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Manna From Heaven by Lori Shorin, Ceramic & Bronze Metal Coating, 32hx26wx24d
 
 SPIRITUS LUMINE
 
Group Exhibition
June 15 - July 6, 2017
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, June 15, 6:00-9:00pm
 
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 
Featured Artists
 
Allison Kroll, Stella Chang, Jennifer Gennari, Bill Massey, Kristy Gordon, Dan Finaldi, Iulian Budea, Katelyn Ledford, Kevin Muller Cisneros, Ava McNamee, Leah Yerpe, Megan Burak, Carla Falb, Erigels Vogli and Lori Shorin.
 
To see images from the exhibition scroll down. 
 
ARTIST BIOS

Stella Chang was born in California and grew up in three different countries; USA, Taiwan, and Canada. In 2003, she attended New York University and studied studio art under the pioneering video artist Peter Campus, and American painter Keith Mayerson. In 2006 she received her BFA and proceeded to design fashion handbags and accessories for brands like BCBG Max Azria, Kate Spade, Rag & Bone, Coach, and others. In May 2015 she founded her own creative studio ModaRévisé to dedicate herself fully as a visual and 3D artist, and use her art to explore the relationship between the mind and the many objects it begets.

Katelyn Ledford: is an artist currently living in Boston who has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focusing in oil painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently attending the Rhode Island School of Design as a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program. Her art has been featured and exhibited along the southeast region in galleries such as the Baton Rouge Gallery, Birmingham Museum of Art, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, and Wiregrass Museum of Art. Her work concentrates on the impressions left on people from themselves and relationships with others, which are revealed through various mediums and materials added to her subjects. Her work is heavily influenced by meticulous attention to detail in order to draw emphasis to the literal and symbolic marks on her figures through a hyper-realistic style. Drafted and raw portions of her pieces provide contrast and emphasis on the significant marks left upon the figures so the viewer is left to ponder the importance of these marks, how they have been inflicted and by whom.

Kristy Gordon’s: paintings are a frank and intimate reflection of her curiosity about other people, transformations and self-discovery. She has exhibited her work internationally with solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Her awards include Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants (2010, 2013 and 2015), finalist placement in the 2013 Kingston Prize, and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014). Kristy has been widely featured in magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Bravo!’s Star Portraits. Gordon holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), and a diploma in animation from Algonquin college (Ottawa). Her paintings hang in more than 500 collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.Lori Shorin: Is a figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by the moments of contact between two or more people that express an inner connection. In the past six years she has created compositions of figures of different faiths (mothers of Krishna and Jesus, for example) having a shared experience. “My motivation is to express the quiet feeling between the figures. Currently, I’m in the process of combining the classical approach to the figure with new technology to explore new areas of connectedness between people.” Exhibitions include: The Museu Europeu d'Art (MEAM), Arnot Museum of Art, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Sirona Fine Art,  Jacobi Medical Center Atrium, NY, Brookgreen Gardens, Principle Gallery, Richard Massey Foundation, Grenning Gallery, ARC Salon, Islip Art Museum, and the Mariposa Museum. She received a Certificate of Sculpture at The Florence Academy of Art, MFA, University of Pennsylvania, and BFA, SUNY Binghamton. Her studio is at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City and currently teaches part-time at the School of Visual Art (SVA) in New York City, and New Jersey City University, as well as workshops at the Arts Students League.

Megan Burak is a contemporary realist artist working mostly in oil. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland at the age of four. Burak graduated in the fall of 2015 from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a concentration in two-dimensional art. Burak has won multiple awards while exhibiting in juried shows and through online galleries. She was a semi-finalist in the Bethesda Painting Awards for 2017, a semi-finalist in the Michaels Art Challenge for 2016, and the recipient of the University Center Art Award from Salisbury University for 2015. Her inspiration is drawn from her emotions and the world as she sees it. She currently lives and paints in Berlin, Maryland.Allison Kroll: has been painting professionally since 2004. In her work she explores intimacy, privacy, and female beauty. She is interested in gender roles and trying to break free of them. She is published in NYC Department of Education book, "Extended Viewing in a Museum: Implications For Teacher Planning and Practice": "From Observations to a Quest for Answers".

Bill Massey: Lives and works in NYC's East Village, and is originally from South Jersey, near Philadelphia. He started drawing and drawing at a very early age. He attended public and private school in New Jersey, and holds a degree from New York University, Bill is active in the Lower East Side arts community, namely at the non profits, Clemente Center on Suffolk St and Cuchfriitos Gallery inside the Essex Market. He has had exhibitions at, and Galerie Sho in Japan, The Salmagundi Club, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Bruce R. Lewin Gallery, in New York, Caesarea Gallery; in Florida and at various venues in Maine and Rhode Island. Bill has taught drawing and painting at Rutgers University's Camden Campus in New Jersey. And has work in many private collections in the US and around the world. “With reverence and respect, I continue to explore the timelessness of this historically established genre. It holds the most resonance for me, and I am compelled to pursue it. What is fascinating is this elemental fact of nature -that a male’s visual instinct is so affected by the vision of womanness, and how she generates enormous power out of femininity and allure.” Photography is a primary vehicle for experimentation in color and light, and the depiction of various forms, situations, and places, either real or imaginary, Bill pursues strong roots of core interests and personal history. 

Leah Yerpe: was born and raised in upstate New York where she began her artistic pursuits studying the natural world.  She received a BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Fredonia in 2007 and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2009.  Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries, museums, and art fairs, and discussed in publications including The Paris Review, PMc Magazine, and Visual Overture. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Ava McNamee: Is educated in NYC, Miami, Arizona and New Mexico. She currently teaches sculpture and ceramics at the Jewish Community Center and Penn South Ceramics Studio. She also worked as a scenic artist in New Mexico for three years. She has been creating art for 30 years and is now creating a body of work (paintings) depicting blast furnaces and industrial themes. She researches the written and photographic history of the steel industry in America and then interprets the images into acrylic paintings. Ava McNamee is and accomplished sculptor and has created small versions of iconic buildings of NYC and Russia.

Kevin Müller Cisneros: (b.1992) has recently graduated from the Grand Central Atelier, where he currently paints and teaches. A native Peruvian, Kevin spent most of his early childhood admiring the ocean and the deserted dunes on the outskirts of Lima. At the age of ten, Kevin and his family moved to America and started a new life in Northern Virginia. Living in the suburbs just outside of Washington D.C., he would frequent the  National Gallery of Art. Seeing the great Dutch collection that the gallery has to offer inspired Kevin to search for an academic education. His work ranges from figures and portraits to still-life and landscapes. His devotion to drawing from life lies in an attempt to experience each moment that manifests in the world, and to translate each of those moments as visual and tangible expressions of nature.

Iulian Budea: My journey with sculpture started in Romania where I attended a sculpture camp. It continued through high school and college, at the Cooper Union, where I pursued it outside the curriculum. Working hands on at a sculpture supply store in NYC proved to be an invaluable experience in learning the materials like marble and wood. Now my work ranges from marble to clay, always searching for form that I can convey in a realist manner, drawing most of my inspiration from the classics.

Carla Falb’s: Roller Coaster Series exemplifies our contemporary culture: reflecting the energy and complexity of our lives as well as our desire to escape everyday reality.  Her invitational exhibitions include a two-person show at the Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey; the Preston Contemporary Art Center in New Mexico; and “Euphoria,” a one person exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Alumni Gallery. Falb’s work has been published in New American Paintings, Mid-Atlantic Region as well as New American Paintings, 15 Years and has been featured on the cover of the Notre Dame Review. She has a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts.

Jennifer Gennari: is a classically trained figurative artist. She graduated in 2005 from Ringling College of Art and Deign and in 2008 left for Italy to study at the Florence Academy of Art where she spent three years abroad studying classical realism under Daniel Graves. Jennifer returned to New York in 2011 and started working as a painting assistant to Jeff Koons.  She eventually left to pursue teaching at the National Academy Museum and School, the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, and instructs students privately from her studio in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Jennifer has written a book on drawing the human figure, and has also hosted an online class through Craftsy that instructs beginners on the techniques used in creating traditional portraits. Jennifer’s work has been shown internationally and has received multiple awards and honors.

Erigels Vogli: was born in July 18, 1981 Elbasan Albania. Since a young age he shown interest in art activities. He was first introduced to artistic academic training at the age of 14 when he started art high school in Albania. During those years he got a classical artistic training that continued on the Academy of fine arts in Tirana Albania, where he graduated on July 2003. Afterwards he applied for a master to the DAMS University of Bologna Italy, majored in art history.

Daniel Finaldi: My adult formation was cemented with the wonderful years at Brooklyn College where I finished with an MFA.  I studied under Phillip Pearlstein, Lois Dodd and Lennart Anderson.    Since my graduation I married and moved to Highland Park New Jersey.  I reside in this small town and I am a teacher of fine art at Freehold High School.  I never imagined I could enjoy being in a high school environment.  But I have discovered genuine openness towards learning and creating.  Young people are hungry for authentic creative expression and the joy that this experience brings to them.  Since my subject matter focuses on “the everyday” students have occupied my canvases posing comfortably within the space.  My work has been represented in numerous group shows and one person shows at the Walker Kornbluth Gallery, The Noyes Museum, the Morris Museum, and the Cape Cod Museum.  Grants received include the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation Grant.  My work has been featured in numerous papers and books, reviewed in the Star Ledger the Trenton Times and extensively represented in Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People and Places Deborah Forman.

 
 
 
 
Artwork by Erigels Vogli Artwork by Megan Burak Artwork by Katelyn Ledford Artwork by Stella Chang Artwork by Kevin Muller Cisneros Artwork by Bill Massey Artwork by Ava McNamee Artwork by Allison Kroll Artwork by Dan Finaldi Artwork by Carla Falb Artwork by Jennifer Gennari Artwork by Iulian Budea