Williamsport – Twelve Pennsylvania College of Technology students and one professor are displaying their wood sculpture projects in the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts on 46 West Fourth Street. The pieces on display are wooden masks that were hand-carved by the students and their professor, inspired by a study of African masks. 

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

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 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.”

Stabley has contributed other works of art to downtown Williamsport, including a mosaic completed this past summer on the Firestone Building.

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.

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.