Fountain Hill couple opens facility for artists to establish themselves
Artists Tom and Ellen Flynn of Fountain Hill have created a space where artists of all skill levels can hone their craft. The Art Establishment is at 945 Broadway, Fountain Hill.
"We understood the need for a space for people to go to create art. Something was missing in this not being offered. All skill levels should be able to experience art," said Ellen Flynn.
The concentration is on four genres of art.
Painting and Drawing: There is ample space for nine artists to work comfortably. Easels and stools are provided. There is also a still-life area that accommodates another four to six artists.
Photography: There is a black and white darkroom set up for two photographers with everything needed to produce professional, quality prints.
Printmaking: The printmaking studio is equipped with a larg format Conrad Press.
Pottery: The pottery studio is set up to accommodate either wheel-thrown or hand- built work, from initial clay wedging to the finished fired piece.
Classes are offered by qualified instructors. Work space can be rented by the hour. Reservations are recommended.
Following is the weekly schedule.
Tuesday: Printmaking, Sculpting (ages 15 - adult), Cartooning (ages 15 - adult);
Wednesday: Printmaking, Drawing, Pottery;
Thursday: Watercolors, Children's art; "Cosplay Thursdays," 7 - 9 p.m. All ages. Pay-what-you-will donation. Bring your sketchpad and pencils. Costumed models provided.
Friday: "Friday Morning Figure Study," 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Instructor Pat Sonne; "Friday Feedback" Open Studio;
Saturday: "The Artsy Storyteller," story and related art project (ages 4 - 11), Drawing, Pottery, Acrylics, and
Sunday: Oil Painting
Upcoming special events are:
"Oil Painting the Still Life," 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 26, 27, instructor Rose Mavis;
Artist-in-Residence, 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, or by appointment;
"Camp Awesome," all-ages summer art camp for all ages, 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday;
Evening Art Camp (ages 7 - 15), 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, June 30 - July 31;
Kids' Pottery Camps (ages 6 - 11), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 20-24, and
Wheel-Throwing Camp for Beginners (ages 12 - 16), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31.
The Art Establishment, which opened in March, is in a building that housed Valley Graphic Services and before that Chipman Knitting Mills dating to 1912.
The Von Hellener Gallery there is named after a farmer who once owned the property where the Art Establishment is located. Through research, the Flynns found out that Von Hellener had at one time listed himself as an artist. He tried to make a go at it, but couldn't support his family and had to go back to farming. The gallery is an homage to him.
The gallery show is "The Printmakers Society of the Lehigh Valley," through July 31, showcasing the work of six printmakers: Keith Garubba, Deborah Hamburger, Tina Madonia, Michelle Neifert, Jodie Scharadin and Patti Tinsman-Schaffer.
The Art Establishment is open 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday from and 1 - 9 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays.
Information: Theartestablishmentstudios.com, 610-807-9207