As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg
by Carrie Wissler-Thomas with Michael Barton This history of the Art Association of Harrisburg is both a factual accounting of the story of the region’s most venerable fine arts organization and also...
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This history of the Art Association of Harrisburg is both a factual accounting of the story of the region’s most venerable fine arts organization and also an often-amusing romp through the personal reminiscences of author Carrie Wissler-Thomas. The Art Association was founded by cultured civic leaders who were passionate about the visual arts, and it has continued to survive and prosper throughout eight decades due to the dedication and support of both artists and committed patrons. The history of The Art Association in many ways mirrors the history of Harrisburg, reflecting the vicissitudes of the City’s economy and development, the Renaissance of the 1980s and ‘90s, the construction of the Hilton and other prominent downtown buildings, the re-development of Reservoir Park, and the emergence of Restaurant Row. The Art Association was founded during the heyday of The City Beautiful Movement, and like The Harrisburg Symphony and Theatre Harrisburg, the organization continues to provide cultural enjoyment and opportunities for art-lovers and practitioners of all ilks.
"As the Paint Dries” is a phrase coined by the author’s husband Scott Thomas as the humorous title of the on-going AAH daily soap-opera. The Art Association of Harrisburg is a family, a reality show, a visual feast, and a very human comedy. The AAH story is a rich tapestry, filled with serious episodes punctuated by incredible-but-true anecdotes. Most of all, the AAH story is the story of the people who have made it what it is today, and who continue to guide it into the future.
Page Count: 196
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: February 24, 2020
Imprint: Sunbury Press
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities / Management & Leadership
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Retailing
ART / History / General
History / US History / Mid-Atlantic