Upstream People Gallery

14th Annual Judeo-Christian Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

The “14th Annual Judeo-Christian Online International Art Exhibition” showcases a variety of biblical themes and messages about the good life. The gallery is grateful for all the artists who submitted their works and congratulate those whose works were selected for the show. Following are some comments about some of the specially recognized works.

ANNE MARIE ADONYI of Longview, Texas has a keen understanding of scriptural texts as seen in her piece “Jesus & the Fig Tree” wherein she describes the interaction of Jesus as He confronts a fig tree. Her detailing of the many fish and the large whale is quite effective in another work entitled “Leviathan & Jonah”. And “Wailing Wall” is another successful work showing the many faithful gathered about.

ROBERT G. ANDRUS of Gurnee, Illinois is a master sculptor. It is quite interesting to contemplate the abstract form he creates in “Day #1”. In his "Genesis 1: 23” he gives elegance to the wood form. He shows a sense of a mountain with the wood piece “Mount Sinai”. His understanding of contrast works well in his “New Jerusalem” wherein a golden cube is incased in a beautiful circular wood piece. Using an encased cube again, he creates “Precious Stone #1”. And his “Precious Stone” also shows a similar construction.

JIM ANTONUCCI of West Milford, New Jersey is an avid photographer who is quite successful. His photo collage “Station 10 Jesus is Crucified” is quite nice with the rosaries framing the centralized red vertical section showing the Jesus image; the horizontal section at the top completes the shape of a cross. His "Station 12 Jesus on the Cross, His Mother and His Disciple" is strong with the text ‘Faith’.

KRZYSZTOF BOBROWSKI of Warsaw, Poland shows a strong graphic sense in his work “Eternal Meeting” which is a wonderful semiabstract acrylic painting.

R. BRUCE BRENNAN of Juno Beach, Florida shows the drama of the passage “Get Thee Behind Me!” with a high value contrast and the pointed finger of Jesus.

KATHRYN CRAMER BROWN of Bridgewater, Virginia gives a strong impression of the idea of resurrection in her print “Resurrection Crossing” with the bright red and yellow intensity. “Surely The Presence” is a wonderful abstraction using the image of a cross to indicate the presence of Jesus in this place.

RICK CHAPMAN of Greensboro, North Carolina gives an illustrative interpretation in his work “Exodus” showing an upward movement. His piece “Genesis” is quite effective with the imagery of basic molecular structure. “Numbers” is quite rich texturally with aspects of fractal manipulation. And “Solomon’s Temple” is very engaging with the strong color effects. Also, "Tabernacle" shows the golden character to enhance the special subject.

IONE CITRIN of Los Angeles, California gives this show her mixed media piece entitled “Sign of the Cross” using a warm yellow orange and a cross shape centrally placed.

BERNARD DESCHLER of Breezy Point, New York is a master sculptor using forged and welded steel to create some dynamic and strong works as seen in his "Good Friday Cross". And he is also successful as a painter. His "Good Friday Painting" with the orange and yellow-orange and expressive forms are quite intense. His "Outdoor Cross at St. Edmund" is another great work and the elongation provides a dramatic effect. And in another expressive mode he paints "The Lady at the Well".

JAMIE DOWNS of Silver Spring, Maryland gives a wonderful abstract interpretation of “Baptism”. And with a strong tonal contrast and upward movement she creates “Pentecost”.

STACIE GATES of Tujunga, California illustrates the idea of “Saying Goodbye” quite effectively showing a significant moment in time.

SUSAN HART of Cozad, Nebraska has a developed sense of collage and in her work “Eve’s Notebook” she achieves an intriguing composite of various textural effects. And her “Inspiration within the Storm” is quite engaging and the message is significant indeed. "Sustained Security" is another strong work.

SUSAN TALBOT HOFFMANN of Thibodaux, Louisiana takes the technique of embossed etching to a high level. All of her works are handsome indeed. “Degas House”, "John Turpin House", "Louisiana Purchase Apartments” and "Colonel Robert Henry Short Italianate Villa" are all great examples of her masterful artistry.

JUDI JORDAN of Taylor, Arizona takes acrylic painting to a masterful level as seen in “Above the Storm” wherein she is able to show her successful modeling of imagery. Her "God is In Control" is very descriptive and her attention to detail is awesome. Also, her “Lion of Judah at War” is a great interpretation with all the various false idols, yet at war with one another because they do not have the full Truth -- Jesus. Why is Jesus Called the Lion of Judah? --from

("In Christianity, the Lion of Judah epithet is used to refer to Jesus Christ. In fact, there are a number of authentic Christian ministries that use the symbol as their emblem or a prefix to their names. The reference appears in the Bible in the Book of Revelation 5:5, in the New Testament. The symbol is read and understood as a direct reference to Jesus, where he is regarded as the 'lion of the tribe' and 'Root of David'.

The Bible reveals the following instances when Jesus was referred to as the Lion of Judah:

* Gen 49:8-9: The Lion of Judah, a strong fighter against the enemy.
* Matthew 1:3: Judah begot Pharez and Zarah of Tamar and Pharez begot Hezron and Herzon begot Aram (extolling the genealogy of Christ).
* Hebrews 7: 14: It is evident that our Lord has risen out of Judah concerning which tribe Moses spoke nothing about priests.

Christians around the world believe that while the ancient tribe of Levi prepared priests, that of Judah was the tribe of the Kings. Jesus is believed to be a descendant of the Tribe of Judah. Jesus is commonly referred to as the 'overcoming one' and 'the one qualified to open the scrolls and seven seals'. According to the Book of Revelation 5:5, Jesus was the 'sacrificial Lamb' and the 'Lion of Judah'. The prophecy of the coming of the Lord to 'judge the world' as the Lion of Judah is clear all through Revelation 5:1-5.")

TRICIA KAMAN of Chagrin Falls, Ohio gives the show a realistic flavor. Her “The Blessing Cup” is a masterful rendition and the color choices are just right. And in a more somber tone, her work “My Rock” shows the cross in the center of the message.

TIM KING of Longmont, Colorado shows his great skill in figurative modeling in his bronze sculptures. “Our Teacher” is an awesome achievement showing a child looking up to Jesus as the teacher. The descriptive detailing of this work is truly magnificent.

ROGER T. KIRK of Stevensville, Montana is definitely a masterful sculptor using bronze to depict the realistic bust of “Francis A. Schaeffer" wherein the frowns of the forehead and the detailing of the hair and fabric has much to be appreciated.

GEORGE LANGBROEK of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada gives the show some of his successful etchings. His "Free from the Burden" is a strong relative work to consider. And his interpretation of "Paradise Lost" makes one think. The fallen figures in the dark makes a great deal of sense.

JESUS MARIN of Apopka, Florida uses figuration to express his messages as seen in “Fishers of Men”. The illustration of the net of men reaching out and the bright light of Jesus’ face is quite effective. And “Hurt But Not Defeated” illustrates a strong faith amidst trials. The tornadic effect and the dark figure being rebuked by Jesus and the soldier is very creative. Also, “Breaking Chains” is an important message and he illustrates this very successfully.

TATIANA NIKOLOVA-HOUSTON of Austin, Texas has a true gift. Her artwork is very well done and inspiring. “Come Holy Spirit - Prayer” shows her skill with calligraphy in an illuminated manuscript format. “Tree of Life - Cosmic” shows a great skill in detailed patterning. And with an Iconic flavor, she painted “I AM the Light”, "I AM the Bread of Life" and “Theotokos in Vines - Icon”. Her “Tree of Life - Eye of God” is awesome with all the rich linear work. The symmetry in “Tree of Life - Holy Spirit” is quite admirable.

NOV ONTOS of Goldman, Alabama shows his great skill with digital manipulation as seen in his “Cross 1.1” and the similar work “Trinity as Unity 1”. Both show an intricate interlacing of patterns that are shimmering.

AUMI K K. PERRY of Casper, Wyoming brings realistic oil painting to the exhibition. The work “I Am the Vine” is well composed and beautifully rendered. And the work “Holy Thursday” shows the food of the Last Supper in excellent painting style.

MICHELLE PETERLIN of Evansville, Indiana creates "Long Way Home" with acrylic, velvet, silk and paper combined in a striking and workable manner.

DUANE J. PIEPER of Gretna, Nebraska has a repertoire of special works in various media. Of particular note is his encaustic piece "Walk Around Jerusalem (Psalm 48: 12-14)". This is well conceived and developed and is quite visually striking in the construction.

LISA D. QUIMBY of Austin, Texas makes an important statement in her marker and colored pencil work "Savior's Plea". The structuring of the image emerging from the waves of the water is quite imaginative and impressive.

GARY LEE RUPAR of Ozark, Missouri has an interesting and powerful photograph entitled "Nicaraguan Prayer - Warrior" wherein the light blue and red bring out the kneeling prayer warrior. And with digital illustration he creates the tremendous sense of space in the piece “Standing Before The Almighty”.

JACK SIEGEL of Deerfield, Illinois has a rich and powerful style as seen in “The Bagel Sellers”. Done in oil he captures a wonderful scene on the street in complementary blue and orange. With a similar palette he shows “The Blue Horse” setting a moving scene. And with a play with tilting images he continues with the blue figures in “The Discussion”. With an even greater sense of activity he painted a striking painting called "Freilach". "We Are One" is nicely composed with walking figures in the warm and cool coloration.

AMALYA NANE TUMANIAN of Tualatin, Oregon paints a work in high tonal contrast named “Cross in Time”. The radiating light is quite effective for the message. Her realistic painting “In the Wilderness” is created in warm hues with the Christ figure emphasized. Also “Nativity” is a special work with the effect of light as essential to the message. Another strong work is the skillful rendering of "St. Groege Killing a Dragon". "Mary with a Child Altar" shows the wonderful use of blue and red to bring forth the Mary and Jesus.

JOAN HAHN WIDMAN of Suprise, Arizona expresses well in acrylic as seen in "Joy (Joy, Joy, Joy)" using a dynamic combination of warm and cool colors on three happy figures.

Upstream People Gallery wishes that you all have a very holy season.


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art