More Than Movies: Silence observed

More Than Movies - Margie Young | October 17th, 2017 1:48 pm

I have been noting lately we have so few opportunities to observe silence in our lives. This is so dramatically illustrated in our art classes, because art classes are times when silence sometimes reigns, silence while creating an art project, especially as it is planned and conceived.

As Dietrich Theater art teacher Amy Colley says, “In art class, kids get into the zone and the chatter stops, even for preschoolers.”

She observes they become so absorbed that “even little persons can get inside themselves” to create their own work of art.

Amy and Steve Colley teach art classes at the Dietrich Theater for preschool children and children ages 5-12, as well as art classes for adults. All of them are listed at

Sitting in on another Dietrich class, 2D and 3D Animals with the Everhart Museum, I noticed the same phenomenon: silence while working on an art project.

“It’s so quiet,” remarked one 11-year-old.

The students were working on a drawing of an animal or insect after closely observing pictures of them from books. As they worked on drawings of a fox, a chinchilla, an electric eel, spider or fish, they experienced an hour away from any screens or media, and there was notable quiet concentration.

Silence is becoming a novel experience, but it is still experienced in art classes.

Next weekend brings two special programs to the Dietrich Theater. Both are free.

The first, “Who or What Is In Control of Your Life?,” scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, is a special program to help everyone in recovery from addictions. This is an opportunity to learn from experts how to cope with the craving, depression, and anxiety often associated with recovery from addiction – all kinds of addictions from eating disorders, gambling disorders, shopping disorders, to substance disorders. Attendees will learn how to heal mind and body naturally through nutrition, meditation, easy chair yoga and therapeutic techniques to change negative thought patterns. This free event is sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation.

Four experts will present four ways to optimize recovery from addiction: Donna LaBar will cover how nutrition can help and will introduce common sense, practical ways to better health. Laura Hazenzahl will show how the human brain suffering from addiction actually looks and influences behavior. Donna Fetzko will show how simple chair yoga practices can slow down your life and alter your brain activity. Finally, Bernadettte Koslowski will actually teach what meditation can do for you. All of these practices can help in recovery from addictive behavior.

To end the morning, all will be invited to enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch prepared by LaBar.

The second is “Judy Garland and the Hollywood Musical,” scheduled for at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. It will be presented by Dr. Phillip Atteberry, who teaches English, American popular music and film at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. Using film clips from “Wizard of Oz,” “Babes in Arms,” “Girl Crazy,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and other films, he will explore Judy Garland’s contribution to American film from the Depression to the Cold War.

This presentation is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock.

The Dietrich Theater has so many programs and events to help educate us and improve our quality of life. From art classes to health and wellness events. Our four-screen movie theater, open 365 days of the year, has so much to offer. When can we hope to see you at the Dietrich Theater? We hope soon and often!

More Than Movies

Margie Young

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