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Butler County Art Center exhibit features artists with different styles

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What: Opening reception for art exhibit featuring works of Kristy Dubinsky and Quinn Hulings.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Associated Artists of Butler County Art Center, 344 South Main Street, Butler.

Details: Musicians Nic Landon and Sean Garee of McPharlin Music Shop in Harmony will play hot jazz and Celtic music during the reception. The show will continue through Jan. 31.

Cost: Free

Information: Call 724-283-6922 or visit

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A new exhibit called Two Artists will visit the Associated Artists of Butler County Art Center, spotlighting the works of Kristy Dubinsky and Quinn Hulings.

Gallery director Janet Shilling said the artists' works, ranging from paintings to sculptures, are wildly different, but the contrast works well.

“Their work is not similar at all, and it's fabulous,” Shilling said.

The exhibit will open at 7 p.m. Friday with a reception at the Art Center featuring music by Nic Landon and Sean Garee of McPharlin Music Shop in Harmony. It will continue through the end of January.

Dubinsky, an art teacher at Elizabeth Forward High School, has an extensive portfolio across various media. She said she'll be exhibiting “a little bit of everything,” including her paintings, ceramics, photography and charcoal pastels.

“I enjoy every single aspect of creating something,” she said.

She draws inspiration from her surroundings, the environment and life experiences. A lifelong artist, Dubinsky said she tries to exhibit her works and enter them into competitions as often as possible.

“I think it's important to give yourself credibility as a teacher by exhibiting your work,” she said.

Hulings, a Slippery Rock University graduate and Slippery Rock native, moved back to the area after earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University in 2012. He hopes to create a studio in the area for ceramic and metal work.

Like Dubinsky, Hulings draws inspiration from life experiences. His sculptures and other works flow naturally from “things I've done or things I've been,” he said.

When he went on a road trip a few years ago, he encountered a bison for the first time while passing through Wyoming. The animal's size gave him an idea to create a series of bison sculptures, some of which will be featured at the Butler show.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or




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