Meet the 3rd Street Gallery Art Instructors
Cindy Orwan was raised in New Cumberland, graduated from Cedar Cliff High School, and received Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees with a minor in art from Shippensburg University. She studied watercolors locally with David Lenker and Barbara Buer and has taught classes at The Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg. In 2000, she and her late husband, Bob, opened Artistic Collectibles/3rd Street Gallery, in New Cumberland. Numerous galleries, private offices and homes display her work.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Don Brandt attended Wilkes College where he studied art history, design and composition. He studied drawing and painting in different mediums at the Murray School of Art. He also studied under master artists in the Wilkes-Barre and Harrisburg areas. His paintings, sculpture and drawings have been selected and exhibited in a significant number of juried art shows and can be found in numerous private as well as corporate collections. A 34-year member of the renowned Seven Lively Artists and a former member of the Art Association of Harrisburg Board of Directors, Don distributes his painting time between Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maine. Currently, Don is teaching oil and acrylic classes at the New Cumberland Third Street Gallery as well as the Art Center School and Galleries, where he has been a member and guest instructor for 25 years.
Cindy is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. degree in Studio Art. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Bloomsburg University. Cindy taught elementary art in the Big Spring School District. She has experience in a wide variety of mediums. She loves teaching children because they express themselves so freely through their art.
Tara has always had a real passion for art. She earned her degree in graphic design at The Art Institute of York. She is a licensed esthetician as well and works at a local skin care center. Tara likes doing all types of art projects and spends a lot of her free time drawing and painting. She really enjoys teaching children and developing fun art projects to spark their creativity and build their imagination!
Mary Hollis started sewing at age 7. By age 10, she won her first of many
sewing competition awards and at 14 she was designing and making 90% of
her clothes. She is an accomplished tailor and her diverse and extensive
sewing experience includes design and production of men’s, women’s and
children’s clothing — from under garments to tailored suits, coats and
hats. She has also produced costumes, custom designed ballroom dance
gowns, as well as an assorted range of clothing, accessories and countless
Mary spent many years working widely as a seamstress and consultant in the interior design industry creating custom fitted slipcovers, up-market window treatments and handcrafted antique-style lampshades. Over time her interests shifted to fabric arts with a focus on 3-D pictures, miniature sewing, custom designed doll clothing and accessories, as well as standard and computer-aided machine embroidery. Multidimensional in her life as well as her art, Mary holds a MS Degree in Library Science, is a proficient woodworker and pursues serious interests as a painter, dancer and training her helper and sewing buddy, Molly Dawg.