Visit Foxburg this season, glittering with Christmas decorations and shop locally for one-of -a-kind gifts for those special people on your list. The Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop Annual Holiday Art Show & Exhibit will span over seven weekends from Saturday, November 6th to Sunday December 19th. Original, high quality, artisan-made gifts created by Red Brick Gallery Cooperative Member Artists will be for sale on two floors of the gallery in a variety of media: Silver and gemstone jewelry, hand woven scarves and rugs, hand turned wooden vases, rustic wooden tables, wearable art, hand-made baskets, oil and watercolor paintings, pencil drawings, fine art photography, and greeting cards. There will be something for everyone on your holiday list, and maybe even a few items for yourself!
Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Art’s Red Brick Gallery is the region’s premier destination for the exhibition and sale of contemporary art, craft and design in Western Pennsylvania. Current members of the Red Brick Gallery Artist Cooperative are Mark DeWalt, Donna Edmonds, Blanche Hall, Angela Taylor Hardwick, Andy Johnson, Nick J. Karellas, Dennis Keyes, Jason Floyd Lewis, Linda Thompson, and Cathy and Jack Trzeciak. Our holiday special artists will feature Art Barlow a wood carver, Rachel Brosnahan who is a graphic designer, Barbara Jewel-Proper with her naturally dyed fiber and Mari Yobp - painter.
Art Barlow has been carving since 1973. He signed and numbered his first bird carving, a Greater Yellow Legs, and has logged every item since. His most recent bird, a Horned Lark, was number 577. He has also carved fish and various rock items. For rock he uses a variety of soapstone, Pryophlite, which he brings from Newfoundland. Barlow, retired from Clarion University where he taught in the Communication Department, lives in Clarion with his wife Charlotte.
Rachel Brosnahan is a graphic designer and artist from Emlenton, Pennsylvania. She enjoys working in various mediums, including watercolors, photography, and hand-lettering, among others. She loves to be outdoors, and that is reflected as the subject in much of her art. Rachel is also on the board at The Coop art studio in Emlenton, where she has the privilege to teach children’s art classes.
Barbara Jewel-Proper, is a native of Warren, PA and resident of Titusville, PA, who lived along the Allegheny River for twenty years, and now resides on the edge of Oil Creek State Park. Coming from five generations of women strong in the various fiber arts background, she is a multi-media artist working primarily within botanical-based themes. Using indigenous wildflowers, leaves, and local garden variety plants, she is currently exploring botanical dyes and eco-printing on natural fabrics. Using these fabrics for practical, utilitarian purposes is her main objective. She is actively involved in the arts community in Titusville, serving as Vice President of ORCA, the Oil Region Coalition of Artists, which partners with many of the service organizations in Titusville, PA.
Mari Yobp was born and raised in Japan. She married and immigrated to the US in 2013. She lived in Pittsburgh, Pa for 5 and a half years and then moved to Payette, ID in 2019. Mari has a passion in her art, for expressing nature’s subtle details that inspire her.
Mari graduated from Musashino Art University in Toyoko in 2005, majored in oil painting and printmaking, particularly etching. She learned more about etching in Il Bisonte International Printmaking School in Florence Italy in 2008. That year she made some etchings and watercolor works for an Art gallery exhibition and public competition. She taught art in middle schools for 7 years.
Since, Mari moved to the US, she taught Art classes for adults and teenagers at North Hills Art Center in Pittsburgh and has worked as a Sign Artist at Trader Joes’s for 2 years. She also makes product signs and window painting for private businesses.
Plan to celebrate the season, combining shopping in the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop with attending one of ARCA’s Holiday performances: Honor the memory of ARCA founder Patricia Ann Steffee and celebrate the richness and abundance of the season on Sunday, November 21 at 2 PM in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall, as ARCA presents two international grand prizewinning pianists - CYNTHIA RAIM and DAVID ALLEN WEHR - performing on TWO grand pianos! Described as ”irresistible” by Fanfare Magazine and ”two gifted artists egging each other on to ever higher levels of musicianship, virtuosity and sheer fun.”
Give yourself the gift of A MAGICAL WURLITZER CHRISTMAS with the brilliant keyboard artistry of the incomparable Dave Wickerham on Sunday, December 12 at 2 PM in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall. One of the preeminent theatre organists acclaimed internationally, no one makes Lincoln Hall’s McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre organ sound more glorious or entertains our appreciative and enthusiastic audience better than Dave Wickerham!
Bring the entire family to celebrate the season with the heartwarming Christmas show by Singer, Songwriter, Comedian and Pianist CAHAL DUNNE on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.
And Make it a Foxburg Holiday Outing! Combine your trip with lunch or dinner at The Allegheny Grille or Foxburg Pizza, do wine tasting and some shopping at Foxburg Wine Cellars, buy chocolates to put under the tree and enjoy gourmet chocolate and specialty coffee at Divani Chocolatier and Barista to fortify your spirits - or spend the night in the romantic Foxburg Inn.
Red Brick Gallery & Gift Shop Holiday Art Show Dates and Hours:
The Red Brick Gallery Holiday art show will run seven weekends in November and December: Nov. 6-7, Nov. 13-14 Nov. 20-21, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 18-19.
The Gallery is located at 17 Main Street, Foxburg and weekend hours are Saturday 11AM – 7:00 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5:00 PM. For more info.: www.alleghenyriverstone.org