Upstream People Gallery

8th Annual Summer All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

The “8th Summer All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition” is a compilation of entries from artists who submitted to the 11th Annual Landscape show as well as entries from the 11th Annual Collage, Digital and Mixed Media show. Consequently there are quite a number of wonderful and excellent pieces for this rather large international exhibition.

It is inspiring to see works from around the world. For this year’s show there are artists from all over the United States and Canada and including artists from Norway, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom, China, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Australia. Following are some comments about some of the artists and their works.


MATT ABRAXAS from Lafayette, Colorado has a rich style in oil, creating a somewhat impressionistic arrangement of doll-like figures in his work “Tea Party”.

C. ALBERT of Seattle, Washington is quite adept with collage, developing rich arrangements especially in her piece “Hours of the Night”. The near symmetry in the gold and silver palette is quite nice.

LINDA ANDRUS of Manhattan, Kansas uses her wonderful sense of color and mixed media to create two marvelous pieces in the show. “Main Street Parade” shows a sense of dressing up and scooting along in this happy occasion. And in her brightly colored “Musical Launch” the sculptural format of the dress outfit on a table is quite compelling visually.

KARI-METTE ASTRUP of Larvik, Norway gives a feeling of “Happily Ever After” with a dancing couple, yet contrasting the idea with the spider in the upper right. Using a kind of open space, she develops an oil painting with the concept of two worlds, showing the bottom portion of a figure as if the top part is in another space, together with a torso of a figure with more intrigue as part of the U.S. dollar is in the lower corner of the work.

JERRY ATKINS of New York, New York has some very strong sculpture pieces. Made of cast resin, “Night of Non Being” creates a mystery about not existing. His “Self Portrait” is rather explanatory in that the self is incased. And “The Monster” made of cast bronze is very dramatic with the large forms and significant connective aspects.

COSMO BARBARO of Murray, Kentucky has a very fine sense of design in all his contemporary pieces. His signature fine linear qualities and the smaller rectilinear light and dark pattern detailing adds nicely with the larger simple forms. All his works should be recognized as outstanding, which includes the curving lamps “Benny Goodman II Pair”; the smooth lines of the “Barrel Chair or C Chair”; the warm colored “C Lounge or Cosmo Lounge”, the elegant verticality of the “Jeanie Desk” and the rich woods of the “Jeanie Chair”.

KATHRYN BELL of Greenville, South Carolina uses her finely-controlled calligraphy to express the depths of faith. Especially rich is the contrasting warm and cool of “Ancient Letters: Philadelphia” and the diagonality of the cross formation entitled “Cry of Triumph - Resurrection”.

MIGUEL BERASTEGUI of Phoenix, Arizona creates strong digital photographs as seen in “Carpenteria” in which the bright light is counter balanced with the dark landscape of a beach setting. From a special vantage point he captures a strong foreground triangle made of large rocks in his piece “Miami”. And from another unusual vantage point high up above the city he captures “Urban Landscape (New York 2000)”. In another excellent print at night he is in the right place at the right time to capture a lightning strike against the darkness in his piece “Urban Storm” wherein the line of the lightning continues the edge of the wall cloud form.

CARLA BERGER of Brooklyn, New York has an interesting concept in dealing with the landscape theme. Her “Infected Landscape Series” covers a range of very rich textural surfaces that include a toilet and rusted gallon can; pieces of paint and wood and trash cans; cans, boxes and a plastic leg; a fence with a lot of trash material; and in her number five piece it looks almost like a planned abstraction with the overall muted green with circular bluish accents.

MICHAEL D. BIGGER of Minneapolis, Minnesota shows two mixed media sculptures. The play of the diagonal, rectilinear and curvilinear parts are striking in both “X-6” and “X-9”. The tension between the left and right and top and bottom create a good interplay.

NANCY BINFORD of The Woodlands, Texas deals with the concept of “Mom & Me” with the mother and child theme using paper, acrylic and ink. The overlapping and size variations of the imagery together with the beat of the numbers gives a nice sense of energy.

DAVID BLUMENKRANTZ of Northridge, California has some interesting street photographs. Especially strong is the piece “Life on Broadway, Los Angeles #2” wherein the frame is divided with figures on the left and figures on the right. Another strong piece is the window view #3 with the reflections and jewelry details as a woman is peering through. The color photograph “Life on Broadway, Los Angeles #4” shows two figures, one dressed up, asking for attention and another as if posing in casual wear; both smiling.

“MARCELA GARCIA BONINI of Houston, Texas uses mixed media on paper with strong tonal contrasts. Especially important is the large piece “Stairway to Heaven III” showing a tilting progression upward. Her “Thoughts of Hope” with a kind of Cy Twombly and Jackson Pollack approach in part she creates a rich textural treatment.

JULIO BORDAS of Miami, Florida has some strong paintings in acrylic. “Bastante” is very strong in the boldness and brightness. And again in the abstract sense, “June” seems to capture the warmth of the month.

PAM BREKAS of Gardnerville, Nevada has a sense of the organic especially with the dynamics in her piece “Call It The Blues” with its movement inward and the many textural parts. “Grotto” also speaks well with blue amidst the contrasting warm areas.

THOMAS BRITT of Knoxville, Tennessee is prolific with narratives in acrylic. The figure of the apostle Peter peering out from the darker area in the bottom left, he effectively shows “Peter’s Denial of Christ” in a wonderfully orchestrated staging. In a lighter mood he shows two young kids looking through a fence, one having a slingshot in his back pocket, in his painting “Up to No Good”

JEFFREY R. BROSBE of San Diego, California has some interesting variety in his photographs. “Kusadasi Sunset - Rothko Homage” darkly shows the subtlety of the colors reflected on the clouds and in “Pamakkale #2” he captures the flowing water over the unusual typography.

KEN BYLER of Amityville, New York handles the landscape in an oil painting divided into top and bottom using a cloud formation on top with a large flower on the bottom in “Desert Landscape”. Especially attractive is the high contrast and various textures in his oil and gold leaf painting entitled “Strange Landscape (Summer)”.

TAO CHEN of Racine, Wisconsin creates in the digital media. “Pigeons in the Sunset - 1” is very nice with the grouping of birds in outline forms amidst an overall red environment. And the accompanying piece “Pigeons in the Sunset - 2” shows much more action as if it is scene two.

ANNA M. CHUPA of Allentown, Pennsylvania has some outstanding photomontage works. As Gustav Klimpt uses the figure within a patterned format, here we see the pattern created by headpieces. “Daryl Montana” and “David Montana” are great photographs with the head at the bottom of the piece. And “Uptown” shows the face in the middle area with all the rich parts of the outfit. “Yellow Man” is another marvelous visual!

NIK S. CLEMENT of Newtown, Pennsylvania has some interesting cyanotypes that are tea-toned. With the organic shadow of a tree upon the rectilinear house structure he creates a good drama in “New Hope”. Also using this contrast effectively he creates “Solebury”.

CLARISSA COLLENZI of Nuevo Leon, Mexico photographs some interesting rocks stacked together in her piece “Arizona -1”. And in “Arizona -2” she shows the brilliance of the blue sky over the red rock formations.

ROB COMPTON of Wichita, Kansas has devoted time to the expansiveness of the sky. In the square format he sucessfully creates this sense in his oil painting entitled "Sunset over Wilson".

FRED COOPER, Canyon Country, California has a wonderful sense of abstraction with either an allover warm tonality or in one a cool tonality. One of the striking pieces is “Electric Bacon” which shows a high drama of tonal tenebristic contrasts. On the cool side, “Moonlight Sonata” adds a bit of intricate patterning in areas. And “Nautilus” is very effective in it’s simplicity. While his piece “Yosemite” suggests the typographic character of the park.

DALE COPELAND of Okato, New Zealand has some handsome assemblages as seen in “I Can See Clearly Now” with it’s twelve circular inlets teated in various ways using a lot of mixed media together with a braille tag at the bottom. Quite startling is her piece “Young Escher’s Pencil Box” which is a kind of offhand homage to M.C. Escher’s drawing - the turkey claw and the human hand imagery are wonderfully presented! “Twenty Questions” using a tape measure and various other materials is quite curious indeed. And again another very nice piece is “Singer” with the stuffed bird, musical score sheet and the bouquet-like arrangement.

BARBARA J. CORNETT of GreenCove Springs, Florida successfully mixes wood, metal and glass for some handsome sculptures as seen in “Blowing Bubbles”. Also rich with linear movement and patterns is her work “Bo Peep”. And another attractive piece is “Industrial Age Man” with various materials. “See Spot Run” and “Tiny Dancer” both show wonderful and creative uses of combining different media.

MIKE CRISS of Wasilla, Alaska is a master photographer, locating and composing exceptional panoramic views of the landscape as in “Fall in Alaska” with the rich contrast of warm and cool. It’s also good to see the hay bales in “Farming in Alaska” with the cool mountainous background. Seeing the warm pinkish color over the land forms is marvelous in his piece “Sunrise on the Alaska Range”. And “The Great One” photograph is absolutely spectacular with the rich land areas with it’s various textures and colors!

PAMELA Z. DAUM of Altamonte Springs, Florida uses infrared photography to create some almost sfumato-like landscapes. “Reborn in Florida 2” shows interesting patterns. And “Reborn in Florida 4” captures the Florida mossy growth on the trees.

SHARMON DAVIDSON of Taylor Mill, Kentucky deals with the concept of “Dimensional Shift” using the human figure and various collage effects. The blue and yellow and flesh tones sets the stage well together with the organic and geometric configuration.

WILL DAWSON of Clearwater, Florida has developed a digital drawing style and in “Gross Stability” his technique shines. Especially interesting is the play of scale using a small chair next to pottery.

MATTHEW DERCOLE of Iowa City, Iowa takes great strides in his level of sculptural genius with three works in the show. “I Suppose You Could” is wonderful considering what is inside the cage; “The Lesser Vehicle” also plays upon the highly creative and mysterious; and “Untitled” shows creatures with other creature parts as well as the faucet extending out from the larger figure. These are so wonderful!

CHRISTINE DRAKE of Lexington, Virginia uses a rich arrangement of large areas of blue and yellow with the profiles of man, more freely placed than Ernst Trova’s full body silhouettes, allowing for a free flowing sense in “Direction”.

IWONA DUSZEK of Springfield, Missouri creates a controlled warm palette of patterns with numbers showing a man with mechanical parts and legs that have a strong moving pattern in her work “Husarka”. “Meandrina” also shows a rather figurative approach with the netting pattern and the other mechanical parts.

PAMELA L. FIEDLER of Beatrice, Nebraska uses hard edge in bright pink and muted yellow with a startling photograph centered to express her haunting portrayal in “Holy Cast” - quite arresting. Also strongly stated with the words “is there a rabbi” she expresses “I Have Nightmares”. Also profound is another direct approach, using collage, she presents “JEWsuS Wept” to strikingly show this intense message. And again in “Paradise” she states “We didn’t lose paradise. It was “taken” from us. If we don’t reclaim it. WHY are we here?” What powerful works she shows us.

DEBORAH FINE of Haverford, Pennsylvania takes a delightful approach with soft pastel and the work “Fourth of July” is one of these with the stripes and bright colors. “Awakening the Dragon” is an interesting display as well.

JUANITA FINGER of Roswell, New Mexico has a very special and particular talent with her use of beads and mixed media. “Life at the Pond” is delicate and highly detailed. Is that a red frog?

PATRICK FISCHER - BRAILLE ART of Omaha, Nebraska is taking strides to give art another dimension with works that include braille! as seen in his piece "Proverbs 3: 5-6". This indeed is quite an honorable way to present art to those visually challenged.

DANIEL FLECKLES of Glen Gardner, New Jersey digitally orchestrates a landscape in his shaped piece “Navajo Bridge, Colorado River”. This repetition on the edge seems to enhance the expansiveness of the space.

DIANE FOSTER of Jefferson, Iowa uses mixed media to show transparency and opacity in her piece “The Joker, The Jester, Trickster, Too” which shows the dominant black bird over the outlined joker.

ERNIE L. FOURNET of New Iberia, Louisiana has an amazing ability to work with acrylic in order to achieve excellent gradation to form his figurative works. “Draupadi” in a lavender monochrome is very nice. His very colorful piece “Mardi Gras Mama” is quite eye-catching. He shows great facility in the wrinkled clothing of the monk in “Prayer for Freedom”. And “Yasodhara” shows a young girl in light blue with exquisite detail.

H. A. GALLUCIO of McLean, Virginia has an oil painting that is dramatic in cool black and white with linear movements entitled “Constitution Ave.” which shows a brighter “V” shaping centrally located.

DOUG GARDER of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota combines graphite with a yellow ochre monochromatic watercolor showing an aerial view of the land in his richly patterned piece “View from Northwest Flight 127”.

MARINA GERSHMAN of Brooklyn, New York gives some highly detailed pieces using fabric collage. Especially nice is the work “Bouquet with a Sunflower” standing out because of the mixed patterns and colors with different directional forces. These multi-element variations are reminiscent of the fabric collages of Miriam Shapiro.

JASON GODBEY of Tustin, California shows some wonderful digital works with remarkable tonal contrasts as seen in his piece “Exodus”. The work “Invisible” is an array of rich imagery set in a rather shaded context. And in “Rebirth” he takes advantage of tonal shades to show the light coming in from the arched window. Also seeing the ladder again in this work, “Siena” wherein he shows a cozy patio-like setting. He captures bits of light coming into an interior in the work “Static” where it seems quite quiet.

MANUEL J. GONZALES of Lubbock, Texas combines the organic with the geometric patterning an active piece entitled “The Equivocal Pastime” in mixed media on wood panel. “Eyes Stretched to the Horizon and Back” is very rich with all the elements in contrast.

MICHAEL GROHS of Cary, North Carolina finds a special vantage point to capture his photograph “Half Dome” high above the land. In his piece “On The Road in Utah” he finds strong diagonality in the clouds and the road. And “Shelter” is very effective with the looming dark clouds over the small house.

ERICA HART of Hankins, New York uses three great images diagonally positioned over a rich textural piece that has some symmetry as well, to create “Great Mother”. In her piece “Illusion” she shows the upper skeleton absent the rest of the body but with the feet in opposite red, walking a tight wire, with the rich symmetry in the textural background. And in “The Meeting” the near symmetrical workings show the skeletal hand and arm with the fleshy hand in the opposite placement under the tree. And dealing with the idea of time she creates a wonderful orchestration in “The Other Side of Time”.

CHRIS HEISINGER of Evanston, Illinois handles the intricacies of flower petals and the folds of drapery and tablecloth using the challenging media of glass, creating a handsome mosaic window entitled “Peonies in the Sun”.

MICHAEL HEW WING of Brooklyn, New York has a strong intaglio/etching print entitled “2x3” in which on the left of the meandering tree there are three limbs and there are then two limbs on the right. With treelike structure, he creates the twisting movement in his engraving “Tempest”. Capturing a strong movement in space he creates “Tortuous”.

DAN HITTLEMAN of Melville, New York orchestrates a kind of spatial layering with his yellow green photograph entitled “Lake Kumming”. And with a focused richness to detail he shows a close up of two large stones in water called “Water Grass and Rocks”.

ALISON WATT JACKSON of Shell Beach, California digitally layers the figure with various leaves as seen in “Commensal Matrix” wherein the veins of the leaf rather rhyme with the backbone of the body. “My Special Place” is quite nice with the reaching up of the tree branches working well with the body with outreaching hand with fingers open.

ERICA JENSEN of Eureka, California has a photograph that shows a road going across the land into the blue in a work called “Pacific Ocean from Table Bluff”. Her photo “Snag” shows the raw umber colored dead tree amidst the bountiful growth of the forest. And in her “Wave Crashing” she captures the small white particles of water encased between the dark rock formation.

LINDA G. JENSEN of Savannah, Georgia uses beadwork mixed media and hand colored silver prints in awesome artistry. “Marie Thanh Ngo” shows a near symmetrical framing in shiny and glistening detailing. “Nekisha Nyise Hickerson, New Orleans, LA” shows the more asymmetrical play of Mardi Gras imagery. “Novia with Necklace” shows the strong woman with a very elaborate necklace. “Sandra Gupta, M.D.” has flowers and a peacock-like bird. And “Walter Benavides de Guadalupe” adds flowers and the American flag with an angel and a cross.

LIN XIA JIANG of Buffalo, New York handles oil painting with lusciousness in terms of the expressive manner of the brushwork as seen in “Red Earth” and “The Tower”.

BOB JONES of Eliot, Maine has some very expressive bronze sculptures. “Walking Man 2” and “Walking Man 3” are quite strong and very dramatic in the textural treatment.

HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia has some interesting yet mysterious works using collage in Photoshop in works such as “Distant Relatives” with the idea of looking back. In “Heaven in a Glass” the imagery of the sky with clouds and birds is inside the glass. In a stacking technique he plays up the idea of the pinhole opened at different locations in a creative piece called “Here’s Looking at You”. And using collage with a play with stamps he creates “Postmarked”. Using a sabattier treatment of the negative of a polaroid pinhole image he creates “Dreams Are Made of This”. With his knowledge of special effects he comes up with “Chasing a Smile”, simple and nice. “Bourbon Street, New Orleans” is bright with color during the nighttime and somewhat blurry for effect. “Dancing Under the Midnight Sun” is wonderfully mysterious in the way the photo is handled.

F. M. KEARNEY of New York, New York uses color in outstanding ways especially in his work “Amber Skies”. He makes color a big statement as well in his other photograph “Autumn Trails” with even the stonework appearing violet and the roadway a pink color. “Morning Glow” shows the golden pond with the icy blue snow.

JOO KIM of Winter Park, Florida has a jewel photograph in her work called “Mountain Hope in Iceland” in which a smaller rock balances between two rock structures. In “Mountain Power in Korea” she captures the strength of a pilar-like stone formation with natural growth here and there. Another very nice piece is “Wishing Mountain in Iceland” showing a pile of stones arranged in a pile all the way up to one rock on the very top. This pile shape rhymes with a mountain in the background. And in stark black and white she designs a piece called “Wishing Stones in Korea”.

CAROL P. KINGSLEY of Coral Gables, Florida gives us a taste of the tropical in her triptych “Banana Leaves I” with the rich painterly brushwork and abundance of greenery with large plants and leaves. “Banana Leaves III” is also quite nice in terms of the leafy patterns.

JENNIFER MYERS KIRTON of Mount Dora, Florida is our best pen and ink stippling artist. “Capturing Spring” shows the hand with the pen in the process of making the artwork. Stippling in a doily as well as a paint brush into the work, she creates the delicate work “Gallery, Gardenia”. Dealing with a strong message, she creates “How Great Thou Art” with the large hands in the shape of a heart with children and doves included. “Strawberry Fantasia” is rich with black and white and color. And in “Dancing with Starfish” she develops a figure/ground work with sea creatures.

JEAN B. LAMAN of San Marcos, Texas deals with some interesting textural pieces made of homemade paper, metal and acrylic. “Strange Messages” is very curious, enticing the viewer to want to see what is being said in the messages. In “Yellow Landscape” using similar materials, the sense of abstraction and mystery is there in a stimulating visual as a wall sculpture.

JENE LAMAN of San Marcos, Texas takes the idea of “Anchored” using materials that are related to anchoring. Another wonderful piece is the work entitled “Voyage” with pictures in an accordion format that framesvertical and horizontal pieces, moving the viewer’s perception up and down and across.

NICOLE LAMBROU of San Francisco, California uses triptychs to create moments and spaces in time, moving from one image to another. Her “Red in Woods” series gives a sense of narrative that works well.

DIANE LaMERE of Plymouth, Minnesota has some outdoor scenes painted in oil. Of particular note is “Morning Light on the Ol’ Farmstead” with the strong shaded area in the foreground.

STEVE T. LAWS of Englewood, Colorado has some very nice drawings in graphite. The well organized composition “Archaeologist” is quite interesting with all the items on the shelf. The nose of the archaeologist is quite significant too. His watercolor “Cassie at Bat” is marvelous in terms of color but moreover how he shows the anticipation of the approaching baseball. Even more humor is found in the watercolor “Struck Out” with the coach showing dismay indeed. Showing great activity he develops his piece “Waked Parade” with the youthful energy and the adult trying to wake up. And “Wall” is quite wonderful with the attitude of the woman frowning over the child writing on the wall.

PATSY LINDAMOOD of Gainesville, Florida is prolific and quite adept in her handling of her pastel work. “Bear Walk at Avalanche Lake” works well in that the tree limbs point in the direction of the walking bear. She is able to capture the details in the rippling of the water in the piece “In a Reflection Darkly”. Capturing the emotion is excellent in her work “Now That’s What I’m Talking About!” enhanced by the red color with green in the background. Again capturing a mood showing the seated gorilla in “Pondering Diminishing Options”. In a group setting she shows teamwork in “To Victory!”. And showing great strength of character she shows a portrait entitled “With Pride, Without Prejudice”.

JACK LINSHI of St. Louis, Missouri has one work submitted which says a lot: “All Smiles” is wonderfully created. Using Hershey’s Chocolate and Caramel Syrup, both very tasty, to help with the idea of smiling in a youthful way.

MARK W. LUBICH of Olympia, Washington creates here with mixed media and fused glass. Quite revealing and thoughtful is his work “An Orange Bison in America” giving thought to historical references of those who have played an important role. “Warrior Moon” is very handsome with the fused glass in blue and the warmth of the wood framing.

DAVE MANRIQUEZ of Omaha, Nebraska organizes well his piece “When I Paint My Masterpiece - Self Portrait” showing an abundance of mixed media items with the dominant triangular formation in the center. It’s quite interesting to consider this with the notion of all the parts are part of his self portrait.

MARCELA MORALES MARTINEZ of Garza Garcia, N. L., Mexico shows a foreground triangular arrangement with the focus of a baby on a book held in hands in her acrylic piece entitled “Dreaming in the Future”. The pattern of the many books is quite nice which may reference the idea of knowledge. Her acrylic works using the chair with several smaller items are quite involved. “Magic Chair 1” and “Magic Chair 3” both contain an assortment of images making the works delightful to see. And in her assemblages she strikes an even more impressive view as in “Magic Chair at Home”. Another acrylic painting showing manly character is her piece “Mens Magic Chair” in warm colors. “Music in My Heart” is rather nice as well as she arranges musical instruments in the form of a chair. And again she does marvelously with her assemblage “Play Me and Listen”. These works are truly awesome!

MIKE MAZER of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts handles watercolor with ease. “Beach Hat”, “Covered Bridge, VT”, “Cranberry Bog” (which is not your normal scene) and “Tidal Inlet” are fine examples of his mastery.

DANIEL McFARLANE of Gainesville, Florida has a unique sense of expression. “Afternoon Delight” is quite imaginative and is enhanced with the ground color of lime green. “Dyslexia” is well stated in acrylic on wood with the sense of tilted dimension. “Summer Sparkle” is wonderfully abstract and rich in textural effects.

JIM McLEANof Dunwoody, Georgia uses the image of the window to create some interesting layered digital photographs. His “Mystery Window” series is rich with textural patterns and play of space. “Mystery Window IV” is very strong in his use of shrubbery and ornate window dressing.

VIRGINIA METAYER of Rochester, Minnesota creates boldly with the black background for the tree and colored circles in her oil painting entitled “Passionate Garden”.

DON MICHAEL, JR., of North Las Vegas, Nevada has a very special message that is profound in that it deals with life itself. “Birthright” gets to the heart of the matter with emphasis given with the teardrop.

MARIAN MITCHELL of Northridge, California captures the essence of harvesting in her watercolor “Kansas in August”. The warm and cool colors and the figure arranged in a diamond format adds to the effect.

ROBERT MITCHELL of Northridge, California creates wonderful movement throughout his work entitled “The Freeway Golem” with hanging cars and peering eyes looking on in the upper left.

JOSHUA MONESSON of Venice, California has a keen eye as a photographer. “Channel Islands National Park” shows crispness of detail and expansive depth of field. “Park Avenue Towers” is well framed in the piece showing just a small sliver of blue in the distant mountains. “Sunset Over Cathedral Rock” is an awesome sight indeed as he captures the formation with the complementary blue cloud formations. And another awesome photograph is “Wine Lovers” showing a grouping of trees in the center that is in the form of a heart!

MICHELLE MOTHERWAY of Fort Collins, Colorado shows a very strong black and white digital photograph with her work “Grave Eagle” with the rosary hanging over. And using a watch in the folded, prayerful hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, brings home the matter of running out of time in “No More Time” making one think about converting now.

JAMES MULLEN of Brunswick, Maine has some inspiring landscapes masterfully painted in oil. “Acadia Loop” and “Bear Island” show the land on the right and the water on the left, the latter more panoramic. “Moonrise” is calming in it’s long horizontality with the small moon low on the horizon, reflected in the water. And “Thomas Bay, MDI” is quite striking in his attention to magnificent detailing!

ROBERT MULLENIX of Oxford, Ohio shows some attractive textural works with his use of mixed media with toner transfer. His more colorful work “Former Things Past” shows the transition from dark at the bottom to light at the top with two trees on either side framing the piece.

MERCEDES NUNEZ of Bellingham, Massachusetts has some rather lyrical mixed media works using collage and oil. “Random Preoccupation, 1” is strong with movement and hints of text.

NORIKO OKI of Tokyo, Japan shows some very imaginative acrylic paintings with collage. “Dream” shows the lady floating above the bed to show the dreamlike feeling with a kind of bubble showing getting married. Her “When You Sail...Series” also show the idea of floating on water with various situations.

LYNN PALUGA of Archer, Florida orchestrates some interesting assemblages as seen in “Wireless Take-Out” which is fun and unusual and lighthearted.

JAN PARTIN of Dallas, Texas has a great sense of color. In her piece “42 Ford Coupe” she takes something old and gives it brighten color and tonal contrast. Continuing with the car image, she enhances the photograph in “57 Mercedes”. With an older truck she effectively enhances the photograph with more high contrast and color.

MEGAN PINCH of Florence, Alabama has a keen sense of expression. “Expectations” shows a woman dressed up in a white gown holding a contrasting black suitcase with horses from a carousel on the right which plays up the idea of joy hoped for. Her piece “Georgia’s Mask” is rather dramatic with the steer skull held in front of the face, and the darken clouds and the brown weeds adds to the effect. “Flew the Coop” is also very rich in her use of color effects. And her print “Serendipity” is very nice with the woman’s veil in the form of a circle around the head. Her piece “The Moment of Truth” is quite unusual with a woman in a pink dress holding a blue fish as her hair flows to the right in the direction of the fish. All of her works work very well in the square format.

AUSTEN PINKERTON of London, United Kingdom has some very handsome landscapes. In his acrylic painting “Land of Smiles” the land is arranged with the curved smile formation as a man and animals look out upon the horizon with a tree on the right and left framing the scene. The cloud formations are very striking in the formation upward. With his eloquent style he creates another strong piece entitled “New Worlds” as people on horses and animals look out upon the magnificent cloud formations over the horizon. His “The Paradise Garden” shows many rich details in a near symmetrical arrangement. And in “The Promised land” he shows a figure in the foreground amidst the vast spaciousness of the land.

RON EA POWELL (REAP) of Irvington, New Jersey has achieved some dynamic effects with his signature style. As seen in “Armor 13 ‘Honor’”, in the diamond formation; “Armor 14 ‘Trust’” with the strong tonal contrast; “Armor 15 ‘Compassion’” with the striking blue and gold coloration; and in his use of an environmental space he presents “Escape - Long to Bleed” which with the stairs and high contrast and patterning, gives one food for thought.

TINA PSOINOS of New York, New York succeeds with the use of digital photo collage and acrylic in her piece “Naxos Blue” with the outlining of a seated figure whose shape is repeated in the textured colored area.

JASON RANSOM of Houston, Texas expresses passionately with his oil paintings using strong forceful brush work. “Jackie” with the red and blue and horizontal positioning of the face, is very dramatic. Other works that contain this high level of expression are “Untitled-P08”, “Untitled-P10”, “Untitled-P13”, “Untitled-P14” and “Untitled-P19”. All are intensely rich and strongly presented.

SUSAN ROBERTSON of Outlook, SK, Canada masters clay in unusual ways as seen in the interesting circular movement in the texture of “All That Glitters, Wall Jewel Series”. “Hidden” is interesting especially when such a formation is made of clay. “Requiem For Rudy” is very effective in the upward swirl of the form coming to a point at the top.

BARBARA ROGOFF of Los Angeles, California has a good sense of pattern and textural effects. “Hold Tight to Your Dreams” contains several different materials that tend to hold together in their similar sizes. “Safari” works well with the sandy coloration and the rhythms created with the two verticals and the light checkered prints at the top and bottom. Quite striking among her works is “This Side Up” with all the colors and upward arrow.

LEYLA SALAMOVA of Bloomington, Indiana brightly colors her work in “The Illustration to a Norvegian Fairytale” which as an illustration is quite fanciful. And on a more somber approach she captures “The Singer” in darks with red accents and a direct gaze in the eyes.

GREG SAND of Clarksville, Tennessee has some of the best photographs in that the shoes are actually present but the images are made of shadows as seen in “Snapshot: Brothers”. With special manipulation he creates, using antique imagery, “Snapshot: Only Child”. And in another marvelous way, he creates “Snapshot: Sisters” which shows the reflections of the sisters in the water. “Snapshot: Sitting Portrait” is also amazing in the way he creates the effects.

DORIT SAPHIR of Tel Aviv, Israel is expressive in her approach, especially seen in “Don Quixote” with the action-type painting with mixed media showing a running horse and figure.

DAVID SAPP of Berlin Hts., Ohio combines hand painted expressions with collage materials. In his piece “Neck” he creates a rhythm from top to bottom somewhat like a skeletal framework. “This Century” is also quite good with the large curvilinear movements and the singular red colored face with quite an expression holding his neck and the accent of the light green padlock.

ABIGAIL SCHEER of Cook, Nebraska is adept with pattern and in her piece “Halcyon” various wood pieces are carved and stacked to created a range of contrasts. The smoothly presented organic form is quite nice.

NICKY Y. SCHLEIDER of Baltimore, Maryland expresses various emotions with directness. “The Great Debate” is strong with the faces in profile and the warm and cool contrasting colors.

RICHARD SCHNEIDER of Cleveland Hts., Ohio creates a rather large work called “Boing Mountain” in earthenware showing a black and white portion as a kind of pictograph reading.

DAVID P. SCHROEDER of Rochester, New York takes symmetrical patterning to a high level in all his digital photo-post processed works. His “Brickworks #1 and "Brickworks #3” in his series are quite rich in terms of the size diminuation and changes toward the center.

JERRY SCHUTTE of Tempe, Arizona is an avid landscape painter in oil on wood. His piece “South Mt. Behind Volcanic Dyke” is expansive with the up and down rhythm across the panorama. "Galvin parkway" and "Hieroglyphic Trail" are masterpieces, rich in subtle coloration and tectural depiction.

SARAH SIPLING of State College, Pennsylvania is quite expressive in black and white combining lithography and digital. Especially rich are the tonal contrasts in her “Deteriorate 1” and “Deteriorate 2” works with the hint of a face.

DAVID L. SMITH (aka Dr. Doodle) of Stevens Point, Wisconsin diligently works with visual precision in his fine ball point pen work with color markers. All are highly detailed and richly patterned. Most interesting is the one entitled “Nature Nurtures”. The use of symmetry in these works adds another level.

PETER B. SMITH of St. Louis, Missouri is a master photographer. In his piece “Angelic Landscape Intrusion” the sense of the heavenly and the earthly is very contrasting. The one with row housing called “Hillside Poetry” is nicely tilted. Capturing the sunlight upon the crosses and gravestones is quite strong and nicely titled “Perpetual Light”. “Winter’s Rhythmic Overlaps” works well with the angles and the icycles repeating the railing on the porch/patio. "Red Flyer Instrusion" is quite unusual reminescent of Claes Oldenber's enlarged object sculptures.

ANNE SPALTER of Providence, Rhode Island creates with charcoal, graphite and pastel. In "Mountains and Clouds #5” she intensifies the value contrasts for greater drama. Her other works are almost like the early northern oriental landscapes in that the mountains are amidst a lot of fog.

MARK NATHAN STAFFORD of Tallahassee, Florida takes a different approach using the head realistically modeled, yet making it a teapot in “Double-Chambered Figural Teapot, ‘BFA’”. “Double-Chambered Figural Teapot, ‘Ceramic Technician’” is particularly fine in terms of the facial expression, haircut and the bright color. And the work subtitled ‘Shy’ also works well, with the pony tail addition. The idea of people’s heads as teapots is quite unusual and creative.

CAROL STAUB of Somerset, New Jersey adds quality to the show with her very expressive works in mixed media. The black and white textural treatments are visually exciting and “City Lost” with it’s one strip of burnt siena is worth noting. “Film Strip” with it’s diagonality and bold red and blackness holds its own.

ROBIN STREET-MORRIS of St. Louis, Missouri has some subtle works in watercolor and pastel. Quite mysterious and intriguing is the piece “Passage” with the three small lights in two different colors makes one wonder. “Seiwa-en II” in its darkness is another strong work.

CHELSEA SWEETIN of Lake Forest Park, Washington gives us an awesome picture reminiscent of the 1960’s in her work “Get It? Got It...” It is quite interesting to read all the words and symbols. The setup for a band with the drum set and speakers on top of the van is “groovy”.

“R. TALVERA of Monahans, Texas paints a very strong piece with the red and black and yellow, blues and greens in a figure entitled “3”. The heart shape and the cross and the word wood add to the meaning. The way the white is handled and the tenebristic appeal of the other facial features together with the face low in the picture plane, give strength to the idea in “Freudian Slip”. And with strong graphic appeal “Self Titled” cubistically presented, uses the phrase “nobody said it was easy”.

THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongging City, PRC, China is not only a fine art photographer with can create abstract works in the darkroom. Of the representational works “Great Wall Landscape” is quite nice with the depth created and the people standing at different locations. “Landscape Path” is very good with the pink pathway curving through the land. “Farm Land Landscape” is divided almost equally with the land at the bottom and the light sky at the top. The curvilinear farming pattern is complementary to the organic landscape. Another nice photograph with its faintness of the cityscape is “Misty Lake Landscape”.

LEO THEINERT of Forest Hills, New York has three very strong silver gelatin photographs. “Daddy Warbucks” contrasts a well dressed man with bow tie with an well kept antique car. “Imagine” shows another dressed up man holding a sign “Believe in The Lord Jesus!” which is strong in that the shirt and the sign are lighter than the darker environ. And his third piece shows a more casual, younger man with a sign in which is hand printed “Wild Bill’s Soda Unlimited Refills All Day”. The young man holds out a tin cup amidst the people on the street.

STEPH TOUT of Carlton, Victoria, Australia presents some type C prints of a pinhole technique. “Half Moon Bay” is wonderful and mysterious. And this is also true of the piece “Lake Mungo Sunrise” wherein there are five areas that glow. “Sherbrooke Forest” in dark shades of green is also quite mysterious with small areas of light. And “The Pinnacle” is created similarly and on the far right is a bit of light as if an opening.

ROSARIO TREVINO of Garza Garca, N. L., Mexico shows depth in her acrylic work entitled “Healing” with the dark pathway toward the light. “Mistery” is almost like a paradise with the centralized waterfall. And in her work “Whispering” the subtle tones create a kind of calmness.

LORNA TURNER of Los Angeles, California takes a series of photographs of the condition of a ballpark. Especially interesting in it’s contradiction is the work “Ballpark, Entrance” with the fence closing off the road. And quite striking is the overgrowth take over of the bleachers in the print “Ballpark, Seating”. Perhaps “if you build it, they will come?”

MACHIKO OSHIMA TURNER of Christiansburg, Virginia uses the image of the face to create several acrylic paintings. The larger eye in many of the works is curious indeed. One of the most successful is “Face VII” with the face off to the side. And “Face VIII” is nice with the subtly. “It’s Me” takes a more cubistic approach using the plane more widely with almost a full figure added.

APRIL ANNE TURPIN of Saint Albans, New York has an interesting interpretation of “Golden Gate” using watercolor, collage and twine on paper.

HANNAH UENO of Mays Landing, New Jersey definitely presents outstanding works with her lenticular prints and digital photo paintings. “City of Hope” is remarkable with the sense of space and child with dog along a brick-like pathway up to a building structure. The group of airplanes adds to the loftiness of the idea. The symmetry in “Towers of Labyrinth” is magical indeed. “Land of No Land” shows the child and dog with island-like structures that have roots and various colored parts, such as a cow in one and chairs in others. In “Night Traveler” she repeats the group of airplanes with a group of birds and the child is there on the left stairway and a carriage with a black cat is in the opposite stairway. And in “Spring Rain” she shows more wonderful and fantastic imagery. All her work is fabulous!

LEAH VAN REES of Milton, Delaware uses oil with rather fluid long brushwork. “Emergence” shows a cool colored, seemingly congested area at the bottom and movements elongated toward the top. Her style is quite noticeable in her work “Fluidity” wherein the long flowing lines move across the space contrasted with cooler and smaller circular movements.

JOHN WARD of Ft. Worth, Texas takes on various emotions portraying them in the faces of clowns. “Angry” is expressed with wide open eyes and frown wrinkles between the eyes; “Happy” shows a lot of curves in the collar; and “Sad” uses a sad smile with downward lines below the eyes with brown and dark blue.

ROBIN WARD of Monterey, California finds some interesting landscapes, especially seen in “Bird Rock” with the gray blue land and the pink cirrus clouds, showing the grouping of birds.

PHILLIP A. WINDELL (aka paw fotograf) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania avidly documents his surroundings with photography. In “Dressed Wall” he shows the delicate together with the strength of the brick wall. Using reflections in windows he successfully creates “Hair Delivery” with the bright yellow countered by another gray face. In his “Lawn Chair” he shows the relaxing aspect of a lawn chair contrasted in the midst of a lot of activity. “Wall Mixers” is quite unusual when seen inside two windows and the mixers all facing the same way.

KAZUYO YAMADA of Leiden, The Netherlands shows various character in portraiture. “In a Mirror” is shown with the head tilted upward and “K 3” shows the face tilted a bit downward with the eyes looking upward. The soft edginess of all the figures adds a kind of gentle feeling to the personalities.

DONNA YOUNG of Somerville, Massachusetts has a sense of humor with her collage work as seen in “Barnyard Games” in which a cow jumps over the moon. “Bingo Night” is rather strange with the black bird holding the a number for the bingo game. The tree and old shack structure seems odd which is intentional. And “Ice Fishing” works with the gold fish and the cool landscape. “Night Train” is quite nice as well. “Under the Polar Sky” is another of her highly imaginative and fantastic works.

KELLY A. ZAREMBSKI of Garfield Heights, Ohio, with her sensitivity in the use of various mixed media, creates an interesting work entitled “Deconstructed Clock” keeping in time with the deconstructivistic tendencies of contemporary art forms.

LI ZHANG of West Lafayette, Indiana creates highly successful graphic works as seen in the piece “World Graphic Day” with it’s clean and crispness and attractive brilliant color palette. “Winter Dance Works 06” works well with the unusual yellow-yellow-green and red-red-violet complements with the text rather dancing around the full space.

Finally, let it be known that these artists mentioned and those selected were from over 600 entries from around the world. All are to be congratulated and thanked for their having found their individual voices in the form of artwork that is meant to be shared. Everyone has done very well and we wish you continued successes.

Sincerely,

Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art