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Friday, June 3, 2016


Fred Lawrenson works on “The Listening Place,” inspired by a place on Stony Fork Creek. It will be among his paintings on display in the Deane Center lobby and gallery at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

WELLSBORO—Beginning Monday, June 6 and continuing through Tuesday, July 5, original paintings and framed prints by award-winning artist C. Fred Lawrenson of Elkland will be on exhibit in the lobby at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This free exhibit can be seen whenever the Deane Center is open.

In 2005, Lawrenson retired after teaching art for 34 years at Cowanesque Valley High School in Westfield. Between teaching and coaching basketball, he would paint whenever he could. “I have always loved to spend time hiking on state and national forestlands. Often I take paper and a sketch board with me. My paintings offer the viewer an opportunity to take a walk in some of the beautiful places I have visited.”

Two of his paintings were named to the PaintAmerica Top 100. “Origins” was chosen in 2007 and in 2008 was included on a yearlong tour with the 99 others selected. “Tanglewood Touchdown” selected in 2010 toured in 2011. “Tanglewood” also won the pallet award at the Arnot Art Museum’s Regional Art Society show in December 2013.

In 2014, his paintings Abram’s Falls” and “After the Rain” were named Paint the Parks Top 100 competition winners and are included in a national traveling exhibit of 56 of those paintings. The tour began in 2015 and is being sponsored by the Coutts Memorial Museum in El Dorado, Kansas.

During the Laurel Festival on Saturday, June 18, Lawrenson will be in the Deane Center lobby from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, June 19 from 1-4:30 p.m. He will have copies of "All the Difference," his just published hard cover coffee table book featuring 56 of his original paintings, as well as copies of the two award-winning children's books he wrote and illustrated. Lawrenson will also have a few of his framed prints and a cradle of his unframed prints available.

For more information, contact the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

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