Lisa Kowalski is a lively painter of lively paintings. Her output is awesome (scarily, intimidatingly so). Her paintings—oil-on-panels—show this relentless movement, with strong gestures and big colors. We're fans. Plus, she's perhaps the finest hostess in the city, with a massive, lovely loft (and a fridge stocked with deliciousness) and enough charm to make up for your complete lack. If it's first Friday or if she's hosting a show or an event, stop by and corner her for a chat. If you're boring her to tears she won't let on. But be forewarned: you will be humped energetically by Bodie, her Burmese Mountain Dog. Just try to enjoy the ride. Many more paintings on Lisa's site.