LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin Juniata Arts Council is working on several events for the upcoming year, including new installations and workshops at Gallery3West, to get the community involved in the art world of Mifflin and Juniata counties. In addition to the Mifflin Juniata Arts Festival set for May, the council also has a few surprises in store for this year.
The next big show at Gallery3West, called For the Love of Art and History, is scheduled to open Feb. 15. The art council wants to share the area's past, which is steeped in the fine and applied arts, with its patrons. The show will feature items on loan from Mifflin County Historical Society and Friends of the Embassy, including antique photographic equipment, early photos of Standard Steel, a wool blanket loomed by Gibboney Woolen Mill and seats from The Embassy and Pastime theaters.
The MJAC also has been working with several local artists to offer creative workshops at Gallery 3West, allowing participants to explore their creative sides in a fun, relaxed environment.
Juniata Valley Family photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin Juniata Arts Council member Shane Niman, left, speaks with Dick and Susan Henry, of Granville, during the opening of the Gallery3West in Monument Square in Lewistown.
The first workshop is Artist Trading Cards, with local artist Jenny Barron Landis. The workshop is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 23. This is hands-on fun for ages 13 and older, with no experience or artistic skills needed. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your favorite tools. Cost $5 per person, and space is limited. Reservations are required through the MJAC website.
The next workshop is Mold-Making with Bryson Wagner, a local sculptor and mold artist. This is a two-part workshop, held from 6-8 p.m. on March 6 and 13. The workshop is dedicated to sculpting the original positive from which a mold is made. During the second evening, molds will be cast. Skills learned in this workshop will allow participants to make their own flower pots, lawn ornaments and more. All materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other workshops to come include a beginners' drawing course with local artist Ray Pilarski, a welding workshop with Bryson Wagner and an upcycling workshop with Staci Van Art. All workshops will be held at Gallery 3West, located on Monument Square in Lewistown.
While the 2014 Mifflin Juniata Arts Festival is still in the planning stages, the festival is scheduled for May 17. The event features student art, vendors and food on Monument Square. There also will be musical entertainment at Gallery 3West and McCoy House the evening before the festival.
Gallery3West is open from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Feel free to come in and see the current exhibit or take part in Textile Tuesdays or Thursday Salons. Textile Tuesday is an opportunity for textile and fiber artists and hobbyists to work on projects, share techniques and learn from each other. Come hang out with knitters, spinners, quilters and others who share a love of fiber and textiles.
Thursday Salons are a sharing time for artists and creative minds to work on or share current projects and to discuss ideas relating to creativity. The salon community includes painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians. Stop in and check it out. Once again, all skill levels are welcome.
The council welcomes new members to attend meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Gallery3West. The gallery is located on the first floor of the former Montgomery Ward Building on Monument Square in Lewistown.
For more information about the Mifflin Juniata Arts Council, or to get involved with any events, visit www.mifflinjuniatiaartscouncil.org or the official Mifflin Juniata Arts Council Facebook page. Email inquiries can be sent to email@example.com.