Visiting Artists at the American Academy in Rome (upcoming)

Visiting Artists at the American Academy in Rome (upcoming)
We are pleased to be going to Rome as Visiting Artists at the American Academy in Rome to work on a joint project.  More to come...

Plain & Fancy (upcoming)

Plain & Fancy (upcoming)
organized by 
The Third Barn

Traditional Works from the Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites paired with contemporary art 
Leslie Fletcher 
Jill Odegaard
Scott Sherk & Pat Badt
Rhonda Wall
Brian Wiggins
1810 Goundie House
Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites
September 21 through February 16, 2019

Center for Visual Research
Cedar Crest College 
October 28, 2019 through January 2, 2020

The Painting Center
February 25 through March 21, 2020

The William J. and Pearl F. Lemmon Visiting Artist Gallery 
Kent State University at Stark
October 1 through 30, 2020

A Collection of Lines

A Collection of Lines
We are both pleased to participate in Brick and Mortar Gallery's exhibition
A Collection of Lines.  A Collection of Lines is a juried group exhibition of drawings and works on paper submitted by artists within a 30 mile radius of Brick + Mortar Gallery.

The shortest distance between a local artist and an Easton gallery is a straight line.
Brick + Mortar Gallery's summer group show, titled "A Collection of Lines," will be on display from August 3 through August 24.
By Connor Lagore | For
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has 15 different definitions for the word ‘line’ as a noun. There are 11 more ways one could use the word as a verb.
But the dictionary is too stringent, too limiting. There are so many more ways to interpret a line.
Decorating the walls of the Brick + Mortar Galleryin the Simon Silk Mill currently, there are more than 50.
That’s how many artists have pieces featured in the gallery’s current exhibition, “A Collection of Lines.” Gallery Director Colleen O’Neal put out a call for artists within a 40-mile radius for works on paper less than 12 inches by 12 inches to cover the gallery walls.
Those artists brought in just under 100 works for the exhibition, which had its grand opening on August 3 and will run until August 24. There’s no shortage of variety. Drawings, paintings, collages, photographic work — there’s a whole host of mediums represented.
“It really runs the gamut,” O’Neal said.
The whole project was O’Neal’s brainchild. A transplant from New Jersey, she’s been living in the Easton area since 2017 and in her role as the director at Brick + Mortar since March 2019, so she felt the need to get a better grasp on the network of artists in the area.
“I know so many artists from the Newark area, but I don’t really know who’s working around here,” she said. “So, it was really important for me to do some sort of outreach.” She noted that galleries will often have summer group shows and thought that would be a perfect way for both her and the surrounding community to get to know some of the work that was being created in the area.
She initially put out the call for any artist within a 30-mile radius but talked to a group of artists that worked 36 miles away. So, 30 became 40.
O’Neal, who’s an artist herself, sees exhibitions like “A Collection of Lines” as a way for artists to plug into their community when they often spend so much time apart.
“It can be isolating,” she said of a creative life. “There’s a lot of artists struggling with a range of different issues, whether it’s mental health or financial issues – not all artists deal with that, but some do. It’s nice to have a community that supports you and understands some of the struggles you’re going through.”
Allentown artist Pat Badt agreed many artists live private lives. Gathering for these types of events helps to open the world up a bit, Badt said.
“New openings or gallery shows, they’re meeting places for artists and so they’re super important,” she said.
O’Neal said some artists haven’t been to Brick + Mortar or didn’t even know it existed, and that symbiotic relationship helps the gallery thrive and artists connect with their community.
And so, what better way to connect than with a line?
“A line is a very basic element in creating work,” she said. “It’s very broad, and I just wanted to see what happened.”
Lots of things happened, almost 100 of them. And all were different — there were bright and crowded paintings, minimalistic sketches and even one simple, continuous line.
Lines are important in almost any medium, which allowed the participants to use lines to capitalize on their own strengths. For some, like Allentown-based artist Les Fletcher, it was a match made in heaven.
“I just said to myself ‘Wow, this is what I do,’” Fletcher said. “It’s perfect.”
Fletcher, whose vibrant pencil and water color pieces in the exhibition captured his preference for vibrant color and thick, abstract lines, responded to the prompt much differently than Badt. She found old postcards on eBay depicting Pennsylvania countryside and collaged them with prints she had made. It’s a method of artistry that’s new to her, but it fit perfectly within the exhibition.
And with so many different styles of art sharing the walls, the artists involved were excited to see how others had interpreted O’Neal’s prompt.
Artists featured in the show can be just as entranced with their peers’ works as a typical gallery viewer. Fletcher sure was.
“Colleen’s manifesto was so simple, that it could have been, and it was, interpreted in as many different ways as there were artists in the exhibition,” he said. “That was really exciting to see.”
And Badt, who was out of town the weekend of the opening, is excited to be able to see the gallery when she returns.
Clara Kewley, a recent high school graduate who contributed two intricately designed collages to the show, has grown up surrounded by the older, veteran artists in the Lehigh Valley art world, but noted how many more people were able to join the community with a larger radius of artists being welcomed to the exhibition.
“I think as an artist, you really want to become part of the community that you live in,” Fletcher said. “You want to interact with other artists within your community.”
Badt agreed.
“It’s wonderful to bring a collection of local artists together," she said. She runs a project called THE THIRD BARNwith her partner Scott Sherk.
Strengthening that artistic network in the area is the purpose of a group show, empowering the artists to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
“You can be a part of it,” O’Neal said. “This is your community.”


Great Expectations @ Anita Shapolsky

Great Expectations @ Anita Shapolsky
Great Expectations

Image: Badt, Rock Island, oil on support, 40 x 30
Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation
20 West Broadway
Jim Thorpe, PA 18299
Hours:Saturdays and Sundays
Memorial Day – September
11 am – 5 pm
JULY 21 - AUGUST 14, 2019
Opening Reception:  Sunday, July 21    4 - 6pm
The A.S. Art Foundation is pleased to present the opening of Great Expectations, an exhibition that aligns with our foundation's mission to expose the public to fine abstract art, from both old masters and new artists, and to educate current and future generations on the significant styles of Abstract Expressionism. This group show brings together several young and mid-life artists - all local to Pennsylvania - with the great expectation of showcasing how the abstract tradition continues to influence contemporary art in surprisingly new ways.

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy
A Disastrous Duplex Was Transformed into a Warm and Artsy Montreal Home
Name: Ara Osterweiland David Baumflek, their 2-year-old daughter Oona, and little dachshunds, Olivia and Picolo
Location: Mile End — Montreal, Canada
Size: 2500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Ara and David are both native Brooklynites who moved to Montreal from New York in 2009 when Ara was hired as a film professor at McGill University. When they arrived in Montreal, David founded a custom design company called Atelier Assembly; he has since left that company (although it’s still doing great) to teach Sculpture and New Media at Dawson College. Ara is a painter, writer, and film scholar. Both artists, both creative, they love to make everything themselves—and they renovated the house entirely. The result is stunning.
When David and Ara bought their house in the Mile End back in 2015, it was a duplex, and, more importantly, a complete disaster. The entire back of the house was boarded up, and the rooms had been divided up into dark, claustrophobic spaces. David then spent eight, long months completely renovating it—on his own. Their goal was to turn it into a light-filled, joyful space, where they could both have room to do their art and raise a human/dog family. They also knocked down the old rotted garage to make way for a garden, since they desperately wanted an outdoor space to enjoy the beautiful but all-too-brief summer months in Montreal. Since moving in in the winter of 2016, they have filled it with art and love and a lot of crazy critters (they have an adorable 2-year-old girl named Oona and two naughty little dachshunds, Olivia and Picolo). 
As David is an exceptionally talented artist, furniture designer, and carpenter, he not only gutted and redesigned the space, but built a lot of their furniture, and also made nearly all of their pottery. The rest of the furniture has mostly been salvaged from off the street and junk shops, and lovingly refurbished. Although they both love working with their hands and making everything, David and Ara have very different styles: he’s a classic minimalist (favorite color: gray; favorite shape: the cube…) and she is a natural colorist. They’ve compromised by keeping the furniture simple, elegant, and somewhat sparse, to offset the vibrant paintings, quilts, and textiles. Most of the paintings on the walls are Ara’s, although some good friends have also contributed pieces to their collection. 

Style:Our style is a compromise between my husband’s love of minimalism and natural materials and my own obsession with color, pattern, and texture; our house is an extension of the art-making at the center of our lives. We both love making everything ourselves, so most of what surrounds us is handmade by one of us, or our artist friends. This includes a lot of the paintings, ceramics, and furniture that you see—as well as the house itself.  By choosing simple, elegant furniture, we ended up being able to incorporate a lot of my own large abstract paintings, and the rugs and quilts I adore collecting at yard sales, without our space feeling too cluttered. Nearly everything else has been picked out of the trash and refurbished. That’s a blessing, since with a baby, two mischievous dogs, and a constant need to improvise spatial arrangements to accommodate our art practices, nothing can be too precious.
Inspiration:As artists and teachers, we are obsessed with the history of art and design. We are most inspired by the modernist styles that flourished from the 1920s to the ’60s: the Bauhaus, Josef and Anni Albers, and the creative ferment at Black Mountain College, on through the minimalism and lyrical abstraction of the 1960s. Even though we live in an urban neighborhood in the frigid Northeast, we like to bring inspiration from other favorite places, like the American
Southwest, into our home. Most of all, however, it is the creative live-work spaces of other artist friends that model how to raise a family (of humans and/or animals) while still finding a way to make art.  I’m thinking of the old farmhouse with three (!) studio barns that Scott Sherk and Pat Badt renovated in Pennsylvania, the late Carolee Schneemann’s magical eighteenth-century stone house in New York’s Hudson Valley, the ever-shifting architectural oasis that Iwonka Piotrowska and David Resnick improvise to house their three amazing children and countless animals in suburban Long Island, and the old Tribeca studio of my friend and mentor, the painter Ronnie Landfield.

Favorite element: When I asked my husband this question, he surprised me by saying it was my paintings. (I always thought they were too colorful for him!) When he asked me, I said it was the fact that he built almost everything in sight. (Perhaps this surprised him since I’m always trying to convince him that we need to build yet another project.) I guess the things we love most are the things the other person made.

Biggest challenge: Far and away, our biggest challenge is the nearly impossible task of keeping the house safe for our two beloved dachshunds, who are not supposed to jump on any furniture but love to be as high up as possible and don’t listen to a word that we say. Compared to that, cleaning up after the tsunami-like force of our two-year-old feels like a breeze. 
What friends say: When our best friend first saw our house in its original, disastrous condition, he warned us that buying it was going to be the worst decision we ever made, and that the nightmare of renovating it was going to end in divorce. Little did he know we’d love each other even more after the adventure. Now he admits that buying it might have been the best decision thing we ever made.

Biggest embarrassment:  How many times we have to have our carpets cleaned because our dogs pee on them with impunity.

Proudest DIY:Ummm… The whole shebang. David gutted and rebuilt the whole place in an eight-month blur of sweat and improvisation with the help of our friend Steve Kircoff. I painted and did all of the finishing. We also made so many of the objects inside. 
Biggest indulgence: The two Chrysler Building-inspired Art Deco lights that hang in our entrance hall. There was never enough light in the old, one-bedroom apartment that we used to rent, so we put in fixtures everywhere. Then we were faced with the overwhelming project of finding 18 beautiful chandeliers on a small budget. My dad bought these two for us as a housewarming present, and every time I turn them on, I feel like I just stepped into a Hollywood movie from the 1930s.
Best advice:Make friends with artists and buy their art.  Alternately, make friends with artists, and help them out however else you can. There’s not a single artist I know who doesn’t have a storage problem, and if you are generous with what you share, you might find yourself the lucky recipient of one of their works.  
Dream Sources: Live-edge furniture from George Nakashima’s studio, carpets from ABC Carpet and Home, a painting from Ronnie Landfield, ceramics from Teco and PawenaStudio, hand-dyed quilts from Salt + Still, light fixtures from Lambert et fils, antique textiles from Henry and Minna, both in Hudson, New York., 
Thanks, Ara and David!