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Friday, March 25, 2016


A painting of a rooster on a large wooden cheese box by Karen Wolford will be among the items created by members of the Pine Creek Decorative Artists on display during the opening reception of the group's exhibit at the Gmeiner.
WELLSBORO—Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Pine Creek Decorative Artists exhibit will open with a reception and refreshments at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

During the Sunday reception, members of the Pine Creek Decorative Artists will be available to talk about their work with visitors.

Among the items in the colorful display will be decorative paintings in tole, folk art and Early American styles in oils, acrylics and watercolors on canvas and on functional objects, such as baskets, tins and slate, as well as plates, ornaments and jewelry. Most of the displayed pieces will be for sale with prices ranging from $10 and up.
Karen Wolford, a member of the Pine Creek Decorative Artists, did this painting of a winter scene. It and other items will be on display during the opening reception of the group's exhibit at the Gmeiner.

As a special tribute, some of the artwork created by Anne Tompkins, a founding member of the group, will also be included in this exhibit. She passed away on February 12.

The exhibit will remain on display at the Gmeiner from 2 to 5 p.m. daily Monday, April 4 through Sunday, April 24. Admission is free.

The Pine Creek Decorative Artists is one of 300 chapters affiliated with the Society of Decorative Painters, a global organization. The Society’s goal is to promote appreciation for decorative painting in the tradition of tole painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture; the folk art styles of many countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Germany, Russia, England and Mexico; and facets of Early American decorative painting, such as stenciling, faux finishing, bronzing, gold leafing, country painting, theorem and graining.

Formed 14 years ago in January of 2002, the Pine Creek Decorative Artists has nine members from Tioga, Lycoming and Union counties. Every two years, members showcase their artwork at the Gmeiner.

During their regular meetings at the Gmeiner, members teach each other their techniques and have weekend seminars with outside instructors.

The members also give back to the community via service projects. Past projects have included teaching Girl Scouts to paint, donating painted items to Haven, the Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, Goodies For Our Troops and the Relay For Life Of Tioga County. They also sponsor a student to attend a summer art camp every year.

Officers include: President Mary Jean Braddock, First Vice President Penny Newcomer, Second Vice President Yvette Finkele, Secretary Karen Wolford and Treasurer Mary Lou Wertz. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Yvette Finkele at 1-443-370-0663 or Sheryl Cobb at 570-265-8028.

The Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center welcomes visitors seven days a week. Admission is free. For more information, call 570-724-1917.

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