CFEVA and The Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia are teaming up to celebrate the competition of the 18th Annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.
Four artists from the tours have been selected to showcase their work at the Cosmopolitan Club this winter, including:
Karen Aumann is a ceramicist who is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the Community College of Philadelphia. Her work has been featured in a variety of exhibitions nationwide, including “5 Artists / 5 Visions” at FACTL gallery, Community College of Philadelphia, “Sixteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition” at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX, and “POTS: Objects of Virtue”, a national juried exhibition in Bedford Gallery, CA. In addition, her work is published in several catalogues, including “Materials: Hard and Soft”, the exhibition publication for the 10th Annual Juried Show at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton, TX. Karen’s work is included in the collections of The Wustum Art Museum in Mequan, WI, The Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC, and Millersville University in Millersville, PA. She received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Lorraine Glessner’s paintings are composed of multiple layers of images, the paintings resolving into subtly-flickering worlds of extremely seductive richness. Some of them resemble images seen through a microscope; others hint at the world seen from far above. -Andrea Kirsh, Philadelphia Introductions
Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, mark-making, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as wax, silk, wood, branding, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is a former Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, digital imaging and much more. Among her most recent professional achievements is a Second Place award in Sculpture from Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA, a recently completed artist residency at Jentel Foundation and an acquisition by Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Lorraine’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, craft centers, schools, libraries, universities, and more. Like her work, Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, history, experimentation, problem solving and discovery.
Marisa Incelli is the owner of The Artemisian, a jewelry line being carried by Anthropologie as well as galleries and shops in Philadelphia. Influenced by her bi-continental upbringing, her interest in the arts began early thanks to Italian father, Michele Incelli and Polish-American Mother, Melissa O’Dell. Marisa attended Archbishop Walsh high school, studied with sculptor Dave Poulin, attended Alfred University, and graduated with a BFA in Printmaking in 1999 from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. [Some nice info can be found in this article: https://www.myartscouncil.net/marisa-incelli-lombardo.html]
Donald Leong is a graduate of the University of the Arts. He retired in 2006 after forty plus years in the advertising and marketing business. After retiring, he pursued his love of drawing and started to paint in various mediums; experimenting with the various properties of each. Ultimately he settled on watercolors as his medium of choice. Don’s reason is that watercolors transparency and luminosity are difficult to achieve in other mediums. Don is an active member of the American Watercolor Society, Chester County Art Association, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Board Member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and Delaware Valley Art League. He has been in numerous juried and non-juried group shows in the region; more recently in a two person exhibition at the Chester County Art Association. His works are in private collections both in the USA and Canada.
Image: A Carnival of Lights, 2017, Lorraine Glessner, encaustic, collage, pyrography on wood.