History Meets the Arts
Music to the Ears
Violinist Fern Hoffman represented living history at the Gettysburg Festival in Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday, June 18, 2011. She portrayed a middle working class woman of the mid-18th century. However, it was somewhat uncommon for women to play violin during the 18th century, although not unheard of. Women did play other instruments (notably the harpsichord or other keyboard instruments, English guitar, etc.). Being able to play music was part of being an accomplished individual, particularly among the upper classes.
- The Gettysburg Festival
Artisan Jim Wilson puts the final touches on his wildlife painting depicting chipmunks. He was one of several artists featured at Lord Nelson's Gallery during the Gettysburg Festival.
Artisan Kyle Carroll poses with one of his frontier paintings in Lord Nelson's Gallery, located just off the square in downtown Gettysburg. He specializes in historical art.
- Kyle Carroll Art: History on Canvas
Kyle Carroll Art: History on Canvas
A Lost Art
Artisan Tim Sanner of 18th century-style powder horns works on a scrimshaw piece. He is a self-taught hornsmith (horner), and was one of the many artists featured throughout select galleries in Gettysburg during the festival.
Artist on the Square
Artisan Patricia Walach Keough is busy painting a scene from the square in Gettysburg. She specializes in careful studies of the familiar in paintings, monotypes, and prints. She is also affiliated with the Annual Artist Colony, providing a retreat-like setting where plein air artists live and work together.
gallery of paintings, monotypes, and prints
Next Year's Festivities
If you missed the Gettysburg Festival this year, it's not too late to mark your calendar for next year. The festival is scheduled for June 8-17, 2012. For more information, call 717-334-0853.
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Fourth of July photos in Gettysburg, Pa., of living historians from the Civil War Heritage Foundation re-enacting history.