Fine Taste/Fine Art planned at the Circle Center

The event is scheduled for November 3

If you attend the Wyoming Valley Art League’s Fine Taste Fine Art event on Thursday, which runs from 6-8 p.m. at the Circle Center for the Arts, you’ll be invited to sample two feasts – one created by a contingent of culinary experts, and one created by a host of artists.

The Jury Art Exhibit that opened in October, the 10th anniversary of the Art League’s acquisition of the Circle Center building, is still on display.

What will catch your eye? Perhaps a three-dimensional “Spirit Horse” made from mixed media by Nanticoke artist John Clark? A “golden landscape” painted by Pittston artist Tobi Grossman? A hovering plane, seen from afar and painted by Lois Pluskey of Plains?

Perhaps artist Sharon Rolland’s photos of an old railroad trestle, Glacier Valley, and seals resting on the ice will inspire you to plan your own trip to Alaska.

Or perhaps the way sunlight plays across a field of sunflowers in Krista Connolly’s “Pray for Peace” will remind you of the urgent struggle in Ukraine.

Fifty-one pieces, out of approximately 125 submitted, had the honor of being chosen for exhibition by artist and collector Caleb McKenzie, who was asked to take on the task.

“Judges who are invited to serve on the jury of Circle Center for the Arts/Wyoming Valley Art League juried exhibitions must be either professional artists or individuals experienced in galleries/museums in the visual arts,” explained Allison Maslow, director of the Circle Center gallery via a press release.

“All judges come with diverse experiences that inform their aesthetic appreciation,” the statement continued. “Judge selection is not revealed until the opening and awards ceremony. This ensures a fair jury process.

McKenzie was director of two Madison Avenue art galleries in New York. Currently, he has joined Addison Kelly as a director at USL, an international lighting design firm based in New York.

2022 Jury Prize winners include Robert Bergstrasser, “Between Poses,” Best in Show and First Place, Painting; “Sounds Good to Me” by Travis Prince, second place, painting; “Learning to Fly… Touch and Go” by Lois Pluskey, third place, painting; Danielle Bellumori, “Winter Shadows”, honorable mention.

John Lund, Sultry Temperament, First Place, Drawing; Lois Pluskey, “The Greatest Generation,” second place, drawing; Barbara Jones, “I Can’t Breathe”, third place, drawing; Ainslee Golomb, “Autonmy”, honorable mention, drawing.

John Clark, “Spirit Horse”, first place mixed technique; Grace Fitzgerald, “Reach Out and Touch Faith,” second place, mixed media; Donna Scott, “Splendor”, third place, mixed media.

Allison Maslow, “Shroud of Things Passed,” First Place, Photography; Robert Broghamer, “Red Tree on Road”, second place, photography; Sharon Rolland, “Old Alaskan Railroad Trestle,” third place, photography; Allison Maslow, “Passage”, honorable mention, photograph.

David Green, “Curves”, first place, sculpture; David Green, “Reflection”, second place, sculpture; Patricia McMahon Lacy, “Harvest Angel”, honorable mention, sculpture.

The work is on display at the Circle Center for the arts, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, where regular hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

The Fine Taste/Fine Art Special Event on Thursday, November 3 will feature food from and/or is otherwise supported by Franco’s, Cork bar & restaurant, Atrium Restaurant, Istanbul Grill, Rodano’s, Mary Stegmaier Mansion, the culinary department of Alfalfa County Community College, Josh Cellars, Susquehanna Brewing Co., Sugar Plum Chocolates, Common Grounds Caffe, Jacobi Capital Management, Berkshire Asset Management LLC, Lamar Outdoor Advertising and the Times Leader.

Tickets for the $50 per person event can be ordered online at wyomingvalleyartleague.org. Checks should be made payable to Wyoming Valley Art League. Call 570-288-1020 to pick up tickets.

Christopher S. Washington