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On Flora and Fauna

Artists House Gallery, Carla LigouriArtists House Gallery, On Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal Rescue, Carla LigouriFrank DePietro and Doris Peltzman

Artists House Gallery57 North 2nd Street, Old City, Philadelphia is a treasure trove of Philly art talent. The current exhibition On Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal Rescueis a heady mix of animal art and floral paintings by many of Philadelphia’s top artists. The subject matter is ripe for interpretation and the artists have offered us a lush and beautiful world of flowers, pets and places that resonate with the heart strings.

Artists’ House Gallery features the work of more than eighty outstanding emerging and established artists, primarily from the greater Philadelphia area. Artists’ House offers art lovers and collectors the opportunity to purchase excellent affordable works of art.

“On Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart,” an exhibition benefitting Main Line Animal Rescue. Area artists offer favorably priced works that celebrate our cats and our dogs, our fish and our flowers. 10% of the gallery proceeds will go to Main Line Animal Rescue. Contributions will also be accepted. 

Artists’ House is now in its sixth month under new direction. While Artists’ House Gallery continues in the tradition of classical representational art it has also opened its doors to new visions and expressions to embrace non-objective works that explore pure color and line.” – Artists’ House Gallery

Artists House Gallery, Doris PeltzmanArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal RescueDoris Peltzman

“I am a direct painter, painting from life to capture the moment. The excitement of the moment and the immediacy are what drive me. It is that total impression that creates the completed painting. I focus on color, harmony, light, mood, texture, composition and the calligraphy of my brush strokes. I love to experiment with a variety of palettes and surfaces. It is the visual stimulation that drives and moves me forward.” – Doris Peltzman

Artists House Gallery, Doris PeltzmanArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal RescueDoris Peltzman

Artists House Gallery, Isaiah RattermanArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal Rescue, Isaiah Ratterman

“I hold a reverence for the Romantic painters of the past, however their ethos has been replaced in our age of excess, leaving a need for our relationship to the landscape to be redefined. Through the landscape, I find a narrative that questions the primacy of Necessity based upon my own travels. Experiences under these circumstances become important and fulfilling, offering a brief glimpse into a deeper meaning of Being. Thoughts are not processed within the moment, but collected and decrypted afterwards. My paintings act as a way of deciphering the felt experiences I hold so close.” – Isaiah Ratterman

Artists House Gallery, Andrew PinkhamArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal RescueAndrew Pinkham

“My animal portraits challenge what we think of as historic or authentic, whether it was yesterday of hundreds of years ago. THey blur the lines of time and engage the viewer in how we interpret the idea of history itself.” – Andrew Pinkham

Artists House Gallery, Alice DustinArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal RescueAlice Dustin

Alice Dustin is an oil painter who delights in color and the way oil paint can be put down with a brush. Leigh Gustafson of Artists’ House Gallery of Philadelphia said Dustin’s “enthusiasm comes out of her brush stroke. She has a spontaneous…juicy brush stroke.” “She’s not afraid to paint. With just a few brush strokes, a simple bowl comes alive,” says Larry Toro of Toro Gallery in Huntingdon Valley. Alice Dustin is known for her impressionistic style, a natural result of alla prima painting, done in or outdoors reacting to the subject at hand.” – Alice Dustin

Artists House Gallery, Sean CarneyArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal RescueSean Carney

“Painting and drawing have always been an extension of who I am. I find beauty in many things but portraits and landscapes will always be my home. I paint because I am driven to. The only political or social statement I am trying to make is to see the beauty in the world and appreciate it. Sometimes we forget to value what we have around us, so I hope my work can remind you. Thank you for spending some time with me.” – Sean Carney

Artists House Gallery, Carla LiguoriArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal RescueCarla LigouriWhispering Down the Lane, terracotta, wood, acrylic, $1150.

Artists House Gallery, Mat TamezskoArtists House GalleryOn Flora and Fauna: Close to the Heart In Co-operation with Main Line Animal Rescue, Mat Tamezsko, Untititled (Tree), mixed media, $499.

Mat Tamezsko is a Philadelphia based artist primarily producing paintings influenced by the social environment of the city and the urban experience. His paintings often reflect social issues and conditions, and are made up of materials and imagery drawn from everyday visual language. Tomezsko is a Tyler School of Art graduate, and has participated in exhibitions at various commercial and underground galleries. He has also made a number of temporary public art installations, an example of which, Look Long and Look Good, a series of 30 paintings, can be seen on Main Street in Manayunk, and Here is Your Mirror, a moving installation currently on view at 2nd and Germantown Ave in Northern Liberties.” – Artists House Gallery

Main Line Animal Rescue, located minutes from Valley Forge National Park in scenic Chester County, Pennsylvania, is considered by many to be the finest animal shelter in the United States. With more than four hundred active volunteers, over a thousand companion animals adopted a year, a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic, innovative training and educational programs, and almost sixty acres of fenced pastures and walking trails, MLAR is not only a sight to behold but an experience you will never forget.” – Main Line Animal Rescue

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Artists’ House Gallery

Artists' House Gallery, Old City Arts District, Philadelphia

Dear Friends of Artists’ House Gallery,

In October, a new gallery, owned and directed by Tony Morinelli, will open at 57 N. Second Street, Philadelphia, the former premises of Artists’ House Gallery.

We are pleased that the new owner has decided to dedicate his gallery to the same mission that Artists’ House Gallery has followed for the last twenty-two years. That mission is:

“To feature the work of outstanding emerging and experienced artists, frequently from the Philadelphia area. Artists’ House offers collectors and art lovers the opportunity to purchase excellent works of art at affordable prices.”

We wish Tony Morinelli much success in his new gallery which, by special arrangement with us, will also be named “Artists’ House Gallery”. We hope that you will visit this new gallery on First Fridays, other receptions and many times to enjoy each new exhibit. We greatly appreciate the support, interest and friendship from our many friends over the past twenty-two years.

“Tony’s initial First Friday will be on October 4th, and I will be there on First Friday to assist Tony in opening his new gallery.”

You can contact the gallery at a new address: info@artistshouse.com and visit the site at www.artistshouse.com

Thank you. Sincerely,

Lorraine Riesenbach

About Artists’ House Gallery New Director

Tony Morinelli devotes his life to the various arts: music, theater, literature, painting and the art of the table. Tony holds a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and has studied at the Ecole des Beaux Art, Paris, Florence Academy and at PAFA. His career has been in teaching where for the last thirty years he has variously taught Romance Languages, Art History, Philosophy, Film and Theater at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. As director of the Artists’ House Gallery Tony pledges himself to continue in the gallery’s tradition of offering the finest quality work at reasonable prices. Tony also looks forward to introducing new visions to Philadelphia and invites talented local artists to propose their work to the gallery.

DoNArTNeWs congratulates Tony Morinelli, Artists’ House Gallery and all of the associated artists whose artwork will continue to enliven Gallery Row in Philadelphia’s Old City Arts District.

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Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Painter, Robert Bohne has exhibited his oil paintings at Artists’ House Gallery in Old City, Philadelphia four times now. His collection of recent and quite exquisite plein air paintings is a subtle yet sublime interpretation of landscapes and still life subjects. Each of the paintings has an immediacy and atmospheric naturalism that identifies the artist’s painting style. The small scale oils are richly narrative with information design and skilled brushwork. The artist’s eye is apparent in each piece especially with technical virtuosity of color and depth of field, drawing the viewer deep into the landscape or experiencing the delightful wetness of an object with expert application of paint.

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne described the group of paintings above to DoNArTNeWs, “On this wall are some plein air work, one piece, the middle piece, of the fountain was done in Majorca Spain. The original sketch was done in Majorca and I transferred the sketch into an oil painting. The one above that is strictly out of my head, it’s a fictitious cloud, The one on the bottom is one of the piers on the Delaware River.”

“I’m always looking for the light in a painting, a good focal point, and after I find that it’s almost like a leading actor in a movie or a play, that focal point. And then after that I look for the supporting actors, which are less significant pieces of the painting, but, they lead your eye to that focal point.”

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

DoN thought this lobster painting looked familiar? The artist explained, “This is not the same as the one at The Plastic Club, this is the second. Actually it’s the same lobster, it’s spent a couple of months in my freezer and it came back out again and re-emmeged in another painting.”

Like impressionist masters, Bohne knows to return to his subjects repeatedly to gain the sense of realism he desires with less and less detail but infinitely more important visual information.

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery, photo courtesy of the artist

“This is a painting that sat around for close to a year, I wasn’t quite sure what I didn’t like about it. And then after looking at the George Bellows show just recently, I realized that what this painting needed were a couple of areas of really dramatic contrast. And it was just a matter of putting a small dot of orange and a small dot of white for highlight. And, of course, increasing the shadow area to the left of that and it made the painting pop. And it made it work”

The sense of realism yet obvious impressionism almost makes the plate of shrimp look abstract. The oil painting displays Robert Bohne‘s mastery of the medium and certainly is desirable as a work of art, at once decorative yet with a sense of narrative liveness. Working oil on board, oil on paper or academy board, each painting delights the senses with the artist’s appreciation of artistic appropriateness and style. One aspect of Robert Bohnes paintings is that they look really finished, professional and accessible. The paintings are not overwhelmed by a fancy frame instead complemented by surround offering a lovely collaboration of image and frame.

Debbie West is my framer, West End Frame Shop, she’s in Media PA. Debbie and I spend a lot of time trying to find the frames that won’t overwhelm a painting. It will just become part of the painting. Presentation is a very important aspect of showing work. Presentation and editing. What I mean by editing, there’s a certain painting on the far end which was twice the size it is now. After looking at it for quite a while, I realized that if I cropped this painting in half it would be a much more dynamic composition. And would work much better. And so, this is what I ended up with and I was very pleased with that. I’m sure I’m not the first artist to do that.”, said Robert Bohne.

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery, photo courtesy of the artist

DoN asked the artist how he knows when a painting is finished? “I don’t know. I try not to have too much of a finished look to my paintings. I want that spontaneity to remain when the piece is finished. One of the things I really dislike is photo-realism, so I want people to see the abstract qualities and some of the spontaneity in my work. I want more of my work to have a degree of life, I want it to breathe. A good example of this is the Marigolds, this is a painting that won Best Still Life in The Philadelphia Sketch Club Small Oils show last year. As you can see, it’s not a lot of detail, very quickly painted, very spontaneous, and yet you know what it is and actually has a quality of life to it.”

Robert Bohne at Artists’ House Gallery, 57 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, through October 28th, 2012.

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