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December 8, 2016 - January 26, 2017
Opening Reception
Thursday, December 8, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
Featured Artists
Erin Anderson, Noah Buchanan, Caitlin Karolczak, Janet Cook, Stephen Early, Seth Foss, Max Ginsburg, David Kassan, Nikolina Kovalenko, Yuri Leonov, Shana Levenson, Travis Little, Stefano Losi, Hilary McCarthy, Rachel Meuler, Misako Oba, Robert Pillsbury, Edmond Rochat, Joshua Schaefer, Billy Seccombe, Errol Smith, Patricia Watwood, Stephen Yavorski and Leah Yerpe
Dacia Gallery cordially invites you to our Annual Holiday Party Exhibition. This exhibition embodies an eclectic mix of contemporary artists that focus on representational art through painting and drawing. The collection contains a mosaic of work through a life long study of anatomy, depth, color and light through the unique vision of each artist. From renowned representational artists, David Kassan and Max Ginsburg to classically influenced Patricia Watwood and rising stars Stefano Losi and Travis Little. Fusing together an achievement of what is currently being created in representational art at the peak of a new movement by young inspiring artists. Come celebrate with us and meet some of today’s most intriguing artists.
To see images from the exhibition scroll down.

Erin Anderson: Born in 1987 in the small town of Waterville, Ohio, Erin was immersed in art from a young age. Enrolling in her first art lessons at seven years old, she spent her early years learning to paint and draw copying works of the old masters and spending summers drawing from life at the Toledo Museum of Art. In 2009 she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Entrepreneurship from Miami University. Upon graduation she decided to enroll in an independent program called The Waichulis Studio and later moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she lives and works today. Her work has been featured in national publications as well as exhibitions throughout the U.S. Most notably she has exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as well as the State Museum of Pennsylvania. She is represented by Dacia Gallery in New York.

Noah Buchanan: began his artistic studies in 1994 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied classical painting and drawing as well as extensive studies in human anatomy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 from University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied closely under Frank Galuszka. In 2002, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Steven Assael and Vincent Desiderio. He has participated in exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania and California. He has exhibited internationally in London, Aberdeen and Tokyo. His paintings and drawings are featured in private and public collections throughout the United States. The artist is exhibits with John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. He teaches painting and drawing at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Los Angeles. His work is based in the academic tradition of the figure, and favors themes of the mythic, symbolic and heroic. He is primarily interested in depicting the human figure as an anatomical event, which houses the spirit of the human condition.

Janet Cook: recently participated in a four person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ and was featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code'.  Her work was featured in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ. The American Artist Magazine and The Pastel Journal, have also published featured articles on her work. Cook has also won numerous accolades and prizes in both state and national competitions including two first prizes at the National Academy Museum, School of Art, Best 2d work in show at The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Silver Medal at the Allied Artists of America  and the Gold Medal Master Circle Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies. Cook is an elected Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Her paintings are to be found in many collections including the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ, The Buckingham Hotel NYC, and numerous private and corporate collections through out America, Israel and Europe. She studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, with Sharon Sprung, Mary Beth Mckenzie, and Peter Cox and holds a BA in Art History with honors from DeMonford University in England.

Caitlin Karolczak: was born on Minnesota’s Iron Range. While art education was largely missing from her early education she developed an interest in her father's (a nurse) medical books and a fondness for early Catholic imagery through her religious upbringing. Her invented imagery demonstrates this influence. Caitlin intertwines the past with the present through the combination of age-old painting techniques with provocative contemporary themes. Karolczak's painting technique is informed by 17th and 18th century portraiture. She hauntingly captures beauty in the most unimaginable circumstances, especially to a 21st century viewer. Karolczak received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th century medical photography from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, she founded her studio in Minneapolis where she first began to paint in oils.  Since 2013 she has split her time between Minneapolis & NYC. In addition to painting, Karolczak pursues installation, sculpture, and performance art often incorporating objects of biology and antiquity from her personal collection. Karolczak has exhibited internationally in Bogotá, Minneapolis, NYC, Vancouver, Miami, Europe and more. Her work is in numerous collections across the US, Australia, South America, UK, Canada, Israel & South Africa. She has been interviewed by art publications in Australia, South America, Croatia, & the USA.

Stephen Early: has received many notable commissions and was a  Finalist at the 2012 Portrait Society of America's Portrait Competition, was also the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence in 2010 and 2008. Early, a Studio Incamminati teaching fellow who joined the school in 2002 at its inception, has served as principal instructor in Nelson Shanks' Intensive and Advanced Painting Workshops at Studio Incamminati, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Workshop, and the New York Academy of Fine Arts Workshop, among others. He also served as Shanks' teaching assistant at the Art Students League of New York. Previously, he worked as an illustrator after receiving his A.S. degree in commercial art from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He completed additional studies at the Art Students League of New York and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Philadelphia.

Seth Foss: is a NYC based artist and obtained his art education from London College of Fashion. He explores a wide range of media and imagery with a common theme of the darker sides of humanity and the power and importance of nature.

Max Ginsburg: has exhibited extensively. He recently had a retrospective at The Butler Institute of American Art (Sept. 15 - Nov. 13, 2011) and at The Salmagundi Club, Summer of 2011, Dacia Gallery in NYC and at other public venues. He has won many awards, most recently the "Best in Show" in the Art Renewal Center online competition of 2011 for his War Pieta painting.  Several of his paintings will tour five museums in China with the World Art Museum and ACOPAL in 2012 - 2013. From 1980 - 2004 he was one of America's foremost illustrators and for over forty years he taught art at The Art Students League, The School of Visual Art and the High School of Art and Design. Ginsburg recently published a coffee table art book of his paintings (1956 - 2010), "Max Ginsburg - Retrospective", available online atwww.ginsburgretro.com.  He has also recently completed a DVD which includes a three hour Painting from Life demo, an interview with Peter Trippi, his exhibition at The Butler Institute and more.

David Kassan: is a contemporary American painter best known for his life-size realist portraits. The paintings combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds or “tromp l’oeil texture studies,” reportedly inspired by Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg. Of this dual representation strategy Kassan notes, “my effort to constantly learn to document reality with a naturalistic, representational painting technique allows for pieces to be inherent contradictions; paintings that are both real and abstract.” David Kassan received his his B.F.A. in 1999 from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. He continued his studies at The National Academy, and the Art Students League of New York, both in Manhattan. Kassan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches painting classes and workshops at various institutions around the world.

Nikolina Kovalenko: received her Masters in Fine Arts from Moscow Surikov Art Institute and Gold Medal from the Russian Art Academy. She also was an exchange student at UDK, Berlin. In the winter of 2008 she backpacked for the first time to India. “That trip opened my eyes to the world and changed my life. Traveling became my passion and I tried to embody the impressions of every country in my art. In my sketches I wanted to return to Russia with more than just a dry imprint of facts and lines, rather I wanted to keep the hot breath of the wind in the Mexican desert, the gold of Italian cathedrals, the white candles of mosques looming in the Moroccan sky, the flavor of mint tea pouring from a silver teapot in a tent covered with marvelous carpets. In the summer of 2010, I lived in Cuba for two months, portraying the decadence of Havana’s streets and spending hours drawing dancers of Santiago de Cuba beneath the rhythm of sacred drums. I tried to express the importance of dance in Cuban culture as a surrogate of happiness despite everyday difficulties.” In 2012, Kovalenko moved to New York— the city, which inspires her and nourishes the imagination with a fascinating mixture of cultures.

Shana Levenson: (1981, Houston Texas) is a nationally known contemporary figurative painter, best known for her non traditional portrayals of the quirkiness of parenthood. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design at The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently pursuing of a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She has also taken numerous workshops around the countries with artists Costa Vavadiakis, David Kassan, and Warren Chang. Due to her unique vision and arrangement’s, Levenson is a much sought after commission portrait artist. Shana’s current series of work, Portraits of Parenthood, is focused on non-traditional portraits of the sometimes-secret duality of parenting in modern times. Her greatest passion is finding the elements that are most meaningful to an individual or family and incorporating these concepts in her work. Levenson works can be seen in many group shows around the country.

Travis Little: is a primarily self-taught Contemporary Realist painter. 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" 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 is proud to support several local youth art education programs and facilities, including the Indiana School for the Blind. Most all his paintings are made from a combination of pigments (watercolor, gouache, dye, acrylics, pencils, pastels, etc), materials and applications that are sometimes handmade and unconventional. Some pieces use only a select few mediums, while others use anything available. Travis starts with an idea and a pencil sketch. Working in very controlled thin layers, the artist builds up the work and controls the tooth of the surface by additives and surface prep, using the interference and nature of dislike media to create finer detail than would be possible or practical by more conventional methods. The process is laborious, and a piece can easily take between 18 to 30+ hours of work. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and Oro Valley, Arizona, and works from a studio in Downtown Indianapolis in the historic Stutz Business Center.

Yuri Leonov: is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, he has received his BFA from The School of Visual Arts and currently lives and works in New York City. He often creates series of images, and approaches his projects from a formal standpoint of composing the picture plane in an abstract sense. Surface treatment is a significant element of the process: attention is distributed throughout it on the basis of each square inch. At the core Leonov’s art is triggered by a personal emotional reaction/response, however it often tends to pull from art historical references. Content wise the central theme of his work is the relationship of human beings with their surroundings, and our attempt to manipulate the natural in order to avoid our human limitations. The conceptual content of the images is linked with the formal qualities through the juxtaposition of the tight and precise mark-making and a rather lose and intuitive one.

Stefano Losi: was born in Lake Como, near Milan, where he was raised and classically educated in fine arts.  After having received his graduate degree at the Luigi Bocconi Universityof Milan in 1993,he worked in different senior management roles at the EBRD in London and other International Institutions, and currently works at the United Nations in New York, where he is also President of the UNSRC Literary Cultural Circle. In 2005 he was nominated Knight of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. After a long series of events organized since the early 1990s in Europe, including several shows and poetry readings in formal and alternative spaces, ranging from galleries, to workers unions and social centers, in December 2008 he presented "The imperfect dialectics of experience", a solo exhibition of paintings and poems at the United Nations in New York. Stefano Losi’s work has been featured in different publications, among which a book on Italian contemporary artists curated by Renato Miracco, and published under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  In March 2011 he presented "Under The Burnt Walls", his second art and poetry solo exhibition at the United Nations in New York. The author continues to create visual art and poetry in his Studio on 23rd street in Chelsea, New York.

Misako Oba: was born and raised in Japan. She has lived in New York, Seattle and other cities in the United States, and  currently divides her time between in Japan and the United States and travels often. Oba’s artworks have been exhibited internationally such as in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan as well as in the U.S., including prestigious art fairs such as AIPAD Shows in New York, Salon d’Automne in Paris and Photo l.a. in Los Angels, California, and many more.Her artworks are in private and corporate collections as well as in public collections such as in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris as a part of their national permanent collection. Magazines and newspapers in Japan and U.S. have interviewed her and published articles about her unique life and art. Received several awards including some first prizes in international competitions.

Robert W. Pillsbury: Born in the small town of Derry, New Hampshire, the surrounding landscape was permanently embraced at a very young age. A career spanning thirty-five years has involved performance art, video, painting, printmaking, art instruction, and a continued implementation of a large and varied body of work. He holds a BFA degree in painting and printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and began his career in the trenches of the newspaper industry working days and painting through the night. As an artist his passion lies in drawing, an exercise performed every day regardless of time or place. It is an unconscious function of his life, like breathing. His thoughts on his own art convey a profound and abiding respect for the natural world where he draws his inspiration. His work has been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and has received many awards in the metropolitan area, as well as traveling exhibitions internationally. His life in art extends beyond the studio through his deep commitment to the historic Salmagundi Club, N.Y. where he serves as President.

Edmond Rochat: studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at duCret School of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Janus Collaborative School of Art. He supplemented his studies as a lab assistant for advanced artistic anatomy offered by Janus Collaborative School of Art and hosted by Drexel University School of Medicine.  Rochat received the Mary Elizabeth Scholarship from the New Jersey Society of Arts and the Dr. Furman Fink Award for portraiture.  He was also awarded a grant from the Stobart Foundation and the John F. and Anne Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund, which he used to study Greek and Renaissance sculpture at the Slater Memorial museum.  His works have appeared in the Persimmon Hill Journal and published in The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing.  He has taught at The Art Students League of New York and The Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay LI.  He maintains a studio in East Harlem NY.

Joshua Schaefer: is a portrait and still life painter exploring the disquiet found within; figures and objects explore the intra- and interpersonal, finding meaning beyond utility. He earned his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2014, and has since taught at the collegiate level at various colleges and universities on the east coast.  He has shown in galleries and museums across the nation, taking part in group and solo exhibitions at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, North Carolina Museum of Art, Rodger LaPelle Galleries in Philadelphia, and Cecil College in Maryland.

Billy Seccombe: was born and raised in Rochester, NY.  In 1996 he attended Syracuse University and studied illustration under the direction of Bob Dacey.  In 2000 he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in illustration. Seccombe has also studied academic approaches to painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York as well as the the New York Academy of Art under the guidance of such names as Nelson Shanks, Sharon Sprung, and Robert Armetta.  His style reflects a blending of these traditional methods and points to an early influence from Rochester-based, Ramon Santiago as one of his greatest influences. His work combines academic realism with a combination of patterning, textures, and a hint of playful theatrics by utilizing vibrant colors and costuming.  Seccombe's work as a painter has been hung in various galleries across the United States and has been recognized with multiple awards and honors. William Seccombe is a member of the renowned Portrait Society of America and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  He has taught at Syracuse University and DuCret School of Art in South Plainfield, NJ. He currently resides in Metuchen, NJ with his wife and four year old son.

Errol Smith: lives and works in New York City and grew up near the scenic Delaware Water Gap. Surrounded by state parks and national recreation areas, exposure to the beauty of nature in the form of abundant waterfalls, mountain trails, and expansive valleys was unavoidable. His training in painting began with the Wallkill River School, plein air painting throughout Orange County New York. He received his BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has worked with artists such as Federico Solmi and Judy Fox. His work is regularly shown in Yonkers, NY and has been exhibited at the John F. Peto Studio Museum. 

Patricia Watwood: has exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler, Dacia Gallery and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, Meredith Long in Houston, John Pence in San Francisco, and Galerie L’oeil du Prince, Paris. In 2012-2013, her work was viewed in six cities China in an historic presentation of American painting, Contemporary American Realism, beginning at the Beijing World Art Museum. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals was on view in 2011-2012: St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries, NYC. Watwood earned her MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art, and has given lectures and workshops across the country, and is a featured art instructor with craftsy.com

Stephen A. Yavorski: is an artist based out of Northern New Jersey. His artistic focus is to represent his individual commentary about  the world around him. Current events, religion and spirituality, emotions, and the questions that many people struggle to ask and seek answers to are all fair game as his subject matter. Stephen aims to inspire people to feel connected with their emotions and questions that may otherwise feel isolating. He sees the process of asking challenging questions as a necessity for personal betterment and encourages his viewers to feel more comfortable in doing the same.

Leah Yerpe was born and raised in upstate New York where she began her artistic pursuits studying the natural world.  She received a BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Fredonia in 2007 and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2009.  Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries, museums, and art fairs, and discussed in publications including The Paris Review, PMc Magazine, and Visual Overture. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artwork by Erin Anderson Artwork by Janet Cook Artwork by Noah Buchanan Artwork by Errol Smith Artwork by Max Ginsburg Artwork by Patricia Watwood Artwork by Patricia Watwood Artwork by Robert Pillsbury Artwork by Stefano Losi Artwork by Yuri Leonov Artwork by Stephen Yavorski Artwork by Shana Levenson Artwork by Joshua Schaefer Artwork by Erin Anderson Artwork by Leah Yerpe Artwork by Travis Little