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Tuba, anyone? At the All-American Brass Picnic

By Kirsten Sheahan, 2011 Festival Photographer

What more could a recent college graduate ask for than a job doing something that they enjoy?!  So you can understand my excitement and gratitude when I saw some of my photographs (taken during last summer’s Festival internship) in the Festival’s 2011 promotional materials and then, one day later,  receiving an e-mail from my former boss Karen Hendricks asking me if I would be available to return as a  photographer for this year’s event.  I immediately called my mom–yes, it’s true–and told her the news.  This would be my first “real” job opportunity and the ball was rolling.

Karen and I tag-teamed all of the Festival events and needless to say, it was a blast!  I was excited to be able to take on this photography assignment because, I not only loved taking pictures but I enjoyed having the opportunity to experience the Festival’s spectacular events.  This year was a step up from the last–if it’s possible–as the festival continues to grow and improve.  I was also thrilled to see familiar faces from last year–both volunteers and festival-goers.

RRRRRoar! At the Children's Arts Fair

I just adored this boy's colorful hat!

I can’t stop thinking about my favorite events– partially thanks to the hours I’ve spent staring at the pictures from them–such as the Edible Art Tour, the Children’s Arts Fair and No BS! Brass Band.  The food was delicious at this year’s art tour and the turn out for the Children’s Art Fair was incredible compared to last year entertaining more than 1,000 people.  I was lucky enough to take my parents to see No BS! Brass Band at the Attic and I think the three of us may have found a new appreciation for brass considering we stayed until they were finished—after midnight!

One of my Festival fav's: No BS! Brass

Last, but certainly not least, I have to applaud the artists who were highlighted this year because as an Interdisciplinary Arts major one of my favorite parts of the Festival is seeing all of the amazing pieces that were displayed in the galleries around town as well as the illustrious plein air artists whom I had the pleasure of interning with last year.

The Adams County Arts Council's Juried Art Exhibition

Capturing scenes of Lincoln Square: The Festival Artist Colony

History Meets the Arts: this sculpture (?) intrigued me

All in all the past two weeks were a huge success and I wouldn’t have wanted my first “big girl opportunity” to be anything less gratifying than working with people I was already comfortable and cheerful to work with.  Although my time here this year was short, it was an opportunity for me to lend a hand, brush up on my photography skills and I feel rewarded and rejuvenated.  I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned from the Gettysburg Festival staff the past two years to my prospective jobs when I make the move to California later this summer.

I can’t thank the Festival staff enough for allowing me to use and share my abilities and creativity with others and I wish them all the best with next year’s Festival!

This young fan was fascinated with "the big boys"

The U.S. Marine Corps Band of Quantico, VA

With my daughter at Chocolate Sinema

By Karen Hendricks, Festival PR/Marketing Director

Ten days beginning with the Straight No Chaser concert on June 10 and concluding with Blues, Beer & BBQ on June 19… days filled with beautiful exhibits, inspiring performances, flawless musicianship and delicious cuisine.  On the surface, the 2011 Gettysburg Festival offerings lived up to the Festival’s mission to provide access to the arts to inspire, entertain and educate the public.

But time after time, 2011 Festival events became more meaningful thanks to the people involved—volunteers, attendees or the performers/artists themselves.

Chasers! Kristin from VA, Dottie from MI & Becky from MO

Opening day, I had the opportunity to meet groups of “Chasers,” avid fans of the group Straight No Chaser.  What warm, devoted fans!  They talked about the Gettysburg Festival concert being their 12th, 16th, even 19thStraight No Chaser concert they’ve attended.  And they came from Kansas, Missouri,

Virginia and beyond.  What a warm and wonderfully devoted fan base!

Many of the “Chasers” communicated like wildfire via Twitter.  For example, dottkov wrote:  @gettysburgfest Thanks again for hosting us! I really enjoyed getting to know Gettysburg better over the weekend. We’ll be back! 😉

Childhood friends: Tom Felgen and Bob Newhart

 

One of Bob Newhart’s childhood friends was actually able to attend the comedian’s show at Gettysburg Festival.  Like Newhart, he grew up in Chicago, but is now living in central Pennsylvania.  He was thrilled to learn his former grammar school buddy would be appearing in Gettysburg so he attended the June 18 show as well as the “Meet & Greet” where he was reunited with Newhart for a few celebratory minutes afterward.

 

 

 

It was an extremely special Father’s Day weekend for one Festival attendee who traveled from Allentown to be with his son, Lance Koehler, as he drummed the accompaniment to No BS! Brass Band’s foot-tapping tunes.  He was thankful that the band had a gig in Pennsylvania, as he didn’t often have the chance to travel to their homebase of Richmond, Virginia to see them play.

Dan Powell's Family

Likewise, bass guitarist Dan Powell of Totally Confused shared a heart-warming story with me.  His parents were both able to attend Blues at the Main Stage to hear their son’s band for the first time in years, since the Festival Main Stage was accessible and close to their homes.

Birthdays and anniversary were celebrated in Festival style throughout this year’s events.  On the closing day of the Festival, Angela and Pete Sontheimer were not only celebrating Father’s Day, but their anniversary, by attending Blues, Beer & BBQ.

Happy Anniversary: Pete & Angela Sontheimer

Happy Birthday: Jamie & Kate Fleet

Our own Festival Trustee Jamie Fleet celebrated his birthday during the Festival!

But for most attendees, birthdays and anniversaries aside, the arts seemed to uplift and inspire, transforming ordinary mid-June days into magnificent experiences and creating extraordinary memories to be treasured.

Dancin' to the beat at Mardi Gras Music

Youthful energy at Mardi Gras Music

Dance for Two: Blues at the Main Stage

By: Karen Hendricks, Festival PR/Marketing Director

Jonathan Frazier

Ask artist Jonathan Frazier what he enjoys most about painting plein air landscapes and he’s quick to point out, “I like landscapes—what I don’t like are boring landscapes that look relaxed and serene.  I go for energy, dynamic compositions from an elevated perspective looking down.”

Sounds like the perfect perspective, given Frazier’s past with the U.S. Air Force.  A full time artist since he left the Air Force in 1998, Frazier came out of the military “more galvanized than ever to pursue art as a career.”

Growing up in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Frazier studied art throughout school and earned selection to the Harrisburg Arts Magnet School as a senior.  After attending MICA, Baltimore for two years, he transferred to Kutztown University to earn his BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Studio Art.  Now this Wormleysburg resident enjoys painting throughout the Keystone state, but travels regularly to Cape Cod and Shenandoah National Park, Virginia where he enjoys discovering those favorite mountain-top painting locations.

Devils Den and Beyond by Jonathan Frazier

Gettysburg’s own mountaintop experience is part of his Plein Air Paint Out itinerary with this year’s Fringe Festival.  A visit to Little Round Top is one of the 20+ venues where plein air artists will be painting en masse during the entire 10-day Festival period.

“Painting in a group keeps the juices flowing.  It’s camaraderie… dialogue,” Frazier says of the group painting experience.

Keep an eye out for groups of Fringe Festival Plein Air Paintout artists, as well as the Festival’s Artist Colony, a juried collection of mid-Atlantic artists. The public is welcome to visit with the artists, watch them create artwork and ask questions.

Wills House by Jonathan Frazier

To see Frazier’s work in person, visit the Fringe Festival’s  Plein Air Paint Out Exhibition at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station run by the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, June 10-19. His work is also exhibited regularly at Gallery 30, Gettysburg.

For a special treat, stop by the Railroad Station on the final day of the Festival, June 19 from 1-4 to see works of art created during the previous days’ Paintout, browse through works for sale and enjoy a reception with the artists.  It might be hard to talk with Frazier however; turns out this multi-talented artist will be providing the music for the reception.   So whether he’s playing piano or guitar, or holding a paintbrush, it seems Jonathan Frazier always enjoys adding a dash of color to the landscape around him.

For more information, visit Frazier’s artist website.

Trail on the Battlefield by Jonathan Frazier

Dianne, painting during the 2010 Festival

By: Dianne Lorden, Fringe Festival Plein Air Artist

I know all the plein air artists have been preparing for the 2011 Gettysburg Fringe Festival “Paint Out.” For me, that’s meant working on a fest flier, obsession over my field schedule, framing art for the 10-day show at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station and packing (and re-packing!) my nifty new Monet plein air easel.

The excitement is building!

Cows in the Shade by Dianne Lorden

Last Christmas, as the easel sat beckoning from beneath the tree with a promise of warm, creative days ahead, I dreamed of green, rolling parklands in the changing light and a palette that could say lavender in a dozen ways. (Funny how we romanticize our favorite recollections! I know there must have been bugs, sweat, sunburn and a wind gusts that snatched my work right out from under me. But, as with all creative processes, the birth pains recede: I yearned to be that free-spirited, straw-hatted silhouette against a fresh June sky, my hand raised with a masterful grip on a creamy Sennelier half stick — in violet lake, perhaps? — before an easel that would not blow over.)

Light on the River by Dianne Lorden

Well, I’m just as anxious now as I was when Monet sat boxed up, teasing me from under the Christmas tree. I’m ready to make fabulous art and new memories to keep me dreaming through next winter (which, I have no doubt will be dim, dried-skinned and drafty, and yet I’m sort of recalling a cozy, spicy warmth).

 

For now, it’s June and festival time. There’s nothing like the smell of a new wooden easel, and I’m in a plein air state of mind!

For more information, visit Dianne Lorden’s artist website.

 
 
 
 
 
      

Old Yeller by Dianne Lorden

By Karen Hendricks, PR/Marketing Director

Iron… not only an essential nutrient, but a word signifying strength.  Combining these two notions, the phrase “iron chef” describes amazingly talented chefs capable of great feats in the kitchen.  The PA Irons Chefs are no exception.  The Gettysburg Festival has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with these four men for several years, and they continue to amaze and impress Festival fans.

Chef Mark Pawlowski

Led by Chef Mark Pawlowski of the Yorktowne Hotel, the PA Irons Chefs dazzled the crowd at our recent Key West Style Cuisine fundraiser event.  The menu was mouth-watering, including such items as Conch Fritters, Swordfish Sliders with Grilled Pineapple Chutney, Lobster Shooters, Grilled Cubans,  Shrimp Mango Salsa and about 25 additional dishes prepared in front of Festival guests, along with an assortment of about 10 artfully prepared desserts including Passion Fruit Crème Brulee and of course, Key Lime Pie.

artful cuisine

 

 

Not only did these chefs put together a great menu, but they executed it with flair in front of their guests, taking the time for demonstrations and questions, with the end result… of a simply delicious, unique event that felt like an authentic Key West experience.  Who knew this could happen in central Pennsylvania?

 

We are so thankful that these fine chefs took the time to reunite to benefit the Gettysburg Festival and we urge you to visit them in their “home” restaurants!

 
 

Chef Michael Geary

oooh-la-la desserts

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chef Stoltzfus

To explore more photos from the 2011 Gettysburg Festival Fundraiser:
 
 
 
 
and click here for a very cool blog post from our foodie friend Jennifer Robinson