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After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 1982, Hal Sadler began a long career as an Art Director/Designer. He currently has his own studio specializing in Advertising, Corporate Branding, Web Design and Illustration. When it comes to his painting, this background has helped create work that is strong in both concept and design. He produces about 4 paintings a month. My work ends up mostly in private collections. “Either that or my kids have been taking them”, he laughs.
He begins as an observer and ends as an interpreter; working loosely from photos until reference gives way to imagination. Bold colors, shapes, and textures start to work together in visually interesting ways. His process is investigative, a search for the spirit, an unpredictable and exploratory practice, a rush to connect the angles of color and the shadows to the light. Through painting, the landscape—whether the timelessness of the desert or the brilliance of a sunrise— loses its concrete meaning on the canvas. It distorts and abstracts. And, eventually, the essence of the image—its color, movement, and surface—emerges. The resulting work allows onlookers tocast their own imagination onto the painting. They are, in turn, trans xed, moved, and transformedby its impression.
“People discuss art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, whenit’s simply necessary to love.” he says, “After I’d done 100 paintings I gured it out. I stoppedoverworking and overthinking. The painting leads the painter.
Megan Leblond earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from top five art graduate school, Southern Illinois University. She earned her Art Educator certification from Moravian College. Leblond was art director of Buck Hill Falls for six years and has worked as a designer and color expert for Pomme studio and Ann McGuire Studio. Leblond teaches workshops workshops in a variety of mediums including natural dyes, printmaking and ceramics.
Patti’s interest in art goes back many years. she enrolled in a New York college and majored in textile design. She left there to pursue a more artsy curriculum at New York Institute of Technology. She found that to be too confining as well.
Throughout the years, Patti has experimented with many forms of art including sculpting, topiaries and finally painting. It is through painting that Patti feels she can finally express herself satisfactorily.
Using mostly her hands, ( she sometimes uses brushes or other implements) she can at last express herself to others through her art. she hopes you enjoy her art as much as did creating it.
Laura Brush was born in Northern New Jersey. Influenced by her mother’s love of art, she was always drawing and painting as a child. Later in high school she was encouraged by a wonder art teacher and eventually attended The Art Student’s League of New York.
Residing in Pennsylvania, Laura has participated in several shows in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Printmaking has always been her main interest, especially monotype and whittling woodblock prints, which she learned about in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Rev. Vikki Anderson
As a metaphysician for the past 45 years, Vikki Anderson has a solid background in astrology, tarot and Feng Shui. Vikki's second tarot book, "How To Be A Tarot Detective," is available on Amazon.com for those interested in an easy, new method of reading the cards. She has written the Inner Realm Magazine horoscopes for twenty years as well as many articles appearing on her seven blogs and other websites. Vikki now teaches locally in Pennsylvania and does phone readings from her home.
Russ Elliott (born 1932) is a painter and muralist whose work can be found in galleries, restaurants, clubs and hotels around the world.
His murals can be seen in such places as: Copacabana in New York City; Marissa Beck’s Grill 21 in New York City; The Hibiscus Restaurant in North Palm Beach Fl., commissioned by Carleton Vatney; The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia (comm. Varney); Trump Tower in New York (comm. Varney); Peters Island and the St. Croix Palm Mural at Rookwood restaurant (comm. Varney); The Carlyle Hotel New York; Le Chantilly Restaurant in New York City; The Irving Hotel in Southampton New York; and many more. Being Bloomingsale’s Artist in Residence for over 3 years, his work has been seen in galleries such as: The Rosenbaum Gallery, the Ambassador Gallery, the N.Y. Graphic Society, and Gallery 400.
August 19, 2017
January 1, 2018
While I was in high school I learned to throw pottery on the wheel. I really enjoyed it but found it easy for the clay to get off center and potentially ruin the piece. I still have two pottery pieces from then that were coming out well, until they got off center. Instead of giving up on them, I decided to start sculpting them to transform the imperfections into something interesting and beautiful in it's own way. I used texture along the body of the pottery and carved the openings at the top into flowing forms. I loved them!
When I was at Lafayette College completing my Bachelor's degree in Studio Art and Graphic Design, I had the opportunity to create an Independent Study class for a semester. I chose to devote myself to working on this technique again. I loved this process of starting off trying to make something beautiful and "perfect" but then instead of getting upset or frustrated when it turned into a disaster by most standards, I embraced the new direction that the clay had chosen and I followed the creative flow that arose. I used textures and cut the pottery and sculpted it into fantastical shapes that naturally flowed from what was a mishapened and off balanced lump of clay.
I have recently started working with this technique again and love the creative freedom that comes with giving up expectations and taking risks by going with the flow. I love the metaphors this process allows me to work with and apply to life, such as the terrifying beauty and freedom of giving up one's illusion of control and embracing the magic that happens with truly enjoying the journey. Or in finding the perfection hidden inside what initially seems imperfect or even a failure. To me, each of these pottery sculptures is a lovely and wild piece of creativity brought into form by my own hands and soul working together through this amazing process.
Susan has been a visual artist since 1971 when a friend encouraged her to start painting. She moved from New York City to the Pocono Mountain area of Pennsylvania in 1975, and lived there for over 25 years. in 2004, Susan moved to Washington state, though continues to return to the Delaware Water Gap area several times a year.
Her paintings are colorful abstractions with multiple layers of paint. The mandalas she creates are all about color, form and meaning. they are meditations. She began to make baskets once she moved to Washington, and her passion for them continues to grow. For her, they combine the meditative quality of mandalas with the tactile quality of paint.
In all that she does, it is the process of creating which is most important to Susan. This idea fits into her healing work as a Reiki teacher and practitioner. She feels that her work in the healing arts is a perfect match for her work as an artist, and she tries to bring in spiritual energy into all areas of her life.
“I believe that healing work at its best is creative, and that my art can be a form of healing.” -Susan Bradford