Bob’s Art Blog: Fungi, The Fridge and the Friday Shows

Art by Kate Durgin

Hive Art Space, York

A mushroom walks into a restaurant and the owner says, “We don’t serve your kind here.” The mushroom, momentarily stunned, quickly blurts out, “But I’m a fun-gi.” So many mushroom lovers will agree with this. That’s the premise of the new show, “Mycotopia,” which opens this Friday night for York’s First Friday, 5-9 p.m.

Susan Scofield, proprietor/owner of Hive Art Space in the White Rose City dedicates her entire gallery to saluting this delicacy for the month of August. Susan, after all, is the “theme queen” so much so that she dedicates an overall category to each month of the year. The past months have featured birds, water worlds, insects, the color green and the list goes on. This also includes an ever-growing roster of artists up and down the East Coast. This month, the stems and caps of the mushroom take over the world in “Mycotopia” performed by an offbeat collective of artists. These include Heather Greenough, Juliann Langeheine, Kate Durgin, Lex Rickabaugh and Savannah Schroll Guz, Jim Hively, Tina Berrier and Tara Poe, who make up eight of the 50 entries.

The gallery is located at 126 E. King St., in the heart of The Royal Square neighborhood. This enclave is a microcosm of Bourbon St in New Orleans. Susan’s “Friday Girls”, aka Kate Rush and Jen Simon, roam the gallery as Hive’s helpers. E. King Street becomes a starting point as works of art line the avenue. Restaurants, cafes and several galleries and shops make it a destination of diversity. The only bittersweet aspect is when artists leave the hive for national fame that reflects the caliber of creatives the hive attracts. For a space that makes great use of every available inch, Hive’s sales per square foot are exponentially astronomical. The sheer volume of artwork sold is incredible and indicates the little engine that could do it, and make no mistake, Susan Scofield is the conductor of the train.

Hive exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours for the summer are most Fridays, 12-4 p.m., Saturdays, 12-6 p.m., and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. The first Friday of each month, the gallery is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Mycotopia” closes on August 28. For more information, call 917-971-7456.

The Fridge, Lancaster

Want to relax this summer? An out-of-town location a few miles from Lancaster offers the perfect antidote to summer heat waves. The Fridge at 534 N. Mulberry St. is part restaurant, part coffee shop, part beer store and features local art and artists. Sound familiar? In fact, they first came up with the idea eleven years ago, to be exact. One of their star performers from years past was none other than Tara Chickey, artistic director of Millworks who provided a bridge for the current Huckle Buckle Boys show. One of the facility’s managers, Kevin Brown, chatted with Zack Rudy of the Huckle Buckle Boys at the Millworks artists’ studio, convincing them to come to Lancaster for a summer show. Help celebrate the Fridge’s 11e birthday in August, the Huckle Buckle Boys’ always out-of-this-world wacky art provides The Fridge with the perfect backdrop for a party. Garrick Dorsett and Zack Rudy of HBB fame reign supreme no matter the location or destination.

“Flock Together” by the Huckle Buckle Boys

Brown and his partner, James Futty, shared that they offer 400 craft beer choices, serve flatbread pizzas and an extensive menu, with their own on-site wine shop as well. And the amazing art provides the icing on the cake. Kevin said the art was intentional and integral to the concept of The Fridge from the very beginning. For more information, visit beerfridgelancaster.com or call 717-490-6825.

Carlisle Arts Learning Centre, Carlisle

This Friday, the CALC opening festivities offer a double show. “At the Table” features a trio of ceramic artists – Kirsten Olson, Janelle Hoch and Amy Le Fever – who “nourish the mind, body and soul with sculptural ceramic works”. The upper gallery features various paintings by Jonathan Frazier, Thom Kulp and Geoffrey Thulin for “In Full Chroma”. An exhibit reception is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 38 W. Pomfret St. Exhibits run through September 10. For more information, call 717-249-6973.

The Mills, Harrisburg

Odd Ones Bizarre takes place Saturday, August 13 on the lawn adjacent to Millworks, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with beer, music, vendors and fun galore. Head to the Millworks lobby to see works by the Huckle Buckle Boys, Ann Yeager, Susan Bailey, Rexmake and Pat Frese. For more information, visit millworksharrisburg.com.

Mount Gretna Art Exhibition

The 48e The annual outdoor art exhibit “Under the Trees of Old Chautauqua” takes place August 20-21. It takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 717-964-3270. .

Finally, we wish a happy birthday to our favorite artist. Rembrandt lives!

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