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Thursday, January 12, 2017

My work at Sweetwater Center for the Arts



COMPULSION
National Juried Exhibition of Abstract Art

 

January 21 - February 25, 2017

opening reception: Saturday, January 216-8pm

 


Angela Biederman . Meghan Baum
Sheila Grabarsky . Lindsey Hayakawa . Scott Hunter
Alejandro Loureiro Lorenzo . Heather Macali  . Kim McAninch

Pricilla Roggenkamp and Keith McMahon
Sky Shineman . Sarah Simmons . Brenda Stumpf . Scott Turri
Tracy Wascom . Shawn Watrous . Carolyn Wenning

Abstraction has been a major language of artistic creation for over a century. It is as viable today as it was throughout the various 20th century art movements that investigated its possibilities. Contemporary abstraction pulls from the diverse history of modern art while speaking to our current cultural ideas and identities. This exhibition seeks to present contemporary works that represent the truly broad nature of abstraction and consider the artist's compulsive need to continue their personal investigations through abstraction.
Compulsion is juried by Nicole Capozzi and Joshua Hogan, Co-owners and Curators of Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Sweetwater Center for the Arts
200 Broad Street
Sewickley, PA 15143

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Pantone's Color of the Year



Pantone Color Institute Logo

GREENERY

PANTONE 15-0343


A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.


Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.


Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.


A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.



Lee_Eisemann Pantone Color of the Year 2017 GREENERY



Monday, December 19, 2016

National Juried Exhibition at Sweetwater Center for the Arts



LANDSCAPE 3 has been accepted into


COMPULSION


National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Abstract Painting


January 21 – February 25, 2017

Reception: Saturday, January 21, 6-8pm


Juried by Nicole Cappozi and Joshua Hogan, Co-owners and Curators of Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA


The birth of Abstraction in art cannot be pinpointed to a single instance and really it is something that was born of the complexity and realities of the early modern western world. During the last decade of the 19th century, the then budding artist Wassily Kandinsky saw an exhibition in Moscow of Monet’s haystack paintings. The color in the works seemed to dominate the image so much so that anything recognizable became lost to him. He wrote of the experience: Deep inside me was born the first faint doubt as to the importance of an “object” as a necessary element in painting.


Abstraction has been a major language of artistic creation for over a century. It is a viable today as it was throughout the various 20th century art movements that investigated its possibilities. Indeed in 2013 Artnews published an Article by Art Historian Pepe Karmel titled The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now.


Perhaps what drives artist’s compulsion to investigate further into the realm of abstraction is that any exact definition remains allusive. What we know is this abstraction may be response to or inspiration of something seen or experienced, it may be born of pure concept, it may be void of reference or association and be autonomous in its form and color. Always it seems deeply personal weather coming into existence through intellect or emotion.


The exhibition Compulsion at Sweetwater Center for the Arts seeks to present contemporary works that represent the truly broad nature of abstraction.

Shirley Rollins mentions Kim McAninch Fine Art


The Art Matchmaker: Shirley Rollins, Partner Art Advisory



Artwork by Mary Pratt


Shirley Rollins operates by a simple philosophy: the best kind of art is the art you love. But, finding the art you love is not so simple.


That is where Shirley and her art advisory firm, Partner Art Advisory, come in.


With an expertly-suited background, Shirley – an art-history scholar with art-business savvy, founded Partner in 2013. Based in the New York metropolitan area, Partner is a contemporary art advisory firm that helps art enthusiasts and art collectors find the art they love.


From research and insurance, to framing and instillation, Shirley’s work encompasses every aspect of art collecting, giving her a rich trove of knowledge and expertise about art collection.


In our interview, Shirley filled us in on “art-matchmaking,” a drive-thru gallery, her favorite UGallery artists, and the do’s and don’ts of building an art collection.


Tell me a bit about yourself and Partner Art Advisory.


I have always been curious and fascinated about art, artists, and the significance of the wider context of the artwork itself. Visiting museums and galleries as a child with my mother created a foundation for my passion for art. This early exposure to many artwork styles and origins along with my European heritage led me to continue studying art formally. I received a BA in Art History from Emory University, an MBA and ultimately an Art Business Certificate from NYU.


While at NYU, I recognized the phenomenal expansion of the global art market and how quickly the level of transparency was changing. I began to see an opportunity to create a business where I could finally become an “art matchmaker,” an art partner bridging the gap between novice or seasoned clients and the highest quality fine artwork; hence Partner Art Advisory was established in 2013. Partner Art Advisory focuses on emerging to mid-established contemporary paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. It is my mission to help my clients navigate the often overwhelming art market and oversee all aspects of acquisition from research, invoicing, framing, installation, shipping and insurance. I work closely with private collectors and businesses, utilizing my extensive network of industry professionals and comprehensive services to serve each client uniquely.


It is most important to me to exceed my client’s expectations. My greatest pleasure is seeing my clients’ complete satisfaction once their artwork selections are finalized, installed and work perfectly for them and their space!


What have been some of the biggest changes you have seen in the art market since you first founded Partner Art Advisory?


This is a great question. I believe the “biggest change in the art market” is that the art marketplace is readily available to everyone. The shift toward transparency through online art marketplaces; UGallery.com, online galleries, artists’ collaboration sites, etc. create a truly efficient marketplace by providing access to art and artists from around the world while simultaneously revealing prices alongside the artwork. When I began advising, less than 20% of my business was conducted online, and currently it has risen to approximately 60%. This major change in the art forum has opened art collecting up to a vast new entry-level audience. These art enthusiasts finally feel more comfortable purchasing art through a transparent platform with the assistance of an art partner.


Artwork by Jane Robinson


As an art advisor, you work with many clients who have a variety of personal styles. What are the most important things you look for in an artwork when trying to find a piece that expresses different styles?


I begin by having a dialogue with my client. My clients range from first time art purchasers to art connoisseurs wishing to build upon their collections. After listening and understanding their interests and perspectives, I visit the client’s residence or business location (apartment, house, office building, hotel lobby or vacation home) to develop a further understanding of their unique architectural setting and personal style. I interpret the client’s goals while evaluating the artwork subject matter, style, genre, movement, mood, medium, and, of course, price – these are among some of the most critical evaluation criteria. One of my primary focal points is researching the artist’s education, experiences, and the trajectory of their career. It is fundamental for me to understand and analyze each proposed artwork from a 360-degree perspective.

Artwork by Mélisa Taylor


Of the UGallery art that you have purchased on behalf of clients, do any of the pieces stand out as having a memorable story behind them?


Actually, they are all truly memorable! This is the best part of my job – the unique and extraordinary journey my clients embark on with me. Art is a very personal reflection of ourselves, so you can understand how my adventures are full of an array of emotions.


Artwork by Kloska Ovidiu


One recent amusing memory: a client asked me to take photographs in the natural light for a piece they were interested in purchasing. It was quite the “art scene” as I pulled this very large piece of contemporary artwork outside onto the front steps of my house where the natural light perfectly captured the essence of the artwork. As I began snapping photos, I began to hear car horns and call outs from the traffic below. After sharing the story with my children, my young son called it a drive-thru gallery!


Mangata 44 (14″ x 11″) by Mélisa Taylor, acrylic painting


How would you describe your own personal style when it comes to art? Are there any UGallery artists that you are particularly drawn to?


I have collected emerging artwork for over 25 years and it seems as though I am drawn toward works with references to water and movement as well as gestural pieces. There is a certain clarity, calmness, and soothing effect for me as well as a bit of nostalgia, as I grew up near the ocean.



Boat/25 (36” x 48”) by Kim McAninch, oil painting


UGallery’s Mélisa Taylor beautifully exhibits a textural and elegant sense of movement and wonder. Kim McAninch’s beautiful brushstrokes and seascapes also intrigue me. Finally, Eileen Braunrenders my curiosity with water through her lovely “Splash Bowl” sculptures.


Splash Bowl (Large) (8″ x 10″ x 10″) by Eileen Braun, ceramic


What are some of the most common challenges that you see people face when they are thinking about buying art? Is there any advice you would give to our readers?


Seemingly, I hear it time and time again, the most common challenges people face when they are thinking about buying art is that they did not think they could afford high quality, fine artwork! Most people are aware of the 5-6-7-digit price tags characteristic of the blue-chip market. However, it is important to remind art patrons that those blue-chip artists were once affordable emerging artists. My advice is regardless of the price point, only purchase artwork that you truly love.


A different challenge people have when purchasing art is selecting the appropriate scale/size of artwork for their space. More often than not, people choose pieces that are too small for their wall; these pieces of artwork can aesthetically translate poorly and may lose their message. UGallery has a wonderful feature that reveals the scale of all of their artwork in a room called “Virtual wall” – this is a very helpful tool. For many of us who may still be uncertain, ask a friendly art enthusiast or your Partner!




Acrylic paintings by Jane Robinson

Sunday, December 18, 2016



LANDSCAPE 3 has been accepted into


COMPULSION


National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Abstract Painting





January 21 – February 25, 2017
Reception: Saturday, January 21, 6-8pm


Juried by Nicole Cappozi and Joshua Hogan, Co-owners and Curators of Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA


The birth of Abstraction in art cannot be pinpointed to a single instance and really it is something that was born of the complexity and realities of the early modern western world. During the last decade of the 19th century, the then budding artist Wassily Kandinsky saw an exhibition in Moscow of Monet’s haystack paintings. The color in the works seemed to dominate the image so much so that anything recognizable became lost to him. He wrote of the experience: Deep inside me was born the first faint doubt as to the importance of an “object” as a necessary element in painting.


Abstraction has been a major language of artistic creation for over a century. It is a viable today as it was throughout the various 20th century art movements that investigated its possibilities. Indeed in 2013 Artnews published an Article by Art Historian Pepe Karmel titled The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now.


Perhaps what drives artist’s compulsion to investigate further into the realm of abstraction is that any exact definition remains allusive. What we know is this abstraction may be response to or inspiration of something seen or experienced, it may be born of pure concept, it may be void of reference or association and be autonomous in its form and color. Always it seems deeply personal weather coming into existence through intellect or emotion.


The exhibition Compulsion at Sweetwater Center for the Arts seeks to present contemporary works that represent the truly broad nature of abstraction.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

John Fluevog Gift Exchange

I am in a gift exchange with a stranger- a fellow Fluevog Shoe fan. We completed a simple questionnaire. Her answers: tuxedo cat, mirror collector, light, shadow and color. I painted it with acrylic this morning. It is varnished and ready to ship to Seattle. I would run it to USPS if it weren't soo beautiful outside. I think I will just enjoy the prettiness from my warm studio window.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Work in Painted Finch Gallery




I am very happy that my work can now be found in the 


Painted Finch Gallery


32 North Center street


Corry PA 16407 


Contact: 814-664-3053 


Stop by if you are in the area!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Workshops



I had another fun palette knife workshop at North Hills Art Center this past Saturday. Look for more upcoming dates on my website.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Framed work available on my website





I framed all of my art and put it on my website. They look gorgeous! Now, they are ready for immediate display and this adds value to the collector. I am hoping this boosts sales. What do you think?


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Learning to Frame My Work


I went back to Cleveland for framing day. I think we have a good process. I want to frame my work to add value. I am excited as they will look GREAT!!

Thank you, Jack.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

SOLD and off to Arizona



DUNES LXI

SOLD to a Collector in Prescott AZ

18" x 36" 

Oil on .75" canvas

Saturday, September 24, 2016

GOOD NEWS!

Two of my pieces, FLORAL 5 & 6 will be exhibited in the Pittsburgh Society of Artists 2016 Annual Exhibition. Juror Carol Brode evaluated the 142 works of art by 77 artists. The many submissions of outstanding quality together with certain constraints dictated by the exhibition space made for very intense competition. After three days of deliberation, the juror chose pieces that she felt would collectively represent the broad range of art and make the most dynamic exhibition. I am proud to be included! The show runs October 7- November 3, 2016 at Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill Arts Center. Located at 205 West Otterman Street, Greensburg PA 15601.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

DUNES LXII



DUNES LXII

9/22/2016

18" x 36" 

Oil on .75" canvas

DETAILS (below)

What's different? I used Alizarin Crimson. It has been a long time since I used red- lots of orange, no red.



DUNES LXI



DUNES LXI

9/22/2016

18" x 36" 

Oil on .75" canvas

DETAILS (below)



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DUNES LX



DUNES LX

9/20/2016

18" x 36" 

Oil on .75" canvas

DETAILS (below)






DUNES LIX



DUNES LIX

9/19/2016

18" x 36" 

Oil on .75" canvas

Went all out on this one-- gestural drawing with in and oil- both brushes and oil sticks.

DETAILS (below)




Thursday, September 15, 2016

DUNES LVIII



DUNES LVIII

9/15/2016

18" x 36" 

Oil on .75" canvas

My most recent effort w more gestural abstraction adding to my SCRATCH Collection- bringing the palette knife towards a cohesive body of work. This one has it all- oil, ink- painting and drawing. Certainly the most fun- letting color and design loose!

DETAILS (below)