Category: Art Show

New Art Show & Reception, Saturday, Nov. 18th

The Quarryville Library Art Committee will host a reception for artists Brent Rakus and Jeffrey Fisher from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, in the CX Carlson room at the Quarryville Library.

Rakus, a Chester County native, works primarily with metal, a medium he’s been exploring since age 12. He is a graduate of West Chester University and was featured in the university’s Senior Art Exhibit where he won first place.

Fisher first began drawing in his twenties and favors beach landscapes and sunsets. He was self-taught when starting out, but soon after began taking lessons from a friend. He uses graphite, charcoal and colored pencils in his work.

Both artists’ work will be on display at the Library through January.

2017 Art Showcase Winners Announced

On Friday, September 29, the winners of the 2017 Art Showcase were announced.

The winners are divided by category.

Child Category (12 and under) – 14 total entries
First – Kendra Dugan for her oil painting “An Evening at the Beach”
Second – Kaitlyn Bontrager for her oil painting “Pasture Paradise”
Third – Emily Miller for her digital piece “OK”

An Evening at the Beach: an orange sun sets over a blue ocean while birds fly overhead.  Kaitlyn Bontrager with her second place winning painting "Pasture Paradise"  OK: a blue hand makes the ok symbol against a yellow background.
















Teen (13 – 19) – 10 total entries
First – Darla Rublesky for her work “Bluest Ocean”
Second – Lola Rublesky for her sculpture “Lola’s Head!”
Third – Kelly Callahan for her pencil portrait “The Donald”

Darla Rublesky with her first place winning "Bluest Ocean"  Darla Rublesky with her second place winning sculpture "Lola's Head." The Donald: a pencil portrait of Donald Trump




















Adult (20 and up) – 9 total entries
First – Jane Reckard for her work “Ocean Breeze”
Second – Marie Nickle for her work “Quiet River”
Third – Lora Rublesky for her work “Still Life with a Chicken”

Ocean Breeze: An oil painting showing an ocean scene. Quiet River: an orange and yellow sunset over a lake, the silhouettes of trees and birds in the foreground. Lora Rublesky and her 3rd place winner, "Still Life with a Chicken."















The Art Showcase is an art show managed by the Library’s Teen Leadership Group. This is the second year for this competition. Prizes this year were made available thanks to the generosity of a local business. The prizes this year were: 1st: $50 gift card; 2nd: $25 gift card; 3rd: $10 gift card.

A Teen Leadership Group is a group of teens (13-18 years old) who volunteer to plan, promote, and run teen programming in the library. This group also recommends materials for purchase—including books, games, and movies—and makes suggestions about new and existing services.

Please contact Randi Kennedy, 717-786-1336 or, with any inquiries.

William Ressler, A.W.S. Reception

William Ressler was born on a farm in Lancaster County. After serving in the U.S. Army engineers in the Phillipines he graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia majoring in illustration. His subject matter has ranged from cartoons, architectural renderings and industrial themes. He is a member of the American Watercolor Society and a life member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.  A reception will be held on Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 in the C.X. Carlson Gallery.  

SECA Art Camp Exhibition

Get a glimpse at our future artists.  The SECA Art Camp exhibition by children ages 3-12 will include works of oil and chalk pastels, pen and ink, watercolors, tempera and clay.  Thanks to local artist Kim Root for sharing her love of art with the kids and for taking the time to display it beautifully.  A reception for children and their families as well as the public will be held Saturday, August 5th from 1:00 to 3:00.  The art will be on display until September 8th.

Solanco School District Art Show

The next exhibit at the C.X. Carlson Gallery in the Quarryville Library will be a show of artwork by students in the Solanco School District. It will feature works in diverse two-dimensional and three-dimensional media produced by students from Bart-Colerain, Clermont, Providence, and Quarryville elementary schools, George A. Smith Middle School, Swift Middle School, and Solanco High School. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, July 1 from 1-3 p.m. and the show will run through July 27.  Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.


Select elementary works included in the exhibition were exhibited earlier this year at the Winter Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Millersville University as part of the Studio for Students program. Middle school works will highlight award-winning work from the 2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition.


Solanco High School works will include national award-winning works honored in the National Scholastic Art Awards Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and the Parsons New School for Design Gallery in NYC. , which features the most outstanding work from the top 1% of students in the US.  Numerous high school works have been juried into the Teen Art Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and have been on exhibit at the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Demuth Museum. Seniors from the Class of 2017 whose work will be on view in the exhibition have been honored with numerous portfolio scholarships from the most selective professional Visual Arts schools in the US. Two of the seniors highlighted in the show have been awarded the 2017 C.X. Carlson Portfolio Scholarship and the 2017 Red Raven Art Company Scholarship and they will each be featured as the emerging artist at the Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster in July and August 2017.


The 2017 Solanco District Art Exhibition celebrates the creativity and critical thinking of students as they envision, explore, engage, persist, and reflect upon their ideas as they represent and interact with the world around them. The show honors the commitment and courage of students in crafting their stories and achieving outstanding success. The exhibition also honors the dedication and expertise of educators who provide opportunities for increasing levels of sophistication and confidence in the development of each student’s voice. Students and educators alike are honored and thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Solanco District Art Exhibition at the Quarryville Library.


contact information:

Candace Rakers

Department Chair

Solanco District Visual Arts Department

Solanco High School

585 Solanco Drive

Quarryville, PA 17566







Ryan O’Connell, Onions and Garlic, pastel on paper


Ryan O’Connell is a member of the Class of 2017 at Solanco High School. 

Awards, exhibitions include:

  • 2017 Red Raven Portfolio Scholarship Award
  • 2014-2017 Scholastic Art Awards
  • 2014-2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Awards
  • Exhibitions: 
  1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  2. Lancaster Museum of Art
  3. Demuth Museum
  4. Red Raven Art Company:  Emerging Artist, July 2017
  • 2017 Tuition Scholarship to Rhode Island School of  Design, Providence, RI –one of the most selective schools for the visual arts in the US


Erika Wilson, Breakfast in Bed Tea Set, earthenware, glaze

  • 2017 National Scholastic Art Awards National Medalist
  • 2017 Scholastic Art Awards
  • 2016-2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Awards
  • Exhibitions: 
  1. Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, NY
  2. Lancaster Museum of Art
  • 2017 Tuition Scholarship to Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA –Erika will major in Business Administration




Wildlife Artist, Laura Mark-Finberg, to display at QVL

The next art show in the C. X. Carlson Gallery at the Quarryville Library will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 1 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM.  The artist for this show is Laura Mark-Finberg, a noted wildlife painter.  Laura’s wildlife paintings have been described as “windows unto the soul” of the animals that she paints.  She does amazing things with the acrylic paints she uses, giving them a depth more common in oil painting.  Refreshments will be served and all are invited to meet the artist.  Welcome to the wilderness!

Please check out Laura’s other artwork at her website