Ashley Johnson is a visual artist working at Exchange Studios in downtown Buffalo, NY. She works with ceramics, collage, and photography, but expresses her creativity most through stippled ink drawings and large-scale ink paintings.
As a single mom, her life is a balance between motherhood and making the time to create. You can find her son, Chasyn, with her most days at the studio.
AJ is most passionate about connecting people and collaboration in the creative community. She is currently working on a project called The Art Trade and establishing affordable studio spaces for emerging artists.
Christina Laing is from Buffalo, New York and graduated from Buffalo State College in 2011 with a BFA in photography and art history. She currently lives and works in Buffalo, NY as a freelance artist and owner of The Buffalo Collective, a boutique graphic design and branding company.
"I am a photographer, designer, and dreamer. My formal training is in photography, but I am a self taught graphic designer by trade. There are fewer things I'm more grateful for than my education. Everything I have learned about business has been learned from experience, each step like dots on a map, showing us all the places we have been. I have a passion for supporting local art, local businesses, and doing my part to help Buffalo rise. I have a particular fondness for the history of my hometown, and am drawn to the once plentiful but now few abandoned buildings throughout our city. I have been photographing them for almost ten years, always digging, searching, seeking the stories held within their walls. One day beneath the dirt and debris, I hope to find what I am looking for."
Chuck Tingley is a native of Buffalo, NY who received his BFA in painting from SUNY Buffalo State. He relocated to Lockport, NY in 2013 and currently maintains a studio in Buffalo's Larkin District. His work has been published in the regional publications Artvoice, The Public and Spark Magazine. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Olean Public Library in Olean, NY and El Museo Gallery and High-Temp Fabrication in Buffalo. He has also been included in group exhibitions at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA. Tingley has executed numerous public murals in Western New York including commissions for Artpark in Lewiston, Glow Gallery in Buffalo, and most recently Art Alley in Niagara Falls. In 2015 and 2016, he received Decentralization Grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and in 2016 he was honored by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York as a Finalist for the 'Artist of the Year' Spark Cultural Award.
Rich Tomasello is from Buffalo New York. He earned a BFA in Illustration from the University at Buffalo and a MA in Art Education from Buffalo State College. He is an Exhibiting Member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and is a member of the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo (ELAB). Tomasello’s work has been featured on The Huffington Post and has been shown in many group and solo exhibitions including: the Erie Art Museum, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Affordable Art Fair and Uncle Sam’s in NYC, Daemen College, Canisius College, the University at Buffalo, 464 Gallery, and most recently Truth to Power in Philadelphia and Politicon in Pasadena, California.