Opening: Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
20 Artworks by 20 Artists for 2020
There is nothing I can think to better describe 2020 than as a true and delicate balancing act. Enjoy this collection of 20 works by 20 of your favorite Gallery Artists as they interpret what Balancing 2020 means to them, how they have been impacted, how they have coped, or what they have witnessed that made an impression on them.
(although the exhibit is officially over, the link will be live until the end of November)
On Friday, October 2 we welcomed Robert Nelson's 10th Annual Exhibit at the Gallery with "Soft Drama at Sundown: The Dream of Hand and Claw". The exhibit is comprised of the large collage-drawings that Dr. Nelson is famous for, along with smaller drawings/sketches, and the latest "Release from the Vault" works from his private collection, the most rare to date– oils, lithographs, and etchings.
We are booking appointments for the Opening on Friday from 12-7 pm and on Saturday from 11- 4 pm. Groups up to 10. Click here to book.
Ann Rudd has created art for many years.
Subject: Moods -- especially moments of quiet reflection, peacefulness, contentment in the moment. In a world that's surging with activity, effort and angst, her paintings can be reminders of the quiet times that are available to all of us. Technique: Semiabstract combinations including oil, acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, and graphite pencil. Ann is interested in paintings that combine the appearance of 3-dimensional depth and 2-dimensional flat surface. The design possibilities seem endless. Color palette: Grays, neutrals, soft palette colors Influences: Berthe Morisot, Alberto Giacometti, Alex Powers and others Awards: Ann loves a good contest and has won numerous awards at the local and regional levels in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the last decade. She was juried into two national shows in 2016, received a Merit Award from the national Art Muse Contest in 2018, was an Art Muse Contest Emerging Artist Finalist in February 2019, and has been listed in the Bold Brush Favorite 15% several times. She continues to exhibit in a variety of venues and competitions. Current direction: Since retiring from a 30 year career in psychology, Ann has pursued painting on a daily basis, creating many small works that explore subjects and process. She is currently interested in oil painting, figures and faces, with architectural elements in the background.
Painting and designing are daily essentials to me as an artist. I must greet the easel on a regular basis to unleash my creative stories. My stories change as I gather up new images within my experiences. I find that no matter what I paint, I handle and place my brushstrokes with deliberate movements, unique color families, and strong compositions. I often let go of details so that the audience has an opportunity to become part of my story intertwining their own experiences, emotions, and ideas.
I have been a huge believer in my Modus operandi “Everything has been painted, so paint it differently”.
I am a retired elementary teacher and I often ask myself how would a kindergartner begin and finish a story? Five year olds have the essential tool kit to create art with such a fresh, uninhibited, and sometimes hilarious approach. When I am researching and pondering my new story I often bring out the saved and treasured art from those five year olds so that it keeps me on my toes.
If I am not at the easel you can find me in my BB Fresh Cut Flower Farm, or in the Pacific Northwest spending time on the Columbia River with my immediate family and friends.
Carl White was born in Liverpool, England in 1969. Carl studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design from 1989-1992 in Calgary, Alberta. His paintings and drawings have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions across Canada since 1992 and reside in numerous private collections nationally and internationally. White currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta where he is exceedingly active in the art scene, as well as the community.
Cheryl Elmo is an artist painting with watercolor since 1970. She is a signature member of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore Watercolor Societies, has shown nationally and internationally. Cheryl’s watercolors give the medium a new visual quality. She focuses on everyday situations and balances the fluidity of watercolor with subtleness in color changes. Cheryl’s unique handling of the medium has evolved over the years creating an unusual style reminiscent of the impressionists and influenced by modern-day masters. The reoccurring theme is recognizing the beauty that others may pass by without a notice. Each painting has a story. Cheryl is influenced by people, the emotional interactions, and their everyday life stories.
My identity, universal personages, and surreal images are part of a search for my dream to travel, share and have fun with my work.
At the age of 13, he began painting to win the heart of a young girl. Since then, David Silva H has taken the artistry of the traditional Mexican painting very seriously; sharing his work in a revolutionary, political, and social context of the past and the present.
The work of this young Zacatecano painter, now living in the city of Rosarito, forces the spectator to turn and observe with profound interest. When observing David Silva's paintings, we find Don Quixote's with a look of surprise, of anguish or of wonder.
We see free gestures, dynamic vitality, and Quixote's that emerge from their meditations, not always optimistic about the condition of humanity. David Silvah, in his relentless effort to express himself, reunites Zapatas, Cristos, Villas, and Don Quixote at the same table. He uses narrative and literary content, as well as many colorful artistic effects, allowing us to enjoy the originality in his fine works.
Each work is a synthesis in which the painter gives free reign to his imagination, without being judged by other different and present pictorials. This allows David Silvah to approach his painting with absolute artistic freedom.
Gini was one the first Artists that I represented and she remained a leader in the Gallery until her unexpected passing in 2018. The Arts Community lost a dedicated artist and philanthropist and I lost a dear friend. Preparing for her yearly exhibit, only a few paintings remained and will now be sold for her Estate. A possible Retrospective will be held in the coming years.... ~ Karen
If I didn't paint I would explode. Painting allows me to have a visual conversation with myself about the non-visual aspects of reality. The nature of the universe - micro to macro.
My training was in the classical Modernist tradition at the Barnstone Studios. Before that, I fell in love with Abstract Expressionism. It had such a raw explosive power. Barnstone insisted on rigor, the European canon. I am an amalgam of these two explosive forces. Sort of like the forces of the universe which I am trying to understand, but really can't. Yet. ~ Gini
Born in Philadelphia in 1983, Gregory Prestegord has a myriad mix of influences in his background. The grittiness seen in Presetogrd’s work is a direct impact from the graffiti street-artists he grew-up around in Philadelphia, and yet there is a refinement to his painting which is a credit to the formal training he received at America’s oldest art school and first art museum: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There Prestegord studied the great masters and won awards for his cityscapes which remain a continued theme of his work to this day. “The quality of light and shadow and the energy of the people in the contrast of urban cityscape is what I want to capture,” explains Prestegord.
Whether painting cityscapes, orchestra pieces or musicians like his New Orleans, Jazz series, Prestegord combines many styles of art from impressionism to abstract and street-art to realism, creating his internationally recognizable and exceptionally distinct style. His style is born from vast inspirations and influences, capturing the feeling of a place, taking your eye into the painting, and creating a sense you're there; one with the composition. His paintings take on a sculptural form at times from the amount of paint, palette knife, and brushwork Prestegord uses to create them.
James is a contemporary figurative painter located in Lawrenceville, NJ. His home, a 1920s center hall Colonial, is also the location of his studio where he paints daily. Doherty believes that a painting should look like it has been painted and not like a photograph. You should see each brush stroke, each drip of paint and each layer of color. Many of his paintings seem like he captured a moment- the delicate lines of a woman, the last to leave the party, her fancy dress now the worse for wear as she casts a subtle glance about the room, searching for something unknown. James’ paintings are often characterized by softened drips, smears, or unfinished edges. James believes his process should be visually accessible. Among his personal favorites and influencers are the painters, Gainsborough, Sargent, and Degas. Doherty's education includes: 2008-2012, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 2009, Studied portrait painting with Theodore Xaras, 2012, Masterclass with Stuart Shils, 2010-2012, Studied figurative painting with David Shevlino, 2012, Studied cold wax painting with Rebecca Crowell.
I am often asked concerning my paintings of the source of my subjects. In reply, I should say they are portraits of us. We as travelers on new journeys and seen with a more than a touch of whimsy. We as saints and sinners, as fools, in love and out. The subjects are familiar and the journey is discovery.
An AJC reviewer once said ” Jane creates dreams in stone”.
My stone sculptures are mystical in nature.The art reflects the coexistence of the conscious and subconscious, the symbolic and literal, and the ancient and modern.
Being a direct carver, I draw directly on the stone. With an idea in my mind, I start chiseling. I usually start with an idea that revolves around the human form. It may be a piece of wood that inspires me because it suggests a drapery or a broken stone that looks like a silhouette.
It is a discovery of the unconscious. Your hands follow what your creative self dictates. My art evolves usually as I create it.
I am especially interested in combining various materials. I pay homage
to the Greco-Roman roots of stone in sculpture. I incorporate broken torsos like in Greco Roman ruins. From the Romans, I borrow the combining of different stones in one figure .
Lately I have been creating full figure images from cypress and stone. The figures are about the gesture of the figure and the various combinations of the different stones. Contrasting the angular with the curvilinear shapes is of interest to me.
My stone sculptures invite the viewer to interpret thus creating their own stories
The Cypress Series combines Cypress wood and various stone elements to create standing figures. I choose wood that already suggests drapery and then carve elements to further enhance the female form. Movement is very important to me. The stones chosen for the head and torso either create contrast or harmony. The sculpture is about gesture.
Born in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania of first generation Polish and Italian parent, Judith (Chucoski) Hummel grew up in an area known for its many old-world European-style churches. The towering edifices stood as reminders of homelands left-behind. The churches, with their stained-glass windows, provided a meditative, calming, and inspirational backdrop to her childhood.
This particular influence is reflected in her rich and vivid color palette, and is evident in her drawing style and painting compositions, no matter how secular they may be.
She studied at York Academy of Art, York Pa, in the 1970’s where she was fortunate to have Maya Schock, founder of Harrisburg’s Gallery DOSHI, along with other Central PA’s top artists as instructors. The following ears were spent working, raising a family and assisting in the family graphic arts business.
An article in Harrisburg Magazine titled: “Life Changes Renew Artist’s Creative Vigor” announced not only her ‘picking up her brushes’ again after several challenging events in her life, but spotlighted her first solo gallery exhibit, in May 2009, at the Gallery at Walnut Place.
Hummel’s paintings are acrylic mixed-media. She is an active member of the Harrisburg Art Association, where she has won several first-place painting awards. She is also a participating member of the Susquehanna Art Museum; and has exhibited in the Whitaker Center of Science and the Arts as well as other venues throughout the area.
She currently works for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of International Business Development, and resides in Harrisburg.
Marlin’s work is all about the process. For him, getting there is more than half the fun…it’s all the fun. To see a record, the act of creating and not just the final product, that is his end goal. Marlin has been exploring the use of circles both large and small for the last ten years having been influenced and inspired by the paintings of Yayoi Kusama.
Currently he is working with metallic paints and how his work is affected by changing light. Marlin has worked as an artist and architectural illustrator for over twenty-five years. He divides his time between documentary film making and painting. Marlin lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and continues to get lost in the process in both a home studio and in a 19th century building in Columbia, Pa near the banks of the Susquehanna River.
"My process begins long before any paint hits the canvas." ~ Michael Bartmann
Michael studied from 1982 -1987 at The State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, where he received his BA in Landscape Architecture. From 1995 -1999 he continued at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, in the Certificate Program.
Artist Spotlight: MICHAEL BARTMANN
I begin by exploring an inspirational location and visit many times before starting. I am drawn to non-designed, left-over places. When I was young, I spent a greater amount of time playing in and exploring the vacant lots rather than the professionally designed playgrounds. As an artist, I am still drawn to those abandoned, derelict spaces where the imagination is free to roam. It's the lack of obvious beauty and not knowing where these spaces will lead me artistically that draws me to them. After visiting several times I paint on site and explore the site through the lens of a camera. I also research the history of the site and look for any old photographs. I do all of this "getting to know the site" in order to allow a more personal artistic vision to develop rather than just capturing its essence.
After getting to know the site, I then move the ideas into the studio to further remove myself from its innate meaning. I like the idea of the painting being "site-specific", but I want it to evolve into something more personal with a new "sense of place." In the studio, my process starts with a drafted line drawing in which a new place is constructed- much the same way that an architect would create. However, many times the drawing is a combination of several different places and possibilities overlaying and overlapping each other that will be further explored, changed or decided during the painting process. The drawing creates the underlying structure. This underlying drawing eventually gives way to the paint. I am more of a searcher with paint. Often the paint is doing one thing and the drawing doing another with a precarious connection between the two. I enjoy this tension. I paint as much for paint sake instead of for just the image. There is a fine line between the love of paint, the material itself, the mark making versus the definition of the image. My painting process involves scraping, staining, dragging, and a re-invention of the space. A new space evolves from the process. My paintings are as much about the architecture of the paint as it is about an architectural scene.
I want the entire process to show through in the final painting. The residue of the previous drawing/painting comes through in final version.
The painting titled Passages has a “sense of place” inspired by an actual location which then evolves through ideas that come from multiple sources, real and imagined as well as through the process of painting. This process is a dynamic interaction with the surface, the space, the layering and taking away of paint.
Tension exists between the use of traditional one-point perspective, the flat abstract two-dimensional canvas world and the surface world of paint.
Like many artists, I use light to turn the ordinary and everyday into something more, something greater.
I evoke emotion using spatial dimension, atmosphere and defining architecture. There are many paintings within the painting. Typically there is not just one straightforward view, but many spatial directions and abstractions of space to move through. I am interested more in a journey through the space and paint than a particular fixed image. I create a space that the viewer is free to roam around in. There are no figures in the paintings because I want the figures in the paintings to be the viewer.
Stoltzfus’ primary use of circular patterns excites and engages the eye, subtly changing as both the light and the perspective of the viewer moves. His paintings create an opportunity to slow down a bit, which can lead to seeing something unexpected.
The circular marks in Stoltzfus’ paintings are patterns that allow images to emerge and then disappear. This patterning resonates because it mirrors the physical structures of the eye in several ways. To expand these simple circular brushstrokes, he paints highlights and shadows around some of the circles. This creates a tromp l'oeil texture that can be touched only with the eye. Stoltzfus spikes some of his paint with raw pigment while adding small amounts of gold leaf further develops its texture. Although the paintings are colored by the grit and glitz that surround him in Brooklyn, they remain ghosted by the rural Virginia landscape he knew as a child.
Randall Stoltzfus has shown at exhibitions from Virginia to New York City and as far away as Pyeongtaek, South Korea. He studied at American University in Washington, DC and has since received a number of fellowships and artist in residence awards. He was Artist in Residence in Perugia, Italy, where his work is in the public collection at the Centro Pari Opportunitá. Two of his paintings were selected for the art bank program at the DC Council of the Arts & Humanities in Washington, DC. Some of Stoltzfus’ most recent exhibitions were at the Union Theological Seminary, Great Pop-Up Art Sale and LIMN Gallery respectively in Manhattan, Brooklyn and San Francisco.
René Romero Schuler is one of the most important and well-collected, contemporary artists to emerge out of the Midwestern United States. Now living in both Chicago, IL and Carmel, CA, this artist is creating powerful images of strength and vulnerability that speak to the heart of the human condition: love, sorrow, solitude, and heartbreak; yet, through these depictions of difficult subjects, she inspires her viewers with hope, fortitude, and ultimately, enduring strength. The figures Schuler captures are equal parts self-portraiture and portraits of the range of human emotions that she has experienced in her all-too-colorful life. Her approach is personal yet universal, and essentially intimate. The work is visually and emotionally affecting; it powerfully reveals her appreciation for the struggle and triumph of the human condition and speaks to global and societal issues that continue to impact daily lives.
Schuler’s work is in the permanent collections of The Union League Club of Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) in Chicago, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Coral Springs Museum of Art, and St. Thomas University Museum of Art – Sardiñas Gallery in Miami. Her work is in public and private collections around the world and has exhibited internationally in Paris, Rome, Paxos, Singapore, and Beirut. A musical production, Jolere, was wholly inspired by Schuler’s works, with five original scores composed by Lee Kesselman and accompanying contemporary dance choreographed by Joanna Lees. Jolere performed to sold-out audiences in Minneapolis, 2013 and Chicago, 2015.
A book, René Romero Schuler: Life and Works, showcasing images of the artist’s thick impastos and striking figural canvases in addition to providing readers a look into her artistic process, was released in 2013. A book, simply titled René Romero Schuler, was released in August 2016, and a second hardcover book, also titled René Romero Schuler containing personal essays and poetry alongside her most recent works, shown, was released Summer, 2019. Signed Copies Available.
**Note: Due to the overwhelming response surrounding René 's artwork her valuations increased and therefore pricing was increased in early 2020. You may see price differences from pieces sold before that time.
*** As of late Spring 2020, René is now collected in all 50 of the US states and more than 15 countries.
Prosaic and usually familiar, the domestic scenes I record are created out of my recollections and reflections. The observations that make up these scenes support certain qualities and characteristics that are personal and universal at the same time. The simple medium of linocut conveys, in its directness and contrast many facets that of the life I portray.
In addition to our Gallery Artists, we represent many regional, national, and international artists. You can find their artwork hanging on a rotational basis. If there is something you do not see here we can happily help you acquire it. *Ask about artists who allow commissions.
Standing Out among Lancaster PA Art Galleries
While many Lancaster PA art galleries have earned recognition as part of the growing downtown art movement, CityFolk Gallery stands out as one of the most vibrant voices in the community. In fact, CityFolk was the epicenter of the Lancaster PA art explosion. Located in the heart of Gallery Row, we showcase internationally-recognized fine artists such as Robert Nelson, Rene’ Romero Schuler, Michael Bartmann, Carl White, Gregory Prestegord, and David Silvah. In fact, CityFolk is one of the few Lancaster PA galleries to highlight such distinct and utterly thrilling modern artists – along with several large art pieces. It’s this commitment to finding and representing such bold fine art that has earned CityFolk popularity among the Lancaster art scene and visiting art lovers alike.
In much the same way that the Lancaster community represents a blending of the modern and pastoral, we also believe in integrating traditional folk art and crafts with our internationally-known modern artists. From hand-crafted furniture to authentic primitives, the gallery serves as a destination for those looking to appreciate the thriving folk art community. While we are primarily a modern art gallery, we are proud to feature authentic folk art and crafts. Some of the distinct folk art talents you’ll find at CityFolk include Eric Fausnacht, Kolene Spicher, K. William Kautz.
Current Exhibitions at CityFolk Gallery
Due to CityFolk’s prominence as one of the main Lancaster Art Galleries, we are able to host art exhibitions of renowned and rising national and international artists. These exhibits allow the Lancaster art community to experience – and purchase – the work of visiting artists. See our current exhibitions and stay tuned for upcoming artists.
A major component of the aesthetic diversity that makes CityFolk such a unique art gallery comes from our distinguished member artists. Our storied member artists represent a wide range of distinct styles including the lost art of drawing, expressionism, figurative, watercolor, and several different takes on the abstract vision. Explore our member artists’ digital galleries right here – and then visit CityFolk Gallery to experience their work in person.
A Diverse Vision in the Heart of Gallery Row
Visiting art collectors often tell us that our gallery belongs in New York City. While we wouldn’t want to be anywhere other than Lancaster, we do think that we bring a metropolitan feel to our town. The unique CityFolk feel comes from the wide range of artists and styles we represent. Ranging from the last Draughtsman style of Robert Nelson to the ethereal quality of Michael Bartmann’s Architectural Paintings, to the Inspiring Figurative work of Rene’ Romero Schuler, we offer a true spectrum of voices in the fine art community.
Visit Our Lancaster PA Art Gallery
If you are an experienced collector or just beginning to develop your appreciation, we’d love to share our artists and pieces with you. Whether you’re looking for a standout First Friday destination or if you’re visiting the area and want to explore a premier Lancaster PA Gallery, start at CityFolk Gallery – as the in-the-know locals do.
While it may be a cliché, it’s true: seeing really is believing. Experience the magic of CityFolk Gallery. Our collection of fine and folk art and our large modern art pieces can only be fully appreciated in person. On the personal side, CityFolk is designed to feel welcoming as soon as you cross the threshold. We want to invite you to visit our downtown Lancaster PA art gallery – stop in and see us today!