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By Kirsten Sheahan, Festival Intern, Shippensburg University Class of 2010, Interdisiplinary Arts Major

I’d love to document the entire 10 days of the festival, but that would almost be enough information to write a novel!  Instead, I’ll share photo highlights and summarize:  it was such a great experience to meet so many talented people who shared the same love of art that I do and to be a part of an organization that wants to involve our small community in the arts.  Being an Interdisciplinary Arts major focusing on art – jewelry design – and photography, I let my inhibitions go and I set off to explore various events and to even help with the first Artist Colony at the Gettysburg Festival.  As always, I took way too many pictures but was able to broaden my portfolio and even have the opportunity to have my photographs considered for future publications.  It was a great way for me to step outside of my usual vision for photography – which is more abstract and color or object oriented – to practice shooting organized events.  

U.S. Marine Corps Band of Quantico, VA at the All-American Brass Picnic

Perspective on Painting: Master Artist Lisa Egeli at work

I would attempt to explain each picture but considering this is a “photo blog” I’d rather let them speak for themselves.  I enjoy shooting to capture patterns, colors, and angles among other unconventional rules.  As you can see by viewing a few of my pictures, some contain a very similar angle for added depth and mystery.  I try to see the beauty in everything which forces me to view things from more than one angle, allowing me to see the un-appealing as engaging.  Ambrose Bierce once said that a photograph was a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.  Considering that I’ve only taken one photography class in my life – last semester! – I feel that I am blessed to view things with a basically untrained eye.  It was very hard for me to break away from taking pictures that consisted of random objects or cloud arrangements to focus on capturing people, but it was definitely a helpful learning experience.  Hopefully with better equipment and more opportunities such as this internship I will be able to take my studies and practices much further. I’d like to thank the Gettysburg Festival for allowing me the opportunity to grow, to test my abilities, and to test new doors and opportunities for my future.  

I hope everyone enjoys this collection of photos–feel free to post comments and offer your feedback.

Artist Mary Beth Brath, Artist Colony "paint out," Gettysburg Battlefield

Artist Peter Krsko's colorful "Pods" awaiting installation

Pennsylvania Craft Beer, All-American Brass Picnic

Artist Patricia Keough: Painting with Wine

Ivan Schwartz Exhibit

By Carol McLain, Festival Volunteer

When I think of this year’s Festival, the words “fantasy, food and fun” come to mind. It was a tea party with Alice in Wonderland, a story with the Mad Hatter, but it was Elmo that brought out the cheers. I can still hear the kids exclaiming, “Elmo is here!” There is something about that large mass of red fluff that makes everyone smile, from ages 3 to 93.

Chefs Rodier and Scheib

In addition to being a part of the Children’s Arts Fair, I was happy to volunteer with the Edible Art Tour. Many people requested that it be repeated next year. I was at the Brafferton Inn with Chef Claude Rodier from the Wyndham Gettysburg. He fielded questions regarding his food all evening, many of them requests for recipes and high praise.  He said,“the greatest compliment I can receive is to have someone ask for the recipe.” Since the Edible Art Tour put the spotlight on our local top-tier chefs, I think it will encourage people to now visit the various eateries and wineries. I was thrilled to discover two new wines that are sooooo good.

A rose is a rose is a radish. “The Veggy Art was incredible” was a comment I heard repeated over and over.

Artist Heide Presse and her son


I took my camera along, every step of the way, during the ten days of the Festival. I always ask permission before taking someone’s picture or their art exhibit. I was surprised time and time again during the Festival when people not only said “yes,” but they wanted more pictures taken. Heide Presse, an artist exhibiting with Lord Nelson’s Gallery exhibit at the Gettysburg Fire Hall, wanted a picture with her and her son in front of a picture she painted of him as a young boy. It was my honor.

I was also honored to meet the very talented Joseph Cashore of the Cashore Marionettes. He explained that the horse was his favorite marionette. In the intimate setting of the Kline Theatre, we were transported to another time and place as we experienced the feelings we tend to overlook in our busy routines, through his magical marionettes.

But my favorite photos, personally, were taken at the Hanover Shoe Farm. I think people attended this event, the Country Brunch, because of the incredible combination of delicious food, a picturesque setting and the beautiful horses. People were able to experience truly special moments such as the newborn foals who never let their mothers out of sight. The owners take great care in housing their horses and you feel this. People attend certain culinary events because of location. Every moment at the 2010 Gettysburg Festival was one to be treasured, and I am thankful to look back and remember them all through photos.

By:  Nancy E. Petrisko, Festival Visual Arts Coordinator 

What an incredible three days of commaraderie, community and creativity!  The Gettysburg Festival’s first Artist Colony was a success on so many levels.  The 10 plein air painters and 4 sculptors (ranging in age by at least 4 decades) came from tiny rural towns throughout Pennsylvania , groomed suburbs of Maryland and busy urban centers of Washington, DC. and New York City.  Each brought very personal perspectives – and talents – to the experience. 

Inspirational Setting... the hallowed Gettysburg Battlefield

Painters enjoyed time with Master artist Lisa Egeli , painting outdoors (plein air) at some of Gettysburg’s most beautiful areas.   The first day, they went to Hauser Winery for a sweeping view of farms and open landscape in the early evening hours – followed by a gourmet dinner with exceptional wines.  The following day, they enjoyed the morning sunlight and quietude at Little Round Top (battlefield).  On the final day, they caught the very first rays of light and the increasing bustle of the town square.  Each artist spent their personal time to return to favorite areas, or found new ones, to paint some more. 

Sculptor Jim Mikkelson

The sculptors were a little more limited on the chance to create a work – since sculptures take quite a bit more time than paintings.  But two sculptors brought “works in progress” and were able to use their free time in Gettysburg College’s foundry.  When they weren’t carving, sanding, and shaping, they enjoyed time with Master sculptor Ivan Schwartz.  This intimate group enjoyed lots of time discussing their work, sharing techniques and offering critical views.  Their activities included a tour of the battlefield and statuary; an informative tour of Mr. Schwartz’ exhibit and sculpture at the Gettysburg Visitors’ Center, and a sculpture walk through the Artist Colony participants’ exhibited work as well as the permanent collection on the campus. 

Master Artist Lisa Egeli

The final day was filled with community activities that highlighted the colony experience.  In the afternoon, artists from the colony, fringe festival and masters gathered for a discussion on the “State of the Arts.”   It was a time to discuss the participants’ personal careers and the current trends in the field.    Later, the general public attended Master Classes with Lisa and Ivan.   Outside on the beautiful  quiet grounds of the college, Lisa reviewed and discussed each of the works done by the plein air artists, providing both the artists and the public a critical view of how to create …and view…a painting.   Inside, among the shavings, tools and noise, Ivan reviewed the sculptors’ work – offering advice at critical points in the construction and comments on the technical aspects of sculpture.

The concluding artist reception at Schmucker Gallery was a fitting end to an intense three days.  The celebration helped highlight the festival’s commitment to the visual arts by bringing music, food and the visual arts together in an intimate exchange between audience and artist.   I left feeling so fortunate to have been part of it all.

The entire 2010 Gettysburg Festival Artist Colony