Bart DeCeglie, Floral Park, New York
Bart DeCeglieBart DeCeglie has been an active painter and freelance illustrator for 25 years and has taught at art colleges such as Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology, He has also led Plein Air workshops throughout New York.

DeCeglie was born in Italy and studied there until he was 17 years old. He came to New York and after finishing high school studied Illustration and painting for four years at Phoenix School of Art and Design (now Pratt Manhattan). He is currently teaching at the National Art League, UFT Queens & Manhattan Learning Centers and the Art League of Long Island. DeCeglie has returned many times to Italy to paint and study.

Bart DeCeglie - Sisters

Sisters

DeCeglie has had a successful career as a freelance commercial artist. His clients are both consumer and pharmaceutical advertising agencies. His real love is impressionism, as can be seen in his style of painting. His paintings give a feeling of serenity—quite the opposite of his energetic personality.

Works by DeCeglie have been exhibited in Florida, Michigan, Italy, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and as far east in New York as the Hamptons The father of five children, he and his wife have traveled extensively throughout Italy, Grand Cayman, New York State, Michigan and Florida. Living in New York, his paintings reflect the everyday lives of ordinary people.

Visit the artist’s website: http://artleagueli.net/node/1120

Christopher Engel, Halcottsville, New York
Engel HeadShotChristopher Engel’s art education began at the Art Center College of Design, now located in Pasadena, California. He later moved to New York and studied at the Art Students League. While at the League, Engle studied with renowned abstract expressionist painter Richard Pousette Dart. During this time, he began creating works depicting the depressing and suffocating elements of the New York subway system (The Turnstyle Series). As a result of this experience, the boundaries between objective and nonobjective or realistic and abstract work became blurred.

This, Engle says, allowed him to travel down the sometimes semi-abstract, semi-realistic and symbolic path of the Turnstyle Series, which preoccupied him from 1982 until the present. The series began as a social commentary on the subways and, by extension, the conditions in society in general. As the work progressed over the years it became more abstract, symbolic and personal.

CrossIn 1982, Engle was invited by Roger Denis, curator at the well-known Hallways Gallery in Buffalo, to mount a solo show of personal autobiographic works called, “Rights of Passage”. This consisted of a series of 37 pastels on sandpaper based on emotionally charged moments from his childhood. They were executed from 1979 to 1980 in a primitive style with titles structured in a narrative sequence.

In the 1980s, Engle showed in the East Village during the heydays of the art scene there. During this time, he maintained studios in Manhattan and Hoboken, New Jersey. Later in the decade, he left New York for two years to live in Seattle, Washington.

In the 1990s, Engle executed a series of 17 bronze pieces related to the paintings and etchings from the Turnstyle Series. He was invited a second time to show at Hallways. The show, called “Men in Suits,” featured works by artists who work with similar economic, political and social themes. Engle is concurrently developing a website focusing on the same material.

Visit the artist’s website: http://hchristopherengel.com/

Andrea Geller, Paramus, New Jersey
Andrea GellerAndrea Geller first picked up a brush at the age of 12 and has not put it down since. After studying painting at Cornell University for two years, she completed her undergraduate education at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Shortly after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, she began a successful career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, with editorial clients such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Psychology Today. In 2004, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from William Paterson University.

Water Meets Land I

For Geller, painting and life go hand in hand as she balances her career as a college professor and a professional artist. Her work focuses on figures moving within landscapes alone or in relationships with others, reflecting her strong interest “in the space between people as they move.” Her recent paintings, “Water Meets Land I” and “Water Meets Land II,” were inspired by her experience walking Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake. She exhibits widely and her work is included in numerous private collections. “Floating,” a painting from her water series, was selected by US Ambassador Daniel Speckhard for inclusion in a three-year exhibition at the US Embassy in Athens, Greece.

Visit the artist’s website: http://gellerart.com/

Raisa Nosova, Hoboken, New Jersey
Raisa NosovaRaisa Nosova is a Russian-born American artist who received her formal art education from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Vesalius College in Brussels, and the Art Students League of New York.

Curiosity about various cultures and a clear perception of the world have led Nosova to encounter the world through travels to Europe, the Near East, and Southeast Asia. She shares her perceptions through her “atmosphere-capturing” paintings, which are now beginning to take an expressionistic turn.

Nosova - Abstruct Structures

Abstruct Structures

Nosova is currently working on an upcoming solo exhibition at Bernard Cauchet Gallery in London. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in Paris, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Newark and Montclair, New Jersey.

Nosova has been recognized by art magazines such as Fresh Paint Magazine and Washington Square Review, as well as the Monmouth Museum, the Whistler Museum of Art, Bakhrushin Central State Theatre Museum in Moscow, SCOPE art fair in Miami, Armory Art Center and New Jersey Institute of Technology Museum.

Raisa Nosova is a recipient of the George T. Dorsch Award 2012, Fannie Kipnes Memorial Award for Oil Painting 2014 and the N.A.W.A. 125 Years: Women in Vision Third Place Award 2015.

Visit the artist’s website: http://www.raisanosova.com/

John Sanders, Roxbury, New York
Born in New York City, J. Sanders has been a sculptor since 1968 when he was 15 years old. He began as a wood carver and then moved on to granite and marble carving. For most of the past 40 years, he  has concentrated on steel sculptures.

Sanders has created his own technique in steel, which he calls “flame-carved steel”—a direct outgrowth of his early wood and stone carvings. Flame-carved steel is executed with an oxygen-acetylene torch; it renders the same textural results in steel as one might see in carved stones.

In the past 20 years, Sanders has also been forging steel, which gives his massive steel sculptures the feeling of lightness through the rhythm and movement of the forged elements incorporated into the sculptures. He returned to wood sculpting as a means of creating models for large outdoor steel or stainless steel sculptures.

Sanders increased his range of expression during a period from 2010-2012 by incorporating a daily practice of executing pastels and other works on paper. At the same time, he has been working on wall pieces made of bronze, copper, brass, stainless steel and steel. This has brought the excitement of real earth colors into the movement and rhythm of his recent work.

A graduate of Berkeley, his one-man shows include the Robert Steele Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery and Max Hutchison Gallery in New York City; Osuna Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and Worth Rider Art Gallery in Berkeley, California.

Sanders has exhibited his work in numerous group shows including Paradise Sculpture Park in Guilin, China; Tresffpunkt Kunst, Saarlouis, Germany; Haus Ludwig, Saarlouis, Germany; Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York; Nassau County Museum, Roslyn, New York; Schlesinger-Boisante Gallery, New York; Schlesinger Gallery, New York ; Huntington House Museum, Andes, New York; and Chesterwood Sculpture Show, Stockbrige, Massachusetts.

Visit the artist’s website: http://johnsandersart.com/

Cole Sternberg, Los Angeles
Cole SternbergCole Sternberg works in a range of formats including painting, installation, video, and writing. Much of his work has focused on a variety of social issues, from current human rights activism and its relationship to the law, to the environment, to the media and concepts of content overload. The works tend to be subtle or subversive in nature, driven by elegant visual concepts and poetry versus overt political statements. He is interested in the intersection between humanity and humankind and how their lack of congruity hinders social progression and development.

Sternberg has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The American University Museum (Washington, DC), El Segundo Museum of Art (El Segundo, CA), Hochhaus Hansa (a Ruhr.2010 Museum, Dortmund, Germany), Primary (Miami, FL), David B. Smith Gallery (Denver, CO), Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND, Los Angeles, CA), Paris Photo | LA (Los Angeles, CA), e105 Gallery (Berlin), Arted House (East Hampton, NY), LA><ART (Los Angeles, CA) and MAMA (Los Angeles,CA). His works are held by major collections throughout the world.

He is currently working on a documentary about his journey across the Pacific on a shipping vessel, the reconstruction of Ray Johnson’s infamous Room 247 of the Inn at Baron’s Cove, editions with LA><ART and Exhibition A, various exhibitions and dreams.

He has generously donated a 28” x 16” acrylic and watercolor on linen entitled “A synthetic landscape,” valued at $4,800, which will be raffled at the art gala.

“A synthetic landscape” by Cole Sternberg

Visit the artist’s website: http://www.colesternberg.com/

Shane Townley, New York City
Shane TownleyShane Townley’s work and search for artists has taken him throughout the world looking for inspiration through social interactions with local people, foods and cultures. His choice of artists’ work is often described as having deep meaning, feeling, and emotion, with a story behind each artists’ concept that brings the viewer on a journey of meditation, calmness and peace.

The Path

All of the art work Townley represents is original and one of a kind, whether it is mixed media, enamel on wood, or oil or acrylic paintings with texture on canvas. Townley only deals in originals from the artists’ studios.

Townley is currently an internationally collected artist, foundation founder and art director. His own work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide. He has exhibited and curated shows in New York, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Desert, Monterey and Scottsdale, Arizona with connections to galleries in Venice, Italy and Barcelona, Spain. In 2013, he founded the Townley Arts Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to arts education.

When Townley is not traveling the world in search of his next inspiration, New York City is where he works and lives with his wife Adela.

Visit the artist’s website: http://townley.nyc/

Alix Hallman Travis, Halcottsville, New York
Alix TravisAlix Hallman Travis is a sketcher—in the park, at a dance, or on the subway. She sketches in a black sketch book she carries everywhere. She rapidly records the shapes and postures of the figures and buildings flashing by in front of her. She moves quickly to record what captures her eye. The speed of sketching is integral to her process, reducing the drawing to the essential.

“The figure that attracts me is in motion with a striking gesture. The sketch, not posed but observed en situ, must be executed quickly. The challenge is to use the sketch of the moving figure in a larger more elaborate composition without losing the illusion of a moment in a sequence of movements. I maintain the spontaneity of the original by redrawing the figure freehand without the aids of scaling techniques. I do not work from photographs.”

Village, July

The Village

The colors on her palate are saturated and bold. Oils, for Travis, are large. The tools required fill her hand and the pieces show clear and intentional evidence of the artist at work with the palette knife.

Travis finds her inspiration from many sources, including other artists like the Fauvists, the German and Boston expressionists, Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton and Reginald Marsh. In addition, she finds inspiration in a new medium, location, subject, the size, shape of the surface on which she is painting and in her students.

Visit the artist’s website: http://www.alixhtravis.com/

Johan Wahlstrom, New York City
Johan WahlstromJohan Wahlstrom is one of today’s brightest artists who is making a conscious effort to describe the social and political landscape of our contemporary world. His provocatively titled pieces are social critiques, reflecting the artist’s effort to grapple with a world of extreme polarities.

Wahlstrom creates his paintings quickly, inspired by cryptic observations jotted on scraps of paper littering his Malaga, Spain studio.

“I decide what titles I will work with each day and set myself into the mood with loud music. I try to paint the title to get the viewers to spin their brains toward the story.”

Some of the titles include, “It’s Boring to Die,” “House of Lies,” “Truth Is A Lie,” “Time to Scream,” “Don’t Die As A Virgin” and “So in Debt.”

ItsBoringToDie

It’s Boring To Die

The titles may be ironic, but the paintings’ narratives strike a true emotional chord. The haunted people in his paintings seem to be crying out for sustenance, both physical and psychic.

Wahlstrom’s path to painting was unconventional, with unexpected turns that speak to a vital, original creative mind. Born in Stockholm to a lineage of artists, Wahlstrom was first a musician and singer who painted only infrequently. The rock and roll life “brought me too much trouble,” and he moved to France where he did nothing but paint. This launched his new career as an artist. The series, “It’s Boring to Die” and “House of Lies” have traveled around Europe, New York and Miami.

Visit the artist’s website: http://www.johanwahlstrom.com/johanwahlstrom/Welcome.html

Joe Waks, Bayonne, New Jersey
Joe WaksJoe Waks is a painter and printmaker who lives in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is also an attorney who for 18 years worked at the highest levels of local, state and federal government in his beloved Garden State.

Waks is an audacious commentator on the kooky times in which we live. Observant as a seasoned reporter who never leaves home without his “Little Pad of Ideas,” he doesn’t let a headline, artifact or late-night infomercial get by him. He is constantly unearthing the teeny-tiny things that go unnoticed in our mundane workaday world. His mixed media creations serve as a commentary on the interconnected world we inhabit.

Underscoring his passion for politics and popular culture, his work reflects our consumerist ethos by “recontextualizing” the icons and emblems common among disparate human civilizations. He seeks to temper contemporary reality with humor, irony and a bit of hope.

Waks recently worked with the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania to create new silkscreens. In 2015, he completed a large-scale mural in Jersey City, His next solo exhibition of new paintings is in September, 2016 at Newark’s Index Art Center.

No Trans fats!Waks was a 2012 Fellow at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey in Branchburg and a 2008 New Jersey Print and Paper Fellow at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Waks has had numerous solo and group shows at galleries in New Jersey, New York, Miami and Philadelphia, including three solo exhibitions. His works are in private collections in New York City, Los Angeles and in many others cities in the United States and Canada. He is also in the permanent collection of the Jersey City Museum, Hudson County Community College. Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, part of one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, acquired nine of his paintings for its renowned collection.

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