Leslie McCarthy’s latest collection of work will be on display at Mulberry Art Studios this fall in an exhibit entitled The Story of My Paintbrush. The exhibit, which will feature Leslie’s dreamlike acrylic paintings, will open with a First Friday Reception on October 2nd from 5pm until 9pm. It will also be featured during Downtown Lancaster’s Fall Art Walk on October 3rd and 4th, and will continue its exhibit throughout the month of October. Mulberry Art Studios is located in beautiful downtown Lancaster at 19-21 North Mulberry Street, and holds regular gallery hours from 10am until 4pm on weekdays.
Leslie McCarthy grew up in an area where there was little appreciation for the arts. She always had a passion for creating but was never encouraged to explore her talent; as a result she began to pursue drawing and painting at a later age than most. Since her senior year of college she has been hard at work discovering the endless world of creating, dreaming, and imagining stories she can tell through the tip of a paintbrush.
Leslie is self-taught, and although some may view that as negative, she has used it to help her create her own unique artistic style. She has created works with pastels, watercolor, and pencils. Her most recent artistic adventure has been discovering her love of acrylics and the many wonderful effects that can be created with such a medium.
Her love of art, eye for color, and passion for storytelling has allowed her to regularly create privately commissioned pieces. Since 2010 she has created and sold, or donated, over 45 originals.
Leslie currently lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she works full-time as a wife, mother, artist, and observer of country life. The rolling hills and large farms of central Pennsylvania provide her with constant inspiration and endless entertainment.
Leslie McCarthy has been working diligently for 12 years to establish her own unique contemporary style of art, which is characterized by strong themes and moving narratives.
Leslie’s love of painting is a result of the inspiration she finds in her family, her friends, her faith, places she’s traveled, and stories she’s heard. Her desire to draw the viewer in and keep them engaged is apparent through her display of bold colors and vivid contrasts. Her fantastical imagery is strengthened by her use of ambiguous people, curved lines, and playful impressions.
Reactions to her paintings often include acknowledgement of a strong personal connection with the theme, and a positive appreciation for her elements of fantasy, people, and narratives.
Leslie is driven to paint by her passionate desire to see the world around her full of peace, joy, kindness, justice, meaning, and LOVE. In other words, her art is a concoction of one-quarter paint, one-quarter technique, a big dose of life experience, and A LOT of heART.
The Hermansaders: A Century of Art
A family of artists, the Hermansaders, have been creating artwork for the past century. This October, their work will come together for a five person exhibition at Mulberry Art Studios. The Hermansaders: A Century of Art will sprawl over several gallery spaces within Mulberry Art Studios, and will feature a variety of mediums, techniques and styles of drawing and painting from Allen Foster Hermansader (1929-1997), Eleanor Hermansader Murray (1914-2009), John Bancroft Hermansader (1915-2005), Marcy Hermansader (1951- ), and Thomas Foster Hermansader (1950- ). Thomas, who took the lead in pulling this exhibition together, is very proud of his artistic family, which includes his father and cousins, and is thrilled to have the family’s body of work shown side by side. “All of them loved to draw and paint and share their knowledge of art with others” said Thomas.
A Century of Art will open with a First Friday Reception on October 2nd from 5pm until 9pm. It will also be featured during Downtown Lancaster’s Fall Art Walk on October 3rd and 4th, and will continue its exhibit throughout the month of October.
ALLEN FOSTER HERMANSADER
Allen Foster Hermansader (1929-1997), born in Berks County, at a very early age loved to draw. His grandfather, Thomas Foster, encouraged him immensely to sketch anything and everything. At Royersford High School, he won Scholastic Art Awards in 1945, 1946 and 1947. His father, Allen Carl Hermansader, introduced him to Henry Salem Hubbell, a well-known art instructor and portrait painter. Allen studied art under Mr. Hubbell, with whom he resided while being taught at the Miami Art Institute in Florida. Hubbell had been a pupil of James McNeill Whistler and studied with well-known artists. Allen devoted his professional life to portrait painting, art restoration church mural painting, teaching, and art consultation work. Allen was commissioned to paint prominent individuals as Senator Daniel Inouye, United States Veterans Administrator Max Cleland, the Reverend Billy Graham, Roy Campanella, Senator Robert Dole, and many more. Allen’s originals hang in private collections and churches throughout the United States. In this show hangs a portrait of strongman, Joseph L. Greenstein, who goes by the name of “The Mighty Atom” which received an award of merit in 1986 at the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery.
ELEANOR HERMANSADER MURRAY
Eleanor Hermansader (1914-2009), born near Reading, PA, graduated in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science in Art from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. She was a long-time member of the Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County and a contributor for the Chesterton Art Fair. She was a member of BPW and was honored once as Woman of the Year.
She was commissioned to paint murals at the courthouse in Valparaiso for the Indiana Sesquicentennial. From 1939 to 1943, Eleanor taught art in East Chicago Garfield (1939-1943), at Roosevelt High School (1943-1945), Central Elementary School (1949), Chesterton and Porter Elementary Schools (1950) until her retirement.
THOMAS FOSTER HERMANSADER
Thomas Foster Hermansader (1950 - ) born in Allentown, PA, son of Allen Foster Hermansader, has his home/studio and art gallery in Columbia, PA. As a youth, Tom attended art classes at the Baum School of Art, South Mountain Junior High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School, all located in Allentown, PA. After high school, Tom enrolled in art classes at the Samuel S. Fleischer Art School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, both in Philadelphia, PA. In 1969, Tom enrolled at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. In 1973, he student-taught at William Allen High School under Jim Musselman. At Kutztown University, Tom received his Bachelor and Master in Art Education degrees from Kutztown University. Tom taught art at Columbia Jr.-Sr. High School from 1973 to 1989. He was voted “Favorite Local Artist” by Lancaster Newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2005. In 2008, Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, previous President of Kutztown University, presented Tomwith the prestigious Kutztown University Alumni Association’s Rothermel Award. In 2009, Leo Lutz, Mayor of Columbia, PA awarded Tom with Columbia Borough’s Outstanding Citizen Award. The Lancaster New Era presented Tom with the Red Rose Award in 2011. He has been very successful in helping individuals and organizations raise funds with his art work. His dad taught him art restoration which he does. Tom’s art work can be seen in numerous homes, hotels, banks, restaurants, and corporate and professional offices throughout Lancaster County and beyond. To date, Tom has created over 165 limited edition prints and they can be viewed on his website, www.hermansadersartgallery.com. He is currently working on a painting of Lancaster’s Steinman Park.
Kevin Bedgood Woodwork, Elegant and Highly Detailed Turned Wood Boxes
Kevin Bedgood will be bringing his lathe sculpted woodwork, which features elegant and highly detailed turned wood boxes, to Mulberry Art Studios for First Friday and Art Walk this October. The public is invited to meet the artist and see his finely crafted woodwork up close on First Friday, October 2, from 5pm-9pm, and again during Art Walk weekend, October 3 from 10-5 and October 4 from 12-4.
Bedgood had early exposure to woodworking. As a child he would sweep up in his father’s hobby furniture making shop. However, it really wasn’t until after spending time in the US Marine Corps that he began building some furniture of his own. In the last 25 years, he has moved from designing and building furniture to more artistic woodturning and sculpting.
"I truly began my journey into artistic woodworking when I started making Native American Flutes. I did that for a number of years then, about 15 years ago, I turned (no pun intended) to the lathe as the primary tool to express my ideas," explains Bedgood. "I started by making simple bowls and grew to creating more elaborate pieces. Now, much of my energy is spent pushing limits and breaking old preconceived ideas of what is possible to achieve on the lathe."
Bedgood has four basic goals that he strive to achieve with his work. He strives to design and create pieces that compliment the wood, explore the concept of creating a sense of movement with an inanimate object, design pieces in such a way as to visually “stretch” portions of the piece to appear either larger, smaller or a different shape that it actually is, and be as ecologically responsible as possible with my woodwork. "I use as much salvage as possible and much of my other material is grown specifically for commercial purposes," notes Bedgood.
Linda Stabinski: Studio Linski
Linda Stabinski is a self-taught intuitive abstract artist. Linda (a.k.a. Linski) makes her studio home at Mulberry Art Studios. As an intuitive artist, Linda allows her heart to lead the way as she paints, focusing on the emotional experience of the art process, rather than the practice of a specific technique or achievement of a planned outcome. Linda works in acrylic and mixed-media. Her goal as an artist is to engage and delight the viewer with layered color and texture stories. Linda’s works can be found in private collections in the mid-Atlantic, Texas, Iowa, Maine, Thailand, and Canada.
Visit Linda in her studio at Mulberry Art on October's First Friday and during Art Walk Weekend October 3 and 4. Linda will be live painting throughout the weekend.
Family fun at Mulberry Art Studios this Fall Art Walk will be provided by the world renowned Still Playing School! Make and take crafts and other seasonal hands on sensory activities for kids will offered for free on Sunday from 12-2.
Devany LeDrew is the woman behind Still Playing School. She uses her background in early childhood to create a home based playful learning environment for her children. She is a former Kindergarten teacher who followed her passions to specialize in Educational Psychology & Literacy Education. She has collaborated on several kids' activities books including 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 and Pop! Squirt! Splash! Hands-On Activities for Kids Using Soap, Water, and Bubbles with another title currently in the works.