Lancaster County Art Association News

Plein Air is Back!

Starting in April, the LCAA has brought back their Plein Air Group. We call 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

Spring Membership Show
Award Winners & Judge’s Comments 

May 6 – 31  
An unthemed membership show in the Kauffman Gallery.

Professional Category

First Place in the Professional Category: 'Farm Series: Spring'

First Place: Carol S. Herr, "Farm Series: Spring”, oil on linen. “I love the expressiveness of an otherwise everyday common subject. The light captures a strong mood.”

Second Place: Joanne McIlvaine, "Safe Harbor Railroad Bridge”, oil. “Fresh, in the moment. I feel the experience of being outside. Nice mixing of tonal colors.”

Third Place: George M. Clark, "By the Letter”, watercolor. “Great design, texture, color, motion and playfulness too!”

Honorable Mention:

Dot Stepenaski, "Winter Hill Rd.”, pastel.

Henrietta Holton-Thomas, "Strasburg Pike Homestead”, watercolor.

Michael C. Layser, "Quietly Drifting”, ceramic.

Non-Professional Category

1st Place in the Non-Professional Category

First Place: Beverley Felter, “Sun-Dried”, watercolor. “Striking composition and technical skill. Beautifully framed.”

Second Place: Ken Schwartzman, "Banjo Man”, photography. “Very drawn into this emotionally. Love the pushing forward of the man. Nicely framed.”

Third Place: Scott Steimel, "Shelburne Barn”, acrylic on paper. “A common subject (barn) with an interesting twist. Expressive colors and yellow sky drew me in emotionally to this piece.”

Honorable Mention:

Bruce Kalas, "Tiger Striped Glass”, glass.

Kevin Miller, "Summer Reflections”, oil.

Dave Gibson, “Abandoned”, acrylic.

Myrtle Tremblay Award for Watercolor

Myrtle Tremblay Award for Watercolor

Marita Hines, "House of Blues"

Click here to see photos of all of the artworks that won awards. 

Judge: Lou Schellenberg

Lou Schellenberg is a landscape painter and former teacher. She taught for 20 years at Elizabethtown College. Her work has been exhibited locally at Lancaster Galleries and outside the area in Maine and Canada. Lou is on the board of the Mount Gretna School of Art and has been creating her own artwork for many decades.

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.