Special guest Mariangela Fremura will give a talk about the current Fire Barn Gallery show “New York Cityscapes by Mariangela Fremura and Tyler Loftis".
Before becoming a painter and art historian, her early creative pursuits included 3 feature films and a popular Italian sit-com, as well as a modeling career. But ultimately her passion was for fine art. Fremura grew up in Tuscany, Italy and studied in Florence and Rome where she received her Masters in art history before moving to New York to finish her art education. She now lives in New York City where she paints full-time.
"Mari has some kind of aura about her, like she's got this movie-star quality; and she's got this depth of knowledge and skill and experience about art, she's one of the finest painters I know." - gallery director Chris Protas.
Tyler Loftis, originally from Grand Haven, is the co-founder of the Fire Barn Gallery. He has lived and worked on his art in NYC for the last 17 years.
For this show, Protas asked Loftis and Fremura to make paintings of the city. "There's an endless resource there, I wanted to see how differently they would tackle the subject". Mariangela will speak at 7pm at the opening for this show. This will be an extremely rare opportunity for people to hear this artist talk about her remarkable life.
Show opening Thursday, December 11, 6-8pm at Fire Barn Gallery.
Kyle Staver's painting "Europa and the Flying Fish" wins $20,000 prize - Artprize 2013 juried 2D award; juror John Yau, editor of Hyperallergic Weekend.
Steve Kurtz wins Artwalk 2013 Muskegon Museum of Art award, presented by Judith Hayner and Art Martin, Executive Director and Associate Curator of MMA. Steve also won first place juried 3D award; jurors Kerri Vanderhoff, Go-Site Project Director of GRAM and adjunct professor of film/video at GVSU, and Eddie Tadlock, Assistant GM of Devos Hall and GRAM board member.
Janice Nowinski wins Artwalk 2013 second prize juried 2D award; jurors Kerri Vanderhoff, Go-Site Project Director of GRAM and adjunct professor of film/video at GVSU, and Eddie Tadlock, Assistant GM of Devos Hall and GRAM board member.
Marc Hoeksema wins Artwalk 2013 first prize juried photography award; jurors Kerri Vanderhoff, Go-Site Project Director of GRAM and adjunct professor of film/video at GVSU, and Eddie Tadlock, Assistant GM of Devos Hall and GRAM board member.
September 18 - October 6, 2013
See images and where to view the work in Grand Rapids ArtPrize
See images and where to view the work in Grand Haven Artwalk
Second Ave Arts began as a way to support those artists I admire and believe in. In my own life, I’ve seen music and art change people and change communities - I like seeing that change and being a part of that change.
I have a history in fine art, studying at Dartmouth College, New York Studio School, and in travels to France and Italy. I gained eye opening experience in the East Village in the mid 90’s, studying art, looking at art, and thinking about art. Afterwards, I spent a decade as GM of a group of five restaurant/bar/venues in the Midwest, coordinating music festivals, curating art shows, and living the reality of working intimately with artists, musicians, and business people.
The importance of art is often undervalued in today’s world of distraction, fraction, and speed. I believe in the time and energy it takes to create works both visually and musically and am drawn to work that I feel this in.
My goal is to facilitate.
The art collector / music appreciator with their passion and vision is the other half of the artist’s work. I have an intense interest in matching the right artist with the right collector. These pairings are an art form to me.
For inquiries on collaboration, event planning, to exhibit artists, or purchase works, please contact by email.
I started an Indie Rock Music Festival in Grand Haven, MI that is now in its fifth year. Check the website if you are interested in performing or learning more about it.
Sculptor - West Michigan
Images of his last show HERE
Steve Kurtz, born in Livonia, Michigan, has been working and living in West Michigan since earning his BFA at Western Michigan University in 1994. His studio in the middle of nowhere, Michigan has been home, refuge, workspace, think tank for the past 19 years; a sculptural monastery of sorts. His work often speaks of the relationship between nature and machine, the individual and mechanic. With a fluid understanding of multiple materials, Steve's sculptures are largely a commentary of these relationships, with an undeniable sense of the artist, his vision, hope, and humor. Steve has been in many juried shows and has had multiple solo exhibits in Michigan, his most recent at the Fire Barn Gallery in October 2012. Other recent exhibits include the traveling show "There and Back Again" in Holland, Grand Haven, and Grand Rapids, MI, several Muskegon Museum juried shows, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Juried show.
2001 (pic 2) steel, fiberglass & various materials 16’h
1993 ceramic 12” x 17” x 1”
1993 rubber & various materials 85” x 48” x 48”
1992 steel & various materials 51” x 24” x 24”
1993 stainless steel & various materials 9”h
(front) 1992 various materials 18’ x 6” x 4”
(back) 1992 various materials 18’ x 6” x 4”
2009 steel 99”h
2009 steel 85"h
1993 aluminum, steel & various materials 15” x 27” x 27”
1994 steel, wood & canvas 64” x 46” x 24”
2003 steel, aluminum & fiberglass 97” x 65” x 65”
Painter - NYC
Tyler was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He moved to New York City to attend the New York Studio School (1996-98, 2000-02.) He then studied anatomy at The New York Academy of Art in Tribeca, NYC. He has spent several years studying in Italy and now lives and paints in the East Village. Tyler co-founded a gallery in his home town in Michigan, has given multiple art lectures, and teaches independent drawing classes. Tyler shows in Manhattan with a group he founded called Painting in New York.
Marc has been practicing fine art photography for over twenty years, traveling through America many times over. He has a BA in studio art from Hope College and has run his own business and fine art gallery in West Michigan. With a minimalist sensibility and a keen eye for light and shadow, Marc's photos have a powerful, yet elegant presence. He has exhibited in many solo, group, and juried shows throughout the Midwest and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his fine art photography, especially his black and white silver prints.
Mariangela Fremura, born and raised in Livorno, Italy, now lives in the East Village of NYC. Her studies have taken her to the American Academy in Florence (1999), The University of Rome (Masters Degree in Art History, 2000) and to the New York Studio School (2000-2002.) While a student in Italy, she was an assistant to the painter Paul Harbutt, and painted the set design for a production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at the Coliseum Theatre in Rome. Her shows in NYC include: Painting in NY Fifth Show, Chelsea, 2010, Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Show, 2009, Pianting in NY Fourth Show, NYC, and In Spiritus RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, 2005.