Virtual Arts Festival

Browse our online festival vendor booths to learn more about participating artists and their work. We will have some great items from our vendors available to purchase online!

Come Back April 23rd!

Workshops

Sign up for one or more of our Celebration workshops. Workshops are available for all age groups!

Activities and Events

View a complete list of our 2021 Celebration of the Arts events!

Events:

Friday, April 23

  • Premiere, “Tarrstown Tales: Kris’s Time-Traveling Lewisburg Adventure” Radio Drama – Virtual Event – More details will be available soon!
  • Celebration Poetry Path Installation, created by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University – Learn more.
  • Tips on Nature Photography Virtual Workshop – Register today!

Saturday, April 24

  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Murals of “Modern Art Alley” Guided Tours – Learn more and register today!
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Nature Photography for Children at the Lewisburg Children’s Museum – Click here for more details.
  • 10:30 am – noon – Books Like the Piers: Make an Accordion-Style Book Workshop – Register today!
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Chalk It Up to Experience-6 Feet ApART: A Community Chalk Art Event (rain date May 1) – Learn more.
  • Bucknell Student Performances – throughout the day in Hufnagle Park, Lewisburg PA

Sunday, April 25

Tuesday, April 27

  • 7:00 pm – Stadler Fellow & Roth Resident Reading, Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts (virtual event) – Learn more.

Wednesday, April 28

Friday, April 30

  • RiverStage Theatre videos (virtual event) – More details will be available soon!

Saturday, May 1

  • Urban Sketching: “Illustrate Lewisburg”Learn more.
  • Lewisburg Architecture Photo ChallengeLearn more.
  • 9:00 am – noon – Botanical Monoprinting with Gel Plates Workshop – Register today!
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Murals of “Modern Art Alley” Guided Tours – Learn more and register today!
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Arts in the Park! at Hufnagle Park (rain date May 8) – Learn more.

Sunday, May 2

  • Urban Sketching: “Illustrate Lewisburg”Learn more.
  • Lewisburg Architecture Photo ChallengeLearn more.

Thursday, May 6

  • 5:00 pm – Annual Student Poetry Readings, Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts (virtual) – Learn more.

Saturday, May 8

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“Arts in the Park!” showcases local arts organizations

Are you new to the area and wondering what there is to do around here?  Have you exhausted your old hobbies during the pandemic?  Tired of tie-dye and sourdough bread and craving something new to try?

The Lewisburg Arts Council invites you to drop by Hufnagle Park (S. Sixth St., Lewisburg) on Saturday, May 1, from 11 am to 3 pm, and check out “Arts in the Park!” … a different kind of “arts fair,” one that showcases local arts organizations.

Although many arts organizations have been less visible lately due to the pandemic, it doesn’t mean they’ve gone away.  And they are looking forward to engaging community members in arts activities in the near future.

To learn about the participating groups’ current activities and plans for the future, simply stop by their tables set up in the park.  

Child-friendly make-and-take activities will be available courtesy of the Lewisburg Children’s Museum and The Exchange of Bloomsburg.

Come and find out how to connect with local arts organizations that interest YOU!

This event will be held outdoors.  Please dress accordingly.  

If the weather is inclement, “Arts in the Park!” will be held Saturday, May 8, from 11 am to 3 pm.  If a postponement is required, this will be announced on the Arts Council’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/LewisburgArtsCouncil, and website, http://lewisburgartscouncil.com/, and emailed to Arts Council members on or before April 30th.

Masks and social distancing are required.

For more information, please email info@lewisburgartscouncil.com.

Curious about the murals that are adding artistic flair to Lewisburg’s “Modern Art Alley”? 

As part of the Lewisburg Arts Council’s annual two-week “Celebration of the Arts,” local artist Jim Reid will offer free, small-group guided tours of his murals to art-lovers of all ages

Each 45-minute tour will offer a behind-the-scenes peek as Reid demonstrates his process, talks about the artists and places that inspired his designs, and answers your questions. 

Reid splits his time between Lewisburg and Barcelona, Spain, where he creates his compelling and thought-provoking art.  Come and learn how the city of Barcelona inspired one of the murals!

Tours will be scheduled at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm on Saturday April 24; Saturday, May 1; and Saturday, May 8;  when you register, choose the date and time that suits your schedule.

Registration is required. To take advantage of this unique opportunity, register using our Workshop Registration form by clicking the button below. 

Each tour will be limited to 3-8 guests. Face masks and social distancing are required. Tours will be held outdoors, please dress for the weather. They begin at the corner of North Third Street and Cherry Alley behind All-Star Bagel, next to Gram’s Eatery.  Note that the tours will require walking a short distance (about half a block).

If inclement weather requires a cancellation or date change, all registered participants will be notified by email the day before. 

Plein Air Event

Join us Sunday, April 25 for the 7th Annual Plein Air Event sponsored by the Merrill Linn Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council, and the Lewisburg Artists’ Guild. 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.

  • Workshop (optional) from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. with artist David McSween, at the Dale-Engle-Walker property,1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg. Registration required. Maximum: 20 participants. Register here!
  • Artists can attend the workshop and then draw or paint, or go straight to one of the four Linn Conservancy sites, which will be available to artists through May 2:
    • Dale-Engle-Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg
    • Koons property, North 4th Street, Mifflinburg PA 17844, at the historic Hassenplug Covered Bridge
  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – you are invited to return to the Dale-Engle-Walker House to share and view art created during the day even if unfinished. 
  • Click here for Plein Air Event guidelines.

Artists have the opportunity to display their artwork online from Monday, May 10 through Friday, June 11, 2021. 

Nature Photography Challenge

April 25 – May 8, 2021

As part of the Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts in collaboration with the Linn Conservancy, we challenge photographers to take nature photographs on the four Linn Conservancy locations (Dale’s Ridge Trail, Shamokin Mountain Trail, Koons Trail, and the Shikellamy State Park Overlook). As part of the challenge, photographers may submit up to three photos to an online Photo Show. No entry fee.

Photos must be submitted electronically in jpeg format to Dan Hyde <hyde@bucknell.edu> by 7 p.m, Saturday, May 15, 2021.  Please submit your images along with captions, your name, email address, and age if under 18 years of age.

Optionally, photographers can attend the “Tips on Nature Photography” online workshop on April 23. Participation in the workshop is not required to submit entries. 

More details including descriptions and maps of the four locations can be found at lewisburgphotoclub.org

The Dale’s Ridge, Shamokin Mountain, and Koons Trails are all located on PRIVATE PROPERTY protected by conservation easements held by the Merrill Linn Conservancy. Our trails remain open at the pleasure of the property owners. We ask all trail visitors to abide by trail rules that are posted at trailheads. All trails are for human foot traffic and pets on leash.

nature photography of heron in a pond by Dan Hyde

sketchbook, pencils and eraser with sketch of building and tree

Urban Sketching: “Illustrate Lewisburg”

Join us May 1-2. You will find artists scattered around the downtown Lewisburg area. Join us in bringing your sketch book or take a stroll around town to see artists in action.

Sketch by Jane Albin


decorative arched entryway with red door

Lewisburg Architecture Photo Challenge

Join us May 1-2. You will find photographers focusing on Lewisburg’s unique architecture! Join us by bringing your camera or just take in the sights.

  • A map and directions to interesting sites will be provided
    • Download on the Lewisburg Photography Club’s website lewisburgphotoclub.org
    • Pick up at the Lewisburg Photography Club’s table in Hufnagle Park from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday May 1
  • Photographers of all ages and skills can submit up to three of their best shots of Lewisburg Architecture to be displayed in an online month-long Photo Show on the Photo Club’s website. No entrance fee required. 
    • Send up to three jpeg images to hyde@bucknell.edu by 7 pm Saturday May 15, 2021
    • Please submit your photos using the following file name format: “LA-titlephotographer’s name,jpg” where “LA” is code for Lewisburg Architecture, “title” is a descriptive name such as “post office” or “image 2.”  A sample might be “LA-Snoopy’s house-Charlie Brown.jpg”

Photo by Dan Hyde, Lewisburg Photography Club

Click on any of the titles below for more details about the workshop, date and time, and location. All workshops are free, but registration is required. Complete our online registration form to register for one workshop … or several! Spaces are limited, so sign up soon! For virtual workshops, a Zoom link will be emailed to the email address used to submit the form.

We look forward to seeing you at several of these!

Workshops

Presented by Dan Hyde, Lewisburg Photography Club

When: Friday April 23, from 7 - 9 p.m.
Where: Virtual Zoom Event, registered participants will receive a link via email prior to the event.

Nature Photography is taking photos outdoors and focusing on natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, insects, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. This workshop will provide you with tips on how to take successful nature photos. First we will cover photography fundamentals such as focusing, exposure, lighting, depth of field, choice of lens, use of tripod, and composition. Then we provide tips on shooting landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups (macros). This workshop is part of the Nature Photography Challenge (see description below).

Participants should have a digital camera (smartphone, point-and-shoot, or DSLR) and have been taking some shots of nature and want to improve your skills. The format of this virtual workshop is a series of short periods of instruction followed by hands-on exercises. Since you will be taking photos during the exercises, you will need your digital camera with a fully charged battery and several props -- a couple of small stuffed animals to use as models and a ball such as a tennis ball that you can roll. We will do the exercises in pairs. If possible to arrange, a pair could be at the same location but otherwise we will have virtual pairs.

Taught by Dr. Daniel C. Hyde, Chair of Lewisburg Photography Club. The workshop is suitable for people who shoot with a smartphone to a more expensive DSLR camera. It's aimed at photographers ages 12 and up at all skill levels. Registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 24.

Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

About Dan Hyde: Before retiring in 2016, Dan taught for over 40 years as a professor at Bucknell. He has been a nature photographer for over four decades, given dozens of presentations on photography, and won awards in local photography shows. He is the Chair of the Lewisburg Photography Club.

All participants are encouraged but not required to submit images to the Nature Photography Challenge - For more info on the challenge visit lewisburgphotoclub.org
Presented by David McSween, Lewisburg Artists Guild

When: Sunday April 25 from 9 - 11 a.m.
Where: Dale-Engle-Walker Property, 1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg, PA 17837

Local artist David McSween will help prepare artists to undertake their own Plein Air painting. This optional workshop has long been a popular feature of the day, attracting an audience eager to learn how a fellow artist approaches painting en plein air. McSween, who loves “sharing what works for me,” will talk about the importance of well thought-out and realized composition and developing a palette that works efficiently for the artist. He encourages artists to find their voices and make their art uniquely theirs.

Limited to 20 participants. Suitable for adults and teenagers.
Presented by Davis Moore, Lewisburg Artists Guild

When: Saturday April 24, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: The Piers, North 5th Street, Lewisburg PA


Limited to 15 participants. Suitable for all ages. Registration required.

Outdoors, masked and distanced, we will begin construction of accordion or “orihon” books while considering their linked pages as miniatures of the 32 concrete piers in downtown Lewisburg. Each participant will work on their own book--and engage in some fun body movement exercises.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.

About the artist: Davis is a visual artist, teacher, and novice book designer. Davis’s teaching knows that any level of ability suffices in the work of creating. Davis’s work espouses rough technique as well as precision care, all with heart and mind.
Presented by Elizabeth Burke, Lewisburg Artists Guild

When: Saturday May 1, from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Where: Hufnagle Park, South 5th Street, Lewisburg, PA

Limited to 10 participants. Suitable for all ages.

Learn how to make botanical prints using leaves, flowers, stencils, and gel plates!

What a gel plate? Gel plates are made from gelatin and glycerine and have a “bouncy” surface. This is great for printmaking because a press is not needed in order to make beautiful prints - all you need is your favorite flower, some paint, and your hands!

We’ll learn the basics of making monoprints, color mixing, layering images, making ghost prints, and we’ll use fun materials like old book pages, stamps, and stencils.
Presented by Master Gardeners from Penn State Extension

When: Saturday May 8 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hufnagle Park, South 5th Street, Lewisburg, PA

Join the Master Gardeners from Penn State Extension and discover the world of plants and insects. The workshop will have children create plant spheres using native Pennsylvania plants, with an explanation of how plants grow from just a seed.

Once a plant grows it needs the insect world for the pollination process. So, children will also color butterflies, bugs, and flowers to make a crown for their heads to show everyone they are a part of the magical world of plants.

We all know plants need insects, but did you know there are good and bad insects. You will see the life cycle of an insect called the Spotted Lanternfly, not a good insect.

In addition, there will be activity books and painting.

We are keeping six feet apart and wearing masks during the workshop to protect our neighbors.

In order to attend please register on the website for a seat at the workshop.

This workshop is for children 5-12 years old.