North Branch Art Trail Announces Spring Tour

The painting Rainy Spring Evening on Route 29 by Michelle Thomas typifies the works that art enthusiasts will find on the Spring 2018 NBat tour and was chosen as the cover photo for the event brochure. 

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Each season, the North Branch Art Trail presents an opportunity for locals and tourists alike to get out and explore a wide variety of businesses, events, and attractions along and near a 100-mile stretch of the beautiful North Branch of the Susquehanna River.

The Spring NBat Artisans Tour is a 10-day self-guided driving tour that begins Friday, May 4th and continues through Sunday, May 13th, featuring more than 40 Tour Stops to discover & explore between Owego, NY and Wilkes-Barre, PA.

To guide you along the way, be sure to pick up a copy of the Art Trail’s Spring NBat Guide. You’ll find your very own copy in the April 25 issue of The Susquehanna Independent (Montrose, PA), the April 29 issue of the Owego Pennysaver Press (Owego, NY), or the April 29 issue of The Sunday Review (Towanda, PA) or at tourism organizations and participating Spring Tour Stops throughout the region.

Turn to the Guide’s center-spread to find our easy-to-use map that shows where you’ll find each of the 40+ Tour Stops. In addition to art galleries, artist studios & artisan stores, you’ll find arts & tourism organizations; restaurants & coffee houses; specialty food shops & bakeries; craft shops & antiques stores; farm markets & historic sites; hotels & inns; movie theaters & performing arts centers; community events; and a whole lot more.

Use the map to select your starting point and decide just how many of our cool towns you can make it to: Owego, Waverly/Sayre/Athens, Towanda/Wysox, Wyalusing, Montrose, Laceyville, Meshoppen, Mehoopany, Tunkhannock, Clarks Summit/Waverly, Scranton, and so on. And who knows what exciting finds you’ll discover between tour stops!

Along the way, be sure to keep an eye open for our “NBat Tour Stop” signs. They’ll help you find what you’re looking for and identify each Tour Stop when you arrive.

Once the 10-day artisans tour is over, be sure to hold on to your NBat Guide. It will be a valuable resource to have close at hand in May, June & July, until the Summer Guide comes out at the beginning of August.


Spring Tour Stop listings (showing map location on center-spread map)

North Branch Exhibits (a listing of art exhibits taking place during the Spring NBat Artisans Tour, May 4-13)

North Branch Gallery Guide (a sampling of art galleries & artists studios located throughout our region)

Featured Artists (this issue: Chris Lathrop, Montrose and L.P.Howard III, Hop Bottom)

Upcoming Artisans Tours:

Mark your calendar! The North Branch Art Trail’s upcoming artisans tours are:

Summer 2018 NBat Tour, August 10-19 – Summer NBat Guide covers Aug-Sep-Oct

Fall 2018 NBat Tour, November 2-11 – Fall NBat Guide covers Nov-Dec-Jan

Winter 2019 NBat Tour, February 8-17 – Winter NBat Guide covers Feb-Mar-Apr

History of the North Branch Art Trail:

The North Branch Art Trail is a program of the Kitson Arts Alliance.

Created in 1994 by Wyalusing-area artist Brian Keeler, the original North Branch Art Trail flourished for a number of years, bolstered by an annual event in Wyalusing around Columbus Day that featured regional art exhibits, studio tours, a community festival, and even a triathlon.

After guiding and growing the Art Trail and its annual events for nearly two decades, Keeler moved out of state. With his blessing, the Kitson Arts Alliance stepped in to keep the Art Trail going – expanding it to its current 100-mile route, seasonal artisans tours, and a quarterly companion publication, the NBat Guide.

For more information, visit, like both Kitson Arts Alliance and North Branch Art Trail on Facebook, or send an email to

You’ll find your copy of the Spring NBat Guide as an insert in The Susquehanna Independent (Montrose & Susquehanna County, PA) on Wednesday, April 25; in the Owego Pennysaver Press (Owego & Tioga County, NY) on Sunday, April 29; or in The Daily Review’s Sunday edition (Towanda & Bradford County, PA) on Sunday, April 29 and also at tourism organizations and participating Spring Tour Stops throughout the region, including:

Hop Bottom PA

L.P. Howard III Art Studio

Ithaca NY

North Star Art Gallery

La Plume PA

Linder Art Gallery, Keystone College

Laceyville PA

Laceyville Hardware & Floor Covering

The Oldest House

Mehoopany PA

Darling’s Antiques & Vintage Decor

Meshoppen PA

Carlin Farm’s 4 Seasons Farm Market

Kintner’s Olde Mill

Marty’s Market

Montrose PA

Angelo Ventresca Associates

Chris Lathrop Art Studio

The Farm at Johnson Pond

Keystone Community Resources

Nichols NY

The Marketplace at Tioga Downs

Owego NY

The Black Cat Gallery

Carol’s Coffee & Art Bar

Creative Joy

Crystal City Olive Oil

Early Owego Antique Center

Gallery Forty-One

Las Chicas Taqueria

The Left Bank

Mr. Pat’s Coins & Antiques Shop

Original Italian

ParkView Restaurant & Pub

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players & Performing Arts Center

Tioga Arts Council

Tioga County Historical Society

Sayre PA

Comfort Inn & Suites

Scranton PA

AFA Gallery

ArtWorks Gallery & Studio

Towanda PA

Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency

Community Cup Coffee & Tea House

Endless Mountains Craft & Gift Shoppe

Tunkhannock PA

Comfort Inn & Suites

Courthouse Art Gallery

Dietrich Theater

EMCA Gallery

Keystone Konfections

Kitson Gallery at Pen Corners

Swalebrook Studio & Gallery

Tioga Bistro

Tunkhannock Public Library

Wisnosky Jewelers

Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce

Waverly NY

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

Waverly PA

The Waverly Community House

Wyalusing PA

American Sandwich Co.

Blue Heron Artisan Store

Wysox PA

Wysox Merchant Center

North Branch Exhibits – Spring NBat Artisans Tour, May 4-13

2018 LCCC Art Student Exhibit

Showcasing their diverse skills, the student exhibition combines a mix of artistic pursuits and talents, allowing the LCCC art students an opportunity to present publicly a selection of their best work.

LOCATION: Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S Prospect St, Nanticoke, PA 18634

HOURS: call for hours – exhibit continues through June 15

INFO: 570-740-0727

Big Art, Small Town Girlthe paintings of Carol Livermore Ostrander

LOCATION: Carol’s Coffee & Art Bar, 177 Front St, Owego, NY 13827

HOURS: Mon-Wed, 7am-5pm; Thu, 7am-8:30pm; Fri, 7am-5pm; Sat, 8am-6pm; Sun, 9am-4pm

INFO: 607-972-7532 –, – Map Location (pg 12-13): 7

Commencement! Ithaca Memories by Brian Keeler

The start of a new life leaves memories of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes.

LOCATION: North Star Art Gallery, 43 Snyder Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

HOURS: Fri-Sun, 11am-4pm; and by appointment – exhibit continues through May 31

INFO: 607-323-7684 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 30

Data Dreams & Improbable Objects by Mary Bates Neubauer

LOCATION: Linder Art Gallery, Keystone College, One College Green, La Plume, PA 18440

HOURS: call for hours – exhibit continues through July 6

INFO: 570-945-8000 –

Inner Universe by Kathy Fallon

LOCATION: Waverly Small Works Gallery, The Waverly Community House, 1115 N Abington Rd, Waverly, PA 18471

HOURS: Sat, 11am-3pm; Mon-Fri by appointment – exhibit continues through May 19

INFO: 570-586-8191 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 40

May 2108 Member Exhibition

LOCATION: AFA Gallery (Artists for Art), 514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503

HOURS: Wed-Sat, 12pm-5pm –  May 3-18

INFO: 570-969-1040 –

Pictograms – The Art of Rama

LOCATION: ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503

HOURS: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm or by appointment – May 4-28

INFO: 570-207-1815 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 2

Pop Art at the Dietrichfeaturing Steve Colley, Michelle McKenzie, Scott Nichols, Mike Reznick, Amanda Robinson, Rhi Wallace

LOCATION: Earnshaw, New & Sherwood Galleries at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E Tioga St, Tunkhannock PA 18657

HOURS: art galleries are open during theater hours

INFO: 570-836-1022 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 16

Pyrrhic Defeat: A Visual Study of Mass Incarceration

A local artist gives a glimpse into what the current trend of mass incarceration looks like with an overwhelming array of graphite and charcoal studies.

LOCATION: ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503

HOURS: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm or by appointment – May 4-28

INFO: 570-207-1815 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 2

Selections from the Sordoni Collection of American Illustration & Comic Artfeaturing 135 works by over 100 artists

LOCATION: Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, 141 S Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

HOURS: Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-5pm – exhibit continues through May 20

INFO: 570-408-4325 –

Swalebrook Friends – Art & Artisans

LOCATION: Swalebrook Studio & Gallery, 221 W Tioga St, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

HOURS: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 9am-1pm

INFO: 570-240-1068 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 35

The Blues in Art & Music at The Cupfeaturing Erika Gibson-Bertram, Catrina King, Scott Nichols, John Rocklin, Joe Welden

LOCATION: Community Cup Coffee & Tea House, 421 Main St, Towanda, PA 18848

HOURS: Mon-Thu, 7am-3pm; Fri, 7am-3pm & 6pm-9pm – exhibit continues through end of June

INFO: 570-250-1478 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 11

The Road More Traveled, A Retrospectivefeaturing paintings by Lance Montross, photographs by Shane Montross

LOCATION: Courthouse Art Gallery, Wyoming County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Sq, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

HOURS: art gallery is open during courthouse hours

INFO: Map Location (pg 12-13): 12

The Works of Maxine Bendock

Stained glass and woodburning artist

LOCATION: Blue Heron Artisan Store, 20 Main St, Wyalusing, PA 18853

HOURS: Thu-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm

INFO: 570-721-6070 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 4

Various Artists will be on hand to conduct demonstrations and discuss their work during the May 4-13 NBat Artisans Tour

LOCATION: The Black Cat Gallery, 214 Front St, Owego, NY 13827

HOURS:  Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 11am-4pm

INFO: 607-687-5550 – – Map Location (pg 12-13): 3

Whimsy and Wonderfeaturing work from the students at the Verve Vertu Art Studio, Dallas

LOCATION: The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St, Dallas, PA 18612

HOURS: Tue-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm – April 6-June 2

INFO: 570-674-6250 –


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