Troika Gallery in downtown Easton presents “A Wall of Small” during its March show, which runs March 1-April 1. The exhibit features a collection of small paintings by Lou Messa, one of the gallery’s most popular artists. The gallery will host an opening reception on March 1 from 5-8:30pm during Easton’s First Saturday Gallery Walk.
Lou Messa is a master painter whose works can be found in collections throughout the United States. Messa discovered his artistic talents at an early age, growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. “It was the late 1950s,” he recalls, “and I was one of countless artistically-inclined teenage boys who honed their skills by drawing pictures Rat Fink [an anti-hero to Mickey Mouse], the risqué, hot-rod driving rodent.”
Messa’s art teachers encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents, and he went on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Messa was drafted into the service during the Vietnam War, and trained as an illustrator for the Army. Following his discharge, he continued as a government illustrator creating training aids at Cameron Station in Virginia. Three years later, he started his career as a professional artist.
Messa and his wife made their home in central Virginia. “I am constantly reminded of the beauty of nature around me,” he says. Messa is primarily a landscape artist, but he also paints vintage aircraft, old cars, and motorcycles. “I paint what people would like to see in their homes,” he adds. “My objective is to portray something that strikes a pleasant memory, something my clients will never grow tired of seeing.”
Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at www.troikagallery.com. For more information, email email@example.com or phone at 410.770.9190.