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Display in former W-B Hallmark has something for everyone.

Pick your pleasure:

Photographs of familiar local scenes?

Pen-and-ink illustrations?

Oil paintings?

No matter what style of art suits you, chances are you’ll find it at Arts SEEN Gallery, a collaborative effort between the Cultural Council of Luzerne County and Arts YOUniverse meant to give area artists a place to exhibit and sell their works while offering theater, music and other such instruction.

Friday evening and all day Saturday, 50 artists set up shop, each on equal-sized strips on the wall of the gallery on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square, at the site of the former Hallmark shop.

“It was a first-come, first-served basis,” Arts YOUniverse executive director Kathleen Godwin said while milling about the gallery Friday afternoon.

The gallery opened Friday evening, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Saturday before the downtown Christmas parade.

Godwin said Arts YOUniverse, a Wilkes-Barre organization committed to fostering appreciation for the arts, needed another space to offer art classes, besides its location on North Franklin Street.

“We’ve already outgrown over there, and we’re always busy, so this is a good problem to have,” she said.

Artists pay a nominal fee to display their pieces on the walls, and visitors can buy what they like.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to stay here for a good, long time,” Godwin said.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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