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Creative York Posts Schedule August 23, 2017

Creative York has announced several events for art enthusiasts and artists of all ages and skill levels.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, the opening reception for the Faculty Exhibit will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Creative York West, 118 W. Philadelphia St. The exhibit will consist of artworks created by Creative York staff and faculty.

The York County Hispanic Coalition Logo Contest is underway, and submissions are due by Saturday, Sept. 9. The purpose of the contest is to design a new logo for the York County Hispanic Coalition. All entries will be displayed at Creative York West on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, with a reception on Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winning design will be selected by judges appointed by the York County Hispanic Coalition and will be announced at 6:30 p.m. during the reception. For more details, readers may visit

A bus trip will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Tripgoers will visit the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, where they may view the current exhibit, "Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect," and go on one of three tours. The group will then visit Longwood Gardens, where they may view the gardens and the newly renovated fountains, and visit the Conservatories. Participants may bring a picnic lunch to eat at Longwood, or they may purchase food at one of the site's restaurants. The tickets price includes admission to the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art and Longwood Gardens, one tour at the Conservancy, transportation, and a light snack on the bus. Tickets are available on the Creative York web site,

Creative York has announced its fall class schedule, which includes classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes will include creating with clay, painting on canvases, and other art-related activities.

More information about the events is available by visiting the Creative York web site or contacting the director of marketing at, or 717-848-3200.


Paintings To Showcase River August 23, 2017

Susquehanna Heritage will present "Current Color - A Year on the River" by Columbia artist Diana Thomas from Friday, Sept. 1, to Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Columbia Crossing Trail Head and Rivertowns Information Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.

Thomas challenged herself to create 52 paintings of the lower Susquehanna River in one year, with one painting a week. She began the challenge just before Christmas 2015. The paintings are part of the "Current Color" exhibit. As another part of the project, Thomas kept a weekly journal of life lessons that parallel her experience.

The journal tells of the river's beauty and peaceful, healing presence when Thomas' life was touched by tragedy. On Sept. 14, 2016, her 41-year-old daughter passed away, with the daughter's significant other passing away less than a month later, leaving behind their son. Thomas painted a piece called "River of Tears" for her daughter and one called "Even the Moon Cried" for her son-in-law.

In April, all the paintings were seen for the first time during a brief showing at Historic Mount Bethel Cemetery in Columbia.

For more information, readers may visit


Long's Park Art Festival August 22, 2017

The Long's Park Amphitheater Foundation will present the 39th annual Long's Park Art Festival on Labor Day weekend, Friday to Sunday, Sept. 1 to 3, rain or shine. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. The festival draws art lovers from central Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.; Baltimore; and Virginia.

More than 200 juried artists will offer their works for purchase. The works will represent a variety of media, including ceramics, digital, fiber, jewelry, metal, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, painting, photography, and wood. Again this year, the category of "Emerging Artist" will feature works by young artists. The event will also include the Kids Art in the Park Tent, live music from area musicians, and refreshments from Lancaster County eateries.

More than 200 volunteers lend their efforts to help make the festival a reality. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the park's annual Summer Music Series of free concerts, which are held on weekends from June to August.

To prepurchase discounted tickets, readers may visit Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Pets will not be allowed at the festival. The park is located at Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.


HAAA To Offer Fall Classes August 17, 2017

The Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) will offer a lineup of art classes in the fall. There is a cost to attend, with a discount for HAAA members. For more details and registration, readers may visit

Abstractly Yours will be offered on Thursdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Realistic Oil Painting will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting will be held at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9.

Paint Together Sessions will be held on Mondays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. No instruction will be provided, just artistic camaraderie. Oil Painting with Relaxed Style will be held on Fridays, Sept. 22 to Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with no class on Nov. 10.


Fall ART in mARTin August 16, 2017

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, is seeking submissions of up to 50 pieces of art for its September "ART in mARTin" event. This quarter's gallery, themed "Latino Heritage," will go on display Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the library. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, in conjunction with the library's Latino Heritage Celebration.

Artists are invited to submit four original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. The artwork must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth hangers) and have a maximum frame size of 48 by 36 inches. Photos of artwork should be submitted to Each image should be labeled with the artist's last name and title of the piece. The body of the email should include artist contact information, the name of each piece, dimensions, media type, and price. The deadline for entry is Friday, Aug. 18, by 5 p.m.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance by Wednesday, Aug. 23. At that time, the library will provide a gallery contract and notify artists of artwork intake times. All artwork must be delivered to Martin Library by Wednesday, Aug. 30. Readers may call Stephanie Auker at 717-849-6926 or Sarah Fretz at 717-849-6949 for more information.


Annual Event Seeks Artists August 9, 2017

Something to Crow About is an annual event heralding the return of the migrating crows to Lancaster each winter. The event features crow-themed arts, education, and community events from mid-January to mid-February in Lancaster. In 2018, the event will honor poet Wallace Stevens, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

Artists and musicians are invited to pick a stanza (or stanzas) of the poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and reimagine it - as a painting, drawing, collage, or song. The deadline to submit artwork is Monday, Dec. 11. Prizes will include "Best in Crow," "Feather in Yer Cap," and "All Crow."

In Lancaster, the "Blackbird" exhibit will open on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Lancaster's "All-Crow" Art Show at Manheim Township Public Library. A second exhibit, at the Grandview Gallery in Reading, will host Berks County artists and will open on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Both exhibits will feature student to professional artwork.

For more information, readers may contact Readers may also visit and


Art Featured At Farmers Market August 3, 2017

Hershey Area Art Association, (HAAA) will present a special art exhibit at the Farmers Market in Hershey on Thursday, Aug. 10, inside the Cocoa Beanery. The display will feature original paintings from Marie Gamon and Maria Gronlund. There will also be a showcase of original jewelry designed and created by Cathy Griffith and additional HAAA art displayed inside the cafe of the Cocoa Beanery.

For information, readers may visit


UZRC To Showcase Artists' Works July 13, 2017

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, has welcomed Karen Frattali and Deb Watson as July's Artists of the Month.

Frattali has been an artist and teacher at the Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA) for the past decade. She also teaches around the Middle Atlantic atates for other art groups, competes in national competitions, and is currently serving as president of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. She has achieved signature status in several of the country's watercolor organizations. Over the past two years, Frattali has participated in the juried events of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Lancaster County National Juried Show, Berks Art Alliance National Juried Show, Watercolor Society of Alabama, and Georgia Watercolor Society. During the first week of July, Frattali presented about the process of creating watercolor paintings for the residents of United Zion. For more information, readers may visit

Watson is a professional artist and teacher. She began drawing as child but eventually studied to become a nurse, continuing her passion of art as a hobby. Although she is self-taught, Watson's work has won awards in prestigious competitions across the nation. She was featured in many art magazines and has done several "how to paint" books. During the first half of 2017, Watson has begun a new series of Western art, including cowboys, horses, and Western scenery.

Their artwork will be on display throughout the month of July in the Art Gallery, which is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the Art Gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at United Zion Retirement Community is located 1.5 miles north of the square in Lititz.


Ware Center Plans Art Exhibit July 13, 2017

The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, will kick off a month-long visual art exhibit with a reception and performance art on First Friday, Aug. 4. The performance, "PROCRASTINATE: Fear of Failure," will start at 7 p.m. in Steinman Hall. The reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and the performance are free and open to the public.

The 30-minute staged live art performance, presented by We the People Initiative, will feature contemporary abstract artist Yesid Gomez. Joining him on stage will be opera singer Massimo Brutto, poet Glyph Pneumatic and visual artist Ramiro Velasco. Gomez will explore rigidity, tradition, and his own personal style preconceptions. The show will combine music, poetry, and 20 fingers live painting. It will include nudity.

"We The People: First Friday Initiative" is a series of free First Friday performance events curated by a team of local artists representing various Lancaster communities.

Gomez is a Colombian-born painter, sculptor and performance artist. His work has been featured and commissioned in galleries and projects both nationally and internationally. Gomez's art work will remain on exhibit at the Ware Center through Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Regitz Gallery.

For more information, readers may call the box office at 717-871-7600 or visit


Arts, Crafts Donations Sought July 11, 2017

Caitlin's Smiles, a Harrisburg-based charity, will hold its A Night of Smiles Art Auction on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. Quality works from local artists and craftspeople are needed for the silent auction, as well as donations of themed gift baskets and packages from local businesses.

To donate artwork, crafts, or gifts, readers may visit fill out the form at and bring their donations to Caitlin's Smiles, 3303 N. Sixth St., Harrisburg, during regular office hours.

Caitlin's Smiles delivers arts and crafts kits to children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses. With the help of donors and volunteers, Caitlin's Smiles reaches children in 100 hospitals and clinics in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Caitlin's Smiles, readers may visit the aforementioned website or call 717-412-4759.


$99 and Under Sale July 3, 2017

Art Downtown, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, will host its annual $99 and Under Sale during July and August. The sale will continue through Saturday, Aug. 26. Items are available for viewing during regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact Teresa Pirkey at 717-632-2521 or or visit


MAFA Conference Will Highlight Fiber Arts June 29, 2017

In the world of fiber arts, "spinning" does not involve bicycles and "fiber" is not food related. "UFOs" are unrelated to space exploration, and "shed" does not refer to a storage facility. Folks familiar with these terms as they relate to fiber arts, as well as those who are interested in learning more, are invited to attend the public portions of the 2017 MAFA conference, which will be held from Thursday through Sunday, July 20 to 23, at Millersville University (MU), George Street, Millersville. Although registrations for workshops in weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, and other fiber-related arts are closed, readers may meet creative people from around the world and be inspired by their ideas and projects.

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) has held biennial workshop weekends - commonly referred to as conferences - on college campuses for many years. In 2015, the conference was held for the first time at MU, and hundreds of people from the U.S. and Canada participated in the workshops, shopped, and attended other portions of the event.

Drawing on the success of the 2015 workshop weekend, this year's conference has been enhanced and expanded in fitting with the theme "A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities." Whereas the 2015 event had only a few components that were open to the public, this year's will offer many options. All of the activities will be hosted in MU's Student Memorial Center, with the exception of the open studio on Saturday, July 22, which will be held in classrooms across the campus.

The vendor marketplace will feature more than 30 sellers of spinning fibers, weaving and knitting yarns, rug hooking supplies, fiber tools, looms and accessories, books and other reference materials, handcrafted shawl pins and Portuguese knitting jewelry, wood-turned items, and antique buttons and buckles. The marketplace will be open on July 20 from 1 to 7 p.m.; on Friday, July 21, from noon to 10 p.m.; and on July 22 from noon to 8 p.m. Book signings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 21.

Alan and Milissa Dewey, experts in restoring and repairing fiber arts equipment, as well as copying one-of-a-kind bobbins, will offer assessments and repairs of antique and modern fiber tools. The couple will also give demonstrations and mini-seminars related to vintage equipment. Topics will include barn looms, the history and use of the knitting sheath and belt, and the setup, uses, and single drive variations of traditional double-drive spinning wheels.

A fashion showcase and a sample exchange exhibit will be open during marketplace hours on July 21 and 22. The showcase will display garments and accessories created by conference attendees, and attendees may study the works up close. Additionally, visitors may review submissions in the sample exchange, which will give weavers a chance to share handwoven fabric and ideas with others. Sample books from previous conferences may also be consulted.

A knit-in will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 21, and a spin-in will take place at the same time on July 22. Tom Knisely, who previously managed The Mannings Handweaving School and is the co-founder of Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center, will host spinning games at 7 p.m. on July 21. Sara Knisely Bixler, also co-founder of Red Stone Glen, will offer weaving demonstrations on rigid and double heddle looms at 3:30 p.m. on July 21 and 22.

July 21 will also feature "All Wools Are Not Created Equal," a demonstration by Gretchen Frederick at 2:15 p.m.

Ballad singer and traditional handweaver Melissa Weaver Dunning will team up with spinner and banjo player Martha Owen to offer "Sheep and Wool in Story and Song" at 5 p.m. on July 22.

For more information about MAFA and the weekend workshop, including a full schedule, readers may visit


"Art In The Parks" Program Planned June 27, 2017

Creative York will offer Art in the Parks, a free art program held every summer at various York city parks. Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to participate in the activities, held on Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. No sign-ups are necessary. Also, Creative York is seeking volunteers for the program.

Activities will take place from Wednesday to Friday, July 5 to 7, at Albemarle Park, located at Albemarle, Edison and Lehman streets. Lincoln Park, at Roosevelt Avenue and Fahs and Lincoln streets, will be the Art in the Parks site from Monday to Friday, July 10 to 14, and Penn Park, 100 W. College Ave., will host the events from Monday to Friday, July 17 to 21.

To learn more, readers may visit Creative York's mission is to spread creativity throughout York County.


Library Posts Photography Exhibit June 22, 2017

Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, will host an artists' reception on Friday, July 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the 2017 summer photography exhibit that will be on display from Saturday, July 1, through Friday, July 28.

Attendees at the reception will have the opportunity to meet some of the local photographers who have their works on display in the library. Many of the works will feature nature and wildlife shots from the "No Fear Photography" group that meets at the library. Many of the pieces will be for sale. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-560-6441.


Light in the Landscape: Paintings by Sharon Benner" June 20, 2017

Sharon Benner's Impressionist paintings will fill the first gallery of Art Downtown during June as the Hanover Area Arts Guild presents "Light in the Landscape: Paintings by Sharon Benner." The Hanover resident's artwork often features landscapes from Codorus State Park or other areas that art lovers will recognize.

The show will take place at the Arts Guild's gallery, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, through Saturday, June 24, during regular gallery hours. Gallery hours run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, readers may contact Teresa Pirkey at 717-632-2521 or


Art Program Will Spotlight Petroglyphs June 16, 2017

Susquehanna Heritage has announced that Art on the Deck will be offered at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. The session will feature Printmaking and Petroglyphs with Susquehanna Center for Creative Arts (SCCA).

The family-friendly event, geared toward school-age children, will help attendees learn about river history. Attendees may use SCCA's printing press to create their own petroglyph to take home. Petroglyphs are rock carvings created by Native Americans centuries ago.

There is no cost to take part in the drop-in event.


Community Paint Nite Slated June 15, 2017

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland will host a community Paint Nite in the Indoor Village Park on Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Full instruction and one-to-one guidance will be provided as participants, from beginners to advanced artists, create their own set of three paintings featuring summer-inspired flowers with inspirational verses.

The per-person fee includes supplies, instruction, and a specialty coffee beverage. Call 717-355-6500 to register.


Reist Exhibits Sculpture June 9, 2017

Katelyn Reist of Lancaster recently participated in the 2017 Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition at the University of Findlay (UF). Reist showcased her creativity in sculpture.

Any UF student was eligible to enter artwork for consideration. Categories included painting, drawing and mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, design, digital photography, film photography and visual communication.


Library Sets Arts Exhibit June 8, 2017

During the month of June, Jason Goodman is displaying his artwork at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz. The public is welcome to view the artwork during the library's normal hours of operation.

Goodman is known for contemporary acrylic painting on canvas and the use of iridescent pigmentation in acrylic art. An artist, designer, writer, and instructor, Goodman received a bachelor's degree in art education and a master's degree in art education and sculpture from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history and sculpture from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa.

Goodman taught art at Palm Beach County Community Schools; Dandenlong Art League, Australia; and the Department of Education, Victoria, Australia. He has displayed his artwork at the Gulbenkian Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal; the State of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; and former President Bill Clinton's office in New York. In addition to his artwork, Goodman also has written two books. He runs the Alchemy Studio in Lititz and is a member of the Lititz Art Association.


Art Association Posts Classes May 18, 2017

The Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) has announced several summer classes. Separate costs have been set for HAAA members and for nonmembers.

Oil Painting With John McNulty - From Concept to Conclusion will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 2 to July 28, with no class on July 21. Attendees will paint and learn about art and design. Following an informative demonstration of painting techniques and tips, students will work on their own composition and receive individual instruction. The class is for beginners and experienced artists.

Plein Air Painting has been slated for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 7 to 28. Paulette Flemmens will teach attendees to paint outdoors or brush up on painting rapidly and decisively. A small landscape painting will be completed during each session. The class will be held on the grounds of the Hershey - Derry Township Historical Society, 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey. In the case of inclement weather, the group will use the community room and paint from photos.

The Cement Event, a unique sculpting opportunity, will be offered as a one-day workshop on Monday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at instructor M.J. McFalls' location, 51 S. Ramona Road, Myerstown. Participants will create a sculpture made from cement and vermiculite.

A Watercolor Workshop has been set for Wednesday through Friday, June 21, 22, and 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Conference Room of Springhill Suites, 115 Museum Drive, Hershey. Instructor Lynne Yancha, who has 50 years of art experience, specializes in people and animals.

Dive Into Color: How to Use Watercolor Like a Pro has been set for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the conference room of Springhill Suites. Deb Watson will focus on color and how to apply for maximum effect, and she will also share about the use of a limited palette.

For complete class information and registration, readers may visit

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