Written by Wendy Heiges, ACAC Program Coordinator
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 1, 5-7:30 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.”
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.
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.