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Xuchialt Artists and Upper Adams High School Art Students featured in May

Posted on: April 30th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

Written by Wendy Heiges, ACAC Program Coordinator

Nicaraguan Dancers

Nicaraguan Dancers

The Adams County Arts Council will showcase the artwork of five artists from the Taller Artistico Xuchialt of Leon, Nicaragua during the month of May in the Reception Hall at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street.  The show will include artwork by students, Xuchialt teachers and Adams County artists.  A First Friday reception on May 15-7:30 p.m. will feature a 15 minute full costumed demonstration of traditional dance starting at 5:30 p.m.

The 5 Nicaraguan artists will feature artwork produced at the Taller Artistico Xuchialt School of Art, which is supported by Project Gettysburg-Leon.  The four year program is officially accredited by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Culture and teaches over 120 students each year.  Gina Robinson of Project Gettysburg-Leon says, “All of the teachers are volunteers. They do this for the love of art. It’s a very exciting thing for the arts community to have people so passionate about sharing their arts and culture.”

Marlon Moreno, Xuchialt artist

Marlon Moreno, Xuchialt artist

The Xuchialt artists are scheduled to teach a Primitivista Paint Night at the ACAC on Tuesday, May 5th, from 6-9 p.m. during their three week visit.  The evening will feature folkloric dancing, Nicaraguan folk music and primitivista painting, a bright and colorful form of Nicaraguan painting with common themes of flora, fauna, community life and historical events.  Robinson comments, “It’s a true cultural exchange.  They’re teaching us, we’re teaching them.  This is a chance to share in the growing friendship between Leon, and Adams County.”

The Upper Adams High School art students under the instruction of Lisa Harman will be showing their 2D and 3D artwork in the Studio at the Arts Education Center during the month of May, as well.  A May 1st First Friday student reception will be held in the studio from 5-7:00 p.m.  Their artwork will remain hanging through mid-June.

Upper Adams student work

Upper Adams student work

To register for the Primitivista Paint Night, or for more information about the Taller Artistico Xuchialt exhibit, the Upper Adams High School student show and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, news and 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’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Painting by Bryan Diaz

Painting by Bryan Diaz

Artist Spotlight: Sally Becker

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by Lisa Cadigan

sally beckerWhile exploring the gully and stream behind her childhood home at the age of five, Sally Becker found clay. Over 50 years later, her Iron Blue Gully Studio sits above that very clay deposit. The iron-rich, bluish clay is a reminder of her first experiences with nature and art, inspiring her work, along with the memories, landscapes and history of her childhood home.

Sally’s mother was not a professional artist, but believed in the importance of art, and shared that belief with her children. Sally took art classes outside of school, and developed the philosophy that art is good for everyone from an early age. Later, she took many courses in clay, as well as drawing, painting and photography, while working toward her BFA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She went on for a Masters in Education from Penn State, which she credits with improving her effectiveness as a teacher. An elementary and high school art teacher for 40 years, Sally describes herself as the jack of many trades, working in a variety of media.

Sally retired from teaching two years ago, which has opened up opportunities to work in her studio. Ten years ago, she began exploring Encaustic painting, a medium of hot wax and pigment, which originated in ancient Rome. She was able to study this medium with Michael Campbell at Shippensburg University.

Sarah_M_Becker_Memory_Bank_Barn_frontThere’s a lot of clay in her studio, too, but she often mixes media: clay sculptures often have images carved into them, or she will draw with colored slips. She also enjoys drawing with pastels, ink, pencil and graphite. “When I retired, I thought I would start this studio for the fun of it,” Sally says. “But I’m beginning to think there’s more. I am continually drawn to what’s around me where I grew up, landscapes, memories, animals, historical aspects of the farm. I want my family to see these things and remember from my point of view. I want to find a way to get people to think; to make them stop and look.”

fish plateIt makes sense that this urge to inspire people to notice the beauty around them is still with her after 40 years of teaching. Fortunately for our community, Sally continues to share her inspiration and skill teaching classes at the Adams County Arts Council. This session, she is teaching Beginning Drawing and Introduction to Soft Pastels. This summer, she will offer two camps: Turn Songs into Paintings, for ages 8-10 from June 8-12, and 3D Architectural and Figurative Sculpture, for ages 11-14 from June 22-26. Her work can also be seen at numerous ACAC Exhibits and Instructors’ Shows throughout the year… including clay pieces inspired by a 5-year old’s delightful discovery.

 

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Award winning artist Carol Herren Foerster to exhibit drawings at the ACAC in April

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015 by Karen Hendricks
Bok Choy by Carol Herren Foerster

Bok Choy by Carol Herren Foerster

Award winning artist Carol Herren Foerster will be exhibiting a selection of pencil drawings in the Studio at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center during the month of April.  The Arts Council will host an artist’s reception on Friday, April 3rd, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center located at 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg.

“Drawings by Carol Herren Foerster,” represents a range of pencil drawing artwork to include portrait drawings on a larger scale, as well as drawings from nature.  Foerster, with more than 40 years of experience, approaches each piece with a fresh eye and credits her ability to successfully convey light and shadow with each piece by “working from left to right to avoid smearing the graphite.”

Foerster will be offering some tips on how to draw in black and white areas and discussing her pencil drawing techniques on Wednesday, April 22, 1-2:30 p.m. at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center.  The fee is $15 and registration is open.

Click here for more information about Spring 2015 classes at the ACAC including Foester’s pencil technique class, or call (717) 334-5006.

The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

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