Boost art sales with a local flare

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Location, they say, is everything.

It’s no different in art.

Location can sell a piece of art.

It’s not unusual for shoppers at Art Downtown to remark about the local photographs and paintings they see displayed in our gallery, just steps off the Square in downtown Hanover. They are intrigued by that artwork and those pieces often stir more comments and generate more interest.

Andy Smith’s photos of Miscreation and Codorus State Park and Gail Wine Mancha’s painting of Famous Hot Weiner are among those that have sparked recognition and interest from our January exhibit, “50 Years in Hanover.”

They are by no means the only ones.

Localizing art is a great way for artists to boost sales.

  1. Use the place name in the artwork’s title. That’s an easy way to let everyone know where you took the photo or painted the picture. While “Evening’s End” may work as a title, “Evening’s End in Hanover” or “Sunset over Route 94 in York County” might generate more interest.
  2. If you can’t use the place name in the title (using “Gettysburg National Military Park” in titles gets cumbersome), a note or card on the back of the paintings or photo may work.
  3. As a side note, I’m preparing artwork for a retrospective. We’re using artwork from deceased members of the Hanover Area Arts Guild. I’ve only examined a handful of pieces, but I’ve only found one where the title of the artwork was easy to find. My suggestion: If you are particular and want the title of the piece and your signature to survive for years and years to come, think about displaying it more permanently on the back of the artwork.
  4. While an artistic signature may be fun, in 20 years will anyone remember? Consider printing your full name and the year on the back of the artwork (or underneath for 3-D) in permanent marker. That’s especially important if you have a common name.

Not painting or taking pictures? Your art still may have a local element.

  1. What’s Hanover known for? Snacks? Shoes? Can you incorporate that into your art? Might be something to try if you’re a 3-D artist.
  2. If your fabric art incorporates local elements — inspiration, yarn, material — make sure to put that on the tag. Did you use local or Pennsylvania clay for your pottery? It’s a nice plug for your work. And the shoppers at Art Downtown don’t know about it if you don’t share.

Do you have photos of your work? We try to utilize daily photos on social media and in our dealings throughout the community. We’d love to have yours! It would help as we publicize the gallery and engage our fellow art lovers.

Have more ideas? Let me know; I’d love to share with our members!

Teresa M. Pirkey is gallery manager of Art Downtown, operated by the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Contact her at 717-632-2521 or


2018: A banner year for the Hanover Area Arts Guild

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January always brings a sense of newness. Maybe it’s ringing in New Year. Or the resolutions to do things better, lose a little weight, get organized.

At the Hanover Area Arts Guild, we’re quite certain 2018 will be like no other.

It’s our 50th anniversary and we couldn’t be prouder.

We have new exhibits, celebrations and, of course, great art on the calendar.HAAG 50th version 01

“It’s going to be a different year, a great year,” said Margaret Bria, president of the Arts Guild, which has more than 150 artisans in Hanover and York County, Adams County and northern Maryland.

The organization, which operates the Art Downtown gallery at 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, was founded in 1968 by a handful of painters and artisans. They began meeting at the Hanover YWCA but soon outgrew the facilities. The Arts Guild moved to several different locations on the way to the present location, just steps off the Square in Hanover, in 1988.

“It’s a bright spot in the community, especially in downtown Hanover, that people enjoy coming to,” said Barb Geesey, one of the founding members of the organization.

Geesey often can be seen breezing in and out of the gallery, helping with this committee, mentoring young artists. It’s part of what gives the Arts Guild its charm.

The gallery, which is free to visit, changes its exhibit every four to six weeks and is a strong supporter of arts education. In addition to sponsoring a scholarship for a graduating high school senior continuing in the arts, the Arts Guild also sponsors the Annual School Student Show, in its 37th year this March; offers classes to youth and adults; and for the second year, makes its gallery available to South Western High Painting and Drawing IV students for their final exam show.

The South Western show is among the favorites for Bria. Students plan the show, install the artwork and are in charge of the public reception. It was again standing room only for the event, with students, families and the community, all beaming at the artwork. And some of it sold, too!

“I love that the families gather around them,” Bria said, adding it’s always great to see the Art Downtown galleries full of art lovers.

Front copy_edited-1The past five decades haven’t always been easy. “It was a struggle sometimes,” Geesey admitted. “We survived with the help of the community, with the help of the patrons.”

She called the Arts Guild “a joyful spot, a spark” in the community and she sees the organization as getting bigger and better.

“We hope to give encouragement to young artists,” she said. “Art is really the basis for so much and impacts so much community involvement.”

On display now is a tribute to the Arts Guild’s anniversary. But that’s just the beginning. Here’s a look at the year: Also look for:

  •  Through Feb. 3 — “50 Years in Hanover Exhibit” begins the yearlong celebration.
  • Feb. 6-March 3 — “For the Love of Artists” exhibit highlights artwork by deceased members. A reception is planned for family and friends 1-3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Art Downtown.

Other events also are planned throughout the year, including a June community celebration highlighting the 50th anniversary.

“We’re really excited about the June celebration at the Hanover Country Club,” Bria said. “We know how important the arts are to the community and we want to share that with everyone, especially those who have supported us for the past 50 years.”

The entire 2018 gallery schedule at Art Downtown is:

  • March 7-23 The 37th Annual School Student Show: Work by outstanding art students in local schools will be on display. Reception is 1-3 p.m. March 11.
  • March 26-31 The gallery and classroom is closed for annual cleaning and show preparation.
  • April 3-27 The 3rd Open Exhibit: Members and the community compete for prizes in a show that is fast becoming a regional favorite. Reception is 2-4 p.m. April 8.
  • May 1-June 2 Miniature Exhibit: Tiny artistic treasures created by members is shown in this month-long exhibit.
  • June 5-30 The Paintings of Richard Hamwi: A professor of art at Albright College shows his work in a special guest artist exhibit.
  • July 3-Aug. 31 Annual $99 and Under Art Sale: The front gallery hosts a great sale, while the second gallery features Art from Arts Guild Classes.
  • Sept. 4-29 Art from The Drawing Room Arts Guild member Charlotte Yealey and her colleagues at the Gettysburg gallery Drawing Room display their work in a month-long exhibit.
  • Oct. 2-26 Plein Air Painting Group Exhibit Work from member artists who paint en plein air is on display. Reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5.
  • Oct. 30-Dec. 29 50th Annual Fall Show and Sale New work by Arts Guild is judged in this show, which has become a Hanover tradition. Reception is 2-4 p.m. Nov. 4.
  • Nov. 20-Dec. 29 Gallery of Arts and Crafts Artisans offer their best gifts for your shopping pleasure.

Wow! What a way to celebrate 50 years!

Teresa M. Pirkey is manager of the Art Downtown gallery of the Hanover Area Arts Guild. She can be reached at or 717-632-2521.


Arts Guild is celebrating 50 years in Hanover

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Fifty years ago. Long time ago. A lifetime for some. An organization’s lifetime.

What happened 50 years ago?

CNN lists the highlights and they’re not really uplifting: Vietnam, Martin Luther King shot, Robert F. Kennedy killed, the Black Power movement begins and “Star Trek” stirs controversy with the first televised interracial kiss.

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By Sue Runkle

And at the Hanover Area Arts Guild, 1968 has special meaning … a happy, joyful meaning.

It was our beginning. A group of artisans, mostly painters, decided to get together on a regular basis at the YWCA.

And in January, we’re beginning a yearlong celebration of that founding with the exhibit, “50 Years in Hanover.”

Our artists took the theme and wove it into paintings and photographs. The art contains images of Hanover or 50 and we think you’ll love what we’ve done.

Fifty years is a milestone.

Galleries come, galleries go. But the Arts Guild has survived. Today, more than 150 artisans are members of the collaborative, hailing from Hanover and York County, Adams County and northern Maryland.

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By Andy Smith

We allowed artists to be creative with the exhibit.

* Andy Smith submitted a great black and white picture of Miscreations on metal. It’s cutting edge and a must-see.

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By Sharon Benner

* Sharon Benner, a plein air painter, offered a variety of paintings, including one of Hanover Stables.

* Gail Wine Mancha, an oil painter, pointed her brush at Famous Hot Weiner and it’s a winner. You have to check it out!

* Think colored pencils are passé? Not in the hands of Sue Runkle. She took the theme to a whole other level with her rendition of “Hanover 50.”

* While you or I might use a sewing machine to hem pants, Joanne Bast is an artist with hers. Check out her art pieces of Hanover buildings. They defy descriptions.

* Rebecca Yates Shorb found compelling scenery and captured the moments in three works: “Night Music/Codorus,” “Codorus Burn” and “… take me home.”

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By Herb Kemme

* Some of the best places in a small town are its alleys. Just ask Felicity Sidwell, who contributed “The Alley,” for the show.

* Herb Kemme gives a nod to Hanover’s industrial sector with his photograph, “The Factory Door.”

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By Dixie Brillhart


* Dixie Brillhart’s style comes through in her contribution to the show, “50 Years Heart of Hanover.” We love it!

* Robert Campbell offered, “Turkey Time” for the exhibit.

* And what would a show about Hanover be with an eagle?

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By Carl D. Harris

Carl D. Harris’ “Bald Eagle” is wonderful, graceful and perfect!

* F.O. Roelecke’s work, “Colored Aspen,” is part of the January show.

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By Kirby M. Heltebridle

* But Kirby M. Heltebridle definitely had this theme nailed. His artwork celebrates the Arts Guild in 1968, cake painting is joyful and he looks ahead to 2068, anticipating our 100th anniversary. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Kirby!

Stop by the gallery. The artwork is on display through Feb. 3 and we have work by other members on display as well … even some scarves and mitts and hats for those freezing days!

The gallery, which is always free, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

50 years … Wow!

Teresa M. Pirkey is manager of the Art Downtown gallery of the Hanover Area Arts Guild. She can be reached at 717-632-2521 or

Get taste of arts, crafts live Saturday at Art Downtown

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A book? Or a look?

How do you learn best and what do you enjoy doing?

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Pru Reichart works on a gourd

The artisans at the Hanover Area Arts Guild are betting you’ll want to see the arts and crafts live, rather than reading about them or watching a YouTube video.

You’ll get your chance Saturday at Art Downtown when the Arts Guild hosts Demo Day. More than a dozen members will demonstrate their arts and crafts from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, with free soup and bread served at noon.

The event is part of the Second Saturday celebrations by Main Street

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Margery Erickson is a whiz at weaving

Hanover. The Hanover Area Arts Guild is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. The group was formed in 1968 by a handful of artisans. Today, more than 150 people are members of the Arts Guild.

“Those attending (Demo Day) can get insight into what’s involved with creating the art that’s shown,” said Rebecca Yates Shorb, an Arts Guild member who is helping organize the event.

“Artists are usually visual people,” she said. “It only takes one time coming in to see the technique and learn to do it.”

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By Mary Moores

And art is important in our lives.

Andrew Simoneti heads an initiative in Philadelphia designed to improve artists’ business acumen. In his book, “Making Your Life as an Artist,” Simoneti writes, “Art offers pleasure, the rich and deep sensations of laughter, change, and investment. Entertainment does not.

“Art satisfies needs,” he continues. “Its impact doesn’t come from popularity. If you look at art history and you remove all the art that was disliked in its time, you lose much of matters.

“Today’s cutting edge is tomorrow’s mainstream,” Simoneti wrote.

Are you ready to see tomorrow? What will you see Saturday? In a word: Lots!

* Felcity Sidwell, whose painting of the Maine coastal flats won Best of Show in the Fall

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By Felicity Sidwell

Show, will be on hand Saturday painting. Often, she paints plein air — usually outside, sometimes creating a painting in two hours or less. Can’t wait to see what she does Saturday!

* Eric Miller, a watercolorist, is mixing it up. He’s bringing something different for everyone to enjoy!

* Deb Nell often creates with Yupo paper. But lately she’s been working with acrylic pours.

* Jerry Gadd is a watercolor artist. The Maryland resident often paints landscapes and is member of the Arts Guild’s plein air group.

* Nancy Bittinger is part of a painting group that meets regularly at the Arts Guild Thursday afternoon. Her preferred medium is watercolors.

* Joanne Bast is a multi-talented artisan. On Saturday, she’ll demonstrate how she creates the great sewing/painting creations. You have to see these beauties to believe them! If you sew … or paint … you’re going to love them!

* Mary Moores, an Abbottstown woman, is a potter and painter. She’ll be here to show off her talents.

* Emily Shoey, well known as a ceramic artist, is a retired school teacher. Look for some great demos from Shoey! We’re not exactly sure what she has planned, but we know you’ll love it.

* Elisa Livelsberger is always a fascinating artist. She should have great ideas to share Saturday.

* Pru Reichart — We’re not sure she sleeps. Reichart knits, has been known to do some pottery, but mostly she works with gourds. And, wow, what she does with gourds! You have to see her creations!

* Margery Erickson is a magician with fiber. Check out her creations, whether it’s through knitting or weaving, it’s all amazing.

* Lorena Walker became fascinated with acrylic pours and now she’s hooked. We are, too! You’ll love to see the process on Saturday.

* Sandy Gilpin is a whiz with scissors and paint. If you think that’s something you could have done in second grade, think again! What Gilpin does is astounding.

* Sharon Benner, who organizes the plein air group at the Arts Guild, also will be on hand. Benner hosted a one-artist show last year at the Arts Guild and often paints at Codorus State Park.

We know it’s been cold and miserable, but this is a chance to brighten your world for an hour or two. You need some inspiration to get you through January and February. The show, “50 Years in Hanover,” is on display at Art Downtown. And it’s Second Saturday … Cabin Fever themed … in downtown Hanover. We’ll serve you soup and bread. Make the day of it!

Call or email if you have questions.

Teresa M. Pirkey is manger of Art Downtown, the gallery of the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Contact her at or 717-632-2521.



South Western High show at Art Downtown Jan. 3-6

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Ahhhh. Art class. That hour of the day where you could forget about serious study, where you could just have fun, get lost in paint and paste and create your own world.

Or not.

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By South Western High students

Haven’t been to art class recently? It’s changed.

Breeze by Art Downtown Jan 3-6 and you may be surprised. Amazed. We think you’ll love what the students at South Western High are doing in art class.

This year — Jan. 3-6 — the Hanover Area Arts Guild hosts the “final exam” of Drawing and Painting IV for South Western High students. Robert Glover, chairperson of the Fine Art Department of the school, is excited about the show, the concept and the art.

“About half will go on to study some type of art in college,” he said. “Each one (of the student’s presentations) is a story, a series, and has a connective thread.”

The 16 students write an artist’s statement, many of which will include a link to a web

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By South Western High students

site that explains why they chose to do the work they did. “They have an assignment over the summer to get 200 sketches or photographs,” Glover said. “Then they start revising.”

In other words, this isn’t something they put together overnight. They’ve thought about this. They’ve lived it, breathed it, smelled it. This is their baby.

Some stay with the idea they start with over the summer; others take a completely new turn. Since they’ll be working on the project for 18 weeks, Glover encourages them to become invested in it.

“We hope that they chose things to do that are personal and meaningful to them,” he said, adding this year the projects include one student who has portrayed “The Walking Dead” TV series in her own voice and another who tells the story of a family’s cancer experience.


It’s the second year South Western has collaborated with Art Downtown’s gallery for its final project show, which students organize from soup to nuts. It includes planning the reception, which is set for 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. The public is invited to the event to meet and greet the student artists.

“This experience really shows them what it’s like to be an artist because all the pressure is on them,” Glover added. “The interest is up in art at South Western. It should be strong for the next couple of years.”

The Arts Guild also is pleased with the collaboration.

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By South Western High students

“We are happy to continue this partnership with South Western’s Art Department,” said Eric Miller, Arts Guild show committee chairperson. “Being involved in the promotion of art education in our community is an important part of the Arts Guild’s mission.”

We want you to see this. It’s a great way to start out your year. Bring some culture into your life.

For Margaret Bria, president of the Arts Guild, loved the 2017 reception and is looking forward to this year’s as well.

“I love that the families gather around them,” Bria said, adding it’s always great to see the Art Downtown galleries full of art lovers.

The artwork can be viewed during regular gallery hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 3-4; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. Admission to the gallery is always free.

Teresa M. Pirkey is manager of the Art Downtown, the gallery of the Hanover Area Arts Guild. She can be reached at or 717-632-2521.