Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA







The Adams County Arts Council parking lot was paved thanks to a grant from the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor and private donations. We want to thank L&H Services Group, KPI, and FCI Contractors for all the work!


Scavenger Hunt

The Adams County Arts Council presented a family-friendly Scavenger Hunt through downtown Gettysburg on Saturday, September 15.  On Hunt Day, registration began at Noon at the Arts Education Center, which was the start and end point. The cost was $10 per person; up to four persons were allowed on a team; children eight and under were free and not counted as a team member. Cash prizes of $100/$50/$25 were awarded and sponsored by Arts Council Board member and Hunt Coordinator Brenda McCabe.

One of the stops on the Scavenger Hunt was Meltabees. Pictured here is Patrick Ness of Meltabees, 19 Baltimore Street, with Hunt Coordinator Brenda McCabe.


Encouragement Award

Summer camps concluded on Friday, August 17 with a lunch for instructors, students, parents, family, and friends.  Many students were nominated by instructors for the Encouragement Award.  The instructors were asked to pick students based on the student’s growth, creativity, and exploration as an artist.


Dave Weaver wins Best of Show at Arts Council Exhibition

An acrylic painting titled Kestrel by Dave Weaver of Gettysburg was selected Best of Show by Juror Richard Rinehart, Director, Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University at the Arts Council’s 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition’s opening reception on June 1 at Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College. Other awardees included Sandra Desrosiers of Hanover (Second Prize); Anne Finucane of Chambersburg (Third Prize); Alison Izard of Gettysburg (Fourth Prize); Kate Miller from Hagerstown, MD (Fifth Prize); Jaci Rice of Weirton, West Virginia (Blick Art Materials Award) and Lisa Gohr Harman of Biglerville (Schmucker Art Gallery Director’s Award.) Marie Smith of Hanover won the People’s Choice award.


Another successful Month of Lunches series ended on May 7, 2018 with the Fashion Show and Lunch.  Clothing was featured from Fresh Boutique and jewelry designs by Wendy Heiges.  Chef Subarna Sijapati created wonderful menus throughout April and on May 7 for Vietnamese, Indian, Nepalese, South Korean, and Polynesian dishes.

Please be on the look out for a Fall series coming up in October!


Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 26, 2018 for the “Tee it up for the Fore ARTS” golf tournament at the Links of Gettysburg!

Winning team Tim Dehan,Jim Gresalfi, Mark Maginnis, and Steve Kargauer are pictured with ACAC BOD President Darlene Brown and Treasurer Stu Kravits.

We hope to see you again next year!


Who among our early organizers could have imagined that the Adams County Arts Council would grow into a regional leader in the arts, the operator of a 10,000 sq. ft. education center, where students enjoy enriching arts experiences and a respected community partner serving 20,000+ people each year? What a wonderful journey it has been with much more ahead!

The celebration on March 13, 2018, featured guest speaker, Philip Horn, Executive Director Emeritus of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, soprano Dr. Susan A. Hochmiller with accompanist Tim Foster, awards for outstanding volunteer services by Louise Garverick, Jack Handshaw, Brenda McCabe, and Kate Rice.  Artist James Bricker painted a still life which was up for silent bid. The Gettysburg High School String Ensemble also performed.

In weeks prior to the event, volunteers worked with glass instructor Leah Powell to create unique fused glass pieces as favors for guests during the Anniversary event.


Thank you to all the students that join us and helped ward off the Winter blues!  The cold was beat by exploring creativity with classes like:

Tap Dance with Rachal Sease

Zen Art Paint Night: Lotus Theme with Marie Smith

Line Dance with Frank Daire and Linda Neiswender

The Wonder of Colored Pencil with Stanley Gilmore