The Lititz Historical Foundation is pleased to announce plans for the exclusive sale of a collection of paintings by the late Lititz artist, John Andrew Wenger. This sale will provide a rare opportunity to own one of Wenger’s distinctive ink and watercolor paintings of rural scenes, historical farms, mills, and small towns located throughout Lancaster and surrounding counties.
The sale opening will take place at the Lititz Museum, 145 E. Main Street, Lititz, on June 3, from 5 pm until 9 pm. This coincides with the Taste of Lititz event, providing a festive atmosphere in downtown Lititz, with Main Street closed to traffic and activities for everyone.
Following the opening, the sale will continue in the Museum Gift Shop during regular Museum hours.
In the spirit of an art opening, the Museum will provide refreshments to guests who wish to browse and buy paintings. There will be approximately 100 matted, unframed paintings for sale in a variety of sizes, with prices ranging from $25 to $100. All proceeds will go towards Museum improvements and outreach.
A preview of the sale will be open to Lititz Historical Foundation members prior to the public opening. For information on becoming a member, visit www.LititzHistoricalfoundation.com, visit us on Facebook, or stop in to the Museum during regular hours from 10 am until 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, beginning Memorial Day.
John Andrew Wenger was born in Lancaster in 1917 and graduated from Penn State University in 1939. He grew up drawing and dabbling in all art mediums, especially water colors. He worked for Andes Advertising Agency and later bought the Lititz-based company.
John and his wife Jane were active members of the Lititz community. Wenger loved creating scenes of his beloved home town, as well as taking excursions to other historic towns, along back roads so he could sketch. John was a member of The Village Art Association, now known as The Lititz Art Association, from its inception in 1966. He was often seen at his easel in downtown Lititz, and showed his work at the popular Lititz Art Show.
Wenger became an active member of The Lititz Historical Foundation in 1982. He gave his time and talent to create “Walk Down Main Street,” a brochure handed to interested tourists visiting Lititz. His legacy to the Historical Foundation are the Time Line panels in the front room of the Lititz Museum. This large project was begun in January of 1992 with John providing the texts and art work. Although Wenger did not live to see the finished panels, his contribution continues to be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Wenger passed away in August of 1992.
Shown here are just some examples of Wenger’s work: