Outdoor art show this Saturday in the park

Wilbur Buds, by Vitaly Borisenko, will be avialable to view (and purchase prints) at the Village Art Association’s Outdoor Art Show in Lititz Springs Park on Saturday. Image provided by artist

When you’ve already celebrated 50 years, what do you do as an encore?

For the Lititz Outdoor Art Show, set for Saturday, July 29, the next half century paints an even brighter picture for the fine arts show.

Traditionally held on the last Saturday of July, the show is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lititz Springs Park, rain or shine. While there will be plenty of traditional art — as in watercolors, oils, acrylics and pastels — the show has more than a few surprises as they heads into its next 50 years.

“This is our 51st art show and we still hold to being a fine arts show,” says Beth Brunner, president of the Lititz Art Association and chairperson for the show.

Fine art doesn’t have to be traditional though.

This year the artists are mixing it up, with new techniques, new materials, and new ways of promoting their art.

Meet the artists

Mixed media artist Barbara James of Hershey is exhibiting her work for the third time at the Lititz Art Show. When she says she does mixed media work, she really means it. Her artwork uses acrylic paint with a mixture of other media, like white cotton sheeting, rubber tree leaves and tree fungus.

“I guess you could say my work is very organic,” says James, with a smile.

She discovered the mold that grows on trees in unusual patterns and scraped it off to use in her work. She also uses a wood product called paper clay, which is pulverized paper that can be mixed with water and other liquids to form a clay-like material that she molds into different shapes.

That gives her work a dramatic three-dimensional look that the art show crowd has been loving. Her work is abstract, with elements that resemble flowers, leaves and other natural images. With abstract art, the idea is to create a feeling, mood or…

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