Lancaster County Arts Association Celebrates 85th Anniversary Color Exhibition | Fun

The Lancaster County Art Association is a good example of the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

In its 85 years of existence, Lancaster County’s oldest arts organization has seen a rise and fall in the popularity of global art movements, the invention of new ways to create and present art, and major changes in Lancaster County’s city and landscape.

Lancaster County Art Association has been a successful member for many years, organizing hundreds of exhibitions and in 1998 moving from the historic building of the 22nd E. Vine St. in Lancaster at his current home on 149 Precision Ave. in Strasbourg. But despite all these changes, the organization’s goals remain the same: to promote local artists, to welcome and encourage professional and amateur artists of all ages, and to increase interest in art in the area.

The Lancaster Art Association in Strasbourg is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

“(LCAA) is one of the few places where an artist, at any level of amateur or professional, can be a member and sell or not sell his work,” said Patricia Keller, a 78-year-old East Hempfield resident and more for 30 years. “It is important to maintain the arts in the area. We have contributed a lot. “

The Lancaster County Art Association is celebrating its 85th anniversary with an exhibition called The Color of Lancaster County, which opened on June 12 and is on display at the Kaufman Gallery on the building until July 7. The exhibition includes 186 mounted works of art 5 by 7 inches on acid-free mats measuring 8 by 10 inches, organized on the walls by color groups. For example, pieces that have a noticeable yellow are grouped together on one wall, while those with blue as the primary color are arranged on another wall.

LCAA Lancaster County Color Show

“Purple Trees” (oil) by Carol Herr is one of the paintings presented at the LCAA Lancaster County Color Fundraising Exhibition until July 7.

“Our gallery is like a giant flower wheel,” says gallery director Carol Herr. “Themes range from landscapes to people to animals. There is a good variety of things. I think that in the last few years the exhibits have been getting better and better. We have a lot of professional artists, but our non-professional category is really there. Many times you can’t tell who’s a professional and who’s not. ”

The work is available for sale for $ 55 or two pieces for $ 100. According to Keller, the group usually has about 10 performances a year and the artists keep 70% of their sales, with 30% going back to the organization. But for this show, all the work was donated by many of the 250 members of the Lancaster County Arts Association. Proceeds from this exhibition will help fund the organization’s current mission of local art education with a variety of classes from plein air painting to pottery, community building with member activities and promotion with exhibits and sales.

“We’ve had a number of sales,” Herr, 64, said of the fundraiser so far.

And after the challenges posed by COVID-19, funds are now more valuable than ever.

“The pandemic really hit us hard in terms of enrolling in class. That has really dropped in the last two years. “

Members continue

The Lancaster County Color exhibition celebrates local art and includes many works inspired by the natural beauty of the area, but members of the Lancaster County Art Association also made sure to include a tribute to the group’s long and colorful history.

“We have scrapbooks that we publish that contain different newspaper articles and photos of different people from the years,” said Herr, of East Drumore. “Unfortunately, we’ve lost long-standing members over the last few years, so looking back, I see a lot of members that we’re missing.”

LCAA Lancaster County Color Show

“Mommy’s Favorite 4” (watercolor) by Carol H. Dale is part of the Lancaster County Color exhibition. The pieces are arranged on the walls of the LCAA gallery according to color.

Herr, an oil painter and member of the Lancaster County Arts Association group for more than 40 years, says the group is about a 50-50 mix of professional and amateur artists, ranging from adults to artists in their 20s. Members of the Lancaster County Art Association can talk about their craft during classes, social gatherings and critique groups.

“It’s great because as artists, we’re kind of alone in most cases, we paint in our studios,” says Herr. “And that really gives you a vent, other people you can talk to about art who know what you’re talking about.”

The Lancaster County Flower Show is not the only art show currently on display at the Lancaster County Arts Association. True to their mission to support their members, another exhibition, the George Chapman Benefit exhibition, is on display at the smaller Steinmetz Gallery. The exhibition presents works available for purchase by George Chapman, a member of the Lancaster County Art Association who is a nurse.

This is the sense of community that Herr says supports the group.

“I think the members really support it,” said Herr.

The colorful history of Lancaster’s art

During the organization’s 85 years, its mission has always been to improve Lancaster County’s art scene, build on local art traditions and support local artists.

LCAA Daniel Whitmer

In a 1985 Sunday News article, Daniel Whitmer, then president of the Lancaster County Arts Association, wondered, “Why should local businesses go to New York to buy interior paintings for their offices?” They could support their own local artists and get some fine art. “

And more than 30 years earlier, in a 1950 Lancaster New Era article, Grace Steinmetz, who founded the organization with Mary Black Dealer in 1936, immersed herself in the history of Lancaster County art and its traditions. the group wanted to upgrade.

“Lancaster County Art Association … has as one of its aims to increase interest in art in this community,” Steinmetz wrote, and then set out to outline the region’s rich art history.

Grace Steinmitz

Steinmetz cites pioneering Lancaster artists such as Jacob Eichholz, a 1736-year-old cooper who painted and painted in his spare time and learned the art of portraiture from Gilbert Stewart, the man who painted the portrait of George Washington. Steinmitz continued to write about one of Eichholz’s contemporaries, Robert Fulton. Fulton, best known for developing the steamer, began his career as an artist. Steinmetz also mentions sculptor and artist Blanche Nevin, who, among other themes, sculpted a bust of Woodrow Wilson, as well as a lion sculpture in Lancaster Reservoir Park. Poet and artist Lloyd Mifflin and Charles Demut are also cited by Steinmetz as part of Lancaster County’s colorful art history.

As the oldest art organization in the area, the Lancaster County Art Association has seen a number of its members, such as artists Myrtle Tremblay, Constantine Kermes and others, who are recognized outside the area’s art scene. The group aims to continue building on the artistic traditions of Lancaster’s past as they look to the future.

“Lancaster County is a special place for art,” says Keller. “No matter what your environment is, you can never be left without a topic. There is always something that can capture your imagination. This is an artist’s dream. “

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