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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.

Best Of Show

Gaylord Mink

"People Watching"

Photography , 3000 x 2700

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

 

My wife is a people watcher. We live in a small town in eastern Washington where most of the people are “normal”. On a recent visit to San Francisco we stopped at a wharf-side shop for a beer and sandwich. As I sipped my beer, I kept my camera poised for that one interesting shot that was sure to come. I noticed my wife was intently watching the cast of “not-so-normal” characters that surrounded us. She was so totally mesmerized by their actions that she had no idea that I had just taken her picture. I was so intent on taking her picture that I ignored all the “not-so-normals” in the background. It looks as if I made the right choice.

 

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 portraits such as this one.

 

 

Best Of Show

Mary Dove

"Sedona Arizona Yellow Argentine Giant Cactus Flower"

Oil painting on stretched canvas , 8" x 10"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

The Argentine Giant Cactus Flower is a favorite of landscapers in the high Arizona desert. This fragrant blooms normally open at night and persist until early to mid-morning. While it is said to be a nocturnal blooming cactus on cool, cloudy days in Arizona; the flowers continue blooming during the day. The cactus of choice in the neighborhood.

This Yellow Giant was in my neighbor’s yard backlit by the early morning sun when I took the photograph. Oil paintings were added to expand the level of painting communication. Most often the subject matter directs how it would like to be interpreted in watercolor, oil pastels or as an oil painting. The subject intensity of the flower color and shadows were best expressed in an oil painting.

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.

Biography

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.

Best Of Show

Katty Smith

"Beyond the Yellow Brick Road"

Clay, solid built, finished with terra sigillata and Mason stains , 20" x 15"

Sale Price $1800

Artist Statement

My primary focus when sculpting is the female human spirt that comes from being raised in a family of strong women. Often, I like to convey a message or tell a story through my sculpture. “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road” as we know it from the book and movie, The Wizard of Oz, is referred to as a spiritual allegory. By searching for answers in life, as you travel the yellow brick road and then reach the end of the road, you come to realize the answers are inside you and you have the power to control your own destiny through your God given talents.

“Beyond the Yellow Brick Road” was coil built with Max White paper clay; the story was drawn and incised on the surface, and when the clay was bone dry, terra sigillata was applied with Mason stains. After bisque firing, copper oxide wash was applied and wiped off, then the sculpture was fired a second time. The color was enhanced by the application of a matte sealer.

Biography

When Katty Smith grew up in the small rural southern town of Halifax, Virginia, art was not a topic of discussion among the less than one thousand residents.  The opportunities to express any artistic ability were somewhat limited to coloring books and drawing scenes on the chalkboard. None the less, having a very large closely knit extended family, highlighted by frequent memorable gatherings, and knowing most people in the town made the formative years a wonderful experience.

A year and a half at The Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was put on hold when Katty married her high school sweetheart.   Ten years later with two children on board, she began her journey to a B.S. degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and eventually earned an MBA from the University of Toledo at age fifty-nine.  Anytime there was an opportunity to go to school, Katty was right there ready to enroll.

In 2008, at age sixty-five, Katty enrolled at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA, in a ceramic sculpting class.  The first day of class when she received her chunk of clay, her lifetime search ended and her passionate journey began. Never once in her sixty-five years of life had Katty ever dreamed of being an artist.

After moving to Florida in 2010, Katty enrolled at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, FL, for three years of ceramic sculpting classes.   The purchase of a house with a large garage and a new kiln allowed Katty to become a studio artist in New Smyrna Beach, FL, in 2013.  Now in her spare time, she plays tennis and volunteers locally at The Hub Gallery on Canal, at the Artists’ Workshop, Inc., and teaches occasional sculpting workshops.   She belongs to art associations that offer exhibiting opportunities and has won numerous awards to include four best in show awards. Katty currently exhibits her work at The Hub on Canal in New Smyrna Beach.

Best Of Show

Beatriz Quinonez-Czwakiel

"Blue Flower"

Ceramic ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

I have always been inspired by nature and the different seasons that bring the change of colors with them. Flowers are the primary influence for my artwork. My artwork is made from stoneware clay that has been thrown on the wheel, altered, and staked two or more forms. Carving petals, leaves, or other plant life to the surface adds visual movement and is enhanced using multiple glazes to create the array of colors. My pottery is functional, and decorative, but yet simple and elegant.

 

Artist Biography

Beatriz Quinonez-Czwakiel is a Mexican-born artist who is currently completing her B.F.A. concentrating in ceramics at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. Her influences for her work portray nature by using leaves or flowers to decoration functional pottery. Flowers in particular because they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, so no two flowers are the same as no two pots are exactly the same. The forms are thrown on the wheel then altered or stacked, but they are simple and elegant.  Carving a specific type of petal on the form defines the type of flower the pot will become. Leaves or vines are added to the base to give it more texture.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Of Show

Marino Nakano

"Seed"

Pen on paper , 21.4" x 15.5"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

I am pursuing beauty of black in black to illuminate essence of motifs.  The most of motifs are derived from emotional concepts, such as hope, frustration, and sadness, which arise from everyday matters.  In order to portray complexity and ambiguity of these emotions, I’m focusing on depicting monochrome images by manipulating elaborate blackness.

 

Biography

Marino Nakano is a Japanese-born artist who graduated “Musashino Art University” with B.A. Fine Art specialized in oil painting in Japan.  During her University days, she realized that monochrome pen drawing can express her inner core freely rather than oil paintings. This discovery encouraged her motivation to come up with further art works.  After graduating the University in Japan, she decided to relocate to the UK so as to study art more deeply. In the UK, she entered University for the Creative Arts (a.k.a UCA) and studied Textile Design there.  During she was in the university, she had created textured fabric which is hand dyed in black. Also, she was selected as a nominee of one of the best awards for new designers in the UK, called “Texprint”. After she graduated, she had collaborated with British fashion designers, Textile gallery, and Textile enterprises in London by providing her original textured fabrics.  Then she moved back to Japan and started creating consumer products in her own company. Apart from her expertise on “monochrome arts” and “hand craft works”, she had provided colorful digital artworks as an illustrator, which is completely opposite approach to the expertise. This was because she was motivated to publish her art works to the world broadly. However, in spite of the fact that the sales went fairly well and the experience extended her ability a lot, she gradually re-realized how the “monochrome arts” and “hand craft works” are precious to her.  In 2016, getting the opportunity to move to California, USA, she decided to convert her art style back to the delicate and drastic monochrome pen drawing. Now she is motivated to entertain people all over the world by her artworks while being awarded by international art competitions.

 

 

Best Of Show

Carol Donahue

"Translation of Form and Concept"

Archival Pigment Print , 24" x 18"

Sale Price $295

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 city.

My adventure these days is to explore cities finding examples of the development in the places we live. My focus is on creating an image with a strong use of light, line and color. My eye has drifted to capture reflected surfaces and the architecture naturally adds fabulous light and line.

My images are examples of the urban development. I want them to replicate the intensity inthe rhythms of the city. The structures are living, breathing environments and the interactive design to be an integration with nature. There is a balance, in the spaces, between stability and movement. I look for the transitions between the architecture and the relationship to the environment. I am excited to capture the energy of life in these spaces that is implied as much as seen.

Biography

I studied photography at local Art Centers while I was raising my family. I Studied at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with Dick Bond. I also studied with Fine Art Photographer Don Kneessi for 4 years at Anne Arundel Community College. The historic alternative processes piqued my interests and inspired my approach to photography. I was challenged to push the boundaries of creating images. “Learn the rules then you can break them” Kneessi instructed. His other favorite expression was “ You have to get Your knees dirty”! That’s my favorite part of the process.

Memberships

Maryland Federation Art ; Exhibition Committee

Art Council for Anne Arundel County

Notable Exhibitions and Awards

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, Annapolis MD

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

12/2015 Annapolis Showcase Design House

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

3/2015 National Juried Exhibition “Image & Imagination” Mitchell Gallery St John’s College

2/2015 Solo Exhibition “Pulsing Rythms, Views of the City” Maryland Federation of Art

1/2015  Celebrating Maryland Artists – Lowes State Office Building, Annapolis MD

6/2014  Maryland Artists Juried Exhibition “ Maryland Art @College Park” UMD

3/2014   River Gallery Juried Community Exhibition- Juror Merit Award

2/2014  6 Artists Group Exhibition “6 in the City” Circle Gallery

3/2013  River Gallery Juried Community Exhibition- 2nd Place

1/2013  Annapolis Maritime Museum –Exhibition-“The War of 1812 -The Pride of Baltimore II”

8/2012   National Juried Exhibition “Terrain” Kiernan Gallery Lexington VA.

8/2012   National Juried Exhibition “American Landscapes” Maryland Federation of Art

5/2012   National Juried Exhibition “Image & Imagination” Mitchell Gallery

4/2012   Maryland Federation Art Spring Member Show-Third Place

3/2012   River Gallery Juried Community Show – Juror’s Choice Award

12/2011  National Juried Exhibition “Small Wonders” Maryland Federation of Art

10/2011 National Juried Exhibition “Toyed With” Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

9/2011  National Juried Exhibition ´Through Many Lenses” Adirondack Center for the Arts, NY

 

Best Of Show

Tamara Sigler

"Trails End"

Oil , 18" x 12"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

My paintings can be described as Western Contemporary with themes drawn from my Oklahoma, Cherokee and Catholic roots.

I find inspiration in the strong patterns and colors of Navajo weaving, with the complete image only visible through the repeated interaction of thousands of individual strands. This concept of interconnectedness, along with a tendency to focus on small scenes of symbolic elements play out in my painting.

Much of my current work includes realistic and paper crows. I enjoy exploring the textures and colors within the black feathers and white surfaces and am fascinated by the “human” attributes ascribed to these noisy and communal birds. One series explores the real and symbolic traits attributed to the crow. In another, the origami crows form contemporary compositions focused on the energy of their connected movement, within a “landscape” of textures and rug patterns.

My hope is that my paintings convey human characteristics and spirit with a contemporary approach to subject and composition that is inspired by a western tradition.

Biography

Oklahoma native, Tamara Sigler, studied art at Kansas City Art Institute and earned her BFA from Oklahoma City University. She spent much of the next eight 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 travels, showcasing 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 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 12×12, Heroes and Outlaws: 100 Oklahomans by 100 Oklahoma Artists, and the Rusty Gables Spring Stampede.

She was one of Spirit of the Buffalo artists, 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.

Education

Oklahoma City University    BFA   1991       Magna cum Laude GPA 3.96

Exhibitions

2016-2017            Small Works, Great Wonders National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

2016                        Bosque Art Classic   Bosque, TX

2016                        Area Artists Midyear Show Butler Museum of American Art

2013-2015            8th, 9th and 10th Spring Stampede Juried Invitational Oklahoma City, OK

2015                        “Native Star” Award Recipient

2010                        Bona Fide: Juried Roster Artist Exhibit   ArtSpace Gallery, Shreveport, LA

2009                        Dia de los Muertos   ArtSpace Gallery,   Shreveport, LA

2002-2003            12×12 Invitational Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, OK

2006-2009             Heroes and Outlaws: 100 Oklahomans by 100 Oklahoma Artists OKC, OK

2004                        Spirit of the Buffalo Nature Conservancy, Oklahoma City, OK

Collections

Rusty Gables Gallery, OKC, OK    Gallery Collection – “Still Life: In the Kitchen”

Ardmore Chamber Foundation, Ardmore, OK Wichita Landscape Buffalo

Frederick Bass & Company, Houston, TX – Native Butterflies Buffalo

Integris Hospital, OKC, OK– Children in Park, Under the Sea, and Stars Murals           

Gipson Design, OKC, OK– Carousel and Enchanted Wood Murals

 

 

Best Of Show

Ulf Koenig

"Manhattan VI - a deconstructive vision"

Wall Sculpture: wood/styrofoam/acrylic , 67" x 20.5" x 9.1"

Sale Price $7200

Artwork Description

Ulf Koenig’s wall sculpture series City’s Metamorphosis leave the impression of artistically alienated architecture models, addressing critically the rather hostile design of traditional megalopolises. Inspired by Manhattan, the artist deals with the clustered urban layout, and with the transformations from Bauhaus-functionalism, via postmodernism to deconstructivism, i.e. styles that are relevant for architecture and for art. Ulf Koenig allows himself the freedom to dream of attractive cityscapes. The visionary, more playful deconstructive concept of Manhattan VI gives rise to hope of more aesthetic cities.

 Statement

Constructivist wall sculptures, in terms of strictly geometrical forms and primary colors, in addition to black and white which match or alternatively contrast to the artwork’s background, are in my focus. An additional feature is their distinctive accentuation of a three-dimensional layout. That shall stimulate observers to walk around them to experience the dynamic of the composition and the play with perspectives.

The artwork titles indicate influences of architecture and technology. I attempt to explore artistically a more subjective point of view for prosaic objects in technology and science. On the other hand, I apply just new technologies/media to find, together with music/sound, new ways of imagination and presentation for fine art, i.e. my sculptures.

Biography

I live and work as a freelance artist in the city of Ulm, Germany.

In my early life, art has played an important role, thanks to my father, an oil painter and cartoonist. He teached me in painting and lateron I made autodidactic studies in design and architecture. However, first I turned to the exact science, studied physics and electronic engineering, and worked for three decades as PhD engineer and manager in major German industrial enterprises.

I dedicated myself completely to art in 2005, with focus on sculptures. In 2014 I founded the artists group AV-SCILLS, in order to create Audio Visual SCulptural ILLusionS.

Worldwide, I have exhibited sculptures and have presented multimedia shows together with the artists group. I received art prizes and ratings, have published in several art magazines, and have edited some art videos.



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:

*The Best of Wayne King* – The Artist’s Best Selling and favorite images.

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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.

 

First Place

Robert Michaels

"Boy Mechanic"

Photo-based digital painting ,

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

 

“Photography has traditionally been used for its imitative but sometimes limited capabilities for capturing what already exists in the world. As an artist/photographer, I utilize the camera as a visual tool to create entirely new environments. Using my original photographic images as essential elements in a montage, I distort, manipulate, and reinterpret shapes, colors, and light in order to creatively explore new visual possibilities. Through this ongoing process, I visually communicate the imagery and concepts that otherwise would remain only in my mind.”

 

Biography/ Resume

I have been fortunate to have been a successful professional artist, photographer, graphic designer, and author for many decades now. I have 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.

I have been providing professional photography since 1974 for print, advertising, and multimedia. Based now in Sedona, Arizona, I have been 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.

Current projects involve the integration of FINE ART PAINTING and PHOTOGRAPHY through COMPUTER ENHANCED IMAGING.

 

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

2010 Harvest Northwest Exhibit, Bend, Oregon

2012 City of Sedona: exclusive exhibit as featured artist

2012 T.A.W. Tumalo/Bend, Oregon

2012 Flashback Cruz: Bend, Oregon Show (exclusive artist)

2012 Harley Davidson Classic Car Show (exclusive artist), Bend, Oregon

2012 Airport Mesa: Sedona, Arizona: Classic Car Show-exclusive artist)

Ongoing international exhibit online: Car Art, Inc. (World renowned automotive artists).

2013 SAGA “Visions of Fine Art Show”, Sedona, Arizona

2014 Exposures International Gallery, Sedona, Arizona

2014 Herberger Art Gallery-Phoenix, Arizona

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

 

Other:

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

 

Education:

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.

 

 

 

First Place

Sarah Haig

"Protest"

Photography , 8" x 10"

Sale Price $150

Art Statement

Protest is a universal thing that transcends culture and language barriers. This image is from a Sunday afternoon in Poland, a holiday in an area populated by tourists. The bystanders were from several nationalities and spoke many different languages, but the idea of protest was understood by all.

 

Artist Biography

Sarah Haig is an artist and educator working in northwest Tennessee. Her work ranges in medium, with a continued question of how the medium can further the message within each individual piece.

 

First Place

Jarred Fisher

"Falling Leaves"

Silver, Gold, and Iron (Oxidized) on Paper/ Metalpoint Drawing , 12'' x 8''

Sale Price $900

Artist Statement

“Falling Leaves” actually started out as a series of compositional sketches for a larger painting. The model I happened to be working with at that time had long, red, wavy hair, and that led me to think about how I could possibly express the qualities of her hair in one my favorite mediums, metalpoint drawing, which is traditionally devoid of both color and texture.

Control over traditional metalpoint (gold, silver, platinum, ect) can be a somewhat capricious enterprise because the materials have something of a life of their own. It’s these “living qualities” of metalpoint that I prize however. That the metals oxidize and organically transform with time, that marks can’t be erased and serve as historical reminders of the mistakes that lead to a finished work are part of what make the medium so captivating to me. In trying to add ferrous metals to the equation, I found myself struggling to gain the necessary control required to create realistic works. After countless hours of experiments (including a destroyed prior version of the drawing), I ascertained how to best control the oxidizing/rusting process, how to influence the color/value of the rust, and how to not destroy the other metals used in the process.

My desire to express particular qualities of the model, which were limited by the media, compelled me to invent and experiment. “Falling Leaves” represents a theme I constantly finding myself wrestling with as an artist, marrying the traditional and classical with contemporary progress. In “Falling Leaves” this marriage led to a unique work which is pushing my endeavors in metalpoint in exciting new directions.

 

Art Biography

Based in Wilmington, DE, Jarred Fisher is a contemporary realist artist. He studied at Nelson Shank’s Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA, graduating in 2016. He also holds a degree in Fine Art from Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, DE.

His work has been part of numerous juried exhibitions including shows at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia, PA, Manitou galleries in Santa Fe, NM, and Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. His work has also received various recognitions and awards.

As a firm believer in the importance of skills-based art education, Fisher also serves as an Upper School Art teacher at Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey as part of Studio Incamminati’s outreach program.

 

First Place

Christina Baal

"Dance of the Sandhill Crane"

Watercolor , 18" x 24"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement:

My life revolves around birds. They are remarkable creatures, each possessing unique physical traits, behaviors, and personality quirks. I wander the world trying to meet as many different species of birds as I can so that I can paint them. My goal is to render both the story of my own experience meeting each bird as well as the spirit of the individual bird in the painting; to that end, I only paint a bird after I have encountered it in the wild. I hope that my paintings share the personal joy I derive from watching birds and invite the viewer to delve deeper into the fascinating lives of these winged creatures.

 

Biography

Christina is a wandering bird artist whose life dream is to meet and then paint 10,000 different species of birds. She has always loved animals and has been drawing them since she could hold a crayon. After discovering the world of birding as a student at Bard College, she decided to dedicate her artistic practice to painting birds as a way to fuse her love of both the arts and sciences and to help teach and inspire others to discover the world of birds. After graduating in 2014, she founded her own company, “Drawing 10,000 Birds” as both a platform to promote her own art as well as the bird art of others. Since then, she has traveled across the country and across the Equator looking for birds. While not birding or painting birds, Christina works as an environmental educator, helping teach people of all ages how to experience the natural world through both scientific observation and through art.

 

Her work has been exhibited in recent wildlife exhibitions, including “Drawn to Nature” at the Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Pennsylvania; “Birdland and the Anthropocene” at the Peale Museum, Baltimore; and at a solo show entitled “The Universal Language of Birds” at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Wyoming. Her artwork has represented the New Jersey Audubon World Series of Birding and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. She has been a featured artist at the American Birding Association, and will be the first guest artist at the New River Birding and Nature Festival this May.

 

First Place

Michael DeLuca

"Icarus "

Pastel on Paper , 10" x 8"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement                  

I’m interested in visual oppositions, particularly the tangible versus the intangible, the two-dimensional versus the three dimensional, and the graphic versus the atmospheric. I have been working from flat silhouettes that I cut out and mount on highly reflective paper. I place these shapes in a context out of time and illuminate them with a single strong top light. I then create drawings from them, where the process can last several days, pushing and pulling endless amounts of subtle information.

I gravitate towards shapes with specific gestures within them. The representation of motion or cause-and-effect informs my selection of silhouettes. I find them appealing in their odd and playful way, and I think of them as symbols referencing nature, but influenced by a digital world.

Biography

Michael DeLuca is a visual artist from Philadelphia, PA, currently living and working in Paoli, PA. He creates pastel drawings inspired by simple shapes of cut white paper. His shapes are minimal, cold, and static, but he uses them to create drawings that are boundless, poetic, and full of life. DeLuca composes with only a few elements (the shape, the black space, the reflection, and the ominous pool of light that surrounds it all). Ultimately his awkward, but earnest, shapes take on figurative characteristics that playfully comment on the human condition.

His work has been exhibited in recent contemporary drawing exhibitions including: “Drawing Resurfaced II” at Purdue University Galleries, “The Great Lakes Drawing Biennial” at Eastern Michigan University School of Art & Design, and “Drawn” at Manifest Gallery. His work is also scheduled to appear in Manifest Gallery’s upcoming International Drawing Publication, “INDA 12” this coming spring.

He has exhibited nationally including: Philadelphia, New York, Indiana, Maryland, and Ohio. His work has appeared in New American Paintings multiple times, and he was the recipient of CFEVA’s (Center for Emerging Visual Artists) Artist Fellowship.

He currently teaches at Arcadia University where he is an Assistant Professor of Drawing in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts.

Recent Exhibitions

2018     Works On/Of Paper, BrickRed Gallery, New Orleans, LA Black & White;  Bauhaus Prairie Online Gallery  

2017      Drawing Resurfaced II, Purdue University Galleries, Lafayette, IN; Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Eastern Michigan University School of Art and Design, MI; Drawn, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; Black and White, Art Fusion Gallery, Palm Springs, CA; Black and White, Colors of Humanity Online Gallery  

2016      Revolutions in Making: VPA Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2014       On the Persistence of Drawing: VPA Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2012        Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2007        Annual New Talent Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006; Emerging Artist Exhibition, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

First Place

Steve Ember

"Summer Afternoon on the Willy-B"

Digital Editing of Photograph , 14" x 20"

Sale Price $600

Artist Statement

The many moods and motifs of New York City have long exerted a powerful attraction in my photographic activities. From the grit to the glamour, the beauty to the brawn, there is always a story to be told, and the “to-shoot” list is constantly growing.

 

A lifelong interest when it comes to NYC has been the city’s extensive network of subway lines, especially the elevated sections and the arterial function they serve in linking borough-to-borough, neighborhood-to-neighborhood. And when the elevated borough-to-borough connection involves a massive bridge soaring over a broad expanse of water, it becomes even more compelling for the chance to photograph the trains amidst the geometrically intricate patterns of girder-work.

 

Two East River spans fit that description: the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge, both massive, both intricate in their early twentieth century architecture. But after walking across both, I must give the nod to the “Willy-B,” the affectionate nickname New Yorkers have for the latter. Not that one cannot get close to the trains on both; but in comparison to its downriver mate, the Willy -B has the better sightlines for photography, both above and alongside the two tracks carrying J, M, and Z trains between Lower Manhattan and the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

 

Last June was my time for getting to know the Willy-B, both at track level from the front ends of trains in both directions, and via a leisurely stroll with the cameras from Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Williamsburg, on a photo-inviting sunny Saturday afternoon.

 

The combination of intricate patterns of girders, the passage of trains rumbling below or beside, and the variety of fellow pedestrians made for many an interesting photo moment.

 

I created this impression from one such moment.

 

More of my NYC images can be viewed at:

https://500px.com/steveember/galleries/new-york-city

http://www.fotocommunity.com/user_photos/1571414 -Use pull-down menu under black stripe to access “New York City”

 

Biography

Steve Ember is a Washington-based photographer, writer, and voice actor/narrator. His areas of photography, in addition to his signature New York cityscapes and Alpine landscapes, encompass European and American motifs, including night scenes, as well as railroad and aviation subjects, and aerial photography. His work has been honored with selection in numerous juried exhibits at galleries in the greater Washington area. His photographs appear regularly at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.

His photographs have appeared on covers and within magazines and corporate publications. An extensive selection of Steve’s current and legacy images can be viewed on the web site Foto-Community by clicking on the Photography button at SteveEmber.com and by visiting his catalog on 500px (link below). Steve’s work is also represented on Alamy stock.

Steve shoots both in color and black and white, including infra-red, and he remains committed to using film, alongside of digital. Alpine locations, large cities, and industrial motifs strongly appeal to his aesthetic sense. He also is attracted to the character inherent in old buildings, including in European villages. In exhibiting his work, Steve derives special pleasure in sharing with others the fruits of those otherwise private moments of looking through the viewfinder. He also shares the experience and adventures behind certain of his photographs in a series of “Photo-Moments” audio podcasts. Some of these can be heard on Steve’s SoundCloud page, linked below.

Steve’s work has been seen in solo and group shows at galleries, restaurants, and other venues in the metropolitan Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas, as well as in Annapolis, Maryland and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. He was commissioned for a series of black and white Washington scenes for the Scitor Corp. office building along the Dulles Corridor. Three of Steve’s Manhattan impressions were purchased for the lobby of The Landmark Building in New York City. Others of his photographs are in private collections.

Steve shares his home with Scamper the Wookie Cat, a lively and very talkative little combination of tabby-stripes and bunny-rabbit white, who hops bunny-like up stairs and supervises the design and production of a line of custom printed photo greeting/note cards.

Steve Ember is available for commissions and select assignments.

Links to Steve’s work on-line: http://steveember.com/ (Click on “Photography”) https://500px.com/steveember https://medium.com/@emberphoto/ https://soundcloud.com/steve-ember https://www.facebook.com/photographybySteveEmber/

First Place

Christine Meytras

"Water Like Music"

Dacron, pulleys, wire, wood , 9' 10" x 6'

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

The piece I created is called “Water Like Music” and is about the movements of water and the formation of waves in the wind. It should be read like a music partition, from top to bottom.

It is a celebration of our natural world. The mountains that surround us with their lakes and rivers, the turbulent or gentle winds that are ever present in our days and the light that gives the sky its intensity create sceneries as precious as jewels. It is this interconnection that I wanted to portray in a frame open to the elements.

Water Like Music is the anatomy of a wave forming, flattened and reorganized on wires with pulleys, so that when the wind blows and fills in the material, it, in turn, flutters and gives the illusion of moving water.

The wind and the sun are key players in my story.

I drew patterns of wave shapes and cut them from sailcloth of two different colors: white and blue. The material with its transparency and its suppleness has a beautiful softness and sheen. I added small patterns of the opposite color, reminiscent of light patterns on moving water, on each wave and sewed 50 crystal beads on the front and back of the waves. When the sun touches the beads at a special angle its light refracts and creates new light splashes on the waves. They look like the natural splashes and droplets of water in the sunlight. These light patterns can be seen through the material.

I then attached small pulleys to the Waves and threaded the wire through the pulleys before fixing the wires to a wooden frame. The Wave panels, cut a few inches longer than the wood frame’s width, move slightly back and forth on their cables in the wind, bringing to mind the notion of moving water, and in addition, the undulating sailcloth creates its own wave patterns of light and shadows on the Waves themselves.

The flow of water is also suggested by the progression of colors. It starts at the top with the first Wave being completely white, followed by three white Waves adorned with curvy blue patterns, and it finishes with two blue Waves with white patterns.

My installation Water Like Music was placed in a 9ft10 x 5ft10 metal frame, 6 feet off the ground, located on the South East side of Broadway in the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

The frame, called the Wonderspot, was carved from a chairlift tower.

Water Like Music was on display in the Wonderspot during the summer of 2017. The waves fluttered in the sky, and, at times moved in the wind like mini spinnakers.

Biography

In the long journey of creating, if one looks for landmarks, these are often found outside of the art world.

I was born and raised in France where I went to Grenoble’s Fine Art school and graduated from the University of Grenoble with a “Maîtrise” in Art History. I drew, painted and wrote as a child.

Born in the mountains I fell under their spell and travelled their worlds climbing, hiking, skiing, sailing , flying, writing and taking pictures. Their beauty shaped my eyes.

I started creating again in a more traditional way when I moved to Jackson, Wyoming.

I have participated in exhibitions. The National Art Museum of Cheyenne, Wyoming purchased one of my paintings. The outdoors sculptures I created are anchored in social events that shaped our lives or celebrate culture and the natural world.

First Place

Skye Coddington

"Living Room Corner"

Oil on panel , 24" x 18"

Sale Price $864

Artist Statement

My background in photography is photojournalism – the art of telling a story through using composition, light, aperture, and the perfect timing of the shutter. Each of my paintings begins as an act of storytelling, a photograph, capturing a moment in time through the lens of my camera.  I then translate those images through my heart onto the canvas, allowing for a more subjective articulation of my experience.

In combining my photography and painting, my work has evolved into an expression of my gratitude and enthusiasm for life as it comes, and my unique way of viewing it. In creating and sharing my work with the world I hope to help my viewers connect with the abundance of the present moment, and bring something positive into their lives.

Biography

Skye Coddington is a homeschooling mom living on the Central Coast of California with her husband, two adorable children, and a menagerie of four-legged friends.

In her final year of high school she won a full scholarship to the commercial art program in Buffalo, New York. Following that, she attended SUNY Fredonia as an art major. After a year and a half of study, she was persuaded to choose a more “sensible” career.  She switched her major to political science with the intention of becoming a lawyer (she was always told that she was incredibly skilled at arguing). Alas, she also ended up taking photography classes during the last year of college, and wound up pursuing photography internships instead of law school.  Her second internship landed her at a community newspaper in California, where she honed her photographic skills, and learned the fine art of storytelling through the lens. After several years working at the newspaper as a photojournalist, she struck out on her own and open her own photography business.  When her babies came along, she turned her energies toward motherhood and homeschooling, although she still continued to shoot and paint when she could find the time.

In 2014 Skye began working with a local artist who helped her step back onto the path of painting on a regular basis.  Using her photography skills as an integral part of her painting process, Skye paints daily at her home studio in Arroyo Grande, setting a fine example for her babes on what it means to live a life pursuing one’s dreams.

Skye’s work is currently displayed at the Academy of Dance in San Luis Obispo, California; and The Hive in Arroyo Grande, California.

 



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.

Second Place

Jenny Ambroise

"Self-Portrait After Rembrandt"

Oil on canvas , 24" x 20"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

 

My goal was to channel Rembrandt’s quality of communicating a moment in one’s life.  I took inspiration from Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait at the Age of 34.  However, unlike Rembrandt who is signifying that he has “arrived,” the expression on my face is of concentration reflecting hard work. I’m still in the midst of “trying to get there.” Aging was an important aspect of Rembrandt’s work, and I acknowledge my own aging by showing my gray hairs that I can no longer keep up with dying. Being an artist has always been part of my identity as indicated by my painting apron.  Painting while looking into a mirror encouraged me to use an expressive approach bringing a quality of life to my portrait.

 

Biography/Resume

 

Jenny Ambroise earned her M.F.A. from Indiana State University and is an assistant professor of art at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She draws upon personal experiences for her art in which subjects range from portraits to landscapes to still-lifes with an emphasis on nature. “There is an awareness of the moment that is demanded by nature which I use to negotiate questions about mortality,” Ambroise explains. While her paintings often center upon the broad topic of death, they are ultimately about understanding the human condition.

 

Second Place

Anke Dodson

"Take it from the Top"

Watercolor on paper , 21" x 14"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

Anke Dodson 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. Her work includes cityscapes, landscapes and marine subjects.

 

Biography/Resume

Anke Dodson is a native of Germany and a naturalized citizen of the United States. She is a resident of Tulsa, OK. 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 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 and the Tulsa Artists Guild (TAG).

Second Place

Don Bergland

"Anniversary"

Pigment Print , 24" x 30"

Sale Price $575

Artist Statement

Don Bergland’s work is an alchemical adventure into the mysteries of his own philosophy, beliefs, and values. For him, studio practice is an intellectual activity, both on his part as the creator, and on the part of the viewer as translator of the experience. As a result, he tries to place mental inquiry at the heart of each image he creates. He consciously inserts symbolic interactions and connections within the objects populating his theatrical sets, and encourages viewers to build their own narrative interpretations of these connections. He attempts to arrange the elements in his images in a way that connects a pivotal object or theme 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. He intends that the viewer will engage with the work, note surfaces, relationships, symbols, and metaphors, and will then construct personal meaning from the engagement. Like all studio-based languages of imaginative possibility, he has merely begun the journey of building and refining his own visual syntax and grammar of cerebral imagination. Each of his works is a record of that journey.”

Bio/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 teaches in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Second Place

Trudy L Waterman

"Lily II MIV"

Color Digital Photography , 24" x 32"

Sale Price $550

Artist Statement

As a lifelong admirer of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, I have utilized some of her approaches in my photography. I was not necessarily a floral photographer until I started photographing them with a macro lens. It was at this point that I fully understood Ms. O’Keeffe’s philosophy, “I have painted them big enough so others would see what I see.” Although all of my images are not shot with macro, I began to strive to make them large. Photography gives me the advantage of minute detail in their structure that I find fascinating. My goal is to couple the sensuality of this structure with an appealing, but bold aesthetic.

Second Place

Kristi Richter

"Bird Dog "

Scratchboard , 14" x 11"

Sale Price $500

STATEMENT

I believe a bona fide artist is capable of rendering any initiative and I occasionally undertake endeavors that do not include animals, which is my passion and forte.  My goal is to capture my subject’s expression, colors, hair, and fur consistencies which can sometimes present a very complex challenge.

My favorite medium is acrylics and most of my work is done in acrylics and includes pet portraits, posters and advertisements that are animal-related.  I have also written and illustrated a children’s book about a dog which I would like to publish.

Second to none is scratchboard which I found particularly challenging because of the complexity of animal fur textures.  Scratchboard is a very meticulous medium because there is very little room for mistakes.  Because of this the end result is gratifying.  My scratchboards have won several first places in art competitions.

My definitive objective is to start a business exclusively doing pet portraits or a favorite wildlife creature.  I have designed a business card and advertising poster and my logo is “Kristi’s Kritters”.

BIOGRAPHY

I was born and grew up in Chicago and now reside in Nashville, Tennessee.  Art has always been a priority.  I owe my zealous interest due to my grandfather, who was a professional commercial artist and had a studio in Chicago.

I had always been interested in art as far back as grade school.  As a youngster, I never purchased store bought cards but created cards for my family’s birthdays and other special occasions, and I was always designing comic books.

Following an art curriculum in high school, I attended The American Academy of Art and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts respectively.  My studies introduced me to advertising, color schemes, illustration, calligraphy, photography, scratchboard, abstract, design, charcoal drawing with live models.

 

Second Place

John Craig

"Bad Moon"

Acrylic and oil on paper , 35" x 35"

Sale Price $300

 

Artist Statement

Influences and Inspirations – Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Gerhard Richter. Winslow Homer. Picasso. Bill Watterson. Berkeley Breathed. Vaughn Bode. And all the velvet Elvises that ever were.

Awakening (or whatever you want to call it) – Until the age of 63 I had zero interest in painting of any kind, much less abstract. The reason I began sounds like an outtake from “The Sixth Sense”. My wife and I bought a unique little house formerly owned by a woman named Adele Erisman, who had been a painter and who had died there. I do not believe In the afterlife, ghosts, or little green men, but shortly after moving in I awoke one morning certain that I had to paint. Perhaps Ms. Erisman whispered in my ear; perhaps it was just time for me to move into this new and sublimely beautiful phase of my life. In any case, Adele is my official muse, and I am reassessing my preconceptions about the supernatural.

Education – I am a self taught (or uneducated, take your pick; Adele doesn’t provide instruction, only impetus) abstract artist, working in acrylic on paper, panel and canvas.  I occasionally use paintbrushes, but most of the time my equipment of choice is a plastic putty knife or a strip of plexiglass (in the manner of Gerhard Richter). Or a strong right arm (splat).

Process – Jackson Pollock, or one of his chroniclers, allegedly coined the term “action painting”, which I have roughly translated to mean, “I’m making this up as I go”. I generally use cheap plastic putty knives and house paint, which makes the material cost of a screw up more acceptable. Someone asked me what I think about when I paint. Answer: I don’t know. Painting is for me such an intense, immersive, and subconscious experience that all I can say is that I work until I’m done, or at least until I come up for air. In the end, I throw paint on a surface and push it around until I get something I like.

Resume

Street Fairs, etc.

2017

Art Within Reach, Collingswood, NJ

Smithville Art Walk, Smithville, NJ

Collingswood Night Market, Collingswood, NJ

Collingswood, NJ Second Saturday (twice)

Brick and mortar group shows:

2017

Artists of Yardley Sixth Annual Juried Show, Yardley, PA

Color of Energy exhibition at the Valley Arts Firehouse Gallery in Orange, NJ

Works on Paper exhibition at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2016:

Maryland Federation of Art, Strokes of Genius

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, 21st Art Ability Exhibition

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Absolutely Abstract exhibition

Mystic Museum of Art, 37th Annual Exhibition, Mystic, CT

The Artists of Yardley, Fifth annual juried exhibition

Online group shows:

2016:

Light, Space and Time – Cityscapes (https://www.lightspacetime.art/cityscapes-2016-art-exhibition-painting-category/)

Colors of Humanity – Open (http://www.colorsofhumanityartgallery.com/Open-2016/Blue-2015-Show/n-n2pqdT)

2015:

Fusion Art – Colorful Abstractions (http://fusionartps.com/colorful-abstractions-exhibition/)

 

Second Place

Deborah Kommalan

"Make Lemonade!"

Oil on panel , 11" x 14"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

In this series Deborah likes to play with your conception of a classical still life. By manipulating shadows, she is able to place an object in space. Her aim is to have you stop and “look again…” and make you think and smile.

Biography

Deborah was born in Baltimore. She graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in 1970, with a diploma in Graphic Design. She studied basic painting as part of the freshman foundation courses, but never pursued it.

After a forty-year hiatus she enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College where she studied painting for seven years, including three years with Leonard Koscianski and one year with Lillian Bayley Hoover. She continues her study with Anthony Waichulis at Ani Art Academy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

She prefers painting photo-realist still lifes with a strong leaning to tenebrism, and still lifes which imply movement, which she calls “kinetic” still lifes. She also paints a series of parking signs, which is very different subject matter than still life. In these she invites you to take an intimate look at everyday objects.

Recent Exhibitions

Strokes of Genius, Juror’s Choice, national painting show, Maryland Federation of Art, October 27 – November 25, 2017, Annapolis, MD

Capturing Realism 2017 Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas PA. July 8 –   August 26, 2017, Ani Art Academy Waichulis

Spring Members’ ShowBest in Show, Maryland Federation of Art

Melange II, 12 Artists show at Maryland Federation of Art,  February 2017

Overlea ArtsFest, June 4, 2016 People’s Choice “London Bridge…”,

Third Place, Representational Paintng,

Third Place, Abstract Painting

McBride Gallery Art Walk, August 20, 2015 Featured artist.

National Arts Program Featured Artist, June 2015

Image and Imagination show at Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD. May-June 2015.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Exhibition,RelationShips November 2014 – March 2015.

Melange I12 Artists show at  Maryland Federation of Art, January 27 – February 8, 2015.

Second Place

Mary Dove

"Sedona Arizona Dry Beavercreek Sycamore"

Watercolor , 22" x 30"

Sale Price $2925

Artist Statement

Sometimes I chose to paint the soul, the magic of the subject, such as Sedona Arizona Dry Beaver Creek Sycamore, an old dying sycamore tree in a dry creek bed. In this case, once a beautiful tree is now in its last phase of life, the challenge was to capture a strong spirit with a will to live. I’m a portrait artist of people, structures, animals, and nature.

The question often asked is, “How do you select your subjects to draw or paint?” This statement is not an easy answer because there is no selection formula. The process is intuitive. It starts with a subject that catches my attention.

A major concern, does the selected subject contain a challenge, an area or texture I’ve never painted before. Is there an experience in this adventure which will contribute to my personal artistic growth? With these boxes checked, the subject is saved in the “to paint” file for later consideration.

When a painting is finished both the painting and I move into a mode of satisfaction. Being a zone painter, I’m not always aware how the painting is created or evolves. My bond with the painting is now broken; the creation is free to flow into the River of Life.

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.

 

 



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.”

 

Third Place

Karen Jones

"Artist See Bravely"

Acrylic on canvas , 20" x 16"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

 

As an artist, I utilize paint & pencil to provide physical form to esoteric concepts. My pieces utilize bold color and texture to portray visual clues reflecting individual and community. The human family is of utmost importance to my creative endeavors. I am a willing participant & contributor to my personal & cultural cosmology. My goal is to develop intriguing art which invites deep reflection.

 

There are countless ways to place ourselves into this universe. I believe all of us are simply looking for our seat at the table, our way home. As an artist, I am becoming aware of my own place at the table-my tools; paint, pencil, conversation, insight & compassion. My objective is to create gentle reminders, talismans of hope & potential. My art serves to guide one to their seat. Friends & family are waiting, welcome home!

 

Biography

 

Karen Jones was born in Seattle, Washington. Her oldest memories are of rock & shell collecting on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Early interest in art manifested through Karen painting the found treasures for display in her parents’ sea side restaurant. Karen received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Arizona State University. Karen blends past, present & future in a marriage of creativity & entrepreneurship. Karen currently lives, breathes & creates art in Glendale, Arizona.

 

Third Place

Alexey Zoob

"Friends"

Oil on Linen , 48" x 60"

Sale Price $10000

Artist Statement

My painting is inspired by European postimpressionist poetic motives together with classic understanding of Fine Art traditional interpretation. I do believe there is no end to figurative painting at all. Any skillful, significant master just adds new word, line, verse or, even novel, to the interminable Book of Painting. We all learn from Life and Nature, which, even developing, still proposes us the same human and artistic values as it was in Ancient Greece or Renaissance Italy.

You cannot call any good artist quite new. He is just a new step in sublimation and analysis of those who influence him most, thus we see Titian behind Modigliani, Caravaggio behind Picasso. Art is the union of different artistic aspiration.

 

Biography/Resume

I was born and raised in Russia where I got fundamental classic education in monumental painting and sculpture. I graduated from Stroganov Art Academy in Moscow 1991 where I participated in various student exhibitions in Sweden, Japan and Italy, but seeking my own path in art I moved to Israel where slowly but steadily I began to paint, to create my own world without looking at the temptations of momentous modern conceptual art” fame and glory “ I spent some time among the Israeli artists participating in various exhibitions in the prestigious galleries such like Jerusalem Theater, in 2003 I moved to US where my art was generously supported by famous philanthropist Len Blavatnik and late Ann Loeb Bronfman. In 2007 I won the Gran Prix in International Miniature Painting Competition (under Washington Miniature Painting Society) I have exhibited my works in the best Washington area galleries. It makes me really glad to see that my painting is understood and appreciated in US and I have chance to work wholeheartedly in what I consider ”my painting”- in style, in color in line.

I reside in Bethesda MD, where I teach art in my studio and paint and exhibit my works.

1982 -1986 – Art college in Saratov BA degree(painting and sculpture)

1986- 1991 – Stroganov Art School in Moscow MA degree ( monumental painting)

  • – Student exhibitions in Tokyo, Moscow and Stockholm.
  • – Member of Painters and Sculptors Association of Israel

1993 -Exhibition in Moscow Modern Art Center – presentation the idea of using Matryoshka dolls as portable symbols of “mini monumental art”.

1992- 1996 Commission in murals for Jeffrey Sweetbaum.

  • – Solo and group exhibition in Jerusalem Theatre Gallery, by the Israeli Ministry of Culture patronage

1997-1999       Lived and worked in the Sa-Nur Artist Village in Samaria, several exhibitions in the local Gallery.

  • – Solo exhibition in Mitzpe Hayamim Gallery, Israel

2002 -2003 Lived in New York, exhibition in Alexandre Gertsman “Intart” Gallery, cooperation in designing murals for Mr. Blavatnik house (Medin Room) with the office of architect Thierry Despont. Two solo exhibitions in Mr. Len Blavatnik Office on 5th avenue.

  • – Solo exhibition in AvantGarde Gallery, Washington DC.
  • – solo exhibition in Goldman Art Gallery, Rockville MD
  • – Participation in Modern Russian Art auction Project with group exhibition in Gallery “5” Richmond VA.
  • -solo exhibition in Russian Cultural Center Gallery, Washington DC     2007 – solo exhibition in Arts Barn Gallery, Gaithersburg MD
  • – solo exhibition in Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville MD
  • – solo exhibition in Smith Parada Gallery in Georgetown Washington DC
  • – group exhibition in Strathmore Gallery Bethesda MD
  • – solo exhibition in Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery in Washington DC
  • -solo exhibition in Frangulian Gallerie, Paris, France
  • – solo exhibition in Kentland Mansion Gallery Gaithersburg MD
  • – solo exhibition in Bohrer Park Gallery Gaithersburg MD
  • – solo exhibition in Historic Churchhill Hotel foyer -gallery Washington DC

2015- solo exhibit in Glenview Mansion Gallery and Arts Barn Gallery.       2016 – solo exhibition in Chesapeake Gallery North Potomac MD

 

Third Place

Joseph Grenn

" Rio"

Oil on canvas , 36" x 48"

Sale Price $2800

Artist Statement

The painting depicts three professional brazilian dancers that I saw performing at a at a performance in their full regalia. Being an admirer of Caravaggio, Joe has recreated several of the master’s works in an effort to gain a greater understanding of his phenomenal skills. As Joe says, “You get a better view when you stand on the shoulders of giants.” Grenn’s other works include landscapes, portraits and figures that hopefully evoke a special place in time. His favorite saying and belief is “the historian tells what happened, but the artist tells what it felt like.”

 

Biography

Joe Grenn is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, received his education in Boston and concluded as a Harvard postdoctoral fellow . He moved to Marin County in1972, 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 in 2015. He has since dedicated his time to his long time love of oil painting,

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. Joe’s goal is to embrace special moments in time and share them on canvas. His paintings include landscapes, portraits and figures.

 

Art Resume

Accepted in juried Marin Fair 2o15, “Kira in Venice”

Honorable mention in Marin Fair 2016, “The Taking of Christ”

Second place in Marin Society of Artists’ “2015 People’s Choice Award” 2016, “The Taking of Christ”

Featured Artist Marin Society of Artists, April 2016 to June 2106

Honorable Mention in Marin Society of Artists’,“In Your Dreams” juried show two entries 10-1-2016, “St Francis in Ecstacy” and “Wilanowa”

Honorable Mention in Beauhaus Gallery juried show, 10-28-2015, “After the Rain” and “Les Beaux des Provence”

Honorable mention Marin Society of Artists “Members Show” juried show

11-1-2106 for “Rodeo Beach”, three entries accepted , “Rodeo  Beach”, “After the Rain” and “Les Baux des  Provence”

Featured Artist at Marin Society of Artists, December 2016 to Feb, 2107

Honorable mention in Marin Society of Artists “Two of a Kind” show, “Zwanda” and  “Chinois”

Second place in Marin Society of Artists juried show “Atmopheric Wonders”, “Les Baux des Provence”

Honorable Mention in Beauhaus Gallery juried show, “The Figure”, 3-14-2017, “Thea”

Accepted in juried Marin Fair 2017, “Thea” and “Kira in Black”

Featured Artist at Marin Society of Artists, March 2017 to May 2017

Featured Artist at Marin Society of Artists, June 2017 to August 2017

Honorable Mention in Marin Society of Artists juried show, “Down on the Corner”, 8-8-2017, “After the Rain”

Two Honorable Mentions in Sacramento Society of Artists juried show, “Painting in the Style of the Masters”, 9-2-2017-2017,

“The Taking of Christ, After Caravaggio” and “Le Frere ( After Theodore Gericault’s Portrait of a Kleptomaniac)

Accepted into juried California Plein Air Painters2 017 International Challenge Exhibit, “Vernazza”, September, 2017

 

Third Place

Emily Weber

"Home Sweet Home"

Barbed wire and branch , 19" x 17" x 6"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist’s Statement

Emily Weber’s conceptual focus has changed over the years.  Her past work focused on immigration and the idea of home.  Her current focus is on the human impact on our natural environment.  She questions mankind’s current path and seeks to show the destruction that is created by our choices.  She also believes her pieces will show the resourcefulness animals have in a human environment, and how our intrusiveness doesn’t stop natural instinct.

She also sees the natural beauty the world has to offer.  The world is not just chaos and devastation but peace and splendor.  She captures the small, unseen moments that deserve an audience.  Her media is in painting, photography, and sculpture, but her main focus is working with metal and barbed wire.  She is currently working on a new series called “Blooming Bondage.”

Biography

Emily Weber is a Chicago based artist with an interdisciplinary background in two dimensional and three dimensional media.  She is a graduate student of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Fine Arts.  She has worked as a studio assistant to prominent Chicago painter Margot Bergman.  Working with Mrs. Bergman gave Emily a strong studio foundation that she now uses in her own practice.  She is currently a full time conceptual artist.  She is working on expanding her diverse portfolio which includes drawings, paintings, ceramics, fibers, photography, sculpture, and metalwork.  Her work has been displayed in Chicago and the surrounding areas.  In 2018, she was accepted into two shows where she has won an honorable mention for her sculpture, “Home Sweet Home” and a finalist for a recent painting, “Untitled.”  She is currently working on a new sculpture series called “ Blooming Bondage.”  When she’s not working in her studio you can find her traveling with her long time boyfriend Brian or relaxing with their cat Bear.

Third Place

Alexis Avlamis

"Approaching"

Acrylic on canvas , 7" x 9.5"

Sale Price $NFS

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art practice follows in the footsteps of the Surrealists Automatism. Through improvisation, intuition and by tapping into a stream of consciousness, I organically construct “landscapes of the mind” aiming at a Cosmic Unity, where human, nature and the artifice co-exist symbiotically.

I explore the concept through the rendering of artworks that delve into the notion of a dreamscape in a topographic manner, leading to the creation of cosmographic maps. These mindscapes merge the outer space, fantasy literature, various vector silhouettes, flora and fauna, mythology, the east and the west through a whimsical urge for exploration and adventure. In addition, hiking and reading mountain maps has substantially informed my work. Drawing trails, dotted lines, zigzags, beams and rays are recurring elements and serve as connecting bridges in my compositions.

The result is suggestive: a cluster of various microcosms inviting the viewer to explore both the parts of the whole as well as the sum of the parts.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Alexis Avlamis (b.Athens 1979) received an early art instruction from Bennington College, Vermont and later on earned a BFA(honors) in Painting from the Athens School of Fine Arts. By tapping into a stream of consciousness, he creates dreamlike mindscapes aiming at a Cosmic Unity, where nature and the artifice co-exist symbiotically. Avlamis is a laureate of the International Emerging Artist Award (Drawing and Illustration category), which saw his works exhibited in Dubai and Brussels, respectively. Awards, Juried shows and competitions include the: 6th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (Mixed-Media), 7th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (Painting), A line with intent, ARC Gallery, Chicago (USA), 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, NJ, (USA), Cardinal Planes, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York (USA ), The Abstract Mind, CICA Museum (Korea), Biennale Austria, blue bleu blau blu, (Vienna), the Stencil Art Prize, (Australia), Art Kudos (USA), Day Dreamers, Bg Gallery (California), 10x10x10 Tieton, (Washington), the Bloom Award, Shortlisted (Cologne), Artist Statement, CICA Museum (Korea), Anthology, Charlie Smith London (UK), the Mamut Art Project (Istanbul), the IEAA Award (Dubai and Brussels), the Dave Bown Projects, (New York), the Heart Revive, Sunshine Museum (Beijing), the 7 artists / 7 countries, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korean cultural service, Beijing (China), the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program (New York) and several others. He has attended artist residencies in USA, Finland and China, has been published and interviewed internationally and works may be found in private and museum collections, most notably the Djurhuus Collection, Denmark and the Henan Art Center’s collection, China.

Third Place

Carol Marshall

"Time and Tide Wait For No Man"

Fiber, art quilt , 42" x 18"

Sale Price $300

Artist Statement

“Time and Tide Wait For No Man”

This is a quote by Geoffrey Chaucer, and comes from a proverb used by Saint Marher in 1225. The meaning of this quilt is to show that time and tides are such powerful forces, which cannot be stopped by man or God, that they are both essentially out of our control. The numerous images of clocks and timepieces floating in the tides are overcome by the waves and wash up on shore, abandoned by the tide.  The strength in the waves indicates that we are helpless in preventing their destruction to whatever they touch, particularly time. There is no way to prevent either.

Biography

Having never sewn before and continuing to grow her art from mural painting, Carol began to create scenes with fabric – transforming her visions into art quilts. Using scraps of fabric samples from a local upholsterer, a $50 sewing machine, she began to create with cloth as she did with paint, blending and layering to fashion landscapes, abstracts and city scenes. Her work encourages one to reach out and touch the work and become part of it.

Advancing to a more sophisticated machine and exploring ideas, she has created a collection of fabric art quilts. Her Night and Day series explores the juxtaposition of red, white, black and gold, against the shadows of the moon and the sun. Her Harbor Sights series depicts different scenes of boats and harbors. The Michigan Landscape series includes a summer sunflower field, a winter beach scene, a lakeside cabin in autumn, a snowy forest night, a pumpkin field in autumn, the grape vineyards, the Michigan rolling hills of the Grand Traverse Bay; and of course, the sunset. Her quilts “Red Sky at Night” and “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” clearly demonstrate how different the skies change and are never the same.   Her abstracts are simply delightful in their whimsical display of shapes and colors as seen in My Rescue, The Women Series, and Time and Tide Wait for No Man.

“I call my technique painting with fabric. There’s nothing “set in stone” about my art style.   It’s my perspective of textile art – not a quilt, not appliqué, not just a sewing project –but a form of painting. Being a painter and pastel artist, I just substitute my paint brush for a sewing machine – and fabric for the paint. There are no solid, opaque colors in nature. There are no flat surfaces.   There are only shadows, lines, color variations, shape and dimension.   The more bits of fabric I use, the more intense the blending of colors.   The more layers I sew, the more depth and dimension.   By using fabric as my tool, I can imitate nature’s texture, patterns, colors and shapes:   the veritable layers of the natural beauty that surrounds us.”

Her work has been exhibited at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids; Daybreak Gallery in Manistee, Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, the Manistee Art Institute, Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor, The Oliver Art Center, Pentwater, The Fiber Festival in the Old Art Building in Leland; The Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest; and on the on line galleries –  Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery and Light and Space Gallery. Her “Kaleidoscope” art quilt has been published in “1000 Quilts Inspirations” by Sandra Sider and in the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails print version of “Essays from the Midwest – The Quilt Maker’s Story”. She has taught classes in Manistee, the Ghost Ranch in Abiqui, New Mexico and the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Michigan.

Carol also paints murals in private and commercial establishments. Her most recent commission being the Children’s Room in the Manistee Public Library – a 140 foot mural surrounding the reading room depicting images of Manistee County and the joy of reading.

Third Place

Timothy Wilson

"Retired Old Blue"

Photography , 17" x 24"

Sale Price $500

Artist Statement

Retired Old Blue speaks to my fascination with once dignified artifacts that through deterioration have lost their nobility or usefulness. This train engine image was made late in the evening, through a chain-link fence, in Eureka, California. I used the fence as a tripod.

I have developed a style that obscures boundaries between painting and photography, bringing out shape and ambience over content and locale. I strive for a sense of mystery and poignancy in my photographs.

Selected Exhibitions

2018         Fountain Street Fine Art, Boston MA, Space Invaders, Juried by Samuel Rowlett, “Invaded Space”

2017          Bauhaus Prairie Art On-line Gallery, Still-Life, Juried by Caryl Morgan, “Stove”, First Prize, and “Malt Maker” and “Paper”, Noteworthy

                     Creative Inspiration, “Bird in Hand” & “Cotty Re-Lit”, Honorable Mentions    Landscape, Cityscape and Interiors, “Crooked House”, Honorable Mentions

2017           Galatea Fine Art, Boston MA, New England Collective VIII, Juried by Charles Giuliano, publisher/ editor of the on line site Berkshire Fine Arts, “Bird in Hand”

2017           Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA, Faded Elegants, Solo Exhibit by Invitation

2017            Habitat, Massachusetts Audubon, Belmont MA, Water, Solo Exhibit, (Twenty Three Images)

2017           Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, MA, Small Works Salon 2017, Juried by Howard Yezerski, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, “Key West Trees”

2017            Cambridge Art Association, Members’ Prize Show, 2017, Juried by Randi Hopkins, Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center of the Arts, “Rock Drawing”

2017            The Art Connection, Boston, Photograph “Plum Island” Chosen by John Guthrie, Artist

2017            Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA, Fresh, Juried by Artist Dawn Southworth, “Lightbox Lettuce”, “Portrait” and “Elegant Cabbage”

2017            Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery, Framingham MA, Divergent Thinking, Juried by Jane Young of Chase Young Gallery

2016           Cambridge Art Association, Red Biennial, Juried by Joseph Ketner II, Chair in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, Emerson College, “Hallowell Bridge”

2016             Cambridge Art Association, Flux, Picturing Change, On-line Exhibit Juried by Liz Devlin, Curator FLUX Boston, “Pot Bottom”

2016            Concord Art, 17th Annual Frances N. Roddy Competition, Juried by Katherine French, Director Emeritus of the Danforth Art Museum, “Poor Richard’s Landing”

2016            Gallery 263, Cambridge MA, Future Visions, National Show Juried by Nancy Adams, Communications Director, MIT D-Lab, “ Flooded Out”

2016            Gallery 529, Littleton MA, By The Sea, a Juried Exhibit, “Beach Dog”

2016           Galatea Gallery, Sowa, Boston, New England Collective VII, Juried by Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston, “Uneasy House”

2016            Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester MA, A Visual Feast, Juried by Ellen Wineberg, “Grand Manan”

2016           Boston Biennial 2016, On line Exhibit, “Montreal Graf”, “Montreal Butts”, “El Forno”

2016           Concord Art Association, Members’ Juried Two, Juried by Susan Nalband, Gallery 555, Boston, “Inference of Three”

 2016          Cape Cod Art Association, Beaches, Shores & Coastlines, On line Exhibit, Juried by Steven Heaslip, “Man With Kite”

2016           Cambridge Art Association, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Unconventional MeansJuried by Robert Siegelman, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, “Tissue Rising”

 2016          Gallery Seven, Maynard MA, Feast, Juried by Kaveh Mojtabai, Publisher, Artscope Magazine, “Egg In Vase” & “Still Life”

 2016          Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA, For the Birds, Juried by Amy T. Montague, Director, Museum of American Bird Art at Audubon, “Three Gentlemen” & “Black Swan”

 

Third Place

April M Rimpo

"The Bakery"

Fluid Acrylic , 24" X 24"

Sale Price $1395

Artist’s Statement

Sometimes I think that I don’t select my subject matter, it selects me. This might explain why you will see landscapes, urban scenes, or paintings of people doing everyday things. I’ve always loved learning about other cultures and places, so in my artwork I strive to show bits of life that grabbed my attention and made me feel I just had to tell the story.

Watercolor and fluid acrylics allow me to be more interpretive than my earlier oil and pencil work. I believe it is the fact that watercolor and fluid acrylic flow in unpredictable ways that inspires me. These media absorb me into the work; allowing the piece to develop in directions not fully planned, but with more passion. This is part of the thrill of working in watermedia that I didn’t find in other media. By adding more of my emotional content than in the past I think those who see my art are more drawn to the story. In fact a visitor at one exhibit told me she thought my artwork was very happy and that she felt drawn into it in a way that a photograph could not accomplish.

I feel a piece is complete when I think the mood I want is achieved and the story shines through in the finished painting. Real success comes, however, when others tell me the story they see in the painting. Often their story is quite different than mine, but it doesn’t matter! I feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction for having been able to evoke a memory or an emotion in my viewer. What more could I ask for as an artist?

Bio

April Rimpo has been involved in art to some degree her whole life. Her father and grandfather had both painted so her inclination to draw came naturally. In her early twenties she took classes from a local artist which led to her first exhibit, where an art material manufacturer offered to purchase her painting to use in an ad for his materials. Despite the positive feedback, Rimpo knew she was not ready and has continued to take countless art classes and workshops throughout her life.

In college she studied Electrical Engineering. She says “I believe my engineering background taught me to see the world in a board expansive way, through the eyes of others, and from different perspectives. My artwork reflects that background.”

In 2012 Rimpo started to enter national exhibitions; her paintings were accepted into several, including the National Watercolor Society’s Exhibition and the Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Since then she has been granted Signature Member Status in Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, Illinois Watercolor Society, and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Rimpo currently exhibits with Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC and HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Ellicott City, Maryland. In 2012 and 2013 April had work in Agora Gallery in New York City.

Rimpo has been give a variety of awards including Excellence in Figurative, First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mentions. She has paintings included in North Light Books’ Best of Acrylic books: AcrylicWorks3: Celebrating Texture; AcrylicWorks4: Captivating Color; and selected for the 2018 edition AcrylicWorks5: Bold Values. Her painting, Lunch with Champagne, was selected for North Light Books’ 2018 Best of Watercolor book, titled Splash 19. See more of her artwork at www.AMRart.org.



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

Fourth Place

Tatiana Dzhus

"Pierre Richard"

Pencil on paper , 34" x 32"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

 

My name is Tatiana Dzhus. My surname in Russian sounds like “Juice”, so I chose my own pseudonym “Tatyana Juice”. I live and work in Russia, in St. Petersburg. I graduated from the St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and architecture Repin (drawing classes).

My drawing,“Pierre Richard,”  is based on favorite actors and films through the eyes of the artist. I wanted the drawing to convey to the audience the wonderful play of the great actor Pierre Richard and to share the wonderful emotions that are present in all the films with Pierre Richard.

 

Biography

 

I am a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and of the International Union of Artists. I work in various techniques and genres. The nature of nature in a realistic manner of performance and portrait genre are the closest to me.

I am a repeated finalist and winner of the international contest “Portretisto.The great masters of the portrait”. I am the winner of the international competition “THE BEST ARTISTS OF 2017 – AMERICAN ART AWARDS. ” As an artist I am inspired by nature, cinema, theater, literature and of course the person himself. It is important for me to convey to my viewers the vision of this world, to try to convey the nature of man, his deep essence, emotions. My works are in private collections at home and abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Place

Ralph Garafola

"Girl Washing Dog"

Oil on Canvas , 20" x 24"

Sale Price $3500

Artist Statement

Ralph Garafola has made a living as a commercial illustrator and fine artist for more than 65 years and brings his style of contemporary realism to his oil and watercolor paintings of portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life and animals/pets. He travels throughout the Southern United States, Italy, England and France in search of new subjects and locations for future paintings while studying the works of the Old Masters.
“All my paintings are portraits. Whether my subject is a person, landscape, seascape, still life or pet, my approach is to portray my subject in its natural environment. It puts the viewer inside the painting. My paintings realistically depict what nature has created.” – Ralph Garafola

 

Biography

Ralph Garafola critically acclaimed artist, educator and author was raised in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He and his family moved to New Jersey in 1964 and since 2001 spend the winters in Florida. Garafola started his career as a draftsman in New York City for Armor Engineering.

Later Garafola worked for Design Service in Newark, NJ as an illustrator producing government-training manuals for the Armed Forces. Afterwards he was promoted to Art Director. He worked there until he was drafted in 1953. Subsequently he studied drawing at The Alliance Art School (Educational Alliance) in lower Manhattan at night.

Garafola, a Korean War veteran was in the army for two years as Army Combat Photographer MOS. He studied at Fort Monmouth New Jersey Army photo school; graduated and transferred to the Pictorial Center, Long Island City as a photographer making training films for the army. While stationed in Korea Garafola was a draftsman. He was discharged in 1955.

Back in New York, Garafola studied at the Art Students League of New York over seven years with Frank J. Reilly. He served as class monitor to Reilly, who was an instructor at the League and Commissioner of Art for New York City.

Garafola worked at Janal Studio in Newark as a commercial illustrator. At that juncture he then went out on his own and for more than 65 years he made a successful living as a self-employed commercial illustrator, photo retoucher and fine artist. Garafola retired as a commercial illustrator and continued painting. He brings his style of contemporary realism to his oil and watercolor paintings of portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life and pets. Garafola travels throughout southeastern United States plein air painting and Italy, France in search of new subjects and locations for future paintings while studying the works of the Old Masters.

At 70 years of age started teaching at the duCret School of Art, Plainfield, NJ and in Florida at the Sarasota Art Center, Longboat Key – Ringling College of Art and Design, the Art Center Manatee and Art Expressions by the Bay in Sarasota. Garafola also has students he tutors privately.

 

Current Work/Projects

Garafola’s portraits and still life capture the personality and character of his subjects while his landscapes and seascapes capture the mood of the scenes. Garafola says, “All my paintings are portraits. Whether my subject is a person, landscape, seascape or still life, my approach is to portray my subject in its natural environment. It puts the viewer inside the painting. My paintings realistically depict what nature has created.”

Garafola’s first published book “Frank J. Reilly – The Elements of Painting” reveals Reilly’s theory of what one needs to know about painting, as taught to Garafola. Frank J. Reilly was an American painter, illustrator, muralist and teacher. Reilly served as the Commissioner of Art for New York City. Ralph Garafola studied at the Art Students League of New York over seven years, where he served as Reilly’s class monitor.

“To succeed in the realm of graphic arts, like dancing and playing music, one must acquire knowledge. By practicing and applying that knowledge, one becomes skillful. It was Reilly’s logical application that was the basis for developing my craft. After 65 successful years I have never found a reason to change methodology he taught me. I owe him my sincere gratitude. Now, through this book, I share it with you” says Garafola.

Now Garafola is working on a second book, “Frank J. Reilly – Outdoor Painting” publication is scheduled for the end of 2017.

“The Price of Liberty & Freedom” A Commemorative Painting for Honoring Your Personal Hero was painted by Garafola as a dedication to the ultimate sacrifice made by our heroes so we can continue living with the freedoms we have in our nation. Ralph Garafola a veteran of the Korean War, long believed our heroes can be honored with more than a photo on a mantle or bureau. He created this unique painting in which a photograph of your personal hero is inserted into the composition – creating a beautiful, commemorative work of art that truly honors them and their sacrifice.

Garafola designed and directed the building of the 911 Memorial that stands in front of the Warren Township Municipal building in New Jersey.

Fourth Place

Anthony J Parillo

"Jones Beach"

Graphite, graphite powder , 40" x 70"

Sale Price $2500

Artist’s Statement

I’ve loved drawing from the figure all my life or at least since art school in the 1970s. Last summer I decided to experiment with some larger pieces, working from a 40-inch-wide roll of Strathmore Drawing paper. I wanted to loosen up and try to achieve a feeling of spontaneity. A day at Jones Beach in New York provided the perfect subject. During the hot summer months a narrow strip of the Earth a few hundred yards wide and several miles long is jammed with tens of thousands of human beings. Walking the length of the beach there are scores of languages and even more skin colors. Everyone is as close to being naked as legally possible and there are no inhibitions. It’s a scene of teeming, scrambling children, adults trying haplessly to keep track of them, then giving up and behaving like them. There are intimate couples threading quietly through whole extended families and solitary individuals just contemplating the pounding surf. And I guess that could be me right there in the middle, taking everything in. All under the hazy disk of the sweltering sun. Getting a sense of all that movement and sound made looseness and spontaneity virtually unavoidable. This was easily the most fun drawing I’ve ever done.

Exhibits and Awards

5/18    The Figure, Group Show, Bauhaus Prairie Online Gallery* 4th Place Award
11/16   Colleagues and Friends Bruce Waldman Group ShowMehu Gallery, NYC
11/12   Art of Democracy Group Show, American Society of Etchers Sacred Gallery, NYC
03/12  Weather or Not Art on the Pier Group Show, NCECA National Conference, Seattle WA
06/11   International Exhibition of Contemporary Works on Paper Group Show NYCoo Gallery, NYC
11/10   Paths to Peace Invitational Group Show, Paramount Theater, Peekskill, NY

10/10   Faced Solo show — ceramics and prints, Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill, NY
06/05   Theatrics Solo show — ceramics, Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill, NY
05/03   Works on Paper Solo show — Drawings and Watercolors, Harrison Public Library, Harrison, NY
05/02   Juried Non-Members Show Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
04/02   Annual Juried Show New Haven Paint and Clay Club New Haven, CT
02/02   Invitational Teapot Show Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill, NY
04/01   Annual Juried Show Kent Art Association, Kent, CT * Winner, Best Drawing in Show
02/01   Wall art for Story Pots show of ceramics Flat Iron Gallery, Peekskill, NY

12/00  Annual Juried Show Belle Levine Art Center, Mahopac, NY, Publications
Fall/12 Inkwell Journa  Cover illustration
06/05  Ceramics Monthly magazine Upfront
10/98  Wrote and illustrated Michelangelo’s Surprise Childrens picture book published by Farrar Straus Giroux, NYC
11/98 Booklist Magazine

Fourth Place

Hsuan Chang

"Snail bracelets"

copper, brass and resin , 3" x 3.5" x 1.5"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

I have always liked how jewelry can be represented on the body, but I have always felt that I can influence the perception of how people look at jewelry on the human form. Recently, I have been influenced by the style of Baroque art. I use baroque styling to convey my feminine ideas and emotions throughout my art. Some of the design elements of the Baroque period had a delicacy and richness that allow me to present my strong feminine feelings. Yet, another aspect of my art can be personally drawn to the abstract representation of flora and fauna due to myself growing up in an environment near the mountains. These inspirations that I choose to show, allow me as an artist to represent my inner most thoughts. This personal insight continues to motivate me to keep pushing the idea of how jewelry can be represented on the body.

 

Biography

Hsuan Chang (Eva) is a professional metal arts jewelry designer who was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1993. In 2013, she decided to leave her country to expand her creativity by immersing herself in Western culture. She started by going to the New Westminster Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada. After that, she earned a Graduate Gemologist Certificate from Gemologist Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA. Finally she received her BFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA in 2018. While she was there, she was selected three times to participate in the annual juried spring show.

 

Fourth Place

Monique Wright - Peace

"Peace "

Photography , 10" X 13"

Sale Price $190

Artist Statement

My work entitled Peace will hopefully evoke a quiet calm. The tree’s proportions captured my eye immediately with its massive span of branches, the lake as its backdrop and a single bench in front of it. I would like the viewers to transport themselves into this perfect fall day, sitting on the bench, reflecting on life and having peace.

Biography

I purchased my very first professional camera about six years ago. I was in between jobs and needed to think quickly of what I was going to do to supplement my income. I picked up the camera then and have not put it down since. Photography has developed into an overwhelming love and passion of mine. I look through my lens with a new set of eyes viewing and framing the world. I see beauty in everything – from broken windows in an abandoned house to a white swan in a lake. I specialize in black and white photos with just a “pop” of color enhancement. However, my portfolio is vast, as my shots consists of nature, landscapes and people.

Fourth Place

Howard Harris

"King Fisher"

Digital Print on Alunimum , 30" x 36"

Sale Price $2900

Artist Statement

Visual reality is an ever-shifting, highly individualized experience. In any given moment, what we see reflects both our inner state and a synthesis of outer qualities—light, color, movement, space. My exploration in dimensional photographic art represents an attempt to recreate the perceptual experience, with its dynamic nature and hidden complexities. In my patented process I use photographic constructions, a single, often abstracted image is layered over itself on clear acrylic surfaces and superimposed on a subtle grid. The resulting visual phenomenon infuses the image with a sense of dimensionality and fluidity affected by such changes as the angle of viewing and light. The enhanced visual experience Yet perceptual mechanics are only part of the equation. Equally essential are universal principles of design that produce qualities we perceive as beauty. This is my aim: to skillfully combine technology and aesthetics in a way that expands the viewer’s experience of photographic art.

 

Biography

Howard studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and Pratt Institute. He shows throughout the US and is represented by galleries in Chelsea New York, Santa Fe NM and Lisbon Portugal. Harris gives his images a sculptural effect, layering the work using clear acrylic surfaces superimposed with a subtle grid. The images gain dimension and the viewing experience shifts depending on the angle. The process Harris uses was granted a United States Patent, affirming the uniqueness and inventiveness of his works.

Harris has been honored with being on the board of Trustees at the Kansas City Art Institute, Who’s Who Worldwide Lifetime Achievement, Small Business Person of the Year – U.S. Small Business Administration, Design Professional of the Year in the Presidential Who’s Who Marketing, National Association of Print Leadership – Board of Trustees and the Printing Industries Association, Rocky Mountains – Board of Directors.

Fourth Place

Darko Stanic

"Writing in the Salt"

Iron construction, wood, salt , 408 x 160cm

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

 Perhaps you would like me to tell you a fairy tale with a happy end,
to draw you a false sun on the cloudy skies of everyday life?

I would rob you of reality then!
I would rob you of truth then!
I would rob you of art then!

Short Biography

 Darko Stanic was born in 1978 in Sarajevo. He graduated from the (Secondary) School for Applied Arts in 1997 in Sarajevo. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Department of Sculpture, in 2002 as the valedictorian of his class. He received his MFA in 2008. He has been member of the BH Association of Fine Artists (ULUBIH) since 2002. He is currently teaching at the Department of Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. He is an awarded artist who participated in international biennials, arts festivals, and exhibited independently and with other artists.

 

Fourth Place

Irina Kladova

"Cowell Beach, 2016, USA"

Watercolor , 60.2 x 44.5 cm

Sale Price $400

Artist Statement

My works are result of my watching. Sometimes a lot of time can be spent, because I like analyzing colors and shapes in around. I prefer to find a simplest form of complex things, similarity and differences. I try to recreate a story from sketches and  impressions. This story which can show the current of time. The ideal way to impress from emotions and thoughts is watercolor painting. A watercolor painting adds unpredictability and transience to my works.

I am an artist with ecology-geographic education. I had studied in private art school “Zelenaya Palitra” (the name can be translated as green palette) in small siberian town Tomsk. My teachers are all members one family and grew up in siberia: Marina Ruman, Mariya Gubina and Elizavetha Ruman. Also I had attended classes of academy figure in Tomsk state university and Boris Pertsev’s (Tomsk watercolor artist) watercolor master classes. I had been teaching drawing for kids in Montessori kindergarten and took a part in exhibitions of still life, landscape in different mediums, including watercolor, oil, gouache.



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