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.

Shakespeare in the Park ~ TROILUS AND CRESSIDA ~


Shakespeare In the Park
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA directed by Clark Nicholson
… the end crowns all, And that old common arbitrator, Time, Will one day end it.” -Act IV, scene 5 All is unfair in Love and War, as our playwright, William Shakespeare, takes a turn at Western Civilization’s oldest written story.

Artsfest 2015


Fantastic weather, great food, wonderful art, and jammin music during this year’s Artsfest. For the third year, I volunteered for the event which brings over 250 artists and a variety of musicians and food vendors to the Susquehanna Riverfront in Harrisburg. Each year that I volunteer, I walk around a sit at various booths to…

Peace Day 2015 Promo Video


I just finished working on this video for Peace Day Philly. I’ll be promoting Peace Day from now until Sept. 21! and continuing with the project Images for Peace. Please visit the link above and submit your image for Peace! Take Action! Here’s a few easy things you can do to make a difference! 1)…

Travels to Warren, PA


All images ©Debra Schell/2015 ~ All Rights Reserved For Full Photo Gallery Click Here

Client Portraits / Woman of the Year Campaign


My friend (and favorite repeat client) Adrienne Thoman, has decided to run for Woman of the Year! She asked me to create photographs she would be using for her efforts to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Below is her blog post about the decision to run!~

Jamestown, New York


Travels to Jamestown, NY – March 15, 2015 All images ©Debra Schell/ 2015 Click here to go to full gallery