Mont Alto, PA. The name Rebecca “Becky” Dietrich (1926-2020) is well known in the South Central Pennsylvania area for her many contributions to the local community and the artists guild. She studied with famed artist Lester Jay Stone of Blue Ridge Summit for nearly 3 decades and has exhibited her paintings at the Strathmore Hall Art Center and the Town Center Gallery in Bethesda MD, at Renfrew Park and Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Mansion House in Hagerstown, MD, at the Huber Art Center at Shippensburg University, and the Americas Arts in Gettysburg.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Dietrich has volunteered for the American Red Cross both as a Grey Lady and Motor Service driver; started the volunteer program at Fort Leavenworth Army Museum; was Post Historian at Fort Ritchie; was actively involved in museum plans at Fort Ritchie; and volunteered for the Renfrew Museum and Park Gift Showcase.
She owned and operated A Little Gallery of Mont Alto from 1976-1995, where she represented 100 artists and craftsmen at the gallery and had her studio in her home. She authored four books and was working on her fifth before her passing. She also wrote the Artist’s Forum for the Record Herald and Public Opinion newspapers, where she wrote many articles about local history including, Mont Alto and Fort Ritchie.
Dietrich, who signs her work "D'Bec," was a life member and jury member of Cumberland Valley Craft & Guild: Waynesboro Studio Club since 1974; Valley Art Association of Hagerstown, MD; Franklin County Art Alliance, Chambersburg, PA; Waynesboro Historical Society; Mont Alto Historical Society; Spectrum Seven and the Monday Painters Group; Penn’s Woods Print Makers, Writers Forum, Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro. She was a former member of Rotary International and was also a former board member of Renfrew Museum and Park, Waynesboro.
The estate is now up for auction and boasts the largest art collection of Becky Dietrich ever to be sold at once to the public. The auction will include hundreds of signed oil paintings, watercolors, etchings, and more, many never seen originals and master originals as well as local artists’ originals: Robert Morrow, Lester Jay Stone, Landis Whitsel, Mark Twain Noe and many more.
Hurley Auctions of Greencastle, PA is honored with conducting the public online auction of the Dietrich estate which may be viewed at www.hurleyauctions.com now through Saturday March 27, 2021. The artwork will be available for inspection at 210 Main St., Mont Alto, PA 17237 on Friday March 26th from 4pm-6pm. For more information contact Hurley Auctions at 717-597-9100.