"As an artist, I am interested in a free interpretation of life’s experiences. I believe that the moving power of all artists is a vivid sensibility and impulsiveness and that art reflects life in general as well as the individual artist in particular. I believe art rises in a kind of inner turbulence, which is rarely produced in isolation from the impact of the social environment in which the artist lives or works."
The opening reception is on Thursday November 2nd from 6:30pm to 10:30pm and the closing reception is on Sunday December 3rd from 2-5pm
Cody Pryseski is a Baltimore-based artist specializing in portrait and figurative oil paintings. He takes a humanist approach to painting, believing in the value of classical, traditional training and techniques. Inspiration is key, but then you have to put in the work. His attention to detail and quality compels him to continually re-work his canvases, until he achieves the right mood. The goal is to capture the personality, even the psychology, of his subject.
Willem de Kooning said, “Flesh is the reason why oil painting was invented.” Pryseski uses the impasto technique, thickly layering his figures with oil paint. This brings additional texture to the work, allowing for the artist to manipulate the play of light and rendering the figure more expressive. Pryseski is inspired by Stephen Conroy, Phillip Pearlstein, and Chuck Close (whom he met when he accidentally stumbled into Close’s SoHo gallery). But his work is most strongly influenced by Lucien Freud. Pryseski saw Freud’s’ first U.S. show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993. The well-worn brochure from that show remains in his studio today, always close at hand for inspiration.
Pryseski grew up in Lutherville, MD. He graduated from MICA in 1996 with a degree in painting and drawing.
Pryseski maintains a studio in Canton. He welcomes commissions.
The opening reception will be held on Thursday December 7th from 6:30-10:30pm and the closing show will be SATURDAY December 30th from 2-5pm
Mark S. Sanders is a multi-media artist and sculptor who creates almost exclusively with found and reclaimed objects scavenged from the alleys of his home city of Baltimore. As an artist for 35 years, Mark has worked in nearly every aspect of creative art, including poetry, music, graphic design, script writing, acting, set building, art directing, and producing events for visual and performance art. In 2014, he turned his attention solely to 3-D work, and now focuses exclusively on abstract sculpture in metal, wood, concrete and glass. Three months after becoming a serious sculptor he had his first solo show.
Mark often creates his work in series of 4, 8, 12 or more pieces that share a related feeling or theme. However, he admits that he doesn’t pursue artistic statements, and says nothing he does is intended as social commentary. An intense and prolific artist, he works every day with an obsessive compulsion, and has created over 200 pieces in two years. He calls himself an employee of his art, and feels there is no time to second guess himself or the purpose.
Mark’s latest body of work, which he calls the “Salvage Series,” is geared around his part time job. It is created from very specific abandoned and forgotten things: plastic toy cars belonging to his brother as a child; 1970s PC boards from his father’s engineering company; burst water pipes and termite-eaten wood recovered from his own apartment as he refurbished it. He carries a small dog-eared notebook with him wherever he goes, and constantly scrawls notes and sketches for an ever growing list of projects, which he looks forward to never completing.
The opening reception will be held on Thursday Septmber 7th from 7-11pm and the closing reception will be on Sunday October 1st from 2-5pm
Kate Norris examines the relationship between realism and abstraction and their dual processes using nature as a touchstone. Norris received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and her BA from Stanford University. Her work has been shown in New York, Baltimore, Tampa and the San Francisco Bay area. Norris lives in northern Maryland and teaches in Baltimore County Public Schools. In 2015, she was recognized as Baltimore County New Middle School Teacher of the Year
The opening reception will be held on Thursday August 3rd from 7:30-10:30pm and the closing reception will be held on Sunday September 3rd from 2-5pm
The Stitch and Mold Show is a two artist exhibition featuring 2 unique form of art the first being a mixed media fiber work by Robert Hoffman and the second story telling ceramics exhibition A Series of Emotional Responses to Exceptional Events by Gil Grimmett
Gil Grimmett’s Series of Emotional Responses to Exceptional Events are sculpted ceramic masks that draw their inspiration from a variety of African and African derivative mask-making traditions and design motifs. Specifically, there are stylistic quotes from Songye portrait shields from the Congo, Baule portrait shields from Ghana and the Cote d’Ivoire and Zulu war shields from South Africa. The masks are self-referential. Each emotion is modeled after my own reflection, taking liberties with the details to achieve similar yet different masks.
Each mask is then mounted in the center of a wooden frame. With their markings and rough surface treatment these frames evoke an urban architecture weathered by time and the elements. The composition makes use of upcycled urban objects gathered from the streets of Brooklyn and Baltimore including: rusted nails, wire, scrap metal, wire mesh and barbed wire. Then they are painted black…
Robert Hoffman’s exhibition of work is a combination of mixed media, self taught fiber work and collaging to create and reveal simple,surreal, common and at times obscure narratives that are played out in a world known to the birds he create.
Robert uses the same ideas he does in all of my work, the imagery in each work portrays aspects of travel, home, companionship, love and other narratives that his feel his birds would encounter and be involved in while living their lives.
Watson is an artist based in Maryland whose work focuses on exploring the urban landscape.
Nearly all of Watson’s life he have lived surrounded by nature and pastoral beauty. For many this would be artistically inspiring, but it has never aroused his creativity. He found his creative sparked outside of his rural world.
Watson’s work is fueled by the excitement of the “big city” and the often overlooked beauty of the landscape. Infrastructure as well as decay in urban environments are what intrigue him the most. Informational signs, advertising, graffiti, layered paint, and neglect weave a rich tapestry of imagery that is an endless supply of inspiration. His work has been featured in galleries throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and in various online galleries.
Watson’s unique style has caught the attention of many patrons, jurors, and publications alike. He is an active advocate for the arts, artist mentor, and lecturer. Watson belongs to several artist groups, and was a key organizer of Artomatic@Frederick in 2016. He is a graduate of the arts program at Towson University.
Kelly Ames is the "Ambassador of Bling"
Kelly is a Maryland native artist who decided to quit the corporate world to fill her passion for creating all kinds of art. Her mediums range from paint and paper to mosaics and bottle cap creations. Her subject matter is heavily influenced by her Maryland state pride but does not limit her from going outside of the box. Her work it maticulous, vibrant and engaging.
The opening reception is on Thursday April 6th 2017 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. The closing reception is on Sunday April 30th from 2-5pm.
Pottery and Stitching are polar opposites but are nothing to scoff at. These two artists have a real knack for taking their ordinary skills to extraordinary creations
The opening reception is Thursday June 1st from 7-11pm and the closing reception is Sunday July 2nd from 2-5pm
Robinson Muñoz was born in Chile in 1943. After receiving his medical degree, he moved to North America, where he studied Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. He specialized in working with children and adolescents. Art played a significant role in his practice and he developed an interviewing technique which used drawing and painting as a medium of communication.
Thalia Scagliola is an extended media artist who examines Cybernetic art in her work. She works in performance work, video footage, and screen-printed imagery. Thalia was born in Bel Air, Maryland just north of Baltimore. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Fibers and Painting. Thalia has recently completed her MFA degree in painting at SCAD, and is currently residing in Maryland.
Thalia’s work is centered on examining my obsessive tendencies. She make performance videos depicting herself in a broad range of conditions. The inherent need to record and observe takes precedence over the content. To relate the estrangement she experience to the viewer, the footage is broken into hundreds of clips, reordered, and then layered. The 33 layers of footage emphasize my obsessive examinations. The footage is paused at 3 minutes, 33 seconds, and 33 frames, providing the viewer with a moment of pause. The number 3 as well as its multiples, references the infancy of these tendencies, which is rooted in her childhood. Driven by her habitual nature, physical processes such as screen-printing are introduced, providing further departure through increased objectivity. The original imagery is broken down through successive layers. Every layer is different from another and never repeated. Use of color reflects the departure occurring from the original footage. Influenced by cybernetic art, performance art, chance operations, and systems art, Thalia’s work focuses on obsessive tendencies, and the altered perceptions developed through compulsion.
Marie-Paule Dendooven Coster originally from Brussels, Belgium has always been drawn to the arts. She Came to the US and studied drawing, sculpture and painting at The Schuler School, M.I.C.A and B.C.C.
Marie-Paule paints maints with a variety of mediums such as acrylic, oil pastels, sticks, ink, wood and paper. She paints with many layers, blending many colors and textures. Her works vary from figurative to abstract and her subjects are mostly imaginary. She finds she either paints from memory or the subconscious. Her work is about feeling. Her inspiration is taken from nature and light. More info can be seen one Marie-Paule’s website www.marie-pauledenoovencoster.com
William Wright is a prolific self taught artist. Born and raised in England, currently living and working in the USA. William paints in a variety of styles with fondness for expressionism and bright colors. Winner of RAW BALTIMORE : BEST VISUAL ARTIST 2013. William has had work displayed at the prestigious Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore.
Mr. Wright usually works quickly with whatever inspires him at the time and whatever materials are at hand or have grabbed his attention.
For the August show William hope to create a few new larger pieces, combining collage with paint, but honestly he has no idea what will inspire him tomorrow and may go in a totally different direction!
Rich Zoeller is a photographer based out of New York City with photography that covers large variety of areas such as urban exploration,night work, astro & landscapes as the list goes on. Rich’s work has been featured in the main lobby of the of the world famous Empire State Building and as well as online magazines, and published worldwide. It is the love and passion that he has for this art that keeps driving him forward and continuing to show the world what he capture through my lens.
Rich Zoeller’s work can be viewed @ www.richzoellerphotography.com .
Oscar Rivera too is a New York City freelance photographer. Oscar's work has been published in newspapers & magazines here and around the world and has also adorned book covers. His work can also be found throughout the city anywhere from coffee houses in SOHO, to shops of distinction on the Upper East Side. In addition, he has commissions on a regular basis by a wide variety of clients. Having lived in NYC his entire life; shooting it is his passion. Although Oscars specialty is night photography with an emphasis on urban exploration, his collection is not limited to this. Oscar has a comprehensive catalogue of diverse images obtained from his frequent travel throughout and outside of the United States.
John F. Johnson III born in 1978 in Washington, DC John acquired his love for art as a child. His father was a commercial artist. He was fascinated with the skill that his father possessed, the skill of taking an idea or vision and transforming it into an artistic manifestation.
Like his father, John was a natural artist. His raw talent afforded him the opportunity to attend high school at Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington DC. He later moved to Baltimore and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for illustration and a Master of Fine Arts degree for digital arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Passionate about his craft, John started his own graphic designing company, J2 Design Inc. He specializes in graphic design, photography, video production and editing. John has always been intrigued by the details in a person’s face. He believes that many stories can be told through facial expressions. His drawings and photography reflects his passion for conveying those stories.
John is currently the Creative Director for the urban retailer, DTLR. His vision, craft, and creativity have guided the company’s marketing strategies to greater heights. John’s work is currently printed in all of DTLR’s literature. His work is also displayed at all DTLR locations and at www.dtlr.com. John’s favorite quote and moto is “possibility begins with imagination”.
Ronald Campbell is a local artist born and raised in West Baltimore. Outside of the occasional YouTube tutorial he has no formal art related training, just an inherent talent and the ability to make cartoonish ideas come to life. Aside from his work on the displayed pieces he also specializes in graphic design and lettering. He has used these talents to contribute to the success of a local clothing brand, Virt Ink. He is also spearheading the art direction for a children’s book titled The Electrifying Adventure of Mr. Powers.
Fries On the Rise: An Opus to the Side Piece is a series of acrylic paintings that finally gives some shine to everyone’s favorite fast food co-star. As with most of his creation, the inspiration comes from sketchbook doodles, twisted humor, late 80’s cartoons and couch lock. Ronald only hopes that whatever people see his work they question the seriousness of day to day reality and follow it up with a chuckle. Every laugh is a successful project.
Press Kit: http://www.mattye-hamilton.com
When I paint I am illustrating the way in which I am connected to my environment. I am drawn to the patterns, colors and figures that I see in daily life, which I then use to populate a world of my own. I feel the energy from each individual piece and imagine the story it tells. I want my surfaces to radiate light and tease emotion. I become lost in the layers of paint and begin to formulate a story. Texture, color and motion are all important elements of my work that complete the experience. In 2015 I started experimenting with metal leaf, working it into sections of my paintings. The metallic hues have added a certain warmth and radiance, lending a spiritual feeling to my figures. I sense a warmth emanating from the canvas, and I connect with the work in a way that is organic and spontaneous.
About the Artist
Mattye Hamilton is a painter and printmaker living in Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 1994. She uses luscious, unexpected combinations of color, pattern, and line, infusing her work with equal measures of nature and style. Hamilton’s work has been exhibited throughout Baltimore, including at MAXgallery, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Fleckenstein Gallery, Minas Gallery, & Patrick Sutton Home. Her paintings and works on paper are on permanent display at Fleckenstein Gallery . Her works have also been published in several magazines, including Shape, MS, and Baltimore Magazine. Look for more of Hamilton’s workon display at the Creative Alliance in July 2016.
This exhibit of two artist, Joan Kolker and Christy Bergland, who also are friends is wildly different in subject matter, approach and style.
Joan Kolker is currently a full-time practicing painter but wasn’t for a long time. While when she was young she attended art school and practiced painting she stopped in her 20’s and didn’t find herself with brush in hand till 2000!
Joan’s approach to starting a painting is a simple practice where she chooses a paint or pastel or pencil and just makes strokes. From there she opens her mind to allow her imagination to create the painting, she does admit to having trouble once things start to come together to not overthink and control the outcome. This conscious ability to keep the thinking mind at easy to allow the imagination to flow is what her painting arena is like.
“My painting is an area of my life where the vital flow of life and my heart can experience directly- opening and closing.”- Joan Kolker.
Christy Bergland is an artist/ art therapist. Christy has been an artist since she was a child. She grew up in both Maryland and Maine, received her BFA from MICA, her MFS from the University of Pennsylvania. Post graduation she started teaching art to school children where they were visually describing their experiences which led to her career as an art therapist. She returned to school to to get a masters in Creative Arts in Therapy from Drexel University. She has worked with Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore for 40 year and has a private practice as well. Christy’s work as an art therapist has significant;y shaped her work as an artist. “The notion of connection in collaboration as well as the writings of D.W. Winnicott about “play” and “transitional phenomenon” are fundamental concepts in my artwork as well as in my art therapy” Christy said. Her subject matter focuses on “loss” and “change” and are essential in the process of “finding” the visual work in present time.
These three Baltimore local artists are our March featured artists with 3 different style of painting to exhibit. Come check out their different for of air
Come celebrate the opening reception of Cody Pryseski's SOLO exhibit on Thursday January 7th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. His work will be viewable for the month of January during our gallery hours and there will be a closing reception on Sunday January 31st from 2pm to 5pm.
Cody Pryseski is a Baltimore based artist specializing in portrait and figurative oil painting.
He takes a humanist approach to painting, believing in the value of classical, traditional training and techniques. Inspiration is key, but then you have to put in the work. His attention to detail and quality compels him to continually re-work his canvases, until he achieves the right mood. The goal is to capture the personality, even the psychology, of his subject.
Willem de Kooning said, “Flesh is the reason why oil painting was invented.” Pryseski uses the impasto technique, thickly lay
ering his figures with oil paint. This bringsadditional texture to the work, allowing for the artist to manipulate the play of light and rendering the figure more expressive.
Pryseski is inspired by Stephen Conroy and Chuck Close (whom he met when he accidentally stumbled into Close’s SoHo gallery). But his work is most stronglyinfluenced by Lucien Freud. Pryseski saw Freud’s’ first U.S. show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993. The well worn brochure from that show remains in hisstudio today, always close at hand for inspiration.
Pryseski grew up in Lutherville, MD. He graduated from MICA in 1996 with a degree in painting and drawing. He lives in Reisterstown with his wife, two children anddog.
Pryseski maintains a studio in Canton. He welcomesstudio visits andcommissions.