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Second Place






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.

 

 

Second Place

Loshe Kondo

" Triumph Mercy (Sprouting birth) "

Canvas on board, charcoal pencil , 9100 mm x 7300 mm

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement

My work is mainly painting, photography, etc. It is mainly two dimensional activity.
There is a drawing on one of the big pillars constituting the work of my painting.
I believe that drawing is not merely to faithfully reproduce the shape that it sees and that I need to draw states that can not be expressed by the underlying facts and words.
The intention underlying the theme of this work is the birth of a new spirit born from the fusion of oriental culture and western culture.Also, I expect it.

 Biography

1975 Graduated Musashino Art University
1976 Wined ” kansai-KOUDO-Prize” at Osaka Japan
1995 Representation agreement between Agora Gallery at NewYork
1996 Participated “7’eme GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL DE  PEINTURE A L’EAL” at Franch
1996 ONE-MAN-SHOW at Gallery SWAN at NewYork
1996 “ELEMENT OF NATURE!” Group Show at Agora Gallery at NewYork
Have many times one-man-show at domestic Japan

Second Place

Yong Chen

"Monica's Hug"

Photogram, Unique Silver Gelatine Print , 85" x 45"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

Hug is a group of full-body photograms which use analog photographic materials and techniques to portray a “hug” action in a non-traditional way. The hugging action is impressed and recorded in photographic paper. The creases and shape of the paper are made by hugging the material to create dimensional picture. I seek to merge what is invisible, including touch with the visible world through photography. This was inspired by an early 20th century avant-garde art practice, such as Cubism and Expressionism, and this group of work applies the characteristics of modern painting to contemporary photographic practice. That allows these works to act as abstract and free expressionism, while still keeping the initial details of the “hug” action from necked bodies which tells they’re photograms.

Artist Biography

Yong Chen’s works have exhibited at galleries and museums national wide such as Colorado Photographic Art Centre, Current Studio, Mattie Kelly Arts Centre, ARC Gallery, Los Angles Centre of Digital Art etc. In 2016-2017, his works as one of the permanent collection at LACDA, and win the 3rd place at the 25th Southeast Regional Juried Fine Art Exhibition. In the year 2016, his work was featured by gezmoto.com, and the article has been read over 400k. Yong Chen is now working as an independent artist addressed at New York City, as well as a graduate student enrolled in Savannah College of Art and Design for Photography.