Meet Spencer, Our Featured Visual Artist for 2018
James Spencer, better known as Spencer, is a potter and sculptor who has taught work with clay and other three-dimensional media to children and adults both in the therapeutic setting and privately since 1997. He is a graduate of Marywood University and Millersville University, currently holding an M.S. in Psychology. Spencer has many years experience as a family therapist, utilizing family, group and art therapies with children, adolescents and adults. He has spent five years as a Care Manager at Community Care in Moosic, PA and is currently the Children’s Services and Intersystems Director at Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium in Moosic, PA. Spencer is particularly interested in the intersection of art and the mind and how it is a vehicle for healing. Spencer’s current work includes texture obsessed pottery, ceramic sculpture, and photography.
Spencer is a shared owner of The Bodhi Tree Art School & Studio with Heather Hogan-Spencer their best friend Kathy Bowes and many other adjunct artists and healers. It is a school, a place to dream and to grow. It is a working art studio that is open for all to discover the wonder of the fine arts and world cultures. We use the study of cultures as a way to explore who we are and our relationships with others. But most of all, it is a space that allows everyone to discover what is extraordinary in each person.
Ellen was the Roots & Rhythm featured visual artist for 2017. Ellen creates both sophisticated and whimsical pieces in clay and felted fiber. In her workshop for Roots & Rhythm, she discussed the creative process and provided hands-on instruction showing people how to make their own clay whistle. “As an artist, clay has always been my go-to medium,” Ellen admits,”although I always love the discovery and creativity in finding new materials to work with. Being an artist makes like-long learning certainly a joy. The arts bring strength to our lives and allow us to share our different viewpoints, feeling and visions. My artwork reflects my soul, my being. And I try to live life with humor – it helps to soften the hard spots.” Ellen continues to produce art and display her work in galleries around the country, including, most recently, her show “Fiber on Fire” at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY.
Mark was the Roots & Rhythm featured visual artist for 2016. Mark produces images hand-carved on wood and printed on a hand-crank press one by one. Milroy’s work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sag Harbor in New York, and Canada and featured in numerous magazines and reviews, including Architectural Digest Spain, Vogue Living and The Paris Review Daily. Born in Minnesota, Milroy holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the Drawing Instructor at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park in Manhattan from 2000-2012. He produced a special wood print to celebrate the Roots & Rhythm Festival and brought his printing tools and press for a special workshop demonstrating his create process.
John was the Roots & Rhythm featured visual artist for 2015. John is one of the foremost caricature artists working today. John’s paintings and drawings are in the collection of The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and The Library of Congress, and his art has been featured in PBS and Discovery Channel documentaries. He has appeared on the pages or covers of almost every national publication (TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, LIFE, The New York Times, etc). Kascht created a monumental piece of artwork for Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival entitled American Roots - 100 years of American Music History - literally a family tree depicting caricatures of virtually every major musical influence in our heritage.