The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 3, 2013

All welcome to bicentennial sketching event

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Pick a favorite place and draw your own bicentennial tribute during “Sketch Union County,” the Lewisburg Art Council’s contribution to the county’s 200th birthday party, set for Saturday, May 4.

Artists of all ages and abilities are welcome to “preserve, with our artwork, a present moment in Union County” to show future citizens, said Barbara Baker, a director of the Lewisburg Arts Council.

The sketch event was inspired by Urban Sketchers, a worldwide network of artists who draw the cities where they live and travel to “show the world, one drawing at a time.” Baker and the arts’ council thought it was a great way for people of all abilities to commemorate the county through they own creative eyes.

Artists are encouraged to go out any time of day to a particular spot in the county and, using any medium and paper they wish, come up with art that captures how they see Union County. For instance, Baker said she plans to sketch an old, lone gravestone she saw in a field off of Brouse Road.

While folks can sketch anytime (even now) they’d like, the official time is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sketch “sharing” then takes place at the Public Library for Union County from 4 to 5 p.m., where everyone’s work will be viewed, “no sketches excluded,” Baker said.

Artists may have their work displayed — even sold — at the Packwood House museum’s Bicentennial Exhibit, June 8 through Sept. 7 in the Kelly Gallery back room. The artist must frame the work and offer a suggested price.

The project was announced at the Union County Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. Commissioner John Mathias called it a “fabulous idea” for commemorating the bicentennial.

The event, taking place during the 2013 Celebration of the Arts Festival, is a “passport event,” meaning people can get their bicentennial events passports stamped for participating.

Sketch Union County is sponsored by the council, the Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg and the Union County Bicentennial Committee.  For more information, visit the Union County Bicentennial website,, and click on “events.”