Add a Touch of Sparkle - Jan Wier showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Jan Wier - Artist
Absolutely, I think the average person should
definitely try to bring art...
into their home.  You don't have to spend a fortune
to have a beautiful piece of art in your home. 
I think people are...
beginning collectors, people that've never
collected before are fearful of art that they're going
to make the wrong choice or it's not going to be
a good investment or it's not going to look well.
But if they love a piece of art and bring it into
their home, an original piece of art,  it's going to
add a touch of sparkle and life that a print... 
or some mass produced piece of art is just never
gonna bring.  Plus they may also create a
relationship with the artist. 
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It's still about composition - Gretchen Fuss showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Gretchen Fuss - Artist
It's still about composition.  It's still about
symmetry and balance in my mind.  So when
I hit those marks I finished a painting.
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My real passion - Robert Bohné showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Robert Bohné - Artist
Well my real passion, if I were, on a scale of
one to ten, ten would be plein air painting.
I love going outdoors.  I love meeting people
and I can talk and paint at the same time.
It's not an issue with me.  
So about four, maybe four years ago, I
started a group called Landscape Painting
and it's a plein air group.  Plein air organization. 
We have about five hundred and some members now.
And usually once a week we meet...
and we paint, you know, paint from nature and we
do this year round.  We go, you know, even in
the middle of winter, snowstorms, we're out
there painting.
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I can't stop myself - Gretchen Fuss showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Gretchen Fuss - Artist
I will work with that palette for a while until
I kinda work that out.  That's how I work with
all of my color stories.  
So I have a purple landscape that I kinda see all
the time in my head.  I keep coming back to it.
I tried to leave it for a couple of years, but then
the pantone color of the year came back and...
so I went for it again and just ended up painting
probably hundreds of paintings in that purple.
It's really funny cuz I try not to.  I'll come
into my studio...
ready to paint something different.  Something
that I thought I was going to paint and with the
abstracts I go into a place where... 
I try not to be too methodical about it before I
come in, but I do have an idea and so say I
wanted to paint in neutrals and blues all of a
sudden I pull out that purple jar...
and I just paint with it.  I can't
stop myself sometimes but those are my best
paintings usually.

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Subtle and soft - Robert Bohné showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Robert Bohné - Artist
Subtle and soft.  I like that.  That works for me.
I mean it's, it seems, I've heard a lot of people
say that about my work.  
But there are sharp edges.  There are edges.  It's
not really as soft as people might think.  I think
they confuse... 
a subtle palette with softness.  So the colors
themselves may be soft but the application of
the paint is not necessarily soft.

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Lots of Florals, Lots of Bright Colors - Jan Wier showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Jan Wier - Artist
At Gallery222, people are going to see my oil
paintings.  I work all in oil and they're going to
see lots of florals, lots of bright colors...
and they're also going to see some more complicated
still lifes as well as some very simple still lifes.
And then I also have a collection of cupcakes... 
that people seem to really like and I'm going to have
 at least a dozen of those available. 

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It's a very traditional, classic palette - Robert Bohné showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Robert Bohné - Artist
I assume that they decided on that name because maybe
the palette that I use.  It's a very traditional, classic palette.
So I don't use a lot of vibrant prismatic colors.  I do
occasionally, but I save them for accents in the
painting or to lead the viewers eye through the painting.
It's a fairly traditional technique.  I start out doing
preliminary sketches of what I wanted to paint
and I work out the composition and design and then
from that point I transfer the drawing onto a canvas...
usually by eye.  It's not something I have to trace
or anything.  I can usually look at my drawing and
then put it down on canvas and I usually start with
a very thin layer of raw umber because it dries quickly.
And I sketch with a brush, I put it on my canvas
and then the next step is usually to block in large
areas of color and then I progress from there.
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Inspired Abstracts - Gretchen Fuss showing at Gallery222 Malvern

Gretchen Fuss - Artist
This is definitely inspired abstracts and they're
color inspired and some of them are semi-abstract...
and so it may feel like a landscape to a degree
but it would be in a unique color that you wouldn't
see maybe in nature. 

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You might as well forget about it - Fred Danziger

Fred Danziger - Artist
I'll tell you the, the big change has been the internet.  
Prior to the internet, there were like a handful of people
and if you weren't in with that handful of people...
You might as well forget about being shown.
You know it was the gallery owners and a few
writers and what have you.
With exposure through the internet, you know,
you can get your work in front of large crowds
of people, you know, virtually and then very often,
not very often but occasionally... 
you make a connection with them in person and
they see your paintings and you know they come to
your shows and things like that, so the advent of
the internet has made a tremendous change I think.
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I took that step and I've never been happier - Sarah Baptist

Sarah Baptist - Artist
I've been at this now for just 4 years.  Going
full-time as an artist was terrifying. 
Help from family and friends pushing me and
saying, you've always wanted to do this, I took
that step and I've never been happier.
But, yeah, you learn as you go and what I keep
saying is there's no rule book.  There's nobody that
can say...
You know, people can say this is my experience
but everybody's experience is so different.
My advice to somebody wanting to go full-time
as an artist... I think you have to make sure you are
ready.  You have to be ready to fail...  
as well as ready to succeed and you have to be
able to learn from those failures and just grow
and keep going.  
A support system is really important.  You know,
financially having a little bit of a cushion just in case
is not a bad idea.
But if you really love something, I'd say
try it. 

I never thought of it as pop art - Alicia Asselta at Gallery222 Malvern

Alicia Asselta - Artist
No, I mean I definitely, I've never thought of it
as pop art.  I definitely feel like that even though they're...
realistic still lifes, they have sort of an abstraction
quality because of the composition, because
of the bright colors. 
But I was always sort of inspired by more, 
you know, Georgia O'Keefe and even in my
earlier time Toulouse-Lautrec was a big
inspiration, the post impressionists.
So no I never, I would think abstract for sure,
but no I never heard that pop art
but that's interesting.

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The Impossible Stage - Fred Danziger

Fred Danziger - Artist
I call it the impossible stage, you know, where I'm
working on a painting and in the back of my mind
is like...
this is impossible, nobody can paint this.  I don't care
how good you are or how much patience you have.
You not going to be able to paint this, you know, 
and there's that little voice... 
And I think, well, what's else you gonna do with your
life.  Keep after it, keep after it, keep after it, you know.
And very often what I'll do is one little thing.
I'll say well, look maybe I can't paint this whole thing
but can I paint this house.  You're talking about two or
three square inches of paint.  Surely Fred you can
paint this house. 
And I'll forget about all the other stuff because, you
know, when all of this is loose and rough and you're
starting to put all the detail into something like this,
this little house here... 
If you stop to think, all this is still, you know, it's
like it's overwhelming.  So you just forget about all
of that and say alright, all you're doing is painting this
little piece of canvas and making it look like a house.
And then you get that and you have this gorgeous
little piece of canvas and you think, well let's do
the next house.  You know but once I got that done
I knew I... 
had to finish this painting.  You know, I don't care
how long it's going to take you're going to finish
this because this is so beautiful you're gonna, 
finish this painting. 

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One of the most important things is composition - Alicia Asselta at Gallery222 Malvern

Alicia Asselta - Artist
So once I have my subject down one of the most
important things I feel like in my paintings or in... 
for an artist in general, I think one of the most
important things is composition.  So that's where I
really feel like... 
I have to sit down and take my time and a lot of
times I'll just get it on there and if it's not perfect than
the painting for me isn't going to feel successful...
So I have to often times, you know, erase and go back
and erase, but if I try to rush that stage then I just know
that in the end I'm just going to wind up... 
just painting over it and just putting the canvas aside, 
so that, that for me is like the number one,
the number one aspect. 
And then, and then after that it's just you know, like
recently I've been really interested in the shadows of
paintings and the highlights... 
and where the sun hits the floral or the fruits
and so a lot of it is mixing the paints and
different shadows and highlights.
And I feel like that is the second most important
step is getting those colors mixed properly.
The third step is just... 
finessing it and adding all the detail and you know, 
the real brights and the real darks and then making
sure that I don't neglect...
the negative space cuz the background is such a
big part of it and sometimes artists, I feel like I
spend so much focus on what the subject is that... 
you kinda forget that the negative space is a
really important part of the painting as well.  
I'll feel like it's so great that I'll wanna continue working
on it and I can't tell you how many times then I'm,
you know, frustrated that maybe it was finished... 
before I thought and so that's really like one of the
big questions I always ask myself is, you know, is
it finished.  Should I add more? 
And it's something I struggle with with every painting.
When is it ever ended?

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It's a nature oriented show - Fred Danziger

Fred Danziger - Artist
Well, they will see plein air field studies as I call them and
those are done over a two or three hour period and I'm
most interested in the color and the light in those.
And then they will see a group of very detailed studio
paintings such as this one which involved hundreds
of hours of work.
They're all realistic.  All very much concerned with
nature.  There's nothing figurative in this show.
No figure painting, so it's really very much a
nature-oriented show.
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It's a feeling - Sarah Baptist at Gallery222 Malvern

Sarah Baptist - Artist
That's a tough question.  Um, it's kinda, it's a
feeling and it kinda tells you.
And there are lots of times when I'll say  I think
this painting is done, but I really need to sit
and what I'll sometimes do is... 
sit it a little farther back and not in my field of vision
and just live with it.  Sometimes I'll know within a couple
of days, sometimes it takes a couple of months.
And sometime after two months, there will be
something.  It would be like there's something wrong.
I can't figure it out and it will take me...  
two months of kinda living with it and staring at it
and I'll figure it out and if sometimes if I don't figure it
out I say, ok it's done.

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A Shocking Reality - Fred Danziger at Gallery222 Malvern

Fred Danziger - Artist There's at least 200 hours of actual painting involved in this. There are three or four hours at least just on these chairs for example. And I'm talking about very detailed, I don't use real small brushes but the brushes that I use have a very fine tip on them and so like I'll sit here sometimes with a magnifying glass... and I'll just get in there and just do it, you know. I could have just done the horizontal and the verticals, but I wove them. You know, so that when you look really close up you'll see that as the... things overlap there's a shadow on the one side and a highlight on the other side of each band of webbing and it gives it that, that extra kinda sense of almost a shocking reality. Gallery 222 Malvern 2 Enlighten - 2 Enjoy - 2 Experience

I love poles & wires - Sarah Baptist

Sarah Baptist - Artist
What inspires me is the structure of the city and
urban landscapes.  
When I look at industrial kind of scenes, I see
a certain rhythm to them.  To the shapes and to the poles.
I love poles and wires.
There is something about... I actually kind of... it's not
music, but it's definitely a rhythm to those shapes
and where they fall in the scene. 
And I will be driving down the street and there
will be a bunch of wires and poles and I will just
go 'wow, that is so cool'.
To me there's an abstraction to it and there's just
a guttural kind of feeling I get when I see
something I wanna paint. 
It's totally visceral.  It's totally like, WOW,
and I'll go back and that's where I'll paint
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They're my favorite - Alicia Asselta at Gallery222 Malvern

Alicia Asselta - Artist
I definitely don't even need to think about this.
I love, love painting flowers.  They're my favorite to...
paint because I just feel like I really get into the flow
and I'm getting into the folds of the flowers and
the lights and the shadows and I really feel like... 
it's something that I can just make pop and I enjoy the
most.  Farm animals are frustrating for me and I
like to push myself a lot of times...
out of my comfort zone, so that's something, and I just
love farm animals so much that's sort of why I force
myself to do that.
But it's a little bit more painful for me as an artist
to paint it.  It's not as enjoyable.  Flowers are just
more fun
And fruit, I mean fruit is just so much fun to paint
to.  That's second to flowers just because I just love,
again the same thing with the shadows, the lights, 
the darks and playing with all the different color tones.

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I think Gallery222 is incredible - Fred Danziger

Fred Danziger - Artist We lived in Malvern for 13 years. The first home that my wife and I purchased was on High Street in Malvern and we loved Malvern and I still do. I think Gallery222 is incredible. I mean it's a beautiful space. I love what Andrea is doing with the way she's set it up to have other events that happen there. Because it's really hard to make a gallery successful, but I think she has a model for it. The garden in the back. When I went and saw the place, I thought this is a fantastic place. I would love to show here, you know. And the fact that it was in Malvern was kind of a bonus because, you know, I had this long history there. So I'm really looking forward to this. I love the whole, everything she's doing there. Gallery 222 Malvern 2 Enlighten - 2 Enjoy - 2 Experience

In order to be truly creative - Josephine Winsor

Josephine Winsor - Artist
In order to be truly creative, you have to have
your mind out of the way.  You have to have
your previous reference points... 
gone so that you can move into something else
that is beyond what you already know.
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I'm incorporating that back into my work - Rhoda Kahler

Rhoda Kahler - Artist
The new material that will be at the show will be...
I'm continuining with this Landscape Series.  They're
very painterly.
I have an illustrator background that I used to
illustrate and I'm coming back with that now
in my clay tile.  This is a whole nother skill set that
I have... 
 and I love the simplistic landscape of the horizon
line.  So I'm putting that back into my tile and I
think what I love about the tiles is that I can create
a three-dimensional drawing.
It's not... I can sketch my design on the clay, but
then I can come back in and make it 3D and pop out
and pull it back in.  Do abstract, assemblage, 
cutting it apart... 
and create a really interesting lanscape, but
using clay.  
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That's a Really Hard Question - Josephine Winsor

Josephine Winsor - Artist
That's a really hard question because there are so
many answers to it, but mostly for me I get the
initial inspiration from something that I find beautiful.
How much beauty is there in life?  Endless.
It often has to do with my own inner development.
I find that I like to paint about things that where
I have been moved myself...
or I have grown myself and they're often about
spiritual development which is all over the place
in very mundane terms. 
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Get a notebook - Rhoda Kahler

Rhoda Kahler - Artist
Get a notebook to start off and record everything
you're doing and record the results and it
sounds arduous, but it's so worth it. 
I live by my notebooks.  I have little notebooks all
over the studio that I'll be like how did I glaze that
piece from ten years ago cuz that's the color I'm
looking for.  What did I do?
What did I layer it with?  How did I fire it?
Notebooks are great and limiting yourself.
The clay is so broad.  The ceramics world is so broad.
And there's so many techniques and firings,
it can be overwhelming.

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I'm a very visual person - Josephine Winsor

Josephine Winsor - Artist
I'm a very visual person mult-dimensionally.
I see things in my mind's eye.
I see things in other dimensions. 
And so I paint very often what it is that I see
on those dimensions which is known as
visionary art.  I see a vision or I see something on
another dimension and I interpret that through my art.
I would love to have an abstract quality in my art
which to me means that there are shapes that
work together as far as the composition goes and
you can look at the painting... 
and see that there is a thing that works there that
doesn't have to be representational. 
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We light it on fire - Rhoda Kahler

Rhoda Kahler - Artist
We have a pit down by the pond that we load
everything in with sawdust and combustible
materials so we light it on fire...
and we get this great gassing and fuming and
carbon trapping and you don't know what you're
going to get until you dig out the parts.  So the
next day after you light it on fire
and you let it sit for hours and hours and then you
dig it out the next morning so just start digging
and washing through.  Here's a piece, you can see
got a really fun effect here.
I have another one over here.  These I added nails...
it's always fun...  I'm always interested in adding
other materials and the nails add a fun
Here we have another little landscape, you see a little
whiter on this side, didn't get completely black which
is a little bit more interesting, but very moody and
atmospheric with the smoke. 
So it's the smoke getting trapped into the clay body,
cuz when these go into the pit they're completely white and
you know, wrapped in organic matter and onion skins and
banana peels, sea salt, copper carb, seaweed...
just all kinds of combustible materials that when
they're lit on fire they gas and those fumes and gases
get absorbed into the clay.  It's very experimental, 
very spontaneous. 
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I don't feel limited at all - Rhoda Kahler

Rhoda Kahler - Artist
I don't feel limited at all working with tile and
clay rather than a painter's perspective on painting,
cuz I feel like I can push the clay to different limits.
I can push it out, make it more three-dimensional
and sculptural.  I can carve it in.  I can add different
materials which I guess a painter could too.  
Some of the restrictions for me that a painter doesn't
have to deal with is that my clay shrinks.  So if I want a
8 by 10 that 8 by 10 is gonna shrink down to maybe a
7 by 9 or more.
The larger the pieces... so sometimes when... if you see
a piece on the wall for me that's a 30 by 30, I had to
make that 36 by 36 originally and then by the time it
dries and shrinks it goes into the kiln
it's down to a 30 by 30 or something along the math.
But... and then my pieces can crack in the kiln.  So
if I'm making a big piece, it cracks then
I lose the whole thing.
So that's something that painters don't have to
deal with, but I can also melt things and they
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Be Authentic - Josephine Winsor

Josephine Winsor - Artist
My favorite piece of advice that I would have for
somebody is to be authentic.  That if you have a
feeling that you want to do something... 
to experiment with it and do it because what
happens is the inner critic comes in which we
all have.  I have it.  Everybody has it and it says
oh you shouldn't do that somebody won't like it...
and then the urge to be creative, to be authentic
is cutoff.  So I very often, when I teach art, is
when I have taught art is, I have people just...
go in there and put something on the piece of
paper that feels right to them so they have
the freedom to express.
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I don't have a problem with that - Rhoda Kahler

Rhoda Kahler - Artist
I don't have a problem with that.  I... one of my fears
is that I'm gonna die before I get to make all
the ideas that are in my head.  
I just, I have so many thoughts and I have notebooks
everywhere filled with ideas and sketches and
what ifs.  What if I took this and did that and
what if I tried that.
You know... I get inspired by anything.  It could
be a crack in the sidewalk and I'll be inspired
by it or a tree root or it could be another
piece of art.  It could be a painting.  
It could be the leather design on your shoe
could inspire a tile.  So I don't have a problem
with inspiration.  I have plenty.  I.. it just... it's a
constant flow in my brain. 
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Convey a Feeling - Josephine Winsor

Josephine Winsor - Artist
I like to convey my feeling about an experience
of something and I would hope that the viewer
would have an experience...
the same way that I have an experience when
I'm actually painting it.

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You get one shot - Rhoda Kahler

Rhoda Kahler - Artist
So some of the new work that I'm going to be showing
at 222 is these trash can fired and pit fired pieces.
So I make the tiles first.  I... and I bisque fire them...
so they're bisque fired so they're hard  They're
biscuit, but a soft firing so the clay's still porous.
They're put into the trash can or the pit with
so things that are going to gas and fume and
make smoke.  It's called carbon trapping.  So when
we trap the smoke by putting the lid back down,
the smoke stays inside... 
fumes with all the combustibles and you get
some great color and all the work comes out
and when it cools and you clean it off.  
Clean off all the ash...
and you get these great little pieces with these
wonderful surprises and metallics that... they're
kinda... you know you get one shot, so you don't
know what you're gonna get.  

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Look what I did - Rhoda Kahler

Rhoda Kahler - Artist
I'm very excited to be at 222 again.  It's a
beautiful gallery.  Andrea's great to work with.
It's a wonderful space. 
I am excited as an artist just to show my new work.
It's kinda like look what I did, look at what I've been
working on.  It's great to share that.  
I love that my collectors, they know my series and they
know what I've done in the past and they look forward to,
I hope, at least they look forward to what I'm creating
in the future...
what my new inspirations are as my work transitions,  
it keeps going from series to series with the Alphabet
City Series, the Landscape Series and sometimes
they're getting combined and added onto...
and the new work with the line drawings is
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It records every day things - Liz Delany

Liz Delany - Artist
I'm inspired by, I think, the fact that art is such
a huge communication device. 
It, you know, has recorded history, politics, 
culture and I just love that and it also
records just everyday things and nature.
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Draw, lots of drawing - Elise Phillips

Elise Phillips - Artist
Draw.  Lots of drawing because drawing's very
important, you know, it's the first thing you do
is draw to get things right...
and then work up to color and painting.  So I
would say try everything a little bit and see, you know,
what really gets you going.  What you really really enjoy.
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The 3 Steps to Painting - Ken Karlic

Ken Karlic - Artist
I teach painting and what I say to my students is
there's three steps in order of priority with painting.
So in my painting what's really important is to get
a really well conceived design focusing on three
shapes... squares, triangles and circles. 
Draw it well and within that structure have an
expressive, liberated application of paint.
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I'm a romantic at heart - Liz Delany

Liz Delany - Artist
I think it has a softness to it.  I think I am a romantic
at heart.  I want people to look at it and feel good
and feel soft and feel easy and maybe nurtured.
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Urban & Rural - Ken Karlic

Ken Karlic - Artist
The kinda work I'm interested in and that you'll see at
Gallery222 in Malvern is a combination of urban and
So I really like the structure of architecture, but I like
the environments of a cityscape and then driving
through the countrysides. 
So you'll see barns.  You'll see silos and industrial
settings.  You'll see street scenes with a lot of
activity of cars and buildings.  So it's really that
kinda combination that is a thread throughout my work.
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I've been painting and planning - Elise Phillips

Elise Phillips - Artist
I'm so excited to a part of the show at Gallery222
coming up.  I've been painting and planning and
just trying to get a good variety of my work...
where I've been this year and hopefully people
will enjoy what I've put up. 

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Lot more energy, a lot more texture - Randall Graham

Randall Graham - Artist The way I would describe the art that's going to be in this show is a much more energized view of things... the way I'm viewing the world. A lot more energy in the painting. A lot more texture. Quote unquote looseness to it, but still really trying to find the edge... you know, I kinda view it as on the blade of a sword, you know, right between realism and abstraction and... it's a fun, fun game that I'm playing with myself to be on that line and not tilt too far to abstraction or too far to realism and I'm... finding that's a very exciting place right in that zone. Gallery 222 Malvern 2 Enlighten - 2 Enjoy - 2 Experience

It starts very loose - Nathan Durnin

Nathan Durnin - Artist It starts very loose, thin. I sketch it for about five minutes just to kinda place where I want my shapes to go. And in this stage, this is with only kinda one layer on, I'm not too worried about my colors right away. I really want to get the big idea of... sorta the values where the lights and darks are and sorta the interaction of shapes. On the next layer, I'm gonna be much more conscientious of my color choices... but this is really about getting big shapes and some of the basic light and dark values together. Then following that comes... the really careful color choices and really trying to sorta finish it and make it look more polished. Gallery 222 Malvern 2 Enlighten - 2 Enjoy - 2 Experience

It's great to dabble - Lele Galer


Lele Galer - Artist Oh I think it's great to dabble. I mean I'm always interested in how some artist is doing something and I wanna see... like I love color. I'd love to do a little bit of glasswork. I have tried stained glass. I can't stand it. It's too problematic for me. I like things that are little bit more spontaneous. But I want to learn how to do things. I don't know as long as it's fun. Honestly there's so many other things to do in the world. I've got a couple books in my head... All sorts of other, you know, great organizations to be a part of and so on. There's always a lot to do and... I'd only be doing the painting and sculpting if it was fun. So the dabbling just increases the fun element.

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Creativity is in all of us - Lele Galer

Lele Galer - Artist Creativity is in all of us and it's really fun to recgonize it even if it's cooking which by the way I'm a terrible cook. It's fun to bring that out and it's... and it makes you feel great to do that stuff and it doesn't have to be visual arts, but for me it is. Gallery 222 Malvern 2 Enlighten - 2 Enjoy - 2 Experience

Studio vs Outdoor Painting - Randall Graham

Randall Graham - Artist
Well, the difference between studio work
and painting outside... in the studio your
light can be very consistent for the most part.
so you can spend a little more time on
things, get things a little more exact
drawing wise, form wise, color wise.
Outdoors, ah, landscape is very
inspirational, but the light changes a lot
so the sun could change.  A cloud could
come in front of it.
Sometimes that's annoying, but a lot of
times those choices being made for you by
outside things give you a more energetic
painting in the end.
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Patience is one of the most important things - Nathan Durnin

Nathan Durnin - Artist
You know, I think patience is one of the most
important things in art.  I mean I have bad
days all the time... 
where nothing is going right.  Everything is just,
you know, it's like my hand doesn't know
how to paint anymore.
And you kinda gotta accept that that's what
that day is, but come back and
do it again tomorrow.

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A sense of what I feel - Lele Galer

Lele Galer - Artist
I'm not thinking about what I'm trying to
bring about in the viewer.  I'm trying to
get a sense of what I feel which is...
strength.  I think that's a perfect word
for it and then there's some awe
and a little bit of wonder kinda all
mixed in there.
And that would be for any of the
subject matters that I cover whether it
be the angel series or the temples or... 
what have you and whether it's a strong
color or gesture or multiple layers,
it's all working towards that.

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Changing my style has been very exciting - Randall Graham

Randall Graham - Artist People will definitely see all the new work at this showing at this exhibition. I've been doing a lot of stuff in the studio using my closet door as the texture for behind whatever I'm painting. Painting a lot of florals. Changing up my style after so many years has been very exciting and invigorating, you know, I've really enjoyed coming up with new ways to... to see things and I've always loved realism and I'm just trying to expand it more and come up with better texture, more interesting depth in the painting. There is always a concern in the back of your head that your fans that are used to what they've been seeing are gonna be, you know, disappear. You'll never see them again and you'll go broke. But I mean I think being an artist, you gotta face those fears and with life too, you know, that's what I've being doing is just... purposely making mistakes at times on the canvas and then trying to solve them and you know, I don't want to get pigeonholed into a certain way of painting just... cuz that starts to feel stale and I just really believe you gotta keep expanding if you want to grow as an artist and... as long as you're putting your heart into it, people will appreciate that as just having that faith in that... that is important. Gallery 222 Malvern 2 Enlighten - 2 Enjoy - 2 Experience

Feeling of complete awe - Nathan Durnin

Nathan Durnin - Artist I think so, I mean the emotions change based on every painting and it's... my emotions change with every painting I make. For these kinds of paintings, you know, where I kinda looked up and I saw just this amazing light show in the sky, it's sorta this feeling of complete awe... and just kinda wanting to capture that moment. The way light moves across the clouds and the way that everything just becomes illuminated in the sky so... I try to capture that kinda emotion. I think it's a pretty powerful emotion that we have when we see something that incredible.

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

"Art Watch" on WCHE 1520am - September 13, 2017

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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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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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.