Come to the “Masterpiece” fund-raiser planned for the Tunkhannock Library this weekend, director Kristin Smith-Gary said, and you will find many works of art with international flair.
Some will be in the form of fine wines, among them Riesling from Germany, Pinot Grigio from Italy and Shiraz from Australia.
Some will be in the form of food, carefully prepared by chefs such as Bernie Ozovek from Shadowbrook Inn and Resort, who earlier this week put together a sample platter of asparagus and feta cheese wrapped in phyllo dough.
There’s an art to pairing the right food with the right beverage, too, said committee member Elaine Walker, who expected to assign a Riesling to complement the asparagus/feta appetizer and was mulling which red to assign to the stuffed mushrooms from The Fireplace Restaurant.
While you’re sipping and tasting the prepared feast on Saturday at the library, you can consider what you might like to bid on several more permanent examples of artistry that have been donated to the event.
“My thought was to link the European masters with the fine wine, because both are a work of art,” said Lance Montross, who used many layers of nearly transparent paint to create “Wine and Easel.”
The image depicts the famous French artist Claude Monet in the process of painting a nature scene for his “Water Lilies” series. In the foreground, Montross placedsome fruit, wine bottles and a glass of a no-doubt fine vintage.
“It has a European kind of feel,” Montross said.
For an all-American kind of feel, you can look at Bob Lizza’s picture of the Waverly Post Office or Sue Hand’s on-location painting of a pow wow at Wyoming County’s Lazy Brook Park, which is along Tunkhannock Creek.
“I so much enjoy reading about Native Americans in this area,” Hand said. “I was told Native Americans really camped there in the 16 and 1700s.”
“And I love the library,” Hand added.
Affection for the library is a driving force for donating artists as well as event organizers, who hope to raise $40,000 to help make up for the cut in state funding.
“There are people in our community who don’t have computers at home,” Walker said, offering an example. “You can come to the library and see every computer is filled.”
Besides being a resource for reading materials, the library offers such activities as chess-club meetings, high tea and even a “sleepover for stuffed animals,” during which children can drop off their stuffed animals, pick them up the next day and see photos of the adventures the animals had overnight.
“I think our library does a great job,” said Montross, who has enjoyed bringing his sons to library activities. “This is my way of giving back.”