Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

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

January 2019 - New Year


Open A New Year 2019

The entries for “Open a New Year 2019,” show the creative diversity of artists and media they are working with. For this reason the top five honors were selected to representative that diversity. The variety of medium is evident in the top winner picks and honorable mention awards as well as continuing throughout the show. Art categories & styles submitted include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and performance art.

 

Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery is proud to exhibit a diverse artist population. Artists juried into the show represent the states of Washington, Florida, California, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Maine, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Texas and Arizona. Countries outside the United States include China, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, Norway, Greenland and New Zealand.

 

 

Best of Show, Zimbabwe, by Joe Grenn is a high-energy composition in oil. The subject is considered traditional figurative painting but the way Grenn captures the movement, emotions and excitement of the ball players draws the viewer into the composition the experience the pure joy of the sunny day. It is painted in an impressionist style yet still conveys each important details of the moment: boys pushing, laughing and playing, saturated light to illustrate the warmness of the day and soft dusty earth beneath their feet sends brings the viewer into memories of past experienced in younger times.

 

First Place, Push, by Gracia Nash is a performance piece the invites us to consider the message of a form inside a pod of silicone and reflective glass beads “Pushing” and moving trying to find a way out of the pod. What first comes to mind is the process of birth or rebirth since the form is a mature woman beneath the veil of confinement. Another analogy would be the metamorphosis of the interior form, surrounded by a chrysalis waiting to be revealed at the perfect moment. The material created by the artist is explained in her Artist Statement below her piece and is as esoteric as the subject of this ambiguous intriguing performance piece.

 

“Life of Birds – The Star,” by Tamara Sigler, Second Place, is a spiritually infused painting of origami paper birds brought to life under strings of colored light. Sigler artfully arranged the birds to look as if they are meeting under the lights to experience the essence of the night that brings them to life. Each bird is masterfully arranged to create conversations and innuendoes of things to come.

 

Ming Y. Dong (Third Place) explores “Freedom,” through her printmaking triptych study of birds. Each bird is moving upward and lifts the viewer with them. The birds are not confined but seem to be expanding their world by lifting up and moving becoming objects that cannot be cages, like the ideas of the spirit.

 

“Never the Less” is a clay sculpture by Elite Shaier, (Fourth Place) is infused with emotions. The way the artist positioned the figure makes it hard to say if the figure is submissive, defiant, passionate or introspective, leaving the interpretation purely to the viewer. The distortion of figural proportions makes this a powerful statement about what is life. This sculpture allows us to see the soul of the person in all its beauty and imperfections.

 

The eight artists that received Honorable Mention truly define the broad spectrum of subjects and medium. Each medium, acrylic, oil, charcoal, mixed media, watercolor, fiber, and pastel demonstrate the diversity of the artists in this show.

 

 

“Open a New Year” is exactly what this exhibition is about and all artists are to be congratulated for their contemplation and creative output resulting in outstanding works of art that set the mood for a successful year –

Caryl Morgan, Gallery Manager

 

 

 



Best Of Show

Joseph Grenn

"Zimbabwe"

Oil , 36" x 48"

Sale Price $4800

Artist Statement

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

Biography

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

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

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

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


First Place

Gracia Nash

"Push"

Photo of Mixed Media Performance , 2760 × 1553

Sale Price $NFS

Biography/Artist Statement:

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

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

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

Resume

EDUCATION

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

  • Glass Masters of Fine Arts
  • Full Scholarship

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

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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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

March 2019

Graduate Assistant, RIT, Rochester N.Y.

“Glass Processes” Fall 2018

“Glass Processes” Fall/Spring 2017-2019

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

“Public Art”, Spring 2014

“Glass and Metal Casting”, Fall 2013

 

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/RESIDENCIES

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

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

Windgate Fellowship Nominee  February 2014

 

EXHIBITIONS

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

January 2019



Second Place

Tamara Sigler

"Life of Birds - The Star"

oil on linen , 12" x 18"

Sale Price $1850

Artist’s Statement

 

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

 

 

Artist Bio

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 



Third Place

Ming Y. Dong

"Freedom"

Printmaking , 21" x 7"

Sale Price $POR

Artist Statement:

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

Biography:

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

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

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

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



Fourth Place

Elite Shaier

"Never The Less"

Clay , 12.5" x 10" x 5.5"

Sale Price $140

Biography

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

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

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

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

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

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



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