Featured Artists

We have such talented and varied artists right here in Central Pennsylvania and we would like to share them with you!

So browse through the artists below. Maybe you will find an artist or artwork you like!

From our first edition, Oct–Dec 2015:

Sean Bodley

website: www.seanbodley.com phone: 414.334.1799 Sean Bodley can’t stop pushing pigment. Since he graduated from the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee in 2010, he has grown from avid doodler to full-color image maker. He is currently finishing a year-long oil painting landscape series, “Capturing the Light of Central Pennsylvania,” which includes many plein…

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Elody Gyekis

website: elodyg.com Elody Gyekis earned her BFA in Painting and Ceramics from Penn State. Her work includes painting, drawing and sculpture, with a focus on acrylic and oil painting. Her paintings explore a wide variety of subject matter, including figurative and landscape inspired by her travels, often delving into mythology.…

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Peg Klinger

phone: 814-238-2284 Peggy Shannon Klinger is a native of central Pennsylvania who has remained fascinated with her surroundings since childhood and shows regularly in the Member and Juried exhibitions at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. Working primarily in oils, she is presently intent on plein air depictions of landscape…

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Cinda Kostyak

Cinda Kostyak is a Penn State alumna with a B.A. in Art (oil painting focus), B.S. in Art Education, and Masters in Counselor Education. She is a member of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania, and the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. Married to an avid fisherman,…

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Barb Pennypacker

phone: 814-574-4810 website: barb-pennypacker.artistwebsites.com Barb Pennypacker came to art after a collision with a train upended her career as a scientist  at Penn State, unleashing her right brain and second career as an artist. She strives for realism, driven by a love of farms, old barns, and rolling countryside. She…

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Adrienne Waterston

website: adriennewaterston.com phone: 814-386-8008 Adrienne Waterston is an artist with eclectic influences ranging from headbanging and opera, biology, philosophy and literature, photography, swimming and technology to nature, windows, domestic chaos and rust. Her work springs from the imperfection and wonder of assorted daily activities, like her unconscious mind while on…

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From our second edition, Jan–Mar 2016:

Susan Nicholas Gephart

(814) 360-2116 snicholasart@gmail.com www.snicholasart.com “All my life, I have been inspired by the color and beauty of our fragile earth. I strive to capture and convey a spiritual message of nature’s important connection to man. Working on location outdoors, ‘en plein air,’ whether in pastel, oil, or watercolor, allows for…

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Jennifer Kane

(814) 574-0948 conservation@jenniferkaneart.com www.jenniferkaneart.com Jennifer Kane is a painter and abstract photographer, interested in ecology, geology, and the relationship between one’s inner life and perceived surroundings. She finds inspiration during daily life and travel to places old and new, collecting imagery and ideas along the way. The images included here…

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Karl Eric Leitzel

(814) 422-8461 karlericleitzel@gmail.com keleitzel.com Studio address: Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center 101-B West Main Street PO Box 609 Millheim, PA 16854 Karl Eric Leitzel was born in 1957, and has lived most of his life in central Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Linda, live in a house they designed and…

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Jeff Mathison

jcmaps@mac.com artbymathison.com The green woods of Central Pennsylvania and the red rock of Utah hold equal charms for lifelong artist Jeff Mathison. Now painting more than ever, his watercolors receive recognition as among the finest in the area—and collectors have noticed. In his Free Spirit series, Jeff combines landscape with…

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J. Harlan Ritchey

jharlanart@gmail.com www.jharlanart.com Harlan Ritchey is a self-taught artist who received his BA in Filmmaking from Penn State in 1999, with Honors in Visual Arts. Since then, he has done commissions for fine art, illustration and design for a variety of local and national clients. An avid draftsman, he uses graphite,…

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Jennifer Shuey

jennifershueyart@gmail.com www.jennifershueyart.com Jennifer Shuey is a native of Centre Country and holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Penn State. Formerly Executive Director of ClearWater Conservancy of Central PA for 15 years, she is particularly interested in capturing the beautiful landscapes of central Pennsylvania to engage more people in the…

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Margaux Wolszczan

fraserstgallery@gmail.com maggiewolszczanart.com Fraser St. Gallery 123 S. Fraser Street State College, PA In nature we discover specimens of both the beautiful and of the grotesque. We are both fascinated and disturbed, seeing ourselves in these objects; our wants and desires, our achievements and short comings. What is breathtaking and rewarding…

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From our third edition, Apr–June 2016:

Stacie Bird

bird_works@yahoo.com birdworks.smugmug.com Stacie Bird is a photographer who has lived and worked in Centre Co. since the early 1980s. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State in Film in 1985. Her background in film making guides her photography and visual storytelling. The vibrant, saturated colors of Mexico…

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Marianne Fyda

814-590-2255 gmfyda@windstream.net mariannefyda.com Marianne Fyda Fine Art 213 Main Street, Troutville, PA 15866 Visual arts are part of me, through them I learned to see. I respond to the beauty of objects, people, and places – to light, color, shapes, textures and contrasts. I love the materials and I think…

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Ruth Kempner

ruthkpws@yahoo.com Ruth Kempner is a Fine Arts graduate of Cooper Union. She worked as a textile designer in New York until she moved to Clearfield, PA, where she established her own art studio and taught art to adults and children. Ruth, now located in State College, has achieved recognition as…

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Mark Messenger

(814) 321-1181 markssx4@gmail.com Mark has a BA in Visual Arts from New England College with concentrations in ceramics and printmaking and an MFA in Sculpture from Penn State University. He has taught sculpture, 2D and 3D design, ceramics, watercolor and figure drawing and likes to take photographs of interesting abstract…

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Roxanne Naydan

(814) 769-6828 roxolana.naydan@gmail.com Roxanne works in several mediums including oil, pastel and watercolor. In addition to painting still life she paints landscapes, both locally and abroad. Her paintings explore color as well as fleeting light effects and reflect her strong connection to nature. Her works merge reality with her personal vision, a reverie…

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Mark Pilato

(814) 357-5249 sculptingus@gmail.com Mark has been a sculptor for as long as he can remember, supported and inspired by family and friends. His mother and father (both also artists) taught that art is about process—from an idea all the way to a finished piece. Mark is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy…

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FROM OUR Fourth EDITION, JULY–AUG 2016:

James Farrah

(602) 810-5538 jlfaws@cox.net 197 Musser Lane, Bellefonte, PA 16823 Although his work covers a wide range of subjects, Farrah’s current focus is using children’s toys and artist’s manikins for subject material. In addition to being colorful and fun, they are wonderful tools for storytelling. He hopes the paintings evoke a…

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Anne Kenyon

(814) 238-4451 annekenyon4@comcast.net Primarily a landscape artist, Anne Kenyon has worked in watercolor, handmade paper collage, and—most recently—in pastel. A signature member of the Central PA Pastel Society and the Farmland Preservation Artists, she has exhibited in juried pastel society shows across the country (winning an Award of Merit at…

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J. Harlan Ritchey

jharlanart@gmail.com www.jharlanart.com J. Harlan Ritchey is a self-taught artist who received his BA in Filmmaking from Penn State in 1999, with Honors in Visual Arts. He has been commissioned for illustrations by local and national clients, exhibits regularly in central Pennsylvania galleries, and is currently an instructor and Visiting Artist…

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Janise Crow

(814) 883-3862 jc@mmhairfashions.com www.TheHairLadyPA.com Janise Crow is a multimedia artist whose passion is to evoke personal sentiment in wearable art form. Her jewelry connects the wearer to a cherished memory, time, or place, bringing personal stories to life through trinkets that delicately balance past and present. Each component is selected…

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Ian Stainton

(814) 321-8225 clayslingerx@aol.com ianstaintonpottery.com Facebook: Stainton Pottery After attending Cumbria College of Art and Design, England, for painting and ceramics, Ian got several pottery jobs in England, Scotland and Wales. In 1992 he came to Pennyslvania, going into business for himself in 2000. Even after 37 years of making pots…

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Susan Nicholas Gephart

(814) 360-2116 snicholasart@gmail.com www.snicholasart.com Susan Nicholas Gephart is an award-winning landscape artist and instructor in Central Pennsylvania whose work can be found in many permanent collections across the country. She finds that working on location outdoors in pastel, oil, or watercolor allows for spontaneity and directness. All her life, she…

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Brienne M. Brown

801-755-4933 bbtravelingcolors@gmail.com www.briennembrown.com From a young age, Brienne loved art but pursued a career in science. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, she soon found that art was more than a hobby, it was a necessity — she quit her science job and began painting more consistently.  Soon…

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