City Hall Gallery: MYTHOS: Family Folklore of Lancaster Artists

The City Hall Gallery exhibition for June and July is a group exhibition curated by artist, Emily Adleblute.

Artist Receptions for this event are:

Friday, June 1, 2018; 5 - 8 pm
Friday, July 6, 2018; 5 - 8 pm

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There’s an undeniable magic in folklore. A folk tale can be as old as time yet somehow it never feels outdated. We can easily apply the morals and lessons to our modern day lives. Whether we grew up in sleepy small towns or sprawling metropolitan cities, lore has the immense power to bring people together, to inspire, and to give meaning to life’s big questions.

The veritable zeitgeist of society is in part fueled by the folk tales that have endured through generations either orally, though written texts, or in visual art. In these tales, today’s pop culture finds an endless tome of material with which to flourish with archetypal characters and fascinating storylines from every inch of the globe.

Our city of Lancaster is known for its cultural diversity as well as its artists. Why not bring these two aspects together in an exhibit to show not only artistic prowess, but also to illustrate the makers’ respective ancestral pasts? In “Mythos: Family Folklore of Lancaster Artists,” we honor creatives of the Lancaster area and the cultures that helped shaped them.

This exhibited was curated by artist, Emily Adleblute and includes the work of the following artists:

Emily Adleblute

Emily Adleblute’s fascination with nature and painting began in and around her parents’ secluded home at a very early age. Exposure to the sometimes dark folklore of her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage has been a welcome influence in many of her surreal nature-driven illustrations. Emily attended the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, from which she graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 2013. Since graduating from college, she has remained in Lancaster to pursue her freelance career through pet portraits, hand-painted jewelry, album artwork for local bands, book illustrations, and various gallery exhibits.

Salina Almanzar

I am a Puerto Rican and Dominican artist, educator, writer, social justice warrior but most importantly the second oldest of 7 awesome small-manzars. My passion and life work is to educate, critique, and examine how my people and culture are represented in the arts. My art and scholarship explores the intersections of Latinidad, feminism, decolonial practice, and Taino spirituality. I wake up every morning learning to embrace what it means to be ni de aqui y ni de alla. Everything I do is to help others like me feel united with the diaspora and discover the beauty and freedom that can exist in the margins. This series explores mark-making and re-appropriation of historical text. The paper come from a European Catholic Art History book and the line drawings are based on Taino deities as represented through traditional Taino sculpture. The Taino people come from the Caribbean and the specific community I am a part of and exploring my connection to are Puerto Rican Taino’s. The artifacts are used for worship, day-to-day usage, and now to preserve our history. Through the process of drawing on-top of Euro-centric texts, I aim to elevate the voice of my ancestors, inspire curiosity specifically from my diaspora, and honor the people that needed to exist and the trauma that had to occur in order for me to exist.

Thabani Ndlovu

Thabani Ndlovu lives in Annville, Pennsylvania, and he graduated from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2017 with a Bachelor in Fine Art. His art is based in his life experiences mixed with dreams and the warping of social perceptions. He enjoys experimenting with different materials including drawing, painting, sculpture, and animation. His preferred media sizes range from the size of a business card to wall-sized murals. The pieces in this show are all based around the stories of Anansi, the trickster god of stories from Ghana, which he grew up hearing and reading about.


Alexandria Bonner

Alexandria Bonner is a working artist living in Lancaster, PA. In 2016, she was awarded “Best Fine Artist” and “Valedictorian” of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s graduating class. Her first children’s book, Ember, will be published in 2019. Themes relating to psychology, nonlinear time, and body movement often inform her art practice. These diptychs display a family member and object, devoid of environment, inviting viewers’ to form a narrative using their own context and biases. The object relates to the paired family member’s most memorable family tradition, which may pass onward to future generations.

Jonathan Almanza

Jonathan Almanza is a Lancaster, PA artist. Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, his abstract work often contains Mesoamerican representation and themes about being an immigrant in the U.S. His use of large canvases and vibrant colors create bold and alluring pieces. Jonathan had the opportunity to hang his first solo exhibit at The Community Room on King. His art has also been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution and the Lancaster Museum of Art. He was awarded a Scholarship Gold Key in the Lancaster County Young Artists Competition and was the youngest entrant to have a work selected in the 54th Lancaster Community Art Exhibit. His painting “Lancaster DREAMers” was used as the cover art for the book inVISIBLE Americans which tells immigrant stories. Jonathan also does commission work by request and his specialties are abstract acrylic paintings and drawing/illustrations.