After painting together for nearly 30 years, the remaining members of the New Garden Art Association are finally holding an art show in their hometown."It's no longer really an association, there are so few members left," said Landenberg resident Elizabeth Forsythe, who has painted with the group off and on since the early 1980s. "And we've got a few members who are in their 80s and 90s that have been with us for quite some time."
Started in the mid-1970s by New Garden-area author Anne Haggarty, the association is currently comprised of roughly 11 or 12 members who range in skill from professional to those who just want to give art a try.
The ladies have met every Wednesday at the New Garden Township building for all those years, coming together to share ideas and skills and, of course, to paint.
"The idea isn't to give lessons," Forsythe said. "We aren't instructors, and there isn't room for teaching where we are. But we help people get started and introduce them to what it is that we do."
Township receptionist Joanne Dascher, who helped get the ball rolling on the event, said that the group has talked about having a show in New Garden for years and never pulled it off.
"It kept getting postponed," Dascher said. "They've used the rooms for so many years and this is a way of them giving back. And even though we haven't had a whole lot of time to prepare, they're certainly bringing a lot of paintings."
According to Forsythe, anywhere from 50 to 60 different pieces will be featured at the show, with many available as both high-quality archival prints and as standard prints.
Many pieces feature buildings and landmarks in the region that are no longer standing, as well as landscapes that may be unfamiliar to those who didn't grow up in the area. Works are available in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink, multimedia and collages.
Forsythe said that without Dascher, the show might not have happened
"She's full of pep and energy," Forsythe said. "Thank goodness she was cracking the whip."
The show opens on Friday, Nov. 14 with a reception at the New Garden Township building from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The show runs through to Dec. 10. During that time, the public is invited to stop by Wednesdays to meet with the artists at their regular group meeting and see them in action. All proceeds go to the New Garden Parks and Recreation Authority.
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