Nina Pancheva is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
The art practice of Nina Pancheva is an intersection between painting, art installations, and research. Her practice based PhD research project in the University of Southampton marked the beginning of her specific approach to fine art as a method which explores the world by both written and visual means. Her paintings usually include realistic elements which are juxtaposed with abstract ones or with a specific way of perception developed by the space of the art installation.
For her education, Nina took Fine Art in the University of Southampton where she earned a Master’s degree with distinction. Her works have been shortlisted for the final exhibitions of Sunny Art Prize, London; Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London; Beep International Painting Prize, Swansea; and DAAD Art Competition, Vienna. Her paintings have been included in private and public art collections in the United Kingdom, USA, Bulgaria, and Austria. Nina’s papers were published in two books: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: European Perspectives, ed. by Cassandra Sciortino, Cambridge Scholars Press and Making Pictures, ed. by Beth Harland, London: RGAP & Camberwell. She presented papers from her practice based research at international conferences and seminars in the United Kingdom, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Canada.
See more work, visit ninapancheva.com
Christina Mitterhuber is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Christina Mitterhuber was born 29.12.1975 in Wels, Austria, Europe and is based in 1180 Vienna, Austria.
Profession: Painter – oil paintings, acrylic paintings, mixed media on canvas in various sizes. Self studies since childhood. First oil paintings at the age of 12. Current paintings: One Thousand.
Favorite painters and sculptures: Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Raffael, and Rodin
Self studies at galleries around the world including New York City, San Francisco, Melbourne, Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Sidney, Brisbane, Paris, Cannes, London, Manchester, Rome, Florence, Milan, Dublin, Cork Island, Berlin, Hamburg, Malaga, Prague, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo, Kopenhagen, Genf, Zürich, Antibes, Venice, Nice and in the center of the cultural world, Vienna!
Self Studies at her favorite galleries: NYC Metropolitan museum of Art, MOMA NYC, Vancouver Art Gallery, Paris Musee de Orsay, National Gallery of Nice, Museum of Picasso in Antibes, Picasso Museum Malaga, MOMA, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne Australia, Belvedere, Leopold Museum, and Albertina.
See more work, visit christinamitterhuber.at
Phil Mikkelson is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
In the late 80’s, Phil Mikkelson was a computer programmer by day and made and sold Voodoo jewelry (chicken bones, leather, electronic parts), dimensional paintings (mixed media on stacked layers of glass), art installations, and special effects for videos and live events by night.
In 1989, Phil got his first job in the video game industry – CHOMP! for the Commodore64, published by Cosmi. Since then he’s worked as a producer, designer, and artist for Accolade, Amazing Media, AVE, Berkeley Systems, Color Dreams, EA, Majesco, and Take-Two/Rockstar on games like Carnival Games, Ford vs Chevy, After Dark Games, Battlebots, GTA – San Andreas, Frankenstein Starring Tim Curry, and about 50 others.
Several years ago, he started to experiment combining resin, wood, electronics, water, metal, and biological elements to create physical art knowing it would take several years to refine and build up a body or work that someone might want to place in their home or business.
See more work, visit mutechindustries.com
Evy Holstein is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Evy Olsen Halvorsen (aka Halvorsen Holstein) lives in the Pacific Northwest and was born in northern Norway. Evy and her parents immigrated in 1956 to the neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle, WA. After graduation from high school, Evy moved briefly to San Francisco before landing in Kitsap County with husband and daughters. After raising her daughters and owning a couple of businesses, she continued her education at Cornish College of the Arts, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude in 1999, in Painting and Printmaking.
“Perhaps because of the landscape of my childhood I am drawn to creating a sense of space, color. Norway is a dramatic country especially the islands I come from which are above the Arctic circle. I love that open country, sharp mountains rising out of the sea, the quickly changing sky. Not unlike the home I have here, water, mountains and open skies.”
See more work, visit www.evysart.com
Charles Hall is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Charles E. Hall is a Vietnam Veteran who does photography as therapy to help cope with PTSD. He has been photographing for several years. It is a reason to get out of the house, enjoy himself, and forget issues during that time.
Charles has been in over forty galleries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and California. He has been published in two books. Two of his photos are installed permanently at the new Ronald McDonald house in Baltimore, Maryland.
See more work, visit https://charlesehall.com
Qrcky is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Born in southern Virginia during the seventies to a family where art was not practiced or encouraged, Qrcky was drawn instinctively to Chuck Jones’ cartoons, Norman Rockwell’s art, and Bob Ross’ PBS show. He would try to imitate their art while watching cartoons. Twenty years later, Qrcky began to paint reverting to the kinds of self-expression he felt closest to as a child. Finding freedom in his art, he found his voice but exiled himself away from friends and family. He discovered that under emotional distress and displacement he was able to focus and paint at his strongest while feeling content and whole.
Qrcky has six years of related work experience and a portfolio of varied accomplishments including exhibitions and academic achievements. He possess a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking that is consistently displayed across all art pieces. He is capable of communicating with clients regarding specifications for customized art pieces.
See more work, visit qrcky.net
Leslie Jeffery is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Leslie Jeffery was born in Jacksonville, FL and became aware of art at a young age painting with her grandmother, an accomplished oil painter. She studied painting, art history, and constructive design at Florida State University and holds a B.S. in Art Education from FSU. Her large acrylic abstracts are widely exhibited and have received numerous awards.
Leslie works from her studios in Largo, FL and Highlands, NC where she spends the summer. She is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and The Florida Artists Group (FLAG). She is a Past President of Las Damas de Arte, a Tampa based group of women who exhibit together and raise money for art scholarships. Leslie was co-founder of The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art in Highlands, NC and in August, 2019 was the Presenter for the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers at The Bascom in Highlands, NC.
- November 2019 – April 2020: Leslie had a solo show at Galleria Misto at Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, FL
- April 2020: Leslie participated in the FLAG exhibition at Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, FL
- May 2020: she won First Place at Art Center Sarasota juried exhibition “UNCHARTED” (out of 270 entries)
- Dec 2020: she will have a solo exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL “Adios 2020”
Leslie’s paintings are primarily large format acrylic abstract compositions. The early Abstract Expressionists are her greatest influence, especially Franz Klein, Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner. Her work is about the process and features texture – light or heavy, marks of all kinds, deep colors and many layers, patterned backgrounds, and drips and various mediums. They convey energy, mood, and are lyrical. She hopes to create interest and curiosity through the simplicity or complexity of the piece. Leslie finds the painting process exhilarating and loves to talk to viewers about their reaction and perception to her work. She feels successful when she believes the last one is her best. While a few are difficult to plan and execute and others come easily, she usually thinks, “What fun that was!”
See more work, visit lesliejeffery.art
Edna Santiago is a new Side Arts Certified Member.
Medium: Printmaking, Gourd Art, Painting
Styles: Artesana, Expressive Impressionism, Abstract
Edna Santiago, a self taught artist, started painting in 2006 after the tragic loss of her only son. Direct, alive, tells a story, and colorful … these are descriptions of her works in oil and acrylic.
Edna expresses life’s elements and stories in color and movement. She is a retired physical therapist and interested in assisting women and children find “their way” to reach their potential through arts. She volunteers at several Philadelphia area art centers such as the Mainline Art Center and Darlington Art Center.
Edna curated and opened an art exhibition, “Nor Wind Nor Waters,” at the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia, PA in August 2019. This was the first of a series of exhibitions in support of Puerto Rican artists.
See more work, visit www.ednasantiago.com
Mary Robertson is a new Side Arts Certified Member. Mary spent her early years in the animation industry drawing cartoons for production companies like Hanna-Barbera, Chuck Jones, Filmation, and Ruby and Spears. She had two children and began working at home for these companies as a freelancer.
She went to UCSB and learned graphic design at a time when the industry was transitioning to computers and began painting acrylics on canvas as a hobby. Mary is a self taught painter. She began a job as a production artist painting for restaurants and hotels. Mary later had a job as a graphic designer for a publishing company. She is now retired and painting more.
See more work, visit aereodesigns.com
Sabrina Squires is a new Side Arts Certified Member. All cultures have creation stories that describe the culmination of earth and man. When disharmony enters that relationship, the earth and its inhabitants grow sick and suffer. Never before has there been such an opportunity to divorce the spirit of man and nature. This denial results in the withering of the collective living soul.
In opposition to the force that seeks this degradation, Sabrina Squires’ work is a continuous effort to keep that first primitive connection. The natural world is a challenging mentor who constantly inspires her to spend hours observing its details and reinterpreting them through her own creative ability. The product is a manifestation of that connection – a way she shows reverence and gratitude for this living place she calls home.
Sabrina’s work begins with a layer of altered National Geographic pages and builds through layers of ink, charcoal, and acrylic paint. She uses these media because of the depth, texture, and vibrancy they allow in her paintings.
See more work, visit www.sabrinajill.com