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September 28 - Tim McCormack
Tim McCormack is an accomplished artist with thirty years of teaching experience to college students and adult learners. He was the Lead Instructor in the Figure Drawing Stream in the highly respected Bachelor of Animation Program at Sheridan College for ten years. He has taught portrait and landscape painting, as well as drawing for absolute beginners and background painting for animation. Tim creates landscape, portraiture and figurative art and is inspired by many drawing materials that he finds in and outside art supply stores. A graduate of OCAD, he has had several solo shows of watercolours, oils and pastels. His work is found in private collections.
October 5 - Mick McAndrews
Mick McAndrew‘s award-winning paintings strive to capture the mood and atmosphere of a subject combining the magic of watercolor with reverence for composition and design to create works of sophisticated simplicity. Mick is a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society (Crest Award recipient), the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (Sylvan Grouse Guild inductee), the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Whiskey Painters of America, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.
October 12 - Melinda Cootsona
A native Northern Californian, Melinda Lomax Cootsona received her BFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland in 1981. Melinda has been included in exhibitions at The Bakersfield Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Competition and the Triton Museum where she won an Award of Merit.
Her abstract figurative work, with its use of lines and composition, is a nod to her BA in Architectural Interior Design and the influences of Bay Area figurative arts like Diebenkorn and Park. Her process always begins as an abstract, with multiple layers of shapes, lines, patterns and colors built up numerous times before she even considers the ultimate “subject matter.” Often her paintings depict private moments in a personal life.
October 19 - Ann Rosenthal
As an artist, educator, and writer for over four decades, Ann Rosenthal has explored the intersections of nature and culture through a range of environmental issues. Much of this work has taken the form of collaborative art installations addressing such topics as nuclear war and waste, the carbon footprint of our food, and biodiversity. Over the last few years, Ann has returned to her creative roots in painting and printmaking, celebrating her love of color, gesture, and form in nature and art. She is particularly drawn to places where water and land meet—fragile ecosystems that we endanger through ignorance, desire, and greed. Ann’s recent creative and professional accomplishments include: Artist in Residence, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon (2018); Co-Curator for “Crafting Conversations: A Call and Response to Our Changing Climate,” Contemporary Craft BNY Mellon Gallery (2019); “Woman of Environmental Art” award from PennFuture (2020); and one of four editors for Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities (New Village Press, 2022). Most recently, she was selected to design and execute two asphalt art murals with collaborator JoAnn Moran for Friendship Park in Pittsburgh (2022-23) that reflect the natural features of the park. Ann received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.
October 26 - Chris Rapa
Chris Rapa is an American artist, living in Catonsville, Maryland. Her work ranges from representational still life and landscape paintings, to murals and innovative wall finishes. Chris exhibits in national juried shows, and competes in plein-air events across the country. Chris has found plein-air painting to be particularly rewarding, bringing a bounty of amazing friends from around the world into her life, and helping her grow as a painter. This July, Chris was honored to receive 1st place in the 2023 Plein Air Easton Quick Draw, non-competition artists division.
The 2021 Art Chat "Mug" Gallery
Thank you to everyone who entered their "mugs" in the 2021 gallery!