Painting The Town - Robert Arnosky - Solo + Center Gallery Group Show with Tarkoff, Soltis, Elmo 5/11/19

Painting The Town - Robert Arnosky - Solo + Center Gallery Group Show with Tarkoff, Soltis, Elmo 5/11/19

Arnosky, Fred's Water Ice, Acrylic
Arnosky, Fred's Water Ice, Acrylic

Join us!  Bob Arnosky is back, and we're thrilled to be exhibiting his new works.  We are also featuring three fabulous women artists in the Center Gallery: Christina Tarkoff, Elaine Soltis and Cheryl Elmo.  Don't Miss this show! Artists' Reception - 5/11/19 from 6 - 8 pm.  Exhibits run through 5/31.  

Robert Arnosky was born in Philadelphia and has been painting the city for about thirty-five years. His urban landscapes are trademarked by his masterful capability to represent a sense of light.
     The artist says of his subject matter, "Philadelphia, like most large cities, is at once beautiful and not so beautiful, but the beauty of a city can be found at either of these extremes. I paint what I see. Everyday people doing everyday things in their neighborhoods."  
     "I won’t bore you with a resume or credentials or anything like that --- Do you really care about where --- or even if I went to art school?  I don’t.  I learned the most about art from artists in my family.  My dad was a renowned technical illustrator.  I worked with him for many years doing drawings for the patent office.  My brother Jim is a renowned wildlife artist and author.  My younger sister and brother, Donna and Edward are also very talented.  And one of my favorite uncles, Danny, instilled a love and appreciation for all the arts." If I had an ‘Artist’s Statement, it would be something like . . .“Look around you!”  “There’s paintings everywhere!”

Christina Tarkoff was born and raised in Bethlehem, PA, and spent many hours drawing and reading in her youth. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from Temple's Tyler School of Art, Christina found herself fascinated by the diversity and frenetic excitement of Philadelphia. She studied abroad at Temple's Rome campus under "the best painting, printmaking and sculpture artists, any student could hope for." "My education provided a solid foundation for not only my painting, but my future life as a graphic designer.”
      Upon graduation, Christina launched a graphic design business that thrived for over 25 years and provided her with an eye for composition and a sense of how to visually communicate to an audience.
      In recent years, Christina has focused on bringing visual stories about the people and places of Philadelphia and beyond to life. “It’s not easy, it takes time & energy, but my work as an artist feeds my soul.”
     Christina has been honored with numerous esteemed awards from local Philadelphia organizations. She is especially proud of being awarded a cash honorarium for the inaugural edition of “Cultureshare” from the Knight Foundation in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia.  She has been juried into prestigious Philadelphia exhibitions such as The Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Main Line Art Center Professional Artist Membership, and the nationally acclaimed annual Manayunk Arts Festival. Her work has also been published on the cover of “Philadelphia Stories” Magazine and has been showcased in coordination with the Free Library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” program.

Elaine Soltis is a contemporary mixed media artist with a studio located in the Goggle Works Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Having been a mixed media and workshop instructor for both Goggle Works and cable television, Elaine has shown proficiency and versatility in varying mediums and technique.  Elaine's art has been exhibited throughout the U.S. including the Pacific Northwest, New England, the East Coast and the Midwest. 
     This Summer, several of Elaine's Gyclee prints were selected to be part of a Japanese annual celebration of Art in a Natural Preserve.
     "Usually, I start with a journal sketch and mono print. An image is developed through application of layering paint, medium, collage, marks of compositional line and embellishment of vintage keepsakes. Lately, I have been working with a minimalistic use of color and texture, acrylic pouring, and oil with cold wax. This has resulted in beautiful luminescence and movement. It is an intuitive process of aesthetic and composition. I am so lucky to have this space and time."

Cheryl Elmo is fascinated by people and how relationships can be impacted by a single gesture. Her passion for painting was cultivated during early years and further developed at Millersville University while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Art.
      "My artistic journey has been based on an appreciation of simple occurrences in time and the complexities of relationships. The figures in my paintings are anonymous actors, key to the narrative of capturing a simple moment. I believe, the subtle connection of that everyday moment is a story worth telling."
     As a signature member of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies and a juried-in member of Salmagundi Club in New York, Cheryl has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1995, and continues to paint every day.