The Healing Power of ART Exhibition Update

“The Healing Power of Art” online exhibition entry deadline was April 13. We received many extraordinary entries from professional artists from around the world. All subjects and styles of two- and three-dimensional art were accepted.

We received art that expresses joy, harmony, contrast and change, through nature-inspired and abstract images. Others reflect profound statements about the human condition through portraits and figures. Overall the works of art provoke a myriad feelings — from compassion and gratitude to pain and transformation.

The statements artists submitted about their work and how it relates to the healing power of art were equally compelling. I look forward to sharing them with you. ~ Renée Phillips

Dates of exhibition: April 30 – June 30, 2015
Announcements of Winners: The Manhattan Arts Email Newsletter will be sent around April 24, 2015 with a list of winners.

Learn more about the exhibition and the awards

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Our Next Call For Artists “Hot Topics” Summer Exhibition

BANNER2-700An online exhibition, June 30 – August 30, 2015

Hot Topics
Bea Doone-Merena, Vanessa Robar – Selfie, oil on canvas, 22” x 30”. Bea Doone-Merena is a member of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program.

We Will Bring “Hot Topics”  Here in June!

If you appreciate art that makes an impact on many different levels you won’t want to miss seeing this exhibition of 35 artists from around the world.

Seeking Artists Who Are Bold and Expressive!

If you’re an artist help us make  “Hot Topics” a success. We will be seeking a range of Art in all mediums. Art that expresses passion, controversy, shock, surprise, taboos,  boldness, summer scenes, sunrises, volcanoes, fire, fireworks, high-key colors, energized abstractions, global warming,  sexism, social, religious, spiritual and political issues.

Art will be featured here on this website in addition to The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website.

Get Ready for “Hot Topics”

We will begin accepting entries soon.
“Hot Topics” Entry deadline: June 15, 2015.
Exhibition states June 30, 2015.
Details will be announced soon.
Subscribers will be the first to know.
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Barbara Rachko

Barbara Rachko Creates Bold and Dramatic Pastel Paintings

Her Contemporary “Black Paintings” Transform Cultural Objects

By Renée Phillips

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko in her New York studio. Photo credit: Jenna Lash.

Barbara Rachko was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in a New York City suburb. The full-time artist currently divides her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia.

Rachko is internationally recognized for her unique of pastel-on-sandpaper paintings that are inspired by Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects.

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Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Epiphany, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Steeped in Authenticity and Symbolism

In her series titled “Black Paintings” we see an array of exotic and primitive masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys. In the artists’ hands these objects, many of which have been used for religious festivals, are transformed from their original old historic roots to dramatic and bold contemporary works of art. However, the rich symbolism remains and is transmitted to the viewer for our personal interpretation.

Rachko’s  attraction to the cultural treasures has taken her on many travels to southern Mexico and Guatemala. There, she visits the local local mask shops, markets, and bazaars “searching for the figures that will later populate my pastel paintings and photographs.” When she returns from her trips she reads as much as she can find about the objects, a preoccupation that imbues her art with a profound authenticity.

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Big Wow, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Cool Jazz Influences

Rachko reveals, “The idea for the ‘Black Paintings’ series began when I attended a jazz history course and learned how Miles Davis developed cool jazz from bebop. In bebop the notes were played hard and fast as musicians showcased their technical virtuosity. Cool jazz was a much more relaxed style with fewer notes, i.e., the music was pared down to its essentials. Similarly my current series evolved from dense, complex visual compositions into paintings that depict only the essential elements—the actors.”

The current “Black Paintings” series, Rachko explains, grew directly from her earlier “Domestic Threats” series. Both of these bodies of work “use cultural objects as surrogates for human beings acting in mysterious, highly-charged narratives.”

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Incognito, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Unique Compositions and Rich Textures

To create her unique and compelling compositions Rachko removes all of the non-essential background details are replaces them with an intense saturation of dark black pastel. As a result the figures become the dominant focal points — animated and personified.

What may be considered a labor of love Rachko takes months to complete each extraordinary work of art. She deliberately and slowly builds up as many as 30 layers of soft pastel for each painting to achieve depth and a velvet-like richness.

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Motley, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Achievements and Accolades

Barbara Rachko is represented by six galleries throughout the United States. She has had exhibitions nationally and internationally. Among her many awards include the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award, and two grants from the Templar Trust in Lichtenstein. She also completed the Ajira’s Emerge 2000 business program for artists.

She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in psychology. After college, she earned a commercial pilot’s license and Boeing 727 flight engineer’s certificate, then spent seven years on active duty as a Naval officer. It was while working at the Pentagon that she began to study figure drawing and medical anatomy. That marked the beginning of her development of her technical prowess matched by her unique artistic vision and style.

She subsequently resigned from active to devote herself to creating art. Rachko’s first eBook, “From Pilot to Painter,” is available on Amazon.

Barbara Rachko
Barbara Rachko, Poker Face, pastel-on-sandpaper painting, 38” x 58” image, 50” x 70” framed.

Her Radio Interview

You may listen to an interview with the artist by Brainard Carey on the Yale University Radio podcast http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/barbara-rachko/ and and on amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HNVR200

Visit Barbara Rachko’s website at www.barbararachko.com

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Carrie Webster

Carrie Webster Creates Surreal Photographic Images

Story-Telling Through “Artography”

By Renée Phillips

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster creates photographic manipulations on her computer. She is an artist skilled in many mediums. The wall in front of her displays her paintings.

Carrie Webster creates “Artography” that welcomes viewers into a myriad  worlds of self-discovery and enchantment. The artist who lives in Sydney, Australia, has an uncanny gift for developing stories through montages that are compelling and mysterious. They leave indelible imprints on our psyches.

All of Webster’s photographic montages are composed of images that she has taken herself, and then layered and transformed in Photoshop to create richly developed works of art.

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Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, Let the Healing Begin, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Skill and Experimentation

Webster’s art invites us to meander through surreal tableaus that are infused with theatrical flair and fantasy. We encounter references to mythology, legend and myth.

Her unique artistic expression is based on a keen sense of composition, graphic design and many years of experimenting with different mediums, tools and themes.

She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at COFA in her early twenties, and then moved into the field of graphic and web design. She also has a Masters degree in Information Architecture.

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, The Butter Dish, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Imagination With Versatility

A prolific and imaginative artist Webster excels in creating many different series, yet always reflects her inimitable style.

From her website we learn that her works are often inspired by, and created for, friends. For example, “The Butter Dish” shown above, epitomizes the persona of her friend “who has an extremely outgoing, flirtatious and zany personality, with a wicked sense of humor and a larger than life energy.”

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, Royal Portrait, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Unconventional Items

Webster explains, “You’ll notice that a lot of my work incorporates the use fruit and vegetable that I use to create characters and landscapes. If you look carefully, you may see other unconventional items that have been crafted and blended into my images.”

In fact, her most recent exhibition in 2015 was a re-imagining of the Chinese Horoscope animals, photographed as vegetables and transformed into magical animals.

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, The Healing, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints. Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Honors and Awards

Carrie Webster has had many one-person and group exhibitions including the Sydney Headon Photo festival with a solo exhibition of digital images at the Essential Ingredient Cafe in Rozelle. Titled “Darkness and Light” the series in this exhibition explored “the presence of opposing forces in both our universal experiences and in our personal worlds.”

She was recently selected as a featured artist for Studio Visit (Volume 25) and International Contemporary Artists (Volume 8). She won awards in the Wide Open Digital 2 contest and the Professional Women Photographers (PWP) 38th Anniversary International Women’s Call for Entry.  The artist was also selected as a finalist for the international online Open Art Exhibition at the SpaceLightTime gallery.

Carrie Webster
Carrie Webster, High Priestess, digitally enhanced photography. Limited Edition signed prints.
Prints up to 40″ x 40″.

Her Art Offers Positive Perspectives

Webster’s art is a reflection of her personal introspection and we are fortunate that she takes us along for the journey that may lead us to transformation. As she explains, “We all have limitations as individuals in our ability to change the outside world, however, I have complete freedom to create my internal world. The external world can be a very dark place and every day as I watch global events unfold, I am filled with disbelief, sadness and fear for the kind of world our children are inheriting. Art enables me to escape from this, to find humour in myself and my surroundings, and just to momentarily forget. If my art can create these kind of moments for someone else, I am humbled.”

Visit Carrie Webster’s website at www.artfolio.com.au/

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Teri Leigh Teed

Teri Leigh Teed Creates Awe-Inspiring Photographs

Her Art Captures Her Reverence For Nature

By Renée Phillips

Teri Leigh Teed photographs

Teri Leigh Teed is a multi-talented photographer, and also a poet, songwriter and musician, who lives in South Carolina.

Her photographs capture her reverence for nature and celebrate the change of seasons. They pay homage to the breathtaking vistas that are unique to her environment.

Through her photographic images Teed brings viewers to positive, contemplative and calming places that transcend the physical realm.

Her art is life-affirming and reveals the presence of a divine power greater than us can be felt in a powerful visceral manner.

She has written, “Sometimes the seemingly ordinary, seen in detail or in a different light, can open us to the possibilities that surround us. We need only open our hearts and minds, and our eyes will find them.”

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Teri Leigh Teed
Teri Leigh Teed, Evening Song in Camden, South Carolina, photograph.

Inspired By the Natural Beauty of South Carolina

Teed devotes herself primarily to photographing her beloved state. She explains, “Born and raised in South Carolina, a state blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, instilled in me a love of nature and animals.”

As a photographer and poet Teed deftly applies the universal symbol of water as a metaphor for change, life, purity and cleaning. Her awe-inspiring photographs frequently focus on the reflections of lush foliage on water.

Reminiscent of Monet’s pond reflections Teed captures the refreshing, restorative mood with cool blues and greens in her photograph “Reflections on Black Creek Kalmia Gardens”, shown above.

Teri Leigh Teed photographs
Teri Leigh Teed, Reflections on Black Creek Kalmia Gardens, South Carolina, photograph

Her “Seasons of The South” Raises Awareness

The artist states, “I do believe we live in a time of miracles. Following the seasons in Nature always reminds me of this, and brings me great joy.”

A wonderful example of this is her hypnotic photograph shown above that features trees on a foggy winter day. The viewer is posed to gaze at the majestic trees and the euphoric misty atmosphere beyond. We are inspired to imagine the revelations that exist today and in the future.

A passionate advocate of animal welfare, environmental protection, and sustainable agriculture, Teed is the author of “Seasons of the South”, the Original Home Grown Musical and Storytelling Show celebrating the natural beauty of the South. She is dedicated to raising awareness for sustainable agriculture. Her upcoming book and fine art photography exhibition by the same name accompany the show.

Teri Leigh Teed
November Reflections, Goodale State Park, South Carolina, photograph

Inspired by Living and Studying in Europe

After spending 20 years in the corporate world, Teed took a personal sabbatical for two years and studied art and architecture in London. She explains, “Moving to London on my own and studying at Sotheby’s for a year, and then remaining another year to obtain a master’s degree in decorative/fine art and historic architecture from the University of Buckingham, helped me to remember my artistic roots. Living and traveling abroad reconnected me to that creative passion, which had long since become an ember.” She adds, “A journey to the heart of France sparked my interest in photography.”

Teed has always had a fascination with vintage cameras and films. “Moving into photographic art and combining this medium with writing seems a natural progression of my career from the business world to the art world, in essence a full circle for me.”

Teri Leigh Teed
Teri Leigh Teed, Foggy Winter Day at Springdale Race Course, South Carolina, photograph

Collaboration With Other Artists Is Important to Her

Teed joins the many contemporary artists today who combine several artistic disciplines to fully express their heartfelt inspiration. She also uses her talent with a meaningful sense of purpose and enjoys collaborating with other creative individuals.

As she states, “Photographic art, combined with my personal stories, poetry and songs, is part of my vision of creating with other like minded artisans and craftspeople a community of self expression, beauty, and healing through art.

My sincere hope is that my artwork, personal stories and songs will help you find your own inner peace, and perhaps bring a remembrance of who you are.”

Teri Leigh Teed
Teri Leigh Teed, Black Creek, Kalmia Gardens South Carolina, photograph.

Career Achievements

A graduate of Sotheby’s Institute, London, Teed received her M.A. Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors from the University of Buckingham, England and was employed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Her artwork has been exhibited in juried shows in her home state of South Carolina, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She is a recipient of Awards of Excellence in Manhattan Arts International juried exhibitions. She is also a writer for The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website.

Visit Teri Leigh Teed’s website at www.healingspiritart.com

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Hunter

Meet Twelve Artists In Their Creative Zones

When viewing artists in their creative zones we may immediately sense their commitment, pride, and satisfaction. Whether they create masterpieces in their basement studios or out in nature these spaces are their sanctuaries and they are content to be there.

The photographs you see here are of some of the outstanding members of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program in their milieu — either creating or displaying their works of art.  Each artist is special and unique in personality and expression.

I encourage you to click on their page links to learn more about them and visit their individual websites.

The header photographic image is by Elaine Hunter.

Joanne St-Cyr ~ Painting With Precision

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr creates a world of fantasy and symbolism with a masterful prowess. Visit her page.

Elliot Appel ~ Exhibiting with Pride

Elliot Appel
Elliot Appel reflects the unique essence and energy of New York City.  Visit his page.

Elaine Franz Witten ~ Carving A Sculpture

Elaine Witten - SculptureElaine Franz Witten captures grace andelegance with classical sculpting expertise employing the lost wax method. Visit her page.

Linda S. Watson ~ Taking An Art Break

Linda Watson
The ebullient artist Linda S. Watson shares the natural beauty of Hawaii and the cosmos.  Visit her page.

Isabelle Gautier ~ Releasing The Energy

Isabelle GautierIsabelle Gautier expresses her love of nature, color and design in universal abstract paintings.  Visit her page.

Elke Daemmrich ~ Standing Proud

Elke DaemmrichAn award-winning artist Elke Daemmrich has a mastery of design, color and composition. Visit her page.

Peter Treiber ~ Setting The Aperture

Peter Treiber

Peter Treiber creates a visual symphony of color, light and motion in dramatic photographs. Visit his page.

Cheryl Irwin ~ Adding The Final Strokes

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin expresses her joy and the sacred language of color to inspire reflection in viewers. Visit her page.

Matti Sirvio ~ Pausing to Reflect

Matti Sirvio
Matti Sirvio communicates human connection in a universal language beyond time and space.  Visit his page.

Elaine Hunter ~ Capturing A Moment

Elaine HunterUsing photographic manipulation techniques Elaine Hunter imbues her art with spell-binding drama and a sense of mystery. Visit her page.

Mary Lou Dauray ~ Creating A Message

Mary Lou Dauray
Mary Lou Dauray is dedicated to raising  awareness about climate destruction and global warming through her art. Visit her page.

Liesbeth Oudshoorn ~ Displaying Her Joy

Liesbeth Oudshoorn
Liesbeth Oudshoorn creates enchanting paintings inspired by bliss, dreams and imagination. Visit her page.

Learn about our curated Featured Artists Program.

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Amelie Perron

Amélie Perron – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
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Amelie Perron
Amelie Perron, Rose Wind, acrylic on canvas, 30.5″ x 20.5″.

About Amélie Perron

Amélie Perron is a French Canadian Abstract and Expressionist painter who uses acrylic and mixed media techniques to create colorful and eye-catching artworks. Also working in the Television industry, she’s inspired by storytelling and tries to inspire others to find stories within her own art.

Header image: Amélie Perron, Alive, detail, acrylic and mixed media on canvas.

Visit Amélie Perron’s website: www.amelieperronart.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Vincent van Gogh

A Letter From The Curator of The Healing Power of Art

By Renée Phillips

It was more than 10 years ago that I presented the first exhibition devoted to “The Healing Power of Art”. Every year seems to be better than the last.

There are so many moments every day, when I view art that I experience an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the artist’s existence. Whether it is because they know how to use their innate talent to express what words cannot or they have turned tragedy into triumph through their compassion, courage and creativity, they inspire me to share their art with the world.

Many artists have the amazing ability to transport and transform us through space, form, movement, color and texture. Their art has the potential to lift us up, make us laugh, and provide tranquility and solace. It can also jog our memory about a hidden wound or a joyful experience. It may ignite a visceral reaction about the injustices, inequality and the flaws in our society. It can also shock us into taking action so we may become better, more conscious individuals.

Art enlightens, inspires and empowers us, and presents a new perspective of ourselves and the world we inhabit. It reminds us, on a profound level, that we are all human and interconnected.

For these reasons and more I receive enormous pleasure from presenting “The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions.

We Are Seeking A Broad Range of Expressions

Our call for artists for “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 has a very broad concept and scope of artistic expressions relative to art and healing. All styles and mediums of 2- and 3-dimension art work is welcome, by artists from around the world.

Learn more about The Healing Power of Art and how to enter.

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Bea Doone-Merena

Art of Faces and Figures Teach Us About Ourselves

Eight Extraordinary Women Artists Express Their Visions

By Renée Phillips

Metropolitan Museum
Domenico Guidi, Andromeda and the Sea Monster, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Photo: Renee Phillips.

Header image: Bea Doone-Merena, Vanessa Robar – Selfie, oil on canvas, 22” x 30”.

The concept of taking selfies and sharing them on Instagram may seem like a narcissistic fad,  but it does remind us as a society our fascination with faces and figures has spanned centuries. I doubt that we will ever lose our curiosity about human nature.

When viewing art of faces and figures we gain profound insight about ourselves and our place in the universe. We learn, grow and evolve through such images.

For example, I’ve been completely transformed while gazing up at the magnificent sculptures of figures by Rodin and Guidi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The powerful beauty expressed in each detail of the form transmits a force of energy that surges through every fiber of my body, heart and soul.

Great artists through history have shared their visions of themselves and their perceptions of the world.  That is especially true with artists who have chosen to focus on faces and figures. They lead us on a path of our self-discovery.

The following works of art have been created by artists  in the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program. In honor of Women’s History Month I chose eight extraordinary women artists.

As you view them what do they convey to you? What do you learn about yourself and humanity?

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Susanne Buckler

Susanne Buckler
Susanne Buckler, Surprised Survival/Ablutions, each piece available individually. Signed limited editions, archival inkjet prints on paper and canvas. Available in sizes 17” x 22” and 48” x 60”.

Susanne Buckler created a series of images as changes occurred to her body. As  an artist in the Process Art Movement she views the artistic process as a liberating, creative journey of pure human expression.  She developed a unique technique that combines fine art photography and changing ink on paper in order to fully express her experiences. Visit Susanne Buckler’s page.

Bren Sibilsky

Bren Sibilsky, Sculptor
Aphrodite, clay for bronze, 67″ x 24″ x 20″

Bren Sibilsky is a self-proclaimed “seeker of truth and of our place in the universe.” In her style of classical representation with baroque undertones she has created an ongoing series of timeless mythological figures. Through sculpture she unveils a reality that transcends the physical properties of her forms and materials. She illuminates her subjects’ intrinsic idealized beauty, grandeur and magnificence.  Visit Bren Sibilsky’s page.

 Joanne St-Cyr

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Ré-création (Re-Creation), oil on canvas, 18” x 24”.

Joanne St-Cyr’s awe-inspiring allegorical paintings originate from her philosophy and life experiences. They communicate powerful and timeless truths about humanity. She applies the techniques of the Renaissance Masters and uses symbolism to represent various subjects in the guise of metaphorical references, a visionary state of mind, or an abstract concept. Visit Joanne St-Cyr’s page.

Rose Adare

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Cupidon: Portrait of Alex Stitt, a LGBTQ writer, fire spinner and psycho-philosopher, oil and gold leaf on Belgium linen, each painting 48″ x 24″.

Rose Adare is a Classical Realist painter whose luminous paintings and powerful exhibitions provide a voice to important social concerns. Her compelling “Restraint & Revolution” series of portrait paintings communicate “the astounding diversity of life, and the arduous journey to free expression.” They pay homage to the many diverse and colorful subcultures of the 21st century. Visit Rose Adare’s page.

Bea Donne-Merena

Bea Doone-Merena
Bea Doone-Merena, Vanessa Robar – Selfie, oil on canvas, 22” x 30”.

Bea Doone-Merena brings her innate sensitivity and fondness for her subjects to her portrait paintings and imbues them with a powerful life force. She has mastered the Renaissance oil painting techniques and combines them with an exuberant and bold contemporary style that reflects aspects of our current society.   Visit Bea Doone-Merena’s page.

Eleanor Gilpatrick

Eleanor Gilpatrick
Eleanor Gilpatrick, A Walk on The Beach, acrylic on canvas, 21″ x 13″.

Eleanor Gilpatrick is a contemporary realist painter whose landscape, figurative, and still life paintings capture arresting fragments of the world. They exude an affirmation of life with a hint of the solitary. Her painting “A Walk On The Beach” is a portrait from her “Places I Love In America” series. She states, “It was peaceful and invigorating to walk along the surf.” Visit Eleanor Gilpatrick’s page.

Charlotte Shroyer

Charlotte Shroyer paintings
Charlotte Shroyer, Balance, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″.

Charlotte Shroyer paints intense and expressive images of the human face in the context of the universal human experience and historical events. Her contemporary paintings and monotypes of people have been described as haunting and mystical. They reflect her passion for exploring the mind and soul of humanity. Visit Charlotte Shroyer’s page.

Karen Yee

Karen Yee
Karen Yee, Karen Yee, Fight Like A Girl, acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 16″.

Karen Yee’s enormous technical proficiency is equally matched by her unerring ability to capture raw emotion in every brush stroke and facial expression. Her award-winning painting “Fight Like A Girl” is an exquisite and compelling visual portrayal of the spirit of fortitude, determination and courage. Visit Karen Yee’s page.

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Motoro

Satoru Morooka – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
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Satoru Morooka
Satoru Morooka, #149, oil on canvas, 18″ x 21″.

About Satoru Morooka

Satoru Morooka is a Japanese painter who creates vibrant and colorful “Neon Dream” paintings. He is fascinated by the night life in Tokyo and the mixture of eastern and western culture. The unlimited number of blinking neon lights, sounds of subways and conversations among people, and the smell of alcohol and perfume, all inspire him to create his art and unleash his heart.

Visit Satoru Morooka’s website at homepage3.nifty.com/satoruland/neon.html
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Cheryl-Irwin

Cheryl Irwin’s Paintings Invite Exploration and Reflection

She Follows Her Joy and “The Sacred Language of Colour”

By Renée Phillips

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin. Photo credit: Bill Irwin, 2015.

Cheryl Irwin is an artist who lives in Methven, New Zealand with her husband Bill,  a photographer. She is highly proficient in color theory and many different mediums, yet she favors creating art in acrylic on board and encaustic collage.  Her sun-filled colors and lyrical compositions bring immediate joy to the viewer. She also deepens our experience beyond visual boundaries to invite profound reflection and awareness.

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Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, The Alchemical Colour Code For Creating Your Own Game, acrylic on board, 24″ x 24″.

Order and Spontaneity

Positive energy and spatial dimension emanate from Irwin’s paintings. Cohesive geometric forms suggest a presence of order, yet her playful arrangements are spontaneous in nature and express a sense of randomness, adventure and exploration.

We may at first see glimpses of Paul Klee, however Cheryl Irwin is a mindful, liberated artist who creates her own reality and follows her intuition with complete courage and confidence.

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, Barcode for Happiness, watercolour on paper, 7″ x 12″.

She Follows Her Joy

Throughout her abstract paintings, the harmonious juxtaposition of free-flowing, rhythmic brush strokes complemented by precise linear forms and divisions create a rich melodic tapestry of charm and delight.

“My artworks are my observations”, she states. “I gather information and knowledge and catalog it in colour codes and maps… As I follow my joy, the process feels as if I am doing some important record-keeping and it is my mission to state the facts and let others interpret them. I know that my art is important for many reasons, one being that it changes the energetic frequency of the space it is in.”

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, The Alchemical Colour Code For Understanding That You Don’t Have To Understand Everything, acrylic on board, 27″ x 27″.

Her Realm of Mindful Exploration

From her titles, such as her “Alchemical Colour Code”series, we enter her realm of mindfulness, creative consciousness, and quest for knowledge about humanity and how the universe operates.

She credits extensive travel as providing one of the sources of inspiration for her art, and says she seeks to be influenced by the art of the world. She is also an artist whose art positively influences everyone who encounters it.

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, The Alchemical Colour Code for Seeing Yourself As You Are, acrylic on board, 13″ x 19″.

Awards and Exhibitions

Cheryl Irwin is an award-winner of Manhattan Arts International “Positive Art That Lifts The Spirit”, an exhibition that was juried by Edward Rubin, international arts writer and board member of the International Association of Art Critics. In 2014 she won the Heartland Bank Award at the Ashburton Art Society Annual Exhibition. She also won a Watercolour Award in the Aoraki Polytechnic Art Studies Exhibition and was also selected as a Finalist in the New Zealand Artists Guild Awards.

Her exhibitions throughout New Zealand have included those at: Methven Heritage Centre; Bryce Gallery; Selwyn Gallery; Ashburton Art Society;  and the Darfield Art Week Annual Exhibitions; among others.

Cheryl Irwin
Cheryl Irwin, Deep Truth, acrylic on canvas, 35″ x 28″.

Expressing The Sacred Language of Colour

The artist explains, “In my art I am free to seek and explore the constantly moving edge of human consciousness, free to seek anything and everything, each thing the everything of something else and all that I cannot yet articulate or exists in realms beyond words, and free to use my fluency in the sacred language of colour and know that it is enough.”

She studied at Aoraki Polytechnic, has participated in many art and writing courses, and has found that “having the courage to show up to do the work each day is what really counts.”

Cheryl Irwin is also the author of “Another Word for Sister.”

Visit Cheryl Irwin’s website at www.cherylirwinarts.com

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Sally-Willbanks

Sally Willbanks – Painting

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Sally Willbanks
Sally Willbanks, London’s Burning, acrylic and oil pastel, 36″ x 36″.

About Sally Willbanks

Australian artist Sally Willbanks creates abstracts that delve into the disparities of intense mark-making and areas of quiet, bold colors and subdued harmonies. Her work is a personal journey in the creation of her own artistic language, with which she speaks to viewers in an effort to take them on a journey of their own.  In addition to her original art work you may also purchase canvas prints reproduced from her originals.

Visit Sally Willbank’s website at www.sallywillbanks.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Casey-Shannon

Casey Shannon Creates Award-Winning Sumi-e Paintings

Her Unique Contemporary Style Blends East with West

By Renée Phillips

Casey Shannon

Casey Shannon is an international and award-winning contemporary Sumi-e artist who creates “The Soul of Nature” paintings using sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on Xuan, a paper that originated in ancient China.

The artist, who lives in California, is the Director of The North America Branch of ICCPS – International Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. She also presents “Artitude” art and healing workshops.

All artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist’s permission. 

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Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Cathedral, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Beyond Traditional Methods

Sumi-e is a 2,000 year-old art form of Japanese brush painting, spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism. Although Shannon follows the traditional sumi-e principles and philosophies she pushes beyond the traditional limitations of this specialized ancient method.

As a devoted student of Western painting and of Eastern ink painting Shannon  creates her own unique contemporary style that merges East with West. The artist has the ability to express the essence and poetry of her subjects that originate from a pure and joyful heart. Her  magical images leap off the paper and become cherished, timeless treasures.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Lonely Cypress, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Spirit, Grace and Elegance

Shannon explains, “Sumi-e expresses the character and soul of the artist. It is a meditative process that I consider spiritually personal. Understanding this concept is the center of my art.”

She creates art from a quiet centered place with the intention of capturing the object’s spirit. She states, “I strive to ‘become one’ with the object in the painting. I continue to increase my understanding of the secret of beauty, grace and elegance with each painting.”

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Wabi Sabi-Rising Up, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor and tea on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Exhibitions, Honors and Awards

Casey Shannon is an acclaimed international artist and has exhibited her work locally and world-wide. Her many one-person and group exhibitions include those at: Napa Valley Art Museum; CA; 303 Grand Gallery, NY; Larconia Gallery, MA; and California State University; among others.

She has won many awards for her work including the prestigious ‘Sumi Art Cultural Award’ from the Jade Buddha Temple, LaioNing Province in AnShan City, China.

The artist holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Choiunard Art Institute Los Angeles, CA. She has earned her teaching credentials from California State University, Los Angeles, and has a Master of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach. She also studied with renowned Chinese Painter Lian Quan Zhen and Master Sumi-e artist Henry Li.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Peace, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Mulberry Paper, 18″ x 14″.

Professional Organizations

She is an active member of Sumi Society of America and a featured artist of the Carmel Valley Art Association and Oregon Society of Artists. She is also featured in the elite Seal Carving Gyoku-seki Society in China.

Master Sumi Painter Ransui Yakata of Tokyo, Japan, asked her to become the Director of The North America Branch of ICCPS – International Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society. She has held this position since 2010.

Casey Shannon
Casey Shannon, Carmel Valley Moon, Sumi ink and Japanese Watercolor on Xuan Paper, 24″ x 14″.

Turning Tragedy into Triumph

Casey Shannon is the survivor of a massive brain-stem stroke and paints solely with her non-dominant left hand. This remarkable artist, who has turned a tragedy into triumph, credits her art as being an integral part of her healing process. ‘As soon as I could sit up in a wheel chair, I began drawing with a vengeance. I just intuitively knew art would save my life. There is something about the creative process that is absolute healing.”

Shannon has shared her talent as a teacher of art in public high school for 10 years. She currently teaches in community college.

Visit Casey Shannon’s website at http://www.caseyshannon.com

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Marnie J. Blum

Artful Symbols of Love and Romance

February has long been celebrated as a month of love and romance.  We decided to curate a selection of art with many different interpretations of this theme from the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program and the Artist Showcase Program.

You’ll find a diverse array, from “Dhalinias” by Arthur Jacob, to  “Fertility” by Allison Coelho Picone, to “Aphrodite” by Bren Sibilsky. We also reflect upon our love for humanity in art by Rose Adare about the subject of subcultures and the painting “Wholeness” by Gaia Orion, about transformation.

Header image: Painting by Marnie J. Blum

All artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artists’ permission.  Click on images for larger views.

Marnie J. Blum

Marnie J. Blum
Marnie J. Blum, Offering, mixed media: acrylic, ink, tissue, polymer clay, pastels, marker on canvas, 24″ x 36″.

“Each piece begins with a strong personal connection to a short phrase, song lyric, or idea that matures into a deeper ‘story’ in my imagination.”

Read more about Marnie J. Blum.

Arthur Jacob

Dhalinias.
Arthur Jacob, Dhalinias, creative photography

“I ask you to accompany me in a journey of discovery that explores shapes, colors and movement.”

Read more about Arthur Jacob.

Allison Coelho Picone – Fertility

Allison Coelho Picone
Allison Coelho Picone, Fertility, acrylic, pencil and ink on canvas, 16 x 12″

“There is a magical tranquility in nature which connects mind, body, and soul; we being living entities connected by earth, air, and water.”

Read more about Allison Coelho Picone.

Bren Sibilsky – Aphrodite

Bren Sibilsky, Sculptor
Aphrodite, clay for bronze, 67″ x 24″ x 20″

“As I work with the alchemy of sculpture, I am forever amazed by the magic of nature.”

Read more about Bren Sibilsky.

Joanne St-Cyr – Sisters in Arms

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, Soeurs d’armes (Sisters in Arms), acrylic on board, 24” x 30”.

“Man’s extraordinary efforts to try and control nature, our stubbornness to manipulate, re-organize and mistreat her… she will not go down without a fight!”

Read more about Joanne St-Cyr.

 

Rose Adare – Castro Madonna

Rose Adare
Rose Adare, Castro Madonna: Portrait of Eve Volution, a Sister of Perpetual Indulgance, oil paint and nail polish, 48″ x 24″.

“Restraint & Revolution” series of portrait paintings communicate the astounding diversity of life, and the arduous journey to free expression.  They pay homage to the many diverse and colorful subcultures of the 21st century .”

Read more about Rose Adare.

Gaia Orion – Wholeness

Gaia Orion
Gaia Orion, Wholeness, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″.

“In sharing my artwork and connecting with others I discovered that these transformational images are part of a larger visionary movement that is active in society today… as deep ecology, social justice, conscious politic, alternative economy, and so on…”

Read more about Gaia Orion.

Helena Domenic – Sea of Love

Helena Domenic
Helena Domenic, Sea of Love, watercolor, 16″ x 12″.

“My work follows a very intuitive process where I am drawn to subject matter – often drawn from myth, which is full of symbols – and I create work around that as I feel moved.”

Read more about Helena Domenic.

 

Roopa Dudley – Sweet Heart

Roopa Dudley
Roopa Dudley, Sweet Heart, acrylic on canvas board, 12″ x 12″.

“I try to tell a story with the paintings I create… I use saturated colors to capture the intensity, to provoke the senses and to delight the intellect.”

Read more about Roopa Dudley.

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IsabelleGautier

Isabelle Gautier Captures the Energy of Nature

She Creates Universal Paintings

By Renée Phillips

isabelleIsabelle Gautier was born and grew up in Normandy, just a few miles from The Mont Saint Michel in north-western France. In 1991 she attended l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1999 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she currently resides and maintains her studio.

Since her early artistic development Gautier has been inspired by a love of nature, color and design. Her extensive international travels have imbued her art with a sophisticated universal perspective of the world.

All artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist’s permission. 

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Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Panther Creek, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″.

Light-Filled and Expansive Vistas

Gautier creates impressive works in Energy series using such titles as “Energy From the Mountain”, “Energy From the Water”, and “Energy From the Weather”.  Her awe-inspiring and expansive vistas embrace the poetic nature of land, sky, and water.

Her compositions combine restful areas with animated energetic fields. With an expert and confident handling of palette knife she retains the depth of the pigments with alluring spontaneity and rich texture.

The artist’s style demonstrates an affinity with the atmospheric light-filled qualities of Claude Monet’s lateImpressionistic paintings. We also see influences of the robust gestural expressions of  Wassily Kandinsky and the  ethereal mystique of Mark Rothko’s Color Field painting.

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Bird’s Eye View, acrylic, 30″ x 30″.

Honors and Distinctions

Gautier’s art work is greatly admired by galleries, collectors and professionals in the home design field.  HGTV selected her as the primary artist for the program “Smart Home” in 2013.

She was also recently chosen as the featured artist at the Trinity Spotlight on Art, one of the largest and most prestigious art market in the Southeast region of the United States.

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Smokies, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 48″.

Exhibitions and Worldwide Collectors

Gautier is represented by Muse and Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. She had a recent exhibition of her art work at Trinity Artist Market, Atlanta, Georgia. A one-person exhibition of her art will be presented at Aimée Jewelry and Fine Art Gallery, March 1-31, 2015.

Her  paintings are included in many private collections throughout Europe and the United States. She has a strong and devoted community of followers and collectors who appreciate her profound aesthetic sensibilities.

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Mountain Spirit I, acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″.

A Celebration of Beauty

Gautier poses the question:  “Is there a better way than art to bring people from all over the world together in a celebration of beauty?” She also shares her belief: “Painting is the way I reach out to people.”

She explains, “My quest is not to create the illusion of reality but to suggest with colors and composition the inherent nature of the aesthetic object.”

Isabelle Gautier
Isabelle Gautier, Outer Bank II, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″.

She Achieves Balance and Harmony

Gautier’s art offers her the foundation from which she can release her emotions “beyond the conventions”. It is through creating her compelling paintings that she finds balance and offers us a sense of harmony and appreciation for the innate essence of nature.

Visit Isabelle Gautier’s website www.IsabelleGautiersArt.com.

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Healing Power of Art Awards 2015

About The Award Sponsors & Awards

Manhattan Arts International Awards from Renée Phillilps

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International

More than 35 Artists will be featured in the online exhibition.

Renee Phillips, Director, Manhattan Arts International, will present three  Artists with cash awards: $200; $100; and $75.

2 artists will be selected to join the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program. Each artist will have 5 images and a 500 word article written by Renee Phillips and a link to their website. They will receive weekly promotion via social media platforms.

6 Artists will be selected for the Manhattan Arts International Artist Showcase Program with an image, brief bio, and link to their website for  one year during which time they will receive promotion via social media platforms.

More than 10 artists will be featured on the new The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website.

Artsy Shark Award

Carolyn Edlund
Carolyn Edlund

Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, www.artsyshark.com will be presenting The  Artsy Shark Award. It will be an interview article with the winning artist, presenting their art as a healing force.  She will be looking for an artist “with a thoughtful body of work, an outstanding presentation and a clear message that relates their vision to the topic of healing and well-being in the viewer”.  In addition to images of the artist’s work, the article may also include studio shots and in situ photos. Edlund will share the link to the story across social media networks. The Artsy Shark website has 9,000 visitors each week.

Dynasty Brush Award

DYNASTY BRUSHESThe Dynasty Brush Company represents over 80 years of experience and the dedication of four generations of Mink family members. It manufactures artist’s paint brushes for the Dynasty® brush collections to the highest quality standards. Karyn Meyer-Berthel, an artist, writer and social media representative for The Dynasty Brush Company will select a winning artist to be featured in an interview on the Dynasty Brush blog at blog.dynastybrush.com/. The artist will be widely promoted via social media networks. The artist will also receive a supply of the finest brushes valued at $200.

Luxe Beat Magazine Award

SherrieWilkolaskiSherrie Wilkolaski, The Editor-in-Chief and Managing Partner of Luxe Beat Magazine, will select three artists to receive publicity on Luxe Beat magazine website at www.luxebeatmag.com.  Renée Phillips will write an article about the selected artists.

Luxe Beat magazine is also published as a subscription-based monthly magazine found in all major online newsstands worldwide and is available in print, on-demand. Its readership is comprised of high income world travelers, primarily executives and/or self-employed individuals.

Exhibitions Without Walls Award

EWWLogoExhibitions Without Walls (EWW), a leader in the photography and digital art field, will select a photographer and/or digital artist.  Ed Wedman will select the winning artist  based on impact, creativity, technical ability and consistency with the theme. The artist will win a Featured Artist profile on its website at www.exhibitionswithoutwalls.com. EWW will also promote the artist’s article through its social media platforms including selected EWW groups on LinkedIn and its Email Newsletter that will go to thousands of subscribers comprised of leaders and collectors in the field of photography and digital art.

The Haggus Society Award

TerriLloydTerri Lloyd, Artist and Executive Director of The Haggus Society will select a woman artist and give her a 1 year membership with full benefits to the Haggus Society. The winner will be featured in the Haggus Society electronic newsletter, which will be distributed throughout various social media channels and The Haggus Society blog/website at www.thehaggussociety.org.

Terri Lloyd stated: “The Haggus Society Award will be presented to a woman artist who nurtures herself through her artistic practice and also inspires and brings hope and healing to the viewer or recipient of her art”.
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Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase

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Mary Karlton
Mary Karlton, Road to Mount Olympus, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 18″ x 24″.

About Mary Karlton

Mary Karlton is a California artist who creates highly textured paintings that combine pure abstraction with mystical overtones. Her sources of inspiration are direct experience, the imagination, myth, and metaphor. Her award-winning work has appeared in galleries, public venues, corporations, publications, and on wine labels.

Visit Mary Karlton’s website at www.marykarlton.com
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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Katerina Kaloumenou

Katerina Kaloumenou – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
Artist Showcase

All rights reserved. Do not copy an image without the artist’s permission.
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Katerina Kaloumenou
Katerina Kaloumenou, Stream, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 32″.

About Katerina Kaloumenou

Katerina Kaloumenou is an artist living in Greece who graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Painting. In her unique styles of realism and fantasy she often  expresses the feeling of the water element in various forms. She is adept in the use of different materials and techniques including oil, acrylic, mosaics and mixed media. She also creates art known as Hagiography.

Visit Katerina Kaloumenou’s website at http://www.katerinakaloumenou.com/?new_lang=en
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About Manhattan Arts International

Manhattan Arts International has been promoting artistic excellence online since 2000. All artists represented in our curated programs have either been approved after submitting their website, have been invited to join, or have received awards in our juried art competitions chosen by prominent art critics, curators, and gallery owners.

Manhattan Arts International invites artists from around the world working in all styles and mediums to apply to join the Artist Showcase Program. Learn how to apply.
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We promote artistic excellence through curated online art programs, theme exhibitions, and our social media communities. The Director Renee Phillips, arts advocate and author, launched this website after publishing Manhattan Arts International magazine for 17 years.