The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 14, 2013

Local artists bring fashionable items to Cambria City


JOHNSTOWN — Art has never looked so fashionable.

Art Works in Johnstown! located at 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, will present “Art to Wear ... One of a Kind Jewelry for Men and Women” today through Aug. 17.

The exhibition will feature the work of artists Lisa McChesney, Lisa Mull, Lisa Pierce Rutledge, Bob Shamey and Heather Thompson.

“All five of the exhibiting regional artists work in a variety of materials and produce one-of-a-kind jewelry, bolo ties and belt buckles that appeal to men and women,” said Theresa Gay Rohall, Art Works’ executive director.

Opening reception

The show will kick off with an opening reception at 1 p.m. today, where attendees will be able to meet the artists.

McChesney, a resident of Ligonier Township, works with beads and creates necklaces using semiprecious stones, precious metals, glass and ceramics.

She has been making necklaces for more than 20 years and has gained fans throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Bead artist

Mull has worked as a bead artist in the Johnstown area, winning awards in galleries across several states.

“Today, I find myself working on a series of one-of-a-kind jewelry, more complex pieces for shows along with my stained-glass items, sometimes even merging the two,” she said.

“I strive for quality and uniqueness with all that I do and I don’t follow the trends.”

Pierce Rutledge of Ligonier Township fashions small works of wearable art using seed beads and bead embroidery techniques.

She sells her jewelry through and her designs have found a following in North America, Europe and Australia.

Jewelry designer

Shamey, a resident of Ligonier Township, has made a name for himself as a distinguished jewelry designer, goldsmith and carver.

Musicians and actors have worn his belt buckles.

Thompson creates necklaces, brooches, rings and earrings using glass-making and metalworking skills.

The Altoona resident received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“The only way I can describe the jewelry Heather makes is it’s something Madonna would wear,” Rohall said.

Most items for sale

Most of the pieces on display will be for sale throughout the duration of the exhibit.

“All the pieces these artists make are stunning and there really is something for everybody,” Rohall said.

Plans are currently being made to host an upcoming Art Bites lunch and studio tour of the featured artists from Ligonier.


What: “Art to Wear ... One of a Kind Jewelry for Men and Women” exhibit.

When: Today through Aug. 17.

Where: Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Information: 535-2020.