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Artists in the Garden; a Collaborative Exhibit of Morris Arboretum andPennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Photo credit: Alan Tarver

On March 1, 2015, despite uninvited winter weather including a snowstorm, Morris Arboretum hosted a sold out reception of its new exhibit, Artists in the Garden featuring artwork from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) students, alumni and faculty.

Featured here are Cathy Hosak (left) shown below her painting, Three Sunflowers, Watercolor on Paper, 2014 and Linda Gist, (right) shown to the right of her painting, Anemone hupehensis var. japonica “September Charm”, Egg Tempera, 2014.

Cathy Hosak majored in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 2006. Her work has been shown internationally. Her main subject is abstract landscape. She did a semester at Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. Her awards include the Cuff/Sammak Prize for abstract painting, for the student who recognizes the properties of all good paintings and chooses to express those properties in an abstract or non-objective manner; the Charles Toppan Prize, and the Gilbert M. Cantor Memorial Scholarship.

In 2008, the Bermuda Masterworks Foundation exhibited Cathy’s watercolors along with their permanent collection. Cathy is a featured artist for Sparks of Creativity, an international Art Exhibition with works by artists with epilepsy at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melborne, Australia. Her work was presented at the Asian and Oceanic Epilepsy Congress in Rome, and was shown at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York, NY. In2013 and 2014, her paintings were in Hidden Truths, The Mind Unraveled: an international show celebrating artists with epilepsy at the Susan Nelson Gallery in Newport Beach, CA. Her November 2013 solo show, Color Creates Distance, was in the Pierre S. DuPont Gallery in Wilmington Delaware. Cathy’s work has been on three covers of Elsevier Journal of Epilepsy & Behavior—most recently November 2013. In addition, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals has used her art to promote a new anti-epileptic medication, and her work is displayed at their headquarters in Marlborough, MA. Diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of five, Cathy had her second brain surgery at Johns Hopkins on August 22nd, 2014. No seizures since. In 2014 and 2015, Cathy’s paintings were in the Bodine Lobby of Bryn Mawr Hospital; and her watercolors were chosen for the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s annual works on paper Juried Exhibitions. Cathy’s work was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Linda Grist taught at the University of the Arts and now teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work is in many private collections and she has had solo exhibitions at Cabrini College and at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

She also exhibited at the American Society of Botanical Artists’ exhibition in New York, at the Philadelphia Flower Show, and was included in the 13th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.

Regarding Linda’s painting in Morris Arboretum’s exhibit, she said of the work, “I was doing studies of anemone leaves in preparation for a painting of the entire plant when I realized that the leaves were interesting enough to be painted on their own. They were fascinating in their shapes and texture and especially their autumn color, which changed from green to magenta and then to lavender.”

“I chose to do the painting in egg tempura because I felt that a medium containing fat would convey the richness of the leaves’ colors while also enabling me to capture the detail of the varied surface. The image is painted on a traditional (non-acrylic) gessoed surface.”

Artist in the Garden will be at Morris Arboretum’s Widener Visitor Center Upper Gallery from March 1-July 26, 2015. This display is held in conjunction with Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s (PAFA) exhibition, The Artist’s Garden.

Susan J. Crane

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