Instructors

Anna Fetter has been in the culinary industry for over 15 years. She is the Sous Chef at the Gettysburg College Dining Hall. Anna attended the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh, PA where she got her associates degree. One of Annas highlights from culinary school was her externship at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. Where she worked in the Golf Kitchen and cooked for the Senior PGA tournament. Anna teaches a wide variety of classes at the Arts Council. Anna’s cooking style is unique to her, she likes to combine lots of flavors and textures in her dishes along with using fresh herbs and produce.

Anna is an Adams County native, she loves passing her passion for cooking onto her daughter.  “I love watching the look on Emily’s face when she completes a dish on her owe.” In her free time Anna can be found practicing softball with Emily, or throwing the ball for her dogs or going to country concerts.

STEVE  BLEINBERGER

*BFA: Virginia Commonwealth University

*Continuing studies: Maryland Institute College of Art

*Graphic Design/Film/Creative professional

*As a practicing fine artist he is fluent in a variety of mediums with transparent watercolor his favorite.

The recipient of numerous International, national, regional and local award competitions; his work is also included in several private collections.

In addition to teaching numerous watercolor workshops in Maryland and Pennsylvania the artist is a Film/Animation instructor at The Baltimore School of Art.

When not sailing or scouting paint locations on The Chesapeake, Steve may be found roaming the scenic Adams County countryside -camera and sketch journal in hand looking for inspiration for his next PA landscape or barn painting!

Margery Erickson has earned degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Millersville University in social science and special education. Her interest in T’ai Chi Chih began in 1993 while attending a Life Spectrums conference. She continued to practice T’ai Chi Chih for several years and found it helped her reduce stress, decrease arthritis pain and heal both past and more recent emotional wounds. In 1997 she became an accredited instructor and has taught classes in the Hanover for over 20 years.  She is a retired special education teacher.

My name is Linnia Johnson and I graduated in 2014 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with my Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a Crafts minor, concentrating in fiber art.  Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in Art Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. I have been teaching at Fairfield Area School District since 2015 as their elementary and middle school art teacher. My favorite art medium is painting and weaving. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my dog. I am very excited to work with the kids this summer in my pastel workshop.

Karen Hendricks is an a lifelong journalist of 30+ years and an award-winning public relations and marketing professional of 12+ years. She owns and operates Hendricks Communications which provides compelling freelance writing, marketing, public relations, social media and photography services to clients, corporate and nonprofit, throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Karen’s writing is regularly published in numerous magazines; she previously worked in television, radio and newspaper. As a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, she strives to be ethical, accurate, fair and thorough in all she writes. Given her skilled background, Karen is a seasoned consultant and speaker on a wide range of communications topics.

At the ACAC, Karen enjoys teaching workshops focused on journaling, social media and photography. She especially loves helping others communicate through these creative outlets!

Karen earned a BA in Communications/Media Studies, with a minor in English, from Lock Haven University. She is a certified Pennsylvania festivals and events executive, having completed a leadership and social media certificate program at Temple University.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Karen lived in Gettysburg for 23 years and currently resides near Harrisburg. Professional highlights include working at WGAL Channel 8, working with James Earl Jones on a project and every time readers respond with positive feedback to her magazine stories. Karen is a “foodie” who loves cooking and gardening. Personal achievements include running her first marathon in 2018. But she considers her family and three mostly-grown children her brightest, best accomplishments.

Website: HendricksCommunications.com

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.

Stanley F. Gilmore Jr has had a long and varied career in art, teaching in Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland for 38 years.  He now teaches adults & children providing art instruction at Adams County Arts Council, and Hanover Artists Guild.

An artist in his own right, he specializes in pen and ink drawings of various buildings and structures, as well as watercolors and colored pencil.

Mr. Gilmore has also illustrated two children’s books for Old Line Publishing,  Titles are “The Little Match Girl”, and “The Birth of Christ”.  Mr. Gilmore also illustrated a children’s book, “Polly the Polled Hereford”, published by Maple Creek Media Publications, for Trudy Jo Hahn Snader.

Awards

Carroll County Outstanding Teacher & Carroll County Teacher of the Year Finalist – 2004

Carroll Community Television’s Vollie Award for Best Music Entertainment Program “Have a Heart for the Arts” – 1995

Carroll County’s Outstanding Art Teacher with special recognition given by the Maryland Art Education Association – 1982

Mr. Gilmore is a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Art Education,1970, and Towson University with a MS degree in Instructional Technology, 2000.

Holly Owens is an essential oil educator and enthusiast.  She was introduced to essential oils in 2014 during her Yoga Teacher Training.  Since then, essential oils and yoga have been an integral part of her healing journey after a Crohn’s Disease diagnosis.  Healthy life style choices are the direct result her balance and vitality.  Holly is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance and has completed multiple continuing education trainings such as Yin Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Restorative Yoga and more.  She currently teaches private yoga clients as well as group classes at Life in Balance Yoga in Hanover, PA.  Essential oils are often shared in her yoga classes as a way to create relaxation and energetic shifts for the mind and body.  She also meets clients privately to share the powers of essential oils individually.  Holly is passionate about sharing the benefits of both yoga and essential oils.

Chef Subarna Sijapati is an honors graduate of the top-ranked culinary arts program of the Art Institute of Colorado, where he was awarded the gold medal for his final cooking portfolio. He has almost 30 years of professional culinary experience.

Subarna’s love of cooking came from having grown up in Kathmandu, where eating local fresh foods and delighting in meals with friends and family is a way of life. Hours are spent preparing dishes with layers of flavor and ingredients. This inborn appreciation for food fueled his passion to learn about new cuisines, flavors, and techniques and to make creative menus that satisfy and inspire. To this end, he has met with cooks and farmers around the world including Morocco, France, Spain, South Korea, India, Oman, Mexico, Hawaii, and Portugal.

Now he shares his talents through custom catering and private culinary instructions in the Adams County area

Lisa Harman

I am a mother, wife, artist, art educator, and business owner.  Having taught art education to various ages since 1993, I have experience in a variety of mediums.  The common threads that weave all of my work together are line and color.  I am drawn to the intense, pure colors made popular by the Fauvists of the early 20th century.  Whether working in 3D mediums like enamel, clay, jewelry, glass, or mosaic or 2D mediums such as acrylic or watercolor, you will always find my work full of swirling line and symbolic color.

I have a BS in Art Education from Temple University, an MEd from Shippensburg, and an MFA in Visual Arts/enameling from Wilson College.  While at Temple, quite by accident, I stumbled upon hot glass and ended up taking a number of glass classes at Tyler School of Art.  I also take “continuing education” classes at University of the Arts, Shippensburg University, Corning Glass, and Kutztown University.  This additional training in Raku, jewelry and metals, enameling, ceramics, painting, sculpture, and glass keeps me continually fresh and the art classes I teach, exciting.

My goal is to continue creating art for as long as I can and to instill a love and appreciation of art in others.

I strive for excellence in all of these areas while dealing with 2 life altering rare neurological conditions.  At age 13, I was diagnosed with Cluster Headache.  It is often considered one of the worst pains known to humanity and dubbed the suicide headache. Additionally, a few years ago I began to have trouble speaking and was diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia.  As a HS art teacher, this was devastating news. As the condition worsened I found my 22 year teaching career in jeopardy. I opted for a risky nerve/vocal chords surgery and in December 2015, flew to UCLA for the operation.  I am currently in the recovery stage and am slowly regaining strength in my voice. Dealing with the pain of Cluster Headaches and overcoming voice loss have put my life in perspective. Other challenges seem small in comparison.  Creating art allows me to communicate without using my vocal chords and is more important to me now than at any time in my life.  My work can be found at the Bluebrick Gallery in Gettysburg, PA or online at http://www.lisaharmanart.com

Matt Carlson teaches vocal music in the Bermudian Springs School District (York Springs, PA). He is a graduate of Gettysburg College (B.S. Music Education) and Michigan State University (M.M Choral Conducting). 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 and performed by the Gettysburg College Choir, Gettysburg Children’s Choir, the Adams County (PA) Junior High Honor Choir, the Frederick County (MD) Elementary Honor Choir, and the Tucson Girls Chorus. For more information, visit mattcarlson.co.

Brent C. Talbot is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College where he teaches various courses in music education and supervises student teaching and research. Prior to joining the conservatory, he served on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Talbot taught middle and high school music in the Rochester (NY) City and Webster (NY) public school districts and was the former Coordinator of Music at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. He holds degrees in music education from Indiana University (B.M.E.) and the Eastman School of Music (M.A. & Ph.D. in music education with a diploma in ethnomusicoloy). Additionally, he is certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk. Dr. Talbot was the founding director of the Eastman Young Children’s Chorus and Director of the Eastman New Horizons Choir. He is an active choral clinician who has conducted numerous county and district honor choirs as well as directed groups at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Chautauqua Institute. As an artist-in-residence, Dr. Talbot has taught thousands of students across the country about Balinese music and dance. He is the founding director of Gamelan Gita Semara, an instrumental ensemble that performs concerts of contemporary and traditonal music from Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Talbot is published in various state, national, and international journals as well as in books on music education and music therapy. A frequent presenter at regional, state, national, and international conferences, his research examines power, discourse, and issues of social justice in varied settings for music learning around the globe. Dr. Talbot is an active member of ACDA and serves in leadership roles within the MayDay Group, NAfME, and PMEA. For more information go to Dr. Talbot’s website www.brentctalbot.com.

Hi. I am Sandy Hurtack. I have been doing primitive crafts and painting since moving to colonial East Berlin over 30 years ago. I love creating and making new projects.. I enjoy being outdoors and get inspiration from nature.. A favorite hobby is making signs from old pallet boards.

Rebecca Pearl is a well established artist in the mid-atlantic region. She comes from a family of artists, her father a graphic designer, mother, portrait painter, daughter MFA, and niece a photographer!

Beginning at MD. Institute, College of Art, and then studying with master artists such as Skip Lawerence and Carolyn Anderson, Pearl is best known for her works of architecture, florals, and animals. She is predominantly a watercolor painter, but also is well versed in pastel and oil.

She has been teaching students of all age groups and levels of skill for many years. Currently she resides in Rocky Ridge, and runs the Rebecca Pearl Gallery in Thurmont, Maryland with her husband. She has 3 german shepherds, rescued horses, and cats.

Miss Abbi fell in love with and pursued dance on her own when she was nine and started formally training at Center of the Arts in Gettysburg, PA when she was eleven. Her formal, professional training includes: ballet (French, Russian and Cecchetti methods), pointe, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern and improvisation. She has trained with many professional dancers/choreographers such as the Jabbawockeez, Kinjaz, Marty Kudelka, Will Adams, Janelle Ginestra, BDASH & Koncrete, Kaelynn Harris, Eddie Morales, Tony Tzar, Andye J, Hollywood, Twitch, Amanda Grind, Laure Courtellemont, Robert Green, Liane Plane and Katherine Richardson. Miss Abbi has also trained locally with Vibe Performing Arts and has collaborated with local street dancers around the Pennsylvania, Maryland and D.C. areas.

Upon graduating from COA in 2015 as a senior company dancer, she went onto teach and choreography professionally for multiple studios including City Ballet School, Carlisle Dance, Adams County Arts Council, and L.A. Performing Arts Academy in Littlestown, PA where she was assistant director. In 2018, she opened her own studio and is currently the owner and director of Lowman Dance Company in Hanover, PA.

Miss Abbi continues to train and gain experience wherever she can, she is always eager to learn new things to then pass down to her dancers. She believes experience is the best way to increase knowledge when it comes to dance, so she dances in every way she can. Miss Abbi has a heart for dance and a passion to share her heart and talents with the world.

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.

Linda Fauth has been teaching “Fun with Foods” and ” Let’s learn to Sew” camps at ACAC for the past 6 years. She was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Biglerville High School for 25 years. In her spare time, she likes to swim, sing, cook, and quilt. She also enjoys time with her 4 grandchildren ages, 11 to 7!

Jill C Rakowicz

Works in Encaustic

Jill is an art educator in the Littlestown Area SD, Littlestown, PA.  She teaches grades K-5 at Alloway Creek Elementary School.  Each year, she teaches approximately 900 students and witnesses a multitude of artworks that begin as simple sketches and mark makings.

Visually observing mark makings by her students, she builds upon layers of lines and shapes.  In doing so, she discovers shapes and lines that meld into each other across the surface of the canvas.  This often results in ritualistic mark making that generates newly invented subject matter.

She holds a BA in Art from Shippensburg University, an Art Education Certification from Kutztown University, and a Master of Education in Educational Program Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  She has won Awards of Merit and Best in Show for her works in encaustic and has exhibited in Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Shippensburg, State College, Lancaster, and York, PA.

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.

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.

Linda M. Toki

Linda is an award winning graphic designer and photographer for the Farm Credit Administration in McLean, Virginia. She provides graphic design, photographic, video, web design and social media services to the agency. Linda has received numerous awards for her publication designs through her job and outside for her photography. She has also been recognized for her diversity leadership skills. Linda is the chair for Asian American Pacific Islanders Special Emphasis Program and Pride at FCA. She has volunteered for Special Olympics of Northern Virginia and Dr. Libby’s World of Medicine at Fairfax Public Access TV as well as a pro bono photographer for the Hungarian Embassy in Washington DC, the Hungarian Language School and Casa Italiana Cultural Center in Washington DC. Currently she volunteers for the Gettysburg Community Theater.

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.

She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Artists, Adams County Arts Council, and Adams County Photography Club. She is the founder of the Gettysburg Camera Club, an online FaceBook group.

Now a permanent resident of Gettysburg, she has always been an avid photographer growing up in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania of Cambria/Somerset Counties. Her fondness for nature is reflected in her work.

Linda has been teaching some classes at the Adams County Arts Council: mobile photography, composition for photography, PhotoShop basics, and lighting for difficult situations.

Aside from teaching, Linda’s personal passion is mobile art/iPhone photography. Linda was instrumental in the creation of a traveling quilt showcasing prominent mobile photographers from all over the world. She is also interested in genealogy, language study, and cake decorating.

You can view her photographic work at

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-M-Toki-Photography/136356009792254

https://instagram.com/lindatoki/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lindatoki/

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-toki/56/b50/47a

Her published book:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/linda-toki-and-laura-toki/only-black-is-in-style-unfashionably-dark-verse/hardcover/product-21297643.html

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.

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.

Marie is an artist and teacher from Hanover, PA.

Her hand painted mandalas and abstractions are experimentations with color, shape and repetition. Painting intuitively, Marie captures rhythm and whimsy.

Sharon Swisher Cooley has been teaching piano, voice and organ for 45 years in Biglerville. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and piano pedagogy.

Following college, she opened her music studio in the Biglerville area, where she now teaches piano, voice and organ lessons. She has served three churches over the years as organist and choir director. Presently she is the choir director at Zion U.C.C. in Arendtsville and co-organist at St. Paul’s U.C.C. in New Oxford. She also directed and accompanied the St. Paul’s Singers, a local gospel men’s quartet, for over 24 years and organized and directed the New Oxford Community Messiah Choir. Sharon still enjoys accompanying and performing professionally.

Several years ago, she was approached by Wendy Heiges to help begin an adult digital piano class at the ACAC. This has been so much fun for her as she enjoys working with the adults each week and helping them explore piano in a different way than many were used to.

Sharon was awarded the Outstanding Young Educator Award in 1991 by the Bermudian Jaycees, and the Honorary European Citizenship award in 1997 in Norcia, Italy. She served on the Partnership Committee of the American Council for International Studies in Boston, MA where she assisted in developing fine arts performance tours abroad. In her spare time, she and her husband organized Broadway trips and adult group tours for at least 25 years. She is a substitute teacher at Biglerville and Gettysburg High Schools and loves to sing with her talented husband, Kevin.

A major highlight of her career was being able to showcase her best students in Performance Tours abroad.

Sharon is active in the Eastern Star which she is serving as choir director and will be serving as organist, for the state of PA.

Dr. Norman K. Nunamaker is an Emeritus Professor of Music at Gettysburg College where he taught for over three decades. While there he taught courses in music history and theory as well as private lessons on violin and viola and directing the College-Community Orchestra. He is the former Director of the Potomac Symphony, the Maryland Theatre Orchestra, the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, and Associate Conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra. He is an active violinist and has been a member of the York Symphony for over 45 years, serving as Associate Concertmaster of that ensemble for over two decades. Since retiring in 1996 Norman, and his wife Carolyn, have founded the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, now in its 23rd year of operation.

Norman does more than make music, as he is an avid fly fisherman, cook, traveler, gardener, and former sailor. Norman and Carolyn sailed “Andiamo”—a 34’ sloop—from New England to the Bahamas and Key West, but are now boatless!

Linda Neiswender & Frank Daire, Dance Instructors

Linda and Frank met in 2012 through dancing. They fell in love and married in 2013. Both of them had been dancing for many years before they were introduced by a mutual friend, who had arranged the blind date. Linda had been a competitive International Standard ballroom dancer for 12 years while Frank had socially danced and taught country line and other social dances for an equivalent numbers of years, briefly competing in ballroom. Frank had also performed for many years as a wedding/party DJ and worked as a Karaoke host. They have committed themselves to a dance partnership competing in both Ballroom and Country competitions throughout the United States. They love sharing their passion for dancing by teaching others the basics of dance. Linda is a local OB/GYN physician in the Gettysburg/Hanover area. Frank is the Director of Information Technology in Mechanicsburg PA.

Susan Henry is a member of the Adams County Arts Council and recently received an Applause Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service with the Arts Council.  She is an instructor in the Adult Class curriculum teaching Hammered Silver Earrings and Pendant classes. This Summer will be her second Summer Art Camp teaching The Art of Jewelry Making. Both in the classes and Summer Camp, she enjoys sharing the limitless creativity of jewelry making and encouraging self confidence through creativity.

Susan is a self-taught jewelry artist.  Twenty years ago she began creating beaded jewely on precious metals with crystals, gemstones, pearls, bone and shell beads. Her work has evolved into forged, textured and soldered precious metal wire and sheet fabrications. She has displayed her work at numerous craft shows in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and her jewelry is in shops in Lebanon, Myerstown, Gettysburg and Chincoteague Island, VA.

Retiring after 30 plus years in the medical field,  Susan began volunteering in the Heirloom Seed Project at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, PA.  She also was a volunteer in the VISOR Program at the Lebanon VA while working part time at Layser’s Flowers in Myerstown, PA.  When she and  her husband relocated to Gettysburg three years ago, Susan enrolled in the Penn State Master Gardener Program and became a Master Gardener. Susan’s love of gardening and flower arrangements can be seen in the container plantings at the entrance to the Adams County Arts Council and the floral silk flower arrangements around the Center.