Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts workshops registration now open

LEWISBURG – As part of the 2016 Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts, the Lewisburg Arts Council will host five workshops, all free and open to the public.

This year’s workshops relate to the Celebration theme, “The River,” and will help participants more fully explore their own connection to and appreciation of the Susquehanna River.

Plein Air Painting

9-11 a.m. Sunday

Dale/Engle/Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Road

This workshop is presented as part of the 3rd annual Plein Air Day. Plein air artist Robert Hughes will discuss his method of painting en plein air with oils. During the first part of the workshop, Hughes will discuss the materials he uses and how he paints en plein air. After a coffee break, he will give an outdoor demonstration. Workshop participants may want to bring paper and pencil or pen for note-taking purposes. Group limit 25; for ages 18 and up.

Fly-tying with Trout Unlimited, R. B. Winter Chapter

7-9 p.m. April 27

East Buffalo Township Community Building, 589 Fairground Road

This workshop will be geared towards beginners who want to learn the art of fly-tying. The flies made will be useful for fishing in local area streams. Bob Laubach is the president of the local fly-tying chapter, R. B. Winter, Trout Unlimited. He has been fishing since he was only a year old and fly-fishing since the age of 12. Materials will be provided for the first 10 people who register. Additional people may attend if they bring their own tools. For ages 8-80.

Spring Birdwalk

8-9:30 a.m. April 30 (rain date May 1)

St. Anthony Street Park

Using clues from bird songs, behavior, and field marks, workshop attendees will identify many of the birds we see along the creek and in the park. Lauren Shaffer is the program director for the Seven Mountains Audubon Society and has been birding and blogging, photographing nature, and leading bird walks for many years. Park in the large parking lot between the ball fields and the recycling area. Someone will be holding a sign to indicate the birding walk. Participants are asked to bring binoculars and be prepared to walk in wet grass and mud. The Seven Mountains Audubon group will provide laminated folding bird guides. Group limit 18; for ages 10 years and up.

River Photography

9:30-11 a.m. April 30 (rain date May 1)

River Walk trailhead at St. George and South Front Street boat launch

Bring your camera and learn how to take beautiful photographs of the Susquehanna River. This hands-on, 1 1/2-hour workshop will consider how to look for the light, creatively use rules of composition and use your camera’s settings to get the best exposure. Gordon Wenzel is a master photographer whose fine art photography has been widely exhibited. Group limit 15; for ages 10 and up.

The Log Rafting Era on the Susquehanna River

6:30-7:30 p.m. May 2

Soldiers Park (North Water Street by the Lewisburg bridge)

This workshop will review the past, present, and future of Pennsylvania’s Timber heritage. It will cover how timber was harvested over the past several centuries and most importantly, who harvested it. Wagner will demonstrate dozens of tools spanning 200 years of logging history. The program also will focus on the rafting days when millions of board feet of Pennsylvania Timber were assembled into various styles of rafts and piloted down our streams and rivers. Group limit: 25 if indoors, no limit if outdoors; for ages 8 years and up. Rain location will be the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd.

Space for all workshops is limited and registration is required. Contact lbgartsfestivalworkshops@gmail.com or Vicki Heberlig at 570-523-3128 to register.

For more information, visit www.lewisburgartscouncil.com/events/art-festival/workshops.