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Georgia DuCharme

Cornerstone Coffeehouse’s Artist of the Month for June 2021.

Georgia DuCharmeGeorgia is an artist and illustrator who was born and raised in the Mechanicsburg area. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and has lived abroad in Sydney, Australia and Seoul, South Korea. After two years abroad teaching English in Korea and a stint as a social media marketer in Lancaster, she has returned to her ancestral home to be a barista for the duration of the pandemic.

Though she has a degree in marketing and a minor in English literature, she has wanted to be an artist from a very young age. Her formal art education only extends through high school, but she continued drawing and painting since then, honing her craft in her free time. While her favorite media are watercolor and ink pen, she also uses acrylic, gouache, and dabbles in printmaking.

For Georgia, art is not only a form of meditation but also a way to “record” things for later. In the process of making art, it’s possible to zone out and not really think about much of anything, which is difficult in today’s noisy world. A natural collector, she likes to collect sketches in her sketchbook that may or may not be turned into larger works later. Most importantly, most of her work is done in a sketchbook, not intended for the world to see. The works are small and portable because the inspiration isn’t always neatly at home, and you have to be mobile and adaptable to record inspiration where it strikes. Her mission is to collect and record all of the beautiful things she sees, like a pokedex for aesthetic.

Here is a recent Q&A with Georgia –

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

I’m a former English teacher & social media marketer and now a barista, but the constant thread of my life has been my passion for drawing and painting. I’ve been drawing and painting since the time I could hold a pen, when my Nana taught me how to watercolor paint. My current work is informed by a global perspective.

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

I developed this style because it is so portable. Watercolors, pen, and a sketchbook can fit easily into your backpack when you’re biking around to the beach, but less so if you need a full easel and acrylic paint set. In addition, I love how unpredictable it is: you never know how the paints will react and the patterns they will make until you put brush to paper.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I’m a consumer of all types of art, from art museums to graffiti and tattoos to illustrators on instagram. My biggest inspirations are digital illustrations by JJ Knight, woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai, fine art illustrations by James Jean, character designs by Disney animator Glen Keane, and Art Nouveau legend Alphonse Mucha.

Georgia DuCharme display

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?

My favorite pieces are the series of Cathedral of Learning illustrations that I did back in college. The series is called “36 Views of the Cathedral of Learning,” based on the series that Hokusai did of various views of Mount Fuji in Edo-era Japan. In the same way, I illustrated all of the different views of the University of Pittsburgh’s most iconic building in different seasons and media. I have included 6 of the series in this exhibition.

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

While a solid sketch and understanding of technical elements go a long way, I would say that having fun is just as if not more important! Stop at the first second you might think that it is done; often a painting can be ruined by a “too much” gene.

 

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John Petersen

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for May 2021.

Here is a recent Q&A with John Petersen –

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

I am an engineer by trade and currently work in Information Technology field. I got started in pen and ink abstract drawing in the 1990s. I have some early work in colored pencils , as well, but most of my drawings are pen and ink on vellum paper.

What do you like most about your medium?

There are no mistakes [stray pen marks – they just get incorporated into the work 🙂 ] I never know what a piece will look like when I start and every one is always a surprise because I can always find something I didn’t see in it the last time I looked at it.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My sisters. Michelangelo, DaVinci, VanGogh, Dali. Ordered chaos of nature.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
‘Wings’

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
Not sure I’m qualified to give anyone art advice 🙂 If I were to suggest anything it is this – let your world and your pen be your guide.

 

Thanksgiving 2020

Order Ahead for Thanksgiving

We are focused on SIDE DISHES and SNACKS for the big day! (We don’t want to mess with Grandma’s Turkey, ya know?)

  • Pumpkin Pie (serves 10-12)
  • Apple Pie (serves 10-12)
  • Pumpkin Roll (serves 12-14)
  • Quiche #1 – Butternut Squash, Bacon & Cheddar (serves 8-10)
  • Quiche #2 – Roasted Veggies with Parmesan & Herbs (serves 8-10)
  • Deed’s Cheesy Potato Casserole (serves 4, see note from Sue below)
  • Corn Bread Pudding (serves 4, see note from Sue below)
  • Family Sized Mac & Cheese (serves 4)
  • Soup #1- Pumpkin Bisque (16oz pint or 32oz quart), vegetarian and gluten-free
  • Soup #2- Butternut Squash (pint or quart), vegetarian and gluten-free
  • Soup #3- Turkey, Cranberry & Sherry Wine (pint or quart)

Deed’s Cheesy Potato Casserole

You might be asking…what the heck is Deed’s Cheesy Potato Casserole??? Good question. Delicious, that’s what it is. Deed’s is my SISTER! In honor of Thanksgiving being the ultimate family-gathering holiday, I thought I would let the spirit of family enter Cornerstone through one of my favorite family recipes. So… it’s a comfort food classic casserole made of hash browns, cheddar cheese, sour cream, the perfect amount of salt and pepper topped with corn flakes!

Corn Bread Pudding

And Corn Bread Pudding? That’s a recipe from a dear friend, Sheri. Throughout the pandemic, she has paid me a visit almost weekly just to check in and see how I’m doing. To honor our friendship and the spirit of the season, I wanted to make a recipe she was so excited to share with me – Corn Bread Pudding.

 

Sue Marrazzo

An experimental artist who works in collage, mixed media, acrylic, and encaustic painting, Sue’s art tends to be influenced by fashion, interior design, and art history. She believes, “Art is about learning to see” and her strengths are with color theory and composition, describing her art as “Bold, Colorful, Experimental, and Individualistic.”

Sue Marrazzo display

Sue Marrazzo has exhibited in numerous local, regional, national and international juried shows, and exhibits. She currently teaches collage, abstract painting, and experimental mixed media at the Art Center School and Galleries in Mechanicsburg, PA. Sue also teaches art parties, and workshops. She was a guest art instructor at the Art Association of Harrisburg for Fall 2012, and Winter 2013. The artist has won many awards, and juried acceptances…like the 2011 PA Art of the State, at the PA State Museum; and the 2010 Rottler Award of Excellence in Visual Arts, at the York Art Association. Sue is a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and belongs to many art societies and associations.

Her collages are featured in the National Collage Society’s 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 2018 and 2020 Juried Member’s Annual Calendar. Sue won the “Cutting Edge” Award in the 2012 International Society of Experimental Artists Annual Juried Show. In 2013, Sue received her signature status with the National Collage Society. In 2015, Sue became the co-owner of the Textured Art Gallery Online International Blog Community., and it is now on Facebook . The artist has judged juried local and national art exhibitions. In 2017, Sue started an online mixed media art class, and started teaching workshops at the York Art Association. In 2018, Sue was an exhibiting artist at the Mount Gretna Art Show. Sue continues exhibiting her art in solo art shows, and group exhibits. Sue will continue teaching mixed media art classes and art workshops at Carlisle Arts Learning Center, York Art Association and Art Center School and Galleries. In 2020, Sue received her first professional licensing project. Also, in 2020, the artist was awarded her Signature Member Status with International Society of Experimental Artists.

Here is a recent Q&A with Sue Marrazzo –

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I am an artist who works as an experimental mixed media artist by choice. I like the fact that I am always learning, growing and I have no boundaries. I use all mediums of art, and combine all of them.

Nightscape
Nightscape
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
Mixed media allows me to express myself while using all kinds of art supplies, and art mediums. I like to create using recycled papers, along with acrylics, and more. By experimenting, I stay new, and current. This is important as an artist and art instructor.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My artistic inspiration comes from art history, my students, colors, and textures, and the world around me.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
One of my favorite mixed media paintings is “Nightscape,” a large abstract landscape work.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice to other artists, would be to expose yourself to all mediums; take classes, go to art shows, galleries, museums, read and study art history, and create art. Do something creative each and everyday.

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Phiroza Kapadia

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for July 2020

Phiroza KapadiaPhiroza is a mixed media artist who moved with her family to the Harrisburg area six years ago. Her origins are from India, but she has lived internationally in places like Switzerland, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, and California. Though she has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, her true passion has always remained painting. The vibrancy of color has fascinated her ever since she can remember, and she has been painting on and off since high school. Her education in Fine Arts is through a combination of classes and personal study in different media. Alongside mixed media, she also does collage and acrylic pour painting. Abstract work offers her spontaneity and freedom that she enjoys. Phiroza has participated in shows and group exhibitions with awards and honorable mentions. She is a member of the York Art Association, Lancaster County Art Association and Mechanicsburg Art Center.

 
Artist Statement:
“Making art is as vital as breathing. What gets me out of bed in the morning is the excitement of unraveling saran wrap or wax paper from a painting that was left to dry the night before. It’s like opening a gift, since you don’t really know what burst of intermingled colors and formations dried underneath to ooh and ahh over. Usually three or four ‘starts’ are kept in the works at progressively different stages, which makes it easy to keep working as they dry. Making art is like a breath of fresh air; it makes me come alive and I can’t imagine life without it. Discovery is the most exciting part of the creative process, where I allow myself room to play until I see something emerge from my work to develop further. As the piece comes to completion, I pay close attention to the overall composition and elements of art pulling it all together. My home studio is a conducive place to work without distraction, with my favorite music playing in the background. I enjoy creating abstract art, which might start as an inspiration to try a new color or texture, but then I allow the piece to evolve intuitively. I take pleasure in creating uplifting art that brings beauty and curiosity to the world.”

Below is a recent Q&A with Phiroza Kapadia.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
Though I have been painting on and off since my high school days, my journey as a mixed media artist recently began around five years ago upon attending some mixed media classes. I enjoyed these so much that I was hooked! Mixed media is my medium of choice, as it is freeing and gives me room to experiment!

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I enjoy mixed media as there is a lot of scope within this medium. I create artwork using different papers, pastes, cloth, found objects and different textures. All this variety keeps me inspired as an artist.

Nature Sprit
Nature Sprit
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
My artistic inspiration comes from my mixed media teachers, nature, textures, objects I find and colors.

Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
My favorite piece is one that I recently completed, which is hanging up in my home, named Nature Spirit.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice to other artists would be to experiment with different mediums and find one that you really enjoy creating in. Also take some art classes, or view videos of painting techniques online. If possible, set some time aside each week for your creative practice and be patient with your evolution. Every painting needn’t turn out a masterpiece – just enjoy the journey!

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