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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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Ann Dunbar [Certified Visual Artist – Longpont Sur Orge, France]

Ann Dunbar [Certified Visual Artist – Longpont Sur Orge, France]

Ann Dunbar is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Longpont Sur Orge, France.

Ann Dunbar is an international mixed media artist, born and educated in UK – now working and living in France. In England, armed with a teachers’ diploma (Southbank University, 1975) and an arts degree specializing in Textiles (West Surrey College of Art, 1987), she taught in schools and colleges for sixteen years before she became a full-time artist.

Ann’s unique mixed technique, whereby she embellishes her water based paintings on paper with lavish embroidery, is her signature work. She has accumulated fifty awards since moving to France in 1996. Ann has exhibited in Brazil, USA, China, Japan, Cambodia, Russia, and Australia. Her pieces are found in many corporate and museum collections. She is represented in Italy, Australia, and UK galleries.

See more work, visit anndunbarart.com

Ann Dunbar

Ann Dunbar

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Carrie Kingsbury [Certified Visual Artist – Stowe, PA]

Carrie Kingsbury [Certified Visual Artist – Stowe, PA]

Carrie Kingsbury is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Stowe, PA.

Carrie Kingsbury has been a full-time mural painter since 1999, when she started Promiseland Murals. She has many large commercial, community, and residential projects in her portfolio such as PF Chang’s in Lancaster, PA; World Of Beer and MOD Pizza in Exton, PA; Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia and St Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA; and Julius Silvert’s and Davita’s corporate headquarters as well as several restaurants; multiple historical murals in Berwyn, Malvern, and Hamburg, PA; and many fine homes on the east coast.

Carrie has traveled as far as California, Romania, and India to paint. In 2009, her work was displayed as part of the television show Extreme Home Makeover (Berks edition) and many mini makeovers in Berks County, PA, and the surrounding area. Carrie was involved in many Designing for Hope projects involving murals and painted a backdrop for Quaker City String Band for the 2016 Mummers Parade. She has volunteered teaching art for a scouting program for girls since 1994. Carrie currently works out of her mural studio located in Stowe, PA.

See more work, visit promiselandart.com

Carrie Kingsbury

Carrie Kingsbury

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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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