Art & Artists

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The Humanics appreciate art & music and the beauty it brings to the world in which we all live and they endeavor to support artists in an effort to promote natural talents and their abilities. 

 

Following is information about various artists Ken and Christy would like to share with you.  Scroll down the page to read about the current featured artists; MaryJo Humanic, Lambert van Bommel, Bryan Cole and Robert Ernst.  More will be added along the way, so check back often.

 

MaryJo Humanic 

(Scroll farther down to view a photo album of her works & photos)

 

MaryJo Humanic has been an artist of interest for more than 30 years, being best known for her use of light and color to bring surreal life to her paintings, sculpting, wearable art clothing designs and murals.
 
 Maryjo was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania into a large family.  With six brothers (and, yes, one of them is Ken Humanic, of the E & K Group of Companies)  and sisters one might expect she was not afforded individual attention from her parents, but just the opposite is true.  Her parents were devoted to their children and encouraged each of them to grow spiritually and succeed in life.  Her desire and skill for art was apparent at an early age and, with the support of her family, was provided the freedom to develop her talents.
 
 MaryJo spent several years attending various institutions to hone her artistic talents.  From the lessons of the prestigious Traphagen School in New York to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Community College of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh, MaryJo expanded her talents and developed her own unique style.
 
 After extensive travel in Europe, where her works are still enjoyed, MaryJo returned to the United States.  She first lived in New York then Colorado.  Later she moved to California where she worked for the major motion picture studios before returning to her native Pennsylvania, where she resides today.
 
 MaryJo's art, like the artist, is both carefree and complex.  Her works are available at many fine art galleries or can be commissioned.

 

 

Bryan Cole
Find out more at www.bryancolemusic.com

(Scroll farther down to view a few videos of Bryan in concert and find links to his web site)

 

Bryan Cole may not have been “born in the backwoods” as his debut single, “I’m Comin’ Home” suggests, but that doesn’t mean that this amazing new country artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a city-slicker by any means.  Passed down by three generations of family before him, you might say that “country” runs long and deep in Bryan’s veins; just as the three rivers of his beloved hometown run into the waters of the Mississippi.  By embracing the traditions of yesteryears’ legendary performers, while honing his own God-given vocal and guitar-playing abilities, Bryan Cole has cultivated a sound that is nothing short of INCREDIBLE.

 

With the release of his debut CD, Wide Open Road (Perfect Vision), Bryan showcased his signature sound to the world.  Featuring soaring vocal landscapes and skillful, melody-laden guitar licks, this Chuck Ainlay (Sugarland, George Strait) produced disc garnered critical praise since its February 2010 release.  Wide Open Road includes the top-notch skills of such stalwart session players as Mark Greenwood (Garth Brooks,) Jimmy Mattingly (Garth, Reba McEntire,) Steve Hinson (Randy Travis,) Michael Rojas (Lady Antebellum,) and Jimmy Nichols (Faith Hill.) Wide Open Road, which remained in the top 10 on the Roots Report Pop Country Chart for over 4 months, is a timeless collection of twelve compositions by Bryan and his longtime collaborator and manager, Michael Stover of MTS Management, as well as such heavyweight tunesmiths as Kent Blazy and Tom Paden, writers of Bryan’s second single, “It All Comes Back to Me.”

 

Following up the astonishing international success of “I’m Comin’ Home,” (#1 US Indie World, #8 NMW, #11 Italy, #17 Switzerland, #23 Norway, #27 Austria) Bryan rose to the top of the charts once again with “It All Comes Back to Me,” (#14 Cashbox, #9 MySpace Videos, #10 Y’allWire.) “If Only,”(#4 Cashbox, US, Top 10 in Sweden, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands) and his biggest US single to date, “Pride And the Passion,” (#1 NMW, #83 Music Row, #85 Mediabase,  #9 Indie World, #35 Spain) which was used by the Pittsburgh Pirates in their television ads during the summer of 2011.

 

Now, Bryan is returning with “Love Doesn’t Live Here,” the second single from his forthcoming “Pride And Passion” CD.  The single was recorded, mixed and produced by Bryan, along with songwriter/manager Michael Stover and keyboard player Hermie Granati.  The song is already receiving critical praise as “A power ballad at it’s best…goosebumps” and “Great vocals and a GREAT song…two thumbs up!”  Released in January 2012, “Love Doesn’t Live Here” is already climbing the NMW country chart at #60, making it Bryan’s fastest moving single, so far.

 

While chart success has been extremely gratifying for him, Bryan finds his true rewards through the lending of his time and talents to charitable causes.  Whether it’s by performing at fundraising events, being a part of the Armed Forces Entertainment roster, donating tracks to charity CDs like the upcoming Joey’s Song (Epilepsy Foundation,) or by sharing proceeds from his music (proceeds from “I’m Comin’ Home” were donated to the Animal Rescue League of Western PA) Bryan has found that success can be measured not only by his position on the charts, but also by his ability to use his gifts to help worthy causes.

 

In addition to his involvement with charitable enterprises, Bryan also endorses products that he PERSONALLY uses—made by companies with integrity.  Among these products are Hughwear clothing, Austin Hat Company straw hats, Bailey hats, GHS strings, Geezer cabinets, Voodoo Labs and Rocktron effects, and Dunlop and In-Tune guitar picks, who are currently manufacturing the Bryan Cole signature pick.  Using these brands, Bryan has opened shows for some incredible artists, including Charlie Daniels, Colt Ford, Brad Paisley, Jimmy Wayne, and many others, all the while playing more than 50 solo dates last year.

 

Timeless family tradition, tremendous God-given talent, a strong faith and commitment to charity—these are the things that have endeared Bryan Cole to his devoted fans.  And, at the end of the day, he is grateful for each and every one.  Bryan’s gratitude was rewarded by receiving 3 nominations (most of any artist) at the 2010 Pittsburgh Music Awards; a 2010 New Music Award nomination for Best New Country Artist; a 2011 New Music Award nomination for Country Breakout Artist; and a nomination for Best Country Album at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. Says Bryan: “My fans are my lifeblood.  Their love and support inspire me to be the best man I can be—on and off the stage.”


 Lambert van Bommel
http://www.lambert-van-bommel.de/Home.html

(Scroll farther down to view a photo album of some of Lambert's works)


There is hardly a master in the difficult use of light and space in watercolors that can compare to Lambert van Bommel.  The delicacy of his perfect light areas and believable shadows are astonishing.  Using that play of light and shadow, this Dutch master stimulates the imagination of connoisseurs of his art and seduces them into the world of watercolor.  Using the art of omission blended with the right moment to release it combined with spontaneity and dynamism, he brings his watercolors to life.

Lambert van Bommel was born in 1945 in the Netherlands.  In 1962-1967 he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, NL, graduating in 1967 summa cum laude.  In 1969 he was awarded the prestigious Dutch State Jacob
Marisprijs award for painting.   .

Since 1967 he has worked as a freelance artist in the Netherlands, Germany and Tenerife.
He has shown his works at Individual and group exhibitions in the Netherlands, Germany , Belgium, Austria , Finland and Tenerife.  He a teaching scholar at The Hahue and guest artist at many universities.  Lambert is highly sought-after for seminars and has been the recipient of many awards and mentions in multiple publications and articles.  He travels extensively for inspiration, but finds peace at his home with his wife and family on Tenerife.


 

Robert Ernst

(Scroll farther down to view a photo album of a few of Robert's works)

 Robert Ernst was a premier watercolor artist, painting scenes of a vanishing America.  His works are nationally known, including "Homecoming", which hangs in the White House.  Robert passed away in 2001, but his life is remembered through the serene paintings of Mail Pouch barns, tall ships, lighthouses and landmarks in the Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio area.  Ken & Christy Humanic were patrons of Robert's art while he lived and are still avid collectors of his works.  Their collection of his original works is possibly the most extensive in the world.  For additional information on upcoming exhibitions, please contact the Humanics at chris@eandk.net.

MaryJo Humanic
Bryan Cole
Lambert van Bommel
http://www.lambert-van-bommel.de/Home.html
Robert Ernst