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Virtual Art Sale to Benefit Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Relief Fund

On Friday, June 12, 2020, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, John Gerdy, Founder and Executive Director of Music for Everyone (, will conduct a virtual sale of the original paintings of the 26 UPPER case letters that formed the basis of his recently released children’s book, AlphaBone Orchestra: A Magically, Musical Journey Through the Alphabet (

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Lancaster County Community Foundation/United Way’s Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

These radiant, whimsically kaleidoscopic paintings are all 11” x 14” acrylic on canvas and will be sold for $300. Each purchase will also include a gift of a signed copy of John’s book.

The sale will be conducted online through Loryn Spangler-Jones’ art gallery, LSJ Studios live via their Facebook page ( LSJ Studios is providing technical support for the exhibit at a reduced cost.  The paintings will also be available to purchase after the event at

“Our community has been hard hit by this pandemic, leaving so many people in need. This is a small way in which I can help,” said Gerdy.

“John infuses passion and creativity into everything he’s part of,” said Sam Bressi, president and CEO, Lancaster County Community Foundation. “From all of us at the LCCF our partners in Lancaster Cares at United Way, and everyone in Lancaster, thank you John for sharing your creativity and passion for Lancaster through this generous effort to support our neighbors.”

“John has been and continues to be a great source of inspiration and advocate for arts education in our schools and communities,” commented Loryn Spangler-Jones. “It makes perfect sense that he is now the author and illustrator of his first children’s book.  His ‘Alphabone’ series engages the viewer with its bright colors, creative and whimsical   twist on turning all the letters of the alphabet into musical instruments. This body of work will always be relevant and can be enjoyed by all ages!”

“John’s willingness to creatively repurpose a project to support neighbors says a lot about why he is a leader in this community”, added Kevin Ressler, president and CEO of United Way of Lancaster County. “I hope that you purchase something from this sale knowing that in the end it is the community supported through the United Way of Lancaster County and Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Lancaster Cares fund that will get the greatest benefit.

For more information contact LSJ Studios at or John Gerdy at or 717-475-5659