Hello everybody! This is my first post, and I couldn’t think of anything better to showcase for off campus art news than Scranton’s own Everhart Museum. Located in Nay Aug park, the Everhart museum is a wonderful place to visit all times of the year. Right now, the Everhart museum is featuring some amazing artists, and I’m so glad that I have had the opportunity to check them out! The cost to enter the museum is only $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors as well as students. Children and Military members can visit for free. The Everhart Museum is a must-visit, and it’s staple in the beautiful park of Nay Aug. It is a worthy day trip for anyone in NEPA. My family and I have all grown up with regular visits to the park, and I remember the fun summer days that I spent there in my childhood. Needless to say, revisiting the museum was a blast of nostalgia for me.
Featured Galleries Right Now
This month, you can see two featured galleries to the right of the lobby. The fist one that I came across was the In Full Bloom:Flowers of the Everhart exhibition, which is open this year from August 6th to December 31st. Everyone loves flowers, but I enjoyed this exhibit even more than I normally would, because of the cold weather from this week. Knowing that I won’t be seeing real flowers for a while made this exhibit even more worthwhile. The artwork in this gallery was very well crafted and inspiring to behold. The flowers of the Everhart gave me springtime feelings in the middle of October.
The second gallery is currently displaying the work of Travis Prince and his series called The Reader, which is available from October 1st to December 31st. Travis Prince is an amazing artist who began his journey from South Carolina to Scranton PA after the 2008 housing market crash. He was assisted by some professionals, and attributes his success to his mentor William Harris, or “Bill”, who took Prince under his wing and offered him a free space in his painting classes. These paintings are incredible, and I was very impressed with the realism and detail of these paintings. Every single piece had intention behind it. As a reader myself, I was very intrigued that the books featured in the paintings were available there in the gallery to read. This exhibition especially captivated me because it is full of art created with the purpose of provoking meaningful conversation.
The first room that you enter is a large space with all sorts of art and art history. I was very entertained by the diversity of the pieces. The entire upstairs.
Available all year
When you venture upstairs in the Everhart Museum, you can see the many rooms of art which are there year round.
Separate from the largest room, there are two rooms highlighting two artists. The first room displays works by Hope Cumming Horn, whose paintings are colorful and realistic. My personal favorite painting was the largest and most noticeable one, called Red Wall. The best part of this painting to me is not the interesting and 4th wall breaking perspective, it is the color. I love all of the warm colors in this piece, and the almost abstract feeling of the brightly colored room it depicts in simple use of rectangle shapes and lines.
The second room displays the paintings of John Willard Raught. This is the room that made me feel the most like I was in an official display of artwork. This room reminded me of being in a gallery featured in a movie with works of portraits and landscapes. My favorite work of his is Landscape with Sun and Pond, because the painting looks almost surreal. To me the sun appears almost too dim, more like the moon. This element of the painting drew me to it immediately, because I like the moon and wanted to observe it closer, where I observed the incredible details of the piece, such as the reflection of the water, and the clouds in the sky.
The Everhart Museum has so much to offer in the ways of not only art, but so many other things. It is fascinating to me that in one building, you can see amazing paintings, hundreds of taxidermy birds, glowing rocks, and Dinosaur fossils. In my experience, I always felt the most connection with the art, of course, and the local history. Being able to see the way my grandparents lived in the same city I am living in gives me a sense of carrying on their legacy. This museum has incredible range in the way of art and education.
In a word, this experience was captivating. I was intrigued and inspired by the displays of recent art, as well as art from cultures that are ancient. I was provoked into thought, I was stirred into emotion, and I was educated in ways that are more direct than lectures. That could be said about everything at an enjoyable museum, but what makes the Everhart so special is it’s connection and roots in the city it’s in. The Everhart is a staple of Scranton, and a testament to the artists of Northeast Pennsylvania.