Welcome to Keystone Studios, the online art gallery for the art of Krysta Mackey.
Krysta was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the third child of Robert “Bob” Mackey and Gloria Mackey (nee Hammaker). Robert’s older brother, James, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts and moved with his family to Pennsylvania a few years before Robert was born. James went on to teach art for over 60 years at Mechanicsburg High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. From his ranch-style house in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, James taught Krysta how to do everything from draw and shade, to perspective art, to oils and acrylics, watercolors, and so much more.
James Mackey was a well-known local artist in Central Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Joan, traveled to all 50 states where he drew each state capitol. Joan was a history teacher at Mechanicsburg High. Together, James and Joan published the book of the ink and paper state capitols (by James) and the history of each building (by Joan). The book sold a great many copies in the Dauphin County area. When Harrisburg had displayed their cows for a special event, James was asked to paint one for them. Due to his health, however, he was unable to do so.
Throughout his life, he had been a member of the Masonic Lodge in Harrisburg and had painted a very large mural located inside the Zembo Mosque in Harrisburg. His prolific artwork still hangs in Bethany Village, the assisted care home in which Joan still lives, and James passed away in, February 10, 2018. He was 4 days shy of his 83rd birthday and his 60th wedding anniversary.
James left such an impact on every person he met, Krysta wanted to honor him, his memory, and his legacy by establishing a gallery that would encompass the past, the present, and the future: Keystone Studios.