The raven has come home to roost – Healing and visual arts come together in Penn Yan

Gwen Chamberlain The Chronicle-Express
Cindy Lane Newcomb and Sam Castner at Raven’s Landing.

The Raven has come home to roost, and a new friend has come along to combine the visual arts with the healing arts.

Cindy Lane Newcomb has brought her holistic healing business back to Penn Yan at a new location — 101 Main St. (formerly Goin’ Postal).

Local artist Sam Castner has installed some of his unique artwork in the building where Newcomb will offer intuitive sessions, massage therapy and other services, including past life regression, reflexology, hypnosis, and Reiki.

Castner’s artistic touch has resulted in the most unique storefront in Penn Yan, with large, rambling vines drawing visitors into the room through the front door toward one of Castner’s metal work sculptures. Castner, owner of Ironvine Studios, pulled over 10,000 ft of wild grapevine out of one single maple tree from behind his house. “It was exhausting and amazing bringing this exterior inside to create a warm and one-of-a kind indoor landscape,” he says.

Downstairs, where intimate seating areas  are arranged with Himalayan Salt Lamps and diffusers to create a soothing atmosphere, Castner’s first sphere welding project is on display.

In that room, multiple lamps generate negative ions, which some practitioners believe produce biochemical reactions that help alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost daytime energy, notes Sheila Burt, marketing manager at Raven’s Landing.

Plans for more of Castner’s work to be on display and for sale at the store are in the works, and he’s planning to develop a signature candle holder for Raven’s Landing, something he’s also thinking about developing for area wineries.

Castner’s metal sculptures can be seen at area wineries, the Penn Yan Village Hall, and other locations as well.

For more about Raven’s Landing, visit

For more about Sam Castner visit his facebook page.