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ACAC fundraiser for Nan Hatzes Educational Grant exceeds expectations

Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) is showcasing the works of local artist and community devotee Nanette Hatzes at the Arts Education Center (AECenter).

Featuring over one hundred pieces spanning forty years of creativity, the exhibition is a retroreflective of the life of Hatzes as an artist and visionary, according to Program and Gallery Director Wendy Heiges.

Heiges with Hatzes’ work

“Art was her entire life. She created based on what was going on in her life. Not everyone can completely immerse themselves in action to their creativity,” she said.

A special exhibition also features “The Goddess Project,” a collection of portraits of local women by Hatzes that “reflect both the inner and outer goddess,” Heiges said.

“She wanted you to be able to relate to what she was doing, that makes your very relatable as an artist, she was able to fully saturate the canvas she was working on,” she said.

Thanks to three successful art auctions and various community donations, the ACAC exceeded their goal of $15,000 and has raised $20,000 for the Nan Hatzes Educational Grant since May 7, Heiges said.

A silent auction of the artist’s work brought in more than $6,000 alone, according to Heiges.

Hatzes was known throughout the community for her outstanding use of colors and dedication to the community arts. She was a prominent ACAC committee member and taught classes, according to Heiges.

“The thing about Nan was that she was very social. She loved to sit down and show you what she was working on. She was good at being inclusive and always had the element of collaboration,” she said.

Hatzes passed away in 2020, but her memory lives on through the ACAC, which is proud to be able to devote an exposition to Hatzes’ work that highlights her diversity and extreme talent, according to Heiges.  

“(Hatzes) was a prolific artist. Her work was emotional, colorful, and highly personal.  Her inventive and curious nature led her to create works that shared her rich and varied experiences throughout her life,” Heiges said.

Now through the grant, Adams County is certain to get bit more colorful, as exhibition proceeds will go toward other local artists to be able to explore their medium and develop their own craft.  

Donations can be made at the AECenter or at the website at https://www.adamsarts.org/portfolio-item/nan-hatzes-education-grant/.

The free AECenter is located at 125 S Washington Street and open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. The AECenter is also home to series of revolving showcases, classes, summer camps, and First Friday receptions.

“We are always supporting, facilitating, or collaborating with our community to cultivate their art experiences,” Heiges said.

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A.L. Grabenstein is a graduate of Philadelphia's La Salle University with a B.A in Communication and has been a journalist since 2016. She has reported for the Gettysburg Times and the Times Herald in Norristown, PA. Grabenstein moved to Gettysburg from Montgomery County in 2019. She was born in San Antonio, TX., and previously lived in Virginia, and North Carolina. Grabenstein is actively involved in the borough of Gettysburg and loves giving voices to the local community.

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