American Painting

New York Cityscapes - By Mariangela Fremura and Tyler Loftis

New York Cityscapes - By Mariangela Fremura and Tyler Loftis

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.

Mariangela Fremura - Untitled 2014
2014 Indie Rock Music Festival, Grand Haven, MI
Bold Nature

See press release here

Modern Color - Tyler Loftis and Paul Resika

See Press Release Here

See Exhibition Catalog Here

Read two reviews here:

A Timeless Conversation on Colors

Review by Thaddeus Radell

A Day's Art:Loch Hame and The Lower East Side, April 12, 2014, NYC

See press release here


Going ape (naked) for one day!

A Day’s Art with Live Nude Model

Loch Hame at Fire Barn Gallery, March 8, 2014, Grand Haven, MI

Congratulations to 2AA artists winnning in ArtPrize 2013 and ArtWalk 2013!

Kyle Staver - Europa

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.

Second Ave Arts presents...

The 5th Annual Indie Rock Music Festival kicks off with a special solo performance by Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe, Friday Sept. 27 8pm

Grand Haven Indie Rock Music Festival


In fifth year, Grand Haven Indie Rock Fest expands scope

20 NYC artists to show in two Michigan art festivals: Grand Rapids ArtPrize and Grand Haven Artwalk

September 18 - October 6, 2013

2aa NYC Artists

See artist bios here

See press release here

See images and where to view the work in Grand Rapids ArtPrize

See images and where to view the work in Grand Haven Artwalk


Shelley Irwin - NPR

A group of twenty-plus artists from New York City blur the lines between ArtPrize and ArtWalk

Grand Haven ArtWalk to again bring ArtPrize-inspired event to Lakeshore

ArtPrize 2013 juried award artists react to winning $20,000 prizes

Tyler Loftis at Bowery Gallery in Chelsea July 30 - August 17, 2013. Opening reception Thursday, August 1, 5-8 pm

Tyler Loftis at Bowery Gallery

Tyler Loftis at Fire Barn Gallery


Shelley Irwin Morning Show - NPR

Tyler Loftis Exhibit Opens At Fire Barn Gallery In Grand Haven - WZZM13

Local Grand Haven Painter Making It Big - FOX17

New York City artist to show paintings at Fire Barn Gallery in Grand Haven - mlive

Artist-in-Residency: Grand Haven’s Tyler Loftis -


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.

-Mike Coleman

For inquiries on collaboration, event planning, to exhibit artists, or purchase works, please contact by email.

Mailing List Sign-Up

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.


Steve Kurtz

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.

Steve Kurtz and some of his work

  • Steve Kurtz
  • Steve Kurtz
    Untitled Machine

    1992 steel & various material 14” x 19” x 19”

  • Steve Kurtz

    2001 (pic 1) steel, fiberglass & various materials 16’h

  • Untitled

    2001 (pic 2) steel, fiberglass & various materials 16’h

  • Food Tray

    1993 ceramic 12” x 17” x 1”

  • Super Safety Suit

    1993 rubber & various materials 85” x 48” x 48”

  • Running Machine

    1992 steel & various materials 51” x 24” x 24”

  • Broken Ball

    1993 stainless steel & various materials 9”h

  • One Wheeled Robot

    (front) 1992 various materials 18’ x 6” x 4”

  • One Wheeled Robot

    (back) 1992 various materials 18’ x 6” x 4”

  • Untitled

    2009 steel 99”h

  • Untitled

    2009 steel 85"h

  • Propeller Hat

    1993 aluminum, steel & various materials 15” x 27” x 27”

  • Flying Machine #3

    1994 steel, wood & canvas 64” x 46” x 24”

  • Untitled

    2003 steel, aluminum & fiberglass 97” x 65” x 65”

Tyler Loftis

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.

Select Exhibitions

  • Modern Color: Paintings by Paul Resika and Tyler Loftis. Leigh Morse Fine Arts, NY, NY, May 14 - June 21, 2014
  • ArtPrize 2013; Grand Rapids, MI, 2013
  • Tyler Loftis: Painting: Fire Barn Gallery, Grand Haven, MI, 2013
  • Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Show, Joan Snyder, juror; NY, NY, 2013
  • Painting in NY Fifth Show Chelsea, NY, 2010
  • There and Back Again traveling show: Holland, Grand Haven, and Grand Rapids, MI, 2009-2010
  • Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Show, Paul Resika, juror; NY, NY, 2009
  • Winter Invitational Show The Painting Center, NY, NY, 2006
  • Tyler Loftis
    The Beginning

    2012 oil on canvas 76” X 94”

  • Tyler Loftis

    2010 oil on canvas 42” X 24”

  • Tyler Loftis

    2010 oil on canvas 24” X 36”

  • Tyler Loftis
    Italian Landscape with Figures

    2010 oil on canvas 42” X 50”

  • Tyler Loftis
    The Winter Lake

    2013 oil on canvas 24” X 18”

  • Tyler Loftis

    2013 oil on canvas 24” X 18”

  • Tyler Loftis
    Girl at Window

    2007 oil on canvas 40” X 30”

Marc Hoeksema

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

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.

  • Mariangela Fremura

    2012 oil on canvas 14” X 11”

  • Mariangela Fremura

    2013 oil on canvas 60” X 36”

  • Mariangela Fremura

    2012 oil on canvas 24” X 30”

  • Mariangela Fremura

    2012 oil on canvas 30” X 30”

  • Mariangela Fremura

    2012 oil on canvas 60” X 48”

  • Mariangela Fremura

    2012 oil on canvas 12” X 9”

  • Mariangela Fremura

    2011 oil on canvas 10” X 8”

  • Mariangela Fremura
    Young Diana

    2012 oil on canvas 36” X 24”

Loch Hame

Loch Hame is a New York City band. The album, Painter, is set to be released in 2014. All songs were written and all instruments were played by Tyler Loftis.

Loch Hame
Loch Hame Recording