Art Demonstration

  • Domnick BrandtDOMNICK BRANDT, a native of Wilkes-Barre, PA, studied design and composition at Wilkes 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.

  • SUSAN BRITTAIN is a native of Evanston, Illinois. She studied art at the University of Florida and the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as a graphic designer for the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming before moving to Pennsylvania in 2003. Her work has been exhibited in Gainesville, Florida, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Harrisburg. Her current interests are drawing and sculpture.

  • 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.

  • Pat Walach KeoughPAT WALACH KEOUGH is a Rhode Island native who lived in Germany, Washington DC, and Durham, NC, before moving to Carlisle with her husband and sons in 1981. She attended parochial and public schools in Central Falls and Pawtucket, RI, as well as RI School of Design in Providence. While continually painting in oil, Patricia has made prints in different media since 1976. Besides silkscreen and woodcut prints, Patricia has printed etchings, collographs, and monotypes with oil and watercolor

  • MARY KLOTZ is owner of Forestheart, a studio and fiber arts supply shop near Frederick, MD-now in its 28th year. She is multimused, teaching glass beadmaking, beadwork, weaving, spinning, felting, rug hooking, dyeing and watercolor, which she regards as simply variations of dancing with the muse. Her lampworked beads appear in two beadmaking books, and she has written for Beadwork magazine. Mary has studied with various well-known glass workers and attended major conferences of the Glass Art Society of Glass Beadmakers.

  • PATRICIA KOSCIENSKI has painted vivid, strong landscapes in Germany, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York’s Adirondack Mountains. People are present in most landscapes, interfacing with each other and the natural world. Patricia studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and learned to make monotypes with Kathleen Piunti and Ruth Leaf. Her work has been included in juried shows, private and corporate collections, and galleries in Rhode Island, Ottawa, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Donna MitchellDONNA 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.

  • THOMAS OAKES iis a PA Certified Art Teacher (K-12) and Ceramic Artist. In addition to The Art Center School and Galleries, Thomas instructs at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center.

  • 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.

  • PearDORIS RISSER is a self-taught artist, specializing in realism. After 26 years of painting with oils, she taught herself how to use acrylic paints to obtain the same realistic paintings. Doris has been painting for over forty years and sells her artwork at many of the arts and crafts shows in the area and also participates in Art Center off-site exhibits. Her subjects include wildlife/animals, landscapes, still life, etc. She previously chaired the Exhibit Committee and continues to volunteer when time allows.

  • 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.

  • JEANNINE SWARTZ is a signature of the National Watercolor Society, and Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Baltimore Watercolor Societies. She has exhibited her watercolors in numerous national juried shows including the American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition in New York. Jeannine is a featured artist in the book, The Best of Flower Painting II published by North Light Books. Galleries representing Jeannine’s work include McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD; Village Artisans Gallery, Boiling Springs, PA; and William Ris Galleries, Stone Harbor, NJ.; Visit her website at

    li>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 16 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. Michele’s students have won numerous local and regional awards throughout her career.