Susquehanna River Arts
Grounded in the belief that art shapes both the spirit and vitality of a community; the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau created Susquehanna River Arts. By showcasing the works of our local artists, the Susquehanna River Arts project not only highlights the cultural assets of our region, but fosters an appreciation of both our communities and our heritage.
Attend Susquehanna River Arts ReceptionsDownload the SRA Rack Card by clicking here!
Saturday, August 2, 2014
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visit our booth during this annual artist celebration!
Center Street, Downtown Bloomsburg, PA 17815
- Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Noon – 5 p.m.
Join our artists “in the open air” at O’Donnell Winery for an afternoon of art, wine, music and food. Watch them work on their various mediums including fiber, clay, paint and calligraphy. Tasty fare from Smokehouse Bar-B-Q in Benton will be available for purchase. O’Donnell Winery will provide the perfect wine pairings to sip and savor while you listen to smooth jazz music by Jay Vonada.
O’Donnell Winery, 25 Hayes Road, Berwick, PA, 18603
- Art Walk-In
Thursday, February 19, 2015
4pm – 8pm
Visit our booth during this annual artist celebration!
Caldwell Consistory, 150 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
- Peking Acrobats – Kick Off to the Open Studio Tour
Saturday, April 4, 2015
1-2 p.m. Free exhibit featuring artwork by our Susquehanna River Arts artists.
You won’t want to miss the act the New York Post calls “pushing the envelope of human possibility … Pure artistry!” The Peking Acrobats set the world record for the Human Chair Stack on Fox’s Guinness Book Premiere where they astounded television audiences with their bravery and dexterity as they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs, 21 feet up in the air, without safety lines! Join us for a free reception after the show where you’ll be dazzled by magician Brent Kessler and enjoy kid-friendly refreshments while viewing our artists’ works.
The Weis Center at Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837
- Susquehanna River Arts Open Studio Tour
April 11-12, 2015
Drive through the spring landscape of Columbia and Montour counties while visiting the Susquehanna River Artists participating in our 4th annual Open Studio Tour
Various locations in Columbia & Montour counties
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Enjoy a Taste of Columbia & Montour Counties while viewing local artwork!
1307 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701
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A cooperative project between the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, the Susquehanna River Arts Artists and the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series brought together 19 of the Susquehanna River Arts Artists who’ve created 18 individual tiles that together created the vision, CONFLUENCE. Click here for more detailed information, video and photos of this 7’ X 62’ project.
Meet the Susquehanna River Arts Artists
Dave has been photographing since 1990. Dave's love of nature and outdoor activities such as mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking and skiing have inspired Dave's images of nature. Often Dave is drawn to bold and empowering subjects for the focus of his images. Sometimes turning delicate objects into the main subject creates a more powerful image. While viewing Dave's images, the viewer should not be afraid to seek and interpret his or her own personal metaphors within each work. To Dave, photography is a medium that is personal, metaphysical, existential and poetic all at once and he encourages everyone to look within to find their own artistic truths. Each image is more then just an image if you take the time to look. Besides note cards Dave also offers wall art custom printed in almost any size you may desire. Follow Me on Facebook!
After 20 years of making pots professionally, I still find this life very satisfying. I see the shelves in my studio fill up with mugs, bowls, pitchers, casserole dishes, knowing that eventually someone will be enjoying these pieces—someone who shares my ideas about the importance of using a beautiful pot for even the most mundane activities like morning coffee. While the bulk of my work is functional, I have also developed more decorative pieces. These sculptural vessels, tiles, and vases spring from the patterns of sand, waves, tree bark, and clouds; they require significant amounts time and thought to create. I throw each piece on the wheel and then carve away the soft clay to form a series of ridges. For every pot, I use several glazes, intensifying the vibrant colors. As I continue to grow and my life changes, so does my work. I look forward to the next stage, even as I wonder what it will be. Follow me on Facebook!
Gail “Annie” BarnhardtPainting
From Rochester Institute of Technology I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and my Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking. Currently my focus is painting, pencil drawings, lettering, and artist books. My exploration of "faces and places" continues to evolve. I delight in the unexpected surprises found in marrying reality and abstraction. I welcome commissions. I may be reached at 854-1352 and in my Moose Exchange studio, 2nd floor, on Fridays from 5-8 p.m. or by appointment.
Heidi D. BrandtPysanka
A pysanka is an egg decorated using a wax-resist method with traditional Ukrainian folk design. I began this art form, initially with no previous knowledge of the art. Not being of Ukrainian descent, a church friend introduced me to this art. Moving beyond just the pysanka, anything can be an inspiration. The process begins by selecting the designs for the egg, then moving on to the colors to match the designs. When lighting the candle for the first time to begin an egg, the excitement begins. Laying down the first bead of wax is like a promise committing to the egg, the design, the process, and the beauty of the art. Each time the flame is extinguished, the aroma of the smoke fills the air, it pulls me from a time of concentration and leads me on through the process. When the waxing is completed, removal of the wax is like a symphony. As I rub the hot, wet, wax from the egg, the brilliant colors begin to sing, and rise to a crescendo when the egg is finally seen in the entirety of the pysanka. For me, the process does not stop there. When friends and family members choose an egg from the collection, I want to know what drew them to that egg. Was it the colors, the design, or how they go together to make the pysanka complete? Through the years I have become familiar with the folk designs of the Ukrainian folks, and if friends have chosen a traditional design, I like to share the history with them. Or, if the selection was a design of my own, from where my inspiration came. Each Lenten season, the eggs, kystka, wax, and flame beckon me, to once again, create the symphony.
I have been photographer and instructor since birth. Not really, but at least for the last 30+ years. When not working in my studio, Premier Studios in Danville, PA that produces consumer and commercial photography, I indulge in my hobby – photography. My “fine” photography utilizes most traditional and contemporary photographic tools. I especially like working with larger format cameras and the silver process. My images are mostly natural abstractions, landscapes, historic architecture or cultural studies. I have been blessed to have traveled extensively. I additionally instruct numerous photographic workshops annually. My work is handled by Artspace Gallery in Bloomsburg, PA or on line at: rhbphoto.com. Follow me on Facebook!
I have always felt an urge to be able to understand other people and to see life from their various perspectives. This is the basis of my art. Seeking to understand those that appear to be furthest from me - those who live in worlds far from mine, worlds where different norms and rules prevail, this informs and inspires my photographic art. I am constantly drawn to places and situations where I can challenge myself; where I can explore my curiosities and live out my fears. Allowing for that challenge, photography makes me confront myself through people I do not immediately understand. And that confrontation yields a better understanding of both my subjects and myself. This had held true for me for many years and has prompted me to create three large bodies of works. Antique Dealers and their Objects, Faces of the Homeless, and Old Order Amish and Mennonites. My art production has taken on many forms and styles over my career. I have made work in both two and three dimensions and exhibited both nationally and internationally.
I wanted to paint for years, but didn’t find the courage to begin until my 50th birthday. A coworker and I were reviewing our “bucket lists,” and found that we had one in common…painting. So we gave each other the courage and encouragement to begin. Our vice president, a former art instructor, allowed us to paint in the conference room after work. So we stayed after work and painted one night a week for about two years, until she moved, and it wasn’t feasible for her to stay after work. Other than three lessons, I am a self-taught artist. I love capturing beautiful scenes, and began by painting traditional landscapes and seascapes, using oils. Since I’m also employed full-time, my work is done in my home studio from photo references. In addition to photos taken by digital camera (I carry it everywhere), friends and family have been very generous in providing vacation photos as a resource for new material. One of the critiques of my earlier work was that I tried to include too much detail. So in order to become less detail-oriented, I began experimenting with abstracts, and really like the freedom this style of painting provides. I also began using acrylic paints, which force me to paint much more quickly than when using oils. Although the abstracts are my most recent work, I’ll continue to paint from the photos that “call” to me, whether it’s a beautiful view or a beloved family member.
Melanie Pacoli EckWatercolor
From my early childhood memories, I remember doodling a lot. When I started going to school, my teachers reprimanded me for adorning my books and test papers with drawings until they gave up stopping my compulsion. Even when I reviewed for my CPA board exam, nobody cared to borrow my review materials which I naturally covered with drawings. I have always had this whispering in my soul to draw or paint and yet, the sensible me didn’t follow that calling. The closest I skirmished with it was finishing another degree and choosing Interior Design over Fine Arts, thinking I was assured of payment for my interior design drawings. In 2006, my Mom commissioned me to paint, wanting to pay me rather than buy from a gallery in the mall. So, what I thought I would dabble with in my twilight years, I ended up starting a little earlier. I am self-taught. I skimmed over two watercolor books before I bought my first materials. Then, impatient to follow step by step instructions, I just went ahead, held my breath and painted. I showed my first two paintings to my friends and family before I gave it to Mom and they were amazed at what I can do. I was dumbfounded myself. In the next years, I painted some, but I was still unsure of my path. When 2013 came, I finally realized I cannot escape it anymore. And since making the commitment, in 11 months, I finished 8 watercolor paintings. For the first time, I dared to come out to be judged and presented my paintings to the artist members of Artspace Gallery in Bloomsburg. It was one of the happiest days of my life to be praised for my work by seasoned and supportive artists and to be granted a 2015 exhibit slot. Painting fills me up and completes me. I still can’t explain how I do it. Poised to start, I would look at my penciled subject, lift my brush and just dedicate it to God, my source. I go through a mix of fear of making a mistake, frustration, carefreeness, satisfaction and exhilaration. And it is a great journey each time. For years, I have been seeking what my purpose was. Now, I am at peace knowing that my life’s contribution is my artwork. It is when I create that I celebrate who I am.
Being born in this beautiful are of PA has certainly influenced my art. I spent my childhood summers at my grandparents cottage on the Isle of Que. This is where my love of nature, Indians and antiques came into being. Most of the subjects that I draw and paint are from memories of those days. As a self taught artist, I have developed my own style and technique.
Gail Foxgraphite drawings
Gail Fox is primarily self-taught and has taken classes from various artists. Her long time love of horses and equine graphite drawings prompted her to begin sketching in late 2003. Plein air painting in the Pennsylvania countryside is one of her favorite experiences as an artist. Another rewarding pleasure has been exhibits such as Canton Apple and Cheese Festival, Forksville Fall Festival, North Mountain Art League exhibits, Bald Eagle Art League exhibits and various others. Her love for all-things-natural is captured in her art, jewelry and personality.
Drawing is the first concentrated effort in the search to find what is essential in form. It is a search for the hidden constructs in nature, and becomes a pathway that leads to seeing beyond tangible and physical realities. In other words, drawing something is a way of seeing something in its deepest essence. I like to think that teaching drawing is a way of showing others how to love nature and the world and to see its beauty and form, rather than teaching someone to look at the world so that they may learn to draw. Follow me on Facebook!
My artwork originates from my graphic design background along with my years of experience with the computer and software I use everyday at my printing business. My early influences were comic books and Saturday morning TV cartoons. I was especially drawn to the style and humor of Don Martin of Mad Magazine. Some of my pieces reflect the sense of humor I developed from not only Don Martin, but also National Lampoon Magazine and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Most of my art begins with a digital photograph and I manipulate it with Photoshop to create something resembling a painting or other hand-drawn design. Other pieces are montages of found old photographs or my own photos put together to create a thought provoking journey through my created space. My goal is to continue exploring the possibilities that can be realized through the combination of my imagination, sense of humor, and the tools at my command.
Abigail Smith KurecianCeramics
One of the jewels of the Sonoran desert is the Chiricahua National Monument. This forest of rock spires and monoliths was eroded from layers of ash deposited 27 million years ago by the Turkey Creek Volcano. The naturally-occurring erosion process, which created this “Wonderland of Rocks”, is evident in my personal styling techniques. My functional pieces take life on my wheel. However, much like the winds and rains on Turkey Creek’s volcanic ash, my works take on their distinctive shape, texture and personality afterwards - through a series of sometimes delicate, sometimes dramatic hand-altering techniques. Follow me on Facebook!
As the spouse of a fine artist, I have enjoyed the art world from many sides. With semi-retirement from the accounting field I have developed a passion for fiber arts centered mainly on quilting art. My pieces vary from traditional quilting to colorful picture quilts. No two items are ever alike as they stem from my eclectic imagination. I have ventured occasionally into the realm of acrylic painting. I am a member of the North Mountain Art League and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and have participated in exhibits in the Moose Exchange, the Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg, and in Shamokin. My works have also taken awards in two Challenge Quilt Competitions. Follow me on Facebook!
Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, his major interest has always been art. His first formal studies in art took place in commercial art courses at the vo-tech school in his area, during his high school years. After graduation he set up his first studio and gallery in St. Peter’s Village in Chester County, where he pursued oil painting and string art. He attended the Barnes Foundation School of Horticulture and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he studied oil painting. Richard’s passion is oil painting, particularly steam locomotives, landscapes, and fittingly day lilies. Sizes start at 5” square to 6’ by 8’. His latest works have been inspired by trips to Colorado and Wyoming and the influence of his favorite artists of the American West. Another art pursuit has been Sand-etched glass designs. Exhibits: Yellow Springs Annual Art Show, Berks Art Alliance, Pottstown Art Guild, West Chester Art Association, Southeast Wildlife Exhibition, Hay Creek Fall Festival, Juried shows with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, The Moose Exchange, North Mountain Art League, Art Walk in Bloomsburg, Art Fest in Bloomsburg, Scenic River Days in Reading, Peddler’s Village in New Hope, Covered Bridge Festival and others. Follow me on Facebook!
Fibers and fabric have been a lifelong passion for me. As a young girl I was taught to sew, crochet, knit and do needlework in addition to the seemingly endless task of being required to make potholders for Christmas gifts. Studying art history and anthropology in college broadened my textile horizons beyond the more mundane and domestic textile possibilities. Gradually I expanded into hand weaving and natural dyeing of yarns. After studying design and textile technology for two years, I began working at Bloomsburg mills as a textile designer. For 25 years I worked at the mill eventually in charge of the research and design department and becoming part of it’s 120 year textile tradition. I continue to do some weaving but have recently concentrated on printing on fabric using a variety of techniques including inkjet printing. The digital world has opened new possibilities but the real love is still of the fabric and fibers that I began with many years ago.
Jeffery Edward McGreevyBloomsburg, PA
I am happiest when my hands and mind are busy. Simple thoughts and scribbled daydreams evolve into a fury of physical process and fine craftsmanship. At a young age I realized the power of art and its ability to speak beyond language and nationality. It intrigued me to work with it's energy. An inspired view of nature and her oddities play muse to my expression. Carefully chosen vantage points reveal spectacular views and small worlds. I combine elements of texture and color to make the eye wonder. Subtle details exist for those whom insist on a closer look. With an open heart and mind, you can drift into my paintings and explore feelings not yet experienced. I get a particular joy when I display my work in public and people of all walks of life stop, and say "Wow!". Intrigued by my choice of color and form, their attention is grabbed as they gaze curiously at my creations. I smile as I recall the struggles and the joy that go into each piece. I am my work, and this is how I communicate. Follow me on Facebook!
The quilting arts have caught me hook, line, and sinker. They have provided a vehicle for expressing my inner thoughts visually, yet still silently. My work says so much more than I ever would. Much of it is small and therefore intricate. I find striving for perfection in technique much more attainable in a small format. I create my original work using a combination of techniques. I quilt and embellish both by hand and machine, often hand painting designs I’ve free-motion machine stitched on plain muslin. Follow me on Facebook!
I am a self-taught artist and have been painting for 25 years. My main focus is oil painting landscapes and florals in an abstract/impressionistic form. I also do some water colors, digital photography, and sculpture. Art for me is a journey that consists of not being afraid to try many different techniques and ways of expressing myself through my work. I believe that you should go your own direction with your art and not let others place you in a box. Don’t be afraid to experiment. I admire a lot of artist’s work, but I don’t want to paint like them. I want people to look at my work and know it was done my Larry Ney II, not a copy of someone else’s style. I am proud of my accomplishments and work hard to promote them whenever possible. I work in two locations--a studio in my home as well as the Bloomsburg Moose Exchange where I offer my paintings for sale as well as offering oil painting classes. I hold regular Exchange studio hours on Thursday evenings, Saturday, some Sundays, and also by appointment. Follow me on Facebook!
Dave StableyPaintings and Clay
My artwork is a reflection of my attempt at understanding our connection, as human beings, to the many worlds we occupy. When we dream, fantasize, consider our place in the ever expanding universe, or merely interact with our immediate physical world, we are doing so at many different levels. There is a blurring of distinction of what is, what was and what shall be. Our thoughts, feelings and interactions are actually composed of many layers and fragments, stories within stories. My overlapping of images, shapes, color and textures portray these worlds within worlds. I invite the viewer in to explore and experience them, adding yet another layer of connectedness to what already is.
I have been working as a professional artist since 1984 when my husband and I formed Creative Clay Works. In my long relationship with crafts, I have worked predominantly in clay, with an occasional foray into mixed media. My directions and methods have changed over the years, but my pieces usually contain a whimsical energy. I love to work with color and feel it both positive and healing. The natural world is often an inspiration for my work. I have vegetable and flower gardens and spend a great deal of time in the woods that we live in. I have dogs and a cat and grown children and work in my studio in our home. I have been active in promoting the arts in our community and am a member of our local cooperative arts gallery. I support local causes with and through my art. My current body of work includes decorative and functional ceramic forms. I hand build them with an earthenware clay body. When the pieces are bone dry, I paint on the images with underglazes and overglazes and the pieces are then coated with a clear glaze. I layer color in such a way to create a sense of depth and interest. The pieces are fired in an electric kiln, at least twice. The possibilities of creating with clay are endless. I look forward to future exploration in my ceramic studio as well as with other artistic mediums.
Pamela McHenry ThomasPastels & Calligraphy
Creating art, for me, has always been as natural and as necessary as breathing. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil and have never stopped! I have always been fascinated with letterforms and began doing calligraphy in college. I did design for a company that manufactured emblems for jackets and I hand painted signs, as well as doing custom calligraphy, before getting into pastels with an informal group called the Barn Painters. Through my pastel pieces, I like to touch the heart of the viewer with everyday places and objects that evoke a sense of nostalgia or longing for the simpler life. Living in the country affords endless opportunities to see the unremarkable as wondrous. My fondness for clotheslines led to my business name and a series of paintings, each one telling its own story. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures and recently have been putting some photographs together with quotes or poetry in calligraphy. I’ve had several solo shows, as well as ongoing exhibits at some local businesses, and through membership with the North Mountain Art League, I’ve participated in shows at various venues. I sell original pastels and calligraphy as well as limited edition prints and welcome commission work. To quote John Updike, “what art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.” I couldn’t say it any better. Follow me on Facebook!
Pottery is the artistic area that holds my interest. I create clay pieces from my imagination using both hand and wheel techniques. My efforts are more artistic than functional. For over 20 years, I have been evolving my range of expertise with various clays and glazes through continued experimentation. It is that aspect of pottery as well as the earthy feel of the whole process that holds my attention to this art form. Combining that with the opportunity to teach others, mostly through show more than tell, makes pottery special for me and is a continued method of physical and mental stroke therapy. The act of pottery creation has become a stress relieving and rewarding occupation.
I've always had an insatiable curiosity about things and I love doing just about anything as long as I learn something from it. To me, art is a means of exploration — a search for information driven by my thirst for knowledge. In much the same way that an infant explores objects with his mouth in order to have a better understanding of what things are and how they work, I explore things with my pencil or brush. My artworks are really just a byproduct, rather than the desired goal or end point. I never seriously considered the possibility of one day making a career out of art, until one day in junior high. I had been drawing in class, as I usually did. (I seemed to absorb more information that way than I did with traditional note taking; none of my teachers ever understood or believed that for some reason.) All of a sudden, the teacher, who had a reputation for his very short and very heated temper, came flying back the aisle and took my drawing pad. He started to say something in anger but stopped himself short as his eyes locked on the rendering of a nude woman. After staring at the piece for a moment, he exclaimed, "Damn, son! If you're not an artist when you grow up, then you're a freakin' idiot!" and actually handed back my drawing pad (keeping the nude) and asked me to see him after class. So, after two years in art school and more than twenty years as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, including eight years active duty in the U.S. Army as a "Multimedia Illustrator" (and the PA Army National Guard ever since), I've expanded my tools for exploration to include a lot more than just drawing. I still have so much to learn, but I feel that I also have a lot to share. I am still strongly driven in my search for knowledge and I hope that I never lose my curiosity as that is the essence of my work. Follow me on Facebook!
Shene WoodleyAcrylic and Ink Paintings, Mixed Media, Custom Design Stained Glass, Digital Paintings, Photography
shene@ArtByShene.com Shene Woodley -"Art is an unbounded medium of expression; a potent instrument for communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings. Art enables us to see, hear, feel and speak. The power of art is its ability to evoke a unique emotional response; the gift of art is the personal and intimate connection that develops as a result." Shene Woodley is a visual artist residing in the beautiful mountains and rolling hills of Bloomsburg, PA. She is a mother and wife of over 20 years. As an artist, Shene finds inspiration in the area’s natural beauty, as well as its diverse and talented artist community. Shene recognizes her artistic ability to 'see' and 'express' as a gift meant to be shared with others. She is focused on her artistic endeavors, always seeking to challenge her creativity and explore new avenues to fulfill her artistic desires. Shene enjoys fine-art painting, custom designed stained glass, digital paintings, illustration, photography and more. She is always eager to learn and explore new mediums, as well. Shene has a unique style reflecting her passionate view of life. Her art is expressive; utilizing vivid colors, bold lines and texture to emit strong emotions and feelings. Shene is also an analytical thinker, often evident in her use of shapes and patterns. Shene finds the most rewarding aspect of art is its potential to stir an emotional response and connection with others. She believes when an individual develops their own personal insight and relationship with a piece of artwork, it develops to its fullest potential, no longer belonging to just the one who created it. Shene has both commercial art and fine-art experience; formal education in the commercial arts and primarily self-taught in the fine arts. She is an active member of the North Mountain Art League. Follow me on Facebook!
Susquehanna River Arts Membership
Interested in becoming a member of the Susquehanna River Arts Artist group? Download our application! Susquehanna River Arts 2013-2014 Application (217)