Previous Artists

 

 

 

Loretta Becker   

Loretta is a self-taught artist, influenced by her father’s love and skill of painting. She paints with some nontraditional tools such as rulers, cardboard, sticks, stirrers and shells, along with the traditional brushes and palette knives. Many of her paintings are textured and rough on the surface. Most of her works would be classified as modern impressionism. She paints with oil, acrylic and watercolor and also makes sculptures from bricks and sea glass found on beaches. Many of her paintings are of the ocean and beaches and boats, because of her love for the sea. To her, the ocean represents freedom and peace, and she feels the world needs more of that.  Some of her works are in private collections.  She attended Alfred University, one of the best universities in the country for art, but interestingly enough the degrees she attained were a BA in Spanish and a BS in Nursing. All the while, she envied the students attending the art classes. She furthered her education, receiving a Masters in Education through the state and a Certification in School Nursing from Cedar Crest College. She is a member of AAC (Allentown Arts Collective) and ACE (Arts Community of Easton).     Exhibitions: Allentown Art Museum | New Bridge Group Salemme Foundation | New Bridge Group Moravian College | New Bridge Group Nature Nurture Center | ACE (Arts Community of Easton) State Theatre | ACE Civic 514 Exhibition Center and Blink Optical Boutique | Allentown Arts Collective Allentown Arts Collective First Friday in Emmaus Exhibit Twisted Olive | Featured Artist March/April 2015 and Jan/Feb 2016

 

 

 

Mairin Egge

As an artist, who typically paints impressionistic scenes from nature, I believe there is no right or wrong way to create. This past year I turned a new leaf, letting go of evaluations and focusing on challenge and growth. Mastery is boring so, putting fear aside, I have challenged myself to go in a new direction with my artwork, experimenting with different processes and attitudes. Although I still enjoy recreating my interruptation of nature with paint, I am expanding my body of work to elaborate on past works, bringing a new outlook and light on ME and my art. Along with painting, Mairin enjoys working with others, especially through teaching art. When the weather permits it, she spends as much time as possible exploring the outdoors. While in nature, "I feel so small, a part of something larger than life." She is fond of hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, gardening, cooking and traveling. These activities activate her senses and nurish creativity. Having created many commission pieces of artwork, Mairin has a flair for capturing essential subject elements. She has a unique gift in understanding the needs and desires of her clients and through this talent, she creates outstanding pieces which will undoubtedly grow in sentimental and tangible worth through time.  Request a commissioned work and be astounded at the result.  http://www.mairinegge.com/  *****40% of the proceeds for the art sold at Twisted Olive will be going to the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley*****  About The Junior LeagueFounded in 1901 by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, making a demonstratable impact on their communities.Issue Based Community Impact; our current community impact focus is on the issue of Educational Disparity.  The areas of impact are improving life skills and reducing the educational gap in lower income communities.

 

 

Barbara Tracy

Barbara Tracy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and enjoyed drawing, painting, and craft making at an early age. She attended Kutztown University, majoring in art education where she studied under Dr. Mary Erickson and Dr. Thomas Schantz, both well-published and notable artists and art educators in the national art education field. She attained a Masters Degree in Art Education from Kutztown and taught art in the public school arena for over 30 years, serving as K-12 department chair for four years. As an adjunct professor at DeSales University, she instructed classroom teachers on methodology of integrating the arts into classroom curriculum. Her art lessons have been published in DreamMakers, a Hallmark / Crayola company publication for parents and teachers. Retiring from her teaching career in 2012, Barbara devotes all her time to painting in her studio or plein air. She has a passion for depicting trees, which is derived from her early childhood memories of her grandparent’s estate, where a stand of huge oak trees were part of her early imaginative play. As a mostly self-taught watercolor artist, Barbara has focused on landscapes, though she also has a love for florals and wildlife. She draws inspiration from her surroundings in Pennsylvania as well as her extensive travels. Barbara was mentored by the award winning pastel and watercolor artist, Priscilla Rosenberger Taylor, at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. Among the many workshops and classes she has taken, Barbara recently completed an intensive painting workshop with internationally acclaimed water-colorist, Tony Couch. She is a member of the Lehigh Art Alliance, Bethlehem Palette Club and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council as well as a lifetime member of the National Education Association (NEA). She has begun to exhibit and win awards in regional and international juried exhibitions. She was a recent finalist in the international Faso Broad Brush competition. She currently maintains a studio in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her web site is: www.bctracy.fineartstudioonline.com

 

 

 

Karl J. Unger

Karl J. Unger is a self-taught artist from the Lehigh Valley who discovered his creativity slightly later in life. During his professional career in technology, Karl attended many webdesign classes at Northampton Community College to tap into his creative ambitions. Some of his work was selected for Earth Day and displayed throughout the college. This encouraged him to continue to express himself through his art. He is continually inspired by artistic works from digital artist Stephen Harlan, abstract / modern artist like Michael Lang, Kevin Hill, and Roger Dean. The colors and elements of light shine through their works and show the viewer a di)erent way of seeing. Karl shares their vision. His acrylic work makes light and color seem to come alive on the canvas and create a magical mood. His digital canvas creations incorporate color and contrast. The works that he creates both acrylic and digital conjure up many moods and touches deeper than the eye can see. He creates uniquely special views that can’t help but attract the eye. The images created draw the viewer in almost to make them feel part of the scene. His work is both visually appealing and thought provoking. As Karl continues to challenge himself it is his wish that art lovers will see things in his creations that inspire them. What he likes about Digital Art is that it is a more accessible and a relevant way to share his art work with everyone. Hope you enjoy his talented works.

 

Lisa S. Patti

Lisa S Patti, an artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, expresses herself with a paint brush by using brilliant colors against a blank canvas. Her painting style is abstract and often colored with her own personal concept of actuality.  For many years she had stopped creating art, but something happened shortly after recovering from her first bout with cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, her painting became a release for the many emotions that happened while living through cancer.!! Lisa describes the process in this way, “Painting is more than just creating visually interesting artwork. It is the release of emotions. As soon as I picked up my paintbrush and mixed my acrylic paints, and touched the canvas, I was home. I felt such an emotional release, and was grateful to be back in touch with my artistic soul.”I am also a massage therapist who feels the energy from others. check out Art sometimes induces an emotion so powerful as to be disconcerting. Check out my Life my art. My art will never leave me.'I dream my painting and then I paint my dream. I am on a journey of enlightenment!

 

Rebecca Rhodes

 Rebecca Rhodes discovered watercolor painting in 2012, and after a rewarding career as a Public School Music Educator, is now a watercolor artist in Lehigh County, PA. Rebecca specializes in realistic paintings of nature, wildlife, music, and loves to create commissioned portraits of pets and people.  You can learn more about Rebecca’s art at www.rebeccarhodesart.com, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Contact Rebecca at rebrho@gmail.com.

 

 

 

  

Suzanne Bartlett 

 

Drawing inspiration from all her experiences, Suzanne creates work by mixing fabrics, paper textures and layering, giving her works an ethereal, tactile quality. The images are painterly and softly realistic.

 

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Suzanne is an Interior Designer for Ethan Allen. She uses her creative skills for combining color, texture and scale to create individually styled interiors.

 

Suzanne is available for commissioned work.

 

suzzartstudio@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Sandy

Michael Sandy

A lifelong resident of Pennyslvania nd calls the Lehigh Valley home. Michael began his journey in photography while serving in the United States Army, as a photojournalist. After his tour in the Army, Michael worked for the American Red Cross as a staff photographer. He also continued his education at The Art Institue of Philadelphia, graduating with honors in 1993.

For the past fifteen years Michael has been trekking the globe, in search of unique portraits and landscapes of nature and the human experience. Spending the majority of his time in India and Central America. Michael's works have been feature exhibits in galleries throughout the United States.

Michael is an avid and experienced outdoorsman, giving him a keep eye for the beauties of nature. Michael's works have now come full circle, returning to what he loves the most, capturing nature through the lens of his camera. Michael believes in top quality in every piece of work he delivers. All his products are produced here in the United States, utilizing local vendors.

Michael takes great pride in printing his own work and brings a master printers touch to his work. His images are all printed on gallery quality archival paper with archival links. He chooses to use exhibition quality matting and frames to highlight his photographs.

 

Contact info

www.fallmountainpress.com

610-393-4495 - Michael Sandy

 
 

 

 Eric Armusik

 

Born in 1973, fine artist Eric Armusik grew up in the northeastern coal region of Pennsylvania. Once one of the largest coal mining operations in the county, his hometown was a landscape riddled with the depressions of post-industry. In contrast to the blight was a diverse ethnic community strong in faith. What the community lacked in public art and museums it made up for it with churches on each city block. It was there that Eric had his first experiences with art, staring at the walls and ceilings at church on Sunday. The traditions and academic realism of Catholic religious paintings and artwork made a permanent impression that continues to influence his work today.

From an early age it was evident that Eric had artistic talents and at the age of 10 he won an art competition "Why I love living in the Wyoming Valley" that included students from all of the surrounding schools and his drawing of the Swetland Homestead was exhibited in the Franklin First Federal Building in downtown Wilkes Barre. His talents continued to win him numerous competitions and in 1990 he was awarded for his Contribution to the Arts by Wilkes University where he attended their Upward Bound program.

 

In 1991, Eric attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a B. F. A. in painting, with and a minor in an art history focusing on Baroque art. In 1995 he received the Margaret Giffen Shoenfelder Memorial Scholarship for the Arts and finished his art history minor abroad for a semester in Todi, Italy. During his art classes where he drew from original paintings, architecture, and sculptures by the old masters such as Michaelangelo, Bernini, Caravaggio, Rubens and Donatello. The rare opportunity to study masterworks by Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi had a profound effect on the quality of his work and focused the inspiration he experienced as a child. After years of learning the techniques of the Old Masters, Eric honed his skills at the Philadelphia studio of renowned international realism artist and portrait painter Nelson Shanks, Studio Incamminati. In 2003, Eric was selected to represent the United States in Florence, Italy at the Biennale Internazionale Dell Arte Contemporanea where he exhibited several of his paintings.  Today Eric's paintings have established him as one of today's strongest purveyors of traditional figurative painting. Eric has been a finalist in four Art Renewal Center International Salons and has won the Chairman's Award for the Sixth International Art Renewal Center competition out of 1700 submissions from over 30 countries worldwide.  In 2015 Eric's work was selected as a finalist for the Figurativas International Painting Competition in Barcelona, Spain.  His painting was in the top 5% out of 2500 entries from 90 countries.  In 2015 Eric was recognized by the Art Renewal Center as an Associate Living Master.  Eric is an artist ambassador for Jerry's Artarama Art Supplies and is regularly featured in their Artist Spotlight series. Eric has been recognized as a Boldbrush Signature Artist and is a writer for their FineArtViews publication.   Eric conducts several workshops in his studio on traditional painting each year and has attracted students from around the world that come to study with him.

 

Eric's work has been featured in such galleries and museums as the Salmagundi Art Club and the National Arts Club in New York; Allentown Art Museum; Philip and Muriel Berman Art Museum, Ursinus College; Monsoon Galleries; Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts; State Museum of Pennsylvania; and Reading Public Museum to name a few.  His paintings are in the permanent collections of Howard Tullman, The Trenton City Museum, The National Shrine of Czestochowa USA, Lehigh Valley Hospital and numerous churches private collections worldwide. His artwork has been prominently featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Huffington Post, Victorian Homes, and Old House Journal.

 

ROSE MAVIS

 

 

 
 
Featured Artist – June 17, - August 12, 2019
Meet the Artist: July 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Twisted Olive
 
 
Biography
 
Local Lehigh Valley artist, Rose Mavis was born and raised in the Bethlehem area. She attended Bethlehem schools and earned her BFA, from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA and also earned her MFA from Marywood University, Scranton, PA.
 
In her early years, she has studied as a young artist with the late Jerry Quier and also with the late Myron Barnstone of Barnstone Studios. Rose has also attended numerous workshops presented by many noted local, national and international artists from whom she learned many advanced techniques.
 
As a lifelong learner, she strives to learn more from various sources to enhance her art making. After spending twenty five years working with watercolors, acrylics, pastels  she is now focused more on oil paintings. She especially enjoys the outdoors and has been painting plein air, or outdoor paintings of original paintings in oils. 
 
It has been her dream to be able to offer giclées of her works and she has finally achieved that dream. Currently giclées of her works on canvas and textured paper can be found at Colson Art Direct. These prints are shipped to your door, ready to take to your favorite framer for your personal choices.
 
• www.rosemavis.com • 610-691-1617 • rmavis@ptd.net
Giclées on canvas or textured  paper @ colsonartdirect.com
 
 
Artist Statement
 
As a lifelong artist, since early childhood, I try to look upon our world around us with wonderment and appreciation for the subtleties that can be found in many objects of our interests. Ranging from landscapes to intimate settings of Still life’s, I find my muse in the beauty of such views with which to express my own interpretation of those viewpoints. 
 
I enjoy composing my Still life’s, for their compositional arrangements and I particularly enjoy working with color combinations that make things pop or arrest your attention. The same goes for my landscape paintings as well, both the studio and plein air paintings. 
 
It is my hope that the art lover can appreciate the variety of technical skills displayed in this show as well as understand the types of paintings each of them are. Studio paintings will have a different appearance from a plein air piece, which is painted alla prima in one sitting.

 

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