Upstream People Gallery

9th Annual Judeo-Christian Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

What an outstanding showcase of artwork that is perhaps the most inspirational of all the shows hosted thus far by Upstream People Gallery. Congratulations to all the artists who have shared their God given talents. Following are comments about some of the artists and their exemplary works of very fine art.

Alex Alferov of Hollywood, CA has several renditions of the Blessed Virgin Mary painted in acrylic most of which are painted on tiles. His work on canvas “Lady of Hope” is especially rich in that the size is much larger which strengthens the idea of hope. Also the brushwork in the face and the mark of the cross in the temple area adds character.

Anneli Anderson of Portland, OR in her confident gestural expressions creates some exceptional paintings in acrylic. “A Heart for Change” suggestive of the state of metanoia communicates with the central portion bathed in a warm light, with an activated heart shape brought forth with open hands. With that same expressive manner she expresses in the painting “Forgiven” the sense of overwhelming awe in the feeling being lovingly forgiven. Another of her works that uses the high contrast of color and light is “Paul’s Conversion” which thematically deals with the contrast or conversion. In bold and bright coloration Anderson creates “Psalm One” capturing the verse “And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season. And his leaf shall not fall off: and all whatsoever he shall do shall prosper...” Additionally in her painting “Unto the Least of These” shows the pouring forth of God’s Love and Mercy gracing those who are reaching out.

Jim Antonucci of West Milford, NJ 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.

Kari-Mette Astrup of Larvik, Norway in an impasto technique, presents “Waiting for Daddy”. This state of expectancy generates thoughts about waiting for the father figure, waiting for that special someone in anticipation and hope.

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.

Jennifer Bailey of Nashville, TN handles the message of “The Soon Final Trumpet Call” in a rather gentle soft blending throughout the oil painting perhaps showing that the time has not yet arrived with the trumpet positioned downward.

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.

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.

Doretta Bendalin of Albuquerque, NM creates the unusual concept of another dimension in the sky in her acrylic painting entitled “The Opening”. The intensity of yellow certainly impacts the word. It seems fitting to reference the explanation given by the artist: “It's one of the 72 Names of God in the Kabbalah.  The letters (read from right to left) are ayin, shin and lamed).  It means "Global Transformation". According to the Kabbalah, these letters have energy and are spiritual tools.  All 72 Names of God were secretly culled from three verses of the story of the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus, Chapter 14, and have been made public only recently. Meditating upon this name will speed up your own transformation and strengthen the forces of peace throughout the world.  World peace begins with peace in your own heart.”

G. Carol Bomer of Asheville, NC has some brilliant paintings with mixed media and oil. In her piece “In the Garden (of Gethsemene, Heb: crushing)” she dramatically portrays Christ in agony bent over crouching with hands as if speaking amidst the bloody red drops pooling on the ground, looking up into the light from above that suggests the golden cross-like structure just above his head. The rough linear textural marks add greatly to the message of struggling.

Theresa Ferg Brownback of Denver, CO uses the strong media of bronze to sculpt the image of her work “St. Michael”. Here the use of stone, the musculature of the figure and the large wings aptly captures the magnificence and power of this archangel.

Mariana Bartolomeo Brooksmueller of Prairie Village, KS uses a photomontage technique. In her print “Dominus Vobiscum” an outreached hand comes forth as if to give a blessing of peace. In her work “Faith Stands on a Dark Night” she creates the innocence of a young girl in a pure white dress against a backdrop of a night scene with silhouettes of churches in the landscape. And in her work “Magdalena” she uses a cutout shaping of a woman reaching out of a gridded environment with a flying pigeon overhead suggesting a kind of freedom with added soft images of reaching hands and a face seemingly in contemplation in the background. Another fine work is “The Sacrament of Reconciliation” in which a soft cloud looms over a kind of structure perhaps metaphorically suggesting the reconciling of the heaviness of a sinful state with the softness of forgiveness.

Martha Barona Caputo of Irvine, CA uses the landscape to speak about the character of God. In her oil painting “His Mercy Endures Forever” she shows the continuity of the waves on the shore and the beautiful sky with rich coloration.

Constantine Cionca of Bronx, NY masters the digital media to achieve some very rich expressions. In the work “Agony” the diagonallity, the textural treatment with “X” markings and rope-like passages together with the somber earth tones dramatize the message. The layering of the images of the Pieta, the large overlay of the rough crown of thorns image, the blessing Christ figure all within a church setting reinforces integral parts of the New Testament. Also wonderful is the work entitled “Holy Tree” in its candelabra formation. Scenes of the apostles at table with the chalice and bread are nicely arranged in the work “Last Supper”. The high key tonality of “Revelation” is also nicely done with the eye and hand of God reaching down onto the theme of the Last Supper with images of icons lightly presented, all add to awe of it all.

Marilyn B. Cisek of Leesburg, FL creates the idea of missionary work in her use of an overall pattern in basically brown coloration using many circles suggestive of many people in her piece “Missionary Cross”. In her diptych acrylic piece “The Mount” the cool blues and violets play well with the greens and small amounts or reddish accents.

Kristen Clark of Cypress, TX has two richly collaged works in the show. “Beauty in Stone - Angel” and “Beauty in Stone - Mary” uses a centralized photograph with decorative papers, stain, crackle medium, acrylic, ribbon, silk flowers, lace, feathers and text to adorn the subject.

Marilyn Dale of Naperville, IL in “Spirit of Pentecost” captures in a vertical framework, the colorful, the brilliance, the excitement of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles at that pentecostal moment. The many gridded patterning and the tongues of fire overhead, surrounded by the vibrancy of red creates a dynamic setting.

Roz Dimon has a tremendous work that is also interactive which can be seen at http://www.dimonscapes.com/palemale. With the key words centralized in the piece “Love One Another” and the image of the crucifix, the flowers and the eagle and so much more, we have a magnificent work of art.

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” 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.

Renee Dumont of Blackstone, MA in a gentle painterly style gives a representation of being held in the palms of His hands in her oil painting called “His Presence”. And in the work “The Promise” the radiating sky imagery together with the image of holding the Holy Bible gives a real sense of assurance.

Larz Eldbåge of Sigtuna, Sweden in an almost surrealistic style speaks admonishingly in his oil on canvas entitled “Do not talk with double tongues”. The overall composition is indeed masterful. His mixed media work “Sources” in like manner emphasize the Word and the Precious Blood” in an immediate connective association. And in “The Bread....” the idea of the bread of life with the outpouring of blood from the carved out cross shape in the bread is quite engaging. What a wonderful vision.

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.

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.

Pat Goltz of Tucson, AZ was at the right place and the right time in order to photograph the work “Creation (Let There Be Light)”. The sunlight beaming though the dark land form crevices is quite awesome.

Joseph Grazi of Brooklyn, NY takes an unusual approach in his painting “Digital Israel”. This orchestration with the symbolic imagery and patterning is graphically compelling in the contrasting gold and blue and black and white palette.

Murry Handler of Pittsboro, NC tackles the intensity felt in the topic of his work “Genocide” forcefully depicted in stark black on white paper. The overall impact of such a work is arresting.In his work "The Jewish Jesus" he uses heavy, powerful brush strokes to convey the image across 2 canvas panels. A Crucified Jesus wears the yellow arm band required of all jews during the Nazi era.

Adria L. Hanson of Gig Harbor, WA has a unique ability to present the essential character of images which helps to stress the point of the messages. “At the Well” she shows the hands to communicate the dialogue of the woman at the well. The pointed finger of Jesus is well suited for the passage. In her other oil painting “His Passion” we see in high tonal contrast the right section of the crowned Jesus. This could represent that it is not possible for us to know the full picture of this painful crowning of thorns. And in “His Prayer” we get the message of Jesus praying with the upward direction of the bearded chin. In both of the latter two, the stark black ground impacts the gentle and tender side felt in the smooth brushwork used in showing the Christ figure.

Karen Heald of Phoenix, AZ frames for us in a rather impressionistic approach, the care of the father figure in her work “The Father Heart of God”. The child holding on to his father as he is held on his father’s shoulders speaks well for such a message.

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.

Linda Witte Henke of Aurora, CO uses textile to elaborate the idea of the celebration with palm branches. The black ground with the gold and blue and green make for a festive occasion in her work “Day of Palms III and IV” diptych.

Vanessa M. Hollifield of Winston-Salem, NC boldly states in the polychromatic colors of a glass mosaic plate, the creation event in her delightful piece “...And It Was Good”. All in all with the many parts this is quite striking.

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.

Julie Rodriguez Jones of Spanish Springs, NV has developed some very respectable liturgical artworks; a series of banners and matching stoles. In her works “If They Kept Quiet the Stones Would Cry Out...” is handsomely depicted with a stone-like texture in earth tones; “Pentecost Tongues of Fire...” is dramatically created with a reddish fire-like imagery on black; “The Names of God...” is beautifully presented in a rich green with various names of God printed in various fonts; “The Vessel...” uses the imagery of a vessel being poured out representing God’s gifts to us being shared and then filled again; and “We Gather Together...” uses the brilliantly colored leaf motif to indicate people together asking for the Lord’s blessing. All of these are wonderful contemporary and useful icons.

Sherman Judaica of Denver, CO created some marvelous twenty feet tall doors in cast and fabricated bronze which must be quite impressive. “Ark Doors” would certainly add awe and spender to this special place. “Kiddish Cup” is another fine example of the excellent craft of the artist. And “Rimmon Rimon Pomegranate Torah Cover” is richly created out of pieced fabric, appliqué and beautiful embroidery.

John T. Katerberg of Marne, MI is indeed a master painter with a great facility to work in oil. “His Right to Life” speaks poignantly about the Creator’s right to bring to life the child conceived in His Image and Likeness. The tear in the eye of the Christ figure speaks volumes. Another magnificent painting is his “Rescue the Perishing” with the saving hand of Christ being offered to help bring the man to safety. Yet another outstanding work is “Revelation” with the radiating glow of Jesus riding forth on a white horse. With a gentle smile Christ admonishes in the painting “Stop Doubting and Believe”. Rounding out the five paintings is “The Righteous Robe” in which Christ clothes the one crying out.

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.

Jennifer Myers Kirton of Mt. Dora, FL 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”.

Toby Klein of Hoover, AL shares an interesting expertise in the use of mixed media. In “L’Chaim VIII” and use of wire to shape a tree and the Star of David in the two-part arrangement is an attractive organic and geometric contrast. The series dealing with the “Writings in the Wall...” are expertly crafted and composed with various materials and symbolism.

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.

Danett Landon of Port Richey, FL photographs an interesting arrangement of the crucifix and a rosary in “Believe”. The Sacred Heart chaplet is centrally placed on a stone in the work “Faith”. Both uses of Catholic sacramentals are nicely considered in their placement on rocky ground as if grounded in the faith.

Bridget Mantasoot of Schaumburg, IL graces the show with some dynamic abstractions. In her work “Break Free” the play of the bird image and a cage suggests an active state of becoming free in a rather neo-cubistic style. In her painting of acrylic and oil, “Now I See” the image of a face peers through several translucent planes. In a similar style she paints a rendition of “The Ascension” showing two planes of space as if transcending from the earthly realm to the heavenly realm. And in her work “The Ninth Hour” the yellow and black high contrast palette together with the larger emphasized face of Christ and the numbers of people’s faces and outreaching arms all add to the intense drama of the crucifixion.

Jackie Mckinney of Riverside, Canada has some interesting sculptural works that are presented here in the form of posters. “The Children’s Bread” uses the name of Jesus together with the crown and nails with the red representing the blood lost. “Resurrection Day” is most interesting in that the stacking of stones with similar imagery helps to suggest the idea of upward movement. And “The Ultimate Sacrifice” with the additional cross shape and the intense yellow to red at the top strengthens the idea of the extreme sacrifice.

Hariclia Michailidou of Jackson Heights, NY has some fascinating works created in a process of using computer collages from original watercolor works. These ideas of the created universe is well depicted especially in the work “From Cosmic Shores, 1.1.37”.

Mary 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.

Rosemary Kavanagh O’Carroll deals with the struggles regarding migrant workers in her works “Angels in the Migrant Fields” and “Fruit of Labor in Florida”. In her work “Joan of Arc in the Migrant Fern Fields” calls to mind the fight for the rights of these workers, for fair labor practices, just as Joan of Arc fought and was martyred for her country.

Vladimir Obr of Mostkovice, Czech Republic has a combined technique of working with mixed media and the computer (see www.vladimirobr.com). “Apocalypse Rider” is striking in its angularity and cold color amidst the powerful red field as if breaking through the space. His piece “Dooms Angel” with the same coloration is even more intense with the dripping red perhaps symbolizing the bloodshed. And his work “Gold Chapel” with it’s intricate symmetry seems a bit more hopeful and upbeat.

Mac L. Pakula of Oro Valley, AZ has some of the strongest pieces in this exhibition. His bronze sculpture “Anvil Chorus” salutes the appreciation of the work ethic in such fine detail.
His “Lost & Found” shows the lost and found theme in a magnificent manner. The detailing here is also astounding. “Narrow Escape” is another of his exquisite works showing the dramatic situation of escaping from a dangerous situation - but for the grace of God go I.

Nicholas Petrucci of Naples, FL is another master artist in this show. His one piece submitted entitled “Thy Will Be Done” says it all, that God is in control. The violet and gold color scheme add to the elegance and the eyes looking upward with the folded hands shows a kind of trust in Divine Providence.

Leslie L. Phiefer of Lafayette, NJ 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.

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.

C. Malcolm Powers of Ann Arbor, MI presents three wonderful bronze works. In his work “Good and Evil” he shows the contrasting dove and snake. In his “Presentation” the child is being held closely as the woman looks upward presenting her child to God. And in “Trust” he creates a dynamic expression in that the figure is slightly tilted, balanced mostly on the right foot, the head stretched upward and the garment of cross contouring lines as if wrapped. The opened hand gestures add to the rather dependent stance.

Deborah A. Ravin of Phoenix, AZ renders well the image that miraculously appeared on the tilma of the visionary Juan Diego in Mexico as a sign of the truth of the apparition of the Virgin Mary. “Our Lady of Guadalupe Retablo” is richly painted and enhanced with the decorative treatment of similar colors framing the image.

Lynda Rhodes of Dallas, TX creates an interesting work in “Rise Up” #1 in that it is a no print screen print. The idea of rising up is a noble one and the print similar to the stained glass approach with dark outlining makes for a strong piece.

Michael Rinat of Modiin, Israel captures the spirit of a shepherd in his marble sculpture “David the Shepherd”. The interrelationship of the figure and the two sheep is quite unifying as well as the textural treatment of the sheep and the hair of David.

Yvette Rock of Detroit, MI has an excellent body of work presented in the exhibition. All of which deal with the theme of plagues. “Plague of Firstborn” with it’s mixed media and the cross formation and rich patterning is most engaging. “Plague of Flies” with it’s number of flies and the size diminution is also a strong work, especially in the reddish colors. “Plague of Frogs” works quite well with the human figures and the worried looks together with the complementary color scheme. Also compelling is her mixed media “Plague of Gnats” with the radial movement. “Plague of Hail” works well in the high contrast of light and dark, the dramatic red marks and especially the outlined figure with arms covering the head. The high value contrast and expressive drawing also works strongly in “Plague of Livestock”.

Eleazar Saenz of Monterrey, Mexico paints with a great depth of feeling in such transparent watercolors as “Light of Hope” in which the older woman humbly holds a glowing candle. “Maria Madre” is another masterpiece so rich in color and fabric patterns with the woman tenderly holding her child all protectively wrapped up in her arms. Her drawing of the crucified head of Christ is flawlessly presented in fine detail. And her acrylic painting of the “Resurrection” is awesome with its realistic depiction of Jesus in a white robe and a gentle smile glowing amidst the wonderful expressive textural treatment with the flying white dove above.

Rosalind Schilder of Downers Grove, IL brings to the exhibition a full range of emotion. She shows a quite strong emotion in her digital photograph “Final Shabbat” as well as a moment of happiness in another photograph “Ilan’s Bar Mitzvah Thanksgiving 05” (2). The wonderful textures and linear arrangement of the latter strengthens the composition. The smile on the face says it all. It’s good to see a depth of understanding in these works.

Bill Secunda of Butler, PA has given the show one of the most dramatic and original adaptations of the crucifixion in his steel and copper nails (welded) piece “Crucifix”. It is astounding to be able as an artist to take the nail motif and mold and model the human figure with such accuracy. The use of nails all over reinforces in one’s mind the powerful pain of the suffering on the cross. This work makes an intense and profound impact!

Kristy Smith of Des Moines, IA does some very creative statements about the workings of the Holy Spirit, especially in her watercolor and pencil work entitled “Letting The Spirit Blow Through”. In her pieces “Opening to God I” and “Opening to God II” she captures the willingness to let go and let God. The repetitive elements flowing through these works are interesting presentations of the kind of electricity felt when “resting in the Spirit”!

Peter B. Smith of St. Louis, MO uses photography to show unusual perspectives in architecture and statuary. In “Human Web” the centralized cross with the fragile cobwebs connecting the stoneware is significant. And in his picture of the angel looking down in “I’m Watching U” with the bright blue sky above and the roughness of the statue’s texture makes for a striking message.

Mary Stoner of Hickman, NE uses mixed media to create the piece “Broken Chains” in which many important statements like “The Word of God is not imprisoned - his chains fell off” and in the fence-like structure is spelled out “worthy” and “suffer”. Additionally in her unusual media combination of colored pencil and embossed velvet she dramatizes the completeness of the crucifixion in the work called “It Is Finished”. And in her “Tree of Life” she develops a lusciousness in the many branches of the tree with several kinds of fruit. Such a wonderful tree.

Robin Tennant of Vienna, WV has a keen eye for composition. In the photo “Let Us Pray” she captures the peacefulness of young soul holding a small candle. And in “Nature’s Window” she composes an image from inside a dark cave looking out on a light blue sky of a mountainous region. The organically shaped framing is amazing. Also, she utilizes the effects of light in her piece “The Light of God” in which an unusual light is emitted from a shell-like container held by an angel.

Larry Torno of St. Louis, MO is able to capture a special time frame in order to photograph some very special works. In his “Big Sky” he composes a horizontal picture with the cloud formation that connects with the image of a cross shape. The overall light and dark dual subdivisioning is awesome. Another one of his works in which he is able to create a panoramic quality is in his piece “Resurrection”. Here again the small cross is complimented with the vastness of the large sky and beautiful cloud movement.

Paul Vauchelet of San Diego, CA depicts the cross with a contemporary slant. “Crucisteel”, “The Combat Crucifix” is made of stainless steel, copper, fabric in the form of the American flag and wood. The pointedness of the angles and the faded and torn flag are strong statements in combination, giving much on which to reflect.

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.

Jeremiah D. Welsh of Wexford, PA is capable of working with different media achieving a high degree of success in each. His bas relief bronze “Baptism” is a strong portrayal of Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan. What is of particular interest is how he handles the area of the sky as well as the zigzag movement from the head of Christ to the dove above. His handling of the sadness of Peter’s denial is interestingly arranged in his oil painting “Denial” with the bent over image of Peter holding his face, his skin in a cool blue color and the crowing rooster perched on top of Peter’s back. His other oil called “Pilgrimage” is strongly presented in the cool blue and earth tones.

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.

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".

Yoyita of Ridgeland, MS creates a loving moment of the Madonna and child theme in her oil painting “Virgin of the Naked Feet". The bright red and blue is nicely played with the more neutralized umber backdrop.

And Annette Zalanowski of Altoona, PA uses an abstract approach with mixed media to create 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.

How wonderful and talented are the artists and their works in this year’s show. It is an honor to showcase these works of art for the glory of God. May God continue to pour His abundant blessings upon us all.

Sincerely,

Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art