Cheryl Kugler

Cheryl is a life-long artist from south-central Pennsylvania. Rich colors and gentle compositions of nature’s flora and fauna inspire her canvases.

Versed in oils, pastels, acrylics, gouache, charcoal, and graphite, she equally enjoys naturalistic lifestyle photography and is a dabbler in clay. While creating, it is not uncommon that her beautiful and well-loved cats nap on her studio desk.

She has run yearly artist residencies in senior centers, with teen girls in a children’s home, and teaches weekly art classes in senior communities.

She has completed ‘Arts and Aging’ training programs to better work with older and elderly artists. Specifically,

Lincoln Center Education, Teaching Artist Development Labs

National Center for Creative Aging, Artist Training

National Certification Council for Activity Professionals, MEPAP I

Naomi Feil’s Validation Institute to provide a meaningful way to communicate with disoriented adults.

Degrees in Art and Design as well as business.

30+ year career in business.

Loryn Spangler-Jones

Loryn has been an active member within the local art community for many years and was the Gallery Director, resident artist and lead art educator at Annex 24 in Lancaster for 5 years before making the move to open LSJ Studios in March of 2016. The studio serves as Spangler-Jones’ creative space, a place for classes and a gallery for exhibiting art from around the globe.

Spangler-Jones has long been the leading arts educator and instructor for small humans in Lancaster, PA, and within the walls of LSJ Studios, she has created a 400 square foot space where students are safe to throw and splash paint, get messy and fully immerse themselves in the Arts.

Award winning and internationally recognized mixed media artist, Loryn Spangler-Jones exhibits locally and is the founder of LSJ Studios in downtown Lancaster, PA. Making art since 1997, she is self taught and her innate talent is the foundation of her spontaneous and visceral paintings. Her work can be found in several different publications, from major art magazines to coffee table art books from North Light Publications.

Cultivating human connectivity and creative collaboration through art, Spangler-Jones has been leading group workshops since 2012. Loryn Spangler-Jones is a tour de force and her work continues to reach people all over the world!

“Who I am as an artist and what drives my hunger is to continually unveil subject matter in a way that encourages the viewer and challenges them to see, think and feel in a whole new way, pushing their own personal boundaries.”

W.E. & Company

Jordan and Shelby Wormley are the visionaries behind W.E. & Company. As a married couple in Central Pennsylvania, they love being around family and engaging with their community. With a combined education and background in communications, media studies, and photography, Jordan and Shelby are inspired by storytelling. Shelby’s profession and hobby behind the camera influenced the two of them to capture people and their stories.

They love meeting and connecting with new people. As the “we” in W.E. & Company, they work closely with people to tell their captivating and honest stories, so they’re always in good company.

Dominique Jordan Miller-Shell, or the Artivist, Sir Dominique Jordan

Phone: 717-984-9476
Email: dmillershell@gmail.com
Web Site: https://linktr.ee/dominiquejordantru2you
Artistic discipline: Poetry, spoken word, music

I am most passionate about leaving my listeners and/or readers with substance that they can apply to everyday life. I love to be able to use my vulnerability and transparency as my superpower. I also am so excited about finding new ways to converge my passion (poetry, music) with my purpose of mentoring young people and motivational speaking.

Ever since I was a student, I just wanted to teach, even as a youngin in the Pew, I just wanted to preach, as a player on the field, I could not help but to coach because deep down inside I knew the only way to actually win at life is based on our approach… but what will we do with the misinformation vital to our detriment, also how will we combat miseducation that’s prevents our very betterment… shift the culture, change the narrative with the tools we have left, inspire the masses with our gifts then manifest a whole lot more than they expect… We need air to breathe… We need the next generation to believe… We need oxygen released by trees… So why not plant a seed? Today, so tomorrow our souls are at peace…

Gerri McCritty

Contact Information:
http://www.pavaagallery.com
geraldinemccrity@yahoo.com
717-490-6720
http://www.facebook.com/pavaagallery
http://www.instagram.com/gerrimccrittycreations

Art + Music = Love & Unity
My objective has always been to share my passion for art and music as a form of therapy, therapy for the purpose of inspiring, building confidence, and exploring. I believe it helps bring out inner creativity, makes an impact on others, and it also entertains. My art creations are based on a symbolic reflection of my African and African American roots. Besides painting, I choose to express my creativity by using organic materials of everyday life, and found objects. I am inspired by my West African culture and its philosophy of carrying burdens, which I refer to as loads of life, centering the spirit, respecting mother earth, the universe, and showing love of the human race. It is important to me that my creations reveal the INDIGENOUS, and the customs and characteristics of a culture.

I believe you learn every day of your life until the day you leave this earth. My approach to teaching has always been based on the personality and learning abilities of the individual or individuals. I believe in hands on, keeping it simple. I believe in a better tomorrow and that the children are our future. Creative learning can make a big impact on an individual. I do not hold a teaching degree, but I do possess the skills and years of experience teaching/working with kids and adults with or without disabilities.

David Nazario

Contact information:

nazariod@yahoo.com

David Nazario is writing for his life because he’s scared of a day job. These words are not only the lyrics to a song by hip hop artist, Common, but they also represent the way that he chooses to live his life – not afraid of hard work, but afraid of spending 40 hours per week doing work that he doesn’t love. Fortunately, the past decade has allowed David to serve as a writer, speaker, and educator – all activities that he loves to do.

When David writes, he aims to share his unique perspective as an Afro-Puerto Rican, millennial, gay man from Reading, Pennsylvania. It is one of the cornerstones to his learning and unlearning of the world. When he is speaking, teaching, and writing he wants to inspire people and challenge social norms. The possibility of affecting one person’s life with his words, lessons, and writing is what brings him back to the classroom, to the pen and pad, day in and day out.

David earned his Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University, where he started his journalism career as an intern in the Office of Public Relations & Marketing. He has worked as a college advisor at Reading Senior High School for 11 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Reading Area Community College. David’s first book, Make Love Your Religion: How To Put Love First & Succeed at Doing What You Love (SDJ Press) was released in April 2018.

Anthony Orozco

Contact: orozcoreporting@gmail.com
513-687-2295

Anthony Orozco is the Latino communities reporter for WITF. Anthony joined PA Post in May 2020 as a Report For America fellow and transitioned to WITF in August 2020. He has worked in central Pennsylvania as a journalist, poet and community organizer since graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Cincinnati in 2012.

Genre: Ecological Design, Green STEAM or E-STEM, and Nature Journaling

Contact: 
(e): elyse@waxwingecoworks.com
(w): http://www.waxwingecoworks.com
(c): 717.676.1045

Age Group for Residencies: Grades K-12, adults

Artist’s Statement:

Humans are positive drivers of ecological restoration, with solutions resting in underutilized spaces like urban schoolyards and narrow sidewalk strips. Designing ecological gardens in human spaces is a multi-functional artform. Everywhere you look, there is a canvas of currently mowed lawn waiting to be awakened with pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds, bats, etc.) and 4-season botanical interest. Through a hands-on participatory ecological design process, these spaces become vital grounds for rebounding wildlife populations, while gathering the community in collaborative conservation work. 

Ecological design is a Science and an Art. Cross-curricular skills are developed and reflected upon, through grappling with scale and proportion, ecological food webs, “right plant, right place”, site analysis (hydrology, geology, sun/shade patterns, etc.), while learning how to coherently communicate their final proposed planting plan. 

In the Schoolyard Habitat residency, students empathize with a critter of choice, design a solution in their schoolyard to meet their habitat needs, and ultimately bring their designs to fruition through a collaborative schoolyard habitat build. Funding is currently provided by the National Wildlife Federation to cover the costs of the native landscape plugs used in the schoolyard habitat plantings for the School District of Lancaster. 



Davidson
Genre:
Composition, instrument making
Contact:
 www.tinadavidson.com
tina@tinadavidson.com

Age Group for Residencies:

Artist’s Statement: Tina Davidson, a highly regarded American composer, creates music that stands out for its emotional depth and lyrical dignity.  She has been acclaimed for her authentic voice, her “vivid ear for harmony and colors” (New York Times) and her works of “transfigured beauty” (OperaNews).  She writes “real music, with structure, mood, novelty, and harmonic sophistication – with haunting melodies that grow out of complex, repetitive rhythms” (Philadelphia Inquirer) that is both “intellectually rigorous and deeply moving” (Star-Tribune).

Over her forty-year career, Davidson has been commissioned by well-known ensembles such as National Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, Roanoke Symphony, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, VocalEssence, Kronos Quartet, Mendelssohn String Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, and public television (WHYY-TV).  Her music has been widely performed by many orchestras and ensembles, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musicopia String Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001.  She was commissioned in 2011 by violinist, Hilary Hahn, who recorded her work on Deutsche Grammophon. The compact disc won a GRAMMY in 2015.

Recently Davidson was honored by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra with their 2015 Annual Composer Award.  The Symphony premiered of two of her works, Barefoot and First Light for string orchestra.  In May 2015, she was selected to give a prestigious TEDx talk about her work in community settings.  She lives in Lancaster, PA.

Residency with artist Tina Davidson, Spring Ridge Elementary, Spring 2019

https://www.wlvt.org/blogs/berks/young-composers/

Contact:  anita@onewhoplantsseeds.net

717.201.5477

Age Group for Residencies:  pre-K, elementary, middle, secondary, young adult, adult, senior

Special Groups:  LGBQIA+, transgender and non-binary, autism, mental health needs, eating disorders, chronic illness, different ability, family violence, trauma, US newcomers, parents, families.

Special Project: Everything I need to know about sex, I (should) have learned in kindergarten. This sexuality education writing project is for older teens, young adults, adults, and seniors.

Artist’s Statement

My teaching follows a community arts model within a social justice framework. What does that mean?   I tailor-design workshops to meet specific needs and explore social issues including sexuality, gender, human relationships, trauma, anger management, eating disorders, body image, human diversity and culture, and mental health using the expressive arts. This all began more than 25 years ago when I worked with a small group of teens who lived hard lives in rural Pennsylvania. We made group poems, listened to and interpreted music, played expressive games, shared dreams, and told stories. Since then, the bulk of my work has been in urban Lancaster, PA.

In my programs, students feel heard and valued. Students begin to figure out who they can trust, how their experiences and their individual personality shape their lives, and what their strengths are. I utilize community resources and experiential modalities in ways that help learners gain new skills, identify sustainable strategies, and achieve general well-being.   I draw from cognitive, systems, social learning and empowerment theories in the teaching/learning process. This is applied with children, teens and adults of all ages in schools and community spaces.

My long and closely-held tenet in every expressive endeavor is that of seed planting. It’s all about the ideas and how those ideas flow within and between people; and how the energy of ideas connects and synergizes small groups and larger communities. I believe that we all have capabilities in art, to be creative in our own unique ways. I believe this is true of people with varying physical and emotional capacities and people holding diverse frames of reference.