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Yorkfest 2014 Award winners at Reception

Creatives’ Happy Hour VI


CHHVIpromo4Designers, Architects, Engineers, Artists, and all creative professionals are invited to attend YorkArts’ fifth ever “Creatives Happy Hour”, a networking opportunity for local creatives, now sponsored by Creativity Unleashed. This event will be held in YorkArts’ Gallery, where the Yorkfest exhibition will be the backdrop for our featured guest: Ophelia Chambilss, Artist, Professor, and Businesswoman. Don’t forget to bring your business cards for a chance to win a door prize!



Wednesday, August 20, 4:00pm – 6:00pm



-Door prize give-aways (bring your business cards for a chance to win!)

-Wine & beer


-Meet Ophelia Chambliss, Artist, Professor, and Businesswoman.

- The Yorkfest Juried Exhibition, on display August 14 – September 13, 2014



YorkArts 10 N. Beaver St., York, PA 17401


Yorkfest Adult Juried Art Exhibition 2014

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The Yorkfest Juried Exhibition will be on display in YorkArts’ gallery August 14 – September 13, 2014. YorkArts will host the Reception and Awards Ceremony as the kick-off to Yorkfest on Friday, August 22, from 6-8pm.

We are honored to host this year’s juror, Breon Gilleran, a sculptor, printmaker, curator & professor from Baltimore MD. For more about Breon, visit her website: www.breongilleran.org.

YorkArts is celebrating over 20 years of collaboration with York City’s YorkFest Arts Festival. In the early days, we provided children’s activities and had a YorkArts booth. In 2003 YorkArts’ Chalk Walk event became a prominent feature of the weekend’s activities. The Adult Juried Exhibition soon found its current home at YorkArts’ Beaver street gallery and most recently the children’s art exhibit is held at the 118 W. Philadelphia street gallery.

YorkArts believes that events like YorkFest spotlight the wealth of York’s talented artists and performers of all ages. Our support of the festival demonstrates the role creativity can play in fostering a thriving community like York.


Artist’s Talk, July 31

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 Join YorkArts’ featured artist: Polly Stetler in YorkArts Gallery on July 31 as she discusses the artwork in her nearly sold-out exhibit: Game Change, Artwork by Polly Stetler. During the talk, Polly will demonstrate some quilting techniques as she explains her creative process. The event is free to attend, and will include light refreshments and desserts. Donations are welcome to support YorkArts’ Art in the Parks program.

DATE: Thursday, July 31

TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: YorkArts Gallery, 10 N. Beaver St., York, PA 17401

- Live demos by artist Polly Stetler
- Light refreshments
- Desserts
- YorkArts’ current exhibit: “Game Change”, Artwork by Polly Stetler, on display June 12-Aug. 2, 2014

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About the Exhibit…

Game Change  features many of Polly’s newest, never-before-exhibited pieces , as well as a selection of older works consisting of pieced work using curvilinear strip-piecing techniques, quilts from her “cross purposes” series, and some earlier free-hand cut pieces. Read more…

Game Change will be on display at YorkArts Gallery June 12-August 2, 2014. Gallery Hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10am-2pm, First Fridays: 5-9pm, or by appointment. YorkArts will be closed for First Friday in July due to the holiday.

 About the Artist/Artist’s Statement…

When I create a quilt, I focus on line, shape, color and balance, the same issues that every artist struggles with regardless of medium.  In my work, I freehand cut my fabrics and assemble them by machine.  I prefer to hand quilt my work because I enjoy the contrast between the crisp edges of the machine piecing and the organic look of the hand sewing.  I have chosen to machine quilt some pieces when the edginess of the machine work either enhances the work or has no impact at all.

My work begins with the creation of the fabrics I use; I use some commercial fabrics, but mostly hand dye my own solid colors (except black and white).  I am presently exploring surface design techniques such as shibori and other resist processes, and discharge.  These techniques have opened my work to gesture and mark-making, which has been described as a cross between drawing and writing.

I focus on non-representational, abstract work.  My new pieces for this show include two large works that seem to have developed into narrative work, while the small pieces are purely abstract in nature.  I am continuing to work with curvilinear strip-piecing as well.

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