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Local artists thrive at semi-annual Lancaster Artwalk

Donunshae Sanders
Staff Writer

Paintings, masks, sculptures and artwork from local elementary schools: Lancaster Artwalk has it all. Oct. 4-5, Lancaster held their annual Artwalk, where they showcase different works of art from about 35 local galleries downtown, such as Annex 24 Gallery, Isadore Gallery, Tellus 360 and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

Annex 24 Gallery gives both up-and-coming and seasoned artists of all types the chance to display their artwork.
Annex 24 Gallery gives both up-and-coming and seasoned artists of all types the chance to display their artwork.

During the Lancaster Artwalk, Millersville University students and residents of Lancaster were given the opportunity to walk the city, enjoy the scenery and speak with a few local artists. Loryn Spangler-Jones, an artist and art director for Annex 24 Gallery, spoke about her experience as an artist and the difficulties that came without having any experience when she was upcoming.

Annex 24 Gallery was Spangler-Jones’ first chance to display her work proudly and without the experience needed at the time requested from other galleries. Being an artist and trying to make it in such a competitive city such as Lancaster was difficult, but having the opportunities given by Annex 24 Gallery was a life changer for her.

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Annex 24 Gallery gives opportunities for all types of artists, emerging or professional. There are no rules, boundaries or guidelines, and you are allowed to think freely, which is something taught to the children whom take art classes through Annex 24 as well. Annex 24 is a place that appeals to all ages, young and old, and gives voices to the ones unheard. Annex 24 Gallery is a wonderful place, not just an art gallery, but an opportunity of a lifetime.

Isadore Gallery displayed the work of Shelah Riley, Millersville University alum and photographer.
Isadore Gallery displayed the work of Shelah Riley, Millersville University alum and photographer.

During the Artwalk, people were able to stop in Isadore Gallery and meet with Shelah Riley, a photographer and employee for Isadore Gallery and also a Millersville University graduate. Being born and raised in Lancaster, Pa., Riley has been able to take full advantage of living here. When she was a college graduate searching for a job, she came across Isadore Gallery through a friend of a friend. Riley also reiterated the importance of networking and how beneficial it was to her.

For college students, it may be annoying to hear that word so much, but Riley serves as an eye opener, and shows that in order to succeed in a field as competitive as art, hard work is essential. If you want to make it in this business you must want to put in the work. Riley, who works three jobs in order to be able to pursue her passion, is a great example of hardwork. She explained that living doesn’t come easy, and you must put in the work in order to be successful.

For more information contact Loryn Spangler-Jones at lsjmixedmedia@gmail.com and Shelah Riley at shelahriley@gmail.com.