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“Pennsylvania Arts Experience”
Review of Demuth Museum

Demuth Museum
Ranked #41 of 77 things to do in Lancaster
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Owner description: The life and works of artist Charles Demuth (1883-1935) can be explored by visiting the art museum housing his major works and the adjacent 18th-century buildings that were home to his family for five generations.
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Recently, the Levy Fishman Watercolor Group of Washington, DC was trying to decide upon a weekend destination that would be exciting enough to suitably mark the 30th anniversary of our painting together! It had to involve art, be located within a 2- to 3-hour drive of DC, and accommodate a member who was not very mobile. An old clipping torn from The Washington Post (“More Than Landscapes,” October 18, 2009) introduced us to the 23-mile trail of artists’ studios, galleries, and museums that encompass the Pennsylvania Arts Experience, just 90 miles from Washington. Thanks to Richard Zuber, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Arts Experience, our weekend surpassed our wildest dreams! Richard presented us with a veritable cornucopia of exciting things to do, each of which was based upon our group’s particular interests.
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.
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 us to plan a trip that we will remember all our lives!

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Great little museum about the life and works of the artist. Check out actual flower garden where he sought inspiration.. Easy to get in and out..no photography at all...While here you can see Demuth Tobacco Shop a American Landmark next store.

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Reviewed 20 February 2013

One of the least informative and interesting museums we've ever been. We wasted our time but thankfully not money because it's free.

Thank pyatachok
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We have been to this simple home/museum many times and never tire of coming here. Demuth lived here with his mother and died of diabetes at age 51 in 1935. He used different settings in Lancaster for some of his paintings--buildings, factories, towers, chimneys. This free museum is operated by the Demuth Foundation (donations accepted) and is closed on Mondays. The first floor has galleries of some of the Foundation's over 30 of his paintings, as well as changing exhibits of other artists. On the second floor is the simple room in which he lived with some of his paintings, his bed, clothing and paints. There is also a timeline of his life.

Demuth was a major painter in the early 1900s--the Whitney Museum has 10 of his paintings, there are 8 in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and over 20 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, including his most famous one--Figure 5 in Gold (the Demuth Foundation has that on a tee shirt for sale). This museum, although small, is an interesting place for art lovers and those who want to learn more about a local Lancaster artist who is famous around the world.

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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Really small, low budget operation. Basically 2-3 small rooms. What's there is fine. And it only takes about 10-15 minutes to see everything.

Thank mikro
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