Fairy tales of wonder and magic are prevalent throughout history and around the world. These stories intertwine identifiable elements — including quests, objects, heroes/heroines, and creatures — into narratives that are rich with symbolism and meaning. Fairy tales are not meant only as entertainment or the young; for millennia they were used to teach unique spiritual and social lessons to people of all ages. This multi-disciplinary exhibition weaves the Museum’s collection together with contemporary art to illustrate how fairy and folk tales are archetypal stories that allow for ongoing inspiration and interpretation in modern culture.
The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art has the largest public collection of artworks by John Willard Raught, the first recognized regional landscape artist from Northeastern Pennsylvania. In commemoration of Scranton’s 150th, the Everhart Museum will open a special exhibition of paintings, including new acquisitions and artworks from local collectors.
Born in Dunmore on September 9, 1857, and trained in New York and Paris, Raught grew up surrounded by the contradictory landscapes of the burgeoning coal industry and the pastoral agricultural communities of the region. Raught applied his skill of painting en Plein air (outdoors) to pleasant rural settings around Scranton as well as painting portraits of prominent citizens and businessmen. Raught witnessed many developments in the region throughout his lifetime. Rural landscapes often changed to accommodate the coal mining industry which had its zenith in the earliest part of the 20th century. His artworks embody the masterful, light-infused compositions of the Impressionists, as well as the simple and industrial dichotomy of the landscape of anthracite coal country.
Underwriting for this exhibition was provided by the Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust. Lenders include, Anthracite Museum, Lackawanna Historical Society, Ruth and the late Patrick Gerrity, Dr. Timothy and Dorota Kearney, Bernard McGurl and Maria Santomauro, and two private collections.
The Lackawanna Historical Society has shared an LHS Journal article about Raught’s coal breaker paintings here.
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