The grand opening of Art et cetera begins with Zolaesque, a show of the works of three sisters, Martha Zola, Irene Zola and gallery owner, Gloria Zola-Mulloy. All working with visual art, they saw the show as an opportunity to see their work side by side and to share their acrylic and pastel paintings as well as photographs with others.
Martha Zola was trained as an undergraduate at New York University and received her master’s degree and doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook and Hofstra University respectively. Art was her field of study throughout. Her paintings concentrate on an expressive use of intense color, brushwork and design elements reflecting influences by Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Hopper, among others. Shows of Martha Zola’s works have appeared in numerous galleries and museums, where she has won significant awards, and her work appears in many private collections. Martha Zola taught studio art and art history at Kingsborough Community College and Suffolk County Community College. She has also been a judge for Parish Art Museum painting competitions in Southampton, NY. Martha Zola recently left her successful career as an academic executive, and she now is a full time painter, living in Newburgh, NY.
Gloria Zola-Mulloy studied for her BFA in art at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She later received an MSW at Columbia University School of Social Work. While working as a clinical psychotherapist, she has continued to paint and among her accomplishments she has shown work at the Women’s Interart Center and other galleries in NYC, won first prize at the Tinicum Art Show in Tinicum, PA, showed her photographs at the local library in Flemington, NJ and other venues as well. She moved to the Catskills over a year ago and now offers work reflecting the natural environment.
With a lifelong interest in drawing, Irene Zola began her pastel painting career in February, 1999, as the result of an accident that kept her home bound for a couple of months. In fact, her sister, Martha Zola, had given her a box of pastels the previous Christmas, which, until the accident, had been untouched. Since then, Irene has been pastel-ing, selling her work privately and exhibiting at the Brecht Forum and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she is a member of the English faculty. Her work often has much to do with finding places of peace, of balance, not readily accessible living in the heart of the fast-paced metropolis of New York City as she does. In the past two years, Irene also has taken a serious interest in photography, preferring subjects that promote the health of humankind.