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New Beginnings Exhibition will feature different styles and mediums by 30 artists from around the world.

Award of Excellence Winners

Each artist was asked to submit works of art that reflected the theme “New Beginnings” and to provide an artist’s statement relating their art to the theme. With pleasure I present the artists who won an Award of Excellence.

As the curator of “New Beginnings” my selection process involved more than 100 hours of viewing the several hundred image entries and visits to the artists’ websites. After assigning scores for each of their image entries I selected those artists with the highest average scores and who demonstrate cohesive individual styles, superior creative and technical  skills, and how well their art reflected the theme.”  ~ Renée Phillips

Artists are presented in alphabetical order. Click images to see larger views. Please write a comment and visit often!

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Rose Adare, Piko
Rose Adare, Piko, oil on canvas, 96″ x 48″.

Rose Adare
By the time my 4′ x 8’ detailed, perfected “Piko” was done, I already needed my first body brace. My painting “Persephone” taught me how to paint smaller, gentler, while adding a few more braces. Now, with compression gloves, and more body braces than clothing it seems, abstract lets me play through the pain and is my new beginning. www.roseadare.com

 

R. Geoffrey Blackburn, "Indian Summer", Oil on Linen, 28" x 36".
R. Geoffrey Blackburn, “Indian Summer”, Oil on Linen, 28″ x 36″.

R. Geoffrey Blackburn – Winner of Featured Artist Award
I focus upon the juxtaposition of the flora and fauna of a scene against the spectacular ancient red rock geology which speaks to the endless renewal of nature and constant cyclical new beginnings. Moreover, by virtue of the detail and technique, I provide a way for the viewer to “walk into the painting” and experience a personal renewal as well. www.rgeoffreyblackburn.com

 

Joe Boddy, Hatching ,ceramic,wood,glass, 21.5" x 8" x 3.5".
Joe Boddy, Hatching ,ceramic,wood,glass, 21.5″ x 8″ x 3.5″.

Joe Boddy
I see my work as part of the ongoing process of creation. A process that rejects nothing and instead finds new life as art. My sculpture is my way of honoring the beauty and profundity of nature. This work represents beginnings and also part of the great circle of life whose beginnings are a great mystery. www.joeboddy.com

 

Camilla Dahl Busby, Kim, oil on canvas, 58" x 40".
Camilla Dahl Busby, Kim, oil on canvas, 58″ x 40″.

Camilla Marie Dahl
My paintings, which depict nude women in furled, fetal-like poses, isolated in dark, indefinable spaces, symbolize a return to the womb, and equate the susceptibility of the fetus with feelings of vulnerability and exposure many women learn to associate with nudity. They also represent an opportunity for rebirth—for these women to reclaim agency and ownership over their own bodies. www.camillamariedahl.com

 

Jaya Datta, Phoenix,acrylic and oil on canvas, 30" x 24"
Jaya Datta, Phoenix,acrylic and oil on canvas, 30″ x 24″

Jaya Datta
Science and technology are at its peak in the present times but in some parts of the world women still face violence and abuse of all kinds. They have no right & no voice. Slowly they are becoming aware of injustices done to them and they are rising to fight for their freedom. Through my painting I want to show their plights and the goals to a new beginning. www.jayadatta.com

 

Mary Lou Dauray, Spirit Rock, acrylic, 24" x 24".
Mary Lou Dauray, Spirit Rock, acrylic, 24″ x 24″.

Mary Lou Dauray
Rocks and cliffs in Abiquiu, New Mexico and formed 165 million years ago at the beginnings and stirrings of civilization, cannot help but inspire a sense of patient endurance and strength. www.maryloudauray.com

 

Judith Fritchman, A Painter's Muse, oil on linen, 24" x 36".
Judith Fritchman, A Painter’s Muse, oil on linen, 24″ x 36″.

Judith Fritchman
One of my greatest joys in the process of making art is the gift of renewal and expectation when a new visual idea is planted: a glimpse from a car window, a passage from literature or music, a fleeting expression on a child’s face. Possibilities unfold, like petals of spring blossoms; the artistic adventure begins again. www.judithfritchman.com

 

Ronnie Garcia, Lost and Found, acrylic on panel, 24" x 17".
Ron Damien Garcia, Lost and Found, acrylic on panel, 24″ x 17″.

Ron Damien Garcia
I’m showing how the subjects are experiencing new beginnings in their young lives. In the painting “Lost and Found”, I show a lost young man with PTSD finding a lost puppy, and the smile on the young man’s face says they’ll begin a new life together. www.rondamiengarcia.com

 

Lea Goldman, Crossing, Crossing, oil on canvas, 48"
Lea Goldman, Crossing, Crossing, oil on canvas, 48″ x

Lea Goldman
Regeneration: The most crucial moment is our arrival to the planet, our physical birth, a crossing over from one form to another. The meaning of the painting “Crossing”: Absolute beginning as advent of new life of great knowledge confronts the seeker with the trials of crossing over. www.artistleagoldman.com

 

Dianne Husson, Adrift, concrete over steel armature, 31" x 70" x 25"
Diane Husson, Adrift, concrete over steel armature, 31″ x 70″ x 25″.

Diane Husson
I use concrete and steel to create functional sculptures that appear to be made of wood. I am reviving an art form called concrete “faux bois” (false wood) that nearly died out 100 years ago. Not content to imitate classic styles from long ago, I seek to create my own unique organic expressions using the latest high performance cement technologies. www.fauxboisfurniture.com

 

1Heidi Hybl, Continuous Motion 5, 20" x 20".
Heidi Hybl, Continuous Motion 5, oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″.

Heidi Hybl
I live in the mountains of California’s Big Sur Coast. Each day is a new beginning. Fog drifting through canyons, colorful sunsets and violent storms provide a shifting display of colors and tonal values. In these paintings I reduce what I experience to light, motion, and simplified form. Every day and each new painting is a “New Beginning”. www.bigsurpainter.com

 

Sunset at Bolinas Lagoon, oil on canvas, 48" x 36".
Mason Mansung Kang, Sunset at Bolinas Lagoon, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″.

Mason Mansung Kang – Winner of The Featured Artist Award
The visual changes of the natural world, with unending colors and values that exist in light and shadow over each season and over time, create variations of moods and emotions that always affects my mind. I struggle to observe these subtle colors, but also enhance the colors that are usually not noticed by untrained eyes. To share this beauty is the goal of my efforts. www.masonmansungkang.com
Read an interview with Mason Mansung Kang.

 

Darlene Kaplan, Koi Under Wisteria, Chinese watercolor, 32"x 18"
Darlene Kaplan, Koi Under Wisteria, Chinese watercolor, 32″x 18″

Darlene Kaplan
Nature furnishes the perfect cycle of life. The new beginning starts in the spring therefore I will paint tulips, narcissus and other spring blooming trees or flowers. Summer brings an abundance of flowers, vegetables, fruits and much more. I use all my bright colors for fall in landscapes or fall leaves. The winter I try to paint purity in the snow. www.darlenekaplan.com

 

Leila Labelle, Perfume of the Orient, mixed media on canvas, 60" x 40".
Leila Labelle, Perfume of the Orient, mixed media on canvas, 60″ x 40″.

Leila Labelle
The beginning of a new journey, of a fading tradition of the iconic kimono in all its glory and all it embodied in beauty and sacrifice. From my collection “The Silk Road”, this series is to give a new life to traditional garments in a contemporary approach. Numerous techniques are used in the creation of these pieces. www.leilalabelle.com

 

Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9 x 7
Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9′ x 7″.

Francene Levinson – Winner of The Healing Power of ART Award
New beginnings suggest taking a fresh look at what we know. Therefore, I create original digital paintings inspired by my Oregon environment. I see the strength of the earth and the fragility of life through mathematical concepts and principles of art. Now, I seek beauty in the absolute simplicity of line and form and reveal it through empowering digital media. www.francenelevinsondigitalart.com

 

Eva Lewarne, Raven Queen, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30.
Eva Lewarne, Raven Queen, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30.

Eva Lewarne
A new beginning begins when an old cycle finishes. Hopefully our earth is both at the end of the cycle of being devastated by men, who see no relationship between humans and nature, and the beginning of a new cycle, of mostly women, reminding them of our connection, which is at best tenuous now. The message can be voiced with humour and that is what I intended to portray in my works of Bird Women. www.evalewarne.com

 

Jack Long, Teal Shimmer, photograph, 30” x 24”.
Jack Long, Teal Shimmer, photograph, 30” x 24”.

Jack Long
Every spring is a “New Beginning.” I create through the summer in my home’s garage. Through the winter months I plan what I will be creating the next season. This year I built a set that was a liquid
table top of dark water with a flared opening. The void allowed me to install fountains, creating my liquid art photography. www.jacklongphoto.com

 

Friedhard Meyer, Colour Zone Blue-Yellow, acrylic, 31.5” x 39.37”.
Friedhard Meyer, Colour Zone Blue-Yellow, acrylic, 31.5” x 39.37”.

Friedhard Meyer
April 2015 was the “New Beginnings“ of my youngest project. I developed a particular acrylic needle technique which I use for these paintings, whereby the surfaces are solely generated by applying a 10 cm wide flat brush in a vertical direction. This type of colour application is an important and unique characteristic of my paintings. www.gallery-friedhard.de

 

Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.
Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.

Sue Miller – Winner of the Artist Showcase Award and Coaching Award.
Inspired by places I have visited, I aim to capture the effects of light on colors and forms as I have witnessed all over the globe. The pieces selected for the “New Beginnings” exhibition were all inspired by transformation…one day turning into the next, or a historic city in the midst of great change…new beginnings all. www.smillerart.com
View more of her art and read about her.

 

Cheryl Maeder ,Celestial Babies, Submerge I, photograph, limited Edition of 10, 30” x 45”.
Cheryl Maeder ,Celestial Babies, Submerge I, photograph, limited edition of 10, 30” x 45”.

Cheryl Maeder
My “Celestial Babies Series” explores our natural connectedness to ourselves, the planet Earth and extending to the Universe.   As I photographed the babies swimming and floating in water during a five month period,  I noticed the natural state of joy, innocence and freedom that was emanating from their presence. www.maederphotography.com

 

Keith Morant, Renaissance, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 48".
Keith Morant, Renaissance, mixed media on canvas, 36″ x 48″.

Keith Morant
I am certain that the anticipation and sheer delight of starting a new canvas plays a large part in my obsessive addiction. Every day brings a passionate renewal of birth through creative bliss. I have been a painter for over 50 years and have learned well that my compulsion behind every artwork is the joy of its New Beginning. www.keithmorant.com

 

Christine O'Brien, Land of The Butterflies, oil on canvas, 40" x 30".
Christine O’Brien, Land of The Butterflies, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.

Christine O’Brien
Upon finding a Monarch during a dark time, I was inspired to paint an adaption of my personal renewal. “Land of the Butterflies” portrays a source of life: a child of love, and nourishment in a place of eternal sunrise where butterflies are reborn. The butterfly dance symbolizes my transformation. www.caofineart.com

 

Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.

Jill Pankey – Winner of Third Place Award
The intention of my work is an exploration of life around me, and experimenting with color. I have experimented with the theme of the aging female with a focus on new beginnings, humor, color, pattern, and movement. I have been exploring the notion of a dreamlike quality. We may age but dreams and goals cannot be taken away. www.jillpankey.com

 

Mary Pat Pino, Presence, Mixed Media, 30” x 30”.
Mary Pat Pino, Presence, mixed media, 30” x 30”.

Mary Pat Pino
I work primarily with acrylic paint and fabric, being influenced by my background in graphic design and a love of body language. As I begin each day anew my goal is to have a heart-centered awareness and
appreciation of all human life. The paintings Presence, Grace and Dignity explore physically expressed emotion. www.marypatdesign.com/artwork

 

Dianne Poinski, Sitting Quietly," photograph, 24" x30".
Dianne Poinski, Sitting Quietly, photograph, 24″ x 30″.

Dianne Poinski
I believe each day is a “New Beginning.” During the last few months, I had noticed a feeling of being uninspired, and somewhat lazy and had decided to do whatever it took to create the images I want to make, even if it involved an early morning outing in the foggy cold! On this day, I was glad I did! www.diannepoinski.com

 

 Keith Plummer, Twins: Night and Day, 20” x 18” x 5”, deep etched bone sculpture with copper, turqoise, silver, on verdite

Keith Plummer, Twins: Night and Day, 20” x 18” x 5”, deep etched bone sculpture with copper, turqoise, silver, on verdite.

Keith Plummer
I long to celebrate the purity and honesty found in bones – elegant configurations – that form the foundation of all human and animal existence. My work shines light on that which is typically discarded, buried, or burned, bringing back into form that which longs to be reincarnated and beheld.  www.keithplummersculptor.com

 

Gail Postal, Marisol, graphite, oil paint, Swarovski crystal, and glitter, 36” x 18”.
Gail Postal, Marisol, graphite, oil paint, Swarovski crystal, and glitter, 36” x 18”.

Gail Postal
I have had two major influences on my work – old hand tinted black and white Japanese photographs and Russian Orthodox icons. I do a graphite drawing and then add gold paint and many layers of transparent oil or acrylic paint to create an icon of a contemporary “saint.” www.gailpostal.com

 

Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20" x 11" x 9".
Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20″ x 11″ x 9″.

Denisa Prochazka – Winner of Second Place Award
The sculpture “Namaste Flower” was created to inspire healing and strength of the female spirit. It resides at a Woman’s Shelter as a symbol of a new beginning. This need of creation became re-enforced with the birth of my child and the desire to heal, to protect, to empower, to portray a feeling, a need, a conversation within the sublime. www.denisaprochazka.com

 

Dave Richardson, Petrified Existence, cast bronze, 13” x 7"
Dave Richardson, Petrified Existence, cast bronze, 13” x 7″.


Dave Richardson

I have been manifesting new beginnings in my art work all of 2016. The Phoenix cycle of life has never had as much power and grip on me. I believe, much like the Ouroboros, the cycle of life is all about regeneration and stimulating the cells for new growth. I’m always looking for new and exciting opportunities in the art world! www.daverichardsonart.com

 

Tania Sen, Residual Love, sculpture, 12” x 12” x 26”.
Tania Sen, Residual Love, sculpture, 12” x 12” x 26”.

Tania Sen
New Beginnings is a promise of a fresh start – an act of optimism, a perception of a different outcome. My three-dimensional small sculpture pieces such as “Residual Love” use henna, nails, skewers and a fork — elements that are not traditional art materials but add a layer of meaning because of their traditional use. www.taniasen.com

 

Carol Scott, Unstoppable, mixed media on wood, 24"x 30".
Carol Scott, Unstoppable, mixed media on wood, 24″x 30″.

Carol Scott
When I was in Graduate School my thesis was called Pregnancy of the Soul. The new beginning of a creative idea, birthing into Art. To this end, I have created a Tribute to Judy Chicago, celebrated with another painting “Birthday”, and gone forward into the future with  this painting “Unstoppable”. www.caroscottart.com

 

Matti Sirvio, What Next ?, oil on canvas, 39” x 39”.
Matti Sirvio, What Next ?, oil on canvas, 39” x 39”.

Matti Sirvio
My works touch the often so ignored and forgotten new beginnings after death. We’ll all be there and I cannot think of a better prospective for our future than the Hope of Resurrection. www.mattisirvio.com

 

Ruth Soller, Moran Point Grand Canyon, oil, 24” x 30”.
Ruth Soller, Moran Point Grand Canyon, oil, 24” x 30”.

Ruth Soller
My “New Beginnings” paintings express my awe of the beauty of nature while visiting our National Parks. The awe of nature has power to strengthen our health and increase our level of happiness. My purpose is to share a new beginning of my emotional response and meditative state which is creating healing in my body and joy in my spirit. www.ruthsoller.com

 

Susan Helen Strok, Wake Up Call, colored pencil, 23” x 18”.
Susan Helen Strok, Wake Up Call, colored pencil, 23” x 18”.

Susan Helen Strok
When painting or drawing inanimate objects, I am portraying the need for transformation. Remaining static in life can engender fear – blocking creativity and growth. I see this message reflected in so
many natural items: an egg, a nest, a snake, a feather, the moon. Their symbolism is clear to me. The natural world creates a constant flux of new beginnings. www.susanhelenstrok.com

 

Frantisek Strouhal, Rio, mixed media, 20’ x 24”.
Frantisek Strouhal, Rio, mixed media, 20’ x 24”.

Frantisek Strouhal
On many occasions I’ve wanted to start over again. But I thought it was nearly impossible, until I embraced the artist in me. Now I’m aware, it is not the past that needs changing, or what has happened that needs to be undone. Only the perspective needs expansion, and a new world emerges of its own accord, like the phoenix out of the ashes. www.frantisekstrouhal.com

 

William Turner, The Quest, oil, 24” x 18”.
William Turner, The Quest, oil, 24” x 18”.

William C. Turner
“The Quest” depicts one searching for his destiny.  It is a slow process but eventually can be reached.  The paintings I am currently working on are portraits of time-worn rusted vehicles—trucks, farm equipment and cars—rendered anthropomorphically. www.turnwoodfineart.com

 

John Weller, Passing Thru, photograph, 16” x 24”.
John Weller, Passing Thru, photograph, 16” x 24”.

John Weller
I wander through the mist in early morning light. Moments of soft luminescence and pastel color announce a new day; a new beginning.  Cool air and water painted by the sky summon serenity.  In solitude and silence the shutter clicks; a memory to take away. www.jfweller.com

 

Yvonne Welman, Since Leucippos people are damaged everywhere by the lust of power’, mixed media glicee print ( 60% transparency), open acrylic, fineliner, embroidery, 59 x 59”.
Yvonne Welman, Since Leucippos people are damaged everywhere by the lust of power’, mixed media glicee print ( 60% transparency), open acrylic, fineliner, embroidery, 59 x 59”.

Yvonne Welman
Election Day in the USA, made me realize I did a painting this year that shows my fearful anticipation about the signs in this world that our democratic rights and women rights are going to be trampled by tyrants and lust of power. Hillary Clinton deserves a Nobel Prize for her heroic fight for human decency and women rights.  Trump — a new beginning?! www.yvonne-welman.com

 

Diana Whiley, Chrysalis, digital art, 28” x 28”.
Diana Whiley, Chrysalis, digital art, 28” x 28”.

Diana Whiley
In my life I’ve found it’s important to look back, to contemplate and accept what has gone before as I face changes and open my heart to embrace a new chapter in my life. www.dianakwhiley.weebly.com

 

Nicole Wilde, Leap of Faith, photodigital art on canvas, 16" x 24".
Nicole Wilde, Leap of Faith, photodigital art on canvas, 16″ x 24″.

Nicole Wilde
It is a shining miracle of the human spirit that no matter how tough life becomes, if we maintain hope and a positive attitude, we are never truly lost. By listening to that small, still voice within, new beginnings are always possible. I hope to inspire that spirit in others through my art. www.photomagicalart.com

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“With pleasure I present the artists who won an Award of Merit. As the curator of ‘New Beginnings’ my selection process involved more than 100 hours of viewing the several hundred image entries and visits to artists’ websites. I assigned a score to each entry. In many instances, there was just a few points difference between those artists who won Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit. All exhibiting artists demonstrate creative and technical skills with their chosen mediums and submitted art that reflects the theme.” ~ Renée Phillips

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Carolyn M. Abrams, Spirit Vessel II, II, acrylic and plaster, 24" x 30".
Carolyn M. Abrams, Spirit Vessel II, II, acrylic and plaster, 24″ x 30″.

Carolyn Abrams
Before spoken language evolved, images were the representation of inner visionary states. My ancestors, mostly represented by animals, provide an essential spirituality within me.  The Spirit Horse has chosen to be the vessel that carries me back to the beginning; To summon  my dormant voice to awaken from its slumber.  How is it through their gentle but wild nature they inspire me to go back and begin anew? www.carolynabrams.com

 

Jeni Bate, Vermillion Delight; mixed media; 40" x 30" each of 2 panels.
Jeni Bate, Vermillion Delight; mixed media; 40″ x 30″ each of 2 panels.

Jeni Bate
My paintings start out as dawn off my back porch. From there they morph into abstract art – the more abstract possibilities of a day, including poetry written for and painted into them. My theme of sky is because that is where we live. Every dawn is a new beginning in a life lived in that sky. www.skyscapesforthesoul.com

 

Lee Tisch Bialczek, On The Grinnell Trail, Pastel, 9 x 14
Lee Tisch Bialczak, On The Grinnell Trail, pastel, 9″ x 14″.

Lee Tisch Bialczak
As a contemporary landscape artist, I paint to capture the emotional and inspirational gift of nature with soft pastel. Accomplishing this vision with the use of light and color, I strive to create a sense of energy by seizing the essence of nature at its most significant moment, awakening our perceptions and renewing the spirit. www.leetischbialczak.comw

 

Wayne Brungard, Notes to Myself, bas-relief: cast & fabricated bronze, 41.25″ x 41.75″ x 1.75″.

Wayne Brungard
I supported our family by completing commissions of “architectural elements” or “functional sculpture” until a life threatening illness caused me to question if I would ever be able to return to my studio. This need to create was a motivating factor in my recovery. So I began again by creating pieces that had only lived in sketches and maquettes. www.waynebrungard.com

 

Halin de Repentigny, Storm Runners oil on canvas, 24" x 30".
Halin de Repentigny, Storm Runners oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″.

Halin de Repentigny
The canvas awaits. My eyes closed, colors and textures come into focus moulding my interpretation of the landscape before me. The light plays gently on my vision, ever changing and shifting perspectives gently massaging hues and colors till finally I see the world I wish to create. My eyes open, paint meets canvas, another new beginning. https://halinderepentigny.ca

 

Roopa Dudley, The Land Of Enlightenment, acrylic, 14" x 11".
Roopa Dudley, The Land Of Enlightenment, acrylic, 14″ x 11″.

Roopa Dudley
I have traveled through galaxies in my mind’s eye in search of a place of all knowing and bliss. To my delight, I have discovered it right in the backyard of my consciousness where the past, the present and the future meets. Now I am fully awake and ready to explore this place created by no one else but me. www.roopadudley.com

 

Leanne Hamilton, Soaring, oil on canvas 30 x 30
Leanne Hamilton, Soaring, oil on canvas 30 x 30.

Leanne Hamilton
I am personally at a life junction so the themes represented here involve moving home, relocating, and of course new beginnings.  I use the landscape and the skyscape as a metaphor for the life experiences and themes I am portraying.  This keeps the themes subtle, enjoyable and positive. www.leannehamilton.com

 

Elaine Hunter, Rocky Mountain Glory in Moonlight, photograph, 24' x 36".
Elaine Hunter, Rocky Mountain Glory in Moonlight, photograph, 24′ x 36″.

Elaine Hunter
This photograph is from a series taken during an important journey in my life. I left my home in Ottawa to begin a new life in Halfmoon Bay BC Canada. It was a new beginning for me, someone once told me that my life was over when my children had grown up but I still look for new adventures. www.elainehunter.com

 

Christine Jolly, Hidden Gems, ink, acrylic, sand, varnish, 19.69″ x 25.39″
Christine Jolly, Hidden Gems, ink, acrylic, sand, varnish, 19.69″ x 25.39″

Christine Jolly
I have been moved by an expressive frenzy ever since I was a little girl. But only two years ago, did I truly began to pursue the dream of sharing accounts of my path to the truth, to love and unity through my artworks. Every canvas is an act of faith in life; questioning the stars while touching the ground. www.jolly-colors.com

 

Sandra Lett, Just a Trawlin'. www.sandralett.com
Sandra Lett, Just a Trawlin’, acrylic, 20” x 16”.

Sandra Lett
I grew up as a child watching my grandfather paint. It inspired me to take a few classes at a community college later in life and that was the beginning of my personal journey, of over 20 years now as an artist. I love to paint anything beautiful… with lots of color and heart. It is extremely satisfying and therapeutic for me. www.sandralett.com

 

Norma L. Lloyd, Journey Home, multimedia canvas print, 30” x 30”.
Norma L. Lloyd, Journey Home, multimedia canvas print, 30” x 30”.

Norma L. lloyd
“New Beginnings” represents a continual dance of creativity. As an abstract multimedia artist I employ a magical evoking aspect, spontaneous creative expression. These images, each having a unique story, are a tapestry of creation, a metamorphosis of the evolution of my soul. From a sacred intended space, in honor of the Divine gifts, they are transduced into form. As One Soul, we grow together. www.rejuvenationart.com

 

Sheila Neufeld, Miracle, acrylic on canvas, 24"x24".
Sheila Neufeld, Miracle, acrylic on canvas, 24″x24″.

Sheila Neufeld
I have always loved Butterflies. They are the embodiment of elegance, grace and expansion. My submission expresses the exhibition theme “New Beginnings” as the Butterfly, after a total metamorphosis is now in a new stage of life. Its transformation is a complete renewal and a new beginning. www.sheilaneufeld.com

 

Nancy Ridenour, 1Great White Egret on Marco Island, photograph on canvas, 24" x 20"
Nancy Ridenour, 1Great White Egret on Marco Island, photograph on canvas.

Nancy Ridenour
I am a digital photographer who focuses on capturing the beauty and essence of Florida birds. I enjoy the detail revealed by strong lenses that allow close observation. Each bird has its own character and daily life processes. This photography is a new beginning with a new camera and lens, printing on canvas instead of paper, and focusing on birds. http://nancyridenourartist.zenfolio.com

 

Mimi Shapiro, Holy Words, mixed media on gessoed hardboard, 10" x 10".
Mimi Shapiro, Holy Words, mixed media on gessoed hardboard, 10″ x 10″.

Mimi Shapiro
The title “New Beginnings” intrigued me, I am a collage artist who likes to work in series. Collage is a process of linking images that do not necessarily go together, color, size, content and they relate in a totally new way. Having boundaries helps me to clarify my ideas, moving the pieces until they spark something new, collage is always “New Beginnings.” www.mimiartz.com

 

Sometimes Life Needs A Little Drama, oil, 20” x 30”.
Sometimes Life Needs A Little Drama, oil, 20” x 30”.

Kelly Sooter
Every person who looks at a rural landscape asks themselves “what would it be like to stand here – breathing in the tranquility – to follow that path towards anew beginning?” I portray a visual pathway to start the journey — allowing the viewer to experience the emotion and feeling that’s buried deep — ready to be found and remembered. www.KellySooter.com

 

Helena Svensson, Timeless, photocollage, original file: approximately 15" x 20”
Helena Svensson, Timeless, photocollage, original file: approximately 15″ x 20”.

Helena Svensson
New Beginnings for me are two positive words. They bring hope that it is possible to start over again. With my photocollages I have started a new beginning in my artistic career. The technique brings me in to digital challenges but also to endless creative solutions and possibilities. www.svenskakonstnarer.se

 

Alex Tolstoy, Sunrise, watercolor, 20" x 16".
Alex Tolstoy, Sunrise, watercolor, 20″ x 16″.

Alex Tolstoy
New beginnings — a sunrise or glow at dawn, flowers in bloom, tranquillity. These submitted images show such situations with the intent to hint at what is to come. Details are not usually fully portrayed but merely hinted at. www.atolstoyart.com

 

White Amaryllis, oil on canvas on board, 18" W x 22".
Norma Torti, White Amaryllis, oil on canvas on board, 22″ x 18″.

Norma Torti
Revealing and sharing the truth about the beauty and goodness around me is why I create art. Every day I feel a childlike freedom as I observe colors, textures, and contrasts of simple things, especially in nature. I love to transform an empty canvas into a full, detailed story of my subjects in living color. www.normatorti.com

Miche Watkins, Misunderstanding, oil painting, 16″ x 12″..

Miche Watkins
My art portrays women sometimes looking back at past relationships, the problems, the misunderstandings, the rejections; but feeling strong enough to move on and make their own future, new beginnings, with or without a partner. There might be storm clouds on the horizon, misunderstandings may arise, but a strong woman will have enough self belief to stand tall. www.michewatkins.com

 

Henriette Westh, Threshold 2, oil on linen, 30’ x 24”.
Henriette Westh, Threshold 2, oil on linen, 30’ x 24”.

Henriette Westh
I have chosen the widest interpretation possible: The threshold that you cross from a known situation to an unknown situation. The experience could both be an exciting adventure or a frightening prospect. The view is highly subjective. I hope these works, which can be seen both individually and as a triptych, will speak to the spectator on a personal level. www.hw-art.dk

 

Beth Younger, National Harbor I, acrylic & mixed media, 36" x 24".
Beth Younger, National Harbor I, acrylic & mixed media, 36″ x 24″.

Beth Younger
I work from background to foreground, dark to light, working from the inside out. As I travel through this journey I embrace the contrast, welcome the struggle. Notions of perfection, imperfection and what is, are interwoven giving birth to harmonious contrast. After a long hiatus from pursuing my art career, this is a “new beginning”. www.bethyounger.com

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New Beginnings Exhibition

The mission of Manhattan Arts International is is to reward under-recognized artists and promote them to a world-wide audience through our curated art programs, theme exhibitions, email newsletters, and widespread publicity on social media platforms.
Find out about the current Call For Artists.

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips, founder/direction of Manhattan Arts International, and Curator of “New Beginnings”.

“New Beginnings”  is our current online exhibition of 61 artists from around the world, December 27, 2016 – February 27, 2017.  As founder/director of Manhattan Arts International, I was delighted to serve as the curator for “New Beginnings”. We received several hundred entries and an array of creative expressions on the “New Beginnings” theme — from nature-inspired and figurative life-affirming images to innovative works of art made with new materials and mediums, to art that reflects the artists’ personal transformation. This exhibition will keep you engaged for hours at a time as you view the art and read the artists’ statements. You’ll want to revisit often. Please view the art on all of the pages, visit the artists’ websites, and contact the artists directly to purchase or exhibit their art.”
~ Renée Phillips

The banner image above on the top of this page is a painting by R.  Geoffrey Blackburn, who received the First Place Special Recognition Cash Award.

Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”. She won a top award in the New Beginnings exhibition.

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Jack Long, Teal Shimmer, photograph, 30” x 24”.
Jack Long, Teal Shimmer, photograph, 30” x 24”. He won an Award of Excellence in “New Beginnings”.

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Halin de Repentigny, Storm Runners oil on canvas, 24" x 30".
Halin de Repentigny, Storm Runners oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″. He won an Award of Merit in “New Beginnings”.

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Find out about the current Call For Artists – HERStory Exhibition

 

Top Award-Winning Artists

We received so many excellent entries making this competition a challenging experience.  As the curator of “New Beginnings” my selection process involved a laser sharp concentration, numerous sessions in which I viewed the several hundred image entries, and prolonged visits to the artists’ websites. After more than 100 hours of deliberation I chose the top award-winning artists based on their highly developed individual styles, cohesive and expansive bodies of work, their superior creative and technical  skills, and  how well their submissions and statements reflect the theme New Beginnings. ~ Renée Phillips

Don’t forget to also view 40 Award of Excellence Winners and 21 Award of Merit Winners. Links are also provided at the bottom of this page.

R. Geoffrey Blackburn – First Place Special Recognition Cash Award

R. Geoffrey Blackburn has created a spectacular and cohesive body of paintings that take viewers on sojourns with nature — specifically the Red Rock region. His dramatic images inspire feelings of profound reverence, introspection, discovery and renewal.

R. Geoffrey Blackburn, "Indian Summer", Oil on Linen, 28" x 36".
R. Geoffrey Blackburn, “Indian Summer”, Oil on Linen, 28″ x 36″.

Artist’s Statement: I focus upon the juxtaposition of the flora and fauna of a scene against the spectacular ancient red rock geology which speaks to the endless renewal of nature and constant cyclical new beginnings. Moreover, by virtue of the detail and technique, I provide a way for the viewer to “walk into the painting” and experience a personal renewal as well. http://rgeoffreyblackburn.com

Denisa Prochazka – Second Place Special Recognition Cash Award

A superb artist with the utmost attention to detail, Denisa Prochazka creates outstanding figurative sculpture that inspires the highest aspirations in humanity. Her art work has been commissioned as awards of achievement.

Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20" x 11" x 9".
Denisa Prochazka, Namaste Flower, Hydrostone cast with marble base, 20″ x 11″ x 9″.

Artist’s Statement: The sculpture ‘Namaste Flower’ was created to inspire healing and strength of the female spirit. It resides at a Woman’s Shelter as a symbol of a new beginning. The sculpture relief ‘Embrace of Indigenous Wisdom’ symbolizes reconciliation, a new beginning. The sculpture relief ‘Gabriela’s Roots, the New Canadian’ symbolizes a new life of an immigrant of an African-Dominican origin. www.denisaprochazka.com

Jill Pankey – Third Place Special Recognition Cash Award

In her vibrant well-composed award-winning paintings, Jill Pankey celebrates women in a joyful reverie of fun,  vitality and camaraderie. Their expressions of exuberance and colorful attire exude optimism and negate all misconceptions about aging.

Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.
Jill Pankey, Mis Hermanas, oil on canvas, 48” x 60”.

Artist’s Statement: The intention of my work is an exploration of life around me, and experimenting with color. I have experimented with the theme of the aging female with a focus on new beginnings, humor, color, pattern, and movement. I have been exploring the notion of a dreamlike quality. We may age but dreams and goals cannot be taken away. www.jillpankey.com

Mason Mansung Kang – Featured Artist Award

Mason Mansung Kang creates awe-inspiring landscape paintings with admirable proficiency. His professional art career began after retirement and he returned to college to earn an art degree in 2016.  We are inspired by his art and personal journey that reflects new beginnings. Read an interview with the artist.

Sunset at Bolinas Lagoon, oil on canvas, 48" x 36".
Sunset at Bolinas Lagoon, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″.

Artist’s Statement: The visual changes of the natural world, with unending colors and values that exist in light and shadow over each season and over time, create variations of moods and emotions that always affects my mind. I struggle to observe these subtle colors, but also enhance the colors that are usually not noticed by untrained eyes. To share this beauty is the goal of my efforts. www.masonmansungkang.com

Sue Miller – Artist Showcase Award and Coaching Award

Sue Miller creates spellbinding realistic and detailed scenes of places she encounters around the world. She arouses our senses and encourages us to view our surroundings and the shapes, colors and reflections of man-made and natural objects with a new perspective.
View the artist’s page on this website.

Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.
Sue Miller, 46th Street, oil, 24” x 18”.

Artist’s Statement: Inspired by places I have visited, I aim to capture the effects of light on colors and forms as I have witnessed all over the globe. The pieces selected for the “New Beginnings” exhibition were all inspired by transformation…one day turning into the next, or a historic city in the midst of great change…new beginnings all. www.smillerart.com

Francene Levinson – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Gallery Award

A highly versatile artist in different mediums including Chinese modular paper sculpturing, Francene Levinson has recently mastered the use of challenging digital parametric programs to paint dramatic images. She brings us new interpretations of the natural world.  View the artist’s page on The Healing Power of ART website. (soon to come)

Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9 x 7
Francene Levinson, Butterfly in Red, digital art, 9′ x 7″.

Artist’s Statement: New beginnings suggest taking a fresh look at what we know. Therefore, I create original digital paintings inspired by my Oregon environment. I see the strength of the earth and the fragility of life through mathematical concepts and principles of art. Now, I seek beauty in the absolute simplicity of line and form and reveal it through empowering digital media. www.francenelevinsondigitalart.com

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The Winners

The banner image above features art by some of the award-winning artists in “New Beginnings”  2016-2017 juried exhibition. First column, left: Jill Pankey and Diane Husson. Second column: Joe Boddy. Third column: Cheryl Maeder and R. Geoffrey Blackburn. Right column: Gail Postal.

61 Artists in “New Beginnings” Exhibition
December 27, 2016 – February 27, 2017

A Wide Variety of Artists, Styles, & Mediums
Thanks to the outstanding artists from around the world who submitted their entries to “New Beginnings” this online exhibition of 61 artists presents an extraordinary variety of interpretations of this theme that will appeal to all art enthusiasts.

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TOP AWARD WINNERS

R. Geoffrey Blackburn – First Place Special Recognition Cash Award
Denisa Prochazka – Second Place Special Recognition
Cash Award
Jill Pankey – Third Place Special Recognition Cash Award Mason Mansung Kang – Featured Artist Award
Sue Miller – Artist Showcase Award
and Coaching Award
Francene Levinson – The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Online Gallery Award

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AWARD OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS

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AWARD OF MERIT WINNERS

Award of Merit Winners in "New Beginnings" art exhibitionView the Award of Merit Winners

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About the Curator

Renee Phillips
Renee Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International

Renée Phillips, founder/director of Manhattan Arts International, served as the curator for “New Beginnings”. “I was delighted to receive an array of creative expressions on the “New Beginnings” theme — from nature inspired and figurative, life-affirming images to innovative art made with new materials and mediums, to art that reflected the artists’ personal transformative experiences. This exhibition will keep you engaged for hours at a time and you’ll want to revisit often.”

About My Curatorial Process
We received so many excellent entries making this competition a challenging experience. As the curator of “New Beginnings” my selection process involved more than 100 hours of viewing the several hundred image entries and visits to the artists’ websites. After assigning scores for each of their image entries I selected those artists with the highest average scores and who also demonstrate cohesive individual styles, superior creative and technical skills, and how well their image entries and statements reflect the theme.

Unfortunately, several very good works of art and qualified artists did not make it into the exhibition due to the artists’ failure to comply with the theme or complete the entry process properly or provide jpegs according to the requirements on the entry form. Some artists were disqualified because they don’t have their own websites, one of the conditions specified on the entry form.
~ Renée Phillips

About New Beginnings – Online Exhibition

Our Annual “New Beginnings” Online Exhibition

“New Beginnings” attracts entries from artists around the world working in different styles and mediums.  Our aim overall is to display a wide variety of interpretations, styles and mediums. The purpose of our online exhibitions is to give artists increased career recognition, social media connections and followers, and higher traffic on their websites. As a result artists have reported more increased career credibility and self-esteem, plus commissions, sales and exhibition opportunities.

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