Stearns Bell Thanks to the generosity of the late Nancy Stearns and her four daughters, we are able to present ‘Shopping During the Holidays: The L.L. Stearns Department Store.’ as our holiday exhibit, It will open on Friday, December 2 for a membership preview evening and continue through Saturday, January 21, 2023. Members are invited for a 6:00 PM preview. The opening and ornament sale run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The exhibit opening is combined with our extremely popular ornament sale, which starts on Friday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 PM

Under the talented hands of coordinator Deb Parsons, glass artist, our ornament sale has quickly become a cherished tradition within the County. Featuring a number of local artists, the Community Room glistens and sparkles with the delicate works of glass, ceramics, eggs, fiber arts and stained-glass.

Catheal Weiser will be the featured artist. Catheal produces pysanky eggs and in honoring the Stearns Department Store exhibit will be adding details to her pysanky eggs which are reminiscent of the Stearns bell. She will also be demonstrating her craft at the ornament sale. Catheal was an art teacher in Montoursville for seventeen years. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, at Mansfield University and achieving her Master’s at Wilkes University. She has instructed children and adults alike in creating pysanky and fraktur in workshops at the museum.

The artists participating this year include: Lisa Bitler (pottery), Amanda Emig (puffy foam snowmen), Karen Mothersbaugh (wire trees), Deb Parsons (lampworked glass), Theresa Phillips (gourds, fur), Victoria Stetts (Japanese kusudama blossom balls & origami cranes (with beaded accents), Mike Swanger (blown glass), Becky Thomas (pine cones & pottery) and of course, Catheal Weiser. As well, a tree with a limited number of ornaments from previous years by the past featured artists will include the work of Jackie Thomas (loblolly pine woven ornaments), Deb Parsons (glass), Meg Smith (silver and jade) and Linda Campbell (ceramic). Pop up tables at the sale will include jewelry, stained glass, sculpture, fiber arts, pottery, blown glass and gourds.

The ornaments from the talented artists make great stocking stuffers, gifts, tree ornaments, or suncatchers. The sale of each ornament benefits the museum and the artist!