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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!


Summer Art Classes for Kids 2016! June 27-30

Posted on 12 June 2016 (0)

Our first week of summer classes for children and youth is ready! Click on “Child/Teen Classes” on the top menu bar. To register, call the Gallery any day but Monday from 11am-4pm. Full list of classes here:

Here are a few of the classes we’re offering… more to follow!

Classes scheduled for the week of June 27:

Paracord Bracelets ~ Songwriting for Teens ~ Caveman Art ~ Felting & Fibers ~ Make Your Own Fossils ~ Palette Knife Painting ~ Pet Portraits ~ Drumming ~ Animal Art ~ Chinese Lanterns ~ I AM: Affirmation Art


June 11: Annual SpringFest in Harmony

Posted on 31 May 2016 (0)

Food, music, fiber festival, vendors, herb and garden exchange, art show and demonstrations… what more could you want?  June 11, all day in our town of Harmony. Park your car and take the free shuttle sponsored by The Harmony Inn!

Art & Craft, Shows & Demos:
“Fibers Unleashed” Art Show at Bottlebrush Gallery by Nancy Apple
Palette Knife Art Demos by Nadya Lapets & Vickie Schilling
Weaving Demos & Sheep Petting at Weaver’s Cabin
Stohr Haus Bakery, The Harmony Inn & Wunderbar (Center of Harmony)
Lunch at the 1805 Barn
Live Music:
GRAND OPENING:  “Last Dog Records” Vintage Vinyl Shop, 2nd floor, Bottlebrush Gallery

Look for our Musicians in Town All Day!
BeJae Fleming and Jackie Blount, Dennis Malley, Jim & Debbie Tobin, Sally Zehmisch
Music at the Harmony Inn from 1-4pm
Drum Circle led by Pat Bauer, Bryan Fazio, Annie Mathe; Mindful Dance Demo by Paula Soto

Vendors at The Center of Harmony
FleaTique on the Square. Plant Sale/Exchange & Vendors at the 1805 Barn
FiberFest at Stewart Hall ~Vendor Market at the Center of Harmony
Visit all of our shops in town for Spring Specials and Sales


Dec 31: Annual Silvester/German New Year Celebration!

Posted on 03 January 2016 (0)

A few photos from Harmony’s Annual German New Year’s Celebration, known as Silvester. Thousands of people converge on the small town of Harmony to enjoy this family friendly event with music, food, facepainting, arts and craft demonstrations, a 5k race and fun run, and much more. The day concludes at 6pm (midnight German time) with a ball drop and countdown and fireworks. It is an amazing experience.

Thanks to our friends and customers for your support of local art and music.  Happy New Year!

balldrop5kfam  facepaint

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, choose your time: 1-2:30pm OR 7-8:30pm

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 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.

Oct 10: Sleepy Hollow Festival, Harmony!

Posted on 06 October 2015 (0)

sleepyhollowevents2015finalHarmony’s annual fall festival is Saturday, October 10. Music, games  and activities for kids young and old, vendors and artist demos, costume contests, parades, a grandfather-granddaughter art show by Pete Zogran and Sarah Huth, a craft brew release by the Harmony Inn… and much more.  Click on the photo to see the entire schedule for Harmony. Most activities free! Park your car and take the free shuttle sponsored by our kind friends at Passavant to travel easily between the towns of Harmony and Zelienople to enjoy two fall festivals in progress the same weekend!


Posted on 15 July 2015 (0)

ronnie1 henryOur second week of summer classes is posted. We have new classes and a repeat of the popular Fossil Class for kids who missed it the first time. Click on the child/teen link at the top of this page.  Last day to register is Friday, July 31. Class size is limited, so don’t wait!

Feb 13: 6:00-9:00pm. 4th Annual “Have A Heart for Animals” Fundraiser

Posted on 26 January 2015 (0)


It’s time for some love!  Come out for a family-friendly Valentine’s Party and help our abandoned, homeless animals at the same time.

Friday, February 13, 2015, 6:00-9:00pm. “Have A Heart for Animals”. Our 4th Annual fundraiser to benefit the Butler Count Humane Society!

No charge for admission… we only ask that you bring food, toys or supplies donations for the animals. The Humane Society’s donation “wish list” can be seen here:  One easy item to bring that is incredibly useful:  Fold Top Sandwich Bags! Those plain little sandwich bags, not the Ziploc types. The shelter really needs these!
Tax-deductible cash donations also gratefully accepted.  Last year we raised $1500 in 3 hours along with two truckloads of supplies… thank you for your generosity.

Events and Activities:

Live Music by James and Debbie Tobin ~ Art Show by Debbie Tobin ~ Doggy Kissing Booth with Pickles the Boston Terrier ~ Draven, a Love on the Leash Therapy Cat ~ NEW!! Forever In My Heart Memory Wall ~ Scavenger Hunt with Prizes ~ Silent and Chinese Auctions ~ Two Fraus Bakery ~ C&G Pet Delights Dog and Cat Treats ~ Face Painting by Christina ~ Food and Beverages ~ Meet Humane Society Staff and Adoptable Pets!

Featured Artist Debra Zuzindlak Tobin

Thanks to our generous Sponsors!!

Mimi Antonetti, Artist; Angela Bianco; Bear Run Campground; Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts; BRGR;  Butler County Humane Society Volunteers; C&G Enterprises: C&G Animal Delights; Companions in Motion w/Dr. Chelsey, Chiropractor;  Country Corner Bake Shoppe (New Castle); Darn Yarn Needles and Thread; DiBella’s Subs; Draven A Love on the Leash Therapy Cat; The Enchanted Olive; The Exchange at Harmony; Eye Kandy; Fox’s Pizza; Goodfello’s Pizza Pasta & Grille; Harmony In The House Concerts; The Harmony Inn- North Country Brewing Company; The Holistic Houndry and Lucas Shadowpants; Indian Brave Campground; Nadya Lapets, Artist; Debby LeDonne, Artist; Log Cabin Inn; Massage and Skin Therapy by Erian Cortese; Mathew Jewelers; Kriss Mowery, BCHS Volunteer; Lissa Napora, Artist; Pickles Louise and her Kissing Booth; Porter House Brew Shop; Vickie Schilling, Artist; Sci(fi)bers Group from Darn Yarn Needles and Thread; Kathy and Don Seaton, Realtors; Jessica Sebastian; ShuBrew; Spring Street Cafe; Stohr Haus Bakery; The Strand Theater;  James and Debra Tobin, Musicians; Three Rivers Crochet; Two Fraus Bakery;  Cathy Witters-Stewart, Musician; Wunderbar Coffee House


Class: Time for Me: A Women’s Creative Circle

Posted on 29 September 2014 (0)

groupsmTime for Me: A Women’s Creative Circle

Meets regularly on the last Thursday of each month, 7-9pm unless otherwise noted.Facilitator: MJ McCurdy, Owner. Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts.  Your $25 fee includes all materials and a take-home piece of art.

Location:  Bottlebrush Gallery and Center for the Arts in Harmony, PA.

Description: As women, we all seem to make time for everyone else in our lives– but when is OUR time? Time For Me is a way to set aside time for ourselves, to meet new friends and express our inner creativity. At each class, we explore various creative forms, learning a different artistic technique each time, then using that technique to express our inner selves. You do not have to be artistically gifted to join us.

This is an on-going class that usually meets the last Thursday of the month. You can attend one class, two classes, or every class if you would like. Each class you attend is $25 and includes all materials needed for the evening. Bring beverages for yourself and snacks for others, if you would like to share.

Women from 13 to 100 are welcome! Private group classes available too– birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or just a fun get-together for a Ladies Night Out.

Fall Class Dates: Sept 25, Oct 30, Nov 20, December-no classes.

Contact the Gallery at 724.452.0539 to register, with questions or to confirm dates.

Please register for classes in advance so we have enough supplies.  We hope to see you!