January – April 9
Born in 1913 and a native of New Cumberland, PA, Charley Krone built a career as an artist that spanned about 75 years. Charley was self-taught, observing and learning from other artists while developing his own, realistic style. Charley’s scenes of local and historic landmarks, schools, churches, and landscapes take you back to places you call home. His collection contains beautiful and affordable reminders of joyous occasions, happy memories, and hometown nostalgia.
For more than 40 years, Charley made a living as a commercial artist. He began in his late teen years and early twenties creating advertising flyers for his father’s grocery store in New Cumberland. He then landed a prestigious job in the art department of the J. Horace McFarland Company, a large, color-printing house in Harrisburg. In 1947, he founded the Krone Art Service, which produced advertising art for many prominent Pennsylvania businesses. In 1957 with his wife Sarah, he started and operated the Krone-McMillan Associates, which was a direct-mail business producing drawings for churches and schools nationwide.
He retired from both companies in 1973 to focus on his passion for fine art, creating watercolors and pen and ink drawings of local scenes, as well as commissioned work from coast to coast. He loved to travel with Sarah and paint his favorite subjects—scenes from Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Charley was a disciplined artist, painting nearly every day. Over the years, he built a tremendous collection of beautiful watercolor paintings and finely detailed pen and ink drawings.
With the help of his daughter, Sally Laird, and his grandchildren, Jay and Jennifer, Charley continued to offer his work in art shows, festivals, gift shops, galleries, and online. In 2000, he and his family opened the Pennsylvania Gallery in the West Shore Farmer’s Market in Lemoyne. Stocked entirely with Charley Krone artwork, the gallery was an immediate hit. Charley was delighted, and at 88 years old, he lived to see the great success of the gallery.
Charley Krone left a legacy of fine art. He was a founding member of the Seven Lively Artists, and he freely shared his knowledge of painting with many others, having been a popular watercolor instructor at the Art Association of Harrisburg. He was also a member of the Mechanicsburg Art Club, the Perry County Council of the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. His paintings won awards in exhibitions in several states and are in private and corporate collections across the country. The Charley Krone Gallery on the second floor of the New Cumberland Public Library is named in his honor.
A New Beginning . . . The Charley Krone Collection is now in the care of Jennifer Laird Burke, Charley’s granddaughter and owner of PA Gallery. Started in 2014, PA Gallery conserves and exhibits Charley Krone artwork. In addition to offering his fine art prints through the PA Gallery website and by special order, Jennifer offers these beautiful reproductions for sale at local shops, galleries, festivals, and shows throughout South Central Pennsylvania.
For information, please contact Jennifer through the PA Gallery website at www.PAGallery.com.