THIS WEEK: Feb. 10 to 16, 2016
Blind Date with a Book. Take a chance on a “blind date” with a book by choosing a specially wrapped volume. Then rate your book “date” and be entered to win prizes. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. Through February with “Rate Your Date” forms due by March 5. 570-474-9313.
Blind Date with a Book. Select a gift-wrapped book and discover a new author you may “fall in love with.” Those who “rate their date” are eligible for prize drawings. Through Feb. 29 at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-823-0156.
Literary Snoops Book Club, a discussion of “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Noon on Feb. 10. 570-693-4682.
A Poetry of Witness: Conversation from Coal to Gas — Voices and Their Echos, a reading by poet and author Craig Czury, whose most recent book is “Thumb Notes Almanac: Hitchhiking the Marcellus Shale.” Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Free. 570-674-8021.
Wyoming County Reads, the annual book reading and discussion series with this year’s selections: “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman,” both by Harper Lee. Discussions (all at 7 p.m.) include: “Heroes and Humans: A Study of Atticus Finch” on Feb. 10; “Mockingbird to Watchman: You Can’t Go Home Again or Can You?” on Feb. 17; and “Hatred, Prejudice and Ignorance vs. the Human Capacity for Goodness” on Feb. 24. Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St. The series wraps up with a screening of the film “To Kill a Mockingbird” 1 and 7 p.m. March 2 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. 570-996-1500.
Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood, a filmed tour of the landmark exhibition of the works of Francisco Goya at the National Gallery in London. Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 7 p.m. Feb. 11. $15. 800-326-3264.
Marcellus Shale Hex Signs: A Modern Pastiche, works by Nikki Moser using the tradition of the hex sign to pose questions about hydro-fracking and the natural gas community. Also: a variety of figurines constructed from aluminum foil by Ron Morris. Through Feb. 26 at the Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Moser will host a Hex Sign Workshop 10 a.m. Feb. 13 at Steamworks, The Mall at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-969-1040.
Book Talk and Signing, with Maxim W. Furek, author of “Sheppton: The Myth, Miracle & Music,” about the mining disaster that occurred more than 50 years ago. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13. Free. 570-821-1959.
The Blues Show, a group exhibit of mixed-genre art works with the theme of “the blues” or the color blue. Opens Feb. 15 with a reception scheduled 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19. Continues through April 1 at The Exchange, 24 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays but call to confirm. 570-317-2596.
Writing Workshop, informal, themed writing classes, sponsored by the Campion Literary Society. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Free. 570-208-5900, ext. 5487.
And Your Kids Will Be Painted Black, a spoken-word poetry performance by Javon Johnson, presented in conjunction with Black History Month. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Free. 570-941-5904.
Nature Calls, a group exhibit by area artists showcasing plein air paintings. Through Feb. 12 at the Stairwell Gallery, 24 E. Main St., Bloomsburg. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays but call to confirm. 570-317-2596.
Terezin and Kurdistan: A Journey, photographs by Michael Mirabito capturing Terezin in the Czech Republic and various places in Kurdistan, sites of past and recent genocide. Through Feb. 28 with a Gallery Talk 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Suraci Gallery, Shields Center for the Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 570-342-6278.
Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, the Gold and Silver Key award-winning works by regional junior high and high school students. Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for the Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Through Feb. 17 with hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 570-342-6278.
Faculty and Alumni Exhibit, works by current faculty and invited alumni artists. Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through Feb. 24 with hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 570-740-0727.
Quintessence, a collection of photographs and art ranging from rural farms to nature landscapes by Tunkhannock natives Madeleine Bunavage, Elizabeth Redan, Janelle Rought and Teall Schoch. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Through Feb. 26 with gallery hours 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.
Selections: Photos and Paintings of Warmer Days, an exhibit by artist Nina Davidowitz know for her landscapes of small cities, suburban towns, forests and farmlands. Also: a Members Show in the upstairs gallery. Wyoming Valley Art League, Rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Through Feb. 27 with hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. 570-288-1020.
Three Exhibits, including “American Neon,” photographs of Kenny Ganz, “Favorite Photographs of Tom Sheridan” and “The Folk Art Adventures of Carol Moyer.” Through Feb. 28 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Open during movie screenings. 570-996-1500.
Let’s Go Abstract, paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media by regional artists. Through Feb. 28 at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts Gallery, 302 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. 570-836-3622.
Wildlife of the Water Gap and Beyond, photographs of animals by Jim and Denise Thomson taken locally and in the western U.S. and Canada. Through Feb. 29 at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays. 570-629-3061.
Andersonville and Florence Prisons: The Ezra Hoyt Ripple Memoir, illustrations on slides based on the memoirs of Civil War veteran and Scranton mayor Ripple who was a prisoner of the Confederacy and presented public lectures in the 1890s on his experiences. Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, Linden Street at Jefferson Avenue, University of Scranton. Through March 11 with hours noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Fridays; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. 570-941-4214.
Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone, 35 images by the chief photographer for the music magazine from 1967 to 1970 including photos of Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa and more. Sordoni Art Gallery, Stark Learning Center, 150 S. River St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Through March 16 with gallery hours noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 570-408-4325.
The Golden Moment, paintings by impressionist artist Renee Emanuel. Also: landscape paintings by Bill Teitsworth in the exhibit “Painting Places.” Pauly Friedman Art Gallery and the adjoining Marquis George MacDonald Gallery, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Through April 23 with hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on school holidays. 570-674-6250.
Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, found and mass-produced books transformed into sculptures and installations of all shapes and sizes. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Through June 6. Open noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 570-346-7186.
Will Daskal: Woods and Waters, an artistic tribute to the bucolic splendor of the Pocono Mountains. Opens March 5 with a reception 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continues through Feb. 29 at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 570-629-3061.
Suzanne Maria Rossetti Memorial Juried Art Contest, the 35th annual event with works by students in grades 7 to 12 from Dallas, Lake-Lehman, Tunkhannock and Northwest school districts. Opens March 6 with a reception 1 to 4 p.m. at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Continues through April 19 with hours 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 570-675-5094.
Development, a collection of digital photographs focusing on self-expression by Mary Louise Good. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. March 7 to April 18 with a Meet-the-Artist Reception 6 to 8 p.m. March 18. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.
Illuminations: The Art of Samuel Bak, paintings referencing a shattered world by the Holocaust survivor. Opens April 1 with a lecture 5 p.m. in Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall followed by a reception at the Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street, University of Scranton. Through April 29 with hours noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Fridays; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. 570-941-4214.
Earth Day Art Show, a display of environmental art work by faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library, 300 Monroe Ave., University of Scranton. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 15 and 22; noon to 8 p.m. April 16; noon to 11:30 p.m. April 17; 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. April 18 to 21. 570-941-6793
#EverhartSnaps: Community Art at the Everhart, photos taken by community members throughout the years at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Through June 6. Open noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 570-346-7186.
Wolves, Magic Mirrors & Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales, a multi-disciplinary exhibit highlighting the museum’s collection with contemporary art to illustrate how fairy and folk tales are archetypal stories inspiring and interpreting popular culture. July 15 to Dec. 31 at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Open noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Christmas Day. 570-346-7186.
Call for Entries for the 35th annual Suzanne Maria Rossetti Memorial Juried Art Contest open to all area students in grades 7 to 12 in the geographical boundaries of the school districts of Dallas, Lehman, Tunkhannock and Northwest Area. Entries must be delivered to Sue Hand’s Imagery, 35 Main St., Dallas between Feb. 15 and 24. Information at 570-675-5094.
Life Drawing, sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Art League, Rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21, March 20 and April 17. $10. 570-288-1020.
Eckley Winter Wonderland Photo Contest, accepting photos of Eckley Miners Village taken during the winter season. Open to both professional and amateur photographers. Entries accepted through March 1. $50 cash prize. $5 per entry. 570-636-2070.