What started as a thoughtful monetary scholarship to recognize and reward artists with ties to Northeast Pennsylvania has grown to become The F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation of the Waverly Community House (Comm). The initial arts scholarship was established in 1964 by Peter Belin (Hindenberg survivor) to honor the memory of his father,
F. Lammot Belin.
F. Lammot was the seventh born child of Margaretta E. Belin, who built the Comm in memory of her husband, Henry Belin, Jr. F. Lammot was a lover of art and founding trustee and vice president of The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship was endowed with funds provided by the family and soon became a prestigious award that continues to be presented to a worthy artist each year. The day to day operations of the scholarship and foundation are currently overseen by Peter Belin’s son, Harry and Comm executive director, Maria Wilson.
On Friday, Sept. 14, the Comm will showcase projects of The F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation beginning with an artist’s reception in the Waverly Small Works Gallery. The Gallery welcomes regional artist and F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholar (1973) William Chickillo who will pay homage to the game of baseball with his exhibit entitled “Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game.” Mr. Chickillo compiled the exhibit to celebrate the game and the players who helped shape it. Among the artworks is a collage of baseball great and Factoryville favorite son, Christy Mathewson. Mr. Chickillo will be on hand to sign some baseballs that were not used to create his “American Flag” (made entirely from baseballs); a print of which will be on display.
The opening reception is at 5 p.m. in the Gallery, located in the South Wing of the Comm. The exhibit will run through The World Series. For more information visit Waverly Small Works Gallery on Facebook.
The foundation will present a jazz concert with The Charles Evans Quartet featuring Dave Liebman on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Evans was the 2015 recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship. The Quartet includes David Liebman on soprano and tenor saxophones, Tony Marino on bass, Charles Evans on baritone saxophone and F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholar (2008) Ron Stabinsky on piano.
The evening will begin with an introduction by WVIA personality George Graham and a performance by the David Jimenez Trio with David on drums, Aron Caceres on bass and Armen Donelian on piano. The evening of jazz is sponsored, in part, by WVIA Public Media and CHIAROSCURO Fine Jazz Recordings. Tickets
are $15 per person or $10
for students with a student I.D. Light refreshments will be served.
Another project of the foundation is the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival which will take place from March 22 through March 24, 2019. Categories for submissions are: narrative and documentary feature and shorts and children’s, women’s and student films.
The festival is sponsored by Lackawanna County Council on the Arts, Peoples Security Bank and WVIA Public Media.
To submit a film, visit nepafilmfestival.com. The early deadline is Oct. 15 and the late deadline is Dec. 15.
The F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation is dedicated to promoting art appreciation in the community and to encouraging and heartening the human spirit through art.
The foundation will once again award a scholarship this year. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15. For more info, visit waverlycommarts.org.