TUNKHANNOCK — The American Hands exhibit, at the Dietrich Theater through Nov. 15, is a celebration of people who create objects more typically made by machines, including a spinner, weaver, blacksmith, basket maker, quilter, woodworker and more.
American Hands is photographer Sally Wiener Grotta’s award-winning visual celebration of those individuals who keep alive the traditional crafts that are the cornerstone of our way of life. She created narrative portraits of people who use their hands in traditional ways to make things we use every day.
American Hands has been exhibited in both large and small venues. An earlier version of the American Hands exhibit called Pennsylvania Hands was installed in the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. American Hands is supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Photographer, digital artist, author, columnist and lecturer, all describe what the Grotta does. But to truly understand who she is, one must also apply the title of “storyteller” to her list of accomplishments and achievements. Whether it’s a picture or an article, a workshop or a book, her primary purpose, above and beyond communicating concepts, ideas and information, is to tell a good story that will entertain, amuse and enlighten.
All are invited to visit the Dietrich to see her stories in photographs and written narratives. The American Hands exhibit is open whenever movies are shown or by appointment. For information, call 570-996-1500.