An Exhibition “Inspiring The Positive”
September 1 – November 1, 2017
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 was “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. The exhibition ran from September 1 – November 1, 2017 and featured 62 artists. Below you will see art and statements by the top winners with links to articles about them on this website. I hope you are as inspired by their art as much as I am. Our next exhibition is “New Beginnings” that will begin in January, 2017 with 50 artists. ~ Renée Phillips, director of Manhattan Arts International, and curator of “The Healing Power of ART” exhibition.
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
Read his Featured Artist article.
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
Read his Featured Artist article.
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.