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History Meets the Arts

Updated on July 13, 2011
Image of Fern Hoffman of Hagerstown, Md., featured in period clothing playing the violin.
Image of Fern Hoffman of Hagerstown, Md., featured in period clothing playing the violin. | Source

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. 

Image of Artisan Jim Wilson of Yorktown, Va.
Image of Artisan Jim Wilson of Yorktown, Va. | Source

Wildlife Art

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.

Image of Artisan Kyle Carroll of Maysville, Mo.
Image of Artisan Kyle Carroll of Maysville, Mo. | Source

Historical Art

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.

Artisan Tim Sanner of Pa.
Artisan Tim Sanner of Pa. | Source

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.

Artisan Patricia Walach Keough of Carlisle, Pa.
Artisan Patricia Walach Keough of Carlisle, Pa. | Source

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.

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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      Mary 6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Very good hub.

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      rksab 6 years ago

      This is one beautiful hub Debra. The pictures are really beautiful. You should promote it on "traffup" to ensure more traffic on your hubs.

      Anyhow, voted up :)

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      Debra Charney 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you both, for your comments. I will have to check into "traffup."

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