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Kevin Kline

Kevin KlineKevin Kline has been a part of the Central Pa. music scene for almost 20 years, first playing in blues bands and then transitioning into a solo act focusing on instrumental versions of songs. A typical performance will include instrumental covers of jazz tunes, folk, soft rock and some originals. Think of it as background music that facilitates and doesn’t get in the way of a good conversation.

Here is a list of some of the songs Kevin regularly performs versions of:

  • “Layla” by Eric Clapton
  • “Angel From Montgomery” by John Prine
  • “Friend of the Devil” by The Grateful Dead
  • “One Way Out” by Allman Brothers Band
  • “Stand By Me” by Ben E King
  • “Misty” by Ella Fitzgerald
  • “Georgia” by Ray Charles

Check out the Cornerstone music schedule for upcoming shows by Kevin Kline.

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Joe Cooney

Joe CooneyJoe Cooney is a performing musician from Harrisburg, PA who plays guitar and sings with fervor that shakes the stage. A regular performer at Cornerstone for many years, Joe has been performing in the Central Pennsylvania area since 2010, performing folk, country, blues, and rock.

He primarily covers popular favorite songs ranging from the present back through the 1960s, with some of his favorite artists to cover being Gordon Lightfoot, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones and Bob Seger. Joe’s lifelong love of all types of music shows through when he performs.

“I like songs that have a special magic that keeps them fresh and exciting through the years. I try to treat them with the reverence that they deserve.”

Frequently, Joe perform in duos and trios with some of his great music friends. Known as Joe Cooney and Friends, they configure an ensemble to fit specific events with the talents of guitarist Dan Gierhart, bassist John Gladman and multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanders, who plays harmonica, guitar, banjo, hammer dulcimer, percussion, and vocals.

Here is a list of some of the songs Joe regularly performs:

  • “American Pie” – Don McLean
  • “Behind Blue Eyes” – The Who
  • “Country Roads” – John Denver
  • “Fire and Rain” – James Taylor
  • “Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash
  • “Like a Rolling Stone” – Bob Dylan
  • “Hallelujah” – Leonard Cohen
  • “Heart of Gold” – Neil Young
  • “If You Could Read My Mind” – Gordon Lightfoot
  • “The Weight” – The Band
  • “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” – Gordon Lightfoot
  • “Turn the Page” – Bob Segar

Check out the Cornerstone music schedule for upcoming shows by Joe Cooney.

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Jesus Gaytan

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for October

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

I WAS BORN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA I’VE ALWAYS ENJOYED ART I STARTED PAINTING JUST TO PASS THE TIME AND FOUND THAT I REALLY INJOY IT

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

I ENJOY FEELING I GET WHEN I PAINT IT’S LIKE THE WORLD MELTS AWAY AND THERE’S JUST ME AND A CANVAS

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

FRIDA KAHLO IRVING PENN BANKSY ANYONE WHO CREATES ART

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

NO FAVORITES

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

DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES THAT’S HOW WE LEARN

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Kourtney Cannon

Kourtney Cannon display

Below is an autobiography of artist Kourtney Cannon, Cornerstone Coffeehouse’s artist of the month for September 2019.

ABOUT ME:

“Beautiful
Wildflower…
be free and reach
for the sun,
live in all your colors
and grow so
untamed”
– Butterflies rising

I like to see life in color and celebrate by painting. I have always been a creative soul, but it wasn’t until I had my daughter Islynne that I was given the gift of time. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, I fell in love with all the seasons, all the changes of color and feelings as one season collides with another… Most of my art is inspired and reflective of nature, lots of bright fun florals, colorful abstract landscapes, that include odd shapes, dots and drips, water streaks, etc…Nature is just endless in its design! As an artist, I aspire to create bright fun pieces that make you smile… something cheerful you put in your home and each time you pass by it feelings of happiness, excitement, and whimsy flood right into your heart! Like a good cup of coffee! Or your furry friend greeting you at the door! You just crave it! And you can’t help but ask for a refill, until all your walls are flooded with colorful positivity!

I also have a lot of fun with watercolor commission pieces! Family Portraits, Capturing a perfect wedding/event moment, you and your furry friend, or even custom watercolor house designs perfect for a special Home Gift! Beyond that, I have painted leather journals and bible covers. I am always on the lookout to create more, maybe even paint my own clutches or wooden jewelry one day! Creativity is endless and I am so grateful to have the passion to do it!

MEDIUMS:

“Colors are the smiles of nature” – Leigh Hunt

And I love color! I also love all mediums, acrylic, watercolor, oil, gouache, crayon, markers, pastels… honestly why limit myself. Art has given me happiness and freedom, clarity and peace, plus so much fulfillment. It’s a place where I don’t have to think, and sometimes I have to take a day to reflect just to catch up with my creative side. My hands and creativity move faster than my head, and people ask “what’s going on in this painting?” Honestly, let me sit and think for a second too.. When I paint any certain piece of art, I stop my mind, and let myself just create, half the time I don’t even know how I started or where I am even going to end… But like any journey, there comes a time of contentment and that’s when I know I am finished…

ADVICE/ INSPIRATIONS/ FAVORITE PIECE:

“When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle, yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon

For anyone wanting to take a leap of creativity and start, I say do it, one day, one class, one paint brush at a time… And know that its for you, and if others like it along the way that’s a bonus! It has not always come easy for me to allow myself the time or money to create, but the second I start, I just can’t stop and I never regret a good paint session even if I scribble over it the next day! It’s all in the process and time spent, the mixing, the dipping, the flow… the peace.

My favorite piece, “Isly”, happens to be my first because it was my big step all in piece. I quit my career, I moved, I had a beautiful new baby, and I was ready to turn my pass time into passion time…And I am OH SO thankful to my dear friend Kelly McGee, a beautiful soul and artists, who helped encourage me to start painting. Her soul is reflective in my brush strokes, each stroke I could hear her saying just keep painting Kourt! … Also, so thankful to my husband Ryan for being so supportive of my passions, and my daughter Islynne who reminds and inspires me to paint for fun always, just like a kid!

Kourtney Cannon on Instagram
 

Mary Leone

Mary LeoneMary was born in Carlisle and currently resides in Camp Hill. She has loved drawing and painting her whole life. In 2019, she received an MFA in Painting from the Marchutz School of Fine Arts at the American College of the Mediterranean, Aix-en-Provence, France. Prior to studying in Aix-en-Provence, Mary received an MA in Philosophy from KU Leuven in Belgium (2017), and a BA in English and Philosophy from Grove City College in Pennsylvania (2016).

Mary’s artistic practice focuses on painting and drawing from life and nature, with an attitude of continual exploration, disciplined attention, and openness. She primarily paints portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, as she sees all these deeply interrelated. She seeks to make every encounter with these visual experiences true to the moment of experience, rather than to traditional conventions. Her graduate work in painting and drawing explores color relationships and minimalist, expressive techniques. These serve the practice of painting from a “lived perspective,” which means trusting her eyes instead of the mind’s expectations. This has the sometimes unsettling consequence that she cannot know how a painting will look until it is finished: it is essential to her artistic process to seek to remove her own agenda, her own thoughts on what the painting “should be,” in order to paint with greater freedom, honesty to her experience, and care towards the world around her. Mary has painted in the fields of Aix-en-Provence (Cezanne’s home), hillsides of Giverny (Monet’s home), valleys of Switzerland, and the shore of Venice. She also loves painting portraits from life, seeking to express something true of people’s character in her work.

Mary has tutored students in drawing and painting, worked as a gallery assistant at Grove City College, and helped to organize and design the college’s Arts Festival. In graduate school, Mary was a teaching assistant for the art history course, “Crossroads in European Art”, instructing class sessions and leading a museum visit at the Musee Granet, Aix-en-Provence. In college, her art was selected as the cover art of The Quad literary magazine; Mary’s artwork has also been featured at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts Open Houses, Galerie ESDAC in Aix-en-Provence, GCC Arts Festival, and the Art Walk Exhibit in Grove City, PA.

Mary’s work is in private collections throughout the United States, France, Belgium, and Scotland.

Below is a Q&A with Mary:

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

I loved drawing and painting my whole life. My grandmother was a watercolor artist, and would give me and my sister art lessons as children. In high school, I took art courses that explored a variety of media, but in college I fell in love with oil painting. I found inspiration from my art history courses, and felt that my artwork grew and developed the more I studied the masters, like Cezanne, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. But I felt that my paintings didn’t have the same freedom and life as theirs did, so throughout my graduate studies in painting I pursued that freedom. The challenge of painting from life and nature (en plein air) has strengthened me as an artist, and helped me see more deeply into the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

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

Using primarily oil paints, I do an extensive amount of color mixing every time I paint. I may spend 45 minutes or so in front of the subject, simply mixing colors. I usually begin with warm and cool blues, warm and cool reds, warm and cool yellows, as well as viridian, and up to three different whites. I often experiment with new colors as well, and sometimes mix my own paints from the pigments. I
usually let the subject before me determine which colors I use or don’t use. The more I’ve painted, the more I see how “broken” (that is, containing red, yellow, and blue) colors are in the world, and how complementary color pairings are true to our visual experience. I seek to reflect those aspects of my vision in my artwork. Every color I paint with, I brake with all the primary colors, so as to be true to nature and our experience of it.

Nick
“Nick”
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

I love gleaning inspiration from the history of art. I’ve learned a lot from Byzantine era sculpture, in particular the bas-relief sculpture of St. Peter in the cathedral cloister in Aix-en-Provence, France. I’ve learned much from the color theory of the Impressionists, the precision and freedom of Vermeer, and the color relationships of Cezanne. I’ve greatly appreciated several authors as well, whose work
influence my art, such as Christopher Alexander, Flannery O’Connor, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Three contemporary artistic inspirations are the abstract expressionist Makoto Fujimura, the oil painter Charley Neff, and the oil painter/watercolorist Christen Yates.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

One of my favorite paintings is the portrait “Nick.” I felt that this painting pinpointed Nick’s character and manner in a deep way. Throughout my studies in France, I painted dozens of portraits, and found portraits to be perhaps the most challenging yet invigorating type of subject matter. I painted or drew Nick, an artist friend and musician, around a dozen times. Musician portraits are some of my favorite to do, because I seek to express not only the character of the person, but the music itself in these paintings. Hearing the music, as well as seeing the musician, adds another dimension to my painting experience, and I find it really incredible to pursue. I hope to paint many more musician portraits throughout my career as an artist.

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

Paint what you see, not what you think you ought to see. But true to the visual experience before you, and challenge yourself not to allow conventions, “tips and tricks”, or other techniques to prevent you from trusting your eyes and hand. Your eyes and hand may know better what the painting needs than what your mind thinks it needs. Study artworks—spend 2 hours sitting in front of one painting, and allow it time to open up to you. It’s incredible what you can find in the relationships of color to color, stroke to stroke, that may only open up after long waiting and looking. And as you continue painting, allow every painting you make to be a new experience, as if you’ve never painted before. As Shunryu Suzuki wrote, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Mary Leone’s website
 

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