‘Gather ye goose feathers while ye may’

By on May 4, 2016
Beth Kaylor Brunner, who works in acrylics, is president of the Lititz Art Association, which will hold its 50th Outdoor Fine Arts Show in Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, July 30.

Beth Kaylor Brunner, who works in acrylics, is president of the Lititz Art Association, which will hold its 50th Outdoor Fine Arts Show in Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, July 30.

Carolyn Kilgour entertained and informed members of the Lititz Art Association at their monthly meeting April 29 at the Lititz Public Library. She talked about pens. She talked about inks. And she talked about non-pen things that can be used as pens.

Goose feathers are a favorite, but she also showed how ink looks when it’s put on paper with things like pine needles, corrugated cardboard and crumpled up cloth. But she especially likes quill pens made from goose feathers because of the way they look, because of the lines they produce and the American history they’ve documented and helped to shape.

Elena White retired from LGH last year as an ICU nurse, and is devoting more time these days to the creation of functional stoneware - i.e., you can use it. She began her artistic endeavors some 20 years ago when her daughter took a pottery class. She will be exhibiting her work at the Lititz Art Association's 50th annual outdoor fine art show in Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, July 30.

Elena White retired from LGH last year as an ICU nurse, and is devoting more time these days to the creation of functional stoneware – i.e., you can use it. She began her artistic endeavors some 20 years ago when her daughter took a pottery class. She will be exhibiting her work at the Lititz Art Association’s 50th annual outdoor fine art show in Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, July 30.

Alli Neff will be showing her handbuilt mosaics at the Lititz Art Association's 50th Annual fine art outdoor show on July 30. The association member is a Tyler School of Art graduate. To create her artworks, she starts with a slab of stone ware, cuts it into the shapes she wants and puts it back together. The process involves glazing and a couple of firings.

Alli Neff will be showing her handbuilt mosaics at the Lititz Art Association’s 50th Annual fine art outdoor show on July 30. The association member is a Tyler School of Art graduate. To create her artworks, she starts with a slab of stone ware, cuts it into the shapes she wants and puts it back together. The process involves glazing and a couple of firings.

The 48 association members who attended the special meeting were attentive as Kilgour described the process of finding a suitable feather and turning it into an instrument for calligraphy and ink drawings. If you google “make a quill pen” you will find a glizzard of useful how-to information on the subject.

Bill Dussinger is familiar to Record-Express readers for his weekly (usually) cartoon strips about the lighter side (usually) of Lititz life. He will be exhibiting his graphic design work at the 50th annual Lititz Art Association outdoor fine art show in the Lititz Springs Park on July 30.

Bill Dussinger is familiar to Record-Express readers for his weekly (usually) cartoon strips about the lighter side (usually) of Lititz life. He will be exhibiting his graphic design work at the 50th annual Lititz Art Association outdoor fine art show in the Lititz Springs Park on July 30.

Kilgour gathers feathers from resident Canada geese who molt in June and July. You won’t find feathers from migratory geese, because they mostly molt in the Hudson Bay. For right-handers, Kilgour recommends a left-wing feather, and for lefties the opposite. That’s so the feather’s natural curve will place it out of the artist’s sight line as he or she puts ink to paper.

Robert Beers retired last year as an architect from Beers + Hoffman in Lancaster. He had been a practicing architect for 58 years. At the age of 80, he is in his first year as a watercolorist, and will be exhibiting his nascent works at the Lititz Art Association 50th annual fine art outdoor show on July 30.

Robert Beers retired last year as an architect from Beers + Hoffman in Lancaster. He had been a practicing architect for 58 years. At the age of 80, he is in his first year as a watercolorist, and will be exhibiting his nascent works at the Lititz Art Association 50th annual fine art outdoor show on July 30.

Although the association’s monthly presenters are all special, Kilgour’s program was part of an extra special night for the organization, which will be holding its 50th annual Outdoor Fine Art Show in the Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, July 30. Kilgour hasn’t been at every one of the 50 shows, but 2016 will be her 37th consecutive appearance at the event in the park.

Fine artist Carolyn Kilgore gave a lively presentation on pens and inks through the ages to a rapt audience at the April 28 meeting of the Lititz Art Association. Kilgore will be exhibiting her work for the 37th straight year at the association's 50th fine art outdoor show on July 30.

Fine artist Carolyn Kilgore gave a lively presentation on pens and inks through the ages to a rapt audience at the April 28 meeting of the Lititz Art Association. Kilgore will be exhibiting her work for the 37th straight year at the association’s 50th fine art outdoor show on July 30.

Association President Beth Kaylor Brunner was pleased at the turnout on a rainy Thursday evening. Part of the draw was Kilgour’s presentation, of course, but there was also wine and cheese, an anniversary cake from Lititz’s own Sugar Whipped Bakery, and other snacks. There was also a special showing of members’ works as part of a celebration of the big anniversary.

Dick Wanner is a staff reporter and photographer for the Record Express. He welcomes reader feedback at rwanner.eph@lnpnews.com.

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