Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Current Exhibitions

Rebekah Callaghan, Silver Mound


Rebekah Callaghan
Brighter Later

March 6 - 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 5 - 7 pm
Rebekah Callaghan, Silver Mound, oil on linen, 14 x 11 inches  


Working from plants around my studio, observation has become essential to rooting the paintings in an experience and giving gravity to an otherwise commonplace thing....I'm drawn to plants as they are simple yet ever-changing and provide boundless possibilities to meditate on ephemerality, perspective, and humility.

                                                                               - Rebekah Callaghan

Found and discovered by her sensitive and responsive process, Callaghan's paintings are intimate in size. They express a space which can only exist in a painting but are as close to us as the warmth of the sun falling across our cheek on a winter's day. Plants fill her canvases as she observes and then meditates upon them but her paintings could never be mistaken for simple portraits of flowers and leaves. 


Callaghan's paintings speak about color, light, and space as revealed through the subtlest of skills - the artist's touch. Hues and shapes inspired by nature and the constantly changing play of light over a plant's surface are fascinations and inspirations for Callaghan.  She keeps the images which slip by us, unassuming and ordinary, allowing us the time we need to see and relate to them.  The way light moving across a plant's leaf reminds us that we are all under the shine of the sun, Callaghan's paintings offer us the reward of a vision where fleeting moments are inspiration enough.


Rebekah Callaghan lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and earned her BFA at Tyler University. She has exhibited nationally and this is her first solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf Gallery.


Evan Fugazzi, Alter


Evan Fugazzi
In Color

March 6 - 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 5 - 7 pm
Evan Fugazzi, Alter, acrylic on linen, 15.75 x 15.75 inches  


Each painting is a product of long distillation initiated by a rupture with previous assumptions: a constraining of possibilities to a new path. Fugazzi explores the new direction across many paintings, testing its opportunities and borders until he is ready to begin a new search. Such a process requires both self-scrutiny and self-trust-and a lot of courage. It's how Fugazzi, who began as a representational painter, gradually turned to abstraction; it's also how he moved beyond his previous black-and-white cycle to the new In Color series.

- Lev Feigin, critic

Evan Fugazzi allows the painting to dictate its own existence. Color, line, and texture, as they populate his canvases, create objects that are entirely new-entities in the real world that have never occurred before. Two shades of yellow that heretofore have had no reason to coexist dance and play with one another as if newly discovered. Bands of bold color overlap, intersect, obscure, and vie for attention. Sometimes the marks create a sense of space; sometimes they reestablish a relationship with the two-dimensional surface of the canvas. As Fugazzi approaches each new painting without a preconceived destination, he shares with the viewer his invigorating journey of discovery and creation.


Evan Fugazzi is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and Sweden, and the graduate program of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. This year he was a recipient of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship. His paintings are in the collections of Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, the Woodmere Art Museum and the PMC Property Group in Philadelphia This is his third solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf Gallery.