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 exhibit of paintings by Raught, including new acquisitions as well as artworks from local collectors.
Born in Dunmore on September 9, 1857 and trained in New York and Paris, Raught grew up surrounded by the paradoxical landscapes of the burgeoning coal industry and the pastoral agricultural communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Raught applied his skill of painting en plein air (outdoors) to bucolic, pastoral settings he found around Scranton, as well as painting portraits of prominent citizens and businessmen in Scranton. Raught witnessed many developments in the region throughout his lifetime, with the rural landscape changing to accommodate the coal mining industry, which had its zenith in the earliest part of the 20th century. Raught’s artworks embody the masterful, light-infused compositions of the Impressionists, as well as the pastoral and industrial dichotomy of the landscape of anthracite coal country.
The Lackawanna Historical Society has shared an LHS Journal article about Raught’s coal breaker paintings here.
Ever contemplate a future where domestic bookcases, communal libraries, commercial bookstores, and hand-me-down schoolbooks will be things of the past and reading for most will become a digital experience? What will happen to all of the obsolete publications in print? For the artists in Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, found and mass-produced books are their expressive medium of choice. Viewing themselves as collaborators with their source material, they transform them into sculptures and installations of all sizes and shapes. Beyond exploiting physical and sensorial properties, the artists improvise with content, both text and image. In answer to the looming demise of the printed publication, the exhibition argues that in giving books new life as unique works of art, the artists are opening up fresh possibilities of meaning and relevance. Approaches range from folding, drilling, shredding, carving, stacking, ripping, sewing, pasting, burning, and sanding to collage and assemblage. In reshaping both subject and material, the artists repackage our personal attachment to the written text as a catalyst for memory and the imagination while rekindling our sensorial response to the book’s physicality. And as they draw attention to communal and personal associations of books and reading, they explore alternate ways to knowledge and history, the cycle of creation and decay, and the passage and compression of time. Between the Covers is exclusive to the Everhart Museum and is guest curated by Sarah Tanguy.
Designed by participating artist Lisa Hill, the Between the Covers interactive PDF is available for download here.
Artists: Noriko Ambe, Maria Anasazi, Doug Beube, Caryl Burtner, Long-Bin Chen, Byron Clercx, Brent Crothers, Brian Dettmer, Jessica Drenk, Shiela Hale, Lisa Hill, Jeffrey Kent, John Kirchner, Lisa Kokin, Carole P. Kunstadt, Guy Laramée, Susan Lenz, Corwin Levi, So Yoon Lym, Scott McCarney, Pamela Paulsrud, Buzz Spector, Robert The, Maika’i Tubbs.
Lenders: Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas; JHB Gallery, NY; Frederieke Taylor Gallery; International Arts & Artists’ Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, Gift of John and June Hechinger; Scranton Public Library; P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York; Galerie Myrtis; Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, California.
Exhibition support is provided in part by a grant from Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. & Lackawanna Insurance Group, with additional assistance from Joseph & Lisa Curtin, Scranton Area Foundation & Stifel Nicolaus.
Take a look at the exhibit courtesy of Ryan Leckey and WNEP-TV!
A presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania for over a century, the Everhart Museum has featured in many photos and snapshots by community members throughout the years. For the Everhart Museum’s Winter/Spring 2016 exhibit in Gallery ONE, #EverhartSnaps: Community Art at the Everhart, area residents are invited to share their current and past photo snapshots of family and friends featuring the Everhart Museum building. With this type of project, the Everhart nurtures creativity and showcases artistic excellence in the community.
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