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Papillon Rainbow Tears by Max Gleason, Oil, Gold Paint on Panel, 48x48
Group Portrait Exhibition
June 11 to July 11, 2014
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 12, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
Featured Artists
Erin Anderson, Mary Bechtol, Taha Clayton, Bob Clyatt, Erin Fitzpatrick
Max Gleason, Melissa Huang, Katrina Majkut and Raisa Nosova
Erin Anderson is a fine artist working in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The focus of her work is centered upon portraiture and depicting the human figure. More specifically, her interests lie in the emotional nature of human dynamics, both internal and interpersonal while simultaneously exploring the duality of spirituality and consciousness throughout the course of people's everyday lives and interactions. Her work has been featured in major magazines and is in the home of collectors around the U.S.
Mary Bechtol paints as a way of expressing her personal views of the world around her.   She paints primarily in oils.  She is inspired by “Light. Light. Light.” and the way it plays on an object.  She frequently paints in series. Once something stirs her imagination she finds it hard to say everything about the subject on one canvas.   She uses a limited palette of 4 or 5 colors and focuses on making each canvas predominately cool or warm.   Even with a limited palette, Mary is able to create a rich rainbow of color in each piece.  Bechtol's work is in many public and private collections, and her works have been published in Volume 5, 6 & 7 of International Contemporary Masters. Mary and her husband reside in Canyon, Texas.
Taha Clayton is an emerging artist with no academic training but rather self-taught, gathering inspiration from his passion of music, the world around him and his vivid imagination. Born in Houston, TX, raised in Toronto, ON and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Clayton’s paintings pulls the viewer into a dreamlike world, guiding them through a story built from his own experiences, environment and fantasy.  His realistic renderings are not only aesthetically refreshing but addresses social and political issues, spiritual and moral virtues, and universal expression in love and life.
Bob Clyatt explores points of contact between our ancient human coding and contemporary social and economic concerns.  Issues of sexuality, relationships between generations, accessing a collective consciousness and experiencing music and ritual are all engaged.  Earth itself (clay) and traditional ceramic methods are combined with modern processes, sensibilities and materials (3-D printing, custom polymers) to literally encode these investigations directly in the art object.
Erin Fitzpatrick, graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, began her exploration of portraiture in 2008. The body of work now contains over 250 paintings and drawings of artists, musicians, business people, and Fitzpatrick’s peers. The series, featuring portraits ranging from the very human headshot, to depictions of models that have been carefully posed, styled, andplaced in a setting, to those in which the face is nearly obscured, follow Fitzpatrick’s exploration of anonymity versus recognizable identity in the portrait as fine art. Using the human form as a catalyst for the exploration of formal elements of painting, light, shape, color, line, composition, and brushstroke, the questions are posed; does a direct relationship between the viewer and the subject create a more meaningful experience with the portrait, or does anonymity allow one to better connect with the work as preconceived notions of the subject have been eliminated?
Aaron Maximilian Gleason was born in the Southern California desert in 1979. At the age of 8 his family moved to Atlanta where he spent his formative years.  There he studied under painter Raul Miyar for 4 years. In 1998 Max moved to Providence, RI to attend Rhode Island School of Design.  There he received a BFA in Sculpture, while also pursuing painting and film/video practices. In 2002 Max moved to New York City where he would spend the next 10 years painting and completing a film trilogy. He has been included in a number of group shows around the US, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta.
Melissa Huang is a recent BFA graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a naturalistic, figurative oil painter whose images focus on themes of gender, sexuality, and childhood. Melissa won second place in Union Street Gallery’s 2012 national juried exhibition Wanna Play?, has had work in a number of university student shows including Between Two Worlds and the RIT Honors Show, and has published book and magazine illustrations. She is an art museum enthusiast, and interned with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the American Art Museum where she designed exhibition material and researched works in the collections.
Katrina Majkut (My’kit) is a research-based artist dedicated to understanding and exploring feminine narratives in aesthetics, media, history and personal experiences, with a particular specialization in marriage and wedding traditions. Majkut is an active presence in art and academic institutions that are eager to address women’s issues and marriage equality through art. Her recent lectures cover topics such as the future of marriage, choice feminism, patronymics and the history of the wedding cake. She exhibits nationally. A sample of upcoming and recent exhibits include showing alongside the Guerilla Girls at the Arc Gallery (San Francisco), The Visual Studies Workshop, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Stonehill College and Mount Hood Community College. Her MFA thesis, Center of Attention received a feature article from Boston Magazine and her cross-stitch artworks were recently reviewed in Art New England Magazine. Her work just recently joined the art collection at Dana Farber. Majkut holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., and a Post-baccalaureate certificate and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Raisa Nosova is a Russian-born American artist that has received her formal art education from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Art Students League of New York. Her curiosity in cultures and in clear perception of the world has driven Raisa to begin encountering the world through travels to Europe, Near East, and Southeast Asia, and sharing the discovered essence through her “atmosphere-capturing” paintings. She has exhibited in solo shows in Brooklyn, Newark, and Montclair, NJ as well as in group shows in the Whistler Museum of Art, Bakhrushin Central State Theatre Museum in Moscow, SCOPE art fair Miami, New Jersey Institute of Technology Museum, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Hoboken and Paterson galleries. She has done public artwork with colleagues as well as autonomously in Brussels, Moscow, Miami, New York, and Northern New Jersey. Raisa is a recipient of George T. Dorsch Award, 2012.
Max Gleason, Papillon Rainbow Tears, Oil, Enamel, Gold Paint on Panel, 48x48 Erin Anderson, Emanation, Oil on Copper, 16x22 Taha Clayton, Galaxy, Oil on Canvas, 16x20 Erin Fitzpatrick, Dominic, Oil on Cradled Panel, 12x16 Melissa Huang, Muhammad, Oil on Canvas, 20x20 Raisa Nosova, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,  Acrylic on Ampersand Clay Board, 11x14 Katrina Majkut, Gain, Feign, Feast, Oil on Canvas, 24x18 Mary Bechtol, Woman and Child, Oil on Canvas, 11x14