A place with pen­chant for the old fo­cuses on new

Ever­hart Mu­seum opens up long-closed space and shows off some ren­o­va­tions.

The Times-Tribune - - LOCAL - BY CLAY­TON OVER Staff Writer Con­tact the writer: cover@timessham­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @Claytonover on twit­ter

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.

SUB­MIT­TED IM­AGE

The Ever­hart Mu­seum’s new logo, un­veiled Satur­day dur­ing the bian­nual Com­mu­nity Day cel­e­bra­tion.

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