Art auction starts today in Chambersburg

May 11, 2001

Art auction starts today in Chambersburg

By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

Vibrant scenes of the shore, colorful floral arrangements and visions of a country barn - there wasn't an image Goldie Reichard could not create with the stroke of her paintbrush.

More than 100 paintings and sketches by the deceased Shady Grove, Pa., resident will be on sale at Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chambersburg today and Saturday.

All proceeds will go to the church's building fund.

Reichard died in a car accident in May 1998, days after her 81st birthday. Her daughter, Ina Shreiner of Chambersburg, said the art sale this Mother's Day weekend will be bittersweet.

"I have a lot of mixed feelings," she said. "I hate to let go of (the artwork) because it's like letting go of my mother. But I think how fortunate I am to have a mother who was so talented and shared her talent with so many people."


Shreiner said the sale was her father, David's, idea.

"He said he wanted me and the kids to take what paintings we wanted, and then he said he wanted to put a price on the rest and donate the money to the church in memory of my mother," she said.

A life member of the church, Reichard was adamant about supporting the building project, Shreiner said.

The paintings, which are an assortment of oil, watercolor acrylic, pen and ink, charcoal and pastels in assorted sizes, were professionally appraised and range in price.

Shreiner said a reasonable estimate of proceeds is $6,000.

The sale is in the new Solomon's Fellowship Center, 4856 Wayne Road, from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Art was always a part of Reichard's life, her daughter said.

"As a young child, she was thrilled with crayons and chalks. At age 8, she received her first set of watercolors from her mother," Shreiner said.

After marrying David Reichard in 1935, the couple worked as a team. She decorated with pictures the cakes her husband, a baker, made, and he built frames for her artwork.

She was 32 when she received her first oil paints, and it was 1961 when Reichard began formal art education classes.

For years, Reichard taught art classes in Franklin County and received awards at art shows. She worked out of a studio in the basement of her Shady Grove, Pa., home.

At age 67, Reichard and her husband earned their GEDs.

"They grew up in the Depression," Shreiner said. "Earning their high school diplomas was so important to them."

Shreiner said she believes her mother would be thrilled with this weekend's art show, which includes some works from other local artists.

"She would be elated if she could see it," Shreiner said. "She would probably be humbled and embarrassed by the attention."

Among her work for sale is "By His Hand," a 15-foot depiction of Christ's ascension into heaven.

"That was the painting that gave her the most personal satisfaction," she said. In it, a heavenly glow bathes Jesus, who is clad in blue and white robes.

Shreiner said her mother passed on some of her talents.

Reichard's only child, Shreiner said she has an eye for photography and an interest in architecture and decorating. Her son and a grandson have a talent for drawing.

Reichard's family also includes grandchildren Curtis Shreiner, who lives in St. Thomas, Pa., and Amy Mata, who lives in Alabama. Her great-grandchildren include Court Shreiner, 15, Aaron Shreiner, 10, and Ayrton Mata, 3.

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