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Gettysburg to Host Traveling Native American Art Exhibition in July

(6/10)- This July 14-17, the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and other community organizations and businesses will present Artrain USA, America's Hometown Art Museum, to Gettysburg, PA. Artrain USA is the nations only traveling art museum on a train featuring the nationally touring art exhibition, Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture. The exhibit is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from noon through 8 PM and Sunday, from noon to 5 PM. The train will be stationed at the Pioneer Lines Scenic Railway, 106 N Washington Street. Admission to the train is a $5 donation for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Additional information is available by calling the Gettysburg CVB at 717-334-6274 or 800-337-5015.

"We are thrilled to have this nationally touring exhibition coming to Gettysburg. This allows us to show the many sides of our community, which includes a strong connection to arts and culture," said Chris Glatfelter, Director of the Adams County Arts Council. "It is wonderful that the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau was able to bring this event to our town. This is a fantastic opportunity for both the local community and the visitors to our community this July."

Artrain USA offers and entertaining, educational, and informative experience for visitors of all ages and all levels of art knowledge, as well as train enthusiasts. Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture, is an art exhibition of contemporary artworks by Native American artists. The exhibition will travel onboard Artrain USA through 2007. While onboard the train, visitors can tour three art galleries, watch artists at work and purchase original works of art or souvenirs from the museum gift shop. Kids of all ages can participate in an exhibition "Scavenger Hunt".

Native Views is a contemporary Native American art exhibition touring coast-to-coast onboard Artrain USA, which explores the many commonalities Native and non-Native people share. Visitors will discover the richness, complexity, and breadth of contemporary Native American art while examining varying perspectives on society. Guest curator, Joanna Bigfeather, Western Cherokee and Mescalero Apache, redefines Native art by broadening the limits and confronting the stereotypes that currently define it. Featuring among the 71 artworks by 54 renowned Native American artists are paintings by Kay Walkingstick (Cherokee), and Steven Yazzie (Navaho), and beadwork by Marcus Amerman (Choctow). Visitors will also see sculptors by Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Anita Fields (Osage) and technology-based art by Melanie Printup Hope (Tuscorora).

Through the efforts of the Adams County Arts Council, local artists will also be on hand demonstrating their talents. Included in that list are Jack Handshaw, Larry Knutson, T Cass Anderberg and Erin Brown.

The Gettysburg CVB is working with the Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg College, Main Street Gettysburg, and Pioneer Lines Scenic Railway to present Artrain USA. Gettysburg College, Sprint, and the Yorktowne Hotel are providing local support. The Pioneer Lines Scenic Railway will provide railroad transportation for Artrain USA.

Support for Artrain USA and the national tour of Native Views comes from 3M Commercial Graphics, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, Hobbs+Black Architects, IBM, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The St. Paul Companies, Inc. Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Matilda R. Wilson Fund. Transportation is provided by the nation's railroads including Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific Railroad.

Traveling to communities across the United States, Artrain USA is "American's Hometown Art Museum." A non-profit organization, Artrain USA's mission is to enrich lives and build communities through the arts. An art museum housed in vintage rail cars that travels via the nation's railroads, Artrain USA brings world-class art exhibitions and art education programs to communities and their residents. Artrain USA delivers exceptional opportunities for learning, growth and art appreciation while encouraging the development of local cultural programs and organizations. Founded in 1971, Artrain USA's national headquarters are in Ann Arbor, MI. More than 3 million people have visited Artrain USA during 780 community visits across 45 states and the District of Columbia. Communities as small as 300 and as large as 3 million residents have hosted Artrain USA.

For more information regarding Artrain USA's visit to Gettysburg or a visit to Gettysburg, contact the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-337-5015 or 717-334-6274. You can also reach the CVB at www.gettysburgcvb.org or by emailing info@gettysburgcvb.org. For more information about Artrain USA and to see images from Native Views visit www.ArtrainUSA.org or call 1-800-ART-1971.