Featured Craftsman series provides venue for state artisans
Dec. 23, 2008
HARRISBURG – Artisans throughout the state will continue to have a place where their work can be highlighted at Radius, HACC Gallery and Museum Shop. A $1,652 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and its Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program will support the monthly Featured Craftsman series at Radius next year.
“This grant supports the craftsmen of Radius by allowing them a stipend to conduct a demonstration during their featured month,” said Jessica Watson, curator of arts and assistant manager of Radius. “The demonstrations offer great opportunities to educate the consumer about their work and to promote themselves as craftsmen.”
From January to August, each artist featured conducts a demonstration during an open house at Radius. Their work also is available for purchase. The gallery and museum shop is in The State Museum of Pennsylvania, at Third and North streets in Harrisburg. The artist schedule includes:
  • January – Thom Bissey of Dillsburg: ceramics
  • February – Douglas Starry of Gettysburg: wood chair making
  • March – Francine Zajac of Washington: ceramics
  • April – Helen Tegeler of Reading: glass
  • May – Karen Galbraith of Carlisle: jewelry
  • June – Linda Schwartz of Stroudsburg: ceramics
  • July – John Sterling of Millmont: wood
  • August – Elaine Longenecker of Chambersburg: basketry
State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Pennsylvania partners in the Arts program is administered in this region by Jump Street.
Radius, HACC Gallery and Museum Shop, is a partnership of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College and the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 787-5590.
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