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Students' wood sculptures on display in downtown Williamsport

Wooden mask sculptures crafted by Pennsylvania College of Technology students are on display at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts in downtown Williamsport. Credit: Penn College / Penn StateCreative Commons

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The artistry of 12 Pennsylvania College of Technology students and a professor is gracing the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St.

As part of a Wood Sculpture art elective, the class crafted masks, inspired by a study of African masks. Each mask was hand-carved with chisels, mallets and rasps, and the students were encouraged to experiment with shape, color, texture, mixed media additions and other design elements.

The exhibit was unveiled at First Friday festivities on Nov. 1 and will remain on display until the first week in December.

“The opening at the new Lycoming Arts office space was very nice,” said David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture. “Many of the (Lycoming Arts) board members and general public stopped by to see the show. It’s always nice to see work in a gallery setting as opposed to the studio.”

In addition to a mask created by Stabley, the students whose artwork is on exhibit are: Eric V. Britner, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student from Hagerstown, Maryland; Sydney J. Brown, information assurance and cyber security, Leesport; Dustin Buchanan, engineering design technology, Shinglehouse; Riley C. Cotner, engineering design technology, Muncy; Kennedy L. Englert, graphic design, Williamsport; Cole E. Gamber, information technology: network specialist concentration, Elizabethtown; Emily J. Jones, accounting, Avis; Matthew A. Jones, engineering design technology, Sellersville; Benjamin L. Reighard, construction management, Williamsport; Thomas D. Roberts, construction management, Pittsburgh; Matthew A. Semmel, engineering design technology, Palmerton; and Nicholas J. Veihdeffer, electronics and computer engineering technology, Hyde.

Lycoming Arts promotes excellence and access in the creation, experience and active support of the arts in Lycoming County communities. For more about the organization, visit its website at

This is the second time that an exhibit of Penn College students’ wooden mask sculptures has been exhibited in the downtown arts scene. Last year, masks were displayed at the Community Arts Center.

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Last Updated November 10, 2019