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Tyler Allen is a 2019 graduate of Solanco High School who has won awards and scholarships for his outstanding work in the visual arts. Tyler was the featured emerging artist at Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster in August of 2019. In the 2018 and 2019 Scholastic Art Awards and Young Artists Awards competitions, Tyler’s work was awarded the highest awards, which included numerous special awards, portfolio awards, gold, silver and honorable mention awards. Tyler’s work in the visual arts has been featured in Lancaster Newspapers, LancasterOnline, and the Chester County Press. Additionally, Tyler’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art, the Demuth Museum, Millersville University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Maggie Creshkoff lives on the family farm in northern Maryland with far too many cats and her Daniff, Puccini. She runs the Backlog Pottery, organizes shows for the Trashy Women art collective, teaches sculpture at Cecil College, and offers a variety of eclectic, hands-on workshops to all and sundry.She finds clay in the streams and tributaries of Cecil County, and often screeches to a halt alongside highways for much of her other materials..At its best, making art can be like writing a poem: within a formal structure, all manner of unexpected and beautiful things can happen.
Art Director at the Oxford Arts Alliance
Caitlin Daugherty is the Art Director for the Oxford Arts Alliance. She graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Psychology in May 2015. After graduation, one of her goals was to contribute to building a substantial art community in small towns. Through her position she is able to bring art and culture to the little town daily. Starting as a volunteer, she worked her way up to instructing students of her own through private lessons. She’s brought portfolio preparation to the alliance while teaching classes, camps, and clubs. Caitlin schedules art exhibitions, a variety of classes and camps for all ages, manages the website and social media and helps maintain the general appearance and operations of the arts alliance.
Artist/Designer Pete Hoffman has enjoyed extensive experiences in the Art and Advertising fields. He is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a BA in Graphic Design and Advertising with a concentration in Fine Arts. Pete went on to become an Art Director, Designer, and Staff Illustrator at various agencies and companies. He has had a broad array of experiences from clients in motion picture (Lucas Films), set displays (QVC), trade shows exhibits (Small Wonder), game design (Lucent, Astra Zeneca), and many more. Currently he freelances his illustration skills and teaches painting classes to patrons of “Paint and Sip” events. He enjoys watching people build confidence and explore their hidden artistic talents.
Emily graduated From Avon Grove High School in 2015 and is now and aspiring nursing student enrolled in Delaware County Community College. She lives on a multi-generational dairy farm and enjoys the animals as well as the artistic inspiration of the landscape. She had dreamed of becoming an artist and through the Oxford Arts Alliance has become an instructor for private art lessons and Paint Your Own Pottery. She wishes to stress the importance of having art in the community in order to inspire and spark creativity that can only be found in an artistic way! She believes art is always the answer and strives to create a relaxing environment and show anyone they can be an artist!
Board Member at the Oxford Arts Alliance
Patricia Moshanko finds artistic inspiration in the natural world and around the small farm that she shares with her furred and feathered family of horses, goats, cats, dogs and chickens.
Although she received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Delaware, her most recent work combines digital images, the medium of encaustic, oil paint and stenciled text. At the request of a friend, she painted a number of wine glasses featuring horses and foxes and, in creating them, has discovered another exciting new medium.
She has taught a variety of courses in Design, Drawing, Printmaking and Painting at the university level but has also worked with high-school students in the Governor’s School for Excellence. Witnessing the creative process during her many years of teaching, she believes that artful expression is innate and that challenges are best met through a nurturing environment and with humor.
Diane was trained in graphic arts at Art Institute of Philadelphia and later received her bachelor degree in Art Education at Rowan University. She possesses a K-12 certification in art education with an emphasis on pottery forms. Over the years she has taught in both public and private schools as well as co-founded a local community arts center in her hometown in southern New Jersey. For the past 12 years, Diane was the art director for a creative arts day program teaching art to mentally and physically challenged adults. She enjoys watching students explore and discover their creative abilities. Diane has recently moved to PA and resides in southern Chester County.
"I love nature; I only paint living things -- trees, flowers, landscapes, people. I grew up on a farm, walking through the woods along the Octoraro creek with my grandmother as she taught me the names of wild flowers, ferns, trees. I studied at University of Delaware and West Chester University for a couple of years, but mostly I am self taught. I take workshops from time to time. I travel to Vermont regularly and paint. I taught art at West Nottingham Academy for 7 years, and continue to teach for fun. I currently own Wilson Vineyard Gallery in Nottingham, PA, where I teach, show my art, and show local artists' work. Wilson Vineyard Gallery regularly has plein air opportunities and art workshops. Recently I began teaching a figure drawing/painting class at the Oxford Art Alliance. It is a joy for me to work with others who want to create. I especially like teaching beginners -- particularly those who think they have no talent!"