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Valentine’s Day in Harrisburg? Why not?! Grab your person, hit the town, and enjoy a variety of special activities you both will love! *heart emoji*

If you’re on a quest for food and fun, look no further than the Millworks! They are located on Verbeke Street near one of the oldest farmers markets in the country. Millworks offers quality food in their restaurant and hand-crafted beer at their brewery, DELISH! After your meal, feast your eyes on some local art as you peruse their art gallery and shop. (Brownie Points: they serve a KILLER brunch on Sundays between 10am and 2pm.)

https://millworksharrisburg.com/about/

Reflect together at the Susquehanna Art Museum for their “Looking In: Portraits and Their Stories” exhibit. This particular show goes up on February 10th and will be available for viewing until May 20th. (Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a date on the cheap side, go to the exhibit on Friday, February 16th between 5pm and 8pm for free admission!)

Susquehanna Art Museum

Located on North Third Street, Midtown Scholar Bookstore is not your ordinary bookstore. This refurbished theater and department store holds 200,000 books along with various events, live performances, and a cafe. (Side note: Midtown Scholar also has 2 million books available online for purchase, including rare books and various signed copies.)

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/midtownscholarbookstore/interesting/

Feel the love and the beat as you head to Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center for dinner, drinks, and some dirty dancing on Valentine’s Day! Los Monstros will be serving up some salsa and merengue music live on stage as you enjoy an energetic and romantic evening together!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LosMonstros/photos

Mix up your V-Day by going out with friends and testing your strategy skills in an escape room setting. Outside the Box provides a challenging adventure filled with puzzles and riddles. If you’re in a large group, consider booking an outbreak raceroom to compete against friends in the same challenge!

https://www.facebook.com/escaperoomharrisburg


Make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! If you live in the York area, we have some pretty kickass plans for you for the 14th!

 

Need for speed? You’re in luck! Just outside of York is the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations Factory. Various tours are available to the public, such as the Classic Factory Tour and the Steel Toe Tour. The Steel Toe Tour is an intimate experience that takes you behind-the-scenes with an in-depth look into the manufacturing process. You’ll be required to wear safety glasses, a vest, and steel toe protection. (Pro Tip: Tickets to the Classic Factory Tour are first-come first-serve, so try to get there early. Also, groups under nine people get free admission! Perfect for a couple or a family.)

https://www.harley-davidson.com/content/dam/h-d/images/events/factory-tours/yorkpa/main-2.jpg?impolicy=myresize&rw=910

For some quality entertainment, visit The Appell Center for the Performing Arts. Valentine’s Day weekend, there will be screenings of Oscar nominated short films, a live performance by the York Symphony Orchestra, and so much more.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/the-strand-capitol-performing-arts-center-to-change-name-become/article_3dd66f24-c30c-11e6-91cf-438ecb053e52.html

Dive into your creative side at the York Historical Society Museum with the “Our Stories, Our Artists” event. In collaboration with CreativeYork, this event will help you get in touch with your artistic side in a guided painting session with Ellen Ehlenbeck. All supplies are provided along with some wine and cheese. Just make sure to save your spot by registering!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOP7Eozgs58

Located on North Beaver and Philadelphia Streets, the York Central Market is a great place to immerse yourself in the city and discover something new. With over 50 vendors in the market, there are countless options to explore. From homemade baked goods, to fresh produce and locally crafted beer, the Central Market is a hotspot for local cuisine.

http://www.murphydittenhafer.com/archive/2014/4/16/central-market-york

Interested in something more laid back? Head to Laser Alleys Bowling Center! With 24-hour lanes, glow bowling, laser tag, a snack bar, and pub, there’s no better place to be! They even sell 60-cent wings on Thursdays and have Karaoke on Fridays!

https://www.groupon.com/deals/colony-park-lanes-harrisburg-pa


Enjoy your Valentine’s Day in York, PA!

Last evening, Creative York hosted the 2017 Monster Drawing Rally at the Central Market in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The event was sponsored by CGA Law Firm.

What is the Monster Drawing Rally?

The Creative York Monster Drawing Rally is part live art-making performance, part art-bazaar, part silent auction, and one of Creative York’s liveliest fundraising events! During the rally, artists create artwork within an hour of allotted time from start to finish right before your eyes. The live audience is then able to silently bid on the works while and after they are created. The rally offers a rare and exciting opportunity to watch artists in action and a chance to take home their completed pieces, all while supporting a good cause.

Do the artists have to create “monsters?”

Not at all! While artists were more than welcome to create monsters art, they were not limited to that subject. Individuals at the rally created mazes, collages and assemblages using magazines and record covers, clay taxidermy, felted cacti, beaded bug people, water color paintings, robot paintings, animal drawings, portraits, and so much more.

Food and drink was provided by The Busy Bee and Mudhook Brewing Co. Um, and the music as DOPE. Shawn Beck aka DJ Cache provided a chill-ass soundscape for the evening’s festivities!

2017 Monster Drawing Rally Artists included…
Kipp Allison
August Bellanca
Tina Berrier
Mark Broomell
Christopher Carpenter
Ashley Chiang
Peter Danko
Ellen Ehlenbeck
Karen Fornadel
Erica Silva Furjanic
Sam Georgieff / Poordogfarm
Angela Goetz / Black Sheep Everything
Paul Godfrey
Kara Gonzales
Brett Greiman
Sandra Grippi
Keith Gurnee
Judeth Pekala Hawkins
Mariah Hertz
Steph Holmes
Eleanor Justice
Amy Kopperude
Jeremiah Linton
Allison Moats
Carol Oldenburg
Jimmy Purkey
AnaLisia Salcedo
Dillon Samuelson
Mikayla Steele
Emily Truman
Emilyy White
Rita Whitney
Kandra Wynne
Andrew Yeager

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Monster Drawing Rallies were initially conceived by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and have been recreated by nonprofit organizations in cities like Richmond, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and now YORK through Creative York!

Creative York (formerly YorkArts) is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization located in downtown York, Pennsylvania, featuring 3 art galleries, art classes for all ages, and several community outreach programs. The proceeds of this fundraiser help Creative York’s educational and outreach programs.

We’re back with our annual centerpiece contest here at DO.

The leaves are falling and we know your tummies are grumbling and ready for some full fall plates. We would love to see how you decorate your table this year, no matter the size of the gathering. Whether you’re going for fancy or casual, we want to see what you’ve put together as your Thanksgiving table adornment. Winners receive two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater.

THE RULES:
+ Take a picture of your centerpiece, either standalone or at the table with the rest of the settings
+ Send us your picture via Facebook message
+ All submissions are due by Sunday, November 26 at 11:00pm
+ Winners are chosen on Monday, November 27
+ By submitting your photo, you give us permission to tag you in a shoutout post on Monday, November 27
+Winners receive a shoutout on our Facebook page as well as two (2) free tickets to Zoetropolis Art House and Theater — we can mail these.

 

Here are some examples of what we’re talking about:

Yesterday, I had the privilege of experiencing the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Hirshorn in Washington, D.C.

Knowing next to nothing about Kusama, her artwork, or the nature of the exhibit and what it showcased, we decided to take an adventure. Literally the only thing I knew about the exhibit was that a visitor recently destroyed one of her thin, hollow, plastic polka-dotted pumpkins while taking a selfie. (That’s a whole other topic that I witnessed yesterday which I may decide to discuss as a side note at the end of this blog.)

We left Lancaster for an overnight stay about 30 minutes outside of downtown Washington, D.C. The next morning, the alarm clock went off at 5am and off we went, aiming to reach the Hirshorn at 6am. Through overhearing discussions once we stepped in line (behind 60 other people bundled in blankets and coats in the 55 degree weather), I discovered that only 700 free passes would be given to those in line and they wouldn’t start giving them out until 10am. Thankfully, we packed plenty of books to read, sketchbooks to draw in, Yahtzee, fruit, and water to drink.

All of my assumptions about this exhibit were completely and utterly wrong, guys. Aside from the expectation of bewilderment as a result of staring at endless polkadots, I had literally no idea what I was getting into.

You see, I honestly thought we would be free to enter the so-called “infinity mirror” rooms freely with the freedom to walk out of one and into the other. But Kusama had a different intention entirely. The infinity mirror rooms are enclosed in box-like structures with a door that opens and shuts. Basically, you wait in line with whomever you’ve come to visit the Hirshorn with. When it’s your turn to view one of the five infinity rooms, a staff member opens the door, allows you to enter, and shuts the door behind you for either 20 or 30 seconds. There,  you stand in silence and awe looking at the objects inside (lights, glowing pumpkins, pink polka dotted balls). The box is coated in mirrors and gives the feeling that the objects go on forever and ever and ever and ever.


There were several different feelings which popped up for me personally. The first and most apparent was that of voyeurism. We all have gone to art exhibitions and looked at artwork, but have you ever been met with your reflection? In the infinity mirror rooms, you are met with the image of your self as you turn and look into an imaginary abyss of infinite lights. It was almost uncomfortable at times watching myself, jaw open, in awe.

But this caused me to be completely present. The lines—which seemed to take forever with a grumbling tummy—seemed to last forever. A lot of wonderful conversation was had in each line as we waited for those 20 to 30 precious experiential moments. It was truly amazing. It taught patience and presence, and was full of illumination and voyeuristic qualities which only brought it back to feeling present again.

I have never experienced an exhibit quite like Yayoi Kusama’s. The themes that intricately wove themselves throughout the Hirshorn were incredibly relevant in today’s digitally connected—and therefore existentially disconnected—world which we experience everyday through our phones and computers. It was refreshing and revitalizing.

Thank you for reading! I hope local artists can revisit these themes in their artwork so we can all have similar experiences!

 

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama at Hirshorn

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VS NAIL BAR!

VS Nail Bar is by far our favorite place to get a manicure, pedicure, or full set of acrylics. TTDLanc writer recently got a full set of almond shaped acrylic nails and was so pleased with her experience. “I haven’t gotten my nails done for almost ten years, so I was very nervous. Owner Stephanie greeted me warmly and offered me a glass of wine while she pampered me,” Emily says of her experience.
Emily’s nails right after getting done. Stephanie created a natural look with a little pizazz on the ring finger of each hand.

Come in and celebrate VS’s 1st birthday! Until April 13, VS is offering $20 specials for gel manicure or regular pedicure. “We’ve had one fabulous year, so make an appointment!” owner Stephanie says. They are having a drawing for a free gift from Mary Kay and are also doing a giveaway for a free spa pedi. The $20 special is valid through April 13th. Appointments are preferred. Designs not included in price.

VS Nail Bar
330 West Main Street
Landsville, PA 17538

www.facebook.com/VSNailBar

Call for more information at (717) 537-2110.


Opening Spring ArtWalk weekend, on May 5th Red Raven Art Company will host a new show titled Lancaster, A Love Letter. The show will feature work by local woodburner and painter Jenny Germann.  Germann will exhibit many of her unique burnings/painting on wood throughout the month of May. The exhibition will focus on a variety of Germann’s favorite locations and experiences in Lancaster—including work featuring the recent vigils and protests taking place around the city.

Most of Germann’s work is created through woodburning.  She uses torches and pyrography machines to capture her vision and to create distinct line qualities on wood. By using a this method, she is able to create imagery, texture, and depth in her work by burning directly into the wood.  After the woodburning is finished, she adds evocative color with inks, watercolor, or acrylic.

“My work is based on locations that hold significance in my life. I use landscapes and portraits to convey experiences, often drawing influence from my daily observations while living in Lancaster City.”

Germann lives and works in Lancaster PA.  She earned her BFA from the University of Kansas and an MS from Eastern University.  She is married to local cabinetmaker/furniture designer Evan Germann and together, they have 2 dogs.

 

 

What: Jenny Germann – woodburner and painter (jennygermann.com)

What: Feature art exhibition, Lancaster, A Love Letter

When: Opening May 5th,  show will be up through May 31, 2017

Where: Red Raven Art Company, downtown Lancaster

 

For more images / information, contact:

Jenny Germann – 717.283.6543 / info@jennygermann.com

 

Things To Do Lancaster caught up with one of the cutest couples in Lancaster—Emily Moccero and Evan Young of The Velveteen Stabit.

Emily and Evan accumulated quite a collection of lapel pins and in an attempt to display them, they came up with velvet-lined cork boards—thus the name “Velveteen Stabit.” After making a few of the corkboards, they looked into designing their own pins to go along with the boards. However, the pin sales really took off and they realized they enjoyed designing the pins that they kept on keeping on!

Things To Do Lancaster: What style would you say your pins are?
The Velveteen Stabit: We try to design things that we want to wear, and since there are two of us, our style is a little schizophrenic; both of our personalities show throughout our line. A few of our pins feature various types of wings which are inspired from different vintage auto/moto logos, and some of our designs have elements which are more inspired by fantasy. All of our designs have clean and simple lines and can be appreciated by a range of audience. We feel that our unique sources of inspiration are a good representation of who we are as people, and as a result, who we are as a brand.

TTDL: Is there anything special about the quality of materials?
TVS: As far as materials go, theres not too much to it – metal and colored enamel (enamel is essentially glass in this context). However, something to note is that the majority of enamel pins in our class are manufactured overseas, but we make sure that ours are 100% made in USA. We’re proud of that!
TTDL: Tell me how you create a pin from start to finish.
TVS: It all starts out with an idea. Sometimes we have long brainstorming sessions and other times a good idea will just randomly pop into one of our heads. After the idea is agreed on, we discuss how it should look and do some rough sketches. It is then translated into Adobe Illustrator where it is made into a vector file. Here is when we do all the fine-tuning on the designs and pick colors and size. The finished design is then sent to our USA manufacturer. While we are waiting on production (about a month), we design our packaging card.  Once we have the physical pin in hand we can do our product photography, online store listings, and some social media marketing.  Taking great photos and showing off our pins (marketing) are the biggest part of the “job” and it’s a lot of fun.
Additionally, The Velveteen Stabit also has a huge stock of amazing vintage pins and brooches available on their website. “We have so much fun finding them at flea markets and antique stores— it really makes for an exciting day!” Certain Saturdays in the summer are reserved for “flea market dates.” They also don’t just sell pins—they’ve got a range of patches and hats, and have recently started collaborations with other local Lancaster artists to design bandanas and pins as well.

Featured image from The Pottery Works.

WE LOVE POTTERY WORKS! If you’re looking for a really cool way to spend an evening, need a new birthday party theme idea, or simply need some time to yourself in a vibrant space, head to The Pottery Works in historic downtown Lancaster.

The paint-your-own pottery studio is owned by Marcie Natale, who opened the shop 14 years ago in 2003. Marcie also owns sister stores The Gem Den and The Bead Works also located in downtown Lancaster.

Perhaps the coolest part about The Pottery Works is their discount calendar. Every day they’re open, they offer a different type of discount, like a Ladies Night where all pieces are 15% off for ladies, or lunch specials where all pieces are 20% off. You can pick up one of their monthly calendars at the counter. From piggy banks, to knick knacks, to full dinner sets, to cookie jars, we are positive you’ll find something you’ll be excited to paint—and within your price range!

BROWNIE POINTS: You can BYOB, BYO snacks, and pieces are available for pick-up just one week after you complete them! They also offer painting classes.

The Pottery Works
www.facebook.com/thepotteryworks.com
IG: @thepotteryworks

 

Lancaster Documentaries just launched their new Facebook page. The man behind the lens is named Alexander Monelli. You may recognize his name from the Lancaster Itnernational Short Film Festival, as he won Best Home Grown Film at the fest in 2015—the film featured Robert Brock, owner of Hole in the Wall Puppet Theater.

His newest release is called “Trick.” This is the fourth Lancaster Documentary which tells the story of 80-year-old Tom Shultz (“Mr. Magic”) and his new career as a magician in Lancaster, fulfilling a lifelong passion.