May 20, 2014

9th Annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour serves up a warm welcome

FREE, self-guided driving tour

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Albany Township artists will open their doors for the 9th Annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour & Sale Saturday, June 7 from 9 am to 5 pm. The free, self-guided driving tour leads to a wide range of art from more than 20 local artists and artisans at 13 stops, most within a 25 mile radius. Held rain or shine, the tour is free and open to the public.
A printable map is available for download at and a prominent sign will mark each location. Participants are encouraged to design their own tour and to begin and end at any location.
“The Arts Tour is a great day to be outside, enjoy a great mix of art, meet local artists, and to enjoy the rural scenery, all without traveling far from home,” explains Mary Linkevich, a spokesperson for Hawk Mountain who also helps to organize the event.
“I think of it as a road trip close to home,” she adds.
Linkevich says her best advice is to look over the map and artist list, select a few favorite stops, and don’t try to overdo it.

    “All of the artists and stops are interesting, and in some cases, quite incredible,” she says, “so people tend to stay longer at each stop than they expect.”

“For example, if you’re interested in local history, you could spend all afternoon talking to [artist] Jon Bond who founded the Albany Historical Society, or spend an hour between the Historical Society Building and [potter] Jeff Dietrich’s log home. Jeff Kahn’s sculptures are enormous, and they amazing. The Country Seat is one of the only basketry supply stores that I know of, and I love it. The point is you need to build your own tour based on personal interest, then stay as long as you like,” she says.

During the tour visitors to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will have an opportunity to see blacksmith artist and chainsaw carver Todd Gladfelter in action, as he demonstrates his craft outside the Visitor Center. Indoors will be the free exhibit “Seasons of Hawk Mountain,” a collection of original and juried works inspired by Hawk Mountain and created by members of the Berks Art Alliance. Live raptor programs also will be held at 11 am and 2 pm.

Other stops are located in the valley below Hawk Mountain. Just two miles down Hawk Mountain Road is wood fired potter Willi Singleton at Pine Creek Pottery. Beyond, most stops are within two to three miles of one another and connected among a string of country roads that pass fields, forest and streams. Artwork is diverse and includes wildlife paintings, fiber art, sculpture, folk art carving, woven seats and baskets, photography, redware and wood fired stoneware pottery, kinetic sculpture, bas relief and more.

Artists will be on hand at each stop to meet and greet visitors, and many demonstrate. More artists will exhibit at host locations, which this year include Wannamaker’s General Store, the Albany Township Historical Society building and Pamela’s Forget-me-Not Bed and Breakfast.

For sustenance along the way, a selection of salads, wraps and sandwiches are available for sale at Wanamaker’s General Store, where a jewelry designer, photographer and potter will display work. And, at the main intersection in Lenhartsville is Deitsch Eck, a quaint restaurant offering Pennsylvania Dutch fair and other lunch items.
Participating in this year’s tour are:
Todd Gladfelter, blacksmithing and chainsaw carving at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton,

Willi Singleton, wood-fired pottery at Pine Creek Pottery, 843 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton,

Angie Wagner, and Bill and Donna Longnecker, basketweaving, basketry supplies, gourd art and fabric marbling at The Country Seat, Inc., and featuring photographs & cards by 12-year-old Kempton photographer Kira Synnestvedt, 1013 Old Philly Pike, Kempton,

Dan Christ, original wildlife painting, and Dennis Wildnauer, hand-hammered aluminum wares at Dan’s home studio, 23 Spitzenberg Lane, Kempton,

Jon Bond, landscapes and murals at Bond Customart Gallery and Studio, 59 Kempton Road, Kempton,

David Hughes, wildlife paintings, and Richard Summons, relief sculptures at Pamela’s Forget-me-Not Bed and Breakfast, 33 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton,
Jeff Dietrich, redware pottery at Loghouse Pottery in Jeff’s historic log home across from the Albany Historical Society, 403 Old Philly Pike, Kempton, where there also will be a variety of artists on hand along with history exhibits.

Charles S. Eckenroth, woodcarving and sculpture, including totem poles, at 49 Old Philly Pike, Kempton,

Dennis Kutz's woodturning, Industrial Funk Designs, the hand crafted modern jewelry and nature photography by Kisatchie Studio, all at Wanamaker’s General Store, 8888 King’s Highway (Rte 143), Kempton,

Deborah Powell Kramer, stained glass designs and wares, Joanne and Jesa Minnick, welded and metal sculptures and art, and fabric artist Wilfriede Axsmith, all at Deborah’s home and studio overlooking Leaser Lake at 8567 King’s Hwy (Route 143), Kempton, 610-756-6065,

Mark Amey, hand thrown pottery, and Brett and Amanda Amey, printmaking and pottery will exhibit at Mark’s home and studio, 189 Blue Rocks Rd., Lenhartsville,

Jeff Kahn, kinetic sculptures at 308 Blue Rocks Rd., Lenhartsville,

Eric Claypoole, traditional hex signs at 227 Schock Rd, Lenhartsville, PA  19534, Eric’s home and studio is located off the printable tour map but is just a short drive in Lenhartzville. His signs are seen on barns throughout the tour.

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