Tammy Winters is a uniquely and broadly talented tattoo and mixed media artist who is based out of York, Pennsylvania.
Tammy writes about herself and her work:
“I am a student at York HACC. I graduate this spring with a degree in Fine Art. I am also a tattoo artist at Built to Last in York, PA. I work in a variety of mediums, but I especially enjoy oil painting and charcoal/graphite works. I take commission projects and am currently accepting inquiries.”
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Melissa Short’s upcoming art exhibition is beyond the stars! According to Short, “T H E P L A N E T S”is a seven part series of paintings that follows Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite, “The Planets, Op. 32.” This orchestral suite corresponds to the solar system. The concept of the work is astrological rather than astronomical, which is why Earth is not included. Each piece is intended to convey ideas and emotions associated with the influence of the planets on the psyche, which she titled the following:
I. Mars – The Bringer of War
II. Venus – The Bringer of Peace
III. Mercury – The Winged Messenger
IV. Jupiter – The Bringer of Jollity
V. Saturn – The Bringer of Old Age
VI. Uranus – The Magician
VII. Neptune – The Mystic
You can see a preview of Melissa’s work on our Instagram page: thirtythirdwheel.
You can see Melissa’s exhibit “T H E P L A N E T S” at The Library Express Bookstore on Friday January 5, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. located at 300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton PA, 18503.
Ali Pica, of Thirty-Third Wheel, is our featured artist this week. Ali finds inspiration in nature and architecture. She also enjoys playing with light and color. If you are in the Scranton, PA area, check out her and other fantastic artists and musicians this Friday, October 27th, at the Irish Wolf Pub for Hallowfest III,from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also, you can view Ali’s photography on Instagram at Thirty-ThirdWheel.
Seeing my writing friend, Sara Hubert, is like seeing a beautiful morning sunrise. Her shy, but quick smile and glow welcome and warm hearts all around. They are a beacon of the caring and creative light inside of her and her works.
Sara and I met recently to mull over many topics to do with her writing, but they all go back to her vivid imagination and her myriad talents in not only writing, but art as well.
“Weird Horror” was Sara’s response when I asked her to share what she called her writing style. It seems apropos, as the first story of hers I’d heard dealt with brownies overtaking a business (and we’re not talking desserts here, folks). She’s into writing about strange surprises that pop up when you’re expecting something completely different going in. And it keeps things interesting—not only in her written works, but in all of her artistic ventures.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s stick to the writing things first.
Sara says she began writing as a child—and that her mother has saved her early works. One she remembers writing was a tale of a camel salesman, complete with illustrations. Not really the weird horror one might see later, but it was a progression to get to that over time with scary movies and Stephen King novels working their way into her imagination.
She finds inspiration all over—in books, movies—and in her online wanderings. She keeps a folder on her computer with images and ideas for use in future works. One example she knows is in the list of possibilities in a small mouse clinging to a Queen Anne’s Lace flower. She thinks he’s ready for her to write his adventures out—and says they’ll be weird ones, too.
Her works are not only weird horror though. Many times, they take a spiritual turn. Sometimes after meditating, she’ll be calm and centered enough to just let her mind take her where it will. Sara says, “You can’t control what happens, but you can control how you react. [That] makes you mindful. There are all sorts of paths possible from one incident.” And it seems, from talking with Sara, that that’s the whole idea—the journey of seeing where things end up.
But Sara’s interests go further still. She loves animals (and has multiple, adorable pets), she’s an artist with her own Etsy shop, and she is a painter. She hasn’t incorporated her art with many of her writings since the good old camel salesman, save the story of one of her pets of yore who inspired a Yule story for Sara’s mother entitled “Olaf the Yule Rat.” She hopes to turn it into a book. That’s a children’s story to watch for, certainly.
Another Writing Form
I wanted to talk to Sara about her storytelling skills with regard to role-playing tabletop games as well, as she runs the game “Unknown Armies” that all of her players (including me) jones for when we’re not playing. Effortlessly she leads us through 2024 as teenagers recruited to work for a Raccoon Corporation/Pentex sort of conglomerate that employs magically-gifted people for artifact investigations (among other morally questionable assignments along the way). It is a dark, weird, and sometimes horrific game that Sara doesn’t ever look nervous running. I asked her how she does it so easily. Nonchalantly she smiles and shares that while she has plotlines constructed in outlines of where she wants things to go, the process is really cooperative, depending on how we, the players, decide to adventure in her world—and that’s the challenge of it that she loves. This cooperative idea is really symbolic of Sara—she obviously cares for others and values all opinions, whether they’re her own or not, and it’s obvious she takes joy in finding how others will respond to things that come up in-game. And one of her other miracles of gaming that I’m a huge fan of, and am planning on using in my own writing, was used in character creation for the game. Instead of having us write a background story, as is usually the case in games like these, instead we were instructed to come up with a five song playlist that describes our character. It’s one of the best things I’ve had to do. Talk about making you think. That’s a Sara thing, too.
Moving Forward and Sage Advice
Sara’s main writing venture coming up is participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this November. She and her husband, Karl (watch for an article on him here sometime soon), will be competing with one another to produce books from their active, exciting brains. She’s still deciding where the novel will go, but looks forward to pushing herself, which is the advice she has for all aspiring or new writers. “Move out of your comfort zone,” she says. “If you want to write about something, go experience it. You might find something you really like doing. That’s good advice for life in general.” She’s so right—and she practices what she preaches.
Sara is a featured writer at “A Halloween Execution”hosted by Ink Writers Group at the Game Chateau in October where she and other featured writers will be sharing creepy writings of the season. Look for her, too, in Elle Hammond’s upcoming blog, “Rolling the Dice” as a contributor, also starting up later this month.
Sara’s got a lot of good things to say. You don’t want to miss them.
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This week’s featured artist is Melissa Short, a uniquely talented artist from Northeast, PA. After recently graduating from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Music Business Administration and Technology, she started a job in the radio industry with Bold Gold Media. Art has always been a large part of her life. Melissa grew up as a musician and has always been introduced as a musician. In search of more inspiration and a doorway back to her musical roots, she began experimenting with her grandmothers oil paints. While performing and listening to music, Melissa experiences colors, shapes, and textures in her mind. This neurological phenomenon is called synesthesia. Synesthesia is the stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway which leads to the automatic, involuntary experience of a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Something that started as an outlet very quickly became a passion: “painting music.” Melissa’s primary goal is to show others, the beauty she experiences in music through her interpretation of each song on canvas.
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