When does it finally feel like spring? When it's time for the 2019 Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts! This year's Celebration runs two weeks from April 26 – May 11, and in honor of our 50th Anniversary, we will be featuring the work of previous years' Featured Artists!

The main event of the Celebration is the Lewisburg Arts Festival on Saturday, April 27, with over 100 juried artists displaying their works throughout downtown Lewisburg. There are two stages of performers, with partial support by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. There will be FOUR food areas this year, plus an Artisanal Food area on Market Street at Front Street. While you're strolling, don't forget the Indoor Art Exhibit and the Photography Exhibit, or the Featured Artist exhibit at Faustina Gallery.

There's much more to the two weeks of the Celebration of the Arts, like the various Exhibits and Events that take place in the area. The Annual Indoor Art Exhibit, a juried show for adult artists at the Packwood House Museum, 15 N. Water St., and the juried Photography Exhibit in the William Himmelreich Library, 18 Market St., both run from Saturday, April 27 through Saturday, May 4. Awards receptions for both shows on the evening of Friday, April 26 are open to the public.

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Sunday, April 28 is the Plein Air Event cosponsored by the Merrill W. Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, the Union County Historical Society, and the Artists' Guild. Free workshops will give adults and children a chance to try their hand at a different art form – in areas such as painting, drawing, and photography!

The final event of the Celebration is Lewisburg Live! on Saturday, May 11. Seven bands will perform live music in nine different venues between 6 pm and midnight. Music ranges from folk to rock to jazz to blues – something for every taste. And all free!

The Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts is sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council, with financial assistance from members and many local businesses and institutions.

ANY DOCUMENTS YOU MAY NEED FOR THE FESTIVAL ARE RIGHT HERE:

2019 Indoor Art Show Application
2019 Photography Show Application
Instructions for matting a photograph

 

The 22st season of the summer concert series Music in the Park begins on June 6th this year and will run through August 29th. The concerts will begin at 7:00 pm in Hufnagle Park, downtown Lewisburg.

The 2018 season promises to be another terrific series. There are familiar favorites, including the the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the Penn Central Wind Band, and the Lewisburg Area High School Marching Band. Several new bands join us this year, too – with musical styles for every taste.

The rain location for all of 2018’s concert series is the old Lewisburg Area High School.

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

The Lewisburg Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts to support Music in the Park. The Woodcock Foundation’s mission statement:

So long as there are little children to be introduced to the creative arts and harried adults who missed exposure to great art and literature and timeless music to be shared across all age group, there will be a need for efforts to encourage the appreciation of the arts.

Thank you to the Borough of Lewisburg for its ongoing support of Music in the Park.

You can be a part of supporting the music that you hear—both now and for the future!

Summer Schedule 2018

Every Wednesday Night at 7:00pm in Hufnagle Park

Friday July 12, 2019 (rain date July 19) 5pm – 7:30pm

Open to children of all ages!

Registration begins at 5:00pm in front of Brushstrokes Gallery, Art Supplies and Framing, 340 Market Street. There is no early registration and you must register in person. Please bring your own chalk.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Ages 6 and under
Ages 7 – 12
Ages 13 – 18
19 and older

PHOTO: Dan Hyde

2018 Sidewalk Chalk Festival Winners

6 and under
1st Place: #12 Harrison Fleck
2nd Place: #50 Daelynn Thomas
3rd Place: #14 Brayen Cummings
7 to 12
1st Place: #152 Sofia Wilkinson
2nd Place: #100 Leah Foresman
3rd Place: #149 Kalli Del Vecchio
13 to 18
1st Place: #203 Madi Klock
2nd Place: #207 Gabriel Stumbris
3rd Place: #215 Kailyn Carr and Casey Mack
19 and older
1st Place: #302 Rhiannon Middernacht
2nd Place: #309 Brooke Facer
3rd Place: #321 Amir Lewis
People’s Choice Award
#303 Jennifer Walls

Both the visual and the performing arts take center stage in historic downtown Lewisburg the first Friday in November as the Lewisburg Arts Council sponsors the 20th Annual Stroll Through the Arts on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6 pm to midnight. Live visual art is in evidence when over 30 artists display their works in shops, studios, and galleries all along five blocks of downtown Market St. that evening. The artists range from painters to potters to jewelers to photographers, and are all from the central Susquehanna Valley region.

This year's Stroll Through the Arts will again feature our passport program. Anyone who visits and has checked off the required number of businesses in certain blocks of downtown is eligible to enter a drawing for Downtown Gift Certificates. Passports are available at any one of the participating businesses (look for the luminaria!). The drawing will happen at 9 pm at the Arts Underground.

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg

The Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg is a group of visual artists whose mission is to form a community that strives to encourage, challenge, and inspire each of its members.  The Guild holds informal plein air days, art critiques, as well as an Annual Member Showcase held at Gallery 255 each January.  Members are kept up-to-date on art shows in the area, and also receive notices about art opportunities such as calls for artists, gallery notices, and teaching opportunities.

Critiques are held at a member artist’s house or studio. Members are invited to bring one or two pieces of artwork to share and critique. These get-togethers offer artists the chance to discuss problems and solutions to any artistic difficulties they might be encountering in a supportive space.  Suggestions for improvement, compliments, fellowship, and refreshments are all readily available!

For the past two years, the Guild has held six plein air days during the summer and early fall. Starting in May and ending in October, members are invited to spend the day at a local site, drawing and painting outside.  These days are very loose and informal; there is no set arrival or departure time.  This year's plein air days were scheduled in front of Rooke Chapel, at Soldier’s Park, along the Dale/Engle/Walker Trail and Milton State Park Boat launch with the final outing being held at the Shikellemy State Park at the Marina.

The Artists’ Guild is working with the Lewisburg Arts Council on ways to showcase its members more. Currently in the works is a Guild member area that would be featured during the Arts Festival as part of the annual Celebration of the Arts, providing an opportunity for artists to learn how to present and sell their work. Also in the works, the Guild and the LAC are working together to provide an area in the Green Space Center named the Cases Gallery for showcasing members art.

The Artists’ Guild actively contributes to the vibrant art scene in Lewisburg and surrounding areas.  Come meet other people who share your love for the visual arts!

LAC Membership Form
Email: guild@lewisburgartscouncil.com

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Lewisburg Photography Club

The Lewisburg Photography Club is for photographers, both amateur and professional, living in the greater Lewisburg, PA area.

The Lewisburg Photography Club’s mission is four-fold:

  • to bring together photographers in the Lewisburg area
  • to form a vibrant photography community that shares ideas, collaborates on projects, and mentors each other on different aspects of photography
  • to promote and excite an interest in the art of photography
  • to support and encourage photographers of all skill levels in an open learning environment

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7 ­–9 pm. At present, meetings are held at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village Commons, Lewisburg.

For more information, contact Daniel Hyde 

To join the Photography Club, please fill out an LAC Membership Form   

 

Email: info@lewisburgartscouncil.com

Mailing address:

PO Box 418

Lewisburg, PA 17837

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

About

Since 1968, the Lewisburg Arts Council (LAC) has felt that the Arts bring life to life in Lewisburg! We continue to support and showcase the ARTS in our community.

The Lewisburg Arts Council has as its mission to encourage and advance visual and performing arts in the Lewisburg area. We are committed to supporting local artists and providing opportunities for the residents of our community to view and participate in a variety of artistic programs.

BECOME A MEMBER

We need your help in supporting our mission! Become a member of the Lewisburg Arts Council and support the arts in your community! Your membership will help support the four events LAC currently sponsors in town as well as scholarships for graduating seniors excelling in the arts and the LAC Endowment Fund.

Membership Levels:

Patron $20
Supporter $35
Benefactor $50
LAC Endowment Fund $100 or more

LAC Donation/Membership Form

There are two ways you can donate (1) online via a credit card or (2) by sending a check via postal mail.

The Lewisburg Arts Council is a 501(c)3 organization.Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you for your support!

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

The Lewisburg Arts Council operates on 100% volunteer power!  If you'd like information on how you can help, fill out this form and someone from the Arts Council will be in touch soon!

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Join

Please make checks payable to Lewisburg Arts Council.

Mail to:
Lewisburg Arts Council
PO Box 418
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Click here to pay via Paypal




At the January 2012 meeting, the members present approved a new set of bylaws for the Arts Council – the first in 40 years. These new by-laws give us a slightly new structure. There is a Board of Directors, each with two-year terms, and five standing committees: Membership, PR, Entertainment, Fundraising, and a new Artists’ Guild.

We are always in need of volunteers to fill in committee slots, so if you're interested please email us at info@lewisburgartscouncil.com! We have a set of committee “job descriptions” that we can send out to anyone interested in helping out – it’s a great way to see where your interests might best dovetail with the Arts Council’s needs.

Connie Timm – President
This could be you! – Vice President
Debbie Blanchard – Treasurer
Katrina Del Vecchio – Secretary
Sara Kelley – Past President

Board Members

Barbara Baker
Jennifer Blanchard
Della Hutchison
Sara Kelley
Lauren McDonald
Penny Patterson
Simonne Roy

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm

9:45 am Raising the Flag, Boy Scout Troop 538, Lewisburg Post Office

Hufnagle Park Main Tent
Rain Location: Donald Heiter Community Center, 100 N. 5th Street

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Uptown Music Collective
2:00 - 2:30 pm: Duck Derby
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Bucknell Jazz band

Dance Corner at Post Office Square - Sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital
Rain Location: Lewisburg Club, 131 Market Street

10:00 - 11:00 am: D & K Dance
11:15 - 11:45 am: Tir Na Nog
12:00-12:30 pm: Komotion
12:45 - 1:45 pm: Downtown Dance
2:00 -3:00 pm: Countryside Contra Dancers

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Hufnagle Park Gazebo - Sponsored by the Eye Center of Central PA
Rain Location: Donald Heiter Community Center, 100 N. 5th Street
10 - 11 am: Poetry
12 - 12:30 pm: RiverStage Community Theatre
2:30 - 3 pm: Lewisburg High School Jazz Ensemble
4 - 4:30 pm: DHEMS Advanced Strings
All Day Events
LAC Annual Indoor Art Exhibit and Sale – Packwood House Museum, 15 N. Water Street
LAC Annual Photography Exhibit – William D. Himmelreich Memorial Library, 18 Market Street
41st Annual Scholastic Arts Exhibit – Packwood House Museum, 15 N. Water Street
Lewisburg Garden Club Plant Sale – Hufnagle Park
Ashburn’s Animals on a Mission petting zoo – 6th Street/Hufnagle Park
Society for Creative Anachronism – Hufnagle Park
Kids Arts Fest – Himmelreich Library Lawn, 18 Market Street (10am - 2pm)

Important note: parking is tricky, so take the free shuttle bus or use the valet bicycle parking coordinated by Walk It! Bike It! Lewisburg. Buses leave every 10 minutes from the Weis north parking lot off Route 15 just north of Lewisburg, with four stops downtown; if you ride your bicycle, take it to the Mifflinburg Bank parking lot at 5th and Market, and Earl's Bicycles will park it and protect it for you while you walk around the Festival.

All workshops are free. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for a workshop, email workshops@lewisburgartscouncil.com.  This year’s workshops are sponsored by Bucknell University.

Sunday, April 28

Plein Air Painting
presented by Bobby Gorby
9 to 11 am Dale/Engle/Walker House
1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg
Group limit: 25; Ages: 16 yrs thru adult
Bobby Gorby will discuss composition, working with a limited palette, and other subjects important to successfully painting en plein air. Following the indoor presentation, participants will move outdoors where Mr. Gorby will paint while describing the steps he is taking.   The workshop will be held rain or shine.

Saturday, May 4
Smartphone Photography Workshop
presented by Terri Peterson
10 am Lewisburg Children's Museum
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 12; Ages: 12 yrs and up (beginners)
Great gear is one thing but photography is about storytelling, and we can all do that with the cameras on our smartphones. This workshop focuses on composition--lighting, backgrounds, and what helps convey the stories we want to tell.  You will be taking pictures, so please bring a smartphone with you.

Saturday, May 4
Intro to Improv: Theater Games
presented by Alex Skitolsky
1 pm RiverStage Theatre
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 12; Ages: 12 yrs thru adult
A free, fun-filled introduction to improvisational acting through accessible theatre games and exercises.  Come laugh, play, and create in an energetic and supportive atmosphere. No experience needed! Families welcomed!

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Saturday, May 4
Sun Prints Workshop
presented by Stephanie Carey
1 pm Lewisburg Children's Museum
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 10; Ages: 8 yrs thru adult
Learn a photographic technique that was developed in the 1800's . . . the Cyanotype.  Small objects are placed on light-sensitive paper and exposed to the sun.  The objects block the sun and leave their shape behind!  After rinsing in water, white images will appear on a deep blue background.  Bring small objects of your own or use some that will be provided.  This workshop is dependent on a sunny day; if it's raining we'll have to cancel.

Saturday, May 4
Alcohol Ink Reverse Painting on Glass
presented by Elizabeth Burke
3 pm Lewisburg Children's Museum
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 10; Ages: 16 yrs thru adult
Elizabeth Burke will lead this class in alcohol ink, a fun (and forgiving!) medium as you create a reverse painting on glass.

 

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

A downtown music festival is bringing different bands to different venues throughout downtown Lewisburg, all free and open to everyone. Lewisburg Live! is sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council as part of the 50th Annual Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts.

6:30-8:30pm
Don Krech and Karen Noble
Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University
400 Market Street

7-9 pm
Tom Patten
Tastecraft Market
323 Market Street

7:30-9:30 pm
Sgt. Bob Timney
Lewisburg Hotel
136 Market Street

PHOTO: Dan Hyde

8:00-10:00 pm
Loose Cannons
Lewisburg Club
131 Market Street

8:30-10:30 pm
SOS Blues Duo
Brasserie Louis
101 Market Street

9:00-11:00 pm
Groove Chapel Band
Bull Run Tap House
605 Market Street

9:30-11:30 pm
Derek & Billy Jazz Thing
Brendan’s Towne Tavern
600 Market Street

The Lewisburg Arts Council is celebrating its official 50th anniversary in 2019. One of our events during the Celebration of the Arts has, since 2010, been a special exhibit of works by our Featured Artist. For this special anniversary, we are celebrating all of our previous Featured Artists with a retrospective exhibit. The exhibit will run from April 13 through May 11, 2019 (Tuesdays through Saturdays) at Faustina Gallery, 229 Market Street, Lewisburg.

The Featured Artists Retrospective exhibit is sponsored by Mifflinburg Bank and Trust.

BANNER PHOTO: Brett Simpson

April 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 7:30pm, April 14 @ 2:30pm
Oleanna
Greenspace Center
815 Market Street
Oleanna by David Mamet is a fiery and fierce story, seemingly ripped from headlines of the modern era of the #MeToo movement.  Over the course of three tutoring sessions, a young female college student, Carol, and her professor, John, view each other’s behavior from two drastically different perspectives, and the concept of “he said, she said” reaches explosive new heights in a story of miscommunication, manipulation, gender politics, privilege, and power. All seating is general admission, tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students (high school and up) with group discounts available and can be purchased at the door, by calling 570.989.0848 or by clicking here.  Because of mature themes and strong language, the show is not recommended for young children. riverstagetheatre.org

April 13- May 11
Celebration of the Arts 50th Featured Artists Exhibition
Sponsored by Mifflinburg Bank and Trust
Faustina Gallery
229 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA  17837
Exhibition of work by previous Featured Artists from the last 50 years.

April 13
Countryside Contra Dancers
7-10 pm
Donald Heiter Community Center
100 North 5th Street, Lewisburg
New England Contra Dance is a traditional dance form rooted in Irish, English, and Scottish jigs, reels and waltzes. Contra dancing is easy and energetic, mostly involving a smooth walking step.  All dances are taught/called, with the basic figures taught beginning at 7:00.  Calling in April is Ted Crane, with music by Lux Bridge.  Newcomers of all ages are always welcome, with or without a partner.  Please wear comfortable clothes, and soft soled, non-marking shoes.  Admission is $8.00 for Adults; under 16 free. $5.00 for students with current ID. Under 16 must be accompanied by guardian. Come dance or just to listen for an evening of wonderful music, movement and socializing. For more information call Betsy or Jeff at 570 524-2104  http://lewisburgcontra.wixsite.com/lewisburgcontradance, https://www.facebook.com/countrysidecontradance

April 26
Lewisburg Arts Council
Reception: Annual Photography Show
6:30-8:30 pm
William D. Himmelreich Memorial Library
18 Market Street, Lewisburg
The opening reception for the Photography Show. Awards will be presented at 7:30pm.

April 26
Lewisburg Arts Council
Reception: Indoor Art Exhibit
7-9 pm
Packwood House Museum Kelly Gallery
15 North Water Street, Lewisburg
The opening reception for The Indoor Art Exhibit and Sale.  Awards will be presented at 8pm.

April 26- May 11
Lewisburg Arts Council
Annual Photography Show 
William D. Himmelreich Memorial Library
18 Market Street, Lewisburg
This popular photography contest includes children as well adults, both amateurs and professionals. Each photographer can submit three original photographs that were the sole creation of the photographer in his/her appropriate skill level. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three photographs and all other receive ribbons. Photographs will be judged by a panel of prominent artists and photographers. The show can be viewed during library hours: Mondays 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm, Tuesdays 10am-2pm, Wednesdays 11am-1pm,Thursdays 6pm-8pm and Fridays 1pm-5pm and from 10am to 5pm during the Arts Festival on Saturday, April 27.
Sponsored by Stephen Lindenmuth

April 26-May 11
Lewisburg Arts Council
Indoor Art Exhibit and Sale
Packwood House Museum
15 North Water Street, Lewisburg
This is a juried exhibition sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council as part of the Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts. Professional and amateur artists living and working within a 60 mile radius of Lewisburg can submit up to three two dimensional original artworks. The show will be hung by Owen Mahon, the owner of Open Door Gallery, and his helpers. The show is juried and judged by prominent professional artists.  Hours at the Packwood House to view the show are Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm. The exhibit will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 27, during the Arts Festival.

April 27
Annual Book Sale
10 am - 3 pm
Wm. D. Himmelreich Memorial Library
18 Market Street, Lewisburg
Visit the Wm. D. Himmelreich Memorial Library's annual book sale at the Celebration of the Arts Saturday, April 27. The sale includes great quality items including Secular or Christian authors and titles. Visit the library at 18 Market St., Lewisburg, PA from 10 am - 3 pm.

Saturday, May 4
Smartphone Photography Workshop
presented by Terri Peterson
10 am Lewisburg Children's Museum
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 12; Ages: 12 yrs and up (beginners)
Great gear is one thing but photography is about storytelling, and we can all do that with the cameras on our smartphones. This workshop focuses on composition--lighting, backgrounds, and what helps convey the stories we want to tell.  You will be taking pictures, so please bring a smartphone with you.
Sponsored by Bucknell University

Intro to Improv: Theater Games
presented by Alex Skitolsky
1 pm RiverStage Theatre
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 12; Ages: 12 yrs thru adult
A free, fun-filled introduction to improvisational acting through accessible theatre games and exercises.  Come laugh, play, and create in an energetic and supportive atmosphere. No experience needed! Families welcomed!
Sponsored by Bucknell University

Sun Prints Workshop
presented by Stephanie Carey
1 pm Lewisburg Children's Museum
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 10; Ages: 8 yrs thru adult
Learn a photographic technique that was developed in the 1800's . . . the Cyanotype.  Small objects are placed on light-sensitive paper and exposed to the sun.  The objects block the sun and leave their shape behind!  After rinsing in water, white images will appear on a deep blue background.  Bring small objects of your own or use some that will be provided.  This workshop is dependent on a sunny day; if it's raining we'll have to cancel.
Sponsored by Bucknell University

Alcohol Ink Reverse Painting on Glass
presented by Elizabeth Burke
3 pm Lewisburg Children's Museum
815 Market Street, Lewisburg
Group limit: 10; Ages: 16 yrs thru adult
Elizabeth Burke will lead this class in alcohol ink, a fun (and forgiving!) medium as you create a reverse painting on glass.
Sponsored by Bucknell University

May 5
53rd Annual Spring Music Recital
2 pm
First Baptist Church, 51 South 3rd Street, Lewisburg
A recital of music will be presented by the students of Ruth Blankenship, Judy Christie, and the late Lloyd Wolf. Featured will be several varieties of music by pupils of all ages.  The recital will conclude with a performance by the teachers, including Judy Blee on the pipe organ, as a memorial tribute to Lloyd Wolf, who unexpectedly passed away on February 28th.  This event is open to the public. The church is handicap accessible at the St. Louis Street entrance.

May 10-11
Susquehanna Valley Chorale: Irving Berlin, the Great American Songwriter!
7:30 pm
Weber Auditorium, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove
SVC presents the music of Irving Berlin, The Great American Songwriter. This annual season closer is frequently one of our most POPular, each year with a different theme and surprises, but always showcasing some extremely talented SVC members. Ticket information: svcmusic.org.

May 11
Countryside Contra Dancers
Donald Heiter Community Center
100 North 5th Street, Lewisburg
7-10pm
New England Contra Dance is a traditional dance form rooted in Irish, English, and Scottish jigs, reels, and waltzes. Contra dancing is easy and energetic, mostly involving a smooth walking step.  All dances are taught/called, with the basic figures taught beginning at 7:00.  Calling in May is Barbara Goldstein of Tom's River, NJ, with music by Lux Bridge.  Newcomers of all ages are always welcome, with or without a partner.  Please wear comfortable clothes, and soft soled, non-marking shoes.  Admission is $8.00 for Adults; under 16 free. $5.00 for students with current ID. Under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. Come dance or just to listen for an evening of wonderful music, movement and socializing. For more information call Betsy or Jeff at 570 524-2104  http://lewisburgcontra.wixsite.com/lewisburgcontradance, https://www.facebook.com/countrysidecontradance

June 1 – June 30
Merrill Linn Conservancy Plein Air Event Exhibit
Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg, PA 17837
View Union County through the eyes of the plein air artists who participated in the 2019 Plein Air Event held at various Merrill Linn Conservancy sites. Plein air artists experience and capture the environment in a painting created on location. This event is a partnership of the Merrill W. Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, and the Union County Historical Society. For more information visit UnionCountyLibraries.org or call 570-523-1172.

June 3
Opening Reception: Merrill Linn Conservancy Plein Air Event Exhibit
Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg, PA 17837
6-8pm

Bring your artistic talents to the upcoming Plein Air Event sponsored by the Merrill Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, Union County Historical Society, and the Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg.

What is Plein Air?
A drawing or painting done outdoors, rather than in a studio. The French term en plein air translates to ‘in the open air.’ The goal of this event is to preserve, with our artwork, a present moment at various Linn Conservancy sites. In sharing our work, we seek to build a community of artists and citizens passionate about the preservation of these sites for future generations.

Who may participate? All artists, art lovers and plein air enthusiasts of any age—especially those who appreciate the beauty of nature and care about environmental preservation.

Where will this be held? On April 28, two Merrill Linn Conservancy conservation easement properties in Union County will be available. Both are easily accessible.  Site directions and descriptions (pdf).

  • Dale/Engle/Walker property and Dale’s Ridge, Strawbridge Road, off Route 192, west of Lewisburg

  • Koons Property (Koons Trail) N. Fourth St., Mifflinburg, PA

During the week of April 29 through May 5, artists may return to the D/E/W and Koons properties to complete their work. During that week they are also welcome to paint at the Shamokin Mountain Trail—located near Forest House Lane off Stein Lane and at the scenic Shikellamy State Park. All work done at these four sites through May 5 may be shown at the plein air exhibition at the library.

What will happen on Event Day?
9 am to 5 pm
– Each of the sites is available for your use. Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg and Merrill Linn Conservancy volunteers are present at each site to assist you in any way.

9 am to 11 am – Bobby Gorby, local plein air artist, will present an optional workshop at the D/E/W House. We will break midway for refreshments. Afterward, you may find a location at the D/E/W property or go to Koons Trail in Mifflinburg to work. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email workshops@lewisburgartscouncil.com

Transportation will be available to take artists to and from the D/E/W House and Koons Property. Times the driver will be available are 11:30 (right after the workshop), 2 pm and 3:45 pm

 4 pm to 5 pm – You are invited to return to the D/E/W House for an al fresco reception. This is an opportunity to meet and mingle with other participants and view one another’s work of the day—finished nor not.

What happens afterwards? You are invited to display your artwork at The Public Library for Union County for the month of June. Guidelines for display are included in your Event Packet. Any work begun during this event but completed afterward, off site, is welcome. An opening night reception will be held at the Library, Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg, on June 3 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

2019 Plein Air Site Descriptions and Directions (pdf)

2019 Guidelines for Artists (pdf)

We would like to give a special thank you to our 2019 Celebration of the Arts Sponsors!

Platinum Level
Borough of Lewisburg
Evangelical Community Hospital - Arts Festival Post Office Square Dance Corner Sponsor

Bronze Level
Bucknell University - Celebration of the Arts Workshop Sponsor

Anniversary Level
Mifflinburg Bank & Trust - Featured Artist Exhibit Sponsor

Celebration Level
B Z Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat
Eye Center of Central PA - Arts Festival Gazebo Entertainment Sponsor
Country Cupboard
Steven Lindenmuth - Lewisburg Arts Council Annual Photography Show Sponsor