VIDEO: Everhart Museum Acquires Historic Scranton Paintings from Dunmore Artist John Willard Raught


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Extract from a press release:

The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art has unveiled five paintings by Impressionist and Dunmore-native landscape artist John Willard Raught (1857-1931) which were recently acquired by the Scranton Museum. These works, which were obtained from the estate of a regional collector, will be exhibited in the John Willard Raught Gallery located on the second floor.

The July 27 unveiling was followed by the public premiere of “The Power of Place: John Willard Raught’s Scranton,” a short video produced by digital marketing agency Scranton Posture Interactive on behalf of Everhart. The video, which features interviews with several local historians, examines Raught’s life and career while juxtaposing several of his landscapes from the museum’s collection with actual footage and footage of these scenes from then and now. hui.

Some of the paintings explored in the video include “Harrison Avenue Bridge,” which depicts the recently replaced eponymous passage over Roaring Brook, and “Scranton Looking North,” which depicts the Scranton cityscape as it was in the 1920s. Historians in the video include Lackawanna Historical Society executive director Mary Ann Savakinus, Lackawanna River Corridor Association executive director Bernie McGurl, and retired curator and member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Richard Stanislaus. It is available now on the museum’s YouTube channel.

Executive Director of the Everhart Museum, Kathy Johnson Bowles, said: “Raught’s paintings are a fundamental part of the museum’s art collection, capturing the powerful heritage of northeastern Pennsylvania. Raught’s works illustrate how this region inspires people to reach the peak of their potential. The museum is proud to share these works with the community and to preserve them for future generations.

Raught is best known for his Impressionist and Tonalist landscapes, for which he expertly used light, tone and color to create ambience. The Everhart’s Raught collection, accumulated over nearly a century, perfectly encapsulates both the natural beauty and industrial heritage of the region. Through scenic rural landscapes and sun-drenched cityscapes of Scranton, as well as grim, gloomy depictions of the region’s coal crushers, Raught explored NEPA and its importance in daily life. He has been afflicted by the ravages of progress and industrialization, and his coal-breaker paintings allow the viewer to reflect on an industry that was both vital to the region’s economic growth in the 19th century and detrimental to it. ‘environment.

Former Chairman of the Board, Donald J. Fredrickson, Jr., Esq., Said, “This acquisition builds on our past and creates our future as we position ourselves for the next 100 years. As an institution, the museum’s collection is diverse, much of which celebrates and commemorates the history of the region while advancing the vision of our founder, Dr. Everhart.

The Everhart Museum (1901 Mulberry St., Scranton) was closed until February due to an increase in local cases of COVID-19. It is currently open on an abbreviated schedule from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 5 for adults, $ 4 for students and seniors, $ 2 for children 6 to 12, and free for guests 5 and under and members of the Everhart Museum .

The Everhart was founded in 1908 by Dr Isaiah Fawkes Everhart, a Scranton physician and businessman with a passion for natural history. Located in Scranton’s Nay Aug Historical Park, Everhart is the largest general museum in northeastern Pennsylvania. It is dedicated to the collection, care and display of a wide range of objects and specimens, including natural history, science and the fine arts. Through its exhibits and programs, the museum has been an invaluable regional resource for educational and cultural opportunities for over 100 years.

General support for the museum is received from the Lackawanna County Office of Education and Culture, the Pennsylvania Arts Council, and the City of Scranton. For more information, contact the museum at 570-346-7186 or email [email protected]


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