Saturday, June 26, marked the beginning of the sendoff for local artist Juan Espino, who has been invited to display twenty of his paintings at a prestigious gallery in Magog, Quebec. The Canadian exhibit will open July 17, and in order to give his local friends a chance to view them they will be on display at Juan and Millie Espino's Looking Glass Art Gallery, 229 Main Ave., Hawley, from now through July 11, when they will leave Pennsylvania for the duration of the Canadian exhibit.
Saturday, June 26, at the exhibit opening, Espino received a proclamation from Mayor Jonathan Fritz of Honesdale, which
"It is with great pleasure that congratulations are bestowed upon Juan
"For the honor of exhibiting 20 paintings of Naive artwork at the International Artist Exposition of the Musee International d'Art Naif de Magog in Quebec, Canada. His paintings include pieces from the Hawley Chronicles, Historic Honesdale, Milford, New Orleans and two pieces with Quebec settings. One of the paintings, "Bon Jour, Quebec," has been chosen to be in the permanent collection of the museum.
"An active civic leader, Juan has been involved with numerous Wayne County organizations but most notably with the Hawley Rotary and the Wayne County Historical Society. His passion for historic preservation has lead him to be selected as the Chairman of the Floyd Schnakenberg Memorial Historical Signage Committee. Juan and wife Millie operate the Looking Glass Art Gallery in Hawley."