Pottery is a craft as old as time. Yet local resident and potter Pam Cummings finds a way to make her pieces modern and elegant, as well as timeless. Her unique work is versatile, and currently at Cornerstone you’ll be able to find two pieces of hers: beautiful coffee mugs and melitta filters.
From Pam’s website:
I came to pottery about the same time I started growing flowers and enjoying cooking. Each day I enter my studio in the woods and make pots that speak of my surroundings– quietly elegant, functional pots that hint at the leaves whispering outside, or egrets winging along the nearby Susquehanna. These pots are objects I love to make, over and over again. I work to make the good individual pot that only comes from working in a series of related forms over time. The clay brings challenges and is always teaching me something new, if not about form or technique, then about patience and acceptance.”
And what a great way to brew a cup of coffee – her filter pots are the perfect size for a personal brew. You simply put a cone filter inside, add a couple of tablespoons of finely ground coffee, pour boiling water over the grounds, and let it drip into your cup! Can’t get any fresher than that.
We’re a big fan of her style, and proud to be selling her work here at Cornerstone. Stop by and see for yourself, and head over to her website to see even more designs!
A couple of Thursdays ago, here at the Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen we kicked off our summer cooking class series with “Grilling on the Deck”, taught by Chef Chuck LaPorta. This is one of our most popular classes of the year – so much so we had to add a second night! Contrary to most of our classes, which are held in our lovely private back room, these two grilling sessions were held on our spacious front deck, in the open air. As guests arrived and appetites stirred, Chef fired up the grill and started turning the heads of everyone passing by on the street.
The night started off with some grilled diavolo chicken accompanied by grilled italian potato salad, followed by scrumptious other entree samplings, such as grilled salmon with lavender butter and mangoes, stuffed flank steak with mushroom sauce, and this kicker: chipotle & bourbon rubbed sirloin, served on garlic & herb ciabatta with blue cheese cole slaw. YUM. Take a look:
This evening event was just beginning of our wonderful cooking classes yet to come. Starting in July are some delicious options for a summer night out – Bahama Breezes, Under the Tuscan Sun, Mediterranean Masterpieces, and last but not least, an encore of our grilling class, available on two nights!
So if your appetite has been ignited, call us here at the shop or stop by and ask one of our friendly faces for more information on how to sign up!
If you’ve been in Camp Hill this week, you may have noticed something unique happening. Spotted around town, you’ll see open-door galleries, white tents selling t-shirts… and a plethora of people stationed by easels, painting. It’s all part of the second annual Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival! This six day event is an effort to promote the arts and cultural activity in Camp Hill and the surrounding communities.
Running from this past Tuesday through Sunday June 10th, Plein Air showcases some of our region’s best artists. All week they have been painting “en plein air” (in the open air) in a juried competition. The artists have been painting vistas and views of our communities here on the west shore and will be selling their created works in two galleries located on Market Street, Gallery 2318, and the Cordier Gallery at 2151 Market Street.
This coming weekend is packed with wonderful opportunities to still experience the Plein Air Festival:
–Friday 6/8, 5pm : Collector’s Preview Party and competition awards ceremony, providing an opportunity to meet the artists and have a first glance at the competition pieces before opening up to the public starting Saturday morning.
–Saturday 6/9 10am: Quick Draw Competition for both adults and children! In this exciting event, participants will be painting in specifically defined boundaries within the Borough. For adult artists, judging and awards will begin at 12:30pm. Children ages 5 to 12 will receive awards for their participation in the event.
–Hudson River School Exhibition at Gallery 2318: This exquisite exhibition is on display through 4pm on Sunday, June 10, and it’s a great opportunity to view these plein air works created by artists during the mid-1800′s. Compliments of the Questroyal Fine Art Gallery located in Manhattan, New York.
–Various workshops to be held throughout the event to include impressionist landscape painting, glassblowing, and pottery. -Various musical events to include Steve Rudolph, John Catalano, Jerry Haines, and the Willow Park Union Band.
Cornerstone gallery – Banner Art winners! Local high school and middle school art students from six schools participated in a competition for the creation of this year’s Plein Air student banners. They hang along Market Street and the 25 selected artists’ creations will be on display at Cornerstone through the end of June. The township winners this year are Rebekah Miller from Camp Hill High school, and Tram-Anh Bui from Central Dauphin EastHigh School. Their pieces are also featured on the back of this year’s t-shirts!
There’s plenty more happening, so stop on by at Cornerstone, your Plein Air headquarters, for more information, and check out Plein Air’s website for a complete detailed schedule and to learn more about our featured artists.
We hope you come out to enjoy this unique and wonderful event!
Rest easy, lemonade lovers. Your wait is over.
Cornerstone’s fresh-squeezed lemonade is back for the summer! As we forge ahead into June, with the humidity already climbing and the shorts and sunscreen coming out of storage, it isn’t really summer until the first taste of that sweet and tart goodness. Not much is more refreshing than sipping on the simple combination of lemons, ice and sugar! And let’s not forget its impressive health benefits. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C & A, not to mention rich in antioxidants. They also aid in digestion and boost concentration. In fact, lemons were reported to be used to treat scurvy in the 1600′s!
Our favorite drink has traveled far and wide since then – right to our kitchen. So if you’re feeling overheated and parched this summer, never fear – we can help. We’ll be offering lemonade and it’s close cousin, the Arnold Palmer (lemonade mixed with iced tea), all summer long. Come visit!
Emmy is a photographer from the Central PA area, and her work is currently on display here at Cornerstone! From her artist statement: “Emmy is an outdoor photographer inspired by nature around the world and around the corner.” We asked Emmy to tell us a little more about herself so we can appreciate her work all the more!
Tell us briefly about your background and how you first got interested and started in photography:
I grew up in Pennsylvania, and I’ve been drawing, painting and photographing since childhood, for as long as I can remember. Now I am a scientist doing biomedical research and teaching at the Penn State College of Medicine. So art and music serve as much-needed balance and stress relief.
Did you go to school to study photography or find your own way?
When I was a teen I took art classes in San Francisco. The head of the photography department used a Kodak Instamatic camera. His message – that art is not your equipment but your eye, your perceptions – has stuck with me ever since. My first good camera was a nearly bombproof all-manual Nikkormat with no light meter. I took it everywhere near and far, scaled ocean cliffs with it, weathered storms, climbed mountains, and took pictures of everyday activities. I did all of my own developing and printing as well. So I learned by lots of experimentation on my own and with the help of people who gave valuable feedback.
What drew you to wildlife and landscapes?
While in graduate school in Washington DC, I became involved with various river and land conservation efforts, and provided articles and photos for local and national non-profit organizations and publications. My intent has been to show the great variety and ever changing moods and beauty of nature and our surroundings, with the hope that others will agree with the desperate need to protect and preserve it. If people appear in my photos, it’s usually to give perspective to our place within our surroundings.
Have you ever dabbled in other areas such as portraits or weddings?
No. But I’ve done photojournalistic articles about travels, expeditions, and community events in which I participated.
Do you have a favorite image in your portfolio?
Hard to say. My approach to taking pictures has changed over time and varies with circumstances and intent. For instance, color imaging and black and white imaging present very different ways of seeing. I have a collection of B&W images that are some of my favorites but are not on my website.
A photograph is a microsecond in time, but I try to capture enduring images — a serendipitous moment, a moody landscape, special light. I was a reluctant convert to a digital camera, and many of my favorite pictures were taken with film. To me, there is a certain inexplicable quality to film that cannot be matched by digital. I rarely use a tripod or artificial lighting, and I use PhotoShop sparingly, except for occasional fun with artistic effects or if making a graphic, such as CD cover art. While there are truly stunning photos using such manipulations, and I very much respect that art form, I usually tend to keep it simple.
If you could share one big piece of advice for photographers just getting started, what would it be?
Try a Kodak Instamatic. Seriously. Don’t get too hung up on equipment. One of my favorite recent shots was taken with my phone while bicycling. Art/photography is anything you want it to be. Explore. Experiment. Test your perceptions and your eye. Ask for feedback. But mostly just have fun with it.
We want to thank Emmy for sharing her work and story with us, and so generously answering our questions. Please visit her site to see more of her wonderful work, and don’t forget to stop in the shop here to see her prints in person – Emmy’s work will be on display through May 31st.
You can find her at this website.
Upcoming Classes with Availability
Thu, March 28th, 6:00pm
Oh, the Pasta-bilities!
Fri, March 29th, 6:30pm
Tuscan Dinner and Wine Pairing
Thu, April 11th, 6:00pm
Fri, April 19th, 6:30pm
Springtime in Paris
Mon, April 29th, 6:00pm
Beggin' for Bacon
Thu, May 9th, 6:00pm
Mother's Day Celebration
Fri, May 17th, 6:30pm
“Season’s First Catch” Salmon & Sauces
Fri, May 24th, 6:30pm
Fast and Flavorful Pasta & Sauces
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