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Inspired Expressions: Brush, Lens & Clay

Donna EdmondsWatercolorist
Glenn ThompsonPhotographer
Cheri Lee Anderton-YarnellPotter

God’s Creation Enthralls Red Brick Gallery Artists

Whether watching the sunrise come up over a glistening field, marveling at the intricacies of nature on a woodland walk, or floating down the river charmed by the waterfowl and mesmerized by the water’s swirling patterns, we are blessed to live in the beautiful Allegheny River Valley Region. Worlds of wonder surround us.   Some of us reach for our cell phones to capture the moment in a photo. Fortunately, artists among us engage and interact with that inspiration to explore its beauty more deeply and share their discoveries with us in their artwork.

In the Red Brick Gallery’s next exhibit running from Friday, July 14 to August 20, 2017, local artists Donna Edmonds, Glenn Thompson and Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell reveal their awe of the beauty of God’s creation and their journey as artists in three different media: “Inspired Expressions: Brush, Lens & Clay”. Revel in their inspired watercolors, photography and pottery and meet them personally at an Exhibit Opening on Sunday, July 16 from 4 to 6 PM, after Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts’ 2 PM Lincoln Hall concert by International Competition winner, pianist Sean Kennard.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Donna Edmonds, Watercolorist

Donna Edmonds, Cheri Lee Yarnell-Anderton

After retirement from a career as a corporate executive, watercolorist Donna Edmonds studied Botanical Art and Illustration at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden and has been an instructor there, teaching classes for the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program. Her work has been exhibited at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens as well as the Phipps Garden Center in Shadyside and other Pittsburgh venues. She is a member of the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society and The American Society of Botanical Artists. Donna is the founder and Artistic Director of ARCA’s Red Brick Gallery and currently resides with her husband in Parker, PA.

“It’s a gift to share my creative wanderings with others at the Red Brick Gallery and a privilege to participate in an exhibit with other artists whom I respect,”  Edmonds said. ”I’m delighted to be part of this trio of artists. My fellow exhibitors are indeed gifted artists in their fields and it will, I’m sure, be a most interesting show.   For my part, I spent numerous happy hours on my new watercolours!   I do hope many guests will visit the Red Brick and enjoy this exhibit.”

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Wake Robin Trillium

Nasturtium

“Although I can be considered an artist, I think I am really an explorer. I am attracted, not so much to the act of painting, as to the subjects that I illustrate. God’s creation enthralls, captivates, awes me by its diversity, complexity and beauty. Painting is my way of engaging and interacting with that breathtaking, fascinating, endlessly complex beauty and in so doing, seeking the face of the Creator.

Indigo Bunting

My training originated at Phipps Conservatory in the Botanical Art and Illustration Program and lead me to membership in the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society and the American Society of Botanical Artists. A collaboration between Phipps and the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society called the Flora Project, launched my interest in Western Pennsylvania native plants. That interest has since expanded to the local birds and the architecture of their wonderfully and amazingly built nests which are very specifically constructed and vary by each bird species.

I am inspired by the life I see around me – the plants and creatures that I share space with every day – because I can witness them, touch them, get up close to them. My training as a botanical artist serves me well since the goals of botanical art are detail and accuracy. To accomplish this, one must examine closely, dissect, and research the subject. And so, that has become my habit. I’m curious to understand the details – the colors, the structures, the life cycle, and the habitat – of the things I paint. This process causes me to gain incredible bits of knowledge about my subjects. And it causes me to grow in appreciation for the power and intellect of the great and holy God who created it all.

Eastern Meadow Lark

Also, because of this, my process is lengthy. Once I have chosen, examined, and researched, I draw, as often as possible, from live plant specimens or inactive bird nests. However in the case of birds, I work mostly from photos. I try to capture details and experiment with various aspects and positions ultimately resulting in a final composition. This drawing is then transferred (traced onto) to a new, fresh sheet of 300 lb. hot pressed (a very smooth surface) watercolor paper or, sometimes, to a piece of sheepskin, goatskin, or calfskin parchment or vellum, using a lightbox. The watercolor paper I use is 100% cotton rag, acid free. This, along with high quality, light-fast paints results in longevity equal to oil on canvas. Before applying paint I experiment with paint colors and mixes in order to match the real subject and produce a realistic result.

Finally, I pick up my brush. I work with a very small, usually #1, round, kolinsky sable brush which allows me to achieve fine detail. Watercolor is a somewhat unforgiving medium. Since the paint is transparent, mistakes cannot generally be covered up or corrected without damaging the surface of the paper. So, the work must progress slowly and carefully, applying many diluted layers to accomplish saturated color. Colors are mixed in two ways. Sometimes the colors are mixed on the palette before application. But color mixes can also be achieved by what is called optical mixing – by layering two or more colors alternately on the paper so that the eye does the mixing as it sees through the “stacked” transparent glazes. For example, alternating glazes of yellow and blue create the effect of green. A complete and complex spectrum of colors can be achieved by simply using a palette of the three primary colors!

Northern Harrier Hawk and Chicks

Because of the detailed nature of this art form, it takes many hours of painting to complete the piece. But when it is done, the next step for me is to take the original to a fine art printmaker to be digitally scanned. The color-matched scan is used to produce limited edition giclee prints. A giclee print refers to one that is produced in such a manner that it is identical to the original. It is produced on a twelve color printer to achieve maximum color matching, with fade resistant, archival pigment-based inks on archival substrates – watercolor paper, photo paper or canvas. The process is expensive but it produces an image as close to the original as possible on a fine surface material. It, like the original, will retain color indefinitely with a modicum of care. Most recently, I have reduced my limited editions to 10 or fewer, since my aim is not mass production but simply to enjoy and share the paintings that I am able to produce.

I am ever thankful for the wonder of the creative process since it gives me such pleasure and satisfaction. I am convinced that God reveals Himself through the universe that He created for us to enjoy and discover and that He invites us to pursue a knowledge of Him through the marvels of His creation. Having formed us in His image, like Him, we all have a drive to create.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.

Proceeds from the sales of my works are donated to Life Choices, providing life affirming choices in Butler, Armstrong and Indiana Counties since 1984.

Glenn Thompson, Photographer

Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artist Glenn Thompson has pursued his passion for nature photography in his retirement, rekindling his deeply rooted interest in photography, which began when he received for Christmas in 1955 his first Ansco camera and film-processing and contact-printing kit. He made black and white photos using the kit, as often as his allowance and grass-cutting jobs would provide cash to buy film and developing chemicals.

“It is almost impossible to believe that less than ten short years after retiring from a global business career that I would be displaying photographs in an art gallery! Until the last few years, the results of those trips ended up as coffee table books, which eventually got stashed away on obscure shelves.  As a co-op member of the Red Brick Gallery, I now have the opportunity to share some of my images with a broader audience than just my family and friends who visit my home.  It gives me much pleasure to share the beauty of this special planet we call home as I see it through the lens of my camera. “

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

“My most recent journey into the realm of photography is the result of the fortuitous convergence of two events, my final retirement from corporate life and the advancement of the digital image age. This convergence rekindled a lifelong interest in photography that began when I was nine years old. My fascination with nature in all of its expressions, especially animals of all sorts, provide unlimited subjects for the lens of my cameras. The existence of light makes it all possible.

Gray Langur Monkey

Bengal Tiger – male

It became evident to me that the soul of the creatures I photographed was best perceived when the eyes were the focal point of my images. Small things that move fast, however, present an unique challenge to achieve an accurate and sharp image of its eye. But the continuous and significant evolution in digital cameras and lenses has enhanced the possibility of achieving that goal. The possibility of taking ten or more frames per second freezes of a subject in very thin slices of time is a wonderful advantage that can also be a burden. Sometimes there can be just too many pictures!

As an example, consider two ten day photo trips, one an animal safari in Africa and a second capturing the landscapes in some of our National Parks. Photographing flying birds and running animals at ten frames per second can easily result in the collection of ten thousand images. On the other hand, that landscape trip could result in less than five hundred images, all captured with the camera on a tripod, just waiting for that exact moment of perfect light.

In both cases, the photos must then be processed and evaluated to uncover the “keepers”. Ten thousand images can represent hours in front of a computer screen while in the case of the landscape photos, the time is spent on setting up the shots.

My photography interests continue to expand and evolve as my capabilities improve. As a post-retirement adult, I use the internet daily to study new subjects and increase my understanding of how the masters achieve their incredible images. I am currently dabbling in some astrophotography; trying my hand at candid portraiture; doing some macro photography of flowers; and learning to print my own photographs.”

More about Glenn Thompson

Glenn and Linda Thompson

Glenn and his wife Linda Thompson (fabric-coiled basket artist) have been Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artists since the fall of 2015, but they have much deeper roots in the Allegheny Valley going back to the 1940’s when Glenn first retreated with his family to a shared “fishing club” camp on the banks of the Allegheny near Emlenton. In 2007, Glenn and Linda, who reside in Butler, PA, acquired the riverfront property and rebuilt the lodge as a second home in their retirement. Now with their two children and grandsons, they are the fourth generation to have “this piece of Paradise leave indelible marks on [their] lives”.

Glenn Thompson is a retired businessman and entrepreneur.  His corporate career spanned 35 years during which he was involved in the coatings businesses of PPG Industries and ICI (England). His early work life was technology-focused including coatings research, technical and customer service management. Midway through his career, Glenn migrated to corporate development roles including global M&A and international corporate expansion. His international experience was extensive and included overseas postings in England and Brazil. His five year assignment in Brazil involved the creation of the business structure for PPG’s South American coatings operations including the construction of two factories and five business acquisitions.

Shortly after retiring from corporate life in early 2003, Glenn became an angel investor in Plextronics, a high-tech spinout from Carnegie Mellon’s chemistry department. A few months thereafter, he joined the fledgling operation as their COO and helped grow the company to more than 70 employees over the next seven years when he retired once again. He remained as an active consultant to the company until it was sold to Solvay (Belgium) in 2014.

Glenn is a 1968 graduate of Westminster College with a B.S. in Chemistry and is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. He has done post-graduate studies at CMU, Pitt and the Vlerick School of Business in Brussels.

Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, Potter

Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell at the wheel

For potter Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, playing in the mud as a child began her lifelong passion for clay. Today her work is both a reflection of her concern for our planet and fellow humans as well as a celebration of earth and of a spiritual path.

“I enjoy weaving images in a variety of clay vessels.  I am particularly drawn to the plight of amphibians and endangered and threatened species,” said Anderton-Yarnell. “These have become the signature images in my work. From the playful to the profound, I intend for each vessel to evoke a sense of the beauty and peril of our world.”

Her work is primarily high fired porcelain or stoneware. Cheri creates each piece individually, from wedging the clay, forming each vessel on the potter’s wheel or hand building.  Some pieces receive surface treatment using handmade stamps, pieces of crochet or tatting for texture. Much of the work involves alteration through manipulating and through sculpting.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

“This past year of working in clay has been one of introspection and of celebrating passages.  My journey in clay for 38 years has been a consuming pursuit in gaining skill and in expressing my observations of nature and reflecting my own spiritual path.  The subjects I am drawn to are wild places and in particular the plant and animal inhabitants.  This past year I completed a goal of walking the same 8 mile woodland path with my spouse each morning.  We marveled at the subtle intimate intricacies of PA woodlands.  These intricacies have emerged in this year’s renderings in clay.  Many of the pieces feature animals, botanicals and interpretive patterns.



All the work is original and formed by hand using slabs of clay or begins on the potters’ wheel.  I choose to work in porcelain or white stoneware because of the smooth white surface, which encourages surface decoration.  Many of the pieces are painted in colored slip (liquid clay infused with pigment) to produce surface depth.



The next step is sgraffito or etching through the slip to create imagery.  The etching process is very meditative and it is my hope these pieces will convey this mindset.  Other pieces in this collection are quite vibrant and feature the repetition of dot patterns that are very whimsical, while others feature sculptural animals.  All the work is high fired, durable and safe for use.

Green bowl

I have retired from shows this year.  My work may be found in Foxburg at the Red Brick Gallery, in Franklin at the Victorian Art and Frame Gallery shop and at the Gallery  Shop in State College, Pa.  My work has been published in two Lark Books:  500 Animals and 500 Teapots.”

Frog Teapot

Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sundays, Noon to 4:00 PM.  An Opening Exhibit welcomes guests on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 4 to 6 PM after the 2:00 PM concert of International Competition Winner, Sean Kennard.

 

 

 

 

“Dimensional Wonders” Exhibit

What art offers is space, wrote American novelist John Updike – “a certain breathing room for the spirit”. Visual artists then become the choreographers of this space of mind and spirit – whether meditatively drawing us into an experience of untold dimensions or creating protected physical spaces to hold our precious thoughts, papers and worldly treasures.

The Red Brick Gallery’s Exhibit, “Dimensional Wonders”, presents such a refreshing space in which to catch your breath with paintings of Steve Hindman and fabric-coiled baskets of Linda Thompson from Friday, June 2 to July 9 at 17 Main Street, Foxburg.

Meet the Artists at an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 11, from 4 to 6:00 PM when when musicians from CARNIVAL OF SOULS will match the inspiration of Steve Hindman’s Celtic interlace art with spirited music.  

Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Painter Steve Hindman

Since his retirement as an educator in the Philipsburg-Osceola School District of Pennsylvania, Clearfield artist Steve Hindman has been working on a series of paintings taking the Celtic interlace art of his ancestors and adapting it to abstraction and color field painting. Inspired by the Book of the Kells, his technique begins by painting layers of transparent and opaque paint stains to create an ambiguous background for the viewer to explore. He then overlays a Celtic grid pattern and illuminates with double knot-work, to create a level of iridescence. The grid layer creates a fluid moving layer above the colored background and adds a shimmering effect.

Viewers have described the surface beauty and unfolding dimensions of his paintings as mesmerizing, inducing a kind of meditative state. Hindman says, “Each artwork I attempt invites the viewer to experience new relationships of movement, pattern, and color. I present a new vision beyond the basic Celtic knot-work into manifestation of feeling, creativity, and technical skill. It is my intention to take the viewer on a journey into my work, assist them to understand and acquire a new language and see abstraction as something insightful in its own right. All painting is in its simplest form just paint on the surface of a support. The artistry comes in how the work draws the viewer into a sense of wonder. My work is an attempt to give form to that innermost creative impulse.”

The fun part, according to Hindman, is the constant experience of expanding and stretching as an artist. From looking at topography maps, it occurred to him that he could create a grid and interlace the Celtic knot-work over a landscape. A painting coming over from the Winkler gallery in DuBois has mountains in the foreground and background and a bright sky, overlaid by Celtic knot-work.

Busier than ever in his retirement, Hindman serves as President of The Susquehanna River Art Center of Clearfield and oversees two galleries and local arts programs.   In 2015, Steve Hindman art was displayed in the juried Allied Artists of America Exhibition at the National Arts Club Gallery in New York City.

Linda Thompson’s Fabric-Coiled Baskets



Linda’s fabric-coiled baskets are each uniquely contrasted in color, texture and decoration. Formerly a professional Gifted and Talented coordinator, Linda first discovered weaving when she and her husband spent five years in Brazil during his tenure as a corporate executive with PPG Industries.  While there, Linda found an English speaking weaving teacher from whom she learned the language of warp and weft as a calm pursuit in the midst of the turmoil of living far away from family and trying to fit into a new culture.   Returning to the U.S., her weaving led to her chosen artistic pursuit: “When I discovered fabric-coiled baskets, I knew I had found a great creative outlet!

As each row spirals into existence, there is surprise and fulfillment, color-play and texture, whimsy and structure. What is a basket? …a vessel… a pleasing shape… a means of self-expression.” Erik Wahl’s quote rings true with her: “The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art–but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it.”

An organized and structured person, Linda finds pleasing the repetitive motion of basket making and the tactile touch of the fabric and cord. She also enjoys finding beads to decorate her baskets, shopping at an annual quilting convention in Cleveland. Sometimes a fabric inspires a bead and sometimes the other way around. What gives Linda great satisfaction and relaxation is learning something new with each creation, unique in its own way. Part of the fun is the magic of not knowing what she is getting as baskets emerge from the sewing machine often not exactly as planned.

The mystical aspect, says Thompson, is that she will never know how the baskets will be used. “People who buy my baskets complete the project for me. The baskets aren’t finished until they are put to use by the people who purchase them. I create a vessel – and they fill that vessel or choose to leave it empty on a shelf as a decoration.” A blue and yellow fabric-coiled basket in one friend’s kitchen is filled with lemons, and the same basket perfectly matching French kitchen tiles in another’s home gives order to chaos, holding invitations and bills to be paid. Baskets made from camouflage fabric hold men’s keys and coins.

With the proceeds from her creations, Linda sponsors a program she calls “Baskets for Books” which provides easy readers to ESL (English as a Second Language) students in two elementary schools. As students improve their new English reading skills, they may choose one of the donated books and practice reading it with the teacher or volunteers. When they master it, they may take it home and keep it to proudly demonstrate their new reading skills to family and friends.

Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jason Floyd Lewis & Bruce Pipman Exhibit

Jason Floyd LewisPainter
Bruce PipmanPainter

Do we see with our eyes or our brain? According to the invisible ships phenomenon, it appears to be our brain. Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain James Cook’s 1770 voyage to Australia wrote that when their ship first approached the coast, the native fishermen virtually paid no attention to the 106-foot long Endeavor passing within a quarter of a mile of them, scarcely looking up from their employment. They supposedly couldn’t see the large ship, because they’d never before seen one.

Perhaps that is why the eye has been called a humble and silent organ. Its light and energy are filtered by what the mind expects to see, giving credence to the adage that we only see what we’re looking for. It also explains the role that artists throughout history have taken, opening new worlds to their viewers – putting what they see and feel into images that invite one to look through the prism of their imagination and emotion.

You can see through the “mind’s eyes” of two delightfully different artists in Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts’ next exhibit in the Red Brick Gallery from April 21 to May 28, 2017 in Foxburg. Magic and mystery are the inspiration for the artwork of guest artist Bruce Pipman and RBG Cooperative Artist Jason Floyd Lewis.

Meet the Artists in the Exhibit Opening on Sunday, May 7 from 4:00 t 6:oo PM immediately following the concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.  

Gallery hours are Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Bruce Pipman

Artist Bruce Pipman creates what he calls a magical reality, where objects that look like birds and fish are not that really. His art engages the viewer in observing the artist’s creative steps and seeing through his imagination.



“Insight starts with knowing yourself. The viewers complete the picture. I believe that the truth in life lies beneath the surface and in my paintings I try to scratch at that surface.” His exhibited artwork, primarily developed “via acrylics, ink and inspiration”, will include works both new and from recent shows, including “Magical Realism” and “The Poet Speaks”. brucepipman.com

Bruce Pipman always has taken an inventive approach, from professional work as a photographer in early years to his career in the Executive Search Business. He has been creating art since retiring ten years ago – moving from working in the basement of his home to an Amish built studio in his backyard in New Kensington where friends and neighbors stop by to watch him work.

Inspired by what artists Milton Avery and Pablo Picasso could do with a couple of lines, Pipman seeks to stimulate his audience to “dream through the lines and color of the image and to look not so much through my eyes as through my mind.” He also puts words on some artwork, wanting the viewer to follow the words into the painting.



Demonstrating that retirement is just the beginning for many Baby Boomers exploring paths not taken earlier in life, Pipman says that working as an artist is as fulfilling as anything he’s ever done. As the father of two sons who have children themselves, it is a joy for him to watch his grandchildren respond to his art. “I’m a Grandpa with the mind of an 18 year old kid.”



You can “see” for yourself, through the minds and vision of two superb artists at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, May 8, 2017. A Meet the Artists reception will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, after the concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.

The Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop is located at 17 Main Street, Foxburg, PA 16036.   Gallery Hours are Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00–7:00 PM, and Sundays 12:00–4:00 PM. 

Jason Floyd Lewis

Purple Evening, oil, 24 X 36

Jason Floyd Lewis is well known to area residents. A native of Clarion, PA, Jason is a charter artist/member of the Red Brick Gallery Cooperative whose works grace the walls of the Gallery and Gift Shop and the homes of his many fans and friends.  His stunning oil landscapes range in size from exquisite miniatures to breathtaking large canvases; landscapes in graphite and colored pencil are subtle in nuance and detail.

Winter Dawn, oil, 13×18

Jason Floyd Lewis grew up in Clarion, PA. He received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design where he studied drawing and painting. He went on to earn a MFA in Drawing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Currently, Jason lives in Clarion, Pennsylvania and shares a studio space with his wife, Amanda.

In the Moonlight, oil, 20×24

Jason’s interest in conveying mood, emotion and the effects of light, air and humidity takes the viewer on a journey into the mind of the forest scenes he depicts.   jasonfloydlewis.com

Wintertime Brushwood, oil, 24×36

Wintertime Thicket, oil, 24×36

Jason Floyd Lewis has been drawing and painting the landscape for over fifteen years. His artistic process has always centered around the naturalistic study of his subject. In his recent work, he has become inspired by the mystery and emotive potential he sees.

Moon #2, oil, 8×12

“The work evolves as I become interested in different characteristics I perceive in the world around me.  During the past winter, I have been observing the landscape in various states of diminishing light and thicker atmosphere.  This has been enabled by the shorter daylight hours of winter and the increased time spent outside in lower light conditions.  The exploration of these motifs has influenced the way I use light in all of my work.”

Evening Walk, oil, 8×12

Jason Floyd Lewis – Artist Statement

My artwork represents the landscape as I have observed it. The paintings and drawings represent real places, most of them near my home in western PA. Most of the places I choose to represent are in some way memorable, such as rivers, roads or other significant landmarks. I am interested in the way human activities coexist and intermingle with the natural landscape in rural areas.

Sunset with White Pine, oil, 8×12

My goal is to depict the landscape in a naturalistic way. I use photographic reference in the studio to produce my finished works, however, I do not consider myself to be a photorealist. The photos are a tool used both for designing and for recording facts about my subject. As I work, I refer to the photographs, but also rely on my memories of observing the landscape and on my recollections of paintings done by other artists whom I admire. I work in thin layers of paint, building up detail and color contrasts gradually until I am satisfied with the visual impact of the representation.  I am also interested in depicting the various effects of light, air and humidity that can transform the mood of the landscape.

Summer Morning Mist, oil, 24x16

Summer Morning Mist, oil

Winter Fog with Evergreens, oil, 24x12

Winter Fog with Evergreens, oil

I recently have focused on forest interior spaces, exploring the more rugged terrain of wooded areas. In my work, I try to balance my strict attention to realistic detail with a freedom to manipulate the overall structure and effect of my images. I try to use gradations, lines and rhythms to create a sense of space and time in a dynamic way. My goal is to orchestrate works of art that not only emulate the beauty of the landscape but also operate as an expression of my personal response to it.

Forest Interior with Large Stone, graphite and chalk, 11x22

Forest Interior with Large Stone, graphite and chalk

The exhibit can be seen at the Red Brick Gallery from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, May 8, 2017. A Meet the Artists reception will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, after the concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.

The Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop is located at 17 Main Street, Foxburg, PA 16036.   Gallery Hours are Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00–7:00 PM, and Sundays 12:00–4:00 PM. 

Sunset with Blue Hills, oil, 8X12

A-C Valley Student Art Exhibit 2017

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to be partnering with the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools for a third year, presenting an exhibit of more than 100 artworks by Allegheny-Clarion Valley Jr. and Sr. High School students from April 8 to 16, 2017, on the second floor of the Red Brick Gallery on Main Street in Foxburg.  

This exhibit is part of ARCA’s Educational ArtReach program, bringing celebrated artists and seasoned teaching artists to conduct residencies in the A-C Valley Schools and showcasing the artwork of Jr. and Sr. High School students in exhibits at the Red Brick Gallery.

In their educational process, more than one hundred students in A-C Valley High School art teacher, Anita Allen’s classes have employed the long-standing practice, dating back to the masters of western art, of doing copies of works of art as a study in composition and craftsmanship. They have created artwork that is delightfully diverse and excellent in its reproduction of a wide spectrum of images in various media: Acrylic, watercolor, pastels, tempera, scratchboard, acrylic on slate, charcoal, marker, India ink – plus three-dimensional art including ceramics, pottery and sculptures.

“Students have been working on their art for this exhibit throughout the year,” said Anita Allen. “It’s amazing to witness their creative process in the various media in which they have worked.  I am grateful that ARCA is exhibiting their art in the Red Brick Gallery again this Spring.  It’s important for the students to see their artwork displayed publicly.  Our community, without a doubt, will get a true idea of the artistic skills our kids have when they see the quality and creativity of this exhibit.”

This is the third exhibit of A-C Valley student art at the Gallery.  Red Brick Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds said, “As many will recall, the Gallery opened its 2015 season for the first time with an A-C Valley Student exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was phenomenal. The work was vibrant and explosive! And many people in the community were introduced to the Red Brick Gallery by the lure of viewing the art of a student known to them. We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to drop by to support the students. It’s a great experience that leaves everyone with a sense of awe for the freshness and talent of these young artists.”

Superintendent of the A-C Valley School District, David McDeavitt said, “It makes me very happy to have a local organization such as ARCA helping to support our educational system.  Opportunities like the Red Brick Gallery provide our students with learning opportunities that extend past the classroom and into the community.  One of our goals at A-C Valley is to develop our students into productive members of society and this program does just that!”

The exhibit will run two weekends, from Saturday, April 8 through Sunday, April 16, with gallery hours on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Meet the Student Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 12:000 to 5:00 PM. 

The ARCA Board of Directors is grateful to Red Brick Gallery Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds, for her generosity and expertise in hanging this exhibit of A-C Valley student art this spring.

ARCA thanks the A-C Valley School Board, Superintendent David McDeavitt, Principal Bill Jordan, Staff and Faculty including Anita Allen and R.J. Feicht for their partnership.

 

ABOUT THE A-C VALLEY STUDENT ARTISTS

Allegheny-Clarion Valley Art Students of Anita Allen
Featured in the Red Brick Gallery Exhibit 2017

Alyssa Ace                                                                  Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
Hello my name is Alyssa Ace. I am 14 years old and go to A-C Valley High School. I live in Parker, PA. I enjoy doing pottery and charcoal drawings. I am in softball, volleyball, basketball, track, cross-country, cheerleading, and gymnastics. I am a runner for Cross Country and I am holding the record for JH. My hobbies are Running, Fishing, Hunting, and Football. For my future job I want to be a MMA fighter or a Professional Woman’s Boxer.

Lauren Alworth                                                     Media: Ceramic/Acrylic                                    11th Grade
My name is Lauren Alworth and I am a junior at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I am very active in the music, art, and cheerleading programs. In past years, we have won our D9 competition, the Co-ed division, gone to states, and advanced to semifinals last year. I participate in marching, jazz and concert band, and I play the alto, tenor, baritone saxophone. I am also in chorus and participate in our musicals. Even though I’ve never had an important part, I have been in Pippin, The Sound of Music, and Schoolhouse Rock and really loved it. I am also part of the student council and the vice president of my class.

Brad Armagost                                                       Medium: Ink                                                            12th Grade
My name is Brad Armagost. I did an Ink picture and it looks pretty sweet too, but in all honesty it was hard and looks amazing.

Makenna Armagost                                              Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Makenna Armagost and I am 14 years old and in 8th grade at A-C Valley. I participate in the A-C Valley Drama Club and Do Something Good Club. I am a Jr. High School cheerleader and also play volleyball and softball. I enjoy singing in the choir and playing the clarinet in concert band. I really enjoy trying out new things.

Zach Austin                                                               Medium: Pencil                                                      11th Grade
My name is Zach Austin and I was born on August 13, 1999. I live in St. Petersburg, PA with my mom, dad, and my dog. I am currently a junior at AC Valley High School. I participate in student council, track, and golf. I am in the middle of my third year of taking an art class. The picture I am entering in the art show is my old style gas station drawing. The drawing represents the history of the time period included in the picture.

Riley Bauer                                                                Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
Hey dude, my name is Riley. I go to AC-Valley and I participate in only the most prestigious clubs and activities….like band, jazz band, by the way ”ya like jazzzz?” I also go to strategy club and play nerd card games! Baseball, and BMX are the two most amazing things to do in the world, that’s why I do them. But when I can’t do that I SLEEP. THE END

Amanda Booher                                                     Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Amanda Booher. I am a senior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, and the Clarion County Career Center Allied Health. I have been very active throughout my high school years doing various volunteering, and fundraising activities. I am the member of National Technical Honor Society, SADD, and HOSA. I’ve attended several Nursing Assistant competitions through the State and Internationals. My mom has been my biggest supporter through everything and this painting of a Golden Retriever is for her.

Bridget Brison                                                        Medium: Ink                                                            9th Grade
My name is Bridget Brison and I’m a freshman at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I live in the outskirts of Emlenton. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and being active. I have been in cross-country since seventh grade. I’ve also been an active member of A-C Valley Business Leaders of Tomorrow Club since seventh grade. I enjoy art very much. I often paint at my house in my free time. The project I did is of a cat in ink. I overcame some obstacles doing it but overall it was a fun challenge.

Destiny Chamoun                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                    11th Grade
My name is Destiny Chamoun and I’m a junior at A-C Valley. I’m originally from Tampa, FL and moved to Parker, PA about four years ago. My favorite medium is definitely acrylic. This is my second year taking art and I enjoy it immensely.

Carter Chase                                                              Media: Markers /Linoleum                            10th Grade
Hello, my name is Carter Chase. I live in Foxburg , Pennsylvania with my parents. I am a sophomore at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. In my near future I want to attend Alabama University to become certified in sports medicine.

Colt Christo                                                              Medium: Pottery                                                   12th Grade
My name is Colt Christo, I am currently a senior at A-C Valley and have been in art class for 5 years. I participate in marching band, concert band, jazz band, and football at our school. The medium of the projects I have in this show are ceramics, either thrown from the pottery wheel, or hand sculpted. Being able to make these has been fun and I am glad to be able to present them in the art show.

Leroy Cratty

Leroy Cratty                                                             Media: Watercolor/Charcoal/Acrylic    12th Grade
My name is Leroy Cratty and I’m a senior at AC-Valley. I like to do things with my hands like paint, draw and make jewelry. I plan on attending Clarion University and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Art.

Rachel Cullen                                                           Medium: Ceramic                                                  8th Grade
My name is Rachel Cullen and I am an eighth grader at A-C Valley. In my free time I like to watch Netflix, play basketball, and go biking. The ceramic mask I completed was of a rabbit using pink and white colors.

Chloe Dittman                                                         Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Chloe Dittman and I am a 14 year-old freshman at A-C Valley High school. I am involved in track, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, and gymnastics. I chose this picture because of the bright pink colored flowers and the vibrant background with blues and purples. It really struck my personality and seemed like a fun painting.

Madelyn Dittman                                                   Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Madelyn Dittman and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley. I participate in Basketball, Cheerleading, and Track. I have participated in those sports since I started my high school career. In track I run the 3200 relay and I throw javelin. Last year I almost made districts for javelin and I lettered in both track and cheerleading. I have been a member of the Student Council since seventh grade and plan to continue this club until I graduate. I take an honors English class and maintain honor roll throughout the school year. I have never had a grade lower than a B on a progress report or report card. My painting is a bunch of flowers, done in watercolor.

Sylvia Downes                                                          Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
I’m a 9th grader at A-C Valley. I love art class, and currently, acrylic paintings are my favorite type of art project to do.

Michael Dunkel                                                       Medium: Water-Color                                        11th Grade
My name is Michael Dunkel. I am a junior at A-C Valley High School and this is a watercolor I made of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII and a few chocobos, a large bird from the series, which is usually ridden. I am in Strategy Club, Drama Club, and Art Club at my school.

Austin Eaton                                                             Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
Hello, my name is Austin Eaton and I go to AC-Valley High School. The ceramic mask I made in Art class is a Joker mask. I’m in junior high chorus. Some of the interests I have outside of school are reading books about the Mafia and movies and other crime dramas.

Kylee Eaton                                                              Medium: Acrylic                                                    10th Grade
My name is Kylee Eaton. I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I am a student athlete and I participate in volleyball, basketball, and softball and have achieved varsity letters in each of these sports. I am a member of the Business Leaders of Tomorrow club. Out of school I enjoy kayaking and being outside. I prefer to do acrylic paintings and marker paintings..

Brock Fair                                                                 Medium: Marker/Linoleum                            10th Grade
My name is Brock Fair. I am a sophomore at A-C Valley high school. I live in Parker, PA. I am 17 years old. I had been drawn this project because I have a lot of Indian in my family. I mainly use graphite pencils and shading but I have decided to use marker to extend my knowledge on other mediums.

Cody Fair                                                                  Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
Hi my name is Cody Fair my favorite color is orange. I live in Parker, Pa. I was born on November 30. I go to A-C Valley High School. I work on the farm with my dad.

Jerry Fair                                                                   Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is Jerry Fair and I have lived in Parker since I was born. My favorite sport is football. I was born on April 11, 2003. I like to play airsoft. My favorite car is a GTR R35.

Kari Franklin                                                          Medium: Pencil                                                      12th Grade
My name is Kari Franklin. I am an 18-year old senior at A-C Valley school district. I chose to draw Draco Malfoy/Tom Felton an actor/character from my favorite book series. I decided to draw him in pencil because that’s the medium I feel most comfortable with and to interpret the different shades of gray in his personality.

Emma Fox                                                                  Medium: Acrylic Paint                                        11th Grade
My name is Emma Fox and I am a junior at A-C Valley High School. I have been a part of the cheerleading squad, basketball team, track team, and golf team for the past four years. I am the secretary of Student Council and I am also part of Prom Committee. I plan on attending college and grad school to become a dermatologist.

Emma Fox

Jeffrey Ginn

Jeffrey Ginn                                                                Medium: Linoleum                                               11th Grade
Hello my Name is Jeffrey Ginn. I am a junior at A-C Valley High School. I participate in football, basketball, and baseball. My favorite media are markers and linoleums. I occasionally do charcoal portraits.

Kaitlyn Ginnery                                                       Medium: Watercolor                                         9th Grade
My name is Kaitlyn Ginnery. I am a freshman at Alleghany- Clarion Valley High School. I love to play volleyball and have played since Jr. High. I am a member of AC-Valley’s Future Business Leaders of Tomorrow. I decided to put my watercolor lion into the art show because I think it is one of the best things I have done so far.

Kaden Green                                                             Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is Kaden Green. I go to ACV High School. I love Video games, Swimming, and Magic. When I was in 1st Grade, I moved from Emlenton to Karns City. I went to SugarCreek Elementary school for the 2nd to 7th. I moved to Parker where I live currently. I now go to A-C Valley once again and I see some new and old faces. I’m enjoying it here kind of but besides that I am enjoying High School.

Elizabeth Hankey                                                   Medium: Watercolor                                          12th Grade
My name is Elizabeth Hankey but most people call me Liz. I am a Senior at A-C Valley. A few of my hobbies include painting and rollerskating. I chose this specific picture because I really enjoy looking at the night sky. It helps me think out my problems and it is very relaxing.

John Hetrick                                                            Media: Ceramics/Acrylic                                 11th Grade
I’m a Junior at A-C Valley where I am very involved in the arts. I participate in band, choir, and art class. I’m also involved in marching band, jazz band, musicals in and out of school, and will be participating in the PMEA All State Choir festival In April. While I will try any art form at least once, my favorite medium is ceramics because you truly are free to do whatever you like. At this point in time, I have begun toying with various forms of marbling, by mixing different colors of clay into a swirl pattern.

Madyson Hetzler                                                    Medium: Charcoal                                                 10th Grade
My name is Madyson Hetzler, I am the youngest in my family and I am a student currently attending A-C Valley High School. I am in 10th grade and I enjoy doing many activities for school and out of school. Some of my interests include cheerleading, golf, gymnastics, and the school musical. I also love to fish, hunt, and spend time with my friends and family. I am also in A-C Valley’s Do Something Good Club. All these activities and people encourage me to do my best in school, and give me a look of great success for my future.

Amber Holton                                                         Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Amber Holton. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at A-C Valley. I am in Art Club, Spanish club, SADD, Youth Counsel, and Do Something Good Club where I am treasurer. This is my first year of art class. The painting I did was a deer with little designs inside of it in watercolor.

Adam Hook                                                               Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Adam Hook and I’m in 8th grade at A-C-Valley.   I’m creative and willing to try anything. When not in high school I love to be outside, as well as reading.

Sarah Hughes


Sarah Hughes                                                           Medium: Watercolor and ink                        11th Grade
Hi ya, my name is Sarah Hughes. I am currently a junior at AC Valley Jr./Sr. High School and am Vice President of the Japanese club and President of the Art Club. My hobbies include drawing, writing fanfictions, playing video games, playing violin, and playing in the Marching Band.

Amanda Hunt                                                          Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Amanda Hunt.   I am 16 years old and a sophomore at A-C Valley. I played volleyball, basketball, and I currently play softball. I love doing watercolor paintings. Art class calms my nerves when I work on my projects. I participate in Art club and GIVE club to give back to my community. I have one sibling, a sister.

Kenzy Kellogg                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Kenzy Kellogg, and I am 13 in 8th grade at A-C Valley High School. I participate in Cheerleading, volleyball, and the school musicals. In my free time I enjoy photography, and kayaking. My favorite thing to do in art class is watercolor.

Rachelle Kelly                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Rachelle Kelly, and I’m currently an 8th grade, attending Allegheny-Clarion Valley. I live in Parker, Pennsylvania with both of my parents. My parents’ names are, Brian and Melinda Kelly. I have two brothers and one sister.

Karly King                                                                 Medium: Acrylic                                                     9th Grade
Hi, my name is Karly King and I’m a freshman this year at A-C Valley High School. For this art project I painted with acrylic on a stretched canvas. Besides art I participate in Marching Band, Concert band, Jazz Band, and the school musicals! I was honored to go to District Jazz this year for the first time! I love to paint with acrylic and I also like to sculpt different things with clay.

Maiah Kriebel                                                           Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
I’m Maiah Kriebel, I’m from St. Petersburg, PA. I enjoy creating many forms of art. One of my favorites is drawing and would some day like to interpret that into my career. I also needle felt, paint, and work with clay. I’ve been to 46 of our 50 states. I live on a small farm with chickens, ducks, cats, and soon sheep.

Ali Lambert                                                              Medium: Acrylic                                                     10th Grade
My name is Allie Lambert. I am a sophomore at AC Valley High School, and I have been attending this school since kindergarten. In school, I am the president of GIVE Club, and I have been running track and cross-country since the seventh grade. This painting was inspired when my father, Andrew Lambert, was younger. In this painting, a little boy walks along a gravel path in a rural area. Key parts of the painting include: the overalls, the red barn, and landscaping. This project took me around 4 months to paint. Overall, I enjoy the way that this project came out, but if I had to do it again, there are multiple things that I would change to do it better.

Kaity Lance                                                                Medium: Graphite                                                 12th Grade
My name is Kaity Lance. I’m 18 years old and a senior in the A-C Valley High School. I spend most of my time either reading or creating art. I also love spending time and joking around with my friends. Graphite is my favorite medium to use because I love blending the different shades together to make a picture come to life. I’ve recently started doing realistic pictures and hope to make them as realistic as I possibly can in the future.

Allyssa Leith                                                            Medium: Ceramics                                              8th Grade
Hi my name is Allyssa. I am 14 and I go to A-C Valley. I am in Jr. High choir and also I’m in Drama and Spanish club. I love to run and am very athletic, but I still love to be creative and draw and paint. My mask is a half mask and is supposed to be like a flower masquerade type mask . Thank you, Have a good day. 🙂

Allison Lewis                                                          Medium: Tempera                                                 9th Grade
My name is Allison Lewis and from Emlenton PA. I am a freshman that attends Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am 15 years old, and some of my hobbies are cheerleading, volleyball, track, and basketball. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people from new schools. I painted dolphins because they remind me of summer, which is my favorite season.

Brandon Link                                                          Medium: Sharpie                                                    11th Grade
My name is Brandon Link. I am a 16 year old, junior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. My parents are Jim and Rebecca Link. I play baseball. I also like drawing in my free time. When I’m older I plan to attend college to become an accountant.

Joseph Manculich                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Joseph Manculich. I am a senior from Allegheny-Clarion Valley high school. I participate in basketball. I have been in art class since eighth grade, and really enjoy my time spent in this class. I enjoy doing marker, watercolor, and acrylic. In my free time I enjoy to ride dirt bikes, hunt, and go fishing. After graduation, I plan to attend Pennsylvania School of Technology, and major in Construction Management.

Sierra Martinez                                                       Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Sierra Martinez. I am 15, go to A-C Valley High School and am currently in 9th grade. I enjoy playing basketball and hanging out with my friends. My favorite season is summer because there is more to do outside. My plan is to graduate High School and get my diploma.

Trisha McCalmont                                                Medium: Acrylic                                                     10th Grade
My name is Trisha McCalmont. I’m 17 years old. I go to A-C Valley; I love to be creative and express myself through painting, sketching, drawing, and writing poems. I go for long walks looking at everything and anything; even on the cross country and track team. I have walls in my bedroom that are a chalkboard paint so I can draw and write how I feel, making my room more unique. My favorite scenes are the night sky, nature, and emotions. All of these are great when blended together and it shows and expresses me more. This painting is a Rose with many different reds and pinks with an abstract background, giving it more character, and with the rose as the centerpiece, giving it more volume and expression.

Chelsea McDaniel                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Chelsea McDaniel. I am senior at A-C Valley High School. I enjoy art and most of my art projects are this that I love to do. I enjoy doing ink and acrylic paint.

Ethan McFadden                                                   Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Ethan McFadden I go to school at A-C Valley School in Pennsylvania. My interests are football, hunting, and fishing. I live in West Freedom with my 5 brothers, mother and father.

Tanner Merwin                                                      Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Tanner Merwin. I am an eighth grader at A-C Valley. I was born on April 19th 2003. I love playing sports and hanging out with friends. I play basketball, football, and baseball. I have a sister named Kaylie and she is pretty cool, but not as cool as me. I have two dogs and Marley and Libby that are pretty fun to play with. One of my favorite subjects in school is history.

Chloe Milks                                                                Medium: Watercolor                                         9th Grade
I’m Chloe Milks. I am 16, and a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I’m in art club and, Japanese club. I’ve been drawing ever since I was young, but now that I’m more experimental with my artwork. I sketch, draw, ink, and even paint. The type of art I enjoy is ink, water painting, and drawing. I enjoy art but also listening to music, reading, and even learning. Someday I hope I can either become a psychologist or an art teacher.

Todd Morris                                                             Medium: Charcoal/Pastel                               11th Grade
My name is Todd Morris. I’m seventeen years old, in eleventh grade. I plan on playing basketball next year. Outside of school, I graphic design and rap . The drawing is Derrick Rose is a blend between charcoal and pastel. The drawing is of a basketball player, the point guard for the New York Knicks.

Larry Morrison                                                  Medium : Charcoal                                                  10th Grade
My name is Larry Morrison. I am 16 and I am in 10th grade at A-C Valley. I was born on August 8, 2000 and I grew up in Six Lakes, Michigan with my 2 sisters (Molly and Maddy). My parents are Kelly and Larry Ryan Morrison.

Molly Morrison                                                   Medium: Acrylic                                                     11th Grade
Greetings! My name is Molly Morrison, currently ajJunior at AC-Valley High School. I’m seventeen, and moved about six times. I was born in Michigan, but later moved to Pennsylvania. I’m the second daughter and middle child of my parents, Kelly and Larry Morrison. I have an older sister, Madelyn Morrison, and a younger brother, Larry Morrison Jr. After high school, I plan on having a military career in the U.S. Army. I enjoy a variety of things to do, such as writing, gaming, and reading. I am a huge bookworm, and usually focus on U.S. military autobiographies ranging from modern warfare to past wars. I’m definitely a bibliophile and pluviophile, and I enjoy hunting and practicing shooting. At school, I absolutely enjoy creating art in Mrs. Allen’s art class! She is a fantastic teacher, and I have learned a lot from her. I enjoy creating acrylic art paintings on canvas, and I love to create U.S. military art! I have a passion for our military and want to express that passion through art. Art class gives me a time to relax and have fun during school. My most two favorite subjects in school would be history class and art class. I’m not the best artist, but it’s like what Edgar Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Ross W. Moser                                                        Medium: Linoleum Block Printing             11th Grade
Hello my name is Ross Moser, and I’m a junior at AC-Valley. The activities that I’m involved in are Golf and Baseball. My favorite mediums are charcoal, acrylic, and linoleum.

Ethan Nevel                                                               Medium: Scratchboard Art                            12th Grade
My name is Ethan and I am in twelfth grade. I like to golf and bowl in my free time. The picture I chose to put in your show was my scratchboard art of my tiger.  I am 18 years old and this is my second scratch art I have ever done. They are very fun and interesting to do. I hope you enjoy this picture and it makes your show better.

 

Megan Novak

Megan Novak                                                            Medium: Watercolor                                         12th Grade
Born September 27, 1998, Megan is the youngest of four children. She is a member of NHS, Give club, and President of Japanese Club. Her favorite subject is English and likes to spend time with her friends. Herx favorite art mediums are pastels and pencil, but she is open to new mediums.

JayLynn Nugent                                                       Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
My name is JayLynn Nugent. I am an 8th grader at Allegheny Clarion Valley and 14 years old. I am a member of Give club and Drama club. I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking and spending time with my family.

Rachael O’Neil                                                          Medium: Oil Pastel                                               12th Grade
My name is Rachael O’Neil and I am a senior at A-C Valley High School. I live in Emlenton with my parents, Kevin and Jamie O’Neil. I’m the Vice President of my class. I am currently in my fifth year of art. Aside from art, I enjoy reading, playing board games with friends, and being outside. My artwork is an oil pastel of a very colorful frog. It was a lot of fun to complete.

Levi Orton                                                                  Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
Hello my name is Levi Orton and I attend A-C Valley High School. I am currently in eighth grade and this is my first year taking art with Mrs. Allen. I participate in basketball and baseball. My Ceramic is a mask formed into a fox face. We put them in the kiln to fire them and I painted it with high fire glaze.

Myia Page                                                                    Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
My name is Myia Page and I go to A-C Valley. I participate in Volleyball, Softball, and Art club. I have made many acrylic paintings ranging in sizes along with a mural along the walls of the Community Christian Day Care. So far this year I have made five pieces including this peacock painting. I used many techniques such as finger painting and palette knives.

Sydney Palmer                                                         Medium: Acrylic/Oil Pastel                            9th Grade
My name is Sydney Palmer and I am in ninth grade. I am involved in concert band, marching band, jazz band, honors band, county band, and I play the clarinet and the piano. I am in track and field and I throw discus, javelin, and shot put. I enjoy art, as well as film and I hope to do that in my future career.

Tyler Palmer

Tyler Palmer                                                            Medium: Acrylic                                                    12th Grade
My name is Tyler Palmer. I am a senior at A-C Valley high school. Outside of school I like hunting, fishing, and just being outside.

Aaron Peterson                                                      Medium: Graphite                                                 12th Grade
My name is Aaron, I am a senior in high school. I like to hunt and fish. My favorite thing to hunt is ducks. I love America, the greatest country on Earth. That’s all you need to know about me.

John Planker                                                             Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is John Planker. I go to A-C Valley school district, and my favorite color is red. I am 14 years old and I play football. My positions that I have played so far are wide receiver and safety. I was born on February 8th 2003. I have a family of 6. I have 3 sisters and no brothers.

Cameron Rumbaugh                                           Medium: Graphite                                                11th Grade
My name is Cameron J. Rumbaugh.   My nickname is Aero. I attend A-C Valley and am a resident of Emlenton and Kennerdell. I enjoy playing sports such as hockey and airsoft. I’ve lived in Canada for a year for my Ninth grade year. I’m 6’4” with a bulky build.

Lexi Rupert                                                               Medium: Charcoal                                                 9th Grade
I am 15 years old and I go to A-C Valley high school and I am in the 9th grade. I moved to Parker when I was in 7th grade. I moved from Erie PA. I have 5 siblings not including my 2 older stepsisters that don’t live with me.

Kora Schmoll                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
My name is Kora Schmoll. I am a student at A-C Valley and am 14 years old.   I enjoy art, hunting and, cooking. I am also currently in art club, and I plan on going to school to pursue cooking.

Brooklyn Schreiber                                             Media: Ceramics                                                     8th Grade
Hello, my name is Brooklyn Schreiber. I am 14 years old and in the 8th grade. I live in Emlenton, Pennsylvania and have lived there since I was 5. I am joining softball this Spring and I was in marching band for the past two years. I am currently in Jazz band, Spanish club, Do Something Good Club, and Strategy Club.

Cassie Schwalm                                                      Medium: Acrylic                                                     11th Grade
My name is Cassie Schwalm. I am seventeen, and in the eleventh grade. I attend A-C Valley High School. I am on the varsity volleyball team. Outside of school I am involved in a Junior Olympic volleyball team. I am in various clubs including Student Council, and Spanish Club. This is my second year of art class. My featured piece is an acrylic. I chose the picture because I believe it is quite beautiful. I plan to continue my art career, and further my skills in the art world.

Baden Scott                                                               Medium: Charcoal                                                8th Grade
My name is Braden Scott I go to Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I play paintball & airsoft. My first charcoal portrait was Donald Trump. I think I did really good on it.

Lydia Seaton                                                             Medium: Acrylic                                                     9th Grade
My name is Lydia Seaton, and I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I currently reside in downtown Emlenton. For my project, I used acrylic paints on a stretched canvas. Aside from art, I enjoy playing with my dogs and guinea pig, hanging out with family and friends, and reading up on the latest political news. I am also a swimmer for the Clarion YMCA Riversharks and participate in Track and Field.

Izaya Seeker                                                              Media: Oil Pastel                                                     11th Grade
My name is Izaya Seeker, I’m 16 years old and I’m a junior at ACV. I like to play baseball and I plan to play until I graduate.

Lexie Slater                                                                Medium: Charcoal                                                 11th GradeI am currently a junior at A-C Valley High School. I participate in many activities inside and outside of school. I am involved in Student Council, Family and Consumer Science Club, 4-H Teen Council, and am the vice president of the junior class. I also participate in cheerleading, softball, and track. Some of my other activities include theatre, gymnastics, choir, and private voice lessons. I also participated in our school musical this year, Schoolhouse Rock. I was a soloist in the songs “3 is a magic number” and “Do the circulation”. In my free time I enjoy reading and hanging out with friends and family. My favorite medium in art would have to be charcoal. In the show this year I have an acrylic painting of a calico kitten and a charcoal portrait of one of my favorite actresses, Keira Knightley.

Carson Snyder                                                         Medium: Charcoal                                              9th Grade
I like Charcoal the most.

Tarra Stefanacci                                                     Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Tarra Stefanacci. I am 13 years old and I am in 8th grade. I am a Jr. High cheerleader, JO volleyball player and a competitive gymnastic. I’m also in Do Something Good Club. I enjoy hunting, fishing and summer. I am a very active student so it is hard to make time to go hunting and fishing.

Collin Stevanus

Collin Stevanus                                                       Medium: Acrylic                                                    12th Grade
My name is Collin, I am a senior in high school and the youngest in my class. I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. I like hanging out with my friends and family, making memories and being there is the most important thing.

Abby Stewart                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
Hi, my name is Abby Stewart. I am a freshman at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I participate in volleyball. I painted a picture of fruit to hang up in our cafeteria. Acrylic is my favorite medium to do paintings in. 

Brooke Terwilliger                                              Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
My name is Brooke Terwilliger. I’m 13 years old. I go to A-C Valley. I made this mask in art class. I participate in cheerleading, volleyball, softball, art club, and do something good club. I love to draw in my free time. My favorite medium is charcoal.

Kelsie Terwilliger                                                  Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Kelsie Terwilliger and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I’ve played softball for the high school for 2 years and cheerleading for the high school for 4 years now and I also love to do gymnastics. I play on a traveling softball team called Clarion Cyclones. I love being outside, spending time with friends and family, and playing softball.  I very much enjoy learning and doing art. Mrs. Allen has taught me a lot such as never giving up and to have confidence in my art; she is a great art teacher. After school I plan on going to the Air Force and doing something in the Health field.

Ellie Thompson                                                                        Medium: Watercolor                                          11th Grade
My name is Ellie Thompson and I am a junior at A-C Valley. I participate in golf, basketball, and track. I have also been a member of FBLA for two years and help coach elementary basketball. The watercolor painting I did is of a cow.

Colton Ulrich                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Colton Ulrich I’m a senior up at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am a member of one distinguished club designed to help people of the community. This volunteering aspect has always been with me and will always be with me, as I am entering the Navy of the United States of America to protect my country and serve my duty. Despite the fact that I am going into a serious future, I often enjoy fun things. This painting really expresses how much fun can be found in any situation, even the feud between internet browsers.

Garrett Vincent                                                                         Medium: Marker                                                   10th Grade
I like marker the best.

Sierra Verostek                                                                        Medium: Watercolor                                         10th Grade
My name is Sierra Verostek. I am sixteen, a sophomore at A-C Valley, and currently taking my first year of art. I am part of the A-C Valley musical, Senior High choir, A-C Valley Marching Band, and Senior High concert band. My favorite subject to paint is flowers, and my favorite medium to use is watercolor.

Shane Walker                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Shane Walker and I go to AC Valley High School. My mask is about African People from Africa. I painted it with low fire turquoise and black paint. I do a lot of outdoors activities and indoor activities such as sitting and standing. I ripstik a lot and it’s fun.

Marissa Wampler                                                  Medium: Graphite                                               12th Grade
My name is Marissa Wampler. I’m eighteen years old, a senior at AC-valley. I used graphite because I love how the picture comes out with all the shading. Black and white pictures attract me more than fancy colors. I will soon be graduated with a little one on the way.

Broc Weigle                                                              Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade                             My name is Broc Weigle and I’m in 8th grade at A-C Valley High School. I have a younger sister; her name is Cora. I enjoy playing baseball and basketball in my free time. I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5 years old; this year will be the 8th year playing. I’ve been playing basketball for 4 years.

Emily Wetzel                                                            Medium: Charcoal                                                9th Grade
My name is Emily Wetzel and I am a ninth grade student at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I participate in volleyball, softball, art club, and intramurals. This portrait of Harry Styles is my first charcoal that I’ve ever done. I was very proud of myself while making this piece, and for a beginner if looks fairly realistic and detailed.

Summer Whitmer                                                 Medium: Oil Pastel                                                10th Grade
My name is Summer Whitmer, I’m a sophomore at A-C Valley. I was born on July 31, 2001. I love to play softball and recently took an interest in outdoor soccer. I also very much enjoy shooting and hunting with my father. I’ve cheered for a few years and also played basketball for 1 year.  I occasionally go to golf outings with my dad and a couple of others, and I definitely enjoy every second of it. I am from Bruin, PA, but I recently moved to Parker from Athens, PA. I have 3 sisters, and I am the oldest sibling. After High School, I plan to go to college for Orthopedic Therapy or Orthopedic Surgery. I just recently decided to take Art when I moved back from Athens, and I’ve taken a liking to Oil Pastels. I picked this project because it was the first project I decided to do this year. Although it did not turn out as I would have liked it to, I’m still proud of how far I’ve come as an artist.

Wyatt Levi Wike                                                    Medium: Linoleum                                              10th Grade
Hi my name Wyatt Wike. I am 15 years old.   I was born on April 27, 2001 and was raised In Emlenton Pennsylvania. My Favorite class is US Cultures 2. Mr. Austin is the best teacher. My project is a linoleum print of the U.S. Army Jump Wings. When I’m out of school, I want to be a Paratrooper in the United States Army.

Sierra Wolfe                                                              Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Sierra Wolfe, I’m 14 years old and attend A-C Valley High School and I’m in 9th grade. I’ve always enjoyed drawing ever since I was little. I enjoy watching Supernatural and Shameless on Netflix. I like to read as often as I can. I like doing marker and charcoal drawings. This is my first year taking art but I plan to take it every year. 

Cejae Wyman                                                            Medium: Acrylic/Scratchboard Art          9th Grade
My name is Cejae Wyman. I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I live in the outskirts of Emlenton. I enjoy doing track, marching band, concert band, and musicals. I am currently part of the club ACV Business Leaders of Tomorrow. My acrylic painting was of my favorite character from the Disney movie Finding Nemo. I truly enjoy painting in acrylic, especially on vinyl records. My scratchboard art is one of my most favorite mediums; mine is of a butterfly, with a bit of a twist. Art is truly amazing and a very powerful thing.

Summer Young                                                      Medium: Watercolor/ acrylic                       9th Grade
My name is Summer Fawn and I am a 9th grade art student at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am 15 years old and enjoy any kind of art and plan to be an art instructor when I grow up. If it wasn’t for my teacher (Mrs. Allen), my parents (Kelly and J.P. Young) and the rest of my family, I would not be where I am today! I also enjoy making crafty signs and room decor and plan to attend craft shows in the future.

 

 

 

 

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to be joining the WEEK OF GIVING fundraising initiative of the Bridge Builders Community Foundations from March 20 to 24, 2017 – not only to attract new donors, but also to to tell its story more widely, about all the work ARCA does in presenting enriching arts and cultural events in the region – AND in bringing arts education services to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.

Please consider making a first time gift to ARCA or adding to your donation during this WEEK OF GIVING to help ARCA continue this important work in the community.  To make a contribution, you can visit www.bbcfgives.org this week – from March 20 – 24 – and choose ARCA as your non-profit of choice!  This is the first time Bridge Builders Community Foundations is launching a Week of Giving event to spur collective charitable giving, allowing donors to give to nonprofits throughout Clarion, Forest and Venango counties as well as the community of Punxsutawney.

Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts’ participation in this multi-county initiative is a natural; even though ARCA’s prime venue, Lincoln Hall, is situated on the banks of the Allegheny River in Clarion County, ARCA presents concerts in several venues in Emlenton, in Venango County; operates the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop in Foxburg, showing work of Cooperative Artists hailing from six counties in the region; provides significant arts education services in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools with students from four counties in the region; and attracts concert and event attendees from a broad community of residents in the greater six county Region and particularly in Venango and Clarion Counties, part of this initiative.

River City Brass in The Crawford Center, Emlenton, PA

ARCA is joining the Foundations’ multi-county endeavor not only to attract new donors and engage with current ARCA Members, but also to be able to tell its story more widely, increasing visibility and awareness of all the work that ARCA does in the community – particularly in the area of arts education.  Your gift to during this WEEK OF GIVING, will help ARCA continue its important work.  To make a contribution, you can click here – and choose ARCA as your non-profit of choice!

“The Music That Make Us Dance” – ARCA 2014 Educational ArtReach Residency in A-C Valley Schools


Why Give to ARCA in the WEEK OF GIVING?

WHY GIVE NOW – or MAKE ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION?  Because when you make a contribution during the WEEK OF GIVING, it opens up MATCHING FUNDS from the Bridge Builders Community Foundations as a multiplier effect for YOUR contribution.  You can MULTIPLY the power of your generosity!  AND help ARCA win additional monies awarded to non-profits with the greatest participation and results!

The WEEK OF GIVING event kicks off on Monday, March 20 at 8 AM and will run until 11:59 PM on Friday, March 24.

Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations, says, “Other communities in Western Pennsylvania such as Erie and Pittsburgh have successfully launched giving campaigns and we believe now is the perfect time to develop a similar campaign that will address the needs of our rural communities and the charities that support them.”

Professional C Street Brass Teaching Artists coach A-C Valley band students in after school workshops

The WEEK OF GIVING campaign was the next natural step in supporting area nonprofits after Bridge Builders Community Foundations launched their “Community Wish List” initiative a few years ago.  Moulin said, “We had dozens of nonprofits who weren’t eligible for grants through the foundation’s funds or who needed additional funding to complete a project, so we began posting an up-to-date list of those nonprofits on our web site and tracking their needs. We also offered to accept donations on their behalf and manage those donations at no cost to them.  We just wanted to spur more philanthropy and more positive outcomes for the communities we serve.  The Week of Giving takes that idea to the next level.”

Attack Theatre in A-C Valley H.S. Auditorium

A-C Valley H.S. Students in Attack Theatre workshop

While ARCA is grateful for generous grant its received from Bridge Builders Community Foundations in 2015 in support of an Arts Education residency by the internationally celebrated Teaching Artists and dance company Attack Theatre in the A-C Valley Jr-Sr High School, as Trenton Moulin noted, subsequent grants from Bridge Builders have not been possible both within the Foundations’ guidelines and because of the limited funding pool for Clarion County, in which ARCA physically resides.  

The WEEK OF GIVING helps ARCA tell its story to all those who have attended concerts and events in its first ten years 0f performances, who value what it brings to the region and who want to help ARCA continue its important work bringing world class entertainment and arts education resources to residents in the greater Allegheny River Valley Region.

Through its extensive work with nonprofits, Bridge Builders has fostered this initiative to help nonprofits with the challenges they all face in raising money, establishing change and making a contribution in their communities.

What ARCA Does in the Community

ARCA presents up to 24 concerts a year in a wide variety of musical styles in venues in Foxburg and Emlenton (Clarion and Venango Counties) from February to December, owns and operates the Red Brick Gallery in Foxburg, and brings arts education to the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools.  

For  ARCA, your gift will sustain our important mission to bring  and open the potential of growth and capacity for tomorrow.  AND – every donation to ARCA during this WEEK OF GIVING means that ARCA can continue its powerfully effective arts education program in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools – which is ONLY supported by donations, because there is not ticket revenue for these events in the A-C Valley Schools.

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra in A-C Valley High School Auditorium

Your gift also will help ARCA celebrate and present the work of regional artists in exhibits in its Red Brick Gallery from April to December each year at 17 Main Street, Foxburg.  ARCA’s Artists Cooperative also runs a gift shop, that brings revenue and livelihood to fourteen artists:  Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, Mark DeWalt, Donna Edmonds, Cindy Ford, Blanche Hall, Angela Taylor Hardwick, Nick J. Karellas, Dennis Keyes, Jason Floyd Lewis, Paul O’Neil, Ray Rossi, Glenn and Linda Thompson, and Cathy and Jack Trzeciak.


HOW “YOU” CAN HELP ARCA THROUGH THIS WEEK OF GIVING

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Holiday Concert in Foxburg’s Church of our Father

Here’s what you can do to Help ARCA:

1. You can follow our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. When you LIKE our Posts, comment and share our posts with your friends, you are helping us tell our story and make lots of new Friends for ARCA who will be uplifted and inspired by the concerts, events and educational resources we bring to the community.

2. Use your influence in person, via email or social media to encourage your network of friends and associates to consider a donation to ARCA becoming an ARCA Members during this week. Let them know that you support us and why.

3.  Invite a friend to join you in attending one of ARCA’s next concerts:

  •  On Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 PM celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Carnival of Souls;
  • On Sunday, April 2, the Grove City Touring Choir, featuring local Emlenton singer Zak Klassen, in Lincoln Hall at 2:00 PM.
  • On Saturday, April 22, a joyous New Orleans evening of blues and jazz with “Saturday Fish Fry” with Red Beans and Rice – dressing in your 50’s vintage finery.

4. Make a donation to ARCA during the Week of Giving on March 20-24 at www.bbcfgives.org – selecting your gift for ARCA. Your donation will be prorated through Bridge Builders Community Foundations match fund. If we are successful in meeting our goal we might also win additional cash and prize packages beneficial to our mission for the most individual donations and the largest grand total raised.

Scottish International Rock Band – Big Country – outside at RiverStone Farm

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Happy New Year!  Thank you for your generous support and concert attendance in 2016.

During the 2016 season of the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts celebrated its 10th Anniversary Season with memorable concerts and art exhibits.  What ARCA has accomplished in these ten years has only possible because of YOU – our devoted audience members and donors.

The 2016 season also was a banner year with more people than ever before attending concerts and viewing Red Brick Gallery Exhibits and with record funds raised from new and loyal donors and members.

The Board of Directors of Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and The Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artists extend their warmest thanks to you – our treasured donors and audience members – for your generous support of our vision to bring world class music and art to the beautiful Allegheny River valley.

We hope you have had a joyous and blessed holiday season and wish for you a healthy, fulfilling, and Happy New Year.

Join us as ARCA begins its second decade in 2017 

As ARCA begins its second decade, the 2017 season promises to bring more world class music and art to the beautiful Allegheny Valley.  Check back with us soon for our event listings for the Winter and Spring Seasons and information about Red Brick Gallery exhibits during the 2017 season.

ARCA’s new membership brochure also will be online in the New Year.  You can sign up to receive newsletters and and information about ARCA’s new 2017 season and membership events on this site.

Heartiest wishes for a banner 2017!

 

Red Brick Holiday Art Show

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts’ Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop will present its Fifth Annual Holiday Art Show & Exhibit over five weekends from Friday November 18 to Sunday, December 18
featuring one-of -a-kind, high quality, original artisan made gifts created by Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Member Artists: Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, Mark DeWalt, Donna Edmonds, Cindy Ford, Blanche Hall, Angela Taylor Hardwick, Nick J. Karellas, Dennis Keyes, Jason Floyd Lewis, Paul O’Neil, Ray Rossi, Glenn and Linda Thompson, and Cathy and Jack Trzeciak.

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Enjoy finding holidays gifts by talented local artisans for those special people on your Christmas list and enjoy refreshments during the Opening Weekend from November 18 to 20 and music on Saturday, November 19. Gallery Hours are Friday 2 – 6:00 PM, Saturday 11 – 7:00 PM and Sunday, 12 – 4:00 PM.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 10.56.19 PMHoliday shoppers from the region and area residents looking for affordable and creative home-made Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers are invited to visit Foxburg’s  Red Brick Gallery Holiday Art Show and Exhibit.  You are sure to find that unique and perfect gift for the special people on your list.  The Red Brick Gallery Gift Shop offers for sale artworks in a variety of media:  Oil and watercolor paintings, pencil drawings, fine art photography, fiber art, silver jewelry, hand woven scarves and rugs, hand thrown wood bowls, knitting, pottery, wearable art, hand made baskets, and greeting cards.

Xmas treeAlso you can buy your Christmas tree this year at the Red Brick Gallery!  For a $20 contribution to the Red Brick Gallery, you can bring home to decorate for the holiday a fresh Christmas tree grown locally in Parker, PA.

Current members of the Red Brick Gallery Artist Cooperative are Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, Mark DeWalt, Donna Edmonds, Cindy Ford, Blanche Hall, Angela Taylor Hardwick, Nick J. Karellas, Dennis Keyes, Jason Floyd Lewis, Paul O’Neil, Ray Rossi, Glenn and Linda Thompson, and Cathy and Jack Trzeciak.  To view a sampling of the wide variety of art works in the exhibit, see enjoy perusing the Red Brick Cooperative Artist webpage.

Red Brick Gallery – Second Floor Exhibit Space

HOLIDAY GIFT EXHIBIT

Christmas catRed Brick Gallery, the region’s premier Western Pennsylvania destination for the exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design, has been transformed to bring together the works of a dozen talented local artisans, who will be hand to greet holiday shoppers throughout the holiday exhibit.

Red Brick Gallery features hundreds of unique hand-crafted items (on two floors), priced at or below $25, $50 and $100—perfect for today’s value conscious holiday shopper. For more discriminating buyers, the Red Brick Gallery offers a wide selection of limited edition and collectable fine art signature works—created by some of the region’s most talented emerging artists.

Visitors can browse and enjoy the wonderfully creative works in just about every medium: ceramics, jewelry, wearables, fiber art, photography, watercolors, oils, illustration, wood, mixed-media, pottery, custom greeting cards and much more.

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Sterling Silver Jewelry by Jack and Catherine Trzeciak

Admission is FREE to all art lovers and holiday shoppers, and parking is plentiful. Red Brick Gallery promises some exciting holiday items to choose from. Our juried artists have been hand-picked for not only originality and exceptional quality, but also for reasonable pricing. There will be something for everyone on your holiday list, and maybe even a few items for you.

Plan to celebrate the season, combining shopping in the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop with attending one of ARCA’s Holiday performances:  The Madrigal Dinner on December 2-3 at 7:00 PM in Lincoln Hall, The Three River Ringers hand bell choir on Saturday afternoon, December 3 at 2 PM at Emlenton United Methodist Church, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass Holiday concert on Sunday, December 18 at 7 PM in Foxburg’s Memorial Church of Our Father.

Red Brick Gallery – First Floor Gift Shop

And Make it a Holiday Outing!  Combine your trip with lunch or dinner at The Allegheny Grille or Foxburg Pizza,  do a wine tasting and some shopping at Foxburg Wine Cellars, buy chocolates to put under the tree and enjoy a gourmet chocolate and specialty coffee at Divani Chocolatier and Barista to fortify your spirits – or spend the night in the romantic Foxburg Inn.

 

Red Brick first floor

Framed works by Donna Edmonds, Rugs by Blanche Hall

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Framed works by Jason Floyd Lewis

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Pottery by Paul O’Neil

Red Brick Holiday Art Show Dates and Hours
The Red Brick Gallery Holiday art show will run five weekends in November and December: Nov. 18-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-5, Dec. 9-12, and Dec. 16-18:

Friday: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location
Red Brick Gallery
17 Main Street
Foxburg, PA 16036

About Red Brick Gallery:

Encompassing two floors of the charming 150-year-old Fox Estate building in historic downtown Foxburg, Pennsylvania – the Red Brick Gallery is a jury-selected artists’ co-operative, supported through the non-profit Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts (ARCA). The Red Brick Gallery strives to nurture artistic creativity by providing an inspiring venue for local artisans to showcase one-of-a-kind work in just about every medium: ceramics, jewelry, wearables, fiber art, photography, watercolors, oils, illustration, wood, mixed-media, greeting cards and more. Along with ARCA, Red Brick Gallery seeks to raise appreciation for the arts within the surrounding region and neighboring states.

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and the Red Brick Gallery proudly announce its next exhibition “World Views” featuring photographs of passionate world traveller Ray Rossi from October 7 to November 13, 2016. 

This Exhibit will have two Meet the Artist receptions.  Red Brick Cooperative Artist Ray Rossi were on hand to greet the public on Sunday, October 9 during the Foxburg Food, Art & Wine Festival and on Sunday, November 6 from 4 to 6:00 PM after the 10th Anniversary Classical Concert of the Renaissance City Winds at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.

Gallery hours are Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information on the Exhibit call 724-659-3153.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ray Rossi

Artist Statement

Although I possess little to no formal training in photography, I have always had a strong interest in capturing the eye’s image. I didn’t enter into photography as a serious art form until I retired from my “real” job, teaching middle school. I had the privilege of influencing the minds of middle schoolers for 32 years. As it turned out, teaching them had as much influence on me as I on them.

My subject matter was that of geography and world cultures. Both of these areas intrigued me as a young student and inspired my desire for travel and discovery. As a youngster I would spend countless hours looking over maps of the world, learning all the continents and the countries that were contained within. Nothing was so remote or distant that it would cause my imagination to disregard the possibility that I would someday visit many of these venues.

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My first of many adventures came the very day I retired from teaching. I left school at noon on my last day and boarded a plane for Germany three hours later. That adventure took me to the Bavarian Alps, the lake region of Italy, Florence, and Rome. I also visited my ancestral home of Castro dei Volsci where my father was born. I had the pleasure and honor to say a prayer in the very church in which he was baptized.

Having had my appetite whetted, my next adventure happened on the British Isles. I spent 17 days with rail pass in hand traversing all across southern England. Boarding the train at Victoria station my journeys took me from the East at Leeds Castle to the West at the village of Bath. From there I hiked the Scottish Highlands conquering 10 Munroes, the 4000 ft. elevation mountains that make up most of the Highland region. This trip was followed by an exciting sojourn to one of North Americas most interesting locations, Newfoundland. The raw beauty that I found there stayed with me for many years. Newfoundland’s culture is truly unique. The people have managed to carve out a placid style of living in an otherwise harsh environment.

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Hiking, in conjunction with photography, soon became my life’s passion. If one is to be considered a serious trekker one must set his sights a little higher so with this in mind I decided to fulfill one of my most desired trekkes… Machu Picchu. Accompanied by two of my close friends we booked a flight to Cuzco Peru where we back packed for four days and three nights up the Inca trail to the fabled lost city of the Incas. Nothing could have slaked my thirst for adventure more than this. Or so I thought while standing at the top of the Incan trail.

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I soon asked myself if I could ever top the Peru trip;  my question was quickly answered. After a splendid 15 day hiking adventure in the South Island of New Zealand, followed by three weeks in the wilds of Alaska, my most adventurous trip was realized….climbing to the base camp of Mt. Everest.

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This trip exceeded my most vivid expectations. The wonderful shots that I was able to capture lead to my first art exhibit at the Red Brick gallery. Photos of Everest, the people, the children along the way and of course the magnificent scenery left me with the desire to share my vision with others.

rossi-everest-little-girlAlthough my camera equipment is modest I still feel that the eye for composition is equally important. I don’t utilize special printers for my work but with the help of my wonderful son-in-law Jeff Daverman and his terrific studio, at never better.com, I am able to have much of my work put on canvas.

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Ray Rossi & Barb McKissick

Much of the success of my work both in the photography realm and in the beautifully framed work is attributed to my framing partner, Barb McKissick.

Barb and I started our framing business, Framin Raymond, in 2001. Barb has that rare ability to look at a painting or any piece of art and immediately tell you what it needs to bring out its full beauty. Her gift of color is outstanding. Barb has worked in several fields where color is an essential part to the success of the finished product and without her enormous talent Framin Raymond would not exist.

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The public is invited to a Meet the Artist reception on Sunday, November 6 from 4 to 6:00 PM after the 10th Anniversary Classical Concert of the Renaissance City Winds at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.

Gallery hours are Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information on the Exhibit call 724-659-3153.

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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and the Red Brick Gallery proudly announce its next exhibition showcasing the work of Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Artist, Painter Jason Floyd Lewis, and Guest Artist and Woodworker, Mark DeWalt, from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, October 2The Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The historic Gallery on the bank of the Allegheny River in Foxburg is an ideal venue for this exhibition of landscapes by Jason Floyd Lewis depicting the beauty of western Pennsylvania and woodworking furniture and sculptures by Mark DeWalt, using wood from native forests and salvaged artifacts.

Both Jason and Mark are well known to area residents; Jason Floyd Lewis is a charter artist/member of the Red Brick Gallery Cooperative whose works grace the walls of the Gallery and Gift Shop and the homes of his many fans and friends.  His stunning oil landscapes range in size from exquisite miniatures to breathtaking large canvases; landscapes in graphite and colored pencil are subtle in nuance and detail. Jason’s interest in conveying mood, emotion and the effects of light, air and humidity takes the viewer on a journey into the mind of the forest scenes he depicts.

Guest artist Mark DeWalt will be presenting his woodworking art for the first time in Foxburg. Mark’s love of the textures, colors, character and potential of wood is revealed in the beauty of his fine craftsmanship, from wood vases fashioned from trees in Penn’s Woods to rustic furniture crafted from barn siding, fence posts, flywheels and harness parts.   Mark also is the pianist, composer, and leader of CATRO, the Pittsburgh Jazz band. CATRO is much beloved by ARCA audiences from their appearances during numerous jazz festivals and Poetry and Jazz concerts in Lincoln Hall.

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This Exhibit will have two open house receptions – a reception to open and close the exhibit.  On Saturday, August 27 Artist and CATRO pianist, Mark DeWalt, and a bassist will perform in the second floor gallery during the Meeting the Artist Opening Reception from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  Come on in and enjoy a late summer afternoon on the Allegheny River in Foxburg viewing stunning landscapes and wood creations which reflect the beauty of our area.

Then return for the Reception on Saturday, October 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM as ARCA holds a birthday party in the Red Brick Gallery and outdoor garden, immediately following the 10th Anniversary Wurlitzer Organ concert in Lincoln Hall at 2 PM performed by beloved and celebrated organist David Wickerham.  CATRO will be playing in the Red Brick Gallery garden, weather permitting, or inside in the event of rain.  ARCA’s 10th Anniversary celebration will feature Catro’s music and birthday cake in the garden with wine, lemonade, sweets and savories on the first and second floors of the gallery… a joyous way to celebrate ten years of ARCA bringing Glorious Music and Art to the beautiful Allegheny River Valley.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jason Floyd Lewis

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Jason Floyd Lewis, Rocky Forest Stream, colored pencil

Jason Floyd Lewis grew up in Clarion, PA. He received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design where he studied drawing and painting. He went on to earn a MFA in Drawing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Currently, Jason lives in Clarion, Pennsylvania and shares a studio space with his wife, Amanda.

Artist Statement

My artwork represents the landscape as I have observed it. The paintings and drawings represent real places, most of them near my home in western PA. Most of the places I choose to represent are in some way memorable, such as rivers, roads or other significant landmarks. I am interested in the way human activities coexist and intermingle with the natural landscape in rural areas. In my recent work, I have focused on forest interior spaces, exploring the more rugged terrain of wooded areas. I am also interested in depicting the various effects of light, air and humidity that can transform the mood of the landscape.

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Summer Morning Mist, oil

Winter Fog with Evergreens, oil, 24x12

Winter Fog with Evergreens, oil

My goal is to depict the landscape in a naturalistic way. I use photographic reference in the studio to produce my finished works, however, I do not consider myself to be a photorealist. The photos are a tool used both for designing and for recording facts about my subject. As I work, I refer to the photographs, but also rely on my memories of observing the landscape and on my recollections of paintings done by other artists whom I admire. I work in thin layers of paint, building up detail and color contrasts gradually until I am satisfied with the visual impact of the representation.

In my work, I try to balance my strict attention to realistic detail with a freedom to manipulate the overall structure and effect of my images. I try to use gradations, lines and rhythms to create a sense of space and time in a dynamic way. My goal is to orchestrate works of art that not only emulate the beauty of the landscape but also operate as an expression of my personal response to it.

Forest Interior with Large Stone, graphite and chalk, 11x22

Forest Interior with Large Stone, graphite and chalk

Mark DeWalt

Curly maple low table

Curly maple low table

Mark DeWalt is a fourth generation woodworker located in rural western PA about one hour north of Pittsburgh. Fine craftsmanship and a creative process informed by the materials being used result in furniture that feels both fresh and traditional. Local forests, salvaged artifacts and reclaimed lumber provide the raw materials for the work. In addition to custom pieces, restoration work is also done; continuing the pattern established by his father, grandfather and brother.

Artist Statement

Woodworking has provided both economic stability and artistic opportunity for four generations of my family. I grew up handling and manipulating wood; learned to see it’s beauty revealed through works of fine craftsmanship, and learned to love it’s textures, colors, character and potential.

Always living in a rural setting, I have found great inspiration in the natural and historic forms that surround me. I enjoy blending materials from diverse origins to create something new while incorporating time-tested techniques. Recent works have been fashioned using figured lumber, barn siding, fence posts, flywheels and harness parts.

12 inch Redbud Vase

12 inch Redbud Vase

31 1nch tall Spalted Maple and BlackWalnut Table

Spalted Maple and BlackWalnut Table

CATRO

Pianist, composer, and leader of CATRO, Mark DeWalt is the creative force behind the Pittsburgh Jazz band called CATRO. Their inspired sound truly comes from the heart – An expression of life’s joys & passions.

These master musicians’ experience includes touring, recording, and performing in Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical and Educational capacities all over the world – experience which they then bring to the many special events, weddings and parties for which they perform right here in the greater Pittsburgh region.

Mark DeWalt & Phil Terman

Poet Phil Terman, Dave Kana, & Mark DeWalt in a Poetry & Jazz Concert-Lincoln Hall

 

“Impressions of Nature” Exhibit

Donna EdmondsWatercolorist
Angela HardwickWatercolorist
Cheri Lee Anderton-YarnellPotter
Kathleen G. ChovitOil Painter
Artistic Quartet

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts and the Red Brick Gallery proudly announces its next exhibition – “Impressions of Nature: An Artistic Quartet” on display from Friday, July 15 to Sunday, August 21.

This multimedia exhibit will showcase a panoply of colors and textures and nature subjects by three Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Members: Donna Edmonds, watercolorist; Angela Hardwick, watercolorist; and Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, potter; and guest artist Kathleen G. Chovit, oil painter.

The historic Gallery on the bank of the Allegheny River in Foxburg is an ideal venue for this exhibition that showcases the arresting natural beauty of Pennsylvania. Each artist is adept at handling the organic subject matter with sensitivity and grace. The show is a collection of works by four unique artists, offering art pieces in different media and subjects that are knit together in perfect harmony.

The Meet the Artists Opening reception on Sunday, July 17 from 4 – 6 PM, immediately following ARCA’s concert at 2 PM by internationally acclaimed pianist Alec Chien in Lincoln Hall, gave gallery goers an opportunity to meet and visit with the four artists.

Four Artists' photo-Exhibit opening

Donna Edmonds, Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, Kathleen G. Chovit, Angela Hardwick

Donna Edmonds

Edmonds - Ground nut & nest

Ground Nut & Nest

As a life-long gardener and nature lover, the typical focus of Donna Edmond’s watercolor paintings is botanical subjects, although she has also painted insects and pollinators.  Her interest in native plants has inspired her to observe the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the Western Pennsylvania countryside. These observations have introduced her to other delights, most recently our feathered friends. Several paintings in the exhibit will feature native birds and their nests.

Edmonds - Black capped chickadee

Black Capped Chickadee

Donna studied Botanical Art and Illustration at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden and is now an instructor there, teaching classes for the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program. Her work has been exhibited at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens as well as the Phipps Garden Center in Shadyside and other Pittsburgh venues. She is a member of the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society and The American Society of Botanical Artists. Donna currently resides with her husband in Parker, PA.

“It’s a gift to share my creative wanderings with others at the Red Brick Gallery and a privilege to participate in an exhibit with other artists whom I respect,”  Edmonds said.

Angela Hardwick

Wisteria Tree

Wisteria Tree

Watercolor artist, Angela Hardwick has traveled and painted beautiful garden scenes, landscapes and lovely vignettes of her travels throughout the British Isles, Europe and western Pennsylvania.  Sometimes feline friends make an appearance!

A native Londoner, Angela had a thriving career in the music business. She spent much of her free time singing and touring with the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Also, she managed international conductors. Her work as Assistant to the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Music Director, Andre Previn, brought her to Western Pennsylvania, where she met her husband, Charles, a violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

After retiring, Angela has had the time to indulge in her love of painting. She produced a watercolor series including the four seasons of the Frick Cafe and the Frick Greenhouse, which were on sale at the Frick.  She has been commissioned to create watercolor paintings of homes and estates.  She and her husband live with their three cats in Wexford, PA.

50_Montefalco

“I’m delighted to be part of this quartet of artists. My fellow exhibitors are indeed gifted artists in their fields and it will, I’m sure, be a most interesting show.   For my part, I spent numerous happy hours on my new watercolours!   I do hope many guests will visit the Red Brick and enjoy this exhibit.”

Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell

Frog Teapot

For potter Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, playing in the mud as a child began her lifelong passion for clay. Today her work is both a reflection of her concern for our planet and fellow humans as well as a celebration of earth and of a spiritual path.

“I enjoy weaving images in a variety of clay vessels.  I am particularly drawn to the plight of amphibians and endangered and threatened species,” said Anderton-Yarnell. “These have become the signature images in my work. From the playful to the profound, I intend for each vessel to evoke a sense of the beauty and peril of our world.”

Her work is primarily high fired porcelain or stoneware. Cheri creates each piece individually, from wedging the clay, forming each vessel on the potter’s wheel or hand building.  Some pieces receive surface treatment using handmade stamps, pieces of crochet or tatting for texture. Much of the work involves alteration through manipulating and through sculpting.

Green bowl

Cheri’s work is in several galleries and she participates in a few juried shows each year.  A juried member of the Pittsburgh Guild of Craftsmen, she has taught ceramics for 25 years and has had her work published in two Lark Books, 500 Teapots and 500 Animals.

Kathleen Chovit

The Summit by K. Chovit, Oil on Linen, 20 x 16 Inches

The Summit

For over 20 years, Kathleen Chovit’s paintings have been inspired by the landscape of Central Pennsylvania she encountered while hiking countless miles over hill and dale with her dog. Alas, as her dog aged and she suffered an ankle injury, so Kathleen has had to slow down and observe of nature from a different angle.

“I became captivated by the richness of color, texture and shadows,” Chovit stated. “Straddling the line between impressionism and realism, my subjects are realistic looking from a distance, however, closer inspection reveals loose strokes. I move beyond painting just the visual qualities of a landscape to painting the invisible pulses and rhythms of our planet. Whether I paint a landscape, animals or fruit, I want them to reverberate with life. For me, painting is the language of the soul.”

Winter Blues by K. Chovit, Oil on Cradled Museum Board, 16 x 20 Inches

Winter Blues

Kathleen’s paintings have been featured in many juried, solo, and group exhibitions over 17 years.  Her work was published in Landscapes of Central PA in 2015 (Timeless Art Productions). She is a member of the Oil Painters of America and included in the Artist Registry at the Bellefonte Museum.  She currently resides in State College, PA.

Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sundays, Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

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