Tourist Season Spotlight: Gregory Mortenson, Neil Nelson, and Sydney Bella Sparrow

Today we’re introducing the final three artists from the group of 13 comprising the May show, “Tourist Season.” As the opening of the show is quickly approaching (Friday night, 6:30 PM!) we are getting more and more excited about showing this fresh group of talented artists’ work. Send us an email ( to let us know if you’d like to receive a preview of the whole show; it will be available as of today!

Gregory Mortenson

A thoroughly educated painter, Gregory Mortenson first completing a Bachelor’s degree at Southern Virginia University, then moving on to study classical painting with Patrick Devonas and William Whitaker. He later moved to New York City to complete the four year curriculum at the Grand Central Academy of Art, after which he studied privately with Jacob Collins for two more years. With a refined skill in classical painting techniques, Gregory has become known for his striking portraits, delicately painted and filled with psychological depth. He has been featured frequently in art publications and has received numerous awards, including most recently an Honor Award at the 2013 Portrait Society of America International Competition and the 2013 Salon International 2nd Place Award. Gregory currently lives, paints, and teaches in New York City. Below is one of his three works in the show, entitled “Thiabault.”

"Thiabault," 12x9, oil on linen
“Thiabault,” 12×9, oil on linen

Neil Nelson

Neil Nelson lives and works in Berwick-Upon-Tweed in Northumberland, England. After studying fine art at Northumberland College of Art and Design, Neil continued his studies in Classical Realism at Studio Escalier in Southern France. Though he paints many subjects, Neil is best known for his still life work, which features quiet, light-filled compositions of objects like fruit, bottles, and jars. Neil has had the honor of exhibiting at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, and London’s Mall Galleries, as well as numerous solo and group shows in England, Scotland, and the United States. He, too, has three works in this show, including the one shown below, called “The Fading 2.”

"The Fading 2," 29x10, oil on panel
“The Fading 2,” 29×10, oil on panel

Sydney Bella Sparrow

Last but not least, Sydney Bella Sparrow will have two works featured in May’s show.
Sydney Bella Sparrow has spent her young life studying and refining her craft. She moved to New England in the late 90’s after living in Chicago and New York City. It is here where she has found an environment which has allowed her to blossom into one of New England’s most respected painters. Through her craftmanship, Sparrow expresses an intricate knowledge of her subject and the inherent beauty of the natural world. She finds beauty in both the grand and the idle, but regardless of subject, Sparrow handles each and every one with the same care and reverence. (Source: Sydney Bella Sparrow)

Ode to the Gala Apple
“Ode to the Gala Apple,” 16×11, oil on canvas

We cannot wait to share this incredible collection of works with you! As the week continues, be sure to check our website and our social media pages at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for more sneak peeks, and be sure to come out to the opening reception for Tourist Season, this Friday, May 16th, from 6:30 – 9PM!

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