More Than Movies: Dietrich Theater starts off the year with two exhibits


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    As I write this, the Rock and Roll exhibit installed by Patrick Robinson and Betsy Green isn’t yet complete, but we are getting rave reviews by all – even the Pepsi delivery men. And everybody stops by the first display case in the Earnshaw Gallery with “oohs” and “ahhs” when they see the stunning Vintage Valentine display installed by Sharyn Davis.

    The Kitson Arts Alliance and the Dietrich Theater have partnered to showcase Rock and Roll in Art and Music, displaying the art in all of the Dietrich’s three galleries, paintings and drawings of Erika Gibson-Bertram, Catrina King, Jessie Romero and Joe Welden through March. All are invited to view the displays anytime movies are shown or by appointment. A very special feature is three artists’ renditions of Jimmi Hendrix. And don’t miss the creative use of painting surfaces, such as old LP records and sheet music.

    Live music, a silent auction and much more are all featured for the free reception Rock and Roll in Art and Music from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Patrick tells me some attendees will be dressed as Rock and Roll musicians you will surely recognize. So come and join the fun.

    Sharyn Davis’ display of Vintage Valentines and calling cards has a wonderful story behind it.

    An old antique desk was passed on to her by her father Harry Sweppenheiser. She loves the desk, but did not look through it until a year ago when she discovered a treasure trove of Valentines given to a Noxen teacher in the 1930s. The artful display will take you back to another era, a gentler time, when “visiting” was common and it was the practice to leave calling cards. Today “visiting” has almost disappeared and calling cards are a lost practice.

    Don’t miss this very special exhibit.

    Last year the Dietrich hosted 18 exhibits, allowing all who come to the theater for movies, events, or classes to experience the arts. 2017 is starting out with a bang with eye-opening original art displayed in both of these exhibits. So check them out when you come to the many events coming up.

    People are already reserving tickets for Jeff Mitchell’s Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. This free slide presentation will take most of us to places we probably will never see, but just knowing such beauty exists in our midst is awe-inspiring.

    Finally, Winter Fest Opening Night at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 still has some coveted seats available. Two movies, beer, cheese, crackers, fruit, wine, and a signature Dietrich brownie dessert – all for $25. If you have never attended an opening night, give it a try. We would love to see you.

    This opening night is sure to please with two inspiring movies: “A Man Called Ove” and “Loving.” The first tells the tale of an old curmudgeon who finds unexpected friendship. The second tells the story of an interracial couple who takes their right to marry all the way to the Supreme Court. Both are perfect for a festive evening.

    It’s not too late to make your reservations at 570-996-1500.

    Art, music, Valentine history, hiking, acclaimed movies accompanied by good cheer and camaraderie!

    All at the Dietrich just for you.

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    More Than Movies

    Margie Young

    Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or [email protected]

    Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or [email protected]

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