Baseball is part of the fabric of northeastern Pennsylvania. For more than 150 years, it has shaped the heritage of the region and provided the major (and minor) leagues with hundreds of players, coaches, and umpires. Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game provides an overview of NEPA baseball from the 19th century to the present day. Historical images and artifacts combine with contemporary work by artist William Chickillo, engaging visitors with both sport and art perspectives as they consider the aspect of our cultural history.
According to William Kashatus, author of Diamonds in the Coalfields, many of these players were the sons (and daughters) of immigrant coal miners and baseball was a form of assimilation to their new land. Some played for only a season or two while others were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Discover their stories and more in Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game!
Exhibition support is provided in part by PNC Bank.
Destinations in Paintings: The Kasten Collection presents a visual tour of the lands and locations artists frequented and loved in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The 32 works on display are on loan from Alex & Barbara Kasten who assembled this collection of paintings by distinguished artists from England, France, Germany and Austria. Among many artists featured in the exhibition will be Frederick Richard Pickersgill, Ernst Bosch, Daniel Ridgway Knight and Léon Joubert.
Destinations in Paintings reflects the global change wrought by technology in the mid-19th century. As the availability of railroads made travel quick and affordable, painters began to shift from the large metropolitan cities to the countryside. Artists were suddenly able to travel to out of the way places, which before rail travel, were unreachable. This was a boon to the plein air artist, working on site, capturing the activities of the village and rural life, landscapes and the changing seasons. As Alex Kasten states, “When you successfully immerse yourself back to that moment in time, you then can truly appreciate what paintings like these, created by the artist’s interpretation, brush and palette, brought to the viewer.” The collection appreciates different moods and feelings. Landscapes were painted in different seasons and at different times of the day.
Exhibition support is provided in part by a grant from Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. & Lackawanna Insurance Group.
In complement to the Winter/Spring 2015 exhibit Where Will You Travel Next? Destinations in Paintings, the Everhart Museum partnered with Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) to showcase regional artwork and photography highlighting hidden spots throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. The exhibit, NEPA Uncovered, features creations by regional artists of all ages, and the juried pieces will be on view at both the Everhart Museum and LHV headquarters at 213 South 7th Avenue in Scranton, PA.
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