A dream is now a reality at the Dietrich Theater.
Nine years ago Erica and I went to the Lizza studio to find out if Bob could imagine a mural on the blank walls of the Dietrich. Bob immediately responded that he could imagine a trompe l’oeil wall mural, which is either trompe l’oeil or is an illusion that makes you feel like you can walk right in.
This week, the third in a series of three murals is nearing completion for all to see as you walk or drive past. At night it’s especially breathtaking, says Erica, as it lights up the side of the building.
Funded by the Wyoming County Room Tax Fund, the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, and the Endless Mountains Heritage Region with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the mural celebrates the beauty of our rural landscape with a rendering of vintage postcard of the horseshoe curve of the Susquehanna River at Vosburg Pass with an aerial view.
As I stepped outside to contemplate it this morning, master photographer Janie Stabinsky was on a morning stroll photographing everything bright and beautiful. As her camera captured the mural in the sun, I told her to come back after dark to see it lit up, changing the whole feel of the theater complex at night.
Our fall film festival is in full swing now: 21 foreign and independent films in 21 days. In one week, I saw four unique films, each one a little gem. They were all four perfect reflections of the lifelong universal search for something, something that we may or may not find. “Swan Song” reminds us that the ultimate satisfaction in life is making a difference for someone or a new way of looking at life.
“Exhibition on Screen: Frido Kahlo” is the story of the life course of an artist finding the freedom to express herself through her art. “RoadRunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” documents the life and career of the chef who has continued to seek new cultures to explore, not only for their culinary traditions, but for their humanity and joie de vivre. “The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52” is the film that examines the ultimate search for a whale that was heard but not seen, a whale that has spent decades looking for another whale that can hear its sound. song. All four films are extraordinary films that open our minds and hearts.
For children, now is the time to register for Dietrich courses. Preschool Trash to Treasures for ages 4 and 5 on Thursdays, November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, from 10 am to 10:45 am Amy Colley will inspire the little ones to create all kinds of fantastic creatures and 3D constructions with recycled items . They will end up with “green masterpieces!” This class is free, thanks to the Dietrich fundraising committee.
Trash to Treasures for ages 5-12 will take place on Fridays, November 5, 12, 19 and December 3 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Older students will have the same types of recycled materials to stimulate their imaginations, and Amy Colley will be there to help with their construction. This series costs $ 40. Call the Dietrich at 570-835-1022, ext. 3 to register for courses.
For anyone 13 and over, Open Studio and Portfolio Prep and Pottery & Sculpture are also scheduled for November with instructor Steve Colley. In addition to teaching at the Dietrich, Steve also teaches at Marywood University in Scranton. He teaches his two lessons in the theater much like a conductor can conduct all kinds of musicians. Steve is able to figure out which medium each student would like to pursue, and then help empower all students to achieve their best painting, sculpture, drawing, or other creation. It’s fun to see how it all works. Open Studio is Monday in November – November 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pottery and sculpture is on Wednesday, November 3, 10, 17 and December 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Call the number above to register.
As the leaves begin to bring us their beautiful fall splendor, we invite you to make your life more colorful and meaningful by entering new worlds with a new foreign or independent film or by taking a new course. Our doors are open and the popcorn is bursting!