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Gina Kropf [Certified Visual Artist – New York, NY]

Gina Kropf [Certified Visual Artist – New York, NY]

Gina Kropf is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from New York, NY.

Gina Kropf is a photographer and mixed media artist residing currently in New York, NY. She was born in Raleigh, NC, where she began her BFA in studio art with an emphasis in photography. She spent 2 years studying photography and painting at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, and 2 years at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, studying photography and figure drawing before returning to Meredith College to earn her BFA. Gina spent 15 years working in photography studios and running her own studio as the principal photographer before settling in Manhattan to continue her studies in art.

Using the skills and techniques she acquired in the photography field and the classic photo techniques she learned in college, Gina employs various photographic mediums such as digital photography and manipulation, analog /120mm film photography, and acrylic paint. Her work explores aspects of individuality, non-conformity, and the human figure. She incorporates these ideas into her chaotic world, where she searches for understanding of human nature, her life, and how it evolves and takes on new meaning with the passing of each decade.

See more work, visit ginakropf.com

Gina Kropf

Gina Kropf

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Linda Fitzgerald [Certified Visual Artist – Fort Collins, CO]

Linda Fitzgerald [Certified Visual Artist – Fort Collins, CO]

Linda Fitzgerald is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Fort Collins, CO.

Linda Fitzgerald was born in the Hudson Valley area of New York State and has been a Fort Collins resident since 1988. Before settling in Colorado, Linda’s path took her to San Francisco and Santa Fe where her passion for both visual and culinary art began to blossom.

In San Francisco, Linda befriended nationally acclaimed sculptress Ruth Cravath Wakefield and fine art painter Charles Farr. Both inspired and influenced Linda on her creative journey. In 1978, Linda moved to New Mexico where she had the honor of working as a Companion/Chef for Georgia O’Keeffe at Ms. O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu home. There were many conversations on the subject of creativity. Linda took to heart the advice Ms. O’Keeffe gave her, “Paint the way you paint! Don’t allow others to tell you how your painting should look. Instructors want you to paint like them, but then it’s not your work, it’s theirs’.”

Awards and Exhibitions

  • City of Lafayette Group Show (January – March 2020): Lafayette, CO
  • Jones Gallery Group Show (February 2020): Kansas City, MO
  • Public Art Program reproduction and installation of “Flamingos” utility box wraps (January 2020): Pompano Beach, FL
  • R Gallery Group Show (October – November 2019): Boulder, CO
  • R Gallery (September – October 2019): Boulder, CO
  • Gateway To The Rockies National Art Show (October 2019): Aurora, CO
  • Art Santa Fe International Art Show (2019): Santa Fe, NM
  • Gateway To The Rockies National Art Show (October 2018): Aurora, CO
  • Art in Public Places reproduction and installation of “Spirit Buffalo” at the Phillip S. Miller Regional Park (August 2018): Castle Rock, CO

See more work, visit lindafitzgeraldgalleryandgifts.com

Linda Fitzgerald

Linda Fitzgerald

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Nina Pancheva [Certified Visual Artist – Woking, Surray, UK]

Nina Pancheva [Certified Visual Artist – Woking, Surray, UK]

Nina Pancheva is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Woking, Surray, UK.

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.

Background and Experience

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

Nina Pancheva

Nina Pancheva

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Christina Mitterhuber [Certified Visual Artist – Vienna, Austria]

Christina Mitterhuber [Certified Visual Artist – Vienna, Austria]

Christina Mitterhuber is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Vienna, Austria.

Christina Mitterhuber was born 29.12.1975 in Wels, Austria, Europe and is based in 1180 Vienna, Austria.

Profession: Painter – oil paintings, acrylic paintings, and 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

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Rabi Soltani [Certified Visual Artist – Irvine, CA]

Rabi Soltani [Certified Visual Artist – Irvine, CA]

Rabi Soltani is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Irvine, CA.

Rabi Soltani lives in California and loves painting which they started doing when they were ten years old. Rabi went to private art classes for three years and enjoys abstract style because colors give them calm and positive energy.

See more work, visit rabi-art-shop.myshopify.com

Rabi Soltani

Rabi Soltani

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Charles Hall [Certified Visual Artist – Windsor Locks, CT]

Charles Hall [Certified Visual Artist – Windsor Locks, CT]

Charles Hall is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Windsor Locks, CT.

Charles 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 fineartamerica.com/profiles/5-charles-hall

Charles Hall

Charles Hall

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Evy Halvorsen [Certified Visual Artist – Kingston, WA]

Evy Halvorsen [Certified Visual Artist – Kingston, WA]

Evy Halvorsen is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Kingston, WA.

Evy Olsen Halvorsen (aka Halvorsen Holstein) was born in northern Norway. In 1956, she and her parents immigrated 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. Evy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude in 1999, in painting and printmaking. Currently, she lives in Kingston, WA.

“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.

Landscape dwells large in my consciousness. The landscape of time, space and color. This space around us all weighs on me, as a comfort and a challenge. Color is my guide to finding my way around this space, anchoring and directing my thoughts, taking me home. The images I’m drawn to may be a literal translation or an abstracted vision of terrain and memory. A color impression, a botanical image or a visiting traveler may occupy the surface I attempt to fill. It is still always about the space, the welcoming space.”

See more work, visit evyolsenhalvorsen.com

Evy Halvorsen

Evy Halvorsen

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Richard Heiens [Certified Visual Artist – Greenacres, FL]

Richard Heiens [Certified Visual Artist – Greenacres, FL]

Dr. Richard Heiens is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Greenacres, FL.

Dr. Richard Heiens is an accomplished international artist whose colorful abstract expressionist works never fail to solicit an emotional reaction from the viewer. His paintings are mostly abstract in nature with some figurative art. His abstracts highlight shapes and colors. Using color intensity and simplicity of composition, his works make a big impact without crowding the canvas.

His paintings have a wonderful balance and handling of the acrylics. They catch the eye of the beholder with their colors and shapes which tell a story. His paintings have a balance of warm, cold. and neutral color composition with a mix of different round and edged components. There are clear boundaries filled with soft shifting nuances. He uses layering of the paints to create the richness in the colors with light and darks being well placed.

Background

In Rome, Italy, Dr. Heiens took lessons from Professor Sergio Graziani, a famous artist and actor, on how to paint in oil and acrylics. When Dr. Heiens returned to the states, he taught art to seventh graders in Illinois. He obtained a Doctorate Degree in Education Technology in 2006.

Dr. Heiens obtained gallery representation in Texas and London after selling his works on Instagram. He has had private commissions from clients in Italy, Germany, the UK, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, California, Florida, and Washington.

See more work, visit dochartist.com

Richard Heiens

Richard Heiens

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Qrcky [Certified Visual Artist – Baltimore, MD]

Qrcky [Certified Visual Artist – Baltimore, MD]

Qrcky is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Baltimore, MD.

Qrcky was born in southern Virginia during the seventies to a family where art was not practiced or encouraged. He 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. Discovering 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 possesses 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

Qrcky

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Leslie Jeffery [Certified Visual Artist – Largo, FL]

Leslie Jeffery [Certified Visual Artist – Largo, FL]

Leslie Jeffery is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Largo, FL.

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 BS in Art Education from FSU. Her large acrylic abstracts are exhibited widely and have received numerous awards.

Leslie works from her studios in Largo, FL, and Highlands, NC, where she spends the summer. 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, drips, and various mediums. They convey energy and 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!”

Leslie 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: Solo show at Galleria Misto at Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, FL
  • April 2020: Participated in the FLAG exhibition at Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, FL
  • May 2020: Won First Place at Art Center Sarasota juried exhibition “UNCHARTED” (out of 270 entries)
  • Dec 2020: Solo exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL “Adios 2020”

See more work, visit lesliejeffery.art

Leslie Jeffery

Leslie Jeffery

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