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Meet our Resident Artists

A mannequin head found at the Art Academy of Milton


Creature/Feature Design founder, Steve Gibson, has been creating large-scale art and making monsters and fantasy characters out of paint, clay, latex, silicone and foam for more than 30 years. As a self-taught artist, Steve enjoys sharing his knowledge with anyone wishing to gain a broader approach to their own personal style. In 2017 he founded The ARTS UNDERGROUND in Lewisburg, PA; a unique, collaborative space for local artists. His award-winning video work can be seen in feature films THE FEED (2010) and THE LOST WITHIN (2017), as well as numerous shorts, music videos and commercial projects. Clients include Transitions of PA, Campus Theatre LTD, Habitat for Humanity, Bucknell University, Clark University, Mackey Strategies, and dozens of retail, online, corporate, government, and independent agencies.


Steve is a published writer, a cinematographer, producer, director, audio designer, and editor, who also happens to dabble in fine art photography.

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Beverley Conrad is an award-winning pastel artist who is skilled in portraiture as well. Several of her historical portraits are property of the Pennsylvania  Museum Commission. She is also a fiddler and teaches fiddle. She collects local ghost stories and often has story telling sessions. Several of her books are available on Amazon and locally. In recent years she created The Dead Fly Project – one hundred works of art of a dead fly. Some of her pieces are now hanging in her AAoM studio. She will be offering lessons in art as well as music.



Canister Studio is a boutique photography studio committed to delivering vibrant, true-to-life images tailored to its clients' individual needs and expectations. Owned and managed by photographer Julie Hagenbuch since 2009, the Canister studio is located on the third floor of the AAoM in Milton, Pennsylvania. Canister Studio specializes in portraiture, food photography, and product photography.

Canister Studio is excited to announce newly completed upgrades to our photo studio on the third floor of AAoM! Thanks to a small business grant from Main Street America in partnership with American Express, we've been able to make digital upgrades that give folks the ability to schedule photo sessions instantly on our website and pay using a credit or debit card. And most excitingly, we upgraded our studio to include a comfy welcome area so you can sit down and chat with us over coffee before and after your photoshoot.


 Follow us on Instagram @canister to see what we're up to in 2023!


A little about myself I have 3 wonderful girls and an amazing husband!  I love the outdoors! Exploring, venturing, and just being outside, is my peace of mind. I also love all things supernatural. I am fascinated in the supernatural and space! Along with the outdoors, music is also my saving grace and brings me back some sanity! I’m a pretty outgoing person. If you see me around, say hello! I love to talk! Maybe a little too much sometimes, haha! I just recently took a dive in the photography world about 4 years ago. I specialize in children and teens but I won’t turn down a family session! I offer birthday, portraits, special occasion, and even just-because pictures. You can find me on Facebook at MarissaMae Photography.



Michael Rash has been teaching writing and film studies since 1996, after leaving his home in the Pacific Northwest. He brings a diverse background to the prose writing workshop at Art Academy of Milton and hopes to inspire creativity in the community by empowering people to express their style in writing. Michael discovered writing early in life and journaled his way through short stories, poetry, then back to prose, finally stumbling into graduate school after the sonic years of early 90s Seattle. He studied writing instruction with a concentration in cinema studies at Northeastern University in Boston and fell into teaching naturally. Has it really been 26 years?

Michael is an avid cyclist and hiker. When he’s not teaching, riding, or hiking, he’s scribbling on and on about this place, this time, this history…



The Arcane Noir Variety Troupe is a Magical, Musical, Mystifying collection of performance Oddities. Join the journey and learn the story of what happens when family and friends put their skills on display. We've got Musicians, Magicians, Illusionists, Burlesque Dancers, Hoop Artists, Fire Performers, Clowns, Pirates, Vampires, Fortune Tellers and so much more. Sit back, but don't get too relaxed. We are always looking to add to this cabaret of curiosity.



Melissa studied Massage Therapy in 2015 at McCann School of Business and Technology in Lewisburg PA. She became licensed in 2016 and furthered her studies into trainings such as: Hot Stones, Reflexology, TCM, Cupping, Gua Sha, Pregnancy and Labor massage, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and other medical massage therapies. In 2018, she attended StudioB Yoga Center’s yoga teacher training program and became a registered yoga instructor! 

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