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Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Westfield, NY.

Audrey Kay Dowling received a BS in Art Education at SUNY New Paltz and a MS from SUNY Fredonia. She works in her clay, painting, and printmaking studios full time. Audrey is an award and grant winning artist and the gallery owner of Portage Hill Art Gallery in Westfield, New York.

See more work, visit audreykaydowling.com

Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist - Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist - Westfield, NY]

 

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Jane Heyman [Certified Visual Artist – Los Angeles , CA]

Jane Heyman [Certified Visual Artist – Los Angeles , CA]

Jane Heyman is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Los Angeles, CA.

Jane Heyman has been professionally painting and drawing since she was 12 years old. She has won printmaking awards, scholarships, and fellowships. Jane is known for painting President Clinton, Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Magic Johnson, and Oliver North as well as many dignitaries and private colleges.

See more work, visit janeheymanart.com

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Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist – Minneapolis, MN]

Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist – Minneapolis, MN]

Patti Walsh is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Minneapolis, MN.

Patti Walsh’s work is filtered through her road-weary, sometimes jaded, and warped mind with a unique woman-elder perspective. It’s pure feeling. She allows chaos to self-organize into a form that might be understood visually. She evolves and learns to understand that visual art expresses what we know without words but with experiences and sensory understanding.

As Patti approaches a new piece of work, she typically has a process where colors are decided and lets loose on the canvas with nothing in her logical mind. She lets her angst, joy, frustration, silliness, or a thousand other feelings dictate the movement of the work. Patti enjoys learning how people perceive the finished pieces and tell her what they feel she might have been thinking. Sometimes they’re spot on, sometimes not so much. She loves for people to get their own feelings from her work and interpret it in their own ways.

Exhibits

  • May 2021 – Grumpy’s NE – “Artificial World” outdoor art exhibit
  • February 2020 – Vine Arts Center – “Creation by Sound” group and coordinated/curated exhibit
  • November 2019 – Inverted Arts Gallery – “Love vs. Fear” Mill City Art Show Group Exhibit
  • September 2019 – Vine Arts Center – 12th Annual Members Group Exhibit
  • February 2019 – Vine Arts Center – “Locally Inspired” Two person exhibit with Susan Warner

See more work, visit pattiwalsh66.com

Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist - Minneapolis, MN]

Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist - Minneapolis, MN]

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Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist – Peoria, AZ]

Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist – Peoria, AZ]

Lisa Magrane is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Peoria, AZ.

Lisa Magrane has always been an artist and had a passion for creating since she was a child. Following her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and MFA at Hunter College (CUNY), she taught ceramics in Brooklyn to middle schoolers. She moved into a career in computer graphics doing website development.

After years in the tech world, Lisa had the desire to get back to creating so she opened a custom cake business and successfully ran it for 10 years – Rhapsody Cakes, located in Long Island, New York. Her husband and she decided to move to Arizona in 2016. She left the cake making and deliveries to others and returned to her artistic journey. She enjoyed designing and sculpting cakes, got good at it, and still receives calls from former clients begging for cake.

Lisa has been painting and creating since she moved to Arizona, utilizing the new art business name of Rhapsody Arts West. She is enjoying the freedom to create freely without a deadline or specific customer order. As an avid gardener, she enjoys the freedom to create flowers and botanicals with paint on paper and with paper sculpted on canvas. She loves all aspects of florals: the colors, textures, and movement of the garden. Even when people are not aware of the nature that is all around them, they benefit from being outdoors, in the grass, passing by flowers, and all the wonderful aspects of things that grow. She seeks to inspire a sense of calm and refreshment, maybe even some excitement in the viewer. She wants to add beauty to the world.

In her paintings, she tries to capture movement in a scene, the stillness of an animal, some aspect of nature, the undulation of a landscape, or the bold color of a flower frozen in a moment at the peak of its beauty. She wants to inspire the feeling of being in a beautiful and vibrant instant in a garden, the essence of an animal, movement, bold color, vibrant scenes captured in a moment of particular lighting, and the glow from the sun.

As a full-time artist, Lisa works from her home studio – back to her roots in fine art. She enjoys creating art and inspiration for its viewers.

Recent Art Achievements

  • Sonoran Art League, New Member Exhibition (2022)
  • WHAM Interpretations V Exhibition, Honorable Mention (2020)
  • Trilogy Fine Art Show Exhibitor Spring and Fall Shows (2016 – Present)
  • President, Trilogy Art League Peoria, AZ (2018 – 2020)
  • Exhibited in the West Valley Arts HQ Exhibition / Arizona Artists Guild 2019 Statewide (2019)
  • Exhibited in the “Fantastical Botanicals” Exhibition at The Chandler Center for Fine Arts (2019)

See more work, visit rhapsodyartswest.com

Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist - Peoria, AZ]

Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist - Peoria, AZ]

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Carlos Pardo [Certified Visual Artist – Katy, TX]

Carlos Pardo [Certified Visual Artist – Katy, TX]

Carlos Pardo is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Katy, TX.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Carlos Pardo was always surrounded by beautiful things. His grandfather’s house in the countryside was a good escape from the city. Nature has been a good part of his life since early on. His father is a photographer, art director, and a great painter. He is one of Carlos’ greatest influences and maybe the biggest because he taught Carlos to never follow, copy, or be influenced.

Carlos graduated from high school in 1994. He started working and going to Community College in Miami. He graduated with a degree in photography and a minor in design. Carlos enjoyed college because his teachers let him explore his art by guiding him with their experience. He started teaching nine years ago, showing people that they can create and explore their imagination.

Art has always been Carlos’ escape from the incoherence of life. It makes more sense because he can leave his feelings on paper. He hopes people see their own feelings in his pictures.

Carlos’ art is edgy, but sometimes very mellow. Photos are never retouched. He thinks the way he photographs the first time is the most honest, even if it is not perfect. He loves contrast, not only with light but also colors, shapes, and ripples in time that keep moving after they are printed on a piece of paper. Carlos wants to change the way people feel about light, show them something new, and help them understand or like art more.

See more work, visit carlosapardo.wixsite.com/photo

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Virginia van Gaalen [Certified Visual Artist – Bucharest, Romania]

Virginia van Gaalen [Certified Visual Artist – Bucharest, Romania]

Virginia van Gaalen is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Bucharest, Romania.

Born in Australia in 1972 and finishing her Visual Arts degree at Charles Sturt University, Virginia van Gaalen traveled overseas for the next few years. Taken sporadically over many years, Virginia’s photographs often capture the human landscape and the layers and textures that life creates. Sometimes documentary in nature, her images capture these moments. Her photos evoke a sense of isolation at times; however, they always have a sense of the human presence.

Having lived in 7 different countries, Virginia van Gaalen has been working as a full-time teacher for 18 years, travelled extensively throughout Asia, and recently moved to Europe. The last three years, she has dedicated her time to becoming a full-time artist.

As someone who lives internationally, her artwork is influenced by the country in which she lives. Virginia enjoys interpreting her ideas in a variety of media. She often plays with different processes within her themes. Her paintings capture the world around her. They are varied from the cityscapes of the Philippines that embodied the densely populated city of Manila to the delicate mixed media work of Chinese shophouses of Asia.

Her hand-painted ceramic pieces are as experimental as her techniques. Her recent works are layered with stencils and silkscreens creating individual pieces that reflect the urbanscape of Romania.

“The recent move to Romania is provocative and a different scene to my last. I am intrinsically motivated by my surroundings, and in my recent paintings the natural landscape has been my focus. The forests and lakes that surround Bucharest provide a great source of recreation, respite and relief from the current human condition. In my paintings, the unpredictability of our time complements the peace and tranquility of the natural landscape, as represented through the use of gestural lines and textures. I choose colours, using a limited palette that are found within the natural landscape. I attempt to capture my emotional and metaphorical response to my environments, communicating the essence of where I am in a particular moment, alongside an abstracted story that reflects where I have come from.”

See more work, visit virginiavangaalen.photoshelter.com

Virginia van Gaalen

Virginia van Gaalen

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Linda Dubin Garfield [Certified Visual Artist – Bala Cynwyd, PA]

Linda Dubin Garfield [Certified Visual Artist – Bala Cynwyd, PA]

Linda Dubin Garfield is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Linda Dubin Garfield, an award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist, creates visual memoirs exploring the mystery of memory and the magic of place, using hand-pulled printmaking techniques, photography, collage and digital imaging. Her abstract and dynamic works use multiple layers of ink that waver between background and foreground creating a fusion of surface design and abstract expressionism She also creates installations that include public participatory art, especially when she is exploring themes relating to women in today’s culture.

Experience

In 2005, she founded ARTsisters, a group of professional artists who empower each other and their community through art. In 2007, she started smART business consulting which helps emerging artists reach their goals and their audience; provides consulting and coaching on the business of art through individual, small groups and workshop experiences; and provides opportunities to exhibit work. Today, she serves on several non-profit boards and appreciates her good fortune to be able to make art every chance she gets.

See more of her work at lindadubingarfield.com.

Linda Dubin Garfield

Linda Dubin Garfield

 

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Gayle Printz [Certified Visual Artist – Johns Creek, GA]

Gayle Printz [Certified Visual Artist – Johns Creek, GA]

Gayle Printz is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Johns Creek, GA.

Gayle Printz is an internationally-recognized American abstract artist whose work is part of the Permanent Exhibit of Le Musée de Peinture de Saint-Frajou in France. Using color, rather than purely tangible structures, to express herself, Ms. Printz creates paintings that transcend the familiar. Her work is known for drawing the viewer into the painting and inviting them to assign personal meaning and universal context by listening to the whispers of their imagination and emotional memory.

Gayle’s paintings have been lauded by critics and collectors of abstract art, abstract expressionism, art-resilience, art informel, and tachisme. Although she has developed her own distinctively recognizable style, her work has been compared to that of Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, and Jackson Pollock.

Among other honors she has earned, Gayle Printz was one of eight American painters whose work was selected by the Jury of the 2020 International Art-Resilience Competition. Two Printz paintings, “Pond” and “First,” were on exhibit for a month at Le Musée de Peinture de Saint-Frajou in France as part of the International Art-Resilience Exhibition, the video presentation of which remains in the Museum’s Permanent Archives.

Four of her paintings – “Bird,” “Blue Dog,” “Pigtails,” and “Yellow” – were selected by the Jury of The International ArtisTTable “Are You Serious?” Competition. They were on exhibit through January of 2021. Printz’s painting, “Brush,” was selected by the Jury of Fine Art America for display in their National “On The Beach” Exhibition.

See more work, visit gayleprintz.com

Gayle Printz

Gayle Printz

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Edward Savaria Jr [Certified Visual Artist – Erdenheim, PA]

Edward Savaria Jr [Certified Visual Artist – Erdenheim, PA]

Edward Savaria Jr is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Erdenheim, PA.

Edward Savaria Jr creates dreamy and whimsical photography and sculpture.

See more work, visit savariaart.com

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Steven Lester [Certified Visual Artist – Canton, GA]

Steven Lester [Certified Visual Artist – Canton, GA]

Steven Lester is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Canton, GA.

Steven Lester began his career as a commercial illustrator after graduating from college with a degree in visual arts. He became an art director and creative director for corporations and advertising agencies, winning more than 100 national and international awards.

After four decades in the commercial art field, Steven fully embraced his love of fine art painting. He has painted internationally in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, India, South Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean. His work is in demand by corporations (McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company, REI COOP), major universities, art collectors, athletes, and private individuals across the globe.

Steven was selected to be a 2020 Executive Fellow in the Clark Hulings Fund’s Art-Business Accelerator Program, recipient of the United States Sport Academy’s (USSA) prestigious International Sports Artist of the Year award, and awarded the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) “Zhenliang He Cultural Medallion”.

Steven was invited to the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to stage live painting events at multiple venues. Concurrent with the Summer Games, he had a solo exhibition of his narrative, Olympic-themed paintings at the prestigious Tokyo American Club.

See more work, visit stevenlesterartstudio.com

Steven Lester

Steven Lester

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