St. Stephen’s kicked off a new ministry this August, Riverfront Gallery. Located in the cloister, the gallery provides St. Stephen’s an opportunity to showcase regional artistic and musical talent while getting a chance to know our “neighbors” in the Greater Harrisburg Area.

In addition to special events such as Gallery Walk, Riverfront Gallery will host free events monthly during 3rd in the Burg. The initiative invites people to discover the city by attending special events by businesses and organizations on the third Friday of each month.

Visitors to Riverfront Gallery during 3rd in the Burg can expect work by regional artists rotated quarterly. Guests are also invited to sample refreshments in the parlor, view stained glass windows in the sanctuary or simply take a moment to rest their feet and relax. Many events will also include musical entertainment.

Twenty percent of proceeds from art sales will benefit community programs in the city such as Downtown Daily Bread and the Joshua Group. The remaining 80 percent will go to the artists.

Read the bios below to learn about the artists and musicians featured in Riverfront Gallery’s August through October 2018 events:

MEET THE ARTISTS

REBECCA POLLARD MYERS

Artist Rebecca Pollard Myers has over 30 years of experience in art education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from The University of Maryland, and an M.S. degree in Communication/Journalism from Shippensburg University. She also studied a variety of media including sculpture/casting, printmaking and jewelry design at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Myers writes, “My paintings reflect an investigation of colors, textures and experiments! I like to see what happens and then go from there. The uncertainty of the results intensifies the challenge of making art. I am inspired by my surroundings. A square format is a favorite as well as creating layers upon layers of color textures in the negative spaces.”

Learn more about Myers and her artwork at www.rebeccamyersart.com

EDWARD WEBBER

Artist Edward Webber attended Philadelphia Museum School of Art for Photography and Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts for Art & Design. He has been a member of The Seven Lively Artists since 1984. After retiring from a 30 year career at AMP Incorporated as Director of Sales Promotion, Webber worked as a part time artist illustrator for the State Museum of Pennsylvania and established Webber Fine Arts Studio at The Shoppes of Main Street Mount Joy.

Webber feels art “dances to the music of life,” and paints the “visual rhythm in nature causing the eye to dance to the points of light in the composition.”

In addition to teaching, judging and exhibiting throughout the area, Webber has supported many charitable events with his art—including over 50 pieces to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and School where he is a parishioner.  

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

SEPTEMBER 9th: Gallery Walk

SHELBA PURTLE

Shelba Purtle first heard a “hang” (pronounced hung) in 2008 when sitting in a coffee shop.  Having been a percussionist many years ago, she was drawn to its soothing hypnotic sound which mixes melody and rhythm. She has been writing and playing own distinct music since obtaining her own handpan in 2009. Purtle describes playing the spaceship-shaped instrument as “a dance played with your fingers on tempered steel held together with a ribbon of brass.”  

SEPTEMBER 22nd: 3rd in the Burg

MARISSA LABANT

Flutist Marissa LaBant is a solo, chamber and orchestral musician from Central Pennsylvania. She earned flute performance degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and NYU. Marissa frequently performs in a flute and harp duo locally with harpist, Mary-Kate Spring Lee. Keen on the healing power of music, Marissa enjoys playing regularly for the Center Stage Arts in Healthcare program at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She currently teaches privately and freelances throughout the area.

MARY-KATE SPRING LEE

Mary-Kate Spring Lee is an award-winning harpist out of Harrisburg, PA. She has had the privilege of performing with the Harrisburg Harp Orchestra, her own band Seasons, and at theaters, festivals, events throughout the state, including Bethlehem Music Fest, Celtic Fling, and the Forum. She has recorded two solo harp albums, as well as several albums with Seasons. Mary-Kate also performs at hospitals, weddings, and events, and offers private lessons. For more information please visit www.seasonsmusic.com

OCTOBER 19th: 3rd in the Burg

SEASONS DUO

Sisters Mary-Kate Spring and Mary-Grace Autumn Lee are award-winning, multi-instrumentalists from the group Seasons. They have performed both solo and with their group in multiple states and countries, and their recordings of original and Celtic music have been featured on multiple radio stations and reviewed in national publications. Mary-Kate and Mary-Grace will be performing on harp, hammered dulcimer, bodhran, concertina, as well as some vocal numbers. For more information, please visit www.seasonsmusic.com