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The Embrace by Travis Little, Mixed Pigment & Pastels, 16x15
Group Exhibition
February 15 - March 2, 2012
Opening Reception
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 - 10:00pm
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro at 7:30pm
Featured Artists:
David Beale, Hunter Clarke, Susan Eliza, Bruce Erikson, Lisa Fiore, Kathryn Jacobi, Ron Johnston, Rex Kalehoff, Aleksandra Katargina, Travis Little, Thomas Legaspi, Daniel Maidman, Susannah Martin, Emily North, Lana Santorelli, Carol Scavotto and Leah Yerpe.
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Artist Bios

David Beale grew up in rural Middle Tennessee and received a BA in music from Duke University in 1967.  He served in the Peace Corps in Colombia for two years. David then attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina and Cornell University in music composition. He has taken workshops with Arnie Westerman and Frank Webb.  His works have been included in numerous local, regional and national exhibits in across the country from Connecticut to Oregon. David now owns and operates The Picture House a frame shop/gallery/studio located in Cortland, NY, where he paints and teaches in addition to framing.  He also serves as the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Cortland County.

Hunter Clarke lives and works outside of Philadelphia in Ardencroft, DE. She recently completed an artist's residency with the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE, where she spent six months creating work from their historic collections.  Born in Newport, RI, she received a BA from the University of Delaware in 2001, a MSAE from Massachusetts College of Art in 2003, and has studied at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France.  Her work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and fairs, including the Biggs Museum of American Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Pen & Brush Galleries in New York.  Her sometimes controversial paintings address issues of wildness and domesticity with animal subjects.

Susan Eliza is a figurative and abstract artist living in New York City. Her work is an exploration of identity. Each piece is an outlet for the artist to purge her ego of the characteristics she despises and to create an idealized alternative. Through subtle gestures of the body and facial expressions, she exposes the inner dialogue of the complex characters she creates. She defines many different ‘faces’ of self and identity. Susan received a profession degree in architecture at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She practiced design in New York City until 2010, when she began painting full time.

Bruce Erikson graduated magna cum laude from the University Honor¹s Program with a BFA degree in Drawing and with minors in Art History and Classical Guitar performance from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996. While at Edinboro he studied at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, MO under Mark English, Chris Payne, Gary Kelley and other noted illustrators while doing magazine and trial illustration for such clients as Cleveland Magazine, Andrews McMeel Publishing and others. He also pursued an MFA in painting at Indiana University- Bloomington. While at Indiana University, he received a fellowship to study in Florence, Italy. Since graduation he has taught at numerous universities including Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL; and Washington University in St. Louis, MO where he was the drawing coordinator of the foundation program and taught at painting and drawing at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy. For two years he was a visiting assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA where he taught drawing, anatomy, and painting. He spent 2005-06 as an assistant professor at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA before relocating to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. At Xavier he teaches drawing and painting as well as art appreciation in Paris, France every May. Bruce exhibits in national shows and his work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.

Lisa Fiore is a young emerging artist, fascinated by color and shape relation. Fiore is constantly exploring her connection with paint and the way she applies it to canvas, aiming to combine elements of bold and delicate brushwork in every piece. She finds inspiration in both objects and nature, which display a humble beauty with their infinite patterns and color variations. Fiore received her BFA from School of Visual Arts and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Kathryn Jacobi is a classically trained, contemporary realist painter, printmaker, and photographer who has been working professionally for over 40 years, exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Over her life as an artist, she has always worked on two consecutive bodies of paintings that are distinct and separate from eachother. The first group is from direct observation or based on old photographs and relates to her experience of the world.  The second group derives from her imagination, the paintings collectively weaving a narrative of her inner life and its journeys.  Over the past decade, she has also become more and more intrigued with the creative possibilities for making images inherent in digital photography and the computer darkroom, and now considers this a third avenue of practice and exploration. 

Ron Johnston was born in 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, where he currently resides.  He was educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University where he earned his M.A. in painting in 1984.  In the following years Mr. Johnston established himself as one of Ohio’s finest realist and plein-aire painters.  In recent years he has undertaken numerous painting trips to Maine. Along with being represented by galleries in Ohio and Maine.  Mr. Johnston exhibits in national shows and his work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.

Rex Kalehoff native of New York City, is a sculptor working primarily in wood and stone. He received his BFA in Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and completed his MFA in Woodworking at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY.  In addition, over the past 12 years, the 32 year-old has lived, worked, exhibited, and taught extensively in Australia and South East Asia, which included several residencies and public and private commissions. Drawing from personal experiences of living as a modern day explorer, and amateur naturalist and anthropologist, Kalehoff’s work reflects on his passion for ancient history, mythologies, nature, cultures, and investigates his own relationship with the earth.  His representational and figurative sculptures are masterfully crafted, and speak with clearly defined universal symbols and visual references, in fun and unexpected ways.

Aleksandra Katargina was born in 1987 in Moscow, Russia. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is currently pursuing her MFA at Towson University. She works and resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her art addresses the rapidity of change and anxiety over what is to come in the society of overconsumption, environmental abuse and speedy development. She struggles with the gap between the world of today and the days of her early childhood spent in Russia during the fall of USSR. The paintings express the state of confusion and helplessness and unpreparedness that looms over our generation. This fear for tomorrow is the conceptual drive behind her latest work. While the thoughts and concepts behind the artwork stand for the turmoil that we as individuals face in the currents of social change, stylistically Aleksandra’s art is homage to the century long traditions of oil painting.

Travis S. Little is a primarily self-taught Contemporary Realist painter, who also enjoys working in photography on selective projects. A graduate of The School of Advertising Art in Kettering, Ohio, he worked as a graphic designer and freelance marketing consultant until 2001, when he refocused his time primarily to fine art, illustration and photography. He started "Hommage Studios" (Fr. pron. "o-MAJ") to manage and market his fine-art, illustration, photography and interactive media work. The primary mission of Hommage Studios is also to support other artists by hosting networking events and workshops, and sharing facilities and other resources among creative hobbyists and professionals alike. He currently resides in Indianapolois, Indiana and has a studio in Downtown Indianapolis in the historic Stutz Business Center.

Thomas Legaspi is a representational painter, his work centers on portraiture, figure painting and landscapes. This New York City artist has studied academic classical training from The New York Academy of Art in 2001. The artist has exhibited in various shows and galleries in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, and the State Museum of Kazakhstan. Currently, he also teaches art at St. John's University, New York.

Daniel Maidman was born in Toronto in 1975. He is primarily self-taught, having attended life drawing workshops 2-3 times a week since 1998. He also spent two years working on an anatomical atlas based on human cadaver dissections. His work has been shown in juried shows at galleries in New York, California, Ohio, Missouri, and Oregon, and is currently on display at Gallery Mess, the restaurant of the Saatchi Gallery in London. He has been a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s figurative painting competition (2009, 2010), and his paintings and writing on art have been published by ARTnews, American Art Collector, International Artist, Poets/Artists, Manifest, SUNY- Potsdam, and American Artist magazine’s blog. His writing on Da Vinci is currently taught at DePaul University and Roosevelt University.

Susannah Martin lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  She was born in New York City. In 1986 she received her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in painting, with a SEHNAP scholarship award from New York University.  Following her studies, she was self-employed for many years internationally as a muralist and scenic artist/designer.  In 1991 she left New York for Berlin and stayed.  Since 2004 she has returned to the fine arts and paints exclusively the figure in landscape and portraits. Most recently she has exhibited in Paris, Munich, Zürich, Berlin, New York, Cincinnati, New Jersey, Oregon, and Italy among other places.   

Emily North also known as em16, is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She uses familiar materials to create large-scale fantastical drawings and videos that explore identity, memory and imaginative play. Emily earned her MFA from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the arts in 2009, her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2001, and her BA from Eugene Lang College (The New School) in 2001. In 2003, she founded riffRAG, a feminist art magazine, and curated related art exhibitions in New York from 2003-2007. Emily’s work has been exhibited internationally in film festivals and galleries, including Leslie Lohman Gallery, Artists Space, Longwood Gallery, SF Arts Commission, Queens Museum of Art, New Fest and Brooklyn Borough Hall Galleria. She has served as a panelist at the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum and at Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches drawing and graphic design courses at Rutgers BFA Art program, has worked as a graphic designer and tattoo artist for many years, and has taught community art education classes at nonprofits in NYC. Emily is recipient of the Mundy Foundation Grant, The Raymond Stark Fellowship, and was resident artist at Sugarloaf Artist Residency.

Lana Santorelli is a visual artist and writer who owns an art gallery specializing in emerging artists in Hoboken, NJ. She was born in New York City and raised in Long Island, attending the New York Foundling Nursing School and Stony Brook University.  She is the mother of six children, grandmother of twelve, and lives in Hoboken and Southampton with her husband of 43 years.

Carol Scavotto Graduated From UMASS Amherst with a BFA in Sculpture & Painting. Her Paintings are currently being shown in several New England Galleries. For many years Carol operated a jewelry design business with her figurative designs. She is an avid painter and exhibits on a national level, her work can be found in numerous collections.

Leah Yerpe decontextualizes the human figure in highly choreographed drawings and paintings.  Bodies are multiplied in different poses, twisting, floating and falling on a ground purged of contextualizing marks. She believes that art is an exploration of contradictions and raw emotions that need to communicate the intangible.  Her models are given free reign to move their bodies without direction in a sort of immediate, improvised dance.  This looseness contrasts with the fastidious technique of the artist, where elegance and grace is infused with subtle dissonance.  Leah received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2009 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Her work has been featured in numerous shows and discussed in publications such as PMc Magazine, Visual Overture, and Studio Visit. An important part of the human condition is a desire for resolution, for a way to put the incongruities of life into order. Despite our efforts, sometimes the closer we seem to approach a conclusion, the more elusive it proves. Yet our perception is left a little richer for the struggle we envision in the drawings and paintings of Leah Yerpe.

Blue Leah by Daniel Maidman C Section by Susannah Martin Niagara by Leah Yerpe Pompeiian Woman by Bruce Erikson Rachel by Ron Johnston Reflection by Travis Little Restless by Lana Santorelli Retreat by Hunter Clarke Snow Walk by Lisa Fiore Thinking by Carol Scavotto Tulip Weaver by Aleksandra Katargina Untitled by Emily North Untitled by Rex Kalehoff Untitled by Susan Eliza Untitled by Thomas Legaspi Diva in Extremis by Kathryn Jacobi Untitled by David Beale