ART ALLIANCE

A great work of art is that which moves and touches one's spirit and adds to one's experience
of the world, but does not impose on one's values. It lets one take from it what one wants or
(Maritza Burgos)


Our club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the months of September, October, and November,
(skipping December) and January, February, March, April and May. We meet at the Grove
Family Library (101 Ragged Edge Road) in Chambersburg, PA from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Our
programs are free and open to the public, one need not be a member to attend. We offer
presentations and critiques of interest to creative artists and photographers.
                         NEWS AND COMING EVENTS

    Art Alliance Shows at Chambersburg Hospital
    Long-time Alliance member - and former President and treasurer - Jean Strike, is stepping
    down after 20+ years of coordinating the shows at the Hospital, and the Alliance extends its
    heartfelt thanks to Jean for all of her hard work. Her extensive efforts resulted in wonderful
    exposure - and many sales! - for Alliance artists, as the Hospital has proved to be a wonderful
    venue for local artists, and many works have sold over the years. Now, Alliance member
    Derena Martinek will be coordinating the shows, with assistance in hanging from long-time
    volunteers Noelle Miller and Jack Kier, joined by new recruits Jean Harshman and Barb
    Petrucci.  Call Derena at 263-3514 to sign up for a show for 2016, or to see if you’re on the list
    (already scheduled - thank you, Jean!) for 2014 and 2015.

Art Alliance Dues
The Alliance Board met last February and voted to increase the club’s dues - for the first time in
many years –
to $30 per year. The club’s dues are due between July 1 and April 15, for the membership year of
July 1 through June 30. Dues support the club by paying for our speakers, newsletter and
donations to the Library and Church which generously host our meetings and our show.
Once again this year, members paying their dues before January 1 will be entered into a drawing
where the winner will earn free membership for the following year! Winner will be announced at the
January 7th meeting. If you have any questions about your membership status, please call our
Treasurer Suzanne Gessay at work 267-3488 (10:30 - 5:00) or at home 264-6629 (before 10AM and
after 8 PM).

    We are looking for members who are interested in contributing to a blog for the Art Alliance. A
    blog could be used to post about a particular subject of interest, coverage of a workshop
    attended or maybe a feature article on a member or other local artist. The blog could be linked
    to the website and entries can be posted on Facebook. The hope is that this will further the
    efforts to let people know about the organization. Anyone interested can contact Dallas Coble
    at 717.538.9266 or email

Downtown Chambersburg Inc. recently formed a working group to explore the concept of an artists’
cooperative to be located in downtown Chambersburg. The group decided to learn more about area
artists’ needs as a first step in its analysis; to date, 112 individuals have completed their survey. To
learn more, or to participate in this effort, contact Noel Purdy, President of Downtown
Chambersburg Inc. at or 717-264-7101, ext. 207.
Most respondents thought that there was a need for an artists’ cooperative, and the types of
services they would be looking for included gallery space, classes, retail space, work space,
marketing support and networking. The working group will continue to meet monthly and work on
this project.
Downtown Chambersburg Inc. is also currently coordinating a community-wide visioning process
for the downtown, and welcomes artists to join in at their monthly public workshops. Visit www.

The Alliance’s Annual Workshop will be held at the Greenwood Conference Center in Fayetteville,
PA on October 6-10, 2014. Workshop Coordinator Glen Sabetto explains, “Our presenting artist is
Jonathan Frazier--his area of expertise is oil, but he will consider working with acrylic artists. I urge
you to key his name into your computer--there is a lot of info about him plus samples of his work. I
love the way he paints and even though I am a watercolorist, I might give it a try. In addition he is a
musician and promises to entertain us--he's good, I promise!”
The cost of the workshop is $175 and the time is 9:30 to 3:30 daily. The facility is a perfect setting for
a workshop--out in the country, but also conveniently located on route 30 just east of
Chambersburg, PA and west of Gettysburg, PA. Please get back to Glen if you are interested, at 717-
369-4647 or and also Glen Sabetto, 221 Bear Valley Rd., Fort Loudon, PA
17224. Payment is due Sept. 1, 2014 and checks should be made out to Franklin County Art Alliance

Franklin County Art Alliance