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“Pennsylvania Arts Experience”

Lancaster County Convention Center
Ranked #21 of 72 things to do in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Pennsylvania Arts Experience”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We highly recommend the Pennsylvania Arts Experience near Lancaster and New Hope. If you love art and are looking for an inspiring way in which to spend a weekend, we could not recommend more highly that you explore The Pennsylvania Arts Experience (www.PaArtsExperience.org)! The Orientation Center, located in the Marketview Arts Building, at 37 West Philadelphia Street in York, would be a great place to start. Its Director, Richard L. Zuber (Director@PaArts Experience.org) could not have been more helpful in helping to plan a trip that we will remember all our lives!
The Lancaster Arts Hotel (300 Harrisburg Ave. in Lancaster), built in an historic tobacco warehouse, proved to be the perfect place to base ourselves, as the lobby, corridors, and guest rooms of this fine hotel all display the paintings, drawings, and sculptures of local artists. Dinner at The John J. Jeffries organic restaurant at the Hotel was not only a gastronomic, but also a visual, treat as we were surrounded by art!
Among the highlights of our Pennsylvania Arts Experience weekend were visits to the studios of just a few of the many artists who live and work along the Arts trail, which extends from York, through Lancaster, to New Hope, along Route 30 and Route 113. Thanks to Richard’s intervention on our behalf, each of these artists opened his studio or home to us, generously sharing with us his art and his experience, and we are extremely grateful to all of them.
Nationally known sculptor George Mummert gave us a tour of the Keystone Art and Culture Center in Lancaster, of which he is Founding Director, showing us the bronze pieces that he built in his foundry and explaining the steps of the lost wax casting process that he uses. Lynda Mylin Ross warmly welcomed us into her studio in Marietta to share her dynamic charcoal drawings, paintings, and pastels. Rob Evans, whose work been shown in the Corcoran Museum, invited us not only into his studio in Wrightsville, but also to his gallery nearby where we were able to view a retrospective of his paintings which were inspired by the Susquehanna River Valley. Fiber artist, Sue Reno, shared her amazing quilts, some of which included cyanotype prints of leaves and seed pods that she had collected. Marion K. Stephenson’s vibrant pastels of autumnal ponds and trees made the walls of her York studio glow, and Glenn E. Blue’s watercolors of snow scenes transported us, making us vow to return for one of his weekend workshops.
Other treats included an opening reception at the Charles Demuth Museum, where James Warhola exhibited the original watercolors from his book, Uncle Andy’s, that illustrates his
childhood visits to his Uncle Andy Warhol’s New York City townhouse; a 60s “happening” (complete with silk-screening and a Velvet Underground cover band) at Tellus 360 Degrees, to celebrate the “Art Goes Pop: American Pop Art” exhibit at the Demuth Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art; and, finally, an incredibly magical installation by Artist-in-Residence Wayne White at the Marketview Arts building of giant (15’ tall) figurative sculptures and puppets (some of which are moveable, all of which are made of cardboard) illustrating Civil War soldiers entering the town of York under the leadership of General Jubal Early in 1863.

Visited March 2014
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English first
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101 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“No free wifi...expensive parking, a huge white elephant”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

It was very interesting to have such a huge convention center in the area. There was great hospitality and a beautiful facility. However, it would be nice to have complimentary wifi throughout the facility or the ability to roam on Boingo from the convention center area.

Visited March 2014
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Elmira, NY
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“Great place for a Convention!”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

I was down there for the 2014 Lancaster Quilt show, and the Convention Center was the perfect spot to have it. There are restaurants within the center, as well as many within walking distance. The rooms are conducive to managing a group of about 15,000! It's located right in the Marriott Hotel, so very convenient if you want to stay there.

Visited March 2014
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West Virginia
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“Good Place For Convention”
Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

Nice place for an event. Good parking in the garage beside of it. Plenty of space for vendors, room for casting demonstrations, nice separate space for presentations, just a nice put together facility.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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“Good convention center”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

The facility is good...but the area to move in for vendors really sucks.....all vehicles come in one narrow alley and sometimes it's good....other times it is very bad....I must give credit to the personell however.....they are great

Visited March 2014
Thank Russ P
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