All Hallow’s Eve, All Souls, All Saints, Samhain, Dia de Muertos! Our imaginations run with connections to spirits, harvest and ancestry at the end of October. In celebration of these traditions we made a special showing of artists responses to them. Curated by gallery owner Brian Jones.
The Artists Hand celebrates the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival with a reception for our artists featuring them and their holiday gift worthy artworks. Oh, and we also have plenty of warm drinks to sustain you during the iconic It’s A Wonderful Life Parade.
Former IHS class clown, Gazette columnist, and author of “Meat & Potatoes of Life” comes home for comedy storytelling event.
Author and humorist Lisa Smith Molinari returns to her hometown as the featured storyteller at the Artists Hand Gallery and Espresso Bar in Indiana. Molinari will take the mic at 11AM Saturday, September 14th.
In her show, “How Growing Up in Indiana, P.A. Made Me ̶R̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶F̶a̶m̶o̶u̶s̶ Funny,” Molinari says she’ll demonstrate the humor that won her the title Class Clown of Indiana Area Senior High School class of 1984.
“Handling stresses with humor has always been my best coping strategy, first as an insecure teenager, later as a navy wife and mom,” says Molinari. “I learned early in life that a bit of comedy makes it easier to deal with anything from grumpy people, to dust bunnies, to bad breath… but when all else fails, a quart of ice cream works pretty good too.”
She began writing humorous columns and essays in 2007 when her navy husband was deployed for a year. Today, Molinari is an award-winning syndicated columnist and author, whose work has appeared in national publications including the Washington Post. Her column, “The Meat and Potatoes of Life” has been featured in the Indiana Gazette, and now appears weekly in Stars and Stripes and dozens of other publications worldwide.
Her upcoming book, The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit Com, is a humorous memoir about her journey from Pennsylvania teen to attorney-turned-Supermom. It will be available May 1, 2020 from Elva Resa Publishing.
She has contributed to essays to several books and will sign copies of three of them-Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength for Military Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Spirit of America- all for sale at the event.
For more information about Molinari and her upcoming book, visit www.themeatandpotatoesoflife.com.
A cabaret performance of music, dance, theatre and maybe even spinning plates! We’ll have to see what our talented baristas and their friends create for your enjoyment. The cabaret celebrates the Barista’s Choice exhibition from September 3 to 14. It’s all about our amazing baristas.
Painter Rachel Wheeler will show examples of her pet portraiture and show work in progress on a commission. This special event is our contribution to Downtown Indiana’s “Lovin’ Our Downtown Every Second.”
An art exhibition that features recent works of local and regional photographers in Pennsylvania. The show seeks to promote photography as an art form in all formats. Jurist Michael Henninger is a former staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grantee, and was named the 2011 National Press Photographers Association region 3 Photographer of the Year.
An Exhibition of Portraits, Landscapes and Illustrations
Rachel grew up in the small town of Oil City PA where she was surrounded by a creative and artistic family. From an early age her love for drawing far outweighed all other things and soon she wanted nothing but to be an artist. With her family’s encouragement she began to pursue art as a career and Rachel graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Vincent College with a bachelor in Studio Arts in 2017. Too this day she continues to perfect her talents by working as a professional artist in Latrobe, PA. Her recent achievements include acceptance into the Mr. Fred Rodgers Juried Exhibit (2018), holding her first solo exhibit ‘First Light’ (2019), and starting her own art business (Rachel Wheeler Arts) where she currently creates portraits of beloved pets, loving families, precious children, and beautiful scenery.
Updated List of Shows and Achievements
‘Complementary’ Juried Exhibit (July-Aug 2018)
‘Vibrant Jubilee’ – Pop Up Exhibit (Oct 2018)
‘As I See It’ Members Exhibit (Jan – March, 2019) Greensburg Art Center
First Light – Solo Exhibit (May – June, 2019) Greensburg Art Center
Latrobe Art Center Open Show (June 2019) Latrobe Art Center
*Latrobe Art League Award – ‘Queen’
Art Neighbors (July – Aug, 2019) Latrobe Art Center
Oil Heritage Festival Art Show (July 2019)
A reception in introducing new oil paintings by Indiana, PA native artist Mark Altrogge.
From an artistic perspective, I love lots of things about them - the shapes, and the contrasts in the shapes. Barns have lots of straight lines, rectangles, triangles. Bikes have curves, circles, ovals. Both barns and bikes use two artistic "keys" - repetition and variation, which is why I like birches - the repetition and variation of the shapes are almost abstract or musical. But beyond the technical aspects, all three subjects tell stories - all the work and animals in barns, the journeys on bikes, and walks through woods. I also like to tip my hat to my Dad, who always insisted, "Every barn must be red." Well, several of them will be, just for you, Dad. —Mark Altrogge
An exhibition of paintings by painter Mark Altrogge on three of his favorite forms.
We'd love to have you join us for our first SQUAD of the Spring semester! We'll be hosting a traditional and digital photography experience for children ages 3-5 with caregiver. Enrollment is limited to 10 children. The cost is $10 per child. You can contact us at email@example.com to enrol or for more information! We can't wait to see you there!
Come get your poem on! Always free, always a good time... BYOB &/or snap up some fine-ass coffee, bring your own work or read something by someone else that you dig! Or if you're shy, it's all good, just come, hang out & listen. Invite your friends, bring your past, present or future lovers, or just love yourself & come get Lit with us!