Meet Our Artists

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BERTA GOLAHNY (1925-2005)

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Berta was born in Detroit to a socially conscious culturally Jewish family. She attended the magnet high school, Cass Tech, where she designed murals for a Detroit shopfront about the Four Freedoms, a Roosevelt initiative to support the World War II effort to assert American values. She won scholarships and awards at the Art Students League in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Iowa, including the prestigious Tiffany Award for printmaking. Her work has been internationally exhibited, and is in major American collections, including the Harvard University Art Museums. Her art developed from the expressiveness of the 1940s and 1950s to the hard edge abstraction of the 1960’s. From there, she followed her own path, involving cosmic visions and explorations of space, to paint a series of paintings of Crab Nebulae and Black Holes. This culminated in a musical production accompanied by her paintings, directed by Paul and Rosalie DiCrescenzo, performed widely in the Boston area. These paintings shown here are from that production, The Watchers and the Watched. Abigael MacGibeny, a Boston art historian, is an authority on her work, and will soon publish on Golahny’s achievement. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education every year presents awards in her name to outstanding instructors and students. In 2018, a major exhibition of her paintings and prints was held at the Lycoming College Art Gallery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. For more information, contact: golahny@lycoming.edu

ALANA MESERVE

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I have silk screened through a volunteer program at the Woman’s Studio Workshop in Roslindale, New York, and held a job for a while as an ink technician in New Hampshire. I have taken several classes at the Arlington Center For the Arts, combined with every art elective available in high school. This is the sum of any kind of formal training I can attest to. I withdrew from creating artistically for close to 10 years. It has taken a good portion of my life and the support of a few incredible individuals to figure out that this is what speaks to me most, that this is a conduit for re-framing how I view the world and participate in it. There is something inherently unconditional about the experience of creating and sharing art and it is a constant source of motivation for me.

ALVAN LONG

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Alvan Long creates captivating 2D and 3D mixed media art in which found
objects are resurrected and assembled discerningly to tell affecting stories and make powerful statements about our culture. He attributes much of the inspiration for this body of work to growing up in Detroit. As a child he absorbed this environment. Laden with pollution, crumbling factories and piles of debris, remembers becoming aware of the beauty that lies in degradation. Every found object, however seemingly mundane, contains a story worthy of being told. With the magic of one with this sensibility, he unites relative objects to tell a larger story. Using polyurethane he cements these objects into magnificent and elaborate assemblages. The subject matter is predominantly urban and most often illustrates an event or person in history. Street signs, advertisements, pop culture icons and beauty queens interspersed among scraps of metal, wood, splashes of paint and stencil. The canvas could be anything from a car bumper to an ornate mirror frame to a cabinet door.

AYAKO TAKEDA

BEN DWORSKI-RIGGS

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I am a jack of all trades and an outdoors enthusiast. I enjoy expressing my appreciation of nature and science through my artwork.  My pieces have the energy and forms found in nature. I am currently exploring the applications of fluorescence and LED lighting as well as the high electricity to produce my art. I have labeled my main series High Voltage Pyrography. It is also know as Lichtenberg Figures. I create electrical patterns similar to lightning strikes. Working with lower voltage and longer discharge times allows me to design the patterns. The fractal patterns represents the breakdown of insulating material into carbon.  A water based solution is used to coat the surface of the wood and increase the conductivity to the point where a 2,000 volt transformer will create an arc across the surface.


CHARLIE HOPE VALINTYNE

Charlie Hope Valintyne is a self-taught artist since childhood for over 30 years. She is constantly experimenting with materials, techniques, and genres. She is an active member of the Firefly Arts community as she draws, paints, does photography, makes sculpture, and puts together found art, collage, mixed media, jewelry, horror dolls, cartoon mashups, character design, ceramics, graphic design and, more recently, digital art!

DAVID STICKNEY

I am a Savin Hill resident and have had a studio at Out of the Blue Gallery for 22 years. My 3D images are created in various photographic mediums that I hand cut out, especially the windows in the scene of a photograph, and insert a completely different view behind the “glass” of a window. I enjoy exploring the juxtaposition of 3-dimensional views within a two-dimensional medium. In exploring the 3D experience I have created a series I call “A Whole from A Half.” I hope you do enjoy my views of the world that we live in. Thank you!

DEBORAH PRIESTLY

Painting for me is an outlet much like writing poetry. When I am alone and trying to process my feelings or my traumatic past, the colors and textures that I am creating help me to heal with each stroke. I enjoy making a colorful palate with thickened paint and beach sand. Of course I love listening to music that coincides with my different moods. There is nothing as free as making art. It is my salvation. During the day, I usually sketch in my drawing pad anything that comes to mind––be it a leaf, a rose, an angel floating in the sky, or just an abstract of unrestrained emotions.

 

JOHN GAGAN
JYMI CLICHE

Jymi Cliche has battled PTSD and many other demons in his life. He’s felt the weight of the world for as long as he remembers but has been working hard to make progress and stay positive. His art is his expression of what’s going on inside. Nothing is really planned. He picks the colors that are speaking to him and throws them onto the canvas however his gut/soul wants it done. Very little thinking is involved. It’s done in a mostly mindful state. The goal in his process is expressing his feelings in a way he can look at after and analyze like a dream. It’s his subconsciousness speaking for a part of him that he has no words for.

OLEG YAKIMOVICH

 “Not to transmit an experience is to betray it” ––Elie Wiesel.
I have been interested in painting and drawing since childhood, as I come from an architect family. All things built perfectly with a soul appealed to me, either a building or a human body. What I always WANTED to draw was children books illustrations. John Tenniel was absolutely my hero with his works for “Alice In Wonderland” as well as a number of wonderful Russian illustrators such as V. Pivovarov and K. Rotov. Other inspirations have been new and old buildings, fortresses, churches, castles, postcards, and posters for Westerns, the latter of which remain my favorite movie genre.

PAUL SHEA
RACHEL COPPELMAN

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Rachel currently graduates with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She has been an artistic organizer to Firefly Arts Committee as well as Section 17 for several years. Rachel works with a wide variety of sculptures drawn from oceanic mediums with LED lights as well oils and acrylics and 2-D and 3-D art with jewels and oils! She possesses a strong love of the darker artist creation, ranging from Gothic portraits of folks and darker bunny paintings!

RICHARD SHANNON

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I love pen and ink. I started using a crow quill pen originally, then moved into etching and lithography. Currently I use micron pens, Pilot G2 pens .038, .05, and pencils. I have always leaned towards pen and pencils to do my drawings. I have tried other mediums, but always revert back to pens. I have been drawing all my life. Sometimes 24/7 for months on end. Some of my drawings can take months to complete. Most of my art is about the universe and God. My favorite subjects are astronomy, spiritual evolution, and God.

SARA LIEBERMAN MATALON


Sarah Lieberman Matalon has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She composes in a wide variety of art projects, from portraits to watercolors to acrylics. She is the lovely wife of Craig Matalon, who is an excellent musician for Matalon Band with Scott Matalon, owner and CEO of Stingray Body Art. Since graduating with a BFA from Mass College of Art and Design, she has since graduated from New England Hair Academy and has worked as one of the top hair stylists at Boston Bellagio Hair and Skin Care. She currently is the loving mother of the beautiful baby Franklyn!  Sara is a hip hop dancer, as a popper named LadySnake. She was part of New England’s first popper’s competition! She studied with LosstUnnown; DRoc, Fadayz and also taught by 3D (Eric Cruz). She blends all her styles of dancing including forms from figure-skating to produce a unique and vibrant flare to the dancing world…!

SUE CARLIN

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Sue Carlin lives and paints in Stow, Massachusetts. Her colorful florals swirling landscapes and vibrant portraits are reminiscent of the works of Van Gogh and Matisse. Sue is a founding member of out of the Blue Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has had many solo and group shows in the Boston area.

SCOTT MATALON

My subject matter is people. Whether friends, family, total strangers, gypsies, or icons, I strive to capture ‘human moments in time’–eschewing traditional poses in favor of stealth-photography and ‘found’ images from social media as source material. I paint in oils using palette knives rather than brushes, so I am better able to focus on color, shape, motion, texture, and mood rather than purely representative detail. The thick spring of metal knives frees me from brush strokes and ‘pushing paint’–and focusing on the more meaningful “image-within-the-image” that I have chosen to portray. I recently began realizing a lifelong dream of working in stone, carving in alabaster and soapstone using a combination of traditional hammer, chisel and files plus hand-held rotary and power tools. Even in stone, my siren song is always the human form and its expression of the human condition.

MEIA GEDDES

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Meia Geddes is particularly fond of rendering birds and trees.
She has
written two books, The Little Queen and Love Letters to the World.

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