Parrot Gallery

Parrot  Gallery is a project of artists and musicians worshiping at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Art exhibits are open for downtown Lancaster First Fridays and by appointment with church office. Regular gallery talks are scheduled with each featured artist.


Mark Halsey

Friday, January 3, 2020, 5:00pm–8:00 pm

Mark Halsey, an ‘80 Millersville University ceramics/sculture major, exhibits his first one-person collection on First Friday, January 3, 2020, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Parrot Gallery at 328 W Orange Street. 

With a career in the building trades, Halsey’s exhibition presents spontaneous woodcraft from over the last 18 years. His two-car garage has become his woodshop for creating items for family and friends.

All his work has been fabricated from repurposed wood—cedar, yellow pine, white pine, oak.

Accessory material includes PVC, aluminum screen, aluminum sheet metal, bamboo.

Halsey’s creative process begins with assessing the need for decoration or enhancement of the found material. If the material is distressed and has intrinsic surface interest, assembly into a box or planter can begin. These boxes and planters are completely individual and unique to the material and the level of distress apparent on the surface.

If the material has no intrinsic surface interest, he fabricates first before deciding decoration or manipulation. Many of the planter boxes are produced in series. Assembling multiple boxes with similar shapes, is similar to using them as one would blank canvasses.

Halsey’s woodcraft is an intuitive process that takes on special meaning now that he faces health issues.

He adds, “The work I do has been a great blessing, as well as an enormous outlet for my creative spirit.”

“reimagined/repurposed/reclaimed” runs through February 2020.
The Parrot Gallery is open on First Fridays and Sunday mornings.
Call 717-392-7567 to make an appointment for week-day viewing.


Mary Lou

Artist Mark Halsey