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WOAS Raleigh 2013

Once thought lost after a most majestic computer crash, I am thrilled to post my notes from the World of Art Showcase International Fine Art Show.

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I received an invitation from MMI Public Relations to blog about the show and artists. As is my normal process, I strode through some great art and art makers, conversing, noting and photographing the pieces that grabbed my eye – and held my attention. I found all of the artist welcoming and happy to share their methods, inspirations and stories. I thank them all.

Venus Sanghvi: India
 Daniel Lai: Malaysia ->U of Tennessee in Knoxville)
Victoria Angelique Primicias – USA
Jan Zhang: China->US
Osiris Rain: USA (originally from Waxhaw NC)

1. Venus Sanghvi: India –
http://studiovenus.wordpress.com/

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Delightful and insightful; Venus incorporates the Sanskrit written word AUM in her paintings; the red thread drew me in to look more closely at the works as they were connected – such is the thread through all of us – “should cause one to look more closely at others’ [persons] -honor, appreciate your connection with them/all.”

 

 

2. Daniel Lai: Malaysia (->U of Tennessee in Knoxville) site: http://daniellai.artspan.com
Currently working on his PhD in Sociology and works on his sculptures to “give his brain a break” (so true of art)

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I love sculpture, of course – I love trying to figure out the story before reading the artist’s title for the pieces. – gotta love the figures and the book folding as well as the many individual ‘statements’ each make. Daniel graciously shared his construction techniques – I so relate to figuring out how to hang three-dimensional work! He was so pleased to have sold several pieces and as I was setting up this photo, sold another one!

 

3. Victoria Angelique Primicias – Encaustic Paintings http://arte-cera.com/ 

Contrast – calm/solitude of finished painting vs the art of getting itdone –

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“Victoria digitally manipulates a photographs to use as reference and begins the encaustic painting process from there. The images she
renders in the bees wax “…[resonate] with the quieter, more reflective nature of our being…” and belie the chaos of getting the work done, as reflected by this terrific paintbrush image from her site.

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Victoria will be showing as a provisional exhibitor at Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show Nov29-Dec1
http://carolinadesignercraftsmen.com/blog/category/exhibiting-in-2013/page/4/

 

 

 

 

 

4. Jan Zhang: China->US
http://janzhangfineart.com

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His figurative pieces tell intricate stories and his landscapes capture voluminous atmosphere even in the smallest sizes. Jan explained that the landscapes are much easier and quicker to paint because these images have been in front of him all his life. The figurative works, he explains, take much longer as he draws from his imagination. As I do love the landscape work reflecting the scenes of the northeast, especially, I am drawn in to explore the [deeper meaning/”hidden” objects/animals] within the light-veiling affect and use of limited pallet he creates of the figurative works draw me in and appear three-dimensional at times “…He often says ‘Light is the soul of visual artwork. If you master of the nuances of light, you will create a successful piece of art. Creating the nuances
of light can be a struggle, but the struggle itself can be rewarding.’” -credit to his website

5. Osiris Rain: USA (originally from Waxhaw NC); beekeeper
http://www.osirisrainstudios.com/biography.html
(Rose Study)

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Osiris trained in the European tradition – one of my favorite styles – and brings it to a place that is at once illuminated -beyond the gold/silver leafing- and magically atmospheric. Osiris ‘honors’ his work/subject with beautiful framing which, unfortunately, is not apparent for the images on his website. Osiris incorporates a bee or two to honor his beekeeping occupation.

If you are in Charlotte NC, check out one of his classes.

 

 

 

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Art Exposure: Connecting three influential artists from the Triangle area

The path to here|today from high school art class and the seeds of a local art show begins…

1. Bob Rankin: Sanderson High School – ArtSpace –  ArtSplosure – International Festival – reconnection through my Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Design student’s field trip to The Hudio (link is to a 5min. video tour!)-

Bob and my connection to the evolution of ArtSplosure:- The Position Statement on the link Artsplosure website states: “Artsplosure was conceived in 1978 by subcommittees of the newly formed City of Raleigh Arts Commission who were planning a citywide arts festival that would combine an “explosion” of art activity with people’s “exposure” to all types of art.”  I, however, believe that it began by a group of Art teachers in the Raleigh area who put together a student show at the old North Hills Mall. In fact, the very first one I participated in was called “the Spring Thing” and highlighted the artwork of the current seniors in Bob Rankin’s class. I remember Lycra body-sized pillow cases donned to walk the halls of Sanderson and the inflated super-snake made of taped-together garbage bags that wound its way through the halls as well. When it came time for the show, we all gathered at  the then-named Carrol Jr. High to climb into our individually decorated refrigerator boxes that spelled “SPRING THING” then we walked in single file (what else could we do?) to the old Cameron Brown building, and then crossed Six Forks Road to the mall where we had displayed our artwork for the show.

BobRankin1Bob moved on from High School teaching, although he has several demo videos on Jerry’s Artarama website, Youtube.com, and folioacademy.com, and creates a yearly poster for Raleigh’s International Festival. He was one of the first artists I thought to bring my students to for a mini lecture on being a professional artist when I taught a couple of Design classes at Central Carolina Community College at the original Siler City Pottery Studio location. Thank you again for your time and generosity, Bob!

My current favorite piece is from his Representational works collection on his website, and is of a dynamic wave shape superimposed with rectangular landscape vignettes. Bob has a unique way of combining the organic and inorganic in his work that is pleasing as well as surprising.

2. Emma Skurnick – CCCC – ArtSplosure – FirstNightPlanetarium

EmmaSkurnick1Emma Skurnick was one of my design and marketing teacher at CCCC. She is a wonderful watercolor/colored pencil artist who is dedicated to whimsy and exploration. Emma also works as a professional illustrator of life sciences. I so appreciate the encouragement Emma gave me for my artwork, class work and the pointers she shared with me on teaching the Design classes at CCCC. Emma now holds classes at her studio in Pittsboro and recently created the backdrops to a new winter program at the Morehead Planetarium. She remains involved in production decoration for Paperhand Puppet Intervention which also appear at ArtSplosure in their –living tree– and the “Trigon” dragon parade for First Night Raleigh New Year’s Eve celebration.

My current favorite piece: The sketches Emma shared on FaceBook of her Planetarium backdrops for the Paperhand Puppet’s production of “The Longest Night”.

 

3. Marina Bosetti – CCCC- ArtSplosure – various shows –

MarinaBosetti1I connected with Marina Bosetti during my ‘sculpturation’ at CCCC as my externship mentor. Marina is a production ceramic tile artist who has been showing and selling her tile art throughout North Carolina for the past decade. She has been influential and inspirational in several art and business groups in Raleigh including the Carolina Designer Craftsmen, and Chix in Business to name a quick few. I marvel at the amount of work she puts into tile sinks, mirrors and fireplace surrounds for the Parade of Homes she has participated in!

Marina teaches classes in ceramics at her studio as well as NCSU Craft center. Thank you again, Marina, for lending me a corner of your studio when I was in my ‘clay-days’!

My current favorite piece: Although I love the birdhouses (especially the White Rose Bungalow), the five vertical panels on her ‘Design Gallery-Ornamentals’ page is a lovely balanced grouping of natural colors. This piece is currently hanging in the reception area at Vision Park Optometry.

Well, I’m off on my art trek with camera and sketchbook in hand!

If you are interested in embarking on your own art trek, I’d suggest picking a few artist names who’s work you like and then check out their websites. Current shows and event listings on their websites will provide you with new artists and artwork to check out and events to participate in. You may also, like I am, follow that new path to your next discovery!

Question:

Have you ever taken the opportunity to go on a self-guided tour of your city? What inspired you to do so -and did you see any great art you think I should write about? Make sure to comment and leave a link!