An Exhibition “Inspiring The Positive”
Manhattan Arts International’s commitment for promoting artistic excellence is reflected in our online gallery and theme exhibitions. We have been presenting “The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions for more than 17 years because we believe that art has the power to heal, inspire, provoke, challenge and offer hope. It holds the power to ignite the flame in our hearts and transform our minds. This year’s theme is “Inspiring The Positive”: Art that serves as a catalyst for healing and raises awareness for positive change.
As the curator, I looked for creative innovation and technical prowess, I probed the artists’ statements for their intentions, and I visited their websites to evaluate their overall body of work. I hope you enjoy viewing this healing art exhibition that runs through November 1, 2017. View it on the largest monitor available, to catch every detail and read every word. Visit the artists’ websites to learn more about them and contact them directly to exhibit or buy their art. ~ Renée Phillips, director of Manhattan Arts International, and curator of “The Healing Power of ART” exhibition.
The top winners are shown first and after that the artwork is arranged in random order. The copyright to all artwork shown here belongs to the individual artists. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce any images without the written consent of the artist.
First Place Cash Award & Featured Artist Award
Tower’s Angel, bronze, 21″h x 6″w x 5″d. “Tower’s Angel” is an empathic response to tragedy 9/11. The sculpture, represented by a powerful up reaching figure, reminds us of the strength and timelessness of the human spirit. frudakis.com
Restoration, bronze, 23″h x 10″w x 7″d. An empathic response to Hurricane Katrina, “Restoration” emphasizes the hope of renewal symbolized by the oak branch she holds that is to be replanted. frudakis.com
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Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone
Second Place Cash Award & Featured Artist Award
Every Moment, acrylic, 36″ x 48″. I paint with the hope of inspiring people to see the beauty that is around us all the time. Taking time to recognize the beauty in our lives opens our hearts and helps to lift us out of our daily troubles for a moment. This uplifting experience allows a movement of Energy through our physical body world that brings forth a healing vibration. This is the Healing Power of Art. ober-rae.com
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Third Place Cash Award & Featured Artist Award
Hope, graphite, carbon, charcoal, 15″ x 19″. During an unexpected traumatic season in my life, I began to draw. Each drawing refocused my perspective toward the lighter, happier, positive side of each new day. And… I have seen the same effect on people when they view my art work! Their laughter bubbles up from their bellies. Their slow smiles reach their eyes. And their gentle tears display their vulnerable heart. belovedportraitsbypatti
Read her Featured Artist article.
Barbara Markoff – Artrageous! Gallery Award
Atamasco Lily, photograph, 16” x24”. I feel incredibly fortunate when I’m able to capture a flower’s ephemeral beauty. Working behind the camera my mind slows down, the daily hustle fades away. For a brief time, I’m at peace. It’s my hope that my images bring this serenity to viewers. My greatest joy is when someone says “I’ll never look at flowers the same way again.” meredithhebden.com
Read about Meredith Hebden’s Award from Barbara Markoff, Artrageous gallery.
J. Michael Williams
John R. Math – Light, Space & Time Award
Swirling Leaves, photograph, size varies. I find nothing more peaceful than an early morning walk along a woodland stream. In my nature images, I try to capture that sense of peace that I feel on these walks. I hope that others will experience the moment when viewing my work as if they had been there with me and find peace and inspiration through my images. jmwilliamsphotography.com
Read about J. Michael Williams’ award from John R. Math, Light Space & Time.
Ann Wood Mezian
Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery Award
Heartland Clouds at Midday, oil on canvas, 14″ by 18”. 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. annmezian.com
Read about Ann Wood Mezian’s award from Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art.
Ed Wedman, Exhibitions Without Walls Award
Moon Over Vero II, photograph, 33″ x 30″. Serenity promotes healing. I find tranquility in the soft light at the edge of the day. The rhythmic beats of gentle surf and pastel painted skies convey a promise of peace to the distant horizon. These moments are timeless memories of serene beauty. jfweller.com
Read about John Weller’s Exhibitions Without Walls Award.
Winds Of Change, clay, 36″h x 26″w x 12″d. Using symbolism and the phenomena of nature, I seek to create spiritual works with permanent messages. As a student of life, I work with the alchemy of sculpture, forever amazed by the healing power of the universe. It is through empathy for this world and each other that we can truly understand the power of love. brensculpture.com
‘Night Messengers’ oil on canvas, 30″ by 36″. The women in this series, through every knowing glance and each tweak of a hairpin, asks the viewer to consider that these seemingly minor gestures could be the basic groundwork for magic that enriches our planet, bringing healing to a world beset by male dominance and anarchic vanity. Shaped by their despair and triumph; they are the High Priestesses of our time. hamishblakely.com
There is no vision without contrast, mixed media, 6″ x 15″. This work of art seeks to provoke thought around the issue of race. Without contrast, an image fades and disappears. We can’t see clearly when everything is the same. Sameness becomes stale. When contrasts are heightened, our appreciation grows. The simple act of a handshake highlights the beauty of diversity. Beauty is to be found in our differences. joancatelier.com
Healing 1, photograph, 12″ x 12″. I believe there is something divinely profound in how nature, flowers and specifically roses touch a person emotionally, psychologically and physically. The intimate manner I interpret roses photographically, expressing the sensual quality of the petal’s treatment and tone causes a positive change that begins on a vibrational level…one of the truest kinds of healing for a heart, mind and body. stephenbryer.com
I am not your target! (Malala’s blossom), clay, 22″ x 18″ x 8″. Upon reading the book “I am Malala”, I became greatly inspired not only to sculpt Malala Yousafzai’s portrait, but to also sponsor five girls to go to school this year. Malala’s chronicle of war and her own encounter of terrorism, her fierce fight for girls education and women’s equality is one of the bravest and most noble causes in the world. denisaprochazka.com
Wonderland for Love, watercolor, 18 “x 24”. Making art is the language through which I commune with unseen worlds in nature, ancient memories, and my inner life. In painting I hope to show what a more harmonious world could look like. When art is able to elevate the human spirit to experience the sublime, we are able to speak with each other in our souls’ language. karenomjones.com
Inseparable, pastel, 14” x 11”. In my art I celebrate the healing power of the horse, these strong, magnificent animals that partner with us for work and recreation. I explore the connections between human and horse, capturing moments of compassion, curiosity and love. szieglerart.com
A Country Song, oil, 36” x 36”. Every painting is a journey – my journey – one that leads me home. Every brushstroke seeks a state of healing – at the end of the path where the sun’s warm and breezes flow without end. Life is filled with deep joy and struggle – making each moment precious. Every brush stroke personal – as it portrays my journey towards healing. KellySooter.com
Gypsy Joy, colored pencil and gouache on illustration board, 17″ x 15″. People know nothing about your pain, chronic illness, abuse, or fill-in-the-blank. I don’t squirm from Facing the Shadows, but through my art I show the positive possibilities and lift hopes and dreams to God’s Heart. Sometimes, it’s even best to throw in a little magic, joyfully inspiring the positive out of what comes our way. LisArts.com
Lilies #2, oil, 24” x 48”. I want people to see the beauty in nature. My art is my healing and I offer it to others. When the high waters surround me, I paint a garden, quiet pond, birds, butterflies, dragonflies – these console me. The roaring waters flow with light and color, but the still waters show reflections of something majestic – even if upside down! PaintingsByTan.com
Hearth Flow, acrylic, glass beads and tempered glass on canvas, 24″ x 30″. Over the last decade as my Reiki practice has grown, my art’s focus has shifted to that of healing intention ensconced in visual aesthetic. In my current series entitled Divine Alignment, abstractions on the sacred reiki symbols interact with one another without revealing the symbols themselves. The paintings exist to offer peace and loving compassion to the viewer. elynnerosenfeld.com
David Knot in Flames, 140″h x 26″w x 15″d sculpture size, not including the base. This sculpture was created as a tribute to my son David Antar. I carved a knot because David had a very hard life. The knot represents his pain; but the knot breaks open into a flame, which to me represents life – his soul rising to Heaven. This was an extremely hard thing for a mother to do. But for me, a sculptor, it was also a work of healing. rantar.com
Colour Zone Green-Blue, acrylic on canvas, 39.37″ x 55.12″. My paintings convey a message, which goes beyond the colourful and formal sensation of paintings. It is the experience of tranquility, simplicity, meditative contemplation that these colour spaces convey. To attain this, I have developed a particular acrylic technique, whereby I apply a 3.94 inch wide flat brush solely in a vertical direction. friedhard-meyer.wix.com/home
Dahlia Abstract, photograph, 18″ x 24″. I am a digital photographer who focuses on capturing the beauty and essence of botanicals. I particularly enjoy the detail revealed by macro lenses. Each flower has its own character, some soft and comforting, others bold and assertive. I feel that flowers help us find our inner peace and silence and are a refuge from the chaos of modern life. nancyridenourartist.zenfolio.com
Gentle Waves, Early Light, oil on panel, 18″ x 24″. I feel strongly in the power of art to heal and transform lives. With so much pain and angst in the world, it is imperative that people have a sense of quiet in order to see the beauty, compassion and strength that exists. My paintings are of unspoiled natural places where the viewer can feel calm, grounded and whole. anncheeks.com
Her Home Is the Flowerbed, mixed media, 20” x 16″. For me, art-making is sacred work. I am an intuitive medium and member of a Group of Elders helping humanity evolve through the power of love. My mixed-media paintings depict ancestors who are committed to spreading unconditional love and healing energy. Every painting is a prayer that comes with a message or story. claudiaroseart.com/home
Penny’s Maple Tree, oil and metal leaf on canvas, 36″ x 48″. Drawing from nature’s healing powers, I paint its abundance with as much sunlight as possible by using composition metal leaf as a source of shimmering light. Between the bright colors of the oil paint and the ever-changing reflections of the metal leaf, the paintings can be both soothing and uplifting for the spirit. joanmetcalf.com
Mother Earth, watercolor, 20” x 14”. I use a lot of symbolism and metaphor in my work. My art makes people smile and makes them think. The paintings are feelings distilled on paper, rendered in personal symbolism which, to my delight, resonates differently with each person. This is the magic of art, it imbues a sense of connection on many levels. The feeling that we may be on different journeys, but we’re all in the same boat. zoopsia.gallery
All Creatures Great and Small, oil on raw linen, 20″ x 20″. Art is a continuing joy and challenge for me; how do I describe the moments which have stirred my imagination? Favorite themes depict life passages as opportunities for growth in God’s wondrous, infinitely varied world. Just as art making becomes a creative, healing act for the artist, the art itself echoes that process as it reaches out to the viewer. judithfritchman.com
Wounded Angels from Syria, oil on canvas, 70” x 78”. I love the fact that nobody can stop the mornings from bringing new light into our lives. I wake up early, worship God and start painting. Some trials take us into long nights, but the assurance of the new morning encourages us to go on. In heaven there will be no more night, no more tears, just a never-ending morning. mattisirvio.com
Nel Blue, mixed media on wood panel, 40″ x 30″. My newest body of work reflects the stories of those touched by grief through infertility, pregnancy or infant loss. One of my goals is to offer people, who may otherwise struggle privately, an opportunity for shared understanding and expression. My paintings act as reminders to connect with our inner strength, and to record meaningful experiences in our lives. angelacravenart.com
Betty, graphite, acrylic paint and oil paint, 23 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ . To create an icon of a contemporary “saint”, I do a graphite drawing and then add gold paint and many layers of transparent oil or acrylic paint. I try to convey the dignity and nobility about my subjects that make them seem much larger than life. Two major influences on my work are old hand tinted black and white Japanese photographs and Russian Orthodox icons. gailpostal.com
Fearless, charcoal and pencil, 38″ x 37 “. My work is about strength, faith, beauty and having the courage to be fearless… to heal oneself. We live in challenging times. But despite the challenges and uncertainty, there is always beauty. I believe our faith and our courage can bring us through the most difficult times. So I say, “be fearless, look for the beauty and keep on dancing.” lisabottolee.com
End of Separation, acrylic on hardboard, 30″ x 24″. I have always been interested in transcendence, so for me the whole process of painting and viewing is meditation or healing. To insure the highest vibratory experience, I like to start with words or ideas of wholeness. The shape of the art was discovered by feeling the farthest extension of the peripheral vision which allows one to gaze comfortably. stevenpeabody.com
Resting, archival pigment photograph, 36” x 28”. I have always maintained that my formal art training gave me “the ability to see”. I’m instinctively drawn to vibrancy in colors and light-play. Capturing the light is everything and when natural light is host to colors that restore and replenish positive emotions, its healing powers illuminate the soul and take the viewer into a world of peaceful joy. yvettelodgeart.com
Autumn, digital photograph, size varies. In addition to having been an abstract painter, I’m also an abstract photographer who photographs the magical moment of the interplay of light with forms, textures and designs in nature. My purpose is to inspire, heal and awaken people’s imagination with my Abstract Nature Photography. helenacooperart.com
Liberating Afreekah, two views, limited edition bronze on swivel base, 29“ h x 14″ w x 6 ½”d. I was inspired when Oprah Winfrey opened her school to empower young ladies in Africa. In the name Liberating Afreekah, it has the word “Free”. Many of these girls will become professionals, including Doctors, Lawyers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Mothers. Empowerment, Education and Leadership, can help heal our nation from diseases as well as social ills that plague our world today. Bernieart.com
No. 368, oil on canvas, 24″ x 48”. Creating art is a moving meditation for me that provides freedom and deep connection into the present moment. My hope is that my art manifests a glimpse into that ethereal healing moment for the viewer allowing for their own connection to the infinite part of themselves. kurtkreissl.com
Nancy Staub Laughlin
Sunset Sparkle Style, layered photographs using iPad sketchbook pro drawn shadows , 13” x 19”. My assemblages are created by layering juxtaposing elements: nature vs. glitter. The viewer enters my glowing, dazzling world of color, light, dimension and beauty. The calming effect enlightens the viewer and restores the basics of delight. These compelling compositions are the culmination of many carefully executed steps that define my unique creative process. nancystaublaughlin.com
Emerging, aqua resin, bronze patina, 59″h x 50″w x 18″d. Art communicates and documents our human condition; our personal struggles and dramatic events in our milieu and our efforts and victories in overcoming adversity. “Emerging” reflects my artistic vision of the role of relationships in in our quest for wellness as well as resilience and fighting spirit in dealing with life’s struggles. LMH-Art.com
What do you see for your future my child?, oil on canvas, 24” x40”. I have been painting the beauties of Africa through its people hoping to transmit a lasting emotion to the viewer by showing a different aspect of this continent. Together with my spouse, we have founded a non-profit organization named Painting a New World. Through the sales of our artwork, we help create positive changes in communities in Africa and Haiti. andrechatelain.com
Eva Marie Restel
Eva Marie Restel Rose Angel, clay and canvas, 36″ x 24″My pieces are designed for hospitals. Each Rose Person inspires a positive response through their relatable stances and intricate carvings. The stances are meant to mimic ones that a person may have while going through a difficult time. Matching an emotion to the viewer allows the possibility of a connection which can bring a sense of calm for the viewer. evamarierestel.com
Reflection, oil on linen, 10” x 10”. This painting represents a moment when boundaries disappear as the man and the vernal pool merge, allowing the viewer to transcend place and time. gildersleevefineart.com
Brothel Born, oil, colored pencil on linen, 20″ x 16″. In the darkest of days when aloneness steeps us in grays, the companionship brought by a painting offers a lightness of being, a path toward the possibility of hope we can follow. My work, be it dark in theme or a portrait lit by humor, colors its weather brightly in homage to the human spirit. janecaminos.com
I Had To Go There To Come Here #3, mixed media, 12” x 12” x 2”. You have cancer. These were the words I heard one cold afternoon in 2007. A year later I was taking my first journey back into art. It took another seven years for me to process the experience and visually express it. This series explores what happens to a body and a mind when they are physically and emotionally altered. eveozer.com
MILAGROS, front and back views, stoneware clay high fire, 88″h x 32″w x 17″d. My goal in creating “MILAGROS” is to remind viewers of some priceless care they once received, and the feelings of strength warmth, and love it brought. I also invite viewers to reflect on their own Artstry in healing, and how their hands will always be needed to comfort and console, and to give comfort and strength to others. paulnilssonart.com
Purisima Creek Road, acrylic, 16″ x 20″. I create tranquil paintings of nature that are designed to soothe the eye and lift the spirit. Most of my paintings are done near the beach, which brings the viewer an experience of being at one of their favorite places, when they are indoors. This aids the healing process by promoting a universal sense of peace and well-being. ellenjoseph.com
Into the Cave”, acrylic, sand, shells, pebbles, ink and tissue on canvas, 48” x 60”. To raise awareness about positive change and healing, I use a combination of universal and personal symbolism to represent turning points in my life and discuss the power and stigma of mental health and the resiliency of a human life in the face of obstacles. With symbols and colors I pique curiosity and invoke the viewer to consider how their own stories may be represented. cynthializardi.com
Union, watercolor 27″ x 35″. I create highly refined watercolor paintings that often explode with psychological resonance – with a sensitivity towards beauty and strength achieved through truth and honesty. When I paint nature, which is rare, it is always from an actual experience that has caused me to remember how connected all living things are on a deep, spiritual level. valeriepatterson.com
Storm Over the Hebrides, watercolor, 16″ x 20″. Watercolors can be soothing and surprising — an unusual mix. Personally, I love the ability of the pigment to mix with water in unpredictable ways creating illusions of images rather than full details. In this watercolor one sees buildings offering quiet and peace, often from impending or recent storms. They offer sanctuary and rest. atolstoyart.com
Existence No.20, oil painting, 16″ x 16″. Our existence is resurrected because of the power of color and nature. Although the process of each life must go through the pain, with hope or despair, the power of art lets us re-face life, bravely continue to go. shangmaart.com
Cinderella, acrylic, pastel and graphite, 20″ x 20″. My paintings are a reflection of how I see life – exuberant and vibrant – and and my creative intention is to always spread joy. It is during my energetic process of manipulating layers, colors and line that I retreat into the profound journey of living in the moment with complete awareness, acceptance and joy. dfritzlerart.com
From Darkness to Light, oil on canvas, 24″x 18″. I talk about freeing the mind from its chain of suffering so that it can be lighter, heal and express joy. My work is influenced by the viewpoint I developed as a physician and the practice of activities like Mindfulness, Yoga and dancing can make me feel good and lead me to find peace of mind, joy and a possibility to connect to the higher self. jeanantoinenorbert.com
Judith Hallbeck Meyeraan
Refugees, transparent watercolor, 15” x 22”. My art is the medium in which I heal my troubled soul in today’s unacceptable atmosphere. It is my illustrated complaint about our worldly condition. JHMArtist.com
Joy, Peace & Hope, pastel, 18” x 18”. At a young age , I lost my Father. The Forest became my refuge, it healed and replenished my spirit. Years later, I came back to my trees in my paintings, to give back what they gave me, peace, joy, strength and courage. Maureenspinale.com
Kiss the Moon, acrylic on linen, 30″ x 24″. My favorite critique: “Your paintings make me happy.” In addition to making viewers happy, they make me happy. Producing art creates endorphins, which improve mood and reduce stress. Studies have shown that happiness reduces the risk of heart disease. So, if painting equals happy and happy equals healthy, my prescription is: “View two paintings and call me in the morning.” susanmclaughlinart.com
Monk In The Garden, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″. Facing the severe early trauma of my past allowed me to stop trying to please people with my painting, and begin expressing my true self. For me painting means tapping into my inner self, and bringing it straight to the canvas. Believing in myself as an artist has helped me to value myself in all areas of my life. trixiepitts.com
Exploring, oil on canvas on board, 20″ x 15″. Revealing and sharing the truth about the beauty and goodness around me is why I create art. Every day I feel a childlike freedom as I observe colors, textures, and contrasts of simple things, especially in nature. It is more than the mechanics of painting or drawing; it touches me spiritually when I see the image slowly coming to light. normatorti.com
Closer To Home, photograph, 13″ x 19″. “Closer To Home” is a collection of photographs taken between 1970 and the present. The focus of this series is a longing for an idealized time when life seemed simpler. Childhood amnesia left me with vague, disjointed memories of my youth. In the 1970s, I started taking photographs of Coney Island. In this microcosmic realm, everything seemed perfect. marnabell.com
Protection Zone, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″. This painting is from the “Urban Forest” series. Ordinary views and everyday objects come together in discordant co-existence questioning the multiple, often contradictory issues we face as members of a fragmented society disconnected from nature and from self. It is suggested that we as a collective have a shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform our planet. lorigoldberg.ca
Hope, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”. Art became a healing force in my son’s hospital room years ago. I learned of the therapeutic strength of art. Through this experience ArtBagsForKids.com was started for children to gain access to art materials when they are not able to go to school because of illness. Funds are raised and Art Bags are delivered to the children. Healing begins. christinefrisbee.com
In Search Of Meaning, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48″ x 36″. As a holistic therapist and artist, I developed and practice my unique style “Healing Arts” integrating Fine Art and Arts of Healing. My art raises awareness for positive change and has a healing impact through positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color, embedded spiritual messages, and energetically balanced composition – to enhance well-being in a viewer and bring healing to those in need. helenkagan.com
Searching, Italian Alabaster, 15″h x 5″w x 8.5″d. The majority of my animal carvings have large feet which signifies not only the power of the animal, but I also hope serves as a reminder to the viewer of our own heavy footprints being left on our planet and how we all need to make changes in our own lives to help all living creatures. kevinhopkinsstudio.com
Green Universe, ink, marker, pastel on paper, 48” x 60”. Vision of my creation “Surreallations” is to express art weaving together metaphysical sciences, sacred geometry, chromo-therapy, numerology and quantum physics. It is meant to serve as a visual healing tool. Uniqueness of this concept is to create stories and travel into Worlds beyond our “Reality“. This allows our consciousness to expand, learn with each other and co-create a better world. modernity.us.com
What do you think of The Healing Power of ART exhibition? Were there any works in particular that touched your heart or inspired you to see the world with a new perspective? We would love to know your reactions.