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2020 Artists

Laurel Arbogast—Laurel works in numerous media, but currently is enjoying the alcohol inks. Her works can be seen throughout Berks County and surrounding areas. By teaching and exhibiting her alcohol inks, Laurel hopes to share with others how exciting and powerful this new medium can be.
Elayne Baker—Elayne’s earliest memories involve crafting—needlework, quilting and lots of paly dough. About 15 years ago she started takng pottery classes for work related stress relief, and shortly decided the best stress relief would be to get rid of the job and keep doing pottery. She now uses her graduate degrees in science and business to put a whimsical spin on functional items in her Spring City home studio.
Carol Beard—Even as a child, Carol’s artistic side was always evident. Color inspires her an realistic images motivate her. Carol paints with spontaneity, capturing quickly the essence of the image with bold strokes. The reward comes when the image comes to life on the paper, not exactly as it was but reproduced by her brush.
Elaine Briner—Born and raised in Berks County, Elaine has always had crayons and art supplies on hand. A member of Berks Art Alliance, she attends workshops and en plein air painting events regularly. Elaine media is usually pastel on paper, but she paints on slate and canvassette with acrylics too.
Mary Burke—Mary has a gift for showing the ordinary in an extraordinary light. More than just exceptional artistic talent, it is also her experience of having seen the world from many different perspectives—growing up in pastoral Ireland, graduating with honors in Printmaking from Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, studying at Rhode Island College, teaching in a Pennsylvania classroom, creating landscapes of Ireland and coastal Maine, and insightful portraits of people she meets along the way. It all comes together beautifully in the realistic style and masterful handling of oils, watercolors and graphite by this associate member of Oil Painters of America.
Rhonda Counts—Rhonda’s works are instantly recognizable for their unique textures. She creates her canvases by sculpting various mediums, even perhaps a finger-painting in patterns and then “impressing” natural elements into the mediums. She applies fluid acrylics, letting the colors flow over an into the textural crevasses. Rhoda has adopted an intriguing technique used by Disney Imagineers of stamping patterns into cementitious materials to create ”natural themed landscapes”. Visit her website at
Joanne Dietz—Joanne has been painting for over thirty years. Her predominate medium is acrylics; however, she also creates art work in watercolor, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, ink, alcohol ink, and mixed media. Most of her paintings are very realistic; drawing inspiration from the environment around her locally and while exploring the world. Animal portraits, landscapes, and still lives are Joanne’s favorite topics; but sometimes, she enjoys playful experimenting with the paints and art tools.
Diane Dobbins - Diane crafts garden inspired pottery in her Thorton, Delaware County home studio. Her recent shows include Chester Springs Holiday Sale, Chaddsford Days, and Mount Gretna Summer Craft Show. Diane has drawn inspiration from the beauty of the natural surrounds while studying at Peters Valley Craft Center and Chester Springs Studio.
Irene Dobson—Irene is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with a major in apparel design and fashion illustration. She worked in the fashion industry designing lingerie. While living in New York she attended The Art Students League. After getting married and moving to Berks County, she continued to study watercolor and oil by attending workshops conducted by nationally known artists. A signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, her works hang in many private and corporate collections, and have been widely exhibited in juried art exhibits.
Carol Fastuca—Carol earned a BFA in printmaking at Penn State University and a MFA in painting at Queens College. She has taught at Syracuse University and the University of Maryland while also teaching in London and Florence. Carol has traveled extensively learning and exploring her ideas about painting. This exhibition is the result of her love affair with the local landscape. Carol is inspired by the simplicity of this particular place as well as the majesty of its forms.
Gale Horner—Gail has loved to draw and paint since being a small child. She majored in fine arts in Montclair State College and Long Beach City College. Gale painted as a hobby until retirement in 2013. She especially enjoys painting local scenes and nature. Gale’s works are original acrylic painting. She uses her talent to benefit many community organizations. Gale’s paintings have been displayed at many localities.
Charlene Jobe—Charlene loves the painting process; the creative feeling while she works is a freeing and joyful experience.  She paints in acrylic and oils; florals, cityscapes, landscapes enplein air and studio work. Painting has a recondite effect on Charlene, it never the less is cathartic.  She feels that she will paint forever and hopefully continue to learn from each experience.
Paula Kay—Paula is an acrylic painter from Phoenixville. Her main focus is on landscapes and wildlife paintings. She occasionally works in oil and watercolor. Her semi realistic style has an almost illustrative quality.
Dennis Laub—Dennis is an acrylic painter from the New Holland area. The unexpected joy of painting has found its way into his life. It has changed his thinking and seeing, producing a new way to explore the world around him.
Susan Moore - Susan has been a Hobby Potter for 28 years. Her children’s art teacher involved the students in pottery and extended her interest and motivation to her. That was in 1973. In 1982 Susan took classes at Tyler School of Art and was introduced to wheel throwing, low fire colorful clay and Raku. On her retirement in 2011, she was able to focus on her work in clay and now produces in her studio the variety of pieces that she offers for sale.
Trudy Moore—Trudy is a self taught artist whose watercolors and acrylics appear in businesses and homes across eight states. Her landscapes, seascapes, and floral themes are popular, but her portrayals of birds have earned her the title, “The Bird Lady.” Trudy has been the Featured Artist twice at the Tri County Art Show and she has won several awards at other local art shows. She has started to venture into the abstract and one of her acrylic pourings won second place at the Millar Center. In addition to her painting, Trudy is also the co-author and illustrator of the children’s book, “Kelly Kapers.”
Beverly Nuzzo—Beverly’s yard is spectacular, that’s why she leans toward botanical photography. Her husband was a great teacher in capturing the beauty of a plant or flower. Beverly’s greatest treasure is her great grand daughters. “Life is wonderful.”
Joni Peters—Joni has been creating art for more than 40 years. She is versatile in many media: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, colored pencil, and alcohol inks. Joni enjoys experimenting with color and texture and pours her heart and soul into each created piece to encompass thought and emotion. Joni currently resides in Pottstown and accepts commissioned work.
Lisa Prinzo—Lisa’s most recent work has been in oils, but she enjoys watercolor and pastel as well. In all her work she tries to capture the subtleties of the subject matter, paying close attention to contrast. Lisa is a board member of Healing Art Works, a nonprofit organization which places art in patient spaces in order to promote healing.
Dorothy Ruggieri—Dorothy has been painting for most of her life. Over the years she has displayed her work at a number of art shows. She is owner of a small antique shop in Morgantown.
Gail Savage—Gail has been painting and drawing for her whole life. She has been learning by close observation of the birds and animals that share her woodland home in the heart of the Blue Mountains. “I am an artist who spends a lot of time in the woods. I poke around. I turn things over, but mostly I just observe. No matter what chaos is going on in the human world, life goes on in the woods, busy, quiet, and mostly unnoticed. Painting the birds and small animals that I love allows me to study the miracle that is nature, and if a viewer feels that kinship I have done my job. There is no hidden meaning in my art. I love my subjects and all I ask is that you see what I see … delight in the wonders in nature … and be charmed by the gentle resident of Savage Woods. Visit, and Facebook page, Gail Savage Nature Art.
Carol Sumner—Since 2005, Carol has been exploring with watercolors, acrylic, and collage. Recently, her focus is abstract mixed media with texture and bright colors. Carol has taken numerous courses and workshops at The GoggleWorks and The Yocum Institute for Art Education. She has won several local awards and been accepted in the Berks Art Alliance juried show at Reading Museum and the Art Gallery . Art has opened Carol’s heart and mind and given her permission to be a risk taker.
Matthew Whiteman—Matthew resides in Morgantown with his wife and son. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He likes to hunt and fish, as well as photograph when not working and painting.

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