Hanging Round Wolf

My day started in Humanities, but ended in Wolf.  Photos by Pattie Crider  Girlboxer1970











Quattrone Tornado Touches Down

         Faculty EXH 2013

Every now and then a person comes into one’s life and makes a lasting impression.  A good impression is preferred and York College of Pennsylvania was successful in the choice of Rebecca Quattrone as a professor of art appreciation and sculpture.  She began her career at York in January of 2004 and feels fortunate to assist students in the art studio and in multiple independent studies.  Rebecca is not only a teacher of art, but an accomplished artist herself with her work displayed in juried exhibits in the United States as well as internationally in her family’s home country of Italy.

Battito Battito 2

This month in Wolf Hall, Rebecca has two pieces in the faculty exhibit on display in the art gallery.  The first is a mosaic titled Battito which translates to Pulse.  This piece “documents a difficult painful year in my life.  It echoes my life as a heartbeat, a powerful entity that simultaneously enslaves and sustains.”  The Byzantine mosaic is made of Italian smalti glass in black, red and blue. The blue tiles are painted with 24k gold leaf.  These tiles represent her daughters Arie and Tess.  Rebecca hand-broke the glass purchased from Ravenna in Northern Italy and also the town where she studied under world-renowned Byzantine mosaic master, Luciana Notturni.

Our Tornado

Our Tornado

The second piece titled Oz has multiple artistic forms.  A combination of photography, sculpture, text and found art are captured in a tornado of fury.   Rebecca had no need for a model of a tornado to create the one featured in Oz.  This past summer she participated in a search and rescue mission after a tornado touched down and eight people were lost on the side of a mountain.  It took over eight hours of exhausting work, clearing trees from the roads in the pouring rain and  darkness.  With chainsaws and muscle they had cleared the roads by 4:30 AM and everyone was located and returned safely to camp.  “The experience has changed my life forever in so, so many ways.”  A life-changing event that has carried over into an exhibit that attempts to help others with changes in their lives.

Oz attempts to provide viewers with an interactive venue.  We all have desires, we all have hopes, dreams, wishes and we all, we all, have secrets.  Oz allows them to leave these behind through writing them and leaving them with Dorothy in a sealed envelope that I may include in the next run of Oz.  I attempt to capture a view of my subjects that they do not see in the mirror, a glimpse of themselves that I can only see.  I wait and zoom in and out until I see a moment, an experience, a desire, a wish, a secret and I pounce with the lens. This technique or Oz element gives me a.k.a. Dorothy to bare their burdens for them in a sense. They hopefully leave lighter.”  

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             Oz took Rebecca fifteen months to create to help people feel they can share their secrets with Dorothy for the tornado to “take with it until it touches down again”.  The tornado is made out of a very fragile material called tulle.  It was stiffened with boiled glue and hung over a wire armature.  After it dried, it was removed from the armature and assembled.  “It was very important to me to use a material for the tornado that could present a sense of strength, while hiding it weaknesses, just like me.”  The next Oz exhibit may even have the tornado spin. Rebecca has obtained an old disco ball but electrical outlets have to be in the ceiling in order for it to work.  All gallery spaces are different making set-up of an interactive exhibit challenging but rewarding.

            Oz will literally travel from gallery to gallery.  Its next venue is expected to be in the Baltimore or Washington D.C. area.  As the piece travels Rebecca will add to the graphic text quotes, a collection of voices of domestic violence victims, personal thoughts, and voices of those that let Dorothy a message in the box provided.  Rebecca’s photo subjects, including her, are “people in my life, people I have met through Oz, and hopefully viewers that email me digital photos of themselves that will become FACES of Oz.  This is a new element; one that I hope begins with YCP Oz.”  Photos and messages may be submitted to Rebecca a.k.a Dorthy, at WelcometoOz2012@gmail.com to be included in future gallery shows.

I protect

One view of Rebecca’s display caught my eye and I immediately felt saddened by the broken window and glass on the floor.  I asked how this became part of the exhibit.  She responded, “The broken window is as it should be, found in my barn long after it was a functional object in my 110 year old farm house. But the shattered window happened by accident a day after I had suspended it from the gallery ceiling. I found it laying flat on the floor, covered with glass fragments, a few large pieces only held together by an OZ voice, “I Protect what is Mine”. My gut, head, and heart said, this is perfect, this is artistic fate, use it girl, so I carefully arranged the window and its fragments to work with the display and the traffic patterns. Life, like a tornado, is full of force, good and bad, and causes chaos and debris.”

In Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” Dorothy is trying to find her way home after a tornado swept her away.  Rebecca stated the movie is “a metaphor for trying to discover who we are and what defines us, as well as finding our strengths which we thought were our weaknesses, i.e., our courage, our intelligence, our heart, etc.  This exhibit will continue until we all find our way home, i.e., we find who we are, so I don’t see it ending.”  Rebecca’s Oz exhibit will be on display until February 24th until it picks up and moves on to touch down in another town.

Healer 2

Words hurt

Words hurt

Trust Me


A local nonprofit radio station, WITF, interviewed Rebecca.  The hosts of the art and culture talk show Cary Burkett and Joe Ulrich invited Rebecca when Oz was on exhibit at the York Arts Studio in October of 2012.  A portion of the interview can be heard at RADIO Interview.  The article and interview can be found on the station website http://www.witf.org/arts-culture/2012/10/burdens-and-secrets-rebecca-quattrones-oz-art-exhibit.php.

Rebecca is passionate about working with and teaching art skills to children that are visually impaired.  Currently she is in the final stages of a large-scale mosaic installation at ForSight Vision center in York, PA.  The unveiling and dedication is scheduled for next month.  Rebecca explained, “The project is called the “Busy Bee Mosaic” and embodies the voices of the children of ForSight as documented in hexagon honeycomb mosaic cells that the children created to tell a story with their particular condition and experience.  Mainly, I am providing an artistic platform and venue to tell their story, to provide a healing outlet and to provide awareness to the general public for people with visual impairments.”  The specific date for the unveiling has not been determined.  More information can be found on Facebook on the Busy Bee Mosaic Project page.

Mosaic in process

Mosaic in process

Nearly complete

Nearly complete

The York Dispatch stopped on location and recorded the children busy at work on the mosaic project.  A brief clip of Rebecca’s teaching process and the excitement of the children involved can be viewed here:     As the Busy Bee Mosaic wraps up, Rebecca already has plans for new projects.

There will be a revival of her previous work titled “Voices From the Wall” an interactive installation.  This exhibit is for domestic violence victims, their families, and to generate public awareness about spousal abuse. Rebecca, a person that appears to have endless amounts energy to reach out and help others, has two proposed mosaic projects in the works.  One for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of York and another with Crispus Attucks of York for their Wingstock 2013 fundraiser slated for July 6th.

I find Rebecca and her work inspiring.  I asked Rebecca what inspires her in life and she answered, “I am inspired by the people in my immediate world and beyond; their experiences, their voices, their stories, and their secrets. I have been blessed by many fine human beings in my close knit circle and people I meet in our York community and beyond.  I firmly believe that my role as an artist is in a sense, a “conduit” that links various artistic processes and projects with people, near and far. I am not so much concerned about the final art “object” as I am with how it affects those who encounter it….hopefully helping, healing, and relieving them in some cathartic way.   My role is to embrace all, accept all, connect with all, share my art with all, and share the talents and skills that God has given me with others.  This way I reach through into their void, large or small, thus completing and filling what has been missing.”

It is Rebecca’s outgoing personality combined with her dedication to teaching and sharing her artistic abilities that make her a remarkable person.  A person you want to know, to share your thoughts with and listen to her wisdom.  The relaxed atmosphere in her classroom allows students to speak up and share their thoughts and ideas.  The critiquing process every student must participate in offers the opportunity to share their art, what inspired their piece and receive feedback in a non-threatening environment.  Both verbal and written comments are given to the artist that may be helpful in changes to or improvements of their work.  The critiques are not a painful process, but instead a give and take moment between artist and viewer.  The pressure is off because even if you feel your work looks more like a pile of poo than a sculpture of a snake, Rebecca will find the positive in that piece and make you smile.     She brings out the positive in the people she is around.  From the art studio at York College to the many personal projects she takes on, she adds a spark of excitement that can only be experienced, not explained.  She is a small package that carries an endless amount of energy, ideas and inspirations.  Once you have met this mother, this artist, this professor with a purpose, you will never forget her or her works of art.  Because you have been embraced, accepted and connected to and with Rebecca Quattrone.

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Stage of Life, The Spartan & Girlboxer1970 Unite

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Everyone is in a stage of life.  

And they are all personal.

What stage of life are you in?  My life as a college student has grown.  I was hired as an intern at Stage of Life LLC, a company that privately hosts a website to promote writing in and about any stage of your life.  The Spartan is my college’s newspaper.  I write articles and also serve as the online editor of The Spartan.  And last but not least, I am Girlboxer1970, mastermind of writing about my life and finding people who care.

A blog was the best idea Dr. Travis K. ever suggested to me.

I’ve been combining my Spartan articles with my blog since mid 2012.  Now my work as an intern at Stage of Life.com will be combined with the written and online version of the Spartan http://www.spartanycpnewspaper.wordpress.com.  As a student I have to blog about my experiences in each of the ten main life stages of the website.  In YCP’s Creative Nonfiction class I have to keep a journal.  I write for the newspaper.  I write.  And then, I write some more.

Ever think about writing a blog?  Or an article for a campus or local newspaper?  Soon I will have a column on http://www.stageoflife.com and will be prompting story ideas, writing about personal experiences, choosing finalists for contest submitted stories, randomly choosing bloggers to feature, and advising on how to write a blog someone will be interested in reading.  That’s what it’s all about.  When people begin to read what you write.

I encourage everyone to check out the Stage of Life blogging community.  If you have a blog, it will give you exposure as you share your stories.  Don’t have a blog?  No excuses…follow me to http://www.stageoflife.com a membership FREE, AD FREE, and FREE CONTEST website that I am honored to become part of.

Like Stage of Life  and YCP The Spartan Newspaper of Facebook.

Follow onTwitter:  @StageofLife  Follow me: @girlboxer1970

Rock it out, write it now, submit….it’s legit.


YCP squirrels are fearless photo M. Adams

YCP squirrels are fearless  photo M. Adams

Classes resume at York College of PA. I’m ready for another series of great Spartan Newspaper and a more active online paper. Send me your campus pictures, stories, story ideas, videos from improve shows and anything else you can think of related to life at York College of PA! pcrider@ycp.edu

Dr. Karen Morris-Priester

Humanities Lecture Series


The ability to relate to someone’s story on a personal level can make all the difference.

Dr. Karen Morris-Priester & Professor Nancy Eshelman

Between classes I ran into Nancy Eshelman.  I was lucky enough to have adjunct professor Eshelman, a retired journalist for The Harrisburg Patriot, for two writing classes at York College.  She asked me if I was attending the lecture by Dr. Karen Morris-Priester.  I hadn’t heard about the lecture that was part of the professionalism lecture series.  Eshelman recommended I attend because like herself and me, Morris-Priester was a former alternative student.

Karen was a child of the Harrisburg projects.  She grew up poor and found herself pregnant at the age of sixteen.  Refusing to drop out of school, she graduated and began working.  After having five children, she then got married.  By her own admission, she was doing everything the wrong way.

Her first jobs were secretarial and in the food service industry.  In time, she opened her own beauty salon but she never forgot her desire to study medicine.  Karen wanted to take evening classes at the community college in Harrisburg but her husband continually put her off.  Behind his back, she registered for classes, starting at a remedial level and didn’t tell him until the night of her first class.  It didn’t go over well with her husband but next to having her five children, sitting down for her first class was the most exhilarating feeling she ever experienced.

Attending part-time, it took Karen six years to earn her Associates degree.  She was working as a nurse at the Camphill Prison and registered at York College to earn her Bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Her life was stretched to its limit working fulltime and attending college fulltime.  The break she had between classes she would nap on the couches in Schmidt Library to get through the day.

Still, that little voice in her head continued to bring up her true goal, to become a doctor.  Karen made an appointment with her advisor and asked what classes she would need to take to eventually become a doctor.  She began taking the required classes for a medical degree.

“There were times with the electric was turned off until I could get caught up on paying for it.  I didn’t want people to know this because I don’t let other people tell me what I can do and neither should you because they will rain on your dreams.”  The electric was always eventually turned on.

Karen was accepted to a six week summer program at Yale for underprivileged minorities.  She was honored to be accepted and threw her heart into her classes.  Her determination paid off.  The university invited her to apply as a fulltime as a medical student.  She started the program two days before turning forty years old.

From Yale she applied at Harvard’s anesthesia program and was accepted and graduated using her own “Four P Plan” to achieve her goals.

Be Prepared: set goals, be ready for opportunities to fulfill those goals.

Be Positive: let people support you and surround yourself with those people.  Let “your haters” be a motivator to prove them wrong.

Be Persistent: take a step back to realize what needs changed.  Make those changes and keep moving forward in pursuing your goals.

Be Present: people watch what you do in situations.  How you accept challenges and new opportunities.

By following her own program she has reached her goal of becoming a doctor.  An unexpected reward for all her dedication was Johnson and Johnson Corporation paid off her school loans and gift tax of $220 thousand dollars.   Hard work does have its rewards.

Tyler Lyons~Interview of a photographer

Tyler Lyons, from Hampstead, MD is a graphic design major with a minor in photography at York College of PA.  Lyons’ photography on Facebook and Woodpress caught my attention and I requested an interview. 

You’re a junior? I’m technically a senior, but I’m graduating the fall of 2013 due to me being a transfer student from Penn College of Technology. 

How long have you been interested in photography? In Penn College’s Graphic Design program, an introductory photography course was required. They taught the basics of how to shoot black & white film. We learned everything from how to shoot, as well as developing the film and producing prints in the darkroom a very “old-school” process. One of the assignments was portraiture.  I went home and did my first “photo shoot” of my two best friends. That’s when I fell in love with portraiture. 

What got you interested in photography? The surprising success that came out of that first film shoot I did with my friends. I asked Santa for a Canon Rebel XSi for Christmas.  As soon as he delivered, I started using my friends for shoots. Once I started posting them on Facebook, people started coming to me and asking for shoots. In no way was I trying to do photography as anything more than a hobby, but I feel very blessed that I’ve ended up pursuing it. 

Inspired by any specific photographers? Sally Mann sticks out in my mind. Her portraits are more than just people. They’re dark, they’re intense, and they tell stories. Many photographers that inspire me are less known, my age, and I follow on Facebook. Kyle Thompson, Steven Sites, and Shane Black are the ones I find myself looking at the most. And oddly enough, America’s Next Top Model. I don’t watch the show for the drama, but rather to see how professional photographers go about doing more legitimate shoots. I write down their name, and look at their portfolios online later.

Particularly interesting photo shoot? Last year, I did a photo shoot similar to Keith Major’s powdered paint, but instead used liquid paints and it turned out extremely well. I had a male model, with cool tones of blue-green and purple, and a female model with warm tones of red and yellow. The male model submitted his photos to the American Eagles’ Best Shot contest, and placed 5th in the nation. The prize was a gift card to AE, as well as my photograph being shown on their billboard in Times Square. 

Other shoots that stick out were with my dancer friends. In my opinion, dancers are the best people to photograph because the compositions they can create by the contortion of their bodies are fantastic. These were featured in Google Plus’ photography contest as ‘best of’ under the category ‘fashion.’  Another dance shoot I did with the female model included some powdered paint, and smoke bombs. These colorful clouds of smoke gave it the interesting look. 

Career hopes/plans after college?  Ultimately, the goal is to get to NYC and become a photographer for big time clothing lines or Vogue! The only thing you need to succeed in life is an extreme passion for the thing you do, and a little luck. I’m determined to make it happen. 

Funny story or shoot gone wrong?  During the shoot with the paint and smoke bombs, the model slipped on a rock and took a less than graceful dive into the river. Was she hurt? Yes… Was it hilarious? Absolutely. 


More of Lyons’ photography can be viewed at http://tylerlyons.wordpress.com/

YCP Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Chocolate Sandwiches

Does that sound disgusting to you?  Well let me tell you, it’s DELICIOUS!!!!

York College had a “make your own sandwich” sponsored by the graduating class of 2012.

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Don’t knock it till you try it!


History of Rock & Roll @ YCP

Ryan Hahn and Kevin Kroushour, both juniors, performed in The History of Rock & Roll class at York College of PA, introducing us to the acoustic and electric guitars.

Hahn is the guitarist and vocals of the five man group of all York College music majors.  Their band is Follow the Philosophy and can be heard on campus Tuesday and Wednesday nights practicing in Wolf Hall.  They currently do not have any gigs booked and are available to play at your business location or party celebration.

Hahn plays his Martin guitar

Hahn performed “Midnight Getaway” by Mike Sanchez.  He has been playing the guitar for 12 years and also plays the piano.  He recently submitted a song to a multinational music company.  The song,  called “Under Clear Blue Skies” was accepted it in three days.

The York based indie rock/pop band has played at Geneva Farms Bar & Grill and at the Relay for Life at York College.  They hope to perform again at the 2013 fundraiser.

Their website can be viewed here http://www.followthephilosophy.com/  and Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Follow-the-Philosophy/119583731443679 Don’t forget to Like their page!

Kroushour plays his Squier Strat

Kroushour performed “Everlong” by The FooFighters.  He has been playing guitar for five years.  When asked if he plays any other instruments he responded, “I fool around with the bass and drums, I know a tiny bit about saxophone and piano, and the steel drum.”

Kroushour is the lead guitarist and back-up vocals in a trio group called Count Down to Eternity.  They are based out of York Springs and began performing in 2011.  The rock/metal band’s Facebook page can be found here  http://www.facebook.com/CountdownToEternity.  Don’t forget to Like their page too!

If only all classes could be this interesting!


Document Design at YCP

The Doc Design class at YCP was very helpful.  Here are a few designs I did or worked on.  The Spartan poster was mine alone and I hope it goes to print for the Fall 2012 term!



Thanks for checking them out!


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