Winter Show Artists
Kat Collins is an award-winning intuitive abstract artist who lives and works in Easton, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Her preferred medium is mixed media (ink, collage, graphite, acrylic paint, chalk, oil pastel, charcoal, and more) on canvas, paper, or wood panels as it affords her the desired methods for spontaneity and supports her layering, textured approach. Her abstract paintings are filled with rich colors, luscious textures, and spontaneous marks mostly from her memory and imagination. Using color and line as language, her work is alive with emotion. Her work is about delving into the world around her, not simply as it appears to her, but from a deeply subjective, emotional, human experience and the desire to genuinely connect you and her with our common humanity.
Kat’s art has been selected and juried for exhibitions presented by the Lehigh Art Alliance, a prestigious Pennsylvania-based organization. They have been held at Ronald K. De Long Gallery and David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries in Pennsylvania, among other venues. She has also exhibited at ArtsQuest Center, Nazareth Center For The Arts, Eclipse, Gallery 840, The Boyer Gallery, Midnight Gallery, and Connexions Gallery in Pennsylvania, Whitespace Art Gallery in New Jersey, and 311 Gallery in North Carolina.
"I don’t plan. I don’t think. I simply create. My paintings are created through intuitive responses while engaged with the work. The process is mostly organic and spontaneous. It is a conversation, a dialogue, between me and the paintings. As I make one mark in one spot, the painting tells me where to go next. There is no preconceived image in my head about how my finished artwork will look, and I let the blank paper, canvas, or wood substrate lead me each step of the way. What emerges on the canvas is an internal language that is highly emotional and personal, yet at the same time universal. It speaks of places unseen, but at the same time comforting and familiar - like memories of a place we feel we have been before, but can’t quite recall all the details of the experience. It is the yin and yang of our shared humanity.
Using color and line as language, my work is alive with emotion through the movement of the brushwork and the luscious layered colors, textures, and marks. In addition to applying paint with brushes, I use a variety of other materials such as palette knives, cardboard, brayers, bubble wrap, etc. My tools of choice to make marks are acrylic paint and markers, india ink, acrylic ink, charcoal, graphite, chalk pastel, oil pastel, collage, and neocolor. I also use various scraping tools to remove the surface layers of paint to create marks and reveal what’s underneath. Dramatic and thickly applied brush strokes create a rhythm of emerging forms. Much like memories, each painting is filled with layer upon layer of paint, building a rich history into each piece."
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Carol and Bob Postupak
A Marriage of Elements: Visual representations of merging ideas and mutual understanding is not something art is usually able to provide. Typically, art consists of either a sole perspective on a musing, or an egocentric expression of self as it is created by only one person. However, when a single piece is created by a fusion of two people, the art can don an appealing duality of mediums, style, color, and voice. The hard, rippling coolness of patterned metal pairs with the warmth, ease, and softness of a paint stroke to create a depth not often attained by art of a single style. Bob and Carol's forms speak to and nurture one another, each compounding upon the other, and drawing the viewer in to experience the push and pull of uniting concepts.
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"I consider myself an abstract, intuitive, expressionist artist inspired by the female existence. I use form, color, and movement to express the love, loss, and pain of my journey as a woman, mother, friend, and lover. Every piece I create captures a moment of my time, of my poetry and my story. All fleeting: often never to be seen or heard from again.
When I’m not in the studio painting, I work as an educator while continuing my 17-year journey as a designer in fashion, marketing and book publishing. (Also rockin’ that beautiful, adventurous mom of twins thing)."
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After a lifelong interest in Early American Glass, Jeff received a glassblowing class for his birthday and hasn’t looked back since. He became immersed in the glassblowing field and has been working with hot glass for over 15 years. In addition to producing his own work, Jeff works weekly with the ArtsQuest Glass production team, as well as volunteering to help beginning students learn and grow.
Jeff has studied with top glassblowing artists the likes of Davide Salvadore, Jasen Johnsen, Ed Branson, Kenny Pieper and Raven Skyriver.
In 2011, Jeff started Battledore Glassworks as a vehicle to sell and display his work at various art shows around the Northeast. Recently, Jeff won his 5th Award, 1st place at the Musikfest Blown Away style mug making competition.
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