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.

Hiking at Tucquan Glen


I 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…

Travels to Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory


I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA and wrote about my travels in my previous post. Continuing my trip, on Sunday, April 9th I visited Phipps Conservatory . Please see more images on my website HERE.

Travels to Pittsburgh


As I drive through the tunnels, get closer to the hills, and see the bridges, I know that I’ve arrived in Pittsburgh, PA.   As a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Point Park University, I spent a good chunk of my life driving the roads and hills of this city. I grew…

Art, Music, and Beer!


My Harrisburg Places artwork and new work The City I See: Chaos and Calm, will be on display at the City House B&B starting April 3 – 28, 2017. The City House is located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s capital city, Harrisburg. Right along the banks of the picturesque Susquehanna River, this beautiful and charming urban…

Coffee & Art during 3rd in the Burg


Support local business on St. Patrick’s Day by coming out for 3rd in the Burg! Stop by Dalicia’s Bakery & Coffee Shop on Friday, March 17 from 6-9 p.m. for some great treats, coffee by Little Amps, and art by several local artists including me! The shop, open for just about a year, is located…

New work up at Zeroday Brewing Co.


My Exhibit “The City I See: Chaos & Calm” is on display at Zeroday Brewing Co. in Midtown Harrisburg. The artwork will be up Feb. 17 – March 16. I’m so excited to announce some new work that I’ll be showing this month! The images attempt to show my feelings of confusion about where I…

Peace Exhibit up at Yellow Bird Cafe


Digital Photography by Deb Schell/2017 The Peace Images Exhibit is a collection of photographs of peaceful and scenic landscapes, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. These images each remind me of a time when I felt at peace. While on a hike, while sitting by the river, while by the lake, sitting alone, or sitting with a…

Artwork at 4 venues in Harrisburg in February !~


Hey all! I wanted to let you know that this month there are four venues in Harrisburg that you can check out my artwork! Swing by at some point during the month. Location #1- Dalicia Bakery and Coffee Shop~ Artwork currently up until March 31 Grab a cup of coffee, a pastry, and check out my…

The City I See: Chaos & Calm


This past year has been especially challenging for everyone. It seems almost everyone I talk to says that they are happy to see 2016 end. If for political reasons, or for personal reasons, or whatever your reason for feeling like that was just not your year, no fear, because we are right in the beginning of 2017.

Art&Coffee on 3rd Street


Grab a cup of joe and a pastry and check out my photographs, now up at Dalicia Bakery and Coffee Shop, located at 1419 N. 3rd Street, in Midtown Harrisburg. The photographs, printed on metal, of the Harrisburg Capitol were created in 2015 and 2016. Five photographs feature the capitol exterior, interior, and details of…

Peace Day 2016 ~ Peace Day Philly


On Sept. 21, people all over the world celebrated and participated in events during the International Day of Peace. For the last four years, I’ve participated in Peace Day during events with Peace Day Philly. Peace Day Philly promotes and collaborates on programming related to personal, local and/or global peace, on and around the United Nations…

Cover Photo for PDJ


One of my Harrisburg images will be showcased on the cover of the Sep/Oct 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Dental Journal with a circulation of 5,000 that will be mailed to professionals in the state.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare in the Park


The Merry Wives of Windsor, Free Shakespeare in the Park, 2016 June 3rd – 18th Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays at 7:30pm Levitt Pavilion, Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, Pa. Click here for More photos.

Rachel B


Rachel B, Pittsburgh-based musician, preformed in Downtown Lancaster during the annual festival, Lancaster Celebrate, on June 24, 2016. She’s a great singer/songwriter/musician and a good friend, so when she asked me to photograph her during this event, I was in 🙂 I usually dance to her music, but this time, I danced and photographed. Check…

Artsfest 2016


ArtsFest 2016 along the river in Harrisburg, PA  

Spring in Harrisburg


Photo walk on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA Check out my website for more photos at Debra Schell Photography!~

Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL


Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL runs at Gamut Theatre from March 12, 2016 – March 26, 2016. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM. “If ever you have need of my life, then come and take it.” As the moon rises behind a tiny outdoor stage on a lakeside estate,…

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival 2016


The Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival was held on Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28 in Lancaster Pennsylvania, USA.  This annual festival features artists from around the country and beyond. I was able to attend on Sunday and chose the venue Tellus 360. Featured Artists: Clarence Spady, Swamp Candy,  Hazmat Modine.   Click HERE…

Harrisburg Exhibit open at Gamut Threatre


After four years of exhibiting at pubs, shops, retirement communities, coffee houses, and my own home, my artwork is finally up at my favorite theatre! Seven of my “Harrisburg Places” photographs featuring the Central Pennsylvania area are on metal prints are located on the wall in the lobby/reception hall of the theatre. Gamut Theatre, located…

Peace Day 2015 – Peace March in Mt. Airy


On September 21, 2015 a Peace March was held with Parkway NW students and others along Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Participants walked with peace banners as well as T-shirts with the names of Philadelphia victims of gun violence. This featured collaborative event for Peace Day Philly 2015 was spearheaded by the Parkway NW High School for Peace…

Peace Day Philly Interfaith Celebration & Dialogue


As part of Peace Day Philly 2015, in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, An Interfaith Peace Celebration and Dialogue was held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia on Sept. 20. All images ©Debra Schell/2015 – All Rights Reserved. Peace Day Philly Band Members played as attendees discussed…

Peace Day 2015 Video “What will you do for Peace?”


This video was created on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Peace Day Philly volunteers asked random people in Rittenhouse Square what they can do to contribute to a more peaceful world. The idea was to get people thinking about Peace Day, on Sept. 21. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE The United Nations International Day of Peace, September…

Kipona 2015


 Pennsylvania’s largest array of arts, activities and entertainment over the Labor Day weekend, the KIPONA Celebration is a festival that provides family fun for all, and is offered FREE on the banks of the beautiful Susquehanna River! The Kipona Festival is one of the oldest waterfront festivals in the United States and features the largest…

Music for Murals


Music for Murals Susquehanna Art Museum and the Mulberry Street Bridge Mural Preservation and Relocation Committee hosted a music festival fundraiser at River City Blues Club & Dart Room August 23.
All funds raised support the preservation and relocation of the much loved Mulberry St. Bridge Murals.

Favorite Places & Spaces, Week 1 – Susquehanna Art Museum


The first in my series called “Harrisburg Places & Spaces,” I’m sharing with you photographs of an art space that’s new to Midtown, the Susquehanna Art Museum.
Each week I’ll share a photo of a space I love in the city of Harrisburg and tell you why I love it. This week it’s SAM.

Support Gamut Theatre’s New Home Next Door ~ Speak up, tell your story! Here’s Mine.


My life has been deeply touched by the wonderful productions from the theatre since I discovered Shakespeare in the Park several years ago.

The energy, compassion, dedication, and talent of the cast and crew of all productions are outstanding. Once more, Melissa and Clark Nicholson have become friends of mine as well as many of the cast and crew over the years. They have put in countless hours and dedicated their time to make Harrisburg a great place to enjoy theatre. They’ve brought culture into a town that is known by the media as a “dangerous city” and inspired me to want to be a part of this city, not just complain about it, but to get involved.