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Village Gallery's October Artist of the Month
October 7, 2021

G
osia Tojza wasn’t supposed to be an artist, she says, but the sister of one. Gosia’s grandfather and brother had the talent.

As a young girl in Poland, she spent time watching them paint. She was immensely proud, she says, when her brother would use her hand or foot as a model in his paintings.

Gosia’s brother died young from illness. “My life seized,” Gosia says, “my soul went into silence, and all the noises of the world stopped.”

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“Fields of Silver”

Years later, Gosia, now with a family of her own, found her brother’s palette knife and decided to try painting for herself.

“Today no silence will stop me from painting, I have a lot to say, through beauty and small things in life,” says Gosia. “I am inspired by mysteries of nature, that sometimes are being taken for granted. And when I paint, I feel as if though I am close to some kind of mystery.”

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“Schooner”

Gosia and her husband found Oriental years ago while sailing. They lived aboard in the area for a time before moving to Apex. Gosia has spent 17 years in North Carolina, and returns to Oriental often.

Her work is on display in the Village Gallery throughout October.

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Detail from “Sea gulls of NC”
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“Summer in blue”
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Detail from “Oriental Bay”
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Detail from “Farm house”
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Detail from “Still at sea”
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Detail from “Stork”
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Gosia Tojza beside her painting “Still at sea”
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The Village Gallery Oriental, NC

Posted Thursday October 7, 2021 by Allison DeWeese


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