Shape Gives a blast from the past


Vinyl album covers from all decades and genres of music are currently on display at the SHAPE Gallery in downtown Shippensburg. The exhibit “Vinyl: Album Art from the Age of Records” opened on Friday, April 5.

The opening reception offered free admission, refreshments and a disc jockey playing vinyl favorites. People of all generations came to share in their love of music and art on the exhibit’s opening night.

The tone for the exhibit was set by vinyl records hanging from the ceiling; multiple record players that varied in style and size displayed around the exhibit and a few of the SHAPE’s board members dressed from various decades in music history.

Some of the album covers were displayed on spinning towers while others were hanging on the walls around the gallery.

The album covers that are on display at the gallery come from personal collections and donations from the local community.

The album covers on display cover a range of decades and different genres of music.
The covers on display are from musicians such as Joe Walsh, Sonny and Cher, Fat Boys, Elvis Presley and Kenny Rogers.

The exhibit at the SHAPE Galley shows vinyl album covers not just as cases for records but as a form of art themselves. The variety of style, color and design of the various album covers displayed was eye-catching.

Album covers from different decades and genres all have different features. The artwork on the vinyl record album covers was to represent the artist and his or her music.

Due to the new digital age of music when most people simply download their favorite songs off the Internet, many people often forget about the detailed album artwork that went hand-in-hand with music in previous decades.

“Vinyl: Album Art from the Age of Records” will be on display at the SHAPE Gallery, 20 W. King St., Shippensburg through April 26. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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