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Two artists have work on display at The Bistro

Sampson Vassallo is shown hanging one of his pieces at The Bistro. Vassallo’s drawings, along with Joan Krawczyk’s gold and silver leaf paintings, are on display at The Bistro until the end of February.
Sampson Vassallo is shown hanging one of his pieces at The Bistro. Vassallo’s drawings, along with Joan Krawczyk’s gold and silver leaf paintings, are on display at The Bistro until the end of February.

Sampson Vassallo’s inner mind is on display at The Bistro in downtown New Glasgow.

The 15-year-old New Glasgow artist’s work, along with pieces by Joan Krawczyk of Trenton, is featured on the walls of the restaurant and will be there until the end of February.

The 15-year-old New Glasgow artist’s work, along with pieces by Joan Krawczyk of Trenton, is featured on the walls of the restaurant and will be there until the end of February.

It is Vassallo’s first showing, with 22 pieces up for display and sale.

Vassallo said his drawings are “stuff I think of” as his art combining human figures and everyday objects or animals were hung.

Krawczyk has been teaching Vassallo subjects like mark making, still life, and contouring.

“I think his drawings are lovely,” she said, adding that he gets very involved in them.

Creativity runs in the family; Sampson’s father is Todd Vassallo, who specializes in fabrication for museums.  

Together, the pair made all of the frames for Sampson’s pieces with old door casings and windows.

Sampson said he was feeling good about the show, but added that he will be sad to see his work go if it sells.

While it’s his first show, his art has already reached an audience. Some of the works on display are already sold, one of which was commissioned. His father also noted one of his drawings became a tattoo.

Drawing for “as long as (he) can remember,” he hopes to use his creativity for a career, noting he’s interested in graphic design.

Krawczyk’s pieces in the show are all silver and gold leaf paintings, and are more whimsical than her usual work, she said. She believes that’s because of Sampson’s influence on her.

The former co-owner of the art gallery at the Celtic Circle has previously shown her landscape paintings, among other subjects, in The Bistro.

 

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