Winner of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist Award
Valerie Patterson is an artist who was raised in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of a Minister and public school teacher whom she credits for her humanitarianism. She earned degrees in art and education.
In a New York minute, I selected Valerie Patterson to receive the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist Award in the “New Beginnings” exhibition from the hundreds of artists who submitted entries from around the world.
Her Art Sheds Light on the Human Condition
Valerie’s artwork stood out from the other entries for its sophisticated technical excellence, flawless communication of powerful messages, and her steadfast conviction to reveal the undeniable truths about the human condition. For me to give a top award to an artist it must move beyond superficial aesthetic beauty, provokes us on a visceral level, and ultimately transforms us. Valerie Patterson delivers it all on a compelling platter and leaves us in a more conscious state than we were before viewing it. And, in subsequent viewings, due to the many nuances and minute details she provides, we observe and learn even more.
As the artist proclaims, “I strive to give voice to difficult social and political subjects in an attempt to encourage thought, emotion and dialogue.”
This is not the first time Valerie Patterson has been selected for one of Manhattan Arts International’s juried competitions. Jurors chose her for two “The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions and one of our “Hot Topics” exhibitions. Her painting “The Healing Garden”, shown above, captivated me upon first glance. As, all of her paintings do, this painting immediately engages our curiosity about the situation she has created. As we are drawn into the the garden behind the subject we begin to contemplate our reaction to this intriguing scenario.
Valerie’s award winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States in both group and solo exhibitions including The Bond St. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA and The Arts & Literature Laboratory in New Haven CT. Her many awards include 1st Prize in The Dayton Ohio International Museum Of Peace International Juried Peace Arts Exhibition. She recently had her work shown in an international juried exhibition at the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY.
The artist explains, “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. Children symbolize vulnerability, connections between past and present are examined through the manipulation of black and white with color, and realistic and fantastic images are juxtaposed to fabricate a surreal certainty.”
Valerie Patterson, Leaving the Fairy Tale, watercolor, 35″ x 27″.
When she submitted her entries to the Manhattan Arts International “New Beginnings” exhibition, she offered this statement: “As children we are initiated by our peers into a symbolic Fairy Tale world which revolves around a belief that all will be well as soon as… As we age and experience, we realize that the Fairy Tale is a myth. We don’t need to believe in outside circumstance but rather in our inner self, our own strength. We so often must begin anew.”
In addition to this Featured Artist article, as part of her award Valerie will receive much deserved promotion across our widespread social media platforms and in an article published on Artweek.com and in a Manhattan Arts International YouTube video.
Visit Valerie Patterson’s website www.valeriepatterson.com