Experience Local PA Art In Our Incredible Gallery

Lancaster Arts Hotel Art

“Art to me is about discovery….I encourage [my students] to not get 'precious' with their work, [to] be ready to always risk it for something new. Once we get too precious, then we stop growing the work. It is a metaphor for life.”
- Susan J. Gottlieb, Lancaster artist

Explore the creative fruits of Lancaster in the hotel's first floor art gallery. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is home to a host of creative talent and our art gallery is proud to promote their fine work. Director, Lisa Clemens, provides a passport to inspiration with a selection of both historic and contemporary works by Lancaster artists. The brick-lined streets of our eclectic little city and the rolling farmland surrounding it have inspired artists such as Charles Demuth, Blanche Nevin, Jacob Eichholtz, and David Brumbach, to name a few. The Arts Hotel is proud to display over $300,000 dollars’ worth of fine art throughout and on its historic walls. Enjoy a visit to our renowned art gallery and experience some of Lancaster, Pennsylvania's finest talent.All art in the hotel is available for purchase.

For information on exhibiting your art at our hotel, please contact Lisa Clemens at (717) 203-0131 or  or go to

THE LANCASTER ARTS HOTEL GALLERY is open daily, and is a popular space for Board Meetings and Cocktail Parties. It is suggested you call the Hotel prior to your visit if you are making a special trip to be sure the Gallery is not occupied at 717.299.3000. The Lancaster Arts Hotel Gallery endeavors to expose the work of established artists to a broader audience and promote the rich fabric of the arts in Lancaster County.

Currently on Exhibit

In the Gallery

  • In the Gallery


Curvaceous and daring, her sketchbook imagery includes mostly nude studies exploring abstraction geometrically,
which often translated in to her hand glazed tile mosaic designs for murals and wall hangings.
A master of proportion and scale these works began as sketches on paper, each tile was hand cut, textured, glazed, and
fired typically in bright oranges, yellows, turquoise and green, the language of sixties. Large mural pieces were laid out on
the ground like puzzles at her feet before being hoisted up to Fran on scaffolding for installation. Smaller wall pieces and tables were commissioned for office buildings, clubs, and private residences, and her work was often published
in décor magazines.
studied in Oakland at the California School of Arts and Crafts, and in San
Francisco at Rudolph Schaefer School of Design before moving to Miami, Florida. She spent the mid-century in Miami, a
mecca for style and architecture, and became well known for her work. Her commissions included Miami International
Airport, Miami, Florida, First Federal Savings and Loan Association, Key West, Florida, Bacardi Pavilion Bar, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Rockefeller Center Ticket Office, New York, New York, among numerous others.

For more about Fran Williams Wagner and other Artists or to inquire about a purchase, please visit, or call 717-367-9236 and speak to Lisa Clemens, Director, Arts Hotel Gallery at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, and the Lynden Gallery.  

 For more info on Artist Receptions, Art Submissions, and Purchasing, go to

In the Blanche Nevin Room

  • In the Blanche Nevin Room

Robert Bitts


"Sometimes, when I ask myself why I'm painting, a walk along Hammer Creek always renews my interest...There's a two or three mile stretch where it flows through the forest land, fallen woods, and a meadow area. I've been doing paintings of that part of the creek for thirty years now. I always see something new." Excerpted from an interview with Scott Campbell for Harrisburg Magazine in 2011, this quote still rings true for Robert Bitts. A preservationist at heart, Bob's sweeping acrylics on canvas capture the primitive beauty of stone, twig, boulder, and branch – earthly elements we all see each day but overlook. "I've been experimenting with size and scale, creating variations on a single scene from near and far, true to life or abstracted, in varying seasons - even incorporating a full year across one painting." 

A 1969 Art Education graduate of Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania, Bob has been painting ever since. Though he favored figurative subjects early in his career, he became influenced by the semi-abstract work of Richard Diebenkorn. "Just after college, about 1970 or 1971, I attended an exhibition of landscape paintings at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia," he says. "That show had a great impact on me. It blew off my proverbial socks. That's when I began to concentrate on landscapes."

Robert Bitts work has received awards and recognition, including a Purchase Awards from Washington and Jefferson National Painting Exhibition, Washington, DC, Reading Art Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania, and a First Prize in Painting from Art of the State, William Penn Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His work is held in numerous corporate and private collections including Lancaster General Health, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster Newspapers, Donnelly Printing Company, and Armstrong World Industries all in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Capital Blue Cross, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Core States Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For more about ROBERT BITTS and other Artists represented at the Lancaster Arts Hotel
Please visit

To purchase artwork or to learn more about the artists, visit

For more info on Artist Receptions, Art Submissions, and Purchasing, go to

In John J. Jeffries Restaurant

  • In John J. Jeffries Restaurant
  • In John J. Jeffries Restaurant

David Zimmerman


"As a boy, I would spend days in my dad’s workshop making things.  I learned the basics of woodworking in a commercial cabinet shop.  Then I tried college; I tried truck driving; I went back to woodworking.  While working with an architect I was intrigued by the notion of designing and engineering my own work.  After years of learning and perfecting the craft, and the rules of traditional woodworking in hand, I’ve given myself the freedom to break them.  Opening myself to be creative and pushing to the edge, I’ve found joy in my work – each vessel a play in light and shadow. 

Warton Eshrick’s work was inspirational to me and I was fascinated by Wendel Castles layered and laminated work.  In 1980 I discovered a way to make wooden bowls with layered and laminated expanding concentric rings of wood, and I became obsessed with the process – still finding new ways to create with it.  My design is not a mental process.  It is not a planning process.  My best work comes by surprise – it happens while I am making it.  My wish is to communicate deeply in the non-verbal language which is beyond words."  D.Zimmerman 2006

 For more information on the artists and their work, or to inquire about a purchase, please visit or call 717-367-9236 and speak to Lisa Clemens, Director, Arts Hotel Gallery at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, and the Lynden Gallery

For more info on Artist Receptions, Art Submissions, and Purchasing, go to

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