Bloomsburg's ArtFest Accepting Applications

The eleventh annual ArtFest will take place on Saturday, the 25th of August, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., returning to the new and much improved location on the Square in downtown Bloomsburg. ArtFest showcases more than 30 regional artists’ original work, accompanied by live music, local food, and activities for the whole family. A summertime art party, ArtFest draws attendees from throughout our region, and it draws artists from near and far as well. Exhibitors have included painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, sculptors, glass artists, fabric artists, woodworkers, soap makers, bonsai growers, and others. We encourage interested artists to visit to find out more about the application process; The Exchange will accept applications through Friday, the 1st of June.

Lewisburg Arts Council opens Cases Gallery

The Lewisburg Arts Council is proud to announce the opening of Cases Gallery, a new exhibit space in the Greenspace Center, 801 Market Street. The first exhibit in the space will be Barbara Baker, colored pencil artist who was the Featured Artist in the Arts Council’s 2017 Celebration of the Arts. Baker’s exhibit of recent works will open with a reception on December 6 from 5:30 to 7:30, and will run through January 30.

The Cases Gallery uses the exhibit space next to the auditorium in the former Lewisburg Area High School building. It will be open whenever the building is open. Visitors can access the Cases Gallery from near the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVREC) offices, the RiverStage Community Theatre’s auditorium, or downstairs from the Lewisburg Children’s Museum. The gallery is available to artists of any medium that can fit within the cases. Exhibit case rental is $50 for a two-month period. To apply for space, please contact the Lewisburg Arts Council at

When does it finally feel like spring? When it's time for the 2018 Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts! This year's Celebration runs two weeks from April 27 – May 12, and the Featured Artist for 2018 will be plein-air painter Simonne Roy. The Celebration is bracketed by the two main events: the Lewisburg Arts Festival on Saturday, April 28, and Lewisburg Live! on Saturday, May 12.

The main event of the Celebration is the Lewisburg Arts Festival on Saturday, April 28, 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. Be sure to stop by the Community Commons, where many of the area’s nonprofits are set up with information and activities (including gym mats to get the wiggles out!).

And of course 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 28 through Saturday, May 5. Awards receptions for both shows on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm are open to the public.

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Sunday, April 29 is the Plein Air Event cosponsored by the Merrill W. Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, and the Artists' Guild. Four free workshops over the course of the two weeks will give adult and child participants a chance to try their hand at a different art form – in areas such as painting, drawing, photography, and acting! Many other area organizations are sponsoring Activities and Exhibits related to the arts during the Celebration of the Arts – the full schedule is in the Celebration booklet, available the week of the Festival at various locations around the area, and online.

The final event of the Celebration is Lewisburg Live! on Saturday, May 12. Nine 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.

Visit the Community Commons page here.


Area Arts Activities application Any individual or organization hosting an arts-related activity during the two-week period from April 28-May 13, 2018 is invited to submit the event for inclusion in the Celebration booklet.

Area Arts Exhibits application Any individual or organization hosting an exhibit during the two-week period from April 28-May 13, 2018 is invited to submit the exhibit information for inclusion in the Celebration booklet

Community Commons Application (Arts Festival day, Saturday, April 28) 

2018 Indoor Art Show Information Packet

2018 Photography Show Information Packet

Instructions for matting a photograph

The 21st season of the summer concert series Music in the Park begins on June 7th this year and will run through August 30th. The concerts will begin at 7:00 pm in Hufnagle Park, downtown Lewisburg.

The 2017 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 2017’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 2017

Every Wednesday Night at 7:00pm in Hufnagle Park

Friday July 13, 2018 (rain date July 20) 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

Come downtown on July 13th and make Lewisburg even more beautiful with your sidewalk chalk drawing skills (at least until it rains again)! Registration for the Festival begins at 5:00 in front of Brushstrokes.

Prizes will be awarded at 8:00 pm in front of Brushstrokes

PHOTO: Dan Hyde

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 annual Stroll Through the Arts from 6pm to midnight.

Start with the art at 6:00 pm, when over 30 artists display their works in shops, studios, and galleries all along five blocks of downtown Market Street. The artists range from painters to potters to jewelers, photographers and poets —all from the central Susquehanna Valley region. Be sure to participate in the passport program. Anyone who visits and checks off the required number of businesses on their passport is eligible to enter a drawing for Downtown Lewisburg Gift certificates. End with Dance to the Music from 9:00 pm to midnight! Dance to the Music features five great music acts, all free.

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

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   



Mailing address:

PO Box 418

Lewisburg, PA 17837

PHOTO: Brett Simpson


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.

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 Artist Endowment Fund.
Sponsorship Levels:

Patron $15
Supporter $25
Benefactor $50
Endowment Fund $100 or more


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 Artist Endowment Fund.

Sponsorship Levels:

Patron $15
Supporter $25
Benefactor $50
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.

PHOTO: Brett Simpson


Please make checks payable to Lewisburg Arts Council.

Mail to:
Della Hutchison
1194 Marshall Street
Milton, PA 17847

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. We are very lucky to have Simonne Roy, an artist and an attorney, to help guide the process. What these new by-laws also give us is 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. All the events that the Arts Council runs each year will have its own committee as well – including the Arts Festival, and everything we do will fall under somebody’s committee.

We are now working to fill in all the committee slots, so don’t be surprised if you get a call! Actually we have a new 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
Margaret Brody – Treasurer
Lauren McDonald – Acting Secretary
Sara Kelley – Past President

Board Members

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Artist booths and food booths open from 10am to 5pm

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.

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

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
2018 Featured Artist Exhibit, Simonne Roy – Faustina Gallery, 229 Market Street
40th Annual Scholastic Arts Exhibit – Packwood House Museum, 15 N. Water Street
Lewisburg Garden Club Plant Sale – Hufnagle Park
Community Commons – Hufnagle Park
Ashburn’s Animals on a Mission petting zoo – Hufnagle Park
Society for Creative Anachronism – Hufnagle Park

Festival Hours: 10am – 5pm

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

Sunday, April 29

Plein Air Painting
presented by Lina Ferrara
9 to 11am Dale/Engle/Walker House
1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg
Group limit: 25; Ages: 16 yrs thru adult
Lina Ferrara, noted plein air artist from Lewisburg, will present an optional plein air workshop at the Dale/Engle/Walker House. Lina has extensive experience as a workshop instructor, having taught in such varied places as Canada, Italy, Holland, and most states in the U.S. Her presentation at the Plein Air Event will be of interest to novices and experienced painters alike. The focus will be on distilling the essential elements of the scene to tell a story in paint.  The workshop will be held rain or shine. 

Monday, April 30, 2018
Digital Photography for Adult Beginners
presented by Dr. Daniel C. Hyde, Chair of Lewisburg Photography Club
6:30 to 8pm Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Blvd, Lewisburg
Group limit: 12; Ages: 18 and older
During the holidays you acquired a good digital camera. So far you have learned how to take pictures and view them on your computer. Now what? This hands-on workshop will present and practice tips for shooting better pictures and how to use some advanced features of your camera. Since we will be shooting pictures, please bring your point-and-shoot or DSLR digital camera. Also, bring a charged battery and film card for your camera. And, if you can find it, bring your camera’s manual. 


PHOTO: Brett Simpson

Tuesday, May 8
Achieving Lively Color in Oil Painting
presented by Simonne Roy
6 to 7pm Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Blvd, Lewisburg
Group limit: 30
Simonne Roy will discuss and demonstrate the techniques she uses to create exciting color in her oil paintings, including use of the palette knife.  All are welcome – artists, non-artists, all ages.  Come and enjoy this presentation by the featured artist of the Lewisburg Arts Council's 2018 Celebration of the Arts.  

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

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 47th Annual Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts.

Cherry Alley
21 N. 3rd Street
DePotorLand is a musical destination that exists at many places on the map at once. The band utilizes a number of styles: rock, folk, country, jug band, blues, jazz, reggae, or funk. There are country songs they’ve transformed into reggae pieces, rock numbers that end up becoming swing or tango. George Potor (guitar and vocals) and Joe DeCristopher (guitar and vocals) have played together in a bunch of local bands for over 35 years. Fred Strickland (5-string bass and vocals) came on board with in 2008 to add depth to the sound, and DePotorLand (the *De* for DeCristopher, the *Potor* for, well, Potor, and the *Land* for Strickland) was formed. The chemistry is right.

Little Paris Jazz Trio
232 Market Street
Vintage jazz guitar, mandolin, silver flute and percussion—the Little Paris Jazz Trio delivers jazz from the French quarter of Paris in the 1930’s, early Americana jazz and gorgeous blues standards.

Greg Burgess & Bev Conrad
Mercado Burrito
520 Market Street
Fiddle, piano, banjo, and vocals – Beverley Conrad and Greg Burgess are a husband and wife duo who have performed throughout Susquehanna Valley in various configurations for many years. With a combined repertoire that spans centuries of traditional and Celtic music as well as modern day Americana, the two bring favorite tunes to life with a sound and mood reminiscent of a bygone era, the good old days, when the piano was king of the family parlor and the fiddle perched on top ready to be taken in hand and set toes tapping. Collectively, they have released over a dozen albums, many of which are now available on The Internet. But live music is best! You never know where it will take you.

Sweeney Blues
Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Bucknell University
400 Market Street
They play their favorite blues and rock – for your listening and dancing pleasure.

PHOTO: Dan Hyde

Mark Tomeo
Siam Cafe
518 Market Street
Originally from Boston, Tomeo began innocently playing along with Kingston Trio records at around age 10. A few years later he watched The Beatles first U.S. appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and joined the revolution. An electric guitar was shortly procured and Tomeo never looked back. After touring nationally and internationally as the pedal steel player in Rubber Rodeo, Mark settled down in Danville with his family. He began taking jazz guitar lessons in 2005 out of both a desire to achieve a new level in his playing as well as to have a style befitting a mature person. “I want to perform right up until they have to pry my cold, dead fingers from the neck of my guitar, but I don’t want to be the geezer rocker who embarrasses his kids,” Tomeo says. “So I’ve worked out a routine where I can play by myself but still sound musically robust, not have to haul a lot of heavy gear, and still satisfy a roomful of my contemporaries.”

Billy Kelly and a Band
Civil War Cider
606 Market Street
Billy Kelly’s music has been described as “Endearingly oddball” by National Public Radio, and his live performances have been called “A dang good time!” by TimeOut New York. Over the course of his 20 year music career Billy Kelly has opened for President Barack Obama, duetted with Davy Jones of the Monkees, and been nominated for a Grammy Award — in that order. His band, “A Band”, features Rick Buck (Tommy Cash, Country Legend) on bass, Steve Adams (Organ Trio East) on keyboards and Jake Kline (The Shouldas) on drums.

Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants
Bull Run Tap House
605 Market Street
A feel-good, fire-breathin’ freight train of the blues, Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants is a musical force to be reckoned with, winning over audiences at every show with dynamic performances that showcase the band’s musical prowess, depth of artistic passion, and pure joy of playing The Blues. Formed in 2015 by Berklee College of Music graduate Gabe Stillman, the powerhouse trio has quickly risen on the scene and continues gaining momentum following standout performances at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, Billtown Blues Festival, Destination Blues Festival, and shared bills with legendary blues-rockers The Nighthawks, Chicago’s Toronzo Cannon, New Orleans’ Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, and more. While the electrifying trio’s sound is unmistakably rooted in American Blues, the band draws deeply from influences of Soul, R&B, Funk, and New Orleans jazz & blues music, performing both original compositions and well-chosen ‘cover songs’ that pay respectful homage to the true giants of the blues in the band’s own inimitable way. But these giants always leave their own mighty big footprints wherever they roam.

Doug McMinn Blues
Towne Tavern
600 Market Street
Doug McMinn grew up playing the blues, learning from both his mom, an incredible singer, and dad, who taught him the importance of knowing when not to play. Doug played in the house band at The Rum Boogie Cafe on world famous Beale Street for almost 9 years, followed by working with oldies acts such as The Coasters, The Drifters, and The Shirelles. He has had a long and colorful career as both leader and sideman, playing with dozens of bands in the Central Pennsylvania area and now he’s lucky enough to be working with some of his favorite people in the whole world. Come out and hear them tear it up!

Simonne Roy, the 2018 Celebration of the Arts Featured Artist, is a full-time landscape painter maintaining a studio practice and gallery in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  

A life-long resident of Pennsylvania, Roy has been painting outdoors since she was a child. From her parents, both professors of mathematics, she acquired a sense of harmony, composition, and discipline. Her Quebecois father instilled in her an appreciation of all things French, including the Impressionist painters whose work she has studied.

Roy graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and obtained a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. After moving to Lewisburg, PA in 1980, she simultaneously practiced law and art for thirty years. During this period, she studied with Lois Griffel, Master Signature Artist of the American Impressionist Society and past director of the Cape Cod School of Art. Roy studied impressionist techniques with Griffel at workshops in Provincetown, MA, Cortona, Italy, and Aix-en-Provence, France.  

Roy lived and painted full time in France from 2012-2014 and these years marked the final step in her evolution from a "lawyer who paints" to a professional artist.  

She sells her paintings at exhibits, shows, online and through galleries, including her home gallery. She also creates paintings as commissions, teaches, and participates in plein air painting demonstrations and competitions.  

Roy is the featured artist of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania’s Celebration of the Arts is 2018.  In 2017, she was awarded a two-week artist residency at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Her paintings won second and third prizes at the Lewisburg Arts Festival show at Packwood House Museum in April 2017. 

A long-time member of the Lewisburg Arts Council, she is now serving on its board of directors. She is one of the founders of the Lewisburg Artists' Guild and is a member of the Susquehanna Art Society and Harrisburg Art Association.  

Recent Awards and Shows
2017 Selected for two-week artist residency at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
2017 Second Prize for "Neighbors" at Packwood House Museum, Lewisburg, PA, Arts Festival's Indoor Art Show
2017 Third Prize for "Three Friends" at Packwood House Museum, Lewisburg, PA, Arts Festival's Indoor Art Show
2016 Robert Fuller Award for Impressionism for "The Pasture," at show entitled “Man's Best Friends,” Art Association of Harrisburg, PA
2016 Jack Richeson Award for "Cows Grazing," Hameau Show and Reception, Belleville, PA
2015 Honorable Mention for "Grapevines Running," Packwood House Museum, Lewisburg, PA, Arts Festival's Indoor Art Show

Simonne Roy Fine Art

BANNER PHOTO: Brett Simpson

April 1- April 30, 2018
Growth and Regrowth
Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg, PA 17837
This exhibit pairs poems by Katie Hays with paintings by Simonne Roy, examining the themes of growth and regrowth. These paintings and poems, many set in the landscapes of Union County, Pennsylvania, explore change, destruction and creation, through lenses that are both ecological and personal. For more information visit or call 570-523-1172.

April 9, 16
Poetry Workshop for Teens
The Public Library For Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg PA 17837
A workshop for high school students who are interested in creative writing lead by Katie Hays, author of three books of poems and director of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. Registration is limited to 12. For more information and to register, visit or call 570-523-1172. 

April 12
Reception and Presentation: Growth and Regrowth
Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg, PA 17837
The public is invited to a reception and presentation at the library on Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. which will include a poetry reading and artist’s talk by Katie Hays and Simonne Roy.  For more information visit or call 570-523-1172.

April 28- May 12
Celebration of the Arts Featured Artist Exhibition
Faustina Gallery
229 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA  17837
Exhibition of work by plein air landscape painter Simonne Roy, the 2018 Celebration of the Arts Featured Artist.

April 28
Tim Breon, Flora Eyster Guitar & Flute Jazz
Brasserie Louis
101 Market St., Lewisburg, PA 17837
Flute/Guitar jazz duo playing highlights from Brazilian, Latin, and modern jazz. Jazz guitar/C, alto and bass flutes. In the taproom bar/dining area. Professional entertainment. Reservations accepted. No cover. Dining menu, drinks. For more information visit or call 570 524-5559.

April 30, May 1, 7, 8
Ballet Workshop
Age 3-14, Call 818-458-1540 for time information
Strictly Ballet
815 Market Street, Greenspace Building, Lewisburg PA 17837
Ballet as the foundation for all forms of dance combines grace, strength, and musicality for the ultimate workout. It's a great way to stay in shape--come try it for yourself!  Kids classes focus on traditional skills for their age group.

May 1- May 30
Roadside Elegance
Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg PA 17837
Hand-pulled prints by Marilyn Paul and Watercolor Paintings by Vicki Renn. For more information visit or call 570-523-1172.

May 6
Annual Spring Student Piano Recital
First Baptist Church, 51 S. 3rd St., Lewisburg, PA 17837
A recital of piano music will be presented by the students of Ruth Blankenship and Lloyd Wolf. Featured will be several varieties of music by pupils of all ages.  Ruth Blankenship is Music Director of the church and Lloyd Wolf is the Organist. It will be Ruth's 52nd Lewisburg recital and Lloyd Wolf's 22nd. This event is open to the public.  The church is handicap accessible at the St. Louis Street entrance.  

May 3
Reception: Roadside Elegance
Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg PA 17837
The public is invited to meet the artists, Marilyn Paul and Vicki Renn at a reception at the library.  For more information visit or call 570-523-1172.

May 3
Discover Your Inner Zen
Children ages 5-12
The Public Library For Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg PA 17837
Make and Take your own "Buddha Board," to discover endless opportunities for creativity and expression.  For more information visit or call 570-523-1172.

May 5
Reception: Celebration of the Arts Featured Artist Exhibition
Faustina Gallery
229 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA  17837
Come meet plein air landscape painter Simonne Roy, the 2018 Celebration of the Arts Featured Artist.

May 5, 12
Ballet Workshop
Age 15 and up, Call 818-458-1540 for time information
Strictly Ballet
815 Market Street, Greenspace Building, Lewisburg PA 17837
Ballet as the foundation for all forms of dance combines grace, strength, and musicality for the ultimate workout. It's a great way to stay in shape--come try it for yourself! Adult/Teen classes has conditioning combined with ballet skills.

May 12
Poetry Reading with Nikki Walter Stone
The Public Library For Union County
255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg PA 17837

For more information visit or call 570-523-1172.

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 2018 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 or call 570-523-1172.

Bring your artistic talents to the upcoming Plein Air Event sponsored by the Merrill Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, 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 29, 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 Trail, Strawbridge Rd. west of Lewisburg
  • Shamokin Mountain Trail, 249 Forest House Lane, off Stein Lane, Lewisburg
  • Additional Site: Shikellamy Bluffs at Shikellamy State Park opens to the public on May 2. Artists are encouraged to go there May 2 through 6 to paint lovely vistas of the Susquehanna River.

IMAGE: Lena Ferrara

What will happen on Event Day?

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The two sites noted will be available for your use. Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg and Merrill Linn Conservancy volunteers will be present at each site.

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Lina Ferrara, noted plein air artist from Lewisburg, will present an optional plein air workshop at the Dale/Engle/Walker House. The workshop will be held rain or shine. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, email

 4 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – You are invited to return to the D/E/W House for an alfresco reception, hosted by the Conservancy, the Arts Council and the Union County Historical Society. This is an opportunity to meet and mingle with other participants and view one another’s work of the day.

What happens afterwards? You are invited to display your artwork at The Public Library for Union County during the month of June. Guidelines for display are included in your Event Packet and are available on our websites. During the week of April 30, you may return to the Dale/Engle/Walker property and the Shamokin Mountain Trail as well as visit the Shikellamy Bluffs site to paint. The Shikellamy State Park is not open to the public until May 2. All work done at these sites from April 29 through May 6 may be shown at the Library.

2018 Plein Air Site Descriptions and Directions (pdf)

2018 Guidelines for Artists (pdf)

Many of the area’s other non-profit community organizations will have booths in Hufnagle Park at the Community Commons: please be sure to visit and learn more about the goals and activities of these giving and caring groups.