The Walk In Art Center has 15 resident Studio Artists. Each Month we feature an artists work throughout the Walk In Art Center and in the Main Gallery.
Scroll down to read about our current Featured Artist and see information on all the Studio Artists currently at the Walk In Art Center.
Three Queens and A Joker- Studios 315 & 317
Three Queens and A Joker:
Three Queens: Kris Miller-Siple, Audrey Bordonaro, Molly Kantner Reed-
Kris: Kris Miller-Siple had the honor and privilege of teaching art at all levels after graduating from Kutztown University with an Art Education BS Degree. During this time, she experimented with two- and three-dimensional art forms and numerous media before discovering the beauty and luminescence of oil painting. Common and whimsical objects from sentimental experiences are the primary focus of her paintings. Each painting represents a visual study taken one step further by exploring the intricacies of the shadow it casts. Emphasis on the play of light and color in the shadow is a metaphor for looking back in time. Kris' shadow play paintings are meant to inspire and reawaken pleasant memories for the viewer.
Audrey: Audrey studied Interior Design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and received her B.S. in Art Education at Indiana University of PA. She continued with graduate studies in Fine Art at Kutztown University. She had the privilege of being employed in the Blue Mountain School District for 36 years, 19 years of which was teaching high school art and the rest of her career as a Guidance Counselor. After retirement she began to resume and develop her love of creating. Her work has been shown in several juried art shows, among them is the “Art of the State” in the State Museum of PA, Berks Art Alliance Exhibit at the Reading Museum, Reading, PA. Other exhibits such as the “Frank Scott Juried Art Show, Art of Jazz” at the Goggleworks Art Center in Reading ,PA in which she received Honorable Mention Awards, the Art Association of Harrisburg’s “International Juried Exhibits”, Susquehanna Art Museum, “Art & Science of Color” at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg and the Allied Artist of Schuylkill County shows in which she received several awards. Audrey can be found in Studio 316 at the Walk In Art Center.
Molly: After having spent a successful career in the non-art world, it was only a few years ago that Molly Kantner Reed started to paint again. Growing up, her artistic mother taught and encouraged her in art. Molly then earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Kutztown University, but for practical reasons put her paintbrush aside during her working years. Missing painting later in life, she signed on for a studio when the Walk In Art Center was newly opened, stating, “Lack of extra time and space during those busy working years kept me from painting. The Walk In is giving me a realistic second chance to pursue my life’s passion.”
Molly’s paintings’ subject matter reflects imagery very personal to her. Whether working on her carefully measured, geometrically precise Sudoku-inspired paintings or on her more recent loosely painted expressionist landscapes, she is concerned with the energy, movement and rhythm her color choices and marks create. “It’s important to me to choose colors for their interaction with one another, and thus, for the feel and energy their interplay creates in the work as a whole,” she says. She also loves to see a painting with thick use of paint and much texture, derived by stroke of either brush or palette knife. Molly explains, “It’s those marks and their resulting texture, as well as the color interplay that are my key components to creating that sense of energy in my works.”
A Joker: Mike McCord- My employment history and education has always been rooted in the field of Graphic Arts and marketing communications. I joined the Walk in Art Center family in July of 2014 beginning a new phase of artistic development pursuing a lifelong passion for drawing and painting. The transition from the commercial realm to a much more personal and purely creative world of fine art is a major step outside my comfort zone, a place I tell my associates and students, where an artist should live.
People have always been one of my favorite subjects to draw and paint. As an avid sketcher I have spent a lifetime drawing faces and the figure - sketching from life as well as from books and photos. Although the figure and portraiture are key elements of my subject matter I am also drawn to the landscape both urban and rural. My approach to making art is firmly grounded in the traditions of Illustration and storytelling. The settings in which my figures reside also have a role to play.
“Sketching has led me to a love of capturing people and places in the moment. In my Studio work I aspire to maintain the same quality of spontaneity I love about sketching. As I continue to develop my craft I strive to push the boundaries of my technique as well as establishing an approach to my work that engages the viewer as part of the experience.”
Mixed Media, Painting,
Portraits, Caricatures, Illustration
Designer & Metalsmith,
Pastel, Colored Pencil,
Watercolor Dyes, & Inks
AUDREY A. BORDONARO
Painting, Mixed Media
MOLLY KANTNER REED
NEW ARTIST COMING SOON!