2AA represents works from artists Yuval Bar-el, Rosemarie Beck, Rick Beerhorst, Leland Bell, Todd Bienvenue, Robert DeNiro Sr, Arthur Dove, Mariangela Fremura, Martha Hayden, Jeremy Hutchins, Tyler Loftis, Lynette Lombard, Louisa Matthiasdottir, Jesse McCloskey, Janice Nowinski, Chris Protas, Paul Resika, Rob Servo, Kyle Staver, Dov Talpaz, Bob Thompson, Jeannie Weissglass, Megan Williamson
Tyler Loftis, New York based artist and creator of the Collectors Show, seen here with the Robert DeNiro Sr painting 'Blue & Yellow Interior' that he arranged to be in the show.
Grand Rapids, MI
2AA represents work from NYC artists: Lennart Anderson, Mariangela Fremura, Tyler Loftis, Paul Resika, Kyle Staver, Dov Talpaz
May 7-June 6, 2015
Leigh Morse Fine Arts
22 E. 80 #5
New York, NY
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.
Adam Dahlstrom is from Grand Haven, MI and graduated with a degree in fine art and printmaking from Grand Valley University in 1998 with additional studies at Columbia College in Chicago and Kingston University in England. He has lived and worked mainly in West Michigan with a year in New York City and two years in Connecticut. He is a member of the Lakeland Artists of West Michigan and has exhibited frequently along the coast of Lake Michigan, winning many awards at the Muskegon Museum and other regional shows. He recently finished a large scale mural commissioned by the Holland, MI public library. Adam has collaborated with multiple New York artists on projects, with an exceptionally brilliant series of drawings done with NY artist Dov Talpaz depicting scenes from collective favorite literature, Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien and Dune by Frank Herbert. Adam Dahlstrom's work is included in many private collections both in West Michigan and New York City.
Chris Protas is originally from Norwich, Vermont. He went to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for a year in the early 90’s, then moved back to the east coast to attend The New York Studio School (1996-2000). After fourteen years in New York City, he now divides his time between NYC and Grand Haven, Michigan. He co-directed a fine art gallery in Grand Haven for four years (2012-16). Recent solo shows include Kendall College and The Fire Barn Gallery, both in Michigan and he has exhibited in many group shows in Michigan and New York City. Chris is part of the 'Painting in NY' group that has exhibited five times throughout Manhattan since the mid 2000's.
'My paintings don't necessarily have a simple narrative story. Instead of a comic book that can carry on a story for months over many issues, I try to include different pieces and times of a story in a single frame. Hopefully to produce more of a feeling of a story than a literal interpretation of a story. Almost like taking the essential aspects and by showing the moments together they in turn tell more of a universal story - the moral of the story, or something humorously and irreverently equivalent.' - Chris Protas
Tim Kurtz graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters Degree in painting and drawing with a focus on abstract art, studying under Ray Yoshida, an important artist of the Chicago Imagism movement. Tim's early career focused on abstract painting and design work for multiple businesses he started, as well as design for textile, clothing, and furniture companies including Herman Miller. Since 2009, Tim has made hundreds of realistic Civil War battlefield paintings that are now in multiple museums across America and many private collections. Currently Tim's studio practice consists of working on both abstract work (painting and collage) and realistic paintings of the Civil War era with a masterful fluidity moving from one genre of painting to the other. Tim has exhibited throughout the Midwest America as well as New York, Chicago, London, Zurich, and Sri Lanka. Tim lives and works in Grand Haven, Michigan.
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 is founder of the Fire Barn Gallery in Grand Haven, Michigan as well as the creator of the Collectors Show, a biannual fine art exhibition in Grand Rapids, Michigan in partnership with ArtPrize. His work is in private collections in New York City, West Michigan, and Europe. Along with many group and solo show in New York, Tyler also shows his work 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.
Dov Talpaz was born in College Station, Texas, and grew up in Herzliya, Israel. He studied at The New York Studio School from 1999-2002 with artists; Mercedes Matter and Rosemary Beck. He worked as an assistant to the painter Paul Resika from 2003 to 2010. He currently works in Brooklyn, NY and is preparing for a solo show in Vienna for the Fall 2016 and a solo show in Brooklyn for Spring 2017.
Selected Group shows
"My paintings and drawings derive from text; through stories and poems figures appear and create a new story, one that is made through my personal experiences and encounters. My fascination is with the story itself and the life that is reflected through it." - Dov Talpaz