The second annual Pop-up: A Valparaiso Art Experience opened at multiple venues in Valparaiso. The Village Gallery is one of the designated venues featuring the works of 3 unique artists. The public is invited to a Meet the Artists Reception on Sunday, July 23 at 1:30 pm for light refreshments and lively conversation with fellow art lovers. The exhibit will be on display through August 6, 2017.
The Pop-Up is a regional art competition that inspires or spurs conversations about what art is and why it matters. The public is encouraged to visit all venues and vote for the People’s Choice Award. To get a map and see all participating artist and venues visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured artists at The Village Gallery include:
Phillip Herrold has enjoyed all things artistic since he was a child. Born in 1989 and raised in the cornfields of Wanatah are details you probably would not have guessed based on the eccentricity and flare of his paintings. With minimal formal training, Phil’s natural talent has created a style that is uniquely his own. Phil is one of the founders of the Enclave Project, a nonprofit organization that serves the community by integrating education with the arts. Phil is also a farmer and graphic designer, residing in Wanatah with his wife and young son. According to Phil, “Art, for me, is a way that I can create something that sets me apart and leaves behind pieces of my story.”
A toolmaker by trade, Robin Janota has been an artist since she remembers drawing pictures in crayon on the underside of Grandma’s coffee table when she was 3. Studying oil painting and exhibiting locally since 2013, portraiture and figurative art capture her imagination. Between portraits, Robin paints landscapes and what she calls “swampscapes” to “free up space in my head”. The portraits can be quite tedious and the landscapes allow her to just paint without expectation of outcome. She feels a connection to nature and the often-overlooked beauty of all that thrives in a swamp environment.
Ronald Stec began drawing and painting at an early age, with his first exhibit at the age of 12. Earning a degree from the American Academy of Art Chicago he went on to earn a M.A. in fine art and art education at the University for Fine Art Kassel in Germany. His artistic influence stems from the realistic styles of Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and the Dutch Masters with their employment of light and shadow. Painting in oil, Ron describes himself as a realist and landscape painter focusing on the delicate nuances of nature. “My paintings relate the diverse moods of nature and tell a story in which painting and beholder are mutually implicated.”