Featured in the Thaler Gallery:"Water Views" featuring paintings by David & Pamela Lussier. "Water is a presence that draws us into a contemplative state. It was our inspiration for this body of work. There is always a poetry to water, whether evidenced in its stillness and reflective qualities or in its turbulent and expressive state of motion. In this exhibition it is our intention to show water in its many moods and revelations."
David Lussier is an award-winning contemporary impressionist and nationally recognized plein air painter and workshop instructor. He is a painter in the purist sense of the word. In his poetic and intimate oil landscapes he strives to capture the essence and sense of place of his subject matter. His use of bold broad brushwork brings the surfaces to life and begs the viewer to return for a second look. David was trained in classical realism at Paier College of Art in Hamden CT. He started his career as a commercially trained illustrator, but quickly realized that his passion was in the fine arts. It was when he started painting the landscape plein air that he realized that he had found his true calling. He has been painting professionally for more than twenty five years, has garnered more than 75 prizes for his work and is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States. His work has been featured more than 5 times in professional art publications, and he holds professional memberships in some of the finest art associations and groups in the country. David is also an official U.S. Open artist for the United States Golf Association. Four of his paintings hang in the permanent collection of the USGA Museum in Far Hills New Jersey.
Pamela Lussier is best described as a painterly realist. A 1978 graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, she has been active for more than 20 years, in the national plein air scene teaching workshops and participating in national paint outs including Easels of Frederick, Frederick, MD, Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA, & Fingerlakes Plein Air, Canadaigua. "In my work I wish to give to my viewer a feeling of calmness and healing in these turbulent times. I also wish to design into these paintings a strong abstract pattern base to provide the feeling of inner strength, so the viewer will sense a strong overall force holding this world together. With the use of color, brushwork and edges, I also strive to show the uniqueness of place in my natural subject pieces as well as a certain quality in my narrative paintings that gives the viewer a sense that every individual life matters."
Featured in the Galleria:"Felines vs Canines" all media group show featuring members of the Art League and local artists. Artists will depict their favorite: cats or dogs. Which will win?? A portion of proceeds from this exhibition will benefit the Worcester County Humane Society. Exhibit judge: Lynne Lockhart.
In Studio E:John Carter. My interest in photography began while attending college in Philadelphia. It started with the school newspaper and I shot with a simple (but much loved) Pentax K-1000. Soon after I was doing family portraits in the JC Penny stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. I quickly found my real passion of Landscape and Nature photography. As time went on, I shot professionally in a variety of genres and acquired many clients, including Johns Hopkins, Military Sealift Command, Westpoint Military Academy and a host of local business and institutions. For a few years I branched out into web (and graphic) design, which was a great compliment to my photography. In 2011, I went back to school to study visual arts, and ironically, this prompted me to retire from professional photography. I went on to get a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design and now do corporate multi-media work and create online education. The Art Dealer who represented me retired in 2018, and I now find myself in the process of creating a new model for my photography (and design) business. Change has always been an exciting thing for me, and I must say that I am exhilarated!
In the Spotlight Gallery:Myrna McGrath. "I opened The Gallery in Salisbury in l970 and in l978 printed the first of the Chesapeake Bay Maps. Since then, there are ten more editions, two being all lighthouses of the bay. It was so interesting to gather information and I learned so much about the bay and surrounding areas. The first three large bay maps were printed in black and white and hand colored. I often add different towns and drawings to personalize them. The seventh edition map was presented to Madam Jehan el Sadat by Rotary International. Del. W. Roy Huff was presented a print of Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses during his efforts to pass the bill to preserve Maryland Lighthouses. Different map designs were done for tee shirts as well as the popular throws. The seventh edition map was also presented to former Polish President Lech Walesa following his speech at Salisbury University. This past February I completed the tenth edition, being a map of the Chesapeake Bay area, with just fish and ships. Naturally, the title is Fish and Ships. Dr. R. Sutula was most patient waiting for me to put his idea onto paper. Other illustrated maps are North Carolina Coast, New Jersey Shore, Florida Keys, Historic places on the Eastern Shore and the Tangier Sound. These prints and other prints and paintings are available at many galleries and I exhibit in most local shows."
In the Artisan Showcase:Marisa Longo. Just Tree Creations is a collection of unique wire wrapped jewelry and sculptures designed and handmade by Marisa Longo, a self-taught artist from Ocean City, Maryland. Marisa’s artistic interpretations are a result of her fascination with the wonders and effects of nature on its surroundings. Combining sterling silver, copper and steel with freshwater pearls and oyster shells, her creations are natural with an artistic twist. Born in the nations capital, she has been an Islander of the Mid Atlantic seashore since 1983. This is when she became enamored with Assateague Island National Seashore of Maryland. Capturing the ever changing effect of nature on its surroundings, her craft is never ending and reflects her evolution as an artist. The coastline has captivated the hearts and minds of many who have encountered its magic! Marisa’s hope is that you will experience that same magic in the pleasure in these treasures!
Featured in the Thaler Gallery:"To the Point", Colored Pencil Society of America, Metro Washington Chapter.
A district chapter of the national Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), the Metro Washington Chapter has members primarily in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Formed in 1994 and now with over 50 members, the group’s goals parallel, on a regional basis, those of the national organization: promoting the stature and awareness of colored pencil as a viable art form to professional art establishments and to the general public and providing a forum for education, communication, and recognition of colored pencil artists. Our members’ artworks are shown in juried and non-juried exhibitions in a variety of venues in the metro region. For more information, please visit our website: www.cpsa109.org.
Artist-quality colored pencils provide an impressive range of beautiful hues and a unique means of “painting in color.” Artists use the point of their pencils to lay down color and give form to their compositions, much like water-media artists use their brushes. These strokes reflect the characteristics of the individual artist’s technique. The results can be very saturated and painterly or carefully placed whisper strokes of color. The works submitted by our members show the versatility of this medium and how we use the point of the pencils to color our world.