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“The Joy of Summer” Opening Reception

Friday, August 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for First Friday Art Stroll on August 2nd from 6-9 pm

“The Joy of Summer”

Merrill Weber
Merrill Weber’s paintings represent the place where her love of flowers and her passion for painting intersect. Inspired by nature, her engaging work has been described as imaginative, playful, and filled with energy and hope. In creating her multi-media pieces from life, Merrill adds many layers of flowers in acrylic over brightly-toned canvases. Floral detail is then added in graphite and pastel. Multiple coats of archival varnish complete the process. Merrill’s goal in painting is to create a conversation with the viewer via her canvas, allowing her to preserve and share in the joy of the moment.
Merrill was voted 2018 and 2019’s Favorite Chester County Studio Tour Artist, and her work was included in the prestigious 2018 Art of the State Exhibition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Her studio is located in Spring City, PA.

Ann Guidera-Matey

Ann Guidera-Matey is a contemporary impressionist painter.  Using light, color, and texture, she leads viewers into her paintings where they are invited to stay, take a deep breath and experience the moment.  Compositions are simple and direct.  Her primary medium is pastel. She enjoys pastels immediacy and finds the vibrant colors effective for conveying emotion.  Favorite places of inspiration include the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the New Jersey Shore, the Brandywine River Valley, and Hudson, New York. Recent trips to Ireland, France, and Italy have energized her work.  Ann has been working with pastels for approximately 25 years and like most artists, continues to be a student of art, taking classes with Master Pastelists – Liz Haywood Sullivan, Elizabeth Mowry, Terri Ford, and Toni Allain.  She is a Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society and a Member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  She lives in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania with her husband Ed.

Sarah Bourne Rafferty
Sarah Bourne Rafferty creates botanical prints using the cyanotype process. Sarah is driven and inspired by the natural world. “Walking in the woods and even through my backyard garden is the starting point of my creative process.” The cyanotype process is the oldest photographic process. Each cyanotype is a unique record of nature including the light, and the wind of a particular day. The poetry of the moment is marked on the page, never to be duplicated again in exactly the same way.”
Patricia Walkar
Patricia Walkar uses a technique that is a spontaneous flow and interaction with nature.  She begins by allowing herself to be guided by a sensuous response to nature, her senses alive with the stimulus of fragrance, color, and the soft touch of petals.  What attracts her is a sort of inner light in a beautiful flower that is alive! She states she feels in communion with it and her own aliveness.   She usually picks her flowers locally…from her garden or other nearby places….and then puts them loosely in a container in her studio.   She captures their curves, their movement, with fine lines of wax drawn on a silk surface.   She then applies colors rapidly as she follows an “inner” conversation with the flowers.   She does not try to replicate them in a perfect way but rather represent their energy, their essence, their grace of movement.  Finally,she looks deeply at the pools of color for the spontaneous swirls that call for added emphasis to define individual blossoms.  She adds these and allows the work to tell her when it is complete.  She loves this approach to discovering and uncovering the Grace of Flowers.
Dressler Smith
Dressler is a painter, author, and stained-glass window designer.  A graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, she is also the author of The Inspirational Journey of Dressler Smith published in December 2014.
She created a series of 5 designs for 21 stained-glass windows titled “Sunday Morning” which were fabricated for the St. John Baptist Church also windows for the First Nazarene Baptist Church and  Asbury United Methodist Churches in New Jersey.  She has painted murals including “The Future of Camden” mural in City Hall Camden and has painted commissions that include Atlanticare Hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her artwork is included in the private collections of Oprah Winfrey, former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. Dressler was the Coordinator of Adult Programs for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA from 2012-2017 and is currently a faculty member for the Continuing Education Department at PAFA. She is an adjunct professor at Camden County College (25 years) and she teaches for Arts Council of  Princeton.
Lauren Acton
Lauren describes her work as an intuitive process-a more visceral reaction to pushing the paint across the canvas than a structural, systematic one. She sometimes paints over old paintings liking the discovery of the two combining, with some of the old peeking through and introducing the new on top.
Whether it be figurative, still life or landscape she is drawn to the power of color and line. Sometimes she uses oil sticks, rather like a crayon, for their mark-making quality and gesture line. Plus, it’s fun and can be mixed with turpentine to make it loose like watercolor. Then she can apply layers of oil paint (like watercolor), each one more transparent, to enter my world of paint.


Friday, August 2, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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