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Walnut Street Studio, Fine Art and Photography,
is the brainchild of two local artists, Joseph
Pagano and Chris Scheidler Pagano. The
studio is located in the mountains of Central
Pennsylvania in the scenic Lykens Valley and
offers original oil paintings, photographic
images, handcrafted shadowboxes and
woodworking of land, sea and wildlife.

About the Artists--

Chris Scheidler Pagano---

I have always drawn, ever since I can remember.
Some of my earliest recollections are of drawing get well cards with my crayons for my relatives and neighbors. My grandparents always had colored pencils, pastels, charcoal or drawing pencils on hand for me to…

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  • Joined January 27, 2010

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Winsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky red sable brushes, Rembrandt oil paints

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About

Walnut Street Studio, Fine Art and Photography,
is the brainchild of two local artists, Joseph
Pagano and Chris Scheidler Pagano. The
studio is located in the mountains of Central
Pennsylvania in the scenic Lykens Valley and
offers original oil paintings, photographic
images, handcrafted shadowboxes and
woodworking of land, sea and wildlife.

About the Artists--

Chris Scheidler Pagano---

I have always drawn, ever since I can remember.
Some of my earliest recollections are of drawing get well cards with my crayons for my relatives and neighbors. My grandparents always had colored pencils, pastels, charcoal or drawing pencils on hand for me to use when I came to visit. And they always encouraged me to draw something.
Artists are compelled to draw what they love and the love of my childhood was animals. I painted and drew them every chance I got. And even as I grew older and into today, my passion in life is animals. I dearly love them and have enjoyed painting and drawing them my whole art career.

The most important aspect of a painting is that the artwork is based on an original idea. An original idea is one conceived of by the artist through something they have seen or experienced, felt or imagined. The ideas for my realistic paintings come from something I have seen and observed --- walking in the woods and noting the way the sunlight plays through the trees , chancing upon a fox tracking across an open snowy field, a great blue heron flying over a marsh that I see while driving, watching a cardinal in my backyard while I sip my morning coffee, sitting with my cats while they lounge on the windowsill and seeing the way the afternoon sun plays over their furry bodies. The ideas for my whimsical portrayals come from the area of my inner “ what if…”or “wouldn’t it be funny if…” mind.
I am well known for my realistic wildlife, moody, impressionistic landscapes and whimsical portrayal of animals, especially my wild and wacky flamingo paintings and prints. My style of painting is realistic, impressionistic and/or illustrative in nature, depending on the subject matter. All paintings, regardless of style, are composed of long, graceful lines and bold, rich colors.

I studied fine arts – painting at Kutztown University and Texas Lutheran University. Along with my college training I have studied under regionally known professional artists.
I have illustrated for Pennsylvania Game News and have designed several Pennsylvania Farmer Christmas covers. I won the first Lehigh Valley Conservancy print and stamp contest with a painting of a great blue heron. I have placed first in numerous decoy painting competitions and have won best-of- show awards at art competitions in the eastern US. I have earned a living by exhibiting in art shows and craft festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region for the past 33 years.

My solo gallery shows include- 1998 “Appalachian Images” and 2007 “Images of Land and Sea”, Gallery on the Square, Millersburg, PA and 2009 featured artist, Elizabethville Library Series. And I have taught “Painting and Drawing From Nature” classes at various times to groups of adults and children at the Gallery.

Being an artist is a blessing. I have been blessed to be able to earn a living from something I love; to get paid to have fun. We are each blessed with our own particular gift. Sharing these gifts with the world to be a blessing to others is our great task in life.

Joseph Pagano-

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Joe Pagano’s love of nature and the
outdoors brought him to rural Pennsylvania in the early 1980's where he settled
in the quaint, historic town of Wiconisco. Primarily a self-taught artist and
woodworker, Mr. Pagano's education credentials include the Streets of Brooklyn
University and the School of Hard Knocks, as well as an associate’s degree from Bond Business College, El Paso, Texas. His 25+ years of service in the US Navy and the Pennsylvania National Guard round out his education and life experience and are the driving force behind the attention to detail and
outstanding craftsmanship that are the hallmarks of his creations.
In addition to being a woodworker, Joe is also a tilemaker and a framer---- rolling, shaping and cutting handpainted tiles as well as designing and building all the frames, liners, coat racks and shadowboxes sold in the studio.
Joe's art has always been influenced by his love of the sea. He is a longtime visitor
to North Carolina's Outer Banks, where the dunes, windswept beaches and ever-
changing ocean are a source of constant inspiration for his shadowboxes, coat
racks and tilework. At nighttime, one of his favorite pleasures is to sit on his balcony and listen to the waves crash against the evening shore.
Together Chris and Joe combine their artistic skills to create the paintings, photography and shadowboxes found in the studio, on their website, www.walnutstreetstudio.com, and at the many art shows and craft festivals they exhibit at in the Mid-Atlantic region.


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