The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts (MVCA) has scheduled shows for June and July, with an opening reception planned for June 24, 2023, from 2-4 pm.

Tom Montan
June 24 – July 29, 2023

Tom Montan is an artist who has dedicated over 35 years to honing his craft. Self-taught and passionate, his paintings have garnered recognition in the United States and abroad, earning him notoriety and numerous commissions. Tom focuses on figurative and portrait work, where he strives to capture the essence of his subjects and their self-determination. His paintings are visually striking and possess a larger-than-life perspective. You are immediately drawn in and invited to experience the painting on a deeper level.

Initially, Tom’s artistic focus lay in figurative sculpture, where he worked with stone, cast concrete, and resins. However, he radically changed directions in 2011, inspired by a trip to the national portrait gallery in London, England. As a result, he transitioned to oil painting, using his sharpened skills to create captivating and emotionally resonant works.

Based in upstate New York, Tom is the Executive Director of Sculpture Space in Utica, working to support and promote the arts in his community. He spends his nights and weekends perfecting his art, driven by a deep passion and an unwavering dedication to his craft. Tom’s works are not just paintings but are expressions of his love for humanity and the human form.

Experience Tom’s paintings. They will draw you in.

Yulia Levkovich
June 24 – July 29, 2023

Yulia Levkovich is a representational painter. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Beau-Xi Gallery, Flowers Gallery, and MUNSON. Yulia had previously worked as Art Production Assistant for Jeff Koons, where there she worked on pieces that were exhibited at Versailles and Gagosian Gallery. Yulia has taught privately, as well as in several institutions, including The New York Academy of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and currently teaches at Pratt Munson Institute in Utica, NY.

Yulia was born in Ukraine, where her family first immigrated to Israel, then to Canada. In Canada, at the age of 13, she was exposed to the Russian School of Painting through a private apprenticeship with Emanuel Katz. Under Michael John Angel, who himself studied with Pietro Annigoni, she completed her rigorous training at the Academy of Realist Art. During her training at the Academy, she received her BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. She proceeded to receive her MFA at the New York Academy of Art after graduating with Honors in 2008.

You’ll find her art interesting, challenging, and fun.

Opening Reception June 24 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
401-403 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY 13365 @mvca_fine_arts @MVCArts
Free and open to the public! Donations are welcome.