2016 Visual Artists

Deanna Haldeman

Deanna Haldeman was introduced to making pottery in high school in the mid 80s. The first day of class, after fighting with the clay for an hour or so, she had created a small pinch pot. She was hooked. Deanna continued taking classes throughout High School and College finally receiving her BA with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Wyoming in 1991. After starting up Deramics Clay Studio and working out of her living room for a few years Deanna started taking classes and working as a kiln tech at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. In 2007 she became a juried member in The Potters Guild and has been creating functional pottery there ever since. Most of Deanna’s pottery starts on the potters wheel. After throwing (forming) the piece, it is either altered in some way or left to dry until it is ready to be stamped, drilled or trimmed. The piece is then left to dry slowly until is it bone dry and ready to bisque fire. After firing the pots to 1888 degrees Fahrenheit and allowing them to slowly cool they are ready to glaze. Deanna mixes lead free glazes which she applies by dipping, pouring, dribbling, and squirting. Her color combinations include her popular midnight daisy design, her newest melon colored glaze, and some beautiful blues and greens. The pots are then fired again this time to 2232 degrees making them water tight as well as microwave and dishwasher safe. Deanna’s work is inspired and influenced by traditional pottery forms, nature and her customer’s comments and needs. Although she does not take custom orders, a request may influence future work. So if you mention something to her that you have been looking for, don’t be surprised to find it at a future Deramics Clay Studio event.
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David Jablow

David Jablow is a multi-media artist based in Philadelphia. He is predominantly known for his drawings on mid-century “doodle-pads”: notepads featuring outlines of women in provocative poses. These drawings have been showcased on BuzzFeed, boingboing, Huffington Post Arts, TheMarySue.com and probably your Tumblr feed.
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Nick Duvall

Founded by Nick Duvall over 11 years ago, Duvall Leatherwork is the classic all American story of making your life long hobby a successful growing business. Literally started from the ground up, this bustling workshop creates some truly amazing handmade leather goods.
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Eileen Stanfield

I first sat on a wheel in the spring of 2014. I never knew it would become such a huge love in my life, but I have been overtaken by the clay! I took 4 rounds of formal pottery classes in 2014 and 2015 at The Philly Art Center and at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then, I have been working solo at The Clay Studio. I’ve had the great opportunity to meet and form relationships with several artists at The Clay Studio. I consider myself an intermediate in ceramics and in the specific throwing forms I create. In March of 2015 I started my etsy store and have done well with online sales; having repeat customers. In the summer and fall of 2015 I started selling at craft fairs and markets in the Philadelphia area and surrounding counties. At a private home sale put together with a like-minded artist friend in November 2015, I sold 95% of my inventory and was rendered speechless by the outpouring of support. I truly love every piece that I make. They will always be one of a kind, and it’s neat to think that each piece someone else enjoys as much as I do can appreciate the craft!
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GiGi Singh

Hi there, my name is GiGi and I have been making handmade clay jewelry for a couple of years now and I am having a blast. I make my jewelry using clay, paints, chalks and powders creating one of kind colorful and fun pieces that appeal to every age!
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Pidge Molyneaux

I’ve been making “things” since I was a kid and discovered my love of designing and making jewelry a couple of decades ago. My work is trendy in terms of style, traditional in terms of materials and ease of wear. My current favorite items include leather bracelets in a variety of styles, and gemstone or glass bracelets sets for stacking. My necklaces range from chokers to long wraparound pieces that are always a big favorite with customers. I’ve just retired from teaching English at a local university and look forward to my jewelry business to keep me busy and happily creating.
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Peter McDaniel

In his work, Peter strives to capture images of boundaries and transitional places, reflecting the changes that continually occur within complex systems, such as the natural world. Believing that most boundaries are artificial and should be continually challenged, he seeks to question limitations and recognize transitional places, striving to create images that have depth and complexity, leading to new insights. He also feels that each of his works is not complete until the correct presentation has been determined and to that end mats and frames all of his work himself. He also believes that each piece of art should have the greatest longevity possible and employs only the finest quality archival papers, canvas, inks, matboard and foam board in its production. He has done extensive research into print media, matting and framing to create his unique style. He also creates the frames for some of his work, specializing in handmade frames that are designed to complement each piece of art. Peter makes his experience and technical expertise available for other artists and collectors for their printing and framing needs.
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Betsy Burke

A Lansdowne native, Betsy loves spending time in her garden watching the birds and butterflies, which is where much of the inspiration for her mobiles comes from. Her charming felt birds and butterflies made of recycled milk jugs are designed to look like real species. The first mobiles and fabric pennants she made were for nurseries, based upon the decoration theme, colors, or interests of the parents. If you have a favorite bird or butterfly species, she can figure out a pattern. Do you have a special theme for a nursery or kid’s bedroom? Tell her about it, and she can come up with a plan.
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Sara Burns

Sara Burns was born in Upstate NY and raised in an almost “Little House on the Prairie” lifestyle. Dad hunted and made the furniture and all of the food and clothing were made by mom. Eggs came from the chickens. 2003 brought her to Lansdowne where she eventually became involved in animal rescue with Animal Friends of Lansdowne. A couple of years ago she stumbled upon a “Make Homemade Soap” book mom had given her. After practice and some nice holiday gifts, the demand for “More soap!” came and the rest is history. Kiss My Soul was born and the inspiration keeps flowing.
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Mary Begnardi

I am a mixed media artist and I draw, paint and make things inspired by the people and places around me. I reverse draw and paint using permanent marker, acrylic, and spray paint on clear acrylic surfaces. Sometimes these pieces also incorporate collage elements. I am exploring themes of destruction, abandonment, survival, growth, faith, hope, and renewal. My work has a narrative quality, but I welcome the viewer’s interpretation. Recently, I have begun reverse painting on distressed mirrors as a way to invite viewers to see themselves as part of the work. I have exhibited in various locations in and around Philadelphia, and am proud to be a public school teacher who works with English Language Learners. I live just outside Philadelphia with my husband, Emiliano, and sons, Eliseo and Noe.
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Jeanette Fiumenero

Crafter since childhood, when I attempted to make my own shoes and sandals. Evolved into sewing and other crafts like painting, plaster of Paris molds, wood work. I sold hand-crafted handbags at craft shows but gave that up when I began conducting perfume parties, where everyone creates their own fragrance. I also make perfume favors for all kinds of events. For the last 2 years I have been making jewelry from all sorts of mediums, but mostly from copper. I attended my first craft show selling jewelry, in May 2016. I really enjoy letting my imagination take over when I’m creating jewelry. (I am currently updating my display with improvements.)
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Aisha Loeks

The Adorned collection is the creation of Aisha Maria Loeks, an artisan and designer based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from artsy Santa Fe, NM, Aisha was raised in a culture of handicraft, just as generations of women in her family before her. Through apprenticeships and extensive study in the Fine Arts, Aisha honed her craft, graduating Cum Honore from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. With fond memories of her grandmother’s cameos and a romanticized view of what the world was like at the turn of the century, Aisha began to create her vintage inspired jewelry and accessories line. She loves to design unique one-of-a-kind treasures that allow women to feel feminine and pretty.
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Madelyn Lang

At Philadelphia College of Art, I took an elective bookbinding course. A few years ago I made myself some sketchbooks and found that the process was simple and therapeutic enough to be fun, while the blank covers allowed for a great deal of creativity. I let the design process drive itself as I work to improve my books.
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Shelly Rabuse / Gillian Pokalo

Ardmore native Shelly Rabuse has found a happy medium for her two artistic pursuits: jewelry making and graphic design. Shelly’s imagination and creativity go into every piece of unique jewelry she designs, reflecting her refined and sometimes whimsical style. Incorporating vintage elements such as pins and pendants, as well as beads and crystals salvaged from necklaces is what sets the no. 27 collection apart. Shelly loves to roam local flea markets searching for vintage jewelry that can be “reborn” into refreshing and modern pieces of jewelry. Eye catching visual displays are the trademark of no. 27, reflecting the vintage origins of the jewelry for sale! Gillian grew up in Conshohocken, exploring factory relics along the Schuylkill River. That interest in the ever-changing landscape has continued into her adult life. Her work is influenced by the sociological shift in the communities that were originally built around industry and the remnants of places that no longer exist. She photographs buildings that are in some way imperfect, or have a humble, almost forgotten quality. Through the repetition of the printed image, these structures create an implied narrative and a metaphor for the human condition.
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Gillian Pokalo

Gillian Pokalo is an artist/educator whose work focuses on the places we leave behind. She incorporates and combines photography, printmaking, and painting, to create implied narratives that raise questions about past inhabitants. Local to Ardmore, she shows her work regionally in art festivals in the Philadelphia area. Her work is a permanent set piece on ABC’s “Modern Family”. She recently was invited to be an artist-in-residence in Keflavik, Iceland, where she produced a body of work and taught a workshop to the Keflavik community. She is a member of the PA Guild of Craftsmen and InLiquid. She also recently had a solo exhibition at Pennswood Gallery in Newtown, PA.
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Kate Custer Kwedar

Kate started sewing with her mom when she was just a little girl. Now, she has two daughters of her own who inspire her to make fashionable and practical items for infants, toddlers, and beyond!
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Karen Heenan

I’ve sewn since I was a child, but in 2013, I left my full-time office job to turn my passion into a business. Around the same time, I started working with recycled fabrics. This is very important to me, not just because of the environmental impact but it helps to keep my material costs down so that I can make handmade more affordable to those who would like to buy but are often put off by the price of handmade.
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Nicole DuCoin

Nicole is a local Philadelphia Graphic Designer who has an obsession with Ben Franklin and Philly food. She began Frankadelphia as a personal challenge to start a business, as well as a fun creative outlet. All designs are original and she runs the website, and fulfills orders on her own. Frankadelphia wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of close family and friends who set up and sell at craft shows with Nicole and offer new ideas and opinions to help grow the shop!
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Liz Moorhead

Betsy Ann Paper began in 2009 amid frustration at mass-produced and overstated greeting cards. Using spare lines and minimal bright colors, the watercolor illustrations of Betsy Ann Paper evoke the emotion and nostalgia of old-fashioned, heartfelt mail. Simple images and short thoughts allow the quiet honesty of the message to really shine through.
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Nancy Barch

Nancy Barch is one of the featured artists in “100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic” by Amazon books. Her works are in the collections of Morgan Stanley, AIG, and duPont Country Club. Nancy’s work can be seen online at www.nancybarch.com.
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Heather Breyer

I was born into a creative family, with parents who dragged me (I went willingly) to flea markets every weekend. Somewhere along the way, I managed to marry these two life-long passions (creating and flea-ing) into a tiny little business. I spend my weekends scouring flea markets for all things rusty, chippy, and perfectly flawed. I take those treasures and gently breathe a bit of new life into them in my basement studio. It is important to me to maintain the integrity of the finds that I chose to work with. I want to honor their place in history, and original intent, but make them functional in a more modern world.
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Maura C. Ciccarelli

Maura Ciccarelli has been making art and jewelry for many years, building her skills through silversmithing classes and by studying the work and techniques of talented local and nationally known artists. She was exposed to art at an early age, spending Saturdays at Fleisher Art Memorial classes and Sundays at the Philadelphia Art Museum. In her jewelry, Maura explores how to combine metal, stones, glass, textiles, and other materials to create interesting and beautiful jewelry that frequently includes symbolism, text, and whimsy, as well as interesting color, texture and movement. Her day job is as a professional writer/editor and most Saturdays throughout the summer and fall you’ll find her volunteering with the Lansdowne Farmers Market.
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Laura and James Kranefeld

James and Laura are a father and daughter artist duo. Both are alumni of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. James is an accomplished painter, illustrator and photographer with varied interests in many areas from nature, to railroads and history. Many of his images reflect his interests with an artists skill and vision. Laura has a passion for pictures, both moving and still. She is drawn to the weird beauty of nature and expressive city environments. Sharing many of the same interests as her father Lauras artist’s expression reflects her youth and quirky sense of humor.
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Robyn Steinmetz

These ladies have been friends for years, going to different painting events. What started out as a hobby painting for friends, has now turned into a part time job! They each have different strengths in their artwork and enjoy sharing them with others.
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Tannei Casey

My name is Tannei. I learned how to sew and knit at a very young age which led to studies in fashion design in college. I am a graduate of the School of Fashion Studies at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. While my career has taken me in other directions, I have finally returned to the place where I am the happiest – in my sewing workroom. I am content when I am surrounded by fabrics and yarn. I don’t go anywhere long distance without yarn and knitting needles. Every item you see in my shop is created by me from start to finish. I take meticulous care in selecting the right fabric for every item. Attention to details such as seams matching, prints centered and symmetrical when appropriate and design prints matched on all outside pockets.
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Yvonne Valenza

Yvonne has a BFA in printmaking, but took up simple hand sewing as a side hobby. With the encouragement from a friend she pursued making stuffed animals made from her own patterns as a business. She has been vending in craft shows since 2013 in Philadelphia. After living in The city for 9 years, Yvonne and her husband, and their daughter now live in Collingswood, NJ.
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Sarah Rene

Sarah Rene is a visual artist and educator from the Philadelphia area. Her artistic practice surrounds ideas of nature vs. nurture, usually one taking precedent on a 2-dimensional surfaces overall.
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Stephanie Davis-Gonzalez

Stephanie has always been a fan of local, handmade items and wanted to be a part of that scene in her hometown of Philadelphia. She started tightknit philly in 2014 with the hopes of connecting with other small businesses, and has enjoyed meeting new artists in the area. In addition to running a small business, Stephanie works part time as a Nanny and is a musician in a local rock band. She lives in South Philly with her husband, Justin.
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Kimberly Hoffa

I’m originally from the Hudson Valley in NY, but I have been calling Philadelphia my home for the past 16 years. I love making things, especially crocheting and knitting.
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Cooper O’Neil

Trained to build cathedral windows, Cooper O’Neil makes stained glass art both monumental and miniature in the Philadelphia area. His most recent projects are etched stained glass maps on beautiful handmade glass. These pieces are the result of several years of material and process experimentation and development. A love for crisp design and thoughtful presentation come together to make these pieces unique and eye-catching. Cooper is currently based out of a studio in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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Bryan DeProspero

Recent graduate of the academy of fine arts in Philadelphia. I’ve been exploring textures by using unconventional tools for applying paint. Invention and imaginative elements are employed as I focus on application and the accidental phenomena of paint itself. I feel an abstracted approach can still feel like a landscape and have all the necessary components to read as a scene or object while simultaneously granting a more open and personalized viewing experience. Chaotic movements overlap and coalesce to create intriguing depictions that are ultimately more conducive to the landscape than merely a mimetic approach.
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