Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

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

October 2018


Landscape, Cityscapes & Interiors

This month’s show demonstrates the way artists view their world. It matters little where they are located because they “see” their world through creative eyes.

Under the El,” is a painter’s painting demonstrating superb mastery of design, composition and color theory uniquely combined to elicit a feeling of time and place in the busy city. Thomas Buchs’, Best of Show painting captures the glow of light and energy after the rain has stopped leaving slick reflective surfaces to give the viewer the feeling of the space and depth under the elevated subway in Chicago. It evokes memories of trying to return home after a long day of work with figures next to and interacting with cars and trucks as they navigate the city streets toward the security and warmth of home. The back lighting of areas beyond the El repeat and reflect color even in the dark spaces. There is both solitude and energy in the coming night depicted in this visually rich painting.

Marcia Berg Haskell, “In and Out” 1st place, explores the city in both what you see as well as what is not seen but implied in the reflection of the windows. Haskell captures the quiet of interior spaces juxtaposed with the busy outside spaces depicted in the reflections. She invites the viewer to look inside or even to enter inside and look outward at all the activity seen through the windows on any given day. Haskell capture light, space, movement and time in one click of the camera to display the continual movement of city life.

Open House Sunday, Show Low Arizona “ by Mary Dove, 2nd place, also explores time and place but this time is a rural scene. She sets the time of day by using shadows cast from the trees just outside the picture plane. There is a heavy reliance on texture and movement to render the old barn in time. It is a universal scene on many of the back roads across America. It speaks about the past while marking time and space for the future to remember this place long after its inhabitants have left.

Carol Donahue’s photo“Connected,”3rd place, examines the interactions we make with each other as well as with the space we inhabit. The bird’s eye of view of this corridor show figures spaced out in small group or completely alone. However, each person is looking at his or her cell device obviously trying to connect with someone or something. The irony of the scene is they are right next to other people yet choose to self-isolate and reach out for human connection via the ubiquitous non-personal cell phone. Donahue further capture isolation through lighting effects from the side windows that break up the space into the illusion of monastic-like cells inhabited by the figures further reaffirming their choice to be alone.

Howard Harris presents the spiritual nature of landscape with his 4th place award winning photography, “Mt Evans Stream.” He captures the pristine waters of the arctic tundra, primeval and mystical, nourishing the sparse landscape around it. He has managed to capture the sound of this landscape, the water gently trickling toward its destination unknown. The stream disappearing into the fog further frames the sounds of the water. Anyone lucky enough to be standing at this location would know that one must speak in a whisper like studying in a great library while researching the history of the earth.

The images selected for Honorable Mention honors are an excellent cross section of media and styles utilized to show landscape, cityscapes and interiors. There are images expertly render in pen and ink (Guglielmo Botter), an exploration of social comment about America (Sarah Haig), mysterious space with a human shadow (Pricilla Haung), sublime landscapes with wondrous clouds and lighting (Diamante Lavendar, Gaylord Mink, Susan Sarabasha), the wind in a meadow (Linda Snouffer), and an invitation to explore nature by wondering down a magical path (Leif Sohlman). These subjects are expertly rendered though pen & ink, photography, oil painting, pastels and botanical printmaking providing a very interesting exhibition.

All artists submitting entries are to be congratulated for sharing their artwork through the juried competition process regardless weather or not the work was juried into the show. The creative process needs to be shared and exhibited to evoke conversation about ideas and how to execute them through creativity.



Best Of Show

Thomas Buchs

"Under the El"

oil , 20" x 24"

Sale Price $2000

Artist Statement

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

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

 

Artist Exhibition Resume

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

Best of Show 2014 Historic Third Ward Plein Air Event

1st place at 2014 New Berlin Plein Air Event

Shorewood Historical Society Award and People’s

Choice at 2014 Shorewood Plein Air Event

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

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

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

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

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

Merit Award 2015 Between the Blues – La Crosse

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

1st place 2016 Pewaukee Waterfront Art Fair Plein Air Event

People’s Choice at 2016 New Berlin Plein Air Event

2nd place Quick Paint 2017 Milwaukee Museum Mile

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

Merit Award – 2017 New Harmony Plein Air

Honorable Mention 2017 Cedarburg Plein Air

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

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

 



First Place

Marcia Berg Haskell

"In & Out "

Digital Photograph , 14" x 19"

Sale Price $450

 

Artist Statement

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

 

Artist Biography

 

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

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

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

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

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



Second Place

Mary Dove

"Open House Sunday, Show Low Arizona"

Watercolor , 22" x 30"

Sale Price $NFS

 

Artist Biography 

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

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



Third Place

Carol Donahue

"Connected"

Archival Pigment Print , 22" x 18"

Sale Price $325

Artist Statement

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

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

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

 

Art Resume & Biography

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

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

Anne Arundel College -Fine Art Photographer Don Kneessi

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

 

Memberships

Texas Photographic Society

Maryland Federation Art

Art Council for Anne Arundel County, MD

 

Notable Exhibitions and Awards

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

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

4/2018 Spring Member Exhibition Maryland Federation of Art

3/2018 MFA Member Melange II Exhibition

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

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

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

3/2016 River Gallery Juried Community Exhibition, MD

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

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

12/2015 Annapolis Design Showhouse

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



Fourth Place

Howard Harris

"Mt Evans Stream"

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

Sale Price $2900

Artist Statement

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

Artist Biography

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



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