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Bellefonte Artist Members

BA members offer a variety of artistic mediums and handcrafted work available in our shop on Brandywine Boulevard in Bellefonte, DE, minutes from Philadelphia, PA, and a few seconds from Wilmington DE. A few of our artists teach our classes, and many participate in our annual art festival. Take a few moments and learn more about our artist members. 

Marsha Neal studio
Kara Hinson Fine Art
Eric Zippe Photography
Marsha Minutella - 
Marsha Neal Studio, LLC

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Ceramic Clay, Sheep Wool, Beads, Fibers, Wire

 

Marsha enjoys the process of making shapes in ceramic clay, fibers, and beads. She finds it quite enjoyable creating textures with clay and colors with glazes and fibers to create her small pieces. Most of her work is small enough to sit on a windowsill or in a small special nook to be discovered when you take the time to look. She also really enjoys making beads for people to use in their own jewelry designs. She feels that her ceramic bead work in the hands of others allows for a sort of collaboration of vision for a finished items beyond her vision.
MarshaNealStudio.com
Fine Art by Irena Kelso
Kara Hinson
Fine Art
 
Watercolor

Kara Hinson is visual artist based in New Castle, Delaware.

Her art prominently features portraits and illustrations of women in a variety of medium. Her most notable work is characterized by vivid, layered watercolor portraits. With surrealistic colors and details, her paintings focus on the diversity of women and often incorporate elements of nature and fantasy.

Kara Hinson

Trilby Works
Eric W Zippe

​​Fine Art Photography, Photographs transfered on to wood and Laser Engraving

Eric's involvement in fine art photography began in the early 1990’s. His work is conceptually based, relying heavily on the use of found locations, subjects and objects as equivalents. It is designed to invoke thought with emotion and to convey the viewer simultaneously into the physical space of the image and into the observer's own subconscious understanding. Working directly in reaction to the surrounding environment and visual everyday occurrences is the starting point of visual exploration that continues to the desired impression is captured in frame. Often these framed instances would go unnoticed in their original context and take on a minimalist or abstract quality. Once the process of photographing is concluded, he then works using various methods to hone the color, shapes and textures of the final image. Once complete the image is transferred, printed or engraved on to various substrates of paper, wood and metals.
www.ezippe.com

Dorothy Bobo of Bobeaux Designs

Irena Kelso

Fine Art By Irena

 

Pet and Wildlife Portraits

Color Pencils, Pastels, Acrylics, and oils

 

Irena is a self taught hyperrealistic artist that works with a wide verity of mediums, from acrylics, pastels, to color pencils, with her favorite medium to work in is color pencils. She loves sharing her passion for animals through her art, as she watches the animals she draws come to life and jump off the page. One of her high points is creating memorial portraits and seeing the owner’s face light up when their beloved pet looks back at them from her creations. When she needs to take a break from drawing fur, she is known to paint a landscape or two. When refreshed, she returns her mind and hand to the fine details of animal fur, or scales.

 

Irena Kelso Creations

 

Sassy bee

Stephanie Grant

Sassy Bee

Stephanie, local beekeeper and owner of Sassy Bee, finds inspiration all around.  She strives to mimic nature’s creativity, from delicate to bold, simple to complex and even odd and bizarre,in all the products she creates, including natural beeswax candles and bee hotels. Sassy Bee beeswax candles range from uniquely decorative candle tins, tapers, exquisite pillars and votives molded into decorative shapes so beautiful you may not desire to burn them! 100% beeswax candles emit a warm, bright light and provide a subtly sweet scent that comes from the honey and flora that are in the wax the honeybees have made. Beeswax is also known to be hypoallergenic and to cast negative ions while burning, assisting in air purification. Sassy Bee scented beeswax candles provide fun and unique scents to mix things up a bit. 

 

Bee hotels? Do bees go on vacation? No, not like we do however, native bees such as the Mason or Leaf Cutter Bee do need a safe place to lay their eggs. They don't stay, just visit to lay eggs and the following year a baby bee emerges and flys away! Created with solitary bees in mind Sassy Bee Be Hotels are uniquely created in a variety of styles and colors and are predominantly made with natural components to provide a safe haven for our pollinators and beneficial insects. Add striking decor to your garden or yard and feel confident knowing you are supporting our native bee populations. Bee inspired!

Sassy Bee

Karen S. Furst
Trilby Works

Mixed Media​​

Karen Furst transforms found objects and household recycling items into radical robots, damaged dolls, quirky creatures, and maniacal monsters inspired by fantasy, folk tales, and dreams. Her work in assemblage and mixed media combines metal, hardware, resin, clay, and paint with a healthy dose of imagination.

Karen S. Furst

Lisa Lutwhyche
elves and carrots
Lisa Lutwhyche
Whispering Light Creationss
 
Watercolor

Lisa Lutwyche is a painter, poet, author, produced playwright, and actor. She has a BFA in painting and a BA in art history and studied at the University of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Youngstown State University. She received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in 2013. Lisa has been selling her artwork for decades, and her watercolors have also been used as cover-art for published books, including the cover of her own full-length poetry collection, A Difficult Animal (which came out in 2016 from Saddle Road Press). Her poetry and fiction have been published in literary magazines across the US and the UK.  Lisa is currently an adjunct Professor of English at Cecil College and at Delaware Technical Community College. She also still teaches watercolor. She lives with her British poet/actor husband and rescued cats in a quiet forest.

Lisa Lutwyche

Elves and Carrots

Watercolor Stationary and home decor

It all started with an Elf and a Carrot... Erin and Caroline met at William & Mary while completing their Masters of Higher Education. They knew they were destined to be best friends from their love for all things Christmas to any occasion to celebrate. Erin went by the nickname “ELF” because of her initials and Caroline went by “Carott”, a combination of her first and maiden name. Together, they loved hosting every holiday and birthday, really any excuse for their friends to come together. When discussing their business they knew their unique nicknames needed to play a role. Using watercolor, Erin and Caroline create whimsical and fun greeting cards, stationery sets, and home products to celebrate every occasion.

Elves and Carrots

Stephanie Przybylek
Etomi Treasures Alice REid
Arlene Finnocchiaro

Stephanie Przybylek

Creative Animal

 

Acrylics, gouache, colored pencils and mixed media of all kinds

 

Stephanie’s art is a colorful but carefully observed take on creatures, fueled by a love of nature and travel far and wide. Obsessed with animals as a child and fueled by trips to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, she even took taxidermy correspondence courses (as a pre-teen!) Stephanie has a BA in Art from Gettysburg College and an MA in Art History from University of Delaware. 

After many years in the museum field as a curator, exhibit designer and administrator, Stephanie decided to return to creating her own art. She works in a wide variety of materials, from acrylics and gouache, colored pencils, and even to found objects and driftwood — anything to provide inspiration and appreciation of the natural world.

 

Creative Animal
 

Alice  N. T. Reid
Etomi's Treasures
 
Jewelry, Textile Art,
Bath and Body products

Etomi's Treasures is the outlet for the creative and imaginative items that Alice designs and crafts. These items include jewelry, textile art, and bath and body products. Her work tends to reflect her African and indigenous heritages, using natural materials: stone and gemstones, Akoya pearls, wood, metal, and organic beads. It also features materials from the Third World, which include clay, horn and bone beads, and - specifically from Africa - trade beads, sandcast and glass beads, Krobo beads, horn, woods, and brass. Polymer beads will be her next experiment; however, the inclusion of items from nature will always be the focus of everything Alice handcrafts.

Etomi's Treasures

Arlene Finocchiaro 
Polymer Clay, Jewelry,

Every art piece Arlene creates is a journey, whether it’s combining beads into a one-of-a-kind necklace, forming polymer clay in to sculptural forms or crafting cards from memorable photos or stamped designs.She hopes to convey her excitement of combining colors, textures and forms to delight the eye and the spirit.

Arlene Finocchiaro

DVA
Devronika DeNaye
Dvorak by Dva DeNaye

Devronika DeNaye aka Dva DeNaye is an artist that has been inspired by anime and black culture to create art and merchandise for all to enjoy. She is experienced in mixed media, but her main focus has been creating digital art that she then turns into merchandise for others to collect. Her art is a mixture of whimsical, sci-fi, anime-inspired, mythical, and empowerment. Her focus with her art is to contribute to black representation in the art world, but she also loves showcasing fun and unique Kawaii designs. 

Dvorak by Dva DeNaye
 
Lucky Star Macrame
Words and Water
Kristin McCourtney
Lucky Star Macrame

Kristin’s journey with macrame began one knot at a time during the pandemic. She found a creative outlet in macrame and connected to its meditative qualities. Her knots eventually turned into gifts for family and friends who encouraged her to start Lucky Star Macrame.   Using mostly cotton cord, Kristin’s knots are tied with an intention to bring beauty, peace, and happiness to others. Whether she’s made a large wall hanging, plant hanger or keychain all pieces are made with knots of love. 

Lucky Star Macrame

Valerie M. White
Words and Water​​

Valerie enjoys the liveliness that watercolor brings visually in expressing on paper her admiration of nature's beauty, often painting the ocean, the full moon, clouds, and sunsets. She is captivated by the evocotive expression of words and water. Her series of original minis and bookmarks combine the two loves. Valerie returned to art after a long hiatus when she began hosting a poetry reading at the Bellefonte Cafe called the Bellefonte Wordsmiths. Since then, she's created the Bellefonte Arts Festival and the collaborative art organization Bellefonte Arts.

Words and Water

Nancy Butler  Ally Cat Jewelry Studios
Nancy Butler
Alley Cat Jewerly Studios

NancyButler is a Delaware jewelry artist who designs and handcrafts unique original one-of-akind beaded jewelry. Nancy works primarily with semi-precious stones, pearls, crystal, lampwork and Czech glass, sterling silver, vermeil, copper, base metal and lead-free pewter and she enjoys traveling around the country searching for unusual and great quality beads to incorporate into her designs. When designing jewelry, Nancy lets each piece develop naturally, often taking inspiration from the beads themselves. Nancy established AlleyCat Jewelry Studios in 2012. The AlleyCat name was inspired by her two real-life alley cats that she and her husband rescued from the streets of Wilmington several years ago. Both cats also love to play with beads and string and often accompany Nancy for hours at a time while working at the bead bench.

Alley Cat Jewelry Studios


 
Christi Ford

Christi Chaos Art

Multimedia

 

Christi is a multimedia occasional artist, hobbyist, and crafter who works in whatever medium calls to her in the moment. Likewise, Christi's artistic style reflects that of her mood and ranges from realism to fanciful. 

Christi Chaos Art

Holly's Tie Dye Designs

Holly Whitney

Holly's Tie Dye Designs

 

Holly considers tie dye her "creative sanity". She mainly works with ice dye, though won't hesitate to work in the liquid realm when it best fits the project. Nature and color are Holly's greatest inspirations, and the use of gravity and its flow, dye-splitting, and organic water-color feels can be found in her work. She has dyed all sorts of items, from clothing to scarves to tapestries to keyboard and wheel chair cushion covers.

Holly's Tie Dye Designs

Nzori Metope

Nzuri Metope

Body Products

Mallory and Dwayne Johnson create Shea based, handmade body products. They use a combination of essential oils, natural oils and butters to create soap and body butter.  They offer appealing scent combinations and soaps are colored naturally with mica. The words Nzuri Metope mean beautiful mud.

Nzuri Metope

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Andre Jones

 

Andre is a multi-disciplinary artist and native of Philadelphia, PA. A life long visual artist, he was inspired by comics as early as age 5, when he started to draw. As he grew older, Andre became an art major at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. He majored in visual communications at the Art Institute of Philadelphia from which he graduated in 1990. From there he worked as a muralist for the city of Philadelphia’s Anti-Graffiti Network, (now known as the Mural Arts Program). He painted many murals and graphic projects while working there. He then went to Cheyney and used his artistic talents within the design concentration in their theater major. Designing for the stage, acting and learning about lighting for the stage were all tools Andre would add to his toolkit, by the time he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cheyney in 1995. After graduation, Andre worked for Bushfire Theater as a scene designer, as well as a lighting tech at McManus Enterprises and as a Teaching Artist for various theaters around Philadelphia. He then went back to school to earn his Master of Fine Arts at Temple University in 2011. He graduated from Temple in 2016 and currently works for Philadelphia Young Playwrights in the role of Associate Director of Education and Programming.  Along with writing plays and administration, Andre continues to do his artwork, painting on canvases, T-shirts and even producing his own comic book series. He is often quoted to say “Do what brings you joy, for when people witness your joy, you bring joy to others.” Mr. Jones wants to be guilty of bringing joy to others. 

Sara Heintzelman

Sara Heintzelman

Bitty Bat Arts

Always fascinated by fantasy, fictional creatures, bright colors, and collectible toys, Sara uses digital illustration and polymer clay to create bright and colorful creatures. Polymer clay and digital art are their main mediums, but they enjoy working in any medium they can try, including needle felting, 3d modeling, character design, costume making, sewing, dollmaking, and more.

Bitty Bat Arts

Maureen Collins

Maureen T. Collins

Dovetail Designs

Photography, Mosaics, Collage, Fabric Design, Wallpaper Design


Upon receiving her first camera at 8 years old, Maureen began a lifelong passion for the visual arts, and it changed her world. Her journey is woven through photography, painting, collage, mosaics, silver work and fabric design.  An idea that is born through one medium often inspires and flows through the other media.  Inspiration is everywhere: exceptional images evoke further exploration, intriguing sounds inspire a variety of visual patterns, a well turned phrase will echo in resonance with a variety of motifs and expressions.  Creativity is a language that allows Maureen to share the beauty, uniqueness and Gratitude for each new day. 

Through Dovetail Designs, many of Maureen's photographs and paintings  are used in her collage work for fabric and wallpaper designs.  She will layer several images of her photos or paintings to create unique and colorful artworks.  These designs are either printed on metal as a unique expression or translated into various fabrics and wallpaper designs. 

Colors, textures and tension of contrasts all contain kernels of revelation; re-interpreting each aspect allows Maureen to make them uniquely her own. 

Some of her hundreds of fabric designs can be viewed here, along with many designs not yet released:  

Dovetail Designs

Todd Breitling

Todd Breitling

Paintings

Todd is a self taught painter and photographer. Originally from Wayne, Pennsylvania.  In addition to his various photography endeavors, Todd is also an accomplished painter. Most of his works are what have been termed "Organic Abstraction". These works are a study in lines and the space they reside in with regard to contrasting colors and the dimensions they create.

 

Todd creates detailed and intricate patterns within his paintings using a variety of painting knives and brushes. He also utilizes nontraditional techniques of painting with unusual tools such as syringes, pins, knives, toothbrushes and spatulas to create different textures, patterns and layers.

Todd Breitling Art

Jenny Davies Reazor

Jennifer Davies-Reazor

Mixed media, Ceramics

 

Jennifer Davies-Reazor is a mixed media artist residing in Newark, Delaware. Her work is inspired by mythology, folklore, and the natural world.  Her concentrations in art school were metals and painting, then she discovered ceramics - and now finds inspiration  in the “mixed media” moniker, exploring ways to combine paper, metal, beads and clay.  

Jenny began her career as an art educator in Charles County, Maryland teaching a wide variety of media, and art history, and ceramics.  Always learning and experimenting as an artist, Jenny has worked with numerous national and international artists in workshops across the country: studying ceramics at Penland in North Carolina, bookbinding and printmaking  in San Diego, and ceramics at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. 

As a full time working artist, Jenny divides her time between her studio practice, and teaching art journaling online, which she initiated in 2020. Jenny exhibits her work locally and in the region.

Jennifer Davies-Reazor

La bella blu Body Products

Tanisha Bullock

La Bella Bleu

Tanisha is the owner of La Bella Bleu. An online boutique that was established in 2018 offering women's dresses in an array of styles and sizes and jewelry items covering classy to sassy. She has always made her own natural products for family and in 2021, with a suggestion from her sister, she added beauty products to the business. Some products consist of Body Butters, Beard Oils, Face Scrubs, and Foot Soaks. Her uniqueness is that because she is a scientist, she can create specialized formulas, which include carefully selected essential oils and key ingredients to encourage moisturization and hair growth. Her goal is to help men and women feel their best with our handmade all natural Beauty essentials.

La Bella Bleu

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Jocelyn Vasta Kern

VK Studio

By mixing quality paints with spackle, Jocelyn is a pioneer to an innovative type of media that produces highly saturated and textured works. She views her impressionist and abstract style as a means of communication and therefore imbues each canvas with her experiences, memories, and sometimes personal collections or mementos that she is fond of. All of her works are done in forms of limited series and each of her paintings are one of a kind. Jocelyn also enjoys working in other various artforms including fine-art photography, writing, and crafting. Her goal is to continue imagining exciting ways to produce her artwork and to also support other emerging artists who share similar views.

VK Studio

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