Camille Eskell Explores Cultural Legacies

She Received The Manhattan Arts International First Place Award in “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions”

By Renée Phillips

Camille Eskell  creates unique and compelling art and installations using a range of artistic techniques and materials.  She is the recipient of the First Place Award, this Featured Artist Award, and an Award of Excellence in the Manhattan Arts International “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions: In Nature & Human Nature” exhibition. I had the pleasure of co-curating this exhibition with James Bacchi, co-owner of ArtHaus Gallery in San Francisco, CA. We awarded Eskell for her overall powerful body of work and exemplary career achievements that include many distinguished honors, awards and museum exhibitions and collectors.

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Camille Eskell, Red Fez: Boy, Woman, Byculla, Bombay (front view, DETAIL), The Fez as Storyteller series, digital image, felt, silk, mixed media, 54″ x 24″ diameter.

“The Psyche is A Metaphor”

Camille Eskell lives and works in the greater New York area. She creates art with highly-charged symbols and references to culture that reflect her inimitable perspective that is both personal and universal. In doing so she expands our horizons and invites us to explore inner and outer realms of existence.

She explains, “For me, the psyche is a metaphor and a testimonial, the culmination of our experience and history. Exploring the legacy of cultural and family dynamics that shape our perceptions, identity, and motivation, I examine themes of vulnerability, endurance, transcendence and rebirth. Embracing two- and three-dimensional practice, my work includes drawing, painting, digital imagery, and sculpture, which are often combined with a variety of materials, found objects and ready-mades which serve as subtext.”

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Camille Eskell, F-Ezra: Made a Woman, front full view, digital image, felt, silk, mixed media, 48″ x 24″ diameter. From “The Fez as Storyteller” series.

F-Ezra from “The Fez as Storyteller” Series

F-Ezra  (shown above), is from her most recent  “The Fez as Storyteller” series.  It was chosen for the Manhattan Arts International  “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions” online exhibition.

The artist submitted this statement with her entries: “F-Ezra represents the Iraqi/Jewish/Indian cultures that formed my family history and psychological legacy–ancient societies where women are ‘second-class’. The Hebrew excerpt beneath the glamorous portraits (my mother’s family,the Ezra’s) is from an archaic prayer where men thank God they’re not born women; the veil/ braid evokes the harem girl.”

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Camille Eskell, Dry Bones: Return, The Ezekiel Project series, oil stick on paper, 45 1/4” x 37 1/2”.

Numerous Exhibitions in Museums and Galleries

Eskell exhibits her work extensively in one-person and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the world.

In the U.S. her work has been presented at: the Chrysler Museum; The William Benton Museum of Art; The Stamford Museum; and The Queens Museum; among others.   In New York City she has exhibited at the Fountain Art Fair, HP Garcia Gallery, and Denise Bibro Gallery; to name a few.

Her exhibitions abroad have taken place at the Museo de Arte Moderno (Bogota, Columbia, & Mexico City), Museo de Art Contemporaneo (Caracas, Venezuela), among others.

Traveling group shows include “Lines of Vision: Drawings by Contemporary Women”, which was seen at contemporary art museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Camille Eskell
Camille Eskell, Dry Bones: Return, The Ezekiel Project series, oil stick on paper, 45 1/4” x 37 1/2”.

Awards and Collections

Eskell is the recipient of prestigious fellowships in drawing and painting such as those from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. She was awarded residencies at Weir Farm/National Historic site and the Vermont Studio Center.

Her art work  is in numerous public and private collections, including the Chrysler Museum of Art/(VA), MOMA/Wales, the Housatonic Museum of Art, (CT), the Islip Art Museum (NY), and the Westport Permanent Collection (CT).

Camille Eskell
Camille Eskell, Tattooed Lady: Comin’ Up Roses (front view), TRUNCATED series, resin, graphite, colored pencil, false teeth, watercolor, mixed media, 24” x 17” x 11”.

Honors and Distinctions

Eskell has received recognition and reviews in numerous publications, such as The New York Times, D’arte magazine, Art New England, The Examiner and Artslant online.

Her art has been exhibited with world-renowned artists Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Komar & Melamid, Donald Baechler, Walt Disney, and many others.

The artist holds a Master of Fine Arts from Queens College/CUNY.

Visit Camille Eskell’s website www.camilleeskell.com

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Janice Andrews ~ Painting

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Janice Andrews, The Wound, acrylic, 37″ x 30″.

About Janice Andrews

Janice Andrews is an abstract painter who lives in Ontario, Canada.  Her paintings are based on landscapes… “the impressions of what I’ve seen and experienced and remembered.”

The artist won an Artist Showcase Award and an Award of Merit in the Manhattan Arts International “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions in Nature & Human Nature” exhibition, co-curated by James Bacchi and Renee Phillips.

She states, “I am in love with colour. It is magical to me as is this blessed living planet we inhabit. The physical invasion and energetic upheaval of Earth motivates me to express her pain even as the rhythm of line and colour signifies hope and a return to balance.”

Visit Janice Andrews’ website www.janiceandrews.artspan.com

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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Christine Cook ~ Photography

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Christine Cook, Ignition, photograph.

About Christine Cook

Christine Cook is a photographer who lives in Florida. Her art is characterized by dramatic scenes and compelling characters. She has received recognition and accolades for her work including an Artist Showcase Award and an Award of Merit in the Manhattan Arts International “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions in Nature & Human Nature” exhibition.

She states, “There is so much that sizzles in this world, making the theme of Hot Topics one of my favorites. It suits my style, which tends toward dramatic and bold, even when handling topics usually considered serene, such as walks in the woods, sandy beaches or balloons rising to the sky.”

Visit Christine Cook’s website www.christinecookphotography.com

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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Susan Ashley ~ Mixed Media

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Susan Ashley, Just a Woman, mixed media, 36″ x 36″.

About Susan Ashley

Susan Ashley is an “experimental” artist living in San Jose, CA. She received a scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 2007.

The artist won an Artist Showcase Award and an Award of Merit in the Manhattan Arts International “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions in Nature & Human Nature” exhibition.

She states, “I am an experimental artist working with collage, watermedia, and mixed media. Shapes, patterns and texture, plus a touch of whimsy are elements of my work.  My collage portraits must not only capture a likeness of a person, but I add narrative and decorative elements that tell about a person and his humanity.”

Visit Susan Ashley’s website www.ashleyfinearts.com

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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Debbi Murray ~ Painting

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Debbi Murray, A Heavy Conversation, acrylic and mixed media on board, 30″x24″

About Debbi Murray

Debbi Murray is an artist, graphic designer and avid mountain biker who lives in Seattle, Washington.

She won an Artist Showcase Award and an Award of Merit in the Manhattan Arts International “Hot Topics – Bold Expressions in Nature & Human Nature” exhibition.

She states, “I paint from the inside out. Exploring emotional connections and the clash of light and dark, where shadows live within us. Happy colors lurk as ghosts and evoke an emotional struggle. There is a deep connection with process and expression revealed in the juxtaposition of these two abstractions.”

Visit Debbi Murray’s website http://www.debbimurray.com

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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Frantisek Strouhal Creates “Art Embracing Awareness” in Mixed Media

He Produces Luminous Transcendent Artwork

By Renée Phillips

Frantisek Strouhal

Frantisek Strouhal was born in Moravia from a family of painters and artists. He currently lives in western Canada. As a creator of exquisite mixed media artwork, which he has titled “Art Embracing Awareness”, he is internationally admired for his flawless use of traditional 19th century techniques combined with his unique contemporary  yet timeless artistic vision.

The human form is essential to Strouhal’s art work which he describes as “the most universal symbol of beauty that can stir and satisfy the mind and heart.”

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Frantisek Strouhal, Aurora, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 24” x 20”.

An Oasis of Tranquility

Figures seem to emerge from a surreal, dreamlike pool of warm sepia tones as if bathed or suspended in an ethereal vapor.  As he explains, “Light and texture play the important role of portraying the energy and strength which emanate from beneath the surface of the subjects.”

A myriad of translucent layers and tonal variations enhance the seductive and mesmerizing appeal of his artwork. They are reminiscent of works by Odd Nerdrum, who was influenced by Caravaggio.

“My imagery is meant to serve as an oasis of tranquility, permanence and strength and to capture and highlight what is fundamental to our being and society”.

Frantisek Strouhal
Frantisek Strouhal, Serene In Nature,oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 25.5” x 21.5”.

Metaphysical Qualities

Strouhal’s subjects transcend their physical qualities and evoke an immediate visceral response in the viewer.  They speak to us about the mysterious and complex human experience. They provoke inquiry and reflection upon such notions as transformation in the metaphysical realm of existence.

As the artist explains, “One of its essential aspects explores thoughts and inspirations of an existential nature and investigates the interaction and harmony between the spiritual and the physical world.”

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Frantisek Strouhal, Return To The Origin, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 24” x 20”.

His Slow, Painstaking Process

His choices of brushes, papers, textures and lithographic inks determine the quality of his images. It takes him many hours to build up a depth of ink, layer by layer, to create the desired image. “The processes I use are slow but intense; the result is an image that asks for that time back from the viewer. The painstaking craftsmanship this technique requires brings a sense of intimacy to my art.”

Strouhal believes that as an artist, “you have to synthesize thousands of seconds of seeing and reflect deeply on each step of the process.”

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Frantisek Strouhal, Time to Breathe, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 25.5” x 21.5”.

His Exhibitions, Awards and Accolades

Frantisek Strouhal has had numerous solo exhibitions in British Columbia. His many group exhibitions in the United States and Canada include the 2014-15 Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery in Vancouver.

The artist is a recipient of the Gold Medal at the Rotary Centre of the Arts in Kelowna, B.C. for his artwork titled “Time to Breathe” (shown above). The same work of art was selected for the Manhattan Arts International curated art exhibition “The Healing Power of ART”, 2015, from thousands of entries from around the world.

Strouhal also received Awards of Merit at both American Juried Art Salon’s International Fine Art Show and Decorative Arts International Show.

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Frantisek Strouhal, Modesty, oil printing and lithography inks on paper, 24” x 20”.

A Personal Renaissance

Strouhal explains, “My work is a reflection of my own personal renaissance. In this fast paced world, at times loud, and discordant the need to go back to our roots, to strengthen the wholesomeness of our being keeps emerging from our conscience. “

For Strouhal the ever-changing narrative approach is an integral part of the artistic process. Upon each viewing a different story unfolds. As he states, “This work exists to connect with others in contemplation, and peace. It is not static, but invites interaction.”

Visit Frantisek Strouhal’s website http://frantisekstrouhal.com/

To learn more about his process watch this video.
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September McGee Captures the Positive Energy of Her Subjects

She Creates Colorful Impressionist Paintings

By Renée Phillips

September McGee

September McGee is an American Impressionist and one of the exhibiting artists in The Healing Power of ART juried online exhibition. She is the recipient of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist Program Award.

The artist, who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, is versatile in many mediums. Her light-filled, dramatic paintings convey an uplifting energy that compels the viewer to experience special moments in time.

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September McGee, The Piano Series – The Singer III, oil on linen, 28″ x 22″.

She Captures Moods With Spirited Brushstrokes

In McGee’s paintings the personality and essence of her subjects are captured in a beautiful symphony of light and shadow. She animates her compositions  with spirited brushstrokes articulated with her signature linear gestures.  Her diverse palette enhances her range of drama and expression.

The artist transports viewers to exotic cafes, robust New York City streets, and other cultural locales. We are invited into worlds inhabited by dancers,  musicians, museum visitors and everyday people, often at their peak of exuberance or reflection.

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September McGee, Cafe Series – Kailee, oil on linen, 24″ x 18″.

Awards and Recognition

McGee is the winner of many national juried exhibition awards and honors, and has an extensive resume of prestigious juried exhibitions, including Northwest Pastel Society 29th International Annual Juried Exhibition 2015.

Her works have been published in national magazines and on the cover of the The Blast, published by the Pastel Society of the West Coast.

Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections worldwide. They have been exhibited in many galleries including Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, AZ, Greenberg Fine Art Gallery, NM, and Cooley Gallery, in Leesburg, VA, among others.

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September McGee, Maestro, oil on linen, 20″ x 24″.

Maestro Wins Award

McGee’s painting “Maestro” was selected for The Healing Power of ART juried online exhibition. When she submitted her entries she wrote, “I am a crusader for non-violence and the healing arts. Total exhaustion, swollen stiff joints from rheumatoid arthritis and the flu kept me bedridden throughout the holidays. I crawled to the easel daily. I had to paint his passion. The painting progressed. My symphony of strokes healed and empowered me!”

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September McGee, At the Met Series – Is It ME?, pastel on panel, 20″ x 16″.

She Translates Life to Art

She has expressed that she is passionate about art as a vehicle for healing and sharing life and love. Through her art viewers can experience a heightened sense of joy and joie de vivre.

As the artist states, “Over the years it has become easier to allow the viewer to peer into the lens of my soul by virtue of my works. I love meeting people wherever I go and I am drawn to their indomitable spirits, thus, my penchant for figurative works. It is an honor to borrow these intransigent energies as I translate life to art with an impressionistic élan. This energy is a gift that comes through me for which I am forever grateful. Each painting is my gift back.”

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September McGee, The Violinist

Her Contributions to Art and Art Education

September McGee has also successfully created unique art programs for children and adults at all levels and has been a guest speaker, art lecturer, and exhibition juror.

The artist is a member of the prestigious Allied Artists of America and The Salmagundi Club, the Pastel Society of America, and several other distinguished societies.

She also creates commissioned pieces.

Visit September McGee’s website: www.septembermcgee.com

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Yossi Sigura – Painting

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Yossi Sigura, Autumn Leaves, acrylic on canvas, 23″ x 19″.

About Yossi Sigura

Contemporary Impressionistic painter, Yossi Sigura, was born (1964) and raised in Israel. Lyrical and vibrant, Sigura’s paintings feature forests, skyscapes and seascapes rendered in fantastic colors. His artistic style is expressive, using vibrant color and strong compositions. His main inspiration is the landscapes of Israel, especially the forests and trees on Mount Carmel and the Galilee mountains and valleys. His other big love and inspiration are the big forests in northern America which he keeps returning to in his paintings.

His works are in many private collections in countries such as Canada, United States, Israel, Germany, United Kingdom, France and many more.

Visit Yossi Sigura’s website www.sigura-art.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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Ellen Carranza – Printmaking

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Ellen Carranza, Constancy, Ostrich

About Ellen Carranza

Ellen Carranza is a New York artist whose signature style often depicts the world from her perspective of the animal, symbolizing the human condition. Her subjects are illuminated with impeccable design, expressive colors and gestural lines. She excels in many printmaking media including etching, linocuts, woodcuts, lithography, and more, in addition to painting. She has exhibited at the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago, IL, the National Arts Club, in New York, NY, and other venues. Her award-winning artwork has been published in several publications.

Visit Ellen Carranza’s website http://ellencarranza.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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Eileen Figueroa – Painting

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Eileen Figueroa
Eileen Figueroa, Cuatro, Tiple, Maracas y Guiro (Puerto Rico Traditional Musical Instruments), acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″.

About Eileen Figueroa

Eileen Figueroa is a contemporary realist artist who was born in Barranguitas, Puerto Rico and currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her colorful paintings pay homage to her homeland and express the vibrant culture and atmosphere of the Caribbean. Picturesque landscapes, tropical birds and flowers, musical instruments, and farmers tending to their fields are brought to life with harmonious colors and bold compositions. Her artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Visit Eileen Figueroa’s website www.eileenartstudio135.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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Diane Husson Creates Innovative “Faux Bois” Sculpture

Her Organic Forms Combine Tradition with A Contemporary Vitality

Diane HussonDiane Husson brings a lifelong connection to nature, and a wealth of innovation and skill to her unique sculptural art. The artist from Norfolk, Virgina is a master of creating concrete “faux bois” (“false wood” in French). This rare process, that was close to extinction a century ago, involves the adept layering of concrete over a steel armature.

Husson’s mesmerizing three-dimensional art pieces beckon us to enter a realm of mystery, fantasy and imagination.

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Diane Husson, Ladderback Branch Chair, steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 43” x 23” x 24”.

Timeless Functional Art Pieces

The artist has transformed a traditional art form into making  timeless functional art pieces that fuse design, form and function with contemporary vitality.

Her benches, chairs and tables appear to be composed from nature.  Shapes of branches and vines undulate in rhythmic patterns with a  graceful spontaneity. The tactile organic forms trick the eye into believing they are growing straight from the earth.

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Diane Husson, Crepe Myrtle Side Table, welded steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 24” x 24”.

Rich Detail and Superb Skills

Husson’s natural ability to apply rich detail and a superb sense of design and scale shine through every piece.

For ten years she was a painter and published illustrator. Then, two decades ago, on the advice of a friend she took a  tilemaking workshop at a local art center. That experience inspired her to expand her artistic vision by studying figurative sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

The artist also attributes studying nature, reading, experimentation, and travel to enriching her appreciation for her method of sculpture and for honing her technical skills.

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Ancient Wisteria Bench, welded steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 75″ x 45″ x 16″.

Embracing The Spirit World of Nature

Husson recalls, “As a child the forests and all of nature were my secret garden. My artwork is a result of a constant inner tug o’war between that child who still dreams of the wonders of nature, and the strict taskmaster who emerged over the years to demand originality and flawless execution.”

“As a sculptor, I am constantly drawn to the haunting quality of that crossroads where nature whispers about the spiritual world,” she explains.

Husson intends her sculptural forms to “emerge as artifacts from an ancient civilization where the boundaries between nature and the spirit world were paper thin, and some secret wisdom is waiting patiently to be rediscovered.”

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Shepherd’s Hook, welded steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 65” x 39” x 32”.

Public Art Projects and Hospital Installations

The artist has created several public art projects, including ceramic murals for the Cities of Virginia Beach, and Norfolk, Virginia, as well as a ceramic and concrete memorial for the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach.

The tranquil, healing qualities inherent in her art have attracted the interest of area hospitals. She has produced artwork for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in Norfolk, VA and the Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Her works of art have been installed in Virginia Beach General’s emergency room waiting room, which includes an 18 ft. relief coral reef with 22 kt. gold highlights.

Diane Husson
Diane Husson, Vine Chair, steel frame with fiber reinforced concrete, 39” x 29” x 27”.

Publications

She has also attracted the attention of publications. One of  her faux bois chairs was featured on the cover of Vow Bride Magazine. Her ceramic artwork is featured in “The Art of Handmade Tile” and “500 Tiles.”

Husson recently completed an artist in residence program with Virginia Beach Public Schools, mentoring young art students.

Visit Diane Husson’s website at www.newrelics.com

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Honoring and Celebrating Mothers and Mother Nature

In the spirit of honoring and celebrating Mothers and Mother Nature and the many ways they nurture us we are delighted to present Pam Comeau, Allison Coelho-Picone, Mary Lou Dauray, Claire Mack and Joanne St-Cyr — five outstanding artists in the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program.

In their own unique way they express the positive attributes of motherhood.

Let us pause and express gratitude to the many virtues that are associated with maternal instincts that are in each and every one of us and our planet.

Pam Comeau

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, oil, 6=1

Pam Comeau states, “My inspiration and fulfillment come from creating paintings that tackle the issues affecting me, such as the relationships between people, the evolution of spirituality, and other issues like the impact of social conformity.” Read more.

 Allison Coelho-Picone

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

Allison Coelho-Picone’s resilient wildflowers helped her to evolve in her style and also to explore the themes of motherhood and life after death. “Each painting’s message embraces what (Mother) Nature provides us, that of a stillness, a peace, and light in our hearts. Nature can heal, calm, and clarify if one absorbs Her patience, silence and beauty.” Read more.

 Mary Lou Dauray

Mary Lou Dauray
Mary Lou Dauray, Burning Blue, acrylic on paper, 22″ x x 30″.

Mary Lou Dauray expresses the importance of protecting Mother Earth by devoting her art to the dangers that threaten the planet’s healthy existence and our survival — such as global warming and coal burning. She states, “I want to encourage others to use their voices to show concern about environmental plundering and encourage the development of alternative energy sources.” Read more.

 Claire Mack

Claire Mack
Claire Mack

Claire Mack explains “I portray figurative images, symbolic beings that represent my inner experience and life process. More often than not, I am working intuitively, letting the images take shape as I go, thus, each piece is unique, connected by the thread of my spirit and surroundings.” Read more.

 Joanne St-Cyr

Joanne St-Cyr
Joanne St-Cyr, L’important n’est pas la destination (The Importance is Not the Destination), acrylic on canvas, 24” x 16”.

About (Mother) Nature Joanne St-Cyr states, “She is magnificent, still unpredictable and resilient. At times she feels harnessed, laced within our control and will let herself drift until she regains her energy, man should be weary and respectful… she, will never give up.” Read more.

 Artists Write About Their Mothers

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Gustav Klimt, Mother & Child

You may also want to read How Mothers Nurture Artists and Their Creativity on The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website, a collection of comments artists on Facebook shared about their mothers.

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Ton van Meesche – Painting

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Ton van Meesche, Gerald 2, watercolor
Ton van Meesche, The Clayton Brothers, watercolor, 16″ x 22″.

About Ton van Meesche

Dutch watercolor artist Ton van Meesche lives in the South of France where his paintings of jazz artists are strongly influenced by the Mediterranean light, French culture and a vibrant local jazz scene. He finds watercolor painting an ideal medium for painting jazz scenes. It permits a free-flowing synergistic style of painting, enhanced by the fact that he often paints to music by his favorite jazz artists Archie Shepp, Dollar Brand, Elvin Jones and others.

As the artists states, “Jazz is life, freedom and improvisation.”

Visit Ton van Meesche’s website at www.tonjazz.eu
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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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Pam Comeau is An Award-Winning Hyperrealist Artist

Her Narratives Reflect Psychological and Spiritual Experiences

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Pam-Comeau-Artist

Pam Comeau is an artist who lives in Quebec, Canada. She was selected as one of the exhibiting artists in Manhattan Arts International’s “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried exhibition. She also also chosen to receive one of only two Featured Artists Awards. Her art was selected from more than 1,000 entries received from over 250 artists from around the world.

What impressed us most about her submissions is the high level of mastery of her medium and her healing messages. All of her entries could have easily won the special award as they met several important criteria —  extraordinary skill, a unique vision, and a profound impact on viewers.

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Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, 6 = 1, oil, 27″ x 45″.

She Adds Social or Cultural Context

Pam Comeau paints in the style of hyperrealism, a genre of painting and sculpture that captures a photographic quality. The art movement originated in the United States and Europe in the early 2000.  However, like the foremost hyerrealists Comeau transcends photographic interpretation with the addition of often  subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of reality. She also imbues her paintings with a  social or cultural context.

She explains, “My inspiration and fulfillment come from creating paintings that tackle the issues affecting me, such as the relationships between people, the evolution of spirituality, and other issues like the impact of social conformity.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, 2=1, oil on canvas,  24″ x 48″.

Inspired By The Buddhist Practice

The artist aims to create visual narratives “that can shed beauty, illuminate or even express humor on psychological and spiritual experiences.”

Comeau is inspired by the Buddhist practice of meditating, “to relieve suffering through the awareness of being connected to all other beings. I wish to illustrate the teachings that have helped me feel greater peace.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau

A Meticulous, Well-Planned Process

Her art focuses primarily on figures, sometimes incorporating animals or objects to create a conversation. She begins a work of art by sketching an idea on paper. Her creative vision is “relatively composed before taking or finding photographs to use a reference.”

With her references in hand she then moves on to  the canvas. She starts with a grisaille underpainting in acrylic, and then applies many glazes of oil paint. Using a methodical layering process she produces a rich luminosity and depth.

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, 4+1, oil on canvas,  20″ x 24″.

Exhibitions and Accolades

In 2013 Comeau pursued a career as a full time artist. Since then she has had several exhibitions including those at the Montreal Art Centre and Gallerie Vanasse. She was also selected to participate in the 2015 Yes Art Expo and has accepted an invitation to auction selected pieces online through Artbomb.

In the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition Dynasty Brush Company presented her with a Special Award. Karyn Meyer-Berthel, who selected Comeau to receive this award states: “Pam Comeau’s work takes healing to a whole new level as she explores emotional and spiritual healing through her work. Her art exhibits exquisite design and careful detail while bringing the viewer into the visceral world of the spiritual. Dynasty would like to award Pam Comeau for her thoughtful exploration of spiritual and emotional healing through her oil paintings.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, Gift, oil on canvas, 8″ x 8″.

Her Goals As An Artist

Her exquisite light-filled paintings that focus on different hand gestures express a powerful and meaningful universal language of connection, love, and generosity.

The artist shares her aspirations. “I have two important goals with my art. I want it to be visually pleasing and I want it to have levels of meaning.”

Comeau also explains, “I use figures, animals and objects, often allegorically, to communicate my thoughts. I compose titles that will narrate my compositions with added humor or hope. It is important to me to paint with reverence for my subject matter.”

Pam Comeau
Pam Comeau, King and Queen, oil on canvas, 12″ x 11″.

Her Influences and Inspiration

Although Comeau mentions that she is primarily a self-taught artist she has taken courses in sculpture, painting, drawing and photography at Concordia University and The Saidye Bronfman Art School. Additionally, she learned the specific technique of glazing oil by master painter Irena Korosec. She credits artists like Alex Colville and Patrick Kramer as having positive influences on her work and she strives to add qualities that characterize their art into her paintings.

Visit Pam Comeau’s website www.pamcomeau.com
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Claire Mack Reflects The Human Spirit

Her Figurative Images Are Provocative and Soothing

Claire Mack
Claire Mack

Claire Mack is a winner of the “Featured Artists Award”,  a top honor  in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition. Her art was selected from more than 1,000 images that were submitted by artists from around the world.

The artist who was born in California, and now lives in Washington, has won previous awards from Manhattan Arts International.

Her art was selected this year and in the past because she consistently produces a unique and outstanding series of artwork that emanates a powerful innate sense of healing.

She has a sensitive artistic vision that is manifested through her proficiency in a variety of mediums. Her adept use of different materials brings an enormous breadth and depth to her art. As a master of using symbolic imagery  she weaves universal narratives that  beckon us to explore, discover, reflect, and interpret.

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Claire E. Mack
Claire E. Mack, Self-Healing, acrylic, charcoal, and collaged paper, thread on panel, 24″x 20″.

Her Art Provides A Passageway

Her paintings not only immediately appeal to our senses they hold our rapture as though we are returning to a familiar, peaceful otherworldly dimension.

Through her paintings we encounter the wisdom of the ages and realize that the physical and spiritual realms are connected.  Her art provides a passageway for understanding balance, harmony and the potential for our inner healing.

Claire E. Mack
Claire E. Mack, Protection for the Wounded, acrylic and charcoal 33” x 24”.

The Influence of Art on Healing

In her submission to The Healing Power of ART 2015 competition, she  wrote: “I believe that art has a profound healing influence on both the artist and the viewer. Through the depiction of beauty and recognition of the human condition, our spirits are uplifted and connected on a deeper level. My work has evolved from years of gathering a personal iconography based on my own healing and spiritual growth.”

Claire E. Mack
Claire E. Mack, Bloom Verdant, acrylic, charcoal, conte crayon, 24″x 24″

Guided By Inner Experience and Nature

The artist has stated, “I portray figurative images, symbolic beings that represent my inner experience and life process.  More often than not, I am working intuitively, letting the images take shape as I go, thus, each piece is unique, connected by the thread of my spirit and surroundings.

“I also use imagery from nature, which is a continual source of inspiration and healing energy. As an artist, it is my hope to provide a common visual language that is both provocative and soothing to those who resonate with my work.”

Calire Mack
Autumn Bride, acrylic, collage, and thread, 24″x 18″.

A Process of Multiple Layers

Most of her pieces are built up on panels or canvas. She uses multiple layers that may include paint, charcoal, antique and decorative papers, thread, fabric, gold leaf, wax, pencil, and crayon.

The paintings shown here are among her most recent pieces.  As she explains, “I have been leaning toward a much more limited palette, despite life being more colorful than ever. I began to crave the dark black lines of charcoal last Spring and have continued to feel satisfied with deep umbers and ochre washes, combined with collage from antique book pages. As often happens, some of the figures are informed and inspired by my beloveds.”

Claire Mack
Snowberry, acrylic, charcoal, and collage, 24″ x 20″.

Exhibitions and Accolades

Claire Mack  received a BFA from the California College of Arts in Painting in 1987.  She has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout Washington and other parts of the U.S. Exhibitions include those at Kirkland Arts Center, Ethos, Linus Gallery, and a solo exhibition at Ghost Gallery at Rocco’s, Seattle, WA. Her art will be featured in Xenographic 3, November 2015.

Visit Claire Mack’s website:  www.clairemack.com

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James B. Campbell ~ Mixed Media

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James Campbell
James Campbell, Confused by Eternity, acrylic-mixed media, 36″ x 32″.

About James B. Campbell

James B. Campbell is an artist from Indiana who won an Artist Showcase Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 juried competition. He has won two other awards from Manhattan Arts International in previous exhibitions. His innovative use of mixed media and abstract forms to communicate messages of healing always set him apart from other artists in the competition.

Campbell submitted this statement with his entries: “My immersion in the creative process has been a ready reminder of the role it plays in healing . Grief may never leave one, but the work of art making can alleviate the loss by bringing the vitality of life to the forefront.”

Visit James B. Campbell’s website at www.campbellarts.net

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Dolores Kiriacon ~ Photography

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Dolores Kiriacon
Dolores Kiriacon, Wilting Lily, photograph

About Dolores Kiriacon

Dolores Kiriacon won an Artist Showcase Award for her artwork chosen in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” juried exhibition. I was immediately impressed by several submissions of flowers captured during various stages of their wilting process. They portray the universal message of the aging process with grace and beauty.

In her submission statement she wrote: “I photograph flowers and other natural forms during their life cycle. The Lily Portfolio chronicles a plant’s life from it’s beginning bloom to its final stage of being wilted. These portraits celebrate this beautiful flower allowing the viewer to appreciate them in a new and different way.”

She will exhibit at the The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, FL, in an exhibition juried by Elizabeth Sobieski, a Contributing Writer to the Art Economist, May 16 to August 29, 2015.

Visit Dolores Kiriacon’s website at www.doloreskiriacon.com
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Joseph A. Pearson ~ Painting

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James A. Pearson, A choice of Weapons, oil on canvas “46 x 40″.

About Joseph A. Pearson

Joseph A. Pearson is a realist painter who lives in New Orleans, LA. He has won many awards and grants including the Artist Showcase Award in the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” 2015 online juried exhibition for his outstanding painting “A Choice of Weapons”.  It resonated with us for conveying an important social message with authenticity and feeling. All of his art “embraces the concept of social realism by drawing attention to everyday conditions…”

In his statement to the jurors he wrote: “I am interested in the transformative energy of art to heal social ills by challenging perceptions and inviting the viewer to take a closer look at the content. I draw inspiration from scenes from the street, issues in the news, and issues regarding current social trends.”

Among his numerous awards and accolades Pearson was commissioned by the White House Historical Association to represent the state of MS in celebrating the 300th anniversary of the White House.

Visit Joseph A. Pearson’s website at www.josephart.net
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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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