The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 24, 2014

Celebration of the Arts kicks off in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG — Six blocks of art, an “open air” artists’ event and more workshops and exhibits than one could shake a paint brush at: It’s time for everyone’s favorite spring fling, Lewisburg’s 32nd annual Celebration of the Arts, which kicks off today and runs through May 10.

Nature has a hand in this year’s event, said Sara Kelley, a celebration planning team member, and can be found everywhere Saturday from the artists’ wares on sale to assorted entertainment to this year’s featured artist, John Sterling. He’s a furniture maker who works with the wood, flaws and all, to create naturally beautiful, unique pieces, some with Asian influences. Sterling’s work will be featured all festival long at Faustina’s Gallery, 229 Market St.

Also on display for the duration are two exhibits that start the celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. today. The Packwood House Museum hosts an indoor art show featuring two-dimensional works and offerings from both pros and amateurs; next door at First Presbyterian Church at 18 market St. is a photography display in the first-floor parlor, also with works by pros and amateurs that are especially worth a look.

“There are some wonderful photographic eyes here in the Valley,” said Kelley, who was busy hanging photos Wednesday for that exhibit. “It was a great treat and fun to hang, the work is really beautiful.”

Taking in nature is a large part of a new feature to the festival, the First Plein Air event on Sunday, sponsored by the Merrill Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy, the Lewisburg Arts Council and the Artists Guild of Lewisburg.

“En plein air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and this free event welcomes artists of all ages and levels to set up their easels at one of four conservancy conservation easement properties: the Dale-Engle-Walker property in Union County, Dick and Donna Constant’s Hermit Hollow property in Snyder County, the Montandon wetlands in northern Northumberland County and Glacier Pools Preserve in Lycoming County.

The sites will be open to artists from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and noted painter Alice Kelsey will hold an optional plein air workshop beginning at 9 a.m. at the Dale-Engle-Walker House.

Saturday, of course, turns downtown Lewisburg into one big artists’ colony, with nearly 150 artists set up to sell their wares on Market Street between Front and Seventh streets with a special children’s interactive art place in Soldiers Memorial Park. This has everything: jewelry, sculptures, clothing, glass and metal pieces, woodwork, all the usual and unusual festival patrons have come to know and love about the event.

There is always entertainment when you need a break from art, and in keeping nature in the mix, this year welcomes Cheri Heimbach and Baywings Falconry, of Lewisburg, bringing the “art of nature” to the event, Kelley said. And for something completely different, check out the five-member Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble, whose repertoire includes original tunes to jazz, swing and bluegrass.

Remember parking will be tight on Saturday. Kelley advises everyone who can to leave their cars and use the free daylong shuttle, which stages at the north Weis Markets parking lot on Route 15.

For event times, a list of performers and artists, a downloadable festival map, shuttle and other information, visit the website at

Text Only
  • Tawny Dog owners not surprised to learn pooches get jealous

    DANVILLE — Dogs are often considered man’s best friend, but a recent study shows that pooches can get a little green over how much time you spend with other canines.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • lottery Big lottery payouts pay off for seniors

    HARRISBURG — State lottery officials say less means more for seniors.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donations to Budd family near $60,000

    SHAMOKIN DAM — The Valley continues to give as fundraisers keep forming and donations steadily pour in for the Budd family, of Ohio, while Sharon Budd continues her fight back from drastic injuries suffered when a rock thrown from an Interstate 80 overpass in Union County slammed through the windshield of the family’s vehicle three weeks ago.

    July 30, 2014

  • B-17 fly-over to honor 'Dutch' VanKirk

    NORTHUMBERLAND — A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will soar in honor of the late Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk during his graveside services Tuesday morning.

    July 30, 2014

  • dogs31.jpg Is Spike spiteful?

    Dog is often considered man’s best friend, but a recent study shows he may be a little green over how much time you spend with other pooches.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • CORBETT_TomC.jpg Corbett: VanKirk helped to save the world

    Gov. Tom Corbett today issued the following statement on the death of Northumberland County native Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay:

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Afraid of grandson? "Now I am," Amanda Trometter says

    Erick Trometter slept with hunting and butcher knives beside his bed while living with the grandmother he allegedly attacked on the morning he was shot after allegedly pulling a knife on a city police officer.

    July 30, 2014

  • vk1.jpg Ted VanKirk: Seen from above

    The Daily Item is republishing online its spring 2012 interview with Northumberland native Ted “Dutch” VanKirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. The story appeared in Inside Pennsylvania magazine. VanKirk died Monday in Georgia at age 93.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • vankirk_ted1.jpg “The Japanese were beaten before we even dropped the bomb”

    Compared to the 58 other missions they ran together, the one they were assigned to carry out on Aug. 6, 1945 was easy.
    There would be no return fire, flying conditions were ideal, and if all went according to plan, they would be back to the base in Tinian by nightfall.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ritz-Craft Ritz-Craft to hire 60 for Mifflinburg plant

    MIFFLINBURG — Sixty jobs are coming to Mifflinburg as a Ritz-Craft production facility that went dark seven years ago amid the housing downturn will come back on line during the next few months, company officials announced Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.