Artists House Gallery, 57 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 Rescue, is 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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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