The work of Amy Edwards, Hempfield High School fine metals/glass instructor, was chosen to be part of the 40th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona.

Her piece, “Si Eam Videris, Occidere; If You See It, Kill It,” was also selected as a Juror’s Award winner. Her handcrafted necklace depicts stages of the spotted lanternfly through hand-stitched embroidery, framed in copper settings. The concept behind Edwards’ work brings to light the environmental concerns surrounding the spotted lanternfly, which is an invasive species prevalent in Lancaster County.

Out of 214 pieces submitted for the exhibition, 53 were chosen for the exhibit by 50 artists representing 13 states. The juror for the exhibition was Luiza deCamarg, associate curator at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.

Edwards has also been included in the national juried exhibition, “Articulating Craft” in the Art Center Gallery at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

“Being an educator and an exhibiting artist takes dedication and drive in addition to technical and creative abilities,” said Becky McDonah, associate professor of fine art metals at Millersville University. “Amy Edwards is not only to be commended for her teaching and tireless approach to making, but also the fact that she has gained national recognition for her artwork.”

Foundation announces first paid executive director

The Hempfield Foundation has announced that Richard Packer has been named as the first paid executive director of the nonprofit that provides independent financial support for innovative projects and scholarships in the Hempfield School District.

According to a district news release, he has served as executive director of both a United Way youth organization and the nonprofit educational foundation for a public school district in Florida. He was men’s basketball head coach at Northampton Community College, vice president of an Atlanta-based financial services firm and president and chief operating officer of the American Basketball Association.

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Penn Manor’s Fellenbaum named Outstanding Teacher

Penn Manor High School teacher Neil Fellenbaum has been named the state’s Outstanding Teacher by the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators.

Fellenbaum was nominated for the award by his peers and is now in contention for an award by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

“I am very humbled to receive the award, considering there are so many great ag teachers in Pennsylvania,” Fellenbaum, who is in his 19th year at Penn Manor, said in a news release.

A Penn Manor alumnus, he is coordinator of the high school’s agricultural education department and teaches Plant Science 2, Engines 1, and Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Fellenbaum and other award nominees were evaluated based on their teaching philosophy, instructional strategies, professional growth, community connections and involvement in promoting student participation in ag organizations and activities.

He will receive the award at the PAAE Conference to be held July 9-11 at Blackhawk High School.