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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


Artist Spotlight: Carol Herren Foerster

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

CarolAdams County Arts Council member Carol Herren Foerster has been sharing her drawings in Adams County for more than 25 years, but she recently recommitted herself to “really doing her art.”

Unexpected family obligations that arose earlier in her career made it impossible for Carol to finish her teaching certification, despite finishing a Bachelor’s degree in art.  Later, a work-related injury left her legally disabled with Radial Tunnel Syndrome in her right arm.  Carol says it’s no coincidence that drawing is the one activity that doesn’t aggravate the disorder.  The fine detail of her work is further evidence that drawing is what she is called to do.

Carol’s first priority has always been her family. Though her two children and four step-children are now grown, her house still often bustles with the sounds of little people – her grandchildren – for whom she cares while their parents are working.  As a younger mom, she worked odd jobs here and there, squeezing in time to draw when she could.  Since her own children are now grown, she is enjoying the freedom to pursue her drawing more seriously, particularly since the youngest grandchild is out of diapers.


This piece will be on display as part of the Art of the State Show at the State Museum of Harrisburg until September 2014.

She also credits a sense of artistic liberation to Facebook and social media.  Since posting her work on Facebook, the overwhelmingly positive responses have allowed her to let go of self-imposed angst and inhibition surrounding her abilities as an artist. Her confidence has snowballed over the past few years, during which she has not only improved her skills, but she has also entered more shows and contests, won a few awards, and most recently, she received a letter from Pennsylvania Senator Richard Alloway, III congratulating her on a spot in the Art of the State Show at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, which began Saturday, June 22 and continues through September. She also has work showing at the Salmagundi Club in New York City this summer. Because she practices her art and submits her work without expectation or worry, the notifications of awards and acceptances like these feel like happy surprises.

When asked about her plans for the future, Carol says, “I’m no longer taking commissions. I just draw what I want.” An earlier plan to draw a series of women’s portraits evolved into a beautiful, eclectic collection of subjects that were on display at the ACAC Education Center last May.  She looks forward to another show at ACAC in April of 2015.  To prepare for that show and other upcoming events, Carol says she will just “go with the flow and follow inspiration.”  It’s a tactic that has been serving her well so far.


This piece will be featured for the summer at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave., New York NY.

Carol has a website, but you can see her most up-to-date work on her Facebook page.

Contact her through Facebook or at to inquire about purchasing her drawings.


The fine detail of Carol’s work makes it clear that drawing is what she is called to do.

Would you like to nominate yourself or another ACAC member for an Artist Spotlight article on this blog?
Email Lisa Cadigan or Karen Hendricks with your ideas for a great art story.

JAE: A June Tradition

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

When you think of the word “tradition,” perhaps Christmas or the holidays come to mind. Well, it’s like Christmas every year, when we send out the call for entries into the Juried Art Exhibition and receive incredible surprises in return. This year, our office was flooded with more than 100 quality entries. Every year, the talent pool widens a bit, with artists from beyond the borders of Adams County entering their works, plus the depth of talent increases with works of greater quality being entered.

Now marking its 11th year, I think it’s safe to say the JAE has itself become a tradition. Artists plan and look forward to entering their works, supportive sponsors return year after year to underwrite prize monies, and area arts aficionados enjoy attending this well-respected show. The Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College is an incredible partner and host.

But there’s less than a week left! If you haven’t yet caught the 2014 show… be sure to stop by ASAP because the exhibit closes this Sunday, June 22. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Hours are 10 am-4 pm daily.

Karen Coyle of Scott & Co Fine Jewelers presents 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.

Special kudos to…

  • Robyn Jacobs, Littlestown – Best in Show
  • Rob Millard-Mendez, Evansville, IN – 2nd Place
  • Alan Paulson, Gettysburg – 3rd Place
  • Joseph Opshinski, Scranton – 4th Place
  • Joh Ricci, Gettysburg – Blick Art Materials Award
  • Linda Benton McCloskey, Harrisburg – Schmucker Director’s Award
  • Stephanie Hicks, Gettysburg – People’s Choice Award

The 44 artists juried into this year’s show are…

Edward Babiarz, Dorothea Barrick, Paul Benyeda , Vince Bruinsma,  Pamela Cooper-White, Max K. Elias, Audrey Farnsworth, Sue Fehringer, Anne H. Finucane, Cynthia Gibbon, Jack Handshaw, Lisa Gohr Harman, Nanette Hatzes, Stephanie Hicks, Michael Hower, Roberta Rettew Iula, Robyn Jacobs, Sean P. Kennedy, Arline Slifer Kump, Chris Lauer,  Amy V. Lindenberger, Sheryl Massaro, Linda Benton McCloskey,  Michael McCullough, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Rob Millard-Mendez,  Teri Myers, Lori Nelson, Alison O’Brien, Joseph Opshinsky,  Alan Paulson,  Janet M. Powers, Brydie Ragan, Jill C. Rakowicz, Valerie M. Ramsburg, Joh Ricci, Bill Sachs, Rebecca Yates Shorb, Andrew T. Smith, Barrie Spessler, Dennis Steinauer, Dora Townsend, Lynn Uhlmann, and Deborah Williams

The 2014 Juried Art Exhibit, Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College

The 2014 Juried Art Exhibit, Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College

And a huge “thank you” to…

Thinking about entering next year’s 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition? Look for application information this winter as the tradition continues!

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