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All Set for a “Mad” Masquerade Party

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

Don’t you just love the word “masquerade?” According to Merriam-Webster:

Masquerade – 

a :  a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costumes
b :  a costume for wear at such a gathering

2:  an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show

Origin of MASQUERADE: Middle French, from Old Italian dialect mascarada, from Old Italian maschera mask; first known use: 1587

What a rich history, and what a colorful word!

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Here at the Adams County Arts Council, the annual Masquerade Party has become a tradition–14 years strong, this year, and it never fails to be a colorful event that features many colorful characters.

Be sure to join us for the 14th Annual CenturyLink Masquerade Party this year, set for October 24. “Alice in Disco Wonderland” is the theme, featuring live music by the Colgan-Hirsh Band with the Slammin’ Horms. Costume or formal wear/mask is requested. Held at the elegant Gettysburg Hotel, 1 Lincoln Square, this event is one of the arts council’s major annual fundraisers. Secure a dinner/party combo ticket (7 pm) or party-only ticket (8 pm) through this link. (Hint: make sure your computer or phone volume is up, when you click on the link.)

There are some fantastic possibilities for this year’s costumes! To give everyone a helping hand, here are some “mad” brainstorming ideas along the Alice in Wonderland, as well as the Disco, themes:

  • Alice (of course!)
  • The White Rabbit
  • Tea party
  • The Mad Hatter
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Cheshire Cat
  • 1970s Disco era
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • The Village People
  • KC & the Sunshine Band

And for a fun trip down memory lane, let’s rewind the clock to 2010. I turned to fellow ACAC Marketing Committee member Nanette Hatzes, who snapped dozens of pics at the 10th Annual event, which featured a fun Hollywood theme. Enjoy some of her highlights!

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– All photos courtesy Nanette Hatzes

Time Well Spent with Paint and Wine

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

10494637_1438922073062932_4388369497265544773_nAs the passing days of my life turn into months and years, I realize I am running out of time to become the next van Gogh.  I have been pretty busy raising children and working over the past several years, and I haven’t taken much time to practice painting.  Yet I have always wanted to know how to paint. I often find myself viewing the world in watercolors, imagining beautiful sky-scapes on canvas, wishing I knew how to capture the beauty of a fall day in a painting. I have also always wanted to win an Oscar for best actress, but we’ll stay focused here and keep it real.

Last fall, I registered for a watercolor class at the ACAC. Committed to cutting out a little time just for me, I impressed myself with my ability to carve out the three hours a week to attend the class, only to experience a head-slapping V-8 moment when I was reminded that if one wants to become fluent in any creative process, she has to practice, preferably daily.  I hadn’t cut out the time to practice.  I had literally budgeted my time to the minute just to be able to attend the class.  Our instructor suggested we set up an area in our homes where our paints were always accessible, which sounded wonderful, but I knew with a heavy heart from day one that this was not a class I would be able to continue with any success at this season in my life.

Although I highly recommend the class and the instructor, I confess my paints have remained in the closet for the most part since last year. They come out every now and again on a random Saturday when my daughter and I have a few hours to play with paint together.  Now that it’s fall again, Sunday afternoons leave us a few hours clear of distraction while the boys in our house watch football, so maybe we’ll paint then, too.

I had resolved to put my dreams to master painting aside for the time being, when another opportunity presented itself.  I was intrigued to hear about the Paint and Wine Nights hosted at the ACAC, taught by instructor Marie Betlyon Smith.  During these monthly evening classes, the ACAC provides paints, easels and brushes, while Marie supplies a sample painting, accessible instruction, and music. Students are invited to munch on snacks and enjoy the beverages of their choice, while Marie leads the class through a complete work, from start to finish, in just a few hours.  No experience is necessary.  Seriously.  Absolutely none.  I went to my first class on August 7, and painted this: mypainting

 

There are a variety of people who come to the class – regulars committed not to miss a class, dabblers like me who will fit it in when we can, people who have never touched a brush, and some avid painters who may not even paint the subject matter presented, but who enjoy the opportunity to paint in community.  The result is a truly lovely evening of relaxation and creativity with interesting people, complete with the satisfaction of a finished painting to bring home.

Marie leads her students through the process of her sample painting, but artists are free to vary the palette and subject as they wish.  I pretty much followed the example during my first class, but next time I might branch out a little more, like my classmate, Jim McCabe, who decided to zoom in a little closer to the moon.

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Left: Marie’s sample painting for the evening
Right: Jim’s interpretation of the subject

I enjoyed the opportunity to work with a new medium (acrylics), to see how Marie was able to break down the painting into simple steps, and to discover what I could do.  I was able to practice painting without any worry about when I might get to practice again, thanks to a meaningful starting and ending point during an evening I can commit to one month at a time.  I enjoyed food and wine with friends, new and old, while listening to good music.  The energy of the room that evening was pretty magical.

August Paint Night

The October paint night is already sold out, but there are more scheduled. Not available evenings? ACAC is also offering some daytime offerings.  So grab some friends, or come out for a solo-adventure to meet new friends.  Set aside some time one evening or afternoon to let your inner-Picasso come out to play.

Upcoming classes are:

Thursday, November 6 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 4 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, December 8 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

All classes are held at the ACAC Education Center on 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg.  You can register for the November class here or call (717) 334-5006 for more information.  Links to register online for December should be available soon.  Cost for the class is $36.

This is the lovely painting being offered for the December afternoon class, taught by Marti Yeager:

 Moon-at-SunsetHope to see you there!

 

Stoneware Fish, Monkey Muffins and More Summer Highlights

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks
Edible Art Campers

Edible Art Campers

“She said she loved camp everyday!” That is just one of the dozens of rave reviews pouring into our office, in the wake of the ACAC Summer Arts Camp schedule. Now that school is back in session, we miss the excitement and creativity sparked by children dancing and skipping through our building, making all kinds of colorful projects—some of them even edible, and seeing their fantastic imaginations at work. We hope we sparked a life-long appreciation of the arts, and we hope they return for After School Classes and/or next year’s Summer Arts Camps.

Sewing Camp!

Sewing Camp!

Until then, we are thankful for much positive feedback and want to share a few reviews:

  • Mr. Jack is wonderful. Kind and patient! Great instructor!
  • I am impressed with the quantity, variety, and quality of projects. She liked the drawing projects best.
  • This was an amazing camp and it definitely met all my expectations.
  • End of class presentation was excellent.
  • Mr. Gilmore was an excellent instructor and the class project was enjoyed by my son.
  • They came home talking about all the great things they learned each day!
  • The best (comment) is “look what I can do!”
  • Enjoyable experience – nice that parents/siblings can have some tasty treats too.
  • “I love it Mom! The teachers are so nice. We make great food!”
Learn to Play Guitar Camp

Learn to Play Guitar Camp

Fun with Impressionism Camp

Fun with Impressionism Camp

On the questionnaires, parents were asked to rate their child(ren)’s arts camps on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest rating. When we tallied the results, we found that:

  • More than 8 in 10 parents gave us a rating of “5.”
  • 95% of all parents rated our camps as being either a “4” or “5.”
  • For enjoyment of projects, parents’ average rating was 4.86
  • Parents’ average rating of summer arts camp teachers was 4.89
  • Did the class meet your expectation? Parents’ average rating was 4.77.
Photo Camp project!

Photo Camp project!

Fun with Weaving Camp

Fun with Weaving Camp

What did your child enjoy most? Here are just a sampling of the happy answers:

  • Making stoneware fish
  • Rolling the dough for monkey muffins
  • Using the big loom
  • I liked making new friends
  • The watermelon cake
  • Working with the candy clay
  • Creating comic book
  • Making a mug
  • Learning how to make pottery on wheel. Lots of fun!
  • Making the apron
  • Making the bracelets
  • Having a nice teacher
Preschoolers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

Campers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

What projects were your child’s favorites? When asked this question, we received more than 100 different answers. So, we got creative and made a piece of “word art” to demonstrate the answers! The larger words were responses we received multiple times. Enjoy!

Fave Art Projects Summer 2014

 

Are you inspired? Click here for our current Class Schedule including all Adult Classes, Preschool Classes and After School Classes. And enjoy a few more summer memories, below:

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Under the Sea Camp

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Dance Camp!

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Comic Book Camp

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Cooking Extravaganza campers enjoy their soft pretzels

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Edible art creations!

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Cooking Extravaganza Camp

 

Have I Got a Story for You!! Storytelling and More Camp

Have I Got a Story for You!! Storytelling and More Camp

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Sewing is Fun Camp

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