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September 2, 2021
Art to Move Your Heart
As in every city, small or large, it’s the artists who pioneer change—who think beyond boundaries and paint outside the lines. The arts community has led the way in the revitalization of Lancaster City even before the founding of Gallery Row 15 years ago. Today, signs of creativity are visible everywhere— in galleries, on facades, on plates, and on stages. The creative community is weaving a new narrative, one of hope and change.
We encourage you to find an artist whose work speaks to you and listen to what they have to say. Meet some of the faces of the Lancaster City arts scene from our fall Arts issue. They are painters, makers, and thinkers who are crafting a name for themselves, and in turn, for the city they call home.
Owner and Artist
J.A. Sharp Custom Jeweler
322 North Queen Street
J.A. Sharp Custom Jeweler is a woman-owned shop, focusing on custom designs. Believing in approachable, sustainable luxury, they craft timeless pieces and future heirlooms, while also curating a diverse selection of other American artist jewelry and gifts.
Gallery on Market
15 West King Street | 717.371.9864
Cindy Schlosser has been creating decorative usable art in her gallery on Market street for the past 10 years.
She is well known for her original, hand-painted beechwood bowls that are fully functional “art you can use,” as well as antique repurposed shutters, panels, windows, and furniture.
Cindy loves being part of the Lancaster art family and is grateful that she can use her talent to bring others joy.
120 East King Street
This fall, the Demuth Foundation celebrates 40 years of art, history, and community! Founded in 1981, the Foundation was established to preserve the home, studio, and art of Lancaster native and American Modernist painter Charles Demuth. The Foundation operates the Demuth Museum at 120 East King Street, featuring a rotating selection of Demuth works from the collection along with special exhibits. In 2014, the Foundation merged with the Lancaster Museum of Art, a communityfocused museum housed in the Grubb Mansion at 135 North Lime Street that highlights local and regional artists as well as national touring exhibitions. They look forward to many more years of fulfilling their mission of promoting the appreciation and awareness of the visual arts in Lancaster through preserving the legacy of Charles Demuth and his artwork, supporting local and regional artists, and inspiring a new generation of creatives.
Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery
142 North Prince Street
The art of Freiman Stoltzfus is inspired by music, the four seasons, poetry, Amish quilts, Gothic architecture, and geometry. See his current body of work, Flights of Fancy, on display at his Gallery Row location in the heart of Lancaster City.
“Art is the most profound expression of the human spirit. We all share it in many ways; sometimes joyous and vivid, at times melancholy and reflective. Art, like life, is unstoppable.”
FRIENDSHIP HEART GALLERY
118 North Water Street, Suite 101
Where curiosity and imagination meets talent and passion. Friendship Heart Gallery celebrates the creative voices of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism and provides opportunities for these Heart Artists to have their pieces juried, exhibited, and sold in an inclusive environment. In the Studio, Heart Artists inspire each other and form creative partnerships with members of the Lancaster Art District. Their artistic skills and talents are promoted through various techniques, using both traditional and unconventional media, along with individualized instruction time and collaborative group efforts.
To learn more about each artist and view their original pieces, visit friendshipart.net.
Fine Artist & Expressive Arts Therapist
By appointment only
Jerome Hershey Studio
34 1/2 North Queen Street
Known nationally for his work, Jerome is a distinguished abstract painter who has been painting in his Lancaster City studio for the past 40 years. His process is a joyful meditation as he creates large-scale paintings that are both stimulating and contemplative.
Since 1972, he has immersed himself in the world of self-expression through the color, shapes, and textures only found in his unique layered approach to abstract painting. Hershey creates an optimistic, “simple complexity” in his work by layering hand-painted lines using carefully chosen colors.
To mark his anniversary, Jerome has published a book documenting his work titled Jerome Hershey Paintings 2006-2021. Look for the release this October and find out more by visiting jeromehershey.com.
Photographer and Printmaker
“Most of the inspiration for my photographs and prints comes from travel. Especially travel to other cultures, other worlds. So when I found myself unable to travel during this pandemic, I turned to virtual travel and online photography courses including the Masters of Photography course by Joel Meyerowitz to help maintain my creative juices. Meyerowitz is perhaps the most influential mentor of my long career. One of the projects Joel assigns is to see your neighborhood in a fresh way. I live in Lancaster City just a block from Penn Square and love the sense of history here. I had heard about Old Town and started researching the specific area. Last October I found the perfect autumn day with late afternoon light casting long shadows into the past. As Joel says, ‘You enter a place and then a little bit of magic happens. And that’s photography.’ These three diptychs represent a larger series of ten prints. The images are Old Town’s gifts to me and my visual gifts to you.” – Karen Schory
Liz Hess Gallery
140 North Prince Street
A full-time artist with a gallery in the heart of Lancaster City for the past 15 years, Liz Hess has created a body of work that celebrates life, love, people, and places from all over the globe.
For the past 20+ years, she has dedicated her talent to celebrating the beauty of life.
RED RAVEN ART COMPANY
138 North Prince Street
Red Raven presents “Four Guys”
Exhibit runs September 1–25
Revolution Lancaster creates hope through handcrafted, socially responsible jewelry made by women with powerful stories of resilience. Looking beyond circumstance, they offer relationships and work that build solidarity and dignity. Every purchase makes an impact for a woman in Lancaster who has experienced homelessness. See the entire collection and learn how you can support their mission at revolutionlancaster.com
To purchase jewelry find a retailer near you at revolutionlancaster.com.
SUSAN J. GOTTLIEB
Painter and Educator
As a multi-media painter, teacher, and international guide, Susan J. Gottlieb infuses her art with exotic flavors, vibrant colors, and captivating tales of world travel. On her path to discovery, cultural origins have always been a fascination and inspiration for Susan. Making art, teaching, and exploring all coexist to create a life of connection and invention.
Find Susan’s newest collections on her website: susanjgottlieb.com and at Red Raven Art Gallery.