Portrait of Printmaker Robert Patierno in his Studio by Bill Simone
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It is with sadness that the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Arts Experience (PAE) announce the closing of its York exhibit and orientation center as well as the closing of the trail in its entirety.  The PAE Trail, which was started in 2006 with and began with an orientation center in Lancaster, was aimed at driving cultural tourism to a trail of artist studios and museums from New Hope, PA through the Brandywine area, Lancaster, and York counties.  These areas in Pennsylvania are rich in working artists of all media with national reputations and contain a rich and diverse art historical legacy and museums. The orientation centers were aimed at exhibiting and selling local artists work as well as encouraging people to arrange visits to the extraordinary array of artists’ studios on the trail.

Over the last decade of the PAE, we curated over 60 solo and group exhibits and facilitated the sale of hundreds of works of art. In addition, the PAE arranged special exhibits of our members works at the York College Art Gallery, the Schmidt Mansion in York, the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, the York Art Association, the York Fair, and were featured in a WITF episode of Explore PA, thus increasing the visibility of our artists to the public. Our concierge service facilitated hundreds of visits to artists’ studios and museums. The public also visited our highly-trafficked website which highlighted the largest assembled membership of artists in this area. Rob Evans, the Founding Artistic Director noted, “it is with a heavy heart that we close our doors, but I feel the PAE built a community of artists from a wide region of Pennsylvania to exhibit and network that has never been accomplished before. Many of these artists became mentors to younger artists, friends and even formed new collectives. In addition, we facilitated out of area collectors and visitors to see and purchase their works, thus helping to support our local artists in a way that was not being accomplished by any other group.”

The PAE exhibit and orientation center in York, which was the founding organization in the Marketview Arts building, will hold its last two exhibits during the months of February and March.  Ophelia Chambliss curate the February exhibit, Twelve Black Female Artists.  Our closing exhibit will feature the work of Sue Reno, renowned fiber artist who lives and works in Lancaster, PA. Sue’s work is inspired by her studies of botany, wildlife, and the Susquehanna river.
Board chair, Fran Polk noted, “we are proud of all the accomplishments of the PAE over the last decade. We have truly brought more collectors and visitors from out of the area than any other group to view and purchase works of art by local collectors. Furthermore, we are saddened to close the PAE trail, but elated to be able to present these last two outstanding exhibitions; one of which addresses diversity and the other the rich diverse use of media that was represented by all the artists on the trail.”


Jessica Lee
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Arts Experience
37 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
717-884-8822 (Tues/Thurs/Sat) 9-2

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