June Exhibit

American Travels II

A reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, June 8,
at the ARTery, located at 210 Broad Street, Milford, PA.

The exhibit runs through July 7.

Madeline Tully

Madeline an early member of the ARTery, which will be a 20 year old cooperative this July 2019.  Her work is popular with visitors to the gallery. Her paintings use striking color and a style reminiscent of the Old Masters and Impressionists to depict scenes and florals with a romantic flair.  Her works have a vibrance and elegant appeal.  Her portraiture feels romantic as if from a by gone era.  You can feel her love of natural settings and elegant flowers flowing from her richly colored paintings. Tully’s work takes you back to that beautiful summer walk in the garden or a nostalgic look back in time.

Madeline’s formal training in art began at Washington Irving High School for Designing in New York City, followed by oil painting for 8 years at the Forest Park School of Art under Robert Burrell.   She began classes in watercolor at the Jackson Heights Art School for 5 years with Bob Moffett. She studied pastels using models with Dan Slapo in NY. Then upon relocating to Milford, PA, She also completed drawing classes with Alice Stolle, classes with Len Gasp in Warwick and many other teachers throughout the years. She continued advanced training in watercolor with Matilda Gretch and training in oils with Marie Liu.   She has exhibited in Middletown Art League, Orange County Community College, Pike County Arts and Crafts, Golden Fish Gallery, Star Gallery, Hall of the Trotter in Goshen for classes in Mono.

Liza J Smith-Simpson

Abstract by Liza J Smith Simpson

Her saying has been “Every Path Leads to a Journey.”  Her journey has nurtured diversity in her work.  Just as America is diverse, her journey has nurtured diversity in her work, which is reflected with a variety of mediums, substrates and styles she uses interchangeably.  She derives most of her subject matter from nature, finding the country roads, rivers, lakes and even NY City scenes of great inspiration.  She has a natural gift for capturing the beauty and peacefulness of water.

 If she isn’t sitting outside painting and sketching she will use her camera as a record of the view that has inspired her.  It’s not just about putting on canvas what she loves. It is also about capturing the viewer’s interest by using a compositional formula and providing focal points.  The golden ratio is used in “Bowmen’s Island View SC”  where She also achieves the capture of the rich sunset colors, and the skill of painting the stillness of the water.

by Liza J Smith Simpson

Her natural curiosity to discover what’s going on behind the scenes has lead her to develop her successful abstract series. “Flight Paths”, “The Future is a Portal” and “Coming in for a Landing” are constructed using rich color palettes and handmade collage pieces.  The “Flight Paths” series incorporates her love for space and time travel in a more figurative style.  This is a striking contrast to her realistic landscapes.

Liza received a Bachelor of Art with a major in Psychology from Caldwell University.  She studied with Hyo Chong Yoo in college and in recent years with classes with Robert Burridge.  Her paintings have been purchased for private collections in the U.S. and Canada. She has also taken many place awards and is involved with several art associations in the tri-state area.

Behind the Scenes

Exhibit runs April 11th – May 6th
Winter hours are Fri – Sun 11 – 5
Wine and cheese reception:  Saturday, April 13th from 6 – 9 pm

Ever wonder where artists get their ideas or what goes into creating a piece of art?

“Behind the Scenes” is a unique, new exhibit at the ARTery Gallery that reveals the creative process behind a work of art.  Wondering if the art loving public would like to venture behind the scenes, the artist members will reveal what happens before the painting is framed and hung in a gallery.  Alongside their finished artwork, the artists will display sketches, scribbles, doodles, photos, books, poetry, tools and materials, and any other element that brought them from inception to completion of a piece of their work.

Inspiration, although important, is often thought of as a magical moment of enlightenment and the work that follows is easy. While that may occasionally be the case, what is more true and not so apparent is the work, research, failures, changes and searching that follows the initial inspiration and forms the final piece.

Where did the idea come from? How did the initial sketches differ from the final piece? Why were certain decisions made? What tools are employed by each artist? Seeing what the process is about will lead the viewer to appreciate the stages and changes that the artists may undergo while on their creative journey and help demystify the creative process.

In his book Imagine, Jonah Lehrer writes “The reality of the creative process is that it often requires persistence, the ability to stare at a problem until it makes sense. It’s forcing oneself to pay attention…It’s sticking with a poem until it’s perfect; refusing to quit on a math question; working until the cut of a dress is just right. The answer won’t arrive suddenly, in a flash of insight. Instead, it will be revealed slowly, gradually emerging after great effort.”