July 2018 Saro and Ristaino Gallery Show

The show will be with us for the next 6 months. Stop by during Spa business hours and check their beautiful art.

All pieces are available for purchase. Thank you for supporting art.


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Carl Ristaino — Mad Carls Cosmic Art

A Boston area artist who primarily paints with acrylic on canvas.
He is a self styled Illustrator . He received the nick name “Mad Carl” in his youth due to a combination of his unique drawing style and unconventional personality.
Carl draws inspiration from Music, Nature, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Primitive Art , the Divine and the Mundane. He seeks to incorporate an element of mystery in his work that he hopes will inspire the viewer to ‘fill in the blanks” of the story in any given painting. These elements may appear to have a life of their own , almost existing before and after the painting was made.

Ongoing themes in Carl’s work include expressionistic cityscapes (grown organically across the canvas) and stylistic bar scenes (populated with bizarre characters and charged emotions.) Carl paints through intuition; sometimes a certain line, brush stroke, color or texture just feels and looks right. He seeks to capture that blurry memory; that corner-of-the-eye hallucination inside of a fever dream, the almost untranslatable feel that is there and then gone.

Joe Saro — Joes Art Werks

I began painting many years ago when my wife introduced me to paint by numbers and it became a family activity with our children. Mostly self-taught, because I was inspired by Andrew Wyeth, I experimented with watercolor and fell in love with that medium. I could not devote the time needed to pursue my art and stopped painting until in 2015 when I retired.

Encouraged by my wife after a 20-year hiatus, I picked up my brushes once again. I am a father and grandfather and enjoy many shared pursuits with my wife including cooking, baking, and traveling. As former small business owner, I recently retired from a 50-year career in the automotive repair industry, where I specialized in restoring and painting imported cars.

Show will be up July-January, visit during business hours