ArtFest set for May 22, 23

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By Jenny Arnold

Jenny Arnold


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is planning a two-day art event called ArtFest for May 22 and 23.

The event will kick off with the ever-popular art draw on May 22, in which art lovers have the chance to win original pottery, paintings, gift baskets, handmade jewelry and other items.

The art draw begins at 5:30 p.m. at the LCCA gallery at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

Those who would like to enter the art draw must pay $20 as a donation to the arts council, for a punch card. The card will be punched as they visit the Springs House, Picture Perfect, the Edwards-Scott House, Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio and Gallery and Chastain’s Studio Lofts, where art will be on display.

The last two art draws have been popular.

“I want more arts awareness in Lancaster,” said Christina Chastain, LCCA programs and gallery director and owner of Chastain’s Studio Lofts. “We’re very fortunate to have so many talented artists in Lancaster County.”

A reception will be held at the Springs House from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for Chastain, whose paintings will be on display.

At Chastain’s Studio Lofts, those attending will enter their punch cards into a drawing at 8 p.m. for the art, jewelry and other prizes. You do not have to buy a punch card to attend the event, but the cards are needed if you want to enter the prize drawing.

Donations include paintings by Christina Chastain; Phyllis Chastain and Tiffany Copen; original pottery by Ben Davison; mixed media pieces by Heather Mullins-Teasley and visiting artist Barbe Saint John; gift baskets from Avant Garde Center for the Arts in Great Falls and Chastain’s Studio Lofts; jewelry by Linda Meetze Lucas; and a donation from Lancaster Jewelers.

Chastain said more donations, such as gift certificates and gift baskets, from businesses and artists are welcome.

On May 23, a workshop by San Francisco artist Barbe Saint John will be held at Chastain’s Studio Lofts.

Saint John met local artists through the online social network Facebook. Her specialty is assemblage art, which involves found objects – anything from photographs, to sea shells, old buttons, jewelry or watch gears – to create a piece of new art.

In the class, students will create a unique personal shrine by exploring dreams. Using techniques such as assemblage and collage, students will make a small shrine rich in personal meaning. Dream symbolism, color and number significance and personal mythology will be discussed. Each person will leave with a finished assemblage project.

There are a few spots left in the class, which costs $85. A list of inexpensive supplies needed for the class is available by calling Chastain at 285-7451.

A sidewalk art sale will also be held May 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street, from Chastain’s Studio Lofts to the Artisans Center. Booths are free to local artists.

“I just want the artists to come out and be a part of this,” Chastain said.

At 7 p.m. May 23, ArtFest winds down with an open house at Chastain’s Studio Lofts, with live entertainment.

Attendees will be able to look over the pieces created at Saint John’s workshop, and other works of art. For details about the art draw, workshop or to donate a prize for the draw, call Chastain at 285-7451.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at 283-1151