See thirteen artists located at the Sergeantsville Firehouse Event Center.
Located in his childhood hometown of Audubon NJ self-taught artist Mark Bair pursues his craft of woodcarving. Growing up around his mother’s art studio it wasn’t a stretch for him to have a passion for art and fine craft. Mark has been hand carving heirloom quality, whimsical and figurative art for over twenty years now. Each work is hand carved using traditional carving tools. The work is then hand painted and finished with hand rubbed oil to give it an aged warm look. His subject matter is mostly figurative with an eye towards whimsy.
Jerry Bennett is a key figure in what he terms the exploding field of paper clay. He works uniquely, combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements of both paper porcelain and normal clay bodies. His work is in many galleries and museums throughout the world. Bennett is a resident artist at the Philadelphia Clay Studio, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana in 1975. Bennett has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the United States. In 2005, he was an honored guest at the first International Paper Clay Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. In 2012 he was the leader of the Second International Paper Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. He is currently an active studio artist in Philadelphia, teaches locally, and runs the Two Rivers Studio.
“Inspiration from nature and respect for the divine feminine mystique provides most of the imagery in my work,” says Bucks County jewelry artist Diana Contine of Dakota Moon. She finely crafts fine silver with colorful accents of gemstones, pearls and 22k gold to achieve balance and wholeness. “My love of nature and beauty provides endless ideas. My pieces are more than wearable art. They are meditations on the spirit of beauty.”
Sheila’s inspiration continues to come from the plants, leaves, flowers and creatures in her garden, which continues to fill her with delight throughout the changing seasons. Discovering a stand of skunk cabbage leaves besides her stream has become a source of large textured platters for birdbaths or tables. Painted flowers decorate her bowls and sculptures, and ceramic birds can fly over flower beds or sit with open wings on a shelf. The possibilities are endless with Sheila’s creativity!
Lynn Ebeling’s hand-woven baskets are inspired by nature. Lynn embellishes natural materials including traditional reeds of various dimensions, textures and colors with antlers, bones, beads, leather and wood. Her color accents and varied patterns add a touch of fun and whimsy to this traditional craft, giving each unique basket its own personality.
Sheila Fernekes compares designing her art jewelry to composing music. Inspired by dynamic rhythms and harmonic progressions, she integrates her signature multi-layered bead weaving with polymer clay, wire, semiprecious stones, and non-traditional materials to create elegant compositions that are easy to wear and effortlessly bold.
Carol Lee Heisler of Lorac Designs is an imaginative quilter driven by her passion for self-expression through fabric. Her works are noted for their unique style, elegance, and technique that blends precise realism with abstract expressionism. Her use of vibrant colors and strong lines make her work an excellent choice for a wide range of projects and purposes. Carol is accomplished in using traditional methods as well as modern technique. Her quilts have been featured in magazines and galleries across the nation. Carol loves to express her vision through art, she is also adept at creating commercial works and readily communicates the vision of her clientele.
Bernard Hohlfeld creates functional and artistic work in his Roundwood Studio in Doylestown PA. His artistic woodturning explores a wide range of styles. Much of his work is pierced, carved or airbrushed to add color and texture. His salad bowls are each made from one solid piece of wood, and are twice-turned to make them stable and of heirloom quality. Bernard’s current work combines burl wood and resin to create unique pieces.
Drew’s interest and career in glass began with Peggy Karr Glass (Randolph, NJ) where he practiced the art of slumping and fusing glass into beautiful, yet functional glassware. He continued his quest to explore glass media through creating ornamental beadwork at Fine Line Glass Studio (Breckenridge, CO), under the supervision of Master Glassblower Kerry Feldman. Upon returning to the East Coast his career ambition led to securing an apprenticeship with Master Glassblower Doug Merritt and Stephen Smarr of Vandermark Merritt Glass Studios, Inc. (Branchburg, NJ). While working with Vandermark for 10 years, Drew honed his skills in creating cased floral designs, as well as traditional, colonial reproduction, and art nouveau blown glass.
Don Schoenleber thinks of photography as an accumulative experience, a never-ending journey of refinement.
The more he works at it, the more he sees the world around him. It makes him slow down and appreciate nuances. The time of day. The color of the light. Don’s first choice is early morning. It’s warm, soft directional light brings out the landscape’s form and texture. His photographs in around Bucks and Hunterdon County explore traditional and abstract approaches to landscape. It's often the less obvious bits of nature and man-made form that he finds most appealing. For Don, it’s a combination of camera and imagination: Nature, Form, Light, Lines, Texture, Shapes and Shadows.
Amy Turner is a lifetime resident of Bucks County. She has been weaving for 45 years, and exhibiting and selling for 30 years. The design of her wearable items, scarves, shawls, and jackets focus on color and yarn textures. Amy has been revisiting some favorite techniques, using hand painted warp threads, tapestry inlay designs, inlaid glass beads and many hand dyed yarns to create unique one of a kind pieces.
Helena lives in Bucks County, Pa. and loves to roam the surrounding countryside on both sides of the Delaware River to find the subjects for her pastels and oils. Animals, flowers and farms give her a variety of choices. Working both en plein-air and in the studio, she tries to capture that opportune moment when the light reveals her motif at its best.
Each of Ellie Wyeth’s floor cloths is a unique, one-of-a-kind original painting on durable canvas designed to last. Subjects include birds, fish, animals, landscape, flowers, still life and patterns in a variety of sizes that enliven floors in kitchens, pantries, porches, front halls, hallways, bathrooms and anywhere that could use something fun and colorful. Each floorcloth is layered with several coats of acrylic and latex paint, polyurethane, and have non-skid padding on the back. Ellie also offers laminated placemats, individually handcrafted from limited editions prints of her original illustrations.