On the Hill Gallery – Art with a local twist
YORK COUNTY – Whether you are looking for a new masterpiece or just looking for local artistic inspiration, On the Hill Gallery offers two and three dimensional works of art for sale created by artists from the hometown. The gallery is nestled in the heart of historic Yorktown in 402 main street in the Burcher chalet.
The gallery is operated by the Yorktown Arts Foundation (YAF), a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1975. The foundation was originally established by the Arts Committee of the York County Bicentennial Committee and ignited by their common interest in supporting the arts for the citizens of County of York. York and its neighbors.
YAF has operated an art center and gallery since its inception. Initially, the Yorktown Creative Arts Center operated from a building on Church Street in historic Yorktown. They’ve had a few different locations and name changes along the way.
The gallery has been in its current location since the spring of 2014. Previously, it was known as Gallery on the York with a storefront located near George Memorial Highway from 2003 to 2013. From 1981 to 2003, the gallery was called On The Hill. Cultural Arts Center and located at the corner of Ballard Street and Alexander Hamilton Boulevard in Historic Yorktown, which is now occupied by York County Tourism Development.
“Our goal is to promote an appreciation of the arts locally by providing a venue for art sales by local artists, as well as arts education and art awareness,” said Lisa Trichel-Beavers, current president of YAF and clay artist.
Each month, the On the Hill Gallery features artists in the categories of two- and three-dimensional art, as well as a third category of jewelry. Two-dimensional arts include watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing, encaustic, mixed media, printmaking, and stained glass. Three-dimensional art includes clay and porcelain pottery and sculpture, fiber arts, basketry, decorative painted objects, woodworking, and metal art, for example.
Trichel-Beavers’ interest in working with clay was inspired by trips to art exhibitions as a child. It was always found memorized by artists throwing clay on the wheel. She graduated in sculpture and opened StoneLace Pottery, where she currently works as a full-time artist when not at the gallery. His art is currently on display as a three-dimensional artist for the month of August. The current specialty of Trichel-Beavers is Raku.
Tenley Raithel was featured as a two-dimensional artist at the On the Hill Gallery for the month of July.
After a fulfilling 23-year career as an educator, Raithel retired from the York County School Division as a kindergarten teacher, recently fulfilling her dream of being a full-time artist as well. Her medium is painting and she works with natural flora and fauna, or images found in the natural world, such as animals and plants. His exhibition showed acrylic paint on historic slates.
While walking through historic Yorktown, Raithel noticed discarded slates that had once resided on the roof of Grace Episcopal Church. She was granted permission to take the slates from the reverend of the church at the time and feels personally committed to keeping them local.
“If I have a show, and it’s outside of Yorktown, I don’t sell the slates because I think their meaning will be lost. These are not just any old slates; these are the slates of Grace Episcopal Church. Even though I am not a member of the church, I appreciate their historical value, ”said Raithel. Due to the pandemic, Raithel had plenty of time to paint and sold around 100 slates.
With around 35 current artists, those presenting their work at the gallery are required to volunteer six hours per month. Volunteer hours can be fulfilled by working in the gallery, writing newsletters, designing flyers, and maintaining the website, to name a few. The paths of the artists of the gallery are as varied as their works; some are veterans, psychologists, housewives and professional photographers.
Former teacher, York County Board of Supervisors and politician, longtime YAF member Shirley Cooper completed her volunteer hours in June by hosting a free summer camp that revamped the war mural Independence Hall parallel to Grace Episcopal Church and its cemetery on Read Street in historic Yorktown.
Cooper reached out to Danielle Day, an art teacher at York Middle School, to solicit the talent. In addition to two students from Tabb High School who helped out, Day gathered about 10 former students from Yorktown Middle School to help repaint and seal the mural.
“It took them a week and two days from around 9 am to 2 pm to repaint and seal the mural. They painted the wall from top to bottom and added a Drum and Fife Corps silhouette to it that wasn’t there originally, ”Cooper said. The students signed the wall to commemorate their historic contribution.
Cooper said the project was funded by a $ 3,000 grant from York County and a $ 2,000 donation from Spain Commercial Inc. “As you can imagine, we are very grateful for the grant donations that have made the project possible. “
Although the 2021 free summer camps are over, the gallery hopes to offer classes for adults and children soon and is working out a schedule. The gallery is hosting its third annual Veterans Art Exhibition from November 3 to 20. It will showcase artwork from active-duty military and veterans in a jury-paneled exhibit that will feature first, second and third place prizes. Without entrance fees, the exhibition is free and open to the public. The categories offered are two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art and photography.
YAF members receive free entry to participate in all foundation sponsored shows, as well as access to member-only events, course discounts, special events and a 10% on gallery merchandise. The gallery’s sales commission is 65% to the artist and 35% to the gallery.
In order for artists to exhibit their works in the gallery, they must be selected by a jury and accepted for a gallery exhibition. Membership of the YAF is also open to the non-artist public. Memberships cost $ 40 for an individual, $ 50 for a family, and $ 10 for students.
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