Hive Art Space, York
A mushroom walks into a restaurant and the owner says, “We don’t serve your kind here.” The mushroom, momentarily stunned, quickly blurts out, “But I’m a fun-gi.” So many lovers of the ‘shroom will agree with that. This is the premise for the new show, “Mycotopia” opening this Friday night for York’s First Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Susan Scofield, owner/proprietress of Hive Art Space in the white rose city dedicates her entire gallery to saluting this delicacy for August. Susan, after all, is the “queen of theme” so much so that she dedicates one all-encompassing category to each month of the year. Past months have featured birds, water worlds, insects, the color green and the list goes on. That also includes an ever-changing roster of artists from up and down the Eastern seaboard. This month, the stems and caps of the mushroom take on the world in “Mycotopia” as interpreted by a quirky collective of artists. Among those are Heather Greenough, Juliann Langeheine, Kate Durgin, Lex Rickabaugh and Savannah Schroll Guz, Jim Hively, Tina Berrier and Tara Poe, who represent eight of the 50 entries.
The gallery is located at 126 E. King St., in the heart of The Royal Square district. This enclave is a microcosm of Bourbon St in New Orleans. Found flitting around the gallery as Hive helpers are Susan’s “gals Friday” aka Kate Rush and Jen Simon. E. King Street becomes a jumping-off point as art can be found lining the avenue. Restaurants, coffee houses and several galleries and shops make it a destination for diversity. The only bittersweet aspect is when artists leave the hive for national fame which reflects the caliber of creatives that the Hive attracts. For a space that takes great advantage of every available inch, Hive’s sales per square foot are exponentially astronomical. The volume of art sold is amazing and points to the little engine that could, and make no mistake, Susan Scofield is the conductor driving the train.
Hive’s exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours for the summer are most Fridays, from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturdays, from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sundays, from 12 to 4 p.m. The first Friday of every month the gallery is open from 5 to 9 p.m. “Mycotopia” closes on Aug. 28. For more information, call 917-971-7456.
The Fridge, Lancaster
Looking to chill out this summer? An out-of-town locale just miles away in Lancaster provides the perfect antidote to the dog days of summer. The Fridge at 534 N. Mulberry St. is part restaurant, part café, part beer emporium and features local art and artists. Sound familiar? Actually, they first had the idea eleven years ago, to be exact. One of their featured artists from years past was none other than Tara Chickey, art director of Millworks who provided a bridge for the current show by the Huckle Buckle Boys. One of the establishment’s principals, Kevin Brown, chatted up Zack Rudy of the Huckle Buckle Boys at the artists’ Millworks studio, convincing them to come to Lancaster for a summer show. Helping to celebrate the Fridge’s 11th anniversary in August, the zany, always out-of-this-world art of the Huckle Buckle Boys provides The Fridge with the perfect backdrop for a party. Garrick Dorsett and Zack Rudy of HBB fame reign supreme no matter the location or destination.
Brown and partner, James Futty, shared that they offer 400 choices of craft beers, serve flatbread pizzas and a full food menu, with their own wine shop on the premises too. And the astounding art provides the icing on the cake. Kevin intoned that the art was intentional and integral to The Fridge’s concept from the very start. For more information, go to beerfridgelancaster.com or call 717-490-6825.
Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Carlisle
This Friday, opening night festivities at CALC offer a dual show. “At the Table” features a trio of ceramists—Kirsten Olson, Janelle Hoch and Amy Le Fever—who “nourish mind, body and soul with ceramic sculptural works.” The Upper Gallery features diverse paintings from Jonathan Frazier, Thom Kulp and Geoffrey Thulin for “In Full Chroma.” An exhibit reception takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 38 W. Pomfret St. Exhibits run through Sept. 10. For more information, call 717-249-6973.
The Millworks, Harrisburg
Odd Ones Bizarre takes place on Saturday, Aug. 13 on the lawn adjacent to Millworks, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with beer, music, vendors and fun galore. Check out the Millworks lobby to see art by the Huckle Buckle Boys, Ann Yeager, Susan Bailey, Rexmake and Pat Frese. Find more information at millworksharrisburg.com.
Mt. Gretna Art Show
The 48th Annual Outdoor Art Show “Under the Trees of Old Chautauqua” takes place on Aug. 20 to 21. It runs on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 717-964-3270.
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