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Mount Gretna Art Festival

Updated on June 7, 2012

Every year I make a point to go to the Mount Gretna Art Show. Not only to visit fellow artist who I've become friendly with, but also to meet 'new' artists. A meeting of like minds, if you will. And .... there is another reason, between you and me, this art show, and few like it in the north east, is where I gather inspiration. Being around these talented people instills in me a drive to be creative.

On the third weekend of August, rain or shine, this laid-back community, approximately 700 homes and cottages, sprouts to life with this art show. It is the bloom of their aesthetic flower. And every year thousands of art lovers return, and hundreds of others find the Mount Gretna Art Show for the first time. The artists, roughly 300, are chosen through juries competition. If and only if they pass with flying colors, their work will be enjoyed by some 20,000 lucky visitors every year. And I'm one of them.

The Mount Gretna Art Show all started 35 years ago when residents, a lot of them artists and craftsman, had an idea to display their works on the historic grounds of The Pennsylvania Chautauqua - surrounded by hills and protected woodlands.

One can not help but be creative in this area.

Mount Gretna is a borough in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 242 at the 2000 census. It is a popular place in the summer, for it has a nationally-ranked juried art show (third weekend in August), jazz and chamber music concerts, lectures, book reviews, and an annual tour of historic homes and cottages (1st Saturday in August). The community also has a roller rink, lake, open-air playhouse, miniature golf course, several restaurants, playgrounds, and an award-winning ice cream parlor known as the Jigger Shop. The surrounding area, which includes seven distinct neighborhoods, has a year-round population estimated at 1,500 persons. Summertime population increases to about 2,500.

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      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      hey hubcrafter, thanks for the comment. whatever the art is, and I have many, inspiration breads inspiration, and perspiration helps.

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      HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

      What is your art about?

      What are you inspired by these folks to make?