In painting I examine the visual concept of “flat space” by moving objects back and forth on the canvas’s two-dimensional plane. Juxtaposing bold colors with graphic pattern and unique designs, my visual combinations excite my audience’s attention to the calm and earnest dogs that surround me in my everyday life. Indebted to modern and contemporary painters such as Alex Katz and Fairfield Porter, my large-scale paintings allow me to reveal the uniqueness of my family, which are primarily portraits of my dogs and my wife in our home. The calmness that it brings to me, and the happiness that they bring to me, I want to paint those ideas. -JAY MCCLELLAN.


Mardi-Jo Cohen is a metal-smith that makes "jewelry and decadent objects." She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA


ALEX KUHN

Life cycles are what connect Alex with the world. He has a strong relationship with his art and the subject matter it contains. Using drawing techniques in pyrography as well as a chisel tip tool, Alex is able to burn unique, realistic representations of animals and nature ­ permanently capturing a glimpsed moment of time ­into wood.

Each piece Alex creates represents meticulous research and planning to achieve a level of realistic imagery. Additionally, he spends hours reworking symbolic representations to depict the core essence of what is meant by the symbols. The goal in this pursuit is to have his work be easily digestible to people of all languages, ages, and cultures.

Alex spends his time sketching at the Philadelphia Zoo, researching at the Philadelphia Library, and creating in his Kensington studio.

 


ANNA BOOTHE

With degrees in sculpture and glass from Rhode Island School of Design and Tyler School of Art, Anna Boothe has worked with glass since 1980. Her primarily kiln-cast sculptural and decorative works have been exhibited at the Tittot Glass Art and Bergstrom-Mahler Museums, Museum of American Glass, and Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, and are included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Art.

After 16 years as a Tyler glass faculty member, Anna helped develop Salem Community College’s (NJ) glass art program and chaired its International Flameworking Conference. She has been a visiting artist at numerous universities and taught at glass schools, including the Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Urban Glass and Pilchuck as well as venues in Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, and Japan.

Anna served as President of the Glass Art Society, and until recently,  wasDirector of Glass at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum where she curated glass exhibits and organized the Glass Now auction.

Anna served on the Glass Art Society’s Board of Directors from 1998-2006 and was President of the organization from 2004-2006.


JONATHAN COHN

Jonathan Cohn is a Philadelphia-based glass artist whose work includes aquarium sculptures and functional decor inspired by nature. Through years of independent study and apprenticeship under several notable glass masters, Jonathan cultivated his affinity for glass working. In 2006, he began studying glass blowing at Hot Soup, a glass blowing studio in Old City, Philadelphia.  What initially began as a hobby quickly developed into a passion, and over time, became a successful business venture.