Featured Works By Local Artisans
Since opening in 2008, the Shawnee Gallery has been featuring exhibits and works from all media of fine art including paintings, photography, literature, jewelry, sculptures, and ink printing, with a focus on reaching out to local artisans of all trades. Below are a sampling of some of the artists who have been on display and/or have given a local demonstration hosted by the Shawnee Gallery.
(Artists listed in alphabetical order)
- Karen Bischof
Karen Bischof creates her unique items in The Millefiori Glass Enamel Studio in beautiful Cherry Valley, PA, surrounded by the beauty of nature in her modern, purpose-built studio.Some of Karen Bischof’s past endeavors include making barrettes for New York City designer Colette Malouf. Her line of jewelry has been sold at The Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, and at many craft shows around the Northeast.
- Jone Bush
From throwing a baseball (her first love) to throwing a piece of pottery, it has been a fascinating journey for this Martinsburg, PA native. Jone is a graduate of Morrison Cove High School. She earned degrees in education from West Chester University, Penn State University, and Springfield College. Dr. Bush has spent her professional career working in the field of physical education. She has been a successful teacher, coach, and administrator at the junior and senior high school, college and university level.
Prior to her retirement from East Stroudsburg University, Jone began pursuing her love of art through the medium of watercolor. Then, while enjoying the Florida sun over ten years ago, she enrolled in a beginning pottery class at the Venice Art Center. In the spring of 2002 she found a pottery teacher near her home, and the rest is history. She has now designed her own studio where she makes her own pieces. Her creations have been in galleries in Pittsburgh, Bedford, and Blair counties as well as the Shawnee Gallery. She also sells her work at various fine arts and craft shows throughout the year.Jone has lived in the Pocono Mountain area for over 40 years. Her specialty pieces are hand-built dishes with “Mom’s Lace,” a distinctive pattern based on her mother’s crochet work. Another unique design is her “carved tree vessels.” The windblown trees are individually drawn and on one-of-a-kind pieces thrown on a potter’s wheel. She has created a large variety of sizes and shapes that are all functional, food- and dishwasher-safe, and microwaveable.She has helped people preserve some of their family heirlooms in clay, just as she has done with Mom’s Lace. It is a wonderful gift idea.
- Gary Embich
Saylorsbug, PA watercolor artist Gary Embich paints wildlife, landscapes, flowers, teacups, heirloom paintings, and house portraits. He also teaches classes in drawing, watercolor, and other art skills in his Saylorsburg studio, Sun Oak Arts. “When I teach, I like to teach my students, young and old, how to see the world around them through new eyes. I care about our world and its environment and have a close relationship with God, the Creator. That respect is one of the reasons I like landscapes and wildlife painting.”Gary is a 1968 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Advertising and Illustration. He worked in the Design Group of American Can Company in Easton, PA, served with the United States Army in Korea and resumed his art career at American Can’s Dixie Division. He eventually became the manager of the Graphics Department of Georgia Pacific Corporation until retiring in 2004.A 42-year resident of Saylorsburg, Gary lives with his wife, Nancy, and three cats. They travel all over the United States where Nancy does the photographic reference for Gary’s paintings.Gary is a member of the Pocono Mountains Art Group, Pocono Arts Council, Carbon County Art League, and a juried member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society.
- Nancy Embich
West End resident Nancy Embich combines her talents of music and photography into a new line of artwork called Flowersong Photography. When not teaching piano in her home studio, she can be found working in her extensive gardens and ponds or capturing nature with her camera.Born in western PA, Nancy received her first camera at the age of seven and has been behind the camera lens ever since.The Embichs are 42-year residents of Saylorsburg and raised four daughters who graduated from the Pleasant Valley school system. Sharing the love of nature with her husband Gary, Nancy does all the photographic references for his watercolor art. They have traveled all over the United States.Aside from traveling, their ten grandchildren and three family cats make perfect subject matter for interesting photographs.Nancy is a member of the Pocono Mountains Art Group and Carbon County Art League and her photography can be viewed at their home studio, SUN OAK ARTS, in Saylorsburg. For more information or to visit the studio, please call (570) 992-7007.
- Rick Faas
Local Landscape Photographer. View website
- Bill Hobbs
Local Landscape Oils on Canvas – Bill Hobbs envisions his art as a continuation and extension of the 19th century American Seascape and Landscape traditions known of as the Hudson River School. Molded by inspiration from such classic painters as Frederick Church and John Frederick Kensett, Hobbs seeks to move the viewer by the intense power of the natural world. Like the Hudson River School artists, Hobbs has grown skillful at depicting distance with the subtle moods created by atmosphere and lighting.
- Frank Joest
Frank Joest’s formal art training began at Music and Art High School in New York and The Academy of Creative Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany. He received his Pedagogic Degree from the University of Creative Arts, Berlin, Germany. Joest taught art in Berlin, Washington, D.C., Miami and the Poconos. He owned and operated an art gallery in Rockville, MD. He exhibited his art throughout Europe and the US and had one-man exhibits in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Florida and several cities in Germany. He received a fellowship to paint in Venice, Italy and created an 18 foot metal sculpture to honor Professor Whitenight. The sculpture stands outside the Koehler Fieldhouse at ESU.Joest spent his life working in painting, graphics, sculpture and pottery. He has been papercutting since 1987 and is a juried member in Papercutting of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Joest can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mary Ann Kirchhoff
Mary Ann Kirchhoff has been spinning and weaving for over 25 years. She is a native of Pennsylvania and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Far East. Mary Ann has studied textile arts throughout the world where she has developed many of the techniques she uses in her work. She is a graduate of Park College in Missouri with a degree in Business Administration but her real love and work has been in the textile arts, which she has been involved in most of her life.Mary Ann is presently living in the area where she spins and weaves using a variety of fibers. One of the fibers is the fleece from the Angora Goats at Slateford Farm, which is a part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, with a long historical significance to Pennsylvania. She demonstrates and teaches spinning and weaving and produces a number of items which she offers for sale.Mary Ann develops her hand spun and handwoven items to convey the natural beauty and softness of the fibers. She tries to achieve an elegance of design through the simplicity of her work and natural beauty of the fibers she uses.
- Linda Schwartz
Graduating in printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Linda spent the last 10 years immersed in clay. She finds she uses many printmakers techniques in her approach to ceramics. Pressing into the clay she creates embossed images using type, handmade stamps and found objects. The use of engobes on the textured surfaces borrows from printmaking, and she sometimes work in a series, much like a suite of prints.
- Yanina Siana
Originally from Kiev, Yanina creates limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry from seeded pearls and semi-precious stones in a variety of styles from understated elegance to, well, elegant. Many of the pearls are seeded from specific shapes like diamonds or ovals where the individual pearls are similar but unique with an eye to combining colors, shapes and textures to create truly stunning jewelry. Yanina also hand-knits woolen clothing accessories like hand-warmers, socks and hats.
- Kathleen Sweeney
Bio coming soon!
- Cullen Yates
Cullen Yates achieved national prominence as a landscape painter during his lifetime. A native of Bryan, OH, Yates studied in New York and Paris, moving to Shawnee in 1908. His 1908 painting “March Day, Shawnee” was exhibited at the National Academy show and sold for $800, a grand sum at that time. The Shawnee Gallery features seven original Cullen Yates oil paintings on display, and another hangs at the Historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort on the landing of the inside main staircase.
- Lauren Stoy Bio coming soon!
- Ron Crank Bio coming soon!
- Jim Smeltz Bio coming soon!
- Andrea Loggins Bio coming soon!