Saturday, November 22, 2008

Articles on Artists at the Flemish House Recently

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Gingi Martin & Grover Slater stand in front of a display of Martin's oil paintings at the Flemish House Art Gallery in Johnsonburg during their November/December/January run being featured artists.
Local artist gets enjoyment out of creating.
By Heather Tressler
Record Staff Writer

JOHNSONBURG – Gingi Martin is an artist who grew up in St. Marys, and now lives in York, N.Y.Martin says she has always been interested in drawing, creating and painting. She built her art foundation at St. Marys Area High School, where she was taught by fellow artist Grover Slater. Slater and Martin both have work showcased at the Flemish House Art Gallery. Martin and Slater often display their work together, and Martin says she enjoys it because of their history. “It's wonderful to show with Grover,” Martin said. “We’ve known each other since high school because he was my art teacher. He was a great inspiration. He loves music.We used to talk about music, and it is really my inspiration.”Upon completion of high school, Martin moved on to study art and music to receive a bachelor's of arts degree. She recently decided to further her education on to her master's degree of fine arts in painting and sculpture. When Martin was asked what inspires her to practice art, she said, “Art is a part of you. A lot of people don’t continue to work at it. I am driven to do art, and to continue to learn and study.” Martin says learning and creating is her life’s passion.During Martin’s journey to achieve her master’s degree, she was required to write a thesis which she featured Beethoven and his creative genius. Martin says she will soon expand on her thesis to a book. Martin is collaborating with her husband, Peter Ferran. Aspiring artists can get discouraged, but Martin offers a little wisdom. “Don’t ever stop experimenting with art and media,” said Martin. “Don’t make excuses for not working.”

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Grover Slater and Gingi Martin stand in front of a display of Slater's watercolors at the Flemish House Art Gallery in Johnsonburg during their November/December/January run being featured artists.

Slater started as a teacher of art, but since retiring he has experienced a rebirth of his creative side.
By Heather Tressler
Record Staff Writer

JOHNNSONBURG – Grover Slater is a retired art teacher who taught in the St. Marys Area School District for 35 years. Slater says after all those years working with other people and their art, he wasn’t able to concentrate on his own. Since he is now retired, he has built a studio and dedicates the majority of his time towards his masterpieces. Slater’s works with sterling silver wire and water coloring. Slater recently displayed 15 pieces of his work in a beautiful exhibit with fellow artist Gingi Martin at the Flemish House Art Gallery in Johnsonburg. Slater defines art in his life by comparing what art used to be to what it is now. “Earlier in my life art provided me with a meaningful job,” Slater said. “It was fun and enjoyable. Now art gives meaning to retirement.” Slater says that while working with students is enjoyable, he admits he wasn’t able to really think about paintings on a more mature level because back then it was more of a developmental process.“For an adult, our perceptions of the world are more developed,” said Slater. “I bring that to my paintings; my art gives me a means of making sense of what I see.” When Slater was asked how he decided to teach art over many other things, he chuckled before replying, “I was told by my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Smith that I should go to Edinboro and be an art teacher,” Slater said. “When I was a junior, and had to pick a future, I remembered Mrs. Smith. It was always a pretty obvious choice I should gointo art.”Slater’s talent is impeccable, and he decided to teach art instead of going into an expressive art field because he wanted something more practical. “It never occurred to me that a person would be able to make it in the art world, and at the time I really had limited knowledge.” Slater said. “I graduated in 1962 when there wasn’t a whole lot of career development. Edinboro college was close by, and I liked working with kids so I decided to be an art teacher.” Slater has previously displayed his work with Martin at the Elk County Council on the Arts, and says he chose the Flemish House Art Gallery because the director, Stephanie Distler, was extremely motivated and he enjoys working with her. Slater spoke about upcoming art galleries in York where Martin is from, but nothing is certain at this point. In a final note, Slater says to all aspiring artists, “don’t sacrifice quality, and be very demanding on yourself.”

Friday, November 14, 2008

Schedule of Events for the Holidays at the Flemish House Art Gallery

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Upcoming Dates to remember:
  • Sunday November 16th Open Mic Hosted by Renee Patrick 2-4pm
  • Sunday November 30th Santa will be at the Johnsonburg Community Center gymnasium after the parade for your wish-list and Bill Warmbrodt is available for your Holiday pictures with instant photos and picture packages!
  • Friday and Saturday December 5th and 6th Flemish House's and Northern Exposure's Holiday with the ARTS. Friday 7-9 for our cheering in with Bill's artisan wines and Saturday 11-5 for a day of artists including Shay Payne, Andrea Parrish and Patricia Eckstrom, Stephanie Distler and Bill Warmbrodt.
  • Saturday December 13th from 1-3 an Artist Meet-Up with Grover Slater and Gingi Martin featured artists in the Gallery showcasing their artwork and techniques.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


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Thursday, November 06, 2008

New carpeting in the Gallery


new look

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'Attribute' necklaces designed with stones, Czech beads, lampwork, etc.

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large doll forms hand created for artdolls and altered creations

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many new beads for your latest

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In the Gallery on a Monday

New scarf and necklace I created last weekend. The colors of Fall are very warming to the spirit, loving the look of the two pieces together.
Loads of new scarves and necklaces dripping with Texture, Color and Movement.......
Attributes to embellish on the jewelry along with antique/vintage/retro buttons for closures ;)
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

New upcoming show 'Firmament'


New upcoming show 'Firmament', originally uploaded by mossnbeads.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

birds


I am in love with these birds from Laura on Spool !
I have made a fun flock bringing in retro fabrics along with some one of a kind pieces from my stash.
They look so cool next to the work bench ;)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Well hello!

New dolls and stuffies being created of all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials. Here I used vintage log cabin quilt patches along with Berenstein Bear fabric on the backs. A shell heart button to give some love.
She is sitting on a brass bracelet mandrel on the gallery workbench.

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She is all pattern free with being the first of her kind and all ;) More of her kin to be found in the gallery for the Holidays as well as more herds and flocks showing their woolie and feathered heads.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I am all a 'Twitter'

http://twitter.com/stephdistler
according to Wikipedia
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.
Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, instant messaging, SMS, RSS, email or through an application such as Twitterrific or Facebook. For SMS, four gateway numbers are currently available: short codes for the United States, Canada, and India, as well as a United Kingdom-based number for international use. Several third parties offer posting and receiving updates via email.
As of July 2008, over 2,200,000 accounts were registered.[2]

Saturday, September 27, 2008

new in the gallery


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I have been in a creating frenzy lately with new ideas, old UFOs, commissions, Christmas and restocking some old faves.
The Medieval Illuminations are going to be a big item this year and I also love the new rings with vintage buttons all over the gallery.
~enjoy

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Photography Focus at The Flemish House

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Stephanie Distler
(me)

Gallery Sept 08

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Terri Werneth's work


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Bill Warmbrodt's of Northern Exposure


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Steele's work next to Bill Warmbrodt's


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Steele's photography showing in the gallery

Joshua Steele's 'Director's Series'


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Displayed in the Coffee House as part of the featured artist's photography in The Flemish House Art Gallery located in the Historic Johnsonburg Community Center.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

New Rings


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Look at all the pretty little finger dressings :)
Digging into my button stash brought all sorts of pretties for any soiree about town or country, lol.....
~enjoy

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Another Treasury :)

I am included in another treasury by a wonderful artist from ETSY.
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=23917
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and in this one
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=4166
Thank-you all!
I need to get busy and create more of these wonderful brooches.
What is better than lettering and beading, and then the combination, oh my....

Monday, September 01, 2008

Route 6 Artisan Trail Exploring

To celebrate our wedding anniversary plus see what is up with the Route 6 Artisan Trail for Potter County in Pennsylvania we headed to the Galeton Art and Music Fest.
We arrived at our cabin at The Ox Yoke Inn Friday evening and stayed until Sunday. We drove around the little Berger Lake which is in the center of town and then came back to a nice broiled seafood platter for me and a steak dinner for dh, both absolutely delicious.

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Our cabin is the second one in on the left

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dh along Pine Creek behind our cabin
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Isn't this fun
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We also checked out the Pennsylvania Route 6 building and spoke with Executive Director Terri Dennison. I know Terri through the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Development Group and talked about other artists to visit on our vaca that we had juried in a couple months back for the Pennsylvania Wilds branding.
I will write more later and put up some of the lovely work and artists we found on our journey through the Wilds and Route 6 Artisan Trail.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Necklace creating in the gallery


A sterling silver rosary wrapped necklace called 'Dancing Queen' :)
I made a copper version a couple of weeks back and needed to make one out of silver after the commission piece for a wedding.
I love these beads!
The fire-polished faceted beads are other worldly, love them!
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