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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!


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!

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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.

Shop local, shop small this holiday season!

Posted on 01 December 2014 (0)

Sending big love to our customers and friends for your support this year.  Whether you came to a concert, purchased a gift, attended a young artist show, took a class, donated to a Butler County Humane Society fundraiser, or showed up to help out at any of our events this year, we are thankful for you!

For the holidays,  please consider buying from your local small businesses.  As chairperson of the Shopping Group for Butler County Tourism, I’m more than aware of the large number of independently-owned businesses in the county who would love to have you consider them when making a purchase. Your money goes to the local economy, which in turn helps us all.

Wishing you joy this holiday season!

MJ & Dennis McCurdy, Owners


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!

Art and Music! Bring the Kids! Saturday, June 14, 9am-3pm.

Posted on 15 May 2014 (0)

Bring the kids! Pet our sheep! Harmony’s annual Herb & Garden Fair is Saturday 6/14, 9am-3pm. In addition to the plant exchange/sale activities at the 1805 Barn, the town is keeping the party going with two FREE afternoon concerts by Todd Burge, food, garden art, plenty of kids activities, and more. Artists showing and demonstrating for this event:  Judy Dickson, Jill Eudaly, Susan Walker, and Cathy Wright. Check out our schedule. Weather forecast is awesome, so come and see us!


Mixed Media Classes at the Bottlebrush by Artist Susan Walker

Posted on 17 September 2013 (0)







We are pleased to announce that Mixed Media Artist Susan Walker from Portersville will be teaching her delightful mixed media classes which meet on Sundays.  For more information and to register, please check out Susan’s web page,

Mixed Media Technique Class Series:  Sundays:  September 22, October 27, November 24, from 2-3:30pm. Ages 10 and up. $25 includes all materials and snacks. In this workshop held on the 4th Sunday of the month will learn a different mixed media technique. These techniques can then be applied to your own projects such as on furniture, panels,ATC cards and in journals to name a few. Possibilities are endless.

Give Thanks: Mixed Media piece. Sunday, October 6, 2-4pm. Ages 14 and up. $40 includes all materials and snacks. In this one time class create a finished 6″ x 6″ mixed media piece on a basswood panel. We will work with paint.paper. stamping and some of your own hand work. You may choose to include the words “Give Thanks” or just leave the fall pumpkin the focus. This will make a wonderful gift for the Thanksgiving Cook- yourself included!

Snowman Ornament Gift Holder. Sunday, December 1, 2-4pm. Ages 7 and up. $25 includes all materials. In this one time class we will be creating a  portrait of a snowman on a pocket.This would be a great Parent/Child activity to do together.  It would make a great wall decoration, an ornament and/or filled with a few goodies, a gift card or piece of jewelry to name a few ideas.  

Holiday Mixed Media. Sunday, December 8, 2-4pm. Ages 14 and up. $40 includes all materials. In this one time class create a finished 6″ x 6″ mixed media piece on a basswood panel. We will work with paint.paper. stamping and some of your own hand work to create this one of a kind original. Keep it for yourself or would make a special gift.


Summer Art Class Week, July 8-12. Registration open!

Posted on 13 June 2013 (0)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are proud to announce registration is open for Summer Art Class Week, July 8-12.  This year we’re offering classes in subjects including:  Improv/Acting, an Asian Dragon Mural, Photography, Hoodat Dolls, Felt Fiber Sculpture, and Chain Maille Bracelets. We’ll end the Summer Art Class Week with an art show/exhibit on Friday, July 12, to show off your child’s work. For detailed information, click on the kids/teens classes link at the top of the page.

Registration fees include all materials, refreshments, and the cost of the Friday art show. Please note our registration deadlines are by 12pm the day before the class is scheduled to be held. If a class does not meet the minimum registration number, you will be notified of the cancellation at that time.

After paying the artists and for supplies, the remainder of the registration fee is going towards our mini-grant program ART MATTERS to fund art classes for economically-disadvantaged kids. We get requests regularly from local groups and organizations asking for classes to help their clients, so we decided to do something about it. Not only are you helping your own children by giving them art lessons, but you are also helping others who cannot afford them. Thank you!

We are planning a second set of classes the week of July 29 to include clay sculpture, drawing, painting, and collage, so please check back for updates.

In response to requests, we’re offering private drawing lessons every Monday this summer. The classes are $15 a session. Please contact us to schedule a time for your child to meet with us.