Close to Home: Painters in Their Neighborhoods Robert Beck, Ryan Lilienthal, Debbie Pisacreta

January 9 - January 30

Taplin Gallery

Close to Home: Painters in Their Neighborhoods is a collection of work created by artists who are inspired and influenced by their local surroundings and favorite spaces. Join us in the Taplin Gallery for an Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9 from 3-5pm.

Robert Beck grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, an area known for it’s artistic and cultural heritage. Beck left a career in the business world at the age of 40 to pursue painting, and subsequently attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He maintains a gallery of his paintings in Lambertville, New Jersey. Learn more about Robert Beck here.

Ryan Stark Lilienthal studied drawing, painting and sculpture at the Boston Museum School in Massachusetts while attending Tufts University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion. During that period, Lilienthal apprenticed with Siri Berg in SoHo, New York, whose paintings are part of the permanent collection at the Guggenheim and other museums. Lilienthal further developed his painting skills at The Torpedo Factory in Virginia, Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut, Bennington Art Center in Vermont, and the Arts Council of Princeton in New Jersey. Learn more about Ryan Lilienthal here.

While studying at NYU and the New York Arts Students League, Debbie Pisacreta learned the craft of painting. Debbie has a splendid career as a graphics and interface designer, and is thrilled that her paintings have been displayed at many of the local juried art shows. She enjoys traveling around the Delaware Valley NJ (and beyond) to set up an easel and paint, and then discuss these paintings with her artist friends. Debbie’s work is represented at the Artists Gallery in Lambertville NJ. Learn more about Debbie Pisacreta here.

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