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Harnessing inspiration

September 19, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - Artist Ami Plessinger's work transcends a single medium. At her home studio and barn wood shop near St. Thomas, she draws in pen and ink, paints in oils and watercolors, and carves wooden carousel horses.

Plessinger has designed corporate logos and commemorative stamps, painted wall murals and depicted rural Pennsylvanian life with paint on a fiberglass gas pump that now stands in McConnellsburg, Pa., as part of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor program. The Huntington, W.Va., native credits a strong public school art program with exposing her to a variety of artistic media and methods.

"It was better than any college," said Plessinger, a mother of three whose artistic memberships include the Hagers-town-based Valley Art Association and Cumberland Valley (Pa.) Artists Association.

Her work has hung at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, and Plessinger sells her oil paintings twice yearly at Art at the Mill in Berryville, Va. A sampling of her artwork is on display at the Mansion House Art Center in Hagerstown's City Park. Plessinger will be at the Mansion House to discuss her work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 17 and 24, and Oct. 8.

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