I met Kerstin (Kris) Engman close to 30 years ago, and all during that time I have been amazed by her work. Initially trained as a sculptor, she has since branched out into several media: drawing, oil painting, encaustic, graphics, calligraphy, etc. in both representational and abstract modes. Kerstin has an unceasing curiosity about the world, and she has never been content to rest on the laurels of past successes. About her oil paintings she says “I paint primarily from the midcoast Maine landscape and its surrounding farms, with occasional diversions into the common still life of the vegetable or a view into everyday life at home.”
Kerstin was born in New England, educated at the Maine College of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and taught in the Hungarian Public Schools. In 1997, she founded Project Kalocsa, a cultural exchange between Kalocsa, Hungary and her hometown of Belfast, Maine. Kerstin has lectured and taught at various colleges throughout the Northeast and lives in midcoast Maine where she teachs at the University of Maine in Orono.
SFA Gallery is hosting an exhibition in May featuring new oil paintings by Philadelphia artist Emily Steinberg. “Boxing with Hitler” runs from May 1-31. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 10thth from 4-7pm, with light refreshments served. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday 11-5, and by appointment.
Emily Steinberg is an artist (painter/graphic novelist) who lives, works and teaches in Philadelphia, PA. Emily studied with Neil Welliver and others at the University of Pennsylvania, earning an MFA in 1992. Emily teaches drawing, painting, the graphic novel, and comics at Penn State, Abington. Recently, Emily had several large multi-panel paintings accepted into the Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibit.Emily’s graphic work will also be included in the Jewish Comix Anthology to be published later this year.
“William Hudders: NEW WORK” opens April 1st and runs through the end of the month. These luminous, evocative paintings, drawings and watercolors are not to be missed! William Hudders is a painter and art educator from Easton, PA., who studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited widely, and received numerous awards, grants and residencies, including a prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007, and a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Award in 2012.
Join us for a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 12th from 4-7. Light Refreshments will be served.