EMILY THOMPSON attended the prestigious High School of Art & Design and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist. Through her painting she documents the ordinary, the everyday, the disappearing, the nostalgic, the abandoned and the identity of the American landscape. Inspiration comes from urban and industrial scenery, roadside and rural locations and vintage signage and typography. Her work is part of private collections throughout the United States and has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Trenton City Museum, The Monmouth Museum and the John F. Peto Museum in New Jersas well as galleries in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Oregon and California.
She was chosen as one of the 50 Most Memorable Artists of 2015 by The Artist Portfolio Magazine, was featured in the June
2017 issue of The Artist’s Magazine and included as part of Artists We’re Loving Now: 30 Competition Winners of The Artist's Magazine, March 2018 Issue. Follow her work on Instagram:
GEORGE THOMPSON earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in New York and also studied painting and drawing at The Art Students League. He specializes in landscape, portrait and figure painting in a contemporary, traditional style. His nationally recognized, award-winning work has been exhibited at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Sketch Club and The Trenton City Museum in New Jersey.
His paintings are also part of the permanent collection at The Art Students League as well as collections throughout the United States. His portraits have appeared twice on the cover of The Artist’s Magazine and he has written articles for them as well. As an art educator, Thompson has taught painting and drawing at Delaware Valley University and continues to teach workshops, classes and private lessons.
Martha Wirkijowski’s extensive portfolio of oil paintings consists primarily of luminous nightscapes. Her work has been noted for its dramatic use of color, light and shadow. In 2016, she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Since she graduated, she has featured her work in over sixty exhibitions.
Valerie Pantalone is a painter who focuses on colorful landscapes working in oil, acrylic and watercolors. Despite a setback following a diagnosis of fibromyalgia that took its toll, preventing her from painting for five years, she has benefitted from a treatment program and recovered enough to be back to her usual self - and her artwork. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in southern New Jersey as a fifth-generation Italian American. She studied printmaking/book arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia but left the program in her senior year due to illness. She went on to Rowan University College of Art and Design for art education but found that teaching art wasn't in her heart.
Ultimately, she earned a bachelor’s in art minus the education aspect. It was at Rowan University that she discovered her love for painting, nature, and color, which have developed into her art practice. Pantalone currently lives just 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia on the Southern New Jersey side with her husband and two cats, an orange tabby cat named Boba Fett (the greatest bounty hunter in all the galaxy) and a black cat named Mischief. She continues growing her art practice
and exhibits in the Philadelphia area.
“I primarily work in oils, painting both plein air and in my studio specializing in still life and landscape paintings.
Growing up, I was greatly influenced by European classical art and Impressionism. I have lived in picturesque Bucks County for most of my adult life and became a big admirer of Pennsylvania Impressionism. In my work, I draw inspiration from the natural world and the beauty that surrounds us. Whether it is the changing seasons, the movement of the ocean, or the stillness of fresh cut flowers, I am constantly inspired by the world around me. My work explores the intersection of the natural world and human emotion. I am fascinated by the way that our surroundings can evoke deep feelings within us, and I seek to capture these emotions in my paintings.”
Ultimately, my goal as an artist is to create work that evokes a sense of wonder and emotion within the viewer. I believe that art has the power to connect us to our surroundings and to each other, and I am honored to be a part of this creative community. My paintings have been exhibited in various galleries in US and Europe, reproduced in international
magazines such as Jerusalem Journal. My work is found in public, corporate and private collection Society, Arts & Cultural
Council of Bucks County, Red Rocks Pastel Society.
As an expressive fine artist and psychotherapist, I live in a world of feeling, expression and spiritual-richness. My work strives to offer an opening for others to tap into their own inner landscape– allowing them to take the orientation of curiosity and wonder and attract the viewer to look closer and be drawn inward. Many of the pieces represent my love of nature and are inspired by trips taken with family or local explorations. The work vibrates with an aliveness–often painted intuitively immediately following a nature hike. Sometimes the work is more ethereal in nature (abstract landscapes, amorphous shapes, symbols, patterns, texture, and color.) Other works are botanical expressive studies of treasures I have found, or a portrayal of a traditional landscape that comes alive with rich color, texture and gestural strokes.
Leah Reitz Winter lives near Doylestown, PA with her husband and three children. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Art Educator. She currently has a private practice in Buckingham, PA. Prior to her work as a therapist, she was a project manager for an art-consulting firm in Philadelphia and a middle school art teacher.
Elissa Goldberg started drawing with pastels approximately 20 years ago. She is now a member of the Pastel Society of America. Some of her pieces have been inspired by her many travels and wondrous explorations through her native Bucks County, while others come from her vivid imagination. Spending countless hours refining her technique and compositions, she hopes the viewer will share her appreciation of the combination of light, movement and color that makes each piece so alive.
Elissa finds pastels exciting as it is an immediate transfer onto paper. There is no mixing. There are no chemicals. The ideas in her head can be expressed simply and quickly. She has learned over the years how to manipulate the colors in such a way to make them both bold and subtle. Using the sides of the pastel sticks as well as the edges creates a multitude of effects. Further, the overlapping of colors allows unlimited potential
Elissa’s passion for art has come from her family roots. Her grandmother and her aunt, both accomplished artists in their own right, were her first art teachers.
Elissa’s artwork can be found in many galleries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her artwork can also be found on her Instagram account at @fineartbyelissa.
Our gallery represents a diverse group of emerging and established artists from around the world. We are passionate about discovering new talent and supporting the careers of our artists, and we work closely with them to develop their work and create opportunities for them to showcase their art.
We host a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, featuring works by our artists as well as curated shows exploring different themes and ideas. Our exhibitions are designed to challenge and inspire, and we encourage visitors to engage with the art and with each other.