YorkArts, a local arts and education organization, is hoping to brighten its annual Art in Motion fundraiser with a new theme and location, said board member Kimberly Martino.
The street party, titled Ignite the Light, will be housed in a tent in front of YorkArts on North Beaver Street. Guests are encouraged to come in light-themed costumes, sample food and beer and dance the night away. Anyone who feels creative can enter the paint-throwing booth to splatter color on a large canvas. Afterward, YorkArts will display the interactive piece.
Martino said Ignite the Light is a three-part fundraising mechanism, which includes the $40 cover charge, a raffle and a silent auction of stepping stones created by local mosaic artist Rebecca Quattrone. Funds raised at the event will go to YorkArts' youth programs.
Another element of the event includes light installations and sculptures created by local artists. Pieces include a chandelier hung from PVC pipes and illuminated wine bottles.
Roxanne Hotaling grew up in Manchester and returned to the area to teach art after her recent graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
"I'm trying to become involved with programs in the area which support arts and education," she said. She learned about Ignite the Light after showing some of her work at YorkArts and decided to participate.
"I knew that I wanted to do something that would be a different take on light," she added. "People expect a Christmas tree or something seasonal. There is no ... limitation on how to use light."
She decided to use light to add shadows and accents to her sculpture, which is fashioned from post-consumer plastic. Since it includes bright shapes, she chose soft white light.
In college, Hotaling participated in One Island, a research program that investigates methods for reusing plastic to create art, architecture and art education. She traveled to the Bahamas, which has no recycling programs.
Armed with a simple tool kit, Hotaling helped teach locals how to repurpose trash. At the same time, she discarded many of her preconceived notions about the culture. She expected to find soda bottles, which clutter American recycling centers. But since Bahamians drink soda from cups, their trash consists of other items.
Inspiration for art and educational material came from the island's wildlife, which the group saw during snorkeling trips. Hotaling recreated the colorful fish and reefs she saw in sculptural forms.
While working with plastics, including laundry detergent containers, Hotaling said she looks at the shape and wrapping. She uses scissors and a hole punch to spread the plastic out and transform it.
"When you unwrap it, it's like . . . felt, foam or paper," she said. Like fabric, it can be twisted and folded.
For Ignite the Light, she added bulbs to illuminate and link the objects. She said she's excited to see how light from other sculptures or people's costumes play off her piece.
As of last week, YorkArts sold about 100 tickets to the event and it's hoping to double that number by Friday.
Martino said the organization wants to continue to host its fundraiser downtown, but turnout will determine if that's feasible.
"We have a lot of energy and (are) excited about where we're taking it," she said.
If you go
YorkArts hosts a fundraiser, Ignite the Light, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in front of the arts organization's headquarters, 10 N. Beaver St., York. It will include food, beer, a dance party and local art. Guests are invited to wear light-themed costumes.
Cost is $40. For details and tickets, call 717-848-3200 or visit www.yorkarts.org.
One Island program
More Ignite the Light sculptures
Dorie Heyer, a York College graduate, has more experience in video, but she said she's excited to try sculpture.
For her Ignite the Light art, she reused old wooden crates.
"I found them at a yard sale," she said. "They're very rustic looking."
In one, she stacked wine and beer bottles. When lit from behind, the piece resembles stained glass.
In another, she hung old slides from her father, who's a photographer.
A ball of fun
Annalisa Gojmerac has been swinging from vines recently.
"It's a great workout," she said with a laugh.
She's using them to create a spherical mass that she'll wrap with Christmas lights for Ignite the Light.
"All of my work now is environmentally based," she said. "I always like to use local materials."
Gojmerac lives in the small village of Labott, near Thomasville, and noticed a neighbor had overgrown grape vines. She took a large clipper and detached several to repurpose for her art piece, which is about 6 feet wide.
She said the concept isn't complicated. Art, she added, should be accessible to everyone.
Gojmerac grew up in the area and left 25 years ago for college and a job. Back then, there weren't many local art opportunities. When she moved to back about five years ago, she noticed a change.
"York is a great town to have art in," she said.
· Watercolors, oils and pastel landscapes by Craig M. Andrews and York County artists Barbara and Robert Buchanan will be on display through Saturday at the Garth Gallery, 22 S. Second St., Columbia. For details, call 717-684-0651 or visit garthgallery.net.
· YorkArts' new exhibit "Out and About" runs through Nov. 17 at the gallery, 10 N. Beaver St., York. It includes works from 10 sculptors and a map of sculptural art in York. For details, call 717-848-3200 or visit www.yorkarts.org.
·Glenn Buggoon creates paintings with a flyswatter. See his art exhibit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lowercase Gallery, 211 N. Front St., Wrightsville. Or, to attend the closing reception 6 to 9 p.m. For details, call 717-324-5270.
· "An Undisclosed Location," an exhibition by artist Hasan Elahi will be featured through Nov. 14. In the Brossman Gallery at York College, 441 Country Club Road, Spring Garden Township. Elahi will speak about this work and his 10-year relationship with the FBI during a free lecture and reception 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in DeMeester Recital Hall and the gallery lobby. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 717-815-6622 or visit galleries.ycp.edu.
· "Crossroads," an exhibition featuring the work of the late Gordon Parks, will be displayed through Nov. 14 in the Cora Miller Gallery at York College. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 717-815-6622 or visit galleries.ycp.edu.
· The York Art Association presents its 42nd Annual Open Juried Exhibition through Oct. 27 in the Nancy M. Woodward Gallery at the association, 220 S. Marshall St., York. It's open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For details, call 717-755-0028 or visit yorkartassociation.org.
· Place a bid in the Silent Art Auction through Nov. 29 at Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove. Most of the items were made by our talented local artists. Bids must be placed in person. For details, call 717-225-3220.
·Office Furniture Outlet hosts a Second Saturday Art Gallery to display local artwork in its warehouse. The events are the second Saturday of each month at the outlet, 519 N. Franklin St., Spring Garden Township. For details, call 717-848-2900 or visit www.offfurn.com.
·Framers & Framers Gallery, 3780 E. Market St., Springettsbury Township, hosts a gallery show featuring artists Denny Bond, Laurie Brown and Corey Bond through Nov. 30. For details, call 717-757-1764 or visit framersgallery.com.
· The Baltimore Museum of Art's contemporary art wing reopens Nov. 18. The museum is at 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. For details, call 443-573-1700 or visit www.artbma.org.
·A selection of photographs from Annie Leibovitz's Pilgrimage project, featuring images of significant historic American sites, will be on display Oct. 25 to Jan. 20, 2013 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The fee to view the photography exhibition is included in the standard museum admission fee, which is $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth ages 6 through 12.
For more art exhibits and events, visit the community calendar at flipsidepa.com. Have an art event? Email details to email@example.com.