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Dec 4: The Early Mays Annual Holiday Show

Posted on 23 November 2015 (0)

the early mays CoverThe Early Mays blend beautifully layered harmonies in a repertoire of self-crafted songs and traditional Appalachian music that always sets a gentle and kind mood for the holiday season. We look forward to their return and hope that you will all come out and share with us as we unite in compassion and hope for the coming year.

We are providing a delightful variety of celebratory snacks and beverages including Wassail. The event is BYOB as always, of course, so if you have a preferred drink, feel free to bring. If you have a favorite holiday dish/snack you’d like to share, feel free. Please come a little early to enjoy these treats and visit with other guests!

Friday, December 4, 2016  7pm.  $20 Admission, BYOB.  RSVP to the Gallery:  724.452.0539

The Creative’s Way Workshop – Jan 25-Feb 29, 2016

Posted on 23 November 2015 (0)


The Creative’s Way Workshop

When:  Mondays, January 25 through February 29, 1-3pm

Facilitator: J. Sandy Ferrainola


Cost and Registration:

Workshop fee is $120, due at first session January 25th.  Additional $25 fee for one play date and supplies TBD. Register: call or email Sandy to sign up with a $20 deposit: 724-766-0674 or Minimum of 5 participants. Group size is limited to 8.


Participants will “out” the creativity inside of them to fulfill a lifetime passion or perhaps, find a new one.  Join this Creative Circle of peer support to discover or recover your creative life and– in a gallery and center for arts filled with inspiration! Using Julia Cameron’s book as a guide and Sandy’s facilitated process, you will complete tasks in 12 chapters to break through the surface of your resistance in order to experience art and creating in its many forms. A commitment to consciously regard others in the group with respect and without fear of criticism, judgment or competition is expected from all participants.

Sandy’s experience with Ms. Cameron’s course and added informational hand-outs will get you “flowing” in creative and inspirational ideas to express yourself. A personal commitment to complete this six-week workshop will most likely change your outlook on self-expression, and life, if practiced with a sincere desire to confront your inner censors. The spiritual aspect is not referring to religion but the enlightenment one finds flowing through creative energy. An outline of weekly sessions available upon request.

Required book additional:

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self (purchase on-line or Barnes & Nobles approx. $12.00 for paperback edition ISBN#0-87477-694-5 or 9781101156889) This is not the “workbook” which is a companion to The Artist’s Way.  ALSO: Two spiral composition notebooks required before 1st session but at least one will be used immediately.

About Your Workshop Leader:

Sandy Ferrainola is an essayist, novelist and above all, CREATIVE!  Her writing experience spans 50 years with published essays in literary journals, articles in magazines, and horoscope columns in addition to artistic endeavors in photography with a photo poster on display at the Bottlebrush Gallery.  Even with a dozen rejection slips from book publishers for her young adult novel series, Sandy understands there may be dozens more!

As a member of the international Stencil Artisan’s League for 19 years as well as a Board member, Sandy gained insight into group learning and class instruction across America. Her interest in a variety of arts and handcrafts including oil and acrylic painting, collage, decorative arts, fabric arts, ceramics, drawing as well as perennial gardening and “upcycling junk” has led to new discoveries in creativity.  An advocate of Julia Cameron’s many book titles, she anticipates Julia’s upcoming release in April, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Creativity in the Golden Years. Sandy’s favorites: in art, Andy Warhol; in music; David Bowie; in movies; Elf; in colors,  turquoise!  Currently studying Psychology at Butler County Community College, Sandy serves on several local community committees and holds a Pennsylvania license in real estate.

Nov 27: Booksigning by Pat Galbreath!

Posted on 19 November 2015 (0)


Just in time for holiday giving! The Bottlebrush is proud to host local author Patricia Galbreath at a booksigning Friday, Nov 27, from noon-2pm. No charge.

In addition to Pat’s Merry Mouse Church Mouse book series, we also have t-shirts, small mouse toys and stuffed animals for the kids. Come on by and meet this popular and *local* author in person!

About Patricia Galbreath:
Author and great-grandmother Pat Galbreath lives in Western Pennsylvania and is the author of the Merry Mouse Church Mouse book series.

Dec 2: Drumming in Harmony – A Women’s Drum Circle

Posted on 18 November 2015 (0)

Join our Women’s Drum Circle, surrounded by the warmth and beauty of an art gallery located in an original 1805 Harmonist building.

The drum circle is scheduled to meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm, and led by drum circle facilitators Patricia Bauer and Annie Mathe. NOTE: Due to the holiday season, December’s circle will meet on WEDNESDAY, DEC 2. Workshop fee is $35 and includes drums and other percussion instruments and refreshments. To participate in the Drum Circle, you must register and provide payment in advance to the Gallery by calling 724.452.0539.

About your Drumming Facilitators:
PATRICIA BAUER is a Music Educator and a Drum Circle Facilitator. She holds a bachelor’s from West Virginia University and a Masters from Duquesne University. She began her career in Wood County, West Virginia teaching Chorus and General Music. She moved to North Allegheny School District in 1984 where she has had experience teaching Band, Orchestra, Chorus and General Music with an emphasis on World Music Drumming. A pilot teacher for the World Music Drumming Curriculum in 1996, Ms. Bauer has since been sharing the joy and self discovery that world drumming can provide with children and adults alike.

ANNIE MATHE is a Certified Holistic Reflexologist, Healing Touch Practitioner, and Drum Circle Facilitator who uses a gentle, loving approach to inspire others to lead a healthy, empowered, extraordinary life. Whether it is through, drumming, chanting, meditation, song, or reflexology, she realizes the importance of providing a safe place in which others can rediscover the awareness of the natural forces within to heal, and find a way to rekindle the spiritual fires of one’s true inner nature. She received her Drum Circle Leadership training from Jim Donovan M.Ed., an award winning musician, educator, and teacher.

Nov 14 & 15: Weihnachtsmarkt, Harmony’s Annual German Christmas Market

Posted on 18 November 2015 (0)

Another successful German Christmas Market in Harmony. Beautiful weather! Thanks to everyone who came to see us and visit our vintage Christmas shop, check in with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing, dance, eat and shop.  We look forward to seeing you each year. Here are a few pictures from the event, many more on our Facebook page, please “like” our page.