February 2024 Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts

February 2, 2024

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

First Friday Art Walk

Gallery 770

February kicks off our Art in School Series. Visit the gallery to view student artwork from The Paloma School and New Covenant Christian School. There will also be an NAACP sponsored Black History Month exhibit featuring art work from students in Lebanon County, refreshments, and music from Luther Tyree.

Some outstanding members of the LHS Artists’ Guild volunteered their time and talent to make artwork that is above and beyond the normal scope of work they usually do during the school year. They each independently brainstormed and then created a piece of artwork to help celebrate Black History Month. It makes Mr. Topping a proud art teacher when his students show such independent, creative spirits.

Find the First Friday Art Walk map on the LVCA Facebook Page

Donate, become a LVCA member, or renew your membership at LVCA Square Site.

To list a First Friday event, email us at lebanonartwalk@gmail.com Include: address and phone number of the venue, the name of the artist or musician, and a short description of the artwork or style of music being offered.

First Friday

Downtown stores and restaurants for First Friday. Check website or facebook page for the most up to date information.

701 Cumberland Street Quality used books, vinyl, CDs and music gear bought, sold and traded

FEBRUARY 2nd, 2024 FIRST FRIDAY ART & MUSIC…Music by TOM STROHMAN Woodwinds and Pianist ANDY ROBERTS | Displaying Artists: Gretna Paintings by CAROL SNYDER | “DOC’S WOOD SHOP” Charcuterie Boards-Tables- Cutting Boards | Industrial Lighting- Table Art and Lamps by MAX HUNSICKER | STURGIS Chocolate Covered Pretzels | ROBERT HEILMAN Oil Paintings …Open at 5:30 pm | Music 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Lower Level Lounge Area | Reservations Requested | 717-964-3601

The Timbers is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 pm.350 Timbers Rd Mount Gretna

734 Cumberland St., Music and dinner specials.

742 Cumberland Street Queen’s Natural Market in Downtown Lebanon PA is a cozy store with a great selection of products and people who are passionate about healthy living. Michael Kitchen, Michael Guerrisi and Bruce Ford will be jamming to some great R&B tunes from 6 pm - 8pm.

718 Cumberland Street, A classic, family owned candy shop, making handmade chocolates since 1931

714 Cumberland St. Family oriented Italian sandwich store.

8847 Cumberland Street Unique, Professional, and Archival Custom Frame Shop & Fine Art Gallery featuring jewelry, paintings.

The Year of the Arts in the Lebanon Valley is finally here! Visit Lebanon Valley will be highlighting all things art all year long. Whether it’s dancing or painting, professional or amateur, the arts serve as a heartbeat to our community and we're here to celebrate that! For the entirety of 2024, from the artist to the impact, we applaud the arts in the Lebanon Valley.

News from LVCA

Visit Lebanon Valley has announced that 2024 will be the Year of the Arts in Lebanon Co. Arts organizations and venues will be celebrating all expressions of creativity around Lebanon Co. With Visit Lebanon Valley, we are planning an art studio tour in the fall. If you are in Lebanon County and interested in opening your home or studio, please send an email to lebanonartscouncil@gmail.com.

In 2024 we are looking forward to many engaging events, including the Art in Schools series, a Spring Tea, a PA Breast Cancer Awareness exhibit with PA Breast Cancer Coalition in June, summertime Art Club and Mosaic Mural installation, Collage Lounge on the 3rd Friday of each month, and new art exhibits throughout the year.

We wish Seamus Carmichael and Denyse Allen all the best with their recent move to the Pittsburg area. Seamus has been instrumental in so many of LVCA's initiatives and events. He's worked diligently behind the scenes as long as LVCA has been in existence, creating and maintaining the website, setting up our email and digital systems, bringing in musicians, sharing his own artwork, working with artists to create engaging exhibits, and supporting the board of directors in so many ways. Seamus also led the monthly Irish music sessions held at various pubs & restaurants in Lebanon and surrounding counties and hosted Burns' Night and Irish Music Night at LVCA.

Denyse Allen, was a past LVCA president, board member, and dedicated supporter of the arts in Lebanon County. Denyse wrote the grants and led the board in the purchase and renovation of LVCA’s first property which provided a “home” for the arts community. Seamus and Denyse will be missed!

A special thank you to all of the members who brought in their art to share for the Annual Member's Show.

LVCA is looking for volunteers and people interested in joining the board. Volunteers could help out by being available at events, opening the gallery on Saturday mornings, teaching a class, hosting on First Friday, or organizing the office space. Serving on LVCA's board is a unique opportunity to get involved with a dynamic and very hands-on community organization. The board members work together to oversee the daily business operations, develop and support new events and programs, and are available for First Friday events and gallery open hours. If you're interested or have questions, please send an email to lebanonartscouncil@gmail.com

Community Art Exhibit

Stop by the Lebanon Community Library to see the Katie Trainer, Life is Art exhibit. This community art space has been provided by the Mount Gretna United Methodist Church Drendall Endowment, Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts, and the Lebanon Community Library.

Art by Katie Trainer

Collage Lounge

3rd Friday of the Month

Collage is a technique of art creation, primarily used in the visual arts, but in music too, by which art results from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. (wikipedia)

LVCA will provide all the supplies, but feel free to bring your own magazines, scissors, glue, markers, and images. BYOB

The session is $12 for non-members and $6 for members. Payment accepted at event. Or go to our square site to pay online.

25 Creative Ideas for Collages


Art in Schools Series

February New Covenant Christian School, Paloma School, Black American History Month NAACP student art exhibit

March Cornwall Lebanon School District

April Lebanon High School

May Annville Cleona School District and Palmyra Senior High Advanced Placement Exhibit

June -67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania is a traveling photo exhibit hosted by communities across PA. This educational work of art celebrates the life, courage, hope and dignity of women and families who have battled breast cancer. This exhibit is through the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. We'll also be hosting a Friends Like Me drive to collect essentials for women with breast cancer.

This touching tribute showcases at least one woman from each of the state’s 67 counties and serves as a unique reminder of the emotional and physical toll breast cancer takes on each woman and her family. The exhibit encourages women to learn about and practice early detection through yearly mammograms, monthly breast self-exams, and annual clinical exams. More than 140,000 women and their families are living with breast cancer in the Commonwealth. Since 1994, the exhibit has been hosted by 142 communities and reached millions of Pennsylvanians through the extensive media coverage it attracts.

Thank You!

Our organization wouldn't exist without the support of the Lebanon community and area charitable organizations. Thank you for the donations, memberships, grant funding, and gifts. We are pleased to announce that LVCA recently received a generous donation made by the Clifford Wengert Family Giving Fund. LVCA also received a $5000 grant through a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) grant program, the Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF), administered by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. 

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

LVCA is supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), its regional arts funding Partnership. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC).


Check out the latest from Erik Soulliard and the positivity campaign, We Are Lebanon PA. Ben Kutz was born here in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and played football for Lebanon High School. He then got his degree from Slippery Rock University. His life has taken him on some ups and downs, but he's found his way back to Lebanon. From here, he plans to expand his career in the Strongman competitions. He has already set a record. He is looking to move forward in Strongman with the help of his coach, George Pearson, and training at McMillan Training Systems. He's community-minded and is working locally doing massage at Revolutionary Wellness and message. He is also working to transform his Dad's landscaping business into the World's Strongest Landscaping. Check out his interview and all the positivity he's bringing to Lebanon!

We cordially invite you to attend our meetings. It’s a great way to meet others who share a common interest! A camera club is one sure way of improving, enjoying, and sharing your hobby. There’s learning at every level including hands-on workshops, local meet-ups, and instructional programs. Every meeting includes a digital image competition (including a cell phone/tablet division) and a critique session. Membership is open to everyone who enjoys photography. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm, from September to June, at the Lebanon Council on the Arts, 770 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA 17042 Visitors are always welcome!

Lebanon Camera Club February Meeting February 6th @ 6:30 pm

Program: "Ring Lights and Light Tents" by Keith Kotay

In many types of photography reducing contrast improves image quality. This can mean reducing shadows, reducing highlights, or both. For portrait photography shadows can appear to age the subject, while in product photography highlights can be distracting. Macro photography also benefits from even lighting in order to reduce bright reflections on insect's eyes or other body parts. Contrast is high when light arrives from small light sources, especially when there are only one or two discreet sources. More light sources and light arriving from multiple directions tends to lower contrast. This talk will cover two types of lighting that are used to reduce contrast: ring lights and light tents.

Ring lights emit light from a ring, which causes light to arrive at the subject from multiple angles. This reduces shadows, and gives circular catchlights in the eyes of portrait subjects. Ring lights for macro photography are small, and usually attach to the filter threads of a lens. Ring lights for portrait photography or video streaming are larger and are often mounted on a tripod. Most ring lights today use LEDs, but some are available with circular fluorescent bulbs or circular flash tubes.

Light tents are cubical enclosures designed to ensure that light arrives at the subject from many directions, which greatly reduces shadows and highlights. They are commonly used for product, food, and jewelry photography. The two types are: (1) translucent, which require external light sources outside the light tent, and (2) opaque, which have a reflective interior and lights mounted in the interior of the tent.

Competition: January competition results review & critique; February digital competition image preview, Assigned Subject is "After Dark"

krb ceramics is the teaching space and shop of Karen Rich Beall, a nationally recognized artist residing in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. Providing easy to follow, step by step instruction in clay hand-building, krb ceramics offers a wide range of learning opportunities through project-based classes and summer camps. We are the only place in the area to offer these types of classes! The supportive and relaxed environment of Beall’s home studio is an ideal setting for artists of all levels to discover the clay medium.The studio is also open by appointment to view Beall’s artwork, housewares and jewelry.

This venue offers current movie features, special music and events, Backstage Cafe, and a rotating art display provided by the Hershey Art Association.

Upcoming Events!

Comedies, musicals, and dramas fill the stage in the theater located at Stoever's Dam Park.

Performance Art Theatre in Mount Gretna

Gretna Music is a non-profit arts presenter seeking those who appreciate enriching music.

A theatre company to provide quality theatre productions, incorporating the talents of young people.

3 Summer Arts Studio, located in historic Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania offers a range of arts education opportunities for adults of all skill levels led by artist & certified instructor, Patricia Reichenbach.

SPLAT Studio™ is a family art studio providing hands-on creative art opportunities for individuals.

The Gallery is recognized as one of the region's foremost spaces to experience the achievements of internationally renowned artists and art movements.


For the months of February and March, Lebanon Picture Frame & Fine Art Gallery will be presenting a very exclusive exhibition featuring some of the most notable and celebrated local contemporary artists in the Lebanon Valley. Expertly curated by owner and art connoisseur Melody Vincent, this magnificent collection of works will be on display for a limited time. LPF will not be hosting a live artists’ reception.

Promoting, encouraging, and perpetuating the visual and fine arts and art education in the region.

Framed Art, Prints, Cards. Local Artisan:Jewelry, Silver, Wood, Soaps, Scrubs, Metal Sculpture, Gourmet Salts. Art Classes & Vintage Finds

Smalltown boutique coffee shop and cafe features a marketplace with local artisans and vendors located in Quentin PA. Offers classes and events.

Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts 770 Cumberland St Lebanon PA 17042