Bellefonte Artist Members
BA members offer a variety of artistic mediums and handcrafted work available in our shop on Brandywine Boulevard in Bellefonte, DE, minutes from Philadelphia, PA, and a few seconds from Wilmington DE. A few of our artists teach our classes, and many participate in our annual art festival. Take a few moments and learn more about our artist members.
Liz Baehr - A La Liz
Fabric, Fiber, Textiles
Liz makes handmade handbags, clutches, headbands and other accessories in her home studio in Delaware. Playing with color and pattern is what she thrives on. She likes to use a mix of fabrics including vintage style with a modern aesthetic, bold and colorful patterns, and playfully stylish. She also is a fiber artist exploring knitting, weaving and needlepoint.
Once Again Bears
Heather Siple’s work focuses on giving new life to old “stuff” – by stuffing it! She uses reclaimed fabric, found objects, and lots of imagination to make one-of a--kind plush characters. Pick up a ready-made new friend at the shop, or have a custom one made from your old clothing and treasures.
Cathy Osberg Codding
Born in Beaumont, TX and raised in Wilmington, DE, Cathy Osberg Codding (Dreamers’ Jewelry) comes from a family of golfers; however, being the only girl and youngest of five, her skills were not curated for golfing. Instead, her mother instilled in her the thrill of crafting (sewing, counted cross stitch, crocheting). Cathy likes to state that she “was born a crafter.” In 2005, while vacationing in New Hampshire, creating jewelry became an additional piece of her crafting journey. Initially learning bead stringing, she quickly fell in love with off-loom weaving of jewelry designs, typically selecting unique color schemes. Cathy doesn’t use a loom; but, rather, she holds the tiniest of beads in her hands while using needle + thread to create a piece of jewelry. Cathy has been a displaying artist at Bellefonte Arts since 2014. Today, she remains inspired to create jewelry that always garners appreciation when worn.
Marsha Minutella -
Marsha Neal Studio, LLC
Ceramic Clay, Sheep Wool, Beads, Fibers, Wire
Marsha enjoys the process of making shapes in ceramic clay, fibers, and beads. She finds it quite enjoyable creating textures with clay and colors with glazes and fibers to create her small pieces. Most of her work is small enough to sit on a windowsill or in a small special nook to be discovered when you take the time to look. She also really enjoys making beads for people to use in their own jewelry designs. She feels that her ceramic bead work in the hands of others allows for a sort of collaboration of vision for a finished items beyond her vision.
Eric W Zippe
Fine Art Photography, Photographs transfered on to wood and Laser Engraving
Eric's involvement in fine art photography began in the early 1990’s. His work is conceptually based, relying heavily on the use of found locations, subjects and objects as equivalents. It is designed to invoke thought with emotion and to convey the viewer simultaneously into the physical space of the image and into the observer's own subconscious understanding. Working directly in reaction to the surrounding environment and visual everyday occurrences is the starting point of visual exploration that continues to the desired impression is captured in frame. Often these framed instances would go unnoticed in their original context and take on a minimalist or abstract quality. Once the process of photographing is concluded, he then works using various methods to hone the color, shapes and textures of the final image. Once complete the image is transferred, printed or engraved on to various substrates of paper, wood and metals.
Karen S. Furst
Karen Furst transforms found objects and household recycling items into radical robots, damaged dolls, quirky creatures, and maniacal monsters inspired by fantasy, folk tales, and dreams. Her work in assemblage and mixed media combines metal, hardware, resin, clay, and paint with a healthy dose of imagination.
A Peace of Color, LLC
Julie has long been fascinated by the unknown aspect of fabric dyeing in that she rarely has a preconceived expectation of what the finished product will look like. She enjoys experimenting with many dyeing techniques from all corners of the world to create affordable and unique clothing, accessories and housewares.
Whispering Light Creationss
Lisa Lutwyche is a painter, poet, author, produced playwright, and actor. She has a BFA in painting and a BA in art history and studied at the University of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Youngstown State University. She received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in 2013. Lisa has been selling her artwork for decades, and her watercolors have also been used as cover-art for published books, including the cover of her own full-length poetry collection, A Difficult Animal (which came out in 2016 from Saddle Road Press). Her poetry and fiction have been published in literary magazines across the US and the UK. Lisa is currently an adjunct Professor of English at Cecil College and at Delaware Technical Community College. She also still teaches watercolor. She lives with her British poet/actor husband and rescued cats in a quiet forest.
Dorothy P. Bobo
Bobeaux Jewelry Design
Dorothy's love of nature is reflected in the palette of her jewelry designs, whether it is birds, flowers, leaves or the sea. She often finds vintage pieces to incorporate in her work, transforming them into a fresh new wearable work of art. She also uses elements of nature such as semi precious stones and shapes, to showcase the changing of the seasons.
Kara Hinson is visual artist based in New Castle, Delaware.
Her art prominently features portraits and illustrations of women in a variety of medium. Her most notable work is characterized by vivid, layered watercolor portraits. With surrealistic colors and details, her paintings focus on the diversity of women and often incorporate elements of nature and fantasy.
Alice N. T. Reid
Jewelry, Textile Art,
Bath and Body products
Etomi's Treasures is the outlet for the creative and imaginative items that Alice designs and crafts. These items include jewelry, textile art, and bath and body products. Her work tends to reflect her African and indigenous heritages, using natural materials: stone and gemstones, Akoya pearls, wood, metal, and organic beads. It also features materials from the Third World, which include clay, horn and bone beads, and - specifically from Africa - trade beads, sandcast and glass beads, Krobo beads, horn, woods, and brass. Polymer beads will be her next experiment; however, the inclusion of items from nature will always be the focus of everything Alice handcrafts.
Nicole Kristiana Studio
Nicole's art is inspired by patterns. She believes that animals are part of their environment, and vice-versa, so she chooses colors and patterns inspired by their habitats to celebrate them. She has been creating art for the better part of 30 years and has specialized in her gouache paintings for the last decade.
Some of her unique techniques include using Chinese brushes, spray bottles, stencils and fabric patterns. She has a deep understanding of color. She loves to work with each color’s inherent qualities of opacity, fluidity and interactive abilities.
Sunrise Glass Designs
Ginger has always been fascinated with working with glass and finds that the process of fusing takes the beauty and design of art glass to a whole new level. The process of creating a finished item is long and tedious. The glass is shaped by cutting and grinding before it can be assembled and heated. The heating process is slow and precise. Temperatures must be precisely controlled to obtain the desired texture and the items must my cooled very slowly in order to anneal properly assuring that they will not crack. Items are often fired multiple times and subsequently cold worked in order to get the desired output.
Acrylics, gouache, colored pencils and mixed media of all kinds
Stephanie’s art is a colorful but carefully observed take on creatures, fueled by a love of nature and travel far and wide. Obsessed with animals as a child and fueled by trips to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, she even took taxidermy correspondence courses (as a pre-teen!) Stephanie has a BA in Art from Gettysburg College and an MA in Art History from University of Delaware.
After many years in the museum field as a curator, exhibit designer and administrator, Stephanie decided to return to creating her own art. She works in a wide variety of materials, from acrylics and gouache, colored pencils, and even to found objects and driftwood — anything to provide inspiration and appreciation of the natural world.
Owner and Delaware native Tish Williams has studied Sculptural and Fiber Art at the University of
Hawaii and University of Delaware and has been producing artwork for over 25 years. After making homemade products for some time, Sadiddy Hippie was officially founded in 2017 and is an extension of her desire to live a clean and conscientious life. The thought process includes the source of the
ingredients, what process is used to transform the ingredients and how the end product looks and feels.
Sadiddy Hippie also has a variety of other body products and home goods that complete the family of
Paper quilling is the art of cutting paper into long thin strips, rolling and pinching the pieces into different shapes, and then gluing the shapes together to form decorative art. Kelly often uses repurposed magazine and catalog pages to create her pieces. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shapewhich she uses to create colorful flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns for wall hangings, greeting cards and jewelry.
Polymer Clay, Jewelry,
Every art piece Arlene creates is a journey, whether it’s combining beads into a one-of-a-kind necklace, forming polymer clay in to sculptural forms or crafting cards from memorable photos or stamped designs.She hopes to convey her excitement of combining colors, textures and forms to delight the eye and the spirit.
Valerie M. White
Words and Water
Valerie enjoys the liveliness that watercolor brings visually in expressing on paper her admiration of nature's beauty, often painting the ocean, the full moon, clouds, and sunsets. She is captivated by the evocotive expression of words and water. Her series of original minis and bookmarks combine the two loves. Valerie returned to art after a long hiatus when she began hosting a poetry reading at the Bellefonte Cafe called the Bellefonte Wordsmiths. Since then, she's created the Bellefonte Arts Festival and the collaborative art shop Bellefonte Arts.
Kath began her art journey in the 70’s with whimsical acrylic Folk Art paintings on wood.
Through the next 30 odd years, her natural curiosity led her to persue learning new techniques; working in watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. Now, she enjoys the fun and freedom that mixed media brings with the many layers of texture from books, journaling, and magazine pages. She creates flowers by painting with her fingers in bright acrylic colors, then adds ink or pen, to watch the flowers bloom. However, she still returns to her first love of Folk Art at Christmas time to create Holiday decorations.
Kath is mostly self taught, but has taken local and online classes to further her skills. Kath continues to work in all mediums and styles including both realism and abstract as she continues her artistic journey.
For the past ten years Barbara's fascination searching for buttons from the late 1800's and early 1900's to create Button Bouquets has become an enduring passion. She searches for the rare carved buttons which in and of themselves are works of art. Her favorite part of making the button flowers is looking through all the buttons to find just the right ones to put together. Selecting size, color, shapes, different textures and patterns, she matches them together to get just the right result in the finished flower. No two bouquets are ever the same, and it is rare that any two button flowers are ever the same. The older unique buttons are getting more difficult to find, increasing the value and pricing due to their scarcity. She also enjoys making flower bouquets out of marbles in which she applies the same passion. She also loves to do pencil sketches, and write short stories for fun.
Barbara comes to Delaware from her home state of Minnesota where she found joy in the woods, wildlife, lakes, and camping and fishing. She finds her Delaware backyard reminisient of her youth with visitors such as deer, fox, groundhogs, squirrels, and a large variety of birds.
Keep it Glass Sea
Cindy pairs her love for sea glass and her creativity to design and make unique pieces of Sea glass Art. Always heading to or coming from the beach, Cindy uses her "finds" to make wall hangings, sculpture, wind chimes and framed pieces utilizing seaglass she finds along the eastern seaboard, from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. All her glass is used "as found", never altered in color or tumbled artificially. She compliments her pieces with vintage crystal as well as a variety of driftwood, shells and "treasures" she finds as she wanders the shore. You never know what you might find tucked into one of her designs.
As a lifelong fiber artist, Cindy also spins, weaves and sews. Finding a way to combine her sea glass and her fiber obsession is always a plus!