The Art in Nature exhibit at the Dietrich Theater features 103 pieces.

In a typical year, the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater hosts around 16 different art and history exhibits in its three gallery spaces at the historic theater.

This year has been a little different due to the Dietrich’s three month closure caused by the pandemic, but now a new exhibit adorns the Dietrich’s Earnshaw and Sherwood Galleries. The exhibit features art by long-time Open Studio & Portfolio Prep students Eric Buffington, Barry Everson and Colleen Germain along with works by Dietrich Theater art instructors Stephen and Amy Colley.

A Meet the Artists Exhibit Reception will be held at the Dietrich Theater on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend, however reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited capacity. Reservations can be made by calling 570-836-1022 x3.

Featuring art in a variety of media including paintings in oil as well as acrylics, pottery and sculpture, Open Studio instructor Stephen Colley asked friend, fellow-artist and Dietrich Theater volunteer Stephen Hendrickson for his expertise in curating the exhibit. You may be familiar with some of Hendrickson’s work at the Dietrich as he has created display models of Fantasy Christmas Themes for annual exhibits in the Dietrich lobby since the early 2000s. This is his first time curating an art show for the Dietrich.

Stephen Hendrickson trained at The Dayton Art Institute, Antioch College, and Yale School of Drama, in scenic design. He has been a designer for theatre, feature films, and series television for the past 40 years. Now retired, he and his wife live in Eatonville.

When curating the exhibit, Stephen Hendrickson observed a common theme in the work to be displayed – Art in Nature, which is the title of the exhibit. Hendrickson shares, “Nature inspires deep emotions in everyone. In the group of five artists in this show, There is a full range of artist’s painted expressions in response to landscape, sunlight, spring flowers, snowy country scenes, fall colors in the woods, dramatic summer sunsets, winding rivers and streams, and also personal grief, tragedy, and sadness expressed in sculpture. Each piece I have selected shows the unique style and skills of the artists, and is chosen from their best submitted work.”

When asked about the exhibit which features not only his work and his wife’s but his students, Colley relates, “I’ve had the great opportunity to work with these students for so long. It is nice to see and celebrate their growth as artists through this exhibit.”

In addition to the Meet the Artists Reception, this exhibit can be viewed through Nov. 15 during scheduled movie times or by appointment. For the health and safety of staff and patrons, mask wearing is required when entering and while moving about the theater.

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