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Arts fest sizzles as start to summer

June 20, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, PA.

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

Sixteen members of the Greencastle Area Arts Council - as diverse as a weaver, a minister, a former scientist and two high school students - exhibited their paintings, photography and sculpture Saturday at the Greencastle Midsummer Eve's Art Festival.

Sponsored by the arts council, the show is held on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, artist Leighton Scott said.

Scott moved to Greencastle from Mount Airy, Md., in November to open a large home studio, he said.

"I may be the only artist in the U.S. using adhesive mortar in my work," Scott said, pointing out a large textured blue canvas. "That represents the surface of a planet around some sun we will never see because it's too far away."

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Formerly a scientist with NASA, Scott said he produces pieces that "look nice in the home, but have an intriguing surface."

Held at the Old Railroad Station on Jefferson Street, the show also included some carved fish decoys, pottery and jewelry by local artists.

Ziggy Gamble, 16, son of John and Susan Gamble of Greencastle, works in several media.

"I like to try new stuff," he said while hanging his work. "Art class this year really helped me."

Ziggy's favorite project that he entered in the show was one where he took a black-and-white photo he obtained from the Internet and worked on it with colored pencil. He chose a photo of an alleyway because "because I liked the perspective and it reminded me of Venice."

Chrysti Renner, also a junior at Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School, also works in a variety of media. Saturday's event was her first art show.

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