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Taber Museum Hosts Dazzling Array of Ornaments Made by Regional Artists and Opening of ‘Stars’ Exhibit

Taber Museum Hosts Dazzling Array of Ornaments Made by Regional Artists and Opening of ‘Stars’ Exhibit

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of their holiday exhibit, ‘Stars’, in conjunction with their annual ornament sale.

Members of the museum will have the opportunity to preview the holiday exhibit and purchase ornaments at a Members’ Only Sale, Friday, December 1, 6:00-7:00 p.m. The public is invited to visit on Friday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Ornament Sale and a free preview of the exhibit continues on Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, from 1-4 p.m.

The exhibit will feature decorative arts which display a star motif. A number of quilts drawn from the permanent collection of the Museum will be featured as well as loan items from the local community. The holiday exhibit will continue through Saturday, January 20, 2024. Except for special occasions, the Museum is now closed on Sundays until May 2024.

The artists participating in the Ornament Sale include: Amanda Emig (Santas, reindeers & snowmen fashioned out of forks), Karen Mothersbaugh (wire trees), Deb Parsons (flameworked glass), Theresa Phillips (painted gourds), Victoria Stetts (Japanese kusudama blossom balls, German paper stars, and origami cranes), Mike Swanger (blown glass icicles), Becky Thomas (pine cone Santas & pottery), Judy Steinhilper (stained glass Moravian Stars & fused snowflakes) and Catheal Weiser (stained glass).

Victoria Stetts, paper ‘magician’, is this year’s featured artist. In her own words, “Since the theme this year is ‘stars’, I will be making German star ornaments. These ornaments take about 40 steps to make. I will be also making Kusudama, which is an origami technique that involves connecting multiple units together. The individual pieces are glued together and decorated with tassels, beads, etc. Each of the Kusudama ball ornaments that I make take 660 steps just to make the pieces.” Victoria will be conducting workshops on Saturday, December 16. There will be three sessions at 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m.; and 2:30 p.m. Each workshop is limited to eight participants. Cost is $5.00 per member and $6.50 per non-member. As space is limited, people are encouraged to sign up early.

As well, a tree with a limited number of ornaments from previous years by the past featured artists will include the work of Jackie Thomas (loblolly pine woven ornaments), Deb Parsons (glass), and Linda Campbell (ceramics). Pop up tables at the sale will include glass & sterling silver jewelry, faux fur wearables, quilted items, fused glass trees, stained glass windows, and blown glass vases and pumpkins.

The Taber Museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. There is ample parking on the street and on the lot behind the building. For further information, please call the Museum at 570-326-3326 or visit the Museum website at

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