Meet the 3rd Street Gallery Art Instructors
Cindy Orwan was raised in New Cumberland, graduated from Cedar Cliff High School, and received Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees with a minor in art from Shippensburg University. She studied watercolors locally with David Lenker and Barbara Buer and has taught classes at The Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg. In 2000, she and her late husband, Bob, opened Artistic Collectibles/3rd Street Gallery, in New Cumberland. Numerous galleries, private offices and homes display her work.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Don Brandt attended Wilkes College where he studied art history, design and composition. He studied drawing and painting in different mediums at the Murray School of Art. He also studied under master artists in the Wilkes-Barre and Harrisburg areas. His paintings, sculpture and drawings have been selected and exhibited in a significant number of juried art shows and can be found in numerous private as well as corporate collections. A 34-year member of the renowned Seven Lively Artists and a former member of the Art Association of Harrisburg Board of Directors, Don distributes his painting time between Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maine. Currently, Don is teaching oil and acrylic classes at the New Cumberland Third Street Gallery as well as the Art Center School and Galleries, where he has been a member and guest instructor for 25 years.
While growing up in a family of artist, I was always working on creating something. Even though further education was not an option, I never gave up my dream of painting. I have taken many classes with several local artist and pastel workshops with Maggie Price, Richard McKinley and Margaret Evans. When teaching art, I think. It is not necessary to copy a picture or photograph, but to use it as a reference. It is important to understand the fundamentals of painting landscapes, values and mixing color. For that reason I like to teach beginners along with those who have more experience.
Cindy is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. degree in Studio Art. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Bloomsburg University. Cindy taught elementary art in the Big Spring School District. She has experience in a wide variety of mediums. She loves teaching children because they express themselves so freely through their art.
Tara has always had a real passion for art. She earned her degree in graphic design at The Art Institute of York. She is a licensed esthetician as well and works at a local skin care center. Tara likes doing all types of art projects and spends a lot of her free time drawing and painting. She really enjoys teaching children and developing fun art projects to spark their creativity and build their imagination!
Fascinated by drawing portraits, Karen Slagle earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with the goal of becoming a police sketch artist. When computers made her position obsolete, she turned to teaching art. She is heavily influenced by the artists associated with the Golden Age of Illustration, a time when magazine advertisements were vitally important because there was no radio, TV or Internet. The New Cumberland resident’s goal is to teach everyone to love drawing and carve out time for it every day, which is essential even for the casual artist.