Upstream People Gallery

10th Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition

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This year sixty-five artists have been selected for the “10th Annual Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition”. We welcome artists from Japan, Bulgaria, Denmark, China, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia and The Netherlands as well as artists from North America. This show is rich in variety in terms of subject matter and stylistic approach. Below are some comments about particular artists and their works that deserve special recognition.

MEGAN BISBEE-DURLAM of Nagano-Ken, Japan has demonstrated an abundant amount of expression in her acrylic on paper work “Overboard”. Also quite dramatic is the acrylic, ink and paper collage entitled “Silkworm Castle”. These two of the five represented tend to spark in it’s integration of abstract passages.

DAVID BLOW of Hickory Creek, Texas continues his remarkable handling of mostly landscape and environmental subjects. His two works of haystacks are quite strong, somewhat reminiscent of Monet’s series of color studies of haystacks, “Haystack at Sundown” and “Haystack at Sunrise” shows the varied temperatures of during the day.

J. HENDERER BURNS of Dickinson, Texas is a master watercolorist. The show is fortunate to showcase all three of her submitted works. “Fitting In” is an interesting concept in itself, represented here using a parrot fitting into the curvilinear brightly colored patterning. Continuing with the bird image cantilevering into a patterned field is her highly delicate “Miss Bean, Queen of Everything”. And “Preening” shows the unexpected view of a cool bird in the process of caring for itself.

TAO CHEN of Racine, Wisconsin deals with an interesting layering approach. Especially remarkable are “Outside the Window 2” and “Outside the Window 3” in which the more muted colors enhance the interplay of the subject and linear movements.

PAMELA Z. DAUM of Maitland, Florida captures some interesting landscapes with some special qualities she developed via Polaroid Manipulation, printed on canvas. With its strong tonal contrast, “Twin Oaks” and "Ghost Ranch" are quite successful with the rather impressionistic results. All are quite nice when considering the 20” by 20” sizes.

LILIAM DOMINGUEZ of Miami, Florida has a creative flair for the digital potentialities in photography. All her works are quite engaging in terms of the specially designed manipulation of her imagery as seen especially in “Dog” and “Guilty”. “Saturn” and “Virgin” are also thought provoking, each in their own special ways.

KENDRA EAGER of Pleasantville, New York captures various moments and subjects in time. Of particular note is the rather marvelous photograph entitled "Pinnacle" in which the boat is aligned wonderfully with a circular hole in the cloud formation. The layout too is quite good in terms of the four somewhat equal subdivisions.

COLLEEN FITZGERALD of Shewsbury, Massachusetts has an assortment of images in her group of photographs. Of particular interest is the unusual cross that appears on the wires above the clouds in her color photograph “Capetown Blessing”. Nicely framed, “Jerusalem” shows a dramatic tonal contrast. And the work “Young Lesotho Boy” is a delightful representation of a smiling child.

PAUL GRUBERG of New York, New York has an interesting series dealing with the notion of closed windows. Perhaps one of the strongest of the set here is "Closed Window 2a4" in that the fine linear grid work contrasts well with the richly textured and dark treatment.

LYNN HILL of Kirkland, Illinois has a keen sense with digital photo collage. "A Case for Desertion" is a richly textured and warm arrangement with the play of scale poignantly stated with the small figure on the lower right quadrant of the work. Also wonderful is her arrangement entitled "Evidence of a Good Wife". And "I Thought I Saw Her" is another fine achievement in her attractive visual effects and the mystery felt.

KAREN HILLIER of Bryan, Texas seems to deal with the simple structures with windows and doorways. Especially striking is the work “Primer” in which the intense blue shines through the two warm earth tone walls.

DAN HITTLEMAN of Melville, New York has a photographer’s eye for the special. “Furore Fiord” is a wonderful triangularly framed scene that achieves great depth. This particular photograph is rather curious in that the boats are dispersed on land and not on water.

ALISON WATT JACKSON of Shell Beach, California has several interesting photographs that collectively play with a gray and pink palette. “Beauty Shop” captures the excitement of the place with all the patterns throughout; “Triple Phoenix” shows the richness of another culture; and “Window Memories” creates a more mysterious and rather surrealistic situation.

HUGH JONES of Arlinton, Virginia is certainly a star photographer. His works are compelling in terms of their concepts and the special technical handling. “And Time Began to Seriously Pass” makes one think and is a nice contrast of the rectilinear to the amorphous. “Gimme Shelter” is startling indeed that almost commands our attention. His other works quite creative in his keen use of reflectivity.

ZAK KERNAN of Stuart, Florida has some wonderful and direct works that have a richness in spontaneity as seen in his mixed media of oil pastel, spray paint and acrylic on salvaged canvases and wood. Quite expressive is his work called "Untitled 06".

DARIA LARSEN of Roskilde, Denmark lets her imaginative prowess shine in several works in the show. Especially strong is her mixed media piece entitled “Closer to Heaven” with the bending or curving felt in the blue sky above in this vertically formatted work.

PATSY LINDAMOOD of Gainesville, Florida is a remarkable artist in her use of colored pencil and pastel. One of the most interesting is "Ocean Motion" depicting a young surfer in the midst of riding a wave. Her ability to capture movement and water effects is outstanding.

AARON J. LAW of Indianapolis, Indiana achieves perfection in his photography. ‘“Hodiyiin (translates from Navajo as “Sacred Space”)”’ and “Tacheene (Red Soil)” are expansive in the cinemascopic horizontality. Photographing these special places is certainly an honorable endeavor which deserves respect indeed.

BARBARA LINDSEY of Jefferson City, Missouri is another one of those fine masters of watercolor. Her works are quite engaging and enlightening. “Hindsight” is wonderful in terms of the cast shadow countered by the turned head in the opposite direction. “Lend Us A Helping Hand” is outstanding in the attention given to detail. And “Oh...If You Could See Through My Eyes” is a compelling request and full of wonderment. If one looks very closely, there are among other things, several creatures found in the details of "Shadow Dreams at Sunrise" all making a kind of rich wonderland.

BARBARA J. LLOYD of Danbury, Connecticut is able to enhance color richness via digital photography. Especially accomplished are “Biking to the Beach” and “Flying Over Hong Kong”, the latter having exciting abstract qualities as well.

MARJANA MANOSKI of Harwood Heights, Illinois has an ingenious sense of visuality in her unique approach. “Bean #1”, “Bean #2”, “Bean #3” and “Bean #4” with all the curvilinear movements and special distortions shows that she’s quite an original artist.

JOSH MCGRATH of Austin, Texas finds interesting subject matter in his surroundings. One of the most dynamic is "Perched" in which the bright blue sky enhances the row of numerous birds perched on the telephone wires.

SATOMI NISHINO of Dusseldorf, Germany has a unique approach to the human condition as seen in her facial depictions. One of the strongest piece is the grayed oil painting called "The Fear of Ignorance" which is handled in such a fine sensitive manner.

SHERRIE POSTERNAK of Tucson, Arizona captures the simplicity yet strength of design with the Indian patterning in the fabric and clothing in "It's In Her Veins". This photo transfer technique on encaustic medium provides another varied approach to handling photographic works.

RON EA POWELL (REAP) of Irvington, New Jersey has some medium large oil paintings that are self reflecting. “Armor 5 (Self Portrait)” and “Armor 6 (Self Portrait)” creates his face, hands and arms in black and white while enhancing this imagery with rich brown textural treatments. “His “Give Me Myself (Gestalt) 1” done in graphite, is very nice in the interplay of the positive and negative patterning.

ANIL CS RAO of Bethesda, Maryland shows samples of his native Indian culture. The print "Blue Sari" is most attractive in its directness and simplicity with dramatic tonal shifts.

JASON A SWISHER of Fort Wayne, Indiana uses Holga and the digital sense to create a rather wonderful interplay of imagery in his works “Toronto Street Series #3” and “Toronto Street Series #5”.

THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongqing City, PRC, China has a special digital photo technique to achieve terrific color works. One of the best is his work “Dragon on Roof of Taoist Temple”. Not only is it remarkable in terms of his vantage point to take this picture, but the photograph is great with it’s sense of spatial and scale contrasts as well as color contrasts. It is nice to see his developed interest in reds and greens.

LEO THEINERT of Forest Hills, New York submitted one piece for the show and it is special. Firstly the outfit is very eye-catching together with the bucket and the dollar in hand - all make for an unusual photograph, entitled “Waiting for Dr. Caligari”.

STEVEN W. WALENTA of Santa Fe, New Mexico has two wonderful photographs, one a close up of a baby called “Kade” and the other a shot of a stormy landscape called “Lightning”. Both of these are unusual in the positioning of the child and the capturing of the specific time of the storm.

CLEO WILKINSON of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia masterfully positions the figure in a dark environ. “Clandestine” is not an expected view and is sensitively done. And “Discarnate” is also significant. Both are wonderful achievements as mezzotint prints.

MIKE WRATHELL of Sterling Heights, Michigan creates interest with rather contemporary iconography. Especially rich is his print "Andy Monet" giving honor to the two famous artists and handling the coloration with rather close tonal changes in a kind of impressionistic way.

ANDREW ZIMMERMANN of Arlington, Virginia is able to find striking subject matter and filming it in special ways. One of the most engaging and rather mysterious is his “Untitled" (3).

These are some remarks about works that captured special attention in one way or another, but mostly because of their originality and generally not what is the ordinary genre that is often seen. Nevertheless, all the artists chosen for this showcase were selected from around four hundred entries and that indeed speaks for itself. Congratulations to each artist.


Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art