(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series featuring artists who will demonstrate their craft at the LH JAMS Music and Arts Festival on August 13.)
LOCK HAVEN – Local artist Beth DeJesus is invited to paint outdoors at the 7th Annual LH JAMS Music and Arts Festival.
“I’m really looking forward to painting outdoors at the LH JAMS festival in August”, says DeJesus.
DeJesus, of Montgomery, painted from the age of three or four, before attending the Maryland Institute College of Art.
From homes, churches and historic buildings in Lycoming County to Knoebels Amusement Resort and neighborhoods in Lewisburg, DeJesus’ art has garnered a lot of attention.
“My love of art and creating dates back to my early childhood, but I became interested in plein air painting when I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, studying under the well-known artist Mark Karnes”, says DeJesus. “On weekends, when the weather is nice, there is nothing more exciting for me than packing my car with my oil paintings, my watercolors and my pochade box, exploring the back roads , the picturesque cityscapes of Lycoming County and beyond.”
DeJesus can often be found at baseball games, concerts and other community events – like LH JAMS – documenting life with paint.
“I hope that when people see my work, they will feel a connection and an emotion with what is on the web”, she says. “Someone recently told me that my painting ‘Mowery’s Yellow Barn’ brought back so many warm childhood memories.”
The barn, located in Montgomery, is an iconic area landmark along Route 54 and is one of the city’s best-known landmarks.
DeJesus is no stranger to the area, with her work exhibited at the Clinton County Arts Council’s Station Gallery, as well as a gallery in Jersey Shore and other areas.
To learn more about DeJesus and view her work, visit www.bethdejesus.com.
Keep an eye out for DeJesus during the LH JAMS Outdoor Festival on Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. until late evening.
This year, JAMS is a three-day event featuring nearly a dozen groups. It starts on Thursday August 11 with “Rockin’ the Roxy” with Chris LaRose and the Hex Highway Band and Desert Highway, an Eagles Tribute Band. Those interested in attending can purchase a ticket in advance at lhjams.org. Proceeds will go towards future LH JAMS festivals and the launch of the Jeff Gummo CCAC Scholarship for the Arts.
On Friday, August 12, a block party will be held in downtown Lock Haven starting at 6 p.m. Main Street from Jay to Vesper and Grove Street from Church to Water will be closed as two State College-based bands – Ted McCloskey and the Hi Fi’s and Velveeta – bring the best rock from years gone by. Participants can bring a chair to sit on the street or make a reservation at one of the many restaurants downtown.