May 31, 2013

Free, self-guided Arts Tour to feature the work of two dozen artists

Redware potter Jeff Dietrich at work in his historic log home.

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Albany Township artists will open their doors for the 8th Annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour & Sale on Saturday, June 1 from 9 am to 5 pm. The free, self-guided driving tour leads to a wide range of art from nearly two dozen local artists and artisans at 12 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 range of art, meet local artists, and to enjoy the rural scenery, and 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 in your own backyard,” 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 fit in everything the first time.

“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. Other stops are located in the valley below Hawk Mountain. Just two miles down the 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 and more.

Artists will be on hand at each stop to meet and greet visitors, and many will 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 artists in this year’s tour will include:
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 B&B, 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.

Kathy Miller wildlife photography and children’s books, hand crafted modern jewelry by Laurel and Jessica Feeser of “Industrial Funk Design,” and the work of Chelsea Wessner, Lazy Leaf Pottery, all at Wanamaker’s General Store, 8888 King’s Highway (Rte 143), Kempton,

Deborah Powell Kramer, stained glass designs and wares, Janis Kauffman's hand crafted jewelry, Joanne 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 at his 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.
For more information on the artists, driving directions, or the event, visit, or call 610-765-6961.
Open year-round, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world's first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation, and its Visitor Center, trail system and overlooks are open year round for hiking, birding, and wildlife watching. Membership dues or the modest trail fee supports year-round conservation science and education programs.

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