Let’s Play! Sports and Games in Art and Culture will be on display December 6, 2022 through March 3, 2023. With this exhibition, it’s not a matter of winning or losing, but how student curators interpret and perhaps also play the games on display. Under the direction of Prof. Yan Sun, Gettysburg College students examine diverse depictions of sports and games across cultures and historical periods. Included in this exhibition are photographs of sporting games and major athletes, such as Michael Jordan and Muhammed Ali, illustrated playing cards of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets from the Meiji Period in Japan, and a print by William Hogarth of a gaming house, among other historical objects. The student curators make cross-cultural connections to consider the political, social, and aesthetic significance, as well as the virtues and vices, of these contests and competitions. From representations of drinking games and gambling to celebrations of athletic abilities, the exhibition offers a new way of considering the intersections of art, physicality, and leisure. Student curators will give presentations about the works on display on Tuesday, December 6 at 4 pm. The reception for the exhibition will follow the talks until 6 pm. Light refreshments provided. All events are free and open to the public. Curated by Macey Cohen ’23, Hagen Krebs ’23, PaulPelham ’23, Kate Sallee ’25, and Devyn Wesolowski ’25 under the direction of Professor Yan Sun
Prof. Kateryna Dovgan of McDaniel College will offer a lecture, “Ukrainian Icons,” as a benefit for victims of the Russo-Ukrainian War, on Sun., Nov. 13, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Mount St. Mary’s University’s Knott Auditorium, in Emmitsburg. Prof. Dovgan, an art conservator, teaches art and art history at McDaniel and hails from Kyiv, Ukraine, where she took an MFA at the nation’s Academy of Art and Architecture before working in art conservation both in Ukraine and in Germany before moving to the U.S. in 1998. The lecture is free but asks a goodwill contribution from audience members; donations are sent to “United Help Ukraine” (firstname.lastname@example.org). Mount St. Mary’s University, its Center for Service, and the Town of Emmitsburg are pleased to offer this fundraiser in honor of the Town’s Sister City of Lutsk, Ukraine.
The Adams County Arts Council, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, will feature a collection of oil paintings by Philadelphia Area Artist Ellen Hall during the month of November in the Studio of the Arts Education Center. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 5-7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Alive in Gettysburg, a collection of oil paintings created by Ellen Hall, was inspired by the many trips she has taken to Gettysburg. Ellen says, “It has been my pleasure to become familiar with the town through the eyes of my dear friend Nancy and her family. We go for rides on the battlefields, small town roads, rivers, bridges, cattle ranches, and all the while, Nancy is giving background info, and I am drawing and taking pictures”. For more information about Alive in Gettysburg and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.
November 19 & 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meet the artists and tour their studios nestled in beautiful western Adams County, PA, just a few miles from Gettysburg. This popular tour, located in the historic Fairfield and Cashtown areas, is self-guided and may be completed in any order. Please visit www.foothillsartists.net for more information. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Artwork on view and available for purchase includes paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, printmaking, pastels, drawings, pottery, wood working, and fiber art. Several of the artists live and work in historic homes. Participating Artists:Daryl Despres, Anne Finucane, Geoff Grant, Jack Handshaw, Heidi Myers, Judy Pyle, Joh Ricci, Ann Ruppert, Rod Stabler, Geoffrey Thulin, Debbie Westmoreland
Spray paint artwork by Gabe Clarke and fantasy photographic artwork by Melissa Ring will be featured in the reception hall and the gallery at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, during the month of October. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 5-7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A selfie booth will be available offered by Melissa Ring. Sprayscapes, by Gabe Clarke, is a collection of works in the Reception Hall, depicting spaces visited by the artist in York, Gettysburg, and Frederick. Clarke says, ‘While walking around these towns, I took notes of how buildings and spaces interacted with each other. My finished pieces give the viewer the feel as though the composed space looks like a view from across the street or from the sidewalk.” He continues, ‘My work is about the process as much as the final product. It is my wish for the viewer to think about the “how” it was created as much as the “why””. Clarkes degree in Fine Arts from York College of Pennsylvania helped him develop his methods and design concepts applied to his spray-painting techniques. The Enchanted World of Fantasy Portraits, a collection of photographs by award-winning freelance photographer, Melissa Ring, is in the Gallery. Ring loves to empower people through the art of photography. The show features fantasy portraits depicting warriors, wizards, fairies and goddesses. A selfie station will be set up in front of a castle backdrop and attendees are encouraged to wear one of her props and hang out with one of her characters, the Raven King. Ring is a freelance photographer for Celebrate Gettysburg and is known for her high-quality portraits and headshots. For more information about Sprayscapes, The Enchanted World of Fantasy Portraits,, and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.
“Emanations,” a collection of abstract figurative portraits of Abraham Lincoln by artist Wendy Allen, is on display at the Majestic Theater’s art gallery now through the end of November. The gallery is open daily during Majestic business hours. A public reception with the artist will be held Friday, Sept. 9, 5:30-7 p.m. “I set out to create individual works of art that would combine to convey a singular experience,” said Allen. “Guided by color and use of the iconic photographs of Lincoln for reference, I wanted to create abstract figurative interpretations – emanations – of Lincoln.” Allen has been painting portraits of Abraham Lincoln since 1983. A native of Pittsburgh, for 30 years she pursued a career in educational publishing, lastly as Creative Director for a major children’s publisher. In 2007 she left to pursue painting full-time. In recent years, she has exhibited her work at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the Pensacola Museum of Art, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and Lowes Statehouse in Annapolis, Md. Allen is a member of the Board of Directors of The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and the Lincoln Forum, founder and presenter of the Lincoln Fellowship’s One Hundred Nights of Taps in Gettysburg, and active in Main Street Gettysburg’s Baltimore Street Revitalization Project. She operates her studio and gallery, Lincoln Into Art, on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg. “The Majestic is honored to host Wendy’s new exhibition of Lincoln-inspired paintings,” said Majestic Theater Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel. “Not only is she an artist with a singularly unique vision, Wendy is also a community treasure who tirelessly volunteers her time and to so many worthwhile non-profit organizations who make Gettysburg a top tourist destination.” “Emanations” is open to the public daily during regular box office hours, Monday through Friday, 3 – 7 p.m., Saturday, 12 – 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street.
This fall, Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College presents an exhibition of text-based works by significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Elizabeth Catlett, Deborah Dancy, Nekisha Durrett, Guerrilla Girls, Glenn Ligon, Carl Pope, Jr., Faith Ringgold, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems. Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity is on view from August 31 through December 10, 2022. An opening reception will be held on August 31, 5-7pm. A Virtual Gallery Talk with artist Deborah Dancy will take place via Zoom on October 5pm https://gettysburg.zoom.us/j/9991200186. An in-person Gallery Talk with artist Nekisha Durrett will be held on October 28 at 5pm with a reception to follow until 7pm. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm. “Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity” features text-based works by prominent contemporary artists of color who demonstrate the power of language. “Not only are the words central to the compositions of each photograph, sculpture, and print,” says Shannon Egan, gallery director, “but they also provide expressions of identity, declarations once marginalized, reflections on history, and calls to action.” In reading both the linguistic and aesthetic narratives in the works on display, a viewer encounters stories that are at once critical and inclusive, verbal and visual, personal and political. The artists use assertive poetry, dynamic admonitions, and a clear naming of victims of police violence to question white privilege and incite change. The exchange of words in this exhibition may confuse the issues; nevertheless, the art speaks and demands that voices are heard. Many of the artists included in the exhibition examine issues related to Blackness and African-American identity. For instance, Hank Willis Thomas, whose neon sculpture Pitch Blackness / Off Whiteness, on loan from the Art Bridges foundation, blinks on and off, alternating between sets of words: “off-white” and “pitch-black.” Read with the suffix “-ness,” the words in the sculpture not only signify a somewhat perilous “pitch black” space, but also the allusion to Blackness as a racial signifier. Carl Pope, Jr.’s prints draw their language from a range of literary and popular sources and allude to the twentieth-century typography of ephemeral flyers, advertisements, and picket signs. Pope described The Bad Air Smelled of Roses as “an Afrofuturist project that is a never-ending essay about … blackness and its correspondences in American culture.” Echoing the spirit of protest and the language of advertising in Pope’s prints are the Guerrilla Girls’ posters, the anonymous artists’ activist group dedicated to fighting discrimination of race and gender in the art world. This print, created in 1989, draws attention to the absence of women artists and artists of color in most major collections and arts institutions. Glenn Ligon and Deborah Dancy evoke historical narratives and the legacy of slavery in their works. Ligon’s suite of prints titled Narratives cites the frontispieces of nineteenth-century autobiographies of enslaved people, but here the select words are loosely drawn from the artist’s own life. Dancy’s poetic fragments appear similarly to be of the past, as they are inscribed upon antique silver trays and decorative mirrors. One mirror, for example, tells the story of the inequities of domestic labor and frustratingly limited recourse for the “three noiseless servants” who “polished rage.” Like the text of the other artists in the exhibition, Dancy’s language is often transgressive and demands that the reader/viewer consider historical fissures, generational trauma, and resilience. Nekisha Durrett calls profound attention to the stories and lives of Black women murdered by law enforcement with their first names carefully perforated on the surfaces of magnolia leaves. Each leaf, presented in an exquisitely crafted, illuminated wood box, exemplifies both a delicacy and resistance to being violently discarded. Durrett, inspired by the #sayhername movement, explains, “This work centers the experiences and activism of Black women throughout the women’s movement, [which] has historically excluded women of color. This erasure from mainstream discourse is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago, especially for those positioned at the intersection of race and gender.” Carrie Mae Weems also considers notions of individual and collective identity in her photograph from her series focused on Eatonville, Florida, the oldest Black incorporated town in the United States, founded in 1886 and home to the Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston (1891-1960). Like Hurston, Weems is a trained folklorist and storyteller who is drawn to voices of the vernacular, both textual and photographic. For these artists included in Confuse the Issues, language is read, seen, and understood as a complex articulation of identity. Even with the works’ clarity of form and content, the artists often acknowledge the failure of words to convey a greater totality of rage, restriction, and injustice. In James Baldwin’s words, “No true account really of black life can be held, can be contained, in the American vocabulary. As it is, the only way that you can deal with it is by doing great violence to the assumptions on which the vocabulary is based.” As seen in this exhibition, the artists make both space and words their own; in some instances, the works literally fill the gallery with light and reflection, and for others, the works offer impassioned testimonies and, drawing again on Pope’s posters, an imperative reminder of the “urgent need to find radical solutions.” Public Events: Opening Reception: August 31, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Virtual Gallery Talk with Deborah Dancy: October 19, 5-6pm https://gettysburg.zoom.us/j/9991200186 In-Person Gallery Talk with Nekisha Durrett: October 28, 5pm, with reception to follow until 7pm Visiting Artists’ Biographies: Nekisha Durrett currently lives and works in Washington, DC where she creates bold and playful large-scale installations and public art that aim to make the ordinary awe-inspiring while summoning subject matter that is often underrepresented or overlooked in visual culture. She earned her BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City and MFA from The University of Michigan School of Art and Design as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow. Durrett has exhibited her work throughout the Washington, DC area and nationally. She was a finalist in the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and was featured in The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today exhibition. Recent installations include: Up ‘til Now, a freestanding, solar powered sculpture that evokes the history of Washington, DC’s landscape and architecture; “Messages for the City” in collaboration with For Freedoms in Times Square, New York; and a wall mounted public sculpture in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida made in collaboration with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas; and a permanent in the newly renovated Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington. Durrett is currently in production on a large-scale, permanent sculpture in Arlington, VA. Deborah Dancy is a multimedia artist, whose paintings, drawings, digital photography, and small sculptures play with the shifting intersection between abstraction and representation. She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Yaddo Fellowship, The American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst Artist and Writers Creative Arts Fellowship, and the National Endowment of the Arts NEFA award. Her work is in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; 21C Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Birmingham Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Art; the Boston Museum of Fine; the Montgomery Museum of Art; the Spencer Museum of Art, the Hunter Museum of Art; Vanderbilt University; Grinnell College, Oberlin College Museum of Art; Davidson Art Center; Wesleyan University, and The United States Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts NYC, Robischon Gallery, Denver, and Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta. Exhibition Credits: Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the following Gettysburg College departments and programs: Africana Studies, English, and Public Policy. With special gratitude for the support of Dr. Deborah Smith P’11, P’13, the Michael J. Birkner ’72 and Robin Wagner Art and Photography Acquisition Fund, and Special Collections and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. About Schmucker Art Gallery: Schmucker Art Gallery offers meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and surrounding region through diverse art exhibitions and related programming. The Gallery is committed to fostering an enriching environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity, and connection. Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building. All events are free and open to the public. About Art Bridges Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of over 190 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices. To learn more about the Art Bridges, follow the hashtag #ArtBridges on social media and visit www.artbridgesfoundation.org.
Exhibition on view Aug. 31 through Oct 1, 2022, in the Gettysburg College Project Space. The exhibition is curated by Elinor Gass ’24 under the Direction of Professor Yan Sun. A gallery talk and opening reception will be held on August 31, 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. The tomb rubbings on display in this exhibition convey Confucian and Daoist values and include scenes of dancing, feasting, mythology and Confucian legends. These prints demonstrate the significance of tomb carvings as they supported passage to the afterlife in Han Dynasty funerary shrines. Featured Image: Scene of celebration in a pavilion (detail), Original carving by Wei Gai, Eastern Han Dynasty, ca. 147–151 C.E., ink rubbing of a stone relief. Special Collections and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gift of Chester N. Frazier
Confuse the Issues: Art, Text, and Identity features text-based works by prominent contemporary artists of color who demonstrate the power of languag will be on view at the Gettysburg College Schmucker Art Gallery from August 31 through Dec. 31. An opening reception will be held on August 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This exhibition is intended to engage visitors in productive, challenging conversations about art, race, identity, and issues of social justice and equity in the United States. Works by Elizabeth Catlett, Deborah Dancy, Nekisha Durrett, the Guerrilla Girls, Glenn Ligon, Carl Pope, Jr., Faith Ringgold, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems will be included in the exhibition. Words not only are central to the compositions of each photograph, sculpture, and print, but the text also provides an expression of identity, a marginalized narrative, a reflection on history, or a call to action. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the following departments and programs at Gettysburg College: Africana Studies, English, Public Policy, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Featured Image: Carl Pope, Jr. (American, b. 1961), From The Bad Air Smelled of Roses, 2004-ongoing, letterpress print. Gettysburg College Fine Arts Collection, purchase made possible by the Michael J. Birkner ’72 and Robin Wagner Art and Photography Acquisition Fund, with additional support from Dr. Deborah Smith P’11, P’13
Artworks by Littlestown native Sarah Jacobs will be on display at the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) Gallery from June 1 through August 26. The opening reception will be on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The work, from Jacob’s “The Cave” and “Depth” Series are part of an exhibition entitled Homecoming. Jacobs’ work will also be found in the windows of the Grant Building in Gettysburg and her series entitled “The Carnival,” which features portraits of the artist’s friends and family, will be hosted at the Majestic Theater Gallery. Jacobs will present a gallery tour at the Majestic Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Jacobs studied art history at Gettysburg College and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She then moved to the United Kingdom for over three years before returning to the US to pursue her art career and teach. Her work has been exhibited in the US and in Europe and she has taken part in artist residencies in Germany, Colombia, and New Mexico. She has won multiple grants, including the Arts Council England Grant, and her work can be found in public and private collections in the US, UK, and Hong Kong. Jacob’s multi-media paintings play with the figure/ground relationship using design principles, and range in scale and size. The collection of artworks featured at the ACAC combines a variety of colors, patterns, and media. “I am interested in patterns for what they represent metaphorically, and for what they can do aesthetically. I see visual patterns as representing modes of thought or patterns of living. We each categorize and frame the mystery of existence in unique ways that can be expressed with symbols,” said Jacobs. “To design an artwork, I embark first on research of the concepts I will address and then search for imagery that I believe can be used symbolically to get those ideas across. I then design patterns incorporating some of this imagery, some of which may be rendered in a stylized, graphic, or cartoonish way.” Jacobs said “The Carnival” was created at a time when people “needed something positive” and gave those involved “the opportunity to show what they like most about themselves.” Jacobs began the project in the heart of the pandemic lockdown by conducting interviews with her subjects on self-perception and meaningful colors and symbols in their lives. The resulting portraits integrate symbols important to her smiling subjects into colorful patterns characteristic of her work. Jacobs said she called the series “The Carnival” in reference to Littlestown’s end of the summer carnival where she fondly remembers a sense of reunion. “The Cave” and “The Depth” series, to be featured at the ACAC, include themes of deception and volume. Works by Jacob’s mother Robyn Jacobs will also be displayed at the ACAC and the two will use the hallway that separates their exhibits to jointly display an image depicting the pair from the younger Jacobs’ childhood. The pair will give a joint artist talk on Thursday, June 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Jacobs said the opportunity to show her work in Adams County, and adjacent to her mother’s, allows her to “bring it back” and share her art with those who really know her. The ACAC opening and Majestic Gallery tour are both free and open to the public. View Jacob’s artwork here.
The Adams County Arts Council will present its 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Gettysburg College’s Schmucker Art Gallery, 300 North Washington St., from June 2 through June 24, 2022. A preview tour of the artwork will be held June 3 at 4:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Awards will be announced at 6:00 p.m. The show of local and national artists will be judged by Heidi Leitzke, Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Eckert Art Gallery at Millersville University. Featured image: Eric Miller, Clockwork, 2019, watercolor, Best of Show 2021
The Adams County Arts Council, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, will feature an exhibition of paintings in oil entitled Reunion by Robyn Jacobs during the month of May and June. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 5-7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The show will remain up through June 15. Robyn Jacobs went to art school at Temple University and became interested in drawing her junior year of high school. She has lived in Littlestown most of her life spending quite a bit of time painting and gardening. Robyn loves to bake and cook and compares the blending of baking ingredients to that of the buttery textures of oils. She prefers working in oils because, “you can erase mistakes for hours or paint right over them. Oils also lend themselves to glazing, which I love.” She continues, “I suppose my philosophy about painting is that you can paint what you can’t say.” She often uses old masterworks as inspiration for her compositions and is drawn to rococo style. For more information about Reunion and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.
The Adams County Arts Council will feature an exhibition of mixed media by Wendy Spicer Heiges and Shawn Patterson Heiges during the month of May. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 5-7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The show will remain up through May 26. Artists and sisters-in-law Wendy Spicer Heiges and Shawn Patterson Heiges reunite with a show in the Gallery entitled “Beginnings,” a nod to their first collaboration some twenty years ago. Influences of the natural world weave throughout the show in the way both artists use line, shape, form, and color. Outdoor raku and wood barrel firings crackle and char Shawn’s ceramic work, which both contrasts and complements the refined elegance of Wendy’s frames and mirrors. Artist and Designer, Wendy Spicer Heiges, is featuring mixed media picture frames, mirrors, as well as jewelry, studied design at Drexel University. She creates her compositions using acrylic paints and papers on various shaped mirrors and frames. Spicer Heiges attributes her work style to lessons learned through study and practice. Works created from different cultures and periods in history inspire her. Ceramic artist Shawn Heiges is inspired by the interdependent and changing communities of the natural world. She focuses on creating organic vessels and groupings connected by their shared environment and shifting life cycles: birth, growth, degeneration, and death. Raku and barrel firings transform the clay color and surface of her work, yielding vivid hues and/or charring the clay body to appear aged and fossilized. For more information about Beginnings and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.
The Adams County Arts Council invites participants, their families, and the community to join us for the Youth Recyclable Art Contest/Exhibit awards ceremony taking place at 6pm on April 21, 2022. Over 70 entries from county-wide students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, will be awarded cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners in five categories, including the new Repurposed Art category and Best in Show. Also announced at the ceremony will be our People’s Choice Award winner. Voting for this award will end on April 21st at 6pm and can be done any time prior by visiting the beautiful exhibit on display at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg. The center is open from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Please call for available evening and weekend hours. All are encouraged to arrive early to the awards ceremony for refreshments and to enjoy the fantastic entries we received. A non-profit 501(c)(3), the mission of the Adams County Arts Council is to cultivate an arts-rich community. To see our full list of programs, make donations or learn more about this program, visit our website at www.adamsarts.org. Featured image: Entries from 2022 Youth Recyclable Art Contest/Exhibit
The 2022 edition of History Meets the Arts will be held Friday April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday April 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Gettysburg Fire Company Community Room, Rear 35 N. Stratton St., Gettysburg PA 17325 . Admission is free. The event is presented by Lord Nelson’s Gallery & Gettysburg Custom Framing Since its inception back in 1998, the History Meets the Arts show in Gettysburg, PA has hosted up to 75 artists at any one time. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the following artists in person, and see/purchase their latest works. Original paintings, signed prints, powder horns, sculpture, folk art, hand forged knives, books and more. Artists appearing in 2022 so far include: Steve Auvenshine, John Barrett, John Buxton, Kyle Carroll, Bill & Wayne Fluke, Brad Fountain, Jennifer Frantz, Dale Gallon, Robert Griffing, Wayne Hyde, Todd Price, Keith Rocco, Tim Sanner, Bradley Schmehl, Larry Selman, Jeff Shaara, Bryant White, Pamela Patrick White & David Wright.
Three art exhibitions, each with a different approach, background, and raison d’être opened on last night’s First Friday. At Gettysburg College’s Schmucker Art Gallery is the Spring 2022 Juried Student Exhibition and a collection of works by Baltimore-based artist James Williams II. Williams was the show’s juror for the artwork created by students during the 2021-2022 academic year. First Prize was awarded to Peter Tarricone for a video piece. The Juror’s Prize went to Cyndy Basil for an oil on masonite. The show continues until April 30. At Waldo’s is Black Habits, a show presented by Indigenous Glow and featuring pieces by The Cooper Project 73, AIim Leggett, and Zaid Muttalib. Indigenous Glow, founded by local residents Blessing F Shahid and Faa’id Chosen Shahid works to promote the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. Works are on display through April. The Adams County Arts Council presents the 25th annual Land Conservancy of Adams County Art Auction. All of the 60+ pieces in the show are for sale and may be bid on at biddingowl.com/LCAC. Items are on display and bidding continues through April 20. Featured image: Oil on masonite by Cyndy Basil [Gettysburg Connection]
Gettysburg college students will display their artworks at the Schmucker Gallery on the Gettysburg College campus from March 25 through April 30, 2022. The juror’s talk is on April 1 at 5:00 p.m. and the opening reception is April 1 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The juror for the show, Baltimore-based artist James Williams II, will be presenting his works in the gallery from March 25 through – April 16, 2022. Artist’s reception will be April 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and the artist’s talk will be April 1, at 5:00 p.m. James Williams II is a curator and interdisciplinary artist who works across painting, sculpture, and photography. He has exhibited widely in Baltimore, Chicago, and NYC. Williams is the recipient of the MFA Joan Mitchell Foundation award and is a semifinalist for the 2022 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Originally from Upstate New York, Williams now lives in Baltimore. He received his MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College Art (MICA) and currently teaches at MICA. Williams’s work uses satire and visual riposte to challenge the ambiguity of the Black construct as both an object and abject. What started as an inquiry about the discursive formation of the Black race by his then five-year-old daughter followed his investigation into the subject within American society both past and present. The Black construct is complicated, fluid, and unreliable with anthropomorphic qualities. The “truth” of race and its complexities are intrinsic to our lives, yet as his daughter reminds him daily, it’s not as complex as we make it. The use of various photographic, technology, and fiber materials blended within the painting is an attempt to find a childlike understanding of the inaccuracies and indecisiveness of racial classifications of Black Americans and the achromatic color they both share. Featured image: Left: James Williams II, Eve, 2021, velcro, resin, oil on canvas and panel, 16 x 12 in.; Right: Marz Smeltzer ’21, Modern Venus, 2019, copper wire
“Eastern Characters, Western Characteristics,” a display of paintings by Shuchen Udden contemplating Eastern themes rendered in Western art forms, is on display daily at the Majestic Theater’s art gallery now through the end of May. Born and raised in Taiwan, Udden has lived most of her adult life in the United States, where she also self-trained in art. The oil paintings Udden selected for this show represent Chinese script or Asian architecture, but rendered by Western means rather than more ephemeral methods typical of Chinese calligraphy and arts. “Every time I return to Asia, I become more aware of certain things that I once took for granted,” explained Udden of the inspiration for her work. “ Certain things make me mindful pf my own cultural hybridity, something Taiwanese are particularly prone to. This is especially true when I look at architecture and the Chinese script,” said Udden. Udden explained Chinese calligraphy and painting processes often involve fast-drying ink on silk or paper, and often leave little room for revision. Working in oils, however, means a work can take much longer to complete, are slow to dry, and enable subtle modifications to details over time.“These express where I truly am in my life: always two places at once,” concluded Udden. “The Majestic Theater is honored to share Shuchen Udden’s colorful and fascinating paintings with our patrons and visitors,” said Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel. “Her artwork gives us a glimpse of Taiwan which is so often in the news, but so few of us have had the privilege to visit.” The exhibit is open to the public daily during regular box office hours, Monday through Saturday, 12 – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street. The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a gathering place for its campus and community to celebrate the arts together.
The Adams County Arts Council will feature oil paintings by Anita Williams and acrylic paintings by the Carella Family during the month of March. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The program, “Forces of Nature,” will be featured in the Gallery. Anita Williams says of her work, “My art celebrates the movement and spirit of nature. Whether I’m working from observation or imagination, nature is always the initial spark of inspiration. I grew up among the salt marshes and pine barrens of southern New Jersey. I now live in the oak and hickory forest of central Pennsylvania. I love them both. I try to walk in the woods every day. I observe, I record beauty using a sketchbook, a camera, my phone or my memory. I take these recordings to my studio where I try to recapture my feelings in paint. I am not trying to copy nature, but I am trying to paint the way that nature inspires me. I hope to transfer these feelings to the viewer.” The Carella Family Exhibition combines acrylics and mixed media works to be featured in the Reception Hall. Fabio Carella blends his passion for artistry and cooking in his paintings and both express his emotions and life experiences. For more information about Force of Nature, The Carella Family, Ecoscapes and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events, or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.
The Adams County Arts Council will feature Ecoscapes, an exhibition of photographs by Jody Shealer and ceramics by Shawn Heiges during the month of March. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 5-7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Ceramic artist Shawn Heiges is inspired by the interdependent and changing communities of the natural world. She focuses on creating organic vessels and groupings connected by their shared environment and shifting life cycles: birth, growth, degeneration, and death. Ultimately, outdoor raku and barrel firings transform the clay color and surface of her work, yielding vivid hues and/or charring the clay body to appear aged and fossilized. Jody Shealer’s passion for photography comes from a strong desire to capture those moments and share her world of creative adventure. What started out as a hobby has become a way for her to reconnect with nature. The simple act of sharing her images for others to enjoy brings her endless gratification. “God creates the beauty; my camera and I are the witnesses.” For more information about Ecoscapes and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.
The Adams County Arts Council will feature their annual Instructors Show and All County Student Show during the month of February. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, February 4, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The Adams County Arts Council will be participating in the First Friday Chocolate walk. The wearing of masks is encouraged. The Instructors Show, exhibited in the Gallery, features 2D and 3D artwork relating to some of the classes offered at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center throughout the year. Arts Council Program and Gallery Director, Wendy Heiges, says “stopping by to see the show is a great way to get to know a bit about our instructors and enjoy their original artwork inspired by the classes they teach at the AECenter. We hope the show encourages you to take a class with us.” The All-County Student Show exhibited in the Reception Hall features artwork by selected high school students from Bermudian Springs, Fairfield, Gettysburg, Littlestown, Biglerville and New Oxford High Schools. New Oxford’s Art Teacher, Amy Slonaker, says, “This is what it’s all about! Opportunities to recognize students by showcasing their talent and love for creating is a high priority at New Oxford High School. We are excited to be back in school full time to generate ideas so students can explore and produce their own works of art.” Isabelle Kirkpatrick, a senior at New Oxford High School says, “I focused on realism and created portraits of my family members this year as I coped with loss and illness. It means the world to me to be able to display my work and encourage young artists who are going through difficult times to use their art as a form of expression and coping.” For more information about the Instructors Show, The All-County Student Show, and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. Featured image artwork by New Oxford High School senior Isabelle Kirkpatrick.
View all Adams County Art Exhibitions A selection of recent works by Gettysburg College’s studio art faculty – Mark Warwick, Tina Gephart, Austin Stiegemeier, John Kovaleski, Henry Gepfer, and Amanda Berg – will be on display at Schmucker Art Gallery starting January 28. Gallery Talk: January 28, noon-1pm Opening Reception: January 28, 4:30-6:30 pm Schmucker Art Gallery offers meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and surrounding region through diverse art exhibitions and related programming. The Gallery is committed to fostering an enriching environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity, and connection. Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. www.gettysburg.edu/gallery email@example.com Featured Image: Austin Stiegemeier, grave digger atom splitter, oil on linen, 69 x 52 in, 2020
The Adams County Arts Council, 125 South Washington Street, will be celebrating the opening exhibitions of Bermudian Springs High School, Littlestown High School, and Alloway Creek Elementary School student work, along with works by Warren Tracy Davis and Elsie Shackleton on Friday, January 7, 5-7:00 p.m. for a First Friday opening reception. The shows will remain up through the month of January. The reception is free and open to the public. Masks are required. In the Gallery, “Community” is an exhibition featuring thirty-nine student artists from Bermudian Springs High School, Art Teacher, Kim Robinson. Their collective artist statement, “Individually we are different, but collectively in the art room we are one community. We think, plan, and celebrate growth and encourage one another to persevere through struggles. We make mistakes and figure out how to make them work. We are art students.” In the Reception Hall, The Choice Based Art Exhibition features work by Littlestown Area SD students and Alloway Creek Elementary students, Art Teachers Jill Rakowicz, and is a show celebrating the art of choice in the art room, or TAB. Choice based art is a method of teaching in which students learn to use art making processes. The results produce well-planned works of art that demonstrate originality, and a unique perspective from each student. For more information about Littlestown and Bermudian Springs Art Exhibitions, Warren Tracy Davis and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, and other news and events from the Adams County Arts Council, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006. The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.
John Kamerer, a local Gettysburg photographer, has been photographing flowers for over 20 years and displays his photographs at his gallery, Monumental Photography Gallery. “I worked in advertising at J. Walter Thompson for over 40 years,” said Kamerer. “There, I made television commercials for well-known brands and then moved to Gettysburg in 2003.” After retiring from advertising and moving to Gettysburg, Kamerer began taking photographs of flowers he grew in his garden. He began exhibiting his work in art festivals and participated in photography and art shows until September 2019. “In December 2019, I bought Monumental Photography Gallery,” said Kamerer. “Then, the pandemic hit in March 2020, and I had to shut down until July 4, 2021.” After being closed for over a year, Kamerer reopened the gallery Fridays through Sundays in the afternoons and began showing at art shows again. The first was at the Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville. There, he had the opportunity to interact with people again and show his work. Kamerer is interested in photographing colorful flowers. “I am known for my photographs of sunflowers,” he said. He grows lots of them in his own garden and takes photographs of them. Kamerer said he wants to continue photographing sunflowers as that is what he is known for, and it separates him from other photographers. “I have built up a fan base by focusing on sunflowers,” Kamerer said. “And people keep coming back to see what is new.” In addition to photographing sunflowers and other flowers in his garden, he has started painting the frames his photographs are in. “Painting the frames of the photographs gets me noticed, as people haven’t seen it before,” he said. People who visit his gallery are excited to see new things and painting the frames has reinvented his photography by expanding the flowers outside of the frame. “The hardest part of being a photographer is having to motivate yourself when you are alone,” said Kamerer. “In order to get a good photograph, you have to take advantage of what is in nature and what appears even when you don’t want to.” Kamerer said that the photographic process is very nuanced and keeps you on your toes as you have to stop and take a photograph of what is out there when the light is good. “Because of the spontaneity of nature, I have to carry my camera with me and be ready to take a photograph,” Kamerer said.” This results in every photograph that he takes having a story. Kamerer intends to keep taking photographs of flowers and nature, but the building the gallery is located is being sold by the end of the year. Beginning in the new year, he will focus more online and sell his art out of his home at 317 Buford Avenue. This new location will be open by appointment. Monumental Photography Gallery is located at 18 North Washington Street. Stop by Friday-Sunday afternoons or call 717-253-5004 to visit the gallery by appointment.
December 7 through March 4, 2022 Gallery Talk with student curators: December 7, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Dec. 7, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Under the direction of Prof. Yan Sun, Gettysburg College students examine diverse depictions of workers and scenes of labor to consider issues of identity, equality, and injustice across cultures and historical periods. Works by artists Lewis Hine, James VanDerZee, and Pablo O’Higgins are included in this exhibition, alongside original posters from the Chinese Cultural Revolution and photographs from the Meiji Period in Japan, among others. The exhibit is on display at the Schmucker Art Gallery, Schmucker Hall, Gettysburg College. Gallery Hours- Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Gallery Closed Dec 19 through Jan. 17 for Winter Break) . Masks are required while in the Gallery.
On display at the Gettysburg Majestic Theater Art Gallery through November are a series of works by Gettysburg College Adjunct Assistant Professor Robert Patierno. Patierno is an internationally renowned printmaker, draftsman, and painter whose strongly graphic and powerful works have been exhibited throughout the United States and across Europe. Patierno’s prints, paintings and drawings reside in the permanent collections of the Frans Masereel Centrum Pour Grafiks, Kasterlee, in Belgium; the Erie Art Museum; the Lancaster Museum; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania; the U.S. Department of State, Art Bank; and those of many universities. His exhibits and shows are numerous enough to make recounting impractical. Corporations, museums, and individual collectors alike continue to acquire his work. As a founder of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Patierno spent more than two decades developing its Fine Arts Department, as well as chairing it before leaving in 2003 to devote himself to making art. His production capacity is evidenced by his many and frequent exhibitions – including outdoor murals in his home state of Pennsylvania. “Art making is my attempt to make order of chaos, so in this sense my work is observational in nature. What I perceive must be simplified, readjusted, and then the personal image surfaces, disinterested to a large degree. I think any subject looked at with a careful mind’s eye, becomes significant. The Art object itself is not as important to me as the resulting conversations that occur with my audience.”