Located in Scranton’s historic Nay Aug Park, the Everhart Museum features more than a dozen permanent and temporary exhibition galleries. Whether your interests lie in science, the natural world, global culture, or the fine arts, the Everhart has something for everyone! Although exhibits change throughout the year, you will always find folk and fine art, African and ancient cultures, Dorflinger glass, fossils and dinosaurs, and Dr. Everhart’s renowned bird collection on display.
On display through October 10, 2015 is the exhibit Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game. Baseball is part of the fabric of northeastern Pennsylvania. For more than 150 years, it has shaped the heritage of the region and provided the major (and minor) leagues with hundreds of players, coaches, and umpires. Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game provides an overview of NEPA baseball from the 19th century to the present day. Historical images and artifacts combine with contemporary work by artist William Chickillo, engaging visitors with both sport and art perspectives as they consider the aspect of our cultural history.According to William Kashatus, author of Diamonds in the Coalfields, many of these players were the sons (and daughters) of immigrant coal miners and baseball was a form of assimilation to their new land. Some played for only a season or two while others were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Discover their stories and more in Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game!
Also on view through June 8, 2015 is Destinations in Paintings: The Kasten Collection, a visual tour of the lands and locations artists frequented and loved in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The 32 works on display are on loan from Alex & Barbara Kasten who assembled this collection of paintings by distinguished artists from England, France, Germany and Austria. Among many artists featured in the exhibition will be Frederick Richard Pickersgill, Ernst Bosch, Daniel Ridgway Knight and Léon Joubert. Destinations in Paintings reflects the global change wrought by technology in the mid-19th century. As the availability of railroads made travel quick and affordable, painters began to shift from the large metropolitan cities to the countryside. Artists were suddenly able to travel to out of the way places, which before rail travel, were unreachable. This was a boon to the plein air artist, working on site, capturing the activities of the village and rural life, landscapes and the changing seasons. As Alex Kasten states, “When you successfully immerse yourself back to that moment in time, you then can truly appreciate what paintings like these, created by the artist’s interpretation, brush and palette, brought to the viewer.” The collection appreciates different moods and feelings. Landscapes were painted in different seasons and at different times of the day.