Gosia Tojza and Pappy Khouri
December 7, 2019
The Village Gallery in Oriental welcomes Gosia Tojza from Raleigh and Pappy Khouri from Oriental as our guest artists for the month of December. A reception will be held Saturday, December 7th from 2:00 until 5:00 PM. The public is invited. The Gallery is located at 300 Hodges Street in Oriental.
Gosia’s art journey begins in Poland, where as a young girl she observed her grandfather and later her brother paint. Her brother was a charismatic and beautiful person who still inspires her, he died at age of 21. She was not expected to paint or have that talent; it was his gift. As a teenager she watched her brother and made tea for him while he painted. Occasionally she would pose for him and sometimes when he left the room she would pick up a brush and make some strokes on the canvas he was working on. Looking back now and reflecting on those early years she is convinced that they were her preparation for the outburst of creativity that now defines her art.
“Today nothing stops me from painting, I have a lot to say, by showing the beauty and small things in life. I translate the language of soul into colors and shapes. I appreciate the artistic process and how meaningful it can be because I have watched it my whole life. The fragile soul in each of us can be found in the form, of colors, shapes and strokes, this is why some paintings speak to us more than others. I am inspired by the mysteries of nature that are taken for granted. And when I paint, I feel as if I am close to some kind of mystery. I hope you sense it in my paintings.”
Pappy’s path to painting is directly tied to Gosia. She the teacher, and he the student. One day seven years ago Gosia was painting at the gallery and he remarked that he wished he could paint; stating that he had never touched a brush in his life. She gave him a canvas, a brush, invited him to share her pallet and that started a new passion in someone who had never painted. Several lessons later and workshops from Dan Beck, and Tricia Adams, Pappy’s foray into the art world began in earnest.
Pappy enjoys painting the ever changing vista of the Oriental harbor. Shrimp boats, sailboats and dramatic skies are all depicted in his works. Many of his paintings are called “Pamlico Horizons”, because of the amazing scenery that he sees driving around Pamlico County. This show however differs from past shows in that he introduces some abstract elements into his impressionistic style.
Pappy is a resident artist at The Village Gallery.
The Village Gallery is a cooperative gallery featuring the works of more than 40 member and consigned artists. The Gallery is staffed by our resident artists.
For more information about the Gallery, phone (252 249 0300) or visit during normal hours of operation from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays or please call Judy Wayland at 252 249 1505. You may also visit the gallery website at villagegallerync.com.
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the Oriental Harbor.