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Participating Artists

Brief Biographies and Artists' Statements



MARGO ALLMAN  Acrylics and mixed media

Margo Alman studied at Smith College, the Moore College of Art and Design, the Hans Hofmann School of Art and the University of Delaware. She received a Moore Distinguished Alumnae award in 1998. Allman had a retrospective "Life in Art from 1953 through 2008" at the McKinney and Long Galleries at West Chester University. Her work is represented in the collections of the Delaware Art Museum,
the Philadelphia Museum of Art and numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.

Contact:

e-mail: mhutsie@aol.com

Ovoidal Abundance

   

KIM ALSBROOKS  Found objects and  oils

Kim Alsbrooks was raised in Charleston, SC. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona and is currently residing in Philadelphia. The work she is most known for, "My White Trash Family" series is based on the miniature portraits of the 18th and 19th century social elite and is meticulously painted on found smashed trash such as flattened beer cans. The disposability of the "canvas" challenges the viewer to reevaluate their perception of the value of the the painting subject and even the value of painting itself. The trash as canvas is juxtaposed with the artists practice of close attention to the subject and careful rendering in oils. This series has been shown extensively in the U.S. and in Berlin.

Contact:

e-mail: kimals61@gmail.com

website: www.kimalsbrooks.com

   

LAURA BARTON Oil painting

Ms. Barton studied art at the Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Her work has been shown in galleries around the region. Laura's work is impressionistic in style and she paints mainly en plein air. "I love painting outside, capturing the light and color as it drapes the landscape."

Contact:
e-mail: laura@bartondesigninc.com
Website: www.laurabarton.com

Green Creek
Oil on Panel

SANDRA BENHAIM Painting, mixed media collage

Sandra is an M.Ed and BFA graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and her paintings are in private and corporate collections nationally. Recent exhibitions: Solo show at Pittsburgh, PA’s Christine Fréchard Gallery, featured artist at Commerce Square, Philadelphia and the GoggleWorks Arts Center’s national annual juried show.
“Working primarily in oil, pigment sticks, and collage on canvas, wood, and paper, my paintings attempt to express and also celebrate my passion for nature and all its splendor of color and variety. After years of painting representationally, little ‘pieces of landscapes’ began to mix in my artwork with pure abstractions of color and texture.”

Contact:

email: sandrabenhaim@gmail.com

Phone: 610 316-9322

Website: www.sandrabenhaim.com

Ebullience

KAROL BOBB Graphics, Computer images, Jewelry

Karol's work is ever evolving. She likes collecting found objects when traveling as a memoir of her stay. These objects subsequently become a piece of mixed media art filled with the alluring emotion of its original environment. She also enjoys metal artform and in the past has created a name for herself in sliversmithing. Using this knowledge she often incorporates pieces of metall into her art work. Karol was born in Panama and grew up in Florida and the Bahamas. Her work often embraces an indigenous spirit she believes has been influenced from her resident past.

Contact:

Phone: 610 505-4023

 

Jazz Trio

GINA BOSWORTH    Mixed Media
Her work reflects the convergence of art and science.  Repetition and similarity of shapes, colors, forms, and textures in our world and the universe are based on meticulous studies of the environment, and represented in paper and fibers with metals, plastic, wood, through  collage, computer generated images, printing making techniques, inks, acrylics, charcoal and colored pencil. 


Contact:

e-mail: ginabos@aol.com

Website: www.ginabosworth.com

 


Lichen Tryptich

CAROL COLE  Mixed Media Assemblages

Carol Cole’s art is inspired by the works of anonymous tribal artists and architects whose archetypal forms and symbols speak a universal language, crossing barriers of time and culture. She aims for the same universality by making multicultural references and seeing beauty in unexpected places. Transforming the relics of our time-–found manufactured objects-- into elegant iconic sculptures.!Cole shows and sells her art nationally. Her work is in many private and corporate collections, as well as the Philadelphia History Museum and the Curtis Institute of Music. Cole has degrees from Stanford and Harvard, but is largely self-taught in art.

Contact:

Phone: 610 664-2825

email: carol@carolcole.com

Website: www.carolcole.com

LELE GALER   Oil, encaustic, welded steel

Lele Galer exhibits in the Chester County area, about 20 shows a year, including several solo shows. Her current works are abstracted tree landscapes and color studies in small and large panels. Her welded abstract steel work forms and reflects the strength and vitality of living things. Her "Steel Forest" won top honors at the CCAA. She graduated from Wesleyan University CT and the University of California, Berkeley. She also writes and teaches an art history program that reaches 2300 students and 100 adults a year, raises money for non-profits, writes a weekly art column, creates public murals, and owns and manages Galer Estate Winery in Kennett Square. Lele is on the board of the RCWA and the Chester County Art Association. "Art is a terrific community builder, which I love to encourage, but the act of creating art is purely selfish for me. My work is an unedited sensual expression of my spirit, always exploratory and always personal."

Contact:

e-mail:ggalerfamily@comcast.net

Autumn

Collage

 

FRAN GALLUN Collage and Painting

Fran Gallun is a Philadelphia area artist who has exhibited for over 30 years. She teaches at the Fleisher Art Memorial, and is the recipient of many awards and traveling fellowships. Her work, mixed media painting expresses her interest in the many layers of history, of the earth, of each of us; things both hidden and revealed. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts, and has studied at the PA Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Fleisher Art Memorial.


Contact:

Website: www.frangallun.com

Lush Garden
Collage

LINDA DUBIN GARFIELD an award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist, creates visual memoirs exploring the mystery of memory and the magic of place, using hand-pulled printmaking techniques, photography, collage and digital imaging. She also creates installations that include public participatory art relating to women in today's culture. In 2005 she founded ARTsisters, a group of professional artists who empower each other and their community through art. In 2007 she started smART business consulting, helping emerging artists reach their goals providing - consulting and coaching on the business side of art, workshop experiences and opportunities to exhibit work. Today she serves on several non-profit boards and appreciates her good fortune to be able to make art every chance she gets.


Contact:621Fariston Drive Wynnewood, PA 1909

Phone:610.649.3174

email: garf621@aol.com

Website: www.lindadubingarfield.com

The Magic Bird
Mixed Media

CAROL EVERHART ROPER
...Photography as a Paintbrush...

A professional photographer and artist since 1975, Carol Everhart Roper is most drawn to our natural environment, and has captured images from all across North America, the Caribbean and England. In addition to straight photography, Carol's work uses complimentary images and blends them to create a world of whispers; tactile, emotional and provocative, making the photograph itself work as a tool - as paint and brush - to reveal the world inside her.

Contact: By Appointment

Winter Moonrise
Photo composite

JUDY GOODKIND  Collage

Working with found images, Judy Goodkind builds her pictures from widely disparate sources.  Seamlessly integrating cut-outs and paint, she creates what one critic has described as “logical presentations of illogical reality.”  Her visual allusions range through epochs of art history.  They are brain teasers and invitations to puzzle-solving.

Judy has exhibited extensively through-out the Mid-Atlantic region with 22 solo shows and numerous juried exhibitions over the past 30 years.  Her collages are included in the corporate collections of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals as well as many private collections.

Contact:

e-mail: jgoodkind38@gmail.com

Website: www.judygoodkind.com


Some Famous Ladies on Vacation

GINA GRUENBERG  Fiber  Art,  Sculpture,  Direct Casting,  Artist’s  Books and  Henna/MehndiBody Art

Gina Gruenberg began her art exploration with fiber by making quilts and using the Japanes dying technique called Shibori. In addition, her figurative sculpture and hands-on work have been informed by  a long career in the Healing Arts as a Shiatsu practioner - massage therapist and acupuncturist provider of energetic medicine.  She loves clay work and Raku firings, direct casting, and Henna body art, "Mehndi." Her plaster life casts sculpture often wear animal spirit masks inspired by puppet shows she attends all over the country. Gina shows her work in galleries and juried shows. She offers classes in all the above techniques.

Contact:

email:  ginagruenberg@aol.com

Phone:  215 317-1538   

Website:  www.Philasculptors.org

MARY KANE   Acrylic Painting

Mary Kane received a  BFA from Ohio State and went on to take graduate classes  in painting and drawing at American University.   Before moving to the Philadelphia area she taught art in high school in Fairfax, Virginia and was a traveling art supervisor.  In the Philadelphia area she studied with various artists and has moved entirely to abstraction.  One juror described her work as a “wonderful abstract symphony of colors, planes and drips which simply resonate well together”.

She was accepted in the Art of the State three times and invited by Marion Locks to be in an invitational show at the Wayne Art Center.  She is active on the Board of Artists Equity and is a member of the ARTsisters .  She has been the curator for the “Artist of the Month” at the Main Line Unitarian Church for the past 25 years.

Contact:

Phone: 484 341-8014

e-mail: marykaneart@gmail.com

Website: www.marykane.com

STEPHANIE KIRK  Ph.D.

Stephanie Kirk is a conceptual artist who primarily uses photography as her medium. After twenty years in the pharmaceutical industry, she left the corporate world to make art. She attended the International Center for Photography in New York City as well as the University of Pennsylvania, studying with Lee Wexler, and the Maine Photographic Workshops, working with Connie Imboden.
Stephanie has won several national competitions and has had her work shown in exhibitions at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Perkins Center for the Arts, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, the Delaware Museum of Art, the Photographic Center Northwest and The International Center for Photography.

Contact:

e-mail:  stephanie@skirkphotos.com

Website: www.skirkphotos.com

Fired Sawdust

         

MICHELLE (MIYUNG) LEE holds an MSW from Adelphi University in Garden City New York and a CSW in their Post graduate program.  She has an MFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art with a merit scholarship, a BFA from the PAFA Post Bachelor program, and a BA from Tyler
School of Art at Temple University with several awards; the Dean’s award, the first place painting award and a Gilroy Robert Award. She has had numerous group shows in Philadelphia, U.S.A and in Seoul, Korea.
"Facing blank paper is terrifying as a shaman accepts jinnee. I follow my consciousness by making marks, symbols, colors as digging and searching for a treasure under the ground. Through painting I am penetrating my inner most selfness."

Contact:
email: moi200011@hotmail.com

Website: www.miyunglee.com

What do you eat 4 living

LAUREN A. LITWA   Oil and Watercolor

Lauren is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she won the Cresson Traveling award for study in Florence, italy. Her many prizes include include the top award in Painting at the Harrisburg Museum State of the Art competition. She has had solo exhibitions and participated in group shows throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.

"There's a dialogue that takes place between me and the painting surface. I may start out wanting to capture the way sunlight casts a shadow over a building or wanting to portray the night sky. But the painting takes over and leads me to the next mark or color. I stay open to the process and let it happen. My landscapes are influenced by actual locations but they end up being more of an imaginary world, one that is lyrical, magical, and mysterious."

Contact:

112 Wawa Road, Wawa, PA 19063

Phone: 610-937-1411

e-mail:  Lauren@LitwaArt.com

Website:www.LitwaArt.com

 

Standing on Frack Free Ground

Oil on Linen

SANDI NEIMAN LOVITZ graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors degree in Art Education. Her current body of abstract paintings is a dance between painting, science, and nature, showcasing the basic geometric forms and colors that are the underpinnings of life. She does this by creating many layers of paint, intuitively allowing one layer to give information to the next layer. She works with acrylic paints, spray paint, colored pencil, charcoal, flashe paint, and pastels to create a rich, layered environment,

Sandi is an award-winning artist who has had many exhibitions and is in numerous collections As an active community leader in the arts, she is past President of the Tri-State Pennsylvania Artists Equity and continues to serve on the executive board. She is also a member of ARTsisters, a group of professional women visual artists who support each other and women and children in the community. The artist is also a faculty member at the MAIN LINE ART CENTER in Haverford, PA. 

Email: sandiltc@gmail.com

Phone: 610-547-9983

Website: www.sandineimanlovitz.com

Shenanigans

MARIE SAMOHOD Painting

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, DCCC and Neumann College, Marie Samohod exhibits her paintings in various juried art shows. The artist's work is represented in private, corporate and college collections.
The painter also teaches elementary students at St. Francis de Sales School and Delaware County Community College.

"My paintings are expressive responses to people, objects, memories and life. Through the use of vibrant color, textures, line and movement, representational as well as abstract elements, emerge. The paintings are both purposeful and random stemming from moments of freedom with materials used, as well as instinctual and cognitive choices."


Contact:
e-mail: msamohod123@yahoo.com
Website: www.MarieDavisSamohod.com



Fish

NANCY SARANGOULIS All media

N. Sarangoulis is an artist who lives in Reading, PA.  She graduated from Kutztown University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  After graduation, she studied art in Fontainbleau, France at the Ecoles D'Art Americaines.  For ten years she was a member of Muse Gallery, a co-opeative space in Philadelphia for women artists.  As an independent artist, she has shown her work extensively in the Philadelphia area, as well as in museums and art venues throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Arizaon, Washington, DC, Illinois, and New Jersey. Her work can be viewed in the artists' digital registry of The Drawing Center in NYC.

Contact:

e-mail:  nsarangou@gmail.com

Phone:  610 778-0708

 

Untitled

LIBBIE SOFFER Textile, stoneware, mixed media

Libbie completed the textile department’s curriculum at Moore College of Art while also studying additional media techniques. She received a printmaking fellowship at Ringling School of Design, Sarasota FL. She was represented by Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, and Kasten Gallery, Great Barrington, Mass.  Her work traveled to museums throughout the United States with “All the Symptoms of an Artist.” In addition to many one person shows she is a frequent invited guest artist.  She  co- teaches an annual “Art Incubator” workshop with her husband in Jamaica, West Indies. Her work is held in many private collections including Bristol Myers Squibb and playwright, Edward Albee.

She was a member and past president of Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art and a current member of Philadelphia Sculptors, Artists’Equity and InLiquid.

“I am a non figurative abstract commentator. My approach is serial as in book chapters.  I use a Wabi Sabi approach to give my work a sense of life and history. This includes rusting, burning, staining, and/or distressing the materials.”

Contact:

e-mail:  lthreads@comcast.net

Phone: 610 420-0980

Arres Loop

Acrylic on canvas

   

CHRISTINE STOUGHTON Mixed Media

Christine Stoughton is an art educator, sculptor and printmaker.   She is an instructor of art aesthetics at the Barnes Foundation, and, prior to that, with the Violette de Mazia Foundation where she taught their courses in a variety of settings, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and West Chester University.  She teaches printmaking at Main Line Art Center She trained in sculpture and printmaking at PAFA, where she obtained her diploma. She exhibits both regionally and internationally and maintains a studio in the Norristown Arts Building, Norristown, Pa. Her work is in both private and corporate art collections. She is a psychologist who obtained her Ph.D. from Boston College.  Her art is strongly influenced by her work as a psychologist and by Eastern philosophy with its focus on change and the ephemeral.

Contact:

e-mail: christinestoughton@yahoo.com

www.christinestoughton.com

www.inliquid.com

JULIE TRIGG Oils, pastels, and construction pieces

Trigg studied art and printmaking at the Art Students League, Parsons School of Design, and The New School in New York. She has won many awards, including the Grumbacher Silver Medallion award and was selected as one of "30 Florida Women in Art" at Edison College in 1982 and her work is in many corporate and private collections. She currently shows her work at her studio gallery in Sarasota, Florida. "Most of my painting deal with the way I interpret life and/or events that affect us (usually women) on a daily basis. They are not always autobiographical but may be just thoughts or observations that I carry around in my head for months or years before putting them down on canvas or paper."

Contact: Trigg Studios 1369 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: 941 685-9183
e-mail: juliewtrigg@gmail.com

I Can Dance
Oil on canvas

VALETTA Pastels, Oils, Mixed Media

Valetta is a graduate of Pratt Institue, NY, B.S. Art Teacher Education, graduate studies, Tyler School of Art, Univ. of PA in Philadelphia. The recipient of many awards, she has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe. An active art feminist, she has been in the forefront at Muse Gallery and the African American Museum, Philadelphia, the SYNE international group, the DCCA, Wilmington, DE, The Art Trust non profit gallery, West Chester, PA, and founder/director of RCWA "My work is an expression of dreams, glimpses of scenes in passing, memories and juxtopositions."

Contact: P.O. Box 510 Westtown, PA 19395

Phone:  610 459-2384

e-mail: valetta.rcwa@comcast.net

Website:  www.valettaartist.com


Be Seated
Acrylic on wood detail

BARBARA WARDEN Quilts, Painting, Mixed Media

Barbara Warden graduated from UCLA with a minor in fine arts.  She received her MA in drawing and painting from the University of Maryland.   She has been a fiber artist since 2000, using vivid colors to create abstract designs. At the beginning of 2012 she returned to drawing, mostly using black, white and only hints of color.  The portfolio titled "The Rockwall Legend" is based on 15 years of experience hiking each summer in the rugged Bitterroot mountains of southwestern Montana.  These drawings try to capture some of the complex geologic character and events of the Bitterroot mountains - the rock formations, the subtle colors, the textures of lichens, the stunning changes in light and the sedimentary layering built up over millions of years.

Contact: 

Phone:  302-645-2735

e-mail: bfwarden@juno.com

Website:  www.firetalkarts.com 


The Rockwell Legend
Mixed media drawing

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