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Local artists to be spotlighted at Werleys Corner Hotel show

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF Special to The Press in Local News

Long known for fall festivals and genealogy workshops, the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society is hosting a three-day art event Nov. 3, 4 and 5.

Featuring work by seven of its members, the event is aptly named “Work of Our Hands.”

Werleys Corner Hotel, Weisenberg Tiownship, will serve as a unique space where visitors can view paintings and pottery, fused glass and Frakturs, woven baskets and woodworking and cards and calligraphy surrounded by the society’s permanent collection of historical items and memorabilia.

Visitors will also have the rare opportunity to meet the artists and artisans displaying their work.

“It’s very important to be able to talk to the artist,” said Gene Allen, who paints local landscapes and is one of the featured artists. “It’s important for [people to know] that a real person painted this, and its’ a real place, and it’s in their neighborhood. That rings true to people. They relate to the art. There’s no connection at all in a store.”

Joining Allen will be Russell Dotterer, Jennifer Lynn Fink, Alida Phillips, Jennifer Phillips, Jeanne Stock and Debra Zvanut.

“I specifically did five [works] for this and I’m happy to do more,” said Stock, whose medium is pastels.

The historical society’s quilters will also be on hand to demonstrate the piecing of their latest quilt

“I think having the quilters there completes the picture,” Stock said.

The “Work of Our Hands” event is the brainstorm of Gloria Zimmerman, who seves as co-president of the historical society WITH Deb Zettlemoyer.

“Gloria [worked] so hard,” said Stock. “I think her desire was to give the community a sense of [what] the historical society is” while showcasing the work of some of its members.

Zimmerman’s grandparents owned and operated the Werleys Corner Hotel more than a hundred years ago. She donated the building to the Weisenberg/Lowhill Township Historical Society in 2003.

“Gloria wanted to show that there’s a creative nucleus among us,” Stock explained. “She wanted to uplift [our work] and make it special while bringing people in.”

“This is a brand-new venture,” said Allen. “She’s trying to make it different” by bringing art and history together at a familiar local landmark.

“Work of Our Hands” is also an opportunity for early holiday shoppers interested in a meaningful experience. An opening reception with wine and snacks will take place 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3.

The free event runs through the weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.