Pastel artist Dorothy Stepenaski of Willow Street is creating pastels of historic properties in Lancaster County, beginning with the Mayer-Hess Farmstead (c. 1870-1874) at 1580 Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township.
“My goal is to capture the architectural beauty of homes, barns, bridges and other historically significant structures countywide and raise awareness about their importance,” Stepenaski said. “I am focusing on properties that have been identified by the Historic Preservation Trust as being at risk, and I will even paint some that we have lost – unfortunately – to demolition.”
Her Mayer-Hess painting will be sold during the live auction at the 2014 Gourmet Gala on Sunday, May 18, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Mylin House (1787) and The Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street. Stepenaski will be working on another of her pastels during the gala. Additional gala information is available at http://hptrust.org/gourmet-gala-food-beverage-participants-announced/
Other properties on her list include the Circle Creek Farmhouse/Guy’s Distillery (1826) – 1467 Long Lane, East Donegal Township; Dorsey Station (1876) – near Peach Bottom village on the Susquehanna River, Fulton Township; Eagle Tavern (1815) – 901 Village Road, West Lampeter; Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge (1875) – 101 South Ronks Road, Paradise; Hoober-Eby Barn (c. 1860) – 2797 Lititz Pike, Neffsville; Log House & Root Cellar (c. 1800-1825) – 522 Norwood Road, Columbia; former Long Funeral Home (1895) — 855 Chestnut St., Columbia; Stehman-Rohrer House (1833) – Charlestown Road, Manor Township; and the Swan Tavern and Carriage House (1824) – East Vine & South Queen Streets, Lancaster.
Stepenaski studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the Philadelphia College of Art and has studied with Master Artists Maggie Price, Robert McKinley, William A. Schneider and Lynne Yancha. She is an Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society and an active member of the Lancaster County Art Association (LCCA).
“A great pastel takes my breath away, and that’s how I wish anyone viewing my art to feel,” Stepenaski said. “Pastel is a medium comprised of pure pigment with a minimum of binder. It was used by artists, Carriera, Cassatt, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Whistler. Their paintings completed 100 plus years ago are still as fresh as when they were first painted. It is a very permanent media and never need restoration.”
In addition to shows atthe Lancaster County Art Association, Lancaster General Hospital, and the C.X. Carlson Gallery, she completed four murals in 2006 at the North Museum. Stepenaski can be observed painting Thursdays and Fridays at the LCAA Downtown Gallery at112 ½ West Orange Street in downtown Lancaster.
Proceeds from the sale of Stepenaski’s paintings will benefit the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County and its on-going work to bring individuals and organizations together to identify and protect historically significant properties countywide.
About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to encourage and facilitate historic preservation countywide. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important Lancaster County landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others. The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster. Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.