Melissa Wirls to be featured at Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s September First Friday Open House

Join us on Friday, September 2, 2022, from 5 to 8 pm for a First Friday open house at the beautiful Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House at 123 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, in the heart of Gallery Row. We will be hosting Melissa Wirls for a one-night-only pop-up art show.

Mixed Media artist, Melissa Wirls, was born and raised in Lancaster, PA, and currently resides in Wrightsville, PA, with her husband and is a proud mother to three sons, a granddaughter, two dogs, and two cats.

Inspired by virtually everything, Melissa tends towards creating pieces that make you feel by using a plethora of mediums. She mainly utilizes recycled materials to reduce her imprint on the environment and takes much joy in creating new and original art by using “found” goods.

Melissa’s inspiration is as eclectic as she; one day, it may be local architecture, while the next might be the neighbor’s music weaving its way through the neighborhood. She sees beauty in everything.

Ms. Wirls recently created a series of paintings inspired by Lancaster history based on her pride in the place where she grew up and continues to work.



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Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

The Trust was established in 1966 to help “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County.” Through the years, the Trust has been active in helping to preserve many historic properties in Lancaster County that contribute to their respective communities as unique places for people to live, work, and play.

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.

Consider joining the Trust today.