About the Art
Mala Galleria exhibits visual arts, paintings, sculptures, prints, photography and other visual media, as well as decorative arts including jewelry, home décor items and different crafts.
The art at Mala Galleria represents the world in a small space. Other than Serbian Art, we will bring the art from many different parts of the world, but we are also delighted to work with local artists. Named "Best Gallery for the Community Minded" by Mainline Today in 2013, Mala Galleria is proud to feature work by local, national, and international artists and craftspeople. Mala Galleria also holds small classes and art inspired events throughout the year. Ideas are more than welcome. We would like to help the community come together and create beautiful things!
Artists A - G
Artists H - O
Artists P - Z
John Baker received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware, studied at the University of the Arts and earned his Bachelors of Arts from West Chester University. He has been a Professor of Art at West Chester University from 1974 to 2015. He had also been chair of the Department of Art & Design and gallery director for the past 18 years. He had established several global initiatives providing opportunities for international artists to share their work and expertise with the university community. He had also established numerous collaborations for his faculty to exhibit their works within international exchange programs. His own artistic work has been exhibited in over 100 international, national and regional exhibitions. He is represented in private, corporate and museum collections. Selected collections include; The University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Delaware Art Museum, Sumitomo USA, AT&T, MBNA America, Capital University, Beijing, China.
In both vessels and wall pieces, John likes to design a quiet rhythmic energy often associated with the feeling of landscapes that are influenced through travel. Subtle changes within color and textures aid the viewer in seeing something new each time.
Creating is an integral part of Jill Beech's life. Working with clay and metal connects with Earth and that transformation is alluring and fascinating to her - as it has been to humans through the ages. Jill's functional and sculptural work is mainly made from porcelain or stoneware clay, and less frequently low fire earthenware clay. Horses, and to less extent other animals, influence both the forms as well as the images on the decorated surfaces of functional ware. Imagery from travel also has influenced her forms. Over the past few years, in addition to working with clay, she has been working with copper fold-forming, using commercial patinas on the finished forms, and making wall panels, leaves for mobiles, and wearable wrist cuffs. Other work includes clay monoprinting and wire sculptures. Jill's studio is near Ercildoun and is open by appointment and at annual open studio days.
Organic objects and underwater life inspire artists Meghan Bergman: "I enjoy bringing the extreme texture and movement found underneath the sea to the surface of my ceramic artwork. Each barnacle piece looks as if it has been aging over time under the sea like a rugged sandy rock growing life on the surface. The organic foot that holds the form appears like an underwater cave that has been formed from years of erosion. One can almost expect to see a fish peering out of the shadows. Through the use of mostly matte glazes, with a hint of shiny glaze, this gives the illusion of water remaining on the surface of the piece. Each treasure looks as if it has been taken from the sea. The edges of the trays are inspired by ocean waves, which carry the rough rocky form covered in barnacles and shell marks. The foot of the teapots and mugs mimic the peaceful motion of a stingray swimming as the clay is lifted up and down. My fish mugs have a surface texture of shell marks, scales, and individually crafted stamps. From experimenting with different textures, I’ve found inspiration for new pieces. For example, my fish eye teapots are covered in fish eyes to the point it starts to look more like octopus tentacles. I want my work to appear like a creature or treasure discovered at sea, that requires a long look to fully appreciate the piece. Wood firing is another way I like to complicate the surface and add depth to my work. By layering slip, glaze, or just letting the natural ash cover the piece, there are endless subtleties to discover on the surface. Objects in nature are never identical; they grow by chance and are a product of their environment. Their surroundings create a perfectly imperfect “wabi-sabi” nature, just like wood firing. Not only does wood firing create a more rugged natural looking piece, but it is also lends itself a wonderful community atmosphere conducive to learning from others and sharing knowledge."
Erica Brown works in the medium of encaustic on wooden panel. She often incorporates paper, acrylic and natural objects into her work. She gets lost in the process of creation and each piece seems to take on a life of its own in her mind. Working in her wax covered studio, she “wrestles” with many paintings at once. Whether it be a reflection in a puddle, cracked pavement, or an abandoned factory- Erica is continually inspired by the world around her. She expresses this both in photographically based paintings and pure abstraction.
Erica Brown graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA concentrated in drawing and painting. She has been pursuing a career as a professional artist since 2003. Erica’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions on the East Coast. Images of her work have been used in advertising and have been written about in several publications. She often does commission work, including mural projects, and has been an artist in residency. Her Studio is regularly involved in the Chester County Studio Tour and she has been an active member of the Chester County Art Association. Erica is based out of West Chester, PA.
Amy Bruckner is the creative engine driving Piece of Mind Mosaics. A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, she began her career as a mosaic artist 12 years ago by taking a weekend workshop with award-winning mosaic mural artist Isaiah Zagar, best known for his brilliantly eclectic Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. Amy has always been involved with one art form or another, from pottery to watercolor painting but creating beautiful, original mosaics is what she loves most and makes her come alive. She works out of her home studio near Downingtown, PA, shows her work in local galleries and juried art shows, and teaches mosaic classes in the area.
In 2012, a mosaic violin she created for the Painted Violin Project fundraiser for the Community Music School in Trappe, PA was on display at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA and was eventually auctioned to raise funds for the music school. That violin was created to represent Copland's "Appalachian Spring". Amy chose dogwoods and redbuds for the violin because they embodied the essence of spring in Virginia where she lived for several years. She fell in love with working on instruments, the challenge of the shapes and curves and how these instruments could be transformed to visual art once their life in musical art was spent.
The instruments are created using the Double indirect method where each glass piece is first individually cut and laid out on clear sticky paper on top of the design. Once the whole mosaic is laid out, it is “sandwiched” between two pieces of sticky paper, flipped over and sticky paper carefully removed from the back. For complex shapes such as instruments, a fiberglass netting is applied to the back of the mosaic and it becomes a single sheet. Thin-set mortar is applied to the instrument surface and the whole mosaic is laid in place. Finally, once the mortar is cured, the mosaic is grouted and polished. The entire process can take between 30 and 40 hours, depending on the intricacy of the design!
As a child, Jim Buckley was inspired by his uncle, master craftsman Howard Lattomus, who collaborated with Herny duPont at Winterthur. He maintains Howard's legacy of craftsmanship by working in his original shop in Montchanin, Delaware. Jim's work as a professional cabinetmaker and woodworker spans 17 years of creating pieces ranging from traditional fine furniture to one -of -a-kind modern pieces.
As an artist, Buckley creates work which embodies the spirit of preservation while enhancing nature's marvels. He recognizes the importance of water in nature and how its smooth flow nurtures and shapes everything, even a fall tree. Because of wood's relationship with water, each piece has its own mysterious charter, especially the unusual or imperfect specimens. His challenge is to find each piece's opportunity for re-birth while preserving the integrity of its original form, spirit and voice.
There is such beauty in nature...the sky, the sea and the land around us emits an energy that is inspiring! When I look around, I feel color and beauty that moves me to create!
Linda Celestian, a Delaware-based artist holds a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and has received multiple awards from the Delaware Division of the Arts. She has been in numerous solo and group shows at venues such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Independence Seaport Museum, LGTripp Gallery, and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Her work acknowledges her love of nature and her childhood spent immersed in it. Celestian views nature as a metaphor for human experiences and emotional states of being. Her paintings and sculptures imitate the organic flow of nature and natural formations, drawing inspiration from aerial photography, the ocean, lakes of her childhood, and the creek in her neighborhood. Celestian writes about her art: “I’m in partnership with the laws of nature. I allow the paint to run and puddle forming river like patterns that emulate the earth’s surface. The correlation between these imaginary waterways and our own circulatory system illustrates the connection between earth and mankind.”
Polly Davis Chalfant
Polly Davis Chalfant, a native of Chester County, attended Hussian School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has exhibited throughout the region, receiving awards, and is represented in numerous private collections.
Her most recent work comes from a place of wonder and imagination. She has been sculpting small creatures and “capturing” them two-dimensionally, enabling her to present a fun and unique world for all of us to explore.
While Janice Chassier discovered a love of ceramics as a child, it has only been in the past eight years that she has taken the journey back to clay. Through the many courses in her graduate studies at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland she has honed her artistic ceramic skills. Her work may look like plants and waterfowl, but its purpose is to depict people; teams of people working together towards a common goal, the many kinds of students that teachers find in a classroom, husbands, wives, children, siblings and the ever changing stages of life. As a teacher she sets the stage in which students create. As an artist she creates work for people to use in their homes. She envisions that the consumer will use her creations to create. It might be collaging three dimensional functional and sculptural pieces against a backdrop of tiles to make a layered collage. And then as the need or season changes, the homeowner may move them again to create something new. Change, movement, nature, stages of life; true to her beliefs as an educator, she wants people to use her pieces to create.
Kristina Closs is a self-taught watercolor and oil artist. Her work is known for its light and almost transparent quality. She takes the things of day to day life and illuminates them. Birds, cabbages and landscapes are some of Kristina's favorite subjects. Kristina grew up in Largo, Florida and graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland with a B.A. in Philosophy, History of Science and Literature. She lives and works in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown in galleries all over the Eastern United States and is collected internationally. Her illustrated book of poems was displayed alongside the original works of William Blake. She has been featured in Martha Stewart's Craft blog, Divergent magazine, Good Things by David, and Humans of Kennett Square. Besides painting, Kristina is an avid baker, gardener, orchid addict, and reader.
Ki Crittenden is a ceramic artist of over 30 years. Her work is influenced by nature, trees, and ocean life, light and earth tones. She studied fine arts at University south Korea and then began creating and selling art in Seoul, Korea. After immigrating to the United States, her career as an artist blossomed in Seagrove, North Carolina, a haven for many distinguished potters. Moving up to Pennsylvania has allowed Ki to bring her work to a much larger audience. Ki's artwork is inspired by nature and incorporates light and colors the reflect sunsets, sunrises, and the eternal cycle of the seasons, in her artwork you can see scenes from the world around you and patterns that are organic and feel like they come alive with light.
Violeta Cvetkovska Ocokoljić is assistant professor at the Faculty of Culture and Media, at the University in Belgrade. She started exhibiting in 1997 and since then she exhibited independently 58 times at home in Serbia and abroad . She has received several awards in the field of iconography , portraits and mosaics and participated in numerous group exhibitions and art colonies .
Mark and Robert Dance
Mark Dance discovered at an early age that the “Brandywine Tradition” would be an ongoing and ever-present influence. His father, Robert Dance, studied at he Philadelphia Museum College of Art where he thrived under the instruction of early twentieth century illustrator Henry Pitz who authored books on Howard Pyle and the Brandywine School. Today, Robert Dance is regarded as one of America’s premier maritime realists. Father and son work toward portraying two branches of the Brandywine aesthetic. One grounded in the realist manner in which Robert works, and the other rooted in the Pennsylvania Impressionist style that Mark embraces. The lives of Mark and Robert Dance have also been undoubtedly shaped by an artistic heritage that began in the 1700s when Nathaniel and George Dance founded the Royal Academy of Arts.
Thomas Del Porte
Thomas Del Porte intends to tell a visual story within each stroke of paint. His paintings are made with thousands of little jeweled, thorn like curls, each stroke acting as an individual painting. He paints from direct observation in the attempt to capture a unique portion of the infinite qualities of light, line, color and spaces that nature provides. His goal is to communicate a visual quality that reveals something new within the movement and drama of the images he translates. Thomas Del Porte’s interests range from the western traditions in painting to modern art. What is important and aesthetic to Del Porte as an artist surpasses most adjectives and falls within a lasting impression of the art itself. His hope is to persuade his viewers into a longing to lose oneself in the work, just as he has done in the process of creating it.
Del Porte has been a student of several Delaware masters and has studied at the famed Barnes Foundation while it was still in Merion, Pennsylvania. His passon for learning about art is an ongoing endevor. Del Porte teaches his love for art and painting to private students and groups. He has been on the adjunct faculty of the Delaware College of Art and Design and was the former President of the DCCA artist guild. Del Porte's paintings have won numerous awards. His work can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe. He is an active participant in the gallery scene in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. His studio is located in Wilmington Delaware at Two Pear Studio.
Karen Delaney has been a sculptor for 25 years. She actively exhibits in galleries and group shows in the region and has shown both nationally and internationally. She has works in many private collections and in several institutions, including one permanently installed 13’ sculpture as far away as the Danube River in Hungary. Karen has a MFA from Radford University in Virginia where she was also a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She has taught art studio and art history and the Indiana University of PA, The Anglo-American College in Prague, and Emmanuel College in Boston. She has a Certificate in Museum Studies from Harvard University and has worked in the education department at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. For nearly three years she was the executive director at the Chester County Art Association, and today she is CCAA’s exhibitions coordinator.
Jie Deng is a photographer specializing in portrait and still life photography. As a little child, she loved to draw. When she grew up, she found camera is the best tool to express herself, much like a brushis to a painter. Jie finds inspiration from things around her -- a tomato, a berry, a flower. She loves to put them in a composition that reflects her vision. Jie Deng grew up in Chengdu, a beautiful city in the Southwest of China. She has lived in the United States for eight years, and currently lives in Kennett Square with her husband and daughter.
Frank DePietro grew up in the blue collar city of Scranton, a former coal mining region in northeastern Pennsylvania. Frank had an early interest in art. His parents noticed this penchant for art and enrolled him in a summer oil painting class at Marywood University when he was ten. The experience propelled his life-long interest in painting and he continued to take lessons with his instructor at here private studio for several years. In 1993 Frank entered Bloomsburg University undecided on a field of study. Within his first year it became clear to him that the path he wanted to follow was a career in art. He studied with well-known ceramist, Karl Beamer, who demanded dedication from his students. Frank was molded over the next few years by Beamer’s mentoring and has carried this dedication and passion with him. In addition to studying ceramics with Beamer, Frank studied painting with Vincent Hron, another great artist and contemporary painter. Hron’s teaching style was far from Beamer’s methodology, but they both had one thing in common, they took a sincere interest in Frank and watching his work develop. Frank graduated from Bloomsburg in 1997 with a B.A. in Studio Art; his concentrations included drawing, painting, ceramics, and a minor in Art history. Art history has always played a significant role in the underlying messages of Frank’s work. After graduating, Frank moved to Philadelphia PA and continued his pursuits in painting. In his time spent there he continued his studies in art, getting a post baccalaureate teaching certificate at Moore College of Art and Design as well as participating in painting courses at Tyler School of Art and Studio Incaminati. Over the 12 years spent in Philadelphia Frank participated in an extensive list of exhibitions both locally and nationally and received several awards for his paintings and teaching practices.
In spring of 2010, Frank relocated with his wife and two daughters to Kennett Square in Chester County Pennsylvania. Frank literally moved into the backyard of one of the great gardens of the world, Longwood Gardens. The unlimited access to Longwood began to slowly influence the subject matter of his work. Inspired by his new environment and the crisp realist tradition of Brandywine Valley Artists, Frank had an abrupt shift in styles. He was particularly intrigued by the water lilies in the Water Lily Garden at Longwood. His encounter with this subject would evolve his work and he would later take a class where he could immerse himself in the water lily pools to get up close and personal with his subject matter. He has departed from the primitive expressionist imagery of his early work to the highly realistic depictions of nature that you see today.
Robert Dionne studied illustration and fine art at The Art Institute of Boston. The epicenter of the Golden Age of Illustration was The Brandywine School of Illustrators. Today’s standard bearer of the tradition, inspired by Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth, is Robert S. Dionne. Not far from the Brandywine River Museum, Dionne now works with spot-on quality and technique of paint application. Every painting sustains and illuminates the strength of our regional past. In addition to fine art, Dionne is also a highly sought after decorative artist and muralist due to his focus and deep appreciation for the 18th Century Brandywine history.
Jennifer Domal is best known for writing designs on eggshells using melted beeswax, dye and acid, an art form known as pysanky. Her Polish-Lithuanian heritage first introduced her and her passion for abstract and idealized forms, pattern and repetition, line and dot influenced her decision to continue using eggshells. Ancient cultures and traditional art forms that use pattern, line and bold color captivate her eye and will often find a way into pysanky and batik eggs. Designs are written on shells as small as quail and bobwhite up to emu and ostrich, although the artist admits duck are a favorite for the porcelain like finish.
Domal grew up in Bucks County and moved to Chester County soon after graduating from West Chester University. She went back to West Chester University to attain a BFA in Studio Arts as a “mature” student after finally realizing that she was an artist. Domal has won awards in exhibitions for drawings, paintings and pysanky. She sells her work online, at shows and festivals, and in galleries. She teaches privately and at local art associations.
David Dziemian lives and works in New Jersey with his wife, two kids, two cats, several fish and a love bird. He received his MFA from Montclair University and has exhibited his works across the country. He is represented in the New York by Marion Royael Gallery. David is an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College as well as a teacher working with the Monmouth Arts High School program.
"A long time ago, a mentor of mine told me that when you can’t think of what to paint, paint the things around until you find your direction. Almost 20 years and an MFA degree later and I’m still painting the things around me, finding beauty, mystery, and inspiration in both the mundane and the unique that surround us. My work is about light, shadow, perspective, and perception. But there are deeper ideas within, allegorical ideas intermixed with observations that are a celebration of the process of painting and the joy of bringing to life my vision of reality."
Maureen Fitz works primarily with license plates and general hardware to create works with inspirational and customized text. Maureen is a graduate of the University of the Arts - Illustration and Art Education, and has been teaching art at the Elementary and Middle School levels for the past 14 years.
Leander Fontaine has been working as artist, illustrator and cartoonist since 1981. Published in magazines, newspapers, books; on magazine, book and CD covers; on web sites and in other media (even tattoos) in many countries worldwide. His drawings and paintings are in private collections in the US, Canada, Japan, UK, Germany, France. As syndicated cartoonist, he had his gag cartoons appear in many German-language newspapers and magazines.
Born near the German-French border, he worked from Germany before moving to the US in the mid Nineties. He lives near Downingtown, Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2012, he enjoyed his managerial and expert role in a company he founded (unrelated to his art) so much that he temporarily reduced his artistic output. In 2012, however, in line with his life-long fascination by monochromatic art, he begun a new generation of ink on paper works in which he uses Asian (sumi-e) techniques.
Mo Fontaine is a painter, based in St. Ingbert, Germany. After graduating in art and illustration from Folkwang University in Essen (Germany), she painted for many years in the tradition of Informalism before, in 2006, she moved to figurative painting, using acrylic and oil. Her focus is now on the magic of colors, on playing with color fields, contrasts between complementary colors, and cold-warm contrasts. She intentionally suppresses or distorts depth of room. Mo captures the sensuality of surface structures and textures, such as the velvety or shiny skin of fruits or the glowing depth of ceramic vessels. Her empathetic treatment of the objects of her still lifes appears to give these quiet things a soul. In 2013, Mo begun studying the Japanese Rimpa School of painting and started a growing series of koi paintings.
Lela Galer is an oil and encaustic painter who uses a bright palette and expressionistic brushwork. She is particularly interested in color, mass and texture.She like to paint trees because she likes the strength and solidity of the trunks in juxtaposition to the color masses of vegetation in the forest. Her encaustic work uses primarily photographic images that she has taken and incorporated into a deeper world of wax, color and texture. For the past two years she has been working in mig welded steel, making abstract sculptures with found and bought steel in relief or standing. Her sculptures range in size from 6 inches to 10 feet. Half of her time is devoted to steel sculpture and the other half to painting in encaustic and oil. Lele’s studio is in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Lela Galer was educated at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco Art Institute. Most of the past 20 years she spent doing public art projects in schools and underserved areas, and she only returned to gallery work in 2005. Lele also owns and runs the local winery Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery in Kennett Square, writes a weekly newspaper art column, runs local art shows, runs a weekly Popup art show featuring local artists, she is an active Board/member of art organizations, and actively writes, teaches and lectures in Art History in the schools and local library.
Working with found images, Judy Goodkind builds her pictures from widely disparate sources. Seamlessly integrating cut-outs and paint, she creates what one critic has described as "logical presentations of illogical reality". Her visual allusions range through epochs of art history. They are brain teasers and invitations to puzzle-solving.
Judy has exhibited extensively through-out the Mid-Atlantic region with 22 solo shows and numerous juried exhibitions over the past 30 years. Her collages are included in the corporate collections of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals as well as many private collections.
Melissa Maddonni Haims
Melissa Maddonni Haims is a fiber artist based in Philadelphia. She creates knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale knit and crocheted installations using recycled, reclaimed or rescued textiles. Her cakes were recently shown at the Philadelphia's International Airport, in their Art exhibit space.
Diana Heitzman, former art director and advertising account executive, left the corporate word to pursue her dream of raising a family and painting. Dana's many years of graphic design have given her a strong foundation and an innate understanding of nature's vibrant colors. She interprets them for you in watercolor, bringing the outside, indoors for year round pleasure. Currently, Diana paints local illustrations. As a member of Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, she frequently exhibits in the Philadelphia Flower Show. Diana is also a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Diana is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and also studied advertising at Moore College of art.
Passionate about creating community through art, Nanci Hersh has been a professional and teaching artist for over 25 years. Her mixed media, tactile, expressive works are an ongoing narrative of people, places and experiences in her life. Partnering with her cousin and author, Ellen McVicker, Nanci illustrated her personal story and their award winning book, Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer... a helpful, hopeful book for children which is now is its fourth printing and recently released in Spanish. She was awarded a Leeway Art & Change Grant for 2010 in which she partnered with The Garage in Kennett Square, PA for a series of printmaking workshops with Young Moms resulting in a community exhibition of the work they had done. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Australia, Estonia and throughout the United States including “The Demoiselles Revisited” at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, “As She Sees It: 8 Artists” at the Pierro Gallery of South Orange, New Jersey, and the 43rd Annual National Print Exhibition at the Hunterdon Museum in New Jersey with her print, Women’s Work, selected for the invitation. Ms. Hersh’s print Birdbath, is included in The Best of Printmaking: An International Collection selected by Lynne Anne and Phyllis McGibbon and published by Rockport Publishers, Inc. 1997. A Jersey Girl with a deep connection to Hawaii from her years lived there, she presently lives with her family in Chester County, PA.
Ho Holoway says, "Before separation, before description, before the me-cramp, there was wonder, joy, the circle. My earliest teachers were of the natural world. It spoke of integrity — I listened, became aware of the songs of the earth, and later drew and sculpted their melodies, phrases, and harmonies. This was and is a life-long quest for peace on earth that is available to all if only they would listen. The logs that contain the forms are found: blow-downs give way to create new life. The forms are always within and I simply release them."
Work in public and private collections includes sculpture (welded, wood carvings, plaster/wire) and drawings (pencil, ink -- both brush and pen, and conte). Holoway is a long-time practitioner of meditation, Tai Chi, and Jin Shin Jyutsu.
Joe Jacobs is a self-taught artist. Over the years, he has done numerous art shows throughout the country. While involved in the art shows, he has won many awards. Frequent subjects of his art are familiar animals with unexpected looks. Joe resides in Dallastown, PA.
Philip Jamison (b.1925) paints in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. He graduated from and later taught at the Philadelphia College of Art. Among the museums in which he has exhibited are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Art, and the National Academy of Design, as well as being represented in the show, 200 Years of Watercolor Painting in America at the metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. To his credit are many exhibitions in notable American galleries including nine one -man exhibitions at the Hirschl and Adler Galleries in New York. Jamison is the author of two books on painting and is an elected Academician of the National Academy of Design. His biography is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Art.
Robert Jenkins grew up in southern Chester County, the second of three children. The outdoors played a large role in Roberts life, including regular trips to the mountains for hunting and fishing. During these trips, he would explore the unfamiliar territories searching for things he had never seen before. Robert is a graduate of the Coatesville Area School District where he began his journey with art. Robert’s next step was receiving his BFA from Kutztown University in 2009 and from there he attended Penn State University and complete his MFA in 2012. Since starting his career in art, Robert has showcased his work in numerous exhibitions including Philadelphia Watercolor Society and Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, where he received Best of Show in their 66th Annual Exhibition. Robert is currently residing in West Grove, PA where he teaches private lessons at his studio and continues to cultivate his craft.
Rhoda Kahler is a ceramic artist living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Her tile work has been featured in magazines, newspapers and on television, including on the Home and Garden Television network (HGTV). Rhoda created the centennial tiles for the Delaware Art Museum in her Alphabet City motif. Most recently, she finished a Guest Artist Residency at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their Form and Art Program. Drawing from nature, much of her art bends toward the organic, making use of abstraction and collage. There is a tactile intimacy that is translated through the mud between her fingers to her pieces that beg to be touched. Her handmade tile murals appear in public and private collections throughout the Delaware Valley—her most recent murals are located on the new E.O.Bull Center for the Arts at West Chester University. One of these exterior walls spans 85 feet x 15 feet, covered in handmade tile and other shards with a painted background. Other murals include the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and the Historical Kearsley Building in Philadelphia, among other sites. Rhoda has also taught classes and workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at regional art centers and has participated in a wide range of Resident Artist programs. An occasional adjunct faculty member at West Chester University, she graduated from WCU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Rhoda exhibits her hand-sculpted tiles and sculpture regularly at fine art galleries while also working on her commissioned tile work.
Born in 1954 in Haifa Israel, painter David Katz studied at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has two studios.... one in Philadelphia where he does collage-based work and another studio in West Chester where landscapes are painted.
His work is limitless,colorful and musical interpretative art that is collage based.
Each painting is made on my own hand made stretchers. I paint to music and really love the challenge of painting each new collage. I paint with passion. I have a goal. It is that the viewer feel the music and feel the life in each piece. If that happens then I have succeeded.
Creates art in a variety of styles. His work conveys a flexible approach that brings a unique conceptual vision to each piece. He has worked in B&W scratchboard with color wash added in both traditional and digital applications. Currently has been painting in acrylics and oils. Drawing from early influences in mythology, folk tales and Aesop’s fables he makes frequent use of allegory and humor in a style perhaps best described as “visual storytelling”.
A BFA graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art has also worked as a graphic designer and art director. Pursued a career in illustration and worked as a freelance illustrator until 1995 when he took a position as an editorial artist with The Cleveland Plain Dealer. No longer with the paper he is currently devoting time to exploring new creative directions. Familiar with photography and the computer as visual tools. He also takes on commissioned work in addition to reproducing some work as limited edition Giclee prints. Has done public art projects and completed a large outdoor mural in the summer of 2010. He is active in the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society having served as vice president for a number of years. In addition to NOIS, he is also a member in various community art groups in northeast Ohio. He has exhibited in local art festivals for several years. Has won a Best of Show in the Hudson Art on the Green 2011, and Honorable Mentions at the 6th and 8th Annual Crocker Park Art Fairs. He has been accepted into juried art shows at the Chagrin Valley Art Center, The Annual May Show at Lakeland Community College, The Shaker Heights Library, the 5th Annual Ohio Online Visual Registry Show in Columbus, and juried shows at the Artists Archives of Western Reserve. He has also exhibited at the Waterloo Artists Exhibition and the Fairmount Art Center for the Arts where he won second place in the painting category in 2015. Accepted at Art Neo “Cleveland Creates” exhibition at the W.78th St. Studios, in addition to being juried into the Mandel JCC-J Show and The Bayarts Exhibition in BayVillage, OH. In 2015 his Head2Head solo exhibit premiered at Bayarts. Since then he has showcased this latest body of work as a traveling exhibit having had it shown at the Cleveland Public Library, five canvases were part of a group show at Cuyahoga Community College entitled “About Face”, The Malvina J. Freedson Gallery in Lakewood Ohio and currently on exhibit at Gallery Plus in Cleveland
Celeste Kelly is a mosaic artist who loves to break things up and rearrange them into her own traffic stopping creations. While visiting a friend in Barcelona, Spain, she unexpectedly viewed the work of Antonio Gaudi and was singularly inspired by his art and architecture. Her mosaic birdbaths, benches and garden sculptures are unique and made to enchant and inspire your garden, patio, or deck. They can also adorn the inside of your home. She accepts commissions for all her art work which can be custom designed upon request. The bases of her mosaic art are conjured up to move, flow and sing with the elements inside and out. They are made out of either cement or a combination of cement and fiberglass. These bases are covered with materials such as glass, mirror, and porcelain tile that can withstand both the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Celeste designs and teaches mosaics as a visiting Artist in Residence. Her recent artist/student collaborations can be seen in Hockessin, Delaware, Avon Grove, Pennsylvania, and Haverford, Maryland.
Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied traditional 18 th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. In 2003, Monique received her teaching certification for art which led to various art teaching positions. Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country: in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Boston, Delaware and Philadelphia areas. Most recently she was awarded second place for painting out of 84 painters in the inaugural Plein Air Brandywine Valley Art Competition, 2011 and Honorable mention for Best Color in Chester County Art Association’s “Water” Juried exhibition and Honorable Mention for Artists Equity Art Spirits juried exhibit 2012. Her work has also been sold at auction to benefit various charities, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Camphill Special School, The Children’s Beach House of Lewes, DE and anti-human trafficking causes. Among her many commissions, she completed a request for two altar paintings for the Armenian Sisters which are permanently displayed in their chapel in Rome, Italy. Monique and her husband, live in the Philadelphia area with their five children. She also maintains her studio at home.
Karl Kuerner Jr.
Karl Kuerner Jr., comes from a family who have tilled and cultivated the rich Brandywine landscape for generations. Karl, studied with Carolyn Wyeth and was also mentored by her husband Andrew. Kuerner is an exceptional painter who has contributed greatly to the tradition of American realism and has been recognized as a major force in American art. The Kuerner legacy in Chadds Ford is renowned not only for his own artistic talents but his family’s deep historical connection to the area. Each painting by Kuerner bears proof to an ageless and abiding Brandywine heritage.
At 50 got struck by lightning (or was it?) and as a result suddenly started painting. Doing that ever since exploring the hidden meanings of seemingly mundane things." Born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Lives in Philadelphia.
Alejandro Lemus was born in Mexico City. A descendant of an artistic family, he is a third generation sculptor. Alejandro entered his father’s atelier at 11 years old, where he began sculpting and designing marionettes as his father and grandfather had done before him. He also worked as a marionette restorer for The Children’s Theatre Center, and as an an apprentice at the Fundidores Artisticos, a bronze foundry, while attending La Esmeralda School of Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture. Alejandro came to the US in 1984 to work as a figurative sculptor in New York City and to attend the prestigious Parson’s School of Design. His reputation as a fine sculptor preceded him, and in a short time he was designing and creating fine dolls and figurative sculptures for a number of leading companies like Lenox, The Franklin Mint, Bradford Exchange to name a few. Since 1985 he has participated in solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Pennsylvania and Mexico City. In 1987 he moved to Chester County, PA where he has his home and studio and lives with his three pups, Violeta, Claire and Lola. While he still continues sculpting for companies in the collectible market, he is also involved in creating his own work, which is being showcased in local galleries and in Mexico City.
When I was seven and living in Detroit, my mother gave me an old blender (minus the blade) to play. I sat down with some mud, dug from the yard, and pretended to throw pottery. And there I sat until the motor died! I took my first clay class 20 years later. I attended college in Maryland. I started working as the studio assistant, while I finished my AA degree in Education. I worked at a local elementary school during the day, the college nights, and made custom pottery and gargoyle wall hangings in the late evening and weekends. I then studied at Tennessee State University where I earned a degree in Studio Art: Concentration in Ceramics. My main focus was figurative sculpture. I used the potter’s wheel to throw the starting shapes, which I then altered into realistic and abstract human forms. I returned to MD to work at Cecil College. It was during this time that I met Punxsutawney,PA artist, Bill Lepley. I have been living in Punxsy with Bill, and now our boys, since 2004. I have a small shop and studio, here on our property and I sell at several small business retailers in PA. I attend several art/craft shows per year. Thanks to the internet, I have regular collectors all over the United States, and sales abroad as well. Most of my work is functional with a sculptural flair. I sculpt anything from realistic historical figures on face jugs to turning stopper less salt shakers into small animals. I create work to amuse myself and my customers. Life can be difficult. I try to lighten load.
Roberta (Bert) Little graduated with a BS in Art Education from Miami University of Ohio. She resides in Kennett Square, PA. with her husband. Her professional career as an artist/craftsman has spanned forty years. Currently doing art that reflects her sense of humor and playful spirit, Roberta creates whimsical sculptures from found objects. She also explores mixed medium fiber, jewelry, collage, acrylic and encaustic. Roberta’s jewelry designs have earned her Master Craftsmen distinction with the PA Guild of Craftsmen. Little's work has won awards for innovation/excellence and appears in private collections across the nation.
There’s a conversation between myself and the drawing or brush strokes on the canvas. One mark or color leads you on to the next . Staying open to the process and “listening” to that response, is what makes interesting paintings. I like to create a setting or environment, someplace where you can enter the painting and also be a part of painting. I’m influenced by local architecture and dream images. I like to get an eerie feeling to my landscapes. While there may not be any figures in some of my work, there is always the sense of a presence in the paintings. I include a concern for the environment and there is an underlying spirituality that is a part of each painting. Whatever the subject matter is, it becomes my fanciful, lyrical and mysterious world. There is something magical that happens when painting layer after layer of colors. It becomes a meditative experience. Creating art is to be fully present and alive. Exhibitions include the PA State Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Noyes Museum, Philadelphia Artists Alliance, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, American Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Suzanne Arnold Gallery, Nexus Gallery, Keystone Art Gallery, PA Arts Experience and Stuart Levy Gallery. Awards include the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, First Prize for Painting and Museum Purchase Award at PA State Museum and the William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship Award. Residencies include the Margo-Kelb Dune Shack in Cape Cod and La Villa Arrigo in Florence, Italy. Publications include Studio Visit Magazine, The Hunt Magazine, Signature Brandywine Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Collectors & Visitors are welcome to visit the studio in Wawa, PA
Having both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in art, Daniel Long has worked in many applications. He was an instructor at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, and later in Amsterdam, Holland, with such notables as Norman Rockwell and Ben Shawn, and was Head of the Art Department in a Connecticut High School. He has exhibited in New York City in several different mediums and has won numerous awards. Daniel was Co-Founder and Art Director of Advanced Animations, an entertainment robotic company, has worked for Disney, Universal Studios, and has made robotics for Jim Henson’s Muppets. Daniel is both sculptor and painter and particularly enjoys the fresh spontaneity of watercolors. He currently divides his time between Florida and Pennsylvania, and these paintings are an example of some of the local subjects which he so much enjoys capturing.
Joanne Mark grew up in Westtown, PA and currently lives near Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County, PA. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Millersville University; it was a natural transition from studying the science of life to painting it. She has studied at Chester Springs Studio, Chester County Art Association, Wayne Art Center and Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. She presently exhibits her paintings at local galleries. She has also shown her paintings at C.C.A.A.; earning her two honorable mentions at the C.C.A.A. Juried Member Show and Brights Show. She also won an award recently at the L.C.A.A. (Lancaster County Art Association) 2016 Spring Member Show. She has exhibited at the 2015 at Yellow Springs Art Show, 2015 Sunset Hill Fine Arts Show (West Chester, PA) and the 2016 Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Show (Villanova, PA). Whether her focus is a traffic sign in the city, an old car in the woods, or storm clouds in the sky, she aims to capture the beauty in everyday scenes. She invites the viewer to appreciate her unique interpretation of life through her use of vivid color and dramatic light and shadow. Her eclectic landscapes and portraits are painted in oil and mixed media.
Bogdan Miscevic was born in 1936 in a small village in the Kordun region of the former country of Yugoslavia. His love of literature drew him to Belgrade where he took an active role in the cultural life of the city. In 1963 he moved to Paris where he returned to his childhood love--painting. In 1970 he
and his wife moved to Baltimore, Maryland. Since moving to the United States, Bogdan has participated in numerous group shows, including the Maryland Biennial at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where he received the Samuel Hotzman Award, and the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York City, where he was awarded the George Buckett prize. He has also participated in ArtExpo New York for several years. His work is represented in private collections in the United States and Europe. His individual shows include a return to his native land in 1984 where he exhibited in the Cultural Centers of Belgrade, Zagreb, and Topusko. In 1992 he made a pilgrimage to Hilandar Monastery in Mt. Athos, Greece, and donated a painting to their collection.
Katee Boyle Mojica
Katee Boyle Mojica is a visual storyteller.
Vojkan Morar was born in Pancevo, Serbia in 1966, to the family where art had already become a part of everyday life. His mother, Desanka Petrov Morar had been a well-known naive artist of defined and recognizable artistic expression, as well as his father Sava, who had also been doing art. His work now includes more than 500 works, mostly paintings, but also sculptures and digital works, followed by a significant number of independent and group shows in the country and abroad. He had his first group show in 1988, and independent in 1990.He participated in numerous international events such as Biennial of Naive and Marginal Art, MNMA, Jagodina; Biennial of Miniatures, Gornji Milanovac, October Salon, Pancevo; World Triennial of Naive and Outsider Art INSITA, Bratislava ; Art Colony of Naive and Marginal Art, MNMA, Jagodina; as well as in many other artist colonies (Pancevo, Despotovac, Deliblatski Pesak, Sakule, Budva, Zlatibor) Since 2003, when he first participated in the Biennial of Naive and Marginal Art, Morar’s paintings have become unavoidable part of permanent exhibition at MNMA, as well as all representative exhibitions of naive and marginal art in the country and abroad. On the Fourteenth Biennial of Naive and Marginal Art in 2009, he was awarded Grand Prix for the exhibited works in the domain of painting. The works of Vojkan Morar are present in a great number of museums, galleries and private collections all around the world. Eight paintings done from 2000-2010 are in the collection of Museum of Naive and Marginal Art in Serbia.
“I would describe my paintings as “notations of balance”. This series of paintings is inspired by three major influences: the canopy of color suspended through the change of season in my adopted home of Pennsylvania; my relationship to the horses I train and learn from every day; and the concept of visual pattern that is found in written language. These influences all converge to determine the feel, movement and content of each piece. Moving from Zimbabwe, Africa, to the East Coast, has opened me up to the generosity of color offered by the seasons. Spring heralds in longed-for warmth and flowering trees, in summer the daylilies shimmer in heat and humidity, fall sees the leaves dazzle in death, and winter purges the canvas with whiteness and brilliant light. This ever-changing suspension of color influences my painting at its core level. My other passion in life, dressage, is about balance, cadence, tempo, and rhythm. All these elements are central themes of my work. A study of the physical balance of two entities becoming one. In riding, and painting, the artist has to work through a set tonal structure and trust her instincts to find her way out of a maze of infinite possibilities. A painting is a living thing, and, like a horse, must be listened to. I often consider a painting finished when I can hear it. The visual pattern found in written language is a concept I am intrigued with. Be it calligraphy, sheet music, a page of Braille, or something as simple as a shopping list. In an abstract sense there is an ebb and flow of characters on the page, a balance and rhythm between positive and negative shapes. In a parallel yet more literal sense, “reading between the lines” there is often more importance in what is left unsaid. And so I ask the viewer, to really look, what is the subject matter, the rocks, circles, squares or the foreground? The illusion of space or dimensionality? The putting on, or the taking off of paint? That which is erased, or that which is evident?” Portia Mortensen was born in Zimbabwe, Africa in 1970 and lived most of her adult life there. The core experience of her life is African. Tertiary education was done in London, United Kingdom. After meeting her husband she moved to California and lived there for 5 years. They recently moved to a small farm in Pennsylvania where Portia paints and trains her horses.
Susan B. Myers
Susan B. Myers was born in New York City, grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and now resides in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, she has studied painting with Rea Redifer, Charles Reid, Caroline Anderson and Eo Omwake and at the Philadelphia College of the Arts. She is a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society, the Chester County Art Association and The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts. Myers has had several one-woman shows in regional galleries and has participated in many group shows. Her work has been selected to be shown in numerous significant juried exhibitions and has earned distinctive awards from, among others, The Philadelphia Water Color Society and the Chester County Art Association. Myers’ work has appeared in the Wilmington Trust calendar and she has been the featured Print and Poster artist for the Wilmington Flower Market. Paintings by Myers were used to illustrate the articles” A Watercolor Garden” which appeared in WOMAN’S DAY: WEEKEND GARDENING IDEAS and “Design Your Dream Garden” which appeared in WOMAN’S DAY: GARDEN AND DECK DESIGN. Myers is one of the artists featured in a recently published book, 100 ARTISTS OF THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY and her painting “Blue Poppy” was selected for exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. Myers is also an instructor in the Odyssey Art at Sea Program.
I was born in Russia and attended the Moscow School of Fine Arts, where I studied art history and figure painting and drawing in the classical realistic tradition, with anatomy studies, and drawing and painting from life models. I also studied at the Department of Applied Arts and Design at Moscow Textile Institute and graduated with a BFA in painting, textile design and fashion illustration and design in 1977. Before immigrating to the United States, I spent the summer of 1981 in Italy, studying art at the greatest museums. To be in Rome, to spend days in front of the masterpieces in the Vatican and to study for weeks the works of the Masters was an unforgettable experience. After moving to Philadelphia, I worked for many years in design departments of textile and fashion industry companies. I continued to paint and draw and exhibited at the local art centers and galleries and in 1998 started working full-time as a professional figurative artist. At that time my interest in sculpture grew stronger and I started working in terra cotta. I went back to school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2005 to study stone sculpture and figure modeling.
Most of my bronze and stone sculptures, paintings and drawings focus on the female figure, because portraying women lets me address my own experiences as a woman, as a mother, lets me reflect on everyday moments of our lives, share their poetry and their timeless universal meaning. Many of my works are in private and public collections, majority of them are small sculptures, pastel figure drawings, and privately commissioned portraits, several sculptures are public works for church and school. I have exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the Delaware Valley and in the national and international exhibitions and received many awards for my works. I'm an Elected member of National Sculpture Society, and a Signature Status member of the Portrait Society of America. Presently I live and work in Wilmington, Delaware and teach portrait and figure drawing and sculpting at the local art centers and at the Delaware College of Art and Design.
Roxan O’Brien is a self-taught bead artist, whose work has been awarded juried status by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the first ever awarded in the medium of bead embroidery. She has over twenty-five years’ experience in jewelry making, with a background in oil painting, silversmithing, enameling, colored pencil on metal, and chasing and repousse. Her style, elegant with bold use of color and texture, in a most wearable design, makes Roxan one of the leading artists in her field.
Roxan studied jewelry design and metal work at Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pennsylvania. She shares her knowledge and passion for her craft, as the founder of the Central PA Bead and Jewelry Society, a nonprofit organization, with many local jewelry artists, where they can find workshops, classes, and support for their craft. Roxan’s work is represented in fine galleries and at fine art and craft shows throughout the east coast. She teaches jewelry classes in her studio and throughout east coast.
Jugoslav Ocokoljic, in his 40-year career has produced numerous works, both written and and painted. His studies, consisting of drawings and texts, which grew into paintings, icons and books hint to a broad examination of the word and mankind from an artist's point of view. Ocokoljic's icons are an exceptional treasure, they reform the distorted mirrors and the believer can once again see his true image, the purest form of divine creation and God's love for a man.
Rinal Parikh's art reflects the heritage and vibrant culture of her native India. Rinal, a self-taught artist, draws on a childhood fascination with color and composition, portraying spontaneity and energy with saturated color in various media. Her subjects are influenced by life in India, and she studies the many different styles of Indian painting that vary from state to state: "Although they are from the same country," she says, "they are very different from each other- I find it intriguing." Rinal's work has appeared in India in group exhibitions and on magazine covers. In the United States, she made her debut with a solo exhibit at The Creative Living Room in Swarthmore 6 years ago, and since than her work has been featured in many juried exhibits at venues like Demuth Art Museum, Rittenhouse Square Art Festival, Swarthmore Borough Hall, The Plastic club, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, numerus community art centers in the Philadelphia area to name the few. Rinal has been recognized for her work on various occasions. She has conducted Artist talks for adults on “Indian folk art and my modern take”. Recently, Rinal’s work was published in Philadelphia Stories, winter edition 2015. She teaches children and adult watercolor classes in Swarthmore. Rinal’s artwork are mainly found in private collection in USA, Canada, and India.
Heather Pasqualino Weirich
Born in 1975, Heather grew up in the rolling hills of Northeast Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Art from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her studies in Central Pa, Heather attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she studied Animation. With her love of color and movement, she is best known for her earlier abstract oil paintings. Recently, Heather has applied her artistic styling to a new body of traditional and impressionistic landscapes. After graduation in 1999, Heather returned to Center City Philadelphia to live as she pursued life as an artist. Her work has been purchased and commissioned by a Fortune 500 company and private collectors, with displays in several galleries and store-fronts throughout the city, including Work in Progress, Well-fed Artists and Belly. While living in Philadelphia, Heather founded ‘AWaiting Artists’, a one day art exhibition featuring artists who work in the service industry. The shows eventually expanded to include established artists and sculptors, such as Nicola Black, Clete Shield and Anthony Morrow. The shows provided a platform for emerging artists, as well as a venue for established ones. Early in 2005, Heather and her family moved east to Haddonfield, New Jersey. The lush, yet disappearing farmscapes of Burlington County became the subject of numerous paintings. Predominately an oil painter, her new appreciation and use of acrylics, allowed her a new avenue to paint. In 2008 Heather relocated to Memphis, Tennessee and concentrated on three main styles: Contemporary Abstracts, Impressionist Landscapes and Traditional Still Life. 2013 was dedicated to creating a new body of Abstracts along with refining current Landscape stylings by exploring new techniques taught by Seattle Artist, Instructor & Author; Mitchell Albala along with Arizona Plein Air Painter, Instructor & Author; Becky Joy. 2014 was an exciting, career building year. While working on her art, Heather served as EAFA 2014 Open Juried Exhibition Chair. All while producing new works in her studio that include Large Abstracts, and her smallest Miniatures yet. Along with creating new works, showing at Art Walks in Fremont, WA, Kirkland WA, and raising her family, Heather volunteered to serve as the Chair of EAFA 2015 Open Juried Abstract Show.
Master of Fine Art. His art works are represented in many private collections in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He is increasingly in demand internationally to conduct his watercolor workshops and demos. Member of The Association of Hungarian Fine Artists and The Association of Fine Artists of Serbia.
Colin Pezzano is a furniture artist based in Philadelphia, Pa. His work is described as “furniture that evokes humor and pathos through the narrative of memory.” These works are largely inspired by a combination of children’s cartoons of the mid 90s, comic books, and personal childhood memories.
Pezzano graduated from University of the Arts in 2014, where he completed his BFA in Crafts. He was awarded the Faculty Choice award and was also a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship. Recent notable exhibitions include Craft Forms 20th Anniversary at the Wayne Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in 2014 and 2013, Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Bethlehem Craft Show, and the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show at the 23rd St. Armory (Philadelphia, PA). He was also recently interviewed for the October/November 2014 issue of American Craft Magazine. In June of 2015, Pezzano exhibited his first solo show “Contain You” at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
I’m a self-taught artist and musician … have been as long as I can remember. Becoming a professional artist has been the joyful culmination of a lifelong search for peace and spiritual fulfillment. The meandering river that has been my professional trajectory has taken me from biochemist…to being signed to an indie-label with my band … to owning a decorative painting business…and finally to fine art. Funny how that works out. The subjects I am inspired to paint have one thing in common…a sense of serenity. As a result, most of my paintings are impressions of the natural world. My goal is to reflect the emotional response I have to a subject, and evoke a similar feeling of peace within the viewer. In this small way I feel that my contribution to the world is helping people slow down and re-connect with the poetic beauty of nature. My intention is always to produce pieces that inspire, awaken, and soothe. My process begins with a walk, a bike ride, a trip of some sort . . . I take lots of reference photos and make sketches and take notes. I take it all back to my studio and, along with my memory and imagination, I design a composition that is compelling to me. Lately I’ve been working bigger, which is more challenging, but also more exciting. It takes a lot of trial and error, along with faith, to get to the place where I feel like I should stop. The process is completed when a piece finds a good home.
Peter Quarracino has always been an artist. He grew up in Ohio and the Philadelphia suburbs. His first sale, an image of a fly drawn in black crayon on cardboard in the style of Picasso, was sold for twenty-five cents to his father’s business partner. Peter attended Archer Academy high school without an art program, however,
he channeled his talent into drawing caricatures of faculty members for his senior yearbook. Peter, who is also a musician, entered the music business and stopped painting and drawing for seventeen years, except for his time at Philadelphia College of Art. A musician and small business owner, Pete played original music in clubs and bars including CBGB’s in New York. He also had airplay of his songs on Philadelphia radio stations. In 1991, Peter resumed painting. He studied at Fleisher Art Memorial, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and returned to Philadelphia College of Art. Pete has also participated in a number of classes at Chester County Art Association, and workshops held by Nelson Shanks, Odd Nerdrum, and Sidney Goodman. Exhibitions include the Art of the State PA, Pennsylvania State Museum, Phila. City Hall, Civic Center, Wayne Art Center, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Sunset Hill Gallery and others. Solo shows Visual Expansion Gallery, Church Street Gallery, Chester County Art Association and Mala Galleria.
Vojislav Radovanovic is Serbian painter, TV author and Filmmaker born in Valjevo, Serbia in 1982. He is engaged within classical painting and drawing and multimedia artistic expression such as galleries installations, video, experimental film. So far, Vojislav Radovanovic exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions and festivals in Serbia and worldwide. Vojislav Radovanovic also works as television director and Editor primarily in the field of cultural and artistic programs. Lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.
Contemporary Painter Rachel Romano works out of her studio in Phoenixville, PA. Her
connection to art begin at age six, making regular sojourns with her father from Connecticut to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These museum visits, and her father being a poet, planted the seeds of storytelling in her art. Rachel loves imagery that makes you think. She has many artist she resonates with, such as Anselm Kiefer, Zoran Music, Odd Nerdrum, Dubuffet. Clemente, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, but her main influences are the Flemish School and Renaissance art. Rachel's work is full of symbolism, and allegorical in nature. It has been remarked that her paintings have a Shakespearian quality, with some darkness, and a dash of wit or whimsy. She believes that in some way we carry experiences of millennia through our DNA; and that she been given the gift to express this. Rachel is mostly self-taught, but did go to one year of art school at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art Her works are collected here in the US, as well as England, Italy, and Finland.
John Rush (b.1965) fell in love with woodworking while attending Kennett Square High School. Through the school's industrial arts program he developed a specific interest in wood, and his craft grew from there. In 1984 he visited The Wharton Esherick and was inspired to continue his love of woodworking by adding a sculptural approach. He spent the next twenty years finding his style and learning to work with and not against his medium. Now he finds that the perfection of his work is in the imperfection of his medium.
"It is about looking at what it is unique to a piece of wood and highlighting that beauty within the sculpture."
Born in 1959 in Yerevan, Armenia, Saré graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in her hometown. Along with her job as a set designer (over 40 productions in theater and 4 in cinema), she explored several techniques to give life to her characters, ranging from ceramics to bronze sculptures, through etching and monotype. Since her moving to Paris in 1991, she devoted herself almost entirely to oil painting. Her works are in many private collections and museums.
Margaret Saylor finds a ton of fungi to paint in her native Berks County, Pennsylvania: the stranger, the better. She earned her BFA from Kutztown University in Communications Design, and in June 2013 Margaret was awarded a certificate, with distinction, in Botanical Art & Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden. She has developed and taught botanical art classes at Chanticleer, PA; Mt. Cuba Center, DE; and PCAD, Lancaster, PA. Margaret is the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, ASBA’s quarterly journal. Exhibiting her work in solo and juried shows, Margaret paints in her home studio in Mt. Penn, PA. Her painting on vellum, Dryad’s Saddle, was accepted into the 17th Annual International at The Horticultural Society of New York.
Jeff Schaller paints in the unique medium of encaustic, creating textural art pieces which incorporate representational form with the printed word. In essence, the visual and written symbols merge to create a unique aesthetic language that is both provocative and whimsical. Schaller’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States. He is frequently published in magazines and newspapers, chosen for juried art exhibitions and selected for special projects, commissions and murals. Currently he is working on a 30 feet mural for the Philadelphia Arts Commission to be placed in their transportation centers. His work can also be seen on the set of “Friends” for the 2002 and 2003 season. In 2002, Schaller received a highly coveted fellowship from the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania. In 1998, Schaller was the recipient of the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award. Recent juried exhibitions include ‘’Encaustic works ‘01 and ‘03’’ (he was one of 15 artists selected for the exhibit from a field of 200). Schaller is a philanthropic and committed artist who lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three small children.
Philadelphia based milliner/designer Milica Schiavio has studied, worked and traveled around the world. She gained a BA from Drexel University in 2002 and an MA in International Relations with a concentration in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2011, having studied at both campuses Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C. Milica Schiavio brings passion, drive, and creative design to the forefront of a woman’s look and uses hats as a form of self-expression. Her statement pieces are colorful, bold, striking, conversation pieces. Her vibrant avant-garde headpieces has been featured by numerous local media outlets, including Main Line Magazine, Main Line Suburban News and the Main Line Times. She is on the Radnor Hunt Race Committee through the Brandywine Conservancy and serves as one of the Judges for the Race day Chapeau Contest. Milica has also served as a Board Member of the Tesla Science Foundation since its inception. She regularly collaborates with photographers, makeup, hair, and clothing designers on photo shoots where her hats are used as accessories. In addition she has designed special hat collections for Diner en Blanc New York and Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2013. She is married with one daughter who serves as her inspiration for her recently launched kids hat collection. Hats and fascinators by Milica in the Hat Millinery are intended to captivate and stand out of the crowd.
Lynnette Shelley is a Delaware native who moved to Philadelphia in 1999. Her artwork has been displayed at various venues across the Philadelphia metropolitan area, including the 2008 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST). Some of her creature drawings were featured in the animated short “The Spider Is the Web” shown at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, while more of her artwork was featured as part of an on-screen art show at the 2008 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Lynnette has more art shows currently scheduled for 2009. Please see her website for the latest events. Deeply influenced by Celtic, Eastern, Asian, art nouveau, Aboriginal, abstract expressionist, and medieval artworks, as well as zoomorphism and mythological stories and legends, Lynnette fuses these styles into her strikingly unique illustrations. Lynnette's artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her animal and creature illustrations are both primitive and sophisticated, and have been likened to images from an as-yet-discovered ancient civilization or culture.
Corien Siepelinga was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Canada, and later moved to the United States. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing and worked in ICU for 12 years and during this time she began studying drawing from books and practicing at home. She later had the opportunity to study with Neil Carlin at Carlin Academy in Kennett Square, which gave her a strong foundation in both drawing and oil painting. She uses oil paints to create portraits and still life paintings in a classical realism style. In addition, she continues to explore new avenues with art making. She is now working with acrylic paints to make large abstract paintings, using many layers of paint to create unique and interesting textures. She currently lives in Avondale PA with her husband and two children.
John Siepelinga, an engineer by trade, has recently discovered a new creative outlet in building birdhouses. He uses reclaimed barn wood to formulate his creations. Each house is adorned with a copper or slate roof, and assembled using copper boat nails. He has a collection of small antique, recycled and reclaimed items, found while travelling in Pennsylvania and Maryland, that he uses as finishing touches for his birdhouses. John's birdhouses are completely functional and ready for years of enjoyment. All include an easy way to open them for cleaning out at the end of the season. No two houses are alike and it is the individuality of each one that keeps him inspired to make more. John was born in Ontario Canada, and after living for a time in Texas, now lives in Avondale, PA with his wife and two children.
Judith Simon is a botanical artist from Berks County, Pennsylvania. She has a BFA in Communication Design with a concentration in illustration from Kutztown University. She is an avid organic gardener and plant collector who likes to combine nurturing her garden with her passion for botanical art and illustration. Judy also enjoys seeking out native plants in their environment, especially those with interesting forms and textures. Exhibitions include the Philadelphia Flower Show, the 13th and 15th annual HSNY/ASBA show, Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps travelling exhibition, Jenkins Arboretum, Friend’s Hospital, and Winterthur Museum. She is included in the book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.
Making sculpture for me is an ongoing exploration of how materials effect the space it occupies. I am always searching for new ways to invent and organize space. My welded sculptures, created from found materials (repurposed steel), are modeled in a spontaneous and improvisational manner. This style of modeling creates a lively sequence for discovery. Once I begin to work I often see things unfold that I did not visualize before. Ultimately, I strive to breathe new life into the discarded material to create forms which deliberately deny their past history in order to serve a new formal purpose.
Temre Stanchfield studied classical figure painting at University of Puget Sound in Washington State, Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy and at U of A, eventually earning her MFA in 2001. She turned her artistic focus toward the organic world when working as the Artist in Residence at the Trolley Museum of New York in the Hudson Valley in 2009. While there, her paintings depicted the natural process of renewal, embodied in the ever-changing landscape. Later her focus transitioned into working with ideas of renewal through flowers and plant parts. She remains fascinated with and currently explores the phases of aging, disintegrating, disseminating and re-birth in the plant world.
Award winning artist, Susan Stefanski has studied art at Villanova University, and local art centers since 1999. Susan is drawn to representational painting in oil, watercolor and pastel. Painting is spiritual and serene and promotes a feeling of contentment and joy to be shared with others. She has had solo shows at the Great Wayne Frame Up, Thomas Moser Gallery and Villanova University, resulting in a several commissions, one to paint Irish landscapes to cover the walls of a Philadelphia restaurant. Her representational work, predominately landscapes, capture light, color and feelings falling under an umbrella of “God’s Gifts”. Susan took second place at the Brandywine Plein Air Festival for “Morning Warmth, Point Lookout”. She won the Marie Brobeil Memorial Award in the DVAL Jenkins Arboretum Exhibition for her painting “Groundcover”, First Place for “Cassablanca’s and Fruit” for DVAL Penn Med Valley Forge among others. She is in the Villanova University Art Collection along with many private collections. Susan is a member of ARTsisters, Artist Equity, DVAL, PA Guild of Craftsmen, Haverford Chapter. She is represented by North End Trilogy, Barnegate Light, NJ, ADM Gallery, Newtown Square, Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, Delaware, Second Look, New Castle DE, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA.
She had lived under dictatorships for decades, fear and repression a constant part of her life, in places where honest self-expression could land you in jail or a grave. But then came the day when Helena Stockar was finally free to do anything she wanted to. And on that day, Stockar took a canvas out in the yard of her new home, and she began to paint. Avondale resident Stockar has lived through situations most Americans simply cannot imagine. Born in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1933, Stockar was still a little girl when the German army overran her country in the early stages of World War II. Writers, professors, and other members of the intelligentsia were taken away to concentration camps, including many of the men in her extended family. Her family members survived, but came out broken men, and did not live long afterward. Her own father was detained but allowed to go free, and came home shaking with fear at his close escape. The newspapers often published lists of people the Germans had executed. Food, clothing, everything was rationed. “The stores were empty, you couldn’t buy anything,” Stockar says. The Germans had taken over her school building, and classes were held wherever room could be found. When the war ended, the Communists were in control, and that was “even worse,” Stockar says. “You have to listen, everything is by order.” People suspected of opposing the regime would disappear, never to be seen again. People were afraid to talk honestly to anyone, and the authorities used the threat of arrest to coerce people into spying on one another, even within families. But life was not entirely bad. Stockar studied the piano, eventually helping to support her family by giving lessons. And she went to school for graphic arts. The school director made a point of inspiring and motivating the students by taking them to art museums. Tickets to concerts and other cultural events were very affordable. Stockar married and had two children. Her husband, Ivo Stockar, managed to escape to the West, and when Stockar tried to join him the authorities detained her and interrogated her for months, But then, in 1968, came a brief period of more liberalized government called the Prague Spring. Stockar was allowed to leave the country and the family was reunited in Rhode Island. Stockar was fortunate; later that year, Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia, ending the Prague Spring. “I felt sick about my country,” Stockar says. And she missed her family and former home. Every time she heard an airplane overhead, she felt the homesickness welling up. Already an accomplished artist who had exhibited at home in Prague, Stockar took to painting while her husband, an architect, was at his office. She painted faces etched with fear, confusion, and doubt. She painted figures that seemed to bend and sway as if they were buffeted by some fierce wind. Fear from the past, homesickness in the present, the knowledge that others in the world were suffering, it all poured out onto Stockar’s canvasses in vivid, dramatic, arresting images. When she began exhibiting in Rhode Island, viewers praised her work, even if they found it disturbing. “They liked my stuff,” Stockar says, “but they said, ‘Your stuff is so sad.’” Stockar remembers this with a laugh. And though it deals with serious themes, her work has won approval from art lovers around the world. Stockar exhibited in Scotland, the Czech Republic, New York City, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, and now Pennsylvania. Her work has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and is found in private collections across Europe and the United States.
Helena Stockar passed away in 2013, after a short illness. She left behind thousands of pieces of artwork for future generations.
Katja Topalovic is a young artist from Belgrade, Serbia. Katja found her interest in art looking at the illustrations of Russian fairy tales that are read to her before bedtime, and then developed them further at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She has participated in over 20 group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad, she has been a member of several art colonies all around Europe, and since May of 2016, her illustrations are exhibited in the gallery "Mala galleria" in Kennett Square, in USA.
In addition to classical watercolor and oil painting, which she enjoys the most, she also worked on the installation of "Inspiration Belgrade", along with the Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, in 2012, on images for advertising campaigns "Canyon Serbia" as well as company New Balance Serbia 2016. Her illustrations have been published in a book of children's poems "Book Full of Soul," and several magazines.
She lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.
Merrill Weber, a self-taught painter, is a native Floridian who has called the beautiful Southeastern Pennsylvania countryside home for the past 25 years. Forever an artist at heart, Merrill has joyfully embraced the opportunity to paint daily in recent years after dedicating nearly three decades to raising her son with autism. Seeing the world through his eyes has challenged Merrill to communicate feelings of joy and delight without words, and inspires her to create floral imagery bursting with sensations of buoyancy, color, movement and harmony.
Merrill's paintings represent the place where her love of flowers and her passion for painting intersect. She is determined to bring more beauty and happiness into the daily lives of others through her art. Inspired by nature, her engaging work has been described as imaginative, playful, and filled with energy and hope. In creating her multi-media pieces from life, Merrill adds many layers of flowers in acrylic over brightly-toned canvases. Floral detail is then added in graphite and pastel. Multiple coats of archival varnish complete the process. Merrill's goal in painting is to create a conversation with the viewer via her canvas, allowing her to preserve and share in the joy of the moment.
Sarah Yeoman is an award-wining American watercolor artist and a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. Her mastery of reflections, unique surface layers, and unusual perspective clearly sets her apart from the crowd.
Living in Delaware in the northeastern United States, she is recognized for her command of light narrative and strength of story. She is inspired by Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, and in more recent years by Tom Schaller and Alvaro Castagnet. In the summer, Sarah follows Winslow’s footsteps in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, hiking and paddling in remote locations where she paints and collects references. She is equally at home in urban and lush garden settings; she lives on a private garden estate and draws on the greenhouses and gardens for inspiration, but also finds beauty in nearby Philadelphia and its rich architectural and human vibrations. Her years as a singer/songwriter flow through her process in the melodious and lyrical qualities of her paintings. Sarah describes her artistic process as “sculpting and pulling the form out of the paper,” much as a sculpture releases the form from the marble. Her imaginative and unusual perspective frames her work with the deepest ability to project how she sees the world, formed by shadow and light. Her mastery of watercolor deepens the story and intimacy of her work, as the resulting texture, color shifts, and granulation reveal the warm feeling of light as well as the whispers of light air. As she minimizes detail, the abstract shapes and surface of the paper reveal her deep connection with the process.
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