Liz Ayerle: (Site Publisher/ Coordinator and Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present

IMG_6549Artist, Proximity Arts founder and former fashion entrepreneur, Liz works in mixed media and fiber art. Her most recent work deals with masks as a metaphor for how we interpret and interact with he world. She holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), a Bachelors degree in Art History from Bucknell University, an Associates degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design.

facebook-256 icon175x175 Visit Liz’s Website or follow her on Instagram @eayerle

Leslie Belloso: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present

lesliebLeslie Belloso is an aesthete, however unstylish it is to admit that today. She looks for the essential and natural beauty in her surroundings and in people, preferring grace and personal truth to idealization or conventional notions of beauty. An internal medicine physician, she has been painting full time since 2009. Recent solo shows include, the Best and Brightest in Scottsdale Artists School, and the American Impressionist Society. In June 2015 she began the Low Residency MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Visit Leslie’s Website  or follow her on Instagram @lbelloso

Beth Cody: (Contributing Member)
Member Member: Fall 2015 – Present

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Elizabeth Cody is a painter living and working in the San Francisco Bay area. Her paintings are loose and rhythmic. She says, “I speak with paint. My most recent interest is sound, rhythm and words as the subject for a painting.” Abstracting from live models and scenes, Beth’s works radiate physical energy with uninhibited applications of paint.

Visit Beth’s Website

Bárbara Díaz-Tapia: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present


Bárbara Díaz-Tapia is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator who is interested in her country’s history. In 2006 she got her BFA at Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan. Living in Puerto Rico her socially critical work centers on the political and ethical problems facing that community. She utilizes Caribbean myth, bodily deformity, the abject and the esoteric to lend her works an aura of the unknown. Diaz-Tapia’s three solo shows, Esperpentos y otros divertimentos familiares (Scraps and Other Family Divertimentos, 2008), Historia de la sangre y otros dibujos (History of Blood and Other Drawings, 2010) and most recently Espacios Íntimos (Intimate Spaces, 2015) all focus on aspects of the family dynamic and the enigmatic side of the domestic sphere. Diaz-Tapia’s work has been included in the most recent Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico and in the Vargas Gallery in Florida, among others. She is currently pursuing her MFA through the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).

Click here to see Bárbara’s Instagram

C. Eckel: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present

IMG_0006.jpgEckel is a Philadelphia based artist and storyteller whose work focuses conceptually on accessibility and barriers. She is currently working toward an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and advocates for art education as a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.  Her work was recently accepted into The Art of the State exhibit at the State Museum in Harrisburg, and has been included in group shows throughout Philadelphia.  Eckel is currently working on an illustrated novel about the horrors of dependence for adolescents. She thinks it’s going to be pretty good.

Follow C. Eckel on Instagram @eckel.claudia

Erica S. Field: (Contributing Member)
Member: Fall 2017 – Present

FullSizeRender-3Erica Field is a painter and digital media artist. Field’s practice uses “sext” based imagery as a starting point to challenge the accepted societal and social norms surrounding the female body and sexuality. In 2016 she got her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she currently lives and works. Additionally, she is a strong advocate for anything related to sharks and loves all things that glitter. 

Visit Erica’s  Website or follow her on Instagram @sharks1e

John Myers: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Spring 2016, Fall 2017 – Present

john2Always starting from direct observation, John’s paintings and drawings allow for slippage between things that are recognizable and the abstract. John is an artist and art educator living and working in Lancaster Pennsylvania.

Visit John’s website or follow him on Instagram @johnanthonymyers

Tania O’Donnell: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present

tania4Greater-Philadelphia area artist and educator Tania O’Donnell approaches her work conceptually, using materials ranging from traditional oil on canvas to installation and video. O’Donnell holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of the Arts where she was recipient of the Sylvia G. Wexler Award for Excellence in Graduate Study. She is a Corzo Center for the Creative Economy Incubator Grant recipient and Wells Fargo Fellow. O’Donnell is currently pursuing her MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and teaching at Shipley School.

Follow Tania on Instagram @taniashares

Sarah Rene: (Contributing Member)
Member: Spring 2016 – Present

sarah-reneSarah Rene is a visual artist and educator from the Philadelphia area. Her artistic practice surrounds ideas of nature vs. nurture, usually one taking precedent on a 2-dimensional surfaces overall. She has been teaching in a public school system for over 10 years, starting a career right out of undergraduate school. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting, a degree in photography and currently teaches the Advanced Placement course at Upper Darby High School. She is a Donors Choose recipient, honored for June 2015 Teacher of the Month and is currently a committee member of The University of Arts Alumni Council. Her approach to teaching art heavily relies in history to support current application of materials and lesson objectives. As a mentor and lecturer her current initiative is supporting reading and writing, based in art criticism, within the all-inclusive elective classroom.

Follow Sarah on Instagram @livebylsr

Ilene Spiewak: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present

IleneOriginally from Philadelphia, PA, Ilene currently resides in rural West Stockbridge, MA.Throughout her career, which is steeped in first-hand observation and study, Ilene Spiewak has investigated the physical relationships between color and visual space. Ilene Spiewak received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Art Therapy from Hahnemann University Hospital.  Ilene studied at the University of the Arts, Fleisher Museum of Art, the Provincetown Art Museum and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She is currently enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she will receive her MFA in Painting. Her work has been exhibited in various group and solo shows and is held in private collections.

Visit Ilene’s Website or follow her on Instagram @spiewakilene

Robyn Stone: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present

robynRobyn Stone’s figurative paintings confront us with difficult yet darkly beautiful images of adolescent vulnerability and fragility. A multi-generational New Yorker, Stone studied art at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She holds an undergraduate biochemistry degree from Middlebury College, graduate studies in English literature at Oxford University, and graphic design training at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She founded the Yellow Dog Design Group, a boutique graphic design firm in Philadelphia, and served as adjunct professor in advertising and design at Villanova University, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill College. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where she lives with her family.

Visit Robyn’s Blog or follow her on Instagram @rhstoneartist

Mark White: (Contributing Member)
Member: Fall 2016 – Present

mark-white-head-shotMark White lives in North Carolina and has been married to the most beautiful woman in the world for more than half of his life. He spent 22 years in the Army and has been there and done that. His son is a paramedic and his daughter is a king cobra wrangler. His dogs are Plott hound, pug and miniature pinscher, respectively.

Former Contributors:

Kelley Hagemes

Kelley Hagemes: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member:  Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Visit Kelley’s Website


Beverly Ryan: (Contributing Member)
Founding Member: Fall 2015 – Present


Visit Bev’s Website or follow her on Instagram @bev_ryan


Megan Segre: (Editor & Contributing Member)
Member: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017


Megan’s Articles


Jessica Padilla: (Contributing Member)
Member: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

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