To foster recognition of and improve accessibility to visual, written, musical, and theater arts within the Manville community; invigorate the town by creating arts events that attract visitors and local business involvement, spotlights residential and local talent, and create venues to further develop the arts in Manville, New Jersey.
The Manville Arts Council, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. We are a group of Manville residents who have come together to promote and support the arts within our town. Our goal is simple; Build our town and community up by fostering an interest in, and an appreciation for, the arts.
We hope that the residents of Manville and surrounding towns will use this website as a place to find out about local art programming, as well as a spot to promote their own artistic endeavors. The Council is in the process of planning some great things for 2017-2018 and we look forward to sharing them with you, so check back often for announcements.
Heather Ball | President Heather Ball has worked as a professional scenic artist and set designer in the theatre industry for the past twenty years. She began her career running the paint department as George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. After six years and countless plays Heather took time off to have her daughter Ainsley. It was during this maternity leave that Heather discovered a new career path as an educator. In 2008 she became an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University. This allowed her to explore what it meant to be a working artist as well as a mentor and educator. After seven years Heather once again took time off for her family. This time it was to welcome her son Wesley into the world. In addition to several theatre projects Heather is currently working on, she is also creating a visual art library of the lost homes of Manville. Using the mediums of acrylic paint and conversation she is attempting to document the stories of the families who have lost their homes due to overwhelming flood damage.
Karen Mc Dermott | Treasurer & Vice President Karen McDermott is a mom, special education teacher, and a founding member of the Manville Arts Council. The arts have always played a significant role in Karen’s life. She has been drawn to the visual arts since she was old enough to grasp a crayon, was so excited about the magic of the written word she taught herself to read before she was old enough for school, and her childhood home was filled with music and musicians. As a student, she frequently submitted her work to literary magazines and visual arts festivals. As an adult, she continues to seek ways to develop her skills and to support others who are also drawn to create.
Amy Hartmann-Ohlson | Secretary & Programs Growing up in an artistic family, Amy Hartmann-Ohlson’s earliest memories are filled with exploration of creativity. She has a BFA in ceramics and a masters in art education. Amy is currently an elementary art educator at Weston and Roosevelt Schools. With clay, Amy uses various materials (raku, stoneware, earthenware, and porcelain) and fires her work in electric, raku, and gas kilns. From her first experience with clay, she became fascinated by it and this feeling has never left her. Playing as a child with clay dug up from the backyard set the stage for a lifelong relationship with the material. As an adult, she appreciates its connection as a substance that is both ancient and contemporary, as well as the bond between humans and the earth. Her vessels allude to her early interest in functional ceramics, while providing a vehicle for sculptural exploration. Inspiration is derived from childhood memories, calligraphy of ancient texts, colors, textures, and shapes from the natural world, and contemporary paintings. The longevity of ceramics merits respect. Amy has been with her high school sweetheart for over 20 years whom she married and now has three children.
Sharon Onderko | Media & Technology Sharon Onderko's earliest memory with art was "drawing horses with my Dad on our living room wall just before he put up paneling." After graduating Manville High, Sharon went to art school at Villa Maria College in Buffalo NY, where she studied graphic design and received a degree in commercial art. Her work career began at a photography lab, processing film and working with photographers in the area. Sharon moved on to work 10 years in an advertising agency as a graphic designer then as an art director of an in-house art department in a corporate office. This was all before computer graphics hit the big time. Self-taught in computer graphics, Sharon works with Photoshop and InDesign for a business in Somerville, maintaining the company website and designing all the marketing materials. Sharon has an appreciation for art history. She has been married to her husband Rich for 30+ years.