Community Classroom: A host of events have been held at The Gathering Place

Community - Classroom - Emily Rancier

Two snowfalls within the week; it seems strange that only a few weeks ago I was writing about the lingering color in the landscape. Now there is little to remark on but the evergreen of the spruce, pine and hemlock — oh and, of course, the Christmas trees (those that are still cut from the field).

Fortunately, the snowy weather did not impact the activity at The Gathering Place. We’ve held two Art Markets, hosted a showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a Game Night, a Weavers’ Gathering (first Saturday of the month), two knitters’ nights, Writers’ Group and a gift-wrapping service of various student groups. A blood drive will take place at TGP Dec. 29, organized by an Abington Heights student for her senior project. Give the gift of blood this holiday season; a life depends on it.

Two painters, Phyllis Rennie and Earl Lehman, helped diversify December’s Art Market which was otherwise heavily fiber-related. Basketry, wool and other fiber yarns, knitted goods, felt and weaving were represented.

We are honored beyond measure that Earl Lehman will be our Artist-in-Residence for the year. His paintings will be displayed (and for sale) all year in the Paul Ford Room. Earl has been so helpful to us in developing the Art Gallery, serving as juror and hanging the show, that we will be forever grateful.

Our next Art Market happens the second Saturday of February, the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Artisans who have work for sale should go to the website, download the art market vendor application and send it to Dori or myself. Please apply as soon as possible; we think this will be an excellent time to show and sell.

The weekend before the Ice Festival, the Art Gallery will exhibit the work of Abington Heights students. We are encouraging artists of all genres to apply. A generous scholarship will be awarded to a senior student who wants to pursue an education in the arts. More details will be forthcoming; if you are a student artist we want the opportunity to show your work in our beautiful gallery space.

The Community Classroom committee is hard at work firming up the spring schedule, and hope to have the brochure out in mid-February, possibly up on the website before that.

Thank you for helping make our downtown community center for arts and education a success. We wish you all a happy holiday season, and hope to see you in the new year!



Emily Rancier

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