Lancaster County Art Association News

Plein Air is Back!

Starting April 5, 2018, the LCAA is bringing back their Plein Air Group and we're calling it "Plein Air Thursdays". We're looking for artists who love the thrill of painting outdoors--all skill levels, any media. Every week artists will meet at a different location where they will paint or sketch from life--landscapes, street scenes, gardens and waterways.. Hours may vary and require an occasional entrance fee for special painting locations. An LCAA monitor will be available to answer questions about Plein Air in general or the scheduled events. This will be a supportive group willing to share techniques, experiences and their passion for painting outdoors. No commitment needed--just show up with your painting supplies and equipment (see suggestions below).

link to our scheduled locations is available on our new Facebook Page, LCAA Plein Air Thursdays, at A logon to Facebook is not necessary. We strongly suggest checking the schedule weekly for periodic updates. If you prefer to get email notifications regarding the events, go to the LCAA Plein Air Thursdays Facebook page and "Send Message" with your name and email address.

Understand that we are unlikely to cancel a Plein Air event due to a weather forecast. Just know that some artists are more adventurous than others. Dig out your paints and see you at one or all of our new Plein Air events!

Plein Air Tips

Dress for the site. Experienced outdoor artists wear breathable clothes--long-sleeve shirts and long pants to protect against ticks. A brimmed hat will keep the sun out of your eyes.

Bring snacks and drinking water.

Bring a plastic bag for trash and rags/paper towels for clean up. We must leave the area the way we found it.

For oil/pastel painters, you may want to bring a cardboard box lid to keep wet paint off your car's interior.

First-time Plein Air painters may want to bring items they already have in lieu of purchasing expensive equipment right off the bat. Come with a chair and small table (a foldable bench works)--items that are easy to carry. You'll see a variety of setups used by artists that will make you a more informed buyer when the time comes to invest in equipment.

Bug spray and sunscreen come in handy.

Don't forget all of your painting supplies--paper, canvas, medium, paints, brushes, etc. Make a list so you don't get to the painting location and realize you're missing something important.

Permanent Collection Sale

8 pieces from the LCAA's Permanent Collection are available for purchase.

List of Artworks being offered:

1. “A Snow Scene Landscape” by Wilson Chambers, Oil On Canvas, 37” x 28 1/2”: $1000

2. “Landscape Trees along Stream” by C I Driesbach, Oil On Canvas, 23 1/2" x 29”: $3000

3. “Place Pigalle" by Louie Berthomme-St- Andre, Oil On Canvas, 25” x 29”: $1200

4. “Pastoral Landscape” by John Z. Miller, Oil On Canvas, 25” x 30”: $750

5. “Sunlit Seascape with Rocks” by Harry Russell Ballinger, Oil On Canvas 25" x 30”: $1,200

6. “Strawberry & North Sts. Lancaster” by Charles X Carlson, Watercolor, 15” x 21 3/4”: $1,500

7. “Portrait of An Elderly Woman” by Arturo Noci, Oil On Canvas, 24 1/2" x 19 1/2”: $1,500

8. “Old Mill” by Ranulph Bye, Watercolor, 14" x 21": $500


March 25 – April 19
A themed membership show featuring artwork inspired by fllowers, plants and gardens.

Professional Category

First Place: Geraldine Cosgrave, “Blackberries”

Second Place: Carol S. Herr, “Cellar Steps and Roses”

Third Place: Carol Hobday, “Morning Shadows”

Honorable Mention:

Judy W. Smith, “Just Unpacked”

White Feather, “Orchids”

Non-Professional Category

First Place: Scott R. Steimel, “Sunlit Jar Flower”

Second Place: Patrick D. Renshaw, “Sunflowers In A Vase”

Third Place: Ken Schwartzman, “On the Garden Path”

Honorable Mention:

Ellen Jenkins, “Orchid and Butterfly”

Paul Becker, “Sunflowers and Jug”

David Spencer, “Raspberries”

For images of all of the Garden Show Award Winners, click here.

Ann T. Fields Annual Awards for Excellence In Watercolor

First Place: Debra L. Smith, “Resplendent”

Second Place: Jane Wise, “Surface Tension”

Third Place: Louanne Van Fossen, “Good Morning”

Judge: Scott Spangler

Scott Spangler was born and raised in Lancaster, and studied art at Millersville University (with Bob Lyon, who has been a life mentor). He has had numerous one – man shows regionally and nationally, and has been recognized with many prizes and awards. Locally his work is part of the collection at the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Lancaster Courthouse.

He built a cabin in Northern Pennsylvania in 1972. He states, “Like all aspects of my life, I see my creative journey as part of my spiritual sojourn.”

Volunteers Needed

Gallery sitters are needed to watch the gallery when the staff is off.

Assistance with mailings or other office work is needed.

Open Board Positions

Opportunities are available to serve on the LCAA Board.

Hospitality: In charge of refreshments at the receptions for exhibits.

Historian - Duties involve overseeing our permanent art collection, LCAA archives and our library.

Volunteer Chair: Responsibilities include scheduling members for various volunteer duties, recruiting people for open board positions.

Please contact Carol Herr at 687-7061 during gallery hours with your interest.

LAF (Ladies Art Forum)

Meetings for critiques and discussion are held on the third Thursday of the month at 2 PM.

All women members of the LCAA are invited to join LAF. You may bring work for critique or just come and watch. To check on whether there are any changes in the meeting date and how many are planning to attend, please call the LCAA at 687-7061 on the Wednesday before the meeting between 1 and 5 PM.

Got news?

Email your news and announcements for the newsletter to Carol Herr at or call the LCAA at 687-7061.