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Find the perfect gift this season during Gross McCleaf HOLIDAY! Shop our curated collection of new paintings by Graham Cuddy, Elaine Lisle, Léni Paquet-Morante, Max Mason, & Rochelle Toner, wearable art and functional pieces by local artists Alden Cole, Margery Cooper, Scott Cooper, Shelby Donnelly, Varvàra Fern, Amanda Kaiserman, Clare McCarthy, Rosae Reeder, and one-of-a-kind items by a group of local artists with disabilities in coordination with SpArc Philadelphia. GMG gift cards and gift wrap available upon request. 

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Lullabye

45" x 44"

Vine Charcoal On Paper (Lenox 100)

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to host Centerpiece, marking Howie Lee Weiss’ first major exhibition in Philadelphia in thirty years. The exhibit will feature a selection of new works from his Centerpiece and Nature series in a variety of sizes and formats. Weiss' framed, vine charcoal works on paper depict stylized imagery crafted with his exacting and heartfelt touch. The Centerpiece Series - some bursting with growth, others sublimely trim -  portrays positive, celebratory compositions.

Narratives unfold in Weiss’ large-scale drawings, often including plants, birds, fruits, and humans. Figures investigate their surroundings, curiously prodding at holes in the ground or peering skyward at the heavens, evoking a sense of wonder and enchantment. In smaller works, Weiss challenges his imagination by engaging in rigorous investigations that explore the possibilities for his imagery. Wall ensembles of small drawings display subtle variations of cups, fauna, grids, and simple landscape features. Each drawing is fully and thoughtfully perfected, yet different from the next. The collections highlight the infinite opportunities for variety that exist even amongst a narrowly defined set of formal parameters.

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Celia Reisman featured in John Thornton's Celia Reisman, Painting the Beauty All Around Us

Celia Reisman paints landscapes overflowing with light calm and beauty. I would also add that Celia and her husband Mark are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Celia told me, "People say my paintings are fanciful and have a degree of other worldliness. It’s really appealing to me that people feel that way. I look for and paint areas that are in between the houses, so the images are small vignettes, I think of them as little stories, and I guess I'm asking people to pay attention to where you live, and your environment, pay attention to the beauty and the quirkiness of what's around us."

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Douglas Martenson featured in John Thornton's Focus and Inspiration, New Landscapes by Doug Martenson

Doug Martenson is showing a new body of small landscapes at Gross McCleaf, painted here in Philadelphia and also in Maine. He talks about what inspires him and the importance of keeping focus. In some of these paintings, we see his deep over global climate change and how it is affecting the landscape

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