SANDRA BLAIR, trained as a commercial artist has worked for 23 years as a graphic designer and art director. Since 2000, she has pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a wildlife artist. In addition to local and regional watercolor awards, two of her paintings were selected to appear in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters 2003 Ontario Wildlife Calendar; she placed fourth in both the 2003 and 2002 PA Waterfowl Management Stamp competitions; and her paintings were juried into the 2004 and 2003 “Art of the Animal Kingdom”, a highly acclaimed exhibition featuring works by international wildlife artists. In 2004, Sandra was invited to become an associate member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists.
EARL BLUST, BFA, University of The Arts, Philadelphia, where he majored in Graphic Design and studied painting under Benton Spruence, Franz Kline and Morris Burd. A “plein air” painter, Earl is known for his sense of color and composition and the ability to capture an impressionistic moment in nature in oil or watercolor techniques. He is a member of The Art Association of Harrisburg, The Seven Lively artists, The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and serves on the board of The Art Center. Recently he was named a Fellow of The Royal Society of Art, London. He is represented in private and corporate collections and regularly exhibits in Harrisburg, Stone Harbor, NJ and Provincetown, MA.
DOMNICK BRANDT, a native of Wilkes-Barre, PA, studied design and composition at Wiles College and oil painting at the Murray School of Art. He has also studied under master artists in the Wilkes-Barre and Harrisburg areas. His paintings, sculptures, and drawings have been selected and exhibited in a significant number of juried art shows and can be found in numerous private as well as corporate collections. Don is a 36 year member of the Seven Lively Artists. He has been a member and guest instructor at The Art Center for over 25 years.
BARBARA PILLETTE-BUCHANAN is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She has attended classes at York College, York Academy, Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts and York Art Association. She has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and has produced illustrations for the Bon-Ton and Pfaltzgraff Corp. She has received awards in national and regional shows. Barbara works in watercolor & pastel and her approach is realism. Barbara also teaches at the York Art Association and Lancaster Museum of Art.
BARBARA BUER, The daughter of a New York City Floral Designer, Barbara K. Buer was naturally drawn to flowers as subject matter. This nationally acclaimed Artist is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. She has been featured in over 15 major Art Publications including “The Artists Magazine”, “Splash” and 5 editions by “North Light Books”. More of her art can be viewed at Barbara K Buer's Floral Art. She is also represented at Guild.com. Her dedication to the study of light and its effects, a discriminating sense of composition and color, and a contemporary viewpoint have formed her Artistic Signature. Barbara Buer is one of the Modern Masters of the Art of Watercolor. Her originals and reproductions are found in some of the finest Collections in America.
KATHY BUSILLO majored in Illustration and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art. A few of the artists she has studied under are Benjamin Eisenstadt, Martha Mayer Erlebacher and Eileen Goodman. She has studied plein air painting with Earl Blust and is a founding member of the Susquehanna Open Air Artists. Kathy is also Vice President of the American Impressionist Society.
AMY CASTINE, who majored in Family Psychology, also incorporated many art classes into her college curriculum as a venue for her lifelong involvement in the creative arts. Following graduation and the birth of her children she attended the Jewelry program at HACC during which time she was introduced to beading. Excited by the depth of the art form, she continues to explore the endless possibilities for creative expression.
GEORGE CLARK is a graduate of New York’s School of Industrial Arts and attended the Newark School of Art and Design. He has studied watercolor with Jean Grasdorf, Judi Betts, Carol Barns, Steve Quiller and Carrie Brown. George’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Great Britain. George is a member of the Lancaster County Art Association, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, National Collage Society and a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.
KATHY DENIGRIS is a self-taught artist, “paints” in Multi-media. Using fabric, traditional sewing methods, non-traditional techniques, recycled clothing, jewelry and household items, she creates unique wall hangings and wearable art. Kathy continually challenges her students and herself to try new techniques and to remember the “there are no rules” rule! She is strongly inspired by nature, texture and ethnic imagery. Kathy has won several awards in local art shows, sells her designs in boutiques and accepts commission work.
GAY FOLTZ, known as one of the most accomplished folk-art carvers in PA, has been creating her unique figurines, wall hangings, Christmas ornaments and similar items since 1983. Gay and her work have been featured in Country Folk Magazine, Chip Chats and numerous newspaper articles. She has been the resident woodcarver at the Village Artisans since it’s opening in 1995.
LISA FREAS is currently a research technician in the viral vector core facility of the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. She earned a BA in Criminology from Indiana University of PA, as BS in Biology from York College of PA, and a year toward her Ph.D. in Physiology from Penn State. She enjoys different sort of art forms and is self taught in the art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating.
KARL FOSTER, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, studied with Albert Handell, Nelson Shank, Daniel Green, and Harvey Dinnerstein. Karl is currently working as a free-lance illustration and portrait artist and is a member of the Seven Lively Artists.
BRAD GEBHART graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He continued his studies at the Maryland College of Art and Design, as well as Arizona State University. Mr. Gebhart worked as a freelance artist, has exhibited work in festivals, is a caricaturist and has taught art classes for several years in different venues. On his own he has traveled to Europe, South America and throughout the United States studying art of all forms.
ELIZABETH (Bitsy) GIBSON returned to painting full time in 1999 when her youngest child left for college. Working predominantly in watercolor and pastel, she has found her favorite subjects to be animals, people and still life subjects. She feels a strong connection to the subjects in her paintings and prefers to portray them with strong contrasts in lighting. In 2002, her painting , Life is a Bowl . . ., received an Honorable Mention from The Artist's Magazine. Her work has been shown in The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's annual juried show and more recently won an award in The Baltimore Watercolor Society's Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition. She has won numerous awards in local and regional shows. Gibson resides in Leola, PA with her husband and numerous furry friends. Gibson can be reached via email at: email@example.com
JEANNE HARTMAN is a two-term past president and signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. She has studied with John Pike, Ed Whitney, and Charles Reid. Jeanne has won numerous awards and honors.
DELLA HOKE-UVICK received a BA in Drawing from Penn State and a BFA in Character Animation from the California Institute of the Visual Arts in Valencia CCCA. She has worked with several non-profit organizations in designing t-shirts and brochures and has served as an Artist-in-Residence at a local elementary school. Della is co-owner in Creative Visions, an art and photography partnership.
ANN JAMIESON lives in Boiling Springs, PA. She began painting under professional painters in 1961. As part of a military family she was able to take advantage of instruction in Texas, Hawaii and Maine. She has Won awards in PA. Since 2002, she has painted portraits of Civil War Generals and the Commander-in-Chief. She uses her passion for pastels in her work.
BRUCE JOHNSON graduated from Philadelphia College of Art in 1966 with a BFA degree. He was a U.S. Army illustrator, art director for WITF-TV, employed by Krone Art, and as Executive Art Director for Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA. In 1978 he left Armstrong to pursue a career as a fine artist. He has had over 60 one-man shows in Germany and Switzerland. His prints and originals are represented in many private and corporate collections in this country and abroad. His work includes bronze sculptures, silk-screens, original lithographs, and offset prints.
PAT WALACH KEOUGH attended Rhode Island School of Design. Pat is an instructor at Durham Art Guild and Durham Technical Institute, NC and has painted European landscapes throughout Germany, Holland and Belgium. Visit her website: http://www.patwalachkeough.com/
PATRICIA KOSCIENSKI is an impressionist artist whose favorite mediums are oil and pastel. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, the Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society and the local art associations. Private Lessons - SPECIAL OFFER
LARRY LOMBARDO worked as a youth pastor and then in the mental health field. These experiences shaped and matured his creative concepts and professional perspective. Now in his early thirties, Larry has “emerged” and settled into a focus on watercolor painting. Larry is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. He attended the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in Lancaster, PA. Larry has won numerous awards for his photorealistic paintings.
POLLY McCANN paints and creates a variety of abstract and collage art on paper and canvas. She has a BA in Studio Art from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. Teaching drawing, oil painting and children’s art has been a great experience for her since 2000. Polly is available to speak about or instruct arts and crafts for workshops, B&Bs, meetings, home groups or retreats for all ages. She works by commission out of her business, Fragrance Offerings Studio. Read more at her website— Fragrant Offerings Studio.
LINDA BENTON MCCLOSKEY paints from her heart and from wonderful memories of growing up on a Lancaster County farm in Pennsylvania. When she puts together her love of painting with her love of nature, something magical happens. Linda has a true passion for painting and for expressing her emotions through her brushes.
SANDY MCKEEHAN As a photographer, Sandy has won three awards in the past two years. WITF Art Auction granted her two Judges Citation awards and The Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg judge awarded her an Honorable Mention at a Photo Realism Show. However, watercolor and pastel painting has become her passion using her photography skills as source material. Sandy has been a student of Barbara Buer at the Art Center School and Galleries for three years. At a student show there in 2001, McKeehan won first place for a watercolor painting entitled "Hanover Street" and two Honorable Mentions at Lancaster County Art Association for "Whale Watching" and "No Diving". Last spring Sandy's painting "Moody Peonies" was accepted into the Baltimore Watercolor Society's Exhibition which has led to her being juried in as a Signature Artist there. That same painting has been juried into the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 103 Anniversary Works On Paper Exhibition the fall of 2003. Spring of 2004 has "Fan Fare" at BWS Exhibition and "Alalbaster Grapes" at National Watercolor Society in San Pedro, California.
DONNA MITCHELL, is a realistic artist whose love for color is vividly portrayed in her paintings. Her choice medium is pastel for its color intensity and wonderful versatility. Donna exhibits in the tri-state area, and has won numerous awards and honors. Her paintings are in private collections of PA, MD and WV. She welcomes commissions. You may also find her at FineArtStudioOnline
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LYNDA RUSH MYERS is an award winning published poet and works as Director of Development for Cumberland Valley Habitat for Humanity. She received her M.Ed., Training and Human Development, Penn State University and BS English/Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Lynda has kept journals for about 10 years. Only in the past several years, on a visit to Central Africa, did she begin to add illustrations – albeit humble ones – to her journal. For inspiration and insight into the genre of the illustrated journal and all sorts of artists’ books, Lynda began to collect works by other artists and writers. The works have inspired this class.
JOAN RHODES lives in Boiling Springs and began making jewelry eight years ago. She received Rio Grande PMC Certification in 2006. Though Joan enjoys making jewelry for herself, her goal was to teach the techniques she’s learned over the years to her students. She works with Precious Metal Clay, wire wrapping, dichroic glass, and silversmithing techniques. Joan’s jewelry designs are available at Village Artisans Gallery, Boiling Springs, and on her website www.joansjewelrybox.com.
ALEX ROSENKREUZ instructs ancient and medieval techniques of Icon and Fresco painting. He is a master of designing, restoring and replicating Byzantine, Slavic, Coptic, Gothic and Renaissance styles.
DAVID RUSSEL, BFA Kutztown State College, joined the Marine Corps and attended Flight School. Drawing and painting images of the Naval Aviation experience and landscape around him, he began working with the Marine Corps History and Museum department. He covered the war in Iraq as an artist for the National Guard. His work is in the permanent collection of the Marine Corps Museum, Washington, DC. The National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola Florida; National Guard Bureau, Washington, DC; The Center for Military History, Washington , DC; and the Pennsylvania National Guard. Major commercial clients include The Franklin Mint, Lennox, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Cloverly, Southwestern Publishing, and Cowles Magazine. David is represented by Germantown Gallery, Germantown, NC.
CHRISTY SALIARIS has a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She majored in Art at Mechanicsburg High School where she taught after school art programs. She started teaching Pre-School Art in 1999 at the Art Center School and Galleries. Christy is the proud mom of three beautiful children. In her free time, she enjoys writing and illustrating children’s books.
MEL STABIN, AWS, NWS, is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied the art of watercolor with Ed Whitney. For over thirty years, Mel was an award-winning art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, and Allied Artists of America. For twenty years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad, and for numerous art societies. He has written feature articles for American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic. Mel is the author of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused, both published by Watson-Guptill.
JEANNINE SWARTZ, has exhibited her watercolors in numerous national juried shows including the American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition in New York. In addition to being a featured artist in the book, The Best of Flower Painting II, Jeannine is the recipient of many awards and honors in national and international juried exhibitions. She is a signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Galleries representing Jeannine’s work include McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD http://www.mcbridegallery.com/; Village Artisans Gallery, Boiling Springs, PA; and William Ris Galleries, Stone Harbor, NJ.; Visit her website at http://www.mindsisland.com/members/swartz.
BARBARA PASSERI WARFEL has earned her reputation for arts excellence in Central Pennsylvania. She is this year’s recipient of the Spectrum Award for excellence in the arts. Her work embodies the best the arts can offer to enhance the quality of life. She will also be featured in Harrisburg Magazine's December '06 issue in an article focusing on artists and their work spaces.
DEBI WATSON is a self-taught artist. She captures the glow of transparent watercolor in sharp focus realism. Debi’s work can be found in juried exhibitions throughout the nation and many national magazines. Web site: http://www.debiwatson.artspan.com/.
MICHELE WHITE, BFA and M.Ed. (PA Certified), Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University, has enjoyed teaching art to all grade levels at Bible Baptist School, Shiremanstown, for the past 15 years. Michele has conducted classes for youth here at The Art Center since 2002. She has also initiated Art-Abilities, a program for adults with cognitive disabilities. More recently, Michele has begun Beginning Watercolor classes for adults and completed large tapestry like paintings concerning the history of music for the Harrisburg Area Flutes and Strings organization’s annual spring concerts at the forum.
JOAN S. WOLF, watercolorist and printmaker, studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts while still in High School and later earned her B.F.A. degree at the Massachusetts College of Art. Since then she has studied watercolor with Barbara Buer and printmaking with Kathleen Piunti and Ruth Leaf. She has taught printmaking herself at the Art Center School and Galleries in Mechanicsburg and has lectured on printmaking at Penn State Harrisburg. Her work has appeared in a variety of local and national juried and invitational shows and exhibits. In the summer of 1997 several of her watercolors were featured in the article "The Metallics" in Watercolor Magazine; this article was later re-printed in the "Color" anthology, which appeared in the autumn of 1999. She is represented by galleries in Mechanicsburg and Camp Hill in PA, and in Stone Harbor in NJ. Her prints and watercolors hang in private collections in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Canada.
My watercolors, etchings, and monotypes all reflect my essential interest in the relationships of forms and colors to one another, both as I see them in nature and in my own imagination. Though I aim primarily to please myself, it is gratifying when others find my work pleasing, or evocative, or both.