Artist bio: Andrew Thornton is a professional fine artist, trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is a mixed media artist who works in painting, collage, metalsmithing, sculpture, polymer clay, resin, and jewelry. His work explores identity through magical realism and fantasy. Andrew is the Co-Owner and Creative Director of Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA. When he’s not creating art, making jewelry, or writing, he is working on Star Cottage Studio. Star Cottage Studio is a working studio in a 100 year old former schoolhouse. Andrew recently was appointed as a Board Member for Touchstone Center for Crafts and was recently awarded one of the Artist-in- Residence positions in the Metal Studio at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. He and his partner, William, live in their happy home with three cats, artwork covering every wall, and lots and lots of books and beads! His next project is opening a contemporary jewelry gallery in Johnstown, PA called, Butcher Block Gallery.