Dan Zdilla to be featured artist at August First Friday Open House

Join us on Friday, August 4, 2023, from 5 to 8 pm for a First Friday open house at the beautiful Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House located at 123 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, in the heart of Gallery Row. We will be hosting artist Dan Zdilla for a one-night-only pop-up art show.

Meet the Artist: Dan Zdilla

Dan Zdilla is an artist, musician, and teacher from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He works in collage, creating naturalistic imagery that is at times representational or allegorical. His current work is made exclusively from National Geographic magazines and glue.

Artist: Dan Zdilla

He is a 2005 graduate of Millersville University with a degree in art education and a 2018 graduate of Millersville University with a master’s degree in art education.

He lives and works in Lancaster City with his wife, Katie, daughter Cecilia, and dog Frannie.

Artist Statement

Collage is the ideal medium for taking an existing image and removing its original context, thereby altering the visual connotation. With my collage and decollage work, I have sought to further deconstruct the original imagery into fundamental scraps and bits of formal elements such as color, value, and texture. I reassemble these elements into new images, often representational and sometimes allegorical. Although this is essentially ‘painting’ with paper, I enjoy reflecting on the history and provenance inherent in each scrap.

This piece is called “It Is My Nature.”

With varying conspicuousness, each shred carries some of its former meaning and contributes to the depth and meaning of the new image. As far back as I can remember, National Geographic magazines have excited my imagination. They are a rich visual record of the natural and cultural world.
Using them exclusively for my collages imposes a creative constraint while being full enough of lush imagery to give me what feels like endless possibilities in creation. I never tire of flipping through thousands of pages to find just the right piece.
For additional details about Dan Zdilla, visit his website at dailypaintworks.com.


Uncharted Lancaster 

Adam Zurn from Uncharted Lancaster will be here with a mini-adventure that celebrates both downtown Lancaster and the building’s history, as well as local architecture. Fun prizes are up for grabs with your choice of either a 1.25″ soft enamel pin, a 3″ embroidered patch, or a 1.18″ metal replica Spanish Doubloon.

In addition, Zurn will have reproduction maps from the 1800s of Lancaster City and Lancaster County on display.

Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Items for Sale

Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

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Our equation for success has been working for over 50 years. Look around you and know that our advocacy and direct action have resulted in saving hundreds of historic structures and other sites throughout the county. The flip side is that not everything can and should be saved. The Trust continually faces this delicate balance and works closely with all parties involved to reach an equitable decision for all. Sadly, it sometimes takes an irreplaceable loss to a community before preservation moves higher on the priority list.

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