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Arts Festival

April 30, 2022

It’s back!  Artists’ booths featuring hand-crafted wares will once again line historic Lewisburg’s beautiful Market Street.  Savory nibbles and tempting treats will be offered in three food Courts throughout the festival. Free entertainment and activities for children of all ages will add to the fun.  Park in the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau’s spacious lot (next to Country Cupboard), and take the free Festival Shuttle into town.  

Workshops

May 1-14, 2022

Stretch yourself – literally and figuratively – with our free-to-the-public workshops!  We’re offering six different ways to get outside and get creative.  Let’s celebrate the return of spring together!  Workshops are free, but registration is required.

Arts at the Piers

May 14, 2022

Local organizations offering arts-related activities invite you to join them at The Piers, off Cherry Alley from North Fifth Street, for a fun-filled day of interactive arts for all ages.  Stop by between 11 and 4, and find others who share your artistic passion!

Saturday, May 14th from 11am – 4pm


Regional arts organizations will be highlighting their activities for the community! Stop by the event to engage with groups offering artistic and cultural activities. You may find a new hobby by participating in activities, demonstrations, conversation, gathering flyers or picking up take home activities. 

Come out and support our local organizations and take part in some fun collaborative art pieces! 

This event will take place at the atmospheric and charming Piers area, just off Cherry Alley, in downtown Lewisburg. Held rain or shine, ample parking and space is readily available.

Participating Organizations this year will include :

  • Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg –   a group of visual artists whose mission is to form a community that strives to encourage, challenge, support and inspire its members. The Guild was started in 2012 with a group of artists and art lovers who felt that more support was needed for the many area artists. 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.
  • Lewisburg Photography Club – Celebrating its fifth year, the Lewisburg Photography Club invites local photographers, both amateur and professional, to engage in this vibrant photography community. Monthly meetings with speakers, critiques, photo walks, photo challenges, trips, and discussions on various aspects of photography provide plentiful opportunities to develop and extend all skill levels in an open learning environment.  For more details, visit LewisburgPhotoClub.org. Also check out our workshops section to sign up for a Lewisburg Architecture Photo Tour!
  • Strictly Ballet  –   Formal ballet school, home of A Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker and A Victorian Fairy Garden Party.  They will set up a table to share information and if possible perform some of the dance pieces they’ve been learning this year.
  • The Exchange –  The Exchange is an organization dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities  throughout our region. They will offer a simple and free make-and-take art activity to bring out the beauty inside every participant.
  • The Lewisburg Chapter of National Art Honors Society (high school students) –  We create art because we love it and want to share our passions with our community! We will be making a collaborative quilt, where you can design your own squares and be added to the collaborative piece. The goal is to create a time lapse video of the quilt taking shape, and then disintegrating. As the event ends you will be able to claim your paper square and take it home.  Join us in this collaborative art piece! All materials will be provided.
  • Bluebird Atelier  – An art and creative learning studio in Downtown Lewisburg, PA for all ages. They  will have a collaborative STEAM activity that participants do on site (free), as well as a take-home activity for a fee.  The collaborative on-site activity will be a large, messy painting activity so dress appropriately or bring your aprons! The take-home kit will be a sensory/craft project kit.
  • West Branch Chorus –   The West Branch Chorus, a local (Lewisburg PA Chapter) chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is an ever-growing group of singing men recognized for their excellence in performance of a cappella music in the barbershop style. We will engage anyone, willing, to participate in singing a simple song  and will provide someone to sing along side to help find his/her part.
  • Public Library for Union County – will be offering a sand art activity and promoting their summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities”!They are also holding a give away for some free passes to the local children’s museums.
  • WVIA – Stop by WVIA’s tent to learn more about the forthcoming Our Town: Lewisburg and the upcoming Campus Theatre screening of their new documentary, Agnes 50. Visitors can enter to win tickets to the movie Downton Abbey: A New Era coming to the Campus in June. And be sure to ask for a free WVIA “I Volunteer” water bottle!
  • Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association

Plein Air Event

Sunday, May 1

Join us Sunday, May 1, for our Annual Plein Air Event, sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council, the Merrill Linn Conservancy,  the Union County Historical Society, the Lewisburg Photography Club, 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.

Highlights of this year’s event include an artist-led plein air workshop, nature hikes, and an afternoon reception, as well as time to explore, paint, draw, and photograph.

  • Plein Air Workshop – Award-winning Susan Nicholas Gephart will help you connect the plein air process to all mediums with a demonstration featuring pastels with an underpainting done in watercolor. She will also share tried and true plein air tips and tricks. The workshop, open to artists of all ages and skill levels, will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Nature Photo Hikes — Starting at 6 a.m., members of the Lewisburg Photography Club will lead a series of one-hour hikes (eight in all!) on the Dale’s Ridge Trail, where spring wildflowers – including Spring Beauties, Virginia Bluebells, and Dutchman’s Breeches – will be in full bloom.  Join us in doing two of our favorite things– walking in nature and capturing its magic in photographs.
  • Explore! — The Dale-Engle-Walker property and the Dale’s Ridge Trail are glorious this time of year!  Bring your paints, sketchpad, and/or camera and spend all or part of the day capturing their springtime beauty.  Artists are also welcome to visit the Koons Trail, with its historic Hassenplug Covered Bridge, at N. Fourth Street, Mifflinburg.
  • Show-and-Share Reception –  After spending the day capturing nature on canvas or camera, reconnect with fellow artists and photographers during our open-air reception from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m at the Dale-Engle-Walker house, where we will gather to share our work, completed or not…

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Bucknell University, the hikes and the workshop are free, but registration is required.  To register, please use our Workshop Registration form.

Here’s everything you’ll need to know about our Plein Air Event:

June Plein Air Show

Artists and photographers participating in the Plein Air Events will have the opportunity to display their artwork at our June Plein Air show at the Public Library for Union County. For information about the show, please stop by the Lewisburg Arts Council tent. Click here for more information about the Plein Air Exhibition.

Urban Sketching

Saturday, May 14

This year’s Urban Sketching Day will be held on Saturday, May 14, in conjunction with Arts at the Piers.  (The Piers is accessible by vehicle off Cherry Alley from North Fifth Street, 542-548 Cherry Alley, Lewisburg PA.)

Come into Lewisburg any time during the day, choose a spot, and draw or paint in your sketchbook or on your canvas. When you are tired of one spot, move on. Click here for a list of supplies!

Although Urban Sketching is technically a “free-form, do-your-own-thing” kind of thing, we ask that participants stop by the Arts Council’s tent at Arts at the Piers sometime between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. so we can invite you to participate in our June show at the Public Library.  (And, if you’re unfamiliar with Lewisburg or can’t think of any good places to draw, we’ll have a list of suggestions waiting for you!)

At 3:30, sketchers are asked to regroup at the Arts Council’s tent to show and share what you worked on during the day.

 

Jane Albin Urban Sketching

Urban Sketches by Jane Albin

Lewisburg Architecture Photo Tours

Saturday, May 14

Do you prefer to pick up a camera instead of a sketch book. Sign up for one of our Lewisburg Architecture Photography Tour. Click here for more details about our workshops!
Lewisburg Architecture - Photo by Dan Hyde

Lewisburg Architecture - photo by Dan Hyde

Thank you for joining us for the 2022 Lewisburg Arts Festival! We kicked off the day with the raising of the Post Office flag by Boy Scout Troop 538.  Then enjoyed entertainment by the Lewisburg High School Jazz Ensemble, DK Dance Company, and Downtown Dance. We hope you enjoyed this year’s Interactive Alley with a caricaturist, face painting, balloon art, and our perennial-favorite petting zoo, Ashburn’s Animals!

And of course, we enjoyed browsing and shopping from talented juried artists! Saw something you loved and regret not purchasing? Find information on the 2022 Juried Artists by browsing the categories below:

Bath & Body

  • Trisha Clouse – Clouse’s Country Gifts – Visit website. (Booth 115)

Broom Making

  • Barry Mentzer – Sweet Bay Fiber and Forge – Visit website. (Booth 308)
  • John Paul Warren – Country Brooms (Booth 506)

Caricatures

  • Chip Mock – Mock Creation LLC – Visit website. (3rd Street Interactive Alley)

Ceramics & Pottery

  • Angela Mowery – Angela Mowery Pottery – Visit website. (Booth 106)
  • Damaris Rivas – Under The Sun Pottery LLC – Visit website. (Booth 112-113)
  • Roxanne Dombrosky – Muddy Rox Pottery – Visit website. (Booth 116)
  • Kathleen Hooper-Milositz (Booth 202)
  • Krisann & Roy Bachert – Pottery by Bachert – Visit website. (Booth 206)
  • Bob Cappelluti – Riverbottom Pottery LLC – Visit website. (Booth 213-214)
  • James Grimsley – James Grimsley Pottery (Booth 217)
  • Yvonne Mardis – Pottery by Bonny (Booth 303)
  • Jeffrey Stambaugh – Avant-Garden Pottery – Visit website. (Booth 309)
  • Selinda Kennedy – Kennedy Redware – Visit website. (Booth 319)
  • Roxanne Clark – Flying Dog Gardens Pottery – Visit website. (Booth 402)
  • Samantha Ulrich – In A Glaze – Visit website. (Booth 408)
  • Sara Baker – Sara Baker Handmade Stoneware – Visit website. (Booth 417)
  • Erin Yust-Brown – Erin Yust Brown Studio – Visit website. (Booth 502)
  • Kira North – Hazel Tree and Beck – Visit website. (Booth 514)
  • Tammy Quigley – TLQ Pottery – Visit website. (Booth 602)
  • Meagan Lupolt – Blue Hill Studio – Visit website. (Booth 611)

Children

  • Madison Mock – Mock Creation LLC – Visit website. (3rd Street Interactive Alley)
  • William Kent – Kent Crafts (Booth 501)
  • Judith Ruediger – Dolly-duds – Visit website. (Booth 517)

Clothing

  • Ellen Flacker-Darer (Booth 221)
  • Susan Wise – Second Season Mittens (Booth 503)

Drawing

Furniture

  • John Sterling – J.C.Sterling Fine Furniture – Visit website. (Booth 300)
  • Kevin Scheimreif – Steel & Grain – Visit website. (Booth 320)
  • Peter Gardner – Chair-Man of Union County – Visit website. (Booth 413)
  • Zachary Brosious – Lost Creek Woodworking – Visit website. (Booth 600)

Glass

  • Cheryl Miller – Mo’ Darva Glass (Booth 205)
  • Michelle Hoff – Stained Glass & Mosaics (Booth 304)
  • Dennis Christie – Christie Glass Works Studio (Booth 312)
  • Cheryl Bower – Cheryl ‘B’ Good Glassworks (Booth 500)
  • Chrissy Lapham – Chrissy Lapham Hand Blown Glass – Visit website. (Booth 601)

Home & Garden

  • Susan Sensenig – Garden Aisle (Booth 107-108)
  • Linda Coulson – SlateAccents – Visit website. (Booth 220)
  • Reagan Bitler – Godahavom Gourds – Visit website. (Booth 302)
  • Billie jo and Mark Sontheimer – Woodland Creationz – Visit website. (Booth 406)
  • Mary Stanley – Greensleeves – Visit website. (Booth 411-412)
  • Debra Fisher – From The Forest Floor (Booth 507)

Jewelry

  • Laura Boner – Laurabee Studios – Visit website. (Booth 104)
  • Antonia Escobar – Toni’s Toe Rings – Visit website. (Booth 119)
  • Nancy Bryant – Nancy Jane -artisan jewelry – Visit website. (Booth 200)
  • Monika Figueroa – Vintage Charm by Monika (Booth 209)
  • Harriet Ford – Maitri Jewelry (Booth 301)
  • Bonnie Hedden – Bonnie Hedden Designs – Visit website. (Booth 305)
  • Jeffrey Nathans – BG Silversmiths – Visit website. (Booth 314)
  • MaryKay Donnelly – MaryKayDonnelly Designs – Visit website. (Booth 400)
  • Jule Hanford – Jules Artwear – Visit website. (Booth 407)
  • Becky Peach – The Playful Peach – Visit website. (Booth 415)
  • John Gulyas – Posch&Gulyas Silversmiths (Booth 418)
  • Cheryl Brooks (Booth 504)
  • Andrea Hoak – Rock Reborn – Visit website. (Booth 515)
  • Amy DiGregorio – Helen Ethel – Handmade Adornments – Visit website. (Booth 603)
  • Laura Douglas – Or-El (Booth 610)
  • Gaia Green LH – Gaia Darling – Visit website. (Booth 613)

Leather

  • Cynthia MoriczdeTecso – Iron Angel Leather – Visit website. (Booth 315)

Metal

  • Roland Paronish – Roland Metal Art – Visit website. (Booth 120-121)
  • Sean Brady – Wire People Here (Booth 309)
  • Brandon Snyder – Pierré – Visit website. (Booth 420)
  • Yandong Wang (Booth 512)

Mixed Media

  • Constance Griswold – Wrappedupeads – Visit website. (Booth 114)
  • Carol Homick – C.Homick (Booth 612)

Musical Instruments

Painting

  • Robert Gorby – Gorby Studio (Booth 207)
  • Valerie Moyer (Booth 317)
  • Michael Hockenbury – Visit website. (Booth 403)
  • David Geer – Dave’s Art Den – Visit website. (Booth 513)
  • Dani Reber – Dani Reber Art – Visit website. (Booth 607)

Photography

Textiles

  • Lanie Garner-Winter – Our Sustainable Family – Visit website. (Booth 208)
  • Tracy Shue – Walking Olive – Visit website. (Booth 306)
  • Barry and Donna Mentzer – Sweet Bay Fiber and Forge – Visit website. (Booth 307)
  • Lisa Rumberger – Lisa’s Gone Shopping – Visit website. (Booth 604)
  • Brittany Laedtke – Garnet and Grit – Visit website. (Booth 609)

Wood

  • Tim Bacon – White Dog Woodworking – Visit website. (Booth 105)
  • Mark Hamm – Chester P Basil’s LLC – Visit website. (Booth 211-212)
  • Tony Mignot – TB Turnings & Woodwork – Visit website. (Booth 215)
  • David Lutzkanin – Windy Hill Woodturning – Visit website. (Booth 218)
  • John Robinson – Robinson’s Custom Woodworking – Visit website. (Booth 316)
  • Karl Henschel – Timber Creek Turnings – Visit website. (Booth 401)
  • Barbara Wagaman-Donough – Ridge Hollow Game Boards – Visit website. (Booth 410)
  • Mariana Russo – Marianart – Visit website. (Booth 419)
  • Liam McCay – Liam’s Luck Wood Craft – Visit website. (Booth 505)
  • Dorothy Ludlow-Unangst – Ludlow Farms Home Decor (Booth 508)
  • John Wert – Wert’s Woodworking – Visit website. (Booth 516)
  • Dan Day – New Columbia Work Shop – Visit website. (Booth 605)
  • Clare Miller – Art By Clare – Visit website. (Booth 608)

Interested in volunteering to organize and help with next year’s Arts Festival?  We would love to hear from you!  Please email us at volunteer@lewisburgartscouncil.com!

Festival Program

Save the date – the Lewisburg Arts Festival is held annually on the last Saturday in April!

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!

Workshops

Presented by Susan Nicholas Gephart, Lewisburg Artists Guild

When: Sunday May 1 from 9 - 11 a.m.
Where: Dale-Engle-Walker Property, 1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg, PA 17837

Our 8th annual Plein Air workshop presenter, award-winning Susan Nicholas Gephart, has been exhibiting and painting pastel and oil landscapes for over fifty years. Her passion to explore the landscape is expressed through a unique use of color, texture, and atmosphere, capturing the emotion of a moment with spontaneity and directness. The goal for her demonstration, featuring pastels with an underpainting done in watercolor, will be to connect the plein air process to all attendees and mediums. She will also share tried and true plein air tips and tricks.

The workshop is open to artists of all ages and skill levels. Artists 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Registered participants will be invited to submit their work to the Art Show held at the Public Library for Union County in June.

Presented by Members of the Lewisburg Photography Club

When: Sunday May 1 - Multiple Times Available
Where: Dale-Engle-Walker Property, 1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg, PA 17837

Members of the Lewisburg Photography Club will lead a series of one-hour Nature Photo Hikes on the Dale's Ridge Trail, where spring wildflowers – including Spring Beauties, Virginia Bluebells, and Dutchman's Breeches – will be in full bloom.

Starting at 6 AM, hikes are scheduled to start at the top of each hour throughout the morning with two in the afternoon. Each hike is limited to 6.  All hikes start at the parking lot near Strawbridge Road where the Dale's Ridge Trail starts. Participants must be older than 11 and bring their own camera – a smartphone is fine.  There will be many opportunities to take nature photos along the trail.


Join us on one or several hikes doing two of our favorite things-- walking in nature and capturing its magic in photographs.


Registered participants will be invited to submit their work to the Art Show held at the Public Library for Union County in June.


Web page on the Dale's Ridge Trail: linnconservancy.org/trails/dales-ridge-trail/
Presented by Jane Albin, Lewisburg Artists Guild

When: Tuesday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Piers, accessible by vehicle off Cherry Alley from North Fifth Street, 542-548 Cherry Alley, Lewisburg, PA

This popular, portable art involves sketching from life on location using minimal supplies. Join artist Jane Albin on a 2.5-hour mini sketch-crawl, and afterwards, you will look at your surroundings with new eyes!  Please bring a sketchbook and your favorite sketching supplies.  (We will email a list of suggested supplies when you register.)  Meet at 10:30 AM at the picnic area of The Piers, off Cherry Alley from North Fifth Street, next to the Rail Trail. This workshop is limited to 12 participants ages 14 and older and will take place rain or shine.

Sketchers who register will receive an invitation to participate in the June show at the Public Library for Union County.
Presented by Kelly Knox, Director of Dance at Bucknell University

When: Saturday May 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Soldier Park

Let's get moving! Kelly Knox , Director of Dance at Bucknell University, will guide you through fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating body movements. Feel the grass between your toes, listen to music, and breathe that fresh air. All ages are welcome, but an adult must accompany children.
Presented by Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission

When: Saturday, May 7 from 11 - 12:15 pm
Where: Beginning at The Piers, accessible by vehicle off Cherry Alley from North Fifth Street, 542-548 Cherry Alley, Lewisburg, PA

Join Registered Landscape Architect Steve Beattie and Amy Levan, Lewisburg Shade Tree Commission Chair, for a tree-pruning workshop. We will travel on foot from The Piers over to St. Mary Street and continue to Danny Greene Fields. Along the way, we will review multiple species of trees and learn when and how to prune them.

Meet at 11 AM at the Piers, accessible by vehicle off Cherry Alley from North Fifth Street.  The workshop will last about 75 minutes.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Presented by Members of the Lewisburg Photography Club

When: Saturday May 14 - Multiple Times Available
Where: Beginning at The Piers, accessible by vehicle off Cherry Alley from North Fifth Street, 542-548 Cherry Alley, Lewisburg, PA

Do you like to take photos of architecture?  Explore the architecture of downtown Lewisburg on a one-hour guided walking tour led by members of the Lewisburg Photography Club.

Starting at the Lewisburg Arts Council booth at The Piers, participants will stroll along Market Street to the Susquehanna River and return on the other side of Market. Along the way, tour leaders will point out architectural features worth photographing as well as provide historical facts about the buildings. A map and written descriptions of the sites will be available.


Each tour is limited to 10 participants. Non-photographers are welcome to participate as well. Bring your own camera and experience the beautiful and historic architecture of Lewisburg!


Photographers who participate in the tours will be invited to submit several photos to the Art Show at the Public Library for Union County in June.

Thank you to Bucknell University for sponsoring the Celebration of the Arts Workshops! 

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Friends of the Arts:

  • Bowen Agency Realtors – Lewisburg

Partners in the arts

  • All-Star Bagel
  • Boy Scout Troop #538
  • Brushstrokes
  • Earl’s Bicycles
  • Jordanna Adams
  • Lewisburg Downtown Partnership
  • Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary
  • Merrill Linn Conservancy
  • Rail Trail Cafe
  • Sholley Agency
  • St. John’s United Church of Christ
  • SUN Area Technical Institute
  • The Miller Center
  • Ross Griffith
  • Sherwin Williams