Arts Day at Wilson College

April 04, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The sixth annual Arts Day, a day of free events that encourages the appreciation and celebration of art, will be held Wednesday, April 5, on the Wilson College campus, 1015 Philadelphia Ave.

Arts Day, sponsored by Wilson's Fine Arts Department, features scheduled presentations and performances as well as daylong events and exhibitions. Everything from art exhibits, films and demonstrations to hands-on workshops, architectural campus tours and comedy improv will be offered throughout the day. All events are open to the public.

As part of Arts Day, an opening reception for the student art exhibition at Bogigian Gallery in Warfield Hall will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The exhibition, featuring works by Wilson students, will be on view through Friday, May 5.


  • Lathe demonstration - 8 to 11 a.m., Lenfest Commons. A demonstration of woodworking, including turning bowls and making ornaments. Conducted and sponsored by Don Kelley.

  • Opening reception for student exhibition - 10 a.m. to noon, Bogigian Gallery, Warfield Hall. Meet Wilson's student artists. The Salon des Refuss - student artwork not selected for the official exhibition, will be on display outside the Bogigian Gallery.

  • Chemistry and the arts - 10 a.m. to noon, Science Center 206. Hands-on activities, displaying and explaining principles of general chemistry and how they are incorporated into specific aspects of the arts.

  • Architectural tour of campus - 10:30 a.m. Begins at Lenfest Commons. Join Wilson Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Mike Albert as he makes a lap of the Wilson College campus. During the tour, he will discuss the history and style of the buildings, both on and off campus, and give a brief explanation of the various styles and their roots.

  • "Be Sarah Wilson" - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lenfest Commons Esplanade. Have yourself photographed in the character of Wilson's namesake. Choose the vintage Miss Sarah Wilson look and receive an 8-inch by 10-inch antiqued print. Or choose the new contemporary restyled Ms. Sarah Wilson (courtesy of the Theory of Fashion Design class) and receive a digital print and e-mailed file. A donation will be collected to help pay for materials and to raise money for the junior class.

  • Printmaking extravaganza - noon, Lenfest Commons. Look for the Steamroller Printing Adventure in front of Lenfest Commons, where several grandly scaled woodcuts are to be printed using a steamroller. Anyone interested can take part in the printing.

  • Birthday wishes - 12:30 p.m., Lenfest Commons. Join the Wilson community in wishing arts patron Frances Farmer (Class of 1950) a happy 78th birthday.

  • Making Batik Maps of the World - 12:30 p.m., Lortz 200. Make a fabric map of the world or of a state or country of your choice. Advanced registration is appreciated but not required. If you would like to order a state or country outline, contact Matt Steiman at 1-717-264-4141, ext. 3247, or e-mail Feel free to bring your own white cotton T-shirts, sheets or pillowcases to batik.

  • Drill team - 2 p.m. Wilson's Mounted Drill Team will perform in Hawthorne Arena at the Penn Hall Equestrian Center.

  • Film screening and discussion - 1 to 3 p.m., Allen Auditorium, Warfield Hall. Senegalese director Ouswane Sembene's "Black Girl." This film deals with themes such as the exploitation of women domestic workers and anticolonialist politics, while also providing a feel for the West African artistic traditions such as the griot/bard.

  • Mike's European Tour - 2 p.m.. Sarah's Coffeehouse. Join Mike Albert for a presentation of his art and architectural tour of France and Italy. His journey from Paris to Florence - with stops in Nimes, France and Rome - includes art and architecture from antiquity to the Renaissance, and some stories as well.

  • Orchesis performance - 3:30 p.m., Hankey Center porch. A performance by Wilson's modern dance troupe, Orchesis.

  • Refreshments - 5:15 to 7:30 p.m., ground floor of Warfield Hall.

  • Visiting poet - 8 to 8:30 p.m., Norland Parlor. Poet Chris Christopher will read a selection of works and answer your questions. An informal reception to meet the artist will follow the presentation.

  • Wilson's Wacky Comedy Improv - 9:15 p.m., Sarah's Coffeehouse. The Drama Club's version of the hit show "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

In addition to the above scheduled events, Arts Day activities will be held throughout the day.


All-day events include:

  • Haiku - For Arts Day, the students in English 185: Writing about Literature and the Environment, have dotted the Wilson campus with haiku.

  • Orchesis in Black and White - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Photographs by Robert Glessner at the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives housed in the Hankey Center.

  • Open studio - Lortz Hall will be open for self-guided tours.

  • Wildlife and Equine Art Prints - Spanish riding school and classical equine ballet art will be on display on the ground floor hallway of the Science Center near Room 133.

For information about Arts Day, call Philip Lindsey at 1-717-264-4141, ext. 3305 or go to

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