1. Helen Mirkil
    Helen Mirkil
    Paintings, Sculpture, Collage
  2. Dave Moser
    Dave Moser
  3. Brian H. Peterson
    Brian H. Peterson
    Photographs & New Media
Bringing the World's Art to Pennsylvania​​​​​ and Pennsylvania Artists to the World

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Celebrating our sixth year on Bethlehem's Southside.

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JOIN US for the LAUNCH of Due Santi Publishing, Inc., new BOOK RELEASE, and companion EXHIBIT!

  1. I GIVE MY EYES...
    Launching Brian H. Peterson's new book
  2. I GIVE MY EYES...
    Launching Brian H. Peterson's new book
  3. I GIVE MY EYES...
    Launching Brian H. Peterson's new book
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    Launching Brian H. Peterson's new book
  5. I GIVE MY EYES...
    Launching Brian H. Peterson's new book
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    Launching Brian H. Peterson's new book
  1. Gallery
    Private and public curated exhibitions by noted mid career artists we represent as well as featured emerging artists in thematic presentations. All works available for purchase.
  2. Curator
    Providing curatorial and sequencing services to designers, collectors, museums, residential, and commercial venues. Fees commiserate with project based per assignment or per hour.
  3. Advisor
    Providing unbiased, independent advice to collectors and artists. Answering the hows and whys in the sometimes intimidating world of art. Fees commiserate with project based per assignment or per hour.
  4. Broker
    Buyers' agent negotiating transactions between buyers and sellers. We act on behalf of the purchaser, negotiating with artists, galleries, dealers, and auctions for fair price. Fees commiserate with project, not commission-based.
  5. Research
    Have you found an interesting piece of art in your attic? Bought a painting at a flee market? Do you want to know about how a particular artist's work is selling on the primary or secondary market? We can research artists or provide valuations. Hourly fees apply.
  6. Conservation
    Need advice on framing, restoring, cleaning, lighting, insuring or protecting your works of art? We don't provide those services in-house. however we can point you in the right direction and consult the appropriate professional. Consult fee per half hour.
  7. Collection Management
    Do you have a small to mid size collection of art in your home or office? Would you like to have a proper record? Our Collection Management service can provide you with photography, inventory database, as well as a bound catalog. Fees based per project.
  8. Art Locating Service
    Can't find exactly what you've been looking for? Searching for the right work by a specific artist, genre, medium? Not an issue. We can scour the globe, internet, local studios, or even the basement of an artist's heir. Fees commiserate with project, not commission-based.
Meet the Artists
  1. Thomas J. Shillea
    A born artist, Thomas John Shillea began drawing at the age of two. Throughout his childhood he made thousands of photorealistic drawings. Eventually, he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Art Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He could throw a pot, design and make jewelry, weave, draw and paint. After teaching art for several years at the high school level, Shillea enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. During his graduate work at RIT he studied museum practices in the Exhibition Department at the George Eastman House. This experience introduced him to the platinum photographs of Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Session photographers. Once aware of the power and beauty of the platinum print, Shillea began a journey of mastering this exquisite photographic process, which he has continued to pursue for the past three decades. While interning at the Eastman House he researched some long-forgotten chemical formulas for platinotypes that were no longer taught in the curricula. At that time he also began using a classic 8x10” view camera and printing exclusively in platinum for his fine art. After earning his MFA in Photography, Shillea continued to pursue his scholarly research. He was granted access to the laboratories of the British company Johnson–Matthey, purveyors and refiners of platinum metals, and collaborated with their scientist for a period of a year and a half. It was this company that was instrumental in the development of the original Platinotype process supplying William Willis the platinum metal compounds necessary to make his patented paper in 1873. Shillea’s extensive research lead to the publication of his two books: The History of the Platinum Print and The Instruction Manual For The Platinum Printing Process. These books have been cited hundreds of times in reference texts on the history of photography as well as photographic processes and were likely instrumental in the resurgence of the platinum printing process in the 1980’s. During his extensive career, Shillea was invited to work with the United States Information Agency in Washington, D.C. on a project titled “Gallery of Famous Americans” during which he photographed President Ronald Reagan, civil-rights leader Coretta Scott King, Academy Award winning actor Sissy Spacek and American publisher, Malcolm Forbes. He has photographed other celebrities, including legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, US Olympic cycling medalist Davis Phinney and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. His photographs are included in over a dozen major fine art museums and universities including the George Eastman House, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Museum of African American History and Culture (The Smithsonian), the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Rochester Institute of Technology, The Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, The James A. Michener Museum of Art, The Johnson-Matthey Collection and the Lehigh University Art Collection. He was actively involved in advertising photography and design during his career, and served as president of both an advertising photography business and an advertising design studio, both located in Philadelphia. Pa. Some of his clients included Mellon Bank, GlaxoSmith-Kline, Pfizer pharmaceuticals, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Wawa Foods, The Franklin Mint, and Vanguard Mutual Funds. He also worked as a creative consultant with Applied Graphics Technology, Inc. in New York City. Shillea was a professor in the Applied Photography Program at RIT and has extensively conducted lectures and workshops on the Platinotype process throughout the country. He has exhibited in over 40 exhibitions including a 2010 retrospective highlighting masters of the process at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “The Platinum Process-Photographs From the 19th and 20th Centuries”. He continues his work as a fine art photographer, educator, art historian, professor and administrator. In the last 14 years his philosophy of giving back has resulted in his role as the Director of Art Programs at Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem, PA. He has made a major impact by building robust art programs with up to 30 faculty instructing almost 500 students enrolled in communication design, fine art and web development curricula per semester. He also supervises the art gallery exhibits at the college, which present the artwork of local, regional and nationally recognized artists. In addition, he serves on the InVision Photo Festival committee, which brings nationally recognized photographers into Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley for the purpose of education and exhibition. Artists whom have had the most influence on Shillea’s art: Delacroix, Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Stieglitz and Steichen. The majority of his archive focuses on portraits, still life, and figure studies. He continues to make new photographs using his 100-year-old 8x10” view camera and print in platinum, the exception being the occasional use of his iPhone and printing in the digital darkroom. Mr. Shillea is available for commissioned portraiture.
  2. Helen Mirkil
    Helen Mirkil maintains a studio in Lansdale, PA. Her education includes a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Sculpture), as well as an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy (Painting). Ms. Mirkil also attended Barnstone Studios in Coplay, PA, pursuing further studies in composition and design. In 1998 at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in NYC, Mirkil had a solo exhibition of her expressionist landscapes. In 1999 she received the six-week Valerie Lamb Smith Painting Residency from the Pennsylvania Academy. In 2002-03, Mirkil’s large figurative paintings were in a solo show at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art. This exhibition traveled to the University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA. Her painting “Dream Dance” was featured in the “Director’s Choice”exhibition at the new Pfeiffer Wing at the Berman Museum of Art. In 2011, a solo exhibition of Mirkil’s narrative paintings, entitled “Hidden Stories,” took place at Montgomery County Community College. Also in 2011, her work was included in “Ecstatic Landscape,” curated by Miriam Seidel. During the summers of 2009 & 2013, Mirkil’s work was juried into the National Midyear Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art. Mirkil has taught at Ursinus College, the Wayne Art Center, and also in Wales, U.K. (during a sculpture/teaching fellowship there). Helen Mirkil has served as Visiting Artist and lecturer at Chatham Hall, in VA; at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, VA; and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC. Mirkil worked as assistant to the director of the Turak Gallery in Philadelphia. From 1989-93 she was Coordinator of Zone One Artists’ Cooperative in the Second St. Arts Building, Old City. As guest curator at the Berman Museum of Art, she conceived “In Her Voice: Self Portraits by Women,” a project which included artists of local, national, and international reputation. Her exhibition, “Seeking the Real,” featured five artists and took place at the Hicks Art Center at Bucks County Community College. Both exhibitions were reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ms. Mirkil’s project, “The Expressionist Gesture,” was in the Berman Museum of Art and included artists from the Philadelphia area and Virginia. Images of her paintings have been included in books published by Running Press, including Dream Symbols and Quotable Women. And in September of 2007, an artist’s profile appeared in the Montgomery County Town and Country Magazine entitled “Helen Mirkil”. In June/July of 2011, two shows of her work were reviewed, with articles both in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Broad Street Review. In 2013 Mirkil’s book, Sower on the Cliffs, Poems and Drawings, was published by BookArts Press. Mirkil’s work is represented at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, the Bryn Mawr College Library Collection, The James A. Michener Art Museum, the Villanova University Art Collection, the University of Mary Washington Galleries in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Monmouth Comprehensive School in Wales, U.K., the Teaching Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Woodmere Art Museum. Ms. Mirkil had a very successful major solo exhibit in 2014, “ Passionate Gesture” and a two person exhibit, “Soaring”, in 2015 with husband Brian H. Peterson, at Santa Bannon/Fine Art Gallery where both artists are represented.
  3. Dave Moser
    I am a seeker, an artist, a photographer, a father, a husband, a lover of all things eclectic, a listener, a cook, a marketer, a business person, an outdoorsman and voyeur. I graduated from The University of Dayton with a BFA in photography. After discovering commercial photography, I fell in love with the problem solving, collaborating, accessing and working with different people in different environments everyday. I have found portraiture to be the most fascinating aspect of photography due to the connection and understanding it offers. I've found that if I understand someone, not necessarily agree with but understand - I have love for them. Often while photographing people, they become younger, the effects of time fall away and I witness the openness we all shared as children. Portraiture, listening and the discipline of seeing are the aspects of my craft that inspire and energize me. Dave’s portraiture has been featured on the covers of national magazines and in advertising campaigns worldwide. It has led to awards with the Center for Fine Art Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, Applied Arts, Prix De La Photographie Paris, ASMP, and many more. Learn more about Dave through his interviews. Connect with Dave on Linkedin, Facebook, or through his photography blog — The Salty Blog.
  4. Brian H. Peterson
    Brian H. Peterson has more than 35 years experience as a curator, critic, artist, and arts administrator in the Philadelphia area. As a practicing artist, Peterson has had more than 30 solo exhibitions of his photographs since 1980 at galleries and museums throughout the country. His work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum, the Library of Congress, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Berman Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Michener Art Museum, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. His exhibition at the Berman Museum of Art, Only Connect: A Conversation about Image and Word (January 21—March 9, 2014), draws on both his forty-year career as a photographer and excerpts from his two published memoirs. Peterson was the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator at the Michener Art Museum (1990-2013), where he both managed the exhibition program and curated numerous historic and contemporary exhibitions with a wide range of subject matter and genres. He was the editor and principal author of the major 2002 publication Pennsylvania Impressionism (copublished by the Michener and the University of Pennsylvania Press), and also organized the retrospective exhibitions The Cities, The Towns, The Crowds: The Paintings of Robert Spencer (2004) and Form Radiating Life: The Paintings of Charles Rosen (2006), both accompanied by monographs copublished by the Michener and Penn Press. His recent exhibitions include The Painterly Voice: Bucks County’s Fertile Ground (2011-12) and Making Magic: Beauty in Word and image (2012). His memoir The Smile at the Heart of Things: Essays and Life Stories (2010), was copublished by the Michener and Tell Me Press, New Haven, Connecticut, and reviewed in USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Trenton Times, and numerous other publications and blogs; his most recent book, The Blossoming of the World: Essays and Images, (2011), also was published by Tell Me Press. Peterson was a member of the Museums Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts in 2003, and has served on the Visual Arts Advisory Panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He served as a board member of the Curators Committee of the American Alliance of Museums, and co-authored A Code of Ethics for Curators (2009) for that organization, and in 2002 founded and organized an ongoing national competition promoting excellence in exhibition writing. He received two Fellowships for Visual Arts Criticism from the PA Council on the Arts, and his critical writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, American Arts Quarterly, The Photo Review, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was the Founder and Project Director of the Photography Sesquicentennial Project, the Philadelphia-area’s major cooperative celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of photography funded principally by The Pew Charitable Trusts (1988-1990). He taught photography for more than twelve years, at the University of Delaware, the Tyler School of Art, and Swarthmore College, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware (1985), and a Bachelor of Arts (in music composition) from the University of Pennsylvania (1981). Mr. Peterson had a very successful two-person exhibition, “Soaring”, in 2015 with his wife the painter/sculptor, Helen Mirkil, at Santa Bannon/Fine Art Gallery, where both artists are represented. A virtual tour of the installation is available for viewing at http://sky.easypano.com/virtual-tour/Santa-Bannon-Fine-Art-29942.html . “I Sing the Body” Series My camera has usually been pointed outward, at trees, water, rocks—blades of grass—fire—people I care about—and light. Always, light. In the fall of 2006 I began to feel the urge to look in the other direction, toward myself. At the time I thought it was because I was in my fifties, and aging was no longer a far-off possibility; it was something I’d begun to live with every day. I needed to turn my gaze inward, to explore my complex relationship with my body—what it looks like and how I feel about it. So I started out on a journey of self-exploration with camera and computer, working my way through the various parts of the body, trying to make pictures that express the emotions, associations, and memories I have about my feet, legs, hands, torso, face, etc.—always using pictures I made of myself as the starting point. One of my guides on this journey was Walt Whitman, who created an entire universe of poetic self-excavations. His mammoth poem Song of Myself was the most obvious connection, but I Sing the Body Electric was even more relevant for me—with its crude and ecstatic celebration of the physical, and its energetic, detailed, and lusty list of body parts. My own explorations of self took an unexpected turn when, in the spring of 2007, I learned that some of those signs of aging I’d been experiencing were something else: the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Suddenly my body no longer seemed steady and dependable, and I had to come to terms with an uncertain and terrifying future, as well as be open to the strange gifts and revelations that come with this disease. It was natural to try to express some of those feelings in my pictures as well. Oddly enough, the images made before and after the diagnosis were not that different. This made me wonder about my decision to focus on my body at a time when the disease was just beginning to show itself, but I was not, on the surface at least, aware of it. Maybe I sensed that something was wrong. I guess I’ll never know. I do know that it can be very cathartic to simply pay attention to oneself as Whitman did—to honor and love this thing that I am.