August 23rd, 2011

SHAPE picGrand opening celebrations for Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education’s (SHAPE) new gallery and the launch of “Question Reality,” the 9th annual abstract and non-objective artwork exhibition, will kick off on September 2 at 6:00 p.m.

The popular exhibit will commemorate the premiere of SHAPE’s fall exhibit season and spotlight local and out-of-town talent in the new gallery space. The former Georgian House, 20 West King Street, offers SHAPE a considerably larger exhibit space, which means that this year’s exhibition will be bigger than ever before!

For 12 years, SHAPE hosted more than 100 shows in its former gallery and is excited to offer artists and the community a larger forum to display artwork. The stars aligned for SHAPE to pursue its goal of moving into a larger gallery when Betty Baer thoughtfully approached the organization.

A ribbon cutting is slated for the evening’s ceremonies to celebrate SHAPE’s move to the new gallery space. A champagne toast will follow in the rear courtyard.

The reception is open to the public and will include live music from Dustin Swartz and Tresa Paul, as well as a wide array of refreshments. Kathy’s Deli will cater the event, and Roy Pitz Brewery in Chambersburg will donate their “liquid art” beers.

SHAPE Board member and curator Mark Wojciechowski describes “Question Reality” as the “inaugural event for SHAPE’s new location.”

“The event will be a celebration of SHAPE’s twelve years of successful exhibitions and move to a larger more majestic location,” Wojciechowski said. “We expect a large turnout of SHAPE members and supporters to come out and celebrate with us.”

Kurt Smith, current president of SHAPE, remembers the beginnings of Shippensburg’s first abstract art show downtown.

“When boardmember, Shawn Richardson, and myself conceived of this exhibit, we had no idea that nine years later, it would be one of our longest running theme shows. It is fitting that it be the first exhibition in our new gallery.”

The 9th annual abstract and non-objective artwork exhibition will feature the works of ten local artists and four artists who live in New York, Maryland and Alabama.

Local artists represented in the exhibition are H.I. Gates, Ben Mosley, Jessica Cree Robinson, Shawn Richardson, Mark Wojciechowski, Larry Rankin, Jennifer Neslund, James Krabiel, Kurt Smith, Scott McConnell, Ben McAfee, George Rhyne and Anne Cherry.

Four visiting artists will also display their works: Amanda DeMarco (NY), Uta-Maria Krapf (AL), John Romang (KY) and Gail Higginbotham (MD).

SHAPE is a non-profit arts organization funded in part by the PA Council on the Arts, Shippensburg Area United Way, Hosfeld and Stewart family foundations, community donations and membership dues.

SHAPE’s move was made possible through the generosity of their members, community supports and area businesses.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For additional information about SHAPE, visit the organization’s website at


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