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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The "Lancaster's Art Scene: Part II - Public Art Stations" Story

This home on North Mary Street is the scene
of a public art station in Lancaster, PA.
It was an ordinary day.  Driving through the city of Lancaster on my way home when I made a turn onto North Mary Street in the west end of the city.  Carol used to work in the area when I first met her so I know the area quite well. Seems that every other street for about eight blocks runs one way, east or west.  I happened to be traveling north on Mary when I saw several people gathered in front of a home on the right side of the street.  Slowed down and then I realized they were painting with watercolor brushes.  Had to pull over and take a look.  The home evidently belongs to someone who appreciates the arts and has created what is known as a public art station in front of his house.  Two bamboo posts are staked in his garden with twine running parallel with the ground between them.  Spring loaded clothes pins are used to hold pieces of medium weight white paper to the twine.  At the bottom right of the unique gallery were a few trays of watercolors, a container of water and a few brushes.  I watched as a few people completed a small watercolor, hung them on the line and departed.  Got out of the car and took a few photos of the house and gallery and put my camera on the ground next to me as I took a piece of paper from the line and made my own painting to share with those who will travel past this spot.  I hung it back on the line, snapped a photo of my artwork and walked back to the car.  This one of a kind art show is amazing and here's hoping it will catch on and spread to other parts of the city that is rich in its visual, auditory and performing arts.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.


Also in front of the home is this book exchange.  Inside the box were several books to exchange.
A variety of trinkets fill the top of the gallery.
My artwork, titled "The River Runs Through", hangs above the trays of paint, water and brushes.

1 comment:

  1. Bright rainbow colors on N Mary St are indicative of the Gay community.

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