The TOROSIETE Gallery is closing, and many of our artists will have exhibitions in the new TOROSIETE Museum of Contemporary Art at TOROSIETEMUSEUM.COM. Please look for those new exhibitions there.
Laura Kastin joins TOROSIETE Gallery from Brooklyn, New York. She studied art at Pratt Institute and the City College of New York. After earning her undergraduate degree Laura established the Pottery Loft in Park Slope Brooklyn. She taught ceramics classes and worked as a production potter. She also provided instruction at community centers, senior centers and adult education programs. After several years, Laura earned her masters degree in Special Education from New York University. She continued to work as a part time potter and started to teach ceramics at Clayworks on Colombia in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Laura was a long time member of the Brooklyn Potters organization, where she helped to establish their Empty Bowls project as an ongoing fund raiser for a local soup kitchen.
After retiring from teaching in the NYC public school system, Laura returned to working in clay full time. She continues to teach at Clayworks on Columbia and to exhibit and sell her pieces. She enjoys exploring a variety of techniques, experimenting with different clays and firing processes. Although Laura still loves to work on the potters’ wheel, she has also turned her focus to hand built ceramic sculpture influenced by organic forms and surfaces.
We are thrilled to feature two exhibitions of Laura’s work in our Gallery. One focused on her Sculpture, and another on her Bowls and Vases called Vessels. Visit her exhibition space and then check out the many pieces for sale in our Gallery Store.
Juanjo joins TOROSIETE from Málaga, Spain. An artist of many disciplines, including painting and music, Juanjo’s current passion is for jewelry. But Juanjo’s jewelry is like none other. Training at an early age with influence from his mother, his concepts are surrealistic, organic and sculptural. Juanjo uses a variety of materials but produces works that are one-of-a-kind pieces of art with luxury materials. Inspect them closely! Our current exhibition features a collection of his rings. We are also working on an exhibition of his brooches that will blow you away. Visit his exhibition gallery here, and visit our Gallery Store to purchase his unique amazing pieces.
River joins TOROSIETE from Charlottesville, Virginia where he currently runs an amazing Restaurant specializing in Veracruz, Mexican cuisine (and of course cocktails!), The Bebedero. River, originally from California, experiments with multiple art mediums – from Pen & Ink to Airbrush, to Watercolor to Acrylics. His works are always unique and the subject matter is not shy. River’s surreal works sometimes showcase the grotesque and he doesn’t steer clear of controversy, but that’s why we like him. His detail is extraordinary and often when you look closely you will find hidden images in his work. He also authors a comic strip “The Lowdown” which can be found on his website.
His current exhibition features a variety of mediums, methods and subjects. We look forward to bringing you more of his works (and showcasing some of his other talents) in the future. Visit his Gallery and check out our large collection of Originals and Fine Art Prints of his works in our Gallery Store.
Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in the spring of 2014.
Primarily focusing on drawing, Portman’s exhibits feature Pen & Ink and Pen & Ink with Ink Wash on Paper. He has since returned to the Boston area, where he currently lives. He has taught art to children grades K-8, and has hung his work in galleries, shops and cafes throughout the Greater Boston Area. Portman is also a member of the Copley Society of Art. He has done murals, private commissions, and illustrated a children’s picture book in late 2014.
The amazing handiwork from this Featured Artist is easily recognizable and distinctive. Cleveland Graham hand crafts wooden boxes and chests from reclaimed wood by “harvesting – taking something old and run down and bringing an entirely new life to itself.” His designs are contemporary, abstract with baroque and asian influences, but carry an old world charm.
Each box is unique, expertly finished and adorned with his artwork. We can almost imagine a lifetime of history that will be made with this object with any owners lucky enough to have one of his pieces. Who will it be passed down to? Where will you travel with it?
Cleveland has an MFA but has adapted his original works in printmaking into a physical durable object form. Previously from Seattle, WA, Cleveland Graham now lives outside of Asheville, NC.
For a commentary of Cleveland’s work, view the video below:
We are pleased to announce our very first Featured Artist, Madison Tanner, to TOROSIETE.
Madison is an extremely talented painter, sketcher, and musician. With so much to express in her Abstract vision of life, Madison is passionate when discussing her works and expressing that art is in her blood.
This determination to always experiment with new mediums such as oil, acrylic and textures, she is always coming up with new styles that will delight viewers.
We are thrilled to have Alex Cummings join our roster of Featured Artists at TOROSIETE.
Alex Cummings is a well traveled photographer and very talented with his eye for detail. His photographs show us the emotion of the subject. Working in both Black and White and Color, Alex always captures the light and feelings of the moment.