Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka plays George Steck

These portraits are from a recent promo shoot for the performance Willy Wonka starring Rob Fankenberry. Fankenberry, also a professional pianist, tries out the new George Steck piano recently acquired by the arts center.

The Actors Civic Theater is presenting the show for three weekends in February. For more information visit the Father Ryan Arts center here

Willy Wonka

Silk Painting

Evi Slaby

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Evi Slaby, of Angelsilks, in her Moon Twp, Pa. studio where she creates paintings on silk. Her studio encompasses the great room and the dining room of the family home. Her family enjoys the space as a studio where they can all be together to create art.

Her art is derived from the spiritual. Everything that she creates and everyone that she teaches is touched by God. Slaby teaches silk painting to the community at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, Pa and at the Rhema School in Moon Twp, Pa. Her passion lies in teaching others rather than creating art to sell. Her silk painting lessons are therapeutic, healing and a massage for the soul.

Check out a GigaPan of her studio. This GigaPan will be featured in an upcoming edition of GigaPan Magazine.

Father Ryan Arts Center


Father Ryan Arts Center, originally uploaded by StartPoint Media.

I recently was assigned to photograph HDR images of the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks where I am the contract photographer.

This image was shot normally as a 9 stop HDR. I processed the 32 bit file in Photoshop, saved as a TIFF. Next I open the image in the Photomatix stand alone program and process the image there. I usually use the Photoshop plugin. The image was then tweaked in Photoshop. I like the results, they are comparable to what I have been able to achieve with the plug-in.

I learned this process from a student in my HDR program which was presented to the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

Get 20 professionals together with a copy of Photoshop and you are bound to learn something even if you are the teacher.

Creative Drumming at the Father Ryan Arts Center

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Toeknee Bailey leads a weekly drumming circle at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks. Bailey has been leading the circle at the center for over two years.

Her small group will have a public performance during the Father Ryan Arts center Spring Performance Sunday, April 26, 2009.

For more information visit the Father Ryan Arts Center online

Inaguration Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Thanks to the guests and participants in the Portrait of an Inauguration Photography exhibition and panel discussion.

Iva Provias, Sarah VanTasell, MaryEllen Whitmoyer, Jack Megaw, Kris Radder, Nicole DeSantis, Bryan Lawver, Mimi Murphy, Christopher Rolinson, Maxwell Rolinson

Inauguration Exhibition is Today!

Join Point Park University photojournalism students as they share their work and discuss their experiences during the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Portrait of an Inauguration
Thursday, March 12, 2009
6-7:30
Father Ryan Arts Center
Gallery Exhibit Opening and Panel Discussion
420 Chartiers Ave
McKees Rocks, Pa. 15136

412.771.3052
www.fatherryanartscenter.org