Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts Spring 2020 Newsletter

Letter From Our President

This spring has certainly brought many changes to the habits of many of us. Those unexpected changes have forced us to spend our time evaluating the world through a different lens. Art is the creative process of evaluating our world, and providing a voice, an image, and tone of that interpretation. So in times like these, art abounds. Even for those who are not artists, the written word, spoken word, music and images give structure and provide meaning to existence. We ponder the big questions of who am I, why am I here, and what can I do?

At Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts, we provide opportunities throughout the year to participate in art, thereby building connections with our community. We were in the planning stages of a Spring Tea…but that can wait. Drink your tea at home. We will be here after the threat of safety passes, and we can come together for tea.

Our summer programs are planned for the kids. After a long hiatus of not seeing their friends at school, we hope these classes can rebuild friendships, and forge new ones. We will evaluate the situation as time goes on, and keep our ear tuned to the governor’s recommendations.

We were in the midst of a public art project entitled, “A Fish out of Water.” Artists, community members or families were invited to create their story on a large fish cutout, which is expected to be installed along the dike bordered by the Veteran’s Memorial Walkway in the center of the city. This will be a public installation during the summer of 2020. Many people received their fish before the shutdown. For those of you who would like a fish, please contact us, and we will see if we can accommodate your request. It’s uncertain whether we can access more at this time, but will fulfill requests as we are able.

Also, check our Facebook page for the "art challenge" of the day. You are vital to shaping perspective and equilibrium through art during this time.

Art poses the question as well as the response to change, and resistance to change. We welcome your ideas, input and suggestions. — Sharon Zook, President

"Art Transcends" Virtual Exhibit

On Friday, as I left my office for 2 weeks of shutdown, a poet (whose name I missed) on NPR said "Art allows you, even in solitude, to partake in community." I grabbed a paper while at a stop sign and jotted those words. Somehow, art is what we all need when jobs, school, and many aspects of life that balace equilibrium suddenly are gone. To all our audience--artist or not--the Downtown Lebanon BID and the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts would like to invite you to participate in an "Art Transends" Virtual Exhibit. Amy, our downtown manager, plans to compile a patchwork of your art for the community to partake in enjoyment together. Here are the details:

  1. Submit a photo of a project, piece of art of any medium, or any photography that shows creativity and life amid turbulent times.
  2. Send a link or file of an art performance in theater or music.
  3. Share a poem or prose that you created.

Please send the email to info@downtownlebanon.com and lebanonartscouncil@gmail.com

Thank you to those who are providing vital services during this time, and for the rest of you, ease their jobs by adapting to a "distancing" lifestyle.

Fish Out of Water

Here are some fish paintings in progress and completed so far

LVCA is looking forward to an outdoor art display this summer! We’ll be providing fish forms for a $20 donation to LVCA. Makers and Artists are encouraged to use their creativity to design the fish in different and creative ways. Ideas for themes include: Lebanon area, Natural spaces, and beach themes. To arrange for your own fish form, please send an email to lebanonartscouncil@gmail.com


Students had a great time honing their acting skills in Abby Dupler's class.

LVCA recently completed its final theater class for the winter season. These theater arts classes were partially supported by a Project Stream Grant through Community Partnerships in the Arts.

Abby Dupler developed and taught classes that ranged from Disney singalongs to Contemporary Broadway. In each class, children learned skills in character development, stage presence, vocal technique, improvisation, movement, and musical theater through various theater games, group projects, and individual monologue study. Hands down, theater games were a crowd favorite.

Most importantly, each student walked away with a sense of confidence and the ability to just let loose and have fun!

Summer Theater Camps

Contact Abby Dupler for details at: abbadabba28@hotmail.com or 717-507-8578

Improv Yes...and

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to an actor on Saturday Night Live? In this 5-day camp, campers will learn the art of improvisational acting while working closely with a group of their peers and perform in front of an audience of family and friends. Instructed by local theater artist, Abby Dupler, this camp is for children.

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 — Friday, June 26, 2020
  • 9 am - 4 pm with a final camp performance for friends and family on Friday evening.
  • ages 10-15


Have you ever dreamed of being an actor on stage? We have everything you need in this camp. Learn various acting techniques through monologue and scene study. Taught by instructor, Abby Dupler, this camp is for children.

  • Monday, July 20, 2020—Friday, July 24, 2020
  • 9 am - 4 pm with a final performance for friends and family on Friday evening.
  • ages 8-15

Music Around the World

Travel around the world as we discover music from the 7 continents of the world. There will be singing. There will be dancing, and oh, yes, crafting! Taught by instructor, Abby Dupler, this camp is for children.

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 — Friday, July 31, 2020
  • 9 am - 12 pm with a small showcase on the last day of camp.
  • ages 4-6

Musical Theater Camp: Sally Sells Seashells

This summer the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts and Annville Free Library under the direction of local theater artist, Abby Dupler, are collaborating to bring an exciting musical theater camp for the children of Lebanon County. What's even more exciting? The final performance will take place at the iconic Allen Theatre, and all family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Monday, August 17, 2020 — Friday, August 21, 2020
  • 9 am - 4 pm, and the final performance will be held at the Allen Theatre on Saturday, August 22, 2020, in the morning.
  • children ages 7-14
  • Instruction and rehearsal at the Annville Free Library. The actual time is still TBD, but we will get that information to campers and their families ASAP.

The Importance of Art in Education

Art from Lebanon Catholic students

Art education is considered one of the defining factors in long term school success. Schools who offer arts education have a higher graduation rate, compared to schools that only offer it in the elementary level. Art education allows children to understand and interpret the world around them by using their imagination and complete hands on activities.

LVCA started our area school art gallery shows for first Friday with Lebanon Catholic in February and Cornwall Lebanon in March. LVCA is hoping to share art work from other area schools in the near future.

Cornwall Lebanon Art Show

What’s new at the art council?

LVCA’s space can be used for a variety of events and activities. Our main gallery space was recently used for a photo shoot by Annubis Productions in February.

LVCA's shared space on the second floor was used to celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month in March. An educational Remembering Pennhurst display, and art work from Brave Art Studio was on display.

LVCA continues to provide a space for guitar and voice lessons. Our newest offering will be violin lessons, hopefully starting this summer.

Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Brave Art Studio and Pennhurst exhibition

Call for Artists to Exhibit in 2021

Calling all artists! United Zion Retirement Community is looking for local artists to exhibit in their Art Gallery in 2021.

Each artist or collection of artists (groups are welcome) will exhibit for a month. Artists are promoted on social media and in press releases. Currently, we are holding 2nd Friday receptions monthly from 5-7 p.m. that are open to the public and are hoping to continue that into 2021.

All artwork must be able to be hung on walls. The space can accommodate up to 30 pieces of art (possibility more if work is on the small side).

Artwork may be made available to purchase for a small commission. The commission benefits benevolent care at United Zion which helps those that no longer have the financial resources to cover the full cost of their care.

  • Submission Fee: Free
  • How to submit request: Email Megan at marketing@uzrc.org with your contact information, a few image of artwork you’d like to display (or website with images) and any questions you may have.

Get Involved with LVCA

Support art in your community by coming out for the First Friday Art Walk. Art and music can be found at community venues in downtown Lebanon, Annville, and Mt. Gretna.

LVCA also has events, classes, and camps for all ages. Our events are always a fun and different experience. Give a class a try, even if it's outside of your comfort zone. And check out our summer camps for fun activities for the kids.

Please double check that your annual membership is up to date. Membership donations are an important part of keeping Lebanon’s art council up and running. Members are invited to display their art work during the annual members show in December.

Consider volunteering at one of our events. LVCA events are made possible by the dedicated volunteers from the LVCA board and member support.

A special thank you to our members for your continued support!

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Purchase with purpose. Amazon donates to Lebanon Valley Council On the Arts when you shop for back to school supplies at smile.amazon.com.

Gallery 770 Boutique

Visit the Boutique on the second floor of the Art Council Building and stock up on art supplies, pictures, arts & crafts, gently used clothing and household goods. All proceeds go to support the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts.