Check out your phone at the “hotel,” plus 7 other Spring Artwalk events Life and culture

With flowering trees on the city streets, warm weather, live music and dozens of galleries hosting unique art events, Spring ArtWalk 2022 will surely give many chances to get your phone and post a photo of Vibey on Instagram, send #ArtWalk to Twi videos in TikTok or post the update on Facebook.

But Libby Modern from Contemporary Art (529 W. Chestnut) asks the question: what if you didn’t? What if you tried ArtWalk (or at least some of them) “irl” (internet slang for “real life”) instead of filtering it through the screen – even for just an hour?

During ArtWalk this weekend offers a contemporary art hotel for your favorite tools – Phonotel for your mobile phone and Crash Pad tablet. It’s an opportunity to get some distance between yourself and the digital world, which seems to be encroaching more and more on everyday life. You can test your device for an hour, a day, and for the really brave – for the whole weekend.

This is not the first time modern art offers the opportunity to relax from your devices. Contemporary art was offered by Phonotel in 2017 and last opened in 2019; since then Modern says the need to disconnect from screens has become a little more pressing.

It is part of Modern’s “analog neighborhood,” an ongoing project that examines technology and social interaction that Modern is implementing as part of the city’s Public Art Community Engagement (PACE) program.

“I am very grateful to the city for the understanding of what art can be something that really helps to develop quarter, helping people communicate with each other and helps the city to communicate with their citizens”, – says Modern.

If the thought of removing the “I” from your iPhone is already sending you into a panic mode, don’t worry: Modern offers you plenty of free activities to turn your weekend at ArtWalk into literally an artistic walk.

After checking your phone or tablet, you can pick up one of four interactive maps with walking tours of the city, including places like Buchanan Park and the Lancaster Public Library. Official ArtWalk cards are also available for those who just want to browse the galleries without any digital distractions, messages, calls, buzzes, bells, calls and texts.

Libby Modern, owner and operator of contemporary art. helps guests check their devices at Phonotel. “Did you know that Phonotel used to be a library card catalog, also known as the original Google?” Modern wrote in a recent Instagram post about the many analog actions available during ArtWalk.

“There are so many wonderful and amazing things in this city,” says Modern. “I’ve always thought ArtWalk has always been a great time to do something like this because people will be looking for something creative to experience their time in the city.”

Each of the routes also has a story written by local writers with lines placed on the windows along the route, and the maps show interesting things you may have never noticed. Maps take the place of your phone’s GPS feature, but Modern’s “analog environment” can mimic many of the actions you normally perform on your phone or tablet.

Instead, direct messages, and text messages have a delivery system of handwritten messages to the management of people, Polaroid camera to take photos, games, player with a selection of albums, live music and a parade Streetbeans brass orchestra. You can even charge your phone before or after departure by pedaling on an exercise bike connected to a generator. (It takes about an hour of serious pedaling to get a full battery, says Modern).

“I find the art of participation the most exciting,” says Modern. “I’ve always wanted art to be woven into our daily social interactions.”

Contemporary art is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Here is a list of seven other ArtWalk events to check out (with or without your phone). For a complete list of galleries and participating events, visit Note: Some galleries do not have specific ArtWalk clocks on the list, in which case we have included their regular Saturday and Sunday clocks below.


106 W. Chestnut St.

Jeremy Waak’s “Post-Industrial Fetish” showcases a variety of miniature artist, sculptor and metalhead machines. Sculptures of brass, copper and silver are made by hand, collected and painted by the artist and accompanied by schematic drawings illustrating the idea of ​​each creation. Local artists Paige Baxter and Carla Dahler Urgiles will also showcase their handmade engravings, stickers and sketchbooks. The Curio Gallery is open from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and from 12:00 to 16:00 on Sundays.

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120 E. King St.

The exhibition “Between Two Worlds” by world-renowned artist Helen Berggruen presents scenes that match the still lifes and exterior landscapes to create a stunning, otherworldly effect. The exhibition features a dozen oil paintings along with a collection of watercolors from the artist’s recent residence at Elizabeth College. The exhibition runs until July 24. The gallery is open from 10:00 to 16:00 on Saturday and from 12:00 to 16:00 on Sunday.

Additional information: 717-299-9940,


146 N. Prince St.

The personal exhibition of Carlos Gomez de Francisco “Gilded Age Fashion” presents extravagantly magnificent acrylic portraits of elite models of Gilded Age with surreal and symbolic elements. (This is also timely, given the overall theme of the exhibition at the Met Gala 2022.) The artist will be painting from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sunday. The salon and atrium of the gallery will also feature works by more than 20 other artists.

Additional information:, 717-393-8807.

Mark Wagner's art, made with money

“Lord, what are these mortals fooling” (collage) by Mark Wagner.


135 N. Lime St.

Mark Wagner’s painting “Made from Art” is a provocative and thought-provoking exhibition, which presents more than 20 collage works created from deconstructed US dollars. Satirical works hint at themes of wealth, power and human stupidity. The gallery is open from 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturday and from 12.00 to 16.00 on Sunday.

Additional information: 717-299-9940,


140 N. Prince St.

The favorite “figure with a red umbrella” painter Liz Hess explores cafes, river and city streets of Paris in his exhibition “Paris Spring”. Liz Hess will be in the gallery to meet and meet this weekend. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Additional Information: 717-390-7222,

Pensylvanski College of Art and Design

204 N. Prince of St.

The annual PCA&D student art market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, offers the opportunity to purchase original artwork and small handmade gifts while supporting students. The student works of the departments of animation, illustration, graphic design, fine arts, photography and video are on sale. There will be two food trucks on site.

Additional information: 717-396-7833,

Eric Fowler's corner building

“Corner building”


138 N. Prince of St.

Dynamic and playful abstraction from Michel Spiziry demonstrated with brilliant and charming building and street scenes Eric Fowler, as well as the work of Lee and Dick Lavta Vitsana during weekend ArtWalk. The gallery also has a new event “Without frame”, which will feature 150 original works without frame with discounts up to 50%. The gallery will be open from 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturday and from 11.00 to 16.00 on Sunday.

Additional Information: 717-299-4400,

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