Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts Fall 2019 Newsletter

Letter From Our President

Our fiscal year just ended, and looking back, we were able to improve our second floor with heating and cooling. We also installed a utility kitchen area that provides storage and a place to clean up brushes and other messes. The improvements allowed use of the space for multiple camps this summer for a total of around 100 kids including the high school helpers. We collaborated with Making a Difference of Lebanon, PA for the musical theater camps. Other uses for the studio included watercolor classes and meetups as well as photography studio space for several local photographers.

Membership continues to grow, and is the backbone of our organization. Our members connect us with the community and with each other. Through our members, we learn of ways we can provide events, classes and exhibits. So we thank all our members for their support with time, volunteering, donations, and of course, funds.

This year, we hosted exhibits from 4 of the school districts in Lebanon County: Lebanon High School, Palmyra, Annville-Cleona, and Cornwall Lebanon. We plan to add Lebanon Catholic artists to the lineup for 2020.

The public mural for 2019 was the largest collaboration with the public on an installation in our history. See more about the contributions to the project in the newsletter. This would not have been possible without the collaboration of Making a Difference of Lebanon, PA, Lebanon School District art teachers, Millersville South Central PaArtners, and members like you.

Next year, we are in discussions about other public installations and opportunities for public exhibits. We had opportunity to discuss some concepts with the City of Lebanon, Lebanon BID and a few other organizations over the course of doing business as usual…and discovered some potential for including art into some other projects, and other areas of the city that need beautification. We will keep you informed as new projects develop.

Come out for the fall series of artists-musicians for the remaining First Friday Art Walks of 2019. Each exhibit at Gallery 770 will include a mini concert.

Sharon Zook, LVCA president

Annual Membership meeting

We'd love to have you join us and discuss your thoughts and ideas about the arts in the Lebanon Valley! Please join us on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts Building at 770 Cumberland Street on the corner of 8th and Cumberland Streets for our annual membership meeting.

LVCA Updates Logo

LVCA is excited to share our new logo. Designed to be simple and modern, the new logo has clean lines and is easily identifiable. The logo was designed by LVCA member Nancy Soulliard. Nancy Soulliard works as the creative director for Messiah College’s marketing and communications office, leading the design team and designing prospective student, donor and alumni marketing projects including the alumni magazine. Nancy used her creativity and recent experience with updating Messiah College's logo and brand image for their transition to Messiah University to design LVCA’s logo.

Board member spotlight

LVCA Board Member Abby Dupler recently accepted the position of Cedar Crest Middle School Arts and Theatre director. Abby is looking forward to directing plays in fall and spring. Abby will also be leading theatre classes and special opportunities and summer camps during the next year. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting program starting in Fall 2019. Remember to support the arts in your community by attending community theatre productions and local middle school and high school productions.

Fall Theater Classes

  • Oct. 1-Nov. 23: Saturdays 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • 8 weeks.
  • Children - Ages preschool through grade 12
  • Enter 8th street side. Free Parking at all metered spaces after 5 p.m.
  • Contact Abby Dupler for details at: abbadabba28@hotmail.com or 717-507-8578
  • $10 per class
  • Sign up here and click on the green ticket for more details: Fall Drama Classes

Fall Watercolor classes

Interested in watercolor classes? Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Center. Payment and pre-registration is required, we will begin the first Tuesday in October and run for 4 weeks. Open studio will continue at the Center on Tuesday evenings if there is enough interest. Please call Joyce at 717-273-6204 for more information on either of these opportunities.

Summer Theater camp recap

This past summer the Art Center was buzzing with activity as multiple children's theater camps directed by Abby Dupler took place. Over sixty children participated in them. "Take the Stage Theater Camp" in partnership with Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts and Making a Difference of Lebanon, Pa featured two musical theater productions with a cast of children ages 6-13. The camp focused on the rehearsal and performance aspect of musical theater. "Stories at Play Camp" was a concentration on the basics of theater through various games and exercises. The campers also made a set diorama! These camps were a huge success, and we can't wait to see what is in store for next summer.

Summer Theater Camp with Abby Dupler

A World of Welcome. 2019 Mosaic Completed!

“Think of a time you felt excluded. Left out. Unwelcome.…What is a word or words that brought you through that point of exclusion and into a more welcoming space?” The exercise that led to the selection of words featured in a “World of Welcome” was led by Artist Michaelanne Helms. The result is a wall full of empowering words that engage diverse people with each other, and invite our neighbors into our space. Also, the words were chosen by the youth, who are tomorrow’s leaders. These words will serve as a guide to the next generation—in both where they started their walk through a time of exclusion, as well as a guide for others to move through that space—and into a world of welcome. Students creating custom tiles represent many cultures and language groups: Arabic, Chinese, English, Japanese, and Spanish. So what comes to mind in your experience? Was it words, images or creativity that engaged you with “welcome”? Take some time to see if the messages from our youth resonate with your experience. Art reflects life, and as such is constantly changing…and moving us from where we are to where we would like to be. Come out and see the world we would like you to experience, at 129 Van Buren St., Lebanon, PA 17046, “A World of Welcome”.

  • 364 Sq Ft.
  • 71 participants in addition to about 90 Lebanon School District middle & high school students who created custom tiles
  • 14 participants trained, chose a word and developed the design; 2 additional trained for installation only
  • Michaelanne Helms lead artist
A World of Welcome mural at the Beautex playground. 129 Van Buren St., Lebanon, PA 17046,

Other Ingredients:

  • 200 lbs mortar cement
  • 400 lbs sand
  • 7 gallons of tile adhesive
  • Gallons & gallons of water
  • A cup & a half of pigment for grout
  • Buckets and buckets of broken tile, granite, pottery, mirror & other tesserae

Mural made Possible by:

September Art Exhibit and Music

September saw the beginning of our new exhibition series “Performance+Art” and we lead off with two local artists, Kevin Durr and Luke Topping. Kevin is primarily a digital artist creating imagery inspired by pop culture and his rich imagination. Luke paints in a range of styles from old master to modern. Portraits are becoming his specialty but he is also a potter making practical and ornamental ceramics. If the visuals on display are not enough, both men are musicians and songwriters and played sets for visitors. To add to the bounty they invited a number of musical friends— blind scout, Jesse Barki, Ciaran Carmichael — to play so the music continued after the reception ended.

Upcoming Fall 2019 Art Shows

  • October: John Terlazzo sharing paintings and songs
  • November: Jolene Windmiller paintings and stained glass
  • December: Elaine Martin, watercolors and Celtic Music

Annual Soup & Music Night

featuring music by youth from Siberia, Russia

  • Saturday, Nov 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • baked potatoes, chili and Borscht
  • Suggested donation $10

Guitar Lessons with Tim Jesiolowski - Thursday Evenings

"I am very grateful to be a part of the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts and am now offering guitar lessons on Thursday nights. If you are looking to learn how to rip some killer face-melting guitar solos or simply just strum the chords to your favorite songs, I can help you! I have a wide range of experience (studio, live performance, songwriting) and have been teaching for over 10 years and playing guitar for over 30 years, so I think I just may have some knowledge to share with you. I like to take a somewhat of an unorthodox approach to each student and tailor the lessons to help them achieve their goals, not necessarily following a lesson book or having a strict regimented program. I believe in keeping it fun and I teach all ages and all ability levels. I'm quite possibly one of the most patient people you'll meet, so I'm ready to teach you at your pace!"

"My area of expertise is rock and blues guitar with an emphasis on solid rhythm and improvisational lead playing. My most recent musical project was hard-rock band End of Silence, where we wrote and published a handful of original songs, recorded them professionally, shot some music videos, shared the stage with some national acts and have sold our songs around the world on various outlets such as iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, etc."

Please feel free to contact me at 717-222-8410 or at tjesiolowski@gmail.com for more details.

Tim Jesiolowski performing on stage.

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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.