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Endless Mountains, Rural Lives

New Gmeiner exhibit showcases art from your backyard!


by Sara Vogt - January 7, 2015

This month’s exhibit at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is Endless Mountains, Rural Places, Rural Live – a vast collection of paintings, quilts, writings and photographs showcasing the talents of those in our backyards. Northern Tier Cultural Alliance is the producer of this exhibit. Ruth Tonachel, Executive Director of NTCA, shared with us her passion for folk art and the everyday person who uses their talents to document the importance of where they live. Ruth understands the importance of family and heritage, as she herself lives on her family’s 215-year-old family farm. The group of women who created the quilts on display started each quilt from a piece taken from an antique quilt. The designs were a part of expressing how they felt about gas production in the area. Nancy Wernerburke, Mansfield University Professor and Director of the Endless Mountains Writing Project, talked about a book produced from student and adult writings about their love of the Northern Tier. Suzan Richar, President of the Wellsboro Art Club, shared pictures of the Galeton Band House that she has photographed for years and has enjoyed many outings there. Suzan has been a part of the NTCA since 2008 when they first produced a calendar of barns. They now have a video featuring beautiful barns, with one of Suzan’s photos adorning the cover. You can purchase it at this exhibit.

For more information on NTCA you may go to their website here. Hopefully you will be able to stop by and be encouraged by all of the pieces on display.

Suzan Richar wrote the following about the Galeton Band House:

Band House in Winter, Galeton, PA:
This band house is a landmark and it’s central location and visibility to all passing thru town on Route 6 is important to me for many reasons.
I hold a fondness for things that represent our past. This building was built in the early 1920’s as a venue for local bands to perform. The windows opened on the top floor and the music of the Germania Band, The Shop Band of the B&S railroad, the Boys Band , or later the Galeton Band could waft over the town.
Today, it is a centerpiece for the many activities that take place around it’s base. I’ve photographed a wedding, the annual Galeton spectacular fireworks, children at Bible School, a Fall Festival, model airplane fly-ins, Firemen’s carnivals and games. not to mention the many pictures of sunsets, herons and fishermen with it presiding in the background.
Years ago in the 70s Rotary held White Water Weekends in the Spring. A friend and I slept with our children in the band house as watchpersons. You see I have special memories of this landmark. I have also painted several watercolors of this beautiful façade.
It is a joy to look out the office window and see it standing there.


Writing: Sara Vogt


Produced by Vogt Media

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