The Artists’ Studio: Oct. 17, 2013

Mosaic Plant and Raindrop by Carol LaBorie, Ithica NY. “In the Garden,” Blue Heron Gallery, Wyalusing.

Endangered Heron

Running through Nov. 16, In the Garden may be the last show we see at the Blue Heron Gallery in Wyalusing for some time. Due a few unfortunate turns of events, the gallery has lost its funding for 2014 — other than a $500 reward from the United Way — and is unsure how it will continue to operate, artist director Karen Black ( told electric city last week. Black works as a volunteer for the gallery. Artist Brian Keeler who many came to associate with the Blue Heron for his work as a curator for the gallery, planning and coordinating programs and exhibitions, was also a volunteer.
The Wyalusing Community Corporation owns the building where the Blue Heron is housed and rents out the “gallery” where artists’ work has hung for years as a community room. Until this summer, Black said, the gallery had also been paying rent. The Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce ( also utilizes the building but has been unable to assist the gallery with fund raising. Black, who came on board in August 2012, said she intends to start writing grants but is uncertain how long it will take to see results and fears she and the other eight member artist will not be able to operate the Blue Heron without formal support.

Just Picked by Joe Cesa, South Williamsport. Watercolor print. “In the Garden,” Blue Heron Gallery, Wyalusing.

“In an attempt to ‘wake up’ the community after the end of the Garden show, I will be hanging a NO Art Show of large white blank cloths with signs to think about art. Then on Dec. 7 there will be a ‘Deck the Walls’ event where anyone from the public can come into the Community room and create or write and I will hang it for the month of December,” Black said. “From there on the Heron will become a showcase for paid members.”
In the Garden opened on Aug. 30 and features a variety of works by artists local to the Northeast Pennsylvania region and the Southern Tier. The gallery is generally open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays by appointment. Call 746-4922 to verify hours or visit for more information.

Named in honor of one of First Friday Scranton’s founding members, The Judith Youshock Artist Grant Program was announced this week. Grants of $300 to artists 19 and older and $100 grants to artists age 18 and younger will be offered by the nonprofit on a cyclical basis. The deadline to apply for the first round of grants is Nov. 15.
The program was created “in honor of the spirit and energy of Judith Youshock,” described as “a force within the local artist community” who remains active with First Friday Scranton. Artists are expected to display works funded by the minigrants at a participating First Friday Scranton venue. Only those residing within a 100-mile radius of Scranton are eligible to apply. Applicants not selected in the first round are encouraged to reapply in subsequent rounds. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel selected by the First Friday Scranton board of directors. Applications can be downloaded online at or call 565-9006 for assistance.