Too often we develop a blind spot about the place we live...in this case a blind spot about all the amazing local artists right in our own backyard. But in this case they'll all be gathering (or at least their art will) in one spot this weekend: Block of Art! This three day event is more than just pop up art galleries in downtown Pottsville and local businesses playing art gallery for a weekend. It's expanded to include musicians, writers, local history and more. And keep in mind that you can surround yourself with all this wonderful creativity for free. It's an event that the whole family will enjoy. There is something for everyone from toddler to Grandpa.
It begins on Friday, April 22 with a reception at the Porterhouse Grill at the Ramada Inn, 101 South Progress Avenue. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. there will be music by Kim Russell-Seibert and harpist Chelsea Smarr followed by greetings from the BOA organizers from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by Big Band Music (my favorite!) with not only a live orchestra but also swing dancing. When was the last time you went swing dancing on a Friday night? I'll be the one on the dance floor who's husband is asking "Can't you hear the beat? Can't you just follow my lead? Can you stop stepping on my feet?" In addition the galleries at All Things Good (209 W. Market Street), 17 N. Centre Street and the Historical Society will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Al Things Good will also be having a Silent Art Auction starting Friday night and running through Sunday.
On Saturday, April 23 all the art galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (pick up a map of the spots in any of the participating downtown Pottsville businesses or pop up galleries). Various artists will also be creating throughout the day. Fan of one of our most notable authors, John O'Hara? Then don't miss the JOhn O'Hara Walking Tour starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Visitors Bureau at Union Station, 1 Progress Avenue. Or meet some more recent local authors and poets at the Pottsville Free Public Library from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music lovers can attend the First Annual Youth Talent Show sponsored by the Minor Notes children's chorus at the Majestic Theatre at 1 p.m., the Anthracite Philharmonic at the First United Methodist Church, 330 West Market Street at 8 p.m. and street musicians from noon to 4 p.m. in various locations.
On Sunday, April 24 you won't just get to see the work of local artists in the galleries, you can meet the actual artists during brunch at the Greystone, 315 N. Centre Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Finally you can BE the artist if you attend one of the classes at the Pottsville Senior Center, 201 N. Centre Street this weekend. Friday at 7 p.m. there is Paint and Sip, Saturday at 10 a.m. is cake decorating and Saturday at 1 p.m. is personal coasters. There are fees and preregistration is required so call 570-624-3018 for more information.