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Local Eyes: A Virtual Experience

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words…

For this year’s Lititz Fire & Ice Local Eyes Photography Exhibition, we asked photographers to submit images taken here in town. But we didn’t stop there. We asked photographers to show us Lititz through their eyes…to offer their special perspective on our special town.

They delivered.

Their photos tell a personal story, narrated by the photographer. They give us a glimpse into our favorite spots in and around Lititz, and spots we haven’t yet discovered.

A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, who continuously show up to support art and artists in downtown Lititz: Mercedes Benz of Lancaster, Barley Snyder, Lititz Art Association, Robert Polett, Photographer, Studio 8 Graphic Design, and Maria Elliott, Esquire.

Our Adult Show Winners:

1st Place: David Berk

2nd Place: Mark Branle

3rd Place: Michael Marcon

Student Winners

1st Place: Maya Stauffer, Lancaster Mennonite High School

2nd Place; Ariana Shirk, Ephrata High School

3rd Place: Oliver Brown, Stone Independent School

The Local Eyes Photography Exhibit runs from February 17th through February 26th at The Lititz Shirt Factory and is open during Collusion Tap Works hours. The adult exhibit was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Lancaster, Polett Photo, Studio 8 Graphic Design, and the Lititz Art Association. The student exhibit was sponsored by Barley Snyder, Attorneys at Law and Maria Elliott, Esquire.

Our Judges

We are so thrilled to have a line-up of judges with close ties to our community. Each offers a unique professional perspective that will help guide their evaluations.

Jeremy Jenkins is the WGAL News 8 weekend evening anchor.

Jeremy joined the WGAL News 8 team in October 2018. Originally from Arkansas, Jeremy is excited to make Susquehanna Valley his new home! Prior to his move to the Northeast he was a Multimedia Journalist for KETK in Tyler, Texas. There he covered the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System murder investigation and interviewed entertainer Jamie Foxx and Nickelodeon’s Kel Mitchell.

Outside the newsroom Jeremy has been honored for his work as a community advocate. In 2018, he was chosen as a nominee for Favorite News Personality for the Missoulian’s annual Missoula Choice Award. He’s also an award-winning fundraiser for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure.

Other organizations he’s worked with include Relay for Life, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

If you have story ideas or just wanted to welcome him to the Susquehanna Valley, you can find him on Facebook at Jeremy Jenkins – WGAL News 8

Tori Nonamaker is currently the Content Coordinator at Discover Lancaster. Tori has been in the photography world since she was 13 years old after obtaining a professional camera. Before Discover Lancaster, Tori turned her hobby into a full-time job working as a Product Photographer; but now she is finding love in film photography as she continues exploring the vast creatively that photography brings. 

Cory Van Brookhoven is the President of the Lititz Historical Foundation. Cory is a third-generation Lititz historian, who is passionate about local history and his community. He has penned several books on Lancaster County topics, published more than 150 newspaper articles on local history and produced a podcast showcasing Lititz’s unique people, history, and events.

Cory’s frequent historical photo social media posts, many of which are drawn from the Foundation’s substantial photo archive, bring Lititz’s history to life and reveal a rich photographic tradition within our community. 

Brie Vicek Rogers is the owner of OWLBOX Studio and works full time as a Set Designer and Art Director for live events and television. She also practices fine art, with an interest in watercolor illustrations that can be found at Purple Robin Reserve. Brie holds a master’s degree in Theatrical Scenic Design from Penn State, and two separate bachelor degrees in Theatre and Fine Art Painting. Her work brought her to live in Lititz in 2015 with her husband James, and she has grown to absolutely love the vibrancy of this beautiful and very cool small town.

Alison Miksch has traveled nationally shooting a variety of subjects from food and objects, to people, places, and gardens. Her affinity for light, color, and composition grew out of the beautiful photographs her father took throughout her youth and her mother’s background in the visual arts. With superb client relations and a discerning eye, Alison has established a roster of editorial and commercial clients over her tenure in the media industry. Visit Alison’s website here.

Beth Brunner has spent most of her professional life as an art teacher. The last 23 years were at Lititz Elementary in Lititz, PA. In retirement, she has been the president of the Lititz Art Association for the last eight years and chaired the Lititz Outdoor Fine Art Show for the last nine years. She has worked as a free-lance illustrator while living in Oklahoma and New Hampshire. Currently, she is a full-time artist, showing her work in many Pennsylvania art shows. Visit Beth’s website here.


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