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Gallery To Feature Artwork December 15, 2017

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Sandra Desrosiers as December's Artist of the Month.

Desrosiers began oil painting in 2015 shortly after her husband of 11 months passed away. She also began sketching in January 2015, which led her to enroll in a drawing class at the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Shortly after, Desrosiers took a painting class using a variety of mediums except oil. Later, a local artist offered her instruction in oil using Flemish Maroger, an all-in-one painting medium.

Desrosiers began painting up to 12 hours a day every day. She paints what she enjoys - still life, florals, animals, and people - and she studies old master works. Desrosiers' work has received multiple awards, including Best of Show awards at the 2016 and 2017 York Fair and seven other first-place ribbons. In June 2017, she was accepted to several juried shows, including the Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Show, where she won a blue ribbon in the painting category. Other achievements include Awards of Merit and honorable mentions at the Hanover Area Arts Guild.

Desrosiers' work will be on display during December. The 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


"ART In mARTin" Event Seeks Submissions December 13, 2017

Martin Library is seeking submissions for up to 50 pieces of art for its spring "ART in mARTin" event. This season's gallery theme is "York County." A public art reception will take place in early April, and art will be displayed through May.

Artists may submit four original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. Artwork must be wired for hanging, with no saw tooth hangers. Submitted art may have a maximum frame size of 48" x 36." To submit art for consideration, artists should contact

Attached images should be labeled with the artist's last name and title (i.e. Miller.Mona Lisa). 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, Jan. 26, by 5 p.m.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance within a week of submission. 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, 159 E. Market St., York. Readers may call Sarah Fretz at 717-849-6949 or Stephanie Auker at 717-849-6982 for more information.


Art Downtown Offers Holiday Gifts December 5, 2017

Art Downtown, the gallery of the Hanover Area Arts Guild, is featuring fine arts and crafts during the holiday season as part of its Gallery of Arts and Crafts. The gallery is located at 32 Carlisle St., Hanover.

Shoppers will find paintings of every shape and medium, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and mixed mediums, as well as clay, acrylic pours, and collage.

Art Downtown's artisans offer one-of-a-kind artwork from scarves, hats and handbags, to miniature paintings, gazing balls and pottery.

Other offerings include mini-stockings, hand-crafted tags and ornaments, jewelry, gourd creations, and handmade soaps. Art Downtown also has an array of prints, notecards, and magnets.

The gallery is open on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details, readers may visit


Railroad Station To Host Christmas Folk Art Show November 22, 2017

"This show isn't just about the wares. It's about the people and the knowledge that they bring, and it's about the local area, too," remarked Karen Hurd, who is known as the resident tinsmith among the artists at the annual Christmas Folk Art Show at the Manheim Historical Society's Railroad Station, 210 S. Charlotte St., Manheim.

This year's event is set to take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Admission and parking are free, and complimentary holiday refreshments will be available. All 12 of the exhibitors are local and regional artists who will display a variety of folk art.

Hurd, for instance, hails from Quarryville and has been creating tin wares for several decades. "I'm a traditional tinsmith, so I do things as they would in the 1700s or 1800s, but I also incorporate artwork into some of my pieces," said Hurd. She will have lights, candle holders, decor, and more available to purchase, as well as several unique tin birds on rocks. "I belong to a fossil and mineral club, so I incorporate my passion for rocks and the earth into these," she explained. "It's endless. It's wonderful. I'll never run out of things to re-create and reproduce."

Among the many other items that art lovers and holiday shoppers may find at the show will be redware, painted furniture, handwoven textiles, felted hats and wool applique, pen and ink illustrations, German stars, feather trees, pottery, folk painted paper cuttings, handcrafted antique button jewelry, wood carvings, and paper mache and chalkware folk art.

The Christmas Folk Art Show is one of Hurd's favorite events to participate in these days. "This is the right place and the right people," she said. "People ask me about it during the year, and (the show) has really built up a clientele."

Woodcarver Doug Shaw echoed those sentiments, noting that last year's show drew attendees from at least seven other states. "These are all old pros," said Shaw with a laugh, referencing the other exhibitors. "People come from out of state and like to patronize several of the artists." A Manheim resident, Shaw has been part of the show since it began in the early 1990s, along with his wife, Sue, and Ed and Lois Pfoutz of Manheim. The Pfoutzes specialize in primitive wild fowl carvings.

The other exhibitors, who come from throughout Lancaster and York counties, include Cynthia Baker, Dan Barthold, Mike Brown, Madeline Erickson, Bob and Sally Hughes, P.J. Rankin Hults, Andy Loercher, Jim Murphy, and Judy Perilstein.

Shaw said that the uniqueness of the venue adds to the ambiance of the intimate show, as the railroad station was originally constructed in 1881 and was renovated in recent years by the Manheim Historical Society.

An old Manheim peanut oven will also be in operation on the deck outside of the station, and attendees may purchase freshly roasted peanuts. "They always sell out," Hurd remarked. The peanut oven originally belonged to Russell Heagy, and Shaw can recall when he would roast and bag peanuts that young boys would then sell around downtown Manheim.

Stiegel Glassworks 1976, which is located at the rear of the railroad station, will also be open to the public during the Christmas Folk Art Show. Glassblowing demonstrations will take place, and a variety of handcrafted glass will be available to purchase.

For more information on the Christmas Folk Art Show, readers may contact Jim Murphy at 717-584-5576.


Craft Reunion To Celebrate Milestone November 17, 2017

Craft Reunion, a sale of locally made fine crafts and arts, is celebrating its 20th year at Dauphin County's Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. The sale will take place from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3.

The boutique-style open house will feature a selection of handmade works, with roots in the traditional crafts of central Pennsylvania. Among the items for purchase will be pottery; jewelry; fine art collages; fused glass; animals rendered in felt, clay, metal, photography, soap, paper, wire, and wood; handspun wool; ornaments in various mediums; and wooden toys, boxes, and cutting boards.

Singer-songwriter Bobbi Carmitchell will serenade guests on Friday evening.

Admission to Craft Reunion is free, with plenty of free parking. For more information, readers may visit


LCAA Announces Holiday Shows November 14, 2017

The Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA), 149 Precision Ave., Strasburg, will feature two new exhibits from Sunday, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Dec. 23. The public is invited to attend a reception for both exhibits that will be held on Nov. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. The LCAA is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24. Admission is free of charge.

The LCAA's holiday show will be displayed in the Kauffman Gallery. The exhibit features a variety of artwork in many different mediums created by LCAA members. The theme for the show is "Inspiration," and artists were encouraged to create work that shows what inspires them about this time of year. In addition, "Merry Miniatures" will feature small works that are ideal for gift-giving. Including the frame, the miniatures all measure 10 by 10 inches or smaller.

The Steinmetz Gallery will highlight artwork from LCAA member Carol S. Herr. Titled "Beginnings," the show is an in-depth exploration of inspiration based on childhood experiences, people, and places. Herr spent the past year going through family photos and then translating selected images into oil paintings. Many of the paintings were done with minimal color and feature family members, landscapes, and vehicles. For example, "1962" features Herr and her father leaving her grandparents' house on a snowy Christmas, her uncle's car parked in the foreground.

"Beginnings" will also include a number of paintings in color and Herr's Impressionist style. Many of these feature scenes from the southern Lancaster County farm where she grew up. In addition to the paintings, Herr will exhibit several etchings that feature interior and exterior scenes of the barn that was on the farm, as well as several ceramic plates painted with acrylics featuring trees from the farm and the surrounding woodland.

Herr is a 1979 graduate of the York Academy of Art, where she majored in fine art. She also studied at the Art Students League of New York. Herr's work has been exhibited in local, regional, and national shows over the past 40 years, and in that time she has won numerous awards. Herr's work is in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.

For more information about the LCAA, readers may visit or call 717-687-7061.


Science Factory Commissions Mural November 14, 2017


Artwork On Display At Library November 10, 2017

During the month of November, artist Bonnie Wilber is displaying her artwork at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz. The public is welcome to view the display of artwork during the library's normal hours of operation.

Wilber's art attempts to depict the human condition with imagination and humor. In recent years, she has experimented with combining oil paintings with etchings, making the etchings part of the scene in the paintings. Her works express her interest in the arts, cats, family, and events in her life. The show includes vacation- and cat-themed oil paintings and mixed media imaginary work.

The mission of the Lititz Art Association is to foster and promote the fine arts and to cooperate with other organizations sharing similar purposes. Membership is open to all adults with an appreciation for the fine arts. Guests are always welcome to attend the programs held at the library.

Additionally, the library will participate in the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 17. Individuals who make a donation at that day will have their donation boosted by a stretch pool.


Gallery To Feature Wohlfahrt's Work November 10, 2017

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Marie Wohlfahrt as November's Artist of the Month. Her work will be on display and available for purchase throughout the month.

Native to France, Marie Wohlfahrt is a world traveler who has a studio in Lancaster. She has a background in chemical engineering and applies what she learns in the industry to her art by playing with pigments and special effects while experimenting with different mediums. She focuses on paint formulation, color theory, new materials, liquid coatings, 3-D printing, and color design. She utilizes gold leaf, sand, and seashells to complement each other in a dimensional arrangement of shapes, colors, and impressions.

Wohlfahrt experiments with mixing, pairing, and arranging the elements of seashells and colors into an abstracted vision of a landscape. She gathers most of her materials in Brittany, located on the western coast of France, as well as in Sweden, Great Britain, Israel, Morocco, Brazil, and the Caribbean.

For more information about Wohlfahrt, readers may visit

The art gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Details on the gallery are available by emailing Alyssa Wojcik at

United Zion Retirement Community is located north of the square in Lititz. For news and events, readers may find the retirement community on Facebook.


Galleries To Display Artwork November 1, 2017

Work by York County native Amy Boone-McCreesh will be featured in the York College Galleries through Wednesday, Dec. 20. An artist lecture and reception took place on Nov. 8, the exhibit's opening day. All events are open to the public free of charge.

Now based in Baltimore, Boone-McCreesh has had her work featured in 11 solo and two-person exhibitions and 29 group exhibitions since earning her Master of Fine Arts six years ago, including shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. She has won several significant awards, and in 2016-17, she served as visiting professor at Dickinson College.

Taking inspiration from celebratory and funerary displays in various cultures, Boone-McCreesh explores decoration and human relationships in her work.

The Cora Miller Gallery and Brossman Gallery are located within the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For additional information on art exhibits, readers may visit or call gallery director Matthew Clay-Robison at 717-815-6622.

York College is located at 441 Country Club Road, York.


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

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