Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA



Lisa Cadigan is a musician, theatre artist, and graphic designer in Gettysburg, PA. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Communications from James Madison University, and has completed coursework in music theory, music education, music history, vocal methods, piano methods and string methods as a guest student of Gettysburg College’s Sunderman Conservatory.

Around Adams County, you will often see Lisa performing with jazz ensemble, Pomona’s Trio. She completed the Music Together teacher training program in 2017, and is thrilled to be offering mixed-age classes through Adams County Music Makers as a program-in-residence at the Adams County Arts Council. She also enjoys teaching summer music camps at ACAC, where she serves as the volunteer chair of the marketing and development committee, a group she brought together while serving on ACAC’s board from 2013-2016.

Lisa Cadigan

Erica Werntz

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.

Linda Toki

Linda 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.

Linda has received numerous awards for her publication designs through her job and outside for her photography. Linda was awarded this past year with the FCA’s Diversity Leadership award for promoting and supporting the agency’s diversity and inclusion programs. In 2016, Linda won second place for photography in the Gettysburg Area Historical Barn Art Show and Sale. In 2015 she was interviewed for a feature in the AppWhisperer online publication for her work in iPhone photography. In 2014, she and her sister published a book of poetry and photography entitled “Only Black is in Style, Fashionably Dark Verse.” Later that year she held a solo exhibit in New Oxford, Pennsylvania. In February 2013 Linda won Second Place in the Garden Creatures Category and an Honorable Mention in the Small Wonders Category sponsored by Washington Gardener Magazine and she won two Honorable Mentions at the Friends of Claude Moore Photo Expo. In 2007, she won two Silver Awards sponsored by Create magazine in the Nature Photography division. She has been published in Grit’s Guide to Backyard Rabbits, the Meadowlark Botanical Garden 2013 brochure, the Atrium at Meadowlark 2013 brochure, and the Meadowlark website. She has exhibited at Arlington County Public Library and Above Ground Winery in Purcellville, Virginia. She won a 2012 CFC Award in the Small Agency category “Best Photography and Use of Images, and 2011 Award of Distinction for the FCA website design from the Communicator Awards competition. She also received “Hero of the Year” award given by the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area for her support of campaign activities at her workplace.

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.

Linda has always been an avid photographer growing up in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania in Cambria County. Her fondness for nature is reflected in her work.

Linda also pursues gardening and is certified as a Monarch waystation, she is interested in genealogy, language study, and cake decorating.

You can view her other work on Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.

Elizabeth Spicer

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 Fauth

“I have worked with children for many years as a Family and Consumer Science teacher in Biglerville, PA. I enjoy introducing hand sewing and machine sewing skills to young people.”

As a retired Home Economics teacher Linda Fauth now dedicates her time to teaching culinary and sewing classes across Adams County. She graduated from Albright College majoring in family and consumer science and has taught culinary and nutrition classes for over 30 years. She adopted her skills and love for the arts from her mother who was a seamstress and cook and she expressed, “the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.” She thought it was imperative that she share her knowledge with others around her so that people would understand the importance of dietary wellness.

She is confident and excited about the work her students produces and encourages them to reach their highest potential, “I always tell my students they should like their projects and finish them—I always stay after class to help students finish sewing their projects if need be.” She is an avid promoter of “Dining with Diabetes” and when she isn’t volunteering her time she works in coordination with Penn State Extension Service in hopes to promote healthy living. Her cooking and sewing classes are a hit at the Adams County Arts Council and her love for what she does is infectious and gets others excited about creating.

Joh Ricci

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

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.

Marc Jalbert

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.”

Matt Carlson

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.

Mark Wesling

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.

Lisa Chu

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.

Cookie Shaw


I received my BA from Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey) in Art Education and my Masters from McDaniel College(Westminster, Md). I did post graduate classes at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Work history:

I worked as an art teacher for two years in Salem, New Jersey after graduating with my BA.

I owned and operated my own pottery retail business for 10 years both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania under the business name of Earthworm Pottery.

I taught in the Bermudian Springs School District primarily as the Middle School art teacher for 28 years.

Awards and Achievements:

First Place in the Danbury State Fair Arts and Crafts Show, Danbury Connecticut

Second Place in the Danbury State Fair Arts and Crafts Show, Danbury Connecticut

First Place in the Greenberg’s Great Train Miniature and Toy Show, Baltimore, Maryland

Honorable Mention in Havre De Grace Art Show, Havre De Grace, Maryland

Best of Show at the National Apple Harvest Festival, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania

Several one woman pottery exhibitions in New Jersey

Awarded who’s who among American teachers

Personal history:

I have raised two children, have three grandchildren and live in Gettysburg with my cat Molly. I love to spend time with my family and friends, do art work, travel, and garden. I am currently enrolled at HACC taking Spanish classes.