It is with mixed emotions that we must announce that the Solstice Arts Festival has ended. SHAPE is proud to have brought this diverse, unique and fun arts festival to Shippensburg and the surrounding area for 12 years. Over these years the festival has seen it's visitors slowly dwindle which makes it difficult to encourage artists to return each year. We would like to thank all of you who have enjoyed the Solstice Arts Festival and ask you to keep the spirit and energy of the festival and the concepts it envisioned alive. Art and the sense of freedom and creativity it kindles, awareness of the earth and our environment, personal wellness and healing. We hope you will share this energy and the love of life and art Solstice promoted. SHAPE will continue to inspire and encourage art and culture in Shippensburg through the SHAPE Gallery and our art education efforts.


Looking for a bustling, unique, and downright eclectic festival? Look no further than Shippensburg’s 13th annual Solstice Arts Festival. Designed for art lovers, artists, and music enthusiasts, this dynamic festival is sure to appeal to everyone in your family.


The festival kicks off Saturday, June 16, 2018 from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shippensburg Township Park on Britton Road. Admittance is free to this family friendly event, and parking is also free.

Sponsored by Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education (SHAPE), the 13th annual Solstice Arts Festival features fine art, music, good food, children’s art activities and creative outlets for all ages. The festival also emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability as well as personal health and wellness.


Held annually on the third Saturday in June, SHAPE’s Solstice Arts Festival celebrates the launch of the summer season. According to festival coordinator Michael Shawn Richardson, it’s a time of year that “celebrates the excitement and feeling of relaxation that the beginning of summer inspires in us all!”

Potter Bill Hynes with Quiet Times Pottery

Glass Artist Mike Peluso

As Richardson explains, the festival originated as an event to “celebrate the fine arts and give artists a chance to bring their talents to the public.”


Since then the festival has expanded to include many other areas of interest, however the core of the festival remains the artwork.


“The focus of the festival has always been on the fine arts,” Richardson adds. “Each year more artists find their way to this growing festival to display, sell, and demonstrate their art.”


Several local and regional artists can be found crafting their magnificent creations and selling them at the festival. Festival attendees can watch artists work in a variety of mediums, including pottery, glass blowing, fiber arts, painting, photography, jewel-crafting, and sculpture to name a few.


Longtime festival participant Michael Peluso demonstrates his incredible glass blowing talents and sells his unique handcrafted pieces.

“Many artists (like Peluso) create their works for curious onlookers,” Richardson says. “It’s a popular part of the festival, and the artists are more than willing to share information about their skills and background.”  Artist Anne Cherry, a veteran to the festival since it’s beginning says, “This is the most FUN festival around,

with so much to see and do for all ages.”


In hosting these talented regional artists in Shippensburg, SHAPE provides the entire Cumberland Valley with a chance to interact with working artists who share their passion for art.


“In a time when budget cuts require families to spend less, the Solstice Arts Festival offers the community an opportunity to explore the world of art right in their own backyard at no charge,” SHAPE president Trisha Grace says.


Children of all ages also have on outlet for expression at the festival. Local artists paint children’s faces, organize fun art projects at the Children’s Tent and encourage visitors to grab a sodden paint brush to decorate the Art Wall. These fun activities are offered at no cost to parents.



Artist Mary Hickman

For music lovers out there, amazing performers entertain visitors on the amphitheater stage throughout the day –  Tresa Paul, Imbued Vagary, Troupe Ashara Belly Dancers, Admiral Mouse, Jane Ramsey, Cody Wilt


The Wellness Circle returns to include many area vendors.


“The Wellness Circle has exploded with interest,” Richardson notes. “It’s as a place to explore natural health and wellness organizations and activities such as yoga, therapeutic massage, whole foods and Shippensburg Universities College Farm, and other local growers to name a few.”


Many area wellness practitioners offer tips to keep ourselves vibrant and in good spirits.

Art Projects for Kids in the Children's Tent

For those new to the festival, the oversized Art Wall is truly impossible to miss!


“At the beginning of the day, the panels are completely barren, just stark white walls. Then, when the festival is over, they become brilliant pieces of group artwork,” Grace adds. “The Art Wall is a remarkable part of the festival. Here, you’ll find children, teens and adults side by side reflecting on what mark to leave on the festival’s iconic canvas.”


“To attract a diverse set of visitors, we wanted to offer a day filled with unique experiences,” he adds. “Our programs and activities expanded this year, and we hope people will want to explore the festival as a result.”

A wide range of options are available at the festival’s culinary court, including burgers, pulled pork, ribbon fries, great vegetarian and vegan dishes, cookies and more. For ways to cool off, families can enjoy ice cream, banana splits, sundaes, cool drinks, and iced coffee and more.


“SHAPE’s board of directors is proud to bring the Solstice Arts Festival to Shippensburg and the entire region,” Richardson said. “We continue to be excited and motivated by the increasing support and enthusiasm generated by this annual event.”


Held at the Shippensburg Township Park on Britton road, the Solstice Arts Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. It is free and open to the public. Chosen for its pleasant country setting and ample parking, the township park features a large amphitheater, open grassy areas, restroom facilities, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, water features to cool off under, and access to the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails for those who want to wander under the trees.


For more information about Solstice Arts Festival or SHAPE, contact (717) 532-2559, email

To explore photographs from past festivals, please visit

The Solstice Arts Festival was featured on NBC's TODAY Show!

A SHAPE Member was able to catch the segment and posted it to YouTube!!  The irony of the report is Dylan Dreyer forecast great weather, well, it ended up being one of the wettest Solstice festivals ever!  But that didn't stop over 1000 people from attending, some from as far as Baltimore, MD, simply because they saw the TODAY Show!  Thank you NBC!

Annually on the Third Saturday in June


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