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Lori Sweet

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for February 2018

Lori SweetFor Lori Sweet, art-making is about story-telling, meaning-making and making the sacred visible. She says; “Art-making is primarily an intuitive, visionary, and meditative process for me. While art usually produces a tangible product, I am more interested in the intangible aspects of art-making: the energetic process that teaches, heals, inspires, restores, and transforms when we create. I often wonder, ‘How does art inform and change us as it is created and informed by us?'”

Lori’s vision is about helping to create sacred places within hearts and homes, a safe haven, a sacred space, a refuge where one can know their dreams, hearts, and tender places can rest, recover, and rejoice. Patrons of Lori often say they have a sense that the images are “looking over” them, protecting them, or guiding them in some way. This relational quality and ongoing story around the images is part of what I love so much about making art.

Primarily a sculptor previously, Lori began painting in 2011 due to the prompting of a very persistent and convincing muse. Because of this muse, her paintings generally focus on images of the feminine archetype/divine feminine and reflect aspects of both human nature and divine nature. Lori uses ancient and modern archetypes and symbols, aspects of nature, and sometimes poems, passages, or prayers in her work. Earth medicine is important to her and she draws a tremendous amount of strength and sense of well-being from nature. Her art often includes animals and/or plants relevant to the work.

Images in her show either are original acrylic paintings or reproductions of original works of art called Giclee prints (pronounced zhee-clay). Originals are finished with an archival varnish and either framed or left unframed as appropriate. The canvas prints are treated with a special top coating to aid in their protection and the paper prints are on archival papers and enclosed in glass.

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

I was born with an interest in the visual arts and have engaged in creative expression in many ways: creating theater sets, painting furniture, mask-making, clay sculpting, pastel work, and quilt-making. About 8 years ago I began painting in acrylics at the prompting of a persistent muse. I had not considered myself a painter and it has been a process of accepting this medium.

Painting and sculpting are intuitive, meditative, and prayerful activities as I experience them. Many of my images include subjects or intentions that have some spiritual or healing quality and elements of nature. While it is a very personal expression, I believe the works convey universal themes of love, beauty, nature’s wisdom, hope, transformation, and mystery.

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

Interesting question! I had not thought about this before. I primarily use Golden Flow Acrylics. The paints are pigmented in such a way that they remain vibrant even when using greater amounts of water. This allows for layering and glazing techniques and watercolor-like effects that create depth and intensity.

I see life with multi-layers – some hidden, some revealed – very intertwined as in a tapestry. We seldom grasp the full complexity and depth in life (and in art) but it is there. I also think life is about flow…and the watery, emotional, and relational aspects that guide and influence us.

And what do I like about the medium? It is forgiving. Even something that looks solid and real can be changed and altered by our awareness, attention, action, follow-through, and patience.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

Lots of things inspire me but mostly by dreams, spiritual practices, the mystics, poets, and nature. I also am moved by the great amount of woundedness and pain in the world and the human ability to overcome adversity and choose love anyway.

Of course all artists are interesting but specifically I have been moved by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Meinrad Craighead, Frida Kahlo, Marc Chagall, Alex Grey, Susan Seddon Boulet, and Healing Art artist and teacher Mary Rockwood Lane as well as many contemporary people creating art for healing and positive change.

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Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

Not really. Usually my favorite one is the one on which I currently am working. They feel almost like children. I love each unique one but each is different.

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

PAINT PAINT PAINT! Practice provides opportunities to learn about the process as you go. And BREAK RULES. While some people subscribe to the notion you must learn rules and technique to master art, I subscribe to the notion that you always can learn technique but the harder task is allowing yourself to tap into the flow of your own unique creative expression. You need to learn to trust your muses and play. Once you discover what it is you really want to create and how you personally engage in creativity you can learn the skills to improve upon your art form.

LoriSweetStudio.com
 
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Kirk Kulgavin

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for January 2018

Kirk KulgavinKirk was born in the former Soviet Union in December of 1982. After immigrating to the United States at the age of nine he and his family settled in the town of Harrisburg, PA. Kirk’s education includes degrees in Criminal Justice and Marketing. Kirk’s journey into photography began approximately 3 years ago when while standing on the roof of a parking garage he observed the beauty and the nuances of the street below him: the people, the architecture, the facial expression, the body language and poses, and even the landscape became vivid in his eyes.

He is a self-taught photographer who is driven by his passion to show the viewer how he sees the world. After casually displaying his work on social media sites he started to receive positive feedback. This feedback encouraged him to gain further knowledge in the field. He joined a local camera club. Kirk began seeking advice from local artists who were gracious enough and knowledgeable enough to dispense it. Today Kirk feels that a day not working in photography is a day wasted. His body of work is eclectic and includes a variety of subjects. Kirk is devoted to capture the precious fleeting moments of life and preserve them through his pictures. That is how Kapture Photos came to be.

Kirk is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in museums, historical societies, and various art galleries. His pictures have been sold to various businesses, restaurants and private residences across the United States.

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

I LIKE TO THINK THAT PHOTOGRAPHY FOUND ME INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND. I WAS STANDING ON THE ROOF OF PARKING GARAGE JUST WATCHING THE SUNSET ACROSS THE RIVER AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. AT THAT MOMENT I THOUGHT TO MYSELF “I WISH I HAD A CAMERA WITH ME TO CAPTURE THIS MOMENT” ….SO I WENT OUT AND GOT ONE. THAT IS HOW “KAPTURE PHOTOS” CAME TO BE (THE “K” IS FOR THE FIRST INITIAL MY NAME)

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

MY PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWS MY WORLD AS I SEE IT. IT CAPTURES THE MOMENT, THE EMOTION, SIGHTS AND THE GENERAL MOOD OF WHAT I SEE WHEN THE SHUTTER CLOSES

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

IT DEPENDS ON THE SPECIFIC GENRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. FOR INSTANCE WHEN IT COMES TO ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY I WOULD SAY I HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHERS JEAN MICHLL- BERTS AND SERGE RAMELLI. THEIR WORKS AND THEIR METHODS SPEAK TO ME PARTICULARLY WHEN LOOKING AT JEAN MICHEL-BERTS SERIES OF “LIGHTS OF …” BOOKS. WHEN IT COMES TO NATURE AND LANDSCAPES ITS HARD TO PIN DOWN ONE OR TWO ARTISTS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED ME THE MOST. I SUPPOSE MY INSPIRATION FOR THAT COMES FROM WITHIN. THE SAME CAN BE SAID ABOUT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. MY RECENT MODELING PHOTOGRAPHY (WHICH CAN BE FOUND ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE) HAS BEEN INFLUENCED BY THE WORKS OF THE WORKS OF MY FRIENDS AND WIDELY PUBLISHED LOCALLY BASED ARTISTS SCOTT CHURCH, AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

NOT REALLY I THINK THEY ARE UNIQUE IN THEIR OWN WAY AND REPRESENT DIFFERENT TIMES IN MY LIFE AND HOW CHOSE TO CAPTURE THE MOMENT AT THAT TIME.

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

BE OPEN MINDED. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY NEW GENRES AND LOCATIONS. PLAY AROUND WITH YOUR CAMERA SETTINGS, DIG INTO OUR EDITING SOFTWARE, LOOK FOR ONLINE CLASSES JOIN YOUR LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUBS, FIND PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT INSPIRE YOU BUT BE UNIQUE AT THE SAME TIME. IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO YOU WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, ABSORB AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE. MOST IMPORTANTLY PRACTICE, THEN PRACTICE, AND THEN PRACTICE SOME MORE

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January Beer Pairing

Beer Pairing January 2018

Another local Beer Pairing coming your way! Mark your calendars!

Friday January 12th, 6:30-9:00 pm, we are teaming up with Brewhouse Grille and Riverbend Hop Farm & Brewery to give you a night of fantastic local brews and delicious foods catered by Cornerstone.

  • Roasted Winter Vegetable & Hummus Platter
  • Mole Chili w/ Poblano Skillet Cornbread
  • Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad
  • Chicken Schnitzel & Waffles
  • Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich w/ Hazelnuts, White Chocolate & Dates

The cost is $55 per person and there are only 24 spots available.

Amanda Rife

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for December

Amanda RifeAmanda Rife is a mosaicist based out of Harrisburg, PA. For over a decade, her creative outlet of choice has been an ancient art form with a modern twist, where she cuts sheets of stained glass into smaller pieces and meticulously arranges them to create her interpretation of the subject matter. Amanda has been drawn to a variety of different artistic mediums throughout her life, including drawing, collage, and photography. But when introduced to mosaics, she felt compelled to work with glass. The challenge to recreate textures and patterns, and to interpret objects and natural subjects, is one she eagerly accepts. In her creative process, she takes an object and deconstructs it in order to figure out how the glass will be cut and where the grout will be. Many subjects do not have hard lines, so the glass’ edge and the grout need to imply every curve and detail in order for the entire piece to come together. Every cut of glass is planned, with each edge cut in anticipation of the piece that will be placed next to it.

Every mosaic is hand-crafted with great precision and care, and even if an image is produced more than once, there will never be two mosaics with the exact same cuts of glass throughout the entire piece. Every mosaic truly is one of a kind. Her mosaics have been featured locally in shows at Metropolis Collective, Sheila Frank, ZeroDay Brewing, Moda Salon, Cornerstone Coffeehouse, and Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center.

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

I took art classes both in and out of school and tried every medium I could get my hands on. Once I was introduced to mosaics, something just clicked inside me and that initial excitement I felt just never faded. It all started when I was making mosaic flower pots as a summer hobby. A friend of the family saw my pots and asked if I could create a Penn State logo out of glass on his coffee table. I brainstormed and told him I’d give it a shot, and the end product was just so much better than I had ever imagined it would be. And with that, my new passion began to grow and I haven’t fallen out of love with it since.

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

I absolutely love the challenge of interpreting a photo or drawing into glass and having it make sense. A big part of that is picking out the right glass. There are so many different colors, shades, levels of transparency, textures and designs as options, and I love picking the perfect kind of glass to best express each aspect of the image. Every little detail comes together in the end to create the bigger picture. Those details are my favorite.

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

All artists inspire me. Creativity is a life-force, and artists amaze me with their personal talents. My husband is incredibly artistic and constantly inspires me. I also love mosaics by Siobhan Allen, Linda Billet (an insanely talented local mosaicist!), and Sharra Frank. My favorite mixed media/painters are Josie Lewis, Denitza, and Ryan Sparr.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

For the past year, I’ve created mostly mandalas. I love them all. Mandalas represent wholeness, balance, and feeling complete, which is something I’m always striving to have in my life.

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

Don’t be afraid to fail. Try everything and anything your creative wheels churn up. Worst case, you don’t love it and you learn what you do or don’t want for your next piece. It’s all about growth and letting your creativity grow. Art is therapeutic and good for the soul, so feed that hunger without fear.

A full display of previous works can be found at AmandaRifeArt.com

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Thanksgiving Treats

Thanksgiving Treats

Cornerstone has delicious homemade baked goods for your Thanksgiving feast! Orders can be placed via phone or in-store and can be picked up anytime before 9:00 pm the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday November 22nd.

  • Apple Pie -$22 (serves 10-12)
  • Pumpkin Pie- $14 (serves 10-12)
  • Pumpkin Roll- $18 (serves 8-10)
  • Quiche Lorraine w/ Bacon & Gruyere -$24 (9″)
  • Quiche w/ Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese- $24 (9″)

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Mon, April 29th, 6:00pm
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Thu, May 9th, 6:00pm
Mother's Day Celebration

Fri, May 24th, 6:30pm
Fast and Flavorful Pasta & Sauces

Fri, June 7th, 6:30pm
“Meet the Millworks”: Tapas & Beer Pairing

Fri, June 21st, 6:30pm
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