Experiencing Art in the Alley!
Nestled in the valley between the Appalachian and Allegheny Mountain ranges lies the quiet little historic borough of Chambersburg, PA.
Chambersburg is the county seat of Franklin County, PA. It rests just 15 miles north of the Maryland border in the south central part of the state, roughly equidistant from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. For many years, it has been the home to the Totem Pole Playhouse, a true Broadway summer stock theatre started by Jean Stapleton (Edith of All in the Family fame) and her husband, Bill Putch. The Luhrs Center (in the northern portion of the county) also features headliner stage and screen talent, while the historic Capitol Theatre downtown plays host to local thespians. The borough also boasts an independent music school and award-winning high school and college bands. Only recently have the visual arts begun to claim their space in the burg!
On Saturday, September 9, the local Council for the Arts hosted a fun and fabulous day of Arts in the Alley.
Financial support from the Downtown Business Association and art patrons breathed life into the Foundry, an artist coop, and The Garage, an eclectic feast of glassworks, woodwork, antiques, baubles, and good old-fashioned “artist’s treasure”, aka “junk” (she says with a loving smile!) Several art galleries have sprung up in the county as well… like C6 Gallery that offers curated works of fine art and craft mediums. Gallery 50 and 42 West Arts Co-op, Thru the Lens & Beyond, and the Ceramic Arts Center all in Waynesboro in the southern part of Franklin County add to the creative choices springing up in the area.
Fiber artist, Andrea Finch provided demonstrations in the alley as patrons viewed her spectacular solo exhibition inside the new Council for the Arts Gallery.
Today’s event was all about the groundswell convergence of this visual art community, and the businesses in the area who recognize its importance to the area. What a supportive place for a creative to find themselves! I can’t wait to experience the exciting future ahead for The Burg! Clearly, big ideas are coming to life right before our very eyes!
Until next time….. I can’t wait to tell you of another great find: the literary feast of Northwoods Bookstore in The Burg!