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


The Alliance’s November 12th meeting will be held at Grove Family Library (101 Ragged Edge Road
South). The business meeting will begin at 7PM (6:30 social tme).

The evening will feature Alliance member Mary Hickman demonstrating her technique of creating
quick drawings, highlighted by watercolor or pastel. There will be an opportunity for hands‐on
practice, as well.

Mary Hickman paints and lives in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She works realistically, often
painting on location in our beautiful countryside. Mary has a B.A. in Art from Rosary College, and
worked as a commercial artist for 8 years at Prentice‐Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. More recently, she
has taken drawing workshops with Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. She is a member of the
Franklin County Art Alliance and SHAPE, and participates in the art community in Franklin and
Cumberland Counties. She finds support and encouragement from fellow artists in these groups.
During the day, she manages Hickman Automotive, the family auto repair business!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Alliance meetings at the Grove Family Library
Saturday, January 10, 1‐3pm (12:30 social time): Kurt Smith, abstract oil demonstration
Wednesday, February 11, 7‐9pm (6:30 social time): Pen & ink demonstration by Mike Gavazzi
Saturday, March 14, 1‐3pm (12:30 social time): Watercolor demonstration by Glen Sabetto
Wednesday, April 8th, 7‐9pm (6:30 social time): Critique of members’ works by Freya Qually
Wednesday, May 13, 7‐9pm (6:30 social time): Amy Lindenberger, so��‐focus colored pencil

Art Alliance dues are due between July 1 and April 15, for the membership year of July 1 through
June 30. Dues are $30 per year and support the club by paying for speakers, our newsletter and
donations to the Library and Church who 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
10th 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).

It’s Time for our Holiday Party!
The Art Alliance Holiday Party is scheduled…. WHEN: Wednesday, December 10th, 6 P.M. WHERE:
at the home of our past president, Tom Venturella, in Penn National. Food will be served by 6:30. No
fee will be charged. We'll have a potluck dinner. If you don’t want to bring food, tell us. We’ll offer an
alternative. The art theme this year will be “Spirit of the Season”. Consider bringing a piece of art, a
photo or image reflecting the theme, even a poem or story, and enhance the holiday spirit. Please R.
S.V.P. by 30 November. It’ll be an evening of bonding, fun, & good food!

More info on the party is in the latest FCAA Newsletter

At the September FCAA meeting it was suggested that Alliance members might be interested in
forming a group for artistic get-togethers through Meetup, an online social platform for people to
organize or facilitate local groups that meet in person to share interests, identities and
activities.  Meetup helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form community
groups that regularly meet face-to-face; it will be a good way to get in contact with younger people
who are arts-oriented, so they can learn about the Alliance.  There are all kinds of meetup groups for
all kinds of topics like hiking, book clubs, artists and musicians.  Events are posted and emailed to
members who can RSVP on line; there is no cost to participate. Alliance member Dallas Coble will
start up our group; contact her at if you’d like to help. To see what it is
all about visit and click on Arts & Culture groups within 25 miles of
Chambersburg; she will have it up and running soon if not already!

The Thought Lot – Shippensburg
A grand re-opening of The Thought Lot at 37 E. Garfield Street in Shippensburg will be held on
Saturday, November 8 from 4-11 pm, featuring local artists exhibiting works in drawing, painting,
sculpture and photography.  An artists’ reception will be held from 4 – 7 pm with live music
beginning at 7 pm.  

The Thought Lot will host artists for a Very Merry Holiday Sale on Saturday December 6th from 9am-
2pm.  The cost is $20 for an 8 foot space; artists need to bring their own table.  Call 717-208-2278, or,
you can sign up at put  Very Merry Holiday Sale in the search box and
choose Artist Signup!

Franklin County Art Alliance