DAC Next Edition Group

Meet DAC - Next Edition!

We are creative types who have completed our first careers. We have retired and now have time to be creative and want to share our efforts and put a little something in our pockets. We have the time to be creative and being creative allows us to be productive. Thus, we have “stuff”, so what do we do with it? DAC has created avenues for us to share our creative selves, assist in promoting our community, and developing outlets that support our art making endeavors.

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Keith Warren, Group Leader

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Nancy Bramble

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Michelle Marshall

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Marvin Payne

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Lois Porterfield

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Karen O'Lone-Hahn

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Jacoba Kresan

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Gail Gingrich

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Cliff Richmond

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Cathy Cranfield

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Carol Gentes

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Beth Whitman-Pitzer

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Angela Pierce

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Keith Warren, Group Leader

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A passion that can not be quenched. To be creative in this world can be a challenge. There are paths to choose, there is life to live. Decisions on how to help in creating for the common good. I chose the path of family. That choice brought me great joy. I have a beautiful family and they mean the world to me. My career choice was to be a teacher. The passion for creating led me to be an Art teacher. As a teacher I was able to create and inspire my students to be creative. I had the best of both worlds. After 38 years of middle school it was time for me to retire. It just seems like life is full of challenges and choices. Now I have more time to be creative and produce my art. Taking photographs and watercolor painting were my creative outlets. One thing I noticed was that I missed teaching, but I don’t want to teach children anymore. How to return to teaching and creating was my question? Along came the paint and sip industry. Paint Parties, what a great idea. The brain started working and the ideas started poppin, I worked part-time in the restaurant/bar business and these paint parties were held in bars and restaurants. So, Monty, owner of the Starboard Restaurant provided me with a space to conduct the art classes and the rest is history. I had it all again… what a hootin nannie it was going to be. Then out of the blue someone who attended a Brushin w/Keith Paint Party asked if I would or could I do private parties. “Hell yeah” I said all excited. Art group parties were awesome, some travel and great people this a wonderful extension for Brushin w/Keith. So the story continues, before family I ventured into selling my photographs at arts and craft festivals around Delaware. Well don’t you know it, Dewey Beach has an Art Fest and that has me going back to selling like I did before family.

Now I am ready to grow my teaching and creative businesses more. Reach out if you wanna know more.

Nancy Bramble

Bramble On Jewelry

Hello, my name is Nancy and I like to design and create jewelry. My fascination with jewelry making began when I started taking jewelry classes as a means to unwind and relax after a long day/week at work. I continue taking classes and the more techniques I learn the stronger my passion grows.

Primarily creating with beading, knotting, kumihimo braiding and leather techniques, I also play with metalwork and polymer clay. My inspiration comes from many areas, nature and color to learning a new technique. Simplicity with style is my goal.

The name, Bramble On Jewelry, is derived from my last name and my “Take” on making jewelry. An old Led Zeppelin song might have had some influence, too! The tree of life shows the continuing growth of my tree. Jewelry making, the next phase of my life, is a major part of the ongoing growth.

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Marvin Payne

Marvin Payne Photography

Marvin is a prolific Wildlife & Fine Arts Photographer based in Middletown, Delaware. His work is available for purchase in almost all sizes & formats. Please send an email for pricing and specific needs. All photography is available on Metal, Acrylic, Canvas or as a Print. Custom frames are also available.

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Lois Porterfield

Fla"Bling"...os Fine Jewelry

After over 30 years defending the USA, I started creating beadwork and metalwork jewelry.

I had traveled internationally to create centers of defense support. After retiring, I settled in Delaware, to start a different creative chapter, inspired and insisted on by local artists.

I am passionate about beadwork, so much so that I have mastered over 12 beading stitches and 5 variations. I have added silver and copper to some of my jewelry, and am doing multi dimensional wall art with these materials.

Karen O'Lone-Hahn

Whimsical Pottery and Art by Karen O'Lone-Hahn

Karen O’Lone Hahn has been a practicing professional artist for more than half of her life. Beginning in high school with odd artistic commissions, Karen moved into the professional art world with her charming brand of self taught folk art painting. Moving through different series of painting, Karen amassed a following of collectors in the United States and various countries around the world. She has garnered awards and accolades from various local and national shows and organizations and been included in several publications including a book- “Self taught, Outsider and Folk Artists”. Her work is also in corporate collections across the US.

While Karen still enjoys her work as a painter, her attention was turned to pottery in 2011 when her only child left home for college. Heeding the winds of change, Karen became completely absorbed in the magic of creating art from a lump of clay. Her journey began at local ceramic studios, followed by various workshops taken with individual professional ceramic artists and at prestigious institutions like Penland and Arrowmont Schools of Craft.

After much study and experimentation, Karen has found her own voice, bringing the whimsy and joyfulness of her painted images to her creations in clay.

Karen’s creativity does not end with these two mediums. She is also the author, illustrator of one children’s book and a coloring book.

She creates all of her art in her small studio in beautiful Chester County, Pa. where she lives with her husband and 5 kitties.

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Jacoba Kresan

Cottage Romance

In 2008 I tiled my backsplash and was left with left over tiles. I couldn’t just leave them in the garage and decided to mosaic my son’s desk. Wow what an eye opener! To the store I went to buy everything to create more. As time went on I started cutting china dishes ( have a love and addiction to china) and mosaic teapots where created. Still dread the grouting moments when you are never sure what might reveal itself when you start wiping the grout away. I ventured into mixed media and other creations over time nonetheless most of them have some sort of mosaic in them. My love for mosaics has always been to create a puzzle that doesn’t always perfectly fit and to make broken whole again in a different way.

Gail Gingrich

Beach Stone Jewelry

Many years ago in my home state of Houston, Texas, I spent a number of hours watching my Father in his lapidary shop. My interest was kindled for jewelry design and fabrication. I never gave up my dream to create wearable art even though I entered a different career path. Over the years, to satisfy my creativity, I took classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Several years ago, my passion was rekindled. My journey into jewelry design and fabrication began during my many walks on Delaware's Broadkill Beach at low tide. The stones on this bay beach contained beautiful earth toned colors and designs that are more apparent after being polished. The discovery of these ancient and astonishing stones was my spark to create settings to compliment these unique stones.

To achieve my goal, I have developed skills in silversmithing, lapidary, and enameling. I have taken classes, read books, watched DVDs and YouTube videos.

The stones I use are my inspiration for designing the settings. In addition to the beach stones, I have used purchased stones that have unique qualities and color. My metals of choice are copper and sterling silver.

Utilizing the techniques and skills I have learned, my vision is to continue my journey to explore new designs to further enhance the unique aspects of the stones. I will continue my life long journey into creating wearable art.

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Cliff Richmond

Cliff became interested in stained glass over 40 years ago while watching other folks create glass art.  He took an evening course in Newport, RI and has been working in glass ever since. Glass has a special, ethereal quality and looks quite different depending on the ambient light. His specialties are xmas tree ornaments, personalized mirrors, and "made to order" pieces.

Cathy Cranfield

Beach Rocks 302

Cathy is a jewelry artist who is working on her second career designing pieces for her clients.  Her work reflects her love of the beach combined with a bit of whimsy and fun.
She can often be found at the Westside Creative Market and other events in the area.
You can follow her updates on Instagram,  @beachrocks302, and her website
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Carol Gentes

Pigment Of The Imagination

It was very apparent from a young age that I was not going to be an abstract artist. In my coloring books, I would carefully color within the lines and choose the correct crayon colors. I grew up surrounded by talented lovers of art, nature and animals (we always had a cat). Both of my grandmothers, Nana and Mimi, were expert seamtresses, sewing and embroidering many of the clothes my mother and siblings wore (most of them matching) and the elaborate costumes for our dance recitals. My maternal grandmother, Mimi, also spent "free" time painting designs on tableclothes using trichem liquid paints. My maternal grandfather, Pere, was a custom home builder - he built the house where I grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts (it was painted pink!). He was also an avid vegetable gardener, challenging himself to get a ripe tomato before July 4th, not easy to accomplish in Massachusetts. Pere and Mimi's yard was beautifully landscaped, full of blueberry bushes, dahlias, and the most beautiful domed rock garden. I know it was here my love for flowers and gardening took root. Pere also saved all fat dripping, orange peels and appropriate food scraps to make his own bird food. It was a thrill to see the flocks of birds eagerly devour his avian culinary concoctions, especially on the snow covered lawns in winter. Nana, who lived with us, could knit anything and made the most gorgeous outfits for our barbie dolls. My mother, Marielle, while not tending to her seven children, refinished furniture and had a decorator's eye, creating a beautiful home and was an accomplished cook. My father, Joseph, when not taking night classes and working, was a jack-of-all trades. It is no wonder that among my siblings there are two accomplished musicians, three artists, two master knitters, an expert seamstress, a master wood craftsman (made all the cabinets for his kitchen), and of course gardeners, bird and animal lovers.

My first art sale was when I was a freshman in high school. The geometry teacher bought my painting of a puma that was on display in the school's art show. I went to Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass graduating with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Art, combining my two loves. My early career was spent in the microtechnology field creating components for space and military applications. Most of this work was done under a microscope - very detailed diode and conductor printing and wire bonding. I worked for Sylvania, RCA and MIT (in R&D at Lincoln Labs). It wasn't until 1988 that I started working as an interior decorator, using my artistic talents to pull together rooms with paint colors, fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, flooring and accessories. It was lots of fun, especially spending hours and hours looking through wallpaper and fabric books. In 2000, I needed to get back to painting, so I added custom wall finishes and murals to my decorating services, calling that part of my business Pigment of the Imagination. Fast forward to the present and I am happily creating artwork using my skill and patience for detail, incorporating themes of nature, animals and birds.

Beth Whitman-Pitzer

Moon Shell Paper Co.

The story of Moon Shell Paper Co. was born during the pandemic. Beth, a retired educator, was enjoying creating watercolor cards and sending them to friends. It brought her much joy to draw, paint, and send seasonal cards during that time. A few friends kept encouraging her to pursue this as a small business. The name for the business, Moon Shell Paper Co., originates from many morning beachcombing adventures with her family in Rehoboth Beach. The Moon Shell was a prized shell to find! Beth has an illustrative style that combines pen and ink with watercolors. She finds inspiration from nature and beach life. She has taken many classes from Rehoboth Art League and is a member of the Developing Artist Collaborative. Beth lives in Lewes with her husband, Richard. Her daughter, Abbey, is a graphic designer and helps with branding. Beth is enjoying working from her home studio. You can find her cards at Lewes Gourmet, Water Lili, and The Center for Inland Bays Garden Center. She will be at the Nassau Valley Vineyards Farmer’s Market many Sundays this summer. Follow Beth on Instagram at @moonshellpaperco to learn more!

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Angela Pierce

Art By Angela M. Pierce

When you look at a collection of my artwork you will see a variety of subjects and scenes. My inspirations come from a view from a window, a walk through a landscape or a garden or an arrangement on a table. I take a lot of photos. I edit those photos looking for a possibility of a painting in mind. For me, drawing and designing are the most important and challenging parts to create a painting. The ideas I start out with the composition are constantly changed until the shapes and colors work together. The most satisfying part of the oil painting process is discovering the possibilities of the paint. There are endless techniques and color combinations to choose from. I love that I can make changes to my painting by rubbing or scraping out and painting over. I spent an entire career teaching young students art. I am the constant problem solver, always creating, improving and evolving how to inspire those young minds. Through teaching my knowledge expands and I apply what I learn. I am inspired by and look for inspiration from the master classical painters to the impressionists to modern abstract artists. In my work you can see those art influences and growth from years of study. As one of my teachers, Charles Miano teaches his students, I keep growing and evolving with a “beginner’s mind”.