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Maximilian Romanauskas

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Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for June 2017

Maximilian is a watercolor artist and student in his junior year of high school. When he is not cramming for an exam, he can be found drawing or painting. He is more commonly known as “Death
by Reindeer”.

Below is a recent Q&A with Maximilian Romanauskas.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I ALWAYS HAD A STRANGE FEAR OF PAINTING. IT WAS UNCONTROLLABLE, MESSY AND VERY FAR OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. THAT WAS UNTIL I WAS CLEANING OUT MY OLD ART SUPPLIES AND STUMBLED UPON AN OLD WATERCOLOR SET. FOR WHATEVER REASON I WAS INCAPABLE OF THROWING IT OUT. IT SAT ON MY DESK FOR WEEKS, HAUNTING ME. EVENTUALLY I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE AND SAT DOWN AND PAINTED. I COULDN’T STOP PAINTING AFTER THAT AND WATERCOLOR BECAME MY GO-TO MEDIUM.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

COMPARED TO OTHER WAYS OF PAINTING SUCH AS ACRYLIC, OIL OR GOUACHE, WATERCOLOR HAS A UNIQUELY SOFT LOOK. THE COLOR IS OFTEN QUITE THICK AND SATURATED NO MATTER WHAT SHADE WITH OTHER PAINTING MEDIUMS. WATERCOLOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS TRANSPARENT AND HAS A MUCH MORE NATURAL FEELING. I SUITS MY STYLE MUCH BETTER THAN MOST MEDIUMS COULD.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

WHEN I INITIALLY HAD DEDICATED MORE OF MY TIME TO ART I HAD FOUND INSPIRATION FROM ANIME AND MANGA. OVERTIME I FOUND MYSELF PUSHING FOR A MORE REALISTIC STYLE AND LOST MOST OF THE OBVIOUS JAPANESE STYLE. NOW MY ART IS MORE INSPIRED BY INDIE ARTISTS AND COMICS.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

I BELIEVE PARENTS SHOULD NEVER PICK FAVORITES, BUT IF I HAD TO PICK ONE FROM MY FULL PORTFOLIO IT PROBABLY WOULD BE “REAL BOY”, WHICH IS THE PAINTING OF A VERY UNFORTUNATE PINOCCHIO. HONESTLY IT TOOK SO LONG TO MAKE THAT IF IT WASN’T MY FAVORITE I’D BE A LITTLE UPSET.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

MY ADVICE TO ARTISTS STARTING OUT IN WATERCOLOR WOULD BE TO JUST START PAINTING. IF YOU WANT TO PAINT THEN YOU SHOULDN’T GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THE REASONS YOU “CAN’T”. THE MORE YOU PAINT, THE BETTER YOU WILL GET, BUT YOU HAVE START PAINTING.

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Tapas and Tastings

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Cornerstone is excited to announce a brand new style of event on Friday, July 7th. This event will be held on our front deck and will feature a combination of our homemade grilled catering creations with local beers from the 2050 State Brew Co, an up and coming brewery led by Brewmaster Brad Moyer. In total there will be 5 courses of tapas paired with 5 different beers and plenty of fun!

Mike Bates, our head baker and catering coordinator is the creator of the menu which will feature:

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates with Bourbon Glaze
  • Marinated Manchego & Citrus Crostini
  • Roasted Squash & Boursin Flatbread Pizza
  • Mexican Grilled Corn & Chorizo Stuffed Chile Relleno
  • Sweet & Savory Baked Donut with Rosemary, Honey, Matcha, Sea Salt baked in duck fat. Served a la mode.

This is event is for ages 21 and over and the cost is $50 per person. Call us at (717) 737-5026 to reserve today as space is limited for this relaxing evening where people can sample our catering menu and some local bee.

Stay tuned for more events with local breweries in the future!

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Pam Wenger

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Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for May 2017

Pam says many of my best childhood memories revolved around art projects and, when she became an elementary teacher, there were plenty of outlets for creativity. However, it wasn’t until she retired in 2012 that she began to explore painting. Since then, she has been having a fantastic time exploring all types of subject matter but is especially drawn to portraits and figurative work.

Her art has been influenced by fellow artists Ted Nuttall and Charles Reid as well as many amazing local artists. Pam’s work has been exhibited in National and Local shows, including the 2016 Pennsylvania “Art of the State”.

Below is a recent Q&A with Pam Wenger.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love art. Many of my best childhood memories revolve around art projects – either school projects…my own…or assignments my dad was always coming up with for me to do. When I became an elementary teacher there were plenty of outlets for creativity, but it wasn’t until I retired in 2012 that I began to explore painting. I figured I’d try watercolor first because it would be easier and cheaper than oils (both incorrect assumptions!).

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

I love the fresh look of transparent watercolor and how the effects you get are often out of your control. For me – watercolor has a glow that I don’t see in most other mediums.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I’ve had the privilege of working with portrait artist, Ted Nuttall, and of attending sessions with Charles Reid. Both of these artists have had a huge influence on me. I’m also fortunate to count many amazing local artists among my friends. They keep me constantly inspired and challenged to grow as an artist.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

I guess my favorite piece is the next one in my head that I’m about to paint. I’m always hoping to improve on my last piece and I’m optimistic that the next one will push me further.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

I would strongly suggest taking classes at one of the local art associations. There are also wonderful watercolor workshops offered around the country which give you the opportunity to learn from well known experts. I have a local watercolor group that I paint with weekly and that helps keep me excited and growing in my work.

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Mary Ann Byrne-Walker

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Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for April 2017

Below is a recent Q&A with Mary Ann Byrne-Walker.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I am an instructor at Penn State in a medical field. My art has always been for fun but I have done art commissions all my life.

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I have worked in all media. My most recent one in last 7 years is oils. We travel frequently and I will occasionally paint plein air. When I can’t paint plein aire then I am taking tons of reference photos. It was suggested that I try water soluble oils for one of those trips. I haven’t gone back to traditional oils because I love the ease of use and the lack of chemicals in clean up.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My artistic inspiration is the beauty in National Parks

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
If someone wanted to try oils but wasn’t fond of the smells and slow drying time, I would suggest trying water soluble oils.

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