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Written By Silas Chamberlin
Frank “Wyso” Wysochansky’s spent most of his life in Blakely, PA, a coal-mining community near Scranton. Having lost his father in a mining accident, Wyso was familiar with the harsh realities of coal miners’ lives, as well as the strong community ties these dangerous conditions fostered. As a self-taught painter and sculptor, he captured this rich–if difficult–existence in his art and used it to teach outsiders about a vanishing way of life.
Now, from November 2010 to May 2011, the Sigal Museum is hosting an exhibit of Wyso’s work, which includes pen, ink, watercolor, oil, and crayon paintings and a variety of sculptures. This is a rare opportunity made possible by the WYSO Foundation and the Northampton County Historical Society. For those of you who have not yet seen the new museum, this is also an opportunity to check out its permanent exhibits, which document the history of Northampton County and the region.
For more information, contact the Sigal Museum at 610-253-1222.