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Alita Abruzzese—Alita’s artwork is mostly representational, however, her intent is not to only copy what she sees. She tries to capture the mood in each scene. Alita’s favorite subjects are nature and people. As an art teacher in the Methacton School District for 23 years, she not only taught the children, but learned from them. Their fresh look at the world was always an inspiration. Alita has a BS in art education from Kutztown University, a BS in math education from West Chester University, and has taken graduate courses at the Tyler School of Art, Bennington College, Penn State University, and the University of the Arts. She has worked under the tutelage of Joseph Sweeney in oils and pastels and Carol Goldman in watercolor.
Laurel Arbogast—Laurel works in numerous media, but currently is enjoying the alcohol inks. Her works can be seen throughout Berks County and surrounding areas. By teaching and exhibiting her alcohol inks, Laurel hopes to share with others how exciting and powerful this new medium can be.
Paula Beck—Paula Kay is an acrylic painter from Phoenixville. Her main focus is on landscapes and wildlife paintings. She occasionally works in oil and watercolor. Her semi realistic style has an almost illustrative quality.
Jere Brady—Jere was born in the Village of Scarlet's Mill in 1931. He received a BS in Art Education from Kutztown and M.Ed. in Fine Art Education from the Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University with continued studies at University of Alberta, University of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia School of the Arts and Penn State University. In addition to being an artist, he is a musician, historian, and author. Two of his books are Sketches of Scarlet's Mill and Sketches of the Early Schools of Twin Valley.
Elaine Briner—Born and raised in Berks County, Elaine has always had crayons and art supplies on hand. A member of Berks Art Alliance, she attends workshops and en plein air painting events regularly. Elaine media is usually pastel on paper, but she paints on slate and canvassette with acrylics too.
Mary Burke—From a very young age creating art has been important to Mary. She was constantly drawing, painting, and creating things in her youth, and for as long as she can remember her desire has been to be an artist.  Mary attended the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland where she graduated with honors in Printmaking. After moving to the United States, Mary attended Rhode Island College to pursue a degree in Art Education. In 2010 Mary began to study painting with Bruce Becker at The Warehouse Studios, and ultimately fell in love with oil painting.  Lately she has begun to explore watercolors, which allows her to express her ideas though a very different creative process. Mary paints in a very realistic style using a variety of topics.  She draws inspiration from the simplicity of everyday life that surrounds us and her desires to have people see the ordinary in an entirely different light. She is inspired by the early Dutch painters, especially by their use of light and subject matter. Mary is a member of The Warehouse Studio, Say Cheese, along with work in private collections.  She also teaches at Wider School and Community Home School of Elverson. .Mary has been accepted as a member of Oil Painters of America.
Tarah Butler – Tarah’s art ranges from pencil and pen and ink, to oil and acrylic, to wood burning. Her work focuses mainly on people and is inspired by history, mythology, and pop culture.
Arline Christ - Arline grew up at the Jersey Shore. Her B.S. and M.A. are from Kutztown University. She has over 40 years of teaching teenagers. Her retirement goal was to practice what she taught. Any day may find her working with colored pencils, watercolor, acrylics, calligraphy, pastes or oils. Painting animals for Pottstown’s Carousel has been a long-term effort. Her work is infused with brilliant colors.
Rhonda Counts—Rhonda enjoys the serenity and mindfulness in the process of creating art. She is inspired by the natural world, drawn to the beauty in it’s details. Rhonda tries to capture the essence of the textures and patterns in nature onto her canvas. After 30 wonderful years she retired as a Disney Imagineer.  The most intriguing techniques are those applied to “age” buildings or transform concrete into “natural” themed landscapes. Rhonda strives to develop processes that reflect nature’s textural details .
Diane Dobbins - Diane crafts garden inspired pottery in her Thorton, Delaware County home studio. Her recent shows include Chester Springs Holiday Sale, Chaddsford Days, and Mount Gretna Summer Craft Show. Diane has drawn inspiration from the beauty of the natural surrounds while studying at Peters Valley Craft Center and Chester Springs Studio.
Irene Dobson—Irene is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with a major in apparel design and fashion illustration. She worked in the fashion industry designing lingerie. While living in New York she attended The Art Students League. After getting married and moving to Berks County, she continued to study watercolor and oil by attending workshops conducted by nationally known artists. A signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, her works hang in many private and corporate collections, and have been widely exhibited in juried art exhibits.
Les Groves – Les loves glass and color. His whole life has included stained glass in church settings.  At age 16 he saw a stained glass lamp shade and thought it was wonderful and expensive. In 1999, one of his parishioners was a stained glass artist.  He needed a piece of glass in a woodworking project. She sent him to a store that sold only stained glass and supplies. In 2005, Les took an introductory class at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown.  He does small projects mostly but has done a transom in the parsonage to match the church windows. Les also did a large piece for his brother-in-law’s’ medical office. In retirement, he’s set up shop in his basement with dreams of stained glass everywhere. He refers to his glass studio as O What A Pane!
Joseph Hoover—There has always been a strong connection with art throughout Joe’s life: childhood coloring books, teenage pastel paintings, elementary classroom teacher bulletin board displays, seasonal greeting cards, as well as program cover designs and posters during his choral conducting career. But it was soon after retirement more than fifteen years ago that art became Joe’s main focus. Now, with memberships in art organizations and galleries in the Reading, Pottstown, and West Chester areas, his annual calendar includes more than two dozen art shows (juried, non-juried, group, and solo). Watercolor remains his medium of choice in creating florals, still lifes, landscapes, and abstracts.
Linda & Carl Horner—Carl and Linda’s interest in art is mainly derived from observing the wonder of nature and people in the world around them. Contributors to this never ending and always growing pursuit are books, classes, birding, gardening, travel to 28 countries, Berks Art Alliance and many encouraging artistic friends. Carl’s focus is on wood and photography. Acrylic and watercolor are Linda’s choices of media at the moment and she paints many of her subjects from Carl’s photos.
Gale Horner—Gail has loved to draw and paint since being a small child. She majored in fine arts in Montclair State College and Long Beach City College. Gale painted as a hobby until retirement in 2013. She especially enjoys painting local scenes and nature. Gale’s works are original acrylic painting. She uses her talent to benefit many community organizations. Gale’s paintings have been displayed at many localities.
Carol Lauer—Carol works in watercolor, oils and alcohol inks. She has traveled extensively to take classes to hone her skills. Carol belongs to Berks Art Alliance and has shown her work in their shows. Her alcohol ink work won her a place in a juried show at the Hill School and has been published in the “State of Senior Living” magazine.
Matthew Major—Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. He has also completed the Certificate in Commercial Art Program from Lancaster County Career & Technology. At the age of 4 Matt was diagnosed with autism. Autism has given him many difficult challenges, especially spending time with his family and socializing with people. Art is a creative outlet for his autism. Matt is able to express himself through his art. Art helps him to socialize and escape into his creative worlds and helps him to cope with autism. Matt has a custom pet portrait business—Major Art: Pet Portraits. He works in all mediums and continues work as a freelance artist.
Lynn Millar—Lynn’s art is a constant exploration of her environment by color, design, texture and composition. She enjoys abstract painting as well as realism. Lynn spends a great deal of time both in her studio painting and in galleries and museums enjoying the ideas and creative processes of others.
Robert Moore—Robert went to Hussain Art School in 1970 for a year. How-ever, he was not really cut out for commercial art. Robert has drawn and sold pieces to friends and acquaintances over the years. He recently did showings for two years at Historic Yellow Springs and sold a piece each year 2012-2014. Robert draws mainly for pleasure and when someone requests a picture.
Susan Moore - Susan has been a Hobby Potter for 28 years. Her children’s art teacher involved the students in pottery and extended her interest and motivation to her. That was in 1973. In 1982 Susan took classes at Tyler School of Art and was introduced to wheel throwing, low fire colorful clay and Raku. On her retirement in 2011, she was able to focus on her work in clay and now produces in her studio the variety of pieces that she offers for sale.
Jill Moyer— Jill has been making pottery for the past eleven years. She has studied at Chester Springs and at the GoogleWorks.
Beverly Nuzzo—Beverly’s yard is spectacular, that’s why she leans toward botanical photography. Her husband was a great teacher in capturing the beauty of a plant or flower. Beverly’s greatest treasure is her great grand daughters. She also repairs antique dolls. “Life is wonderful.”
Joni Peters—Predominantly self-taught, Joni has been creating art for more than 30 years. A versatile artist, Joni has worked in various forms of media, including oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolors, colored pencil, mixed media and most recently alcohol ink. Her styles range from abstract to illustrative to realism. Joni has exhibited her works in many different venues. Her latest exhibit, ”Poetic Imagery”, generated a review in the July 30, 2017 Sunday Reading Eagle. Joni is always looking for new venues and is available for custom commissions.
Ellie Pfautz—Ellie holds a B.A. from Penn State in Graphic Design. Retired from a career as a graphic designer, she is now pursuing "real art". Ellie enjoys working in pastels and acrylics. She studies, exhibits, wins awards and is in many private collections.
Jay Ressler—Jay explores boundaries—boundaries between consciousness and unconscious, between reality and imagination, between certainty and skepticism.” Many of his photographs are composites based on his original captures put together in multiple layers to produce stunningly original, interleaved images. Jay extends his multi-layered approach to encaustic mixed media creations. He cooks his own recipes off beeswax and damar resin to produce an exquisite patina when combined with photographs.
Martha Ressler—Martha sees her quilts as impressions of place—real or imagined. She likes to include items discarded by humans as a kind of archeological thumbprint. An object discarded or lost might merge with pages of timeworn books or sheet music, or swatches of rescued embroidery, linens or clothing. Along with “found images” and fabrics, they are reborn in a stitched story about human imprints on the earth, evidence of new and old secrets there to be discovered or imagined. Martha is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and her main method of construction is called “raw edge applique.”
Gail Savage—Gail has been painting and drawing for her whole life. She has been learning by close observation of the birds and animals that share her woodland home in the heart of the Blue Mountains. “I am an artist who spends a lot of time in the woods. I poke around. I turn things over, but mostly I just observe. No matter what chaos is going onin the human world, life goes on in the woods, busy, quiet, and mostly unnoticed. Painting the birds and small animals that I love allows me to study the miracle that is nature, and if a viewer feels that kinship I have done my job. There is no hidden meaning in my art. I love my subjects and all I ask isthat you see what I see … delight in the wonders in nature … and be charmed by the gentle resident of Savage Woods. Visit gailsavagepainted, and Facebook page, Gail Savage Nature Art.
Carol Sumner—Since 2005, Carol has been exploring with watercolors, acrylic, and collage. Recently, her focus is abstract mixed media with texture and bright colors. Carol has taken numerous courses and workshops at The GoggleWorks and The Yocum Institute for Art Education. She has won several local awards and been accepted in the Berks Art Alliance juried show at Reading Museum and the Art Gallery . Art has opened Carol’s heart and mind and given her permission to be a risk taker.
Sam Waters – Photography has been a meaningful expression of creativity for Sam, since the birth of his first child nearly 40 years ago. In the last decade, however, an art form has emerged as Sam’s photos have evolved into unique and one-of-a-kind designs. In an ever-surprising world that Sam not only captures nature in all its beauty and splendor, but then takes that image and artistically makes it his own. The photo-art speaks for itself and from nature’s origins evolves a medium of clever twists and turns. Sam believes this creative expression is a gift from God and anything good found in his work begins with that inspiration. For Sam, it has become a wonderful form of worship. He is founder and executive director of Still Water Ministries, a no-cost counseling agency serving the Berks, Chester and Lancaster Counties. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia with a M.A in Counseling and Personnel Services. Sam resides with his wife in Morgantown.

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