Franklin County (Pa.) Art Alliance's 42nd annual show opens

The exhibit features primarily paintings, but also sculptures, print making and photography

June 16, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Friends Donna Gilbert, left, and Sara Taylor check out the pieces presented during the Franklin County (Pa.) Art Alliance's 42nd annual show. The show is open to the public through Thursday.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Ty Hepfer was feeling some fatherly pride on Father’s Day as his son accepted kudos for artwork displayed in the Franklin County (Pa.) Art Alliance’s 42nd annual show.

Hepfer, of Greencastle, Pa., said he was impressed with the quality of student work shown alongside the adults’ pieces. His son, Dreyphen, joined a handful of other high-schoolers in showcasing art among the more than 300 selections.

While Dreyphen was being photographed with his pieces, his parents perused what else the show had to offer.

“I love it. I really enjoy seeing everybody’s point of view,” said Lori Hepfer, his mother.

The exhibit is open to the public free of charge from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is on view at Calvary United Methodist Church, 150 Norlo Drive in Fayetteville.

About 150 artists belong to the Franklin County Art Alliance, which meets monthly most of the year and is run by volunteers.


“There are all levels of art,” member Brandii Kligge said Sunday.

“We’re accepting ... We really try to encourage kids, younger people,” said Mary Hickman, also a member.

The show features primarily paintings, but also sculptures, print making and photography. Judges selected pieces for top honors that included awards sponsored by businesses.

“Good Old Girl” by Dee Henry took best of show. That painting featured a dog walking under clothes drying outside on a line.

Jean Strike of Chambersburg, Pa., was a founding member of what is now the Franklin County Art Alliance. Strike believes the organization began in the 1950s, then merged with others and evolved over the years.

Strike described being around other artists as “good therapy.”

“I’ve tried everything, but what I’ve stayed with is oils and watercolors,” she said of her preferred medium.

Karen Mullican of Sharpsburg perused art hanging on temporary walls during her second year visiting the show. Her husband, John, had bronze work and paintings on display.

“There’s an awful lot here,” she said, adding that she particularly enjoyed a selection from Donna Bingaman.


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