Event draws folks to check out works of local artists

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By Jenny Hartley

Art aficionados strolled around downtown Lancaster’s galleries Friday night for a new event sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, called the Spring Arts Draw.

Art lovers checked out the unique vases by Ben Davison and the shadowy, two-dimensional works of Michael Ehlbeck at the Springs House, home of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. Then it was on to Picture Perfect on Catawba Street, where many shared a laugh with the owner of the picture-framing business, Mark Plyler.

The tour continued at Stevens Pottery on Williams Street, home of Robert Stevens’ “ugly face jugs” and antiques.

At Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio and Gallery, art lovers got a chance to meet “emerging” artist Savannah Cudd, whose show, “Resurrection,” was on display. They also got a chance to listen to bluegrass music in the garden.

But the obvious “draw” of the evening were the many works of art up for grabs in a drawing at Chastain’s Studio Lofts on Main Street. The air in the art studio and gallery was heavy with excitement, as Abby Stogner, niece of the studio’s owner, Christina Chastain, drew names from a wash tub.

The draw featured paintings by Caleb Miles, George Young and Chastain; a limited edition sculpture, “Falling Leaves,” by Doster; an ugly face jug by Stevens and other works by local artists. At the last minute, Custom Beads owner Linda Meetze-Lucas donated a handmade necklace and guitarist Ken Blinko, who performed at Chastain’s Friday night, donated a guitar session to the draw.

The coveted piece in the draw was a Davison vase, painted in a turquoise glaze. And when Sylvia Hudson’s name was drawn as the winner of the prize, she made no attempt to hide her excitement. With a huge smile, she walked up to the counter and hugged the beautiful vase.

“Awesome,” is how Chastain, also the gallery director and program coordinator for the arts council, described the turnout for the arts draw. Each person attending bought a $15 ticket (or $20 per couple), and those tickets were entered into the drawing. The event raised $800 for the arts council.

“We’d like to start doing these twice a year, if possible,” she said.

Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com