Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell
Clay has been a consuming passion throughout my life beginning in the mud play of childhood. Today my work is both a reflection of my concern for our planet and fellow earthings as well as a celebration of earth and of my spiritual path.
I live in rural northwest Pennsylvania where my husband Paul and I care for elderlies and an assortment of critters. The sounds and sights of this environment influence my work in clay. I enjoy weaving these images in a variety of clay vessels. I am particularly drawn to the plight of amphibians as well as many endangered and threatened species, these have become the signature images in my clay work.
This past year I have been thinking about totemic animals and this has emerged as a series of animal inspired clay rattles, wall pieces and sculptural additions. I have continued to create my “On the Edge” limited edition series which I initiated in 2014 and which consists of about 30 vessels each year. For 36 years I have approached each work day with the same delight I find in the night sky and sound of frogs on our pond. From the playful to the more profound, I intend each vessel to evoke a sense of the beauty and peril of our world.
I create each piece individually, from wedging the clay in preparation to forming each vessel on the potter’s wheel or hand building. Some pieces receive surface treatment using handmade stamps or the use of crochet or tatting for texture. Much of the work involves alteration through manipulating and through sculpting. My work is primarily high fired porcelain or stoneware which receives two firings, one to harden and toughen the clay for further application of color. Color is achieved through painting or airbrushing with glazes which I have formulated myself from raw glaze material. My glazes reflect 3 decades of experimentation and most pieces receive multiple application of color through a catering process in order to achieve vibrancy. Each year I create a smaller line of earthenware prices, a low fire clay, these are finished with glazes or smoke fired which is a more primitive process.
My work is represented by several galleries and I participate in a few juried shows each year. I am a juried member of the Pittsburgh Guild of Craftsmen, have taught ceramics for 25 years, exhibit in a few juried events each year and have published my work in two Lark Books, 500 Teapots and 500 Animals.
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.
Woodworking has provided both economic stability and artistic opportunity for four generations of Mark’s family. He 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, Mark has found great inspiration in the natural and historic forms that surround me. He enjoys 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.
Donna Edmonds is a watercolor artist who concentrates on botanical and other nature subjects. She has a particular interest in the native plants of the region along with their pollinators. Donna has a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where she had the opportunity to study under a number of highly accomplished contemporary botanical artists. Donna also worked as an instructor on the Phipps faculty for several years teaching color theory for watercolor applications. She is a member of the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society and The American Society of Botanical Artists.
Donna was instrumental in the creation of the Red Brick Gallery and the Allegheny RiverStone Artists’ Co-operative. She currently directs the activities of the gallery and is a member of the artists’ co-op. She resides in Parker, PA.
Cindy Ford is a long-time resident of the Allegheny river valley. She and her husband of 30 years live in Parker and have three adult children. Photography has been a long-time passion, but is only one of many. Cindy also is an avid baker, works with stained glass, and spends much of her spare time during summer months on the local bike trails. She also holds a full-time job at the First United Methodist Church in Butler as the Director of Communications.
I didn’t know I wanted to be a weaver until I inherited a small loom more than thirty-five years ago. The adventure began. I learned from weaving books and magazines with much experimentation. A charter member of Butler county Spinners and Weavers Guild, I participated in workshops and many “Sheep-to-Shawl Contests”. While working with weaving teacher, Sigrid Piroch, I have absorbed much helpful information. I have woven rag rugs, silk fabric for my daughter’s wedding gown, with a wide variety of items in between. The wonderful adventure continues.
Angela Taylor Hardwick
Born in London, England, Angela was exposed to all the arts at an early age and was particularly drawn to music and painting. Eventually, a career in the music business with HarrisonParrott artist management in London found her managing international conductors and much of her free time was taken up singing and touring with the LSO Chorus. Angela’s 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.
Since retiring from running European Artists Direct for a group of European artists’ managements, Angela at last has had the time to indulge her love of painting (self-taught), along with her other passions, gardening and cooking. Angela has produced a watercolor series including the four seasons of the Frick Cafe and the Frick Greenhouse, which have been on sale in the Frick Museum Gift Shop. She enjoys commissions to do watercolor paintings of people’s houses and estates. Much of Angela’s artwork is inspired by regular trips to Europe with her husband. They live with their three amazing cats in Wexford.
Nick J. Karellas
Born in Milan, Italy in 1960 and lived in Italy, then Greece, during his childhood. He started drawing at the age of five, with his first commissioned work at twelve years of age. After moving to the United States he attended Art and Design High School in New York City.
Some of the workshops that Nick attended include portraiture, under famed portrait artist Daniel Greene at The Art Students League, and a summer scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum. Nick has worked with various mediums in fine art including: oil, pen & ink, and watercolor. He has been an architectural illustrator while exhibiting in galleries.
While living in Italy, Nick had the opportunity to work in commercials. His acting career included having the lead child role in a movie, the Italian version of ‘The Prodigal Son’. Nick is accomplished in classical piano, having performed at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall at the age of twelve. Other hobbies that Nick enjoys are chess and practicing his language skills, being fluent in both Italian and Greek.
His European background, with the opportunity of having lived abroad, shows through in the themes that he paints. His distinct style and realistic approach truly reflects in his subject matter.
Dennis Keyes has been photographing anything that interested him for 45 years. He has been shooting digital for almost 20 years. Dennis has placed images all around the world from corporate boardrooms, to hospitals, to CD jackets. He has images as a permanent exhibit at the International Dark Sky Park in the Headlands at Mackinaw City MI. He accepts assignments for portraits, real estate, and architecture. Dennis has created several travel videos and has a YouTube channel where many of his “slideshows” have been uploaded. He was selected to participate in an international art competition with 1,800 artists from 57 countries and 45 states. Dennis is a trustee at the Maridon Museum in Butler, PA, a collection of Chinese, Japanese, and German art.
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Jason Floyd Lewis
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 and shares a studio space with his wife, Amanda.
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 man’s activities coexist and intermingle with the natural landscape in rural areas.
Paul D. O’Neil
Paul was a teacher and athlete stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. Trying to heal himself, he started working with clay. 17,000 pounds of clay later, and 6 countries and 42 states, that he knows of, Paul has become an accomplished potter. Paul started working with a non-profit organization called Stream Restoration in Mars, PA. The Company supplies Paul with the metals they take out of polluted PA streams. The stream restoration group then buys his pottery, resells it and the profit goes to cleaning up another PA stream. All his pottery is food safe.
Paul’s business name is Shamrock Creations. Paul doesn’t sign his work. He just uses the shamrock symbol as his signature. The shamrock is the universal symbol of the trinity. Each piece is made with love and he likes to share his pottery as a gift of love.
Born in Sharpsville Pennsylvania, Ray Rossi began his professional career as an educator in 1968. He enjoyed teaching world geography and world cultures at the middle school level for 32 years while always possessing a strong desire for hiking, travel, and photography. It was in the summer of 1996 that he began to combine these three passions into a lifetime of reality. On his inaugural adventure he traveled to the highlands of Scotland where he hiked Ben Nevis and several of the Scottish Munros.
After an adventurous trip to Newfoundland, Ray set his sights on accomplishing his lifelong goal of backpacking the Inca trail through the Andes to Machu Picchu. The Andes afforded him with countless opportunities to hone his photographic skills to a new level. Up grading his equipment Ray continued to push for bigger and more exotic adventures to trek and photograph. His travels took him to Alaska, Switzerland, South Island of New Zealand, and several National Parks in the U.S. Each venue brought new and exciting subjects to be photographed. It wasn’t until October of 2011 did Ray have the extreme privilege of climbing to the base camp of Mt. Everest, his personal greatest achievement.
Ray continues to live in the Foxburg area where he operates a framing shop with his associate Barb McKissick. He hopes to continue his passions for as long as time permits.
Glenn H. Thompson
I have been interested in photography since I received my first Ansco camera with a film processing and contact printing kit for Christmas in 1955. I made black and white photos with that kit as often as my allowance and grass-cutting jobs provided the cash to buy film and developing chemicals. A stinky, laborious business it was back then, but there are still a few of those early images hanging around that spark some wonderful memories.
Fast forward through career, family, and other pursuits, I then emerged from my second retirement anxious to return to my passion for photography.
In 2007 I purchased my first DSLR camera and lenses, and with a few retired buddies, embarked on some far flung adventures to see if we could take photographs of the wildlife in various parts of the world. In fishing terms, the fly was presented, I took the bait, and the hook was set!
Since then, I traveled far and wide with the intent of capturing the unusual, the unexpected and the beautiful. As my capability increased over time, so has the equipment to meet the mission. It seems I now arrive at the airport with more cases of camera gear than clothes!
For a while, I considered myself a “wildlife” photographer. But, as the places I go are often breathtakingly beautiful, I feel compelled to bring those images home as well. And when the traditional wildlife are not around, I find myself capturing images of the flora and very tiny creatures that inhabit the immediate area. Combining all these photographic elements into my files, I have since decided that I am a “nature” photographer. As ones personal evolution must, necessarily, pick up speed at my age, I will have to think about a new identity when candid portrait photography, astrophotography, pet photography and the like begin to make up a measurable part of my portfolio.
Though I was an English major in college and a coordinator of gifted programs in my professional life, I have always been a firm believer that the arts are what keep us centered and in touch with nature and the beauty of the world.
About 15 years ago my husband and I spent an adventuresome five years living in Brazil. While there, with few friends and limited fluency in Portuguese, I discovered a weaving teacher who spoke English. I have always said that the language I mastered during that time was that of warp and weft, not Portuguese. It gave me a calm pursuit in the turmoil that surrounds one when one is far away from family and trying to fit into a new culture.
Upon my return to the US, though I continued to weave, I felt I was searching for another artistic outlet. Fortunately, a quilter friend introduced me to fabric-coiled baskets and I have found great satisfaction watching the baskets, each unique, and often not exactly as planned, emerge from the sewing machine. The challenges met and the personal flair I am able to insert have brought great satisfaction and relaxation.
In addition to baskets, I am learning Zentangle, a contemplative art form that provides me with a graphic art pursuit to round out my creative repertoire.
Finally, I leave you with a quote that rings true for me and may resonate with you as well.
“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.” Erik Wahl
Jack and Catherine Trzeciak
Jack’s background as a machinist allowed him the opportunity to work with many different metals. He was often involved with the design and production of prototype projects. In 2005, in anticipation of retirement, he decided to add silver to his repertoire concentrating on the design and crafting of silver jewelry. Since then he has been studying under well-known Pittsburgh silversmith Patricia Falbo at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. His enthusiasm for his art inspired his wife Catherine to join him in 2007. Influenced by an admiration of Native American silversmiths they create jewelry that varies between a clean modern look and an older artisan appearance. As well as doing individually designed custom pieces, their jewelry is also shown and sold at “So Me”, a Pittsburgh shop concentrating on the work of western Pennsylvania artists.