- November 2017 Art @ Mulberry Art Studios -

Brett Greiman: Still Learning to Fly

Brett GreimanBrett Greiman’s newest exhibit, Still Learning to Fly, was a decade in the making and will land at Mulberry Art Studios this November.
Still Learning to Fly collects paintings Greiman created over the past ten years, and derives its title from his belief that an artist should never believe that he’s reached a point in his career where there’s no additional room for growth.

"There must always be room in the artist’s mind that he’s never arrived at perfection yet always striving for that," explains Greiman. "Searching for a higher level, still learning to fly!" 

Greiman incorporates symbolism and metaphor into much of his work. In this series, many of the paintings take the metaphor literally, and include birds, mainly ravens. Throughout the world and over many centuries, ravens have been symbolic of many different things depending upon the culture which is referencing them. Greiman implores the viewer to look closely at each painting and question what the imagery says to them.

A graduate of the York Academy of Arts, Brett Greiman has worked many years as a muralist, illustrator, graphic designer, painter, and educator with well over 100 murals created in the central Pennsylvania area. Brett also has extensive experience as a teaching artist having led young people into successful community artistic projects, as well as 12 years teaching on the college level. Brett is also a PCA stARTSomething Arts In Education instructor.

Brett was the featured artist for 2006 YorkFest and awarded “Best of Show” at Yorkfest 2004 by juror Kimberly Camp, CEO of The Barnes Foundation. He was awarded the York Public Arts Award in recognition of creative contributions to the York arts community in 2002 and
was co-recipient of the award again several years later in recognition of his work along with fellow Yorkfest Festival Marketplace jurors for revitalizing Yorkfest.

Brett’s paintings are in the permanent collection of the York County Heritage Trust, Wellspan Health, Harley Davidson, Nixon Nature Center, Mulberry Studio art gallery and many others as well as many private collections.

Brett Greiman
"These paintings portray dissolving impressions, like snapshots, left from a single point along a person’s timeline. The pieces falling away represent the thinness and brevity of those impressions" explains Babusci. "I paint people disassembling into nothing as a way of depicting identity as something fluid, or impermanent. I want to question where the boundaries lie between outside perceptions, and one’s personal sense of self. How do they work to inform and refine each other, and can they exist apart? What does that say about how exactly our identities are defined, and who defines them? The subjects are presented outside of any context to ask, most importantly: what’s at the center? Is there anything left underneath the constantly shifting feedback that we cloth ourselves in? When separated from the surroundings and experiences that shape and form us, does something remain that is wholly us…or are there only echoes?"

Ross Sachs: Moments Along the Way

“My favorite time of day is when the day is coming to a close and there’s a warm glow to everything. It’s peaceful and invites you to relax – you just hope it happens again tomorrow.” -Ross Sachs

Moments Along the Way, Ross Sachs' latest collection of paintings that capture the mood of light and the feelings from a particular moment, will be at Mulberry Art Studios throughout the month of November. The exhibit opens with a First Friday Reception on November 3rd from 5pm until 9pm.Ross Sachs

The guidance of few, influence from many, the persistence to improve and the gift from above have influenced my work along my path. It continues to be a meandering path with wonderful stories along the way," comments Sachs. As an early student of art, it all began with calligraphy. The use of angles and lines of the ink lead to shadows and shading with line. Tone from line lead to shading with airbrush. The airbrush took him into automobile hood designs and van murals. Airbrush eventually lead to topographical maps. Maps lead to other illustrations and meeting some of the best illustrators in the business. Ultimately, it lead to collecting original illustration. Holding and carefully studying originals looped back to the beginning. That beginning was adding tone after tone to a surface which became the finished art, but now reverse it.

The paintings of Moments Along the Way are all “painted” in a method that actually involves the removal of the paint. Reverse of adding paint. Yes, there is some addition of paint, but the majority of the works are all created by applying oil paint and then using paper towels to remove it. This process is a method similar to map making training, in reverse.

Ross Sachs was a Franklin & Marshall Fine Arts major who also studied at Millersville for classes not offered at F&M at the time. He worked with well known and former National Geographic staff artist, illustrator Ken Townsend, in Maytown, PA. His clients included Time-Life, National Geographic, National Park Service and Reader’s Digest. He currently works at DAS Companies, Inc. and paints every weekend at home with his wife Dana, sons Nolan, Reece, Mitchell, and pet dog Macy. More can be found online at www.sachsartgallery.com.


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