An annual tradition is underway for the eighth year in Glenburn Township.
The Glenburn Art Show and Sale began in 2005 thanks to a grant from the Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture. That year, more than 20 local artists came to display their works at the Glenburn Municipal Building, 3110 Waterford Road. This year, the event has doubled in size, welcoming 44 artists displaying 114 pieces.
"We have a lot of the same people come back year after year. I've gotten to watch people grow in their abilities," said Joanne Benson, who coordinates the exhibit. "Their work was already very well-done but they keep improving. It is nice to see."
Benson works for Glenburn Township and is also an artist with the En Plein Air Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She explained that the exhibit opened with a reception on Sunday, Oct. 7, and will continue through Thursday, Dec. 13, during the municipal building's regular hours, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, or by appointment for serious art purchasers.
"We have pencil, photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, chalk, ink, wood shadow art, pottery and clay art," Benson said. "We want all of the various art media represented as best as we can. We've gotten a large variety of artwork and we do our best to hang everything we get. We show at the professional level right through to the hobbyists."
Prices range from $24 to $2,400, with most pieces falling in the $100-$500 range and all proceeds go directly to the artists. There will also be a people's choice award presented, with visitors to the exhibit voting through Sunday, Dec. 13.
"This will be up through Election Day [Tuesday, Nov. 6], which is nice, because anyone coming in to vote gets to see the artwork," Benson said. "We've actually sold things on Election Day."
Locally well-known artists exhibiting at the show include past presenters at the monthly Clarks Summit Second Friday Art Walk such as Cindy Reynolds, Esther Staples, Helmut Kunst and Joseph Kubic. This year, Michael Harris, a Scranton native who regularly exhibits in New York, will show his works for the first time in Glenburn.
"I had been told about this show a few years ago and someone suggested I become a part of it," Harris said. "I saw the announcement a few weeks ago and felt it was my chance. I wanted to help contribute to the art of this community. The work here is very strong."
For more information or to schedule an appointment to view the artwork, call the Glenburn Township Municipal Building at 563-1177 or call Benson at 954-1489.