Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bill Perry

            “As far back as I can remember I was interested in drawing and making things with my hands. In high school I received a scholarship to study painting at The Artists League of Ligonier Valley in Rector, PA. I earned a B.S. in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and continued to paint, mostly in oils, throughout my undergraduate days. My first teaching assignment was in Aliquippa, and I loved it. I had so much more freedom than my colleagues in deciding my curriculum, and, as a result, teaching was always challenging and exciting. In 1998 I retired from public school teaching and once again turned my attention to watercolors. Painting is, for me, an ongoing process. I have conducted workshops recently with the Indiana Art Association. Currently, I am conducting a series of workshops with the Tarentum Art Association."
                                                                                                -Bill Perry


Bill is the only painter in The Artists Hand Gallery to work in two different mediums; both his watercolors and oil paintings are executed with striking skill. His mastery extends from landscapes, to seascapes, to flowers, to faces. His scale is as various as his subjects; while his portraits are life sized, flower studies are magnified and landscapes are scaled down to create the perfectly sized piece for any room.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


            Linda Strawcutter has been making jewelry for five years. She enjoys using all different kinds of media for her creations; beads, wire, clay, and old vintage beads and jewelry. She has taught beading at a local store and in her home and has given private lessons. She also enjoys making photo mosaics, oil painting, and watercolors, and loves trying new art media when she gets the opportunity.

      Linda has a gift for creating beautiful and unique pieces from both newly made and found objects. Each one of her works at The Artists Hand Gallery is strikingly distinct, yet is grounded in Linda's flair for the vibrant and mixed media. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

         Ever considered having an art collection? The Artists Hand Gallery is just the place to start! The gallery is now featuring a Collector’s Corner; small works ranging in style, subject, and medium priced from $35 to $75. These valued-priced works are created by artists with larger pieces in our gallery, and provide you with the satisfying feeling of collecting works of art and adding beauty to your life!
        Each time you buy a piece of art, attend a class, rent the space, or even purchase a drink from the espresso bar, you are a contribution to the collection of work that the gallery offers. You become a contribution to the “arts economy” of local artists expressing their vision of the world we live in. This is the loving, soulful work of humankind. It is available   for you to collect, enjoy, and share.

“The man who has honesty, integrity, the love of inquiry, the desire to see beyond is ready to appreciate good art.”
           -Robert Henri, American Impressionist

“It sings to me, it speaks to me, it moves me!”
          -Berry L. Barta, on “Why I Collect Art”


“…collecting art became a part of my life. Each acquisition, purchased or gifted, enriches me far more than its apparent cost.”
     -Brian Jones, artists/educator, owner of           
      The Artists Hand

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

         It’s a busy summer here at The Artists Hand! This month, we are celebrating our two-year anniversary! Check out July’s schedule below and become part of the celebration! Don’t forget that all events are BYOB!

July 4—Closed! We will re-open Saturday the 5th at regular hours. Have a fun and safe holiday!

July 11—Two-year Anniversary party and the public reception of our exhibit, featuring Chuck Battaglini and Chien Ming Su. Striped Maple Hollow will be here with live music, and, as per usual, there will be light refreshments! 6-8pm.

July 17—DI Taste Tour-Downtown Indiana’s Annual Taste & Tour - serves both as a fundraiser for Downtown Indiana, Inc. and offers the opportunity for participating restaurants to showcase specialty foods, introduce themselves to members of the community and thank current customers for their patronage. We will be featuring baked goods from Six Hand Bakery. Tickets can be purchased at the Downtown Indiana office for $30.

July 18Live music is Back! Gordon Glen will perform from 6-8pm. They offer a unique blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Irish Folk, and whatever tickles their fancy!

July 21-25—Indiana Art Association’s Arts Camp—Junior High/Senior High level. Their works will be shown Friday the 25th at 6:30pm.

July 25—Lit Night will begin at 7pm to allow for the Arts Camp opening at 6:30. It will run till 9pm, and resume regular hours in August. All are welcome!

July 26—Indiana Art Associations’s Beginning Water Color class with Cathy Paterson. From 9am-4pm. For more information, go to