Black Cherry/Red Elm, August 2016
The wood for this table was locally harvested, milled and dried. The black cherry top is from a tree felled in a windstorm on my property (Centre County) and the red elm used in the base was harvested in Huntingdon County. This piece can be used as a coffee table or bench. The finish is tough and resistant to water and stains, but is not for use outdoors.
Duane Diefenbach's primary passion is his career in wildlife research, but his secondary passion is working with wood to make furniture. He is gradually shifting from power to hand tools and is currently teaching himself to use 19th century hollow and round planes to make mouldings. The top for this piece was flattened with hand planes.
The Summer Kitchen is an early process drawing of The Crooked House, a 1857 Milesburg house Benjamin Fehl is turning into art. The front of this life-size concrete sculpture preserves the details of the aged and weathered facade of this typical settlement house. The back of the piece incorporates handprints and mementos from the 1850s and today. In addition to the framed print, you can "Make Your Mark" on this public sculpture with a personal handprint tile. Visit the project site and work with the artist to leave a print of your hand and/or a person memento of home. Your creation will be included in the final sculpture, along with handprints left in the wattle and daub insulation by the original builders in 1857, and handprints made by community members 160 years later.
Local artist and architect, Benjamin Fehl, is bringing contemporary public art to Milesburg, PA, with The Crooked House project. This decade long labor of love, memorializing an original settlement house in a 16x23 foot concrete sculpture is bringing the community together to create a permanent piece reflecting on the meaning of home.
Raku pottery by Mark Messenger, Image by Amy Romaniec
Amy’s inspiration was taken from her trip to the Veterans for Peace March in North Dakota, at Standing Rock Bridge on December 5, 2016. In gale force winds and driving snow (see photo) she joined indigenous peoples, Veterans for Peace and many water protectors who are peacefully protesting the Dakota Access pipeline near their drinking water supply. Mark was instrumental in making of the Raku piece. Fired at the Potter’s Guild in Lemont, PA, it required two people to open the kiln while two others moved it from the 1800 degree kiln to a reduced oxygen atmosphere to darken the clay and bring out the crackle in the glaze. Horsehair was also applied for more effects.
The artist of High Horse Farm Pottery, Amy Romaniec, finds her inspirations in the rural setting surrounding her studio in central Pennsylvania. There she carries on an ancient tradition of immortalizing animal forms in clay. Amy’s functional stoneware animal creations appear on the trophy tables for several national dog shows. Amy’s eye and talent to recreate an animal’s movement and anatomical correctness distinguishes her work.
Mark Messenger received a B.A. in visual arts from New England College where he concentrated in printmaking and ceramics. He also earned a M.F.A. in sculpture from Penn State. He taught at the Silvermine Guild School of Art, the Penn State University, the Art Alliance in Lemont, and in the State College Continuing Education Program. His work is shown extensively in the northeast and is prominently featured each summer at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. In addition to pottery, Mark enjoys being creative with pastels, watercolors and photography.
This 4'x6' radiant Gizelle Collection is hand knotted entirely of refurbished sari art silks from India. Each design reverberates in stunning colors like ruby red and sapphire blue that make for an incredibly vibrant collection, ideal for contemporary to transitional interiors.
ClearWater’s Slab Cabin Run Initiative is an effort to protect our community’s drinking water, restore stream health and preserve 300 acres of iconic farmland in the heart of State College. This initiative will mutually benefit our community and environment. Thanks to so many collaborators and supporters, we are more than halfway to our $2.75 million fundraising goal by September, 2017.
Artist Jennifer Shuey created Confluence, a pastel of Slab Cabin Run through Millbrook Marsh featured as the inaugural label in the University Wine Company’s “Impact Artist Series” of wines. We are honored to be a part of their unveiling of Slab Cabin Run Red and Slab Cabin Run White wines where $3 from every bottle sold will help fund this important land conservation, buffer restoration and source water protection initiative.
You can go home with not only the original Jennifer Shuey Pastel and 2 bottles of red and 2 bottles of white from University Wine Co Impact Artist Series, but also a half day of instruction in plein air painting with Jennifer Shuey AND a tour of the area with ClearWater staff, followed by ice cream at the Meyer Dairy Store.
Jennifer Shuey is the Development Director for the Central PA Festival of the Arts and was the Executive Director of ClearWater Conservancy for 16 years. She has a B.S. of Landscape Architecture from Penn State University. As an artist, Jennifer is particularly interested in capturing the beautiful landscapes of central Pennsylvania and engaging more people in their protection. Jennifer is a Signature Member of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, is the Secretary of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania, is on the Artist Registry at the Bellefonte Art Museum, and has served on the Board of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. She is also the chair of the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Advisory Committee, serves on the Boards of the Centre County Farmland Trust and the Mount Nittany Conservancy, and will soon be serving as a Trustee of the Hamer Foundation.
On a hike near the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, I came upon this fallen log amid dainty star flowers.
Betsy Rodgers Allen enjoys travel, photography, fiber art, and music. In her photography, she focuses on unnoticed objects full of texture and color. An area resident since 1972, Betsy was director of Schlow Library until her retirement in 2010. Betsy exhibits regularly at the Art Alliance and has had several solo shows of her photographs.
Since childhood, Sylvia has enjoyed creating images of nature. She is known for her fiber art, but she also has training in painting and sculpture, which she continues to pursue. Almost all of her art is inspired by the natural world which is so powerful, and yet fragile at the same time.