Juan H. Espino captures a “Slice of life” in rural America with its present day charm. Born in Mexico, he received a Law Degree and practiced law for twenty years.
Always interested in art and fascinated with Pennsylvania countryside he painted what he liked most, his surrounding colorful society and architecture, in a primitive or folk art style. His art chronicles Main Avenue, Hawley, Pennsylvania, as it appears today.
Marilyn Lyon Foley is living proof that it is never too late to take up a second career. At age 50, after spending her earlier years as a math and science teacher, she redirected herself to her first love: making art.
Last year the Savannah artist received a significant honor in her field. One of her watercolor paintings was accepted into the National Watercolor Society's 78th annual exhibition. Hers was one of 66 accepted from 1,500 submissions. The painting then made it into an even more elite group when it became one of 30 to go on a national tour of galleries.
Foley majored in chemistry until her junior year, when one day she looked outside of her laboratory window and realized she would rather be outside on the lawn painting. She switched her major to art history. After graduating, she married an Episcopal clergyman and spent the next 25 years in the Northeast and the South, where she took jobs in a number of private schools teaching math and science. But when her children were out of school and there was no more tuition to pay, she decided that it was time to recapture her lost love.
A Native of Pennsylvania, William Amptman studied at the Art Students League and The School of Visual Art in New York. He worked a variety of jobs, but primarily as a freelance commercial artist before making the transition to fine art. His drawings and paintings are in many private and corporate collections.
I began doing pencil drawings as preliminary studies for oils and, over time, the studies became more elaborate and finally evolved into independent works.
Each drawing begin with a number of compositional studies on site and then is developed in the studio. I return to the site any number of times during the drawing process.
Most of the drawings are realistic descriptions of a particular place; a few are composite and inventions. In my work, I feel most influenced by Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and Faifield Porter.
For 30 years, Shimon Drory’s work has sought to capture emotion, nature, expression and the elegance and vigor of the human form.Born in Jerusalem himself, his sculptures have embellished communities across Israel—embracing the emotional connection that he feels occurs when sculpture has no ceiling but the sky.
Passing on the torch handed to him by his teachers and influences such as Michael Gross and Dan Kafri, Drory has worked in sculpting workshops in Italy, establishing summer camp programs in New York, and playing an active role in the Hanoar Vehachlutz movement.
With his retrospective collection, representing his lifetime of work, the main theme is the human image. Working partially in the abstract form with his favorite materials, carrera and marmara marble, a dichotomy of the strength of men and the beauty of women is the zenith of this body of work.
Describing the raw materials as a “rock that is holding within it a variety of forms and processes,” his work concretizes the emerging of the human form from stone, disseminating what was “hidden, wrapped inside.”
Now retired, Drory dedicates his time putting mind, spirit, and technique to work sculpting in his studio in Yavne’el, Israel.