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Drummer Turned Artist Enjoying First People’s Choice Fest Experience

by on July 12, 2013 3:20 PM

Georgie LeHoop is not exactly sure how he went from being a drummer to an artist who paints with drumsticks, but the innovative idea has been a big hit for him since he first started doing it 11 years ago.

“One day the idea just hit me that I would try painting with drumsticks as an experiment,” said LeHoop. “I’m not an artist, so I’m not sure how I thought of it but it just came to me.”

LeHoop has played the drums for 49 years and before this idea popped into his head, he spent 30 years playing in different bands for a living.

Now, the man from St. Clair, Pa. drove two hours to take part in his first People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts.

While this is his first time in Boalsburg, LeHoop has done some other shows around the state and gained notoriety for his unique work.

“I did a festival in Manayunk in Philadelphia a few months ago, and a bunch of people started referring to me as ‘Rock and Roll Jackson Pollock.’ I thought it was pretty funny that they came up with that so quick.”

Pollock refers to an American painter in the early 1900s who was largely responsible for the rise in abstract and drip painting.

LeHoop's booth at the festival is filled up with much of his work where he channels his passion for music into his work. In addition to painting on canvas, he also uses some old cymbals along with some record albums. 

Some paintings take only 10-15 minutes to complete, but that can vary based on what exactly LeHoop is trying to do. Some of the more complex ones take upwards of two hours. He has learned over the past 11 years that it can be pretty easy to make a mistake if he goes too fast.

“When I first started out, my stuff was purely random, just completely improvisational. Now, I try to plan a little bit more to stay focused.”

Drumstick paintings on T-shirts cost $20. Paintings on canvas boards or other materials can be as much as $35.

When LeHoop isn’t selling his items inside his booth or showing off his skills this weekend, he’ll be walking around the fields taking in his first festival.

“I still have to get around a little bit, but from what I’ve seen, I’m impressed. It’s a great festival.”

Click HERE to see a short video of LeHoop at work.

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Drew Balis is a Penn State graduate, freelance reporter and frequent contributor to StateCollege.com.
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