"Hiatus," a large mixed media on canvas by Tina Cantelmi incorporates Goblies paint balls.

“Hiatus,” a large mixed media on canvas by Tina Cantelmi incorporates Goblies paint balls.

New Paintings by Tina Cantelmi

BETHLEHEM, PA (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – Large color-saturated abstract landscape paintings by Tina Cantelmi will be on view at Edge, 74 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA, Feb. 7 through May 31.

         A meet the artist reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

         “Inspired by tepid to tropic locations, these paintings bring imaginative compositions, layers of light, shape and hue to either rev or calm these senses,” says the artist.

         A visit to Valley of Fire in Nevada, a super-heated afternoon in Key West, or a spectacular sunset in the Lehigh Valley all are inspiration.

         At least two of the six paintings on view incorporate “Goblies,” paint balls created by inventor Briana Gardell, a Lehigh University Alumni.

         “I’m honored that Goblies have been utilized into fine art and that the artist wanted to bring my product to her work,” says Gardell, principal of Mezzimatic, the parent company for Goblies, a Bethlehem-based company. Goblies was noted by CNBC as one of the hottest new toys at the 2016 New York Toy Fair.

         “The power of collaboration and coworking really comes together with the artist’s work,” says Gardell.

         “I met Briana at Sobe CoWorks in South Bethlehem last year, and I was immediately mesmerized with the possibilities her throwable paints posed for the fine art market,” says Cantelmi, a Bethlehem native. Adds the artist, “I love the color and spontaneity.  One challenge was to create a means to ensure the product adhered to the stretched canvases for fine art permanence. “

         Tina Cantelmi earned a B.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Her paintings are in private collections from Miami to Boston to Seattle and the Lehigh Valley.  

         In New York City, the artist studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and worked as a fashion editor and reporter for WWD.  She also contributed for more than a decade as a weekly columnist and feature writer for the Morning Call and other local magazines and publications. To contact the artist, email info@tinabradfordpr.com