Resident Artists

Holly Lees

Photographer

http://www.photographybyhollylees.com/

Holly0040Holly Lees is thrilled to operate her photography business, “Photography by Holly Lees”, out of the Artworks building. In operation since 2008, the photography business allows Holly to explore and capture many special moments for her clients. She feels blessed that her art allows her to help people celebrate the special and exciting moments of their lives.  Through photography, art celebrates life!
Holly is available to photograph high school seniors, weddings, maternity, newborns, boudoir, families, children and more. She is proud to use her photography skills as a way for women to celebrate their own beauty through boudoir and goddess portraiture as well as Women’s Retreats.

Holly graduated with a Bachelors of the Fine Arts in Photography from Point Park University in partnership with Pittsburgh Film Makers. Much of her work has been featured and displayed in a number of professional art galleries and print publications. Some of her documentary work portrays life in rural Tanzania, the dance and drumming world of Guinea West Africa, the people of a farming region of Jamaica, the beauty of nature, life on an American Indian Reservation and the complications of environmental pollutions and clean up in Pennsylvania.

She loves to help others to become better photographers and explore the world through this creative and insightful medium. She has been teaching photography to both children and adults since 2006 and she is eager to share the art of photography with people everywhere!

“ I am always striving to capture or shall I say borrow one thing, the essence or spirit of my subject matter.”

-Holly Lees

Marcene Glover

Fine Arts Painter

wDSCF4326MbiopressMarcene Glover is a Fine Arts Painter focusing her work toward community growth and social tolerance. Her work has been commissioned by U.S. Members of Congress, and hangs in museum and university permanent collections, federal courtrooms and congressional library, and has sold in Paris and Canada. She traveled from Nevada to New York City to Washington D.C. and Rhode Island creating and exhibiting her one person show Faces In Government; Facets In Culture, with Residencies.

 

Her work was implemented into Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Education Program. Her outreach programming has benefited at risk and incarcerated youth, and individuals with severe mental and physical challenges. Marcene has been a television and newspaper Courtroom Artist, College Arts teacher, Healing Artist, and Career Coach for Emerging Artists. She is a children’s story writer and illustrator, currently developing a series of her books into an early education music-dance-theatre program. The series is called Jitterbug Jams, and will debut during her solo exhibit Story Boards at ART WORKS in April 2016. AWweb.mg.4

 

To keep current exhibiting in galleries in Washington DC and New York City, Marcene travels regularly. She enjoys having her home base here, producing work at her studio in the ART WORKS Building. She welcomes your visits to watch her paint here, and to follow her gallery travels and mobile arts outreach projects on facebook. When she’s not working on her own paintings, Marcene hangs the exhibits at BOTTLE WORKS and ART WORKS and is the BOTTLE WORKS consultant for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative.

 

So if you practice a traditional folk art, whether it be musical, storytelling, literary, dance, food traditions, or craft, please stop in to see her when you’re in ART WORKS to tell her about what you do. She is there to help promote your work, help you find others to share the tradition with, and to document the tradition so it will be celebrated and preserved.

 

Etched in Silk is the 3-generation collaborative work of Artisan keepsake gifts that can also be found at Glover’s studio. They include creative techniques like crocheted jewelry, sculpted silk, etched and pulled glass, and wedding reception quilting. www.etchedinsilk.com

Laura Williamson

Pianist and Teacher

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Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson, DMA, NCTM, is an active pianist and teacher who enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. She has held faculty positions at colleges and universities in South Carolina, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania. A specialist in piano teacher training and mentoring, while she was Director of Keyboard Pedagogy at Capital University  she founded Beginning Piano for Children in Capital’s Community Music School. This program  offered group and private lessons to neighborhood children while providing supervised student teaching experiences for undergraduate piano majors.

Nationally recognized as a progressive piano educator, Laura is in frequent demand as a consultant, adjudicator, guest speaker, and mentor. She has given presentations at national conferences throughout the United States, including the MTNA National Conference, World Piano Pedagogy Conference,  the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy,  GP3 the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, as well as numerous state and local events. Laura’s research and performing interests are diverse, ranging from the role of the Internet in piano instruction, to the teaching of technique and sight-reading, to the piano music of J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms.

As a pedagogical author and editor, Laura has had articles and reviews published in Piano and Keyboard,Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, and the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum. She is a consulting editor for The Frederick Harris Music Company, and in that capacity has been involved in major publications such as The Celebration Series, Four Star Sight ReadingExploring Music History, and Sound Advice Theory and Ear Training.

A nationally certified member of Music Teachers National Association, Laura holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Western Ontario, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Oklahoma. Her former teachers include the internationally respected pedagogical authors and editors E.L. Lancaster and Jane Magrath, and Dr. Peter Simon, currently President of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Since relocating to Pennsylvania in 2010 Laura has become a visible member of her musical community. In Johnstown she sings with the Johnstown Symphony Chorus, and  has performed several times on the First Lutheran “Music at Noon” series as a solo and collaborative pianist. She has judged the Pennsylvania State MTNA Piano Competitions, and  has been engaged as a clinician for several member affiliates of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. Laura is currently a part-time member of the music faculty at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, where she teaches music history. She  maintains a professional teaching studio at  her home in Johnstown, where she lives with her husband David and daughters Rebecca and Jessica, and she teaches recreational classes for adults at  Piano For Pleasure, her second location inside the Art Works building of Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center in Cambria City.

To learn more about Laura visit, http://lbwpiano.com/

Todd Stiffler

Painter, Digital Arts, Jewelry Fabrication, Vector Cut Vinyls

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Todd has been a resident artist at BOTTLE WORKS since 2013.  He is a graduate of Johnstown High School and Edinboro University, where he earned a B.A. in Applied Media Arts and Art History.
Todd is a freelance artist creating anything from murals, paintings, action figures, vinyl decals, t-shirts, business cards, brochures, posters, signs…pretty much anything.

He can be contacted at: toddstiffler@hotmail.com

Jaime Helbig

Oil Painter

Jaime Helbig

Jaime Helbig

Jaime is one of our newest artists! She just joined the BOTTLE WORKS this April 2015. Jaime Helbig was born in 1977 and grew up in Pennsylvania. Early in her life she developed a love for the arts. Over the years, she honed her skills as a contemporary figurative portrait painter in a traditional medium. Oil paints, has been an avenue to which she is able to paint her dramatically lit figures.

Jaime’s mother, a pastel artist, and her father, an architectural draftsman, had a great deal of influence upon her career as an artist. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree in 2003 and into her MFA in Painting and Drawing, her focus was upon becoming a professional in her studio production. Throughout Jaime’s studies, work has been closely related to the family bond and religious ties that had been so grounded within her throughout her life.

Jaime has also had opportunities to teach all age groups. Her educational experience stretches from public schools to arts centers and currently, as an adjunct professor at a community college. Jaime enjoys the interaction as a teacher of the arts, and will continue teaching as the opportunity arises.

Featuring on her website is her series; “Transformation,” which is of clothed figures within an architectural background and focuses upon emotion and dramatic light sources. She plans on continuing a relationship with this figurative genre for years to come.

Learn more about Jaime, http://www.jaimehelbig.com/index.html

Josh Ensley

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Joanne Mekis

Graphic Designer and Artist

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Joanne Mekis

Joanne Mekis

Joanne Mekis is an award winning graphic designer, painter, and art instructor. Graphic design has been her career since college and she continues to love what she does. Joanne’s specialty is branding identity and she has created logos and symbols for a wide variety of clients country-wide. Painting is her first love and this exhibit has pushed Joanne to finish some older pieces and create new ones. Her choice of medium is acrylic paint used in a thick, painterly application. Joanne loves teaching art and art history to children and adults around the world. Her role in this world is to be an encourager and a mentor of hope and dreams realized through art and creative expression. The art of her students has proven to be a conduit of their imaginations.

Contact Joanne at jmekis@atlanticbb.net

 

Artist Statement

Creating art is a multisensory experience. From the smells of a real Crayola crayon, Playdoh and clays, paint and other mediums to the feel of the clay and paint, and seeing what has been placed on the canvas or paper, art is the embodiment of a very personal and holy experience.

I am inspired by teaching people of all ages in schools, camps, church, and on mission trips. My art is not only about me. Seeing a child use a simple crayon for the first time and cry with fear then joy because their paper is covered with colorful squiggles is something beyond words. Hearing teens who are looking forward to careers in the arts because they have found something that they love, is inspiring. Watching a child proudly show her family the art that she created at camp is heartwarming and beautiful. Adults who have bravely tried art again after being told they weren’t good at it as a child, is empowering.  Each student is celebrated for their honest effort.

What kind of difference does art make? It doesn’t save a life. It doesn’t cure a disease. What is does is give a sense of hope and beauty. We all can use hope and beauty can’t we? I have worked with children in Honduras since 2003. It is a very poor and dangerous country. In my Honduran art classes, the children are offered the opportunity to tell their stories through colors and imagery. Children carry their kitchen tables back and forth from home in order to share workspace because there is a lack of desks. Their eyes are bright and hopeful, and their smiles are long lasting.

The contagious love of people and community is amazing to witness and is life changing. The arts teach us that there is more than one answer and there are many ways to see and interpret the world. The arts help us communicate our feelings in limitless ways and require the ability to surrender to the creation as it unfolds.

I love art, but I am also in love with art and its power and capacity. It must be sown, cultivated, and shared with everyone, as art is everything that is done with love. As an artist and teacher, I strive to be a mentor of hopes and dreams, and we dreamers must bond together to grow those hopes and dreams. Appreciation for the arts is what sets us apart as human beings.

Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  I am happy and proud to say that I haven’t grow up yet and remain an artist at heart with the hopefulness of a child. I want to leave you with this: Once an artist, always an artist. You can start at any time, any age.

Brandon Hirt

Photographer

Brandon Hirt

Brandon Hirt

www.brandonhirtphoto.com

Brandon Hirt is a fine art/portrait photography that currently resides in Ebensburg, Pa after boomeranging back to the area after living the dream in Colorado and Oregon. During my time out west I created my eye or should I say addiction of photography. After taking a few darkroom classes in Black and White Photography the fun really started. I was seeing so many different sites that I wanted to remember forever. I would go to John Fielder’s photography galleries on my lunch breaks and be inspired.

I strive to find a different perspective in my images.My photography sweet tooth is long exposure landscapes. The longer exposures help bring a silent peace to images. I create most of these during the power of moonlight or during daylight with ninja special effects. These shots can last 2 seconds or as long as 2 hours. These long exposures will smooth out crashing waves or have the stars spin around the Northern Star.

Remember variety is the spice of life so I try to engage into different sorts of image creation. I am available to shoot weddings, portraits or any event. Also keep your eyes open for my Farmscape series that will mooove you and environmental portrait work. I am always looking to create images of everyday views from new perspectives. Please allow your eyes to view my images on my website brandonhirtphoto.com. Feel free to contact me brandonhirtphoto@hotmail.com or 303-915-9392.

My photography has been published by Winterstick Snowboards, Pennsylvania Magazine, Johnstown Magazine, and Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Video work shown by Fox Sports Net, So Gnar TV, Altitude Sports, Pin Pin Films, Bald E-Gal Productions, The Cru, Misschief Films, and many others.

My fine art photography as been exhibited at Central Pa Arts Festival, 3 Rivers Arts Festival, People’s Choice of PA Art Festival, Ebensburg Potato Fest, Bedford Fall Foliage, Lewisburg Art Festival, and Shadyside Arts Fest.

Christopher Tower

Visual Artist

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Why bother??? …or… an artist’s statement…

 

I don’t have an answer as to why I bother with drawing or art. I suppose if I arrived at the ultimate reason, I would probably have no need to make another piece of art ever again.

The reality of life is that pain of all varieties is inevitable. Suffering can also play a role in the creative process. Sometimes that which sucks in life makes me appreciate the beauty and awesomeness of it all even more.

My art is a constant search; it is an investigation of what is rattling around inside me. I’ve had plenty of cool things be inspiration for my creative drive.

Here are a few things that get the juices flowing. They are in no particular order.

  • Caveman art
  • Cartoon drawings
  • Architectureii
  • Animation
  • Dreamlike film sequences
  • The colors and patterns of nature: birds, bugs, landscapes, blue skies, cloud patterns, lakes, and rivers
  • Abandoned structures
  • Sunny days
  • When the snow sticks to everything
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Warm summer rain
  • Mountains
  • Images of the cosmos
  • The hills of Pennsylvania
  • Lake Erie
  • Fire
  • Cars
  • Being far away from city lights

Since I began exhibiting my art publicly in 2011, my why bother statement has changed over time. I’ve changed and grown over time, consequently the way I think about and explain the way I see my art has evolved.

My hope is to be sincere and genuine, ever embracing the ridiculousness and awesomeness of it all. I hope this gives you some idea as to what makes me tick.

Onward and upward….

—Chris Tower

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