December Happenings with the North Penn Arts Alliance

December 5th we will have Chris Stanley as our guest speaker at the Lansdale Public Library.  He will be speaking about “Photography Telling the Story.”

Chris Stanley is a photographer, videographer and community relations professional who lives in Lansdale. For over 25 years he worked as an award-winning news photographer, mostly at The Reporter newspaper in Lansdale. There he covered a wide variety of assignments that included everything from breaking news and lifestyle features to sports and national political campaigns.  On December 5th, he will be the guest speaker of the North Penn Arts Alliance at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale.

His work consistently won recognition in annual regional and state journalism competitions. Always keen to embrace new technology, he was placed in the center of the digital transformation of the newspaper with a promotion to online editor in 2007. This included work with website management, video production, audio slideshows, social networking, writing, copy editing, staff training and community outreach. In 2011 he was tapped for a project to install and train users on a a new editorial print and website management system at newspapers across the nation. In 2013, Lansdale Borough chose Chris to embark on a one-year project photographing his home town for a new website, print publications and other promotional materials. Currently he is working in the world of public education as the Community Relations Coordinator for the Neshaminy School District in Bucks County. There he put his creative skills back to work writing newsletters and press releases, taking photos, producing hundreds of videos, overseeing a website redesign, creating and managing social media campaigns, and working on special projects with educators, students and the community. Though his career has taken some twists and turns, photography has been a consistent source of fulfillment, whether for work or for personal enjoyment.

After he had completed the “Lansdale Project” he stated, “What I enjoyed most about the “Lansdale Project” was capturing and sharing some of the things that move me personally about this place – the hidden spaces, our unique people and traditions, and the changing seasons. I enjoy the challenge of finding composition and beauty in things we look at every day but rarely see.”

Chris Stanley is our December speaker hosted by the North Penn Arts Alliance (NPAA) on Wednesday, December 5, 7 p.m., at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine Street in Lansdale.

The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the North Penn Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Center  located at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales.

The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the North Penn Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Center  located at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales.

For more information, please visit

Or call us at 215 393 9110

We also have some other activities that will be taking place at our Art Center at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. On December 17th, join us at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales for “Make Art Monday.”  That night we will have two hours of fun and art making as we make paper flowers for the holidays.  This fun activity starts at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00pm. Cost is only $5.00 to help defray our costs. 

Then come back on December 20th again at 7:00 pm for our Open Mic Poetry Night. An evening of sharing poetry either your own or poems that you enjoy hearing or reading out loud. Artists are also encouraged to come and sketch the audience. This is a free event. 

Two Great Events are Available Next Week!

Next week on October 15th we will be hosting our Making Art Monday even at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. Join us at 7:00 pm when we will be making masks.

Mask MakingThat’s right just in time for the Halloween season or the local masquerade ball.  We will be supplying the masks and all of the materials to paint or decorate your mask.

Bring a friend, Moms & dads, bring the kids and let them have some early Halloween fun.  Costs to help us defer the cost of the supplies is $5.00 per person.


Open Mic Poetry Night

Then join us again on Thursday October 18th for Open Mic Poetry Night.

Open MicLocal poets come together to share their poetry. If you are not a poet, why not bring a sketchpad  and pencil or pen. While you listen to poems and expressions, you can sketch the poets and the audience.

This is a free event and starts at 7:00 pm and runs to 9:00pm.  Please join us at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales

Mobile / Jewelry Workshop One Day Workshops


ONE SESSION on November 1st  12 -4 pm.

Mobile Definition. The term mobile in the context of art refers to a kinetic sculpture made of rods or wires from which weighted objects hang. The objects hung from the wires balance each other. This help to set the entire construction to motion at the slightest air. Come learn more about mobiles and create one in our 1 day workshop on Thursday November 1st from 12 to 4.

Cost: $36 plus $20 materials fee. Your instructor,  Liz Steele Coates, owner of “A New Creation” 

Value of the finished product is between $75 and $100. Register by calling 215 393 9110.



ONE SESSION on December 6th from 1-4 pm Cost: $27.00

Have fun making Cluster Bead Earrings on silver wire. plus $15 materials fee

Below is a sample of what the finished product will look like. Your instructor,  Liz Steele Coates, owner of “A New Creation” will instruct you in the art of making these stunning Cluster Bead earrings. Register by calling 215 393 9110.

Cluster Earrings

Let’s Make Art @ 125 N. Main

Art ClassWith the North Penn Arts Alliance

at 125 N. Main St., in North Wales.

Make Art Monday!

We come up with the project and provide the supplies, you bring the imagination. Cost for each Make Art Monday is $5.00 unless otherwise noted.

10/15 Masks                                  Just in time for Halloween or a costume party.

11/19 Luminaries                        Light up the holidays with Luminaries you can use for a center piece.

12/17 Paper Flowers                   Decorate the tree or the home with some handmade                                                                    flowers.

1/21/19 Victorian Valentines    Show someone you love with a handmade valentine.

Coordinators: Barbara Moss Buscher & Sally Neiderhiser

Poetry Open Mic Nights

Bring your poems and join us for an evening of expression.

Poetry Open Mic Nights will be on the Third Thursday of each Month

Next Open Mic Date: December 20th 7-9pm



Learn English vocabulary related to art. Create your own works of art and communicate with each other in English.

This is currently running.

WEDNESDAYS for 8 weeks From September 19th – November 8th 10 am – 11:30am

Instructors: Cecilia Zisk & Deb Celenza


This class offers a creative outlet to help express yourself and relieve the stress.

WEDNESDAYS 8 weeks From October 3rd – November 21st 12:30-2:30pm

Instructor: Sally Neiderhiser

Additional Classes & Workshops

Please note all class & workshop fees are listed as Cost: and payable to the North Penn Arts Alliance.

Any Supply or Material Fees listed are payable to the instructor.



Learn watercolor techniques from award winning artists. Supply list to be

discussed in class.

This class is currently running

8 weeks from September 18th – November 6th at 1:00pm to 3:00pm Cost: $120

Instructors: Eva Ramanuscas & Barbara Moss Buscher


Learn the basics of calligraphy and cursive penmanship. Have fun with letters.

4 weeks from To be starting in January or February Cost: $79

Instructor: Rhonda Garland


To be announced



ONE SESSION on December 6th from 1-4 pm Cost: $27

Do you need a gift for a loved one or for yourself?

Well we are having a jewelry making class on Thursday, December 6th from 12:30 to 3:00 pm. Learn how to make your own Cluster Bead earring set. Your instructor Liz Coates will show you how to make your own This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is cluster-earrings.jpgearrings from scratch. The kit includes 2 sterling silver ear-wires, 2 pieces of base metal chain (11/2” in length), 50+ base metal headpins, 50+ beads, 2
fancy headpins, 2 large beads. Cost for the class is $27.00 (payable to NPAA) plus $15.00 (payable to the instructor) for the supplies.
The Class will be held at 125 N. Main St, North Wales. You can register via email or a phone call and bring the payments the day of the class.

The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the Community Center at St. Luke’s Church located at 125 N. Main Street in North Wales.

So that we know what supplies to bring we require that you register by November 30th.

Instructor: Liz Steele Coats

Registration 1

North Penn Arts Alliance will host Butter Sculpture Artists at the Lansdale Library.

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While many Pennsylvanians might not immediately recognize the names of artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton, more than a half million admire their work — a nearly thousand pound sculpture made of butter — at the Pennsylvania Farm Show each year. The couple will be speaking about what it takes to churn out such a work, as well as other adventures they’ve had as internationally lauded food sculptors, as part of the North Penn Arts Alliance (NPAA) monthly meeting at the Lansdale Library on Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m.

The husband and wife team graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Jim attended 1963-68; Marie was there 1999-2003. Jim created his first food sculpture in the early 1980s when he was commissioned to do chocolate portraits of Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller as a promotion for their Broadway play, Sugar Babies. His first butter sculpture was completed for the Pennsylvania Farm Show in 1995. Marie began working with Jim in 2000 and have since traveled together throughout the U.S and abroad, creating various spectacles from food. Besides food sculpture, the two have done numerous commissions in bronze, steel, cast stone, and resin.

The October 3 presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the monthly speaker series hosted by the North Penn Arts Alliance at the Lansdale Library on the first Wednesday of the month. The NPAA also offers exhibits, shows, and classes for children and adults through the North Penn School District’s Community Education program and at the Community Center at St. Luke’s Church in North Wales.

Still Room for Anyone of our Classes at 125 N. Main Street, North Wales and our Community Education Program Classes at the North Penn High School

Art ClassSeveral of our classes are starting at 125 N. Main St., in North Wales this week along with Make Art Monday on September 17th and our First “Open Mic Poetry Night” on Thursday September 20th.  As for the classes, please check out 125 N. Main Street in North Wales. Click on the address to see the list and the registration form.

As for the Community Education Program Art Classes at the High School please visit Continuing Education Program of the North Penn School District. There you will find the classes for the Fall 2018 session under “Arts & Crafts” and “Just for Kids”.

Below is a summarized list of CEP Classes.

Fall CEP 2018


New Classes for Adults & Kids with the North Penn Arts Alliance

is fall the North Penn Arts Alliance is introducing several new classes for young and young at art.  These classes are part of the North Penn School District’s Community Education Program . All of these classes will be held at the North Penn High School.

For starters we will have several evening adult lessons such as,

The Drawn Narrative – NEW CLASS!

Instructor:  Caroline Niesley, NPAA              Day/Time: Thursday, 7-9 PM, 8 Weeks

Start Date: 10/4                                                                                        Fee: $129Drawn Narrative 1

You will be drawing cartoons, graphic novels, and manga for adults. Learn to tell your story with your own drawings. The class covers  penciling, inking, designing and storytelling with pictures. All levels welcome. Supply list at first class. 

Or you can try this one:

Drawing Secrets – NEW CLASS!

Instructor: Caroline Niesley, NPAA               Day/Time: Wednesday, 7-9PM, 8 weeks

Start Date: 9/26                                                                     Fee: $129

Your drawing skills will improve as you learn atelier/studio methods: line, value, comparative measuring and composition. Sketch from casts and figures. All skill levels from beginner to advanced! Supply list first class. $10 model fee payable to instructor at first class.

If you can’t take an 8 week session we are introducing some shorter classes:

Fan Art Workshops -NEW

Instructor: Caroline Niesley, NPAA    Day/Time: Monday, 7-9PM,  2 weeks each session.

Fee: $40 for each two week session

These classes provide easy steps to take home a finished drawing ready to frame. Take one, two or all three.

Session one: 10/1 & 10/8 Hollywood Icons: choose either Marilyn Monroe or Steve McQueen

Session two: 10/15 & 10/22 Halloween Icons: choose either The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, or Nosferatu

Session three: 11/12 & 11/19 Autumn Reverie: Landscape homage to Grand Mom Moses      and favorite Fall memories.

GMOM Moses 1GMOM Moses 2

Supply fee  $10 payable to instructor.

Intuitive Painting Workshop -NEW CLASS!

Instructor: Colleen Brand, NPAA                                  Day/Time: Monday, 7-9 PM, 5 weeks

Start Date: 9/24                                                                                     Fee: $83

Intuitive Painting is a liberating experience for all skill levels. This workshop offers a variety of techniques and painting departures to energize your paintings and your life. Using acrylic paints, experiment with layering, adding texture, creating mark-making, and dripping. Explore a series of artistic exercises to support letting go, connecting to your intuition and letting go of judging our work. Supply fee $45 payable to instructor first class. Please register by 9/10 to allow time to order supplies.

Registration for these and our other classes is at

For the Younger Artists

Art Around the World Workshops: NEW!!

Instructor:  Susan Schneider,NPAA

4 weeks       Day/Time: Saturday, 9 AM- 10:30 AM Grades K-3                                                     Start date: 9/29                              11 AM – 12:30 PM Grades 4-8                                                                                                                                                                     Fee: $64

Description: Explore Art Around the World, stopping in Africa, South America, New Zealand and more. Introducing a variety of mediums and materials we will explore traditional Folk Art techniques. All skill levels welcome. Supplies included in fee.

Famous Artists Workshops: NEW!!

Instructor:  Susan Schneider, NPAA

4 Weeks       Day/ Time: Saturday, 9 AM- 10:30 AM Grades K- 3                                                  Start Date: 10/27                            11 AM – 12:30 PM Grades 4 – 8                                                                                                                                                                Fee: $64

Description:  Learning about Famous Artists can be lots of fun and a great way for children to explore different techniques and mediums. Join us as we delve into different styles of the masters. By using their own creative interpretations, children will create their own masterpieces. All skill levels welcome. Supplies included in fee.

Registration is available at

Summer Art Camp – Meet the Teacher

Meet the Instructor – Caroline Niesley

Caroline Niesley was born in Washington, DC and has been drawing since her mother first put a pencil in her hand.  Caroline received her BFA from Moore College of Art in 1980.  She learned traditional methods and is versatile using any dry or wet medium.  Philadelphia Magazine printed an editorial cartoon by Caroline while she was working there on a credited internship.  Her humorous homage to Hogarth was accepted in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Show back in 1980.  Caroline had a life long love of cartoons both printed and animated.  So she was delighted when asked if she could offer a cartooning class.

She continues to study commercial and fine art, attending the Illustration Master Class at Amherst and figure drawing with Juliette Aristides.  She attends demos and sits in when permitted to learn from highly skilled instructors.  Her favorite medium is the humble pencil but she has worked in just about every medium.  In her student years she often used pen and ink and watercolor wash.  She experimented with prisma color pencils as studies for oil paintings.  She enjoys painting with alkyd oils.  She has exhibited at Society of Illustrators, Moore College of Art, Villanova University, and Montgomery Co. Community College.  Caroline worked as a freelance illustrator.  Philadelphia Magazine, PA Stage Company and TV Guide published her work.  She had the privilege of creating works of sacred art.  On October 28, 2007  “NTRA. SRA. DEL SAGRADO CORAZON” her oil painting on banner was carried in procession by parishioners of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hilltown, PA at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in the Archdiocesan Hispanic Heritage Mass.   Her oil painting of The Risen Christ hangs in St. Stanislaus Chapel in Lansdale, Pa.  She also painted a 5’x10’ scenic backdrop for their crèche in 2013.  She enjoys writing, has published non-fiction and is working on an experimental graphic novel.

Caroline, is a member of the North Penn Art Alliance, lives in Lansdale and works as an instructor for North Penn School District’s Community Education Program teaching Cartooning and Portrait Drawing.

Several years ago at the January NPAA Meeting, Caroline shared the spotlight with Dan Fione and Ed Kane for “You Ink With A Pen, I Ink With A Brush” demonstrating traditional comic art inking with a sable brush.  June 2013 Caroline did a portrait demo for members and guests at NPAA with Ed Kane in costume. portrait-night

Caroline has had the privilege of teaching for North Penn Art Alliance for North Penn Community Education since fall of 2011.  She taught Pencil Portraits and Cartooning summer sessions.  Her Mini Comics class will be offered for the week of July 9th to the 12th.  Caroline took the Illustration Master Class at Amherst College in June of 2013, to update, network and learn from successful cartoonists, illustrators, editorial, fantasy artists and movie concept artists.  “Illustrations, cartoons and fine art have merged in our times of global Internet and many people are going the way of the tablet while others still use traditional methods.  I was glad to see talks and demos by a film concept designer who works on the Stars Wars films who still uses traditional methods,” Caroline said.

In Go Figure Grade Range: 3 – 8 July 16-19, 2018

Students will Draw figures in proportion using poseable action figures and toys. Great starter class for future cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and artists who want to draw people and animals that look real.

The Manga/Graphic Novel Camp Grade Range: 1 – 7 July 23-26, 2018     

is an introductory camp focusing on two wildly popular drawing styles for beginners and advanced artists.  Develop a story, draw your characters in their environment from pencil sketches to finished art. Inspiring art from these genres will be explored.

Caroline’s Mini Comics  for Grade Range: 2 – 7 July 9-12, 2018. In this camp you will write and draw your own mini comic. All skill levels welcome. Each child will receive one on one guidance. The finished comic books will be photocopied so you can share! Come in with a story idea and start penciling on day one. Day two you will ink. Day three you will finish the comic. Day four you will share your work with your fellow cartoonists!

Caroline demonstrates how cartoonists use traditional drawing skills to create fantasy characters who make us laugh at their antics and adventures.  Cartooning is a life long learning journey, which starts with a desire to draw stories.  Caroline hopes these classes will give students the confidence to pursue art on their own.  As one child wrote her, “I have learned much since I’ve started your class.  It has inspired me so much that I will never stop cartooning ever!”  Caroline keeps this letter over her desk at home.  Her students inspire her.

Caroline brings a lot of energy, excitement and fun to her classes. To register for the classes, please go to


June Monthly Meeting – Philadelphia Magic Garden

Isaiah Zagar, was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Brooklyn and studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. After traveling the world and creating murals wherever he went, after a 3 year Peace Corps Service in Peru, Isaiah and his wife Julie settled back in PhiPMG 1ladelphia in the 1960’s. During that time he was already trying to revive and beautify South Street,  this was done along with other artists,  and it became known as the “South Street Renaissance.” After the street was saved,  he created hundreds of public artworks over two decades through out the city.

In 1994, Zagar started working on the vacant lots located near his studio at 1020 South Street. He first constructed a massive fence to protect the area then spent years sculpting multi-layer walls out of found objects.

This wonderful art installation of Zagar’s personal nature was threatened when the cPMG 2ompany that owned the property decided to sell the land which would force the artwork to be dismantled.  Here the community rushed in to help support the artist. After 2 years of legal battle the outcome was the formation of the non-profit named after his work, Philadelphia Magic Garden.

Join us on Wednesday, June 6th at the Lansdale Public Library to learn more about this artistic gem when we will have a representative from the Philadelphia Magic Garden provide us with more information about Izaiah Zagar and his fabulous mosaic creations.

Meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m.



Make Art Monday for May is Yarn Painting

On Monday May 21st, join us at 125 N. Main St. in North Wales to learn about and make a Yarn Painting. What is Yarn Painting? Well, the Huichol people live in west-central Mexico. They are famous for creating designs with yarn. Called Nearika, this artwork was originally made for religious purposes. Often the yarn represented a legend important to the Huichol people, such as the origin of maize. Now artists also make yarn paintings as folk art. Their motifs include animals, people, and symbols of Huichol history. Join us on May 21 so that you can make your own Nearika.


Make Art Mondays are two hours of fun and art making in a relaxed environment. Each month we make a different art piece.We provide the supplies, you supply the imagination. These events are also kid friendly , but we ask that a parent or guardian also take part in the fun. All we ask is that you pay $5.00 per person, to help us keep the lights on.

It is even more fun when you bring a friend. So join us in May for Yarn Painting and then come back in June when we will be making collages.

When: May 21, 2018

Where: 125 N. Main St., North Wales, PA (St. Luke’s)

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm.