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Happy International Woman's Day from your friends at Modern Art!

Be part of A Day Without Women!



WOW! Check out this sweet tee. Modern Art has been working with our favorite community bike shop, The Common Wheel, on their new initiative: Women on Wheels (WOW). As two women who love getting on some wheels, we can't wait to rock it!

These shirts arrived just in time for The Common Wheel's first all-girls Earn-a-Bike,  a program provides Lancaster’s youth the opportunity to earn a bike they’ve built themselves.

Happy Valentines Day!

Our valentines gift to you, visitor, is this cute picture of perhaps Modern Art's youngest fan. Enjoy!

We've got some Tiny Modern Concerts coming your way in 2017...

12928235_797669317031067_4231436525167195612_nWe are truly thrilled to announce our Spring 2017 shows. I know, I know, you may have heard this from us before, but the performers that come here really shine. This spring we will have a band that got together at a church, hip-hoppy jazzy rhythms from Brooklyn, a band that just made a musical to go with their latest album, and a world renown filmmaker that sings weird and funny things. Can you hold in your excitement???Look over at our sidebar for dates >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

More details are on our events page.

Atmosphere Creation Station

fbbanner2 Modern Art presents the ATMOSPHERE CREATION STATION: a collection of beautiful objects from the 20th century and beyond including ceramics, hand-crafted furniture, glass, jewelry & fine art popping up in Modern Art one weekend only. Piloted by artist Christopher Ness with navigation by fellow artist, David Jones

Join us for a little party to bask in the created atmosphere on Saturday, December 17 from 4pm - 6pm. or pop in at any or all of the times below: Friday, December 16: 4pm - 8pm Saturday, December 17: 10am-6pm Sunday, December 18: 11am-5pm And be sure to come to the casual reception on Saturday, from 4pm-6pm.

Telltale Dress coming to Modern Art

telltale-dress JOIN US for a Telltale Dress Holiday Pop-Up featuring vintage fashion (for women & men!), vintage & antique home furnishings, body tonics, curious gifts & paper goods.

Friday, Dec. 2nd, 5pm-9pm Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 10am-5pm Sunday, Dec. 4th, 11am-4pm

Find fabulous gifts & perhaps a little something for yourself.

Lemon Street Market T-shirts!

lsmteeWe have designed Lemon Street Market's first t-shirt! Thanks to Steadfast Printing for doing an amazing job on these organic, fair-trade tees. We now have a great way to fashionably support Lancaster best source of local and sustainable goods! Now go out and get 'em! See more things we have designed for Lemon Street Market here.


rtt_screenshotrtt_bizcardsfront_finalWe recently worked on an identity project for a local Thai caterer / culinary take-out whiz goddess, Lhaow Frailey. Rim Taang Thai is a delicious expression of her homeland, the Isaan region of Thailand. For this project, we worked with Lhaow to create a logo and and photography story. See more of our identity projects here.

NEW DATE!! LAVACAVE on Friday September 16.

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_lava cave Look at these crazy, multi-talented musicians! Not only can they rock a pedicab (its very challenging), they can also rock our little stage. Come on out this Friday, September 16 to see what other things they might be able to rock. (babies? a man bun? the casbah?)

Doors open at 7pm. If you get here early, you one whole extra hour to enjoy the evening's special quaff, shoot the shit with us, make a haiku, peruse our book collection and browse some of our items having to do with the state of Lancaster's weirdness. 

Music starts at 8. (Get here late and risk watching the show from the back of The Common Wheel's office.)

$5-$10 , pay whachu can at the door Friday, September 16 (NOTE THE NEW DATE!!!) door: 7pm/ show at 8pm All ages Modern Art: 529 W. Chestnut St. 17603

See you Friday!


OPEN STUDIO! It's for you.

babyOPEN CREATIVE STUDIO AT MODERN ART Tuesday, September 13th / 7 – 9pm / $10 suggested donation Painters, sculptors, poets, jugglers, anyone looking for a little time and space to create – this evening is for you. Bring your supplies and bring your booze.  Libby & Jo will be on hand to offer helpful tips and tricks on art-making for those looking for some input on their projects. Space is limited! Please RSVP to weirdo@itsmodernart.com to let us know if you are coming.

A Tiny Modern Concert Tomorrow Night!

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_electives3Series 42 Presents a Tiny Modern Concertfeaturing The Electives $5-10 sliding scale, all are welcome All Ages, BYO

Electives is an eclectic instrumental band from Central Pennsylvania who emerged from the backing band of A Private Press. The trio weaves musical influences ranging from Krautrock to Latin jazz, shoegaze to proto-punk, into a rock-and-roll tapestry that is detailed but not fussy.

Lemon Street Market

We are so proud of our work with our favorite provider of healthy good things: Lemon Street Market. Humanely raised anything, non-GMO, Sustainable, fair-wage, good for humans – Lemon Street’s got you covered. Plus, owner Trish Haverstick thinks like us. She loves Lancaster and our local economy and does everything she can to help build a better community. Our work with Lemon Street started with designing counter signs, menus and shelf-talkers (yes, that is an actual retail term). And one of our proudest bits of marketing was creating a Lemon Street Market Artbike for the store. We collaborated with Trish, Chris and Jason from the Common Wheel and students from PCA+D. Learn more about that project here.

Below are some photos of our ongoing design work for Lemon Street Market. lemonst-1 lemonst-9 lemonst-10 lemonst-15 lemonst-16 lemonst-17 lemonst-18 lemonst-23 lemonstbike-4 lemonstbike-8 lemonstbike-12 lemonstbike-17

Make Lancaster Weird Again!

WeirdHatRemember when Lancaster was weird–way back when everything felt okay? You know what I mean. Well, you don't have to put up with it any longer. Let's make it weird again!!Stop by Modern Art and get your very own MAKE LANCASTER WEIRD AGAIN! hat and show the world where you stand! They cost $25 and are worth every penny. Or you can buy one online right here.

We are open this week Monday thru Friday from 10-4

(big) TINY MODERN CONCERT: Roochie Toochie

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_ROOCH "We aim to mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and record them for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history." Friday July 29, $15, All Ages, BYO Doors at 7pm, showtime 8pm

For more info, contact us at 610-761-9799.

We make hand-painted signs.

IMG_2658Well, you may know that we make hand-painted signs, but did you know that we make hand-painted signs with hand-painted portraits painted on them? Here at Modern Art everything is possible (on a hand-painted sign). These are some new additions that will soon grace the walls of The Common Wheel's pump house. IMG_2660

Today in the Studio

Today in the STudio_June14Summer is here and it is damn fine! Today inside the doors of Modern Art we are working on some new signs for The Common Wheel. Can an artist ask for anything better to call work? Well of course she can, but why? Get out outside today and revel in your short-sleeved self.