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Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market

When a landmark spans three city blocks and has existed for 162 years, it is an institution. A force to be reckoned with since 1860, the Broad Street Market holds the unique distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operated market houses in the United States.

“Start spreading the news,” the iconic market sign in Midtown will be officially dedicated after it was recently refurbished and reinstalled. It will have its very own 3rd in the Burg block party this Friday night. The city will close the area in front of the market for the celebration. Switch Fu will perform its multi-genre funk music live for revelers. The sign will be lit at 6:30 p.m. with both market buildings open late for the festivities. The evening’s itinerary will include guest speakers, food trucks and music. Special vendors from the Broad Street Market will be selling products to 3rd in the Burg customers. Leon from Two Brothers BBQ will be serving open pit barbecue and chili outside, with other brick building vendors making sides to accompany the “‘que.” Guest speakers will feature Mayor Wanda Williams, market board chair John “Ski” Sygielski (HACC president) and Lighten Up Harrisburg’s Matt Krupp. “It could happen to you.”

William T. Wiley, Eerie Grotto? Okini (Eerie Grotto? Please), 1982, color woodcut on handmade paper. Photograph by IA&A © William T. Wiley

“Rock, paper, scissors, shoot.” The Susquehanna Art Museum just opened its three-month summer blockbuster, “Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from The Hechinger Collection,” which brings together an arresting array of works on paper. The show reveals the various materials and methods used in modern artistic practice. The exhibit, featured in the Lehr Gallery, runs through Sept. 18. Remember, paper beats rock, all summer long at the SAM.

Ten years at anything these days is cause for celebration. Mechanicsburg’s Metropolis Collective gallery is not only still around, but it continues to bring the best alternative art and artists to the area. To their credit, owners Richard Reilly and Hannah Dobek have taken the art road less traveled and forged their own path. It is ironic that the gallery sits on Main Street as its offerings are as far removed from mainstream art as the map will allow.

Untitled by Amy Asher (MD) Digital Photograph, 11″x 14″

It proudly announces its Tenth Anniversary exhibit opening Friday, July 1. Firework displays will have nothing on this show. “Habitat: Reflections on Environment” breaks new ground exploring the fragile ecosystems that comprise our global living space and individual dwellings. The world is our oyster and home is truly a state of mind, as shown by the creations of the gallery’s artists.  Dobek, the gallerist and driving art force behind Metropolis, shared that the show is “about life on earth, life as mammals…and the elaborate structures erected to house mankind from office buildings to shopping plazas, clattering cars that take us there…the effects of war and homelessness and at the heart of it all, how we care for each other and the places we share in an ever-connected yet somehow detached community of life in the world around us.”

Local artists include Joanne Landis, Nina Rubin Mangione, Matthew Zeigler, Bonnie Lorwey and Ms. Dobek. East coast environmental artists offer their unique takes on habitat and include Sean Matthews, Jamison Eckert, Jude Screnzi, Amy Asher and Hailey Patrick. These artists and more will be exhibiting their work. The reception party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. with a $5 suggested donation for the one-man-band, Nick DiSanto. The party is for all ages and perfect to kick off the holiday weekend. “Habitat” runs through Sept. 15 during regular gallery hours, Friday and Saturday. The show’s appeal may become habit-forming, requiring repeat visits to the gallery to see it all.


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