LISA FERRANTE, Mixed Media Artist
My name is Lisa Ferrante. I am a self-taught mixed media artist, a wife, and a mother who is blessed with a beautiful supportive family. I have always wanted to express myself in a creative way, but could not find the medium at which I would both excel and which would give me the most satisfaction. Once I discovered mixed media, years of feelings about my life literally began to flow from hands and from my heart.
Initially I found myself expressing long suppressed feelings about my mother who died when I was 5 years old. Intimately woven in are my passionate feelings about my own two baby girls, and how mothering them finally allowed me to work through the pain of the absence of my own mom while celebrating every moment of their young lives.
I can get lost in a painting for hours, and am most often completely surprised at the final product. I am never certain where the journey of any one piece will take me. Sometimes a word will inspire an entire work; other times it is only when the piece is complete that it is clear what it is meant to say. All are about love, maternal love, romantic love, self-love and empowerment. These themes are a reflection of me; they are me exposed; each purges another powerful emotion, another profound realization. Each piece represents another step in my own evolution as a woman. As the themes have evolved from the worship of a goddess mother I never knew to my love for my girls, the loves of soul sisters and romantic love for my husband I have learned to love and accept me for the first time in my life.VIEW ARTIST’S WORK
AN ART HAVEN & DESTINATION SINCE 2002
The Main Avenue Galleria is a haven for art-seekers and artists alike. We are passionate about supporting artists’ livelihoods and return 75% of your purchase to our members. Enjoy an eclectic mix of fine and fun art, home and commercial décor, art supplies, custom framing and wearable art. Shop online or visit us in historic Ocean Grove, New Jersey — a Victorian seaside retreat just 90 minutes from New York and Philadelphia.BROWSE THE GALLERY
The School of Art
CLASSES FOR ALL AGES & ABILITIES
Join us for private and group art classes and workshops, corporate team building, Sips & Serendipity guided painting evenings and art-themed parties. We offer over fifteen classes with more being added every day. This is the place to shop for the perfect course to learn a new skill, or to enhance your painting prowess. Courses range from Basic Drawing to Pastel Painting to Jewelry Making, Doll Making, Quilting and more.
Invest In Yourself
ART STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
“Continue what you are doing! Teaching us painting techniques—like how to use the brushes and achieve special effects—is the value-added benefit from attending a Main Avenue Galleria Sips & Serendipity event. It is clear that Norma cares greatly about teaching and making her painting guests feel they’ve learned something.”
THU: 12-5, SAT: 10-8, FRI & SUN: 10-7
The Main Avenue Galleria offers custom framing services in a broad range of prices and all-wood styles. Consult with owner and artist, Norma Tolliver to ensure your art, memorabilia, and heirlooms are beautifully displayed.LEARN MORE
COMMUNITY-WIDE EVENTS, ARTIST PROFILES, JERSEY SHORE ART INITIATIVES & MORE. READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Victorian Holiday Festival December 8 – 9, 2018Read more
Victorian Holiday Festival December 8th and 9th Saturday December 8th, 10am – 4pm Ocean Grove Inns, Houses and a Tent…
Small Business Saturday is November 24, 2018Read more
Hello Small Business Supporters, This Nov 24, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It’s a holiday…
Halloween Parade for Kids & Pets, Saturday October 27, 2018Read more
Join us for our annual Ocean Grove Halloween Parade for children and pets on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. This wonderful…
Ocean Grove’s Giant Fall Flea MarketRead more
Ocean Grove’s Giant Fall Flea Market, September 8, 2018 One of the Shore’s well-loved events; not to be missed! Tour…