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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 Dowling is a complex, creative, and searching artist who works almost daily in her 2D or clay studios. When she is traveling, she takes along art materials in order to plein air paint and draw. Many things visually interest her. She gets excited by new materials, exploring new places, looking carefully at things to find nuances of color, textures, unusual combinations, and the endless visual variation of life created by water, rocks, woods, fields, streams, mountains, city lights, architecture, and people.

Audrey has turned to block printing at various times throughout her art career because she loves the reduction of seeing into shapes and textures. She likes the process of cutting blocks and the sometimes unexpected that happens in the printing process. Going beyond the boundary of the block and/or hand coloring the block prints is part of her signature way of working. A little bit of unpredictability keeps her interested.

Audrey has been an active clay, mixed media, and paint artist for many years. Diversity in the mediums keeps her work fresh and artistic explorations continuously flowing, but grounded in the natural world. She is a gallerist who has owned Portage Hill Art Gallery for 39 years.

Education

Audrey attended SUNY New Paltz where she received her BS in Art Education. She has an MS degree from SUNY Fredonia. She has continued to expand her artistic education through summer workshops at Alfred University and several painting and printmaking workshops.

See more work, visit audreykaydowling.com

Audrey Dowling

Audrey Dowling

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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 and 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 – Wynnewood, PA]

Linda Dubin Garfield [Certified Visual Artist – Wynnewood, PA]

Linda Dubin Garfield is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Wynnewood, 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 creates installations that include public participatory art, especially when she is exploring themes relating to women in today’s culture.

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, helping emerging artists reach their goals and their audience, providing consulting and coaching on the business side of art through individual, small groups, and workshop experiences as well as providing opportunities to exhibit work. She provides art-making workshops to several organizations like Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Centers for Older Adults, Simpson House, and Atria Senior Living. Today, she serves on several non-profit boards and appreciates her good fortune to be able to make art every chance she gets.

Artist Statement

In the early 90’s, I took a printmaking course and fell in love with the process. Unlike other passionate relationships that fade with time, the passion and love I have for printmaking has only gotten more intense. Several years ago, I started exploring mixed media and have found that combining collage and monotype is another relationship that works for me. I enjoy combining photography and digital imaging with traditional printmaking techniques. The process leads to rich palimpsests using a vocabulary of shapes and motifs. My use of traditional printmaking techniques combined with experimental approaches is a means of expanding my visual language. The possibilities are exponential. Lately, I have been experimenting with other media – encaustic wax and acrylic painting.

Nature nurtures and inspires me. I combine elements of nature, texture, and design along with the magic of the press. I am intrigued by memory and what remains in our mind’s eye. My work reflects scenes from travel near and far. More than a report on how it was exactly, I am interested in my expressive and passionate response to the color and pattern of the landscape, experience, or image. The fluid space of memory, influenced by time, place, and experience forms the foundation of content for my work. I merge aspects of experience and observations with imagined and remembered sensations to create non-objective work that reflects life and memory. My work has overlapping layers of color and space, shifting relationships with mark-making that includes monotype, silkscreen, stencil, and image transfer as well as drawing. Inspired by travel, I create visual memoirs that offer multiple meanings to the viewer.

My focus on the process, not the outcome, frees me to be experimental. Following my passion and living my dream energizes me to be productive and alive. I feel like I am now living out loud. I want to share that passion and joie de vivre with those seeing my work, triggering a memory or experience for the viewer.

See more of her work at lindadubingarfield.com.

Linda Dubin Garfield

Linda Dubin Garfield

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Kelly Anderson [Certified Visual Artist – Lakeville, MN]

Kelly Anderson [Certified Visual Artist – Lakeville, MN]

Kelly Anderson is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Lakeville, MN.

Kelly Anderson is a Minnesota-based international artist that strives to create unique, high quality work with melted crayons. Her images of animals are drawn directly on the canvas as she melts the crayon. Her dominant hand controls the heat and the less dominant hand does the drawing. This is her way of incorporating childlike tools into her professional style.

See more of her work at crayonkelly.com.

Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson

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Nancy Staub Laughlin [Certified Visual Artist – Skillman, NJ]

Nancy Staub Laughlin [Certified Visual Artist – Skillman, NJ]

Nancy Staub Laughlin is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Skillman, NJ.

Nancy Staub Laughlin, an accomplished, New Jersey based artist, has created a new concept of the “still life” working with pastels on paper and photography. Nancy’s newest series, which she refers to as “assemblages,” incorporates the photograph into the pastel drawing. These dynamic, layered, and juxtaposing assemblages allow the viewer to enter her world of color, light, dimension, and beauty from a different perspective.

Background and exhibitions

Nancy has a BFA degree from Moore College of Art in Pennsylvania. She is currently with Carter Burden Gallery in NYC. She has been recognized and honored at the New Jersey State Museum and is included in the permanent collection. A few of her many accomplishments have been exhibits at the Noyes Museum, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, Bristol/Myers Squibb Headquarters, and Prudential Corporate Gallery. Her work was honorably included in a select exhibit, Six New Jersey Masters at Kean University, Burger Gallery. Nancy’s next exhibit will be at Carter Burden May/June 2021.

Awards

Nancy has received critical acclaim and reviews in the New York Times, City Arts, Gallery/Studio Magazine, and as a featured artist review by Renee Phillips, Manhattan Arts. She is represented in many private and public collections and was honored to be chosen to be in the NAWA collection at the Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey. Nancy received the Miriam Shorr Memorial Award, Works on Paper, through the National Association of Women Artists exhibition, Open Horizons 2018.

Reviews

Her most memorable highlight was being reviewed by the late Sam Hunter, an art critic who found her work “refreshingly unique.” This is a common theme among many of her positive reviews. She offers a different approach and passion to drawing. Nancy is consistent in her vision…one can always recognize her signature style no matter how much she has changed or grown.

See more of her work at nancystaublaughlin.com

Nancy Staub Laughlin

Nancy Staub Laughlin

 

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Denis Lefevre [Certified Visual Artist – Rungis, France]

Denis Lefevre [Certified Visual Artist – Rungis, France]

Denis Lefevre is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Rungis, France.

Self-taught, Denis Lefevre trained since the 1990s in graphic design and painting. Having participated in a few exhibitions – Barr, rue des Arts (Alsace); Boston (USA); Galerie Métanoïa (Paris) – since the 2010s, Denis makes small-format works to be sold in the form of postcards and paintings.

Denis designs paintings on various themes and illustrates works (for example: 5 large format paintings that can illustrate André Malraux’s book: “La Voie Royale”). His goal is to offer originals in the form of flyers, postcards, business cards, and paintings.

Thematic Approach

The origin of this approach stems from the observation that writing, especially that of French, does not represent the sound reality. It is a code, a notation which is the sign of the enunciation but also of the historical evolution without counting the pure graphics signifying aspects of its grammaticality. We postulate that we are currently living disconnected from reality; audible, but also visible, which makes, among other things, the quest for the spiritual more difficult to perform. To do this, it is advisable to resort to the representation that it is figurative, abstract, or symbolic. Several themes are developed according to three main axes:

A] Figurative art

  • architectural or religious heritage
  • existential or spiritual messages – nature

B] Symbolic art – calligraphy and letter design

C] Abstract art – enunciative painting

Exhibitions

France

  • Alsace city of Barr “Rue des Arts” 06/12/2011
  • Paris Galerie Métanoïa “Un seul grain de riz” 12/19/2015 – 01/09/2016
  • Paris Galerie Métanoïa “Un seul grain de riz : “Le Zodiaque”” 12/18/2017 – 01/06/2019
  • Paris Galerie Métanoïa “La Voie Royale (André Malraux)” 11/04/2016 – 11/10/2016
  • Senlis (Oise) “Festival d’at sacré : Le Chant de la Terre” april 2019

USA – in Boston French Cultural Center mai 2012

See more work, visit denizarbnc.com

Denis Lefevre

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Kerry Hawkins [Certified Visual Artist – Dedham, MA]

Kerry Hawkins [Certified Visual Artist – Dedham, MA]

Kerry Hawkins is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Dedham, MA.

Kerry Hawkins is a fine art photographer and freelance graphic designer, including social media. She attended the Art Institute of Boston, majoring in graphic design. Kerry became hooked on photography in her second year of college and has been photographing ever since.

Kerry loves to take photos everywhere she travels. Nature intrigues her, but she also loves city scenes and anything with peeling paint. Miniature animals amuse her. She has an Instagram feed called Tinyfur. The feed features toy photography and an occasional pet photo. It is a playful way to experiment with photography.

Kerry was the co-founder and manager of the Dedham Square Artist Guild. She did the marketing for the Guild, including social media, signage, and advertisements for their gallery and events. The Guild had was founded in October 2011, Dedham’s first artist cooperative, owned and operated by its members.

Kerry has been involved with many community organizations such as Dedham Civic Pride and Dedham Library Innovation Team. She had the honor of working on several projects, including Art in Bloom, Dedham Portrait Project, and many public art projects in Dedham. Kerry has photographed many non-profit party events in Dedham. For two years, she has been in the Dedham Art Association. Kerry has seen the group grow and is proud to be involved.

See more work, visit kerryhawkinsphotography.com

Kerry Hawkins

Kerry Hawkins

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Adorable Monique [Certified Visual Artist – Naples, FL]

Adorable Monique [Certified Visual Artist – Naples, FL]

Adorable Monique is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Naples, FL.

Adorable Monique is an award-winning professional artist based in Southwest Florida, born in Chicago, and raised abroad in Central America, which profoundly influences her understanding of art, culture, and color. Monique is a multidisciplinary creative, excelling in painting, ceramics, and illustration.

She received her formal education in Fine Arts and Teaching and has received numerous awards and the opportunity to exhibit in various venues. Growing up surrounded by different cultures has broadened her overall view of life. She is continuously pursuing success in personal, professional, and artistic endeavors and the cultural experience itself.

Monique’s upbringing in a developing country has allowed her to identify with the agricultural environment and be grateful for her surroundings and the natural environment, such as trees, water, and animals. It is part of the way of life to embrace nature, customs, colors, and values. Planting trees and keeping closeness with the surroundings as much as possible. Securing habitats for future generations is essential to develop a connection with nature. She portrays diverse ethnic groups as she believes that humanity is an integrated part of her work process.

See more work, visit adorablemonique.com

Adorable Monique

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Lesley Bodzy [Certified Visual Artist – Houston, TX]

Lesley Bodzy [Certified Visual Artist – Houston, TX]

Lesley Bodzy is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Houston, TX and New York City.

Lesley Bodzy is a painter and sculptor who works in Houston and New York City. She is currently a 2021 MFA candidate at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Lesley is interested in exploring the nexus between painting and sculpture. She seeks to create a unique dialogue with the viewer by focusing on the themes of wrapping and revealing, draping and unveiling, and absence and presence.

She is represented by galleries in New York, Houston, and New Jersey. Her work was recently shown in Site: Brooklyn and Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City; The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT; The Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA; Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, NY; The Meadows Gallery in Tyler, TX; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, NY; Palix Fine Arts in Houston, TX; and Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, CA.

Lesley has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and studied at Hunter College and the Art Students League of New York.

See more work, visit lesleybodzy.com

Lesley Bodzy

Lesley Bodzy

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

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

Gayle Printz is a new 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 are 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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