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Farmlands by Allan Teger, Photography, 28x32

The Modern Landscape

Group Exhibition
  May 7 - 28, 2011

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 7, 6:00-10:00pm

Meet the artists @ opening reception

Landscape painting is a time-honored tradition that reflects cultural aspirations of artists on a universal plane that mirrors their heritage and intellect. Since Greek and Roman times to the Renaissance development of perspective and oil paint has enabled artists to envision and interpret the landscape in awe-inspiring visual techniques. The transformation of landscape painting evolved from Michelangelo’s fresco backgrounds to Velazquez and El Greco’s soft brush strokes of genius to Impressionism and Post Impressionism, by the diligent work of artists such as Manet, Sisley, Monet and Pissaro culminating in the wild display of color by Van Gogh. The twentieth century ensured the place of landscape painting in the works of Cezanne, the father of modern art, to Picasso’s cubist landscapes. Thus, leaving the twenty-first century landscape painters up to interpretation of modern contemporary mix media practices. The current exhibition, The Modern Landscapefocuses on the work created in the beginning of a new century by an enchanting group of artists that strive to express their feeling for the landscape through painting, photography and sculpture that push the realms of traditional landscape painting into the future. Join us at Dacia Gallery and experience a stunning display of masterful artwork by today’s contemporary artists.

Featured Artists

H. K. Anne has an associate degree from Indiana University; BA from Sarah Lawrence College, focusing on nineteenth century European art history and studio arts; and an MFA from Western Connecticut State University in painting. While most of her life was spent in Indianapolis, Indiana, she lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut for eighteen years and now lives and works in Northern Virginia. Her work - oil landscapes, charcoal drawings, photographs and ceramic figure sculpture can be seen in her studio at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. In March, 2011, she was awarded an artist's grant by the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont. She has exhibited in NYC, Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

Emily Baker was born (1979) and raised in New York City. From an early age, she took up drawing and painting, developing her skills through watercolors. She majored in Studio Art at Middlebury College, where she received her B.A. in 2001. After graduating, Emily returned to NYC, where she has built her portfolio of representational oil paintings. Emily is regularly commissioned and her work has been shown at galleries in both NYC and Eastern Long Island.

Mary Bechtol has lived all her life on the southern plains of Texas, which has provided her with an unobstructed view of the horizon. Almost devoid of subject matter, the play of light and shadow on the land becomes the subject. Her brightly colored oil paintings are available in galleries in Santa Fe and Texas. She majored in studio art at West Texas A&M University, and has studied with many admired artists across the country. Mary is included in Volume 5 of International Contemporary Masters to be published this fall.

Rachel Burgess grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Literature from Yale University in 2004, and an M.F.A. in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in 2007. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries in New York and around the country. Her artwork has also been on the covers of many books and magazines. She currently lives in Manhattan, where she divides her time between teaching and printmaking.

Susan Cottle is a painter who received her B.F.A. from Montserrat College of Art and her M.F.A. from The New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art. She currently teaches painting and drawing at New School University and Parsons School of Design. She has taught at St. John’s University Queens and Rome, Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy, New York Academy of Art Continuing Education Program, and Montserrat College of Art, Viterbo, Italy. Susan conducts summer landscape painting workshops in Pinzolo, Italy. Susan has exhibited in the Northeast and Asia. Recent exhibitions have included a solo show at St. John’s University, Manhattan, a two-person show at Synagogue for the Arts, and group shows at Windham Fine Arts, Island Weiss Gallery, The Hudson Guild and The Painting Center. She has also exhibited at Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT and Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY. In August 2010, Susan painted en plein air in the Painted Desert/ Petrified Forest, Arizona, where she was awarded an artist residency with the National Park Service.

David DeSimone is a graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been living and working as an artist in the New York City area for several years. He has had two solo shows, and had participated in several group shows. Over the years, Mr. DeSimone has covered broad range of styles from abstract to representational, exploring various ways to connect visually with viewers on his perceptions of the world. His works convey an ongoing tension between observation and emotion – or how the objective relates to the subjective, and vice-versa.

Diane Feissel is a painter currently living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Diane was raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and studied painting at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She continued art studies through classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, and Studio Escalier in France. She has exhibited work at Karin Sanders Fine Art, Robert Lange Studios, Hang Art, The Los Gatos Art Museum, Studio Gallery, 66balmy, LIMN Gallery, Mina Dresden Gallery, Flanders Art Gallery, Visual Art Exchange, Artspace. In October 2005 Diane was one of a select group of San Francisco artists exhibiting in Paris through the Le Génie de la Bastille Invitational, and in 2007 she participated in a two-person exhibition at Galerie Cupillard in Grenoble, France, as part of an exchange with Grenoble painter Juliette Lemontey. Diane's work has been selected for national juried exhibitions, including the 2005 Georgetown International Fine Arts Competition at Fraser Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was also a finalist in Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition in both 2005 and 2006, and a finalist in the 2010 Richeson 75: Figure/Portrait competition. Diane’s work was included in the “Women Painting Women” juried exhibition at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina in 2010; her work will be included in two group shows at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia in 2012.Diane's paintings and commissioned portraits hang in private collections throughout the country and abroad.

Laurie Waite-Fellner was raised in Kentucky, and now she is a mother and an artist living in Montclair, NJ. She works in various medium, including photography, drawing with pencil and pastels, and oil painting. Her work is often graphic in composition, working with color and tight cropping of the figure, but sometimes she likes to step back and work on a realistic scene with people she loves in the picture.

Dana James is a native New Yorker and graduated with a BFA in painting from School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited in both solo and group shows through out New York since her graduation in 2008. Her latest body of work is based on portraying circumstances with naive and imagined notions. The rural subject matter begins to inherit an unearthly, sci-fi feel as the deployment and fluidity of the paint allows the texture to be autonomous, expressing a deliberate but natural amalgamation of entities. “I am currently attempting to capture the visual phenomenon that naivety allows within the imagination, in order that we may connect opposing objects--worldly and otherworldly, natural and industrial, or otherwise--which appear so distinctly unrelated to each other, as existing on the same visual plane.”

Christina Justiz was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008, where she concentrated in Religious Philosophy & Visual Arts. Christina has apprenticed under many artists of diverse styles and philosophies, gaining an array of invaluable skills in live castings, mosaics, and woodworking, among others. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in and around New York City. Her artwork is featured in various public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Currently, Christina's piece "Sons II" is on loan to I.M.Pei Science Center in Wallingford Connecticut for extended display. Christina lives and works in Manhattan, NY.

Michael Letzig: Born in Kansas City, MO, and graduated with a B.F.A. in Design from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989. As an artist and designer, Michael’s career spans 20 years and has covered an array of industries from home décor to stationery and gifts to visual merchandising and has served in numerous capacities as contractor and creative director. In 1994, Letzig moved east to become Art Director for a design firm. A year later he established his own illustration/licensing studio and for the next ten years created illustrations for a wide range of products. A staunch environmentalist, Letzig’s work calls attention to the relevance of nature and mans relationship to it. His large scale mural installations can be seen in public spaces such Nino’s Tuscany restaurant located in midtown Manhattan and the Mondrian Hotel, Scottsdale and his work has received coverage in such prestigious publications as New York Magazine, Craine’s, Interior Design, Desert Living, Array and Vogue Germany, among others. Today he lives in New York and enjoys traveling throughout the US and Europe finding inspiration for his work.

Anni Lorenzini has roamed field and wood since her childhood in Vermont. Now living in the farthest reaches of northeastern New York, she makes her way along the painter’s path. An emerging artist, Anni Lorenzini’s paintings have been selected for the permanent collections at the State University of New York Potsdam’s Roland Gibson Gallery and the Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries at the University of Southern Indiana. In addition, prominent jurors have selected her paintings for numerous exhibitions at Museums and Galleries in the United States. Anni Lorenzini was a Resident Artist at the Vermont Studio Center, received a Strategic Opportunity Stipend underwritten by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and has been selected for NYFA’s Mark 11 program.

Michael Sherman was born in Columbus, Ohio and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Michael received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and participated in the Europeans Honors Program in Rome, Italy that same year. Michael is a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, a Greater Columbus Arts Council Grant, awarded a residency at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in NYC, and is an Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Workshop Award recipient. He has a permanent 100 ft. mural in NY City. He works out of his Brooklyn Navy Yard Studio and exhibits extensively.

Toni Silber-Delerive was born in Philadelphia, PA where she received her BFA in painting from the Philadelphia College of Art, she currently lives and works in Manhattan, NY. An interest in graphic design developed as she came to realize that it shared many of the same elements as her paintings. Establishing herself as a graphic designer, and the rewarding career that followed working in the creative departments of major New York design studios, led Silber-Delerive to ultimately form her own marketing communications firm, ToniDesign. Today, while she still does work for selected clients, she has switched her main focus to painting. The colorful and bold aerialscapes Toni creates show the world from a different perspective and by flattening the picture plane reduce details to strong graphic images. Working through the lens of the camera her paintings capture the moment, and let the image tell a universal story about a place or experience. The strong shadows hint at a certain time of day, at the same time creating the feeling of a familiar but distant landscape.

Bryan Stryeski was born (1978) in New Jersey and grew up in Connecticut. He received his B.F.A. in Painting from Maine College of Art in 2001, and an M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2004. He has attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as well as Yale Norfolk. His work has appeared in numerous galleries and is in several private collections around the country. In addition to making Images, Bryan is also very interested in Design and has been working with a variety of Architecture firms over the years. He currently divides his time between Brooklyn and Avon, Connecticut.

Allan Teger is self-taught in art and photography, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology. After years as a professor and dean at Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania, he left academics for a career in art. The Bodyscapes began in 1976, when he sought to illustrate the concepts he was teaching in psychology of consciousness and eastern philosophy - that multiple realities can co-exist, and that perception is subjective. His work has been published in magazines and books in over a dozen countries, and is exhibited at art festivals and galleries throughout the United States.

Natalie Tyler is a sculptor and installation artist born in Encinitas, California. Natalie received her Bachelor’s of Art from University of California in Santa Cruz in 1997, studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Art in Bologna, Italy, and art history at the DAMS Program of the University of Bologna. In 2000, she attended the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture in New Jersey, where she refined sculpture and technical bronze casting skills. She graduated with her Master’s of Fine Art from California College of Art in San Francisco in 2002, and was awarded with the Dorothy and George Saxe Scholarship. In the last ten years, she has exhibited her work in the Bay Area and Sacramento, in New York City, London, and Dublin. In 2008, her sculptures and décor were prominent in the set of the “1937” short-movie featured at the Venice Film Festival. In October of 2008, Natalie attended the Vermont Studio Center on a full fellowship artist residency. She currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Michele Evola Wagner became fascinated by fine art with her interest in art history, the science and mathematics of photography, her passion for communication and the pleasure of moving paint around a canvas. These paintings illustrate her attraction to patterns found in nature. Michele's undergraduate education was based in California and she received a Masters in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. Her work has been shown in New York, Virginia, Italy and California.

H.K. Anne Emily Baker Mary Bechtol Rachel Burgess Susan Cottle David DeSimone Diane Feissel Dana James Christina Justiz Michael Letzig Anni Lorenzini Michael Sherman Toni Silber-Delerieve Bryan Stryeski Allan Teger Natalie Tyler Michele E. Wagner Laurie Waite-Fellner