It's my second home - Randall Graham

Randall Graham - Artist I'm so excited about Gallery222's first anniversary. It's just... it's my second home, you know, Andrea's great. Jess and Jill, all the other studio mates are my family and were just here all the time. I'm teaching here all the time. Being in Malvern, having this great gallery that just won Best New Gallery of the Main Line, it's very exciting. Receptions are great. I couldn't be happier. It's just been the best thing in my life in a while. It's been a great experience. Gallery 222 Malvern 2 Enlighten - 2 Enjoy - 2 Experience

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It's nice to get out - Jeremy McGirl

Jeremy McGirl - Artist
I don't usually come out and paint.  I kinda
lock away in the studio.
So, it's nice to get out and paint some of the
spots that we go for walks with as a family.
I mean, I'll probably paint five to seven
and we'll see if four to six are good.

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Maybe I can make something out of this - Fred Danziger

Fred Danziger - Artist
The things that I always like about art is that...
and I get this... I get feedback from people... 
a lot about this know... you
paint something and then someone says
I never, I never looked at that before...  
until you painted it and yeah that's really
something to look at you know.  Whether it's a
leaf on the ground or floating in a stream... 
or whatever and this is incredibly beautiful, 
this thing you know.  I think of the history and
whoever's restoring this thing...
you know, how devoted... what it means to
them.  I mean it just... it conjures up a lot
of... a lot of thoughts and feelings, so maybe
I can make something out of it.
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Seeing the vibrant color - Barbara Berry

Barbara Berry - Artist
I love standing outside and painting and
listening to the birds and... 
feeling the temperature of the air and
seeing the vibrant color of everything in
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If I chase an award - Monique Sarkessian

Monique Sarkessian - Artist
I don't like to think of it as a competition, because
it starts messing with my head...
and then I don't make work that I'm excited
about because I start worrying about what the
judge wants to see and that is never good.
It's really... my work is better when I focus on
what do I want to paint about, what excites me,
what... you know... making my best work.
And then if the juror responds to it great, 
if they don't no problem, I have work that I'm
proud of and that other people will be excited...
they'll be excited to own but if I chase...
if I chase an award it usually means death.

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Just the endless possibilities - Nathan Durnin

Nathan Durnin - Artist
Ah, just the endless possibilities.  I mean
there are a million different ways... 
you can approach one single still life for
instance, but then you go outside and
there's just so much to see... 
and there's so much possibility of what
you can do on a blank canvas. 
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I thought it was a little different - Denise Sedor

Denise Sedor - Artist
I drove up and down King Street looking for a few
things that I thought were kinda cool to paint...
and also sometimes you need shade when it's
really really sunny and hot, so the trees here
were nice... 
and I just liked the awnings on Alba and I
thought it was a little different from
everything else.

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You don't have time to mess it up - Elise Phillips

Elise Phillips - Artist
I think it makes your work a lot more looser
and freer which is sometimes... 
a lot times a good thing, cuz you don't have
time to fuss with it.  You don't have time
to mess it up.
I always go for activity in my paintings and
color and contrast and I really like the contrast of
the flowers against the shadow of the building there.
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The surprises you get - Randall Graham

Randall Graham - Artist
Well, I love the challenges of changing
lights and atmosphere and... 
the surprises you get, you know, you might
be painting a scene and an animal comes
into the scene or people in the town and... 
something that excites you with color and
light that you weren't quite expecting
results in a very rich painting with a lot of energy.
Of course, we all as artists have tricks and
compositional things we're looking for, but
when it comes down to it...
you're just trying to capture the light of
the moment and kinda the spirit of the place
that you're painting.
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It's almost a meditative experience - Robert Bohne

For one thing, it's... it's almost a meditative
experience when you get out here and you start... 
painting.  You get into a zone and everything
else is insignificant.  You're focused on one thing
and that's the painting and the landscape
that's in front of you.  It's a nice way to
escape from the every day rigors
of life.
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It's almost a meditative experience - Robert Bohne

For one thing, it's... it's almost a meditative
experience when you get out here and you start... 
painting.  You get into a zone and everything
else is insignificant.  You're focused on one thing
and that's the painting and the landscape
that's in front of you.  It's a nice way to
escape from the every day rigors
of life.
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I love Gallery222 - Monique Sarkessian

Monique Sarkessian - Artist
I'm very excited.  I love Gallery222.
It's doing great in Malvern and... 
you know, a plein air in my local area is
wonderful.  It's... usually you have to travel
so, it's really nice to be nearby and... 
have places that I've been dying to paint anyway
so, it's really great.
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Makes them smile - Paula Sargent Mintzer

Paula Sargent Mintzer - Artist
Well, I'm hoping people will have a really
good feeling... 

every time they walk by my paintings.  They
feel fulfilled some way and feel full some way,  
full of love and positive energy.

and makes them smile.  I really hope, 
they pick, my paintings make
people smile.

Because then I know I've touched them

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Nature is my muse - Sue Ciccone

Sue Ciccone - Artist
Nature is my... is my muse and God's
creation is really what inspires me.

You know, all... nature and animals and  I
mean I love landscapes too, but animals
seems to be my big, biggest passion.

But creatures, you know, they're just...
they're amazing.
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Every mark - Joseph Sweeney

Joseph Sweeney - Artist
Every mark that you place on the canvas
should mean something...

or should represent something.  So it
shouldn't just be splattered across
the surface.

You want to have every mark do
something or help the painting
come together.

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Life is too short - Sue Ciccone

Sue Ciccone - Artist
You gotta do what you love and this is
my passion.  I gotta, this is what I gotta do.

I thought, you know, what do I have to lose
with anything.  I wasn't... all of a sudden I
was sort of fearless.

I was like there's just... life is too short so,
just go out.  I'm going to walk into a gallery
to see if they even like my stuff.  

I don't even have a clue.  I don't know.
So I walked into a place with a couple of
pieces and she said sure let's just try it...

and see what happens.  And then, they started
to sell and some of the rest is just happening
as we go and it's a great journey and I love it.
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It starts with a heart - Paula Sargent Mintzer

Paula Sargent Mintzer - Artist
Yes, I start all my canvases, I always put a heart
on each canvas.  

And the reason why I do that is because
I feel it represents the heart in all of us.
And then, from there... 

I do specific multi-layering of colors
which represents the many layers that
we're all made out of. 
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I'm honored - Paula Sargent Mintzer

Paula Sargent Mintzer - Artist
I'm really really excited to be showing at
Gallery222 in Malvern.

It's a beautiful gallery and I think Andrea, the
owner, has done an amazing job renovating
the gallery. 

And I feel very honored.  I feel very honored
that I'm chosen to be showing there and
I'm really really excited about it.

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It brings emotion out of people - Denise Sedor

Denise Sedor - Artist
Abstract is very mind work and the good
thing... what I really like about it... 
is something that comes out of me and ends
up on the canvas when I show it people
have their own emotional response to it.
Sometimes they see things that I didn't even  
see in there and I love that
They see things.  They bring things out.  It
brings emotion out of people I think.

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They're so forgiving - Kristi Gilfillan

Kristi Gilfillan - Artist
And here's the neat thing about animals too,
unlike people they never look at the painting... 
and are like... you know my smile's not that
good or you know I don't really like my
They're so forgiving.  It just has to look
like the animal.

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You're painting your life - Luba M. Caruso

Luba M. Caruso - Artist
My kids tell me that every day and my
husband... Oh you're living your dream, Mom.
He goes... well first of all art imitates life,
so I'm not just painting a painting.  I could
just take a photograph.
You're painting your life.  Like every story... 
you happened to like that one, it's like
little stories within the painting.
Like a boat sitting on a beach by itself,
someone may think... Oh how sad, it's
so solitude, but really it's... 
it's peacefulness.  It's like, wow to
be alone sitting there quietly
at the beach...
On a you know... whether it's a cloudy day
or a beautiful day, it's just amazing

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There's so much more to an abstract painting - Denise Sedor

Denise Sedor - Artist
I think that they should just look at the
colors, maybe the shapes...
and line work and see... look... delve into
the painting not just look at the
And actually look at... maybe look at the
surface as well.  Look at the texture.  There's
so much to an abstract painting. 
I think people think that they just look at
a flat surface and that's what they take
Go close.  Like look at what's under... 
underneath.  Look at the line.  How does
the line turn.
I think if they delve more into
the painting, I think they'd be
more open to it. 

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The Water, The Sea, The Air - Luba M. Caruso

Luba M. Caruso - Artist
Oh my inspiration... gosh... the
water, the sea, the air. 
Or floral.  It's just my everyday around me.
I look and say Oh my God how can I
reinterpret that beauty... 
so I can have it always you know.  And
it always started from myself or my
family or my friends.
And now it's just such great joy to be
able to take that inspiration and what I
see every day. 
The beauty... we live on a peninsula that's
just so beautiful.  It's just a constant
And just to have it for, you know, people
in my community that are hanging it in
their homes... it's just an incredible feeling.

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It is odd - Kristi Gilfillan

Kristi Gilfillan - Artist
It.. it is odd.  There's not many people
and people ask...
you know, I tell them I'm a math major
they're like... really... like... 
 that just so strange.
But then, I, after college I realized I had to find
something that brought them together so, I
went back and did a masters in interior design.
And so I think that was another way, you
know, you're dealing with a lot of
dimensions and things like that...
so you get your little math piece in,
but you've also got the
creative side. 

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Life - Denise Sedor

Denise Sedor - Artist
Life inspires me as an artist.  
Everything I see.
I drive around, I'm painting.  I'm painting
at night when I wake up in the middle of
night with anxiety... 
I start painting in my head.  I should get up
and come down and paint, but
I'm too tired. 
So I just paint in my head.  Everything
outside... light, dark.  Being a photographer,
I'm very aware of light changing. 
What's dark.  What's light.  Cracks in the
street can become expressive marks for
me in my paintings. 
So everything around me inspires me. 

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The Greatest Feeling of Accomplishment - Kristi Gilfillan

Kristi Gilfillan - Artist
As an artist... it's funny, cuz when I started you
know really getting into this painting thing... 
I... it changes the way you look at everything
around you.  I mean I'll be driving in the car and
I'll look at like at a boring road... 
and I'll think, how could I make that into
an interesting painting and what could
I change and...
you know always looking at things
differently and that's always exciting
for me because... 
 you know it's like opened up this new world
of... and way looking at everything
around us. 
But I think one of the things greatest for
me through my art has been doing
paintings specially you know for people.
It's a dog that they loved.  It's a house that they
grew up in or that they're moving out of.  It's
a landscape from a trip that they took...
A church they got married in... something... 
something with... you know with really
emotional ties to them.
And when you create this image from a
white canvas that had nothing on it
and you take it to them... 
and they... it brings them to tears.  Like that
is just the greatest greatest feeling of
accomplishment for me. 

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They're like my little babies - Luba M. Caruso

Luba M. Caruso - Artist
They're always around me and I'm constantly
working on 20 at a time.
And they're like my little babies and
when they go.. it's like... 
Oh wow. 
I try to keep a mental note you know.  Not
just a photograph, that's never really it.
It's when you see it in person... 
and like the textures, the palette knife.
I know every little detail of it cuz there's
little carvings in it, little stories within a story.
Cuz like a cloud is not just a cloud or the
water tower is not just the water tower
and it's just emotional.
Does it give you a little sense of not
relief, but enjoyment realizing
that your works...
that are so emotional to you...
someone has chosen to purchase and
put it in their house?
Yes, because when they come to me and
say... Ahh, every morning I wake up and I see
that painting...  
I just know my day is going to be great.
And to me, oh my God, I've brightened
someone's world you know.  
It's just wonderful you know.

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I'm always changing - Denise Sedor

Denise Sedor - Artist
Yes, I know that a lot of people have a genre
and I am easily bored in my life. 
I like to do a lot of things and it reflects
through my artwork.
I don't want to ever bore my viewer,
so I'm always changing and I think I
would change no matter what...
just because that's who I am.  I get bored
and I want to keep things interesting and  
alive and spontaneous and fun.
The hardest thing for me was doing abstract.
Abstracts I've just recently started within the
past maybe four years... maybe five. 
I have always wanted to do abstract work, but
it was so elusive.  I had no idea how to start
or what to do.
And once I did, I have not turned back.  I mean
I still do other paintings and I love doing
still lifes and I love...
plein air painting especially now in this
beautiful weather, but abstract work is
such a challenge... 
I love it.  And it's all emotional.
You don't look at anything.  It all comes
from within you and I love that. 

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I'm painting my emotions - Luba M. Caruso

Luba M. Caruso - Artist
I'm painting my emotions because that's
how I express myself as a child. 
And so when I see a storm, I just like fall in
love with that storm and I'm
out on the beach... 
I'll make that mental note or I'll quickly
take a picture cuz it's great  when you have
your cellphone. 
And then I like dream about it, but when I
sit down to paint... it's my emotion.  It's what's
happening in my life at that moment you know. 
And I just start to paint and I just let that
painting take me to where I'm supposed to... 
where it's supposed to be... 
emotionally because I'm expressing something
and it's like a release and it's never really
what it was intended to be.
So if I'm starting and I'm painting all of a
sudden... Oh my God what just
happened here. 
This is unbelievable movement.  This cloud.  
This motion and it just goes and then
while I'm doing that... 
my emotions are coming and I'm sobbing.
So I've got tears in my oils and it's all
over my hands and my face and... 
it's just a wonderful feeling and it's not
always sadness.  It's always happiness.  
A great joy happening in my life. 

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You feel very loose and free - Kristi Gilfillan

Kristi Gilfillan - Artist
I kind of look at my paintings as a
3-step process.
I start out with the drawing process and I just
you know, I use... I color the canvas and then
I draw the whole thing with my paint brush.
And it's really my favorite stage of the painting
cuz I... you feel very loose and free with it
and I can scrooch it out and get it just right.
And then after I get through that I get
more serious with the paint and
really tackling that.
With "I've Got My Eye On You",  I really
started with the eye of that horse.
Because I think... 
often with animals that is the most
challenging piece, but it's also the most
crucial piece. 
And I've had people look at that painting
and they say... no matter where I stand
he's looking at me... 
which is hence why it has the name that it
does, but so... so that is where I started and
then just kinda developed the whole... 
animal from there and then I... typically at
the end will go back in
and pull out...
some darks and highlights just to
give it a little extra pop before
it's finished. 

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What you'll see at Gallery222 - Denise Sedor

Denise Sedor - Artist

People will see a lot of expressive line work,

shapes and forms.

Intuitive color and I think

evocative abstract paintings.

I feel honored - Kristi Gilfillan

I'm super excited to show at Gallery222.  I was

so excited to hear that it was opening up.

I think it's getting harder and harder to find

these great little venues to see art

in person.

And all the things that the Gallery is doing

with, you know, opening up to events and just

getting so many wonderful artists in...

and bringing everyone to Malvern is great.

The fact that I live in Malvern makes it

even better...

because, you know, I just... it's... that's my town

so I'm really really... I feel honored to be

a part of it.


My hope - Nancy Bea Miller

Nancy Bea Miller - Artist
I don't have an agenda for what I
want people to feel.
I'm having an experience.  I'm having
a thought process with the work.
My hope is that I've given... 
an honest response and that other
people can pick up on it, but they may
or may not quite understand.
It's always thrilling if somebody says...
Oh my gosh, those horse chestnuts... 
you're talking about war... 
and about the onlooker and how you're
trying to preserve... you know... culture.
And I'm like.. wow...
I wasn't thinking that, but I love it.
Go with it.  So, it's... it's so cool to see what
other people come up with.
I do feel like it almost... if I were to
say... so obviously what my work was
about... it... then it's like... 
a one note song.  That's all you can see
when you look at the piece and I want
people to bring their own... 
experiences and their own emotions
to the piece.  

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Tickles your eyes - Jeremy McGirl

Jeremy McGirl - Artist

So, they'll see hopefully stuff that

kinda grabs their attention a little bit.

Subtlety though... my process has a little

bit of a delicate or subtle nature.  To where it

kinda just hopefully...

tickles your eyes a little bit and draws

you in.  But asks you to spend time with it

to really kinda dive in and understand it.

It's not like that pop over the head...

like wow moment.  It's a little bit

more subtle.


Art Should Be Something That Touches You Personally - Jan Wier

Jan Wier - Artist
I would say as an interior designer and
just as a person that likes art...
that you shouldn't pick art based on
your decor.  Art should be something
that touches you personally. 
And colors that you like, subject matter
that you like and your room will work
around it.  
The art doesn't have to work around
your room.

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I have a strange fascination with cakes & cupcakes - Jan Wier

Jan Wier - Artist

The work that people will see at

Gallery222 primarily are still life

that's the bulk of my work is in

still life.  I have some plein air


So, we'll see flowers.  Lots of flowers

and I have a strange fascination with

cakes and cupcakes.

So they'll see a lot of frosting

related paintings.


It's like eating dessert - Nancy Bea Miller

Nancy Bea Miller - Artist

It's like eating dessert.  So you can't

eat dessert...

well you can, but you shouldn't probably

eat dessert first.  So you have to get...

the initial setting in is exciting

and then there is sort of the drudge

work in the middle and then finishing

up the details is... is fun.

It can also be kinda nerve-wracking

as you near completion because it's

just a psychological...

it's sometimes hard to finish.  The

psychological issue... or l almost think

you don't really want to finish...


So... you just keep going.

I'm pretty excited - Jeremy McGirl

Jeremy McGirl - Artist

I'm pretty excited to actually have a gallery

like Gallery222 in Malvern.


I really enjoy the space when I first

visited Gallery222.  That it's clean.  It's


And Andrea wants to showcase an artist in

a room and have a body of work there and

have a show of an artist's work.


An Artist All Along - Teresa DeSeve

Well, I can hardly remember a time that I did not love creative work.
I always think of what Mary Whyte...artist Mary Whyte says.  She's a
great American watercolorist. And she says... "A person never starts
out to be an artist, rather at some point they discover they were an artist all along."  And when I read that in her bio, I thought...
Ahhh... I really connect with that because I was not expected in my family thatanyone would... would enter into the arts even
though my mother was a quite talented lady.

Sometimes you just know - Monique Sarkessian

How do you know when a piece is complete?
Monique Sarkessian - Artist
Sometimes you just know, sometimes you just feel it. I'm more of a feeling it, intuitive kinda person so, sometimes it looks right... 
but it's not quite right.  Like this one looked fine before I started to
work on it again but... it just didn't feel like it was complete and... it depends... other people work a totally different way from me...
I'm... you know but... I've sat with this one for a while and still felt like it wasn't quite there.  And there would be other people who
would say... you're crazy, it's... this is way done... like go do something else.

What inspires me... everything, everyone - Mark Fleming

What inspires me?  Everything. Everyone.  Everything does.  I mean... just like that's a friend of mine right there. I wanted to paint that picture for her. And then taking your time, stealing time, doing time... 
you know like... I mean taking a walk down like the city block or something going to a park, I mean finding color palettes that way...
or just like conversation with friends at a bar... just this experience
right here... I mean.. it's just like...kinda... you can take something
from everything if you want and turn it into whatever. 

It's just not meant to last - Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming - Artist
It can last 5 minutes or it can last 5 years. You never know how long it's gonna to go depending on where you're doing it and... yeah... like the location... like some cities are real strict about like keeping the walls clean and... sometimes it's up to the building owner to remove the graffiti or street art or whatever it is and...if they don't it within like 30 days or something then they get fines and sometimes the township will just...buff it out with rollers or whatever and then... yeah it just
not meant to last. So, giving it away for that short amount of time... it's... it's kinda cool. It's like... kinda like a butterfly or a like... 
like a caterpillar to a butterfly.  It's just like... ok cool... here's that and that... and then it's done. 

What you'll see at Gallery222 - Monique Sarkessian

Monique Sarkessian - Artist
The person who walks into Gallery222 or walks into the space where I have my going to be experiencing as best they can what I have experienced translated via vibrant color. I have a bold brush stroke.  You'll see a lot of texture, but I'm... I'm after trying to translate the experience...and the emotional experience that I had. So, a lot of times that's what people tell me that they've gotten and then I'm just... wow, that's great cuz that's not something you can say... Oh here ya go,there's joy, here's... you know... all this stuff. It's just... it's kinda like what runs through me and then comes back out. 

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It's just a dream for any artist - Teresa DeSeve

Gallery222 is just a dream for any artist. The gallery is just beautiful. The courtyard garden is beautiful. So, I'm very excited. 
I've already put the word out. I think that it's a wonderful, wonderful place to... to show. 
I can't wait to see my
work up there. 

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You're done - Martin Campos

Depends..some things go faster than others.  I’ve had paintings that I’ve done in maybe 20 minutes. And some that take four years.  It all depends on the subject, the mood I’m in.  Usually, I come in and I see something,  I physically say you're done and that's it.  And then it sits for a number of days in my studio and if I don't touch it within that time it’s done.


What is a contemporary figurative painter - Martin Campos

Just the person working in the current time dealing with how the figure is still existent.  Especially since we have social media and fast way of communicating,  how painting the figure is still relevant and always will be relevant.  And how it's reacting to this speed in time that we are going through.  It is as just quite fast,  for lack of a better term.

Everything else will follow - Kaitlin Dodds

If I had any advice to tell somebody that was thinking about making a drastic career change, it would just be to follow who you think you are regardless of maybe what other people are telling you to do.  And it can be hard to get rid of everybody else's opinions and only listen to your own but ultimately you're

living with you and everything… happiness is really important and everything else financial or otherwise

will follow.  You'll figure out a way to make it work if you're doing what you love.


They were just flesh & blood - Martin Campos


I think the sense that you can do it.  That they will… I knew that they were just flesh and blood.  They had to work hard for what they did.  And I drew the figure exhaustively.  I would actually sacrifice money to go to figure drawing groups which was the lifeblood to me.  To go to these open, open figure groups and so by looking at Michelangelo, Raphael, Degas, Egon Schiele and just voraciously pouring over their drawings and copying them and then doing them from memory and then going to these drawing groups and having a model in front of me and drawing and drawing.  And then that one day happens where you do a leg one arm that has a Michelangelo feel, has a Schiele feel… has a Degas sensibility… that

was the thing that kept me. 

What you'll see at Gallery222 - Kaitlin Dodds

At Gallery222, you're going to see a mixture of different types of work.  So, still life that.. that come from actual situations.  Marker drawing or pencil or pen drawing that are slightly imaginative, but become also stem from a real situation and then larger painting.  Hopefully ones that have different color palettes and approach the surface in slightly different ways.

I hope they can be very honest - Martin Campos

I hope that they can be very honest about how they feel about it.  If they hate it, I'd love to hear it. It they loved it, I’d love to hear it.  I want them to come across looking at the figure differently in that regard of the felt feeling of the form in in an environment in a space in a composition.


My Art - Kaitlin Dodds

First and foremost, I think love of the outdoors something that I'm going for visually.  I think in terms of how I go about approaching that subject matter how I paint them I’m really interested in formal qualities.  So, color and mark making and texture and space.  And I think through utilizing landscape at the subject matter, I want the viewer to have to navigate the space through those formal qualities.  So not only having to navigate it as a whole picture but having a get close up and kind of look between what's happening on the surface.

It's like naming a baby - Kaitlin Dodds

I sometimes it sounds before the

paintings up like I have an idea in my

head of what i want the pain to be but a

lot of times what was happening is I'm

so experimental and how I work is that I

could have a title picked out and by the

time i get to the end result it's not

anywhere near what the title meant in

the first place what the image is going

to be so sometimes it sounds of the end

and it feels like you're having a child

so it's something ridiculously hard to

do for me sometimes the craziest title

never given a painting is where we go in

the world is waiting and I wanted in

that painting i wanted the viewers to

think about the safe and the objects

that were in the space and kind of

create their own areas behind what was

going on with who has been in that case



I'm excited - Kaitlin Dodds


I'm really excited to be showing at Gallery222 because it was very intimate space.  And I think a lot of my work can seem a little over the top in terms of color palette or sometimes sizeto like the average viewer.  So I'm interested in kind of having that juxtapose, like this very intimate space.  There's something kind of quant about showing a gallery that refurbished from this house.  I think that juxtaposition is going to be really interesting.  I’m excited about that!

What is Lithography - Heather McMordie

Yeah there's a type of printmaking called the lithography where you have slabs of a particular kind of limestone.  You draw on it with a greasy material, treat it with a simple chemical process and based on the properties that oil and water don't mix, you can print with an oily ink using a wet stone and your drawing is transferred onto paper.  It's a little bit of like, a little magic the little science, but it's pretty cool that actually use a stone to make an image.


My Art - Heather Davis

First of all, I'm really big on accurate drawing.  Pushing the color.  I push color really far, to digital color. People are used to digital color and it really, really seems to register with people.  They think it's accurate color and it's not.  If you watch the news you see the skins are pink and red that you think it's totally normal.  Your brain is used to it. So I try to push those colors, so that people see things more 21st century.  Little bit more and a little bit more alive you know.  Gives me the ability to punch.

The Day that Changed my life - Heather Davis

Yeah I went to Jamie Wyeth opening. This is a hard one.  Yeah, something happened when I went to see paintings.  I don't know if it was his language but, I was like having flashbacks.  I was watching

these paintings at this show and I was as if I could see the media moving.   I could see the paint moving, 4 or 5 of them.  And I went through the show and I would have never experienced anything like that and I went back in 2 or 3 times and about the same 4 or 5 paintings there was something about it, as if, you know, maybe I stored information in my brain, something had awakened.  It was quite powerful.  That was a Friday night, by Monday morning I quit everything.  Quit contracting.  Quit everything.  My, my lifelong career was building and packed my car up, dug up that my old college paints.  Went to the art store over the weekend.  I was painting full-time and I knew if I was going to be any good I had to get out, out and do the real thing.  So, that’s what I did, never looked back. 


What you'll see at Gallery222 - Heather Davis

You will see a collection at Gallery222 of Brandywine Valley.  The forte of the Brandywine Valley the icons and historic properties.  I renovated historic properties and they just, they just draw me.   I mean some of these buildings, and who knows how long they're going to be there.  And there's nothing more peaceful to me then sit down at one of those properties by myself.  You know wrestling with this problem in these paintings to see what I can do it.  And still make sure the headers are in the right place, the windows and double-hung, they work,  they have the right number of grids.  You know the doors open from the left.  All that's gotta be right you know and still make it somehow speak. 

How I create art - Heather McMordie

Well for this series of six prints I started with a simple lithographic drawing.  So the elements that are kind of blue or almost black it was just a simple drawing that I did on a stone and I printed it in a large

addition of 30.  So I had 30 of the exact same print.  That was really boring to me and I thought that there is a different way that I could take it.  So I made a woodcut and I printed that same wood cut on the 30 blue images and 10 of them in green, 10 of them in yellow, and 10 of them in red.  So now I had three different images but 10 of each, which was still kind of boring.  So I decided to cut them up into the same shapes and reposition them back into each other.  So take a shape from the red and put it in with the yellow and take a shape from the green and put that in with the red.  And mix everything up so that I had in the end a series of six images that all have the same starting point, but I look slightly different.


Gallery222's got me - Heather Davis

Gallery222 has got like a beautiful gallery and I do think that the way it's set up is its done because it doesn't telegraph as a gift shop.  So many small galleries do.  Telegraphs as an intimate space, where you're comfortable and you can see the work.  So yeah!

That's fine with me - Heather McMordie

I think I hope that a viewer who looks at my work will just ask questions of their own and start looking around and being like, okay, like that connects to that, and that also connects to that. And being able to maybe make those connections in the work that I'm making will encourage people to make those connections when they leave the gallery.  Continue to look for similarities in the things around me because that's a lot of what I'm doing with this work right now.  But I love that you came in here you are

like I want to I want to touch it.  I want to feel it because those are the same feelings that I have when I'm in my studio and I'm looking at my collagraph plates or my prints and these little pieces of paper.  I just want to touch things, pick them up and move them around and if that's all that the viewer gets away from my work, that's fine with me!

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Gallery222 is a perfect fit - Heather McMordie

Having a show a Gallery222 is, it's just really exciting especially because I have this opportunity to show these puzzles that I've been working on and I haven't had the opportunity to

show them in their entirety, all together yet.  So being able to show this work in this gallery, that is kind of such a like intimate space, I think it's perfect , a perfect fit for what I'm doing.

My Wish - Barbara Berry

It would be my wish that a person that looks at a painting that I've done would recall a time that they were at a scene, something like that.  If it's a landscape and it's a very calming memory.  Something that gives someone a peaceful and uplifting feeling.  My portraits, I hope that someone sees the beauty in that

person or even the personality in that portrait, in that person.  I want the personality to show.


Challenges of Clay - Rhoda Kahler

So one of the challenges working with clay that I think a lot of people don't understand is if you can see the color on this paintbrush it's a camel brown.  This is actually the color that I that it's going to be when it comes out of account and these are fired, I fired kiln 6 which is 2232,  2232 degrees roughly.  And glazes can be overlapped. I use oxides, layering oxide even putting clay back over top glaze using glass.  I love the experimental phase of working with clay and glaze and test tiles.  Everybody asked how do you know what color everything is going to be and even though I may be painting with a color that looks red it is actually going to glaze brown or it looks like it's yellow it's actually going to be orange.  Using those colors certain titles and they have 15 glazes on one tile.  So using the colors and the clay, quite different play bodies, so this green looks totally different on a red clay body because the iron content.  Learning to figure out layering different glazes on different clay bodies and test tiles, that's how I figure out what I'm going to do and knowing and thinking when I'm layering this cobalt blue which looks like tan on
top of a green, which maybe looks like red.  So when they go in the kiln they look like ugly chalky flat  cookies that are pasty and looks like they have too much icing and they come out and everything melts
and then it's always a fun surprise.  Did it work?  Did the glaze mature? Did the glass melt?  It's always exciting

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Love of Clay - Rhoda Kahler

I made my first pinch pot, I remember this is it.  They couldn’t get me out of the clay studio.  I kind of dropped off doing everything else even classes and I’d be in the clay room until two in the morning, three in the morning, all night just working with clay. I couldn’t get enough of it.   It’s starting from absolutely nothing, just a lump on the table and your canvas and your hands can transform it.  It’s using your hands and your mind to visualize what you want.  Adding the texture, building, removing.  I love those random discoveries when you're working with clay you tear it or it falls on the floor and slab wrinkles

and this beautiful folds.  It's amazing and I learn from my mistakes and my successes as many artists do and you know I'll never learn everything about clay.   I have so much more to learn, so much more to create, and it's so exciting to me.

Little Red Riding Hood - Barbara Berry

Actually when I was in elementary school, I was given the assignment of making a diorama in second grade and it was a Little Red Riding Hood.  I drew her and when I brought it to class everybody said, “oh you're going to be an artist”.  From then on all of my assignments that had anything to do with drawing, it was again, I was validated in that way.   I was going to be an artist.  I thought I was going to be an artist and then when I was 13,  I picked up a guitar and starting teaching myself songs and began singing and entering talent contests and I was encouraged to be a singer and then when it was time to choose a major in college I decided to study singing.  

Please touch - Rhoda Kahler

Tactile, organic, earthy.  I think those would be adjectives would use for my work.  I’m so close to it it's hard for me to step back look at it.  If somebody walks up to my work in gallery and they want to touch it,  I feel like I've succeeded.  They want to touch.  I'm ok with people touching clay.  It's meant to be touched.  The earth.  So, I'm not, I don’t feel like people touching my work in the gallery.  They can pick up the tiles to touch the impressions.  The everyday objects looking at something and I love to see the excitement on someone's face when they look closely into my work and they can say, “Oh is that a shoe print or is that that bolt or is that a is that pasta roller, is that you know? “  I love when they make that connection to the artwork and they find something that it hits them whether it's  a number a date of color.  The connection for me.

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First Solo Show - Barbara Berry

This is my debut solo show.   I have a few painting in exhibitions that were juried into those exhibitions in various parts of the country.  But I’ve never actually had a solo show of my work alone.  I’m very excited!

My First Piece of Art !

The first piece I ever bought was just a simple pair of shoes and it just made me
so happy.  Once I bought my first piece I was hooked and I feel it would be similar
for other people.
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Malvern Mural - Randall Graham

This building, this history of Gallery222 it used to be the Picket Fence and the owner Beth paid me my first job to paint a mural on the side of the wall when I was 18.   So pretty young.   So that was really like the first mural in Malvern to my knowledge.  To come back here and get this studio and start teaching and just being here all the time, it’s just the dream country you know.  It's amazing.
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Follow Your Passion - Nicole Michaud

En Rain Air Series - Randall Graham

I call my En Rain Air series so it's kind of a play on words of en plein air which is French term for painting outdoors and painting alla prima which means just one pass so you're not spending multiple layers of paint on top
of each other, you're just doing it one shot.  These come about from me sitting in my family minivan and crunching down in the back.  And when it's raining, I use the raindrops on the windshield to abstract the scene.   So again sticking with my realism but it's kind of my excuse to get into some abstract stuff.   So this one in particular is Fonthill Castle in Bucks County kind of near the Mercer museum.  You know sitting under it with my car window going and the raindrops come down and spread all over the windshield.  It's very difficult to capture this moving thing, so I'm really looking to capture the energy and at the very top there's a little weather vane that's like a witch getting blown in the wind.  So this one's called weathervane just kind of connected it all with crazy weather storm and yeah these really get a lot of interest because people can spend a lot of time looking at different details even though they get a big picture from a real quickly from a distance as they get closer they can see each individual raindrop and they really enjoy having fun with it.  And you know same thing,  I'm just trying to show the viewer sense the feeling of the rain the dampness the wind what's going on the  windshield.  So I really enjoy doing them even though they're little tedious.
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It's all about the landscape - Nicole Michaud

I'm very excited to show at a Gallery222 mostly because I get to show with two other landscape artists that are very practiced landscape artists that have a different part of the conversation.   So the three of us have these really unique takes on what the landscape is.  What are the parts of the landscapes that are important to us.  For me it's a very emotional or femoral thing.  And you know with the other people in the show it's very different and so we each get to show together and have this broad conversation about how people can make art about the landscape and have it be so rich and full.
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There's nothing ever wrong about art - Nicole Michaud

And what's fun for me is when, when I have the work up in shows, I love going around and talking to people and hearing what they see in the imagery.  Because invariably, it’s always a different place that I see.  So I will think of an image and think like Philadelphia but they'll think of it as Los Angeles or you know I think of the woods but don't think of a somebody's backyard or harbor or all these different things that just sort of like Oh looks like this.  That's what's fun for me because it’s there’s.  It's never wrong.  There nothing ever wrong about art.  But it's especially not wrong because they’re whatever you want.   They’re whatever places you see in them.

What makes me excited - Claire Haik

What makes me really excited about making these paintings.  I come from a Plein air tradition and I love setting up in nature and painting a picture based on the shimmering colors and the shapes of light coming together.  But what was so nice about this is being able to put the actual physical landscape into my paintings which gives them much more information than just what I would paint by what I saw because it embeds the actual landscape into the medium.

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