Friday, September 27, 2013

Victoria Dicken

Victoria Dicken, a native of Indiana County graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design.  She has been in the photographic industry for 20 years and has traveled the world teaching photographers and retouchers the art of digital retouching and illustration.  She presently lives in Northern Indiana County with her husband and three boys.  The beauty of her farm and fiber related prints, note cards and bookmarks shouldn't be missed.

Photo Illustration

Victoria has taken photography illustration to a whole new level with this piece.  The manipulation of the colors in a sepia tone is what makes this work exceptional.  The content, design, color and angle makes me want to go back to the days of the 1860's when the building was built.  This would make a great addition to anyone's home who loves that old-time feel or wants a piece of  Indiana University of Pennsylvania history. 

Look at this work representing history along with many other great pieces in the Gallery along with our great treats and delicious coffee made by our very own baristas!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Coming Up In October

 Fall officially arrives on Sunday and we are looking to October. We have a full line up for our Friday Night music hours, classes for kids of all ages, and Homecoming!

  • Live Music Friday Nights 
    • October 4; Perennial favorite Al Craige plays for the Potters Tour Opening
    • October 11; Brad Yoder, for an Encore visit from Pittsburgh Come listen to some great acoustic originals
    • October 18; Unplugged - WIUPFM acoustic hour
    • TBA; we're talking to a local folk group STAY TUNED

  • Events
    • Friday, October 4, 6-8 Potters Tour Exhibition Opening

    • Saturday, October 5, 6-8 - Book Signing with Bob Santos
      • Champions in the Wilderness: Fifty-Two Devotional Readings to Guide and Strengthen Emerging Overcomers, by Bob Santos.  Bob Santos has written Champions in the Wlderness based on his own experience of finding God near during seasons when He felt so distant.
    • Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, 10-5 - The Potters Tour 
      • Pick up a map at the Gallery and take a tour of Indiana County while visiting the studios of 11 local potters and guests.

  • Classes
    • Children's Make & Take Workshops, Saturdays 10-11:30 & 12-1:30
      • Cost $20 per child
    • Thursday, October 10 6-8: Eat, Drink, Be Creative with Barb Kubala
      • Bring some snacks and a bottle of your favorite beverage and paint a seascape with Barb.
      • Cost $40 per person
    • Saturday, October 12, 3-5: Photography for Beginners with Ron Juliette
      • What is an F:stop and Why Should I Care?
      • Bring a camera and learn the basics of photography
      • Cost $35 per person
All registration information is available on our website

October is a great time to stop in for a latte or tea at our full service espresso bar.
And don't forget we have great art for sale by local artists!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kaoru Tohara

Kaoru has been teaching photography courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and exhibiting nationally as well as internationally, which includes Tokyo, Canada, and Sweden.  His photographs are silver gelatin prints and archival inkjet prints.  He works in clay and modeling, which he had learned before coming to the United States.

Kaoru Tohara
Tea Pots, Green
Kaorus work is an inspiration.  His Tea Pots are an understatement to beauty that combines function with creation.  The details of the decoration to the simplicity of the form makes this tea pot very desirable. Making this item a find and a work of art! Combining the ceramic clay glazed with a serene green color and the copper metal handle makes this all the more unique and beautiful.  A great piece for any kind of decor, this will be the focal point in any household.

Speaking of tea pots we have delicious tea and coffee at our amazing espresso bar! Come and let one of our baristas make you a cup while you look at all of our fantastic pieces of art!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gregory Jones

...Ansell Adams
Gregory can remember reading this many years ago and how it touched upon what he was trying to convey with his photography.  From the first session in his dark room he built in the basement of his home in the early 70's he knew this would be a love that would last for his lifetime.  He remembers the first image he developed and still looks at that picture after all these years for inspiration.  The guidance he received from his stepfather who was a professional photographer was invaluable. 
Two years ago he retired after 38 years at Indiana Regional Medical Center and is now pursuing landscape and nature photography on a full time basis with his studio located in his home where he does all of his post-production editing, matting and framing.  
When not pursuing the perfect photograph he enjoys gardening, landscaping and riding his motorcycle.  He also works out to stay in shape for those long days on the trail photographing.  
The scenery in Pennsylvania offers much for the photographer to build their craft upon.  At this time, this is the place he is meant to be to develop his craft.

McConnells Mills State Park

At first glance I wasn't sure if this was a painting or photograph.  It is in fact photography.  The image itself looks surreal and as if it's out of a story book.  With it's composition and glorious setting and mysterious qualities who wouldn't want to jump right into this photo? Imagination in hand, you could be anywhere at anytime in this photo and be anyone you'd want to be; the possibilities are endless in this magical work.  From the structure its self, to the hidden spot the photograph is taken from, you can see the detail to getting just the right angle to produce such a grand photograph.  Gregory really knows how to capture what people want and we want more of these fantastic photos!

Come visit us at the Artists Hand and enjoy a cup of coffee from out baristas at the espresso bar, it's definitely worth it!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lora Marsh

Lora Marsh was born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Windber, PA.  She discovered a passion for art at an early age.  As a small child she remembers creating art at home and then putting it in old frames to hang in her room.  The passion continued through high school where she couldn't seem to find enough time to get to the art room.  There, Lora worked on several school murals and was encouraged by her high school art teacher, Mr. Lambert to pursue a career in art.  After high school, she studied art at Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor's degree in Art Education.  Since then Lora has found plenty of time to be in the art room teaching art at United Jr./Sr. high school and of this year at United Elementary School.  Outside the classroom, Lora is a painter.  She loves working in oils and usually works out of her home studio.

Stormy Sea
Acrylic on Canvas

Lora's work entitled "Stormy Sea" instantly makes you rethink life on land.  Seeing the depth and beauty in a painting such as this one makes you believe you're surrounded by the sea. Stormy Sea will make you rethink the saying "after every storm the sun will smile.." This painting really takes that quote and challenges it at a whole other level.  The lighthouse draws your eye into the painting and pulls your attention forward.  The view Lora has captured makes it hard to look away, perfecting the hidden beauty of a storm. This impressive monochromatic painting will make everyone passing by stop to take another look. 

Come to the Artists Hand and check out Lora and many other local artists work, while having a fresh cup of coffee brewed by our own fantastic baristas!