Meet the Artists


Jolene was born and raised in Drums, PA, and currently resides in the area. After receiving her Associate of Fine Arts degree at Keystone College, she attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. She spent a semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy. Jolene mainly works with oil paint on canvas and focuses on figure and portrait painting. She has also taught art to children at The Migrant Education Summer Program in Hazleton, PA.


Though his style has developed over many years of painting, Tim credits several well known artist-instructors for their influence. Included are: Tony van Hasselt, Judi Wagner, Edwin Havas, and Bill Grah. Since 1992, the artist has been giving watercolor classes in Luzerne County, Northeast Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. He has demonstrated for many art groups and has won numerous awards in art shows in the northeast. Tim has conducted workshops for many art groups including The Bethlehem Palette Club, Wyoming Valley Art League, Kingston, PA, The Art Association of Roxbury, Succasunna, NJ, Parkland Art League, Allentown, PA, and through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Art Program. He has done many one man shows and demonstrations for various art clubs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Tim has numerous awards for many paintings.


Born in Duisburg, Germany, Petra had an early interest in art. After immigrating with her family to the U.S. and locating in the Lehigh Valley, she studied art at Dieruff High School in Allentown and Northampton Area Community College. Always drawn to creative pursuits, she has had several art related occupations throughout her life, including photography, silversmithing, stained glass making and sign painting.Petra presently resides in the Buck Mountain Region of Carbon County outside of Weatherly. This regions’ interesting history and much of its architecture inspired her paintings and drawings. Researching the history of mining towns and their immigrant populations led to the interest in their faith and churches. Rural areas are also an inspiration.She is a charter member of the Buck Mountain Artists Group and hosts their meetings and exhibits. She is also affiliated with Welch Art Studios based out of Shamokin, Northumberland County and frequently exhibits with them. She also helped demonstrate painting with Welch Art Studios at the 2013 Bloomsburg Fair.

Petra is award winning in several media including acrylic, pastel and colored pencil. Over the past 6 year she has won 11 ribbons at the Bloomsburg Fair Art Show.

Bill and Jo Anne, owners

The art studio is located in Bill and Jo Anne’s classic old barn that once housed their gift shop. It’s been sitting empty for a few years – just waiting for something unique and exciting. After researching, then attending a paint party in Philadelphia, they knew this would be the perfect fit! Neither claim to be artists (though they did take Art History together in college!). But both have a good eye for art – and fun. And they always thought the barn would be a great place for parties. Something new and fun was much needed in this area. Jo Anne and Bill hope to see many happy faces painting and thinking they may be The Next Picasso!