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The PA Gallery Story

The central character in the story is Charley Krone, watercolorist, pen & ink artist, and long time resident of New Cumberland in Central Pennsylvania.

Charley was a founding member of the Seven Lively Artists which is still an active group of central Pennsylvania artists. He was also a member of many art organizations including the Art Association of Harrisburg, the Mechanicsburg Art Center, and the Perry County Council of the Arts.

Professionally, he founded Krone Art Service, which produced art work for many national corporations. With his wife Sarah, he also started the Krone McMillan Co. producing pen & ink drawings of churches and schools nationwide.

Charley "retired" in the early seventies, but continued to paint every day. He loved to travel and paint the subjects he enjoyed most, scenes from Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Over the years, he built a tremendous collection of watercolor paintings and pen and ink drawings.

His daughter, Sally, with help from his granddaughter Jenny and grandson Jay, organized exhibits and presented his artwork in art shows across the area. Sally did the framing and helped run his small business called the Charley Krone Art Studio. In 2000, Sally and Jay teamed up to open the Pennsylvania Gallery in the West Shore Farmer's market and stocked it entirely with Charley's work. It was an immediate success and the business grew.

Although the original Pennsylvania Gallery closed in 2003, a year after Charley’s passing, demand for his artwork persisted. People called Sally and Jay at home and at their jobs to purchase Charley's artwork for themselves and as gifts. Jay, a computer programmer by trade, created the forerunner of this beautiful website, so people could still have access to the work. Jay made it possible to have access to everything in the gallery and browse by location or by subject, making it easier to find the perfect scene.

2015 marks a new beginning

for the legacy of Charley Krone. The Charley Krone Print Collection and the business of PA Gallery now are in the care of Jennifer Burke, Charley’s granddaughter. In addition to offering Charley’s beautiful prints through the PA Gallery website and by special order, she will be offering prints for sale at local shops, galleries, festivals, and shows throughout South Central Pennsylvania.

Charley Krone left a legacy of fine art. His scenes of local and historic landmarks, schools, churches, and landscapes take you back to places you call home. They are beautiful and affordable reminders of joyous occasions, happy memories, and hometown nostalgia. Many fond memories are contained in Charley's artwork, and you are bound to find a scene from your childhood or a reminder of an event in your life. We hope you enjoy browsing the gallery, and please tell your friends and family to stop by, too.

We would really appreciate you signing our Guest Book before you leave. Maybe you could leave us a note about what you think of us or ways we could improve. We promise to keep your information private but hope you will allow us to send you a note from time to time.

Thanks and Enjoy!