The Art Cafe

Art yard sale!

If you're in the area today, we're having an art yard sale! Paintings, wood carving and fairy chalk boards. Really great prices and lots of variety. This is in Altoona on 25th Ave up the street from Father Kelly Hall. Stop on by!

To mural or not to mural, that is the question

Recently, a local business was in the news paper for creating a mural on the side of a building they are using. I would assume they had the building owner’s permission. This being said, they went and put a mural based on an actor from a film, Scarface and will be adding Italian themed foods. ...

It’s Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice! Today is the longest day of the year as the earth has it's maximum tilt towards the sun. If we lived in Fairbanks Alaska, we'd get 21 hours and 49 min of sunlight! Pretty amazing. I hope everyone who has planted a garden, is watching it grow in leaps and bounds. Today ...

Sci fi valley con is on!

I'm writing live at the con and have had a great time meeting different vendors, artists, crafters and of course cosplayers!

Spring has arrived!

I thought I'd share this pithy meme for this time of the year. Shared from Women of Appalachia

Valentine’s day is coming!

Have you made your plans yet? Are you doing a traditional valentine's celebration or a galentine's day? And if you don't celebrate, why not make someone else's day or if you have a pet or plant, special by doing random acts of kindnes? This makes others happy at very little expense on your ...

Staying warm and making rice hand warmers

With the cold weather fully upon us, I thought I'd share an article on staying warm. Here's the actual list of warm tips here. The ones that stand out is putting hand warmers in your pocket, starting a compost in your home and wearing a hat. Sometimes, the basics seem the most obvious, such as ...

Have to toot my horn!

The local author, Deb Hockenberry and I worked on a book, Where can we have the party! Recently, I was awarded the bronze placement for best cover of 2018 at Author's Database! You can purchase the book for free kindle use at amazon or contact Deb directly to buy signed copies at sasha1119 at ...

National Art Honor Society at the Altoona Area High School

Being a student art teacher at the Altoona Area High School comes with some perks. One of which is getting to see and work with budding local artists in our area. I was lucky enough to be a part of the induction ceremony for the newest members of the National Art Honor Society. Additionally, I ...

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Brian Miller, local poet, publishes 2nd book

Recently, Brian Miller, a poet from Altoona Pennsylvania, published his 2nd book, The Cosmic Tour with Finishing Line Press. I got a chance to look at the poems and was pleasantly surprised at the modern day contexts ranging from the perils of online dating to connections with spirituality and ...

UPMC Blair Medical Sixth Annual Art in Common art show

The annual exhibition at UPMC Blair Medical Associates Exhibition is underway! Include this in your local arts rendezvous. This makes a great place to take a date and get some subs next door. The show will run Nov 1 - Dec 28. I'm attaching an online album of some of the work displayed as well. ...

Fall is here!

It's that time of year to pull out sweaters, scarves and gloves! Boots and leggings at last. It seemed with the weather changing to longer, humid summers we'd never reach autumn. I've noticed the leaves starting to change, even if it's taking longer. All of this means, we need to really take ...

The art of Dee Hartman

Dee Hartman is a local artist and recently stepped down as a substitute art teacher in Hollidaysburg school district. Her degree is in elementary education. She creates wonderful works inspired by nature and the humor she finds in life. From working in digital art to oil pastel to caricatures, ...

The art of Susan Novak

Susan Novak is a local artist and does incredible work as an art therapist and as a professional artist. She is a rostered artist with the PA Council on the Arts as well as one of the few Board Certified Art Therapist and Certified Trauma Therapists in this region. You can view her work at her ...

Let’s Collaborate on a unique gift for the holidays!

The holidays are coming up! If you need a unique present, I create digital collages for $40. You get an 8" by 10" print made from your selected image and matted/signed. Depending on what you'd like, I can make a humorous, provocative piece focused on your interests like video games, books, ...

The art of Sande Harder up at UPMC Blair Medical gallery

Today's artist is Sande Harder! She'll be hanging her work at Blair Medical at the end of Aug. She can be contacted via Facebook. Additionally, she'll have a one woman show at Park Hills from November till Dececember She has a FB album where you can view her work! Sande harder is a local ...

Summer art thoughts

Hope you had a Happy 4th of July! It sure has a been a wet beginning to summer but it seems as though things are starting to dry out a little and feel more summery. Now, if it could stay in the 70's and 80's, I'll be happy as I bet most of you will be too. I thought I'd share some of my art. ...

Local authors

Recently, I was lucky to participate at a local authors festival hosted by Arts Altoona. They had many authors and activities. I meandered around and got to talk to several writers. I'll be sharing their books in several posts. The first is Denise Kaminsky from State College. She wrote the ...