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Visionary Artist Tucker Worthington Painted Stony Fork Creek and Designed 167 Mountain Home Covers Before His Energy Returned to the Universe. A Love Story. By Michael Capuzzo

Love, Set, Match in South Williamsport The Textured Art of Paul Bozzo Glass—and Puzzles!—in Corning FEBRUARY 2020

















Volume 15 Issue 2

6 Our Man in the Quantum

By Michael Capuzzo

Visionary artist Tucker Worthington painted Stony Fork Creek and designed 167 Mountain Home covers before his energy returned to the universe: a love story.

10 Tennis, Anyone?

By Karey Solomon

Beat the mid-winter doldrums with love, set, match in South Williamsport.

15 Bacalles Glass

By Karey Solomon

17 Art Imitates the Fabric

of Life

Paul Bozzo creates art from the textures around him.

By Ashley Ensminger

18 Back of the Mountain

By Bernadette Chiaramonte

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Our Man in the Quantum Visionary Artist Tucker Worthington Painted Stony Fork Creek and Designed 167 Mountain Home Covers Before His Energy Returned to the Universe: A Love Story By Michael Capuzzo for his sixty-eight years, a man jangling to a private jazz beat, Coltrane, it turned out. Within minutes, some new force raced between the three of us as he showed us his theater posters and his oil paintings that hung in museums from Philly to Kansas City. He said we had entered “the quantum” together, which he explained powered the universe but could be seen rippling the waters of Stony Fork Creek. His name was Amos (Tucker) Worthington III, the town was Wellsboro, and this was the day our home in the mountains became the headquarters of Mountain Home, a magazine, “Free as the Wind.” See Tucker on page 8

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ne day in fall 2005 my wife Teresa Banik Capuzzo and I were quietly working in our house that looked across a creek to the village surrounded by mountains, wondering how we could publish a magazine in a town of 3,000 people when newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer, in whose newsroom we met, were slowly dying. We were wondering in particular how to design and lay out a full-color magazine when we’d spent our careers as writers. We heard a bang on the stairs and a tall, white-haired man with the bright joyful eyes of a slightly mad artist bounded into the room. This stranger pulsed with crazy, limitless energy


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Teresa and I started publishing Mountain Home monthly right then, with Tucker as our art director. He designed all the stories and many ads for years and every Mountain Home cover but one (in 2015 when he had hip surgery) from our first issue in December 2005 until November 2019, before that crazy, limitless energy returned to the universe, as he would have put it. Tucker Worthington died on January 8 at age 82. We three did 167 magazine covers together. This is a love story. It was a tough sort of love. Tucker liked to shout. I did, too, one of many things he taught me. Tucker believed that conflict was the mother’s milk of creativity. Our graphic artist refused to simply design covers to reflect our stories like graphic artists subserviently do the world over. He wanted better headlines to match his art! He wanted cleverer words! Stories with oomph! Sharper ideas! Our artist was a wordsmith, too, and he taught we writers to be artists, too, so we could push him to be better. He showed us the elegant beauties of Claude Garamond’s sixteenth century typeface from Paris, especially when paired with something light and modern from twentieth century Minnesota, and that red was the color that convinced the mind it was real. He changed our life. He shouted about politics. As our staff grew, nobody in our “newsroom,” a small parlor with one oak table really, agreed about anything. But that was the surrounding gloom that allowed us to see the bright fire we were tending together. In a divided world, Tucker saw it as the journalism of what we all have in common. He said if we threw our passion into the universe, the universe would deliver. “If we can do justice to the high culture in our region, the plays and museums, and also to the fishermen and the hunters,” he said, “we’ll be in the quantum.” Tucker insisted we changed his life, too, gave him a new perspective and some peace by showing him what a story really was. He liked our “business model,” Faulkner’s 1950 Nobel Prize speech hanging above the oak table. Faulkner said the writer “must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities 8

and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed—love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars. He writes not of the heart but of the glands. Until he relearns these things, he will write as though he stood among and watched the end of man. I decline to accept the end of man.” After midnight, with just the three of us on deadline in the old house, Tucker shouted at the computer. He didn’t understand the new design apps, and refused to read the manuals. He expected to navigate by intuition, by the light of his heart. We read the manuals for him. It was two in the morning, he was in his seventies, and we worried about his heart. That night and every night he designed beautiful things. The beauty he created was the face of the magazine: it touched people and drew them in. Mary Myers, in her nineties, walked down Main Street with the loveliest typewritten reminiscences of sailing Keuka Lake with her late husband. Dave Casella, long disabled, wrote a brilliant hunting column from old memories and lost love, the source of the bullet in his pocket he swore might end his misery someday. Like Roy Kain, “The Mountain Man” who led his “green party” in authentic Daniel Boone regalia into the wilderness, Dave won awards as one of the finest writers in the state. Chili and beer and guitars filled the “newsroom” late at night; a Presbyterian pastor hung out saying the room had better spirit than the church. Tucker painted the noble craggy faces of the Webbers, Bob and Dottie, who lived nineteenth century-style in a log cabin over Pine Creek powered by nothing but love of life—“we live to live.” The magazine grew exponentially. Tucker’s cover designs piled up awards and recognition nationally and internationally. One of our readers hurried onto our porch this summer looking for a dozen back issues, months in 2006 and 2007 when she’d been ill. She had saved every issue, every cover, for fourteen years; when I asked her why she looked at me like I’d

gone bat-crazy. “Because I have to give them to my grandchildren!” That wouldn’t have happened, Mountain Home wouldn’t have happened, without Tucker. Our artist believed in God, but he saw the living presence in the waters of Stony Fork. “The moment I stepped into that creek, it was like stepping into church,” he said. “It was really profound. I could see how everything is connected. Everything influences everything else. I could just sail into the interior of the thing.” Tucker called it the Quantum. Einstein, who helped discover quantum mechanics, was repulsed by it. He couldn’t understand why or how, no scientist can say why or how to this day, that when a physicist measured a particle that particle instantly changed and somehow communicated the matching change to another particle no matter how far apart in the universe they were. Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance.” Tucker was comfortable with spooky things. He figured it had something to do with how love works. In October, he couldn’t sit in front of his computer. Son Kylan, a talented artist in from Japan, helped finish the cover with him, a scene of Lakewood Vineyards set in the golden landscape of the Finger Lakes in autumn. Mountain Home was a family affair. Son Andy, a talented artist, helped his dad design the magazine during the early years. Grandchildren Charlotte, Noah, and cousin Jordyn dressed as Victorian newsboys and girls and handed out the magazine at the Dickens of a Christmas festival. Daughter-in-law Jennifer sold ads. In November, Tucker fought through pain to design his last cover by himself, the Vietnam heroism of Lt. John Hummel. He was pleased to help tell that story, an inspiring story, a mighty story that people needed to know, what a man John Hummel is, he said. We visited Tucker before Christmas. Sitting up in bed, his eyes flickered with limitless energy and joy. “It’s important that Mountain Home continue,” Amos (Tucker) Worthington III said.

Love and art: Tucker won two prestigious Wyeth illustration awards in Philadelphia for his paintings. He just painted the things he loved, like the people and landscape of Tioga County and jazz artists that reminded him of his hero John Coltrane.


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Beat the Mid-Winter Doldrums with Love, Set, Match in South Williamsport By Karey Solomon


very game begins with love.” The quote is from a poster Karen Hooker hung where she can see it every day. Titled “Life Lessons from Tennis,” it celebrates second chances, new opportunities, and learning—all part of the sport for those who play. Ten years ago, Karen, now co-owner with her husband, Andrew, of the Central Pennsylvania Tennis Center (840 US-15, South Williamsport) bought rackets and balls for her kids, hoping to encourage them to play outside more. “I always loved watching tennis and thought it would be a fun, family sport,” she says. “But I’m the one who totally fell in love with it. Tennis became my exercise and social life, and a challenge that keeps me coming back for more.” The quest to improve her skills took her to what was then the West Branch Tennis Club to play and practice. Because the courts are indoors—the only indoor courts within a seventy-five-mile radius—players can always have racket in hand, regardless of the weather.

Gentle heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer makes the venue comfortable for lobbing year-round. On Karen’s part, she loved it so much she and Andrew bought it in early 2019, renaming it to emphasize its location and inclusiveness. The Hookers expanded the leagues and clinics, made membership optional, made the courts available to more people, and saw enthusiasm for tennis grow. “I’m passionate about tennis!” she declares. “I wanted to keep tennis alive in our area, and we felt we could give our heart and soul to this.” “Tennis is a game for all ages, and as you age it’s particularly great for maintaining strength and flexibility,” says Margery Hoffman, who teaches youth tennis at Wellsboro’s summer Parks and Recreation programs. “It’s good for your heart and weight management—just a super sport for staying young. And there’s strategy involved so it’s good for your mind, too.” Margery began playing tennis at ten, then competed on her high school team and

in varsity tennis at Purdue University. Life took over, but she rediscovered the game after a quarter-century hiatus when she retired nine years ago. During that break, the sport had evolved, with lighter rackets upping the pace of the game. These days, she’ll reserve a court online and drive down to the Tennis Center with three other people for a few hours of fast-paced play. “It’s a real resource,” she says of the facility. “It’s a classic sport that has gotten fasterpaced and harder hitting,” confirms Maria Weisser, operations manager at the Tennis Center. “Tennis has evolved into a higher level.” At the same time, she emphasizes, the Center serves a variety of needs for frequent players, long-time enthusiasts, and those who are new to the game. “There’s a lot going on, whether you’re a first-time beginner or advanced-level player,” Maria says. “Unlike sports like football, you can play tennis lifelong, whether you’re 5 or 105. It’s a mental game, a physical game, it supports your emotional and physical health. And there’s social support in the tennis See Tennis on page 13


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Stellar cellar: (clockwise, from left) Paul Bozzo presents one of his colorful works; a newborn piece of dried plaster; the same newborn piece once color has been added; a past display at The Native Bagel in Wellsboro.

Art Imitates the Fabric of Life Paul Bozzo Creates Art from the Textures around Him By Ashley Ensminger


ach morning after breakfast, artist Paul Bozzo heads downstairs in his Mansfield home to work in his cellar studio. Within these walls are tables covered in projects, bottles of paints and glue, frames and tools, doilies, brushes, and tubs of plaster. At first glance, it seems like artisan chaos. But this studio is where Paul creates his unique and widely coveted textured paintings. These are the same textured paintings that line the walls of Mansfield’s Night and Day Coffee Café and Sylvania’s Settlement House. “I like to make stuff,” Paul says. “I’ve just always been busy with my hands.” He began his work with textured paintings just after graduating from Mansfield University with a bachelor’s of science in art education


in 1971. He did a lot of ceramics work during college, but after graduation did not have access to a kiln to dry and harden his creations. When he and his wife, Marianne, purchased a new home around that time, he was tasked with plastering the wall around their new stove. He realized he could create different textures and designs within the plaster. This project inspired a new avenue of creativity, and he began obtaining paneling samples from Arnot Building Supply, using the backs of these samples to create his earliest textured paintings. Shortly after college graduation, Paul also began his career as an art teacher for Warren L. Miller Elementary School in Mansfield, where he taught for thirty-one years. For several years he also supervised

student art teachers from MU. So, throughout his educational career, he had the opportunity to work with students from kindergarten to graduate level. As a student supervisor he was also able to learn from and network with others, making meaningful connections with fellow artists and teachers in the surrounding area. “I was a weekend painter while I was teaching,” Paul recalls. As his textured paintings became more popular, he received a lot of requests for newborn baby projects. These are paintings specially made for newborns with their names, sometimes using baby blocks, Legos, and similar objects and textures. “It’s an exercise in color and design,” he explains. “Most of the paintings have

three layers of color, which is how I get some of the more unusual colors.” He describes how he uses such items as children’s toys, stamps, rulers, puzzle pieces, doilies, plants, and assorted other objects to produce unique textures in his paintings. He also makes all of his own frames to keep supply costs down, which makes his work even more unique. To make textured paintings, Paul begins by cutting boards of Masonite to the desired size, then sanding and rounding the edges. He uses latex primer on the boards, and then spreads plaster onto it, about one-sixteenth to one-eighth of an inch thick. Next, he uses texture “markers” to imprint on the plaster, using plenty of water on each design before pressing it. He uses many items for these designs, and seems to get more and more creative with these objects. One of his favorites is a doily, “but I try to make them not look like doilies,” he continues, pointing out several examples that produced distinctly unique results each time. The next step is to allow the plaster to dry for about fortyeight hours. Then he lightly sands the surface before sealing and painting. The painting process includes layering rich hues that complement his carefully selected textures, followed by the backing, glossing, and framing process. These textured paintings have become his most popular works. In 2007, Paul joined the Grand Canyon Photography Club in Wellsboro, where he fostered his love for the art of photography. He considers the club’s monthly meeting a sort of “digital dark room,” where he has learned many editing techniques and possibilities. His primary focus has been nature photography, and he has developed a love of hiking, where he finds many of his subjects—streams, trails, and forest landscapes. One of his goals is to photograph all of the streams in the surrounding area. “Stony Fork Creek is a favorite subject of mine,” he notes. “I learned how to capture moving water down Stony Fork.” Paul’s photography has been displayed in Wellsboro at the Native Bagel and at the Gmeiner Art and Culture Center. He has also offered textured painting workshops at the Gmeiner, and his work will be highlighted there again in 2021 in the atrium gallery. Today, Paul is able to work as a full time artist in his cellar studio, as well as finding inspiration and subject matter on local trails. He expresses his gratitude for the immense support of his wife, Marianne, saying, “She really helps make that possible.” Paul’s work is available for sale at Night and Day on Main Street in Mansfield, through Facebook, and at Settlement House on Route 6 in Sylvania. His recent efforts have been focused on preparing for the grand re-opening of Settlement House in midFebruary. (It had been closed for remodeling.) He will also have an exhibit at The Butternut Gallery and Second Story Bookstore in Montrose this summer. Although his work is frequently highlighted in art shows and galleries in the surrounding area, Paul also enjoys creating individualized projects for community members, friends, former students, and out-of-towners. He has even fulfilled artwork requests for folks as far away as California. You can see his complete portfolio at He also provides tutorials at


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Liberty book Shop 1 East Park St., Avis, PA 17721 • 570-753-5201

Used, Rare and Out-of-Print Books. Your source for unusual books on any subject. Browse our in-stock selection of over 40,000 hardcover books and paperbacks. Spend the night in a bookshop! See listings on HOURS: Thurs & Fri 10-6; Sat 10-3

(or by appointment, feel free to just call)

Our Lakes Need a Good Guardian. We’re dedicated to fighting against projects that negatively impact the health of The Finger Lakes. Join us.

February is Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in America, and in many cases it is preventable.

Visit or call 570-321-2800 to schedule an appointment to get the pulse on your heart’s health.


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