Valentines for Charles Demuth

Annual Demuth Invitational Exhibition
February 4 - 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 5-8 p.m.

This annual exhibition invites Lancaster area artists to create a work of art based on a Charles Demuth inspired theme. This year's Invitational challenges participating artists to create a unique Valentine for Charles, using his 1896 Valentine as inspiration. The original Valentine remains in the Demuth Museum archives.

Participating artists include: Michael Abel, Blakelyn Albright, Ann DeLaurentis, Paula Egolf, Paul Engleheart, Dorothy Frey, Milt Friedly, Carol Galligan, Jeff Geib, Susan J. Gottlieb, Gail Gray, John Herr, Jon L. Johnson, Richard K. Kent, Evan Kitson, Karen Labiak, Matthew Lawrence, Paris Wyatt Llanso, Carol Morgan, Richard Ressel, Peg Richards, Kimberly Bulcken Root, Barry Root, Kerry Sacco, Lou Schellenberg, Mimi Shapiro, Jean Sharf, Ellen Slupe, Janette Toth-Musser, Teri Traner, Linda Weidman and Dick Whitson.

Scholastics and Lancaster County Young Artists

March 4 - April 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 2017, 5-8pm
Opening Receptions will be held at both museum locations, but all Awards will be handed out at the Lancaster Museum of Art

Hundreds of artworks from Lancaster County students participating in two artistic competitions, Scholastics and Lancaster County Young Artists, will be on view at the Demuth Museum and Lancaster Museum of Art. These competitions, open to junior and senior high school students, celebrate the wealth of artistic talent found in the students of Lancaster County.

Scholastics is the first level of a national art competition. Exceptional works of art are submitted by hundreds of students to be judged first at the regional level here in Lancaster, with winning works moving on to the national competition. Works winning Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mention will be on display in this exhibition.

Lancaster County Young Artists is a regional competition, open to any student attending school in a participating district or homeschooled. over 500 works were entered into this juried competition; over 300 works winning Gold, Silver and Exhibition awards in a dozen categories will be on display.

Bag It!

Bag It! The Art of the Shopping Bag
April 29 - June 25, 2017
Opening Reception: April 28, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

Opening April 29th, the museum will feature an exhibition of shopping bags from around the world. Looking at the graphic nature of shopping bags, the exhibit will give insight into their rise as a utilitarian item that evolved into a status symbol for shoppers and merchants. The evolution of bags continued as merchants saw the value in their creating a brand and eventually commissioned artists to design them. One signature group was Bloomingdale's artist designed bags, which are still being created today. This exhibit is drawn from the collection of Jean Gromoll and will cover local stores such as Hager's Department Store to the classic Tiffany blue bag.

The exhibit, on view from April 29 to June 25, 2017, will feature shopping bags of various formats and for such companies as Steiff, Bloomingdales, Hager's, Watt & Shand and Bonwit Teller, among others. An opening reception will be held at the Lancaster Museum of Art on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

This exhibit is sponsored by Donald Burkholder.

Lancaster Museum of Art
135 N. Lime Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4; Sunday, 12-4

Admission by donation.

Returning Home: Additions to the Demuth Museum Collection

April 29 - July 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 5-8pm
Demuth Museum

Featuring three new additions to the permanent Demuth collection, this exhibit will explore not only the museum's permanent collection, but also other Demuth works that have returned to Lancaster County. Borrowing form local private collections will enhance our understanding of Demuth's watercolor works and give the public an opportunity to see works that have not been in Lancaster for decades.

55th Annual Community Art Exhibition

July 1 - September 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 30, 5 - 8 p.m.
Lancaster Museum of Art

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the vast amount of artistic talent found throughout Lancaster County. Artworks by over 100 artists will be on view, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, metals, carved wood and mixed media. Awards include First, Second and Third Place as well as Honorable Mention and the People's Choice Award, voted for by visitors to the exhibit.

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