The Art
Victor Stabin’s work is a world unto its own that defies description. His work is an homage to the arc of art history from the influences of centuries-old Japanese watercolor print artists to contemporary graphic arts. Inspired by many facets of his own life including his family, an interest in the connection between man and nature, water and the water’s edge, The Stabin Museum is sure to connect with visitors of all ages.His go-to muses are his wife, two daughters and the dictionary. .
The Artist
Born in Manhattan, raised in Brooklyn and Queens, Victor Stabin started his artistic career at New York’s High School of Art & Design. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and the School of Visual Arts in NYC where he lived and worked as an illustrator.  
After 25 successful years, he left the world of commercial arts and New York City and moved to Jim Thorpe, PA where he made his imagination the client and created personal work.
Stabin disarms his imagery with tongue in cheek humor. His current work strives to engage, confound, enlighten and lead viewers to interpret what they see through the blend of his and their life’s realities.

The Building
Red brick and stone facades, an underground aqueduct, an exposed rock wall at the base of the mountain all lend a distinct architectural ambiance to the Stabin Museum and. Throughout its history, the building has been a place for innovation and fabrication and is now inhabited by a contemporary American artist often compared to Dr. Suess, Salvador Dali, and M.C. Escher.

Developed over the rapid waters of the  Mauch Chunk Creek, 268 West Broadway began its historical life as a hydro-powered wire works factory. The building’s first product was braided steel cable for suspension bridges, like the Brooklyn Bridge.  A concrete vault with massive steel doors was added in the 20th century as protective storage for bolts of silk that were sewn into parachutes for the military in World War II.  Clothing production left New York City; it came to  PA, where for 25 years  268 became a clothing hub.  After clothes came toy manufacturing like Lionel trains and even replicas of Elvis’s  Pink Cadilac. After laying dormant to rot for almost 20 years Joan Morykin and husband Victor Stabin bought the building in the early 21st century. Growing up in New York in the 1970s, seeing SOHO develop, understanding that artists need old buildings,  it was easy for Victor to envision the space’s potential.

 In 2003 Victor renovated the first 10%  of the buildings  16,000 square ft into his personal studio space.  The building has become an extension of his creativity,  where each section has become an opportunity to make an artistic statement. Over the years renovations,  the building has become a head-spinning set of art galleries, showing decades of Stabin’s works – from his early illustrations to his contemporary Turtle Series paintings. There are three galleries dedicated to his ABC book Daedal Doodle, including a  screening room with his animations.
Historically the building supports the entrepreneurial spirit. Stabin & Morykin have taken it steps further turning it into an extraordinary public facility/Art Laboratory.
Cafe Arielle & The Avant Garden
Cafe Arielle is a unique dining experience in a rarefied setting with a pure and straightforward cafe menu that’s always evolving. It’s about ambiance and flavor.
You’ll have to force yourself not to say, “Wow!” when you see the indoor glass box over the Mauch Chunk Creek in the dining room (often compared to, but never confused with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water).
Meander outside into the Avant-Garden where you’ll find a dramatic dining patio nestled beneath a rocky outcrop at the base of the mountain.  Blended with the architecture of the building, we’ve created a  space that challenges the senses. It’s so unusual your smart phone’s GPS might think you’re in Tuscany.
“Good music”  was Duke Ellington’s response when asked what kind of music he liked.   Whether it’s Jazz, Texas Swing, Rock or even Classical, it’ll be “good.”   Be sure to try our Sunday Jazz Brunch.

Your artwork reminds me not only of Escher, but also Salvador Dali. It is not simply artwork; it engages curiosity and challenges perception and is truly meant for all ages.   We can’t wait to share you with our nieces and nephews – they are in for a ride !

– Howard T. (August 20,2018)
Family Fun
At heart, the Stabin Museum is dedicated to the kids in all of us.
  • Just off the main gallery, there’s a LEGO table room with height sensitive seating  (chairs for the little and the little bigger).
  • In the ABC Room, you’ll get to see  “Daedal Doodle: The ABC Book for the Ages.” Seventy framed images from one ABC book, you’ve got to see how they do it.
  • In the Screening Room, the characters from “Daedal Doodle” come to life in a new series of animations.
  • Have fun embellishing the coloring sheets in Cafe Arielle and don’t worry, if you bump into the 7-ft-tall Minotaur – he doesn’t bite.
The Stabin Museum. A must see for all ages!

Sky Lounge/Gallery
Visit during the day to view the art. After the sun sets, we dim the lights and the gallery becomes a lounge for talking, drinking and listening
Screening Room
Discover our story in The Screening Room where you can see some of Victor Stabin’s animations and documentaries about his work.
The Thing Shop
The Thing Shop offers a unique collection of Victor Stabin’s work including limited edition prints of The Turtle Series and his award-winning book, “Daedal Doodle: The ABC Book for the Ages.” You’ll also find mugs, T-shirts, collectible US Postage Stamps, flashcards and other delightfully creative gifts.
Directions to the Stabin Museum
The Stabin Museum is located approximately 3/4 mile from the Train Station, just 1/4 mile past the Old Jail. Off street parking is available and the gallery is wheelchair accessible..