GALLERY222'S PLEIN AIR MALVERN
On June 24th and 25th, 10 of our amazing local artists will converge on Malvern. They will set up their easels and paints to capturing all the beauty our town has to offer through their eyes and paintbrushes. These talented artists will be out rain or shine allowing you into their creative process. The competitive side of the process pits artists against each other for prizes awarded after 2 days of painting “en plein air” (outside on location).
The Plein Air paintings created will then be on display at Gallery222 from June 28th thru July 15th.
Winners will be announced at the Artist reception Thursday June 29th 5:30-8:30.
We can't wait to see what locations they choose in our 1st Annual Plein Air competition.
Look for the G222 signs around Malvern and check out the artists’ work in progress on June 24th & 25th.
Participating Artists: Randall Graham, Monique Sarkessian, Elise Phillips, Kristi Gilfillan, Robert Bohne, Fred Danziger, Jeremy McGirl, Barbara Berry, Denise Sedor, Nate Durnin
Denise’s art education began at Iona College in New York where she took courses in Fine Art and Photography. She is a member of, and exhibits her work at Chester County Art Association, Delaware Valley Art League, The Plastic Club of Philadelphia and the Wayne Art Center where she is currently continuing her art education. Denise’s work is represented by Hardcastle Gallery in Delaware.
Denise has received awards from Beauty Gallery, Chester County Art Association, the Plastic Club and Wayne Art Center.
Kristi’s love of art began as a young girl sneaking into her mother and grandmother’s art classes. She graduated from Bucknell University with majors in Studio Art and Mathematics. Continuing on to earn a M.S. in Interior Design from Drexel University, Kristi focused her creative eye on the three dimensional design of interior spaces. When she stopped working full time to raise her family, she redirected her focus to oil painting. She draws much of her inspiration from Chester County countryside, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. She is a member of Artists Circle and Flying Colors Fine Art groups and shows her work locally in galleries, shows, and Plein Air events.
LUBA M. CARUSO
Luba Caruso, born in Boston, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Villanova University and attended The Parsons School of Design. She received a package design award from Parsons and has had many works featured in the Parsons Gallery. A successful Package and Design Artist with 15 years experience, Luba’s label designs are featured in famous marketplaces around the country such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, BevMo, World Market, Sams Club, Costco, Blusushi, Iron Chef Michael Symon Restaurant “Lola”, PapaVino and Vino Volo.
Living on the peninsula surrounded by the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, Luba is never far from the beauty of the shore, the beaches of Sea Bright and Spring Lake. The inspiration of these places are evident in her work, expressive in her compositions of daily life along the shore. As a young child, Luba spent summers on Cape Cod where she draws inspiration from as well seen in several of her pieces of seascapes and beach scenes. Her oil paintings capture the beauty of these places as well as capturing her time spent living in Rumson and Fair Haven, New Jersey.
Nature is Sue Ciccone’s inspiration and her work is an emotional response to the beauty of Creation. Living all her life in Chester County has given Sue a deep appreciation for the beauty of the area. Many of her paintings are inspired by local farms, animals, homes and landscapes.
Art has always been a part of Sue’s life, but painting was something she did not discover till later. When she was young, drawing was something she always loved and much of her subjects were often animals or people. Although Sue consider herself to be a self-taught artist, she has gained invaluable instruction from other professionals along the way.
Over the years, Sue has sold her work in various art shows, and currently sells her work in multiple galleries. For three years, Sue has had the pleasure of participating in the Chester County Studio Tour. She has also been involved with multiple charities and uses her art to help special causes when able. One of the organizations she is associated with is Healing Art Works . Through this organization, Sue has been selected to place her art in four regional hospitals.
It is Sue's desire to connect the viewer in an intimate way to her subject. Acrylics are her primary medium, but she also paints with oils and use various mediums at times. Harmony, rhythm, balance and color are the core of Sue’s art.
Born in Philadelphia, Joseph Sweeney graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1976. He studied with and was influenced by: Isa Barnett, Sandy Ceaser, David Kettner, Boris Putterman, Gerry Herdman, Jack Andrews, Ray Spiller, Morris Schulman, Warren Rorher, David Fertig, Jane Piper, Sidney Goodman, and Lily Yeh. He received a Masters Degree in Printmaking from the Art and Architecture department of Penn State University in 1980. While there studied with Bruce Shobaken, Diane Pepe and Peter Jogo. A resident of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, he has taught or is teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The University of the Arts, Wayne Art Center, Woodmere Art Museum, and Chester Springs Studio.
Primarily a landscape painter he was awarded Best of Show at "Images '98" Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts July 1998 and Best of Show for The Philadelphia Water Color Club 98th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. In 2002 was awarded Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Catherine Gibbons Granger Award for Landscape, Chester Springs, PA. Also in 2002 he was awarded Best in Show by The Philadelphia Sketch Club Works on Paper. And in 2010 took second place for the same show. In 2006 took part in ART in Embassies Program. U.S. Dept. of State, (Catalog) Washington D.C. In the Embassies of Port-of Spain, Trinidad& Kigali, Rwanda.
In 2013 he was awarded a three month residency at The Master Works Museum in Paget, Bermuda.
PAULA SARGET MINTZER
Paula Sargent Mintzer’s life took an unexpected turn in 2007 when she began having seizures. This had a profound effect on her life and her art.
Paula is now much more sensitive to her surroundings. Color and light in every living organism comes alive to her. The natural world is even more of an inspiration to Paula then it had been in the past. The bright colors and the light within trees inspires her to paint what she sees. This is a stark contrast to the artist she was up to that point. Paula used to paint fine details and what she sees now is an amazing array of abstract color and light within nature and the energy within it. An unfortunate situation has become a blessing in Paula’s life, as her paintings are an expression of who she has become as a result of her seizures.
Paula is also an energy healer. She infuses energy with intention in all of her creations. She begins each painting with a heart. The heart symbolizes the energy of love that she puts into each piece and the love that connects us all. Each painting is created with multiple layers of color and texture representing the complexity of color and light that makes up everything and everyone. The light, color and texture emerge as Paula paints, just as it does in nature. This gives her paintings a life of their own and allows the viewer to feel the energetic emotion within them. The colors and textures create a play of color and light that allow the viewer to experience the magic she sees, feels and experiences in the world.
Her intention is to create balance through her art by generating a dance between light, dark, bright and muted colors inherent in nature. Paula loves to know that others are moved by the inspiration she expresses in her paintings. It gives meaning to what she has created because she believes her awakened illustrations opens them up to seeing more love, light, color and energy within their own world.
NANCY BEA MILLER
Nancy Bea Miller was born in Manhattan, grew up there and in Connecticut, and relocated to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Her paintings, drawings and photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the country, including the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA, the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, and the Washington Gallery of Photography in Bethesda, Maryland. She has shown in group exhibits in Australia, England, France and Japan. Her work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Mexico and Europe.
Ms. Miller has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the award for Best Transparent Watercolor in the Works on Paper Annual of the Philadelphia Sketch Club (2016.) She has also been honored with Faculty Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (May 2014), the Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant, the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and the Valerie Lamb Smith Artist Residency. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Philadelphia Magazine, Montgomery County Town & Country Living, Southwest Art Magazine, American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, The Advocate, Exceptional Parent Magazine, Mothering Magazine and Kalliope Quarterly, among others.
Jeremy McGirl received his BFA from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and his MFA in 2008 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work consists primarily of drawings, paintings, and collage. Often, the work he makes
is a rumination of his recent experiences with the environment along with what he remembers from experiences he had with his surroundings when he was younger. The work subtly reflects how he feels about the differences that he finds.
Originally from Colorado, Jeremy and his wife, Julie moved east to West Chester,
PA in 1999, In 2012 they moved to Malvern where he continues to live and work in with his wife and their two boys. Jeremy is currently an adjunct faculty member at Delaware County Community College, West Chester University and the Chester County Art Association. In addition to having his work appear in publications he exhibits his work locally in the Philadelphia area.
Jan was born in Texas, raised in Arkansas, and has a business degree from the University of Arkansas. As a child, she fell in love with art, and took lessons and classes right through high school. Even though she changed tracks to study business in college, the love of the creative field has stayed with her. Jan has worked in the interior design field for over thirty years. A few short years ago Jan decided to return to her childhood love of painting, and began taking art
classes at Wayne Art Center. She has won an award there, been accepted to a juried show, and has had three shows of her work in the fall of 2016, three years after resuming painting. Several shows are scheduled for 2017.
As a residential interior decorator in the Main Line area, Jan has strived to bring grace and beauty to her client’s homes. She’s learned to meld what the client desires in their home; visual impact while reflecting their personal tastes.
Always hungry for color, pattern, light, and harmony in her painting, she seeks to reflect the grace notes of welcome that people desire in their homes and lives – that well placed cherished vase, fresh flowers, or perhaps even a happy cupcake! Her paintings are done in oil on canvas or board with the luscious use of creamy oil paint. Her style is loose and impressionistic with nothing too perfect; life is more interesting that way. Jan’s goal is to have her artwork bring a heartbeat of joy, color, and light to life.
Monique Sarkessian earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. She has also taken workshops with internationally recognized painters Stanley Bielen. Dale O. Roberts, Jeff Schaller, Jon Redmond and Moe Brooker.
Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country including 2 museums:
Some of her recent awards include second place for painting out of 84 painters in the inaugural Plein Air Brandywine Valley Art Competition, 3rd place in Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2013 as well as awards by Artist’s Equity, juried shows at Harcum College, Montgomery County Community College, Main Line Art Center and Chester County Art Association.
Teresa DeSeave was born in Beloit, Wisconsin in 1948. At age 15, her family moved outside of Philadelphia, and it was there she first saw a major museum, one of the wonders of my adolescent world.
Teresa entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and later earned a BFA degree from Rosemont College. After marriage and raising a family, Teresa returned to her artist life, and to the medium of pastel, which offered her freshness, directness of application, and sensitivity in application.
Today, she is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of America, holds signature membership in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and has been awarded the Crest Medal by that society.
Teresa has been featured in the Pastel Journal magazine, and am represented in private collections.
Today, her work is an exploration of the spiritual side of human experience through the element of light. This allows Teresa to convey our struggle and joys in emerging from darkness.
Mark Flemming is an east coast-based street/pop artist from Malvern, PA inspired by the 1960’s new art movement. Mark’s body of work has a unique mixture of traditional pop art with precise, hard-edged lines and urban street art that has a raw sense of freedom. Mark’s techniques, choice of color, textures and subject matter allows you to relate to everyday life through his dark humor, political views and personal interest.
Kaitlin Dodds was born in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She received a B.S. in Neuroscience from The University of Michigan in 2009. Following her experience at Michigan, she attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and received a BFA in Painting & Drawing in 2013. She is currently an MFA candidate in Painting and Drawing at Indiana University. Her work has been exhibited in Bloomington, Chicago, and New York.
ARCENIO MARTIN CAMPOS
Arcenio Martin Campos attended New Mexico State University for studio arts, the University of New Mexico for art history, and received a Certificate of Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He began drawing on his own as a child, and between schools acquired much of his fine art education from independent study and private instruction of the human figure. Mr. Campos began his teaching career conducting classes in cast drawing whilst still in New Mexico. He has given lectures on anatomy, figure drawing, and painting and has facilitated open figure drawing groups in both Albuquerque and Philadelphia. His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.
Mr. Campos currently teaches life drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and figurative painting, plein air, and still life painting at the Wayne Art Center.
Paul has always been fascinated with the magnificence of the great masters and began with one simple art class to explore his creative interests. He was instantly captivated at the process and methods of creative development and the course he would follow led to 10 years of intensive study. He studied for six years at Brandywine Atelier (now Studio Relievo) under Neilson Carlin and four years at Studio Incamminati under Nelson Shanks. His training in traditional realism includes the essentials of drawing and painting from cast, live figure, portrait, still life and landscape methods. Learning color theory, composition, modeling the form and the process to finish a painting were part of his evolution as an artist. Paul earned a B.S. from Widener University and studied Art with accomplished teachers such as Ted Seth Jacobs, Robert Liberace, Daniel Sprick, Michael Grimaldi, and John De Martin. Paul continues his art studies at various open studio classes including sessions at The Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His passion and love of art is evident in his daily life, as he paints in oil and sketches almost every day. A continual journey to learn and grow his talents through visiting art museums, reading art history and researching techniques of the classical methods is an important part of his art progression. Some of Paul's favorite classic painters are Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Inness and Sorolla. Doing a landscape painting on the edge of a corn field or an extended figure pose in a studio inspires and challenges me on a continual basis, Paul states. My goal is to reach the footsteps of the great masters.
Heather grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and graduated from Marple Newtown High School with honors and an art scholarship. She went on to attend Rhode Island School of Design and earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Post graduation she worked in the building trades and owned her own contracting firm for many years leaving a trail of murals, sculptures, and mosaics in homes throughout Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. She currently resides in Chester County.
In June of 2013, after a moving experience at a Jamie Wyeth opening, she made the decision to give up her former career in order to paint full time. She proceeded to win first place in the prestigious 2013 Brandywine Valley Plein Air Competition, as well as winning the Annual Invitational Exhibition at the Chester County Art Association in April 2014. Returning to the Brandywine Valley Plein Air in October 2014, she also captured the Artists Choice Award.
Currently her work is primarily landscapes based on plein air treks throughout the area. She also works out of Bedford County, Pennsylvania where she has strong ties to both her family and the incredible natural surroundings of mountains, rivers, and farmlands.
Heather McMordie is an artist and printmaker based in Philadelphia. After graduating from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and The University of Pennsylvania, Heather has remained in Philadelphia, finding inspiration for her artwork in the surrounding landscapes and soils. Heather's complexly layered prints and drawings explore the relationship between the printmaking process and geological processes. Her work has been exhibited at the Woodmere Art Museum, Morris Arboretum, and the Governor's residence in Harrisburg, PA. She is an active member and Marketing Coordinator at Second State Press, and a resident artist at the Church Studios at Olivet Church. When not making art, Heather is most likely running in the Wissahickon Valley, stopping occasionally to observe the soil and unusual geological formations.
Audrey Tant is a native of England. She has always been interested in drawing and painting. She remembers receiving her first prize for painting in second grade. Audrey briefly attended art school in North London. Unfortunately, World War II interrupted her art career.
Audrey, her husband and children settled in the United States in the 1960’s. When her children entered college Audrey returned to painting. She began by taking drawing and oil painting classes in Short Hills, New Jersey. Then, when she moved to Chester County she rediscovered her favorite medium, water color. She has been fortunate to study with many regional and local artists including: Wendy Schierer, Judy Antonelli, Domenic De Stefano, Judy Betts, Jean Spicer, Nita Engle, Tony Couch and Mel Stabin.
Watercolor continues to be Audrey’s favorite medium; she paints for the joy of it. When her work brings pleasure to others that makes her happy. Her paintings have been selected for both juried and invitational shows where she has received many awards for her work. For several years Audrey’s work was featured at the Chadds Ford Gallery in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, at Hardcastle Gallery in Centerville, Delaware and at The Studio in Swathmore, Pennsylvania. Since moving to Shannondell in Audubon, Pennsylvania, Audrey has displayed her work in primarily local venues including the John James Audubon shows, the Greater Norristown Art League Courting Art shows and shows at the Shannondell gallery.
Rhoda Kahler is a ceramic artist living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Her tile work has been featured in magazines, newspapers and on television, including on the Home and Garden Television network (HGTV). Rhoda created the centennial tiles for the Delaware Art Museum in her Alphabet City motif. Most recently, she finished a Guest Artist Residency at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their Form and Art Program.
Drawing from nature, much of her art bends toward the organic, making use of abstraction and collage. There is a tactile intimacy that is translated through the mud between her fingers to her pieces that beg to be touched. Her handmade tile murals appear in public and private collections throughout the Delaware Valley—her most recent murals are located on the new E.O.Bull Center for the Arts at West Chester University. One of these exterior walls spans 85 feet x 15 feet, covered in handmade tile and other shards with a painted background. Other murals include the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and the Historical Kearsley Building in Philadelphia, among other sites.
Rhoda has also taught classes and workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at regional art centers and has participated in a wide range of Resident Artist programs. An occasional adjunct faculty member at West Chester University, she graduated from WCU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Rhoda exhibits her hand-sculpted tiles and sculpture regularly at fine art galleries while also working on her commissioned tile work.
From the rising sunlight spilling across the riparian areas and woodland streams in Pennsylvania to the late afternoon light sweeping over the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming, the ever-changing beauty of our fragile home is my inspiration. Barbara Berry considers each render—whether it be a landscape or the character and colors in a loved one’s face an immeasurable privilege, and her ambition is to share her experiments with pastels and oil paints—to prompt a nostalgic memory or to inspire another to pause and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
In university Barbara acquired a degree in classical singing and applied herself to a rewarding career singing concert and opera in Germany and America. Now her days are filled with family and painting.
Barbara is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Maryland Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Portrait Society of America.
A graduate of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mike Iacobucci enjoyed a long and successful career in advertising as both an art director and graphic designer for some of the biggest agencies in the city. After 35 years of creating memorable and award-winning campaigns for a wide range of clients, he returned to his fine-arts roots. He renewed his studies at the Main Line School, Creutzburg Center and, currently, at The Wayne Art Center. His work has been recognized and awarded in multiple, juried art shows. While he also works in watercolors and charcoal, he favors oils for the boldness and depth they allow him to bring to both his portraits, landscapes and still life paintings.
Randall Graham’s passion for art has been apparent since childhood. His love of drawing and creating stories through works of art started at a very young age and hasn’t stopped yet. He studied at The Carlin Academy of Fine Art. Bo Bartlett has also taught Randall and influenced his style. The tradition of Chester County artists continues with Randall. He was born in Malvern Pa and today he resides in West Chester PA with his family. He keeps a studio in Malvern where he works and teaches traditional painting fundamentals.
Randall is ambitious when it comes to his approach to painting. His work comes into to being through a variety of channels including studio work, en plein air (outdoor painting) and his "en rain air" style. The "en rain air" style comes about from painting a scene from his mini van or window while it is raining. The rain drops on the window act as a means for abstraction. The juxtaposition of abstract and reality creates emotional paintings which have become very popular with Randall's collectors.
Randall also loves to share his knowledge of painting through teaching. Helping others create is a truly gratifying experience. Randall teaches traditional painting fundamentals at Randall Graham Studio in Malvern and at Chester County Art Association.
Claire Haik explores the hidden processes existing beneath the visual exterior in nature. In her latest work, she pulverizes rocks into textural pigment. The color of the minerals, their density, and the way they crumble are all outward expressions of their intrinsic structure. As samples of the land, the rocks become the truest part of the painting. Her scientifically-inspired imagery has been published by SciArt in America and by Issues in Science and Technology.
Claire is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a Master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She was awarded the Lois and Charles X Carlson Landscape Residency and the Experience Economies: Landscape Experience Residency at Mildred’s Lane. Her work can be found at galleries throughout the northeast and was recently featured by SVA at PULSE Miami.
Nicole Michaud works with all the things she sees; shadows on the sidewalk, dreams, memories, objects in her living space, nature, flowers, insects, totems. Oftentimes several pieces are worked together, such that ultimately they form their own set of series. Surfaces are covered, scraped, scratched, and reworked. Though a process of constant revision, the work takes shape. Nicole was born in Manchester, NH and currently resides in Philadelphia. She traveled within North America and Europe, and utilizes imagery from her travels in much of her work.