Exclusive to the Everhart Museum is What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night! a family-oriented exhibit featured 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 was 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. Funding in part for this exhibit was provided by Lackawanna Heritage Valley.
Destinations in Paintings: The Kasten Collection presented 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 were 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 reflected 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 was 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, featured creations by regional artists of all ages, and the juried pieces were on view at both the Everhart Museum and LHV headquarters at 213 South 7th Avenue in Scranton, PA.
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 provided an overview of NEPA baseball from the 19th century to the present day. Historical images and artifacts combined 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. Visitors to the Everhart discovered their stories and more in Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game! Exhibition support was provided in part by PNC Bank.
Exclusive to the Everhart Museum was To Your Health!, a multi-disciplinary exhibit highlighting on the Museum’s botanical, decorative art and ethnographic collection together with historic artifacts from regional lenders focusing on alcohol production and consumption, as well as contemporary art that reflects how alcohol, drinks, drinking, access, and the cocktail reflect today’s popular culture and societal mindset. The cocktail, and other alcoholic drinks, have a rich history and great effect on today’s culture and media, as well as reflect social tension regarding alcoholism, binge drinking, and the historical ups-and-downs of the American relationship with alcohol, including but not limited to Temperance, Prohibition, the Depression, and bootlegging. Alcohol and spirits have been made and used by humans for millennia, for safe drinking fluid and medicine, for religious libation, community conviviality, and as a treacherous escape from the anxieties of life. This history is reflected in the world around us, from the plants used for these drinks, the material culture of drinking and service, and the impact of alcohol production and consumption through the social issues around the globe. Thank you to all of our generous lenders: American Antiquarian Society, Anthracite Heritage Museum, BACtrack Breathalyzers, The Boston Athenæum, John Carter Brown Library-Brown University, FEI, Clare Gibson, Glint of Gold, The Granger Collection NYC, Hard Rock Hotel and The Kitchen Restaurant, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Shaan Hurley, Irish Capuchin Provincial Archives, Lackawanna Historical Society, Library of Congress, Lloyd Library and Museum, Isabelle Lirakis, Luzerne County Historical Society, LYNCH THAM, Arthur Miller, Mütter Museum-The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, National Archives & Records Administration, New-York Historical Society, Old Sturbridge Village, Rachel Page-Grandex, Inc., Princeton University: Molecular Biology Electron Microscopy, Walter P. Reuther Library-Wayne State University, The Rose Ensemble, Russell’s Restaurant, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library, Seattle Flagmakers, Steamtown Blueprint & Copy Center, Stepping Stones-historic home of Lois & Bill Wilson, Susquehanna County Historical Society, Thomas T. Taber Museum-Lycoming County Historical Society, The Times-Tribune, McHugh Special Collections Weinberg Library-University of Scranton, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Wayne County Historical Society, Wellcome Library, D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. Thank you also to our private lenders: Private Collection, The Cyril M. Bosak Collection, Nancy & Ron Casey, Karen Conway, Joe Del Rosso-Joe D’s Bar Collection, Carol Dunn, Nicole Fleck, The Kearney Family, Claudia Naismith, Nick Petula, and Betty and Bob Smith. Exhibition support was provided in part by a grant from Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. & Lackawanna Insurance Group with additional assistance from Cooper’s Seafood House.
The Everhart Museum science collections include an important collection of historical plant specimens (herbarium) that was donated by Dr. Isaiah Everhart’s friend, Alfred Twining. The 1700+ plants were collected during the period 1890-1937 and represent a wide range of native plants and introduced species documented throughout the region of northeastern Pennsylvania. The specimen photographs chosen for Everhart Botanica complemented the Everhart Museum’s exhibit To Your Health! as the selected plants are all used to either make or flavor alcoholic spirits, liqueurs, cordials, and other drinks, as well as medicinal formulas and applications.
November 7-December 31, 2015 in Gallery 13
Dinovember 2015 returns to the Everhart on November 7th! This family-oriented exhibit features the creative photography of Refe and Susan Tuma, along with images of the Everhart Dinosaurs during last year’s Dinovember romp through Northeastern Pennsylvania. 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 was 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.
Exhibition support is provided in part by Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company.
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