ALTSCHULER, MENKE & METTLER
Showing - Feb. 13th - March 9th
Artist Reception - Thurs., Feb. 21st 5:30 - 8:00PM
Come meet, mingle, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some lite bites with Rachel, Alison & Bonnie!
(Open to the Public)
Rachel Altschuler, a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, showed an aptitude for art at a very early age. Throughout high school, she excelled in drawing and painting, and was eventually awarded an art scholarship to Coastal Carolina University. While there, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art Studio and a Master’s degree in Art Education. Upon graduation, Rachel began teaching in the art department at Villa Maria Academy High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania. After five years of teaching she left to pursue her career as a full time artist.
Rachel’s work is a reflection of what inspires her most- her love of nature. Her bird paintings, while inherently whimsical, also capture a sense of mystery. Her attention to detail, and bold use of color are what make these paintings come to life.
Her work has been featured at several galleries and businesses throughout the Philadelphia area, and as far west as Colorado. She is a member of the Chester County Art Association where she has also taught classes and workshops. She has donated a great deal of her art to raise money for several non-profit organizations including: The Main Line Animal Rescue, Noonetime Charities, Serving at the Crossroads, Empty Bowls, Habitat for Humanity, and Finding Shelter Animal Rescue. She currently lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. One of her favorite places to find new inspiration is the Stroud Preserve in West Chester, a 574 acre protected wildlife habitat and “important bird area” as designated by the National Audubon Society.
ALISON LEIGH MENKE
Alison Leigh Menke is a conceptual plein air impressionist. Her subjects depict the natural beauty of light in the landscape, while emphasizing the rich colors our world has to offer. The vast majority of her work is created in open air, often backpacking to remote locations, or navigating city sidewalks. Alison loves painting directly from real life and experience. Her approach stresses the importance of expressing a true sense of light and place while showcasing the qualities of oil paint and brushwork. Painting thick and thinking abstract design, she loves to use texture and color to move a viewer around her painting.
Alison Leigh Menke was born abroad in 1987 and raised in Howard County, Maryland. Growing up she was impressed by the art of her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. These strong women and their paintings enchanted her throughout her youth and help inspire her today. Her great-grandmother, Georgia Leigh Caldwell, was an American Impressionist. In 2010 Alison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in Art and Art History. She has studied art abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece and in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has attended over a dozen workshops with talented artists around the world. Her journey into landscape painting began in 2011 when a three week solitary trip to Colorado turned into a five month foray into plein air. She painted every day, camped in national parks, sold studies out of the trunk of her car, and created over 150 paintings. With a desire to travel and learn from her peers Alison has spent the past three years attending plein air competitions and festivals. Between the plein air seasons of 2016 and 2017 she attended 26 competitions along the eastern seaboard and was honored with 26 awards. Her successes have garnered attention from local newspapers, Plein Air Magazine, Art Connoisseur, and various publications.
Travelling is a large part of Alison’s artistic inspiration. She loves the freshness of new locations and loves to explore how much her palette changes from landscape to landscape. By no means is Alison a nomad. As far as her travels may take her – there is no place like home in Clarksville, Maryland.
Bonnie Mettler has a BFA from Moore College of Art and Design and has studied drawing and watercolor at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She is a mural and portrait artist who works mainly from commissions. She has taught at Main Line Art Center for many years as well as Abington Art Center, Wayne Art Center and the Chester Springs Studio.