Oakbridge Academy of Arts
“Red” by Jeremiah Faulk
Word Associations also by Jeremiah Faulk
Oakbridge Interviews by Lacey morris and Jordan McCaslin
How Long have you considered yourself an artist? Denise Shean “ I always wanted to be a graphic designer.” Katherine Leech “ I considered myself an artist whenever I realized I couldn’t do anything else.” Jeremiah Faulk “ I realized I was an artist one year when I started school.” Natalie Seemann “ I saw myself as an artist when I was in elementry school.” Angie Zankey “ For the past five or six years, I have realized that being creative is real cool, and I decided that I was an artist.” Justin Shuckhart “ I have been an artist for the longest time.” Aubrey Borowitz “ Artistic talent has been in me since I was born.” Ashley Doutt “ When I was twelve or really young, I embraced the need to be an artist.”
Do you believe you can survive from your talent? Aubrey Borowitz “ Duh!” Natalie Seemann “ I think I can survive from my photography. I really have no other option.” Angie Zankey “ Yes, of course I could survive from my talent! My talent is the only thing that makes sense sometimes.” Jeremiah Faulk “ I believe I can survive off my talent” Katherine Leech “ If I can find the right job then I can live off my Art”
Comic By Dani Grew
by Kellie Starkey
Adam Myers is a first term student at Oakbridge Academy of Arts. He graduated in the class of 2010 at Union High School in Clarion. Adam likes to do mostly sports photography and nature. He was inspired to be a photographer two years ago when he was in his sisterâ€™s wedding. That inspired him to photograph his cousinâ€™s wedding. Adam was asked who his favorite artist was and he said he did not have a favorite but he thinks Wigi is awesome. Finally, he was asked what he planned on doing after he graduates college, he has plans on owning his own studio.
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Can You name that Robot!?
“Holiday Angel”by George Zelznak
Oakbridge Interviews Continued:
What do you like most about Oakbridge? Katherine Leech
“ I like how the teachers are willing to work hands on with the students.”
Justin Shuckhart “ It’s all good.”
“ I like how the school has a very laid back atomsphere.”
“ Oakbridge has a fun environment which I like a lot.”
How do you like your eggs? Angie Zankey “Over easy?”
“I despise even the mere prescence of eggs.”
“I would have to say scrambled.”
“I’m an over easy egg person.”
“I like over easy eggs ecspecially when they are with toast. They’re AMAZING!”
“ I like my eggs poached.”
“I perfer sunny side up!”
By Garrett Shannon An interview with Ashley Andrews and Gabe Felice
How long have you been involved in the Arts?
Ashley Andrews: “ Depends on when you can proudly say you are creating something novel. Senior year of high school, I made films on my own time, shorts and abstracts.” Gabe Felice: “I have been involved since I was a kid, and learned the alphabet.”
What medias do you use most and why?
Ashley Andrews: “Photography, video, performance, installation. It was always easy for me because my parents were photographers. I was always around cameras and studio setups. The way photographers see the world came naturally to me. The video came from the next logical step in photography, moving images. Performance is what happens within the moving images, so that came after video. In order to display my work, I evolved in the process once more which was Installation.” Gabe Felice: “I use anything. Some examples of medias I like are archival ink, acrylics, house paint, found wood, canvas paper, fabric dye, wood sculptures, and plumber epoxy.”
Do you depend completely on your art to survive?
Ashley Andrews: “No, I am not really a selling artist. It’s not really what I want to do. I still like to show my work, but I don’t count on selling it. If I do sell my work it’s a bonus. Performance and installation works cannot be sold anyway.” Gabe Felice: “No, I don’t rely completely on my work to survive but close to it. My survival relies on about half of what my work makes. The other half relies on my job at Pittsburgh Public Theater.”
How often do you produce pieces and show them to the public?
Ashley Andrews: “Any time I meet a new person the art comes up, it’s how I define myself, so multiple times a week. It is easier to show my work than to explain it.” Gabe Felice: “Ever day I produce something, and once a month I publicize them, at least.”
Is there a message in your art?
Ashley Andrews: “(Giggle) Oh man...” Gabe Felice: “Yeah, Inter connectivity. I view art not as a painting on a wall, but as the flow of thoughts subconsciously. The product is evidence of art itself.”
Do you feel your work is well received?
Ashley Andrews: “Yes, it is on the surface level just visually the images that I make and the performances I do, people dig them. I think people who have my same brain waves get it and those who don’t have them don’t see anything visual. For one of my performances, I’ll dress up as a boy and wear facial hair. It is visually well received, but the message makes some uncomfortable. Art is enjoyable. The pleasure that I derive from the artwork is so enjoyable it’s not just everyday life enjoyment but beyond into the sexual realm. Gabe Felice: “Yes because of the fact that I am trying to connect invisible forces that exist with visible connections. I am also taking note of the peripheral signals and impulses that take part of everyday life. This process is not really a decision.”
How often do you sell your work?
Ashley Andrews: “About one piece per month, but it could be a very small sell. It really depends on what I do and my level of activity during that time.” Gabe Felice: “I make more than I sell, but eventually I sell all my work. I get about three commissions a month. I sell my work by doing commissions and at galleries. I already have a collectors which is good.”
Do you feel that pursuing the arts has been worth the effort?
Gabe Felice: “It’s not worth the effort because I don’t pursue the Arts, the Arts pursue me.”
Photography by George Zelznak
At the Penn State Art Gallery, Oakbridge students as well as Faculty were able to present and sell their Artwork to the public for the whole month of October.
“I can see” by Kirsten Welsh
“Smoke Break” by Natalie Seemann
Oakbridge Interviews continued again:
What brought you to Oakbridge? Beau Lecorchick “The ever amazing Aubrey Borowitz” Ashley Doutt “ My desire to learn more about art and photography.” Aubrey Borowitz “My tenth grade art teac-her” Justin Shuckhart “ Lacey Morris brought me to Oakbridge.” Drew Kerr “ I wanted to broaden my artistic horizons.” Angie Zankey “ The internet brought me here.”
How Often do you create a piece of art? Justin Shuckhart “I try to create as much as possible.” Angie Zankey “Every day I create something new.” Aubrey Borowitz “ Every day I produce some sort of piece” Katherine Leech “ At least once a month I throw together some form of art. I got to take my time with that shit.”
“Siri Tollerod” by Jordan McLaughlin
“Arboreal consolation Prize” by Shauna Miller
For page 11 Answer key 1. Rosie
2. Optimus Prime
4. Johhny Five
5. Iron Giant
19. Robo Cop
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“Misery”by Jess Nethen
“The Intestinal Region of Dr. Barclay”by Shauna Miller
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Texting Quotes “It’s a bitter sweet subject. You’re able to pass information without even really talking to a person. If you’re in a quiet place (library, movies) you can text without disturbing others. On the other hand, you lose touch with people. It’s hard to tell what people are really thinking or how they really feel. So much is said through body language and how someone says something. So again it could be great and convenient but it can also help us detach ourselves from others.” Caitlin Uhrin
“My opinion about texting is it’s a good thing. If you need to get a hold of someone you can that way. It’s just another way to get a hold of someone. A lot of people text now because it is the futuristic thing to do. Really who doesn’t text.” Kellie Starkey “Texting has changed my way of communication, perhaps the acronyms have become the new shorthand once used as a way of note taking now we have the loll’s and ttyl’s being common place. Texting has endangered our roadways taking our focus off of driving as well as our attention from life’s activities, walking through a store seeing a person looking at this small screen hitting buttons , only to walk into something. In other ways it creates cash flow in our economy generating phone sales and subscriptions to phone companies. In short it changes or takes lives and creates cash flow.” George Zelznak
“Texting is definitely changing the English language. If you look at ads of something, they tend to use the letter”R” instead of the word are. Plus is you say the term “lol” to someone, nowadays everyone knows what it means. Texting is just making us even lazier, and c’mon we as a nation, The Unites States of America, is lazy enough. Now don’t be a lazy American and use full words.” Jordan McCaslin
“I think texting is a revelation for the English language. It’s helping children as young as 10 learn an easier way to speak. Who needs and English class anyway when you have texting lingo? Texting is doing wonders for the society. It lets us communicate a lot easier. For example, while at school, while driving, while at work, at a wedding, a funeral, etc. The list is just endless. Oh wait…Actually I was being sarcastic. Texting during those times is just plain rude and dangerous. Plus texting is making the youth of today think it’s okay to not use proper grammar.” Jessica Nethen “I enjoy texting with my busy schedule it is one of the only ways I communicate with people. But at the same time texting someone instead of talking face to face leaves room for interpretation to what tone or emotion is really trying to be expressed. Like a game of telephone texting can ruin conversations as well. But I must say majority of the time spent on my phone is threw texting.” Natalie Seemann “Texting is awesome. I like texting better than talking on the phone.” Lacey Morris “I feel that we as a society have lost the sense of communication when it comes to texting. People can be sitting right across from each other and not talking but texting one another. I feel that this shows our generation has lost valuable communication skills.” Nancee Patterson “TEXTING...TEXTING...TEXTING...TEXTING.... I do not text, therefore I know words in full instead of by their fun abbreviations. I relish in the fact that “gr8” is actually spelled “great”. Maybe, I find sweet pleasure whenever I say or spell “LOL” as “Lungs of Lepers”, and watch people’s reactions. To the Point, I am not fond of texting as the world’s new dominant language, Spanish coming in second.” Anna Black
“Factory” by Caitlin Uhrin
“The silk gown” by Kellie Starkey
“Kettle” by Garrett Shannon
“The Gorillas” by Dennis Miranda
“The Mind” by Anna Black
Oakbridge Interviews continued again for the last time:
What is your favorite medium? Beau Lecorchick “I have a passion fo digital photography.” Aubrey Borowitz “ I don’t like to choose.” Denise Shean “ I still like the plain old pencil and paper.” Ashley Doutt “Black and white photography is my favorite.” Jeremiah Faulk “Oil painting” Katherine Leech “Acrylic Painting” Natalie Seemann “I like photography because I can’t paint.” Angie Zankey “I like pen and ink drawing and oil painting.”
“Faces” by Lacey Morris
“The Colorful Starfish” by Jordan McCaslin
Special Thanks to Bryant Mullen, Michelle Mullen, Janie Gatty, Mark Lowe and Cliff McGuire for their imput and Support in Creating this Zine!
The Creators!: Aaron Mcgregor Lacey Morris Jordan Mclaughlin Garrett Shannon Nancee Patterson Natalie Seemann Kellie Starkey George Zelznak Jordan McCaslin Caitlin Uhrin Jess Nethen Anna Black â€œGroup photoâ€? by Anna Black
Also we would like to thank any Humans or Alien life forms that we might have forgotten to Mention.
No Goats were harmed in the making of this Zine.
Logo Design by Jordan Mclaughlin
Cover by Garrett Shannon
Layout design by Anna Black
Oakbridge Academy of Arts Zine Vol. 1