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Best Of Show

Dustin Davis

"Yellow Abstract"

Painted Steel , 20" X 18"

Sale Price $500

 

In my current series of metal sculptures, most of the works are not planned out from their beginning to their conclusion; rather they develop as each piece of the sculpture is welded to the next piece. This intuitive way of working suits my creative approach and allow me to quickly change direction without looking forced or contrived. For the most part I use scrap metal because of sustainability and the bends and twists in the metal created by the recycling process. Most of the works are finished with high gloss enamel paint, while others with an industrial look are allowed to rust and then sealed with a matt finish.

Dustin Davis

 

Biography

Dustin Davis was born in Ashland, Wisconsin on November 21, 1945. He received his B.S. degree from Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin in 1968. He received his M.F.A. degree in Art and Design specializing in 3-D Design from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1971. Dustin started teaching on the undergraduate in 1972 and is currently a full Professor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. He has exhibited in many International and National exhibitions. His work has been reviewed in the Baltimore Sun and displayed online the Light Space & Time, Fusion, and Fine Arts America Online Art Galleries.

Best Of Show

Cyndy Baran

"The Journey - Migration"

Acrylic on Canvas , 30" x 40"

Sale Price $795

Art Statement

 

“The Journey – Migration” is the second painting in a series titled “The Human Condition”. People typically fear those they do not know or cannot identify with culturally. Thus, we see (im)migration as a threat to our ourselves and our country. However, the migration of people has taken place for centuries. From as early as the Jewish Diaspora (550 BC), to the Irish Potato famine (1849), to today; people have been forced to migrate to escape persecution, violence, and famine.

Because we are a nation of immigrants, it is incumbent upon us to act with compassion towards those who are fleeing to freedom and a better life.

 

Artist Statement/Bio

 

One inch…One simple, little inch can change your life.

“If it weren’t for that one little inch between me and that out-of-control city bus careening towards my car, I would have been trapped in that tangled pile of metal under the belly of the bus. Instead, the lives of two young men were snatched away in an instant, and I walked away alive.  It was in that moment I decided that if I ever wanted to find my creative self, I had better get to it!”

Subsequently, Cyndy left her day job and enrolled at Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville TN, graduating with an AFA in 2002. She has been making art ever since.

Cyndy has worked in a variety of mediums and genres including figure, landscape, still life, and abstraction.

“As an Empath, I frequently combine contemporary social issues with bold colors and thought-provoking compositions. I believe the body intuitively knows what it needs. If you create calm among the chaos of life and listen to your voice, it will allow you to hear the voices of those around you. From there, your creativity will begin to flow.”

 

Juried Competitions & Awards

  • 2019 Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, “No Walls-Just Great” Art July Best of Show (July)
  • 2019 Plymouth “Water Works”, Plymouth Art Center, WI (May)
  • 2019 Re:Vision Gallery, Kenosha WI (April)
  • 2019 League of Milwaukee Artists “For the Love of Arts”, Oconomowoc WI Honorable Mention (April)
  • 2019 Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, “Open a New Year” Honorable Mention Award (January)
  • 2019 Waukesha City Hall Solo Show, Waukesha WI (January)
  • 2019 Light Space Time “All Women Art Exhibition” Award of Special Merit (January)
  • 2018 Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Award of Honorable Mention “Abstraction: Theoretical, Conceptual, Intellectual”, (December)
  • 2018 Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL (November)
  • 2018 WCAL Wisconsin Regional Art State Award Winner (June)
  • 2018 Waukesha Public Library Solo Show (May 2018)
  • 2018 Burlington Wisconsin Regional Art Show – Honorable Mention (April)

 

 

 

Best Of Show

Marc Goldring

"Periyar Field at Dawn"

Digital Photography , 12" x 16"

Sale Price $350

Periyar Field at Dawn

After spending time in various cities in southern India, it was a palpable relief to enter the Periyar Nature Preserve in the Cardamom Hills. We arrived just before dawn and walked through the thick mist, along trails created by bison and people. At first, visibility was quite limited. As dawn arrived, the mist melted and opened into a field with unfamiliar trees and shrubs. The quality of the light, mixed with the silence and the lack of people, made this feel like a timeless moment.

 

Artist Statement

One of the things I connect with deeply about taking pictures is that it causes me to look more — and more intently — at what’s in front of me. I have gotten into the habit of seeing sections of my world of a size suitable for framing. I often find myself seeing things that gain in importance as they are separated from their surroundings. I started shooting landscapes several years ago, with the intention of finding compositions that captured the essence of a scene. I want to see balance and beauty in familiar scenes as well as accidental comings-together.

 

Throughout this practice, my aim is to see clearly what is there but is not noticed, to extend my vision by framing the familiar, the lost, the hidden to make a unique visual moment. It is deep work and it continually surprises me, connects me to this marvelous world and to myself.

 

I invite you into this on-going experiment in visual and spiritual exploration.

 

Resume

1999-present       Owner, Marcoclicks, a fine art photography studio, specializing in web and print images (http://www.marcoclicks.com)

 

2011-2016       Administrative Director, Spontaneous Celebrations, responsible for a range of administrative and strategic services.

 

1984-2015       Associate Principal, WolfBrown, a consulting firm providing a range of services to communities and nonprofit organizations primarily in the arts, including strategic planning, facility and fund-raising feasibility studies, and program evaluations. (http://www.wolfbrown.com)

 

1969-1985       Owner, Goldring Art Leather, a leather studio with production work shown in the Brookstone catalogue; sculptural work in Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, Arrowmont School Permanent Collection, Coach Leatherwear Collection; lectured/taught at Haystack, Smithsonian Institution; Fulbright lectureship to New Zealand; individual artist grant from NH State Council on the Arts.)

 

Shows, Articles, Etc.

2009-2011      Work shown on http://zingology.com and http://healingwheel.com

 

2013-2016      Jamaica Plain Open Studios

 

2001-2011      Brookline Artists Open Studios

 

2008      Discovering the Familiar, Selected Images and Words. Self-published book.

 

2006      Remembering the Familiar. One-person show, Brookline Arts Center

 

2006      Practicing Practice, article, Spirit First newsletter

 

  • Juried Members’ Show Cambridge Art Association

 

2005      Photoshop as Spiritual Practice, article, Digital Art Guild, September

 

1980       Individual Artist Fellowship, New Hampshire Council on the Arts

 

 

 

 

 

Best Of Show

Leif Sohlman

"March 2019 "

Phtotography , 152cm x 108cm

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

March 2019 BW, a view at path over Dyarna, a swampy area south of city Enkoeping (Enkoping) Sweden, a winter day 2019 in black and white. The pathway is covered with white snow, beside the boardwalk old yellowed grass from last year is seen. The image is taken from a low level like a very little child would see the world. We should sometimes think what the world is like in other peoples view.

 

Biography

Leif Sohlman is an amateur photographer/digital artist mainly working with nature and landscapes. He is working with landscapes, flowers and macro photography and sometimes with digital art as photo painting and abstract work. He mostly find his motives in the surroundings of his home in City Enköping ( Enkoping, Enkoeping) Sweden

Best Of Show

Laurie Rosenberg

"Adrenalize"

Collage , 9" x 12.5"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement About Adrenalize

Many of my collages are inspired by words. Adrenalize immediately made a connection with my love of cars, especially fast cars. This work is all about the feeling you get when you are ready for action, ready to achieve your goals. Super charge your brain and get to work!

 

Artist Resume

 

Degree in Textiles and Clothing with a minor in art from Arizona State University, classes including painting, pottery, drawing, photography.

Art/classroom teacher elementary school

Memberships

Herzliya Artists Organization

Daylighted Artist

Exhibitions

Showing online and in galleries in Israel and USA since 2015, more than 25 shows in all.

Upcoming shows:

February 2019: Brooklyn Art Library, Canvas Project, USA

March 2019: Women, ZOA House, Tel Aviv, Israel

March-May 2019: Gallery Hotel, Haifa, Israel

May-June 2019: Listen to your Art, ZOA House, Tel Aviv, Israel

Awards

January 2019: Excellence Award, “Festival Girl”, “Steam Punk Who Are you?” Circle Foundation of the Arts

November 2018: 4th place, “Steam Punk Who Are You? Faces and Figures, Fusion art Gallery, Palm Springs

April 2018: 2nd place artist of the month, TheArtList

February 2018: 1st place, mixed media, “Roadster” Contemporary Art Gallery Online

January 2017: Special Recognition “Mad Star”, Light Space and Time Gallery

February 2017: 3rd place, A Recent Indiscretion”, International Gallery of the Arts

2016: Special Recognition, “Temptation”, Light Space and Time Gallery

2015-2018         Various Honorable Mentions and Noteworthy awards

 

Published         March- April 2019   Spotlight Magazine

February 2019, The Visual Dictionary, Brooklyn Art Library

May 2017, Exquisite Arts Magazine

 

Contact        https://www.lauriespaintings.com/

Instagram: @lauriespaintings

Facebook:   LaurieARTandPAINTINGS/

 

Best Of Show

Joseph Grenn

"Zimbabwe"

Oil , 36" x 48"

Sale Price $4800

Artist Statement

Zimbabwe depicts a group of young  boys at play, a moment in time of pure joy. Painted in oil on canvas, being backlit, the challenge was to define, except for minimal rim light,  facial expression, anatomy, form, gesture and drapery, all in dark shadow.

Biography

Joe Grenn is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, received his education in Boston and concluding as a Harvard postdoctoral fellow. He moved to Marin County, just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, in1972 and retired in June of 2015. Joe maintained a private practice in endodontics in San Francisco, lectured internationally and was a clinical professor at the University of California School of Dentistry form 1972 until his retirement. He has since dedicated his time to his long time love of oil painting, which started with “painting by the numbers” at age seven.

Joe maintains a studio at 39 Liberty Ship Way on the Liberty Ship Dock in Sausalito and is a board member of the Marin Society of Artists.

His paintings include landscapes, portraits and figures, all of which he hopes evoke a special place in time.

Joe’s web site is joegrenn.com, where his artwork and past issues of his newsletter, Joe Grenn’s Wonderful World of Art, can be viewed. New subscribers are welcome and can opt in on the home page by entering their e-mail address.

Best Of Show

Q. Wang

"New York "

Acrylic on Canvas , 30" x 40"

Sale Price $NFS

About the Painting

 

If you look at the black bar, it will lead you into an unknown world.

 

Biography

 

Born and grew up in China.
1995, came into America, work as a computer Engineer/Programmer.
2006, went to West Los Angeles College to learn Oil Painting.
2011, published a collection of his paintings – “Spirit”.
2014, Show his artworks in Las Vegas.
2018, ArtSlant showcase winner.
2018, Show on New York ArtExpo.
2018, Light Space Time, Special Recognition winner.

 

Q. Wang developed his painting style — “Freeism” by using free colors, free
shapes, free strokes, and free perspective to do his art works. The result is a
free atmosphere, and a space of imagination.

 

Q. Wang paints the spirits by heart. Before Van Gogh, peoples all paint what
they saw, and let the viewers to see what they painted. Since Van Gogh,
peoples began to paint what they thought, and let the viewers to think what
they painted. But Q. Wang paints the spirits, something you can not see and
you can not think, you can only feel it by heart. His paintings have no
details, but have characters. Each of his painting is different with others.

 

As the famous French film producer Jean-Luc Godard said, It’s not where
you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

 

Wang has taken me further into the appreciation of my surroundings, people, and love. That
is what art is all about. —  Gary Sorkin

Best Of Show

Thomas Buchs

"Under the El"

oil , 20" x 24"

Sale Price $2000

Artist Statement

Thomas Buchs is an an illustrator and painter. As an Illustrator, Thomas has created artwork for advertising for many national, regional and local companies during the last 46 years. Much of his current work is Plein Air Painting (painting from life outdoors). Buchs has won dozens of awards in Plein Air Painting competitions.

Speaking about his paintings Thomas states, ”While painting outdoors from life I have learned the techniques necessary to translate my studio paintings into the freshness of a Plein Air Painting. It is my hope this painting, “Under the EL,” demonstrates some of that freshness.”

 

Artist Exhibition Resume

Best of Show and People’s Choice at Paint the Point Plein Air Event -2014 Mineral Point

Best of Show 2014 Historic Third Ward Plein Air Event

1st place at 2014 New Berlin Plein Air Event

Shorewood Historical Society Award and People’s

Choice at 2014 Shorewood Plein Air Event

2nd place-2014-Theodore Robinson Plain Air Event- Evansville WI

3rd Place 2015 Paint the Point Winter Edition Plein Air Event – Mineral Point

Beloit College Patron of the Arts Award-2015 Beloit Friends of the Riverfront Plein Air Event

Honorable Mention – 2015-2016 Historic Third Ward Plein Air Event

2nd Place Nocturne at 2015 Paint the Point Plein Air Event – Mineral Point

Merit Award 2015 Between the Blues – La Crosse

1st Place Historical Evansville Category at 2016 Theodore Robinson Plain Air Event

1st place 2016 Pewaukee Waterfront Art Fair Plein Air Event

People’s Choice at 2016 New Berlin Plein Air Event

2nd place Quick Paint 2017 Milwaukee Museum Mile

Best Field Study -2017 Hoosier Salon Field to Finish Show-New Harmony IN

Merit Award – 2017 New Harmony Plein Air

Honorable Mention 2017 Cedarburg Plein Air

Artist’s Choice and Judges Choice for my nocturne at the Fairfield, IL Plein Air Event

Best representation of Fairfield, Ill at the Fairfield, IL Plein Air Event -2018

 

Best Of Show

Dmitry Fesechko

"Music of War"

Oil on canvas , 80 x 45cm

Sale Price $2200

Artist Statement: “Music of War”

I don’t paint many still life paintings, but when I do I try to inspirit them with some symbolism like the masters of the past did before. “Music of War” is the painting about life and death. On the left side of the composition you can notice a two-string musical instrument called “Topshur”. It takes its origin from the Western Mongolian tribes. Mongolian people usually sang songs about wars and heroes of the past accompanied by this instrument. They also played topshur before a battle to inspire people. Somehow this instrument symbolizes a war. But the same time music can symbolize life, movement, inspiration. On the right side of the composition you can see the human skull in old style Mongolian hat. Apparently, it symbolizes death, “Memento mori”.

I decided to paint two light sources. Left one is red. A color of life, fierce and energy. Topshur is being lit by this light. Right light source is green. In color psychology green color stimulates harmony in the brain. It is a calm color. All of us will find desired peace after death.

Also, painting this still life I was inspired by 19th century Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin. One of his most famous paintings is “The Apotheosis of War”. He has painted a big pile of sculls in a middle of Central Asian steppe. Inspiration came to me from the inscription on the frame of this large painting: “Dedicated to all conquerors of the past, present and future”.

Also, when I paint still life paintings, I usually use an old multilayer technique (like Flemish, a little bit modified). It takes a lot of time to finish a piece with such technique. Paintings made this way have volumetric light, the illusion of volume and presence is incredible. The light pierces the canvas and reflects from the wall where the painting is hanging and lightens the canvas from inside. As the shadow areas have the most transparent layer it glows the most. You can notice this effect on many masterpieces of 17th-18th century.

Biography

Dmitry Fesechko (b. 1988) is an artist from Moscow, Russia. He started his artist career as an abstract painter, then for some years was absorbed in surrealism and symbolism, taking part in exhibitions in Russia and the EU. He also worked as a digital illustrator for some time but abandoned it focusing entirely on traditional oil painting. He has studied classical multilayer technique that takes its origin from old masters of the past. Nowadays Dmitry works in genres closer to life like still life, landscapes and paints a series of paintings inspired by several trips to India.

Exhibitions:

2008 Solo exhibition, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow

2008 Group exhibition Death and afterlife in art, VDNKh, Moscow

2008 Two paintings were bought for Museum of world Funeral Culture, Novosibirsk

2010-2011 Group exhibitions, Grekov’s Studio, Moscow

2011-2013 Participant of Andrey Nekrasov surrealism art projects “Geysers of subconscious” and “Ying Yang”.

2011 Group exhibition, The State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow

2012 Group exhibition, Gallery Plum Palm, Moscow

2013 Group exhibition, Gallery Plum Palm, Moscow

2013 Group exhibition, Central House of Artist, Moscow

2013 – Agnirealism exhibition, DEVE gallery, Moscow

2014 – Agnirealism exhibition, Galerie Natalie Boldyreff, Paris

2018 – Beggars and Saints solo exhibition, Ashwinam center, Moscow

 

Publications:

2008 Interview, The Battered Suitcase, Vagabondage Press, LLC

2012 Interview, Futur Maestri

2015 Interview, Artist Removed

2015 Interview, Figurementors

2015 International Contemporary Artists, Vol X, ICA Publishing

2016 The First Berliner Art Book 2016

2017 Interview, Figure Painter Magazine Vol. 46

2017 article, Russiaknowledge

2017-2018 Author of the section “Lessons from the past”, Figurementors

 

Art Awards:

2017 Bullfight painting, Honourable Mention, Creative Inspiration 2017” event, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

2017 One has reached Samadhi painting, Special Merit Award, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

2017 Sadhu and the old man painting, 4th place in Orientalism, American Art Awards 2017

2018 Top 100 Award, Circle Art Foundation

 

Miniature Art Events:

2012 Golden medal, Silver medal, Winter Angel Miniature Show, Moscow

2013 Overall prize winner, Spring Angel Miniature Show, Moscow

2015 Silver medal, Monte San Savino Show, Italy

2016 Bronze medal, Monte San Savino Show, Italy

2016 Contest Judge, Ruby sphere Miniature Show, Moscow

2017 Contest Judge, Monte San Savino Show, Italy

2018 Contest Judge, Moson Model Show, Hungary

2018 Grand prize, Paint-o-Palooza, Germany

 

Member of Creative Union of Professional Artists since 2013

 

Best Of Show

Kathryn Yu

"We've Drifted"

Oil paint on canvas , 20" x 24"

Sale Price $2000

Artist Statement

As a shy and private person, the pieces I create often share in my quietness. Even a beach teaming with people, when filtered through my eyes and hands, can nevertheless come out with a quiet mood to it. The title “We’ve Drifted” will mean different things to different viewers. Perhaps the people populating the image have all, as a group, drifted to this dreamlike location, removed from their normal everyday lives. Or, drifted may refer to how close in proximity the figures all are and yet there is a feeling of distance in that there is very little interaction between them. For others, the focus may be on the male figure and the female figure who are in the foreground. They seem as if they could have arrived together, but in keeping their heads down, each preoccupied with their own searches, their paths split and they drifted unknowingly farther and farther apart.

Biography

Kathryn Yu was born in Dongying, China, but has resided in the United States from the age of 5. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to teach after-school art classes to over 400 youth in the Austin area throughout the years. While her very favorite medium to work with is oil paint, she loves to dabble in a variety of art styles and materials, even taking on a massive ongoing project of producing personalized Copic marker avatars for all of the monks who train in kung fu at the Shaolin Temple in China, the site where kung fu originated.



First Place

Anke Dodson

"Waiting for Class"

Watercolor on paper , 19 3/4 x 13 1/2

Sale Price $$500

 

“Waiting for Class” resulted from Tulsa Ballet giving local artists the opportunity to observe on of their daily company classes and an upcoming performance rehearsal and create artworks based on their impressions of the dancers. As much as their marvelous movements impressed all of us, I found observing some of the dancers at the moment of rest, waiting for class to begin, equally intriguing.

Anke E. Dodson

 

Biography

 

Anke Dodson is a native of Germany and a naturalized citizen of the United States. She is a resident of Tulsa, OK.

 

Her work includes cityscapes, landscapes and marine subjects.

She enjoys working in the style of contemporary or painterly realism on a variety of surfaces such as watercolor canvas, aquabord, claybord, yupo, ricepaper and, of course, traditional watercolor papers.

 

She has studied painting in watercolor and pastels with nationally known artists and instructors such as Steven Quiller, Alan Flattman, Naomi Brotherton, Judy Betts, Christopher Schink and others and in recent years has added the art of printmaking, more specifically monotypes. Taking a workshop taught by renowned printmaker Julia Ayers made her want to learn more about this unique medium and its possibilities.

 

In June of 2011 she was invited by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK to teach an introductory monotype workshop in conjunction with their “Rauschenberg at Gemini” exhibition. A solo exhibition at the Gallery of the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa in October 2011 included a large number of monotypes, portraying the change of seasons on the prairie.

 

The Community National Bank of Kansas commissioned her to paint historical works for seven of their branch offices. The large portraits of these communities are now on exhibit in their respective cities.

Her work was juried into the 2017 and 2018 National Watercolor USA shows.

 

Her paintings have been added to a number of corporate and private collections in the U.S., Germany and France, including several commissioned pieces.

She is represented by the Royce Myers Gallery in Tulsa, OK, the Eva Reynolds Gallery of Fine Arts in Leawood, KS (Kansas City) and her work can also be found in the virtual galleries of the Oklahoma Artists Coalition, the Tulsa Artists Guild (TAG) and Bauhausprairieartgallery.com.

First Place

Don Bergland

"Belief"

Pigment Print , 16" x 20"

Sale Price $875

ARTIST STATEMENT

Don Bergland’s surrealistic art is an alchemical adventure into the mysteries of his own philosophy, beliefs, and values. Each of his artworks features a theatrical set defined by a stage with actors, props, and a backdrop. He consciously places symbolic interactions and connections within the objects populating his theatrical sets, and encourages viewers to build their own narrative interpretations of these connections. In this piece called, “Belief,” we may be able to perceive the closure of exploration, trapping consciousness in a net of ordered illusion. Through the process of ritualized repetition, we seek to strengthen established beliefs and transmute them to the status of eternal faith.

 

ARTIST BIO

Don Bergland is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Art Education at the University of Victoria and has been an active exhibiting artist for over 50 years. During that time, he has worked through a variety of professional media, from oil on canvas to his current studio use of digital tools and techniques. He maintains an active international exhibiting career and has featured his artwork in over 170 major exhibitions throughout the world. Don has won over 80 creative & professional awards for his work which is represented in major corporate and private collections such as the Gulf Oil Corporate Collection (Alberta), the Madrona Centre Permanent Collection (B.C.), the Canadian Utilities Corporate Collection (Alberta), the Timothy Eaton Foundation Collection (Canada), the Chevron Standard Corporate Collection (Alberta), as well as in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has published 8 books dealing with art and creative activity, as well as published dozens of articles in scholarly and academic journals. His current studio focus is in using 3D modeling environments to create surrealistic imagery for international exhibitions. He currently lives and works in Victoria, BC, Canada.

First Place

Laara Cassells

"Bella"

Acrylic on board , 32" x 32"

Sale Price $2600

Artist  Statement

I love to do equine portraits and we had adopted this older Andalusian mare about 2 years ago.  She has a beautiful head and is so wise

that I had to paint her portrait.  I decided to show off her white head to best advantage with a dark background and her steamy breath on a cold Canadian

morning.

 

Biography

Laara Cassells is a contemporary Canadian painter best known for her representational paintings and portraits both human and equine.

Since 2010 her award-winning work has been shown in over 70 exhibitions worldwide.  Cassells spent a number of years as a professional

theatre designer and has designed sets and costumes for theatre, ballet, opera and film for numerous companies across Canada and Europe.

Focusing exclusively on fine art over the past 20 years, Laara has exhibited sculptures, drawings and paintings in Belgium, Germany,

Hungary, Italy, Monaco, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland and across the USA and Canada.

Painting in acrylics on canvas, Cassells considers herself a contemporary realist, or a conceptual realist stylistically.  “I try to represent my model

as accurately as possible.  Beyond depicting the observed subject, I am always looking for that invisible, ethereal quality that I perceive clearly but

that is so hard to articulate.”

 

Education

1985 MFA Set and Costume Design University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

1982 MFA Sculpture Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan

1980 Diploma Sculpture (Honours) Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, BC

1978 Diploma Fine Art Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC

1971 Higher National Diploma Business Studies Central London Polytechnic, London, GB

 

Recent Awards

2019 2nd Place Painting, 3rd Place Winner overall, “9th Annual “Figurative” Online Competition, Light, Space, Time Gallery 2019 4th Place in Painting, “All Women’s Art Competition”, contemporaryartgalleryonline.com, Annapolis, MD. 2018 Artsy Shark Featured Artist Award, Carolyn Edlund, Founder, Artsy Shark, NY, NY. 2018 Top Featured Artist Award “Herstory” Exhibition”, Manhattan Arts International, NY, NY. 2018 Third Place Award, “International Society of Acrylic Painters 1st Annual Master and Signature Artist Show” 2018 Best Overall Acrylic, “7th Annual PleinAir Salon Dec/Jan Exhibition”, PleinAir Magazine. 2018 First Place Award, “Retro” Online Juried Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C. 2018 Honourable Mention, “Women Artists”, International Quarterly Group Online Art Exhibition, Fusion Art. 2017 People’s Choice Award, “Miracle of the Portrait” Competition, Portrait Society of Canada 2016

 

Recent Exhibitions

l2019 2nd Place Painting, 3rd Place Winner overall, “9th Annual “Figurative” Online Competition, Light, Space, Time Gallery 2019 4th Place in Painting, “All Women’s Art Competition”, contemporaryartgalleryonline.com, Annapolis, MD. 2018 Artsy Shark Featured Artist Award, Carolyn Edlund, Founder, Artsy Shark, NY, NY. 2018 Top Featured Artist Award “Herstory” Exhibition”, Manhattan Arts International, NY, NY. 2018 Third Place Award, “International Society of Acrylic Painters 1st Annual Master and Signature Artist Show” 2018 Best Overall Acrylic, “7th Annual PleinAir Salon Dec/Jan Exhibition”, PleinAir Magazine. 2018 First Place Award, “Retro” Online Juried Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C. 2018 Honourable Mention, “Women Artists”, International Quarterly Group Online Art Exhibition, Fusion Art. 2017 People’s Choice Award, “Miracle of the Portrait” Competition, Portrait Society of Canada 2016 1st Prize for Painting, “Con Corso Buenos Aires 8”, International Competition, Milan, Italy 2016 3rd Prize, First Annual All-Members Online Exhibition, International Society of Acrylic Painters 2013 Award of Exceptional Merit, Scottsdale Biennale, Scottsdale, AZ 2013 Holbein Award, 16th Annual Open International Exhibition, International Society of Acrylic Painters 2013 Medicine Hat Cultural Development Grant 2013 Award of Merit , 2013 National Juried Exhibition of National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society 2013 Editor’s Choice Award, “Portraits V”, Artist Portfolio Magazine 2013 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant 2012 Certificate of Merit, “Miracle of the Portrait” Competition, Portrait Society of Canada 2012 Honourable Mention, 4th Annual Open Show , International Society of Acrylic Painters 2011 Canada Council Grant – Alberta Creative Development Initiative 2010 Certificate of Excellence for outstanding achievement in Fine Art Portraiture – 2010 Canadian Portrait Competition 2008 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant 2003 Medicine Hat Cultural Development Grant 2003 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant 2002 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant 2001 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant 2000 Award of excellence – Manhattan Arts International, New York 1989 Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Research Grant 1989 Alberta Culture Visual Arts Travel Grant 1989 Canada Council Explorations Grant 1984 University of Calgary Graduate Scholarship 1983 University of Calgary Graduate Scholarship 1983 Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship 1982 University of Calgary Graduate Scholarship 1982 Banff School of Fine Arts Scholarship 1981 Canada Council Travel Grant 1981 BC Cultural Fund Scholarship 1981 Cranbrook Academy of Art Scholarship 1981 Banff School of Fine Arts Scholarship 1981 Michigan Foundation for the Arts Award 1980 Cranbrook Academy of Art Scholarship 1980 Helen Pitt Award 1980 BC Cultural Fund Scholarship 1980 Helen Pitt Graduate Award 1st prize 1980 Emily Carr College of Art Merit Award laara cassells resume 2 juried art exhibitions (* catalogue) “All Women’s Art Competition” – 4th Place Painting Group 2019 Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Annapolis, MD “Open International Juried Online Exhibition” Group 2019 Society of Canadian Artists, Calgary, AB “Canvas Unbound”, Federation of Canadian Artists Group 2019 Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC “Retro” Online Juried Exhibition, FCA Group 2019 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC “Limitless”, online exhibition, FCA Group 2018 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC “Summer Showcase”, Federation of Canadian Artists Group 2018 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC “2018 Art Competition” IALHA Group 2018 International Andalusian Horse Ass., Birmingham, AL “Herstory” Manhattan Arts International Group 2018 Manhattan Arts International, NY “50th International Open”, Soc. Of Canadian Artists Group 2018 Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, ON “Painting On The Edge”, online, FCA Group 2018 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC “Contemporary Portrait 2018” Group 2018 Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario “ISAP 1st Annual Master and signature Artist Show” Group 2018 Cathy Kline Art Gallery, Parkville, MO “Go Figure”, Federation of Canadian Artists Group 2018 Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC “90th Annual International Juried Exhibition” Group 2018 Art Assoc. of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA “Healing Power of Art and Artists” online exhibition Group 2018 Manhattan Arts International, NY, NY “Colours”, International Online Exhib. Group 2018 Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA “Canvas Unbound”, Federation of Canadian Artists Group 2018 Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC “Retro” Online Juried Exhibition, FCA – First Prize Group 2018 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC “Artist’s Spotlight” Online Solo Exhibition Solo 2018 Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA “Artists’ Choice”, Federation of Canadian Artists Group 2018 Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC “Women Artists”, International Quarterly Online Group 2018 Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA “2018 Active Members Juried Exhibition” FCA Group 2018 Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC “Miracle of the Portrait, 2017” Group 2017 Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario “2nd Annual All Members International Online Exh. Group 2017 Internat. Soc. of Acrylic Painters, Pasa Robles, CA “89th Grand National Exhibition”* Group 2017 American Artists Professional League, NY, NY “30th September Exhibition” Group 2017 Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA “7th Annual PleinAir Salon-April/May exhibition” Group 2017 PleinAir Magazine, online “Contemporary Portrait 2017” Group 2017 Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario “2017 Spring International Open Exhibition” Group 2017 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Soc., online “after” Solo 2017 Open Art Milano Associazione, Milan, Italy “Miracle of the Portrait, 2016” Group 2016 Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario “Con Corso Buenos Aires 8”* Group 2016 Open Art Milano Associazione, Milan, Italy “1stAnnual All Members International Online Exh.” Group 2016 Internat. Soc. of Acrylic Painters, Pasa Robles, CA “_after”* Solo 2016 Thames Gallery, Chatham, Ontario “_after”* Solo 2015 Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario “_after”* Solo 2015 gallery@501, Sherwood Park, Alberta “2015 Spring International Juried Exhibition” Group 2015 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Soc., online “after”* Solo 2015 Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta “2014 Fall International Juried Exhibition” Group 2014 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Soc., online “Contemporary Portrait 2014” Group 2014 Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, ON, online “As Human As..” Group 2014 Galerie Carré Doré, Monaco “2014 Spring International Juried Exhibition” Group 2014 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Soc., online “relocation” Group 2014 Centennial Hall, Medicine Hat College, AB “Past, Present, Future” Group 2013 Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA “Strokes of Genius” Group 2013 Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD “2013 Fall International Juried Exhibition” Group 2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Soc., online “85th Grand National Exhibition”* Group 2013 American Artists Professional League, NY, NY “Scottsdale Biennale 2013” Group 2013 Wee Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ “Journeys” Group 2013 California Art League, San Fernando, CA “16th Annual Open International Exhibition” Group 2013 Internat. Soc. of Acrylic Painters, Pasa Robles, CA “Portraits V – 2013” Group 2013 MyArtContest.com, Artist Portfolio Magazine “Annual Juried Exhibition 2013” Group 2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Soc., online “Nordart 2013” Juried International Exhibition * Group 2013 Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, Germany “Annual Open International Exhibition 2013” Group 2013 International Society of Acrylic Painters, online “Miracle of the Portrait, 2012” Group 2012 Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario “America: Now and Here” Group 2012 America: Now and Here Project, Curator: Eric Fischl “84th Grand National Exhibition”* Group 2012 American Artists Professional League, NY, NY “4th Annual National Figurative Painting Group 2012 Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, and Drawing Competition” Selinsgrove, PA “64 Arts 2012 National Juried Exhibition”* Group 2012 Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL “4th Annual International Online Show” Group 2012 International Society of Acrylic Painters, online “Part and Parcel: The Deconstruction of Group 2012 Arts Guild of New Jersey, Rahway, NJ The Female Form in Contemporary Art” “International 2010/2011 ARC Salon” Group 2011 Art Renewal Center, Port Reading, NJ laara cassells resume 3 art exhibitions (continued) “64 Arts 2011 National Juried Exhibition”* Group 2011 Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL “Library Thoughts” Group 2011 Raday Konyveshaz & Gallery, Budapest, Hungary “Viewpoints” Group 2011 Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ “51st International Award Exhibition” Group 2011 San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA “The Art of Canadian Music” Group 2011 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario “Mask/Masque” Group 2011 Cultural Centre Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB “Ex Arte Equinus 4” – 3rd Place Group 2011 International comp. Art Horse Magazine, Mar. 2011 “Miracle of the Portrait” Group 2010 Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario “Art Takes Miami” International Juried Exhibition Group 2010 Online exhibit, Miami, Florida, “Artist Residency Exhibition” Group 2010 Duna Gallery, Budapest, Hungary “Bestiary”* National Juried Exhibition Group 2010 Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio “Exchange” National Juried Exhibition Group 2010 Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, MA “64 Arts 2010 National Juried Exhibition”* Group 2010 Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL “42nd Open National Juried Competition” Group 2010 Todmorden Mills Gallery, Toronto, Ontario “e. strange” Solo 2010 Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Whole Being” Group 2009 Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Resonance” Prairie Collective VII Group 2008 Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB “12/01” Group 2007 Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, Medicine Hat, AB “New Works” Group 2006 Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Signals from/about Central Europe” Group 2006 Central European Cultural Institute, Budapest “Momentum” Group 2005 Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta “River Meditation” Prairie Collective VI Group 2005 Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB “As I Am” Performance 2 person 2005 Big Secret Theatre. Epcor Centre, Calgary, AB “New Works” Group 2005 Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Present Participles” with Davida Monk 2 person 2004 Dancers’ Studio West, Calgary, Alberta “Identity Crisis” Group 2004 Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY “International Artists’ Residency Exhib” Group 2004 Vizivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary “Connective Tissue” Solo 2004 Squared Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Heading to East” Group 2004 Sori Center for the Arts, Jeonju, S. Korea “International Artists’ Residency Exhib” Group 2004 Vizivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary “Connective Tissue” Solo 2004 Squared Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Heading to East” * Group 2004 Sori Center for the Arts, Jeonju, S. Korea “Body Politic” Solo 2004 Talley Gallery, Bemidji, Minnesota “The Feminine Eye” * Group 2004 Heuser Art Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL “Life and Death” Group 2004 Delta Center for the Arts, Stockton, California “Bodies” 3 person 2003 Robert A Peck Arts Center, Riverton Wyoming “Indelible Shadows” Solo 2003 Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Burned” Solo 2003 Medalta Historic Kilns, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Paper Road Group 2003 Centre d’Art-En-L’Ile, Geneva, Switzerland “her” 3 person 2003 Olin Hall Gallery, Roanoke College, Virginia “Body Politic” Solo 2003 Penn State University, Altoona, Pennsylvania “New Works” Group 2002 Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Material Witness” 3 person 2002 Main Gallery, Central Michigan University, MI “Figures” 3 Person 2002 Triangle Gallery, Dayton, Ohio “4th Triennale Internationale du Papier”* Group 2002 Musee du Pays et Val de Charmey, Switzerland “Search; Pause; Play ” Prairie Collective V Group 2002 University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta “Landscape” Group 2002 Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY “The Reddish Show” Group 2002 Globe Gallery, Roswell, New Mexico “Women’s History Month Juried Exhib.” Group 2002 Boise State University, Boise, Idaho “Women: Struggle, Survival, Triumph” Group 2002 Ayer Lofts Art Gallery, Lowell, Massachusetts “23rd National Paper In Particular” Group 2002 Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri “A Body of Work” 2 person 2002 Adams Gallery, Dunkirk, New York “The Mystery of the Body” 3 person 2001 Univ. of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana “Embodied” 2 person 2001 Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, Alberta “Honouring the Crone” Group 2001 Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, Illinois “Torsos” 3 person 2001 Pearl Conard Gallery, Mansfield, Ohio “Pulcheria Arte” * Group 2001 Palazzo S. Pietro, Piacenza, Italy “Ages and Stages” Solo 2001 Maison des Femmes, Brussels, Belgium “Unfolded, Unrolled, Unpacked ” Group 2001 International Chopin Hall, Duszniki, Poland “Art by Theatre Designers” Group 2001 Mezzanine Gallery, University of Calgary “Body Politic” Solo 2000 Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, Alberta “Chicago Postscrip Group 1999 Suomi College of Design, Michigan “When Butterflies Dance” Solo 1999 Bowman Arts Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta “Freedom to Dance” Solo 1999 New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta “Silent Dance” Solo 1999 Generations Gallery, Stony Plain, Alberta laara cassells resume 4 collections 2015 Esplanade Museum and Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta 2010 Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta 2010 Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, Alberta 2009 School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 2005 Esplanade Museum and Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta 2004 Jeonju Historical Museum, Jeonju, South Korea 2003 City Hall, Balatonfured, Hungary 2001 Maison des Femmes, Brussels, Belgium 1998 Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, Alberta 1985 University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 1980 Broadway Medical Clinic, Vancouver, BC. visiting artist 2019 Invited speaker for “after” exhibition, Whyte Museum of the Rockies, Banff, AB. 2015 Invited speaker for “after” exhibition, Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON and Art Gallery @ 501, Sherwood Park, AB 2015 Invited speaker for “after” exhibition, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB 2005-2014 Invited artist for mask creation for Leadership workshops, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta 2007 Invited juror for “CLOTH: mind and body” exhibition for Surface Design Assoc., ACAD, Calgary, Alberta 2005 Invited artist for Prairie Collective VI, an inter-disciplinary collaboration at University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 2004 Invited speaker “Export Marketing Workshop”, Cultural Human Resources Council, Calgary, Alberta 2003 Invited artist for International Artist’s Residency by Hungarian Multicultural Center, Balatonfured, Hungary 2002 Invited speaker for Panel discussion “Challenging images of the Body”, Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB 2002 Invited artist for Prairie Collective V, an inter-disciplinary collaboration at University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 2001 Invited speaker and set designer, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta 1994 Invited artist, Canadian Society for Aesthetics, Calgary, Alberta 1994 Invited artist for Prairie Collective V, an inter-disciplinary collaboration at University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 1994 Invited artist, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, Calgary, Alberta 1991 Invited artist, Dept. of Clothing and Textiles, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta 1990 Invited artist, Centre for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan 1990 Invited artist for Prairie Collective IV, an inter-disciplinary collaboration at University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 1989 Guest Graduate advisor, Teaterskole, Copenhagen, Denmark 1988 Invited artist for Prairie Collective III, an inter-disciplinary collaboration at University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 1986 Invited artist, Art Dept. Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC 1983 Invited artist, Art Dept. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 1982 Invited artist, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC Publications Nov. 2018 Featured in Oct/Nov 2018 Issue of Spotlight Magazine, Publ. Circle Foundation for the Arts, Lyon, France. Sept. 2018 Featured in September 2018 issue of Artists Magazine, publ: F + W Media Inc, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA May 2018 Featured in “AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values”, publ: North Light Books, Blue Ash, OH, USA Apr. 2018 Featured in Winter 2018 Issue of Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine, Lyon, France. Dec. 2017 Feature article on “_after” series in “Acrylic Artist Magazine”, Dec. 2017. Apr. 2017 Featured in “Equine Art Today” in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Feb. 2015 “Laara Cassells : _after”, Catalogue by Esplanade Art Gallery, gallery @501 and Thames Art Gallery Oct. 2014 “Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 28” publ: Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, USA Sept. 2014 Fetaured in Lorena Kloosterboer “Painting In Acrylics: the indispensable guide”. NY: Firefly Books, 2014. Aug, 2013 “Artist Portfolio Magazine” Issue 12, publ: Issuu, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA June 2013 “Nordart 2013 Catalogue” Oct. 2012 “International Painting Annual 2” publ: Manifest Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA March 2011 “Ex Arte Equinus 4” publ: Art Horse Magazine, Beaumont, Texas, USA April 2011 “International Contemporary Artists” publ: ICA Publishing, NY, USA Oct. 2011 “Art Renewal Center Salon Catalogue 2010/2011” publ. Art Renewal Center Port Reading, NJ, USA Nov. 2011 “Canadian Who’s Who 2011” publ: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada professional affiliations Member, Portrait Society of Canada Member, Portrait Society of America Signature Member, International Society of Acrylic Painters Member, National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Member, Alberta Society of Artists Member, Federation of Canadian Artists

*Complete resume by request.

First Place

Mary-Ellen Latino

"1000 Words"

Mixed (photography, digitally developed) printed on metal , 27" x 18"

Sale Price $750

Artist Statement

 

I am a passionate mixed media fiber artist and photographer inspired by nature and global travel. My intention in creating art is to share my personal vision and engage the viewer while transported to a special moment in time. “1000 words” was captured through the lens while walking in Lisbon Portugal. The graffiti and newsprint became my muse as I contemplated the phrase, “A picture is worth 1000 words”… “Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Bio/Resume

 

Mary-Ellen Latino studied photography at Univ. Of Maryland (BS, MA), photography and fiber art at Worcester Center for Professional Crafts in Worcester, MA and most recently digital design at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. My current work has transformed into mixed media combining all these elements. I have exhibited both nationally and internationally over the last 20 years. My work is in both private and corporate collections. I am a SAQA Juried Artist Member and a member of the Surface Design Association, Art Cloth Network, and Cape Cod Art Center. I’ll be giving a “Lightening Talk” at Lowell Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA 1:00pm 4/6/19

 

Recent and Upcoming Exhibits

 

Connecting…Worlds, SAQA GLOBAL AZ-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson 10/19-2/20

Metamorphosis, SAQA GLOBAL, AQS , MI, KY, SC, 8-9/2019

Metamorphosis, SAQA GLOBAL, Ottawa, CANADA 6/12-15/2019

Explorations in Creativity, Urban Sanctuary, Lowell Quilt Museum, MA 4/2-6/23/19

Metamorphosis, SAQA GLOBAL, Chicago, IL, 3/2019

Textile Posters, SAQA GLOBAL,, 6 venues AUSTRALIA, 2-9/2019

Stepping Inside the Outside, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI, 2/1-3/10/2019

Color Affects, Austin-Bergstrom Interna’l Airport, Austin TX, 1/10/19-5/3/2019

Unbound, Pacific NW Quilt Fiber Arts Museum, La Conner, WA, 1/9-3/24/2019

Juried Members Show, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA 11-12/2018

Metamorphosis, SAQA GLOBAL, Houston, TX 11/2018

Power of Women, Special Exhibit, Houston, TX 11/2018

Stepping Inside the Outside, Highland Hall, Falmouth, MA Fall, 2018

Context:Text…SDA Got Eggs? Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 10/2018

Fantastic Fibers 2018, Avalanche Yeiser Center, Paducah, Kentucky, 4/2018

Material View, Miami Interna’l airport, July-Oct. 2017

 

Recent Publications

 

“Artscope” Magazine review by Michelman “Got Eggs?” p.18 1/2/2019

“Explorations: Jouneys in Creativity…Studio” SAQA Wilbur pgs.8-13 2018 (Amazon)

“The Space Between” B.Schneider “Remembrance” Blurb, Art Cloth Network 2018

First Place

Don Bergland

"Axiom"

Digital Pigment Print , 24" x 30"

Sale Price $675

Artist Statement About the Work

“Axiom” is an alchemical adventure into the mysteries of belief which create the stories upon which our own personal mythologies rest. Here, we encounter a major psychological archetype robed in hints of youth, the first attempts at word-based expression, and the beginnings of the endless search for meaning. Mental inquiry always lies at the heart of each image constructed by Don Bergland. He attempts to arrange the elements in his images in a way that connects pivotal objects with association, symbolism, and metaphor. For Don, the enclosed space of the visual image is a cerebral theater populated by realistic sets, objects, and figures which when combined with intention, offer challenging enigmas. It is left to viewers to examine the symbolic interactions and connections within the objects populating this theatrical set and build their own narrative interpretations of these connections based on their own personal histories.

Artist Resume

Don Bergland is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Art Education at the University of Victoria as well as an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA). He has been an active exhibiting artist for over 50 years, during which time, he has mastered a variety of professional media, from oil on canvas to his current studio use of digital tools and techniques. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed professional relationships with major galleries in Canada and the United States. He maintains an active international exhibiting career and has featured his artwork in over 200 major exhibitions throughout the world, winning over 70 creative & professional awards in the process. He has published a variety of books dealing with art and creative activity as well as many articles in scholarly and academic journals. His studio practice is focused on using 3D modeling environments to create surrealistic imagery for international exhibitions. He currently lives and works in Victoria, BC, Canada.

First Place

Gracia Nash

"Push"

Photo of Mixed Media Performance , 2760 × 1553

Sale Price $NFS

Biography/Artist Statement:

Push is a triptych of stills from a body interactive performance. It deals with the transient nature of identity, and explores the moments, both uncomfortable but necessary, where growth and change occur. During the performance, a body walks into the frame and encases itself with a cocoonesque pod, made of silicone and reflective glass beads, that sits wrinkled on the floor. The body moves and manipulates inside the pod until it has ripped itself free. The body exits the opposite way it approached, leaving the shed pod behind. 

Through glass, the body, mixed media, and alternative processes, I examine the transient natures of identity. I create flexible sheets of glass and glass textiles through a process of fusing and the addition of silicones, to explore glass as sheets, skins, and screens. I reconcile with material and memory to convey stories about identity, perception, and comfort.  The objects I create become body interactive to directly explore ipseity – a sense of self-ness, how others perceive me, and how society perceives others. 

Gracia Nash is a glass and multi-media artist from western New York. She received her BFA from Alfred University, and is currently a Glass Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Rochester Institute of Technology School of American Crafts. Her work explores the body, identity, and perception. 

Resume

EDUCATION

Rochester Institute of Technology School of American Crafts, Rochester N.Y.  Aug 2017 – May 2019 (current)

  • Glass Masters of Fine Arts
  • Full Scholarship

New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred N.Y.  2009 – 2014

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Education Minor, with Honors
  • Alfred University’s President’s Scholarship, Honor’s Program, Dean’s List

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Master’s Class – GLASSPOINT Studio, Riga, Latvia “Illuminated Frit and Flame”

March 2019

Graduate Assistant, RIT, Rochester N.Y.

“Glass Processes” Fall 2018

“Glass Processes” Fall/Spring 2017-2019

Teacher’s Assistant, Alfred University, Alfred N.Y.

“Public Art”, Spring 2014

“Glass and Metal Casting”, Fall 2013

 

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/RESIDENCIES

Artist in Residence – Aichi University of Education in Nagoya, Japan. June – July 2018

RIT/Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass Partnership Scholarship July 2018

Windgate Fellowship Nominee  February 2014

 

EXHIBITIONS

  • “Congressional Art Show”, Larking at Exchange Building, Buffalo, N.Y. April-May 2008
  • “Post Present”, Hornell, N.Y. December 2013
  • “MISE-En-Scene”, Robert C. Turner Gallery, Alfred, N.Y. February 2013
  • “Senior Show Exhibition”, Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. May 2014
  • “Young and Loving”, S12, Bergen, Norway August-September 2014
  • “No Man’s Land”, Politits Art Coalition, The Yards, Rochester, N.Y. March 2018
  • “Drawing from the Same Well”, Davison Gallery at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester  N.Y. May 2018
  • “RIT x AICHI Collaboration”, Library Gallery at Aichi University of Education, Nagoya, Japan  July 2018
  • “LinGLASStics”, The Yards, Rochester, N.Y. December 2018
  • “Open a New Year 2019”, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, Juried Exhibition, 1st place.

January 2019

First Place

Leslie Teegarden

"Puzzle"

Pastel, Acrylic, Enamel , 17" x 13"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

Howdothingscometogether – when they often start apart?

Over a lifetime, our brains monitor and absorb upwards of 997 Terabytes of information. How we process and piece together the cumulative stimuli informs our thinking, behaviors, perceptions, emotions and decisions. And as those pieces fall into place, our life’s bigger picture begins to reveal itself.

What do the rectangular shapes represent in this abstract mind?Compartmentalization? Our mind’s absolutes? The proverbial rhyme and reason? And what about the rest of the painting? Is it the curious mind, hungry for more knowledge? The creative, right cerebral hemisphere? Or is it the critical missing piece that completes the overall puzzle?

I leave that to your interpretation.

 

Biography

 

As a very little girl who loved to create, Leslie’s first ‘work of art’ was simple: her medium was colorful yarn on white plaster walls.

Her discovery that the yarn’s fibers stuck to the heavily texturized walls led to murals/graffiti all over the house. To this day, she still

seeks opportunities to be creative with her surroundings and her art. Leslie’s professional background is in advertising/PR and marketing. She currently lives

in Colorado and enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and travel.

First Place

Marcia Berg Haskell

"In & Out "

Digital Photograph , 14" x 19"

Sale Price $450

 

Artist Statement

‘In or Out’ is one of a series of images where Marcia explores the images shown from reflected and transmitted lighting.  She became interested in what she saw when looking in store windows on busy streets.  Her interests were enhanced by store windows that had strong angles which enhanced or manipulated the things behind the window by the reflections from the streets.  The unpredictability of action on the street, light from the street lamps and sunlight contrasts with the fixed objects within the store along with customers provides opportunities for viewing interactions that are both spontaneous and predefined.  It is that interaction that holds Marcia’s interest.

 

Artist Biography

 

Marcia grew up in Brooklyn, NY.  As a child her poor eyesight, meant she couldn’t see the things her friends could.  Buying her first camera, at 10 years old, opened a new world to her.  for the first time, she could see the world clearly.  From that moment to the present, she has always had a camera close at hand.

In high school, she found she had a love for science.  After graduating from Brandeis University, she went to work as a chemist.  But, her interests in learning led her to spent her career moving from one field to the next.  Her focus on technical fields affected her creative work as well.  Her photography consisted of capturing the literal world around her, with an emphasis on landscapes, structures and architecture, and waterscapes. 

When Marcia retired, she searched for new activities to occupy her time.  Her approach was to take adult eduction courses in subjects she didn’t know anything about:  abstract photography, drawing, and painting all captured her enthusiasm. Since then, she has devoted her efforts to all 3.

Today, Marcia spends her time creating art to express her vision of the external and internal world she experiences.  She uses her photography to convey the beauty and patterns of her physical world, her ‘fractured fotographs’ convey the possibilities of manipulating the physical world to show new patterns and possibilities and her paintings create original work that conveys emotions, feelings and mood.  Marcia’s goal in all her work is to convey, to the viewer, her reactions to the world and everything it contains.

Marcia’s photographs and paintings have been juried into shows at the Cambridge Art Association, and several online juried galleries including Bauhaus Prairie, Heaven Art Gallery USA, LightSpaceTime.art, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, and Fusion Art Gallery – Palm Springs.  Her work, in the last 6 months,  has been judged from ‘Juror’s Choice’ to  ‘Honorable Mention’.

First Place

Wayne King

"Spring's Dance of Form"

Monochrome , 6" x 12"

Sale Price $395

Artist Statement

“The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.” ~ Sir Francis Bacon

For me a straight photograph is rarely enough to capture the essence of what I am seeking to express. Don’t get me wrong. I have a deep appreciation for the pure photograph as art. I think that Dorothea Lange or Ansel Adams or Edward Weston are extraordinary artists and a “simple” color or black and white image can have the impact or beauty of any great work of art. However, for me I generally want to make the art of creating an image a process that goes beyond the simple art form to what I have termed a “dreamlike quintessentialism” designed to spark an emotional response from the viewer. Even now as the words escape my figurative lips they seem contrived, arrogant – an affectation. Yet, for the life of me I can’t find a more apt way to explain either the process or the outcome when I undertake to create an image. Perhaps it is a measure of my own failing as an artist. The fact that I can only rarely capture an image that I find satisfying without my intervention.

 Often when looking to create an impact I find myself torn between trying to disguise my treachery and flaunting it. Sometimes I choose to disguise it and sometimes I chose to flaunt it – ignoring perfect straight lines and making them rough and imperfect. It usually works for me, it may not work for you or you may find it as compelling as do I.

 That’s what makes the world an interesting place and that’s what achieves dreamlike quintessentialism in my own universe.

 “Spring’s Dance of Form” is an image that rises to this level. Perhaps that is why it was chosen by the Bauhaus Prairie Gallery for the honor of 1st place in their 2018 Still Life Competition. On the day I photographed the Skunk Cabbage that became Spring’s Dance it was the first real warm day in the shadow of Rattlesnake Ridge in New Hampshire where I live. Anyone who goes out on that first warm day will find almost nothing growing . . . nothing, that is, except Skunk Cabbage which has thrust it’s green leaves into the cool spring air. While its color does indeed provide a stark contrast to the browns, beiges and muted greens of the landscape the color is less important than the form. Not to say that I didn’t try by creating an image titled “Spring’s First Blossom” which creates an image where color is equally important to form. Yet the simplicity of Spring’s Dance makes it both more simple, pure and stunning at the same time makes it more compelling still.

 

Biography – Publications

Books & Columns:
New: *Sacred Trust, a Novel*
“The Monkey Wrench Gang Meets the Third Industrial Revolution”

https://thesacredtrust.blogspot.com/

Asquamchumaukee – Place of Mountain Waters

A Spot on the Porch – Rumney at 250

Washday – An Homage to Humanity’s Shared Tradition

The View from Rattlesnake Ridge
A bi-weekly column by Wayne King on New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism website

Art:

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First Place

Robert Michaels

"Global Warming"

Digital photography ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

GLOBAL WARMING . . .. it is now a reality

Many of us around the world are very much concerned about this rather disturbing and serious trend. At first, I personally thought it might have been somewhat exaggerated but after much review of scientific research, I feel strongly about the protection of our fragile planet Earth. Most of the leading scientific organizations in the world acknowledge the existence of GLOBAL WARMING and that it is not a natural occurrence.

Whether you call it climate change or GLOBAL WARMING . . IT IS HAPPENING. Scientists say that we are already experiencing impact, and they are likely to increase. The impacts include the effects of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves, ice storms, hurricanes, but also increased threats from infectious diseases and armed conflict. Scientists have documented the rise in average temperatures worldwide since the late 1800’s.

Recognizing that there is little doubt that human activity. . .largely through the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the use of fossil fuels is responsible for the current pace of GLOBAL WARMING.

Motivated to express my genuine concerns, I decided to creatively render my interpretation and representation in my image of the gradual heating of the Earth’s surface oceans and atmosphere.

 

Biography/Resume

Robert Michaels  has been a successful professional artist, photographer, graphic designer, and author for many decades now. He has specialized in high resolution Fine Art Photography and Graphic Design through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING. Photography, digital photo-illustration, and fine art creation have dominated my professional career.he has been providing professional photography since 1974 for print, advertising, and multimedia. Based now in Sedona, Arizona, Michaels is a photographer, artist, and graphic designer servicing commercial clients with PHOTO-ILLUSTRATIONS for ADVERTISING, EDITORIAL, and other print work including CATALOG and MAGAZINE COVERS for international publications, brochures, and various periodicals.

 Corporate clients have included among others:

National Geographic, Polaroid Corp, Hewlett-Packard, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA, AGFA, Fujifilm USA, American Airlines, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Marriott Hotels, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sunset Magazine, U.S. State Department, United States Air Force, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Hotel Del Coronado, International Spy Museum, University of Southern California (USC), Personality Hotels of San Francisco, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, Sunset Magazine, Camera & Darkroom Magazine, UCLA, United States Postal Service, Los Angeles Zoo, Signet Scientific Corporation, Computer Artist Magazine, Photo Electronic Imaging Magazine, Rapidocolor Corporation, Management Graphics, Photo Lab Management, Fargo Electronics, Winona Schools, AAA, Mohegan Sun, Afflink, Andromeda Software, New Media Magazine, Lasermaster Corporation, AQ-Automotive Quarterly, Concours d’ Elegance (NY), etc.

 Fine Art Exhibits (Partial Listing):

Los Angeles Center For Photography (special exhibit on Venice Beach, California)

Artworks Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Mann Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Shoreline Gallery, Malibu, California

2008 Hamptons Concours D’ Elegance, New York

2008 Velocity Art in Motion- exhibit in Minnesota

Award winning book published: “Shine to Rust – an Appetite for Vintage Cars and Trucks” 2005.

2014 book published “Monumental Visions-The Fusion of Old World and Contemporary Art”

Created several other fine art photography books currently in worldwide distribution (“Legions of Clay” and “Icons Among the Ruins”, etc.)

Images have appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines, catalogs, and periodicals.

Award winning book published: “Shine to Rust – an Appetite for Vintage Cars and Trucks” 2005.

2014 book published “Monumental Visions-The Fusion of Old World and Contemporary Art”

Created several other fine art photography books currently in worldwide distribution (“Legions of Clay” and “Icons Among the Ruins”, etc.)

Images have appeared on the cover of over 100 magazines, catalogs, and periodicals.

Professional Memberships have included:

ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)

PMA (Photo Marketing Association-International)

Malibu Art Association

Conducted, through ASMP, Workshops for pro-photographers.

SAGA (Sedona Area Guild of Artists) Master Signature Artist

Received numerous photography and fine art awards in Los Angeles County.

Studies include degrees in commercial art, fine art painting and photography from:

Los Angeles Art Center of Design,

University of California at Los Angeles

Otis Art Institute, Los Angles, California.

Workshops and classes with Ansel Adams.

Currently involved with the integration of FINE ART PAINTING and PHOTOGRAPHY through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING.

 



Second Place

Isabel Hayes

"No Ordinary Love"

Acrylic on board , 1334 x 1334

Sale Price $NFS

 

“No Ordinary Love” is one of Isabel’s paintings influenced by the cubist style. The subjects in this painting may look unconventional, but their love is extraordinary. He accepts her protectiveness, and together they become human.

 

Biography

 

Isabel is a portrait painter whose subjects emerge entirely from her imagination. Her work is totally spontaneous and intuitive. Inspired by the vibrant colors and visual richness of her childhood in Madrid and Guatemala, she uses strong, bright and dark colors to express mood and emotion. Her subjects have captivating and enigmatic faces inviting the viewer to imagine a narrative. She works with acrylic and oil paints on canvas and panels and her method involves applying multiple layers of paint.

 

Second Place

Hannah Apps

"Plagued by You"

Oil on canvas , 24" x 18"

Sale Price $600

 

 

Art Statement

 

Physicians wore plague masks centuries ago when battled bubonic plague. The beaked masks look inhuman. The painting is done using a Velazquez technique. It is on a handmade rough linen herringbone canvas that had a pinkish red ground. The color scheme is predominately black and white. Scumbles, paint layers, and heavy impasto are used to create depth and mystery. The herringbone catches the paint layers which again creates depth. In parts of the mask, the reds of the ground show through.

 

Artist Biography

 

Hannah Apps painted her first landscape in oil at age 12 and has continued to make art ever since. She has always loved color and texture and transitioned from painting to quilting in her 20’s to satisfy this love. But by the time she hit 50, she was dying fabric and painting her quilts. After painting the Mackinac Bridge on a wall quilt, she decided it was time to paint on canvas and panel instead. Now, she works primarily in oils, acrylics, and pastels. She typically makes her own panels and canvases (it must be the quilt maker in her). She often does underpaintings and then use a series of glazes to give depth and richness to the colors. Lately she has been experimenting with imprimatura layers and thick and thin paint. Her work comments on the human condition. She wants to make a viewer laugh, cry, or question what they are seeing. Her art has been juried into shows throughout the Midwest and in several national and international online shows. In addition, she has won awards in several shows.

She has been very lucky throughout her life as she has had so many opportunities to serve her community, teach fantastically talented students at Kalamazoo College, and learn, write, and create. No matter where her life was taking her, art has always been in the forefront. She is a lifelong learner and always wants to try something new. Apps has studied in an atelier setting with Kenneth Freed, a nationally known oil painter. She has also studied with other pastel and oil painters. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Great Lakes Pastel Society, and American Women Artists. Her website is www.hannahhilesapps.com.   She lives in Kalamazoo Michigan with her husband and two spoiled cats.

Second Place

Mary Dove

"My Amaryllis in Full Morning Glory"

Oil Paining , 10" x 8"

Sale Price $625

My Amaryllis in Full Morning Glory

My Amaryllis was given as a Christmas gift. When the time came to bloom it was placed in the studio’s north corner window receiving the east morning sun in perfect lighting conditions on a glass table. As the plant began to grow it was photographed almost every day starting with the bud. It grew beautifully through all its stages to full bloom, a magical process to witness nature at her best.

In this perfect light location, some of the blooms were backlit and others were seen in the direct sun. At the end of the bloom cycle, 3 photo images were selected to paint starting with the budding out stage, the 2nd open flower was backlit creating areas of direct sunlight, shadows, and translucent pedal colors. This oil painting represents capturing the light on a mature Amaryllis flower.

The series was a joy to paint. This one of 3 blooms at the time on the stock was in a perfect position for the last photo shoot. The best of all worlds was created for the artist; the direct sun, cast shadows, great highlights, strong contrast of lights and darks, red and greens complementary colors, some of the white area were in the direct sun with other white areas in the shadows.

This painting, of an Amaryllis in full bloom, was a painters gift of opportunities in design, layout, composition, emotion, enjoyment for the beauty of nature in her glory, craftsmanship, control of the oil painting media to express a concept to be enjoyed, and experienced.

 

Biography

Starting with her first adult drawing in the 2nd grade, a rabbit drawn on her chalkboard, by the 9th grade, Mary Dove was a portrait artist in drawing, oil paintings, and flowers in pastels. At this time, learning perspective was added to her art experience which influenced the decision to become a college architecture major. In this 9th-grade art class, they went outside, sat on the curb, and selected a home across the street to draw in 2 point perspective.

With her college architectural experience, it was easy to fearless become engaged with all forms of architectural structures. As a high school art teacher, one aspect taught the students was to pay attention to the values (lights and darks) occupied within the first 4 boundary lines on their painting. Sunlit, for Mary Dove, is an important aspect of a painting. Sunlit provides the opportunity to contrast bright light against strong shadows. She feels, her paintings are at their best when expressing a kiss of sunlight in the artwork.

Visual arts are a significant part of Mary Dove’s life. Her greatest delight is to capture long remembered shared experiences. She loves telling a story through her creations which strike an emotional chord with the viewer. Her artwork is at its best when expressing a passion for the chosen subject. The artwork is a personal adventure that begins with the intellectual challenge of visual design resulting in the problem-solving aspects of each new project.

Growing up in Houston, Texas her dad made certain she was exposed early and often to a wide variety of life experiences, included all manner of wildlife, birds, nature, sports and even food. Such invaluable encounters have enabled her to breathe life and soul into each chosen subject to paint or draw. Diversification thus become, and remains today, the hallmark of her work. Mary Dove’s paintings range from landscapes and architectural structures too big game animals, pet portraits, and still life.

A resident of Sedona, Arizona, Mary Dove earned both a Bachelor and a Master of Education Degree from Texas Tech University. Her college education began as an architect major, she moved through commercial art, technical illustration to discover her artistic “voice”’ as an illustrator; graduated with a major in art education and fine art. She depicts in the artwork an understanding of structure, a keen eye for detail, and the comprehensive skill of execution. Virtually every media is on her pallet from pencil and charcoal to watercolors, oil pastels, acrylic and oil paintings, jewelry, sculpture, and ceramics. Each selected subject requires its own best medium presentation used to invoke a quality of super realism with a sprinkle of expressionism. Numerous awards and honors have been granted to Mary Dove.

Second Place

Stacy Topjian Searle

"Look Up"

Pen and Ink , 10" x 14"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

My artwork is an exploration of the compositional and textural elements found in nature and rural settings.

Working exclusively in black and white, the strong contrast of ink on paper allows me to focus on the detail, tone and texture of my subject matter. To me, color is a distraction.

On a personal level there is a strong connection between my art and my faith. The close examination of nature, with pencil or pen, prompting a desire for deep introspective work.

 

Biography/Resume

 

Stacy Topjian Searle is a pen and ink landscape artist from Nashua, New Hampshire who works exclusively in black and white.

Searle began her art education at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston Massachusetts. She later earned a BA in Art from the University of Lowell, Lowell Massachusetts, where her focus was on Illustration.

Stacy uses on-site sketches and photographs as references for her work. She begins by laying out the general composition of a piece in pencil. Once a composition is in place, ink is applied to create a contour drawing of the scene. Detail is developed through her unique blend of cross hatching, contour lines, parallel lines, stippling and scrumbling techniques to create the mood of each piece.

Creation inspires most of Searle’s work and by focusing on the complexity and details of nature she hopes to increase awareness to the need for conservation and preservation.

Stacy is an award-winning juried artist and is a member of the Nashua Area Artists Association. She has participated in Nashua’s Art Walk and has exhibited in group exhibitions at ArtHub Gallery in Nashua, NH, Beaver Brook in Hollis, NH, the Whitty Gallery in Hollis, NH, the Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA, the ALL Gallery in Lowell, MA, Angles and Art Gallery in Haverhill, MA, The Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA, and Uforge Gallery in Boston, MA.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Art, minor in Art History, University of Lowell, Lowell, MA

Graduated 1991, Focus of Study in Illustration

Recent Group Exhibitions

March 2019 Drawn To It: Line and Shade, ALL Gallery, Lowell, MA

January 2019 Wild and Woolly, NAAA ArtHub Gallery, Nashua, NH

November 2018 13th Annual Art Festival, Veasey Memorial Park, Groveland, MA

July 2018 All in the Family, LTC Gallery, Lowell, MA

May 2018 For the Love of Color, The Whitty Gallery, Hollis, NH

August 2018 Nashua Area Artists’ Display, 201 Main St., Nashua, NH

October 2018 Nashua Area Artists’ Display, 201 Main St., Nashua, NH

November 2017 In Black & White, Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH

Recent Solo Exhibitions

December 2018 Featured Artist, Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson, NH

August 2018 Featured Artist, A&E Coffee and Tea, Amherst, NH

June 2018 Featured Artist, Coffeeberries, Londonderry, NH

May 2018 Featured Artist, NAAA ArtHub Gallery, Nashua, NH

September 2017 Featured Artist, Nashua Public Library, Nashua, NH

July 2017 Mayor’s Office Artist of the Month, City Hall, Nashua, NH

Recent Juried Exhibits

May 2018 Community, NAAA ArtHub Gallery, Nashua, NH

June 2017 82nd Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

Awards

June 2018 People’s Choice, For the Love of Color, The Whitty Gallery, Hollis, NH

April 2016 Honorable Mention for “The Cove,” Landscape Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time

September 2015 1st Place Painting and Other Media for “Roots,” Beaver Brook Arts Festival, Hollis, NH

March 2014 Honorable Mention for “Birches,” All Women Art Competition, Light Space & Time

September 2014 2nd Place Painting and Other Media for “Birches,” Beaver Brook Arts Festival, Hollis, NH

March 2013 Special Recognition for “A Dusting,” Light Space & Time

September 2013 2nd Place Painting and Other Media for “Winter Willow,” Beaver Brook Arts Festival, Hollis, NH

 

Second Place

Tobi Held

" FulFillment"

Oil Mixed Media , 60" x 48

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

 

Tobi Held is a passionate artist who puts a bit of herself into each painting, unleashing her emotions with each brush stroke. Working with oil paints and mixed media, Tobi presents what is at times an amalgamation of still life and abstraction. What shines through is an obsession with the process itself. Her work exhibits a refined palette on a variety of subjects. Rather than exhausting one particular subject, Tobi chooses to challenge herself and broaden her technical skills with this myriad of subject matter. Despite her paintings ' exploration of various themes, each piece has unmistakablefeeling, showing off her genuine love for art. As a child, Tobi dreamed of becoming an artist. She has trained since then with art classes, graduating from Boston University, School of Fine Arts with a degree in graphic design and art history.

 

www.tobiheld.com
www.myartsinspire.com

Second Place

Tamara Sigler

"Life of Birds - The Star"

oil on linen , 12" x 18"

Sale Price $1850

Artist’s Statement

 

This painting is one in a series of “animated” still lifes utilizing staged arrangements as scenes in which origami birds can playfully interact. I try to instill character into each and imagine the two smaller birds in this arrangement being fascinated with the beauty of the lights while the others pass by without seeing. I am currently exploring how light, shadows and reflections can be used to add liveliness to an arrangement and how they work with the many directional draped and folded lines, leading and connecting viewers to the small scenes.

 

 

Artist Bio

 

Oklahoma native, Tamara Sigler, studied art at Kansas City Art Institute and earned her BFA from Oklahoma City University.

She has spent many years exploring areas of beauty in Oklahoma and in the desert Southwest and Rocky Mountain States.

Her still life “scenes” reflect the strong colors and patterns inspired by her home and travels, and showcase a contemporary approach to composition along with a love and respect for traditional painting technique.

Tamara is the recipient of the Native Star Award and has shown by invitation in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Small Works, Great Wonders Show. She has had work displayed in the Butler Museum of American Art and participated in numerous galleries and juried shows, including NOAPS Best of America Small Painting National Juried Exhibition, Bosque Art Classic, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 12×12, Heroes and Outlaws: 100 Oklahomans by 100 Oklahoma Artists, and the Rusty Gables Spring Stampede. Her painting “Trails End” received Best in Show at the Bauhaus Prairie Gallery’s Open a New Year 2018, with “Gifts from the Garden” receiving an award for the 2018 Still Life show.

Tamara was a Spirit of the Buffalo artist, with two of her proposed designs accepted for the successful project sponsored by the Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma City. Her designs are included in The Spirit of the Buffalo, Oklahoma’s Past and Future by Linda Millier Bosteels.

 

 

 

 

Second Place

Gary Johnson

"Imagination"

Watercolor , 22" x 21"

Sale Price $1750

Artist Statement – “Imagination”

The “Dynamics of Dominance and Value” in the abstract art Imagination that I created are but two of the design elements and principles that have become the central theme in the work I produce, exhibit and teach. Dominance is exhibited in many ways: color, shape, texture, and line are all forms of dominance utilized in this work. The predominantly warm colors are balanced with a small grouping of subordinated cooler colors.

The dominance of multiple curvilinear shapes are offset nicely by smaller geometric shapes. These are the two key forms of dominance that I try to produce when working on a watercolor abstract. Other elements that tend to support these characteristics of my work are textures which are derived in multiple ways as well as the use of line to help pull the piece together and the multiple washes that allow the transparency of watercolor to come shining through providing changes in value throughout the composition.

 

Biography

Gary Johnson, Fayetteville, AR is primarily a watercolor artist but thoroughly enjoys the results that acrylic mediums allow. Gary has lived and worked in many different areas of the US and became interested in art as he grew closer to retirement. He’s a self-taught artist, although he has taken numerous work shops around the country and has studied numerous texts and journals on the subject to enhance his skill level. He’s a Signature Artist in Excellence in the South Carolina Watermedia Society and is a member of many regional and national watermedia organizations around the country. He was recently ju-
ried into the Watercolor USA Exhibition, the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Ex-hibition, and the Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition.

Second Place

Mary Dove

"Open House Sunday, Show Low Arizona"

Watercolor , 22" x 30"

Sale Price $NFS

 

Artist Biography 

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Mary Dove’s father made certain she was exposed early and often to a wide variety of life experiences. These included all manner of wildlife, birds, nature, sports and even food. Such invaluable encounters have enabled her to breathe life and soul into everything she chooses to paint or draw. Diversification thus became, and remains today, the hallmark of her work. Paintings range from landscapes and architectural structures, big game animals, pet portraits and still life. This allows the subject matter to emotionally fine her as she responds to a particular location or personal experience.

A resident of Sedona AZ, Mary Dove earned both a Bachelor and a Master of Art Education Degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX. Her college education began as an architect major, moved through commercial art and technical illustration to discover her artistic voice as an illustrator. She now captures structures vanishing from our ever-changing landscapes. In the animal world, her keen insight and sensitivity express the physical characteristics and personality of our animal companions and wildlife. Her chosen subjects are depicted in a “realistic expressionism” style reflecting the study of light and values to depict the story mood of the painting.

Second Place

Tamara Sigler

"Gifts from the Garden"

oil , 18" x 14"

Sale Price $2100

Artist Statement

This painting is one in a series of “animated” still life paintings utilizing traditionally composed arrangements as scenes in which origami birds can playfully interact. This arrangement substitutes my more usual bold patterned rugs with a softer draping scarf along with iris from my garden and a blue and white bowl belonging to a dear friend. I am currently exploring how light, shadows and reflections can be used to add liveliness to an arrangement as well, leading and connecting viewers to the small scenes.

 

Biography

Oklahoma native, Tamara Sigler, has always loved the outdoors, and exploring areas of natural beauty, especially in Oklahoma, the desert Southwest and the Rocky Mountain States. Recent years have added the peaceful, green spaces surrounding her current northeast Ohio home to that list. As a young girl, she would sometimes find small “treasures” while exploring, which would be a launching pad for imagined scenarios about little worlds.

Tamara studied art at Kansas City Art Institute and earned her BFA from Oklahoma City University. She entered a career as a graphic designer, just as the field was transitioning from traditional to digital. “It was an exciting decade of creative growth and opportunity. The career path branched and led into some crazy and energetic years of balancing artistic endeavors with the requirements of being a stay-at-home parent. It now leads back to the world of a full time artist.”

She is at work on a “Life of Birds” series depicting still life subjects that are enlivened with directional elements and paper birds each with its own character. Her art reflects the strong colors and patterns inspired by her home and her travels, and showcase a contemporary approach to composition along with a love and respect for traditional painting techniques.

Tamara is the recipient of the Native Star Award and has shown by invitation in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Small Works, Great Wonders Show. She has had work displayed in the Butler Museum of American Art and participated in numerous galleries and juried shows, including the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s Best of America Small Paintings 2018, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 12×12, Bosque Art Classic, Heroes and Outlaws: 100 Oklahomans by 100 Oklahoma Artists, and the Rusty Gables Spring Stampede .  Her painting “Trails End” received Best in Show at the Bauhaus Prairie Gallery’s Open a New Year show.

Tamara is a Spirit of the Buffalo artist, with two of her proposed designs accepted for the successful project sponsored by the Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma City. Her designs are included in The Spirit of the Buffalo, Oklahoma’s Past and Future by Linda Millier Bosteels.

Second Place

Madeleine Zweifel

"Symmetry"

Light Painting , 30" x 24"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

“Life is Light and Motion”. Light painting is the combination of light and motion and my way to bring forth unique interpretations of this axiom.

“Symmetry” is representative of my approach to light painting. While the camera is fixed on a tripod, I am in front of it, “drawing” with a flashlight that is directed at the camera. The flashlight, used as the light source, is modified with various tips called “blades” of perspex in order to get specific light behaviors. To achieve the desired range of colors, I use color gels. Light art requires a slow shutter speed – my paintings come about in a single exposure of 10 – 20 seconds typically – and thus is best performed at night or in a dark room.

Biography/Resume

Madeleine Zweifel was  born in Zurich in 1958. She is a translator turned photographer and digital artist. Specializing in headshot photography, Madeleine is also a macro photographer and a light painter.

Why photography? Deliberate choice later in life. Introvert by nature, it has always been challenging for her to get out and meet with people. Photography helps with that and is a great way for me to interact with people and express herself through this creative outlet.



Third Place

Julie Lemberger

"Hidden Nude 1 (self-portrait)"

digitial photography , 22.8 x 15.4

Sale Price $400

Julie Lemberger is a photographer focusing on dance and other such romantic, musical, fun, interesting, scholarly, personal, passionate and artistic projects people in New York City (and Brooklyn) are doing. Having been a dancer herself, she is dedicated to preserving the fleeting ethereal moments of concert dance for more than 15 years, documenting her vision of dance in New York City at the turn of the 21st century.

Her dance photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Dance Magazine and other national and international journals and web sites since 1993. She also was assigned to photograph for The Villager and Downtown Express, under the late Thomas Butson for 5 years. Assignments varied, from press events with former Mayor Rudolph Guiliani to portraits of high-profile chefs in their restaurants and kitchens. Her photographs of the events of September 11, 2001, as seen from her Brooklyn rooftop, are in the collection at the New York Public Library.

For her notable Moving Pictures workshop The Brooklyn Arts Council awarded her for 3 years to teach formal dance and dance photography to Brooklyn’s inner city kids, resulting in photo shows at Five Myles Gallery. As well, Julie was invited to serve as a panelist for the New York Foundation of Arts (NYFA) photography-division

Julie’s dance photographs have been on view in a solo show, 10 Years of Dance at the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, and group shows including: Dance on Camera festival at the Puffin Room and the Bronx Academy of Art and Dance (BAAD).

In the dark days, before digital photography, Julie, created scores of black & white prints and negatives in her darkroom at home. Her darkroom technique were greatly improved at the Bettmann Archive, where she worked on historical prints from 100 years old negatives. When it was sold to Bill Gates her dance photographs were included in the Corbis collection since its inception.

She has had the privilege to work with and photograph such amazing artists and institutions as: Jody Sperling / TimeLapse Dance, Silver-Brown Dance, Lydia Johnson Dance, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Jody Oberfelder, De Facto Dance, Barbara Mahler, Carlos Fittante, New York Baroque Dance Company, Edisa Weeks and the late Homer Avila, Balam Dance, Regina Nejman, Dance Wave, Catherine Gallant, Kathak Ensemble: Janaki Patrik, 651 Arts, Japan Society, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance, Dancing In The Streets, Tap Extravaganza and dance departments at L.ong Island University, Hunter College and Juilliard.

She’s gained knowledge and insight from mentors who encouraged and challenged her: Zvi Lowenthal, her editor at The New York Times, the late Gary Parks and KC Patrick at Dance Magazine, Bill Murray, Heidi Riegler, who brought her along on her own professional journey, Paul Ben-Itzak, Olga Serry, Hanne Tierney Wong, Robert D’Allesandro and Virginia Brooks at Brooklyn College where she got a BA in fine art / photography. Her dance teachers who dug into her very soul: Carlos Fittante, Wendy Perron, Grace Doty, David Howard and Graciela Kozak and many, many others.

Though Julie has been in New York City for over 25 years she still speaks with a Californian accent, she was raised in Berkeley. She currently lives in Brooklyn with Chris and their daughter, Margot.

Third Place

Cory Graham

"Reflection"

Digital art , 19" x 13"

Sale Price $100

 

 

Art Statement

 

Water is a mirror. Sometimes clean and sparkling, sometimes covered in generations of dust and debris, it shows us not only who we are but where it has been. Our own walls, be they physical, emotional, spiritual or cultural, often shield us from the world outside of our comforts and luxuries. Our walls force out anything which may upset the delicately arranged apple cart of our daily existence. Our walls protect us from the very same punishments they inflict on others.

In the murky waters of a steaming river, we saw no greater reflection of who we are than in the loss of a brave father and child, fighting against impossible forces to breathe free. We built our own walls even taller.

But we must see our reflection. We must face down our own sins. We must shed our walls. What we see in the mirror is our own horror, reflecting in the giant eye of the city perpetuating our crimes. A mirror more famous than perhaps any other in our nation, and in the face of those who need the reflection the most.

 

Artist Biography

 

My home is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in Eastern Kentucky. Born in the coalfields of West Virginia, I relocated here many years ago and have found a place and a peace unlike any other within the confines of the hills and the comfort of the culture. To many, we are a stereotype. We exist as backwoods, uneducated swine rooting about in the world’s garden for a morsel of what may fall our way. But to see only that is to overlook the character and culture built on the backs of hundreds of years of life in one of the toughest places in the United States.

Eight of the poorest counties in the nation are my neighbors. The interstates don’t run through our part of the country very well. Our land, our jobs, and our very souls have been bought and sold by robber baron coal and oil barons, torn to shreds and left to die on the vine. Yet, we persist. In the face of adversity, we continue to give birth to art, music, poetry, literature and a world often kept all to ourselves. But we do not fit into one box. We are as varied in viewpoints and experiences as any place in America, and our culture is rich. That is who I am. I am one of many, but the many have undeniably shaped the one.

Third Place

Gaylord Mink

"Hoeing Cabbage"

Digital art ,

Sale Price $POR

Hoeing Cabbage

The image is a digital art rendition from a video image taken from a ship cruising up the Yangtze river in central china.  The young lady is hoeing cabbages on the river bank.

Artist Statement

After several years as a free-lance wildlife videographer, I have moved to digital stills mainly using a still cameras. Most recently I have begun experimenting with picturely art; using digital software to “artify” still captures from digital video. This is image is part of that experiment.

Artist Biography

Gaylord Mink began his “artistic” life as a photographer when he retired after 40 years as a research scientist. He began this afterlife as a free-lance wildlife videographer where he concentrated on the movement and behavior of the wild subjects. Later he expanded to digital still photography where he now attempts to tell visual stories about the subject’s behavior. Recently he is focusing on incorporating light and texture as principle subjects in his work, most of which still centers around wildlife and natural things.

Third Place

Vic Gladstone

"Global Warming-Glacier Calving"

Digital image metal print , 24" x 24"

Sale Price $250

Artist Statement

Global Warming-Glacier Calving is a photograph taken at the Sawyer Glacier near Tracy Arm during a cruise along Alaska’s Inside Passage. There was significant calving of the glacier while we were at the site that the conservationist on board noted was due to global warming. In post processing I ‘shaped’ the image to represent a globe and this piece represents to me what global warming is doing to the earth’s glaciers.

 

Biography

I have been a photographer for over 45 years. I am a self-educated and self-taught photographer whose early work was 35mm black and white, chrome, and color imagery. Black and white photos were processed and printed in my darkroom. I migrated to digital photography and now exclusively capture, process, mat, and frame my digital images. I love the creativity and expression in photography. It is my hope that my images will enable others to enjoy the beauty of the world through my photographs.

 

Recent Recognitions

1st Place award in the Maryland Photography Alliance’s 2nd Annual Photography Contest, 2019
Honorable Mention in The Art of Stewardship “Nature Through the Eyes of Artists” Howard County (MD) Conservancy, 2017 – Greg Mort, Juror
Accepted Work, Frederick Camera Clique Annual Juried Show 2017
2nd Place award in The Art of Stewardship “Nature Through the Artist’s Eyes” Howard County (MD) Conservancy, 2016 – Greg Mort, Juror
Accepted Work, Frederick Camera Clique Annual Juried Show 2016
Accepted Work (3), Bowie Arts Committee, Juried Art Exhibit “The Great Outdoors” 2018
Accepted Work, Bowie Arts Committee, Juried Art Exhibit “Color Blind” 2018
Accepted Work (2), Bowie Arts Committee, Juried Art Exhibit “Reflections” 2018
Accepted Work, Bowie Arts Committee, Juried Art Exhibit “Abstracts” 2019

Third Place

Gaylord Mink

"CLOSe"

Photography , 6000 x 3376

Sale Price $POR

Artist Biography

 

Gaylord Mink began his “artistic” life as a photographer when he retired after 40 years as a research scientist. He began this afterlife as a free-lance wildlife videographer where he concentrated on the movement and behavior of the wild subjects. Later he expanded to digital still photography where he now attempts to tell visual stories about the subject’s behavior. Recently he is focusing on incorporating light and texture as principle subjects in his work, most of which still centers around wildlife and natural things.

Third Place

Ming Y. Dong

"Freedom"

Printmaking , 21" x 7"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement:

Like birds, one’s thoughts have the power to transcend physical shackles and travel unimaginable distances. When one’s mind is set free, creativity is released.

Biography:

Ming Y. Dong is currently a high school senior. She started to experiment with colors and different media since the age of three. Growing up, Dong liked to visit art museums and explore nature with a sketchbook in her hand, recording every ephemeral moment happening around her.

Dong always connect her art to nature. In her art pieces, she uses nature as the foundational logic. Then, she builds on it with more ideas. She aims to depict the interrelation between common objects and morality, something she considers a product of nature. In this light, her art reflects concepts such as science’s strictness, nature’s power, and culture’s variability.

Dong experiments drastically different styles to create each art piece from multiple dimensions. A piece of Dong’s art usually starts with an inspirational observation or a sudden question. As she tries to explain it, more doubts come to her mind. She either draws out many drafts before starting or starts boldly when her emotion reaches its climax. As she draws, she interrogates art, and art gives her solutions to her doubts.

Dong considers art as the origin of her creativity, so she aims to apply what she calls “art-think” into many areas to solve problems.

Third Place

Gerald Chodak

"After the Rain"

Acrylic on Canvas , 48" x 48"

Sale Price $2800

About This Painting

 

“After the Rain” is a 48″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas Painting influenced by a rainbow I saw after a heavy rain in Florida.

 

Biography

 

My introduction to the visual arts came about in the latter part of my first career as a surgeon when I was exposed to the world of glass blowing.  I personally found surgery to be an artistic expression but with obvious limitations.  Blowing glass offered an opportunity to do “surgery” on the glass to create interesting shapes with the added excitement achieved with a varied color palette.   After 13 years of working with glass and showing my work in five galleries, however, I found the need to explore painting.  I began with classes at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art in Boca Raton, Florida and the Old School Square in Delray Beach, Fl.   Whereas blowing glass required pre-work planning and had a time constraint, painting has allowed me more spontaneity and freedom with time to react to each painting as it develops.   I can work on a piece, put it aside and return to it at any time until I feel it is complete.    If something doesn’t feel quite right, I can change or modify it until I am satisfied.  Another freedom with painting is the ability to combine any colors of my choosing.  With glass, physical attributes of some colors prevent them from being combined together.  I find my direction with both mediums has been greatly influenced by the abstract colorist painters of the early and mid 20thcentury.   Color evokes a special reaction in me.  I don’t simply see it but rather I react to it emotionally, whether it is the changing colors in the ocean or sky, the flowers in my garden or the birds flying by. My goal is to evoke a similar reaction for myself as I watch the colors of the paints merge together and explode off the canvas, creating combinations that are often unexpected. Constant excitement influences my art as I prefer to display organic, non-objective shapes, which encourages the viewer to find their own message.

Third Place

Carol Donahue

"Connected"

Archival Pigment Print , 22" x 18"

Sale Price $325

Artist Statement

I am an independent freelance photographer, third generation born in Washington, D.C. Until recently I lived in a rural community, on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay, enjoying the naturaI beauty and historical interest of Annapolis and DC. Now I live on the outskirts of Houston, another vibrant and exciting city.

“Connected” is an image captured in the Observation Lounge at the Top of The Rock at Rockefeller Center, NY. I found a strong image in the structure of the room as well as the beautiful and interesting human connections.

My Architectural images are examples of the urban development. I want them to capture the intensity in the rhythms of the city. The structures are living, breathing environments and the interactive design is an integration of structure, man and nature. I am excited to capture the energy of life in these spaces that is implied as much as seen.

 

Art Resume & Biography

I studied photography at local Art Centers while I was raising my family.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with Fine Art Photographer Dick Bond

Anne Arundel College -Fine Art Photographer Don Kneessi

The historic alternative processes piqued my interests and inspired my approach to photography. I was challenged to push the boundaries of creating images.

 

Memberships

Texas Photographic Society

Maryland Federation Art

Art Council for Anne Arundel County, MD

 

Notable Exhibitions and Awards

6/2018 National Juried Exhibition “Personal Perspective Darkroom Gallery, VT

5/2018 2 Artist Exhibition ”Under One Sun” Woods Gallery, Severna Park, MD

4/2018 Spring Member Exhibition Maryland Federation of Art

3/2018 MFA Member Melange II Exhibition

2/2018 National Juried Exhibition,”Abstraction” BOS- Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery, OK

7/2017 2 Artist Exhibition “Under One Sky” Chaney Gallery, Maryland Hall, MD

8/2016 3 Artist Exhibition “2 Carols and a Gail” Quiet Waters Garden Gallery MD

3/2016 River Gallery Juried Community Exhibition, MD

1/2016 Lowes State Office Building, Maryland Artists, Annapolis MD

12/2015 National Juried Exhibition “ Small Wonders” Honorable Mention, MdFedArt

12/2015 Annapolis Design Showhouse

5/2015 Maryland Artists Juried Exhibition “ Maryland Art @College Park” UMD

Third Place

Leif Sohlman

"Chicken Escape"

Photography , 183 x 122cm

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

Nature is a beauty we all have to love. If we do not love nature we loose a bit of our souls. Leif’s images will try to find the beauty in the surrounding, especially nature, around us and to let others find that beauty through his images. Sometimes it might be beauty in something you do not believe is beauty. He hopes others will find and search beauty in nature through his images.

Biography

Leif Sohlman is an amateur photographer/digital artist mainly working with nature and landscapes. He is working with landscapes, flowers and macro photography and sometimes with digital art as photo painting and abstract work. He mostly find his motives in the surroundings of his home in City Enköping ( Enkoping, Enkoeping) Sweden

Third Place

Susanne Weber

"Tiffany Spring Flowers"

Fiber / Felt , 14" x 8"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

Tiffany Spring flowers:
“My latest projects are inspired by Art Nouveau and especially the wonderful stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Capturing the iridescent and translucent colors in combination with the strict network of black lines in felt keeps me fascinated. For this piece I used hand-dyed merino and Bergschaf wool, tussah silk, rose fibers and viscose.”

 

Biography/Resume

 

“Austrian fiber artist Susanne Weber creates felt paintings with emphasis on the magic of light and texture. Her approach is the fusion of Crafts (felting is an ancient textile process, believed to be the oldest form in existence), and Arts. In this context, fibers can be defined as a painting medium, complying with many of the rules relating to visual arts.

Susanne is a studied biologist and has her own medical translation business. She started felting in 2014 out of curiosity and was instantly hooked. From the beginning, working in 2D and exploring the endless options of colors and various fibers was her favorite subject, and she has been largely influenced by the works of Moy Mackay and Susan Mulcock. Nowadays, Susanne is steadily enhancing her knowledge and skills by attending various classes of worldwide renowned fiber artists.
Using violence-free materials like mulesing-free wool and peace silk is a vital issue, and processing wool from raw fleece to self-dyed painting material has become increasingly important to her.
Two exhibitions at the Vienna Felting Festival in 2016 and 2017 were a great success, and Susanne is actually preparing two further exhibitions for autumn 2018.

Her paintings are featured in Arts and Crafts magazines and juried exhibitions, and in December 2017 she was one of 12 Wraptious competition finalists out of 2000+ entries.
Together with her husband and three cats, Susanne lives in Vienna, the beautiful capital of Austria.”

 



Fourth Place

Hilary Saner

"After Tea"

Oil on paper , 30" x 26"

Sale Price $1200

To me, it comes down to trying to live and respond to life, to people, to experience as authentically and truthfully as possible. Painting is prayer – it saves my life day by day, as a meditative and spiritually transformative discipline; the final “object” (or painting) is almost incidental to the long and repetitive journey through the stations of Beginning, Doubt, Failure and ultimately Resolution.

I paint on a variety of supports, from canvas to wood, to particle board to heavily worked paper. I often create these supports layer by layer in a series of random, flowing expressive actions – look, add, respond, glue, remove, attach; again; again… – before insisting on the painted image on the final surface offered up to the viewer. This is to try to capture and model my sense that this is what life demands of each of us – insistent agency and presence – over and against and informed by its seemingly random, often turbulent flow.

I say, with David Foster Wallace, “In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s human and magical that still live and glow despite the times’ darkness.”

I practice in the hope of moving towards an increasing clarity of perception and fearless engagement with the medium, that will allow me to say (with Rilke), “Look – a leaf, a dancer, a human being, a carrot, an oak tree, a window,” but to say them in such a way that the objects or people themselves never dreamed of existing so intensely.

Hilary Saner

Fourth Place

Dorothy Brooks

"Waiting"

Oil on canvas , 24" x 30"

Sale Price $1675

 

BIOGRAPHY

I was born in the state of Washington, one of the most beautiful places in the continental United States. Most of my formative years were spent growing up on the east coast, during a time when the diversity of life and culture changed at a very fast pace. I began my fascination with art, at an early age during my first class trip to the National Museum of Art. While standing in the corridor, I was so overwhelmed with a multitude of feelings, right then I decided there was only one thing important enough to be in my life, and that was an artist. I wanted to help others feel what I had when viewing the work. I began drawing in pencil at seven, and at the age of 12 I was working with oils. I have tried other mediums over the years and recognized that oils were my one true love. It is a medium with great flexibility and life that speaks deeply to me.

 

 

 

Fourth Place

Kristi Richter

"Disparate Horns"

Acrylics , 11" x14"

Sale Price $1000

Artist Biography

 

Kristi was born and grew up in Chicago and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  Art has always been a priority, and she owes her zealous interest due to her grandfather, who was a professional commercial artist and had a studio in Chicago.  Her mother was also an artist, so she inherited talent from both sides of the family.

She had always been interested in art as far back as grade school and art teachers paid special attention to her, encouraging her to develop her natural abilities.  As a youngster, she never purchased store bought cards but always created cards for her parent’s birthdays and other special holiday occasions, and she was always designing comic books.

Kristi followed an art curriculum through high school, but it was when she attended The American Academy of Art and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts respectively, that she really started to understand her potential and how to express it.  Her studies introduced her to the many facets of art such as advertising, illustration, calligraphy, photography, scratchboard, abstract, design, charcoal drawing with live models, and color schemes.  Over time, she was able to recognize her weaknesses and sought ways to improve them, and she solidified her strengths.

Kristi believes a bona fide artist is capable of rendering any initiative and she occasionally undertakes endeavors that do not include animals, which are her passion and forte.  Her goal is to capture her subject’s expression, colors, hair, and fur consistencies which can sometimes present a very complex challenge.

Kristi’s favorite medium is acrylics because they blend easily, dry quickly and the colors are opulent and vibrant.  Most of her work is done in acrylics and has included pet portraits, posters and advertisements that are animal-related.  She has also written and illustrated a children’s book about a dog which she would like to publish.

Second to none is scratchboard which she found particularly challenging because of the complexity of animal fur textures.  She views scratchboard as being a very meticulous medium because there is very little room for mistakes, but because of this, the end result is gratifying, and it is her scratchboards that have won first place in several art competitions.

Kristi’s definitive objective is to start a business exclusively doing pet portraits or a favorite wildlife creature rendered in acrylics, scratchboard, watercolor, abstract, and cartoon.  She has designed a business card and advertising poster and her logo is “Kristi’s Kritters”.

Fourth Place

Les Schmidt

"Fire Tree"

Archival pigment print , 18" x27"

Sale Price $1,150

Artist Statement

I took this photograph off the highway at sunset in rural Louisiana. Something struck me about this lone country tree flanked by a tiny fire hydrant. It’s as if the pump knows it has one job, and that’s to stay by the tree’s side and help protect it.

Biography

Les Schmidt (b. 1960 New Brunswick, NJ)
Attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts from 2003-2004.
He has exhibited extensively in the US including Los Angeles, CA; Naples, FL; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Cooperstown, NY and Johnson City, TX and internationally in Budapest, Hungary and Crete, Greece.
He’s been a twice selected finalist for Naples Art Association’s Camera USA® National Photography Award (2016, 2017) as well as being curated into recent national exhibitions held at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Masur Museum of Art and Attleboro Arts Museum.
Les Schmidt works and resides in New Orleans, LA.

2019

Choice 2019  Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2018

Snap to Grid  Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
Chania International Photo Festival  Blank Wall Gallery, Grand Arsenali, Crete, Greece
St Tammany Art Association: 53rd National Juried Exhibition  Miriam Baranger Gallery, Covington, LA
Monochrome: Juried International Photography Exhibition  PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Urban Landscapes  1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Still Life  A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2017

Snap to Grid  Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Portrait  1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
STORM  Solo Exhibition, Guy Lyman Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
Atlanta Celebrates Photography: Photo Buckhead  Buckhead Library, Atlanta, GA
Someone/Someplace: Figures, Portraits & Landscapes  Western Bureau Arts, San Jose, CA
Street Photography: Juried International Photography Exhibition  PH 21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Cooperstown Art Association: 82nd Annual National Exhibition CAA Village Building, Cooperstown, NY
The Red Clay Survey: 2017 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art  Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
St Tammany Art Association: 52nd National Juried Exhibition  STAA Art House, Covington, LA
RECOLLECTIONS: A Community Photography Project  New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
It’s a Sign: The Medium is the Message  1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Camera USA® 2017: National Photography Exhibition  The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
Line – 2017 National Juried Exhibition  Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
Masur Museum of Art: 54th Annual Juried Competition  Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

2016

New Beginnings: Insight Photography Show  Rail Yard Studios, Nashville, TN
Highway 90: Beyond the Rigolets  Solo Exhibition, Guy Lyman Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
Abstracted  Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN
Portraiture: Photography Now  Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
THINGS: a still life show  5 Press Gallery, New Orleans, LA
ARTifact  Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT
Fishing for Iconography 2  A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX
Camera USA® USA 2016: National Photography Exhibition  The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

2015

Dorothy Jean  Solo Exhibition, Guy Lyman Fine Art, New Orleans, LA

Fourth Place

Marin Burnett

"We Were Seeds"

Soft Pastels & Ink , 12"x 16"

Sale Price $400

Artist statement

“We Were Seeds…” is the first of a series of fantasy portraits dedicated to depicting both a likeness and the inspiration for the fantastical element. A Mexican Proverb reads, “When they buried us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” In today’s society, the assault on bodies of color is palpable and real. Our society has always known the meaning of this proverb, but its prescience is shameful. This portrait represents hope.

The wind blows through the little girls kinky hair and seeds blow from her like a dandelion. She is the representation of that proverb. She is the hope that keeps the seeds from springing up, even from being pushed into the soil. One cannot separate her from the words that inspired her.

Artist Bio

Marin Burnett, a native of New York and transplant to the Pacific Northwest, is a self-taught artist specializing in the human face and form.

Marin starting painting just after college as a form of escape and catharsis. What started as a casual hobby quickly became a passion and something that she dedicates her free time to on a daily basis. Marin works mainly in soft pastels and charcoal and works with bespoke handmade surfaces to ensure that the uniqueness of the individual and their story should be honored by the surface that holds their likeness.

Marin’s work has been featured at the Amber Tree Gallery in Washington, DC, the State House of Representatives in Maryland as well as the Hillman City Collaboratory in Seattle, WA. When she is not a consultant in her new Seattle home, or spending time with her husband and son, she is in her home studio working on prints or commissions to keep her sanity

www.marinalexisart.com

Fourth Place

Elite Shaier

"Never The Less"

Clay , 12.5" x 10" x 5.5"

Sale Price $140

Biography

My name is Elite Shaier and I’m a self-taught artist.

I sculpt in clay and use other materials such as paper, rocks, pine cones.

I’m an author of short stories (two of which were published), a poet (one of which is being published), and a teacher of social studies (MA) and Hebrew.

Researched the Native American’s Sun Dance in the University of Bar Ilan.

I live in GA with one husband and two Great Pyrenees dogs (from shelters, of course).

I love desserts, art, animals and good people, not necessarily in that order.

Fourth Place

Stephen J Daly

"CONSTRUCT (radio)"

ink on paper , 20 " x 27 1/2"

Sale Price $1800

 

Creative Statement

CONSTRUCT (radio) is one of several drawings I group as SIGNALS which reference abstract and symbolic images used in communication such as STEM or musical notations. I have also long enjoyed calligraphy. Letter forms do not have to be understood to have a point of view either compositionally or in terms of content.

I used black and white in this piece to add a mechanical feel which may look like electrical or wi-fi waves shooting across space. Loud and soft lines make tones.

As these waves are invisible in real life the presence here reminded me of a radio signal…thus the (radio) in the title.

Biography

The formative years for me artistically were those spent in undergraduate and graduate studies at San Jose State University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, respectively. San Jose State University had a very active art department and was close enough to the San Francisco Bay Area to allow plenty of museum, gallery, and studio visits. My struggle during this period was to find a medium I liked and determine what my artistic voice was to be. In San Jose, and again at Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, I explored the mysteries of metal casting and found a formal and visual language in a machine/man, machine/animal synthesis much expanded and grounded a few years later during a two-year grant period (on the Prix de Rome) at the American Academy in Rome where I could work, look and think, all the time.

My first teaching position at the University of Minnesota was followed by almost a decade at Humboldt State Univ. in Northern California (less the 2 years in Rome) central Texas. The move to Texas, to fill a position in sculpture at the University, saw the introduction of a distinctly figurative element in my sculpture and the beginning of drawing as an art form (as opposed to sketches for sculpture). The concepts of “situational” work and of “particulated” imagery (many independent forms working as a whole) continue today. Ideas swirl around how we communicate with each other and with the natural world.

 

Fourth Place

Howard Harris

"Mt Evans Stream"

Sublimation Print on Aluminum and Acrylic , 30" x 36"

Sale Price $2900

Artist Statement

Mt Evans is a 14,271-foot high mountain, where one might encounter snow in June. Just a few hundred feet below the summit in what is described as the southernmost area of arctic tundra, I was finally able to catch the magic which has charmed me for years.

Artist Biography

A Denver native, Mr. Harris has lived and worked in Kansas City, New York and Boston before returning to Denver.  Mr. Harris is now focusing on dimensional photographic fine art.  Harris’s exploration of dimensional photography began in the early 70’s showing his works in New York and Kansas City.  Harris now uses his patented process to create photographic constructions using a single, often abstracted image layered over itself on clear acrylic surfaces and superimposed on a subtle grid.  Harris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and a Master of Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute with additional studies in Economics and Computer Sciences from the University of Missouri, Sublimation Color Research from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Fourth Place

Gaylord Mink

"Hat"

Digital art ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement:

Last August I attended an outdoor dinner where one of the speakers was a local cowboy author who wore a large cowboy hat. While he told cowboy tales he set his hat on a nearby table not far from a small light bulb. As he spoke I adjusted my Sony camera and took a shot of the hat in the subdued light. The photo image was adjusted in Photo Brush-5 using Topaz Impressions app.

Artist Biography:

Gaylord Mink began his “artistic” life as a photographer when he retired after 40 years as a research scientist. He began this afterlife as a free-lance wildlife videographer where he concentrated on the movement and behavior of the wild subjects. Later he expanded to digital still photography where he now attempts to tell visual stories about the subject’s behavior. Recently he is focusing on incorporating light and texture as principle subjects in his work, most of which still centers around wildlife and natural things. Occasionally, however, he attempts surreptitious shots such as this one.

 

Fourth Place

Laicee Blackwell

"Daily Meds"

Mixed Media , 8" x 12"

Sale Price $350

Artist Statement

 

I am interested in creating mixed media pieces that investigate the human experience and condition, often using the figure itself.

My work often includes figurative imagery. I explore human emotions and issues at micro and macro scales. My work explores how individuals react to emotional events. I also think about larger groups and the dynamics of how crowds react to highly charged events. In The Queens Identity, I explored the identity of an individual who was hiding an interior self and finally taking a step out. Following a similar theme, Coming Out is a piece about the different experiences people have when coming out. The varied experience of people are represented by the hands and how they interact with the strings. I also use my art to consider moral, ethical, and religious issues, such as in my piece When is it a Baby?, which is about abortion.

I use a wide range of media. I will often begin with a medium and build an idea around it. Also, I use unexpected materials at times, such as baby doll parts like in When is it a Baby?, used CO2 canisters, an old plastic wonder horse, and empty bags of Starbucks coffee.

 

Resume

 

EDUCATION:    University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Bachelor of Science in Studio Art

Sculpture Emphasis – 2018

 

HONORS &

ACTIVITIES:   Member of Ball State Student Government – 2014-15

Executive Member Hall Council Ball State – 2014-15

Member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha – 2014-15

Dean’s List – 2015, 2016

Zutt Scholarship recipient – 2016

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award — 2018

 

EXHIBITIONS:   Ball State Student Show – Juried – 2015

USI Senior Exhibition – Juried – 2017

Peephole Student Showcase – Invitational – 2017

Off the Wall – New Harmony Contemporary Gallery – Open – 2017

USI Student Art Show – Juried – 2017

Parklane Gallery 26th Annual International Miniature Show – Juried – 2018

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Arts Awards – invintational – 2018



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