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Adventures in Abstract Art

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

Robyn Warren - DaveLisa VinoOpportunities for adventure are endless with abstract art.  Whether you claim to “like it” or not, abstract art invites an audience to participate in the creative process.  Because the pieces often do not represent identifiable objects, viewers are taken on an adventure of the senses, drawing on individual experiences and emotions: Does that shade of purple evoke the soft color and smell of flowers in your grandmother’s garden?  Do those undulating blues remind you of a trip to the beach with a long-lost love, making you melancholy? Or do they remind you of a vacation you took last week with a new love, evoking a sensation of bursting happiness?  Whatever you are feeling, the person standing next to you may be simultaneously on a different, but equally relevant emotional adventure.

This phenomenon only allows the adventure to continue.  Once we have processed our own feelings about a piece, we can discuss our impressions and feelings with a friend… or a stranger.  Will you bond over the experience of the piece with the person next to you, or will you engage in a debate, so moved are you by the feelings that no other interpretation seems possible?

Continuing the adventure still, we can imagine the motives of the artists who created the pieces.  Is Arlyn Pettingell’s “Night Ocean” a peaceful sea or a harrowing one? Is there a storm threatening a lovely sky, or are the soft yellows and pinks glimmers of the calm that follows the storm?Pettingell

If you would like to find out, join us for the ACAC’s Abstract Show adventure, which peaks on Friday, August 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a First Friday reception at the Adams County Arts Council’s Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA, and will continue throughout the month of August.  The show offers a diverse range of style and subject matter in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.  Artists will be in attendance at the reception to discuss their work, and all pieces are for sale.



Acrobatic “Tarzan the Stage Musical” Swings into Eichelberger Theatre

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

Performances Slated for July 25, 26, 27; August 1, 2, 3 

Tarzan the Stage Musical - Logo

Described as “acrobatic, innovative, entertaining and family-oriented,” Tarzan® the Stage Musical is the featured 2014 summer production by Acts of Kindness (AOK) Theatre Company, presenting regional talent ranging in age from 6-60+ and benefitting the non-profit Adams County Arts Council.

Performances are slated for Hanover’s Eichelberger Performing Arts Center on July 25, 26 and 27; and August 1, 2, and 3. Rene Staub returns as show director; his wife Jessica Staub returns production coordinator. Together, the pair heads up Acts of Kindness Theatre Company, which formed ten years ago in order to present a quality summer production that would also give back to regional nonprofit organizations such as the arts council.

“For the 10th anniversary show, we were looking for something celebratory and family-oriented from Disney,” explains Rene Staub. “Since Tarzan is a fairly new release to community theatre, it allows us to offer something fresh and extremely innovative to the area audience.”

“The story of Tarzan will pull at the audience’s heartstrings, and the show overall will dazzle them—through effects, acrobatics—with cast members swinging from vine to vine, innovative dancing, beautifully lush sets, and moving music by Phil Collins including the Grammy Award-winning song ‘You’ll Be in My Heart.’ It’s going to be a full experience.”


(Click here for “You’ll Be in My Heart” on YouTube)

Based upon Edgar Rice Burrough’s book Tarzan of the Apes and the 1999 smash-hit Disney animated film, Tarzan tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan—now a man—encounters strangers like himself for the first time.

Dakota Haines as Tarzan FB

Dakota Haines, 19, of York, stars in Acts of Kindness Theatre Company’s summer production, Tarzan the Stage Musical.

Heading up the 40-plus-member cast is York’s 19-year old Dakota Haines as Tarzan. Haines, a graduate of Dallastown Area High School, is currently a student at Penn State University. Dawn Glass of Gettysburg’s Vibe Performing Arts Studio is show choreographer.

The producers are quick to point out that it takes talent of all ages to create a successful production. “I think some of the most valuable performing experiences occur when kids, teens and adults perform side by side,” says Jessica Staub. “That happens on stage, as well as backstage and in our orchestra. It’s truly a team effort.”

AOK’s productions typically attract an audience ranging between 2,500 and 4,000 over the two weekend-run. Organizers project Tarzan will be on the high end of that range due to two main factors—Tarzan’s wide appeal, and a switch to the professional grade venue, Hanover’s Eichelberger Performing Arts Center. Previous shows were held at New Oxford High School, and while organizers continue to enjoy a wonderful relationship with the school, the district’s decreased summer staffing would not support AOK’s 2014 show.

Tarzan proceeds benefit the non-profit ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community. Executive Director Chris Glatfelter says proceeds from AOK’s summer shows are some of the largest contributions the arts council receives annually.

“Grateful does not even begin to describe how we, as a staff and board, feel every year when we partner with Acts of Kindness Theatre Company,” Glatfelter says. “Vital arts education faces severe cuts in our public schools, and we strive to fill this gap by offering quality arts instruction, bringing enriching arts performances to public schools and the community, and instilling an appreciation for the arts among audiences of all ages. It is a challenge, especially economically, but with generous support such as that from AOK, we continue to meet our mission.”

Tickets to Tarzan can be obtained through the Eichelberger Box Office, 195 Stock Street, Hanover, Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm, or online anytime at, or by calling the box office at 717-637-7086. Advance tickets are $12 for students/children and $16 for adults. Premium seating is also available for $19. On performance days, ticket prices are $2 more. A group rate of $12 per ticket applies to groups of 15 or more attending the same performance.

Hope to see you at the show! 


Artist Spotlight: Ted Scarpino

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

Ted Scarpino proudly wears a shirt given to him by his granddaughter

Ted Scarpino: Evolving from Photography to iPhoneography (originally published by Handmade in PA, blog of the PA Guild of Craftsmen)

Photography, at its very core, is a merging of art and science. And you could say that photographer Ted Scarpino was truly born into both fields, since his mother was an art teacher and his father taught science. The family’s home even included a dark room in the basement.

While science and technology drew him to a career as an electrical engineer, Scarpino also dabbled in photography his entire life. In his native New York state, he developed a thriving wedding photography business on the side, was active in several camera clubs, and earned accolades in photo competitions with the Professional Photographers of America. All the while, he grew and adjusted to technology—embracing the switch to digital photography and applying new techniques to his photos via Photoshop.

“Along the Lake,” taken in 2007 in the Adirondacks. This photo was accepted into the PPA’s permanent loan collection.

“Along the Lake,” taken in 2007 in the Adirondacks. This photo was accepted into the PPA’s permanent loan collection.

“Rolling Hills,” another Scarpino photo accepted into the PPA’s loan collection, was taken from a hot air balloon. This photo was also juried into the prestigious “Art of the State” exhibit, Harrisburg.

“Rolling Hills,” another Scarpino photo accepted into the PPA’s loan collection, was taken from a hot air balloon. This photo was also juried into the prestigious “Art of the State” exhibit, Harrisburg.

Today, enjoying retirement and relocated to Gettysburg, PA, Scarpino continues to explore the balance of science and art known as photography, but through a new lens—the iPhone. “Three years ago, I got my first iPhone. It’s exciting to be able to find places to eat, to use maps and many other features right at my fingertips,” he explains, “But the thing I was the most excited about was the camera.”

“You can’t go anywhere today—New York City, DC, even the Gettysburg Battlefield, without seeing people taking pictures with their phones.”

“iPhoneography” has kept this veteran photography on his toes. Scarpino is intrigued by the accessories and apps that make quality photos possible with a phone so unbelievably small that it fits into his pocket. Although some photographers feel threatened by, or look down upon iPhoneography, Scarpino has a different view. “I think (iPhones) could actually be making photography more accessible. There are so many artistic uses of the iPhone… it’s certainly given photography a new language. There’s a powerful computer in every camera and is a great merging of the two fields—art and science.”

“Arrival of the Prophet – Union Station, Chicago.” Scarpino says this is “personally one of my favorite images of all time.” Taken with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, Salvador lens.

“Arrival of the Prophet – Union Station, Chicago.” Scarpino says this is “personally one of my favorite images of all time.” Taken with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, Salvador lens.

The panoramic “Rainbow over Orchard Road,” captures a chance encounter Scarpino had with a rainbow while walking his dog. His iPhone was the only camera he had with him–thank goodness!

The panoramic “Rainbow over Orchard Road,” captures a chance encounter Scarpino had with a rainbow while walking his dog. His iPhone was the only camera he had with him–thank goodness!

Scarpino regularly shares his knowledge of iPhoneography via classes at the Adams County Arts Council located in Gettysburg. His iPhoneography classes are aimed at helping participants “discover how to maximize a smart phone’s photographic potential.”

His photography work is exhibited and for sale at Gallery 30, Gettysburg, and Scarpino enjoys entering juried art exhibits such as the Adams County Arts Council’s Juried Art Exhibition and the Art of the State at Harrisburg’s State Museum of Pennsylvania. In 2010, his piece “Rolling Hills” was juried into the Art of the State exhibit, about 40 years after his mother had a fused glass piece accepted into this pinnacle of Pennsylvania exhibits. Still following in both his mother and father’s footsteps…

To contact Ted Scarpino: 717-677-4192

“And the Water Whispers to Me,” aptly titled by Scarpino’s sister. Standing on a bridge overlooking the Susquehanna in Cooperstown, NY, Scarpino captured this shot of the very last man in a canoe race. “He was wearing a red hat, with a beautiful wake behind him, with the tree branches as a frame.”

“And the Water Whispers to Me,” aptly titled by Scarpino’s sister. Standing on a bridge overlooking the Susquehanna in Cooperstown, NY, Scarpino captured this shot of the very last man in a canoe race. “He was wearing a red hat, with a beautiful wake behind him, with the tree branches as a frame.”


“Red Barn on Yellow Hill,” an Adams County landscape. Scarpino says he finds orchards and farmlands fascinating in every season, especially when straight lines are found on rolling hills.

“Red Barn on Yellow Hill,” an Adams County landscape. Scarpino says he finds orchards and farmlands fascinating in every season, especially when straight lines are found on rolling hills.




Beat the “Dog Days of Summer” with an Art Camp for Kids

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Karen Hendricks
Image courtesy of Gualberto107 /

Image courtesy of Gualberto107 /

“The Dog Days of Summer”—approximately July 3 through August 11—is known as the hottest, most uncomfortable period of summer. This sultry, humid time period is named for the movement of Sirius, the dog star, as it aligns with the sun in the summer night sky.

Parents usually know when the Dog Days of Summer hit too… it’s the same time period when the phrase “I’m bored” starts to strike their households. But thankfully the ACAC has a full lineup of summer boredom-busting arts camps to help families survive the Dog Days of Summer—and beyond!

Here are a few highlights:

Ballerinas & Bears Returns, (ages 3-5), July 7-11, 9:00-11:00 am    

If you’re a beginner ballerina or dancer, this fun-filled class is for you and if you’re returning for a second time, new music and moves provided!  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 at the end of the week.  Elizabeth Spicer $90 (member $83) Ballerina& Bears Returns Registration

Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar, (ages 6-8), July 7-11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Love the colorful collages Eric Carle uses to illustrate his picture books?  Learn to paint, cut, & assemble paper to make stunning collages of your own!  Then you’ll illustrate your own book.  Create something new every day and assemble your book at the end of the week to share at our Arty Party! Dawn Magee $155 (member $145) Hungry, Hungry Registration

Eric Carle

Project Runway:  Time Travel Fashion, (ages 10-14), July 7-11, 1:00-4:00 pm 

Explore the fascinating evolution of women’s fashion.  Each day you’ll create a fun fashion object from a different period in history using fabric, found objects, embellishments – and your imagination!  Our journey through fashion will begin with the Victorian Era and travel to the present day.  You’ll create a decorative fan, a flapper’s headband, a wrap, and together the group will design a piece inspired by a famous woman!  End the week with a fashion show featuring your own handmade creations!  Debbie Westmoreland $155 (member $145) Project Runway Registration

Fun with Weaving, (ages 9-11) – July 14-18, 9:00-12:00 noon    (max. 10 students)

Weaving is really fun and easy to do!  Begin your weaving experiences by using simple, inexpensive looms and materials.  Learn basic weaving techniques, designs and patterning with a variety of colored and textured yarns to create your own unique woven treasures.  Joh Ricci  $155 (member $145) Fun with Weaving Registration

Building 3D (ages 11-14), July 14-18, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

What’s 3D?  3D is art that’s not flat.  If you love working with your hands, here’s your opportunity to be a sculptor!  Construct a 3D sculpture using clay that’s carved and ready to hang on a wall.  Make a clay box, a wire sculpture influenced by a Calder mobile or a sculpture of your choosing exploring various media.  The materials are yours to shape.   Sally Becker $155 (members $145) Building 3D Registration

Sweet Treat Baking & Edible Art, (ages 9-14), July 14-18, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Max of 10 students)

Experience just how creative baking and decorating desserts can be!  You’ll learn a variety of tricks for expressing your creativity in the kitchen – like drawing chocolate flowers when decorating a cake, making and decorating small fondant cakes, building a planter out of an ice cream cone – even making sculptures with chocolate and candy clay.  Yummy fun!   Lori Nelson  $155 (member $145) Sweet Treat Registration

Image courtesy of zole4 /

Image courtesy of zole4 /

Super Heroes Comic Book Camp!  (ages 8-11) July 21-25, 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Create your own unique characters as you develop your own super heroes!  Learn how to develop the dynamics of the face, the art of exaggeration and body construction.  Create your own costume designs as well as simple perspectives to create a cityscape.  This camp is great for artists who’d like to develop their drawing skills while using their imagination. Stanley Gilmore  $155 (members $150) Super Heros Registration

Express Yourself Through Impressionist Art! (ages 8-11) July 21-25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Learn about famous Impressionist artists and this fascinating art movement.  Practice pointillism like Seurat.  Experiment with pastels like Degas.  Create fun Matisse-inspired collages using mixed media.  Paint like artists Monet and Cezanne.  Gather a deeper understanding of this magical Paris-based art movement while uncovering your own artistic talents. Melissa Jackson  $155 (member $145) Impressionist Registration

Cooking Extravaganza! (ages 10-14) July 21-25, 9:00-12:00 noon

Do you love food?  Spend a week with us crafting delectable recipes that are tasty, nutritious and fun to make! You’ll make banana berry smoothies, fresh salsa, tostadas and pitas with the fixings, tuna mac and cheese, and lasagna roll-ups for yourself, friends, and family!  Get cooking tips from an experienced instructor while learning all about the equipment, utensils and   kitchen safety! Linda Fauth  $158 (members $148) Cooking Extravaganza Registration

Fun Behind the Lens! (ages 11 & Up), July 28-August 1 , 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

Do you love to look at life through a camera lens?  This camp is for you!  You’ll learn everything you need to know to take great photos, experiment with composition and expand the boundaries of your camera by using still subjects and class members as models.  Create and print your favorite shots from the week as well as an 11” by 14” collage of favorite images taken by the class.  Remember to bring your camera to class! Bert Danielson  $150 (members $140) Fun Behind the Lens!  Registration



Sizzling Hot Trend in the Arts: On Fire at the ACAC

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks
"Mandala" - created at an ACAC Paint & Wine Night

“Mandala” – created at an ACAC Paint & Wine Night

It’s a hot trend sweeping the nation, bringing people together over art and wine, and the Adams County Arts Council is on top of it! What is this craze?

Paint & Wine Night!

Think of it as a “night out,” but with a creative twist. Attendees can round up friends or family members, sign up at the ACAC, and BYOB. ACAC instructors Marie Smith or Lisa Harman lead the way, providing all art supplies and complete, step-by-step instructions. By the end of the evening, each attendee has completed a piece of artwork that can be hung in his/her home. What a great remembrance of a fun evening. Absolutely no experience is necessary.

Unique: Another version of the "Mandala" design

Unique: Another version of the “Mandala” design

Held approximately once a month at the ACAC, Paint & Wine Nights have quickly become very popular. In fact, most previous Paint & Wine Nights have filled to capacity and sold out! The next one will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 6-8 pm.

The July 2014 Paint Night theme!

The July 2014 Paint Night theme!

“Paint Nights are helping people get in touch with their creative side, while having a lot of fun,” explains Wendy Heiges, ACAC Program Coordinator.

She even developed a very special, customized Paint Night recently. A group of Gettysburg-area women, rallying around one of their friends—fighting her second round of breast cancer, asked Heiges to develop a symbolic Paint & Wine Night. They wanted the paintings created to serve as a keepsake and reminder of the women’s strong ties, support and friendship. Wendy developed symbols for the women to paint, such as the oak tree, known for its strength and fortitude. Sand, water and sky served as a backdrop to remind the women of their friend’s favorite place on earth—the beach.

The Oasis Tree: A symbol of friendship among this circle of friends

The Oasis Tree: A symbol of friendship among this circle of friends

“It was an extremely meaningful evening,” Heiges explains. “We titled the theme ‘The Oasis Tree’ with each friend painting a personal symbol or signature on the honoree’s painting.  The friends considered their own ‘Oasis Tree’ a keepsake, documented with ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ as a memento of the aptly named ‘Laugh, Paint & Sip Night’ event.”

It is said that the arts can transcend all language barriers… Music and art especially, can express what words cannot. What better way to enjoy an evening together, celebrate a friendship, have fun with a sister, bond with your spouse, etc? And don’t forget to BYOB (or BYOW—Bring Your Own Wine)! Once the wine is flowing, so does the creativity!

Click here to sign up for the July 10 Paint & Wine Night, and look for future Paint & Wine Nights on the ACAC Class Schedule.

Sunflower Memories: captured on canvas as an ACAC Paint & Wine Night

Sunflower Memories: captured on canvas as an ACAC Paint & Wine Night


Fall Splendor: a sparkling reminder of an evening at the ACAC

Fall Splendor: a sparkling reminder of an evening at the ACAC


Raise a Glass (or a Mug)… for the ACAC

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

It’s said that the simple things in life are what provide the greatest joys. For those of you who are coffee drinkers, you know what I’m talking about. There is nothing like starting the day with that inticing aroma of freshly-brewed coffee… adding your favorite blend of sweeteners or cream (or boldly “taking it black”), and then enjoying those delicious, cutting-through-the-haze sips (or gulps—depending on how quickly you need your caffeine fix!)

Perhaps actor Hugh Jackman summarizes it best:

Coffee graphic

If you’re a coffee lover (and according to USA Today, 83% of all American adults are)… now your simple morning cup o’ joe can even benefit the Arts Council. That’s right, simply by drinking your coffee, you can help support the arts in Adams County. Heck, have a second or third cup! (Again, according to USA Today, the average American adult enjoys three cups a day.)

Image courtesy of Apple's Eyes Studio /

Image courtesy of Apple’s Eyes Studio /

Introducing the ACAC’s Bean Club!

Here’s how it works: The ACAC is partnering with Gettysburg’s Ragged Edge Coffee House (110 Chambersburg Street) to offer nine delicious, fair trade, coffee blends through the ACAC Bean Club. Orders can be placed through the Arts Council every month, prior to the 15th of the month. The cost is $10.50 per pound, which is a savings from the retail price of $12 per pound when purchased directly through the Ragged Edge, plus proceeds benefit the ACAC. This month , since June 15 falls on the Sunday, orders will be accepted at the ACAC through Monday, June 16.


Here’s the list of tantalizing coffee blends being offered:

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

  • Direct Trade, Organic Honduran Marcala
  • Fair Trade, Organic Guatemalan
  • Fair Trade, Organic Bolivian Caranavi
  • Fair Trade Costa Rican Tarrazu
  • Indonesian Karo Highlands
  • Rwandan Buliza
  • Ethiopian
  • Brazilian
  • Columbian
  • Nicaraguan
  • South American Decaf Blend
  • Salted Caramel
  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Birthday Cake
  • Coconut
  • French Vanilla
  • Hazelnut
Image courtesy of Ambro /

Image courtesy of Ambro /

Click here for descriptions of the flavors, plus ordering info.  

Be sure to raise your morning mug with a “Cheers” to the ACAC! What a simple gesture and easy way for “your habit” to benefit the ACAC—many thanks!

And here are two upcoming Bean Club events to add to your calendar:

First Friday, August 1: Between 5-7:30 pm, festivities will include a coffee tasting plus you can meet coffee roaster Chad Close, Ragged Edge Roasting Company, and grower Emilio Garcia!

Thirdthursdaynoon Brown Bag Lunch Series, Thursday, August 21: “The Politics of Coffee” – Fair Trade? Direct Trade? What does this all have to do with my cup of Joe and me? Come and see how coffee is grown, learn about how buying and roasting beans works, and taste why fresh roasted coffee can make a believer out of you. Speakers include coffee roaster Chad Close, Ragged Edge Roasting Company, and grower Emilio Garcia.

What Maya Angelou and Albert Einstein Have in Common

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

Maya Angelou’s recent passing has unleashed a steady stream of the great poet’s insightful writings across social media and mass media. One of my favorites is…

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

– Maya Angelou

And it reminds me of another famous quote—this one from Albert Einstein:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

 – Albert Einstein

What do both of these quotes have in common? Children. Both quotes reinforce the importance of instilling and nurturing a love of the arts in children, stimulating and feeding their vivid imaginations, curiosity and creativity.

Pinch Pot Zoo 2010

Proud of his creation! Photo from a past “Pinch Pot Zoo” arts camp.

Although the calendar doesn’t officially say “summer” until June 21, it’s summer vacation time for most area children… and what better time than summer, to nurture your child’s (or grandchild’s) artistic side(s)?

Think back to your childhood and recapture that exhilarating feeling of the last day of school, with long summer days stretching before you, offering big blue skies and warm sunshine. Without classroom clocks, time seemed to stand still, with plenty of time to play, explore and let your imagination run free.

Studies have actually shown that children have the capacity to learn more during the summer season than any other time of the year, partly because they are generally healthier, and therefore more open to learning. The green growth we experience in nature during summertime also takes place in children—as evidenced by their bigger periods of growth in height throughout the summer. Not as visible, but still present, is children’s great capacity for creative learning.

With that in mind… I recently spoke to ACAC Program Director Wendy Heiges about the incredible lineup of Summer Arts Camps offered at the Arts Education Center in downtown Gettysburg.

A past "Dirty Hands Pottery" arts camp... can you feel the concentration?!

A past “Dirty Hands Pottery” arts camp… can you feel the concentration?!

“The Summer Arts Camps offer the opportunity to experiment and work with materials children usually don’t have at home,” she explains. “Every summer we try to feature new styles of artistry, but we also mix in the idea that classics are important too.”

“Some camps are popular year after year—we don’t reinvent the wheel, so we keep them on the schedule but we change and vary the projects to keep the camps fresh and exciting for the kids. For example, some kids come back to take the Dirty Hands Pottery camp every year. But we make sure we’re offering new projects, new colors and new glazes to continue to feed their ideas and imagination.”

You don't normally do this at home!! Photo from a past "Pinch Pot Zoo" arts camp.

You don’t normally do this at home! But it’s perfectly ok at summer arts camp.

“All instructors teaching the Summer Arts Camps have experience teaching children and are certified to do so. Actually, they are all used to teaching much larger groups of children in the public schools. So when children take our Summer Arts Camps, they receive much more personal attention because our maximum enrollment is capped at 12.”

A few fascinating new camps on the June 2014 schedule include:

Color-In My Piano (ages 9-12), June 23-27, 9:00 am-12:00 p.m. 

Pianos aren’t just black and white!  If you love music, you can quickly become a lover of piano and discover the piano’s many beautiful colors!  Experience the versatility of piano playing – singing along, pattern-based chording, and improvisation.  Sessions will also include music reading and rhythm study through both a lesson book and group games.  Experience with keyboard notes a plus but not required.  Kayla Weaner $155 (members $145) Color My Piano Registration

Mixing Music with Art, (ages 7-10), June 23-27, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.      

Discover how music has transformed and inspired artists throughout history to present day!  Soar through a week of sight and sound while creating 2D and 3D artwork inspired by music and famous artists.  Hands on learning about musical instruments each day will make this a visual and auditory experience you don’t want to miss!  Marie Smith $155 (145 members) Mixing Music with Art Registration

Fantasy Art Camp, (ages 12-16), June 23-27, 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Here’s your opportunity to design your own alien figure and its own habitat!  You’ll begin by viewing a video and then do lots of drawing and thumb-nail sketches to develop the character and its environment.  As you learn to transform your animal and human forms into creative fantasy aliens, you’ll add the habitat with plant life, rock formations, and other components that is part of your fantasy world.  Stanley Gilmore $155 (145 members) Fantasy Art Camp Registration

Click here for the full summer lineup! Many camps are filling quickly, with additional dates being added.

Please know that scholarships are available as well. Access to the arts, tapping into every child’s inner Picasso, should be barrier free. Click here for scholarship information.

Colorful summertime creations!

Colorful summertime creations!

And a few final pearls of wisdom:

“A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.” -Willa Cather

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” –Albert Einstein

“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” –Albert Einstein

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

 “It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael, but a life time to paint like a child.” -Pablo Picasso

Three Cheers for A-B-C

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

A huge “thank you” to all who contributed to our Arts Benefit Children (ABC) Online Fundraiser  May 20-22.  We did it together!  We didn’t even have to promise you Christmas wrapping paper or junk food – all we did was ask, and you answered. Thanks to your thoughtful generosity, we collected $2,763 in 48-hours to be used for camp and class scholarships.  A majority of our donations were received in $10 and $20 increments, proving that our small actions do indeed carry great impact.  If you missed out on this particular online event, you can always make an online donation to the Adams County Arts Council and share our sponsorship page with your friends.  No amount is too small.

Prior to the ABC fundraiser, ACAC staff also reached out to Adams/Hanover social clubs for scholarship assistance; an effort that resulted in $3,470.  Thanks to both of these efforts, the summer will be brighter for many children.

Ella - Eric Carle Collage CampCHECK OUT OUR CAMPS!
Summer is right around the corner, and ACAC’s camp schedule promises something for everyone.  From preschoolers to teens, the variety of offerings include pottery, sculpture, painting, music, drama, dance, cooking, photography, sewing, weaving, comic book art, collage, mixed media and more. If you haven’t checked out the summer camp offerings yet, click here.  Click on the camp of your choice to register online today! Camps are filling up fast.

Do you need financial assistance?
Fill out this simple form (click here for Spanish) to determine whether you qualify for a scholarship.  Children who qualify for the school lunch program are eligible for scholarships.

The Adams County Arts Education Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with friendly staff available to answer your questions, and art on the walls for you to explore.  If you have questions, would like to become a member, or would like more information about summer camps, call (717) 334-5006 or stop in for a visit.

Angela’s Story

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

“The arts council staff took me in as if I was a member of their family.”

Making Friends: Ballerinas & Bears Summer Camp, ACAC, Summer 2013

Making Friends: Ballerinas & Bears Summer Camp, ACAC, Summer 2013

Angela, a single mom in Gettysburg, was walking by the arts council with her young daughters last year when something pulled them inside to explore.

“We saw their list of summer camps right away and I signed them up. I was so excited for them to have this experience and not just rely on me to be their teacher all summer.”

A student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Angela’s husband had recently left her, and without support, she was concerned that the girls might not be able to follow through and attend their camps—Ballerinas and Bears for both 5-year old Ella and 3-year old Callie, and Eric Carle Style Collages for Ella.

When she expressed concern to arts council staff, her fears were dispelled right away. “They immediately offered scholarship forms and even helped me fill them out. They took me in as if I was a member of their family,” Angela explains.

As it turns out, Angela was able to pay for the girls’ camps, so she turned down the scholarship offer so that other children might benefit. “But the fact that the scholarship fund was there, was so helpful. I was caught in a situation where the money wasn’t there at first, yet I felt strongly that my daughters have these experiences.”

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Callie enjoyed “Ballerinas and Bears” in the ACAC’s studio space

Ballerinas and Bears was a “hit” with both girls, according to Angela. “The teacher was wonderfully open and willing to let them have fun. They both got very enthusiastic about dance!”

Additionally, Angela thinks of Ella’s experiences as very nurturing. “I saw that she was starting to define herself as an artist—it is her calling. So the idea of art camp just thrilled her. I’ve been artistic my entire life too, and I want to support that (interest in Ella).”

Angela even used Ella’s artwork to create a project of her own—a calendar for her parents. “It was much more advanced artwork than a 5-year-old is usually allowed to do in school.”

“The entire experience was just terrific for both girls.”

Ella proudly shows some of her Eric Carle-inspired creations

Ella proudly shows some of her Eric Carle-inspired creations

Check out the 2014 Summer Camp Schedule by clicking here!

A summer camp in visual or culinary arts, music, theater, dance, and more is the perfect way to ensure your child continues growing, learning and having fun this summer!

Click here for the youth scholarship form (available in English in Spanish)–look under the Children’s Summer Camps section.

Click here to help make camps and classes accessible to all of the children in our community.




Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Charlotte Scheper


The 3rd annual CenturyLink Gettysburg ChiliBrew & BBQ2 returns!

WHEN?  Saturday July 12, 12-6pm

WHERE?  Gateway Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA, Routes 15 & 30

Brews! Music! Entertainment! Games! Food!

After our long winter, do you long to be outside in the warm weather, eating good food with good people? If so, make sure to mark the Gettysburg ChiliBrew & BBQ2 on your calendar!


BBQ is an American summertime staple. But for a lot of folks, BBQ is a serious business. The CenturyLink Gettysburg ChiliBrew & BBQs will be sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, hailing from a city where BBQ dates back to the 19th century. This delicious food can be prepared a variety of ways, creating a diverse selection of BBQ styles. Most importantly, it is cooked in abundance, allowing for large gatherings of friends, family, and hungry townsfolk!

But the July 12 event offers much more than BBQ: be sure to enjoy samples at designated times throughout the day of chili, wings, ribs, and BBQ from championship BBQ teams, restaurants, backyarders and fire companies. Listen to great music, play games, and immerse yourself in the summer atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind Gettysburg event!

Proceeds benefit the non-profit ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community. The ACAC has been benefitting the community since 1993, enriching the lives of thousands of students and adults. The ACAC offers 20 programs and 120 classes a year, ensuring that the arts remain active in the blossoming 21st century. This year, BBQ is powering our programs – the July 12 event is designed to be one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.

Tickets on sale May 1:
$7 in advance — $10 at gate
Available through Adams County Arts Council, 125 S Washington St, Gettysburg [717-334-5006]


Hot Links:
Interested in becoming a vendor? Click here for the application
Fancy yourself a competitive barbecue backyarder? Click here to apply
Are you a KCBS registered team? Click here for details
Do you make a mean pot of firehouse chili? Area fire companies can click here to join the chili competition

Charlotte Scheper is a student at Gettysburg College and a spring 2014 intern at the Adams County Arts Council. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Charlotte is an Arts & Media major, interested in creative visual arts such as graphic design, photography, and film. Her favorite things about BBQs are baby back ribs, corn on the cob, and being with friends!