The Hazleton Art League will be hosting a special posthumous exhibit of the work of artist Fran DeBellas running from November 1st to December 29th, 2019.
Fran DeBellas was born and raised in the Hazleton area, attended local schools and graduated from MMI in 1965. He continued his education at Penn State University and received a BFA in 1969. He then studied abroad at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London. His travels there led to his interest in architecture and landscapes. He also did graduate work at the Art Students League in New York City as well as the City College of New York.
Upon returning to Hazleton, he opened Terrestria, a plant shop and later Shibui, a gift shop. He and his brother established Hocksworth and Moss, a construction and design company responsible for work at the Corner Cafe and The Chili Parlour. In 1979 he moved to Philadelphia where he worked on business and private interior design as well as murals.
Fran passed away in 1987 of AIDS. He was a talented artist, a good friend, and a compassionate human being. In tribute to him and honor his memory, half of the proceeds of sale in this exhibition will be donated to amfAR, the American Foundation for Aids Research. To learn more about the organization please see amfar.org