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Downtown Lancaster, PA

Posted by on September 5, 2013.

Instead of traveling to paint and be artistically inspired this year, I decided to focus on an aesthetically charming city right outside my gallery door; Lancaster!  Follow the red umbrella down shady streets, past familiar buildings, and in front of iconic landmarks through my exhibit of new, original works which will be unveiled on First Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Gallery.

The audacity of it all!

Posted by on July 6, 2013.

1st place ribbon
29 years ago before there was any Gallery Row, and when only 2 galleries
existed in the city, hundreds of artists from Lancaster county and city would
converge upon the streets downtown for the large, annual art show.
Taking place only one Sat. per year, it wound up and down most of the
streets in center city.
In my naivete as a newly-graduated high school senior, I had the nerve to
enter this show/contest.  Hilariously, I entered it with only two paintings on
two folding chairs because I didn’t own any easels.  There I stood along
King St., side-by-side many talented artists and some well-known ones who
had professional booths with many paintings.  I’m surprised they even let me in.
Imagine my shock (as well as everyone else’s) when the coveted, blue,
first place ribbon was awarded to one of those two, humble paintings of mine.
Since then, the royal blue has faded into a bright, pinkish lavender, but that
ribbon still hangs over my painting area in my home studio as a reminder that
all it takes is a dream, a drive, and apparently not enough wits to realize you
will never make it.

A Room Transformed

Posted by on May 29, 2013.

Because a good piece of art can transform any room.

Lancaster Mennonite School Commissions Liz To Paint

Posted by on September 3, 2012.

Lancaster Mennonite School commissioned Liz to paint a series of vintage scenes of the campus over the course of three years. Starting in 2010, the series was completed with the 2012 edition.  The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal / New Era covered the story.

"Early Years on the Campus" 2010 Pastel Commission. Original and all Limited Edition Prints Sold Out. Note cards available $4.50 each
“Early Years on the Campus”
2010 Pastel Original Commission.
Original and all Limited Edition Prints Sold Out.
Note cards available $4.50 each.

“Early Years at the Pond”
2011 Watercolor Original Commission.
Original and all Limited Edition Prints Sold Out.
Note cards available at $4.50 each

“Early Years on Campus II”
2012 Watercolor Original Commission.
Original and all Limited Edition Prints Sold Out.
Note cards available at $4.50 each

Liz’s Art at Lancaster’s Premier Day Spa & Salon

Posted by on June 27, 2012.


Lancaster’s premier day spa and salon in downtown Lancaster, Visage a’ Visage, has invited Liz to fill the entire first floor with her artwork. The former Mary Reynolds mansion on the corner of Duke and Clay streets stands as a regal, grand lady; now lovingly restored by the Spa’s proprietors. Liz is honored to have an extensive collection, all of it available for purchase, hanging within this lovely home. So when in Lancaster, visit both of Liz’s art locations: 140 N. Prince St., and 802 N. Duke St.

Romance (An Engagement) at the Gallery

Posted by on May 6, 2012.

David chooses Liz Hess Gallery as the setting for his marriage proposal to Monique.


Liz’s Easter Peeps Painting To Benefit Friendship Community

Posted by on April 21, 2012.

10″ x 12″ Framed, Acrylic Original
$350 (SOLD)
Note cards now available

Liz, together with several other artists, were asked by the Lancaster Newspapers to use the beloved Easter marshmallow candy as their muse. The article appeared in the April 5, 2012 edition of the Lancaster Newspapers.

Each artist chose a charity to which the proceeds from the sale of their piece of artwork would be directed. Liz’s choice was Friendship Community, a non-profit, Christian Ministry supporting adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties of Pennsylvania since 1972.

Red Umbrellas Inspire Virginia Classroom Kids

Posted by on March 14, 2012.

Dear Ms. Hess,

We are the Reading Group from Mrs. Miller’s class here at Cub Run Elementary School in Virginia. We went to your website and looked at all your paintings. We thought they
were extremely cool! We liked the story about the red umbrella in your paintings. We admired them so much that we decided to make our own.

Mrs. Miller took pictures of our work and they are attached. We hope you enjoy them.

We are also wondering if you are taking another trip soon to get more ideas for paintings?

Mrs. Miller’s reading group
March 2012


Wedding at the Gallery

Posted by on June 24, 2011.


In June, 2011, a wedding took place at Liz Hess Gallery. Dan and Danielle entered into an intimate, nuptial ceremony, complete with red umbrellas.

Bed & Breakfast Named After Liz’s Art

Posted by on April 19, 2011.

Liz was asked permission, and gave her consent to the proprietors of a B & B in Hershey, PA, to name their establishment, “The Red Umbrella Bed & Breakfast“. Featuring Liz’s art, visitors from other regions are making it a point to stop in at the gallery in downtown Lancaster after spending a night at the beautiful residence in Hershey.

West Africa Painting Project

Posted by on November 12, 2010.

The Story

Dutch Apple Dinner Theater Exhibits Liz’s Works

Posted by on June 19, 2010.

Local theater carries Liz’s works

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster invited Liz to exhibit her “Red Umbrella Collection” in the lobby and gift shop during the months of June and July to coincide with their feature musical, “Singing in the Rain.”

Bon-Ton Features Liz’s Art

Posted by on May 5, 2009.

Article in Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster Newspapers (Photos below)

“Red Umbrella Series To Get Red-Carpet Treatment

by Carla Di Fonzo
October 11, 2008
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster Newspapers

When Liz Hess found out her work would be celebrated this weekend in honor of National Arts &
Humanities month, she said her reaction could best be described as ‘dumbfounded’. ‘I thought they
were going to feature a group of us,’ the local artist said. ‘So when they told me I was the feature artist
for the entire celebration, I couldn’t help but feel honored.’

The celebration will be hosted by the Bon-Ton at Park City Center to coincide with the store’s grand
reopening. The co-host is none other than CHANEL Beaute. Hess’ glamorous ‘Red Umbrella’ series
will be on display today throughout the store.

Most of the action will take place around the Bon-Ton’s make-up department, where regional Chanel
make-up artists will give complimentary consultations from noon to 5 PM. Musical guests, the
Trelumina Trio will perform during the gala-style event.

Anyone who has seen Hess’ ‘Red Umbrella’ paintings can see an easy connection to Chanel, with
their sleek attitude and advanced sense of couture. One of the paintings features a well-dressed
woman walking a dog in the rain, her trusty red umbrella protecting her posh clothes.

Hess is owner of Liz Hess Gallery (formerly Gallery 2) at 140 N. Prince St. in Lancaster. She is also
a world traveler having begun her adventures in utero. As the daughter of missionaries, Hess was born
in Honduras in 1965 and later grew up in Lancaster. From the age of 23-31, Hess served on a mission
team that was stationed 10 miles above the arctic circle in Sweden’s Lapland. There she learned to
speak, read and write Swedish fluently. ‘I still love to travel,’ she said; ‘it fuels my art.’

Today’s reception celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month and Bon-Ton’s grand reopening will
begin at 11:15 am at the Bon-Ton Department Store, 600 Park City Center.”

(After the fact…The event proved to be a great success for Liz and the Bon-Ton. The Chanel counter
at the store reported that sales at their counter that day were up 200%. The Bon-Ton had also
hired professional models who were stationed around the event area, posing with red umbrellas
together with Liz’s art. Liz was also honored by Senator Mike Brubaker who attended the celebration
and presented a document and plaque to her from Governor Ed Rendell honoring Pennsylvania artists.)


Liz Invited To Exhibit in Switzerland

Posted by on July 19, 2008.


Commissioned in 2007 to paint the Emmental Valley where the Anabaptists originated, Liz was then invited to exhibit her works at the Schaukäseri in Affoltern, Switzerland. Swiss leaders of Emmental commissioned the painting as part of the country’s Tauferjähr 2007 commemoration – Year of the Anabaptists, highlighting this ancestral home of many Lancaster County Amish and Mennonites.

22″ x 34″ Limited Edition Giclee Canvas Prints, stretched and ready to hang are available for $350. Also available: 11″ x 16.5″ Open Edition Paper Giclee Prints, $55 and 5″x 7″ notecards for $4.25 ea. Shop Now

Liz Presents Art Workshop in Mexico

Posted by on September 19, 2007.

Liz painting en plein aire at Rancho La Puerta.

Liz painting en plein aire at Rancho La Puerta.

Rancho La Puerto Spa

Local Artists Honored

Liz Hess and Freiman Stoltzfus, art colleagues and friends, were invited to be guest presenters at the award winning “Rancho La Puerta” spa and resort located in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Encompassing health and wellness for the “mind, body and spirit” with an amazing array of activities, Liz & Freiman were invited to present art workshops for the 150 guests during the week of April 19-25, 2008. Liz also spent many hours painting en plein aire on the 3,000 acre property which offers world-class landscaped gardens, an organic farm and breathtaking mountainside vistas. Rancho la Puerta has received such awards as “Best Spa in Mexico” by Luxury Spafinder Magazine and “Top 15 Destination Spas” by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Liz and Freiman were honored by this prestigious invitation and have been invited to return to Rancho La Puerta for future presentations.

A Couple Is Engaged at the Gallery

Posted by on November 19, 2006.

He Proposes! (the ring is in the flower).

He Proposes! (the ring is in the flower).

Kirsten Johnsen didn’t realize that her date with beau, Tim Martin (both of Lancaster) would result in their engagement during a First Friday evening at Liz Hess Gallery. Unbeknownst to her, Tim had arranged ahead of time with Liz that the diamond ring he had purchased would be hidden within the center of a lily. The lily was then carefully arranged within the center of the large bouquet on the table in the middle of the Gallery.

On a busy First Friday with a crowd of people filing in and out of the gallery all evening, Tim and Kirsten also happened to be part of that crowd making it’s rounds to all the galleries on Gallery Row. When Kirsten saw the beautiful bouquet inside the Gallery, Tim asked Liz in front of her if he could have one of the lilies for Kirsten. Liz pulled out the one with the diamond hidden deep within the center of the lily, which Tim then handed to Kirsten as he got down on one knee to propose. When the crowd saw what was taking place, they parted and formed a circle around the couple, and then applauded and cheered when Kirsten accepted Tim’s proposal.

The couple has now been happily married since the summer of 2007.