Joanne St-Cyr

Joanne St-Cyr Creates Awe-Inspiring Allegorical Paintings

Her Art Reflects a World of Fantasy and Symbolism

By Renée Phillips

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr at her easel

Joanne St-Cyr discovered her love for drawing and painting at a young age and started painting in oils when she was 13 years old. Born in Montreal,  Canada the artist now lives in Quebec, and has attracted many collectors and accolades from around the globe.

Her awe-inspiring allegorical paintings are created with the same technical prowess as the Renaissance Masters. In that equally compelling manner St-Cyr uses symbolism to represent various subjects in the guise of metaphorical references, a visionary state of mind, or an abstract concept.

Her vivid imagination has no boundaries or limitations. She has discovered her own powerful style  that originates from her philosophy and life experiences and communicates powerful and timeless truths about humanity.

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Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Soeurs d’armes (Sisters in Arms), acrylic on board, 24” x 30”.

“NUTURA” – Duality Between Man and Nature

St-Cyr’s current theme is titled “NATURA”, about which she writes: “The philosophical thread I am pursuing at the moment has to do with the constant duality between man and nature. Man’s extraordinary efforts to try and control nature, our stubbornness to manipulate, re-organize and mistreat her… she will not go down without a fight!”

About nature the artist continues, “She is magnificent, still unpredictable and resilient. At times she feels harnessed, laced within our control and will let herself drift until she regains her energy, man should be weary and respectful… she, will never give up.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, L’important n’est pas la destination (The Importance is Not the Destination), acrylic on canvas, 24” x 16”.

Praise for Her Art as “A World of Wonder”

Renowned American art critic Brian Sherwin commented on St-Cyr’s paintings, stating, “The paintings of Joanne St-Cyr invite viewers to a world of fantasy and symbolism… a place where each brushstroke pulls together in order to reveal the elegance and magic of the creatures that inhabit it.”

Sherwin adds, “Paintings, such as ‘Sunlit Moons’, beckon viewers to unshackle their imaginations… in order to embrace the world of wonder that Joanne has provided for us.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Ré-création (Re-Creation), oil on canvas, 18” x 24”.

Her Creative Process

The artist fluctuates between painting in oils and acrylic paints, “whenever the mood dictates the inspiration of the moment.”

When painting in oils, which requires time and patience to allow to dry between layers, she describes it as a daily ritual. “I will analyze, look at and softly stroke my creation. I contemplate and meditate on its future, what it will become. Many emotions will be shared through its growth. I will feed it and in return it feeds my soul and I will not let go until complete maturity.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, À la dérive (Adrift …), oil on board, 28” x 20”.

Creating Art in the Present Moment

St-Cyr expresses her feelings about painting in acrylics as allowing her to be in the present moment. It is a quicker drying medium than oils. She writes, “I like to abandon myself to the call of its colours and to the impulsivity it demands. It is rebellious and fiery and has no patience for contemplation.”

She also creates drawings, which was her first love and the form of expression she will always explore. Drawing permits her “to come into contact with the first drafts of the inspiration that my soul whispers.”

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, L’esprit d’Arbutus (Spirit of Arbutus), acrylic on canvas, 12” x 24”.

Exhibitions and Awards

Joanne St-Cyr has participated in many group exhibitions including the Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY; the New Canadian branch of AOI (Art Of Imagination) in Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario, Canada; Le Grand Palais, Paris, France; and Musée Marius-Barbeau in Quebec, Canada; among others.

The artist has won several awards including Third Prize at Musée Laurier in Quebec, Canada, and two “Outstanding Acrylics” awards through the Boldbrush online competitions. Her art work has been published in Le Magazin’art, a prestigious French Art magazine.

St-Cyr studied Fine Art at Concordia University and UQAM in Montreal, Canada. She has been a member of ‘Institut des Arts Figuratifs’ since 1994.

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The Miami River Art Fair

The Miami River Art Fair, December 4-7, 2014, paves the way for the arts in our financial district as the pioneer art fair of the Downtown Miami – Brickell areas during the winter art fair season.

The Miami River Art Fair will feature a wide variety of exhibitors showing more than 100 artists from 31 countries.

The City of Miami welcomes the Miami River Art Fair as a herald for the revitalization of the Lower Miami River district, the city’s waterfront destination of the twenty-first century.

Miami River Art Fair
Emma Anna, River Walk Sculpture Mall

Miami River Art Fair is featuring both an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall of the Miami Convention Center and the one-of-a-kind Riverwalk Sculpture Mall, which is featuring monumental sculpture on the banks of the historic Miami River, including the work of Australian artist Emma Anna, shown above.

In partnership with the City of Miami and the Miami River Commission, the Miami River Art Fair will act as a launchpad for the revitalization efforts underway for the Downtown Miami/ Brickell areas and the Lower Miami River.

Nina Torres is the Director for Miami River Art Fair. For over 20 years, Nina Torres has been actively participating in the international art market, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art. Nina has curated and overseen nearly 300 exhibitions at international venues, including the “Europalia Biennial of Art; Brussels, Belgium”, and “XII Festival Del Centro Historico Ciudad de Mexico”.

Currently, Nina is the Director and Chief Curator of Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery MIAMI and has partnered with the Miami River Commission to foster and encourage art in public spaces, with the James L. Knight International Center to exhibit a permanent collection of artist from the roster of the gallery and now is opened a permanent exhibition at the Conrad Hotel Miami.

The Miami River Art Fair 2014 is endorsed by the City of Miami, the Miami River Commission, the City of Mami Beach, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Art Deco Preservation League.

Miami River Art Fair 2014 is providing a unique fair-going experience during the art fair season as the only boutique waterfront art fair.

For more information visit the Miami River Art Fair website

Thomas Hart Bention at the Metroplitan Museum

America Today by Thomas Hart Benton at The Metropolitan Museum

An Epic Mural Now On View

Reported by Renée Phillips

Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975)  was a painter and muralist at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. He depicted everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. Fluid, sculpted figures are prominent in his work.

The exhibition “Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered” celebrates the gift of Thomas Hart Benton’s epic mural America Today from AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2012.  This  exhibition at the  Museum runs through April 19, 2015.

Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton , Instruments of Power, one of the ten panels in this mural.

A Bold Combination of Styles

America Today was Benton’s first major mural commission and the most ambitious he ever executed in New York City. It is a bold work of art that  stands midway between the artist’s early experiments in abstraction, signs of which are still evident in the mural, and the expressive figurative style for which he is best known today.

Depicting a sweeping panorama of American life during the 1920s, America Today ranks among Benton’s most renowned works and as one of the most significant accomplishments in American art of the period.

Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) City Activities with Dancehall from America Today, 1930–31.  Mural cycle consisting of ten panels. Egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012

A Symbol of American Progress and International Modernism

Thematically, the mural evokes the ebullient belief in American progress that was characteristic of the 1920s, even as it acknowledges the onset of economic distress that would characterize life in the following decade.

The mural was commissioned by the New School’s director, Alvin Johnson, who had fashioned the school as a center for progressive thought and education in Greenwich Village.

It marked an important episode in international modernism; the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco was commissioned to paint a mural in the New School at the same time, and the two artists worked on their projects concurrently.

In hindsight this mural stands out  as a singular achievement of American art of the period. It served to legitimize modern mural painting as part of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Project in the 1930s.

Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton, Changing the West, one of the ten panels in this mural.

A Turning Point in Benton’s Career

Benton painted the 10-panel mural cycle in 1930–31 for New York’s New School for Social Research to adorn the boardroom of its International Style modernist building on West 12th Street.

The exhibition demonstrates how the work marked a turning point in Benton’s career as a painter—elevating his stature among his peers and critics.

Exhibition Sponsored by AXA

This exhibition is the culmination of an extraordinary partnership between the Metropolitan and AXA, which donated the mural to the Museum and also serves as the exhibition’s sponsor.

“For this, we are tremendously grateful,” stated Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum. “The Metropolitan’s presentation of Benton’s great mural will shed new light on this visually and intellectually stimulating landmark in American art of the early 1930s, especially as the Museum will display the mural as the artist originally intended it to be seen. Positioning the mural’s new home in the context of the Metropolitan’s diverse collections, the exhibition also tells a unique story rooted in New York’s own cultural history.”

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Liesbeth Oudshoorn

Liesbeth Oudshoorn Paints Joyful Artwork

Her Paintings Are Inspired by Dreams and Nature

By Renée Phillips

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn

Liesbeth Oudshoorn creates brightly colored whimsical paintings that express her joie de vivre. She uses the name LbethO Art for her art business which she launched in 2010 with her husband.

The artist  who lives in Ossendrecht, the Netherlands,  has propelled her career into a dynamic international platform with exhibitions around the globe.

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Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, So Pleasant Playing with My Precious, acrylic on linen, 40” x 40”.

Creatures in Colorful  Compositions

In her exuberant paintings dogs, birds, giraffes, reptilian creatures and other non-human forms are personified in rhythmic fantasy landscapes. Their interactions and the titles of the paintings reveal their love for life and each other, and a panoply of other endearing attributes.

While some of her subjects are easily recognizable, Oudshoorn often portrays them in semi-abstract forms that tease the viewer into trying to interpret them. The pleasurable experience of viewing her imaginative images inspires personal exploration and discovery.  Her art is cherished by many collectors around the world.

Her art resembles the qualities of childlike spontaneity and surrealism of Joan Miró and Karel Appel, who were inspired by folk art, dreams and automatism.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, I Thought I Was in Paradise, diptych, acrylic on linen, 40” x 55”.

About Her Artistic Inspiration

“I dream my paintings, Oudshoorn explains. “Often I wake up at night with a vague image in my head. This is the beginning of a painting which forms itself in my head   while I lie awake.”

The artist also finds inspiration from nature.  “I live in the middle of a beautiful forest. During my daily walks I often see things that fits in one of the paintings in my mind: in a fallen tree I see a large insect, in a branch a large snail comes alive and in two trees that lean against each other I see a pair of giraffes making love. That is how I create my own imaginative, colorful animals.”

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, Come on Baby, Let’s Fly Away, acrylic on linen, 40” x 40”.

Her “Passion for Freedom” Series

As lighthearted as her paintings may appear, Oudshoorn demonstrates a sophisticated command of composition, texture and design, and serious contemplation while creating a variety of different themes.

For example, her most recent portfolio of paintings is titled “Passion for Freedom”.  She explains, the questions behind this new series include: “What is the meaning of freedom? Are wild animals free? Do animals know the concept of freedom? And when you play your part in life, but you don’t want this role anymore, when you need to hide behind a mask to be able to live, when you have to pretend?”.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn, Alive and Kicking, acrylic on linen, 31.5” x 24”.

International Exhibitions

Liesbeth Oudshoorn has had many exhibitions worldwide which include the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris, France; Galerie Arps & Co in Amsterdam;  Basel Art Fair in Miami, FL, United States; Rotterdam International Art Fair in Rotterdam; Berkhout International Art in Berkhout; and Fine Art Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

She has also had exhibitions in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, the U.K., Italy and Portugal, among other countries.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Do You Wanna Marry Me?, acrylic on linen, 31.5” x 40”.

Donations of Proceeds to Charities

Liesbeth Oudshoorn spreads a joyful and positive message through the  world with her art. She also donates a large part of her profits to charities that support her motto: “To contribute to improve the quality of life, both for people and for animals.”

Every year she creates Christmas cards and nearly 100% of the total revenues are given to several charities for children.

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Beatrice Doone-Merena

Bea Doone-Merena Creates Masterful Portraits

She Paints With Unwavering Passion and Boldness

By Renée Phillips

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena in her studio creating one of her large, bold portrait oil paintings.

Bea Doone-Merena  is an outstanding artist who has received many accolades as a realistic painter of portraits and figures. She has been creating art all her life, from the time she was selected to paint murals in grade school.

Her creative passion has never waned, even while she raised ten children, and she has always focused on achieving the highest artistic standards. She receives numerous commissions for her portrait paintings that capture the likeness and personality of her subjects. Her extraordinary paintings attracted many awards when she lived in Michigan and she continues to have a formidable art presence in Boca Raton, Florida, where she currently lives and exhibits her art.

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Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Vanity, oil on canvas, 50″ x 50″.

A Master of Renaissance Art Techniques

Doone-Merena has mastered the laborious and challenging Renaissance oil painting techniques. She enjoys all steps of the process — from preparing the canvas and the systematic underpainting, to using chiaroscuro modeling effects to give the illusion of depth, and the rich color palette and glazes  — that are required to produce her museum quality paintings.

She explains, “I let the great Masters of art history teach me their craft. In reproducing the finest art of the masters, I’ve found the best teachers who ever lived! I apply all these wonderful lessons to bring to life the human body, nature and commissioned portraits.”

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Vanessa Robar – Selfie, oil on canvas, 22” x 30”.

An Exuberant Contemporary Style

Doone-Merena brings her innate sensitivity and fondness for her subjects to her portrait paintings and imbues them with a powerful life force. Her current artistic direction combines her expertise in the painting techniques of the Masters with a lively contemporary sense of color and composition.

“Vanessa Robar – Selfie”, a vibrant portrait painting of the artist’s daughter, shown above, is a superb example of her flawless, bold and exuberant style.

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Khalan in Red, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.

Awards and Distinctions

Doone-Merena has received many awards that include First Place, Best in Show, and People’s Choice Awards from such outstanding organizations as: the Boca Museum Guild; Florida State Association National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW); and the Sugar Sand Park Juried Art Show; to name a few.

Her art work is in many private collections. Most recently she received the distinction of being commissioned to paint the portrait of Marilynn Wick, Founder, CEO and Executive Director of The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, in Boca Raton, FL.

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Above Me, oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″.

Many Exhibitions and Publications

Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at Lake Worth Museum of Art, in Lake Worth, FL; Oakland Community College, Oakland County, MI; Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, Palm Beach Cultural Council, West Palm Beach, FL; Schmidt Gallery at Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL; and Boca Museum Guild, Boca Museum, Boca Raton, FL.

She has been featured with her artwork in numerous publications including Sun Sentinel Newspaper and Palm Beach Post, both in the state of Florida.

Beatrice Doone-Merena
Beatrice Doone-Merena , Hair Brush, oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″.

An Active Leader in the Arts Community

Bea Doone-Merena has been an active artist and advocate and has served as a member of the Board of Directors in such prestigious art organizations as NLAPW; Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; Boca Raton Museum Guild; Women in Visual Arts Professional Artists Guild and Women in Art-Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

She has also received honors for her teaching and volunteer work in art organizations.

Visit Bea Doone-Merena’s website


Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp – The Artist Perceived As Having Killed Painting

The Inventor of The Ready-Made

By Alexandra Shaw

Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp with his Roue de bicyclette (Bicycle Wheel), one of his Ready Made works of art.

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a French-American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art.

The artist, who is generally perceived as the artist who killed painting, became famous for his new art concept of the ‘ready-made’, exemplified by such art works at Roue de bicyclette (shown above). By displacing a commonplace item from its functional context and designating it as art, Duchamp emphasizes its pervasiveness and makes a social comment at the same time.

By breaking away from his contemporaries he had a strong influence on American artists in Pop art including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and many others.

Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q, 1919. Private collection. © Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris 2014.

Poking Fun at Mass Production

His art work L.H.O.O.Q. the objet trouvé (“found object”) is a cheap postcard reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” onto which Duchamp drew a mustache and beard in pencil and appended the title. The name of the piece is a pun; the letters pronounced in French sound like “Elle a chaud au cul”, “She is hot in the arse”.

Duchamp is known for his nonsense and humorous approach to creating art. Although he began his experiments in the beginnings of an industrialized world, his method of poking fun at the disposable, mass-produced nature of society is just as relevant now as it ever was.

Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp, Nu descendant l’escalier n°2. Oil on canvas, 146 x 89 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950. © 2014 Photo The Philadelphia Museum of Art / ArtResource / Scala, Florence. © Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris 2014.

Marcel Duchamp Exhibition at The Centre Pompidou

Much has been said about his break with painting, highlighting the original psychological trauma caused by the rejection of his Nu descendant un escalier at the 1911 Salon des Indépendants by his Cubist friends and brothers, including Henri Matisse. They considered his art to be “retinal” art — intended only to please the eye.

The Centre Pompidou, in Paris, France, presents an outstanding  exhibition of 100 works of art by Marcel Duchamp through January 5, 2014. This exhibition takes viewers step-by-step through  the paintings and drawings that led Duchamp to create his masterpiece, known as Le Grand Verre, La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même (The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even [The Large Glass]) (see below), which was  declared unfinished by the artist in 1923. This work of art is considered one of modern art’s richest and most fascinating works and is the focal point of the exhibition.

The exhibition also reveals Duchamp’s pictorial studies, his Fauve period, and the influence of Symbolism on his art, as well as his Cubist explorations.

The artist’s original notes are also highlighted in addition to his interest in literature and words, as well as in the optical, physical and mechanical sciences.

To learn more about Duchamp’s upcoming exhibition visit The Centre Pompidou website:

Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) 1915-23, reconstruction by Richard Hamilton 1965-6, lower panel remade 1985 Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968. Presented by William N. Copley through the American Federation of Arts 1975

A Few Quotes by Marcel Duchamp

“I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.”

“I think that art is the only form of activity through which man shows himself to be a real individual. Through it alone, he can move beyond the animal stage because art opens onto regions dominated by neither time nor space.”

“…I have drawn people’s attention to the fact that art is a mirage. A mirage, just like the oasis that appears in the desert. It is very beautiful, until the moment when you die of thirst, obviously. But we do not die of thirst in the field of art. The mirage has substance.”

“The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I’ve noticed that most artists only repeat themselves.”


Elliot Appel

Elliot Appel Paints New York Cityscapes

He Captures The Character of Urban Life and Architecture

By Renée Phillips


New York artist Elliot Appel paints street scenes and storefronts of New York City that capture the mood, drama and intrinsic character that make this city unique. With a superb command of depicting his subject matter in his signature style of realism he transports the viewer immediately into the composition. His art engages our five senses and we find ourselves completely transfixed and enamored by a delicious cornucopia of colors, flavors and architectural details.

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Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel, Village People, acrylic on canvas 16″x20″.

Fascination with Film Noir

Appel has been fascinated by film since he was a child and has accomplished the feat of painting the dynamics of light and shadow. His ability to infuse his paintings with a film noir ambiance immediately conjures associations with the American artist Edward Hopper, who was also influenced by film. However, while Hopper created a world of loneliness, isolation and quiet anguish Appel’s paintings convey a hint of nostalgia with a more colorful and optimistic view of daily life.

The artist takes time and deliberation when selecting his much loved subjects. He states, “There are many sides to life in the city. Frenetic, fast-paced and intimidating as it may be, the city can also be a spiritual, quiet, place where one can find self-enrichment and renewal.”

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel, Eat Drink Relax, acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 14″.

He Preserves Architectural Details and Memories

In Appel’s images we discover iconic buildings, restaurant storefronts, graffiti-covered buildings, billboards, and many more often overlooked and unappreciated subjects. He demonstrates his keen eye for every nuance with utmost proficiency. He knows which elements that will draw the eye and which ones to soften and where to crop to leave plenty of room for our imagination.

The artist states, “I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories- the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.”

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel, No Parking, acrylic on canvas 12″x16″.

Awards, Exhibitions and Accolades

Appel has attracted and sustained a loyal community of collectors since he sold his first of many paintings when he was in his early twenties.

He has exhibited his work in many New York galleries and alternative venues in SoHo, as well as the renowned Lincoln Center in New York, NY, and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island. He consistently wins First Prize at the Conference House Art show in Staten Island, NY. He exhibits annually at the Snug Harbor show which is sponsored by the Staten Island Museum.

He is the recipient of several ‘Best in Show’ awards for his exhibitions with the Hudson Artists of NJ. He also served as president of this organization from 2012-13. He is also an award-winning artist in the 2014 Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” juried exhibition.

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel, West Side Diner, acrylic on canvas 16″x20″.

A View of Different Cultures

Elliot Appel brings a vast knowledge of different cultures to his art. He spent a year in Israel when he was college age and a few years traveling through Europe. His many visits to museums in Paris, Geneva, Florence, Milan, Venice, Rome and Athens in addition to his time in public squares, sketching the scenes around him, all laid the foundation for his inimitable style of painting for which he is admired and recognized.

While sharing his love for the city Elliot Appel offers the slice of life images of New York City for residents, visitors and armchair travelers alike.

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel, Quintessence, acrylic on canvas, 18″x14″.

He Enhances Our Appreciation

Through his art Appel wishes to slow down the fast tempo of current day living so we may enjoy our surroundings with greater appreciation. He explains, “All too often, people may find themselves rushing from place to place without noticing the beauty, history, diversity and culture that surrounds them. They may not have an opportunity to appreciate the street performer, the antiquated storefront, the interesting window reflection — things things that contribute to making urban living worthwhile and enriching.”

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Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Barbara Kemp Cowlin Paints Water Reflections and Nooks and Crannies

She Captures The Inner Glow of Often Overlooked Places

By Renée Phillips

Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Barbara Kemp Cowlin is a full-time artist who lives in Oracle, Arizona. The subjects of her paintings range from natural bodies of water to architectural environments that often include figures.  Her ethereal paintings immediately deliver a peaceful calming effect on the viewer where time seems to stand still. The powerful soothing impact of her art has attracted many private and corporate collectors including healthcare and educational institutions.

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Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, A Shift in Light, acrylic on panel, 30” x 30”. From her Water Reflections series.

A Master of Capturing Light and Luminosity

The artist is a master at capturing a myriad degrees of light reflection that may conjure associations with Monet’s paintings, however her approach is more realistic. Her palette is soft and harmonious and includes dynamic contrasts complemented by carefully executed compositions.  She conveys subtle shifts in natural movement and imbues her art with an evanescent atmospheric quality.

The artist explains, “I work in layers of glazes, gradually building luminosity and adding details until the painting feels complete.”

Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Passageway, acrylic on panel, 24” x 24”. From her Water Reflections series.

She Tells a Story with an Air of Mystery

Her two primary bodies of work consist of “Water Reflections” — paintings inspired by the interactions of natural objects and water and “Nooks and Crannies” — overlooked indoor and outdoor spaces in public places. Her images linger in our minds long after our encounter, an experience similar to hearing a spellbinding  symphony.

As the artist explains, “I am most inspired by spaces with an air of mystery, a sense that there is a story to be told. Turning a corner and seeing a vision that is as beautiful as it is unexpected takes my breath away. I want my viewers to experience this.”

Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Water Shimmer, acrylic painting on panel 30″x30″. From her Water Reflections series.

She Inspires Us to Appreciate Our Surroundings

Barbara Kemp Cowlin states, “I paint inconspicuous places in public spaces both inside and outside. Sometimes these are architectural and sometimes they are natural images. Although overlooked by most, these special places have an inner glow, a strange and ethereal quality that I am moved to express in my work.”

The sense of mystery we discover in her paintings ignite our own interpretation.  She explains, “The meaning may be loneliness and alienation, or perhaps joy at a snippet of overlooked beauty. I hope that my work will have an impact on the viewers’ perception of and appreciation for his/her surroundings.”

Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Ode to Fibanocci , acrylic on panel, 24” x 24”. From her Nooks and Crannies series.

Important Collections

Kemp Cowlin’s art work is in many private and public collections worldwide including: the City of Phoenix Arts Collection; the University of Arizona Special Collections; Providence Medical Center;  First Bancorp Headquarters; and Baylor University Medical Center; to name a few.

Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Barbara Kemp Cowlin, A Still Point, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 42”. From her Nooks and Crannies series.

Numerous Exhibitions

Her many one-person exhibitions in Arizona include: Agua Caliente Ranch Park Gallery; Rancho Linda Vista Gallery; and Willo North Gallery. Her many two-person and group shows throughout the U.S. include:  Sky Harbor Airport; Tucson International Airport; Casa Grande Art Museum; and the Arizona Gallery at the University of Arizona; among others. Her artwork has also been shown at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia.

She received her BFA in Printmaking and a Masters degree in Community College Education with a major in Printmaking. She presents workshops from her studio which is adjacent to her home.

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Cheryl SunRidge

Why Do Artists Create Art?

7 Artists Share Their Inspiration

When choosing art to bring into our homes or offices it is often illuminating to know what compelled the artists to create it. What do they strive to communicate to us?

The answers we receive may add enormous pleasure to our viewing experience. For some artists it is equally important that their art provide a transformative experience for their viewer as well as for themselves.

These special artists have been curated into the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program. It is an honor to present them to you. Click on their names to see more of their art work and learn more about them.

Header image: Painting by Cherilyn SunRidge

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Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Surprised Survival/Ablutions, each piece available individually. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet prints on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

Susanne Buckler

“The images (in the ‘Survival Series’) capture me and the disease at discrete moments but they have been modified by my aesthetic process and by machines much like my own body. It is my aspiration that these personal images can be a shared healing for myself and for others.”

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Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn SunRidge, Deer Tracks Beckon, acrylic, 30″ x 30″ x 1.5″

Cherilyn SunRidge

“We must each hold a personal sacred hoop in our hearts, and we must each cultivate our Light-filled relationships in any arenas which beckon us. We must live like we matter, and my nature-spirit-art is a daily reminder of that.”

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John Anderson
John Anderson, Edges, digital art on aluminum, 60” x 40”.

John Anderson

“My work (‘Visual Alchemy’) is not timid. My art literally bursts forth in an explosive energy that leaves much room for interpretation. Though I title my work, I always hope each viewer will see the work, not through my eyes, but through his or her own. The unity of my work is found in my own emotional feelings and thoughts that flow through the work like a thread through a tapestry.”

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Marnie J. Blum
Marnie J. Blum, A Tale of My Own Making, mixed media: acrylic, ink, paper, images, marker on canvas, 20″ x 20″

Marnie J. Blum

“Inspired by the human experience, my work is a close encounter with one’s innermost voice: our deepest desire for connection, the reality of separation, and the undying hope of our spirit. I am driven by a need to make sense of this inner monologue.”

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Elaine Hunter Photographic Art
Elaine Hunter, Golden Moon, photographic manipulation.

Elaine Hunter

“My goal is to uplift, inspire and support you on your journey through life. I wish to excite you as you gaze upon the images of Nature that I create. I feel that I am revealing the soul of Nature, and hope that you too, experience the love that I have in my heart for the world around me.”

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Keith Morant
Keith Morant, Music Of The Spheres, mixed media in canvas 36” x 36”

Keith Morant

“My art is always a journey of discovery into the essence of being. It is an effort to externalise the truth of my own existence on as many levels as possible and communicate a greater awareness of the quality of life. It is an attempt to generate enquiry into the greater spheres of understanding which lie beyond conventionalised intellection.”

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Ren Crawford
Ren Crawford, River Rises, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

Ren Crawford

“I feel that when I paint I bring happiness, balance and joy to my own life and that it speaks to others in the same way. I am proud that my art is included in many healing art collections so that it can reach many people who need it most.”

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Eric Maisel

New Book by Eric Maisel: Life Purpose Boot Camp

A Life-Changing 8-Week Program

By Renée Phillips

Eric Maisel, PhD, is a renowned licensed psychotherapist and regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach.

In addition to working with clients as a creativity coach he also trains creativity coaches, and provides core trainings for the Creativity Coaching Association. He leads workshops nationally and internationally.

He is the author of more than 40 books on a wide variety of subjects, from the challenges of living the creative life, to natural psychology, and the new psychology of meaning. A few of his widely acclaimed books include Mastering Creative Anxiety, Brainstorm, and Coaching the Artist Within.

Life Purpose Boot Camp

About Life Purpose Boot Camp

Thanks to Eric Maisel and his newest book Life Purpose Boot Camp: The 8-Week Breakthrough Plan for Creating a Meaningful Life, published by New World Library, readers have the benefit of receiving his wise counsel to potentially transform their lives. That’s of course, if they are ready and willing to follow his sage advice and do the work provided in his program.

Eric Maisel takes us through an 8 week life-changing, empowering experience. In my professional opinion, this may be the best gift you give yourself to insure that 2015 is your best year ever. I also encourage you to buy several copies and gift them to your loved ones and friends so you can share the journey with them.

As the title of the book implies it is a  wake up call that requires discipline. Maisel reminds us if we are seeking meaning in our lives we need to step up to the assignment of adopting certain ideas and engaging in specific practices.

The notion of using a boot camp mentality to attain our potential is genius. It makes so much sense and prepares the reader for the best proactive, no nonsense frame of reference.

Imagine what you will discover and explore in such chapters as “Creating Your Menu of Meaning Opportunities”; “Naming Your Life Purposes”; and “Creating Your Life Purpose Icon and Mantra.”

Why Did Eric Maisel Write This Book?

Unquestionably,  there are a lot of books about life purpose, however Life Purpose Boot Camp is different.  Eric Maisel shares his reasons for writing this book:.

“Most traditional books on life purpose argue that life purpose is a kind of alignment with the universe. You discern what the universe wants from you—that information passed to you via books like the bible, via gurus or experts, via meditation practices, spirit quests or desert treks, via preachers and their sermons—and then you align yourself with that wisdom and knowledge. Life purpose is seen as something you must seek out and, if you are lucky, find. This is our long-standing vision of life purpose and connects to all sorts of religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions.

“It is time to change our mind about this and make the profound paradigm shift from seeking meaning to making meaning. If you believe in ideas like evolution and if you have a secular orientation, then it follows that there is no life purpose to find because the universe has zero life purposes in mind for you.

“Nature is not interested in offering you life purposes or in commenting on your life purposes. Rather, life purposes are decisions you make about what you value, what feels meaningful to you, what principles you want to uphold, how you want to represent yourself in life, and how you want to make yourself proud by your efforts and your actions.

“Life Purpose Boot Camp presents a systematic program for doing exactly that: identifying your life purposes, articulating your life purposes, and making plans for holding your life purposes ‘close’ so that you actually get to them on a daily basis. Growing up, you never learned these ideas, skills, or strategies: skills like writing life purpose statements, creating your life purpose icon, starting your day with a morning meaning check-in, and so on.”

“Creative Folks Have Special Problems”

Eric Maisel has devoted his career to helping creative people. He knows what triggers our fears and anxieties. In this book he provides a series of questions to awaken the truth and help us deal with our circumstances.  He helps us see what may be currently hidden from our view. He shows us how to upgrade our personalities. He motivates us to take positive action to achieve long term benefits.

Maisel states, “… creative folks have special problems with life purpose for the following two reasons, among many others:

“It is hard to succeed in the arts, so while you may feel like you are following your life purpose by performing or creating you are likely thwarted at every turn and may end up in unfulfilled day jobs, in arduous second careers engaged in to support your creative life, and so on. The challenging nature of the creative life makes it hard to sustain the effort of holding creating or performing as a primary life purpose.

“Creatives tend to put all of their meaning and all of their life purpose into their creative pursuits and end up taking too few other meaning opportunities and pursuing too few other life purposes—for instance missing out on love, intimacy and relationships. It is fine to have a primary life purpose like creating but we really need multiple life purposes, not a single life purpose.”

In Life Purpose Boot Camp Eric Maisel shows us how to identify our multiple life purposes and manage them with the right tools. This book may revolutionize the manner in which you advance through life and achieve your goals.  I encourage you to step up to the Life Purpose Boot Camp challenge and reap the benefits!

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ACA Galleries

ACA Galleries Presents Peter Blume Exhibition

A Modernist Artist With A Complex Mix of Influences and Involvement With Metaphysical Experimentation

ACA Galleries
, a gallery in New York, NY, has announced the exhibition, “Peter Blume” (1906-1992), on view November 6, 2014 through January 31, 2015. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and sculpture from the artist’s estate.

Concurrent with the ACA Galleries exhibition is the first Peter Blume retrospective since 1976, “Nature and Metamorphosis”, organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia (November 14, 2014 – April 5, 2015). This exhibition will travel to the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT (June 27 – September 20, 2015). A catalogue will be available.

Peter Blume
Peter Blume, Still Life with Satyr and Paint Brushes, Oil on canvas, 32 x 16 in.

Transcending Modernist Conventions

Peter Blume’s modernism embodies the clashing contradictions of the 20th Century: abstract complexities with nostalgia for a simpler past; the rush of urban living with the yearning for a lost pastoral life; the cold reality of politics with the quest for spiritual meaning in a world ravaged by two world wars and a ruinous economic depression.

By embracing the irreconcilable, Blume transcends Modernist art’s conventional aspirations to re-define order in a chaotic world. His oeuvre is metamorphosis itself, a realm where paradox rules. Within that clash Blume found profound meaning and sublime beauty.

Bume’s deep knowledge of art history holds these disparate elements together. We see the elegance of Renaissance rendering, the balance and figurative perfection of Classical antiquity, the rule-breaking energy of Modernism, and the spontaneity of folk art. The latter reflects his Russian Jewish roots and his embrace of the culture of his adopted land, America.

Peter Blume
Peter Blume, Studio Table Study, 1967-69, Oil on board, 6 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.

Involvement With Automatism

Together with his understanding of the emotional properties of color, the structural backbone of architecture, and the physicality of sculpture, Blume was able to corral these elements into a surreal narrative.

Adding richness to Blume’s already complex mix of influences was his involvement with metaphysical experimentation. His interest in Automatism and “automatic writing” found its way into his preliminary studies for paintings and his works on paper in particular, where he allowed his hand to move spontaneously across a surface.

The results are dynamic works of flowing lines and exciting shapes existing in metaphysical tension, where the physical facts of the world meet the whispered secrets of the mind and spirit.

Peter Blume
Peter Blume, Study for Boulders of Avila, 1971-75, Oil on canvas, 49 x 73 in

Critical Acclaim and Museum Representation

In a life that spanned nearly the entirety of the 20th Century, Blume’s art recorded not the dry facts of that century but the soul of it, its struggles against incomprehensible violence, and its triumphs of survival over man-made madness. This achievement won Blume critical acclaim throughout his career, winning a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Carnegie International Prize in the 1930s.

His work is represented in major public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Smithsonian Institution of American Art in D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

ACA Galleries
Peter Blume, Study for Boulders of Avila, 1975, Oil on canvas, 22 x 38 in.

About ACA Galleries

Founded in 1932, the American Contemporary Art Galleries are dedicated to representing and exhibiting prominent Contemporary & Modern artists. It is located at 529 West 20th Street in New York’s Chelsea district, New York, NY.

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Matti Sirvio

Matti Sirvio Expresses A Colorful Universal Language

His Art Creates A View Beyond Time

By Renée Phillips

Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio in his studio.

Matti Sirvio was born in Sotkamo, Finland and currently lives in  Muscat, Oman. He has lived in Sweden, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and more recently in Istanbul, Turkey. He has  also exhibited in many countries around the world.

The artist is fluent in many languages, including his native Finnish, plus English, German, Russian, Turkish, and Hungarian, and is currently adding Arabic to the list.

He brings a universal language to his art that engages viewers immediately and transcends geographical and cultural boundaries.  As the artist states, “I want people to see the unseen world through my art, a view beyond time into eternity.”

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Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio, Russian Spring, oil on canvas, 59″ x 47″.

Spontaneity and Discovery

Created in the style of  Semi-Abstract Expressionism,  Sirvio’s bold paintings are immersive in scale and infused with dynamic  expansion and depth.

His inimitable style exudes an effortless, fluid spontaneity while his compositions reflect a sophisticated juxtaposition of forms, colors and textures.  The artist integrates ebullient colors in varying chromatic and tonal ranges.

These attributes permeate his canvases with contrast, balance and harmony.  Most importantly, they us on visual and visceral journeys that ignite our innate quest for discovery.

Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio, Heaven And Earth In Me, oil on canvas, 59″ x 59″.

Imaginative Use of Symbols

Sirvio asserts an active imagination and incorporates symbols into his art. These symbols arise from influences from rural Finland, where he lived as a child, to his current adventures in Muscat, Oman.

“I see symbols all around me as I move through life. Are they ordinary things? Or can we look together beyond the facade of everyday life and physical existence and see more deeply—the picture beyond the picture? Do you see a vacant cube? Or a gift–a box full of kisses?”

Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio, Angels on Their Way to Syria, oil on canvas, 47″ x 47″.

Reflection and Hope

It is apparent the artist’s world view is all encompassing, inclusive of all sides of humanity, and yet there is a sense of euphoric possibility throughout his works. “Angels on Their Way to Syria”, for example,  opens a dialogue for personal interpretation and profound reflection.

Sirvio states, “When completed, I believe my paintings are hopeful. I encourage people to look, ask questions, and find answers.”

Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio, Morning in Kyrgyzstan, oil on canvas, 39″ x 47″.

International Exhibitions

Matti Sirvio has a long list of solo exhibitions and public art events, such as Art Takes Manhattan and the Izmir Art Biennial.

The artist and his art work have traveled to many part of the world — from China through the Mediterranean, Egypt, and Morocco, as well as the United States and Canada.

He has been a guest lecturer at the National Fine Arts College and the University of Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat Oman.

Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, oil on canvas, 59″ x 59″.

Humanitarian Work

There was a time in Sirvio’s life that he became disillusioned by the art world. For two decades he dedicated himself to humanitarian church work in Sweden and Hungary and among the Turkic nations in the former Soviet Union.

After the long hiatus, upon moving to Istanbul, Turkey in 2006, he was inspired to paint again.

Fortunately, for art enthusiasts yearning for an enlightened visual experience, Matti Sirvio has been painting ever since.

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Lola Lonli

Lola Lonli Creates Dramatic Energetic Paintings

An Artist Influenced by Cosmism, Music and Dreams

By Renée Phillips

Lola Lonli
Lola Lonli

Lola Lonli is an artist from Moscow, Russia who creates mesmerizing  and melodic works of art in the style of Cosmism.

Positive messages, rhythmic, swirling patterns, intense colors, and bold design characterize her works of art. She combines unique and skillful painting, drawing and mixed media techniques with egg tempera and florescent pigment.

Lonli’s award-winning art work is in  private collections world wide and also museum collections. She has had more than 100 exhibitions that include many juried competitions.

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Lola Lonli
Lola Lonli, Someone’s Footprint on the Universe’s Face, egg tempera and fluorescent pigments on canvas, 27-1/2″ x 27-1/2″.

Influenced by Cosmism

Since childhood Lonli has followed her curiosity about the internal energy fields of the universe. Her art reflects aspects of Cosmism, a philosophical and cultural movement that emerged in Russia in the early 20th century. The artist explains, “For me, the main aspect of Cosmism is the interconnection of every person with the Universe’s spirit, energy and evolution.”

Her paintings have been included in the catalogue “Russian Cosmists of XX-XXI Centuries” published by International Centre of Roerichs.

Lola Lonli
Lola Lonli, Invisible Life. Love, egg tempera and fluorescent pigments on canvas, 43-1/2″ x 35-1/2″.

Unique Alteration of Colors and Moods

The self-taught artist learned to draw at a young age while observing nature and the art of master artists and quickly became skilled in using India ink, watercolor, and oil paints. She also is adept in using egg tempera for her paintings, which is very long lasting medium. She also adds essential oils to her paints.

Lonli paints with fluorescent pigments which change in color when viewed in different lighting conditions. This unique process dramatically alters the viewing experience and mood of each painting. On her website she provides examples of how the same paintings appear in normal lighting as well as with black lights.

Her kaleidoscopic swirling patterns conjure up associations with the “Psychedelic Art” movement of the late 1960’s counterculture.

Lola Lonli
Lola Lonli, Maytreya’s Crystal, egg tempera and fluorescent pigments on canvas, 31-1/2″ x 23-1/2″.

Inspired by Music and Deep Concentration

Music has always been of great importance for the artist who enjoys a versatile range – from Jazz, blues and classical.

Lonli states, “I have not worked out a single painting without listening to music. It helps me to achieve creative meditation; so I choose the music according to subject and energetic content of the particular painting.”

Her inspirational art works come to fruition when she is in deep concentration. The art seems to automatically flow through her onto the canvas. She states, “I take subjects for my paintings from ancient legends, real life and my dreams. ”

Lola Lonli
Lola Lonli, Armageddon. Thinking Movement, egg tempera and fluorescent pigments on canvas, 23-1/2″ x 35-1/2″.

Exhibitions, Honors and Awards

Lola Lonli’s artwork is included in many private collections and museums throughout the world including Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia; V. V. Vereshchagin Mykolaiv Art Museum, Mykolaiv, Ukraine; and Simferopol Art Museum, Simferopol, Crimea.

She has had more than 100 exhibitions since 1993,  including the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Bedford, PA;  and Gallery 25N, in Fishkill, NY.

The Light Space & Time Online Gallery gave her two Special Recognition awards in their exhibitions. She received a Certificate of Honor at the 9th Art Contest by Artavita and was Awarded Best of Show in the Dreams Art Competition sponsored by Focus Point Shape International Online Art Gallery.

She was chosen as a finalist of the Em*bodied Art online competition presented by ArtScene Today, in New York, NY.  She was also selected as a winner of the Traditions juried exhibition presented by Linus Art Galleries, located in California.

Lola Lonli
Lola Lonli, Miles. Aura. Into Creation, egg tempera and fluorescent pigments on canvas, 27-1/2″ x 27-1/2″.


Lola Lonli has been a member of the International Federation of Artists and Federation of Artists of Moscow region, section of graphic arts since 1996. She is a member of the Executive Committee of International Association “Universal Day of Culture” and the Director of the art-studio “The World’s Treasure”.

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Victoria Pendragon, collage, 12" x 12".

Victoria Pendragon One-Person Exhibition to Raise Awareness

“Witness, A Visual Exploration of the Ramifications of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Incest”

“Witness: A Visual Exploration of the Ramifications of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Incest” is an important exhibition of 18 collages, based on the life experience of artist and writer, Victoria Pendragon, BFA, DD.

The exhibition will premiere at Locality Gallery, on October 10, 2014, from 7-9 PM. The highlight of the evening will be an opening talk presented by Victoria Pendragon. The exhibition will run through November 21, 2014. The Locality Gallery is located at 142 East Pitt Street,  in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

The exhibition then opens at Shenandoah Arts Council Gallery, 811 S. Loudon Street, in Winchester VA on January 11, 2015.

Victoria Pendragon
Victoria Pendragon, The Way Out is the Way, collage, 12″ x 12″

About This Important Exhibition

This not-for-profit event is designed to raise consciousness about the subject of childhood sexual abuse and incest and to help banish shame.

The collages are accompanied by text panels that provide interpretation for a visual journey which begins by introducing the major players – parents and grandparents – in the story, providing background for events that are alluded to by the artworks, events that are mentioned in the text panels but never visually depicted as the art itself. They are designed to evoke feeling senses, emotional responses to the unseen abuses, thus paralleling Victoria’s original journey which was rooted in denial and repression.

Victoria Pendragon
Victoria Pendragon, Well Begun is Half Done, collage, 12″ x 12″

Open Sharing and Services for Victims

Artwork and text panels work in conjunction and function in a way that is not dissimilar to a graphic novel. The goal of the show is a candid and open sharing of a subject that is usually kept – like the acts themselves – hidden in order to lay a foundation for viewers who may have been similarly affected to feel more secure about speaking what is their truth.

Trained counselors from nearby Your Safe Haven will be available in a nearby yoga studio for those needing to speak with someone about their emotional responses to the show.

Your Safe Haven Victim Services Program in Bedford County, serves victims of sexual assault and provides victim/witness services to all crime victims including, sexual assault and incest.

Statement from Victoria Pendragon

Victoria Pendragon
Victoria Pendragon

I come from a background of wealth, higher education and extreme sexual abuse. My entire adult life has been a journey towards wholeness.

In 1988 and through 1989 I experienced the crippling of my whole body and the hardening of my internal organs due to progressive systemic sclerosis. Art – and pretty much everything else – stopped for me as I embarked on an adventure that would first save and then change my life. My highly unlikely recovery led me towards work where I could be of assistance to others and I practiced hands-on healing for about 15 years. Art and writing, except for my own therapeutic uses, took a back seat for many years.

I have, in the past four years, participated in over a dozen juried art shows, authored two self-help books and am about to experience my second one- woman art show. I can dance like a maniac; I have a wonderful husband, and two amazing offspring.

About Victoria Pendragon’s Books

Victoria Pendragon
Book by Victoria Pendragon

Victoria Pendragon’s book Sleep Magic, Surrendering to Success is about emotional cellular reprogramming, based on her most usual healing from scleroderma. It was published by Ozark Mountain Publishing in 2012.

The book is available at Amazon as a paperback or for Kindle or may be ordered from Red Wheel Weiser.

Victoria Pendragon’s next book, Feng Shui From The Inside Out, is scheduled to be published in 2015.

Victoria Pendragon also offers mentoring for what she calls Spoon Fed Sleep Magic.

Additional Information

Michael Corle is the Gallery Director of Locality Gallery. The Gallery telephone: 814.623.5020

The works in this show are not for sale. However inquiries from appropriate venues for future exhibitions will be welcomed.

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Elinore Bucholtz

Elinore Bucholtz Exhibition “Enjoying Abstraction”

A One-Person Exhibition at Riverside Public Library, New York, NY

Elinore Bucholtz creates extraordinary abstract paintings that have been recognized  as “breaking down the barriers between the physical and the ethereal”,  offering “a cosmic, dreamy experience.”

Her one-person exhibition titled “Enjoying Abstraction” will feature approximately 15 paintings during the month of October 31, 2014, at Riverside Public Library. It is located on the Northeast corner of 65 Street and Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, October 25, between 1pm and 4pm.

Elinore Bucholtz
Elinore Bucholtz, breakthru, acrylic, 24″ x 36″.

Collections and Previous Exhibitions

Her dynamic and expressive paintings are in many private collections throughout the U.S. and in the U.K.  It is also in the permanent collections of Andrews Fine Art Museum, NC;  Schacknow Museum of Fine Art, FL; Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, NV; University of California, Los Angeles; and Adelphi College; to name a few.

She has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions which include those with such distinguished organizations in New York, NY as Taller Boricua Gallery, West Side Arts Coalition, Women In the Arts,  Metropolitan Artists,  The Salmagundi Club, and American Society of Contemporary Artists, among others.

Elinore Bucholtz
Elinore Bucholtz, from many, one, acrylic, 48″ x 72″.

Positive Reviews

Bucholtz’s abstract art is loose and free flowing and has been described as “intuitive”, ” spontaneous”, creating  a sense of “limitless space”.

One reviewer claimed, “Bucholtz …boldly carries the torch of Abstract Expressionism into the postmodern era by virtue of her energetic paint handling and unerring sense of form and color.”

The artist states, “My work easily falls under the general rubric of Abstract Expressionism. However, it moves on from that approach to a more lyrical style with an innovative use of very informal strokes, incomplete forms, unusual arrangements, and ‘accidentals’, gestures that seem to fall where they may, to create a more serendipitous experience for the viewer.”

Elinore Bucholtz
Elinore Bucholtz, out of  the blue, acrylic, 48″ x 60″.

More About Elinore Bucholtz

Elinore Bucholtz has a multi-cultural background that infuses her art with a vibrant synergy and personal expression. She was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel and came to New York as an infant. She lived in Arizona and  California, where she finished her education, before returning to New York.

The artist credits her development in painting in the abstract style to her studies at the Art Students League , in New York, NY,  particularly her well-known artist and instructor Frank O’Cain, whose unusual style is derived from an elaborate study of fifteenth-century art techniques.

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National Academy Museum

The National Academy Museum Presents Beyond The Classical

Artistic Links Between Past, Present and Future

The National Academy Museum presents Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time, which explores the ways in which artists have referenced classical themes such as history, mythology, allegory and idealism over the course of 200 years.

Beyond the Classical is conceived as an investigation of past and present. Whether rejecting or responding to the Classical, artists are conditioned and influenced by its framework. From this point of view, classicism is present in virtually every age, culture and civilization.

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The Bounty KillArt, Aloha al Sudore, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Polimenco de Fiacca.

A Range of Artists

The exhibition, which runs from October 2, 2014 – January 11, 2015, features 19th- and 20th-century works from the Academy’s permanent collection. The exhibition is curated by Maurizio Pellegrin, Filippo Fossati and Diana Thompson.

It includes works by Edwin Blashfield, Asher B. Durand, George Lober and Maxfield Parrish, alongside works on loan by major modern and contemporary artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Cy Twombly, Susana Solano and Mickalene Thomas, to reveal a variety of classical and “anti-classical” perspectives.

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Anselm Kiefer, Dem Unbekannten Maler, 1980. courtesy of the artist and Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY

Classicism is Present in Every Age

“Beyond the Classical demonstrates how classicism has been understood and expressed by artists for centuries, and the ways in which their response to classicism and classical subjects still resonates in the cultural dialogue,” says Maurizio Pellegrin, the National Academy’s Creative Director and the show’s co-curator. ”

Pellegrin adds, “A show such as this one, which creates a dialogue around the undeniable links between past, present and future, honors the spirit of the National Academy with its historic connection to the Hudson River School and its current embrace of a range of contemporary artistic practices.”

National Academy Museum
Titus Kaphar, Sacrifice, 2011. courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

About The National Academy

Founded in 1825, the National Academy is the only institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school and association of artists and architects dedicated to creating and preserving a living history of American art and architecture.

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Cheryl SunRidge

Cherilyn SunRidge Creates “Nature Spirit Art”

Her Healing Paintings Reconnect Us To Our Source

By Renée Phillips

Cherilyn Sunridge
Cherilyn SunRidge
is an artist  whose vision is “to help mend the split of our souls from our spiritual source.” She explains, “For me, this is attending and tending to an earthly walk of acknowledgement and gratitude.

She brings a multidimensional artistic vision, philosophy, energy studies, and travels to her unique paintings. Her lineage is Swedish, Irish, and Comanche. She has worked in southeast Alaska, lived in the Rocky Mountains, and traveled from the Midwest to the western coast. She currently lives in Oregon City, Oregon, and has exhibited her art extensively in that state as well as in New Mexico and Colorado.

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Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn SunRidge, Deer Tracks Beckon, acrylic, 30″ x 30″ x 1.5″

Energy Training and Earth Exploration

Her art is imbued with her extensive training in energy studies including yoga, sacred dance and bodywork, body energy systems, sensory re-patterning, non-culturally-specific shamanic spiritual healing as well as decades of geologic fieldwork in the remote wilderness.

She explains her visual themes encompass “personal mythology, abstractions of ‘images of exploration,’ delightful spirits-of-place, and the quest to see and feel and portray the energy of the land and world.”

Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn Sunridge, Blue Mesa Bridge, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″ x 1.5″.

Circular Forms and Their Symbolic Meanings

Cherilyn SunRidge’s art connects us to the earth through the use of her gentle palette and metaphorical forms that suggest the elements of nature as well as the vistas beyond our senses.

Her spherical shapes that suggest pods, seeds and portals to other realms evoke primordial symbols of life and rebirth.  Her rhythmic vistas are invigorated with continuous movement and an affirmation of limitless potentiality.

She provides viewers with the catalysts to comprehend a higher level of consciousness and discovery, and her poetic titles open the dialogue, such as “From Where Comes Seed” and “Seven Steps to Heaven”.

Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn SunRidge, First Innocence, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 30″ x 1.5″.

The Sacred Hoop Mandala

The paintings that appear on this website are from her “Current Hoops” series. Her intention is to suggest the idea of the native medicine hoop, the sacred hoop mandala as observed throughout different cultures. However, her art presents it within a contemporary context and purposeful “non-culturally specific ways.”

Her message is profound yet universal: “That we must each hold a personal sacred hoop in our hearts, and we must each cultivate our Light-filled relationships in any arenas which beckon us. We must live like we matter, and my nature-spirit-art is a daily reminder of that.”

Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn SunRidge, From Where Comes Seed, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″ x 1/5″.

Praise From Collectors

Patrons who have acquired her work have commented that they receive a gift of joy, peace and balance and a reminder to live a stable spiritual life.

One of her collectors remarked, “…You really move with stylized organics, depicting something organic but the abstract element is a direct part of the organic, not just next door. This is a celebration! You’ve created another superb canvas, and I feel like I have been ‘chosen’ to hold something precious, as I gather up all this outrageously awesome art! Quite an honor.”

Cherilyn SunRidge
Cherilyn SunRidge, Seven Steps To Heaven, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 16″ x 1/5″.

Exhibitions and Awards

Cherilyn SunRidge shows throughout the greater Portland, Oregon region at juried festivals and galleries. Her work has been juried into shows at Art on Broadway, Grapevine Graphics, Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery, Open Studio tours, Portland’s Trinity Cathedral, and Art-In-Public-Spaces programs.

She is currently showing “Large Works” at Soham Yoga LLC, in Oregon City, Oregon, through December, 2014 and is in a group exhibition at Grapevine Graphics through mid October, 2014.

She received the First Place Juror’s Choice award at The Mary Show in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her art and poetry have been published in her book “Nothing Is As It Was: Every Day is Remarkable and Remakable,”  published by Balboa Press. It won a National INDIE Excellence Award and received national recognition in the Self-Help / Motivational category.

Visit Cherilyn SunRidge’s website at


Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff Exhibition at Garrison Art Center

An Exhibition of Prints by Judy Pfaff During Printmaking Festival

Judy Pfaff will have a one-person exhibition in The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center, 23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, New York. The show opens October 11 and runs through November 9, 2014. There will be a reception on October 11, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Pfaff’s exhibition of prints in The Riverside Galleries follows fittingly on Garrison Art Center’s Steamroller Printmaking Festival at which artists — along with an enthusiastic community of toddlers to seniors — will create colossal wood blocks printed by a giant steamroller on the pavement in front of the Art Center. Both the exhibition and the festival are celebrations of printmaking and of the 50th Anniversary of Garrison Art Center.

This exhibition runs concurrently with two more exhibitions of Pfaff’s art in Chelsea at Pavel Zoubok Gallery and Loretta Howard Gallery both on West 26 Street, New York, NY.

Judy Pfaff
Judy Pfaff, Rosie’s Bed, 2009, 91” x 91” x 6” Cut, burnt & perforated bond and Crown Kozo paper, joss paper, sheet music, silk & paper flowers, honey comb packaging material, wire, fishing line, coffee filters, ink, kite parts. Courtesy of Judy Pfaff, photographer Rob Van Erve

Establishing Presence as An Installation Artist in 70’s

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). In the early 1970s Pfaff established her place in American art as an installation artist. Her installation work fills space with disparate objects that seem to spring from the walls and floors like a big bang, and then as if by magic freeze as a beautifully organized chaos that at once provokes and enchants viewers.

During Pfaff’s long career these big bangs have existed alongside her other seemingly very different creations, such as the mixed media woodcut prints that will be included in her exhibition in Garrison, New York. In these works objects collide on paper and are surprisingly like a steamrolled version of her installations–a sort of reverse bang.

Her Steadfast Independence

With a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis, and an MFA from Yale, Pfaff was well prepared for these four decades she has spent teaching thousands of students of art which makes her prolific career as a working artist even more of a cosmic wonder.

Additionally, in the art world of recent decades in which the paradigm has been that artists who do one thing are legitimized over those who do it all, Pfaff clearly bucked that notion. Pfaff’s steadfast independence, be it intentional or not, may be one of the reasons that her name does not appear on lists of Post-Minimalist artists.

And according to art critic Roberta Smith, “Ms. Pfaff’s liberated decorative sense may have kept her from being considered the late Post-Minimalist that she is. If the Minimalists revealed space in all its static grandeur and the Post-Minimalists messed with it beyond belief, she has more than carried on.” (Art in Review, October, 2010.)

Numerous Awards

Although Pfaff’s work refuses to fit neatly into an art movement, she has received numerous fellowships and awards including the coveted genius award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and is one of the artists featured in the acclaimed documentary produced by PBS Series “Art 21” (2007.) Her work is in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

For more information on this and other programs visit Garrison Art Center’s website

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing, P.O. Box 4
Garrison, NY 10524

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