Art in the Afternoon artists display talents, help Berks County Conservation District raise scholarship funds

Submitted Front row, from left: Piper Sherburne, chair, Berks County Conservation District, Carol Beard, Sherry Spangler, Jean Wagner; second row, from left Sheila Miller, Agricultural Coordinator, Carol Ann Geiser, Dorothy Meyer, Lisa Kahn Schnell; top row, from left Joanne Lapic, Ellen Finks, and Angela Scanzello.

The work of sixteen local artists was recently featured at the Berks Agricultural Center. The members of Art in the Afternoon displayed their talents and helped the Berks County Conservation District raise scholarship funds for students at a fundraiser called Bite of Berks held Sept. 23. The participating artists are part of a group who meet weekly in Kutztown to learn and practice new techniques, mediums, and concepts, with guidance from instructor Joanne Lapic.

We were happy to have the work of these artists brighten the walls of the Ag Center for two months this fall, said Berks Agricultural Coordinator Sheila Miller. Their artwork captured the beauty of Berks Countys agricultural and rural areas and was on exhibit during September and October. The artists were recognized by the Berks County Conservation District for their participation in the fundraising effort.

Exhibitors included Carol Beard, Wernersville; Pat Beggs, Kutztown; Ellen Finks, Rockland Township; Carol Ann Geiser, Mertztown; Shirley Hartman, Topton; Joanne Lapic, Kutztown; Dorothy Meyer, Fleetwood; Betty Mraz, Exeter Township; Peggy Reppert, Reading; Lynn Ramsey, Exeter Township; Angela Scanzello, Kutztown; Lisa Kahn Schnell, Kutztown; Sherry Spangler, Reading; Gena Strzelecki, Mertztown; Jean Wagner, Kutztown; and Jan Weaver, Blandon.

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