Landis Woods Art Show Saturday

By on September 26, 2018

Some of the artisans who will show their work at the Landis Woods Outdoor Fine Art Show on Sept. 29 are (front row, left to right) Heather Marston and Lisa Madenspacher; and (back row, l-r) Dianne Miller, Doug Anderson, Paris Llanso, Jen Cavalcante, and Carrie Daigle. (Photo by Sarah Hummer)

Tucked away amid spectacular local woods is a show like no other in which nature and art come together to create the 19th annual Landis Woods Outdoor Fine Art Show on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Landis Woods, 2369 Lititz Pike.

“Our show is unique in that it’s not easy to find but once you do, you’re treated to a gem of an art show in a beautiful setting with lots of talent,” said Lisa Madenspacher, board member and show artist.

“I have been a member of the committee and an artist in the show since its inception 19 years ago. I was invited to join by the show’s founder, Roy Baldwin,” said Madenspacher who specializes in pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic.

Art has been entwined in her life since she was a toddler. This is the case with the entire board of the Landis Woods Fine Art Show.

“There was a small farm that was my father’s, and before that my grandfather’s. It was on part of what is now known as Landis Woods. I spent my early childhood years there and later my summers,” said Bonnie Hauser, chairman, who spent her childhood summers on the grounds.

“I used to walk my dogs here and plenty of people still do. There are hiking trails with a good selection of birds, flowers, and other wildlife to be seen,” said Douglas Anderson, Lititz artist and board member for 18 years, who paints abstract and traditional pieces.

“This is our second year that Thorn Hill Winery will be doing wine tasting. The music and artists change each year. I believe that six of the artists showing this year will be doing so for the first time,” mentions Anderson.

Barb Scull heads the Stone Soup String Band from Lititz, an old-timey mountain sound ensemble.

“For a long time I did rather serious looking paintings (and still do) but also enjoy doing work that is humorous, political in nature. Things people say, news items and current events, trends, art history are all twisted to fit my perspective,” said Anderson who ranges from realism to expressionism style art that is fun, weird and a little strange.

“The new paintings that I am showing this year were made in the summer of 2018 after the Lititz Outdoor Fine Art Show in July. They are a bit quirky and will hopefully bring a smile to a few people’s faces,” he added.

Anderson can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw and paint. He credits his father who was a very good, well-rounded artist who taught him young.

Paris Wyatt Llanso learned artistry in her youth, set up next to her mother with her own little work station since childhood.

“I was invited to participate in the first year and it has been a wonderful experience, extremely rewarding professionally and personally. I have made life-long friends that I will cherish forever,” said Llanso.

Llanso works with painting knives, sculpting high relief oil paint into contemporary art with a little touch of Van Gogh.

“It’s an opportunity to spend a beautiful fall day with your family and pets surrounded by nature and, some of the best art and music in PA while sipping Thorn Hill wine,” said Llanso. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience. “The art show keeps getting better every year. Last year we added wine and this year we are adding judging and awards for the high school students art trail.”

Local high school students’ juried art will be displayed on various trails.

For more information on the Landis Woods Outdoor Fine Art Show, visit landiswoodsartshow.org.

Sarah Hummer is a freelance contributor for the Lititz Record Express. You may contact her with story comments and tips at hummersarahj@hotmail.com.

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