Arts and Artisans in Lancaster County

September 22, 2014

Not only is Lancaster County known for its miles and miles of scenic farmland and its down home
Pennsylvania Dutch food, it’s also a hub for artists and artisans. Both Lancaster City and our area small towns offer galleries and events that bring the opportunity to enjoy artistic excellence.
During your stay with us, I hope you’ll reserve some time to explore some of these fine places to see – and become inspired by – the creativity and talent.
Downtown Lancaster
In the heart of the city you’ll find galleries, fine craft stores, museums, and more. In the short term, plan to go to the semi-annual ArtWalk on October 4 & 5, 2014. Take the self-guided tour of over 30 independent galleries and meet the artists, see special exhibitions and live demonstrations, and treat the kids to fun activities.
Of course, you’re not limited to visiting the galleries and stores on ArtWalk weekend alone. Stop by to see them on First Fridays or any other time you set out to discover the artistic treasures of the city.
Downtown Ephrata
Just down the street from the Historic Smithton Inn, you’ll find Sheldon’s Gallery & Frame Shop. They’ve got an extensive collection of prints, frames, gifts, and home décor items.
To experience art in a wholly unique way, visit Art of Recycle where they create whimsical conversation pieces out of recycled materials of all sorts. The craft gallery is 100% volunteer run and primarily focused on fueling the imaginations of children – and of anyone who’s a “child at heart.”
Stoudtburg Village in Adamstown (an easy 20-minute drive north from our B&B) has antiques, collectibles, and artisans’ shops and galleries along its beautifully crafted walkways and amid its picturesque gardens.
Downtown Lititz
Earning the title of America’s Coolest Small Town in 2013, Lititz has some of the coolest arts and fine crafts shops around. Any day’s a good day to pay a visit and check them out, but Second Friday’s are especially fun when the shops stay open late so you can enjoy it all unhurried.
Of course, I’ve shared just the tip of the iceberg! Visit Discover Lancaster for more art galleries and artisans’ shops to add to your itinerary.
Which galleries are your favorites in Lancaster County? I’d love to hear from you, so comment here!
By Rebecca Gallagher
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