September 2021 Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts

September 3, 2021 First Friday Art Walk 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Find the First Friday Art Walk map on the TLVC Facebook Page

LVCA's Gallery 770

The Fall exhibition season kicks off with an exhibition of work by Lebanon's own Ben Farrell. Ben is a local artist who has been part of the art scene for many years creating mixed media works. His work is varied ranging from assemblages made from random household items to paintings with text conveying a message. Ben has been a pillar of the local creative community since his high school days when he organized shows and performances at bars and restaurants. Until recently, he was performing and writing as frontman for the band, The Dogs of Lust. He has assembled a selection of work which displays his unique sense of humor and craftsmanship.

First Friday Pop Up and Craft Fair

To list a First Friday event, email us at lebanonartwalk@gmail.com Include: address and phone number of the venue, the name of the artist or musician, and a short description of the artwork or style of music being offered.

Check out the Facebook page First Friday Downtown Lebanon for other events.

Not Forgotten

The Summer Camp Mosaic Mural, Not Forgotten, has been installed at The Lebanon County Suicide Prevention Task Force Remembrance Garden located at Stoever's Dam Park. Please read the LebTown news article for more information.

The Great Diamond Heist on the Strasburg Railroad

After an 18-month hiatus due to deep impacts of the global pandemic, live theater is slowly returning! Our board member and professional actress, Abby Dupler, can tell you one thing for sure, "It's great to be back!!!" As soon as audition notices started posting, Abby did not waste any time jumping back in, and she landed the role of "Gemma Stone" in the world premiere of "The Great Diamond Heist" at the Strasburg Railroad. Getting back to rehearsals and performing in front of a live crowd has been quite the emotional journey!

"The Great Diamond Heist" featuring local professional actors is an action-packed, stunt-filled show complete with explosions, fight choreography, and stunts. Take a ride on America's oldest operating railroad as the chaos ensues. This family friendly show will be running weekends until October 3rd.

Dates, times, and tickets can be found on the Strasburg Railroad website https://www.strasburgrailroad.com/special-events/the-great-diamond-heist/

Being a Lebanon County resident has its advantages when it comes to access to live theater performances. There are tons of opportunities to experience it with Gretna Theater in our own backyard and the various theaters throughout Lancaster County. Local and regional theaters need support, cooperation, and compassion now more than ever. So get out there and support local live theater!


Erik Soulliard, LVCA Board Vice President, and owner of Annubis Productions is set to begin production of a new streaming series, Diakonia. Follow along on the Diakonia podcast. To learn more, read the LebTown article here.

Welcome New Board Member

TLVC welcomes new board member, Sandra Drain.

Sandy Drain first came to Lebanon as a student of Sociology and Secondary Education at Lebanon Valley College. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in the Humanities from Penn State Harrisburg. She currently works remotely as a proposal manager for Balfour Beatty, an international development firm with an office outside Philadelphia. She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). Having moved around the state of Pennsylvania for education and career, Sandy returned to the Lebanon Valley in 2016 to find a thriving art and music community and has been thrilled to participate in First Fridays, Burn’s Night and other exciting arts events in Lebanon. More of a patron of the arts than an artist, Sandy enjoys reading, gardening, creating collages and practicing piano.

On August 24th we will be starting 4 weeks of watercolor classes and Open Studio time. Make your Tuesday fun and creative with ART! Classes will run from 6pm to 8pm. Both the Watercolor classes and the Open Studio will be happening at the same time on the 2nd floor of Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts at 770 Cumberland Street. Please us 8th Street entrance.Watercolor classes are $50 for 4 weeks for non-members and $40 for LVCA members. Open studio is FREE for all LVCA members. Please call Joyce at 717-273-6204 before August 20 for registration for watercolor class. Members may just show up with paints ready to go. Please note: Masks must be worn if you are not vaccinated.

Thank You!

Our organization wouldn't exist without the support of the Lebanon community and area charitable organizations. Thank you for the donations, memberships, grant funding, and gifts.

The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon and their Community Grant Program recently awarded TLVC with a $1500 grant to support teaching Lebanon young people about mosaic and mural skills and to support similar programs for young people.

The TLVC was supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding Partnership. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC). The 2021-2022 award will be for $3,000.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Our annual membership drive will start in September. If you’d like to check this one off your list, please use the membership form to renew your membership. LVCA’s historic building, first established in the early 1800’s, is in need of some major roof repairs. After reviewing bids from local contractors, LVCA plans to move ahead with the roof repairs in the near future. Your continued support is especially appreciated as we take on this additional expense for needed maintenance and upkeep.


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Local Art Connections

The Office of Developmental Programs is inviting artists on the autism spectrum to exhibit their artwork virtually during the14th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC 2021) held October 5 to October 7, 2021.

The Hershey Art Association shared "Fairy Tree Houses" by HAAA member Mark Bosler at the Hershey Public Library. Be sure to check out this unique display.

Community of Lebanon Association Music and Art Festival

September 18, 2021 from 12 pm - 6 pm on South 8th Street in Lebanon

Upcoming Performance + Art Exhibits

October Mary Ryan Burke

Swell Time - Watercolor & Mixed Media

Mary Ryan Burke is an Irish-born artist. Originally from County Cork on Ireland's southern coast, she studied at the Crawford school of Art in Cork City. She painted for many years in oils and acrylic, but recently has turned to watercolors, many with a maritime flavor. Her husband Matt Burke is an admired Irish fiddler and composer and will be playing music during the reception.

November Rich Johnson

Slugger, Self Portrait - Pencil Drawing

Rich Johnson lives in Lititz and works as Creative director for Masonic Villages. He studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, and works in a range of styles and genres from cartoons to realistic landscapes oil paintings. Also a guitarist and singer Rich has played with band and performed a solo artist.

December Denis Easter

Sketchbook page - Pencil and pastel

Denis Easter is a local obstetrician who loves to paint and make music. He has exhibited his abstract paintings widely in the area and plays jazz guitar with his quartet.Denis usually works in acrylic using geometric shapes filled with blended textured colors. The work ranges in size from the miniature to the massive.

Covid 19 Response

LVCA is taking appropriate safety measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors to our building. Face masks and social distancing to be used, as needed.

Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts 770 Cumberland St Lebanon PA 17042

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