Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
Welcome to the “10th Anniversary Best of the Best International Online Art Exhibition”. This has been quite an endeavor for Upstream People Gallery in that so many artists from so many parts of the world are showcased in this one very large show.
Mainly, the works represented here are impressive in a number of ways, consequently there is a lot of diversity in this celebration. High technical achievement is usually a qualification for such an exhibition and quite humorous works can certainly have a well-deserved place in this type of show. Visual statements about the culture of different peoples also gain acceptance in today's Post-Modernism. Other works herein serve a somewhat pedagogical purpose to promote originality, including emerging artists and those artists who give a kind of purity of expression.
This collection of works represents the various dimensions of what several artists deem as important, interesting and indicative of different scenarios of the human condition. “UP” Gallery is delighted with such a large show which hopefully gives a possible artful glimpse, showcasing some of "what's going on in art today". Below are some observations about particularly recognized artists and their work.
Arshad Naveed Ahsanuddin of Decatur, GA has several photographs that document various subjects and places. One of the film photographs that references a kind of transcendence of place is “Seven Prayers” which shows a diamond formation of candles and candle holders seven lit candles. Another work is that of a sculptural form of an angel entitled “Weeping Angel” in which the head and crossed arms and hands are covered with a darkened substance. His work “Angles” shows the single figure with the dynamic backdrop of an angular structure and “For the Birds” presents two figures amidst the massing of birds all around.
Matti Allison of Chicago, Illinois emphatically captures the flavor of a grandmother in her painting “Gram” in which the honored one is facing the interior of the room where perhaps many hours have been spent in service of others.
Vahan Ananyan of Odessa, Ukraine, has some richly textured works that depict aspects of the Old Testament through the birth of Christ to “The Taking Off The Cross” which dramatizes with such textural manipulation of oil, the intensity of the event. The lighter gold surrounding the head of Jesus is especially appropriate.
Robin Antar of Brooklyn, NY is a super realist sculptress. Her attention to accuracy and detail is phenomenal especially seen in her limestone carving of a denim jacket appropriately titled “Jacket”. The folds, the buttons, the pockets and cuffs are superbly carved out. Another strong work is “Jeans” which shows a pair of jeans as if hanging from something. It’s amazing to see the accuracy of the zipper and even the lettering on the tags are very convincing.
Jim Antonucci of West Milford, NJ has captured a strong visualization in his black and white photo artwork. Especially strong is his piece “Venice Beach”, a place where there is an array of personalities atypical of any beach anywhere. His vertically arranged diptych plays the picture within a picture theme. The two women both tilted in each picture is a nice connective device. He creates some very interesting spatial characteristics in his photography strongly stated in black and white. “Flight - Asbury Park, NJ” is a photo diptych showing a birds, one in flight in the lower part of the format contrasted with the figure of a young man shown upside down as if doing a flip while another young man looks on. This unusual positioning is quite nice. “We Twist” uses blurred and overlapping text primarily as a decorative framing device with a young man shown with his head captured in motion. The text “strange sickness” does tend to add some commentary to the piece. And “Welcome to Roseland” is a reversed “L” arrangement showing a large picture of a man with outstretched arms with the welcome sign in the general middle of the photo. And he dramatically deals with the recurring theme found in our human condition in his photo collage triptych entitled “Suffering”. Using overlaying texts, one in reverse, adds to the difficulty in that the reading is not easy to read; the use of the crucified Head of Christ reinforces the thoughts of the trials and tests of faith, yet persevering. Centrally placed is a small rose bent forth in the stage of budding suggesting a kind of acceptance during this growth process of life.
Katherine Austin of Hemet, CA in a moving linear abstraction creates “Judas’ 30 Pieces of Silver” in which the coins are randomly placed about as if thrown amidst a green field of black lines going in different directions. The elongation of the fingers of the hand emphasizes the drama of throwing.
Jim Barry of Pasadena, CA, presents an arresting visual panorama in his print of a virtual sculptural painting (painting in open space w/tracked "wand", VR glasses. “Dancing Too Close to the Flame” strongly captures a large scaled fire-like area above a suggested land formation thus in proximity gives a great tension.
Ron Bartels has some very innovative works which create some handsome visual effects. His "Another Viewpoint" and "Good Night Wave" delve into the abstract with his newly developed technology.
Chrystal Bates Boynton Beach, Fl brings two protrayals of youth. In her work “Alan” she has exhibited the calmness of a young man even though many know it’s a challenge for a young man to hold still. She gives a “Looking Within” sculptural presentation. The two portraits facing each other is like the message of “know thyself” through self-evaluation and self-discovery of oneself. This statement of deep meditation suggests a way of coming to a truth through conscious awareness. Her portraiture is always flawless, and she brings out the personality in each of her portraits. “Portrait #3” with it’s relaxed positioning bodes well with the structure of the curvilinear workings of the chair. Furthermore she uses a quite creative depiction of Christ on the Cross together with an overlapping image of Christ as the Merciful Savior. “For Us, Have Mercy On Us and the Whole World” also emphasizes the horizontality in the reaching out His arms to people of all kinds. Masterfully she paints a large panoramic view of little cottages on a hill with a snow-covered mountain that commands the background. The pointed roofs nicely complement the point atop the mountain in this work entitled “Mountain View”. Even as a prolific realist painter she has conceived of a work entitled "Light in the Wild" with an abstract expressionist mode. The concept of finding the light in the wild is grappling.
Michael Baum of Spearfish, SD has several interesting uses of acrylic and mixed media. One of the most effective is his work “Vertigo” in which the face of a youth whose open mouth is boldly outlined creating a motif of circularity throughout the piece typifying the “going around and around” or a sense of spinning.
Betty Bay of Casselberry, FL shows an acrylic work entitled “Eat or Be Eaten”. Herein is a very strong expressive show of birds and other creatures with the dripping paint technique emphasizing the aggressive message. The use of red and yellow with black help to communicate the action.
Mike Bayliss of Mevaseret Zion, Israel has some striking prints in the show. His “Word Prints” (from a series , “The Power of The Word”) shows renditions of the themes of the Lamb of God, a covenant relationship and the return of the Lord. Individually each are beautifully designed, yet as a triptych the messages are wonderfully magnified.
Patricia Ben of Poway, CA shows a mother’s love in her digital print “Mother and Infant” developed with the warm tonality thus inhancing the tenderness and warm of such an embrace.
Mary Jo Ben-Nun of Greenwood Lake, NY has several rather small mixed media constructions that are quite delicate. In “Santo Valeriano” she paints a wooden container that houses the small iconographic image. The addition of jewels enhances their preciousness.
The photographs of David Bernstein covers two extremes of human experience in "Dejection" and "Hope". Also his work “Grandmother” is nicely composed with the happy face in the light top right contrasted with the dark clothing of the bottom left .
Judi Bettts of Baton Rouge, LA well known for her masterful transparent watercolors plays a bit of humor in her earth toned work entitled “Roller Coaster”. The unusual subject matter is quite delightful.
David Blow from Hickory Creek, TX masters digital techniques in his very interesting work entitled “Bee Weave”, “Winter’s Chapel” and “Overcome Evil with Good”. In the latter the contrasting of two spherical realms, one warm and one cool, with text reiterating the message and the school of fish suggesting a teaching, gives the viewer the solution. He is a master of the digital medium. One of the most significant pieces is his work “Wake Up!” in which he graphically pronounces the current concern for the situation of global warming. The use of the eye configuration speaks well about the notion of opening our eyes to the importance of going green and helping our environment. His use of digital collage in his work “Cat Dreams” is masterful as are his other works. In this one the very warm calmness is contrasted with the very cool action making it a dynamic play
Liza Brenner of Decatur, Georgia uses mixed media in a dynamic work entitled “Black Birds” in which abstraction through collage shows black birds emerging from a complexity of darkness into the upper right lightness.
“Prayer will...” by R. C. Brown is a good piece upon which to meditate. The cross image with the chain in front suggests that through prayer, the chains or obstacles or even problems may be broken and solved with the Grace of God.
Blanche C. Brown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin brings some fascinating arrangements in her sculptures “African Woman Sculpture” and “African Woman Sculpture 2”. The rich coloration and stringing technique are quite imaginative in both the symmetry and asymmetry of the two pieces.
Hugh Browning of Santa Monica, California uses the squared composition to full benefit. In “Dead Tree and Hills” the upward movement of the tree complements the upward sweep of the hills. In his piece “Falls at Yellowstone” the upper left placement of the falls plays nicely with the large hillside. “Lonely House” in its simplicity shines out as one of his best.
Margaret Buie is known nationally as a juror for watercolor exhibitions and we are very pleased to have her participate in this year’s international. Needless to say that she is a master watercolorist. Her work “The Jester” is richly colored for such a colorful character.
J. Henderer Burns of Dickinson, Texas has the ability to create mass against a backdrop of two-dimensionality. “I’m So Shy” is readily understandable in the stance of the bird while simultaneously contrasted with a rather outgoing or active background pattern. “It’s Still a Cage” provides an interesting message in that while the surrounding “cage” structure is full of interest, the calm bird is nonetheless aware of the situation of enclosure.
Samuel E. Burns of Southport, NC keenly observes the linear aspects through photography. In his digital piece “Plantation Drive” he captures with a brownish green cash the undulating limbs of the southern trees with the light and shadow playing across the drive.
And in his cool gray photograph entitled “Reflections” he shows a rich blend of street and window reflective imagery.
Mindy Burton of Lincoln, Nebraska creates an even spread composition of a multi-patterned and colorful assemblage with acrylic and weaving in her work “Life Box”. The many parts are delightful when considering it as the many aspects of life.
Adam Cady of Ashland, WI has accomplished the use of mixed media in an interactive way. His sculpture piece “Frail Protest” plays the use of linear manipulation of various materials which demonstrates a visual excitement, yet the make-up is of fragile media making for an interesting intended contrast. His play with continuous line as pattern while incorporating closed shapes gives a dynamic counterplay of loose and randomness with control. His title “Systemic” gives considerable mystery and intrigue. He gives a range of works which reaches a forte in his digital piece “SH80KD”. The title alone seems somewhat technical like the representation of the mental capabilities as compared to electronic circuitry. The importance of the mental function is reinforced by the head tilted down as if thinking. Perhaps one could say he has that “special technological” touch in all his works. “21st Century Artist (SH80KD)” is one of those digital orchestrations that are right on target with the intellectual and mathematical schema given by the computer language. “WDK_04-97” is another nice achievement.
John A Calabrese of Denton, TX with his skillful hand creates “Storm Fear” which is dramatized by his use of high tonal contrast and facial expressions. “Town Without Pity” also shows intensity with the running figures through a rough alley-like environment.
He provides again a rich drawing style especially in his work “Leopold Terrace, Atlantic City” (November in My Soul). The contrast of the human figure amidst the building structures works well.
Charles Caldemeyer uses a rather organic grid formation seemingly enhancing the idea of the logic of the brain function in “Brain City”. His works “The Parting of Ways” and “To Anonymous” are also remarkable in his handling of details in oil.
Ray Carns of Phoenix, Arizona gives a taste of the desert. In his work “Saguaro 309” he creates an unusual treatment for textural emphasis in a silver gelatin print. The symmetrical cactus is framed on both sides. All five of his works are quite creative utilizing his special technique.
Dan Cecil uses images oftentimes associated with his state of Texas. In “Last Roundup” he shows a display of the skulls of longhorns that have been “rounded up”. The message of time is well taken.
David H. Chandler, of Franklin, IN creates some interesting and rather dynamic color photographs capturing light. Especially impressionistic is his work “White River Impression” handsomely framed with a dark foliage.
Ray Chen of Terre Haute, Indiana has been developing a series dealing with the concept of mother and child. All of his abstract stoneware and earthenware pieces are especially raw and expressive. In this show, “Mother and Child 2” and “Mother and Child 4” are quite rich in texture and color, the latter having a strong directional forcefulness.
John Cinco of Staten Island, New York uses Corel Painter X to explore a rich spontaneity that he is able to create with such a software. It’s quite admirable to be able to show the organic expressiveness using the computer as seen in his "2007-08-23".
Ione Citrin of Los Angeles, CA has been exploring a mixed media approach in glistening golds and warm earthiness. One of the most arresting is “Treasure of Indiana Jones” which further develops her investigations of tribal-like iconography.
Robin E. Clark of Mason, Texas has an interesting style in that realistic imagery is encased in a circular window which in the foreground acts as an elaborately detailed framing. “Souris River Mindset” is particularly successful. The artist gives importance to the idea of war in her digital imaging piece “War Bride” in which the delicate framing device and the mother with two children on her lap, toned in a gentle pink adds to the tenderness yet the overall “X” overlay suggests the negativity of war.
Joan Lebold Cohen of New York, New York in her panoramic work “L Pod” creates an orchestration of leaves and pods in tints and shades of green in a dance-like curvilinear melody. Her work “Umbrella Game” seems mysteriously composed. It is quite interesting to see the organic subject and the digital process come together. She gives us "San Raphael Glacier" (from the Series "Absolute Blue"). Her work is striking in the use of a blue monochromatic schema which speaks well for her subject matter of water and ice. Particularly punctuated in this piece is her use of scale to create quite an impact.
Nat Cole of Tarrytown, NY, in her adventurous use of mixed media, collage and construction shows a very contemporary visualization in her wing series. (A+B) “House with Wings” is interesting when considering the house as the body or mind and having the spirituality which is represented by the wings. This is a strong direction. She has a wonderful sense of construction. In all her works in the show, she gives the viewer many interesting groupings. In “S-Space” there is an overall “S” flow with station points of numbers here and there with the image of the cat and people in conversation giving pause in the fascinating movement. In her “Two” (Wing Series) the portrait is even more interesting with the shaped wings, ribbons and numbers - very nice work.
Mindy Z. Colton of Orlando, Florida gives several spiritual and heartfelt messages with the horse as a metaphor for expressions as in “Leap of Faith” whereby the statement is enhanced with the high placement of the horse with the outreached leg and head lifted high reinforced with the bird suggesting that the height is even greater. In her 12 1/2 foot aluminum sculpture the idea of “Renewal” suggests a transition to a higher realm. The linear structure also promotes the concept that this is a passage or a matter of direction. The simplicity of the horse outline effectuates the strength that can be obtained through a renewal process. Somewhat in reference to Deborah Butterfield's horses, “Lyric” however demonstrates the gracefulness of the gait of a horse. Delightfully and yet dramatically she portrays equine artistry. “Close Encounter” shows a horse confronting an aroused bird creature. Another bronze work “Soul Companion” develops the horse with the exaggerated elegant legs again with a smaller creature looking up. And going from the more petite sizes, she uses aluminum to masterfully sculpt “Wind Dancer” which glistens in the sun reflecting the rich polished surface - a true work of art with a delightful presence. She creates an interesting interpretation of the idea of change in her bronze sculpture “Renewal 1” whereby the left side is dramatically active with linear indentions while the opposite and right side is simpler with a curving upwards. The abstraction of the horse image for this message is intriguing. Her bronze “Tempest” is another horse imagery with a strong textural character that shows movement in one direction with the head and neck in a nice contrasting position. And in her third bronze “The Long Walk” the delicate three horses are given long elegant legs to help express the walking.
Joseph Criscuoli in his realistic acrylic painting “Freedom Stands” is calm and peaceful with an architectural triumphal archway giving importance to the U.S. Flag centrally framed.
He shows “The Crucifixion” from the vantage point high up on the cross as if seen from the same height which may imply that the viewer can identify with the cross, their own cross perhaps.
Ioana Datcu of Vermont, Illinois in her work “All Come to Me” is brilliant in the sense of capturing the diversity of humanity and in the message that each of us will meet our Maker some day. Having actually seen it’s 80” x 80” size makes the actual piece quite astounding. The sequential placement of images in “Premonition” is a great reflective piece to ponder as Mary pondered these things in her heart. Showing her extensive stylicstic talents she presents “String Theory Explained #1” in her oil on canvas symphony of a massing of loosely and expressive curvilinear movement in polychromatic chroma. This rather large painting shows an intense excitement and energy.
Dustin Davis' work “Locust Road” is a rather playful admixture of indoor and outdoor subject matter which when composed together this way shows an expansive imagination and a rich cohesiveness in its contrast. Again he shows his creative genius in his highly imaginative sculpture pieces. “On the Scent” made of mixed media configures a kind of individual that horizontally stretches forward. “Then Again” seems to deal with time periods. The play of balancing in this construction adds to the theme. And in his other work “What’s The Harm In It”, the contrast of materials adds to the attraction and curiosity.
Ludwig (Doc) Dochtermann of Bedford, New York is a genius with sculpting in metal creating some large scale creatures with quite a presence. “Darth Herron” commands attention in its shiny dark color and massive body which bodes well with the thin legs. “Gargantuan Guardian” is especially arresting in its creative orchestration and size. And “Ostentatious Ostrich” with its use of gridded parts and long extensions in which the neck rhymes with the position of one of the legs. He brings together various mixed imagery to the show. His “Ventilated Composition” is richly presented in an asymmetrically symmetrical arrangement of mixed and brightly colored metals.
Arlissa H. Dockery of Greenville, North Carolina uses the new media of digital collage in a Giclée Print to orchestrate a most profound message in her work “Knit in the Womb”. The bright and warm coloration of the baby in the circular arrangement surrounded primarily by the cool blue-greenish treatment gives dramatic emphasis to the subject of new life.
“Saint on a Subway” by Julie Donec helps us to realize that there are saints among us and perhaps to help us know that Jesus is everywhere. As Mother Theresa would say about the people she cared for, that she saw Jesus in them. And so Donec’s work here might give us the incentive to love thy neighbor. "A Conversation Between Two Angels" is wonderfully conceived in the very warmly colored interplay.
“Waterloo Village by Moonlight” by Ramona Dooley shows a vastness in her 18” x 24” oil painting. Also striking is the warm glow of the moon onto the cool atmosphere of the village. The movement of the horse and cart and the two men in the boat together with the stationary homes add even more to the character to this winter scene.
Jamie Downs of Silver Spring, MD in her evenly squared mixed media on wood pieces abstractly represents aspects of the knowledge gained in the spiritual life in such works as “Everything becomes for You nothing but God”, "Giving birth...out of the most noble foundation of all" and “God lies in wait for us w/ nothing so much as love”. The use of the circularity in the imagery adds to the notion of the eternal.
Bryon Draper of Springville, UT creatively uses bronze and stone in such an original and figurative way. In his standing figure of a man holding a set of keys on a ring he has a well modeled bronze figure encased in stone in his sculpture “Conferring of the Keys”. In his “Image of a Patriot” the important aspects of a patriotic standing figure are created with bronze with the chin out, head looking forward and hand across the heart and the other arm down to the side. And in “Messenger” the same construction as his first work is used but he holds a cross form suggesting bringing the message of christianity. In all these works the light stone and the dark bronze are an excellent marriage of materials.
“On Love” is one of Michele Dugan’s strongest works in its sepia tones and innocence perhaps suggested in the angel-like wings. The man (or angel) holding the woman’s shoulders in support and the columns in the background give it a sense of the noble. All of her works are interesting in her use of photography and digital construction.
Jo Durst in her oil landscape “South Farm” truly composes a delightful masterpiece with rich coloration and a good sense of place and space.
Iwona Duszek of Springfield, MO shows some highly skilled collages as digital prints. The unusual mechanical parts are fascinating in the context of making them into human beings as seen in her work “Enchantment”. Also strong is the piece “Universal Traveller” in which the alphabet, measuring devices and dials are used in a colorful red, blue and orange schema.
Stacy Elko of Bloomington, Indiana has three rather large works using woodcut and pastel combined. In “AsCrowMe Railyard” there seems to be depicted a human-like figure within a grid like structure. The textural strength adds to the striking and mysterious shadow image. In strong tonal contrast and linear structuring she creates “AsCrowMe Treasure” with its skeleton-like depiction with the outlining of a heart shape centrally located. And in her piece “Damage Control” there are three areas arranged in a “C” formation with a cup-like motif being held together by a kind of tape. The brushwork, line work, warm and cool, light and dark, drips and “X” marks, roughness and smoothness, all makes this one also very attractive.
Roger Eriksen of Monte Vista, CO is able to sense the wonder of typography especially in two of his opposite formatted digital photographs. In his vertical piece “Canyon Falls at Yellowstone” he shows the character of water in the waterfall and the rapids of the river. In his panoramic horizontal piece “"Hayden River Valley, Yellowstone"” he shows the calmness of the meandering river. He uses photography in his Ice Pyramid Series. In the work “Ice Pyramid: Melt” there is an action taking place in which the background embraces the foreground. Ice which is cold and the sun which is hot interact in such a way as to show the interplay of such opposites. Thoughts of global warming cannot be dismissed in this particular work.
“Stepping Out For a Stroll” by Susan Fecho gives us new approaches with new technologies and new materials so much a part of Post-Modernist directions.
Annette Sherman Fettman of Omaha, NE shows the struggle of the faithful in her terra-cotta sculpture “Outcry” in which a compacted grouping of people with outreaching arms and hands crying out for help. The message felt in this piece is quite dramatic as seen in the many facial expressions.
Carole A. Feuerman of New York City has mastered the figurative in sculpture using oil and resin. Her works “A Self Portrait” is especially remarkable in the stance of the artist as in the act of creating. Her other two works “Brooke with Beach Ball” and “Innertube” thematically deal with a kind of play and a kind of support. All her work is astounding in its realism!
Joan Fitzgerald of Athol Springs, NY has an interesting series richly and generously painted in red with collage aspects. “The Native” is one in the series that plays the theme of natural imagery contributing to a merging of technology and a kind of neo-expressiveness.
She presents her style again with rich textures. One of the most striking is “A Time of Comets” in which the massing of linear areas are played in contrast to the more loosely spontaneous line movements. The overall dark environ sets the stage for these effects to sparkle. She has a signature approach to a kind of color field painting. In this show she distinguishes her work with incorporating collage. One of the strong pieces is “Memories” in which significant photographs are in rows. Her use of the color red seems important, especially in the painting “Ravens” in which the rectilinear photographs of the bird is contrasted with the action painting surrounding the groupings. The addition of a feather adds extra character.
Daniel Fleckles of Glen Gardner, NJ gives the show a digital dimension. “Arctic” as spelled out in the piece is interesting in terms of the rather randomness and surface treatment in various parts - a very nice sense of abstraction. His "Imaginary Object: Opiomane" also gives that sense of playfulness and arbitrariness that tickles the imagination.
Ernie L Fournet has five quite outstanding realistic works created with mostly airbrush and one with pencil. “Chad As I Knew Him”, “Final Tribute”, “Hang”, “Knight-Errant w/ Gas Mask” and “The Team Commander” are excellent works giving sincerity and honor to those who dedicate their lives to protect others. These are all very important works. He keeps with the genre of law enforcement in his works in the show. “On Guard 2” in pen and ink is a fortissimo of the massing of lines which in terms of mannerism, gives a sense of major strength in the subject of the state police guard. The flesh tone in the face also brings an important aspect to the humanness of the character. “SWAT Team 2” is another strong work done in pencil. Here the strength of two on a team and in the dark tones against the lighter background detailing impact the idea of enforcement. His work “TAPS” in acrylic shows the artistic capacity of this artist. The grayed flowers in the grayed background adds to the importance of the taps being played in full color uniform. He is quite the acrylic painter. In “10-97 in the 70’s” he captures the reddish glow generated by the lights of police cars in the dark environment. And in a more peaceful setting of “Keating’s Creek” he focuses on the turning red, red-orange and yellowish leaves in nature. Moreover he is able to use the quick drying acrylic paint to model realistic imagery. The ability to create patterns in detail is also remarkable in the fabrics of the Irish clothing. “Heelan’ Honey” and “Left Wheel” are two of his fine paintings of action figures.
Sara Fowler of Glendora, NJ shows four delightful depictions of characters in her strong drawings in pen and ink. “Jewish Butcher - The Shochet” presents the main features of the butcher with a hat on even. The slight diagonality makes this work exquisite. The stark and rich dark lines in “Jewish Man in Phylacteries” is great in the contrast of the curvilinear with the rectilinear. The cheeks of the man are especially nicely captured. In her work “Jewish Man Studies Torah” an added brushwork complimenting the lines of the beard adds strength to the character. And in “Jewish Men in Pray Shawls” the facial features of the two different men adds interest as well as the thick and thin line contrast. Her website is www.SaraFowler.com and her email is email@example.com.
Regina Free of Newkirk, OK creates a rather unusual surrealistic depiction of an original concept of what it seems like in abstract terms, when in conflict or when there is hope in her graphite drawing "Conflicted or Hopeful". This rather contradictory state is awesomely imagined.
Linda Rudin Frizzell of Shelton, WA predominately uses fabric with several mediums added to create some very rich statements visually. One of the most striking is “Leaves” in which metallics bring out the two centrally placed leaves. The beadwork here is also very attractive in a decorative sense. “Treble Clef” is another very fine work abstractly representing the treble clef symbol with a somewhat high key value placement in the center especially with the light reflectivity of the beadwork and silk. She must have had a great time at her reunion or at least understands what it may be like seeing the different classmates as seen in her fabric piece “High School Reunion”. Using the grid reinstates the typical class photo arranged in the yearbook in grid formation. This is a great piece all around.
Bill Fulk's "Arizona Mirage" is quite Southeastern in the strong outlined shapes and strong lines brightly developed with a sand-like color base.
Although not actually about faces as such, there are faces in Eugenia Algaze Garcia’s piece ”A Brother’s Love”. Here is a presentation of recognizing the unborn child and showing how the young love one another, even the unseen - very engaging as a very important work.
Doug Garder of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota gives the show a descriptive etching entitled "Change" which shows the play of a larger tree on the right balancing three small trees on the left with the sky suggesting change moving in.
Mike Goodwin of Dallas, Texas tackles a very significant message of good and evil. In his hydrocal sculpture of “Good-Man-Evil” he uses the face to portray a common man in the center and to his right is the man with a halo and on the left the man has horns. He has two bronze works which seem to have a personal significance since his titles give heed to them: “People You Meet in Your Dreams: The Duchess” and “People You Meet in Your Dreams: The Paper Boy”. Both are well formed and strongly presented. It’s interesting to note that one is of a high social class structure and one is perhaps of a lower class structure. Young and old, non-working class and working class are also part of the situation.
Janet Green of Chicago, Illinois comes up with an honorable piece in her glass work “I Love You”. It us certainly appropriate to use the heart icon fir such a message, however it has so much more feeling in the way it is created. The colorful glass pieces dancing around add a kind of happiness feeling.
Larry W. Green of Chicago, IL shows some gentle and light drawings in pencil. His subject matter is extraordinary. In the work “Mom on Wheels” thoughts of a mother taking care of others, of being nurturing are considered perhaps together with the mother’s situation of being challenged from a wheelchair situation. Green’s works are quite thought-provoking. He highlights his work drawing special people. The piece "Xizyan" is drawn in a gentle and light manner to show tenderness and understanding.
Paul Gruberg sows some very striking digital images with strong color and tonal contrasts. “John Street 1a1” wonderfully captures the vibrancy and fast pace of New York City. These works are outstanding examples of visual energy, especially the layering in the Mad Ave work!
Gabrielle D. R. Guenther of Amsterdam, The Netherlands in her piece “Duchesse” we get a kind of richness as found in the reflecting materials of gold and copper coloring. The various textural treatment adds spark as well as the vertical presentation.
Alice Harrison in “Breeze I” presents a colorful, painterly statement of a curved movement between two outer verticals, a rather interesting interpretation of a breeze. and "Cirque de Fleurs" is a fine tribute to heer talent with acrylic and collage mixture.
Willow Heath of Seattle, WA has mastered painting with acrylics. One of her highly-skilled paintings is “Silver Dandelions”, a subject matter not that cherished, yet with the child holding dandelions in his hands as in a bouquet calls this into question which makes for an interesting painting. The fragility of the plant is a nice association in connection with the child.
Janet Hart Heinicke of Indianola, IA gives a sense of reality in her pen and ink work called “It Comes to All of Us”, a realization that we will all die someday to this earthly realm. This drawing shows great wisdom.
Richard Helmick has presented "TV Sandie" which gives another prime example of his work in the digital arena.
John Hicks boldly makes a strong visual prologue in his acrylic painting “Puzzle Me This”. The dramatic color tonality speaks volumes in the rather loosely grid like structure which make the pieces or puzzle parts work together. Using “blue in the face” is appropriate in such a wonderful predicament.
Denise Hiestand has seven intriguing oil paintings in the show. Of special note is “Orange Shapes” since the bottom of the work tends to give it a spatial reference as if the floating shapes are cornered. This freeform configuration placed in a structured environment enhances the fluidity of the imagery.
Ikyuo Higuchi of New York, NY handles a major topic in the work “Creation of Man, White” most effective in the textural treatment in oil with ceramic.
Carol Lee Hilgemann’s works: “A Bird In The Hand” and “Seed Money” as well as her other works, gives cause for thought on a deeper level. Her assemblages are well crafted and symbolic. She has always created well thought out and constructed assemblages. A rich understanding of womanhood is shown in her piece “a woman’s place” in which very feminine articles are neatly arranged on a doily. The traditional, the Holy Bible, and antique items add well to the concept. She provides a segue to the theme of an aspect of time when considering death in her assemblage entitled “brush with death”. One of our favorite artists, Hilgemann subscribes to presenting ideas that take a profound look at life. Her composed handling of significant objects spark a depth of meaning. In her work “more than the sum of the parts” she speaks of games, music, life and death, the senses, seeing and reading, traveling , tastes and more, all framed with a map with time in the upper right, bordered with stamps and money from different countries. Thanks for letting us know that there’s a lot to life! And she handles an important direction in today’s aesthetic in terms of the feminine aspect. In “strength” she uses the idea of pattern and dressmaking, measuring tape and a decorative tea cup, all to bring forth a kind of strength.
Ross Hilgers of Moorhead, Minnesota, has amassed some strong stoneware works in his Terra Stratum series. “Terra Stratum VII” is one of those that gives the natural organic approach in the basic formation and the coloration. His other two works in the show add to the strength of this direction of clay works.
Allan Hill creates "Still Life for a Poet" using several textural passages coordinated by a centralized vertical striping. The volatile red and blue schema with earthtones fully covers the dramatic and calm.
Dan Hittleman of Melville, New York also works in the digital realm. In a number of his pieces an ovate structure reappears. Especially nice is his "Afternoon Shadow" which costars the graceful shadow of a tree with the sheep on the other side facing in. Another similarly structured piece is his "Morning Light" in which the sun is gently seeping through, adding a kind of glow which is also shown in his other works as well. He goes on to give examples of his expertise in such works as “Flowering Stream” showing a dramatic contrast of the rushing white waters amidst large boulders with the delicacy of little yellow flowers along the way. Continuing with a similar theme is his “Rainbow” in which small red flowers hold their own against the backdrop of a majestic waterfall.
Brent A Holland has four outstanding self-portraits. “Self-Portrait II, III, IV and V” project truth and honesty, humility and greatness, talent and control, self awareness and acceptance. All of these works are magnificent examinations of one’s persona and its wonderful qualities in portrait form where a great deal can be told in one’s face. “Self-Portrait IV” is a direct head-on view which is evoking a kind of simplicity, whereas “Self-Portrait II” has the viewer looking downward; “Self-Portrait III” has the viewer looking somewhat upward; and “Self-Portrait V” is in profile and more mysterious and dramatic. All of these are visually powerful and touches upon the genius of the painter artist.
Robin Jensen has some very intriguing work in this show. “Hope...Transformation...Joy...” with its texture and detail depicts a kind of metamorphosis from water to air, from swimming to flying - a kind of continuity. “Joyful Sounds in 3 2/3 /4 Time...” is exuberrant with its intensity of contrasting hues and the play of a horn with a bird in flight - quite exciting. “Meditations...” with a saxaphone player with wings and minute details goes the length in textural interest. And in “Soaring...” the horn player in his tilted stance and the blurred white dove-like birds flying across is quite outstanding and expressive with this new media.
Lin Xia Jiang of Buffalo, NY has an interesting and subdued color palette. In the work “Moment of Balance” the rather strong arm of the young person is balanced with the strength of the wind as depicted in the sail-like structure. This can be an interesting message of keeping in balance with the various forces in our lives.
Brian V. Junghans of Atlanta, GA speaks dramatically in his bonded bronze sculpture entitled “Yeah, Right!”
Judith Kaplan's color field yellowish painting "Beginnings" brings a fresh and bright visualization of the idea of a fresh start. "Deep" on the other hand creates a fibrous quality with a vast depth. Her work "Self Portrait" is perhaps most revealing in its polychromatic richness similar to some of Dubuffet's early works.
Also important to consider is the youthful playfulness in Rob Kauzlarich’s photography. His sense of the black and white tonality with character study is uplifting.
F. M. Kearney of New York City, NY is an avid photographer. In this show his piece “Beginnings” gives a close up of healthy yellow flowers in the foreground with the contrasting deep blue sky with the shining sun in the distance. He finds some wonderful scenes. In his photograph “That Special Place” there are violet rocks complemented with yellow and gold foliage. The little waterfall provides a nice focal point. He has a personal touch of special coloration in his photograph “Colored My Way”. The orange flowers surrounded by the cool blues and violets is striking. Also he has a developed interest in flowers, however in his photograph “Shining Through” there’s a sense of time and change of seasons. Using a special lens he creates a high tonal contrast photograph entitled “First Light”. The bending of the trees works well with the circularity of the sunburst.
Ahmad Kenya of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania captures some interesting depictions of people of another culture. “Chakaba - Mask of Stiltwalker” shows the interesting zebra-like pattern fabric as a head covering. This combined with the colorful outfit is quite unusual for the western viewer. More brilliant color in the clothing is seen in his photograph entitled “Fatou: The Griot” showing a beautiful woman in motion. Yet another marvelous photograph “Peul Woman Bridal Dowry #3” there are grand earrings and bright clothing on a woman carrying and balancing a large bowl on her head. And in the work “Swept Away #1” the color is outstanding as well as the dynamic action of the figure.
Jennifer Myers Kirton of Mount Dora, FL, developed in ink “Foot of the Cross”, which shows the wounds of Christ’s feet and hand with several aspects of life under the cross as if to connect all good things as having redeeming value. In her piece “Heaven’s Gift” she tenderly shows through stippling, the wounded hand of Christ connected to a person’s hand attached to a child’s hand with heavenly imagery in the background. She meticulously shows “Creation” with the hand of God, the created Adam and the grouping of animals and plants as if flowing from Gods hand. In her work “The Way” the use of ink and oil adds character to the concept of the way of the cross, centrally located and on the path. One could say she has a textbook example of pen and ink work. “Artful Palette” in its reference to the art tools and materials is interesting, especially when the use of a brush is emphasized but pen and ink is used to create the actual work. The combination of stippling and cross contouring provides another message about the process of art and style. Delicacy in technique and subject matter and sensitivity are felt here in the work “Pat’s Roses”. Kirton is a master at this kind of work. Again she excels with her pointillist stippling technique in her work “Berries and Apples on Lace”. The light and dark contrast together with the wonderful detailing of the imagery, especially the lace is enthralling. She introduces a color element into her fine stippling technique. In all her meticulous works we find a gentle and patient quality. In her work “Faces” we see a myriad of faces with an emphasis on the face of a clown drawn in colored pencil. This association calls to mind the character of a person that can be found in the facial expressions that we wear. And she brings her pen and ink style to another height in her work “Resurrected” in which color is added to enhance the message, while the stippling of the Master’s hands with the linear drawings of a small child and the many faces of children carefully drawn in her work “Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me”.
Mary Klopfer of Fort Wayne, IN has her own visual vocabulary of metal, graphite and charcoal. This unique combination is quite strong in her work “Storm Stupa”. Here she creates a high contrast stormy cloud formation that tends to curve nicely in the center to complement the outside curvilinear movement of the metal pieces. Also striking is the depth suggested with the small structure deep in the scene contrasted with the closeness of the decorative framing.
Elizabeth Knox of Stanton, CA shares a realistic approach in her oil painting called “Amazing Grace” showing the love and appreciation of a new life made possible by the loving grace of God. The curvilinear foreground is accentuated by the rectilinear of the background.
Lih-ting Li Kostrzewa in the use of charcoal and acrylic presents a rather loose and playful representation of “A Bird in Landscape”. This free form approach helps to suggest the lightness and freedom associated with birds.
Such sensitivity and delicacy is found in the work of John Lake. His pointilistic and impressionistic manner gives a grand performance with a high level of appreciation of space and form in a kind of neo-Seurat in terms of newer imagery. “Alone at Sunset” is reflective in mood as well as in the warmth reflected by the sun.
Stephanie Lauer in her use of digital techniques created on canvas expresses a wonderful textural interplay called "Lana".
Mary C. (Chris) Law of Chicago has some very nice photographic pigment prints. In “Blue Hills” she captures the land in rhythm showing a rich gold to tan to umber to sienna to a greenish gray to bright blue to an off white. In “Landscape” she uses a similar rhythm in a more abstract handling. In her work “Trees” the more stark and bold black area of tree formation plays nicely against the light background. And in “Twilight” the subtle haze over the land with a central tree creates a gentle setting. Especially interesting is the vertical piece “A Drive”. The photographic representation of the road with the pigment media expressed in the sky is tremendous. She brings some rather surrealistic pieces to the show. “Drive” shows a kind of horizon line defined by a dark land formation with a lighter diagonal line as if a road and above are color areas and textures creative mystery and wonderment.
Victoria Lenne of Knoxville, Tennessee is dealing with the concept of aftermath. In her work “Aftermath I” she shows a soft grayish field with large gestural black markings through the middle. In “Aftermath II” the same approach is used with a complementary soften green field with the addition of a few horizontal red bands that emerge across. Aqua and gold are used with black and white to show a very active expression in her “Aftermath V”. And in “Aftermath VI” the richness is such as to make a kind of depth in the treatment of her quite varied markings.
Giovanna Lepore presents an intermingling and a fencing of space in “Moratovia”, a kind of free-flowing amidst a somewhat strong support structure. This interplay seems to be constituents of each other in their abundant insistence. Her acrylic work “Redwoods” gives a striking angular view into an area among the trees where the trees are cut away. The glimpses of red and the machinery excite a kind of drama within.
“Carmine #2” by Qian Li gives us new approaches with new technologies and new materials so much a part of Post-Modernist directions.
Tom Lightfoot captures some very interesting and diverse textural works. In his “Sphere”, a xerox print, the rounded collection or organic hay-like pieces is almost a haven, like a nest amidst the more loose environment. He shows some strikingly unexpected depictions of faces, all of which are quite memorable. In “Earth Wisdom” especially, with the light valued, strong expressive linear passages on the face with the complimental chromatic violet values as the ground make for a very strong work.
Linda Lipschutz of West Lafayete, IN wonderfully presents a digital work entitled “American Dreams - Art”. The rich complementary coloration and the childlike drawing of a little girl with the heart shape in pink are nicely composed. The overall grain with the up reaching hand in the area of a crack is the curious part of the arrangement.
Ron Luino of Redondo Beach, CA has a keen sense of space and graphic abilities especially in his digital work entitled “Balloon Sunset” with it’s strong tonal rhythm created in the mirror cloud pattern which is overlapped with colorful air balloons making for a delightful sense of airiness. Another striking piece is his work “Window of My World” Which shows various scenes and imagery with warm in cool contrasts neatly played in a window grid with a framing dark “U” framing device. He tells of the city life with a particular viewpoint in his work “Alone in Fall”. The one figure walking down the sidewalk amidst the many building structures provokes the idea of aloneness.
Ceslovas Lukenskas uses mixed media on cardboard to present the abstract sunflowers as a tribute in "Memorial to Vincent Van Gogh".
Mark Marrara of Milwaukee, Wisconsin develops numerous folds in an aluminum-like material creating a rich pattern of light and dark and angular shapes. “Chromed Souls (Sketch)” is one such work. Especially nice is his “Red Folds” which is of acrylic on canvas.
He also has some exciting works in graphite and carbon on paper. Of particular note is his work dealing with the concept of “In & Out”. The large outward movements are nicely contrasted with the smaller area in the middle.
Michael Martino of Dover, New Jersey uses the grain of the wood with a kind of thick black paint to create “No 71 Black Dragon Over Yellow River” where the large horizontal geometric shape complements the organic shaping of a river where the wood grain adds to the interpretation.
Mike Mazer of Mattapoisette, Massachusetts graces the show with his expertise as a watercolorist. “Aucoot Reflections” is a fine example of his genius. “Buzzard’s Bay Regatta III” is another handsome painting. He is one of the best watercolorists I know in his use of water views. His attention to detail and his control of the watery media speaks well in all his works in this show. “New Bedford Hurricane Barrier” is specially recognized because of its timely subject matter. It’s quite fitting that as a watercolorist, he deals often with the subject of water environments. Certainly a watercolorist of high calibre, he shows a rectilinear indoor structure with a lot of volume. “Warehouse, New Bedford Pier” is a nice complement to his water environments.
Joel B McEachern of Mt. Dora, FL has a piece called “Ghost Oaks V” which is quite interesting in the discovery that this is a reflection in water but looks almost abstract adding to the mystery of its ghost subject. He is another photographer with a rich professional visual vocabulary. His “When The World Was New” with its special color, gives a sense of wonder.
Kathy Mitchell of Iowa City, IA manifests a great talent with assemblage in her piece “Family Mausoleum”. Memorabilia of different family members attached to the chairs around a table, together with other aspects of the family arranged on the table and the skulls and angels all pay tribute to the family unit. The pillars with the canopy are special additions. This is a magnificent work!
Katherine T. Morgan of Baco Raton, on a light note, gives two digital works using dogs as interesting character examples. “Celebration (Party Animal)” has visual merit in that the bull dog with the delicate flowers are a nice contrast. It’s nice to see the dog’s tongue hanging out implying perhaps that the idea of hanging out, being relaxed or being a party animal is a good idea. “Pretty in Pink” is just too funny. The pinkish nose and tongue and the drooping tired-like eyes dressed up to the hilt with jewelry, flowers and bunny ears is a delight for sore eyes in our sometimes too serious world. One of the strongest photographs is “Locked Out” showing a person without shoes, rests outside a building showing a locked window. The complementary pink shirt and green building adds to the powerful scene.
James Moss of Leland, Mississippi in his symmetrical oil painting “Archetypal Pulse” gives a very strong coloration that tends to vibrate on the edges of the cylindrical central shape.
Selena Nawrocki of Valdosta, Georgia has mastered a wonderfully crafted style using mixed media. The strong metal framing of the shaped structures encasing the softer inner painting works quite well in two pieces: “Velocity” and “Vertigo”, the latter having stair-like imagery to illustrate the idea of dizziness.
Mary B. Nees of Johnson City, TN masters abstraction in such works as “A Vehement East Wind” with the rather rough patterning in an olive green coloration. Also in her monotype piece “Pick up Your Bundle from the Ground , (Jeremiah 10:17)" she shows an exhortation to carry on. The white rope-like configuration plays well in the composition as a representation of a bundle. Her website is www.MaryNees.com
Judith Nicolaidis’“Guadalupe Arch” is an interesting protrayal of Our Lady of Guadalupe who appeared on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico. The placement of this large piece is quite appropriate among the hills and certainly the 20 cubic feet size gives honor to this title of Mary. The delicate placement of the ceramic tiles gives sparkle and radiance to this magnificant work. It is good to note that one can be surrounded by the Blessed Mother as if covered in her mantle. The original image of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” miraculously appeared on the cactus tilma of St. Juan Diego to whom Our Lady appeared in the 15th century. Many scientific studies on the image revealed that the picture’s substance is of no known earthly origin and is thus preserved and is in the Cathedral in Mexico City.
Gwenlyn Norton masters colored pencil in her work "Light Dance". The perspective from above brings into play a wonderful twirling visual dance. Her large shaped canvas montages are forceful and exciting in their angular sectioning.
Joanne Nuss is another of our continuing artists who has been an award winner in her strong and powerful statements in bronze. Her series of works about “offering” is indeed handsome. “Offering II” and “Offering: Free Spirit” certainly offer the idea that offering is important, emphasized when made of bronze - dramatizing the concept. “Offering II” with the stacked cross shapes provides a reinforcement consistent with the theme. “It’s a Crazy, Upside Down World” pokes a bit of fun in it’s abstract formation. The contrast of the moving horizontal orchestration placed on the strong yet more static marble granite base are a great pairing.
Jennifer Pagan of Poughkeepsie, NY is a master printmaker. Her etchings of tree subject matter is highly developed. “Higher Still”, “Path of Amber” and “The Ascending” all have a liner play from a density to an open area in the upper format. Whereas in her work “Gesture Sunrise” horizontally arranged, the horizon is in view. And in her piece “Trinity at Sunrise” she composes a triangular arrangement with a group of trees reflecting in water. All of these are rich is texture in a kind of golden coloration.
Ronald Parisi’s photographs are some of the most original around and are quite sensitive. He is one of our star artists in that he is able to see the star quality of the personalities he highlights in remarkable settings. His "Circle Dress" series and his "OBX" series give the show that remarkable quality of a true artist with sensitivity and strength as reflected in his photography.
Carol Pfeffer of Irvington, New York creates prints without a camera. “Brain States 0216” is one of the best in her use of red, yellow and blue with the drama of dark organic shaping.
Leslie L. Phiefer of Lafayette, New Jersey photographs with precision and crispness. “Lost at Sea” seems to sow a lone seaman slightly bent over with his small amount of possessions with the American flag standing tall. Of particular note is the digital treatment which sharply emphasizes the topic. She also uses photography to capture a beautiful representation of Christ on the cross in “Sacrifice”. Particularly strong is the rough texture and the blue-violet contrasted with the bright warm sun coming through. She gives an unusual view of a family using feet as the subject matter to create “Little Feet” as though the child is lying in-between the mother and father. Her works almost seem to give off energy in that the detail is terrific and the colors are awesome. Especially fabulous is the photograph called “The Boardwalk” with the bright and shining warm lights on the left balanced with the coolness of the light blue on the right. This is a spectacular piece. Shooting some imagery of various types she captures one with the bit of humor that seems to stand out. “Family Photo” shows four cows in the foreground with the middle section showing the middle ground and above the area of overhanging tree leaves which repeats in size the gouping of cows making for a well formed composition. Photographing with precision and crispness. “Lost at Sea” seems to sow a lone seaman slightly bent over with his small amount of possessions with the American flag standing tall. Of particular note is the digital treatment which sharply emphasizes the topic.
Joseph Pizzat of Bluffton, SC has a unique approach in his works using self-adhesives, color prints and digital images in rather large artworks. In “Cross Word: In Retrospect #2” he uses the words “cross” in the vertical and “word” in the horizontal - an interesting play on words. Using text in another compelling arrangement is his piece “Jesus. What’s in a Name?” “The Chalice” also is created with self adhesives showing being in communion with the Jesus’ body and blood, soul and divinity. In the shape of the Franciscan cross he creates his work “The Word. The Way” using text to further communicate aspects of the life of Jesus Christ.
Anita Povlsen of Haderslev, Denmark brings her rather visually precise creativity with some acrylic paintings on masonite. “Agnes” is an interesting portraiture of a pleasant woman with a flowered headdress and white veil seated in a white chair. The overall gray tonality gives it a somewhat calm presentation. The mystery comes in the composition on the right in which another dimension comes into play with wooden posts, a bench and branches that come from behind the wall of the window. Another well developed work is her painting also in light and dark grays called “Friends”. Most accomplished in terms of visual power is her painting “Summer” in which monochromatic yellow addresses the summer attitude with the man and woman embraced with large smiles - all arranged in a cutout treatment that’s diagonal!
Shravan Rajagopal of Bloomington, Indiana has some masterful digital prints. "Border Aliens", "Ornabot (Ornamental Robot)" are strong in the patterning and the symmetry. "Shiva's Penance" in the figure-ground departure is quite strong in overall character and imagination.
Esther E. Randall of Berea, KY provides several handsome bronze and steel sculptures. One of her fortes is her use of the pedestal or columns that uplift her works giving them an importance in addition to evoking a kind of elegance. “Botany Bay II” and “Carved Capriccio: Canterbury” have this expression. “Carved Capriccio: Flying” with the curved steel linear parts adds a lightness to the upward lift. She uses prismacolor colored pencil in her artwork “Capriccio” to skillfully develop an interesting scene of a person at the water’s edge with a bird looking on. The dramatic shifts of light to dark are calming in contrast to the situation. And in her other work “Gelsomina in Antalya” she shows a running girl tilted to the right while a lone tree is equally spaced on the left, tilting left. This is well designed.
Irena Raulinaitis of Glendale, CA adds a special intaglio-like quality in her monoprint entitled “Sun and Stars at Sea”. The notion of the sky mingling with the sea is quite intriguing. The textural treatment in nicely moving.
“Apart” by Charles L. Reinhorn, shows the female figure rather self-contained with arms and legs in a body language setting the individual rather introverted. In his work “Luna” the figure is looking upward as if thinking beyond self perhaps. All of his work in bronze is quite nice.
Laurayne Robinette in her work "Dessert in the Studio with Thiebaud" uses intriguing color in showing a warm table of pieces of pie with people in the studio in a cool blue with a few warm touches. She uses oil and paper collage on canvas to delve into the idea of “Past, Present & Projected” timeframes. This consideration in one piece is rather thought provoking.
Barbara Rogoff in “Adjustable” makes use of a range of media. The central image gives focus and enhances the message. She has a rich sensibility with collage work. In her piece “Expires 06:33 p.m.” she uses the park ticket as a take off point showing another tag and the use of pink and a green gold complementary corner piece. Quite nice is her piece “Nighttime.......is the Right Time” in which she uses half the composition with a bluish pixelized print contrasted with gold cardboard. A sewed picture of a little bird in mostly black and white is counter balanced with a large sewed-on button of blue and gold. Another of her works that deal with contemporary objects and patterns with more dated ones is seen in her work “Yours, Mine and Ours”.
Brian Row in his “The Brotherhood” is an honorable theme of promoting the idea of belonging. Done in ink, this work is masterfully created.
Faith Rumm of Novato, California is in an area of the country where the landscape is something to ponder. Her oil on canvas painting of a tall tree she calls “Chandelier” is most appealing in its title and in its strong painterly style. And with her wet and smooth brush technique gives "Afternoon Reflection" not only a sense of reflection but covers the range of calm water, land with boulder rocks and tall cedars and a bright blue sky, nicely arranged in the rule of threes. In another rather large oil is "Misty Morning" which indeed is smooth and fluid in approach with a dynamic zigzag formation - quite nice together.
Michelle Sakhai of Old Westbury, New York has made a masterpiece with “Garden City” showing a rich painterly expression with impressionistic color play. It’s 16” x 18” size is packed full of the dynamism of many larger works especially in the accents of blue and violet within the generally warm intensity of orange and red-orange. She again provides the gallery with richly colored works in oil. “Perfect” in its somewhat impressionistic presentation shows a small house structure centrally located amidst the voluptuous surroundings.
David Sapp of Huron, Ohio masters graphite in several of his drawings in the show. Of particular note is “Untitled” (2) and “Untitled” (4) in which a large organic shape interacts with the large gestural curvilinear movements.
Jeffrey Scanlan of New Orleans, LA creates a moving piece literally and conceptually in his work “His and Hers” which may have humorous yet serious connotations.
Mitchell Scherer of Bloomington, MN uses the interesting material of wood veneer tiles to create natural toned, in mosaic methods, two tender works, “Christ Crucified” and “Christ in the Wilderness”. Both reinforce a meditative quality felt through the imagery as well as the process.
Barbara Schneider of Neuss, Germany colorfully and photographically depicts various images in her sculptural work “Our World Cultures”. The softness of the cotton sewed into square blocks is quite refreshing in approach.
Pat Shafer of Calabasas, CA creates with mixed media and in the work “saving face 2” one finds the image of a man’s face within a rectilinear complexity that is wonderfully spatial.
Dorothy Shepherd of Sunland, CA gives the show a rather oriental flavor in her Chinese brush watercolors. “Mountains & Mist”, “Pastorale” and “Sleeping Dragons” show the richness of the typography of the unusual mountains. And in “The River Road” she focuses more in the valley area with more greenery. This type of subject matter and manner of painting is certainly Shepherd’s forte. “Finding Contentment” shows a small boat surrounded by a waterfall and oriental typography. Similarly, her chinese brush watercolor “Winding Path to Hidden Beauty” repeats the theme of a kind of search for peace and harmony.
Javaria Sikander of Karachi, Pakistan has a rich and varied imagination. The mixed media work "Experience" combines acrylic, photography, charcoal and graphite to compose an engaging six foot vertical piece. "Faith" is also provoking especially in the clothing and the positioning of the head.
David L. Smith of Stevens Point, Wisconsin creates several marvelous ball point pen artworks of exquisite detail. Of further interest is his poetic titling of his work such as "Following The Highways and Byways; Across Snowy Mountains and Dessert Plaines; Up City Streets and Down Country Lanes; All Heading For The Final Destination - Heaven”. Several of his works receive special recognition. He is like the King of fine point ball point pen. His works are a marvel to behold with the rich meandering of linear and shapely passages with delightful coloration. His piece “Delight In The Light; The Flickering Shapes Snap and Crackle In The Shade of The Jewels" swirls and flickers with fancy undulations. Another truly fine work is “The Metal Man’s Mask Masks the Merriment of Marvelous Moments 1”. Number one in the series is stunning in the use of the light and dark blues with the red and violet sparkles. All his works are something to see in terms of the range of possibilities he presents.
Judith Sol-Dyess of Chicago, Illinois has developed a handsome set of digital works. One of those is "Buenos Aires" which captures the flavor of such an environment in insightful abstraction. She also takes on mixed media on panels. In “The Crown III” and “The Crown IV” the crown icon is wonderfully arranged vertically in a horizontal format which gives it special intrigue. And the oval, lace and other mixed media give it more richness.
Carol Staub of Somerset, NJ has some interesting works in the show especially “Sidewalk Series II” in which she uses water media to create some nicely contrasting rough and smooth textural areas. She also has masterfully developed a mixed media collage style. Especially strong is her work “Frontier” wherein parts seem to be in the foreground while the top blackened area tends to recede. This generously textured work is compelling in the brushwork countered with the hard edged pieces.
P J Sulzby, Jr. gives an interesting array with the concept of faces. Each of his pieces show his creativity. His work "Faces 5", in its open form with the clustering of faces and parts of faces is rather joyous and illustrative of the interrelationships we have as humanity. In “Pattern 4” the figure/ground relationship is more apparent in that at the bottom of the the intensely complex patterning there seems to be a base and/or a container or two. This two-dimensional and implied 3-dimensional quality is a viable direction.
Stephen F. Swett of Belmar, New Jersey expressively represents “Lake Wallenpaupark, Sundown” with intensity. The sky seems to move like the wind with the longer brush strokes compared to the shorter “Van Gogh-like” brushwork as seen in the lake.
Gina Tecson of San Francisco, California uses earth tones to dramatize the idea of “Heat”. This composition and especially the textural impact and the brighter passages of warm tonality certainly generates a sense of a heaviness sometimes felt by hot days. Her oil painting entitled “Randy” is a marvel in its network of linear buildup through the whole work. The eyes in their placement give this piece a highly unique description.
Leo Theinert of Forest Hills, New York joins the show with a prolific body of work. Of particular recognition is his black and white silver gelatin photographs of “Amish Farmer” in which he as the photographer is able to emphatically respond to the depth of character of this farmer. In his piece “Prophecy” there seems to be present a rare state of being found in such an awesome character. He often seems to express important messages in his photography. One especially noteworthy is his piece “The Vanishing American” in which a man is sitting opposite the statue of an Indian Chief, both looking in different directions. The wonderful detailed patterned outfit of the Indian contrasts well with the simple outfit of the man. The interplay of the light and dark arrangement is also significant.
Cynthia Thomas in her encaustic lithograph creates a kind of mystery in her earthtone piece “Eye Has Not Seen” which has an array of textural qualities.
Bob Tomolillo of Lynn, Massachusetts uses his masterful ways with lithography to create light and humorous works such as “H2O Pinåta”, “Painted Bird” and “Toothbrush Harvest”. What a delight to have humor in art drawn with such facility. He also does justice to his work entitled “Sheep” which uses the image of sheep as a metaphor for the pilgrims in the Vatican grounds. A sole sheep in the immediate foreground is nicely positioned so as to greet the viewer.
Waseem Touma sparks interest with his work entitled “Possibilities” which is certainly an elaboration of what is possible with the imagination. The installation of the curvilinear dance across a large bricked interior space is invigorating. The intense light violet and yellow contrast enhanced with the black light adds an even greater richness. Additionally the concavity and convexity gives a kind of breathing to the piece. Any actual air movement in the space would increase the quality of this powerful work.
Constance Vepstas of Chicago, Illinois has a vast range in her visual vocabulary. One of the strongest is her digital print of “We Must Remember”. The white tombstones in a cemetery setting lays the stage for gray coats suggestive of those we must remember. A kind of presence is felt in that they are floating as if in spirit.
Gary Wahl shows a very exciting arrangement in his photograph "Snarl". This large amount of snarling below two large overpasses is a fortisimo in visual movement. The continuous linear swirling is commanding of its space.
Rosalind Faiman Weinberg of Urbana, IL deals with various concepts for prayer shawls. In “Burning Bush (Prairie Prayer Shawl Series)” she uses a rich red with a slight textural treatment with bold stripes of varying colors on both sides of this acrylic on canvas piece. “Joy (Prairie Prayer Shawl for Passover)” shows the labor of love in the embroidery thread on canvas. And in her "Night (Prairie Prayer Shawl for The High Holidays)" the crispness of black with the framing bold stripes on both sides makes for a stunning and elegant work.
Stewart Wessel is a genius sculptor in his use of wood with other materials. “Corpse”, “Quiet Cell #2”, “Three Shots” and “Water Rubies” are excellent examples of craftsmanship and conceptual intrigue. The use of repetition provides added strength to his messages.
Amelia Whaley of Mt. Pleasant, SC creates the scene of the resurrection in her mixed media work “Rolled Away” with an under painting treatment creating a strong and heavy linear texture complementing the heaviness of the large stone that is rolled away.
Erik White of Los Altos, CA paints with latex on canvas with a rich textural accomplishment. In “Evy’s Angel” the paint radiates out with the form of a rather angel in blue and yellow. In his painting “Strong Black Men” he create a diptych of this rich textural engagement.
Ralph White of Redondo Beach, California boldly states in dynamic color and a thick texture of acrylic paint a work entitled “Neon Tide” with glowing pink and yellow moving together with red and turquoise. All of his paintings are quite attractive and convincing.
Mike Wrathell of Sterling Heights, Michigan in his canny portrayal of certain public individuals acting as a think tank of sorts. “Thought Police Tribunal” magnificently examines the role public figures play in how we think and how much impact they have. The brilliant color is so powerful that this presentation suggests they have a strong influence.
Jerry Wray of Shreveport, LA uses biblical imagery such as the Torah, the Ten Commandments Tablets, the burning bush and the Star of David in a rather split-complementary composition in water media creating an interesting pattern in "Seven Days of Creation".
Kyoung-Ha Yoo in both her works "Out View" and "Playground" are almost like a postmodern interpretation of scrolls. The fine crafting shows a nice delicacy and a warm playfulness.
Annette Zalanowski of Altoona, Pennsylvania is a master of detail. Her mixed media piece “BabyBabble” is so unique as a subject matter in the even spread composition that groups of letters and various playful shapes are placed together so as to suggest the babbling of a baby - quite nice! Another great attention to detail is her work “Sea Life” with its large swirls and intricate patterns in a very nice lower saturated color scheme. Using an abstract approach with mixed media she creates a delightful interpretation of a family in her work “Family on Road to Damascus”. In both “Madonna on High” and “Mother and Child” she also meticulously creates well designed patterns enhancing the overall rhythm in her works.
Norine Zapata of Sarasota, Florida is able to examine the small pink and white flowers in a field with groups of trees in the middle ground in her acrylic painting “Live Oak Fields”. “Trees in Yellow Field” is another fine work with emphasis here in the middle ground. And in her piece “Trees Stand Alone” the centrally staged set of trees hit with light and shadow she achieves a rich simplicity making it a strong painting.
Li Zhang of West Lafayette, IN rounds out the works that are particularly notable. These works are especially outstanding in the digital treatments. “Mind’s Eye” is quite wonderful in the use of zippers for eyes and the unusual glowing green coloration. Here the vertical text perpendicular to the eyes strengthens the concept.
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Curator, Professor of Art