The Council proudly presents  “Impact”, a 3-artist exhibition of paintings by Shayna Jansen-Byers, Ami Plessinger and Andres Tapia, sponsored by Dick Hoskinson, Attorney-at-Law.  The show will be on view April 28 through June 23, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am – 2 pm, or by appointment. A Meet-the-Artists Reception will be held on Friday May 5 from 5-7pm. For more information, call 717-264-6883.

Shayna Jansen-Byers describes herself as always having been interested in art; she recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Art at Shippensburg University, and will pursue her Master’s in Fine Art at Penn State University this coming fall.  “My paintings are about the nature of spirituality, particularly my own,” she explains. “I started asking myself such questions as a direct result of taking a philosophy class in college. Two facets of this conversation with which I am currently preoccupied are: (1) the nature of God and the individual, and (2) the connection between both entities. Being an artist I asked myself, “What would this conversation look like?” And I went from there.”  With energetic brushstrokes and abstract color, influenced by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, N.C. Wyeth, and Joan Nelson, Shayna depicts movement and energy, balancing color vibrancy and contrast.  “Each painting in the exhibit represents months of hard work and research,” she says, “as well as countless headaches caused by both fumes and stress – and all of the much appreciated late night conversations about spirituality shared with my friends and family!”

Ami Plessinger, co-owner of Northwood Books in Chambersburg, is largely self-taught and works in a variety of mediums.  Her previous artistic experience includes private and commercial murals, commissioned pen & ink renderings of residential and historic properties, woodcarvings and freeform glass works.  Her current endeavors include paintings in oil and gold leaf.  Ami also creates illuminated manuscripts in a 14th century technique, using gouache, gold and silver leaf, and pen and ink on vellum.  “My work in illuminated manuscripts began six years ago when I was inspired by my travels and research in Europe,” she explains.  “Some of these artworks can be viewed inside my shop, where visitors can also see my 13’ x 100’ mural of famous literary scenes on the south exterior wall of the bookstore.”  Ami’s work is held in businesses and private residences across the country; many have received awards and recognition.  Her illuminated manuscripts will culminate in a forthcoming book; a few of the manuscripts will be on view at the Council for the Arts during the exhibit.

“For me, painting is about possibility – and not knowing all the answers!” declares Andres Tapia.  “My work is a conversation, an exploration of color, shape, line and form – an expedition of discovery!” Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Andres moved to the United States when he was in fifth grade. After high school, he studied Graphic Design at Berks Technical Institute where he earned his Associates Degree, and he then enrolled at Shippensburg University where he studied everything he could about art: Drawing, Ceramics, Color Theory, Art History, Painting, Sculpture and Digital Fine Art, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. His paintings have been featured in numerous exhibits on the Shippensburg campus as well as at the SHAPE gallery in downtown Shippensburg.

The Council for the Arts conducts classes and displays the work of local artists at 81 North Main Street, Chambersburg. For more information, visit www.councilforthearts.net or call 717-264-6883.


Anne Finucane
Gallery Coordinator
Council for the Arts
81 North Main Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201