Ruby Rose, pastel on paper, 2015
Mosaic, New Pastels by Tia Maggio
Reception with the Artist
February, 6, 2016 | 4 – 7 pm
A native New Yorker, Tia Maggio, was formally trained in graphic design and advertising at Pratt Institute, she went on to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to study fine art and art history.
Tia pulls her inspiration from nature as “it is the only thing that really makes sense to me—wild sunsets, storms, brambles and branches.” Once described as a tonalist, she describes herself as a nature based expressionist.
“I like the immediacy of pastels because you can manipulate them with your fingers—and don’t have to wait for paint to dry! I could never really tell you what colors I use, I just reach for them instinctively, like cooking without a recipe—a pinch of this, a splash of that … Creating my art is a personal and intuitive process for me. I don’t like to intellectualize and wax on about my paintings. I start a visual story and let the viewer finish it. Nothing is more pleasing than to hear someone say, ‘oh that reminds me of…’ or ‘this painting makes me feel…’ My creation becomes their story by evoking an emotion or a memory.”
Her pastels of sloping Piedmont hills and skies have been exhibited locally in Northern Virginia and New York City, and are in private collections in the U.S., Italy, Southern France, and most recently, Guatamala
Stone Sculptures by Chilean Sculptor Carlos Edwards
His work is loaded with concepts such as time, space, matter and spirit. The space is defined by the different planes intersected in the formal composition of the sculpture, which is built by the organic history of the stone, its natural erosion by the passage of water and wind and by the artist's intervention. The sculpture is a subtle and fragile emptiness, a new irruption in the landscape according to Carlos Edwards.