On March 16 and 17, Cabela’s of Hamburg held the Great Outdoors Art Show presented by Hamburg Area Arts Alliance. Local and nearby artists impressed the large crowd of customers who passed through the deer exhibit room where the artwork was displayed.
Well-known local wildlife artist Dan Christ, of Kempton, shared his works based on his experiences from his own backyard to the Rockies to Alaska to the Serengeti of East Africa as well as painted turkey feathers and fantails. He started out painting deer which remain a favorite subject with his other favorite being the Rockies. “The Rockies provide more inspiration and I go there a lot, so lots of ideas,” said Christ.
Joining Christ at the show were local artists Kenneth L. Liskey, of Bernville, and Wade Phillips, of Shartlesville. Liskey specializes in landscapes and wildlife and is a familiar face at art events having been a Berks Senior Festival of the Arts award winner in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012 as well as winning awards in Schuylkill County juried shows. He loves to share his painting with everyone and prices them so most people can afford to enjoy having them in their homes.
“I have mixed emotions,” Liskey said when asked about selling his paintings. “I am happy someone likes and enjoys it and wants to display it in their homes. I can always paint another although no two are alike.” Displayed were oil painting of wildlife he enjoys, places he has been, historic buildings, and lighthouses.
Phillips, in his final year at North Hampton Community College, shared his acrylic paintings and prints of animals and landscapes. He participates in many similar shows and enjoys displaying his work.
“Drawings are more personal and paintings are more for selling,” said Phillips who enjoys experimenting with different matierals and subjects.
Another artist whose experiments with her canvas paid off is B. Lynnsy, of Elliotsburg, who enjoys using different mediums such as antlers and shoulder blades for her work.
“The idea started with my next door neighbors who hunt and had pieces left over. They said, ‘why not draw something on it.’ At first, I thought it was the tackiest thing I ever heard of, but tried it and it just took off,” said B. Lynnsy.
She does both original and commissioned work at her own store, Cabin Creek, and sells in others as well. Also available were prints, jewelry, antler magnets, and antler dog bones.
Chris Scheidler Pagano, of Wiconisco, shared original oil and acrylic paints, prints, handmade woodcrafts, and painted saws that displayed whimsical and realistic animals, seascapes, and landscapes of the mid-Atlantic region. Since 1978, she has been painting for a living and a few years ago it was her husband who suggested putting her artwork on saws.
“More seem to sell on saws,” said Pagano. Right now her favorite subject is the flamingo which she enjoys painting both realistic and whimsical. “They have been good to me so far,” she said.
When it comes to parting with her work she said that she sells them for a living and it pays the bills, but she does want each piece to go to a good home.
Ryan Zajac is familiar with selling his ceramic and wood work at Mud & Maker in Pottsville which focuses on local artists. His work started out as pieces for himself and then friends and family began to ask for pieces and it grew from there.
Zajac and his artistic design partner Stephanie Premich make all of their signature high-quality goods from scratch in their brick and mortar gallery/studio. The work integrates multiple mediums and techniques while paying homage to the past. Available were functional handmade pottery, small sculpture and ceramic wall art, and reclaimed wood audio docks.
Also present at the show were Cleon Garl Sr. of Reading-Berks Guild with hand turned wood pens and gifts, Kathy Miller the award-winning nature photographer and author of the “Chippy Chipmunk” picture book series, Richard Smale with photographs of nature and Alaska, Roger Anderson with woodturnings, Sandra and Bill Jones of Stone’s Throw Pottery with functional and decorative pieces, and Sue Wertz with her hand beaded jewelry of natural stone believed to have healing properties.