Inspired Craft Exhibition

August 15 – September 27

The Bottle Works Presents “Inspired Craft” in our main gallery space from August 15-September 27. Opening Reception will be held on August 15 from 6-9 PM.  Guests can enjoy light refreshments and performances by Piano for Pleasure, Kulani Kids West African Dance, and a riveting Belly Dance performance by Adrianna’s Arabian Jewels (Middle Eastern Dance) Suggested Donation $5. 

The definition of the word “inspired” reads: of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse. This definition certainly  applies to the Calligraphy work of Renee Ahlstrom and the oil paintings of Jaime Helbig.

Renee Ahlstrom:

     Renee learned the art of calligraphy at the Cambria Community Art Center. She took a class taught by Tina Marie Petrus. “I loved it and started exploring the different facets of calligraphy. All the different letter forms etc..

That lead me to the art of Illumination as practiced in the Middle Ages. Which includes gilding, grinding pigments etc.”.

Renee belongs to the NY Calligraphy League, the Philadelphia Calligraphy league, and IAMPETH ( International Association of Master Penmen Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting).

She has exhibited some of her pieces at the Cambria Art Center, the former Bedford Arts Center, and at the Bottle Works.

She has also taught calligraphy at the Cambria Community Art Center, and gave a class on grinding and  mixing pigments to the Calligraphy League in Connecticut.

Renee works on commission.

Jaime Helbig:

     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, an artist, and her father, an architectural designer, 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.