The Butternut Gallery and Second Story Books opened on July first,
While the wisdom of opening a gallery featuring the works
of regional, national and international artists and a bookstore with an intelligent
and unusual selection of titles in a small community in a primarily rural county
in Northeastern Pennsylvania did not escape owners Tom Canouse and Betty Bryden,
it was a passion that needed an outlet. There has never been reason to look back.
is curiously blessed with an appreciative audience of "lookers at art," an amazing
creative community of artists, writers, musicians and performers and people who
understand the joy of knowing and supporting artists.
Gallery & Second Story Books; an odd name suggesting nothing of the work to be
found within. Where did the name come from? Tom is a wood carver and his favorite
wood to work with is butternut; our dearest friend and a gallery potter is Alice
Siegfried - her favorite squash (which she can grow in abundance in the worst
weather year) is butternut... so when you are looking for a name for your new
endeavor, go with logic!
Second Story Books is another of Tom's
outlets with used and remaindered books for the serious reader - a modest but
The gallery is open mid February through
December featuring artists in monthly exhibition. We also have classes, workshops
and a lecture series - Sundays at the Butternut.
list offers a gallery and bookstore update twice monthly. To sign up, email Betty
Check here monthly for views of our current exhibition and works by artists carried
Join us in supporting the wonderful and worthwhile.
Spring gallery hours, starting March 11: Thursday-Saturday,
gallery and bookstore are located on the second floor at 204 Church St., Montrose,
PA 18801. There's plenty of free parking in picturesque downtown Montrose, an
easy drive from Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Binghamton, Towanda and neighboring towns.
Get directions here.