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Science Factory Commissions Mural October 11, 2017


Sentman Earns Eagle Scout Badge October 11, 2017

Louis Sentman earned his Eagle Scout badge on May 23 as a member of Troop 27 of Stewartstown.

Louis is a senior at Kennard-Dale High School and the son of Louis and Carol Sentman.


Creative York Post Events October 11, 2017

Creative York has announced several events for art enthusiasts and artists.

The "Transitions" exhibit featuring Tina Berrier, Adrienne Brenner, and Marion Stephenson will be on display in the Kerlin Gallery at Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St., through Saturday, Nov. 18.

"Judeth Pekala Hawkins: Off Canvas Experiments" in The Project Space at Creative York will also be on display through Nov. 18.

Creative Happy Hour with artist Judeth Pekala Hawkins will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Creative York. Attendees will meet Hawkins and hear the stories behind her "Off Canvas Experiments" exhibit, currently on display in The Project Space at Creative York.

The fourth annual Creative York Awards will take place on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Valencia Ballroom in downtown York. Awards will be presented to individuals, organizations, events, and businesses demonstrating creativity, outstanding achievements, or exceptional contributions made to the community. Noah Scalin from Another Limited Rebellion will be the guest speaker. Proceeds from the event benefit Creative York. More information is available at

For more information, readers may contact Susan Scofield at 717-848-3200 or


UZRC To Showcase Artist's Works October 6, 2017

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, will feature Bethany Hall as its Artist of the Month in October.

Hall is an aspiring artist from Front Royal, Va. She is currently majoring in graphic design at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She works with a variety of mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, graphic design, and watercolor and acrylic paints. The focus of her work revolves around the concept of creativity and uniqueness as things to be embraced.

The Art Gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at


Bazaar To Offer A Modern Take On Traditional Quilts September 29, 2017

Lancaster County is known for its traditional quilts and fabrics, but one group is taking a new look at the craft. The Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild was launched in January 2016 by Deb Fry, Bernadette Taylor, and Maureen Ciemien, who had been driving out past Harrisburg to meet with another guild. A total of 35 people attended that first Lancaster meeting.

"It completely shocked us to no end," Fry said.

The group was initially hosted by a fabric store, but as it has grown to approximately 80 members, some of whom travel from Chester, Berks, and York counties, as well as from Delaware and New Jersey, the guild now meets at Ridgeview Mennonite Church, 3723 Ridge Road, Gordonville, at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Guests are welcome to attend for a fee. The meetings typically feature special speakers and demonstrations. Members are encouraged to display items they are working on or have completed.

"We don't go to meetings to judge," Fry remarked. "We usually aim to teach a skill or broaden our minds."

The folks moving into modern quilting from the traditional style sometimes feel like they are doing mental gymnastics.

"They say there are no rules for modern quilting," commented Sue Althouse, vice president of development, fundraising, and events. "(The guild) has helped me think outside the box and expand what I do."

While there are no rules, there are guidelines that determine what makes a quilt modern. These include the use of negative space, geometrics, and difference of scale, as well as colors put together in a new or different way, the addition of something unexpected to traditional patterns, and improvisational piecing.

"Quilting has taken a complete turn" from the construction of pretty but serviceable coverlets made from leftover material, Fry said. Graphic designers use computer programs to build novel designs and to design their own printed fabric. The internet has also made it possible for local quilters to obtain fabrics from around the world.

Examples of modern quilting will be displayed at a quilt bazaar hosted by the guild on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, and will feature an exhibit of about 50 quilts with artist statements. Every hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests may meet a quilter who will lead a tour highlighting the quilts. Quilting demonstrations will be held on the half-hours from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"Part of this is, we want to provide education," Althouse said.

Additionally, 21 vendors will sell items of interest to quilters, sewists, and people in general. Guild members will have a stash table, where they will sell fabrics, sewing and quilting tools, and other materials. There will also be opportunities to win numerous items, including a special-edition sewing machine with a three-hour sewing class, a quilt kit, gift cards, and small and large quilts.

A local restaurant will sell breakfast and lunch food and beverages. There will be a small cost for admission.

The proceeds from the bazaar will be used to pay speaker fees and venue rental costs and to purchase supplies for the guild's charity projects. The group has made lap quilts for veterans and placemats for Ephrata Meals on Wheels clients, and it donated a large quilt to the Penn Manor Education Foundation for a fundraiser.

For more information about the guild, readers may find "Lancaster MQG" on Facebook or email The group also uses to plan its monthly meetings.


Mask Making Class Planned September 28, 2017

The City of Lancaster Office of Promotion (LOOP), in partnership with LSJ Studios, is inviting members of the community to participate in a mask making class. Participants will then be invited to walk in the Parade on the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 22, with their creations.

Mask making invites the creator to explore various aspects of his or her own personality. Each participant will create larger-than-life, highly expressive, mixed-media masks. No prior experience is necessary.

Organizers are asking for community members to donate cardboard, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, plastic lids, newspaper, and other recyclable materials that can be used in a creative way. The necessary supplies to finish and adorn the masks will be provided.

A mask making class will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

On Oct. 22, the Lancaster community is invited to downtown Lancaster for the Parade on the Arts, in celebration of the arts community in Lancaster as a part of the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania. Students from Lancaster County school districts will march with their artistic creations, alongside groups like the Music For Everyone Community Chorus and Samba'ville.


Wildlife Art Classes Posted September 21, 2017

The Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning Department will offer wildlife art classes at the Boettcher House, 2369 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 3 to 24.

Freelance artist Teanna Byerts will teach. Participants will sharpen their drawing skills while they investigate how animals move and what physical features make various animals unique.

Necessary supplies will be provided. Participants may bring reference materials such as pictures or plastic models of a favorite animal.

Separate fees have been set for residents and for nonresidents. Attendees may pay per class or for the entire series.

For more information, including registration details, call 717-290-7180 on Mondays to Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Annual Event Seeks Artists September 12, 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 Association Posts Classes, Exhibits September 7, 2017

The Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA), 149 Precision Ave., Strasburg, has announced its schedule of fall classes and its upcoming exhibits. A variety of classes are available for all ages, from children to adult, and for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

Carol Herr will lead a one-day oil and acrylic painting workshop titled "Introduction to Painting." Supplies will be included. Dot Stepenaski will lead "Holistic Pastel Painting," for all skill levels. Several watercolor classes will be offered, including "Painting Fall in Pennsylvania," led by Karen Frattali. George Clark will offer a three-day collage workshop in October.

A basic drawing class led by Sam Mylin will be held on Monday evenings. On Wednesdays, LCAA will offer "Animation" with Jim Fitzgerald and "Illustration and Invention" with Jason Herr. Also offered will be classes in sculpture and ceramics.

Children's classes will include the "Flamingos Art Club" for children age 7 and up, led by Sam and Kate Mylin, and "Advanced Art for Creative Kids" for ages 11 to 18 with instructor Carol Herr.

For the full schedule of classes, readers may visit The LCAA has been offering art instruction for more than 80 years.

Additionally, the LCAA will open two new exhibits with a reception on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Fall Membership Show will feature a variety of artwork in both nonprofessional and professional divisions by LCAA members. The other exhibit will be the Senior Showcase "Small Works" exhibit, which is open to artists age 65 and up. Awards will be presented in both exhibits. The gallery is open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

All are invited to become LCAA members. Members receive discounts on classes and have opportunities to show their artwork in a full schedule of exhibits. Non-artists are encouraged to join and help support the arts. For more information, readers may call 717-687-7061.


Community Art Show To Fill Locust Street Park September 6, 2017

Spend some time walking the sidewalks and browsing the galleries of downtown Columbia, and the level of exceptional artistic talent will be nearly impossible to miss. To celebrate and honor the rich heritage of art and creativity in Columbia, the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) will host the Feet in the Street Art Show on Saturday, Sept. 16. The public is invited to participate in the free community event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Locust Street Park.

"Everything is in the park this year," said SVCC executive director Beverly Shank. Now in its fourth year, the event was previously held during Fourth Friday but will take place on a Saturday for the first time this year. Plus, everything has been moved to the park so the street may remain open to vehicular traffic.

Hands-on activities such as chalk drawing on the sidewalk, make-and-take crafts, and a community mural project will be ready for the young and young at heart to enjoy. The trademark activity for the annual event is the Feet in the Street foot painting area, where visitors may dip one or both feet in the paint color of their choice and leave a personal imprint on the paper provided.

Visitors may also take part in creating a mural project being coordinated by the Columbia Creative Factory. The completed mural will then be displayed at the creative factory, which is located at 247 Locust St., Columbia.

Food trucks will be set up along the perimeter of the park, and menu options will include nachos, hot dogs, chicken strips, french fries, popcorn, soft pretzels, hamburgers, beverages, and more.

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., interested individuals of all ages are invited to take part in interactive dance instruction that will be provided by a local dance studio. Following a short break, the York County Youth Development Center will offer a fun and interactive drumming time from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. The Street Beats group will use buckets to create rhythms and perform dances.

Art created by Columbia High School students will be displayed in Locust Street Park for visitors to peruse throughout the event.

"It's a great event in the fall to get children educated about art and to get the creative juices flowing," Shank remarked. "It gives them a chance to be in the park enjoying nature, and overall it's just a lot of great family activities."

For more information on Feet in the Street, readers may call SVCC at 717-684-5249.


Artists To Display Work At State Capitol August 30, 2017

The Hershey Area Art Association's (HAAA) will display members' original art during September in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. A showcase of original painting and mixed media will be on display to the public through Saturday, Sept. 30, in the East Wing area of the Rotunda, located at North Third and State streets, Harrisburg.

HAAA was founded in 1995 to encourage and support the arts in central Pennsylvania. For information on membership and classes, readers may visit


Paintings To Showcase River August 29, 2017

Susquehanna Heritage will present "Current Color - A Year on the River" by Columbia artist Diana Thomas through 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. The exhibit opened on Sept. 1.

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


Landis Valley Slates Fall Classes August 29, 2017

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, has announced its schedule of fall education programs.

A number of classes and workshops will be held at the Landis Valley Museum Store. Online registration is available at Separate fees have been set for each class.

The schedule includes Rug Braiding with Janice Sonnen on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rug Hooking with Mary Lynn Naples on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; False Graining with Jim King on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Needle Felting with Lisa Haldeman on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m.; "Handwoven Tape: Ties That Bind," a talk and demonstration by Susan Weaver, on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.; Essential Oils of Stress with Antique It Candles on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Sgraffito on a Redware Plate with Denise Wilz on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Essential Oils of the Bible with Antique It Candles on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.

In addition, multiple sessions of the Paper Stars class will be offered. Seating is limited, so early sign-up is suggested. Class sessions have been scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18; Saturday, Nov. 25; and Sunday, Nov. 26.

More information is available at


Carnis" and "Vacany" Art Exhibits August 28, 2017

Up-and-coming artist Martin Swift, who was recently included in Washington D.C.'s "Rising Stars: 30 Under 30," will present a split exhibition in York College's Marketview Arts, 37 W. Philadelphia St., York, through Saturday, Oct. 21. Swift's collection titled "Carnis" will be featured in Gallery Hall, and "Vacancy" will be featured in the Marketview Gallery and Welcome Center.

The exhibitions are open to the public free of charge. Marketview Arts hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on First Fridays. For more details, readers may visit


Long's Park Art Festival August 24, 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.


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.


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.


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.

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