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.
Jill Beech first took a ceramics class around 1981 and immediately felt an affinity and bond with clay. Since then, she has taken many classes, mostly in hand-building, and nearly all at Penland School of Crafts - a truly inspirational place with great artists and teachers. As herpassion and involvement increased, Jill built a large gas kiln to expand firing capabilities beyond electric. Until 2011 when she retired, she was a veterinarian on the UPenn Veterinary School faculty so she juggled time between the studio and working at New Bolton Center, in the large animal hospital. Since then,she has been able to devote much more time to working in her studio adjacent to her home.
Jill’s functional and sculptural work is mainly made from porcelain or stoneware clay, and less frequently low fire earthenware clay. Some of her hand built forms are perforated with hundreds of varying sized and shaped holes whilst still somewhat damp and malleable; they are then dried, fired to a low temperature ( approximately 1800 F) then sandblasted, and finally re-fired to a higher temperature, usually between 2100-2300F. Glazes or stains are applied to some pieces. Others have multiple layers of different coloured slips (clay suspension) applied and then rubbed through to reveal different colours, and some are left unadorned, revealing just the clay itself. Some are mounted on steel stands that she forges. Jill has sometimes used metal containing paint on the final fired piece to give forms the appearance of metal. Encaustics have been used on some vessels to create layers on the surface, giving subtle colour changes and texture. Less frequently, on the low fired non-functional earthenware pieces, she paints multiple layers of acryllic paint. 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 forms. Over the last few years, in addition to working with clay, Jill 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,( influenced by Mitch Lyons, who has a studio in London Grove) and also wire sculptures.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Judy Jackson lives in Kennett Square. She is a completely self-taught artist with particular attention to bold use of color and distinct, up-close subject design. Her colorful painting intends to project happiness, make us feel as bright as her colors, which is the reason she paints subjects of daily life, nature and subjects important to and personalized for individuals. When our hectic lives overwhelm the constant beauty of nature, animals and color in our daily lives Judy’s paintings will be a vivid reminder to stop and acknowledge the finer things in life.
Wild animal, zebra, tiger, lion and floral oils on large format canvas have been Judy’s initial focus. Recently her work concentration has been acrylic/resin on wood tables. Table creation motifs include ocean, shell, children’s nursery rhyme, forest and wild animal, floral and desert landscape color.
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.
Painter Annette LeMaire has taken a circuitous route in her career as a painter... Life sometimes dictates (or at least I think it does) the pursuit of other interests… in my case a twenty-year plus hiatus from painting in exchange for a family and career in publishing. I do not regret that prior decision. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to return to another love and central force in my life… painting. When painting, I am constantly amazed at how quickly time evaporates, often to my dismay! I paint what grasps my being. This is one of the life lessons of art; your subjects choose you as often as you choose them. Some days, or nights, I might be grasped by a color-infused landscape, by the power and infinity of a seascape, by the sublimity of a moonscape, or by the intrinsic dignity of an animal or person. I am motivated to try to capture all of these wonderful refractions of color, light, and shadow. To this end, I have found that painting in oil and pastel transports me to a feeling of wonder that I felt as a child. The use of color and contrast or finding the luminescence in a dark shadow is exhilarating. Being able to translate that feeling into a successful painting is transfixing. Through painting, I have once again begun to “see”. Painting is something I will do for the rest of my life. I simply have to.
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. Contact Celeste to discuss a future Artist in Residence collaboration for your school or community center.
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.
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.
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.
Violeta Cvetkovska Ocokoljić
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 .
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.
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.
Dori Spector was born in Allentown PA. She graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, in 1978 with a BFA. After graduation, Ms. Spector worked in the Advertising and Illustration fields acting as Art Director of "The Clothes Garden" in Wynnewood PA, and doing courtroom sketching for TV news. From 1986 until 1989 she attended The Arts Students League of New York full time on a Merit Scholarship. At the Art Students League, she studied painting with Harvey Dinnerstein, and David Leffel. From 1990 to the present she has studied under many teachers privately such as Burton Silverman, John Osborne, and Nelson Shanks, and Robert Liberace. Ms. Spector continues to paint and draw from life. She continues to work in the printshop at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where she works as a shop assistant. Her work is in many private collections. Ms. Spector's studio is in her home where she and her husband Paul, and daughter Sara reside, along with their English Cocker Spaniels Millie and Gina. Just recently, Ms. Spector's design, an etching ,won as the 60th anniversary poster for WRTI, Temple Univeristy's public radio sation.
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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