An artist’s journey down the river


First Posted: 4/18/2013

One might imagine that Sue Hand held a paintbrush in one hand and a canoe paddle in the other as she created her latest epic series, the 300-piece “Susquehanna Song.”

Hand, an artist from Dallas, paddled the North Branch of the Susquehanna River for the past five years, accompanied by fellow artist Peggy Davidson and their river guide, David Davidson, Peggy’s husband.

The two artists will unveil their river works today, April 21 at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

Included in the exhibit is a portrait of the Susquehanna flowing through Pittston.

The Susquehanna’s North Branch flows from Cooperstown, New York to Northumberland where it meets the West Branch and continues its journey to Harrisburg and on to the Chesapeake Bay.

The resulting “Susquehanna Song” is a 300-piece collection of watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings by Hand, plus oils and watercolors by Davidson.

All of the pieces were custom framed by Hand’s husband, Joe Hand.

The public is invited to the grand opening celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. today, April 21 at Heinz Rehab Hospital, 150 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre Township. There will be an artists’ talk at 2 p.m. and guided tours by the artists every half-hour throughout the afternoon.

In addition, several non-profit groups and organizations dedicated to the Susquehanna River will display their information.

These groups include the Susquehanna Greenway, the Luzerne County Historical Society, Plymouth Historical Society, Shickshinny Historical Society, Luzerne County Conservation District, Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, and Tioga Point Museum among others.

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