A place with penchant for the old focuses on new
Everhart Museum opens up long-closed space and shows off some renovations.
SCRANTON — Vicki Cigler and her grandson, 6-year-old Connor Cigler-upperman, had already checked out a canvas depicting a town and three carvings from Nigeria, New Guinea and Vanuatu on Saturday before stopping in front of four black-and-white frames.
“See, art comes in many forms,” Cigler said. “We saw paint, we saw wood and here we have photos.”
Staff at the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art welcomed the public for a free visit Saturday to check out the art and more at its biannual Community Day. Saturday proved special for staff at the Everhart as they officially reopened the freshly renovated second floor, where Cigler and Connor admired the photographs and more.
The second floor of the museum was closed for about a year for remodeling, which included new lighting, a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a new ceiling, said Aurore Giguet, executive director of the Everhart. Crews also exposed the original floor there as part of the work.
“It’s a really fresh, updated look. In the main gallery, we brought out pieces from the collection that haven’t been seen in a long time,” Giguet said, adding works on display include an etching by legendary Spanish artist Francisco Goya. “It gives a little peek at the treasures we have in our collection.”
Dozens of people made their way through the second floor to admire glassware, sculptures, serigraphs, pencil drawings and other media Saturday.
Gloria Bernardi also stopped to look at the blackand-white images, which included pictures of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Half Dome, the iconic granite feature of Yosemite National Park. A placard next to them identified the photographer, Ansel Adams.
Bernardi, of Scranton, came to the museum with her sister, Sondra Panick, who is visiting from Orlando, Florida. Both admired the work on display and the renovations.
Bernardi said she likes the openness of the renovated space and its clean look.
“I think it’s excellent,” Panick said. “I think they’ve made tremendous improvements.”
For Cigler and Connor, Saturday was the first they visited the Everhart. Cigler, of Wapwallopen, is an art lover and likes to introduce Connor to an array of things, like museums. She saw an ad for Community Day online and decided to make the trip.
Both were impressed with the work on display Saturday.
“Wow,” Connor said admiringly after checking out the Goya etching and a colorful piece by American painter Philip Sherrod.
A $220,000 Local Share Account grant funded the renovations and will also cover additional heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work and improvements to the museum’s administrative offices, Giguet said. The grants use revenue the state receives from the gaming industry to fund economic development, community development and public interest projects.
Staff at the museum Saturday showed off a new classroom and a zine library, both located on the first floor, and a new logo.
To see what’s new at the Everhart, 1901 Mulberry St., visit the site from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays or noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. The next community day is slated for April 27.
The Everhart Museum’s new logo, unveiled Saturday during the biannual Community Day celebration.