Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Art of the State 2015 - State Museum of Pennsylvania

Congratulations to all of the accepted artists and prize winners to Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg PA.  I am honored to have "Tekla's Ladder" chosen as third place for painting and the State Museum Purchase Award.  My painting was named for my grandmother Tekla, who came to the states in the early 1900's from Poland. I can't help but think she would be quite tickled with this news.

HARRISBURG, Pa.June 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced the winners of "Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015," an annual juried exhibition showcasing the talent, creativity and diversity of the state's established and emerging artists.
Awards were given in painting, photography, sculpture, craft and work on paper.
The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing and The State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Award were also selected.  The winners were chosen from 126 works selected from more than 1,600 submissions.
This year's first-prize winners are from AdamsAlleghenyBlairChester and Lebanon counties. Special awards went to artists from Bucks and Delaware counties.
The 48th annual exhibit runs through Sept. 13, and includes 126 works by 122 artists from 27 counties.  
The exhibit is co-sponsored by The State Museum and Jump Street. Together the organizations present more than $6,500 in cash awards to winners.
Jump Street is a Harrisburg-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing educational and economic opportunities with the arts for all age groups.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania's fascinating heritage.
With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth's vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is America's story.
Visit The State Museum online at www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639
The following prizes were awarded at the 2015 "Art of the State" Artists' Reception on Sunday, June 28. Cash awards for each category are first prize, $500; second prize, $300; third, $200, and honorable mention, $100. A full gallery of Art of the State images is available at www.flickr.com/photos/patrailsofhistory.
CraftFirst Prize: Mike KorsakPittsburgh: "Untitled"
Second Prize: Philip SollmanBellefonte: "Lunar Butterfly Table"
Third Prize: Tom HubertFairview: "Black Shape Teapot"
Honorable Mention: Ellen SilberlichtHonesdale: "The Planted Seed"
PaintingFirst Prize: Allen CapriottiAltoona: "Risky Business"
Second Prize: Ellen CarverMerion Station: "A New Beginning"
Third Prize: Lauren Litwa Holden, Media: "Tekla's Ladder"
Honorable Mention: Daniel BurnsLancaster: "Redemption"
PhotographyFirst Prize: James Evangelista, Oxford: "Santa Rosa de Lima, Abiquiu"
Second Prize: Bryson LeidichHarrisburg: "Blacksburg Sheep"
Third Prize: Marvin IsraelBoiling Springs: "Pipe and Glasses"
Honorable Mention: Peter Kornweiss, Hummelstown: "Palazzo Ducale"
Honorable Mention: Theodore ScarpinoBiglerville: "He's Arrived"
SculptureFirst Prize: Sharon Pierce McCulloughBiglerville: "A Horse of Course"
Second Prize: Lorraine GlessnerRockledge: "The Triangle Circle"
Third Prize: Bob HakunPottstown: "Hope"
Work on PaperFirst Prize: Michael AllenPalmyra: "Crossings"
Second Prize: Jo MargolisWellsville: "Cloud of Unknowing"
Third Prize: Brenton GoodCamp Hill: "Line to Plane"
Honorable Mention: Robert StickloonPottsville: "Window Latch"
The William D. Davis Memorial Award for DrawingCsilla SadlochYardley: "Curled Bark"
The State Museum Purchase AwardLauren Litwa Holden, Media: "Tekla's Ladder"

Tekla's Ladder - 46"x50" - oil on linen Lauren Litwa Holden

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gull Pond Dragonflies and Painting in the Rain

Gull Pond is located in Wellfleet on Beautiful Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
This painting was started outside on location, or plein air painted.

My daughter Carley and I were dropped off by my husband Thom and son Jordan.  We had our painting supplies and some water and that was about it.
The day was a little cloudy but perfect for painting.

We had the location to our selves, which is always nice.  No interference... But then it started raining.  And not just a little shower, I'm talking about a down pour.

We tried to protect our paintings as best we could by shoving them into our back packs.  We didn't have any rain gear, so we just gave into getting wet.  And it was actually really fun.

We were eventually picked up, hours later, wet but fine.

It's one of those times that will always stay with me.
So every time I look at this painting I remember feeling like a drenched rat having a good time.

Gull Pond Wellfleet is available as a print for 50. Original is still available, contact me for more info.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Selling Prints of Original Paintings

 I paint a lot.  I also try to make a living doing it.  I hold open studios in my studio, where I place signs out on the corner of my street letting people know that my studio is open.  While I don't have a ton of people rushing up my stairs to see my art, I do have a good percentage of people who do visit the studio buying my art.  I am always pleased to have someone new come up and look at my work, but when someone actually buys the work, well that's really something.  And when they come back year after year to buy something new for there collection, that's the highest compliment to the artist.  But for people who are not in the original painting market, I like to offer prints which are reasonably priced.  Here's a selection of prints that are currently for sale in my studio and online at etsy.com/shop/LitwaArt and my website LitwaArt.com.  There priced at 40. to 100.  

Red Roof

Hunting Dragonflies


Little Owl Firefly

Gypsy Fish

Meads Barn I

Peace Lotus

Seawall Acadia

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wildlife &Wild Lands of Pennsylvania - How will Fracking affect our Beautiful State?

Fairy Rocks - oil on panel - 24"x24"
Plein Air Painting
English Center, PA

Studio is Open June 27, 28, 29 - 11am to 6pm - free shipping is offered on all prints!

Standing on Fragile Ground - oil on linen- 31"x31"

Just how safe is fracking?
Will it hurt our rivers and streams?
What about our drinking water?
How will fracking affect future generations of wildlife?
If fracking is creating earth quakes in Oklahoma, what's it going to do to Pennsylvania
in the long run?

These paintings are created and influenced by what is happening right now in the Allegheny 
Mountains in Pennsylvania.
 English Center has been my second home since I was a little kid. I love the mountains, skies, fresh air and wildlife.
My art is subtly being influenced by fracking in Pennsylvania.
Is money more valuable than a healthy environment?
Can you buy new water, animals, people, land.
It can not be replaced.
When will we learn that the health of our fragile planet equals the health all.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Open Studio - April 11, 12, 13

Yes, Open Studios once again!  Collectors, Art Lovers, Curious People  Come one! Come All!

Free Shipping available also.  New Watercolors, Oil Paintings & Prints Available.

Inspiration for my paintings comes from nature, dreams and meditation. Spending time outdoors in the woods, fields and shores inspires my work. My buildings, whether factories or barns, are more of a made up composition then actual reality. Whatever the subject matter is, it becomes my fanciful, lyrical and mysterious world.  There is something magical that happens when painting, the process enriches my connection to the earth. Painting layer after layer of watercolors and oils ends up being a meditative experience.  The goal is to create a piece of art that can be a retreat from our hectic stressful world.

I am a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where I received a 4 Year Certificate in Painting. Some of my favorite instructors at PAFA where Will Barnet, Dan Miller, Louis Sloan and Joe Amoratico. I’ve exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and have received many awards for painting including the William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship and was awarded a fellowship with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists and attended  residencies at Villa Arrigo in Florence Italy and the Margo-Kelb Dune Shack in Provincetown, MA.A partial list of exhibitions include the Philadelphia Artists Alliance, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Nexus Gallery, Noyes Museum, PA State Museum, Stedman Gallery, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Prince Street Gallery, Widener University, Keystone Art & Culture Center and Stuart Levy Gallery. My studio was funded through a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. I’ve been featured in the Hunt Magazine, Signature Brandywine Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Art Matters, Philadelphia Business Journal and Studio Visit Magazine. I regularly holds open studio’s where collectors view and purchase my work.  
“Red Roof Retreat” oil on canvas 24″x24″
Red Roof Retreat

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Art & Furniture Do Go Together at Thos. Moser Wayne

A Selection of Fine Art
Fine Furniture

Sunday March 23 1-5pm Reception to meet the artists of Assemblage
Light Refreshments Served.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Open Studios every Friday Saturday & Sunday of 2013

Since I live on a busy corner property in Wawa, Pennsylvania, it's convenient to hold open studios.  I have signs out on the corner and art lovers stop in to check out my paintings.  It seems that many of my collectors come back to purchase more prints or originals.  My studio will be open every weekend through out the remainder of 2013. My studios located at 112 Wawa Road Wawa Pa.
If you're not close feel free to email me with any questions about my art.

I spent a week in Acadia National Park painting.  Maine is an amazing place to paint.  Of course I'm not the first artist to have thought that!  This is a watercolor of Bass Harbor.  I've edited out many of the boats that where in the harbor and I've used white in the paint to create lots of different tones.

This is a view of Frenchman's Bay.  I painted this on location or Plein air.  It was cool watching the lobstermen unloading their traps. 

This is a friend's barn.  I painted it plein air a couple of months ago.  His sheep were walking by me as I painted the barn and sunflowers.  It's called "Meads Barn I" and is an oil on panel.

I've always felt close to the native american idea of respecting mother earth.  This is 
"Moon Totem Ancestor" ink and watercolor on arches paper 50"x50.5"
This painting is also offered as a print.  I had one made as a 40"x40" stretched on stretcher bars. 
It looks great.