SUMMER CAMP ASSISTANT
Mary Margaret Blum, or Miss Margo, is the Arts Education Assistant for the Adams County Arts Council as they facilitate their 2018 summer arts camps. She desires that each child she interacts with feels safe to express themselves and excited about the art they are making. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Gettysburg College in May of 2018, with a major in Philosophy and minors in Religious Studies and Studio Art. In college, she was employed by the Center for Public Service as the Student Coordinator of the Painted Turtle Farm.
Through CPS she interned at the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal, learning about art education across language barriers and cultural differences. Her experience at the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal deeply moved her and she is excited to continue her experience working with passionate non-profit arts administrators and educators at the ACAC. Mary Margaret’s individual artistic practice focuses on oil painting. In fall of 2017, Mary Margaret studied impressionist style oil painting in Aix-en-Provence, France at the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, Institute of American Universities. Catch Miss Margo assisting Jack Handshaw’s pottery classes or bouncing around to the various arts and music workshops happening at the council, and please say hi!
Matt Carlson teaches vocal music in the Bermudian Springs School District (York Springs, PA). He received a B.S. in Music Education from Gettysburg College in 2013 and is currently enrolled in Michigan State University’s M.M. in Choral Conducting program. In his current position at the Bermudian Springs School District, Matt teaches high school choir, fourth grade general music and choir, and serves as music director for the spring musical. He is an active composer and arranger, whose music has been commissioned for and performed by the Gettysburg College Choir, Gettysburg Children’s Choir, the Adams County Junior High Honor Choir, and various chamber and instrumental ensembles.
Lisa Chu is a California-based, on-location sketch artist, illustrator, and life coach. She first came to Gettysburg in 2016 for a 30-day artist residency, where she documented her experience in daily illustrations. She returned in 2017 to teach at ACAC and created a one-day pop-up show of her illustrations. Her approach to art focuses on the creative process as a path of spontaneity, mindfulness and direct engagement with daily life and the natural world. She loves to show others how drawing and sketching life encourages us to be inspired by the beauty of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Lisa’s backyard chickens, indoor cat, the ocean, and trees are daily reminders of the beauty in her everyday life.
Marc M. Jalbert is the driving force of the newly minted non-profit, Bakewell Farm. For over twenty years, Jalbert has been artisan bread baker and owner of the Gettysburg Baking Co., Adams County, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Southern Maine and he has been a member of the Bread Baker’s Guild of America–conducting numerous baking classes through the Adams County Arts Council. His keen interest and use of design has guided him in a number of projects associated with the Gettysburg Baking Company. Over the years, the Adams County business community has recognized and awarded him for a number of these projects.
“My dream is to create a place that builds on my experience as a community bread baker and small business owner, while promoting the greater good for the Adams County community.”
Joh Ricci is interested in exploring and understanding the world through the lens of a fiber artist. Her love for fiber arts was cultivated by her aunt who taught her how to crochet at the age of 8 years old and since then she’s dedicated ample time and effort to this medium. She graduated with a BFA from Kutztown University with a concentration in fibers and was encouraged by her professors to keep pursuing this passion. Her work often times depicts bright colors and the intricacies and craftsmanship of her knotted pieces are both taxing and rewarding. Through partnering with the Adams County Arts Council her weaving class will give students a chance to understand the value of detail and patience.
Brent Talbot is currently an Associate Professor at Gettysburg College and the director of the Gettysburg Children Choir and has devoted his life to music. He has taught at colleges and schools throughout the country where he emphasizes the way in which music can be used to fight and understand social issues and empower each other in hopes to create a unified environment for all. He is the author of ‘Finding a Way’, which tries to understand the compartmentalization of music and how it can be used to discover who we are in this world. His Master’s degree and P.H.D. are in music education and he is proficient in saxophone, piano, voice, percussion and gamelan. His love for teaching and enriching the minds of young adults has led him to enlightening students about the complexity of music and music theory in hopes of creating an positive change in the world.
Cookie Shaw received her BA from Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey) in Art Education and her Masters from McDaniel College (Westminster, Md). She did post graduate classes at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Cookie worked as an art teacher for two years in Salem, New Jersey after graduating with her BA. She owned and operated her own pottery retail business for 10 years both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania under the business name of Earthworm Pottery. She also taught in the Bermudian Springs School District primarily as the Middle School art teacher for 28 years.
Cookie has raised two children, has three grandchildren and lives in Gettysburg with her cat Molly. She loves to spend time with family and friends, do art work, travel, and garden. She is currently enrolled at HACC taking Spanish classes.
As the director of the L.A. Performing Arts Academy, Elizabeth Spicer has dedicated 26 years to dance. While attending Slippery Rock College she majored in dance because her love for the form had goaded her to learn about its varying aspects. Hence, she took classes like choreography, theatre, music, and dance history. As an individual excited about the intricacies and frameworks of all dance mediums she is proficient in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop and acro. This has led her to work for top choreographers like David Howard and Frank Hatchett. During her time as director of the L.A. Performing Arts Academy her students have excelled tremendously earning awards in best choreography, best technique and best costumes.
Parents and students have raved about her enthusiastic demeanor and her hard work and dedication to her students “My daughter loves going to dance here. She has learned a lot in the past two years. She loves having Liz for a teacher; she works great with the girls!” Therefore, Elizabeth in Coordination with the Adams County Arts Council hope that through Ballerinas and Bears students are able to learn the basics of ballet and divulge themselves into dance’s artistic movement and style.
Linda Toki is the Visual Information Specialist and photographer at the Farm Credit Administration in McLean, Virginia. She provides graphic design support, photographic, and video services to the agency. She is also responsible for creating content and visuals for FCA’s social media platforms.
An honors graduate from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she has a BS degree in Education with a major in Art and a minor in Art history. Linda is certified to teach art, K-12. While Linda has spent nearly 30 years working in Northern Virginia, she currently resides full time in Gettysburg.
For several years, Linda was an assistant to William B. Folsom, the resident photographer at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna in his photography classes and workshops. She volunteered as a TV camera operator with Fairfax Public Access TV and has been certified as a production assistant. She has worked on Dr. Libby’s World of Medicine: filming, providing photographic support and graphic design. She has also worked for Special Olympics of Virginia as an event planner and photographer.
A year ago, Linda established the first Gettysburg Camera Club on FaceBook. Several meet-ups have happened over the year and more are planned. She is passionate about iPhone/Mobile art and photography. She has taught DSLR photography classes in Virginia at Meadowlark Gardens and most recently mobile photography at Adams County Arts Council in Gettysburg, PA.
As an instructor at Fairfield Area High School, Erica Werntz is motivated to teach because of her enthusiasm for her students and her belief that art can be used as a format for self-discovery. She believes in the notion that because art has no specific right or wrong answers it gives students the ability resolute their issues through trial and error. This in turn helps to keep them motivated while building self-esteem and self-worth.
She began her initial career interested in photography but her incessant need to create lead her to other mediums like paint, paper mache, glass work and ceramics. Of these mediums she is most fond of ceramics because of the unforgiving nature of the clay; “if you make something you’re not quite happy with you can ball it up and try again.” Ultimately her goal for teaching at the Adams County Arts Council is to create an environment where artists and students can learn from each other while cultivating an enriching experience where participants can grow in their specified mediums.
Mark Wesling, Classical Guitarist, composer and songwriter, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. Mark has been living and making music in south-central Pennsylvania since 1996. He teaches classical, acoustic, and electric guitar lessons from his studios located in Hershey and York, PA. He performs throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding areas for weddings, corporate events, festivals, and concerts and composes and publishes music for the guitar. Mark is also an active artist who works with oils and watercolors; his work has found homes in private collections throughout the United States.