An Evening at the Everhart: The Art of John Wilard Raught

 

everhart-john-wilard-raught-photoNortheastern Pennsylvania’s first recognized regional landscape artist was John Willard Raught.

Raught was born in Dunmore in 1857 and trained in New York and Paris. His artworks embody the masterful, light-infused compositions of the Impressionists, as well as the pastoral and industrial landscape of anthracite coal country.

Raught was an active artist, writing several columns and articles for The Scranton Republican from 1927-1931, detailing his thoughts on painting, his love of this regions landscape, and his strong interest in the environmental conservation movement of the early 20th century.

A dialogue with four influential community panelists will be held at the Everhart Museum, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 to discuss the focus of John Willard Raught artworks, as well as, his influence on today’s environmental movement.

Featured panelists will include: Natalie Gelb of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority; Maureen McGuigan of the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department; Bernie McGurl of the Lackawanna River Corridor Association; and Richard Stanislaus, former curator at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum.

 

Museum hours will be extended from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the general public. The event is free with paid general admission. Groups may R.S.VP. by calling 570-346-7186 ext. 516.

 

John Willard Raught often painted scenes around Dunmore, the town in which he was born. The young girl depicted in the painting above is Raught’s niece, Helen.

 

Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces

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The sixth annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, a truly unique site with the remains of a standing blast furnace.

The Bonfire Festival, a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum, explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic culture and celebrates other cultural autumn festivals while highlighting Northeastern PA’s industrial past.

This year’s event features music by Light Weight playing pop and rock, traditional German Brass oompah music by Schützengiggles, and Colleen and Jimmy Reynolds covering all your favorite songs, fire twirlers, a Jack O’Lantern competition, face painting, fire hooping, tarot card readings, a balloon artist, stilt walking, a Day of the Dead ofrenda, a Fairytale display and hands-on activity sponsored by the Everhart Museum, live theatre, dance performances by Symmetry Studio, a Harvest Display by the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park, the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire, and food and beverages.

Tickets include admission to the festival and $5 in Bonfire Bucks, to use towards food, beverage, and activities.

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the gate. As always, entrance to the festival is free for children 12 and under.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume

6th Annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces

bonfire-at-the-iron-furnaces-ad

The sixth annual Bonfire at The Iron Furnaces will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, a truly unique site with the remains of a standing blast furnace.

The Bonfire Festival, a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum, explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic culture and celebrates other cultural autumn festivals while highlighting Northeastern PA’s industrial past.

This year’s event features music by Light Weight playing pop and rock, traditional German Brass oompah music by Schützengiggles, and Colleen & Jimmy Reynolds covering all your favorite songs, fire twirlers, a Jack O’Lantern competition, face painting, fire hooping, tarot card readings, a balloon artist, stilt walking, a Day of the Dead ofrenda, a Fairytale display and hands-on activity sponsored by the Everhart Museum, live theatre, dance performances by Symmetry Studio, a Harvest Display by the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park, the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire, and food and beverages.

Tickets include admission to the festival and $5 in Bonfire Bucks, to use towards food, beverage, and activities. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the gate. As always, entrance to the festival is free for children 12 and under.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume attire!