Welcome to the Manhattan Arts International HERStory 2017 Art Exhibition which features 63 Award of Excellence winners. The talent in this exhibition is extraordinary, expressed in the artists’ artwork and their accompanying artists’ statements. I encourage you to visit the artists’ websites where you can view their entire portfolios. Please contact them directly to purchase and/or exhibit their artwork.
We received more than 1,000 jpeg entries from more than 300 women artists around the world. The exceptional quality of the entries made this an extremely challenging selection process. I hope you visit this page often, share it with others, and write a comment. ~ Renée Phillips, curator of “HERStory 2017”, founder/director of Manhattan Arts International
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Every picture is a story. As I draw her, she reveals herself to me, all her vulnerabilities and all her strengths. My goal is to draw girls and women of today in the style of classic storytelling paintings. In both my colored pencil technique and the content of the picture-story, it is Now told as stories were painted Then. www.LisArts.com
Lis Zadravec is also the winner of the Manhattan Arts International First Place Cash Award. Visit this page for details.
Color and light, are qualities that attract my attention in daily life. These are also the qualities that I endeavor to make come alive in my art. There is a sense of satisfaction and joy that comes from being able to render the form in unique compositions; to create an ambiance that captures a moment in time. rosannewolfe.com
Rosanne Wolfe is also the winner of the Manhattan Arts International Third Place Cash Award. Visit this page for details.
I create my paintings to be a powerful tool of communication, invoking a plea to the viewer to join me in caring deeply about a subject. The plight of the condition of our area lakes has profoundly influenced my recent works. Though my art conveys a message, it also celebrates the joy of painting with color, form, and texture. https://perennialarts.net/DCG.php
Donna Gillispie is also the winner of the Nancy Reyner Special Award for Innovative Paint Application. Visit this page for details.
Images are inspired by the Native American Powwow celebration. The coming of the Europeans all but decimated our grand indigenous cultures. Those who were left standing were cheated of their traditions. But, the ancient voices are not silenced, the drumbeats are strong again. The Powwow is a declaration of tenacity of the people and the women at its core. www.lwhitneystudio.com
Linda Whitney is also the winner of the Carolyn Edlund Artsy Shark Featured Artist Award. Visit this page for details.
I create highly refined watercolor paintings that often explode with psychological resonance – with a sensitivity towards beauty and strength achieved through truth and honesty. My work is a continuing search for deep understanding of the human condition – fascinating in its capacity for great kindness and mercy yet also great malevolence. www.valeriepatterson.com
My work takes inspiration from my life as a former professional ice skater. Gliding on the ice, my line was the most important thing to present to the viewer. Interpreting the form as a figurative sculptor and showing how grace, form and line complement each other is what I strive to portray in my work. www.kristinakossi.com/sculpture
Kristina Kossi is also the winner of the Bren Sibilsky Award in Sculpture. Visit this page for details.
Painting is my Dreamtime… Colours come together to form language and shape from my intense engagement with an unconscious world. It is here, using oil paints and immersed in music, I find my most peace, my answers find questions, and I work with an unseen world to reveal hidden geometric code. www.karibienert.com
Kari Bienert is also the winner of the Manhattan Arts International Second Place Cash Award. Visit this page for details.
I became increasingly aware of my feminine perspective in life. The need for creation became reinforced with the birth of my own child and the desire to heal, protect and empower. My goal is to bring my art forward to public spaces where passersby can find peace, beauty and healing connection for a moment in time in their life’s journey. www.denisaprochazka.com
My works engage and reference natural forms and the increased artificiality of the nature we experience. The contradictory appearance and materials of these environments present familiar yet dislocated forms from the natural world. Navigation through these forms provides an individual journey, feelings of isolation, and time for self-reflection. www.kelsieward.com
Kelsie Ward is also the winner of the Karen Gutfreund Featured Artist Award. Read the article about Kelsie Ward on Karen Gutfreund’s blog.
My work is about bringing a visual vocabulary to feelings, rhythms and ideas that live in and around me. A journey where I weave together internal emotions with external realities. My inspiration is fueled by a necessity to bring a visual voice to the angsts and harmonies within me using fluid organic shapes to touch the soul of the viewer. My forms hint at the Native American influences I saw as a child. www.roxanehollosi.com
Maria Teresa Crawford Cabral
My paintings are a cross-section in the silence of a moment. Only little remains, mostly two protagonists and a plot. I develop my protagonists until they attain a soul. They separate from me now – they look at me as if they possess an own identity, turn, and go their way. http://crawford-cabral.squarespace.com
My work is a reflection of my personal experiences and of life’s constant changes. These elements come together in the contemplative peace of my studio. Found objects surface as tools to tell my story. Use of neon is an animated element of communication. Pieces and layers hold together where I have lived and worked, happy and sad. www.elainejason.com
In these tumultuous times, it feels important to focus on the basics. Being kind and gentle with each other and our environment. Not hurting anyone or anything. In my paintings, I am doing what feels right to me and hoping to spread positive thoughts to give hope, solace and perhaps just a touch of beauty into someone else’s world. www.anncheeks.com
Ann Cheeks is also the winner of the Renée Phillips Coaching Award. Visit this page for details.
Marie Hines Cowan
I am a figurative oil painter marrying mythology with colloquial culture. My work is narrative, life-sized, representational, though unconstrained by realism. My current project’s premise, (NY Muse) is that standing in the studio I said the fatal words of ancient poets: “O sing Muse.” They did, and the muses and inspiration now haunt my studio. www.mariehinescowan.com
Marie Hines Cowan is also the winner of the Jill Pankey Featured Artist Award in Painting. Visit this page for details.
Louise Morin Dichard
I began a series of portraits of New Hampshire women in the Arts to celebrate women artists who create amazing work and also teach or share their work with others. Each one is an inspiration and deserves recognition for their passion and hard work. www.LouiseMorinDichard.com
In my painting series, “Watershed”, I take a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation, presenting a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of post-apocalyptic synthetic sea creatures. Painting and drawing traditionally with oil and gouache, I lovingly and meticulously craft images of monolithic beach trash in the seascape, metaphors for the magnitude of plastic debris in the world’s oceans. http://karenhackenberg.com
Karen Hackenberg is also the winner of The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Featured Artist Award. Visit this page for details.
My process is “reduction”; painting till the canvas is over-full of movement and connections then obliterating that world-chaos until I find a complete and orderly composition. I am excited by the evolution of shapes and the discovery of how movement impacts each of these shapes to become cohesive. I remain awe-struck at the discovery of color creation. www.grabarskystudio.com
My work depicts individuals facing life’s daily questions and problems in a way that most of us can
recognize: our flaws, our fears, our desire for immaterial relief. Health, self-esteem, more control over the fleetingness of life, more respect, less anxiety, less arbitrary judgment, more courage, more
love… Deep down we humans have more in common than we think. www.lorenbatt.com
Loren Batt is also the winner of the Bren Sibilsky Cross Over Award. Visit this page for details.
Mary Lou Dauray
My deep concerns regarding war atrocities and environmental issues are reflected in related paintings: …some showing a war-related theme; some depicting global warming and some showing the strength and beauty of nature. I have worked using watercolors, oils and mixed media for the past ten years on these themes. www.maryloudauray.com
My connection to art is a response to a need to create a bond. I believe that art lends the artist the ability to transpose and direct the spectator within her work. My art seeks to translate our inner desire of participation and to make what is silent to take on a voice and speak. www.alenjeryarchitecture.com
I come from a long lineage of Jewish nomads that fled countries and continents due to physical, political, or economic survival. Pieces of many cultures, several languages, ethnic foods, jokes, and stories, got attached to my DNA. I know diversity and cherish differences. This is my life focus. This is what my art is about. www.zahavasherez.com
I can well be described as a ‘global artist at large’, and my diverse background has been influential in shaping a multi-disciplinary approach to my art. My subject matter is eclectic, but often revolves around the female body and the female predicament. The work is characterized by a conscious balance between concept and the aesthetics, and has been broadly exhibited. www.liliannemilgrom.com
When I paint I want to draw the viewer into the story. You wonder… What’s going on in there? Each time you look you notice something new. Get lost in it, crawl into a nest, walk in the grass,knock on the castle door! I enjoy creating a world that’s whimsical, surreal, slightly enchanting and hopefully entertaining! www.SuzanFox.com
To me, cars and motorcycles are more than appliances to get us from Point A to B — they are mobile sculptures that reflect who we truly are. They give a hint of our hidden personality. My goal is to convey those personalities through vehicles from the past or ones we dream of owning. www.shanfannin.com
My oil paintings investigate urban life. These representational paintings go beyond direct observation and examine the emotional subtext of change — the connections or estrangement of people and neighborhoods in transition. I look for moments of poetry in the ordinary. The moments and scenes are familiar and ubiquitous but often go unnoticed. www.cathyabramson.org
While my heritage incorporates the Tesuque Pueblo and Costa Rica, my strongest affinity is to nature. While serving in Iraq, mountainous trash heaps catalyzed my desire to awaken environmental consciousness. I create assemblages using discarded and natural objects, an aesthetic and spiritual ritual to channel and honor Mother Earth. www.ginaherrera.com
With silken layers of intricate stitching on paper, my works inspired by the Barrier reef and aquariums is a way of overcoming my fear of sea swimming and diving, due to a near death drowning event at the age of ten. The enchantment of strange, colorful fish and the textural beauty of iridescent corals, never fail to fascinate me. www.ann-dunbar.com
As a child of the ‘60s, I’ve seen some changes in our world. And as a painter, depicting those social issues via visual storytelling has become my work. Social realism is how I would describe my current work with a focus on the social issues. I recently created a series called “Women’s Work” which explores the female experience. www.KarynHealeyArt.com
I search for the tangible surface between the inner and the observable world by being open for introspection during my painting process. I study identity through key experiences and get ignited when something gets a metaphorical meaning. I bridge the soul and reason, positive and negative within the concept of time. Through imagery I consider the complexities of these dualities. www.pirkkomakela.fi/en
I have been a professional artist for 25 years. Two years ago, I switched from creating abstract work to allegorical portraiture. My portraits tell a story about the human spirit within tough circumstances. I portray people fighting for their beliefs, soldiers, first responders and police plus private citizens that do something that makes them take a stand, follow their soul. michellevezinapeterlin.com
Capturing the interaction of color, illumination, and perspective is an overarching motivating force in my work. Oil painting is my area of concentration, with urban landscapes largely drawing my attention. I enjoy re-creating elements of light, colour and form to bring to life the character, culture, and charm of a location. www.SMillerArt.com
“SURFACE” is a project about intimate sanctuaries; it captures landscapes combined with intimate self-portraits on nature’s greatest stage, rivers, open sea and natural caverns. The skin is the territory where we connect with the planet, the human surface. When I create these images I am looking for sensations on my own surface. www.alejandraregalado.com
I create art to further the discussion about economic parity, human rights, and environmental
protection. I use my art to describe things I do not understand, such as our inability to respect each other’s humanity. www.catherinespaintings.com
My art, as life, is about creation, repurposing and evolution. Separating materials from their intended purpose, I deconstruct components then convert them to create a play between the viewer’s perceived and real dimensions. We all see life through our own eyes with our own perspective. I invite viewers to find their own meaning and stories in my art. www.ThyraFineArtistry.com
After 30 years of exploring the woven form, I have mastered the art of diagonal twill, with which I create forms and structures not found in the basketry world. My medium for this unique work is watercolor paper, which I’ve painted and cut into narrow uniform strips to achieve the precision I seek. dorothymcguinnessbasket.com
My art expresses the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, the challenges I’ve faced. My paintings tell stories of an unpredictable journey through life. I specialize in small and miniature paintings. Part of my process for creating miniature fine art involves the use of magnifying lenses and I enjoy demonstrating these techniques. www.DebKArt.com
As Russian-American artist, I combine the European appreciation for classical painting with Western pursuit for thoughtful art in the creation of my romantic realism paintings of women. I focus on painting the female heroes in “Iconic Women” series of paintings to inspire others to discover, pursue, and enjoy their calling in life, by breaking through the self-limiting beliefs. www.veronicasart.com
My work currently centers around the representation of minorities, particularly women and people of color, and the labels being applied to them. Derogatory and previously unacceptable language is becoming acceptable. Dehumanizing people through the use of these labels leads to a disconnection of human compassion. Connecting to peoples humanity versus their fears is the goal of my portraits. www.MeredithMorrisArt.com
People. I love people, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. I can go into the soul through the eyes of my loved ones. Eyes show sorrow, laughter, and love. Eyes can make you laugh or cry with mixed emotions. Somedays I say take them, I hurt, I cry, but please give them back. They are mine, they belong to me. www.beagallery.com
As I pass by windows on my walks through Midtown Manhattan, I glimpse men and women on the other side of the glass enjoying, perhaps, a glass of wine. I also see, reflected on the glass, the world of the street behind me, which integrates with and fractures the images of the people inside. http://elinoreschnurr.com
For several years I have used, as a theme, my curiosity about the lives of ordinary women who reside in the pages of scripture. Little was offered to them in their culture; God touched their lives, but they are rarely mentioned again. How did these events affect them emotionally and spiritually? How can today’s women identify with their humanity? www.judithfritchman.com
In the essence of the Dutch masters, my current body of work has both literal and secondary meaning. At first my paintings appear as random assortments of objects, however to examine them further they are a time capsule of our period and society to which we live reflecting the rapidly changing religious, economic and politically powerful landscape. www.lindaschroeter.com
I have had two major influences on my work – old hand tinted black and white Japanese photographs and Russian Orthodox icons. I do a graphite drawing and then add gold paint and many layers of transparent oil or acrylic paint to create an icon of a contemporary “saint.” www.gailpostal.com
Nancy Staub Laughlin
I have created a new concept of the still life using pastel and photography. I refer to these works as “assemblages”. This exciting series allows the viewer to enter my world of color, light, dimension and beauty from a different perspective. I envelope the viewer, play with the balance of nature vs. glitter and unveil my glowing and unique world. www.nancystaublaughlin.com
Oriental brush painting has been the most challenging yet the most rewarding of all the art forms that I have learned. I like to refer to creating a painting as active meditation. While grinding my ink I am preparing my mind by clearing all negative thoughts and warming up my arm getting ready to create my art. www.darlenekaplan.com
My photographs reflect the way I see things and aim to take the viewer on a journey highlighting the human condition, the natural world and the manmade objects that define the world we inhabit.
Elaine Franz Witten
Beautiful form, creative use of negative space and illusion of movement are hallmarks of my bronze sculpture, usually mounted on indigenous stone bases. Occasionally I cast a unique plaster. Through simplification, sometimes idealization of shapes, my goal is to interpret beauty for myself and all who view my work. I strive to communicate the essence, even soul, of living creatures. www.elainefranzwitten.com
My artistic inpirations come into my mind through visions and dreams. I take from what is in my mind and heart and create a vision of the world and the events that shape it’s history. My medium of choice is oil paint. I love the luminosity of the colors and the ability to take my time with the paint. www.bsmithbrushworks.com
My oil and mixed media pastel and gouache paintings are stylized representational images from which exude an allegorical quality. They depict a state of mind in which the boundaries between dream and reality have become very fluid. I draw my inspiration from photographs I digitally manipulate until they take a different form and the image loses its definition. www.sandamanuila.artspan.com
Audrey Kay Dowling
I like to share my artistic expression with others. I spend time as an environmentalist and outdoorswoman that informs my work. Ideas flow through me that excite me artistically and make me very glad that I have been able to benefit from opportunities that allow me to be exploratory and experimental with my work. It is important for me to continue to expand and stay open to all art opportunities. www.portagehillgallery.com
Every situation has multiple perspectives, every moment a crossroad. I long to decipher the magic, heart and truth of the breath I am in. Perhaps it is an environmental or social issue, the broken flight of a bird, or the whisper of the fantastic. The way light shapes us all against the darkness can be found in the paint. www.lostmothgallery.com
I am a digital photographer who focuses on constructing bold abstracts from Manhattan bridges. I’m drawn to the strength of the constructions across the rivers, their size, their presence, and their history that connects Manhattan to surrounding lands. When I adjust my digital images, I consider space, energy and line, texture, and light. I consistently use a black background. http://nancyridenourartist.zenfolio.com
I started off my artistic career very classically, in the Russian Realist tradition. However, my work eventually took a turn towards the fantastical, because it is fantasy, esoteric symbolism, and mythology that most inspires and excites me. I am most dedicated to oil paint as medium; my favorite thing about painting is playing with color and its harmonies and vibrancy. www.katlunoe.com
I’ve had an interest in art and nature from a young age and have always preferred to be out in the country, to be close to nature and animals. As a wildlife artist I strive to create work that is unique and continue to challenge myself through my love of wildlife. Tread carefully as our inprint affects Mother Nature. margaret-sarah-pardy.artistwebsites.com
I have come to realize my work has emerged from wanting to show the connection we have to each other, to other species and to the environment. We’re linked together and without appreciation for each other I fear for the future. I deal with my worries by creating images that express the way I feel about issues that affect us all. http://ruthkilloran.co.nz
MYStory is a fascination with the impact of birth on the newborn. This is not just a woman’s story, although women have a unique relationship to birth. Birth is the beginning of everyone’s story. Although we can’t remember this transition into the world of the breathing this first painful experience has an impact on the rest of our lives. www.LindaLoweryArtist.com
This is the west I know: Cloudless skies. Intense sun. Extraordinary heat. The home of cows, cowboys, and horses. I am drawn to the details of today’s working cowboy and the livestock they manage. I travel to local ranches and small rodeos for inspiration. Bold graphic colors speak to me in depicting the modern cowboys and their everyday lives. www.mejookon.com
My work depicts images symbolizing various social issues including gender, race, religion, psychology and politics. My love of nature is a dominant theme in my work expressing my belief that the spiritual can be connected to through the “great outdoors.” Using heavy line and symbolic subjects I attempt to convey a story and express feeling that forays into the otherworldly. www.cfinchart.com
My aerialscape paintings represent diverse places of the contemporary landscape seen from an above ground perspective. The flattened surface planes convey abstract shapes enhanced by compositional aesthetics. From the elevated position of high-rise buildings and helicopters, my images of cities and towns, factories and farmlands, suburbs and highways are delivered with a distinctive angle frequently taken for granted. www.tonisart.com
I like to interpret images from the past or put images together in a new way. My figurative work is based on a socially relevant story or message to make people think and feel. My abstracts make the eyes dance. I use textile techniques and dye canvas to imbed color and pattern into the fabric.
I create art to celebrate life, to share my inner world that otherwise will remain untold and to leave an indelible impact long after I expire. I feel a special bond with Frida as we both share the same birthday, have strong personalities and have an iconic style in which we carry ourselves. Frida had a fascination with death and I with life. She the yin to my yang. www.RoopaDudley.com
I have recently felt a calling to use my artistic expression as a platform for arousing awareness and transformation. My subjects have been about personal experience as a woman, but now they are including more social statements. My work must remain aesthetically pleasing, positive, but poignantly powerful. The intricacies have specific significance, but also invite individual interpretation and exploration. www.designsbyteri.com
Dorothy Bury Shaw
Influenced by myth, tribal folklore and sacred texts, I elicit rich, other-worldly experiences through my art. Where cultures intersect, I find common ground, celebrating the spirit within each of us. I alternate watercolor, colored pencil and ink on rag paper. My work is a living prayer, an alchemy of timeless, mystic truths, a visual chant and an imagery of song. www.dburyshaw.com
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