The “Red Umbrellas” of Lancaster artist Liz Hess
LISA LANDIS- The Liz Hess Gallery is one of my favorite stops on “First Friday” downtown Lancaster. The gallery is smack in the middle of Prince Street’s gallery row-just look for the red umbrellas in the window. The gallery owner is Lancaster artist Liz Hess who is known for the signature “Red Umbrella” that she works into most of her paintings.
Liz is an amazing artist and she is also a woman of faith. I first met Liz when I had the chance to personally deliver 3 of her original paintings to a small village in Africa where they are being used by an Eastern Mennonite Missions missionary to explain the salvation story to the villagers living in Catel Village, Guinea Bissau.
Liz has a new series,”The Quiet Collection” and I was eager to stop by the gallery this past First Friday to have a look. It’s a series of paintbrushes and prose from the heart and hands of Liz. The paintings have been so popular, she can barely keep them in stock. She also works her red umbrella into the sacred series. Here Liz explains how her signature “Red Unbrella” came to be. I will post a new video soon featuring her new “Quiet Collection” paintings.
Stop by and say to Liz Hess at her Prince Street gallery downtown Lancaster this “First Friday”, June 3, 2011.