Tranquil Meditative Landscape Paintings
Ann Wood Mezian’s painting “Heartland Clouds at Midday” was selected for the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of Art” exhibition. And, Lisa Cooper, owner Elisa Contemporary Art, who served as one of the four Special Award Jurors for the show, selected Ann Wood Mezian to receive her special award. I invited Lisa Cooper to serve on the jury panel because her gallery mission “is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world.”
According to Lisa Cooper she selected Mezian because her paintings take the viewer into a tranquil meditative space. Cooper explained, “There is a calming quality in the landscapes she creates. And an optimism within the floating clouds. The paintings invite the viewer into a space to rest, look, explore and wander. There is a serenity in the muted colors and lush abstracted landscapes. They are inviting, and not completely defined.”
As part of the award, Mezian’s artwork will be included in an upcoming Elisa Contemporary Art exhibit, “25 Under 26”. The exhibit will run October 19th through December 14th at Elisa Contemporary Art, 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY. The show features 25 artworks all priced under $2,600.
The Marsh in June, oil on canvas, 14” x 18”.
Ann Wood Mezian was raised in eastern Pennsylvania and in New York City. She was deeply influenced by both the farming vistas of her childhood, and Manhattan’s vibrant art museums. She lives in the Lowcountry region near Charleston, South Carolina, and the Southeastern U.S. has been her home for more than twenty five years. As a volunteer for historic preservation and land conservation efforts, the beauty and significance of those places profoundly influences her art.
When the artist submitted her art to “The Healing Power of ART” competition she wrote, “Through my paintings I hope to express the uplifting spiritual presence all around us, bringing awareness to the possibilities for hope and healing. My artwork is influenced by the tranquility found in quiet, contemplative scenes. I believe the poetic language of art can help us shift our perception, to access healing and moments of grace.”
Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of emerging through mid-career contemporary artists. Its art and artists do not fit into any particular current trend or fashion, but are those exploring and testing the boundaries of various media, techniques, materials and ideas about humanity, nature and our world. Lisa Cooper states, “We also believe in the power of giving back, and donate a portion of gallery sales to philanthropic organizations that help children and families within underserved communities heal and grow through their experience with art. We support Free Arts NYC, and The Art Therapy Project.”
Visit Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery at www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com
Visit Ann Wood Mezian’s website at www.annmezian.com