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.
Exclusive to the Everhart Museum is What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night! a family-oriented exhibit featuring the creative photography of Refe and Susan Tuma. The project began in 2012 when the two of them devoted the month of November to convincing their children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life. Each morning their children woke to the overnight antics of the toy dinosaurs as they created mischief, mayhem, and magic in the Tuma household.
The concept exploded on the internet in 2013 and in late October 2014 their first book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night will be released by Little & Brown. “Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.” Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.
Take a look at WNEP’s Ryan Leckey has to say about What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night!
Funding in part for this exhibit is provided by Lackawanna Heritage Valley.
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