Meet Our Artists Part Two
Every week until the big night, we will be featuring a small group of artists creating pieces for the 2020 Chair Affair. This year we are working with 20 local artists selected by our Guest Curator who all work with different mediums, have diverse styles, and bring a new perspectives through their artwork. This week we are featuring Glenna Stone Interior Design, Diane Piero, and Anthony Johnson.
Glenna Stone Interior Design
(Pictured: Nicole from Glenna Stone Interior Design)
Glenna Stone was inspired by her mother, an artist, and teacher, which helped her develop her sense of color and composition at a young age. She has always had a passion for combining color, materials, and textures in an artful manner. Paralleling her creative side, Glenna embraced her strong technical skills and received a degree in engineering from Lehigh University. Upon graduation, she worked as a consultant and project manager in the consumer products industry.
While achieving much success in this previous career, she felt the need to embrace her more creative side and began taking interior design courses at the Boston Architectural College and the Rhode Island School of Design. After much consideration, Glenna decided to combine her technical and creative skills and pursue a graduate degree in interior design. Glenna graduated from Drexel University with a Masters degree in Interior Architecture and Design.
Glenna prides herself on being an original thinker, a good listener with impeccable attention to detail, and someone who sees each project phase through to completion. She finds her work as an interior designer exceptionally rewarding because it allows her to enhance the quality of others’ lives through design.
Diane Pieri is a Visual Artist who received a BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1969. She has had 31 solo exhibitions and been included in 210 national and international group exhibitions since 1969. She has been the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner Grants, two Independence Foundation Fellowships in the Arts, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant. She was included in the 2005 Philadelphia Invitational Portfolio, Philagrafika and was a fellow at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. In 1990 Diane was also an Artist-in-Residence at Mark diSuvero’s Socrates Sculpture Park where she created a 15 ft. sculpture made of rusted and gold leafed can lids. In 2006, Diane’s public art project, Manayunk Stoops: Heart and Home, a series of 9 seating elements fabricated in Italian tesserae, was installed along the Manayunk towpath through the Association for Public Art’s New Land Marks Program. Since 2001, Diane has completed 12 murals working with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and since 2008 she has completed 7 murals in an elementary school in College Station, Texas. In 2005 Diane founded the Cooke Museum of Art, modeled after the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at the Jay Cooke Elementary School in North Philadelphia. She has been a Teaching Artist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for 21 years and has taught for 4 years for The Barnes Foundation.
Anthony Johnson was raised in Atlantic City New Jersey but currently resides in Collingswood. He is a father of three children and feels extremely blessed to have a family while also enjoying his quality time painting. Anthony's paintings are inspired by and reflect neo expressionism, real life reference and most of all, his memories created through life experiences. He's been painting for about five years and is an entirely self-taught artist. Being a self taught artist allows him to break the mold of what is expected which makes his paintings even more exquisite. Most of Anthony's painting are unique because of his use of a mixed media of oil, acrylic, spray paint and pastels. Upon completion, most of his work and paintings are varnished or coated with a layer of resin.