Macbeth, Shakespeare in the Park


June 2-17,
Wednesday-Saturday
at 7:30 p.m.

Join Gamut Theatre Group’s Harrisburg Shakespeare Company for the 24th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park held at Reservoir Park in Harrisburg! Admission is FREE. We will be collecting canned good items for Bethesda Mission and encourage you to bring a donation.

Come early with your own blankets or chairs to grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars!
Gamut Theatre Group has a long history with this dark, disturbing classic. For over 20 years, we have produced it on our main-stage, as well as toured it all over the Pennsylvania region. Now, we are very excited to bring its fatal vision to our sizable outdoor summer home, Reservoir Park. We hope you will come along with us once again as we take the fascinating and terrifying journey into the heart of our darkest aspirations and motivations.

More Photos HERE

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Enjoying the journey at Mill Creek Falls


“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I learned a bit of patience, gratitude, strength, and kindness. All of this while walking in nature. I ventured to Mill Creek Falls, located near River Rd., Airville, PA.

The trip took me about an hour to drive there, but just a few minutes after arriving, I was on the trail along the Susquehanna River and viewing the falls from the trail.

I find that I would see a photograph but the challenge was how to make it happen, how to create the image. As I’d look at where to place my feet, where to put my camera, attempting to “cheat” by holding my camera, and realizing that when I actually “nail” the photograph, the time spent getting to the right spot, taking the time to compose and frame, and refocus, that time I spend, makes the image worth the time.

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When I visualized the image, and then saw obstacles in my way, I would turn back, and rethink my steps, and each time, I found a way to get to the place where I wanted to be to make the image. But it took time, one step, one foot in front of the other, sometimes sliding, sometimes falling, sometimes landing just right. But in each instance, I doubted that I could get to the spot where I wanted to make the photo. I would back up and say, “Yeah, right. There’s no way.” Then I would turn around and talk out loud (Yes, I was talking to myself in the woods) and say “If I could get my foot to that tree, then turn around, and put my other foot on that rock, while balencing on the other tree… And then after some careful thought, I made it to my spot.

My legs were shaking at times from crouching for extended period of times while I tested my angle, placement of the camera, composition, and exposure. My skin felt itchy because I realized that at some point while on the mission to get to this spot, I had walked through spiderwebs, and had my feet in or near water and mud because my shoes were partially covered with it and my socks were wet.

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I forgot about all of that when I was creating these photos. It’s as if none of those things bothered me. When I’m making a photograph, or really trying to get the right light, the right composition, the right timing on the water, all of that is more important than the small uncomfortable feelings at that moment, they don’t matter.

Why can’t I look at life like I look at making photographs? Why can’t I see the end results from staying the course and ignoring the uncomfortable parts of the journey?
Or what if the Journey is the whole point? What if the “challenge” is what I need to finally find the life that I really want? This year it’s time to appreciate the journey by taking intentional steps towards self awareness and to live a life with purpose and value. That kind of life makes the journey worth it all. So from this trip, I realized yet again this year, that if I stop and enjoy the journey in this thing we call life, I may just “nail” it. And if I don’t, at least I’ll have some great stories to tell. And that makes it all worthwhile.

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Check out all the images from my trip here.

McNees Artwork Project Announced


Harrisburg Capitol VerticalEight of my photographs of the Harrisburg area have been selected for an art project, of which planning began about a year ago. The venue, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC,  located in downtown Harrisburg, is a local law firm in the heart of Central Pennsylvania.

The images, featuring the Harrisburg Capitol, the Susquehanna River with the Harrisburg cityscape in the background, the McCormick Riverfront Library, and Italian Lake.

With the experience of the Radisson Hotel Project, I was able to listen to the client’s requests and use the images I already had, and was hired to create additional images for this project. The artwork was carefully selected to meet creative, conceptual, design, and print specifications. The sizes, matte, and frames were selected and samples provided by the Art & Framing Warehouse, located in York, Pa.

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Last Saturday I signed the artwork and it is in the process of being framed. Once delivered, the work will be hung in several conference rooms of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC located in downtown Harrisburg. Delivery of artwork is expected in the next few weeks!

If you are interested in purchasing this or any of my work, please contact me at debra.schell32@gmail.com to set up a free consultation.

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What Remains Art Sale


Over the last few years I’ve been showing my work, I’ve curated artwork into themes to show. Some have sold, some have not. The collection I have now, is what remains.

Below are the images from a variety of art shows since I’ve been exhibiting that haven’t sold in the past, and I’m hoping to sell them now. Make me an offer, pay what you will, or if you love an image, but can’t afford to make a purchase at this time, contact me and it’s yours. I want to share my work with others. Photographs include selections from my first Nature Exhibit in 2012, Pennsylvania Places exhibit in 2013, and some of my personal collection of images that I wasn’t sure where or when to exhibit, so they have been in my home for the last year. I’d love to share them with you, so please let me know if you are interested in any of these images. Thank you!

Contact me via Debra.Schell32@gmail.com to purchase any of this artwork

Visit my Art Exhibit website to view all available images.

Pittsburgh

“Pittsburgh Metro” – 2012 – 11×14 image in 16×20 matte, signed

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“Bethlehem” – 2014 – 11×14 image in 16×20 matte, signed and framed

Hershey, Pa.

“Hershey” – 2013 – 10×16 image in 18×20 frame, signed

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“Pittsburgh Reflections” – 2012 – 11×14 image in 16×20 matte, signed.

Travels to New York City


I ventured to the Big Apple with some friends on April 22. The bus trip, to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central PA, was my first venture to New York in over a decade. This year I wanted to travel to the city to capture the amazing and historic architecture, gritty streets, and big buildings.

After arriving, my sister, her husband, and my friend and I all venturing to Midtown Manhatten. Starting at Bryant Park, where the bus left us, as we went from street to street, we weaved around the busy city.

 

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Our first official stop was at Grand Central Terminal. According to this website, the original 1871 building was Grand Central Depot. It became Grand Central Station after renovation and expansion in 1901. The new building unveiled in 1913—whose centennial we’re celebrating—is Grand Central Terminal. The idea of people going from place to place was why I wanted to photograph this space. I love the movement.

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So once a long time ago (1999), I ended up in the Bronx because I didn’t understand the subway system. Hoping to not make a mistake like that again, while I’m sure it’s a nice place to visit, our group was wanting to head to Lower Manhatten. Once we figured out the rail system and changes of schdules and tracks, we were on our way heading to the World Trade Center.

Once we had taken in the view of the WTC Memorial we headed the Oculus, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan, which opened up in 2016. THe glass-and-steel structure was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to look like a dove in flight. If I hadn’t read that, I’m not sure I’d think that’s what I would’ve thought. But I like the concept. And I can appriciate the artist expression.

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We headed back to the subway to get back to the spot where the bus would take us back to Central PA. The Fulton Center stop was especially visually stimulating. The station opened in November 2014, and was meant to unify five different subway stations with nine lines into one complex. The main draw is a glass oculus, with a 53-foot diameter, atop an atrium. The station is built in a steel and glass shell, has almost one thousand aluminum panels to capture daylight throughout the year and reflect sunlight deep into the station. The French Gothic-style Corbin Building on John Street was also restored. About 300,000 riders on weekdays use the new stop.

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Lastly, and my most favorite space that we visited was the New York Public Library, which has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.

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Serving more than 17 million patrons a year, and millions more online, the Library holds more than 55 million items, from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world. Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library and three other research centers, NYPL’s historical collections hold such treasures as Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World, George Washington’s original Farewell Address, and John Coltrane’s handwritten score of “Lover Man.”

To view all the images I created in NYC, click HERE 🙂

 

Hiking at Tucquan Glen


hikeI decided to celebrate my 30-something birthday with new friends, while climbing up and down hills and valleys, for seven hours, with over a total of 9 miles. I hadn’t anticipated hiking that far, or for that long, and two days later, I’m still feeling that my body wasn’t expecting that either. Regardless, I am so happy that I ventured out and met some new people, learned some new things, and proved to myself that I’m capable of way more than I ever thought.

I’ve been a member of the Meetup groups for a while, but hadn’t made the time to get to them and I’m really into hiking. I had recently received an email that a new Meetup group was created. The title of the group “Into the Wild with Gypsy” intrigued me, so I decided to sign up for the first group planned hike on April 18, which was also my birthday. I am having the feeling of “getting older isn’t as fun” so I didn’t really want to celebrate my birthday this year. But I also decided that I didn’t want to spend it in my office.

So I signed up for the hike, took the day off work, and planned to get up and moving early to get to Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve, which was about an hour drive. Little did I know that there would be a detour, which I took after discovering that the road is actually closed (after driving through a few Road Closed signs to see how far I could get.). Even after arriving about 15 minutes late, the group was awaiting my arrival.
Had they went without me, I still would’ve planned to hike the trail, but I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have taken the trails and spent as much time out and about on my own.

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The Tucquan Glen Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pequea, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail, according to this website. However, our group didn’t take that trail, we followed the “Orange” trail, a trail for more experienced hikers. And as I reflected during the day, I realized that all the things I thought I couldn’t do, like this hike on an advanced trail, I really could do.
I did learn a few things, for one, I need to invest in a good pair of hiking boots, and a good bag for carrying water, which I didn’t bring enough of, as well. Gypsy provided me with some extra water, which lightened his load as well.

The Lancaster Conservancy was founded in 1969, because clean air, fresh water and wild places are vital to every generation. With thousands of acres being lost every year to development, it is the Conservancy’s purpose to maintain carefully selected portions of the county’s open areas in their natural state.

The Conservancy focuses its energy and financial resources towards preserving these open-space areas for continuing public recreation and educational use as well as providing methods and assistance by which concerned citizens can help protect these precious community conservation tools.

On our hike we noticed trash thoughout the hike, and on or near the trail. As we walked, Gypsy and Roberto collected what they were able to carry. We discussed organizing an official “cleanup day” at some point.

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There’s recomendations by the conservancy for hikers and visitors to use alternatives to Tucquan Glenn due to heavy traffic damaging the land.

The vastness is evident in the scenic views as to why people continue to take the trails but it seems many hikers/visitors to the land are leaving things behind. And some visitors have left their mark for decades. Dates on House Rock list carvings from the 1930s.

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According to this article, House Rock Nature Preserve in Martic Township offers a gorgeous vista of the Susquehanna River and natural beauty throughout all four seasons. Set high over the eastern banks of Lake Aldred, the preserve is comprised of 95 acres. Its woodland includes an experimental American chestnut tree planting in partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation. Streams, such as Brubaker, Reed and House runs, make their way to the Susquehanna.

Our next stop was the Wind Cave which is a mile south of the Pequea boat launch in Pequea, Pa, along the Conestoga Trail. I began entering the cave, but decided not to venture to far in, as it is very dark and wet due to condensation.

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On our trip back to our cars, and much needed relaxation, we took a detour to check out the small waterfalls, which really made for nice photographs.

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Check out more of the images on my website.