Ellen Sapienza is a painter and printmaker from Upper Black Eddy, PA. She is exhibiting recent small plein-air pastels of river scenes and intimate landscapes along with more studied oils. The pastels are her spontaneous reaction to changing seasons and weather in an environment she has observed for decades. The oils, painted in her rustic studio by the Delaware River are more thoughtful, more contemplative. A common thread of color investigation runs through all her work.
Ellen Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and under painter and master frame-maker Robert Kulicke. She earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree from The University of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO in 1980. She has exhibited widely, including group exhibits in Paris, France and San Francisco, CA., The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The Peggy Lewis Gallery in Lambertville, the Sommerville-Manning Gallery in Greenville, DE, and many others. Ellen is represented in the permanent collection of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia.
Emily Steinberg is a painter and graphic novelist from Philadelphia, PA. Born in 1964, She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BFA and BA in 1987 and an MFA in painting in 1992. Emily works in an expressionist-realist style, combining an innate awkwardness with superior painting and drawing technique. She is currently working on very large-scale narrative paintings in oil inspired by autobiographical events, history, current events and the swirling zeitgeist. Color and humor both play an important part in her work. Readers may recall the monumental “Boxing with Hitler” painting from her previous solo exhibit at SFA, wherein Emily attempted to process her traumatic exposure to holocaust films at an early age by depicting herself locked in physical combat with Hitler.