Bekka grew up the child of two teachers who immersed her in art, literature, mythology, and history. Her family moved many times and she coped with this transient upbringing by escaping into daydreams and fantasy, and built a sense of home in her mind to take wherever she went. Moving frequently made her (for better or worse) always the outside observer and allowed her to always make connections in her mind between very different places, things, experiences that she collected along the way. In her work, she creates magical realist landscapes full of symbolism and commentary on the world around her. She has a BA from Brandeis University in Painting with a minor in Creative Writing and an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. She currently lives in Medford MA.
Nichole Gronvold Roller is a painter who received a BFA in Art Education from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, an MA in Art Education from Boston University, and an MA in Painting from Bradley University.
Gronvold Roller is represented by the BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA., and James May Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. Her paintings can also be found with Leslie Tyler Design, Peoria, IL., and The Painting Center (Art File), New York, N.Y.
Liz Atlas lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in Anthropology from SUNY Binghamton, and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For many years she worked three dimensionally, with a variety of materials, however, in the last five years, she has shifted her practice to focus primarily on painting. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, as well as abroad, most recently in France, online and in NY.
Jo Ann Rothschild has been painting for more than 50 years. She is the first recipient of the Maud Morgan Purchase prize of the Boston MFA and received a grant in painting from the Mass Cultural Council.Rothschild has exhibited in Boston, New York, Chicago, Berlin and Havana, and has work in Museums, Universities and private collections.
Pawel Jezak is a Polish-native artist living and working from my home studio in Co. Meath, Ireland. “Throughout my life I have always been fascinated by images and how the world is seen through the eyes of others. As a result, in my teenage years I started drawing my own interpretation of the world surrounding me.
Although the nature of my work varies from time to time, it almost always involves paper as a canvas. These canvases are made from a collage of newspaper articles placed together to create a truly unique background on which I can draw or paint in ink or acrylics. Part of the artistic process involves browsing through newspapers in order to find articles that would suit the finished piece.
I draw inspiration from many sources; however, the most powerful images that trigger my imagination are black and white photographs. I believe that each piece of art should tell a story or be part of one.”
Gerri Rachins (b. 1955) studied at the New York Studio School while earning a BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. In 2001, she earned an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art working in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Rachins’ large-scale drawings are included in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA. Her works are held in numerous corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe including Fidelity Investments, Bain Capital, and Berkshire Partners, Boston, and Neiman Marcus, Inc., Dallas.
She is represented by Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, who recently hosted a 20-year retrospective to celebrate their long-standing representation of her work. Rachins is represented in New York by The Painting Center where she hosted her most recent exhibition, “ALMOST EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL”, in Fall of 2022. For over two decades, she has been on faculty at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and formerly for thirteen years at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Born in Badagry, the coastal town of Lagos, Samuel Vittu believes that the face is laced with diverse stories. His work constantly interrogates the exterior of the face as an entry point into larger issues in the society with the use of acrylic, oil and charcoal. He fuses abstraction with portraiture and anthropomorphism employing bulgy eyes as windows and zoom lens into the happenings, experiences, thoughts, and crisis that goes on in the mind of his subjects.
Samuel comes from a family that an uncle studied art and had given him the basic and formidable training during his formative (artistic) years.
Those years could be described as one of concerted exposition. As a trained painter and art educator, he holds a Nigerian Certificate in Education from Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education as well as a Bachelor of Art Education in painting from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Samuel lives and work in Lagos.
Obiora Vincent Nwankwo was born in Lagos State, Democratic Republic of the Congo in December 1992, and hails from Anambra State. Holding a higher National degree in fine art, Obilala Nwankwo’s practice boarders around solving the problems the world of today gives and also promoting the African culture with his stylized masking figurative work. Nwankwo has exhibited in spaces like Vivid Exclusive Art Gallery in Nigeria, Artdax Art Gallery in London, Art Number 23 Art Gallery in London, The Holly Art Gallery, and many more. Nwankwo was the Artdax Art Competition 2020 third runner up.
Patrice Pfeiffer spent most of her life raising a family and working as a nurse. She always found outlets for her creativity: cooking, crafts, beading and playing with polymer clay. Recently she has turned more and more to mixed media and digital art. She has found something that has become a vehicle to share what’s in her heart.
Leigh Yardley works in installation and painting situating herself as a part of the system of landscape. Leigh received her MFA from Lesley University, College of Art and Design and has exhibited since 1994. Yardley’s 2020 installation at Stone Quarry Art Park, Prospect and Refuge and her installations Purlieu, at Cazenovia College, continues her series of interactions watersheds that converge in Madison County. Leigh taught as a Teaching Artist and Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Morrisviile.