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Artist Profile: Laura Stuart

Posted on 04 April 2017 (0)

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Mixed media artist Laura Stuart has been with the Bottlebrush Gallery since 2009.  She is a mixed media artist originally from Volant, PA, currently living in Pittsburgh where she works as a Team Leader for Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh.

Laura studied Visual Communications at both The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Westminster College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts Communications. Later, she attended Carlow University for an Art Education certification. Laura has taught art for a number of years within the school setting and within a variety of therapeutic environments.

Laura’s mother Sophia Bovard, introduced her to sewing, drawing and painting at an early age. Both her grandmothers were very influential as well. “One taught me how to make beads, jewelry and rugs out of recycled bits and pieces, the other taught me an appreciation for spiritual art with an emphasis on Greek Orthodox and Byzantine iconography.” With those early influences, travel, education and an exploratory nature, Laura’s first love became the use of color and spacial relationships of color mixed with pattern. She describes her work as “imperfectly divine with a touch of whimsy.”

April 7: Tom Mason (Nashville) and special guest Clint Hoover

Posted on 01 April 2017 (0)

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House Concert!  Tom Mason (Nashville) with special guest Clint Hoover

Pirate, Songwriter, Guitarist and Storyteller from Nashville…

Tom Mason is an amazing musician, song-writer, and actor. Growing up in the Twin Cities, Mason found an early love for music and theater. Watching his brothers and grandfather play guitar lit the flame early for Mason. He received a banjo at age seven, but by age eleven he was playing guitar in open tunings with a wine bottle neck. Tom practiced everyday and decided early in life that he wanted to be a performer. At this time the acting bug bit him, and he started taking acting classes. Tom has continued to act in plays throughout the country. Vaudeville and old Marx Brothers movies made a huge impression, and he has continued to play the crafts and antics of these performers in his own shows and music.

Friday, April 17, 7pm  $15 admission  RSVP in Advance – Open Seating.  BYOB. Bring snacks to share if you wish.  Call 724.452.0539

 

Dec 8: Drum for Joy!

Posted on 02 December 2016 (0)

drumming-picJoin us on Thursday, December 8 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm for our monthly women’s drum circle at the Bottlebrush Gallery. It will be an evening of drumming for JOY! Cost is $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. To make your reservation and get in on the lower price, please call  (724) 452-0539. Please reserve in advance so we know how many drums we will need.

Nov 12 & 13: Harmony’s Annual German Christmas Market

Posted on 10 November 2016 (0)

Come to Harmony Saturday or Sunday, Nov 12 & 13, for the town’s annual Weihnachtsmarkt, German Christmas Market. Vendors, live music and dancing, plenty of food, wagon rides, traditional gluhwein, locally made Christmas-themed artwork, and much more. The Gallery’s vintage Christmas shop will be open with hundreds of Christmas treasures. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be at the Bottlebrush both days from 1-3pm. All kids welcome, big and small!

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Oct 30: National Arts & Humanities Month Show

Posted on 13 October 2016 (0)

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Please join us for this special exhibition featuring student artwork, a collaboration between the Stone House Center for Public Humanities and the Slippery Rock University Art Society in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month.

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Each year since 1993, NAHM has helped give millions of Americans the opportunity to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and has encouraged them to begin a lifelong habit of active participation.

The SRUAS is a professional development group for emerging artists attending Slippery Rock University. We focus on giving our artists information and opportunities to grow and develop as young artists. This exhibition collectively showcases the different talents our artists possess, across a multi-medium spectrum.

Refreshments will be served.  No admission fee. We hope to see you!

Oct 8 – Harmony’s annual Sleepy Hollow Festival

Posted on 06 October 2016 (0)

sleepy-hollow-2016Sleepy Hollow Festival! Oct 8, 2016. Click here to check out our schedule of events. Hope to see you there!

Oct 8: “Sugar Skulls N Spice” Art Show by Laura Stuart

Posted on 21 September 2016 (0)

sugar skull pic 5 sugar skull pic 3As part of Harmony’s fall festival Sleepy Hollow, we are proud to present Pittsburgh artist Laura Stuart and her latest work entitled Sugar Skulls N Spice: A Colorful Exploration of the Human Cranium (With a Dash of Ominous Spice!)

Laura’s show will be on display from 11am til close on Saturday, October 8 with the show reception from 3pm-6pm,  live music and refreshments. . If you can’t be in Harmony that day, Laura’s show will be on display until October 23rd. Stop in and see her fabulous work during Gallery hours.

To encourage creativity and fun, a table will be set up with coloring sheets with crayons and markers for anyone to make their own sugar skull art.

Show Description:
When we think of skulls we often think of death and mortality. Within American culture, the artistic evolution of the skull has often represented scary concepts and rebellious ideas. The skull can be both fascinating and gruesome. However, in recent years, the sugar skull has gained in popularity within American culture as an attractive symbol that in some ways has counteracted the skull’s traditionally ghoulish nature.

About Laura Stuart:
Laura Stuart is a mixed media artist originally from Volant, PA. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she works as a Team Leader for Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services. Laura studied Visual Communications at both The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Westminster College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts Communications. She later went to Carlow University for an Art Education certification. Laura has taught art for a number of years within the school setting and within a variety therapeutic environments.

Aug 12: House Concert with Tom Mason. There’s a Pirate in the house!

Posted on 01 August 2016 (0)

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Tom Mason is an amazing musician, song-writer, and actor. Growing up in the Twin Cities Mason found an early love for music and theater. Watching his brothers and grandfather play guitar lit the flame early for Mason. He received a banjo at age seven, but by age eleven he was playing guitar in open tunings with a wine bottle neck. He practiced everyday and decided early in life that he wanted to be a performer.

At this time the acting bug bit Mason and he started taking acting classes. He has continued to act in plays throughout the country. Vaudeville and old Marx Brothers movies made a huge impression on Mason and he has continued to play the crafts and antics of these performers in his own shows and music.

Friday 12th August 2016, 7:00pm
Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts
539 Main Street “On the Square”
Harmony, PA 16037
$15 Admission
RSVP –Advanced Sales. BYOB
As always, bring snacks to share if you wish.
Reservations? Call (724) 452-0539 or email hith@zoominternet.net
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July 15: Annual Zelienople Wine Walk 5:30-9pm

Posted on 14 July 2016 (0)

The Zelienople Library fundraiser “Wine Walk” is Friday, July 15, throughout the town of Harmony. The Bottlebrush is proud to host the Courtyard Winery for an evening tasting (5:30-9) along with a show by New Wilmington artist Ashley Priano and music on the square by West Virginia’s Mountain Stage Radio house band, The Carpenter Ants.

Tickets for the Wine Walk are sold out, but you’re still welcome to come to the art show and bring your lawn chair and cooler to enjoy the free music on the square. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the band will be in the Gallery.  Plan to make a donation to the Ants (and/or the Library) anwine walk headerd enjoy an evening of music and art.

June 27: New Class for Kids, Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship!

Posted on 16 June 2016 (0)
penguinsmHere’s a fun class for kids to celebrate our Penguins 2016 Stanley Cup win.  They can personalize their mixed media project with the name of their favorite Penguins player.  This can be a Mommy and Me (or Daddy, Nanny, Grammy…) class or the kids can come by themselves. All materials provided. Let’s go Pens!
Monday, June 27, from 11am-12:15pm. $25 Instructor: MJ McCurdy
See our entire list of summer art classes for kids at the child/teen class link at the top of this page.