time right now. This salon will  give participants a forum for discussing ways in which they deepen the connection they have to the things which are meaningful to them.

Date: Sunday, February 7     Time: 6:30 PM     Cost $5

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