Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

Celebrating the modernity of creative contemporary and traditional art through online art competition

April 2017


The Art of Flora and Fauna

Juror’s Statement

This month’s show, “The Art of Flora and Fauna” is one of the most interesting shows I have juried. I expected to see picture of flowers, plants and animals but what I had not anticipated was the diverse ways the genre was presented. Artists today seem to be able to take a traditional venue and through creative techniques and materials create a body of work that is to be admired. I congratulate all artists that entered this month’s competition for submitting truly unique work.

Gill O’Shea’s painting, Heads Up, (Best of Show) demonstrated a masterful use of watercolor to “say more with less.” The gestural application of watercolor looks simple, but anyone using the medium knows, the brushwork and clean colors are only achieved after completely understanding and mastering the medium. With a few strokes, O’Shea captures the curiosity of the bird as he watches the world around him. You can see the inquisitive nature of the bird and yet rigid attention of the gaze that indicates he is on the lookout for what is next.

The botanical study of the flower, Fleur de Monet (First Place), a photograph presented by Nicholas Teetelli, invites the viewer to see nature’s origami as the interior of the bloom unfolds before our eyes. Most people are attracted to the color of the blossom of the flower, but by presenting the image in black and white one sees the beauty and mystery of the plant without the bias of color.

Sara Bardin’s painting, Yearning (Second Place) in contrast to the previous photograph is all about color. It is presented beautifully with a full value range of the limited pallet of pink and pale oranges. She creates  depth through strong value contrast. This technique makes the petals rise from the flat surface in rich velvety tone that is a delight to the senses.

Divine Maternity, (Third Place) by Maria Guadalupe Fernandez Ayala is unique in the approach to the subject. The artist has used both fabric and paint to create the familiar ”“Madonna “ symbol but with a contemporary twist. The Madonna figure is surrounded by lush red melons that are ripe with possibilities. What better to represent maternity than to show the seed inside a ripe watermelon.

The forms created by Joyce Utting Schutter blend both flora and fauna in their design. Equus Hexifolia I & II (Fourth Place), present the viewer with both subjects in one form. They have an organic plant structure and at the same time resemble horses frolicking in nature in a truly unique sculptural offering.

The images I selected for Honorable Mention represent a sampling of the variety and techniques and material artists used for this show. I challenge the viewer to look at each of these artist works and closely examine their pieces. Some are stitched with thread, assembled from pressed plant materials, painted, assemblages, and collaged as well as confidently rendered in traditional styles.

Again, I say, this show is truly unique in presentation and every artist is to be congratulated.

-Caryl Morgan



Best Of Show

Gill O'Shea

"Heads Up"

Watercolor , 16.5" x 12"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

Gill produces watercolor paintings rendered in vivid and vibrant colors. The subject of her painting is usually a strong, striking, single live subject – a person or animal. The aim of Gills work is to capture the essence, character and intensity of the sitter, in a way which evokes an emotional yet aesthetically pleasing response for the viewer. Although Gills work is largely representational, it offers a fresh take on familiar subjects such that is accessible and engaging to viewers of all ages. “I believe visual art should enliven the senses and be inclusive rather than exclusive. I mainly work from a limited palette of five or six colors, and my loose style is achieved by painting the image directly onto the paper without any preliminary guidelines or under drawing.”
Please note my painting technique can be seen in the following video: http://www.dabbleinart.com/videos
Gill studied Fine Art in Dublin (Ireland) Institute of Technology and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2005. Since graduating, Gill pursued an alternative career in Financial Services, qualifying as an accountant in 2009. In 2014, Gill started painting in Watercolor, and in July 2015 she created ‘Dabble in Art’ to share her work and passion for Watercolor with others. In late 2016, Gill decided to return to art and develop her artistic practice. Gill currently lives and works in Dublin Ireland.


First Place

Nicholas Teetelli

"Fleur de Monet"

Digital Photograph Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper , 12" x 12"

Sale Price $POR

Bio

Nicholas Teetelli is both a published and international award-winning fine art photographer. He was born in New York City and grew up in lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. During the late 1960s, and into the 1970s, the Village was a hotbed of culture and the arts. During this period, Teetelli was introduced to art and photography, developing an interest in what would become his lifelong passion.

While he took some photography courses in college, Nicholas Teetelli is primarily self-taught. Spanning the last four decades, he has learned, developed, and honed his skills independently, becoming an avid and serious amateur photographer who has recently turned professional.

Although he lived and grew up in New York City, he has spent many summers in the Greek islands and has traveled to many other places in the world. He continues to travel extensively in pursuit of the perfect photographic image.

During each journey, with camera in hand, he records much of what he sees, sharing the impression of his mind’s eye through composition, light play, and shape and design. His photographic portfolio is diverse: it includes landscape, architecture, portrait, flora and fauna, underwater, and street photography.

He has recently brought his portfolio to the public eye and, in short order, has had more than one hundred of his photographs juried and invited into exhibition

at dozens of galleries and museums across the United States, receiving many awards for this work. He has won awards in international competitions in Moscow and London and a featured artist at major art shows at Art San Diego, Spectrum Miami, Artexpo New York, and has private gallery placements in Vienna, Austria and Bologna, Italy.

He almost exclusively uses Leica cameras and lenses which yield superior results for him. He has recently added a Hasselblad medium format camera to his bag.

 

Artist’s Statement

There is much beauty to behold in this world, moments that the eye captures, the wonders it sees… moments that should be committed to perpetual memory, but sadly only to become fragments of a faded recollection, or more often, simply forgotten. I draw inspiration to record these timeless and special moments, to capture them in my mind’s eye, and through my lens, transforming each image so that I can share them with others in hope they too may see what I see and find equal enjoyment.

 

 Recent Featured Exhibitions

-Little Treasures 2016 – Galleria De Marchi, November 26th through December 8th 2016 (Bologna, Italy) – Trevisan International Art. Exhibition pieces: Mind Games, Mind Games V, Mind Games VI, Mind Games VII

-Art San Diego- Art Show – November 3-6, 2016 (San Diego, CA) – Featured Artist, Represented by Artavita Gallery

-Spectrum Miami Art Show November 30th – December 4th 2016 (Miami, FL) – Featured Artist, Represented by Artavita Gallery

-Spectrum Miami Art Show November 30th – December 4th 2016 (Miami, FL) – Featured Artist, Represented by ADC Gallery & Blink Art Resource

Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas Art Museum – March 4 through July 3, 2017 (Las Vegas, NV) Featured Artist

– New York Art Expo Art Exhibition. April 21-24th 2017 – (New York, NY) – Featured Artist, Represented by Artavita Gallery

– New York Art Expo Art Exhibition. April 21-24th 2017 – (New York, NY) – Featured Artist, Represented by Blink Art Resoruce

 



Second Place

Sara Bardin

"Yearning"

Acrylic on Canvas , 36" x 48"

Sale Price $2,000

 Artist Statement

In 2009, I started creating art to relieve myself from the stress I was experiencing in daily life.  On a visit to the national US Botanic Garden and I became inspired to paint flowers.  I find that a flower’s beauty, color, and texture evoke deep emotion within me.  My art conveys this emotion and when people see my work, I would like it to induce any type of feeling or memory.

My main subject matter over the last few years has been bearded irises. A bearded iris displays a heart-pounding beauty in its splendor.  The velvety texture of the falls, the papery lightness of the standards, and the colorful splash of the beard combine to make a deeply inspiring portrait of this gorgeous flower.  Although I have planted a garden bed full of irises that I now work from, I also choose other genus of flowers to paint from when I am inspired.

The inspiration for “Yearning” came from a family friend.  She suggested that I paint a peony, a flower that she is deeply connected to.  A few weeks later as I went out to groom my irises and I noticed this incredibly beautiful magenta flower reaching for the morning sky.  While I did not know that I had peonies in my garden, it did not take me long to find inspiration in this challenging flower.

My pieces are all acrylic paint on canvas.  I use acrylic because I am sensitive to chemicals. I love the brilliant color that is achievable.  I use it to make my subject matter pop from the canvas visually.  With the advances made in the development of acrylics it facilitates the blending and drying times making it easier to blend and create believable textures.

SELECTED AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS, and PUBLICATIONS:

Spring Emergence Exhibition New Masters Art Galley – March 2017 – “Printemps” Solo Exhibition

26th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition: La Vie en Bleu –January 2017 – “Joy”

Maryland Federation of Arts Strokes of Genius Juried Exhibition – November 2016 – “Yearning

2016 Creative Expressions Montgomery Arts Association Member Show – June 2016 – 1st Place Still Life – “Joy

Linus Galleries In Bloom Online Exhibition – April 2016 – “Joy

Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery (EWCG) 2nd Annual Art and Flowers Juried Exhibition – April 2016 – “Joy

Creative Quarterly – The Journal of Art and Design – 43rd edition – Summer 2016 – Runner-Up – “Joy

CityScapes – Light Space and Time Online Exhibition – February 2016 – Special Merit Award – “Manhattenhenge

Light, Space, and Time Online Gallery All Women 2016 – January 2016 – Special Merit Award – “Awakening

Maryland Federation of Arts Strokes of Genius Juried Exhibition – November 2015 – “Awakening

Colorful Abstractions – Fusion Art’s International Online Juried Art Exhibition –  November 2015 – “Rock Pool

Light, Space, and Time Online Gallery Botanicals Art Exhibition – November 2015 – Special Recognition – Painting and Other Category – “Joy

Montgomery Arts Association Paint the Town Kensington Labor Day Show  – September 4- September 7, 2015 – Honorable Mention – “Manhattanhenge”

Hill Center Galleries Juried Exhibition  – June 2015 – September 2015 – “Pebbles”

Washington ArtsWork Burst of Color Juried Exhibition – May 2014 – “Yellow Iris

“Présence Féminine Dans L’Art Haïtien” (The Presence of Women in Haitian Art).  – December 2013 – Publication



Third Place

Maria Guadalupe Fernandez Ayala

"Divine Maternity"

fabric and acrylic , 1.50 cm x 1 m

Sale Price $7500

Maria grew up in Irapuato, Gto, a small place at the center of Mexico. Since she was a child she was interested in art and had participated at art activities at school. Then she moved to Monterrey, N.L., to study the Law degree, and living in Monterrey she started to take art lesson at “Marco” the Contemporary Art Museum of Monterrey, and then she enter into the lessons of the visual artist Lorena Rodriguez. Together with other students Maria has being part of several art expositions trying to express her vision of art and life. Her art includes Mexican origins with Mexican artisans pieces in a contemporary context. In other pieces she tries to represent the real world through the animal word and its relations with humans and the similar that the two species are. Maria uses several techniques like acrylic, drawing and installations in the same pieces.



Fourth Place

Joyce Utting Schutter

"Equus Hexifolia I & II"

handmade flax paper over welded steel armature, dry pigments, burnished , 18" x 26" x 5"

Sale Price $3750

Artist’s Statement

I am becoming increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of all things: bird and wind, eye and shadow, breath and bone. Nature is one breathing entity. Each sculpture I make is like a single breath, containing enough interplay of elements to convey some of the essence of the whole. When creating a piece, I attempt to capture some of the visual music I see around me, composing a harmony of natural and human design. Although every component is carefully chosen with symbolic references, each piece is not a puzzle to be solved or a message to be deciphered, but a breath to be inhaled.

I begin by welding a thin skeleton of carbon steel. I overlay this with a hand-stitched fiber substrate.   Numerous layers of sprayed or hand applied paper pulp, often interspersed with organic materials, imbue each piece with a life of its own. The fascinating chemistry of paper forges the elements together without the use of foreign chemicals or glue.

Bio

My unique method of sculpting with sprayed paper pulp is described in Volume 13, No.2 of HAND PAPERMAKING and in THE PAPERMAKER’S COMPANION (©2000 by Helen Heibert). My awards include 2011 & 2014 Niche Awards from the Buyer’s Market of American Craft., and a 2006 SAC Award at Boston’s Society of Arts & Crafts. Several of my pieces are pictured in the book 500 PAPER OBJECTS (Lark/2013), in Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: On Abstraction (Forman/Schiffer/2015), in the Fall 2015 issue of Fiber Art Now, and in Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: Sculpture (Summer 2017). My work has been exhibited nationally. You can see more of my work at www.artbyjus.com.



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