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Contemporary Landscapes

Meet The Artists

Neil Dreibelbis

A native of Pennsylvania, Neil Dreibelbis is a multi-discipline artist whose work is in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. He is also a former art educator with an extensive background in the visual and performing arts.

My work is motivated by the life experiences I encounter through a close observation of man and nature, and by a curiosity and need for constant discovery. My work is based on emotions and feelings, personal reactions to experiences. It is not only an attempt at self-expression, but also a reaction to the radical changes I see occurring in our culture. My art is constantly evolving in its outlook and representation. In response to the rapid changes in technology, I find my art to be a counter balance to what I see happening around me."

Molly Light

Ever since childhood, I have taken particular delight in observing natural phenomena in the world around me. Different places can suggest a variety of emotions and associations, from serenity to dramatic intensity, from intimacy to grand majesty. Depending on the season, time of day, weather conditions and topography, every color in the rainbow can be observed in nature.

Each environment inspires a particular kind of response. I’m constantly experimenting with how to evoke the essence of a place...to convey what it feels like to be there...rather than simply describing the surface appearance. It can be exhilarating to convey these impressions. Many abstract compositions come forth when I gain inspiration from a scene and wait until I’m in my studio to interpret what has just been experienced.

I enjoy the freedom to choose from several different mediums including watercolors, liquid acrylics and pastels, as the abstraction of content allows for uninhibited exploration of each medium’s unique qualities. The creative process can be a joyous path of discovery and pushing beyond the boundaries of the familiar.

For instance, some painters shy away from watercolors because its fluid nature can seem so hard to control. It’s too easy to encounter “unhappy” accidents resulting in mud. However, I love to explore the different stages of wetness or dryness of paint and surface...deftly applying brush strokes and color...with Zen-like focus on each moment. It can be challenging, but rewarding, to express the true potential for luminosity and intensity of hues.

Every technique is part of the same process: to celebrate my passion for color with positive, healing energy!

Joe Lopez

"Even though my life has not been one of a typical artist, I have never stopped sketching the world and ideas around me and I will always be an impossible dreamer looking for the beauty that surrounds us every day.  I have been accused of always needing a new form of artistic expression, but I can’t think of any other way to get to know myself better.

If I had been surrounded by only art, I never would have learned where to find it.  A large portion of my early life was dedicated to a school with the sole purpose of turning ski racers into Olympians.  Injury was a constant companion and I found a love of music (in the form of a guitar) that helped me pass the time and subdue my latent creative thirst.   Continuing on with my education at Boston College, I was exposed to a wealth of new experiences and interests, but as my BA in Economics will tell you, not many of those things were of artistic descent.  The piano, did however, sneak it’s way into my life one summer.  After college, I began a career in Design and Sales of Point of Purchase displays, which I still do to this day.

I have always loved painting, but I must confess that the idea for my Woodscapes came to me because I was having a hard time finding a birthday present for my father.  I’m so glad that I decided to make him something instead.

I like my style to be free-form and bold.  Rather than using reference material, I like to use the character and qualities of the wood as a guide towards my final vision.  Wood is a very challenging medium to work with, but when used properly, it can make the art for you.

Carpentry and art seem like such an unlikely pairing.  On the surface they sit on opposing sides of the spectrum: one side favoring rigid adherence and the other emotional release, the age-old battle of form versus function.  It is the balancing of that ideal that makes this form of art such a great fit for me.  My paintings are an expression of who I am as an artist.  My woodscapes are an expression of my personality as a whole."

Gillian Pokolo

I grew up in Conshohocken, exploring factory relics along the Schuylkill River. That interest in the ever-changing landscape has continued into my adult life. My work is influenced by the sociological shift in the communities that were originally built around industry and the remnants of places that no longer exist. I photograph buildings that are in some way imperfect, or have a humble, almost forgotten quality. Through the repetition of the printed image, these structures create an implied narrative and a metaphor for the human condition.

I create monoprints using a combination of painting, photography, and printmaking techniques. The process of making a print has always intrigued me: not only because of the immediacy of the medium, but also because it is that which remains when the plate or screen is removed. In this way, I think of my creative process as a meditation on the transient nature of reality.

 

 

 

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