July 6 –  Penn Central Wind Band

The Penn Central Wind Band is an all-volunteer organization Bucknell University sponsors as a service to the region. Many of the band’s musicians hold music degrees and are also music teachers and professional performers. All are great players! The PCWB, founded in 1994, is one of a few select ensembles to have received the "Sudler Silver Scroll," awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation “recognizing community and adult concert bands of outstanding musical excellence.” Other honors include invitations to perform for the conference of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands. William Kenny, the band’s founder and conductor, is professor of music at Bucknell where he has taught for the past 32 years.

July 13 – Blue River Soul featuring Karen Meeks

Blue River Soul featuring Karen Meeks is a diverse combination of musicians with an entertaining sound and a dynamic stage presence. The band is on a mission to have fun while promoting the Love of Music, Life and Humanity!

These Central Pa musicians have decades of experience and bring a delightful blend that includes a wide variety of tunes from the American Songbook, 1920’s through today. They cover artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Guy, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Henry Mancini, Jerry Rafferty, Billy Joel, Sam & Dave, Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and quite a selection more.  Performance genres include:  Blues, Swing, Pop, Light Jazz, R & B and Funk.

July 20 –  Van Wagner and the Chillisquaque Brass Band

Van Wagner is an educator and musical artist.  In the classroom, he teaches Environmental Science at Lewisburg High School.  He has been selected as Conservation Educator of the Year in 2005 from Schuylkill County and in 2007 and 2009 in Union County. In 2012 he was awarded the Sandy Cochran award for natural resource education from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. In 2015 the Red Cross presented Van with the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award. Outside of the classroom he educates audiences with his music and programs on Pennsylvania History. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018 from the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest. In 2021 he was recognized with an outstanding alumni award by the Danville High School alumni association.  His music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA tv, Country Music Television (CMT), and in several film productions.  He has released 31 original albums and published a book entitle "Coal Dust Rust and Saw Dust."  His music and programs not only entertain but inspire audiences to become involved in learning more.

Special thanks to concert co-sponsors Sierra Club Group Otzinachson/North Central PA and Merrill Linn Conservancy

July 27 – Jerusalem

Kathleen Radspinner and Lester Hirsh have been performing together since 1976. They toured the Midwest in the National School Assembly Program in 8 states, have performed in numerous Pennsylvania festivals and pubs, appeared on stage at the All Souls Church in Washington DC alongside Hazel Dickens. They opened for Steve Goodman at the Lion's Share, Hollywood, Florida.

Both are soloists, writers and recording artists. Kathleen has a versatile 3-octave range and plays keyboard. She has sung with country bands, opening for Hank Williams Jr and Conway Twitty, and R&B bands, The Spiral Staircase and Prince Charles and the Royaltones, and others.

Lester has performed in festivals, pubs, and educational settings from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania and the East Coast. He was a 1997 Napa Valley California Emerging Songwriter finalist and a 2005 Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Recording, producing a number of CD's and poetry books. Les sings and plays 6- and 12-string guitar.

As the duo Jerusalem, they perform original compositions as well as a wide range from Gershwin to The Beatles and Dylan and points in between. Using keyboards, guitar, harmonica, and vocals they have performed to audiences of all ages.

Aug. 3 – Lawson and Disorder

When Larry Lawson, Joe DeCristopher, and Carl Kirby first began playing music together 20+ years ago, one of the names that they considered but rejected was “Shades of Grey.”  That name may now be more physically descriptive of the trio, but Lawson and Disorder continues to forge ahead on their original mission:  exploring a broad range of musical styles in search of the songs that will set toes to tapping, smiles to widening, and hearts to lifting.

Whether chosen from folk, swing, and country classics, or from the rich and varied catalog of Larry’s original tunes, their songs offer a bounty of musical delights.  Every song is anchored by Carl’s rock-solid upright bass and colored beautifully by Joe’s exquisite and masterful guitar work.  Larry fills out the instrumental sound with his crisp rhythm guitar, and his smooth, velvety voice provides the musical center, where he is often joined by Joe and Carl to create delicious three-part harmonies.

They are all delighted to be performing again after a too-long hiatus, eager to be finding and creating those moments of musical beauty, brightness, and poignancy that encourage every listener to enjoy and cherish the gifts of this life.

Aug. 10 – Taylor Fleming Trio

R. Taylor Fleming is a pianist from Lewisburg, PA. He studied Piano Performance, and Contemporary Writing & Production at Berklee College of Music (21') with the likes of Joanne Brackeen, Pat Bianchi, Alain Mallet, Lee Abe, and Dave Santoro. During his time at Berklee, he began studying composition and arranging and aims to fuse his love of traditional music with a contemporary flavor. Primarily a jazz pianist, his musical curiosity led him to study and enjoy many types of music from jazz/rock/pop to Spanish Flamenco to Brazilian styles such as Baiao, Samba, and Bossa.

With their roots and education in jazz, this group grew up listening to the likes of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Prince. After ten years together, their love for the traditional and the contemporary fuel creative arrangements of familiar tunes from Miles Davis to James Taylor to Pink Floyd. Their original compositions are comprised of yin and yang verve, cinematic, rocking and swinging.

https://www.taylorflemingmusic.com/

Thank you to the Borough of Lewisburg for its ongoing support of Music in the Park. The Lewisburg Arts Council would also like to thank the First Community Foundation Partnership for their continued support of the Music in the Park summer concert series. The Lewisburg Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts to support Music in the Park. You can be a part of supporting the music that you hear—both now and for the future! Join the Lewisburg Arts Council or make a donation today. If you would like to help organize the Music in the Park lineup, please email us at volunteer@lewisburgartscouncil.com.

Questions?  Contact us at info@lewisburgartscouncil.com.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the the Sidewalk Chalk Festival this year! There were so many great pieces of art for the judges to choose from. After hard deliberation, the winners were chosen!

Age 6 and under - Top 3:

Gemma Shope #013
Luci Lattarullo #038
Margo Mitchel #055

 

Age 7 to 9:

1st Place: Daniel Sullivan #117
2nd Place: Mitzie Kissel #113
3rd Place: Jack Pfeifer #109

 

Age 10 to 12:

1st Place: Aaliyah Newton #229
2nd Place: Ellyn Decker #208
3rd Place: Laura Willey #219

 

Age 13-18:

1st Place: Emily Neyhard #302
2nd Place: Natalie Dewald #304
3rd Place: Ryan VanLone #308

 

Age 19+:

1st Place: Michelle Tavares #404
2nd Place: Susan Pinter #427
3rd Place: Isabel Martine #441

 

Thank you to our prize sponsors: Brushstrokes, Sholley Insurance Agency, Purity Candy

 

Special category winners…

Lewisburg Theme Winner: Ellie Kisvarday
sponsored by Leslie Hosterman and Alicia Shaffer, Bowen Agency Realtors

 

Nature Theme Winner: Ariana Beck
sponsored by Dr. “Jay” Hulthus, Pediatric Dentistry of Lewisburg

 

Patriotic Theme Winner: Rudy Apfelbaum
sponsored by Kratzer-Dull Post 182 American Legion

 

Reading or Oceans of Possibility Winner: Daelynn Thomas
sponsored by the Public Library of Union County

Additional sponsors

Treats

  • Treats for registered participants ages 9 and under from Lewisburg Deli
  • Treats for registered participants ages 10-12 from The Cookie Dude
  • Treats for registered participants ages 13-18 from Sweet Frog
  • Downtown Shopping Passes for adult participants from Downtown Merchants

Entertainment

  • Featured Artist, sponsored by First National Bank
  • Face-Painting Fundraiser by Lewisburg Cheerleaders, sponsored by Lawton Insurance Agency
  • Live Music by DePotorland, sponsored by Blaise Alexander of Lewisburg (formerly B.Z. Motors)

Additional thanks to Lawton Insurance Agency for sponsoring the event. 

Gemma Shope
Age 6 and under - Top 3

Luci Lattarullo
Age 6 and under - Top 3

Margo Mitchel
Age 6 and under - Top 3

Daniel Sullivan
1st Place, Age 7 to 9

Mitzie Kissel
2nd Place, Age 7 to 9

Jack Pfeifer
3rd Place, Age 7 to 9

Aaliyah Newton
1st Place, Age 10 to 12

Ellyn Decker
2nd Place, Age 10 to 12

Laura Willey
3rd Place, Age 10 to 12

Emily Neyhard
1st Place, Age 13-18

Natalie Dewald
2nd Place, Age 13-18

Ryan VanLone
3rd Place, Age 13-18

Michelle Tavares
1st Place, Age 19+

Susan Pinter
2nd Place, Age 19+

Isabel Martine
3rd Place, Age 19+

Ellie Kisvarday
Lewisburg Theme Winner

Daelynn Thomas
Reading or Oceans of Possibility Winner

Rudy Apfelbaum
Patriotic Theme Winner

Ariana Beck
Nature Theme Winner

The Lewisburg Arts Council invites you to apply to be a featured artist

Stroll Through The Arts is an annual event that showcases artists in our region in downtown Lewisburg, PA.  Hosted by the Lewisburg Arts Council, Inc. in partnership with downtown Lewisburg businesses, artists’ work is displayed in store windows and interior spaces (if applicable) for 8 days in October with the goal to increase exposure and patronage of artists and businesses in our community.

 

Stroll Through The Arts 2022 will be held:

Saturday, October 15, Noon  - Saturday, October 22, 4:00 pm
(Please note that this is a date change from past years)

 

Timeline:

Artist Application Deadline - Friday, August 26, 2022
Artist Notification - Friday, September 2, 2022
Stroll Through The Arts Opening - Saturday, October 15, Noon - 4:00 pm
Stroll Through The Arts Closing, Saturday, October 22, 4:00 pm

 

Applying:

There is no fee to participate, but you must submit your application form by Friday, August 26, 2022.  Please click here to go to the artist application form.

 

Please feel free to contact us at stroll@lewisburgartscouncil.com if you have any questions.

We look forward to working with you to promote the Arts in our community!

Photo courtesy of Dan Hyde

Thank you for join us at the 2022 Celebration of the Arts!

Artist and food vendor applications will be available later this year.

If you are interested in volunteering to make next year's event happen, please reach out to volunteer@lewisburgartscouncil.com

Celebration of the Arts logo with hands of all varying colors raised in celebration

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, support and inspire its members. The Guild holds critiques, hosts trips, plans local events, has an annual members show, keeps members up to date on art shows in the area, and shares opportunities such as calls for artists, gallery notices, and teaching opportunities.

The Guild was started in 2012 when a group of artists and art lovers felt that more support was needed for the many area artists. Over the years we have sponsored a bus trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, informal plein air events at local natural sites, critiques in homes and art studios and during the pandemic online via Zoom, and beginning in 2015 an annual Members’ Show.

Additionally, the Guild has worked to match local artists with art opportunities such as teaching workshops, displaying artwork in local businesses, and participating in festivals. We have partnered with the Linn Conservancy to host a plein air event for high school art students with a featured artist from the Guild; with the Lewisburg Children’s Museum to offer art classes with children; with the Lewisburg Garden Club to place artists in neighborhood gardens for the garden tour; and with BRVA to offer art classes to the community.

We are continuously working to expand opportunities for artists and to support each other. Someday we hope to have our own gallery and show space. Please join us in making Lewisburg an engaging, supportive, profitable and joyful place for artists to live and work.

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 Lewisburg area and surrounding towns.

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

Education, hands-on learning opportunities, competitions, new experiences, field trips, and friendship among peers with similar interests and passions are just some of the benefits of joining the Photography Club. Have you ever wished you could find a person to talk to about photography or to get a review of your work to help you improve your technique? If your answer is yes — the Photography Club could be the perfect answer for you. The Photography Club has monthly meetings with speakers, holds critiques, photo walks, photo challenges, trips, and discussions on various aspects of photography. The club conducts workshops for the club as well as for Lewisburg and surrounding communities.

Currently, the Photo Club meets monthly at the Central PA Chamber of Commerce building in Montandon. For more details about upcoming meetings, photo tours, and events visit LewisburgPhotoClub.org.

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

If you are an artist (any medium) and have news to share about an upcoming exhibit or achievement, please contact pr@lewisburgartscouncil.org. Our “Now Showing” articles feature Lewisburg Arts Council members whose work is currently on display locally. We can help you spread the word through email and on social media!

Email: info@lewisburgartscouncil.com

Mailing address:

PO Box 418

Lewisburg, PA 17837

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

About

Since 1968, the Lewisburg Arts Council (LAC) has helped to connect our community and the arts.

Our mission is to build recognition and support for all art forms and advance their exhibition and performance within our region.

To achieve this, we create an intersection of artists and art lovers, cultivating a community where artists can thrive, having suitable spaces to display or perform their work while enjoying the support of other artists.  We act as a catalyst to present exceptional art that will inspire an audience of art lovers who possess endless curiosity regarding all art forms.

If you are passionate about the arts, please join us  in making the next 50 years even more colorful!

Board Members

Della Hutchison – President
Ellen Flacker-Darer – Vice President
William Ledgerwood – Treasurer
Tiffany Demmon – Secretary
Sarah Binder
Rachel Martine
Perry Meadows
Fiona Siobhan Powell

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

The Lewisburg Arts Council operates on 100% volunteer power!

We are always in need of volunteers, so if you'd like to make a difference in your community, please email us at volunteer@lewisburgartscouncil.com or fill out our Volunteer Opportunities form to see where your interests might best dovetail with the Arts Council’s needs. Someone from the Arts Council will be in touch soon!

PHOTO: Brett Simpson

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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 high school seniors excelling in the arts and the LAC Endowment Fund.

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

There are two ways you can donate (1) online via a credit card using the checkout with PayPal button below, or (2) by sending a check via postal mail.

Please make checks payable to Lewisburg Arts Council.

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

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LAC Donation/Membership Form

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!

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