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Art and Music: Like PB & J

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

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Peanut butter and jelly… peas and carrots… best friends like Bert and Ernie, Snoopy and Woodstock… Rock and roll…

These are all things that are linked together. What famous pairings come to mind for you?

How about art and music?

Wendy Heiges, Adams County Arts Council Program Director, believes the two art forms work together in perfect harmony.

“Music sets the mood and evokes emotions, inspires us, moves us and promotes artistic creativity,” she explains. “Music can serve as an incredible tool—consider how education is enhanced through music. For example, we all learn our ABCs by singing them to music.”

These are some of the reasons the ACAC is offering numerous Children’s Summer Camps that integrate art and music, offering children multi-sensory, creative experiences:

Start with Art for Pre-Schoolers, June 15-19 (ages 3-4), 9:30-11:30 am   Begin a lifelong passion for creativity by exploring art through music, movement, crafts, stories and more. Cultivate your child’s imagination and develop early learning skills while having fun with new friends and activities. A different theme every day!  Ann Walsh $105 (member $98) Register

Ballerinas & Bears, June 22-26 (ages 3-5), 9:30-11:30 am  If you’re a beginner ballerina or dancer, this fun-filled class is for you!  You’ll learn the elements of ballet and creative movement, wear your favorite costumes, and we’ll have a dancing teddy bear party and performance last camp day.  Hope VonSas $90 (member $83) Register

Turn Songs into Paintings, June 8-12 (ages 8-10), 9-12 pm  Do colors have sound? Can music become shapes? Learn how artist Kandinsky used shapes and colors as “notes” to make visual artwork. Create your own collection of unique paintings using watercolor, pastel, & printmaking skills while listening to music. Sally Becker $155 (member $145) Register

Check out the full listing of nearly 40 Summer Camps 2015 by clicking here and register your child(ren) today!

Or give a gift certificate to a special child in your life so that he/she can attend a summer camp (call 717-334-5006 to learn more) and please note that camp scholarships are available (click here for info–scroll down to “Children’s Summer Camps”).

 

 

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.

Artist Spotlight: Melissa Swift and the Recyclable Art Contest

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by Lisa Cadigan

20150327_152842_resized“If you can see beauty in everything, you are an artist.” –Anonymous

Melissa Swift has been teaching art at Fairfield Elementary School since 2007, a position she filled after Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) Board Member Louise Garverick retired. Melissa credits Louise with connecting her to ACAC and introducing her to the Recyclable Art Contest and Exhibit, an event sponsored by the Gettysburg Recycling Committee and McDonald’s, which invites students across Adams County to submit pieces constructed entirely of recyclable materials. This year marks the show’s 20th year, making it the most long-lived event at the the ACAC.

Before inviting her students to showcase their work at ACAC, Melissa holds her own contest at Fairfield Elementary. Participation is voluntary – it’s not a graded project. The children work on their recyclable art projects at home, but the kids look forward to participating every year. She does set aside one day of class time to talk about why it’s important to recycle and to show examples of past projects, encouraging students to think about how they can turn someone else’s trash into an aesthetically pleasing treasure. This year, she discovered students had already started their projects before she even announced the contest. Fairfield Elementary’s contest boasts 48 entries this year, all of which will be invited to participate in the exhibit at ACAC. “There were actually fewer entries this year than last,” Melissa said, “but they are all of high quality, so they will all be invited to participate.” Melissa works hard to teach the children how to transform their work to its highest potential, worthy of aesthetic appreciation.

For the ACAC contest and exhibit, each student may submit one work of art that does not exceed a size of 36 inches in any direction, and that is constructed entirely of recyclable materials. The projects are rated by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:

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Claudia Bricker (2nd grade) points to her garden collage constructed with all recycled materials. Claudia received First place in 2014 in the Fairfield Elementary Show.

  • integration and transformation,
  • creativity, individuality, originality and uniqueness
  • and presentation.

Cash prizes are awarded to the top four entries in each of the following categories:

  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

One piece will be selected as
best in show.

Artists are invited to submit their projects on March 31 and April 1, and the show will open to the public for First Friday on April 3. Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 18. A People’s Choice award will also be presented – be sure to visit the show to cast your vote, and reinforce the message that if we stop to look long enough, there truly is beauty in everything.

Some photos of the Fairfield Elementary entries for 2015:

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Photos: A Magical Evening with Kelly Corrigan

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

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It was most likely the largest crowd ever assembled in the Adams County Arts Council–close to a sellout crowd enjoyed a fun evening full of laughter and great conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan last Friday, March 20. Many thanks to all who came!

Also a huge thank you to the following sponsors:

Event sponsors:

ENJOY the following photos, capturing the FUN spirit of the evening, by photographer Casey Martin. (Tip: Keep an eye out for some of these photos to appear in the next issue of Celebrate Gettysburg magazine.)

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Setting the scene for a lovely evening: live jazz music by Pomona’s Trio

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Lively bidding–some of it competitive–on the evening’s silent auction items!

 

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WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital President Jane Hyde (Title Sponsor) with author Kelly Corrigan and Adams County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Glatfelter

 

 

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Event Co-Chair Lisa Cadigan welcomes the crowd

 

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The one and only Kelly Corrigan!

 

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Attendees enjoyed meeting Kelly and having their copies of Glitter and Glue signed

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There were even a few brave men in attendance!

 

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The event’s planning committee, the ACAC Marketing Committee with Kelly Corrigan

 

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What made the committee laugh? Kelly said, “Remember it’s almost ‘the best part of the day.'” (You had to be there… to get the joke.) :-)

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The Similarities Between The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen & Glitter & Glue’s Kelly Corrigan

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks
Kelly Corrigan - "Will Travel for Charity" - coming to the ACAC this Fri, March 20!

Kelly Corrigan – “Will Travel for Charity” – coming to the ACAC this Fri, March 20!

By Elle Lamboy, ACAC Marketing Committee Member

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after you read a good book cover to cover.

A feeling that I’ve missed since my son Brooks was born and he introduced me to the wonderful world of motherhood. Suddenly, he gets any and all feelings I can handle.

Thankfully, my membership in the Adams County Arts Council re-invigorated my love of reading by introducing me to Kelly Corrigan’s new memoir, Glitter & Glue (coming to the ACAC this Friday! Click here for details!)

On a recent road trip to New Jersey, with Brooks snoozing in the back seat, I made my husband’s day by saying, “Sorry, babe, I won’t be too chatty this car ride. I’m going to read Glitter & Glue.”

As he feigned disappointment he replied, “Good for you…I haven’t seen you read a book since The Hunger Games.”

I read The Hunger Games series in 2011.

As I finished the last page of Glitter & Glue on our return trip home and closed the cover with a great sense of accomplishment I looked at my husband, with tears in my eyes, and said, “That book made me want to laugh, cry, and call my mom all at the same time.”

“Sounds quite different from The Hunger Games,” he said.

At first, I agreed with him. But, the more I thought about it; there are actually several similarities between Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist in The Hunger Games, and Kelly Corrigan of Glitter & Glue.

They Are Both Anti-Establishment

In The Hunger Games novels, Katniss bands together with fellow revolutionists to rebel against the Capitol’s corruption.

In Glitter & Glue, Kelly is fighting to get out from under her mother’s roof stating, “Things happen when you leave the house.”

While Kelly’s mother longed for her to, “…walk out the door and go to an office, like everyone else,” Kelly had other plans. She craved “life experience” and the only way for her to obtain that was to hop on a plane with her best girlfriend and head to Australia.

They Are Both Unlikely Caretakers

At the start of The Hunger Games Katniss is running around the woods with her best friend, Gale, shooting her bow and arrow and hating everything conventional. Yet, when her sister is in danger of heading to the Hunger Games, she sacrifices herself and fights in her place. She steps into the role of caretaker again with Rue and Peta.

Kelly may have gone to Australia to break free from work and obligations but she ironically ends up landing the most stressful, heavy, rewarding, and laborious job in the world—childcare. Being a nanny to young kids is challenging in a “normal” family situation. But, Kelly cares for two children who lost their mother to cancer. They not only need someone to take them to school, cook them dinner, and go to the park, but also someone to make them feel whole again. It seems like an impossible order for someone like Kelly. But she goes from considering herself a “weird new appendage hanging off the sagging mobile that is the Tanner family” to “feeling so much” for Milly and Martin Tanner.

They Are Both Survivors

Katniss is the epitome of a survivalist. She keeps her family and community afloat while living in District 12 and comes out as victor in the Hunger Games.

Kelly is a modern day survivalist. She manages to survive and thrive as nanny and surrogate mother for the Tanner family. Later in the book, she’s a successful author and mother of two. She has a loving marriage. She is a caring and present daughter. She’s a philanthropist. She’s an inspiration.

Sure, reading about Katniss fighting for her life and the lives of everyone in the other districts was exciting. But, as a new mom, there was nothing more inspirational or hopeful than the end of Kelly’s book. When she realizes that even after all her exciting trips around the world, exhilarating book tours, and a high-powered career, the greatest adventure of all is daily survival alongside her family.

They Both Gain An Appreciation For Their Mothers

Katniss starts out resenting her mother, but develops a new admiration for her when she sees her caring for other warriors and, later, for herself.

Kelly goes through a similar transformation throughout Glitter and Glue. When she first leaves for Australia she can’t wait to get away from her mother. But, as she finds herself in the “mom” role with the Tanner family, she begins to listen to her mother’s voice in her head instead of mocking it.

Before Kelly left for her trip she preached that there is no “poetry” in words of complacency like, “ground-beef special, informational interview, staff development.” Yet Kelly finds herself miles away from home, gaining her “life experience” by emulating her mother, “…stockpiling hamburger meat, sorting through hair dyes, demanding eye contact, staring down the occasional adversary.” But, she’s not resentful, or ashamed. In fact, she “ find[s] the likeness kind of exhilarating.”

Unlike Katniss’ journey, Kelly’s adventure rang very close to home for me. As a new mom, I find myself appreciating my mother, and moms everywhere, in a very different way. And while I tended to fight my mom’s voice ringing inside my head when I first moved out on my own, I find myself searching for it now and, like Kelly, smile when I do something my mom did or yell something she screamed at me over and over again.

But, I must say, some nights as I’m trying to get dinner on the table after my 9 to 5 with two hungry boys yelling my name, life is also a bit like The Hunger Games.

Artist Spotlight: Linda Fauth

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks
Linda Fauth, "at home" in the ACAC's kitchen

Linda Fauth, “at home” in the ACAC’s kitchen

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and seems like the perfect time to profile a culinary instructor who enjoys focusing on “spring greens.”

Linda Fauth, long-time consumer science (“home ec”) teacher, may be retired, but she is still enjoying sharing her culinary and creative skills with a new group of students of all ages, through classes at the ACAC.

A native of Red Lion, in nearby York County, Linda says she inherited many of her talents from her mother. “She was a great cook and seamstress,” Linda explains, “So the apple didn’t fall far from the tree!”

After graduating from Albright College with a degree in family & consumer science, a move to New Jersey, and the earning of her master’s degree in education, Linda settled in Adams County in 1978.

She taught numerous classes including culinary and nutrition classes to middle schoolers in the Upper Adams School District, for more than 30 years, retiring in 2011.

Since then, she has taught numerous adult and children’s classes at the ACAC, including a tofu workshop; one of the highlights was creating a chocolate silk pie made with tofu.

“I have good, standard recipes I’ve used for many years, but I’m always trying new things,” Linda says. “Cooking Light is my favorite book and magazine for discovering new recipes.”

A previous class participant

A previous class participant

Linda is always modifying her classes, especially to reflect the trend towards more healthful eating.

Her next class for adults, “Spring Market Cooking,” includes several recipes featuring kale, considered one of the healthiest, nutrient-dense foods.

Spring Market Cooking!  Thursday, May 14, 6-8:30 pm Learn creative ways to prepare healthy appetizers, entrees and desserts using kale, asparagus and spring’s lush bounty.  Prepare and eat a kale salad, Portuguese kale soup, fruit salsa, a light entrée and something sweet and sumptuous for dessert.  Linda Fauth, $45 ($42 member) Register

One of Linda's former ACAC students proudly displays her edible creation!

One of Linda’s former ACAC students proudly displays her edible creation!

Linda also enjoys teaching 9, 10 and 11-year olds, through summer arts camps at the ACAC. Three years in a row, she has taught students how to make kid-friendly dishes they can easily replicate at home: smoothies, soft pretzels, mini pizzas, macaroni and cheese, and more.

“Sewing is Fun” is another popular camp Linda has taught for several summers. She abides by a special motto when it comes to her students’ creations. “I always tell my students they should like their projects and finish them—I always stay after class to help students finish sewing their projects if need be.”

Here are Linda’s upcoming 2015 summer arts camps:

Sewing is Fun! July 27-31 (ages 9-11) 1-4 pm  Spend the week learning both hand and machine sewing skills and see how easy sewing can be… and fun too!  Choose your own fabric and create your very own chef’s apron, a tote bag, and decorative pillows. Linda Fauth $152 (member $142) Register

Cooks in the Kitchen July 20-24 (ages 9-11), 9-12 pm  Begin your journey into the culinary world by learning about nutritious fun foods. Develop confidence around the kitchen- learn about proper measurements, safety issues and what kitchen tools to use! Make favorites: soft pretzels, orange julius, ice cream, mac and cheese, and fresh salsa and more! Linda Fauth $160 ($150) Register

Previous "Sewing is Fun" campers

Previous “Sewing is Fun” campers

One of Linda's previous kids' cooking camps

One of Linda’s previous kids’ cooking camps

Previous "Sewing is Fun" campers

Previous “Sewing is Fun” campers

Spending time in the kitchen isn’t a chore to Linda: “The kitchen here (at the ACAC) is awesome—it’s so easy to set up and involve the class in the cooking process. Afterwards, there’s plenty of room for us to eat as well!”

When she’s not cooking at the ACAC, Linda enjoys spending time as a food and wellness volunteer through the Penn State Extension Service, making presentations to schools, business meetings, and other groups. One of their current programs is called Dining with Diabetes.

She also enjoys sewing for her grandchildren; her latest creations have included dresses, a Hawaiian shirt, a puppet theater, and alphabet charts.

Linda says her favorite, prized recipe of all time is a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, for sticky buns. But she also enjoys making sourdough starter, baking bread, cakes, cookies and cream puffs.

Her neighbors likely consider themselves very lucky. She says she often shares her culinary creations with them—but along with those tasty treats comes a request: She always asks for their honest feedback on all new recipes. Sounds like a delicious relationship!

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An ABC chart Linda made for her grandchildren

 

 

 

 

Waldo’s Arts Community & Diane Cromer to exhibit at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center in March

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

By Wendy Heiges, ACAC Program Coordinator

Artist: Chris Lauer

Artist: Chris Lauer

Waldo’s Arts Community artworks and Diane Cromer’s artworks will be on display at the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington Street, during the month of March.  The ACAC will feature Waldo’s 2D and 3D artwork in the Gallery and Diane Cromer’s collection of artwork in the Studio and will host a First Friday reception from 5-7:30 p.m. on March 6th.  Along with the show openings, ACAC instructors, Jack Handshaw and Bert Danielson will be on hand to demonstrate their craft and The Storytellers will be performing live music as part of the First Friday festivities.

The Waldo’s Arts Community, formerly Waldo’s on Stratton, will demonstrate their diverse range of style and subject matter, to include painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, printmaking, hand lettering and jewelry.  The 10 member group has been working separately and creating separately to prepare for the March 6th opening.  Prior to closing their doors last fall, Waldo’s was an active group of artists whose mission was to support and nurture the creative community.  The idea behind Waldo’s was to introduce young people to the creative lifestyle of art and music.  Founding member, Chris Laurer, says, “it will be a neat experience for this particular community of artists to come together as a group and show our work together.”  Lauer continues, “We have a few new members and I’m pleased that we’re still growing and finding new artists to be a part of this community.”

Artist: Diane Cromer

Artist: Diane Cromer

Also on display in the Studio through the month of March is a collection of realistic wildlife and landscape paintings and drawings by Hanover artist, Diane Cromer. Cromer, a self-taught artist started painting 30 years ago and is inspired to create work that conveys her appreciation of nature.  She says, “I like to place the viewer in the environment of the subject.  Our daily emotional survival depends on seeing beauty.”

For more information about Waldo’s Arts Community, Diane Cromer, other Arts Council exhibitions, art classes, news and events at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, call (717) 334-5006 or visit us today!

Gettysburg’s very own “Van Gogh” works with some of the biggest names in the performing arts

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

We are thrilled to partner with Graphcom and Celebrate Gettysburg magazine as media sponsors for the March 20 event, An Evening with NY Times Best-Selling Author Kelly Corrigan! Today we spotlight an extremely creative and colorful division of Graphcom, Field and Floor FX:

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Have you ever created a 7-foot tall cotton candy treat? Doug Gardner, director of Field and Floor FX, has. No, this particular cotton candy won’t give you a monster-sized cavity, because it’s a prop.

Doug and the team at Field and Floor FX, a Graphcom company here in Adams County, work with some of the biggest names in performing arts. They print digital flags, floors, and costume fabrics, as well as create larger-than-life props for illustrious programs like the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, of Santa Clara, California and Onyx Color Guard, of Dayton, Ohio.

Working hand in hand with the creative minds behind these performing groups, Field and Floor FX translates their vision in 3D, which often involves being elbow deep in paint, or whittling out impossibly cool props like the Michelangelo of high-density foam.

In a feat of visual interest, Field and Floor FX worked with Cypress Independent Color Guard, of Houston, Texas to create luggage props for their show, which, through reflection and stylistic approach, is an ode to the personal life of Marlene Dietrich.

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“There is a high degree of competition with and between the ensembles we work with,” Doug says. “We work with talented show designers to bring their visions to life. The inclusion of creative props can catapult the overall look of a show making it unique and setting it apart from the competition.”

The impact created by the oversized and scaled luggage pieces did just that for Cypress. The pieces were created using high-density foam blocks and were enhanced by vinyl graphics on all sides giving a 3D look from a distance, though the luggage pieces were actually flat on all sides.

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The Field and Floor FX team also created a number of show-stopping props for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps 2014 production of Scheherazade. “It is incredibly rewarding to take someone’s vision and create something unique that surpasses their expectation,” Doug says. “The challenge with these creative endeavors is that not only must they be visually pleasing and help the ensembles tell their story, but they must also be extremely durable and logistically functional.”

The first of the projects for Scheherazade were 24 lightweight stacks of pillows that were utilized by performers during the production. Performers danced on top of them and created various staging opportunities that lent to the overall dramatic effect of the show. The pillows were hand carved from high-density foam for durability and strength. They were then hand painted. The last step to give the impression of real, sumptuous velvet pillows was to apply added detail through vinyl graphics. The finishing touch on this project was to attach tassels to each pillow, a design element that also connected the props to the drum corps’ costumes. (Click here for a brief YouTube clip of the performance, including the “pillows!”)

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This performance included unique feather fans created by Field and Floor FX to add to the overall effect and theme of the show. The bases of the fans were created using vacuumed form molded medallions.  Doug added ostrich and peacock feathers in a variety of colors to compliment the style and color pallet of the show design and costumes. Reflective mylar tape was added as a detail and special effect to catch and reflect the light giving the fans a majestic appearance.

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Field and Floor FX also created large-scale props using design elements that reflect and compliment the overall style and period of the show. The backdrops were created using vinyl graphics that were applied to contour shaped high-density PVC board. The colorful design element was carried over and used throughout the entire production. The large-scale props, fans, and pillows work together as a whole to paint a picture for the audience.

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Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” If this is indeed true, it is no wonder that all of the detail put in to each Field and Floor FX creation does its part to create a great show for the performing groups lucky enough to work with them.
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 To learn more about Field and Floor FX, click here!

Artist Spotlight: Anna (Fetter) Robison

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Lisa Cadigan

Anna-fettucine-handsCulinary Arts Instructor Anna (Fetter) Robison Shows How Food Is Art, Appealing to All of our Senses

I first met Anna (Fetter) Robison when she was the head chef at Pomona’s Woodfired Bakery Café (now Fidler & Co. Custom Kitchen) in Biglerville.  From the beginning, her talents in the culinary arts were obvious: the restaurant was always filled with people and delicious smells – the aromas were just a teaser to the tastes that followed. It was also impressive to watch her craft beautiful and tasty dishes while managing a kitchen staff often made up of her siblings. The oldest of six, Anna grew up in Cashtown with a strong sense of family. Watching her run a kitchen, it was obvious she and her brothers and sisters hold each other in high regard and with mutual respect. She runs a tight ship, but acknowledges, “Yelling isn’t good for anyone. Respect is a two-way street.”

Anna left Pomona’s to focus on time with her family, and she approaches parenting in the same no-nonsense, fun-loving, mutually respectful way she runs a kitchen. Mom to a precocious and adorable five-year-old who also loves to cook, once a week Anna encourages her daughter Emily’s creative exploration by allowing “experimental soups” for dinner, which Emily makes and serves to the grown-ups. Anna respectfully tastes whatever is served. After all, if Emily is expected to eat what is in front of her, Anna feels it is important to offer the same respect. That said, Anna admitted with a smirk that when her daughter’s “soups” are too difficult to choke down, she and her husband might creatively distract Emily before cleaning their plates in the sink. Some day they will all laugh about this together.

Cooking adventures with her daughter have inspired many of the children’s classes Anna teaches for the Adams County Arts Council. Earlier this year, she offered a Mommy & Me Frozen-themed cooking class, inspired by the popular movie. This summer, she is excited to offer a Princess Cooking Camp, where students will be introduced to cuisines paired with the appropriate princesses, including dishes like New Orleans-style jambalaya, inspired by Tiana of The Princess and the Frog and a sea-foam smoothie and shell pasta salad, inspired by Ariel of The Little Mermaid.

pasta-dishIn addition to her wonderful work with kids, Anna is also a culinary artist with much to offer adults. Her specialties include fresh pasta and seafood dishes. These evening classes can be a great alternative to a typical night at a restaurant – students enjoy a social evening of learning, interaction and great food. The experience offers food that is not only delicious, it’s also beautiful. Tantalizing smells fill the classroom-kitchen. The culinary arts allow students to experience food with all five senses, making it a uniquely appealing art form.

Anna is thoroughly enjoying her teaching experiences at ACAC, and she aspires to teach full-time some day. A graduate of the Gettysburg High School Tech Prep Culinary Arts program, she had all good things to say about her experience there, and would ultimately love to return as a full-time instructor. In the meantime, you can find her working at Hickory Bridge Farm, a family-style restaurant in Ortanna, and teaching all she can at ACAC.

A Taste of Anna’s Talents

Anna-pastamachineIs this article making your mouth water? Come see Anna on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 pm, when she offers Pasta, Pasta, Pasta! Students will learn to make delicious pasta dough for ravioli and lasagna, as well as a collection of sauce recipes. Register here!

Anna has also graciously volunteered to coordinate the catering and food service for the ACAC’s upcoming event, Glitter and Glue: An Evening with Kelly Corrigan on March 20. This promises to be an exciting evening of good food, live music, and a wonderful presentation and book signing by NY Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan. The event is part of Corrigan’s “Glitter and Glue for Good,” (#ggforgood) benefitting a variety of non-profits across the United States. Register here!

Marcia Gregorio Leads Book Discussions Set for March 10

Posted on: February 26th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

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The article below has been corrected, to reflect a weather-related postponement. The book discussions originally set for March 5 have been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10 at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Long-time Gettysburg High School English teacher Marcia Gregorio will lead two free book discussions on Thursday March 10 at 12 noon and 7 pm at the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC), Gettysburg, focused on New York Times best-seller Glitter and Glue, leading up to an appearance by author Kelly Corrigan on her nationwide paperback release tour benefitting nonprofit organizations such as the ACAC. Corrigan’s appearance at the ACAC is set for March 20 at 6:30 pm.

“Relationships, families, generations… there are lots of layers and themes woven into the book Glitter and Glue,” explains Gregorio.

“It’s a coming-of-age story—Corrigan makes the discovery that her mother is a bigger force in her life than she realizes,” Gregorio says. “But more than that—Corrigan writes about coming full circle in her life and that’s what makes the book so interesting. I’ve never read anything exactly like it—it’s a unique book.”

The March 10 book discussions are free and open to the public; Gregorio encourages people to attend regardless of whether they have read Glitter and Glue. She believes the themes within the book will spark interesting discussions. “Enjoying literature, and helping others enjoy literature is something I find satisfying,” she says.

Gregorio, who taught high school English at Gettysburg Area High School for 21 years, is the mother of three children raised in the school district. She is now enjoying retirement including spending time with her grandchildren. Gregorio began her career by teaching French at a private high school in Haverford for seven years; she earned a master of arts degree in English literature from Shippensburg University and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College.

Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan

Registration for the March 20 event “Glitter and Glue: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Kelly Corrigan” is $35 and includes:

  • a paperback copy of Glitter and Glue
  • the chance to meet and hear Corrigan speak
  • hors oeuvres and free wine
  • live music by local jazz group Pomona’s Trio
  • much more!

A limited number of VIP registrations are available for $50 including preferred seating and placement at the head of the line to meet Corrigan and have books personally signed. The event is a fundraiser for the ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community. Registration is available by clicking here or by phone, 717-334-5006. The event is being held at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg.

Glitter and Glue is a Ballantine Trade paperback, a division of Random House, published on February 17. Corrigan has now published three New York Times best-selling books, The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. Corrigan’s previous books explored her battle against breast cancer, as well as her relationship with her larger-than-life father. Click here to explore Kelly Corrigan’s website.

The March 20 event is presented by the ACAC in partnership with title sponsor WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and media partner Graphcom/Celebrate Gettysburg magazine. Additional corporate community sponsors include: Carol Cook, Certified Doula; Gettysburg Dental Associates; Re/Max of Gettysburg – Suzanne Christianson; and Thrivent Financial – Jim Dunlop.

Book reviews for Glitter and Glue include: “Corrigan remains a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family,” (People) and “This is the ordinary brilliance of Kelly Corrigan, the irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight,” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Ballentine Trade’s publicity materials state, “Reading a book by Kelly Corrigan is like having a heart-to-heart with your smartest, funniest confidante, and Glitter and Glue is no exception—it brims with hilarious, honest prose that will be sure to have everyone talking.”

Transforming the Patient-Family Experience through Art

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

Join us in saluting WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, title sponsor for the March 20 event, Glitter & Glue: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Kelly Corrigan. We are thrilled that WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital recognizes the value and correlation between the arts and well-being. Read all about their current initiatives supporting this bond:

By Will Lavery, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Public Relations & Marketing

Wellspan-WEBPutting the needs of our patients first, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation recently established a special fund to support WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s commitment to offering an exceptional patient-family experience.

The WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Patient Experience Fund provides financial support for important projects and initiatives that directly impact the patient-family centered experience, including art and music therapy, establishment of healing environments throughout the hospital campus, and much more.

Two current initiatives supported by the Patient Experience Fund and the hospital’s continual focus on the patient-family centered experience are the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Healing Garden and Healing HeARTS program.

A focal piece of the patient-family centered experience for the hospital this year will be this spring’s grand opening of a healing garden on the hospital campus. The healing garden will be a space specially designed to provide a refuge for patients, families and staff.  Our hope is that the garden will provide comfort, inspire strength, reduce stress, and promote a sense of well-being.

The new healing garden at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital will be a space where patients, visitors and employees can spend quiet, reflective time and renew their spirits as they deal with health challenges or stress.  When it is complete the healing garden will be located outside of the first floor Diagnostic Testing waiting area.  The garden will feature a new paver walkway and benches. New trees, shrubs and perennials will be planted. The space will provide a true area of reflection that is vital to a facility dedicated to healing and hope.

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Seeds of Hope floral art tiles

 

The development of the Healing HeARTS program at the hospital is designed to benefit those who receive care, those who provide care, and those who wish to deepen their wellness and self-healing. The project will support a transformative hospital environment to promote hope and healing through the arts, reducing stress and anxiety for patient, families and staff. Artwork displayed at various points in the hospital will be healing in nature, reflective of the Adams County community and rich history of the region, and complement the healing environment of the facility.

One Healing HeARTS effort already under way that will showcase the power of visual arts is through the vivid colors of Seeds of Hope floral tiles hand-painted by Canadian artist, Jeremy Bortz.  The art pieces are available for purchase as individual tiles or gardens that will be placed at designated locations throughout the hospital.

With these efforts WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital is just scratching the surface of tapping into the healing power of art and its relationship to the experience of our patients and family members. We believe they play an important part in our efforts to provide an exceptional care experience for every patient who enters our doors for care.

Call for Entries for Juried Art Exhibition

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Karen Hendricks
Karen Coyle of Scott & Co Fine Jewelers present the 2014 Best of Show Award to Robyn Jacobs of Littlestown.

Karen Coyle of Scott & Co Fine Jewelers presents the 2014 Best of Show Award to Robyn Jacobs of Littlestown.

Calling all artists!

The Adams County Arts Council invites submissions to its 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, May 29 – June 19, 2015 in Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College.  Any person over the age of 18 is eligible to submit work for consideration by juror Cristin Cash PhD., Associate Professor of Art and Director, Boyden Gallery, St Mary’s College of Maryland.

Awards total $2,750 with a $1,000 prize for Best of Show. There is a $30 entry fee for Adams County Arts Council members and a $45 entry fee for non-members.

Entry forms and membership information are available online (click here) or by contacting the Arts Council at aa@adamsarts.org or (717) 334-5006.

This event has been gaining momentum over the years, and is now one of the most reputable juried arts competitions in the Mid-Atlantic region. This is thanks in great part to the wonderful partnership we enjoy with Schmucker Art Gallery (see the gorgeous exhibition photo below from last year!) and the Gettysburg Fest, June 12- June 14.

The 2014 Juried Art Exhibit, Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College

The 2014 Juried Art Exhibit, Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College

Don’t delay–the deadline for submissions is March 13. Please forward this link to all of your artist friends!

 

Glitter and Glue: The Book and The Event

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Lisa Cadigan

trade paperback cover“If you had asked me, after I graduated college, whose voice I would hear in my head for the rest of my life, I’d have said some combination of my dad’s and my roommate Tracy’s and Jackson Browne’s. I would have continued with ten or twenty or two hundred others before I got to my mom. But now, give me almost any situation – termites, refinancing or back pain, mean girls or sibling rivalry, a child’s despair, a husband’s inattention, or my own spikes of rage and regret – and watch how fast I dial her number.” –Kelly Corrigan, Glitter and Glue

Mother and daughter. Daughter and mother. The first relationship a girl has with another girl is with her mother. And although sisters and girlfriends are important throughout life, I didn’t truly understand the significance of the women in my life until my mid-thirties – when I found myself in the thick of all the notions that had previously been glorious abstract ideas of youth:

When I graduate college…

When I get married…

When I have children…

By the mid-to-late 30’s, for many, these are no longer fantasies. I was certainly in it by then: child-rearing and marriage and juggling family responsibilities with a job; attempting to create and channel a great vision of life with family, while managing the lives of multiple people and hoping I didn’t miss any of the important details. During this time, my girlfriends and sisters and mother achieved a greater status. They understood what I was – what I am still – going through. The women in my life witness the evolution of my children with me. They understand that life is not at all what we expected it would be, but crazily beautiful nonetheless. And I certainly hear the words of my mother in my head and coming out of my mouth on a regular basis.

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan
(Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

I first “met” Kelly Corrigan on Facebook, when someone shared her youtube video, “Transcending.” After watching it, I immediately did the following:

  1. Got a tissue to blow my nose and wipe the smeared mascara from my face.
  2. Shared the video with my beloved circle of women friends.
  3. Googled “Kelly Corrigan” to see if there was anything else she had written.

I found her second memoir, The Middle Place. The book would have a prominent place on my nightstand over the next few weeks.

Each of Kelly Corrigan’s three memoirs (Lift, The Middle Place, and Glitter and Glue) is presented from a unique perspective through the filter of a different special relationship. Reading all three, I never felt like I was reading the same story twice; just uncovering layers of a life that feels familiar, while making me laugh and cry in all the right places. While The Middle Place focused on Kelly’s delightful relationship with her father during both of their cancer experiences, her newest memoir, Glitter and Glue, reveals the family’s foundation of strength, when her mother explains, “Your father’s the glitter, but I am the glue.”

In Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan masterfully reflects on her experience as a nanny in her twenties, with a young family whose mother died too early. A survivor of breast cancer herself, Corrigan illustrates how this early-adult experience has grown more poignant through her own life, while the voice of her own mother gains prominence as she mothers and evolves as a woman. Her mother’s words wisely appear throughout the memoir in italics – the voice in Kelly’s head providing a sense of peace and safety to the cards life deals her. All of this is woven together with her thoughts and experiences as a twenty-something. I found myself viscerally remembering what it feels like to be fresh out of college; peeking at the world through idealistic and “worldly” twenty-something eyes, while also knowing what’s to come to put it all in perspective. I imagine the book reads differently, but with equal captivation, for a younger audience.

THE ACAC EVENT: An Evening with Kelly Corrigan

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Last spring, as a loyal subscriber to Kelly’s e-newsletter, a message arrived in my inbox announcing the release for the paperback version of Glitter and Glue. In the e-mail, Kelly wrote, “I kind of have this fantasy about a book tour that helps raise $1 million for various non-profits around the U.S. through a network of smart, philanthropic, entrepreneurial women… wouldn’t that be SO COOL?”

I had met with ACAC Executive Director Chris Glatfelter just days earlier to discuss the possibility of bringing in a popular author to do a reading or speaking engagement as part of a fundraising event, so the e-mail felt a little like Kelly was reading my mind. I immediately sent a proposal to invite her to our arts council, and she accepted. The Adams County Arts Council is now part of a nation-wide philanthropic Glitter and Glue tour.

Reading her work makes me want to know more about Kelly, her experiences and the wonderful characters that people the Corrigan family. On March 20, we will all have that opportunity.

Join us on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm for an evening with Kelly Corrigan, as she celebrates the paperback release of Glitter and Glue. Your $35 registration for this fantastic evening includes:

  • Wine and hors d’oeuvres
  • Live music presented by local jazz group, Pomona’s Trio (Lisa Cadigan, vocals; Bret Crawford, saxophone; Marc Jalbert, guitar)
  • A presentation by the engaging Kelly Corrigan
  • A paperback copy of Glitter and Glue
  • An opportunity to have the author sign your book.

Don’t want to wait in a long line to check in or to have your book signed? Want to enjoy preferred seating at the event?  Register as a “VIP” for just $15 more.  Your additional contribution supports the Adams County Arts Council, making it possible for us to bring you more events like this one, serving our mission to cultivate an arts-rich community.

We can’t wait to welcome Kelly to the ACAC, and we hope you will join us!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Click here for a preview of Kelly’s thoughts on Glitter and Glue:

 

 

Fight Cabin Fever with the ACAC

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

Cold January days are here, but the arts council had two fantastic events this weekend that can help you combat “cabin fever:”

Have movie moxie? Let your trivia skills shine at our Jan 9 Trivia Contest!

Have movie moxie? Let your trivia skills shine at our Jan 9 Trivia Contest!

The Pike Restaurant, 985 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, will offer a special Trivia Contest on Friday, January 9, from 6-8 p.m. to benefit the Adams County Arts Council.  Draft a team of up to eight players or join a team that evening and test your general knowledge of subjects like pop culture, sports, history, movies, geography, music and literature.  Cost to play is a $10 donation per person to the Arts Council. Each member of the winning team receives a $20 gift card from The Pike. For more information about the trivia contest or to reserve a table, contact the Pike at 717 334-9227.  For more information about Arts Council classes, programs or membership, contact 717-334-5006aa@adamsarts.org, or visit adamsarts.org.

It Happened One Summer by Dianne Lorden

It Happened One Summer by Dianne Lorden

Eight accomplished artists, members of the Gettysburg or Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters groups, will be coming in out of the cold for a Plein Air Paint-In at the Center on Saturday, January 10. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon, you’re invited to see how these artists approach a plein air-type painting and watch as different interpretations of the same bouquet or still life emerge.  The paintings, which may be purchased either framed or unframed, will go on sale from noon to 2 p.m.

Enjoy hot beef vegetable, carrot ginger or crab soup (eat-in or take-out) served up by Arts Council members. You may also choose to purchase soup in hand-carved stoneware bowls by potter Lori Nelson.

There is no admission charge for the event. The artists, all of whom are donating their sales to the Arts Council, include event organizer Barb Ebaugh, Cortez Lawrence, Paul J. Gallo, Claire Beadon Carnell, Larry Lerew, James Bricker, Kim Stone and Dianne Lorden.

Snow date for the Paint-In is Saturday, January 24.

The Arts are a Gift for Future Generations

Posted on: December 17th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

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In the world of education, where test scores are often valued above participation in the arts, we are losing sight of the fact that academic success depends on creative thinking.  According to pbs.org and a report by Americans for the Arts, “young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.” A Gallup study on entrepreneurship concluded creative thinking is the crucial trait shared among successful entrepreneurs.  Also reported on pbs.org, “A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts.”

If we know the arts are responsible for building future generations of creative thinkers (not to mention, happier people), shouldn’t we invest in that endeavor?

Preschoolers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

Preschoolers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

In 2014, at the Adams County Arts Council provided enriching arts experiences for:

  • 246 pre-K children, who will likely be better prepared to thrive in a school environment than peers who did not participate in such programs;
  • 299 summer campers, who developed their minds and bodies with movement classes, culinary classes, painting, textiles, clay and collage;
  • 174 high school and middle school students, who enjoyed after-school classes in the new Eat Smart – Play Hard program, which teaches the benefit of good nutrition with a creative twist;
    Adult students enjoy a Paint & Wine evening with Marie Betlyon Smith

    Adult students enjoy a Paint & Wine evening class

  • 1,558 students, who enjoyed artistic experiences with Artists-in-residence; and
  • 663 adults, who continued on a journey of lifelong learning through a variety of art classes.

Twenty-two percent of the children who took classes did so on a full scholarship, thanks to ACAC’s commitment to provide access to lower income families.

These gifts given to our community by the Adams County Arts Council are trends to build upon.  So we are asking you to please give back, and pass it on.

Give Back…And Pass it On
From December 16 – 18
, ACAC will be raising funds online to ensure the continued ability to provide our community with enriching experiences, activities and educational opportunities.  Our goal is to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, and you can help.

  1. Give Back.
    There are plenty of reasons to say thank you, and your gift helps ensure the continued creative spirit that thrives in our community.
  2. Pass It On.
    Share this article with everyone you know!  Use social media accounts, and email your entire address book.  The more engaged our community becomes, the more the arts will thrive. And the more the arts thrive, the richer all of our lives become.
  3. Stay Tuned. Watch and share our Facebook and Twitter posts from December 16-18, as we track the progress of the campaign.  The more you help share the news, the more successful we will all be! Also, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our email list (enter your email address in the upper right hand corner of this page).  Learn about all of the opportunities ACAC has for you throughout the year.
Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

We thank you in advance for your gift. Donors of $50 or more will receive recognition on the blog and in a special holiday email greeting following the campaign. Givers of $250 or more will be entered into a raffle for a free class at the ACAC this January or for a ticket to our upcoming event with NY Times Best-selling Author Kelly Corrigan in March.

Enjoy this season of giving!

 

In the Spirit of Gratitude

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

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grat·i·tude (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.

Holiday traditions encourage us to take pause and to appreciate the many gifts we receive throughout our lives, so often taken for granted.

As you reflect on the things for which you are thankful this year, and make your list of gifts to give, please remember the organizations in our community that add so much to our lives, like the Adams County Arts Council.

Why should I be thankful for ACAC?
In 2014, ACAC provided our community with educational opportunities like camps, classes and brown bag lunch seminars.  Artists-in-residence shared their expertise providing creative experiences for over 1,500 students. There were social opportunities like the Masquerade Ball, the summer fiesta and Tea with Mamie. There were exhibits throughout the year, both at the Center and throughout the community in places like the Farmer’s Market and Hauser’s Winery, as well as a Juried Art Exhibition at Schmucker Hall, which attracted more than 100 artists.  There were community partnerships like the AOK summer musical, Tarzan, and the evening with scholar and retired  Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, whose Lincoln stories were coupled with a lovely culinary experience, thanks to a partnership with Wendy Allen of Lincoln into Art.

2014 was a year of giving for the Adams County Arts Council, which is constantly evolving with new ways to cultivate an arts-rich community.

From December 16 – 18, ACAC will be raising funds online to ensure the continued ability to provide our community with enriching experiences, activities and educational opportunities.  Our goal is to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, and you can help.

Give Back…And Pass It On.
Acknowledging the treasury the arts provides to our community, can you give a gift back to the arts this time of year? It’s simple to ensure that the arts will continue to thrive in Adams County for years to come: just give back, and pass it on. Both steps are important, and we appreciate your support.

1. Give back.
Beginning tomorrow, and continuing through Thursday, ACAC is hosting a special online fundraising event. Make your gift of $50, $100, $250 or in any amount you have to give by clicking here. We are hoping to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, but we need your help!

2. Pass it on.
Share the gift of giving with your friends through your social media accounts or by email. Passing this post on to as many people as possible will build our creative community, ensuring future success.  Click the icons below and share, share, share!

3. Stay tuned. If you haven’t already subscribed, please sign up to receive emails from ACAC (Enter your email address at the top of this page, on the right.) Learn about all of the opportunities ACAC has for you throughout the year. And watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as we update progress of this fantastic online event!

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

We thank you in advance for your gift. Donors of $50 or more will receive recognition on the blog and in a special holiday email greeting following the campaign. Givers of $250 or more will be entered into a raffle for a free class at the ACAC this January or for a ticket to our upcoming event with NY Times Best-selling Author Kelly Corrigan in March.
Enjoy this season of giving!

3rdThursdaynoon: Elsie Singmaster Society

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

brown-bag-lunchThe Adams County Arts Council’s Brown Bag Lunch Series, 3rdThursdaynoon, continues on Thursday, December 18 at 12 p.m. at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg with featured guests, Sue Hill and Carolyn George, members of Gettysburg’s newly formed Elsie Singmaster Society, who will present Elsie Singmaster’s Stories to Read at Christmas. There is no admission charge for this hour-long program.

A Gettysburg resident from 1901-1958, Elsie Singmaster (1879-1958) was a nationally recognized author whose fictional topics included the Pennsylvania Germans and the Battle of Gettysburg.  She was once called “Gettysburg’s First Lady” by town contemporaries because of her achievements and her leadership participation in the Gettysburg community. Happily, local residents have recently rediscovered Singmaster whose significant literary work and public legacy were nearly forgotten. Singmaster won an O. Henry Award for her Pennsylvania German short story, “The Courier of the Czar” (“Saturday Evening Post,” June 7, 1924) and a Newberry Award Honor Book recognition for her Gettysburg novel, Swords of Steel (Houghton Mifflin, 1934). Stories to Read at Christmas (Houghton Mifflin, 1940) is a collection of Singmaster Christmas stories published to read aloud during the holiday season. Susan Hill and Carolyn George will each read a story from this collection.

Susan Hill is the author of Heart Language: Elsie Singmaster and Her Pennsylvania German Writings (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009).  Carolyn George is a long-time Adams County resident whose appreciation of her adopted home’s history is being greatly enriched by Elsie Singmaster’s writings.

The 3rdThursdaynoon series will take a winter hiatus with no programs in January or February and will resume on March 19.

For more information about Arts Council classes, programs, or membership, visit www.adamsarts.org, or call (717) 334-5006.

Give from the heART this holiday season

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

It’s less than two weeks until Christmas and the ACAC can help you complete your gift-giving, with style! Here are 3 ways you can give from the heART:

 

1. “Buy local” at the ACAC’s Holiday Show

Holiday ShowHundreds of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items are currently on display at the Arts Education Center, 125 S Washington Street.  What better way to “buy local” and find gifts with local flavor that also fill the gaps in your gift-giving lists. Your purchase not only supports the ACAC, but also benefits local artists and craftspeople. And, aren’t one-of-a-kind gifts the best option for the most treasured people in your life?

(Click here for more Holiday Show info)

2. Gift a gift with “class”

Give the gift of a yoga class!

Give the gift of a yoga class!

While you’re visiting the ACAC, check out our upcoming class and workshop schedule. Why not pre-pay for a friend or loved one to take a gourmet cooking class, a stained-glass workshop, or have fun at a paint & wine night? Better yet, sign up yourself so you can take the class together in the new year. Some of the best gifts are often experiences rather than things.  And the arts are a gift that keep on giving—once a skill has been learned or an experience is had, it is forever in our hearts.

Not sure which class your friends/family members would enjoy? Give them a gift certificate to the ACAC instead. Nationally, gift cards are the most requested holiday gift item for the eighth year in a row. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person purchasing gift cards during the 2014 holiday season is projected to spend $172.74. The ACAC makes it easy to follow this trend!

3. Take care of “the person who has everything”

arts are a giftMake a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit Adams County Arts Council in honor of your special someone.  Your $50 donation is a gift not only honoring the person you love, but it continues giving to people of all ages who will have access to more art and beauty in their lives thanks to your gift.

Donate $50 or more during December 16-18, and watch the progress of our Give Back-Pass It On campaign on Facebook and Twitter.  Donors will be recognized on the blog and with a special holiday email greeting following the campaign.  Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more info!

Enjoy giving from the heART this holiday season… and sharing the gift of the ARTS!

Mary Luquette: Art is the “Key” to Life

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

“Art has brought healing to my life. But it’s not only about that. To put art ‘out there’… it’s fantastic to have others benefit from viewing it and learning about my story.”

Mary Luquette of Gettysburg believes art truly saved her life. It’s the “key” to her story…

Mary Luquette (Photo Credit: Karen Hendricks)

Mary Luquette (Photo Credit: Karen Hendricks)

“Growing up, I wanted to be a fashion designer but my parents said ‘no—be practical,’” she explains. “I always sewed, always had an interest in art and fiber, and although it wasn’t the focus of my career, I got into quilting.”

Mary Luquette 4She says quilting and fiber arts came naturally to her. “I have always felt as though I ‘know colors’ and can put different colors and fabrics together.”

But woven into the fabric of her adult life, were the tragic deaths of five family members including her husband.

“Life didn’t make sense, so it didn’t make sense to continue quilting,” Luquette says. “But creating fiber art as a form of expression brought tremendous healing.”

“I was surprised that I was also successful. I was seeing a counselor for the grief and she asked if I was going to keep them (the fiber artwork) under my bed forever. So I started showing and selling them.”

Mary Luquette 1The first art exhibition she entered was the Adams County Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Juried Arts Exhibition in 2005 and Luquette was awarded the prestigious “Best of Show.”

“It was an amazing feeling,” Luquette says. “Fiber art is more accepted today as ‘real’ art. But (nearly 10 years ago, in 2005,) I expected a painting or sculpture to win.”

That first award was a validation of her artistic talent; simultaneously, Luquette was also winning awards for her athletic ability. Running had become another outlet for her pain, and she became a successful triathlon and marathon competitor.

Even though Luquette had quickly become an award-winning artist, she realized two important things: “I wish art could pay the bills, but it’s very tough to make it financially as an artist,” she explains. In her ‘day job,’ Luquette works with autistic children.

Mary Luquette 6Secondly, she realized that she needed to deepen her artistic skills through classes at the arts council.

“I decided I wanted to study the basics because I never really considered myself a ‘real’ artist. I thought it was important to learn the basics—color and form.”

Luquette signed up for drawing, photography and painting classes, and is currently in her third series of drawing classes with Sara Little. “I think every teacher here at the arts council is very passionate about their subject. With Sara, I love her honesty—she’s very critical and she will give you feedback on how to fix your drawings.”

Mary Luquette 5She encourages others to take advantage of the wide range of classes available at the arts council. “My advice is to sign up,” she says. “People who say ‘I can’t’… all they need to do is practice. I don’t say ‘I can’t draw.’ Instead, I say ‘I don’t practice enough.’ That’s all it is.”

“You can’t expect to draw like DaVinci. Just like you can’t expect to run a 5K right away. You start walking and before you know it you’ll be running. I learned how to swim at the age of 60. I’m open to learning new skills. Everyone can learn–it provides an outlet. Some aspect of art is important to express who you are.”

Mary Luquette 3Luquette has taken numerous fiber art classes including week-long sessions in New York state. She estimates that she’s created hundreds of collage and/or fabric art pieces by now.

“Last year my sister died of Alzheimer’s Disease at age 54. I’m inspired to continue creating, by life events,” she says. “The arts are a great way to express things when we can’t verbalize them.”

You could say that art is the key that unlocked her ability to cope with life’s ups and downs… a defining statement from Luquette, especially considering the meaning of “Luquette,” a Canadian/French surname that refers to the occupation of a locksmith.

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To check the ACAC’s list of current classes, click here

To contact Mary Luquette, click here for her email address

To learn more about her story, click here for JourneyThroughGrief.com

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ANNOUNCING: “GLITTER & GLUE” IS COMING TO THE ACAC

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

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Glitter and glue… sounds like the makings of a fun afterschool program resulting in sticky fingers and colorful sprinkles of glitter covering the floor.

But no! Glitter & Glue is an event designed for adults—parents and grandparents alike—and we promise there will be no sticky fingers involved.

Glitter & Glue is the title of an exciting new book released by author Kelly Corrigan. It’s receiving rave reviews, so we are thrilled and honored to snag this incredibly-talented author for an appearance during her upcoming book tour!

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Here are all the juicy details:

Enjoy an evening with New York Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm including a lively author presentation, wine and hors oeuvres, live music by local jazz group Pomona’s Trio, and much more.

Your paperback copy of Corrigan’s latest book Glitter and Glue is included in your $35 ticket. Corrigan, a Pennsylvania native, examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and daughters in Glitter and Glue. “This is the ordinary brilliance of Kelly Corrigan, the irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle.

Location: the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street.

A limited number of VIP registrations are available for $50 including preferred seating and placement at the head of the line to meet Corrigan and have your book personally signed.

Register: 717-334-5006 or www.adamsarts.org. Proceeds benefit the non-profit ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Just a little more “glitter” in the form of book reviews:

trade paperback cover“Kelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart…[here] Corrigan turns the microscope on her relationship with her own mother…And through her own experience of caring for children, she begins, for the first time, to appreciate the complex woman who raised her.” —O Magazine

“Corrigan remains a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family.”—People

“Kelly Corrigan’s heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching.  It’s a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom but it’s also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment.  I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother— along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of The Signature of All Things

March 20 – Save the date & hope to see you there! 

For more info and background: Click here for Kelly Corrigan’s website

‘Tis the Season for our Holiday Show & Sale

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

Article by Elle Lamboy, ACAC Marketing & Development Committee

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The chewy bite of an iced sugar cookie. Red cups at Starbucks. The undeniable scent of pine.  Carols singing on the radio while bells ring in the street. Quality time with food, family and friends.

These festive traditions ignite a certain kind of magic, often juxtaposed by a more stressful reality of holiday shopping.

Fortunately, the Adams County Arts Council’s (ACAC) annual Holiday Show and Sale transforms the frantic buzzkill of holiday shopping into an enjoyable art.

The Show & Sale features about 50 member artists who will have the rare opportunity to “showcase a collection of their work as opposed to just one piece,” says Wendy Heiges, Program Director at the ACAC. “It gives local artists a platform to sell and exhibit their work that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”

This year promises a wonderfully eclectic collection with something creative for everyone on your shopping list—including photography, pottery, stationary, hand-painted ornaments, centerpieces, textiles, jewelry and so much more. A full list of participating artists can be found here.

singingThe Holiday Show & Sale will officially kick off on First Friday, December 5, from 5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. This festive and fun reception will feature holiday confections, music from Pomona’s Trio (left, featuring ACAC Board Member Lisa Cadigan on vocals, ACAC culinary instructor Marc Jalbert on guitar, and Gettysburg College professor Bret Crawford on saxophone), carols from the Gettysburg Children’s Choir High School Ensemble, and the opportunity to get first dibs on hand-crafted, local gifts.

Your patronage not only supports local artists in the community; it also helps the ACAC, which will receive a 40% commission for all gifts and artwork purchased.

To get a head start on your holiday shopping, the ACAC will be open for “sneak previews” of the show beginning Tuesday, November 25.  Please visit our website to view our extended holiday hours and schedule or give us a call. For your convenience, the Show & Sale is featured in the reception hall this year which is located just left of the entrance to the Center.

The ACAC’s  annual Holiday Show and Sale channels all that is wonderful about the holidays—the joy of giving, the awakening of the senses and the importance of giving back to our community—leaving the crowds and chaos behind!

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at all we have in store, and may even find your inner artist in the process.

Stay tuned to our blog for updates throughout the sale, including special demos from participating artists!

Questions?  Call (717) 334-5006.

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Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Series: A Warm Welcome to Judy Pohlhaus of Random House

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

blogphotoAccording to her husband, Judy Pohlhaus has the perfect job.  She gets to read new books, talk to people on the phone about them, and give presentations to groups where she shares her favorites.  Employed by Random House for 29 years, Judy started as a summer intern and never left, indicating her husband may be on to something.  She currently works as a telephone sales manager in Random House’s Westminster, Maryland location, where she manages two large accounts and four library systems, offering her the opportunity to visit a variety of locations including five Barnes and Noble stores across Maryland, day and evening book group meetings, and this month, our own Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) in Gettysburg.

Please plan to take your lunch break at the ACAC on Thursday, November 20 at noon to hear Judy speak about the newest titles from Random House. The program will last about an hour. The selection is sure to make great reads and gift ideas for the holidays.  She will bring galleys and advanced copies of several titles to be raffled off at the end of the event, including:

  • NY Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan’s newest memoir, Glitter and Glue;
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your own Autobiography, by Tony and Emmy award-winning stage and screen performer Neil Patrick Harris;
  • Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten’s newest cookbook, Make it Ahead;
  • Station Eleven:  A Novel, by Emily St. John Mandel;
  • and others, to remain a surprise until the event.

Judy will also have signed copies of A Star for Mrs. Blake, a historical fiction novel by April Smith; her first foray into a new genre after her popular Ana Grey FBI mystery/thrillers.

It’s sure to be an afternoon of great conversation and book suggestions, and it’s FREE!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at noon at the Adams County Arts Council Education Center

125 S. Washington Street

Gettysburg, PA 17325

For more information, please call (717) 334-5006

Share the event with friends and RSVP on Facebook here.

In the Artist Spotlight: Debbie Westmoreland

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

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You could say that everything Debbie Westmoreland does, she does with style.

From fashioning Barbie doll clothes at the age of six, to working for a major New York department store, and curating historical exhibits—all of these experiences have put her on a path that recently brought her to Gettysburg where she now shares her creative gifts through the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC).

Detail, "Floral Abstract", wool and silk

Detail, “Floral Abstract”, wool and silk

By day, Westmoreland may be one of the friendly smiling faces visitors encounter when they enter the ACAC and are greeted by support staff. But Westmoreland is also part of the huge network of talented instructors who lead classes at the arts council. She has taught interior design classes for adults as well as fashion design classes for the children’s afterschool and summer programs. Additionally, her textile art has been featured in numerous ACAC exhibits. And she continues to learn and grow as an artist, by taking classes from other arts council instructors.

“I’ve always been interested in textiles, fashion and history,” the Gettysburg woman explains. “And my career path is an example of that… but being in this environment has given me the confidence to truly pursue being an artist (for the first time),” she explains.

Fiber art by Debbie Westmoreland

Fiber art by Debbie Westmoreland

It’s been a long, winding road for Westmoreland, who learned how to sew at a young age, from her mother and grandmothers as she grew up in the Reading area. “My Pennsylvania German heritage made me appreciate the importance of textiles,” she claims.

Even though her heart was in the fashion industry, her head steered her towards a more practical college major—design and merchandising—at Drexel University, Philadelphia. While working in retailing for Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, she realized she needed a creative outlet. So she decided to go back to school for her BFA in interior design from the New York School of Interior Design.

After working at several design firms in New York and New Jersey, Westmoreland again sought a more creative path—with a twist. “I realized I wanted to tie my love of history into my work.” She again headed back to school, studying at Seaton Hall, for her Master of Arts in Museum Professions.

This led to a position she describes as “one of the most creative experiences I’ve ever had”–Curator and Collections Manager for the Morris County Historical Society in New Jersey—a position she held for 13 years.

In 2011, when her husband reached retirement age, the couple decided to relocate to Gettysburg. “This area is a welcoming and nurturing setting for artists,” she explains. “It’s hard for me to create in a crowded, fast-paced environment, but Adams County is a comfortable environment, (more conducive to producing artwork).”

In addition to exhibiting her work periodically through members’ shows at the ACAC, her stylish fashions and textile artwork can both be found at A&A Village Treasures, Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg.

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“I feel as though I’m finally underway as an independent artist—it’s another step or chapter in my career,” she says. All achieved with her ever-evolving flair for style.

To contact Debbie Westmoreland: westmorelanddebbie (at) gmail.com

"Fantasy Turquoise," a wrap by Debbie Westmoreland

“Fantasy Turquoise,” a wrap by Debbie Westmoreland

 

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Detail, “Fantasy Turquoise”

 

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