United Way art show currently in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

After stops in Chambersburg, Waynesboro and Mercersburg, the “Lived United” art exhibit organized by the United Way of Franklin County is winding down its tour with a stop in Greencastle.  Over two dozen works by local artists are on display at Tower Bank (40 Center Square) through Friday, Nov. 5.

The exhibit is open to the public during the bank's business hours and until 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 so that the art work can be featured as part of the community's First Friday festivities.  Light refreshments will be served.

Those who view the exhibit during First Friday will also get to meet Franklin County author, Mitchell Kyd, who will be signing copies of Chicken Soup - Family Matters.   Kyd, who wrote one of the book's stories, will be on hand from 5 to 8 p.m.

The art exhibit started with the Collage of the Commonwealth, a United Way project at the state level in which artists throughout Pennsylvania created images inspired by photographs. Fifteen works of art, and their corresponding photographs, are currently touring the state.

When asked to participate, the United Way of Franklin County decided to expand upon the original idea. “When Megan Smith, the coordinator of the Collage of the Commonwealth project contacted us, we thought: why not invite local artists to participate as well and bring the exhibit to a larger audience by moving it throughout the county,” explained Executive Director Amy Hicks.

Working with the area arts councils in Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg and Waynesboro, the United Way of Franklin County was able to put out a call for artists throughout Franklin and Fulton Counties. According to Hicks, “We have a vibrant arts scene and are pleased with how this project has captured the imagination of our artists. It is interesting to see the ways in which the theme of “Live United” has been brought to life through art.”   

For information, contact Hicks at 717-262-0015 or ahicks@uwfcpa.org.