Wednesday, February 21, 2024


Four artists to appear at open reception


By On Deck Staff

An open reception at Peter Mcphee Fine Arts, 9416 Second Ave., Stone Harbor will be held Saturday, July 5 from 7-10 p.m.
You can meet the artists and enjoy a night of great art, delicious hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, and lively conversation.
Four artists will be appearing:
• Ron Orlando’s deep love of nature, wildlife, and art has evolved over the past 20 years into a unique style of detailed acrylic painting that brings his subjects to life.
Extensive fieldwork and research into the North American birds and mammals translates to a level of realism appreciated by all who view his work.
Receiving a Dodge grant to paint in Yellowstone in 1995 and studying with John Seerey Lester in 1998 and with Robert Bateman in 2001 energized Orlando’s career in recent years.
Exhibiting in shows through out the country, he has received numerous awards and best of show awards including the prestigious “Arts for the Parks” National/International competition, and the Timber Wolf Alliance Midwest Regional competition.
His originals and prints are on display in prominent galleries around the Northeast. He and his wife live in New Jersey.
• Joe Sweeney says, “As I have worked over the years, I realize that themes running through my work are, finding a sense of place, the figure in landscape, man’s relationship with nature, and the effect that building has on the balance between nature and man.
“What I want my work to convey is an in-depth personal exploration of the land, and my relationship to it.
Sweeney graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). He has a Masters Degree from Penn State University in art and architecture.
He has been awarded Best of Show at ‘Images ’98’ Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and Best of Show for The Philadelphia Water Color Club International Exhibition of Works on Paper.
• Tim Simboli is a fourth generation painter, born into a family immersed in the arts.
Raised in a creative atmosphere, Tim began to draw at an early age. He became interested in landscape painting while studying with the master painter, Tom Bostelle. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.
Following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Tim spent time abroad studying painting in Rome, where he worked extensively in landscape. This work appeared in several shows in Rome and in a one-man show in the United States upon his return.
Tim has worked in a variety of mediums, but is attracted to pastel, which lends itself to the richness of color he uses to depict light and shadow.
Tim was inducted into the Creative Artists Network of Philadelphia and was invited to be a member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society where he was elected to the Board of Directors.
• Philadelphia-born Anthony Rudisill describes himself as a self-taught artist. Inspired by John James Audubon, he began drawing wildlife as a child.
While a teenager, he relocated to Southern New Jersey and became a commercial artist. Greatly influenced by the surrounding coastal marshes, he indulged his passion for painting wildlife scenes in his spare time and became adept at the portrayal of the abundant wildlife in the area, particularly birds.
Today, Rudisill’s passion is painting landscapes and seascapes, influenced by his current surroundings and by his travels throughout the United States.
Rudisill was a featured artist of the Franklin Mint from 1979 through 1998. Commissioned to produce numerous paintings and sculptures, Rudisill’s work was marketed and sold to collectors on an international scale.
His wildlife sculptures have earned numerous awards in major exhibitions from 1977 through 1986 including “Best In World” title from the Ward Foundation in 1978 and 1983 in Salisbury, Maryland.
His work may be found in many private and public collections including the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, New Jersey and The Ward Foundation Museum in Salisbury, Maryland.
For further information, call 609-368-8288, visit

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