December 9 2011

Press Release: Jennie Brownscombe Exhibition at University of Scranton Opens

left to right - Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., Director, Hope Horn Gallery - The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, on loan from Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth - Sally Talaga, Director, Wayne County Historical Society

The University of Scranton's Hope Horn Gallery opened its exhibition of Wayne County's most famous artist, Jennie Brownscombe's on February 4th. The exhibition, containing sixty-four of her paintings and items relating to Jennie Brownscombe, will hang through March 18th, 2011. Paintings on exhibit include The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, on loan from Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth; Love's Young Dream, from the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Children Playing in the Orchard, probably her last and owned by the Wayne Highland School District; several paintings from the Wayne County Historical Society's collection; and private collectors, some of which have never been exhibited before. Related items include her easel and stool from her Palenville, New York summer studio, several magazines in which reproductions of her paintings were used as illustrations, and photographs of Brownscombe taken throughout her life.

The Hope Horn Gallery is open Sunday through Friday, noon to 00 PM and Wednesdays 6:00 to 8:00 PM. It is located on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall, which is on the corner of Linden Street and Jefferson Avenue, Scranton. Parking is available on the street or on the second level of the parking garage. To get to the parking garage, take Interstate 81 to exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway) and follow the signs to campus which can be seen on your right. Before the first traffic signal, turn sharply right onto Madison Avenue. Proceed one and one half blocks, straight through the stop sign. Just past Brennon Hall, turn right into the parking garage.

The Third Biennial Conference on Women and History in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be held at the university's Brennon Hall on March 5th in conjunction with the exhibition.

Other events are being planned in Honesdale through out 2011 to mark the 75 anniversary of Jennie Brownscombe's death. Details will be posted on the Wayne County Historical Society's web site, by April 23nd when the 810 Main Street, Honesdale museum reopens for 2011, Wednesday through Saturday, 00 AM to 4:00 PM.