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CephaloPaints Jennifer Honaker | Gina ImaGINAtion Jenkins
Black Tortoise | Paula Johnston | Love en Light | Christopher G. Omiros Molly Olesky | Lynn Petko | Pottery Bean by Natalie | Alexis Smith
allxhrt Xavier Wormack | Julie Yankovich | 2023 Jodie Catalina Memorial Stay Curious Recipient
I'm Molly "Gussy" Olesky. I'm from Bronwsville, PA. I'm an acrylic painter and sculptor. My use of color is most important to me. It's an honor to be a part of OmBody's Art Collective in Fayette County.
Having a master’s in English and an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, Lynn Petko has taught PSU's composition, theater, creative writing, short story, and literature courses. As PSU's acting Lion Players’ advisor, she has performed Shakespeare’s Trinculo, Touchstone, Nick Bottom, Titania, gravedigger, second witch, and porter. Also, she has edited Shakespeare, Milton, and other literary giants for the stage; written holiday shows; writes for, edits, and directs her own acting groups; and has planned Creative Writing and Theater Programs for 9th through 12th graders with Verticals, Brownsville's Community Learning Center. In her art, Lynn employs various media to emphasize the spiritual. Lynn says, “There are no limits to what we can achieve if we set our minds to it.”
- Lynn Petko
Alexis Smith's love of art and graphic design began as a young child. Her fascination and allure of Ancient Egyptian culture started her down the path of art at an early age. In her high school years she started perfecting her line work and drawing skills doing comic book illustrations.
Once Smith progressed her line drawing skills and graduated high school she set out to become a tattoo artist. She worked in highly reputable tattoo shops in the Pittsburgh area. During her progression into tattoo artistry she learned many more valuable skills that helped transform from her skin medium to painting on canvas. Alexis didn't choose a traditional nylon canvas approach, instead opting for abstract and unconventional canvas mediums such as cardboard, wood and walls for murals.
Smith's predominant paint medium is Acrylic paint, gold and silver leaf which she uses to rise above simple 2-dimensional flat images into 3 dimensional visceral visual constructs. Her mixed medium approach evokes iconography and almost religious context to the ideas being portrayed in her ancient and modern cultural interpretations. Alexis's lifelong fascination with religious theology and occultism across many different cultures of the world have fed into her art designs and aesthetics. She chooses dark and brooding images that connect on many emotional levels to the observer but also themes of light and ascension to higher plains of consciousness in the images of gods, goddesses and demi-gods portrayed in her work.
Paula Johnston is returning to OmBody's Art Collective for Shine. Her take on this season's theme incorporates a favorite film, author, and lots of word association and play. Dark humor and bright colors
(and some acrylics and canvas) make the artwork work.
Alexandra has been creating art for fun as a way to capture nature's exquisite beauty ever since she was a little girl. "I love painting outside and incorporating bright vivid colors into my artwork. Art has always been my knack and I get carried away in a creative flow state of mind when I do create. Being busy with college I don’t get to create as much. Although, when I have the time to let my creative juices flow, beautiful ideas spring up to fruition and become a reality.
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Xavier Wormack, known by the artist's name allhxrt, is an abstract emotional expression artist whose works are both captivating and thought-provoking. Xavier has been creating art throughout his life, but it wasn't until 2019 when he found himself in legal trouble that he began to focus on his art as a means of changing his life for the better.
Drawing inspiration from the emotional pain, heartache, and love that we all experience at some point in our lives, Xavier believes that art is a powerful therapeutic and creative expression that speaks to people in a way that words cannot. He is a skilled artist who works with acrylic oils and spray paint and is proficient in various techniques such as action painting, abstract painting, oil paintings, pull painting, texture painting, and expressionism on canvas.
Xavier has contributed to his community by assisting with the Paint the Park Program at Grant Street Park in Uniontown and a Summer Art Program at North Manor for children who were not interested in playing basketball or were too young. He has exhibited his work in several states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Michigan, and has been invited to showcase his art in New York. He has also exhibited in shows such as "The Dark Arts" and "Inspiration," at Ombody in Uniontown Pa. His work has been purchased and showcased in several local businesses, including the Health Insurance Store in Connellsville, PA, Mom Marucas Pizza, Suzzie Jo's Salon & Herbs & Onyx in Uniontown, PA, and Chef House Studio in Morgantown, WV. He has showcased his work in Maryland, New Mexico, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, and his work has even been featured on MTV.
As a traveling artist, Xavier finds inspiration in the people, places, and experiences that he encounters in his life. His goal is to create art that challenges the viewer to think outside of the box and excites the subconscious mind. Within the next year, he plans to travel internationally to sell and showcase his work throughout the world. While also getting involved in international exhibitions, collaborating with other artists and galleries. Xavier's art is a testament to the power of creative expression as a means of personal transformation and emotional healing. His works invite us to explore the depths of our own emotional experiences and find beauty and meaning in the pain and heartache that we all inevitably face in life.
“Learning about new art techniques is one of my favorite things to do. As an art teacher to students in grades seven through twelve, I must possess a wide range of techniques to keep them interested in art. When I broaden my horizons in art, I have more items in my toolbox to share with my students."
Julie Yankovich began her professional career as art teacher at Geibel High School in Connellsville where she has been teaching for 16 years. Teaching many mediums such as 2D, 3D, and photography, her favorite medium to work in is 3D. "My favorite 3D medium is papier mache. I had been looking to learn a new 3D medium to share with my students." Julie has spent countless hours trying out new materials from an assortment of papers, cardboard and tape, and how they react to different papier mache mixes.
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