More than just an art gallery!!!


Appalachian Creativity Center

Appalachian Creativity Center primarily focuses on the art of the people residing in the Appalachian Region.  However, there are several artists residing outside the area, but the subject-matter of their art is directly related to the Appalachian Culture. Our Gallery represents over one hundred artists that display their creations for public sale. The Center also offers a wider variety of gifts for all ages.  Each artist is interviewed and their artwork is presented to the owners, and upon approval, they are invited to place their art in the Gallery.  The following artist, crafters, and artisans have work in the Appalachian Creativity Center Gallery.


Barbara Bailey is a resident of Connellsville, PA but she is also a world traveler. Barbara has been working with pottery for a very long time.  As a self-taught artist, Barbara has an interesting method to making her pottery unique.  She adds plants found in her back yard to press into her pottery to create a unique design.  Barbara makes bowls, platters, wall hangings, jewelry and other items inspired by her surroundings.  There are many beautiful items in the Barbara Bailey collection so come and check out this unique artist at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Marie is a resident of Connellsville, PA. She is a fiber artist and her specialty is Amish knot rugs.  A very time consuming project, the rugs are mad from a variety of sheets and other materials.  Her rugs can be machine washed and dried and come in many colors and shapes.  In addition, she also uses the Amish knot method to make place mats as well.


Laura Bowden is a glass painter from Fairchance, PA.  Using a variety of themes, Laura places her designs on bottles, wine glasses and goblets.  She creatively turns her bottle into bird feeders, wind chimes, and candle lights.  Laura carefully places mermaids, fireworks, names, Celtics symbols and other designs on the wine glasses and goblets. And of course, she adds bling to give each work of art its own distinct style.


Rick Bowden resides in Fairchance, PA. He has a unique talent for replicating stone tools, weapons, and other items common in the Native American culture.  His work is also exhibited in the new Native American Museum located in the same building as Appalachian Creativity Center.  If you love history and art, Rick has managed to join the two in his designs.


Jean is an author from Uniontown, PA.  Sh  e has authored two books, At the Crossroads: A Southern Daughter’s Story and Journey of Love: Beyond the Crossroads.  She has been a regular collector of old photos and letters from the 19th and 20th centuries.  The letters “provide a backbone and are interwoven in the first book At the Crossroads.  The second book continues with the story.  Both books are available at Appalachian Creativity Center’s Gallery and Gift Shop.


Keri Clark is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  Keri uses a wide variety of mediums to produce travel mugs, bags, cards and journals.  Keri is excellent in lettering and personalizes many of her items.  She also works on custom orders as well.  In addition, her turn-around time for a custom order is difficult to beat.  If you are looking for a personal item for a special gift, the Keri Clark Collection is for you.


Patty Clutter is a photographer from Fairchance.  Patty interests lies in many areas including nature, history and still lifes.  Many of her photographs have a local history theme such as the railroads and coke ovens.  All of Patty’s photographs are framed and ready for hanging.  Patty is also one of the few artists we have that was also part of Connellsville Artworks.


Anyone that has ever walked around Connellsville, PA has seen Sheree’s work.  She is a resident of Connellsville, PA and she has been painting since she was eight years old.  Sheree has painted numerous murals throughout Connellsville that reflect its rich history and the things that currently make Connellsville special like the Greater Allegheny Passageway bike trail.  She also does many pieces that have other Fayette County themes such as Fort Necessity.  Many of her paintings in the Center reflect calming themes such as angel wings, meditation, gardens and water falls.  Sheree is also a member of many Galleries, organizations and clubs as well.


Daniel is a man of many talents.  Besides being a great stained glass artist, he is also a collector.  In addition to his large geisha and Rapunzel windows, he is also the local Tin Man.  He has a variety of signs in Appalachian Creativity Center reflecting many themes such a holiday, historic food signs and more.  Dan work can be seen on display at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Patricia is originally from Maryland, cut she currently resides in Mill Run, PA after a recent relocation from Florida.  She has many talent including jewelry making and Weaving.  She makes hand-crafted scarves on the loom made a various materials.   She also has a variety of jewelry including necklaces and earrings made from various gemstones.


The Connellsville Historical Society is one of our local non-profit organizations that promote local history.  They have a variety of books, posters, print, t-shirts, throws and much more.  The proceeds from sales for this organization goes to preserving Connellsville heritage and historical sites.  The Historical Society is the driving force behind promoting Connellsville’s history.  A main source of information is their website http://www.connellsvillehistorical


Jennifer Coss is a resident of Leisenring and specializes in chainmaille.  Chainmaille was a creation of the Celts before the 5th Century.  It was primarily used to make armor and jewelry.  Jennifer Coss uses chaimaille to create interesting pieces of jewelry made from small metal rings joined together to form chains.  However, Jennifer takes her jewelry one step further and adds interesting colors and styles to the process.  Jennifer makes necklaces, hair clips, bracelets, earrings and keychains.  In addition, she also makes chainmaille dragons as well.


Rembrandt Coyle is a resident of Hopwood.  He is a color pencil illustrator that uses a wide variety of colors in his work.  He is interested in shapes, patterns and colors and all of these can be seen in his work.  He gives his mother credit for influencing his work.  Rembrandt is a museum assistant at a Fayette County museum.  He has had his art displayed at the National Road Exhibition.  Connect with Rembrandt at


Marjorie Daniels is a resident of Connellsville.  She is a jeweler that loves using natural stone beads.  Marjorie is inspired by the beauty of nature and the beauty of natural stones.  She feels making jewelry is very therapeutic.  She frequently attends arts and crafts fairs.  Her co-workers helped her business “Soothing Stones”.  She has many necklaces and earrings on exhibit in Appalachian Creativity Center.


Ok DeWitt is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  She makes country decor designs including benches, ladders and wreaths.  She accentuates her designs with colored berries, lights and Americana designs.  Many of her designs have a patriotic theme.  Come see her art at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Nancy is a resident of Fairbank, PA.  She is a multi-media artist that works with wood crafts, acrylic paints, ceramics and fiber arts.  Her biggest inspiration comes from the anticipation of working with a new pattern.  Nancy’s greatest influence came from her grandmother on her Mom’s side.  Together, they were always working on some kind of craft.  Nancy wants to produce the highest quality of work for every product she produces so she takes her time to do the best possible job.  She loves what she does and she is always eager to learn knew things.  For 14 years, Nancy ran her own craft store up until her husband passed away.  Also for the past 15 years, she has participated in the Park Inn  (formerly the Holiday Inn) craft show.  Next year Nancy is setting her goal high.  She plans on being the Grande Reserve Champion First Place in the Fayette County Fair in 2018.


Melinda was one of the first artists to become part of Appalachian Creativity Center. She is from Belle Vernon and her medium of choice is photography.  Her inspirations is life, “capturing that moment in time that God has showed us”. Melinda photos are from moments in time that she personally experienced.  No two are ever the same. Melinda’s work can also be seen on her website,


Bob Dulik is a stained glass artist from Uniontown, PA.  He is self-taught and he has been designing and fixing stained glass pieces for 35 years.  He is inspired by nature and religious art.  Bob has been involved in the Uniontown Arts Festival and is a member of the Uniontown Art club.  He has also been one of the past Artist-of-the-Month at the Fayette County Courthouse Law Library.  Currently he is working on glass painting like you see in the older churches.  He fires the paints to the glass in a kiln.  Check out Bob Dulik’s work on exhibit at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Joy Faith is our artist that makes us smell good.  She is a soap maker, but not just any soap maker.  Joy uses natural scents such as rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender and other enticing aromas.  She also uses goat’s milk in her soap mixtures.  Joy has a variety of soaps available at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Mark is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  His choice of medium is live edge lumber (rough cut slab).  He is inspired by trees, especially the color of the tree bark.  He loves the texture of the wood after it has been cut.  His inspiration comes from hunting so a lot of his ideas come from his trips to the woods.  As a Christian, he credits his abilities and talents as a gift from God.  He was raised with strong work ethics, giving 100% to everything he does.  He will only show others his work when he is completely satisfied with his art.  He has made several coffee tables, plant stands and a sofa table.  Mark feels that live edge design is an expression of who he is and how he was raised. He grew up running around in the woods and would rather be sitting on a porch at a cabin in the mountain than being anywhere else.  Mark also takes custom orders.  His furniture is on exhibit at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Roberto Flores is a native of Mexico.  His family is involved in furniture design business as well and the clay and fiber arts.  The items Flores has in the Gallery are hand-crafted by his family.  Flores himself is very passionate about his family business and hopes to continue his success here in the United States.


Kiley Fischer is a Greesburg resident that spends much of her time in Connellsville, PA. As a fan of Harry Potter, Kiley puts her knowledge of the movies to use when she is creates the wizard wands for Appalachian Creativity Center.  The wands are individually designed with many unique features.  Every one has a special stone included in the design as well.  Come try your magical powers in the Gallery at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Arlene Gmitter is a native of Connellsville, PA.  After retiring from the government she moved back home and now she is sharing her love of nature photography with Appalachian Creativity Center.  Arlene travels all over the world capturing amazing photos of wildlife in its natural habitat.  In order to capture the perfect photo, she may sit for hours waiting for the perfect moment.  The result is a collection of beautiful birds, foxes, eagles and more.  Come in to see these amazing photos at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Linda is a writer from Scottdale, PA.  Linda’s book, From Across the Pond tells the story of a Welsh Family that immigrates to a Pennsylvania town where they are caught up in the drama surrounding a mining explosion.  Linda also write periodically for a children’s magazine as well.  She focuses a lot of attention on her family, but still finds time to play keyboard with a band and act as a motivational speaker for women.  If you have not read Linda’s book, winter is coming and getting your reading materials early is never a bad idea.


Wendy Goodlin is an artist from Acme, PA.  Her medium of choice varies considerably.  Her present collection in Appalachian Creativity is crocheted items; however, she also works with wood and likes to use things she finds in nature.  Wendy also repurposes items for her art projects.  She is inspired by nature, color, weather, and the changing of the season.  Wendy identifies herself as a hands-on crafty person and says she has been like that all her life.


Kim lives near the town of Ohiopyle, PA thus the name for her coffee is Ohiopyle Coffee Roasters.  Ohiopyle Coffee Roasters was the idea of her daughter Abby, and her mother, Kim joined in the fun.  Now Kim is the primary producer for the company spending hours roasting coffee beans from Paupau, New Guinea; Sumatra in Indonesia, Coasta Rica; and others. They are a small batch roaster that is committed to creating the perfect brew Ohiopyle Coffee Roasters final product is a whole bean that produces delicious coffees with and amazing aroma.  If you do not have a grinder at home, ask our staff and we will be happy to grind the beans for you.


Marlene Grenell is a resident of Connellsville.  Marlene does not have much free time to create her popular jewelry, but somehow she manages to keep a nice selection in Appalachian Creativity Center.  Her jewelry can be described as sophistication with sparkle.  Marlene has a nice collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants made from Swarovski crystals.  Come in to see all the beautiful colors and styles in the Gallery.


Angie Haggerty lives with her husband in Connellsville, PA  Her medium of choice is Nature Photography and Pyrography on Fungi.  Angie has many interests, but she is particularly inspired by nature, science and fairies.  Angie’s main influence came from her scientific illustration instructor.  She encourage Angie and sail that in order to have good art, you have to make it POP.  Angie captures many of her photos while she is rambling in the woods.  After realizing that many of her photos were quite extraordinary, she decided to place them in Appalachian Creativity Center so that others may enjoy them as well.


Lorraine M. Harris was born in Connellsville, but now resides in Florida.  She is an author of mainstream fiction.  She has authored many books over the years including fiction, drama and romance.  She says, “I’m inspired when I read a variety of books, fiction and nonfiction.”  She has been influenced by many writers including James Patterson, Debbie McComber, Maya Angelou, Robin Carr, Sue Grafton, and John Grisham. In addition to being a writer, she has also an educator and a speaker.  She has also participated in many book signings as well.  Lorraine has also received numerous awards during her writing career.  She has several of her books in Appalachian Creativity Center.  Learn more about Lorraine’s books and her favorite writers at


Teri Hirko is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  She is one of several jewelers that puts a spin on their creations.  Using primarily dominoes, she creates unique necklaces to be worn for all occasions.  Teri is also part of the Abandoned Art Program.  Teri makes jewelry that is distributed throughout the area for people to find.  The jewelry is meant to make people feel better about themselves and life in general.  Come check out the Hirko Collection and the Gallery.


Andrea Joy is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  Although the work she has in Appalachian Creativity Center is primarily acrylic on canvas, she has worked with other mediums.  A recent addition to her collection at the Gallery is photos on glass.  Andrea loves the expressive nature of art.  She believes, “There are no mistakes, just make a stroke and work from there.”  She also thinks that the freedom of just creating is therapeutic.  Come see Andrea’s collection in the Center.


Crystal is from Uniontown, PA.  She is retired from the military.  In her free time she makes memory bears.  Memory bears are made from clothing of a loved one.  One of the memory bears on display is actually made from Crystal’s army uniform, complete with her name.  The memory bears are special order, but there are three on display at Appalachian Creativity Center for visitors to view.  The memory bears are custom orders.


Ed Kelemen is a writer from New Florence, PA.  Although many people love his writing year round, his writings gain the attention of many who love the ghosts, myths and legends that reveal their heads at Halloween.  Ed is inspired by “ordinary people experiencing extraordinary things” and many of their stories become subjects of his books.  Over the years, Ed’s writings have been influenced by other writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred Hitchcock, Bram Stoker, Mickey Spillaine, A.C. Doyle, and many others.  Ed is also a columnist and playwright.  Some of the books that are in Appalachian Creativity Center are Haunted Route 30, PA Haunted Route 22, Paranormal PA and many other titles.  Come experience the Gallery and get your Fall reading material while you are there.


Lynn is one of several potters exhibiting their work at Appalachian Creativity Center.  She focuses mainly on houseware items such as teapots, cups, bowls, colanders and much more. Her items are both oven and microwavable because of the high temperatures she uses in her pottery making technique.  Lynn’s coffee and tea cups are popular because each one is unique and seems to speak to the customer.


Jill is a resident of Connellsville, PA and is talented in many areas of the art world.  Not only is she an amazing painter, she is an equally talented set designer for the local community theatre company.  Jill is inspired by nature and fantasy, and you can see the two come together in her paintings.  Her art is influenced by the movie What Dreams May Come.  Come see Jill’s fairies and mermaids in the Appalachian Creativity Center.


Nancy is a resident of Mt. Pleasant. PA.  She enjoys painting with acrylics; she likes how it blends with other colors.  She has always loved drawing and painting since she was a child.  Now she brings her talent to Appalachian Creativity Center.  Her painting include a variety of subjects, but want makes her work unique is the surfaces she chooses to paint.  She paints on wood, slate and pots.  Nancy has been involved in many shows in the past.


Vicki is a resident of Uniontown, PA.  She has been writing local history books for many years.  She currently has three books in Appalachian Creativity Center.  Vicki is currently working on another book which will eventually be available in the Center.  She is inspired by her love of local history, preservation and genealogy.  Her wring has been influenced by Jack Gates, Walter “Buzz” Story and James Hadden.  She spends much of her time promoting local history through public speaking events and book signings.


Susan is another resident of Connellsville, PA.  She provides a wider audience for the beautiful Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass that is one of the few industries remaining in Connellsville.  Susan provides a source of glass cullet that comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  She also enjoys knitting, quilting, working with mosaic and stained glass.  Susan is inspired by Connellsville’s amazing history and the many opportunities for outdoor recreation.  Come see Susan’s Youghiogheny Glass at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Karen Macko is a resident of Vanderbilt, PA.  She is a retired school teacher.  Since retiring, she has left her creative juices flow to design artistic renditions of uplifting words and sayings that she then places in frames.  The final result is a beautiful work of art that is full of positive messages.  Karen’s words of inspiration fits right in with the Appalachian  Creativity Center’s message of peace, harmony, love, tranquility and art.


Lisa and Cathy Malago are residents of Connellsville, PA.  Both of these ladies are avid scrapbookers; however, each has a very distinct style.  Cathy designs many of the handmade cards in the Gallery, while Lisa creates othe items such as perpertual calendars, tea bag holders as well as cards.  Lisa is also one of the Instructors for the Gallery.


Tammy Martz is a resident of Mt. Pleasant, PA.  Her medium of choice is a wine bottle.  She can turn any bottle into a work of art by adding lights, flowers and sometimes paint to create something anyone would love to have in their house.  She loves to create new and beautiful items that inspire.  Tammy also works with floral arrangements for weddings which may include bouquets and boutineers.


Angie McKeel is a resident of Mill Run, PA.  She is a very talented and her ingenuity shows in hew clever designs. Angie uses whatever is on hand in her art.  It could be things acquired in the woods, eggs collected from her farm, feathers left behind by birds and many other objects.  She paints scenes on eggs and feathers as well as creating sculptures depicting the natural world around us. Currently she has several eggs and feathers on exhibit at the Appalachian Creativity Center.


Sara Mitchell is a resident of Ohiopyle, PA.  She is a photographer, and much of her work reflects the area she lives in and the surrounding area, particularly Ohiopyle State Park. Sara is inspired by nature, optimistic people and people who are just being themselves.  She loves where she lives and she is always trying to capture the beauty of the area.  She has been taking photos since she was 15 years old.  She has been a featured artist in the lobby and hallways of Highlands Hospital, Seton University website and in the Friends of Ohiopyle calendar.  In February 2017, she was the featured artist in the Fayette County Courthouse Law Library.  Sara has many of her photos in Appalachian Creativity Center so come in to see this talented artist.


Michelle Mowery resides in Melcroft, PA.  Her main medium is acrylics; however, her subject matter caries as does the objects she chooses as the base of her art.  Glass, wood, saws and many items become part of Michelle’s art.  Come to Appalachian Creativity Center and check out the variety of everyday items used by Michelle in her artwork.


Mary Lou Myers resides in Latrobe, PA.  She is known for her “Dragon Fly Jewelry Collection”.  She is inspired by the colors and shapes of the beads she uses in her design.  She chooses a bead and then sees how she can mix other shapes and colors to create a piece of jewelry.  Mary Lou is greatly influenced by jewelry trends.  She is also influenced by the special orders she receives.  In addition, her crafter and artisan friends exchange ideas as well.  She is a self-taught jeweler.  During the summer, she participates in three markets: Latrobe Farmer’s Market, Ligonier Country Market and the Keystone Farmer’s Market.  All three markets are make it, bake it, grow it markets.  Mary Lou also sells her jewelry at the Johnstown Bottleworks and the Latrobe Art Center.  In addition, Mary Lou participates in many other shows throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.  Please visit her website,  to see her other creative works and don’t forget to stop at Appalachian Creativity Center to see her jewelry collection.


Stephen is a paperback novelist from Leisenring, PA.  His book, entitled Poster Smash is his first novel. Stephen is inspired by Dragon Ball Z.  He is also inspired by Doctor Who, the Outer Limits and many artists including his sister Rosemary and Takashi Taniguchi.  Two authors, George R.R. Martin and Michael Rosen, are also credited with inspiring Stephen.  Over the years, Stephen has been greatly influences by his friends and their experiences.   Stephen says, “I express traits and qualities I always wanted to have myself through the characters.”  His childhood Dream was to be a published author.  I guess dreams do come true.  Come check out Stephen’s book at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Beverly Niccolai is a resident of Perryopolis, PA.  Her prints are unique in that the reflect Old World Europe.  Beverly’s prints tell a story, but the story may be different for anyone who looks at her art.  Her subject matter could be someone’s mother, grandmother or aunt.  Her subjects come to life in the streets, around the corner, and in the fields.  In some cases, Beverly used the likeness of people she knows in her art.  Come experience Old World Europe at Appalachian Creativity Center and become mesmerized by the stories that Beverly’s prints are telling us.


Ann is a resident of Connellsville and also a co-owner of Appalachian Creativity Center and Project Talent Theatre Workshops.  Many years ago when she was forced to rest during her pregnancy with her daughter, her niece taught her to cross-stitch.  What started as a way to pass the time turned into a love and appreciation for intricacies of cross-stitching.  Ann teaches cross-stitching at the Art Center; however, she also teaches Doodlebugs and assists with the Art Camps.  Come learn the craft of cross-stitching at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Jim Oglethorpe is a former resident of Connellsville, Pa, and now lives in Florida.  Jim is one of many authors that have their books in the Gallery.  His subject matter reflects the history of the small local towns of southwestern Pennsylvania. His genre of choice is murder mystery. Currently, Appalachian Creativity Center has Leisenring No. 1 and Confluence on sale.  Jim is working on his third book, and will be selling it at the Gallery once it is completed.


Margo Orlando Little is a former resident of Connellsville, Pa, and now lives in New Jersey. Her award-winning book, Each Vegabond by Name Was inspired by the people, struggles and rituals of southwestern Pennsylvania. Another inspiration for her book was from an unexpected source, a string of home invasions that took place in Connellsville in the early 2000s.  The robberies were committed by a group of thieves that everyone referred to as “gypsies”.  Each Vegabond by Name began as a short story, but Margo said the characters stuck with her and she decided to turn it into a full-length novel. Margo knows Connellsville well.   In fact, she was born and raised in Connellsville.  In fact, she wrote the last chapter of her book in the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville. Each Vegabond by Name is in the Appalachian Creativity Center Gallery, and more information about her book can be found at


Kaylin is from Vanderbilt, PA.  She is currently our youngest student, just recently graduating from high school.  Kaylin paints and works with intricate designs from gel pens on canvas.  She particularly loves to work with clay.  SHe is currently working on a miniature clay village.  Kaylin will soon be starting her freshman year in college so we hope to see more art in the Gallery from this talented young artist.


C.J. Paxinos is a small business owner from Connellsville, PA.  Most of her week is spent at The Book Case, a local book store.  C.J. is involved in a lot of activities involving the outdoors, but her beautiful stained glass pieces were produced in her studio in the basement of her house.  Her intricately designed lamps are very unique and colorful. She also has several other pieces in the Gallery including a windmill and business card holders.  Come to Appalachian Creativity Center and check out this amazing artist.


Robert Percey is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  He has written a book about the men and women of our armed forces entitled Profiles of Service and Sacrifice.  His book focuses on those that served during World War II.  Mr. Percey is always eager to spread his knowledge of World War II.  He has a collection of memorabilia from that time period as well.  Come and pick up your copy of this book at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Jason Pokopec is and author that resides in Dunbar, PA.  He has written two novels and is currently working on a sequel to his first novel Enigmatic Descent.  In addition he is working on a novel entitled, Cold People. Jason loves writing scary novels, the ones that keep you guessing what will happen next.  His second novel Betty Knox, which is based on a local legend,  is a perfect example of the spine-tingling stories he tells.  He lives to have his books set in southwestern Pennsylvania. He is inspired by Dean Koontz, Steven King and Robert R. McCammon.  Both Enigmatic Descent and Betty Knox are available at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Christine Polosky calls Scottdale, PA her home.  She creates seasonal wreaths and enhanced glass art. She is inspires by the art process and the final outcome of the piece. Christine is very detailed oriented, and it shows in her art. Since she is new to the art world, she has only been involved in one show. However, she has made centerpieces for weddings.  Come see Christine’s wreaths on display at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Dianne Pyda is a resident of Mt. Pleasant, PA   She uses low, medium and high fire clays and glazes in her creations.  She embellishes her art with paints, beads, and for that matter, anything that is handy.  Dianne is inspired by life itself, from the beauty of her surroundings to the quirks of everyday people. She says, “Anything whimsical is fuel for my imagination.”  Also, she finds beauty in the spiritual side of life.  Over the years, she has been influenced by her sons, her students, and her mom.  In the artist world, local artist Ron Korcynski has greatly influenced her art.  Dianne sees herself as a lifelong learner. As an artist for over 20 years, she has displayed her work in numerous venues  and she has been involved in collaborative shows with her students.  She is a member of both the Latrobe Art Center and the Greensburg Art Center.  Several of Dianne’s works are on display at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Cheryl Qualters resides in Bruceton Mills, WV.  She has a very interesting mediums of choice including gourds, pine needles, reeds, sea grass, and mixed fibers.  Cheryl carves and paints gourds and works with pine needle stitching which yields baskets and bowls and provides a rim for the gourds.  She uses reeds, sea grass and mixed fibers to create beautiful baskets.  She is inspired by Mother Nature.  She focuses on unique colors and textures and she find the flora and fauna to be exquisite.  She has been greatly influenced by Leslie Parkenson who gave her time to foster Cheryl’s interest in basketry, weaving and stained glass.  She has displayed her art in many shows in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  In addition to her work in Appalachian Creativity Center, she also has her art in several galleries in New Mexico as well.


Betty Reita is a resident of Mt. Pleasant, PA.  She is a watercolor artist.  Betty focuses on nature as her subject matter for her artwork. Flowers, butterflies and holiday themes are just a few of beautiful watercolor paintings Appalachian Creativity Center has had in the Gallery since she started to exhibit her work in 2016.



Moira Richardson designs art with space themes.  Her paintings of the planets in the moons are colorful and inspiring.  Moira adds quotes to her design occasionally as well. The depiction of the planets and moon are quite colorful and stand out against a black background.  In addition to the paintings, Moira uses the vibrant colors in her jewelry as well.  Her designs are particularly popular with the young adults. Currently, Moira Richardson has an exhibit on display at the Greensburg Civic and Arts Center in Greensburg, PA until the end of October 2018.Array                                                                                                                                                                            ArrayChristine Richter is a jeweler from Connellsville, PA.  She designs wire wrapped stone necklaces.  Using Cistrine, Quartz, Agates Raw Emerald and other stones, she creates necklaces that can be worn for all occasions. Her stones are wrapped in silver and added to a rope chord.  Christine has a varied collection at the Gallery.


Patty Richter resides in South Connellsville, PA.  She loves to crochet and sew and she has many items in the Bohemian Chic Boutique as a result.  She is inspired by things she sees around her.  Give her a picture and a ball of yarn and she tries to make something nice from it.  Her Mom and neighbor are the two people who have inspired her the most. Her and her sister take part in many craft shows throughout the year.  Patty finds crocheting to be very relaxing and it gives her time to think, probably about her next creation.


Gloria “Eileen” Rohal is a native of South Connellsville, PA. Eileen likes to spend time crocheting. Many of her hats, blankets and other creations are on display in the Bohemian Chic Boutique.  Eileen is inspired by the satisfaction of completing a project and knowing it is one of a kind.  She was influenced by her neighbor who patiently taught her to crochet.  In addition, her mother helped her learn the different stitches.  Her mother loved all crafts and was always looking for a project.  Her and her sister, Patty Richter participates in many craft shows throughout the year.  Appalachian Creativity Center exhibits a wide variety of Eileen’s work so come and check it out.


Shirley J. Rosenberger lives in Connellsville but sees herself as more of a resident of the world.  She delves in many mediums including acrylics on canvas, masking, jewelry as well as creating unique art works using plants.  She has always been inspired by her Mother Evelyn who always supported her endeavors.  She is greatly influenced by her travels.  With Gypsy in her blood, her favorite pastime is traveling and much of her artistic influence comes from her journeys.  Come check out Shirley’s latest creations at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Ashley Rudy is a jeweler that lives in Mt. Pleasant, PA.  Her specialty is chainmaille.  In her designs, she is inspired by texture and functionality and form.  She is heavily influenced by her family and friends.  She is also inspired by Hunter S. Thompson and David Bowie.  She is self-taught and admits that she would be unable to function without music and art in her life. Although her paintings are not on exhibit in Appalachian Creativity Center, the have been displayed in galleries in Pittsburgh. Her pottery has also been exhibited for a college in Florida.  In addition, she has completed many commissioned pieces for family and friends.


Linda Ruth is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  Linda creates beautiful washable purses.  Each purse has a unique design.  The purses are durable, but yet stylish.  The bags that she designs are average in size, but can be used for a variety of occasions.  Come see Linda’s purses on display at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Trish Sandusky is a resident of Mill Run, PA.  Her medium of choice is wood.  Trish designs, cuts and paints the figurines, letters, plaques, and blocks that she displays at Appalachian Creativity Center.  Trish is inspired by the holidays and her Mom.  She loves to decorate for the holidays and she fondly remembers how her mother’s house always looked festive and she wanted to continue the tradition.  Her father influenced her art.  He was very artistic and taught her the art of wood crafting and how to use the machinery and woodworking tools to create her wooden art. Trish loves to work with her scroll saw; she finds it to be relaxing.  Come check out her creations at the Gallery.


Seasons by 3 is made up of three sisters that has a knack for putting found items together in a creative way.  The sisters are sort of a female version of American Pickers.  The antiques they use in their designs are accentuated with flowers berries, ribbons and other odds and end to make a unique work of art.The family has a close tie to Connellsville, and Appalachian Creativity Center feels lucky to have them as part of the Gallery.


Deanna Sherbondy is an artist from Connellsville, PA.  She has always loved to work with paper, creating dolls to give as gifts.  She also loves nature and photographing flowers, scenery and covered bridges.  Collecting river glass and rocks from the Youghiogheny River has always been a passion of hers.  Not surprising, she turned the passion into art.  She is inspired by the beautiful country that we live in, but she also gains inspiration from nature.  Her mother was a commercial artist and drew ads for women’s clothing at Kaufmann’s in Pittsburgh.  Her father was also very creative and could fix anything.  It is clear the apple did not fall far from the tree.  Come see the sherbondy Collection at Appalachian Creativity Center.


Connie Shoaf is a resident of Jefferson Hills, PA. Her medium of choice is acrylic on canvas, slate, wood, and feathers.  She is primarily inspired by nature as can be seen in her work. Throughout her art career, she has been influenced by many.  Art has always been part of her life as reflected in her education as well as her career. Upon retiring she has pursued he passion of painting wildlife. Connie has displayed her work at many festivals and has won multiple people’s choice awards as well as best show awards in juried art shows. She is also a member of the Uniontown Art Club.


Rae is a resident of Connellsville and she is our scent specialist.  Rae is our candle expert and we use her creations to lure people into the store.  On any given day you may feel like it is a Spring day, a walk on the beach, Fall harvest or you just left Grandma’s kitchen.  In any event, the smells sell.  Rae makes a variety of candles in 4 and 8 ounce jars and she makes specialty creations such as pies and chai latte in a cup.  Don’t like candles? No problem! Rae has an assortment of tarts and air fresheners as well.  Appalachian Creativity Center has a small for you!!!


Lois Watts resides in Dawson, PA.  Her medium of choice, one that she is extremely passionate about is sea glass or beach glass.  She also loves vintage items as well.  She incorporates the beach glass and vintage items in much of her art work. Recently she has added air plants and succulents to her art to add another element of nature to her designs. Lois is inspired by nature, particularly the land and water and its simplicity.  Because Lois loves oceans, rivers and lakes, we see these themes reflected in her art.  Lois was selected as artist of the month for June 2016 at the Fayette County Courthouse in Uniontown, PA.  She regularly attends the Ashtabula Ohio Beach Glass Festival where she exhibits her work.


Marilyn Weaver is a resident of Connellsville, PA.  Her medium of choice is photography.  Although Marilyn is inspired by nature in all forms and all animals, she exhibits a wide range of themes in the photographs that are on display at Appalachian Creativity Center.  Many of the themes are near and dear to her especially the photos of Wesley Church and Chautauqua Institution.  Marilyn credits her father for her love of photography.  It was he who gave her a camera as a child, and Marilyn says after that, “I was off!”  She tries to show others the beauty of God’s world that we are blessed to live in and those animals we share our life with.  Come see Marilyn’s photographs at the Gallery!


Barbara Wilhelm is a resident of Uniontown, PA.  Her medium of choice is writing novels, in particular historical romance and medical mysteries.  She is inspired by people and their stories.  She is also inspired by historical figures and characters in books.  Many times her imagination is triggered from listening to their stories.  Her writing has been influenced by books, television, studying history and her genuine love of reading.  Wilhelm has been part of numerous book symposiums in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Idaho.  Barbara is an award winning writer, winning the 2007 award for Best Mystery Fiction from for Murder Makes the Rounds.  For more information about Barbara Wilhelm and her books, visit  She hopes to reach more people that will enjoy her books.


Sharon Is a resident of Scottdale, PA.  She works with all water media including watercolor, acrylic, and egg tempera.  She also works with all drawing media as well including pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, and ink.  Sharon also has several felting pieces in the Appalachian Creativity Center.  Through her work, the viewer can truly see that she is inspired by everything that is beautiful and all living things.  Sharon is influenced by many contemporary artists including Andrew Wyeth and Dean Mitchell; however, she is also influenced by all of the old masters.  Over the years, Sharon has participated in many art shows, both local and national.  She won Best in Show at one of the national art shows.  She loves to experiment with different techniques and various media.  An interesting fact about Sharon, she made the huge bunch of grapes on the big “Eyore” character located in Disneyworld in Paris.
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139 West Crawford Avenue
Connellsville, PA 15425