Susquehanna County artists hold annual open house


DIMOCK TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The extended Columbus Day weekend is a big one for the arts in Susquehanna County.

For the last 22 years, artists have opened their galleries and homes to the public to explain more about their work.

Gladys Habeeb was hard at work Monday.

She was getting her hands dirty learning the proper way to build a stone wall.

“I have a little flower bed in the back of my yard that I want to make pretty,” Gladys Habeeb said.

Ken Ely, the owner of “Good Neighbor Walls” near Springville, is one of several Susquehanna County artists and business owners who opened his doors to the public this extended holiday weekend to teach people more about what he does.

“People tend, if they’re on their own and they try it for the first time, they try to make the wall too narrow,” Ken Ely, owner of Good Neighbor Walls said.

From painting to sculpting, there are many options and opportunities.

Betty Bryden, who lives in Montrose, has been painting since the 1960s.

“It is such a fantastic thing for the county. It brings so many people into it!” artist Betty Bryden said.

Tom Canouse does wood-carving, whittling to be more precise.

What started as a hobby turned into a job and he’s happy to answer questions and teach others about his passion.

“It’s just nice to have neighbors and friends know what it is you do!” Tom Canouse of Montrose said.

There was no cost to visit any of the artists over the weekend or on Monday.

The event is always held Columbus Day weekend and for some studios it is the only weekend of the year that they are open to the public.

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