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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kathy Winstead Named Artist of Distinction in Autumnal Tints Exhibition

Still Point Art Gallery has named Kathy Winstead an Artist of Distinction in its latest exhibition, Autumnal Tints. The online exhibition opened August 31 and will continue through December 1, 2009.

Kathy works in the realm of mixed media, meaning that she draws from several artistic practices to create one piece...painting, three-dimensional art, collage, found object or assemblage art, and more. Her submissions for the Autumnal Tints exhibition are mixed media pieces that are filled with color...autumnal reds and oranges and yellows, complemented by blues and grays. Her pieces contain found objects brought together with color and paint on a foundation of wood. They are unique, captivating, and challenging.


Forgotten Lyrics, Locked Out, On the Road, Strength in Numbers

Kathy says about her art...

I am a self-taught artist specializing in eco-friendly recycled mixed media collage. My work radiates expressions of emotion, mixed with color variations that typically define levels of quiet and reflective thought or stormy interpretations. I believe in collaborating with my clients to create the textures, colors, and thought processes they seek. Each piece of work is an original and cannot be duplicated. I look forward to creating that special piece for everyone who has the ability to see, dream and envision an original and unique piece of artwork for their home.
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I asked Kathy a few questions about her art and her submissions to Still Point Art Gallery...

[Christine Cote] What has drawn you to be an artist?

[Kathy Winstead] I think I was born with a passion for art, but my earlier works were shared throughout the years with only family and friends. Art allows me to self-interpret and express my emotions in a way nothing else can. I love to create art that can mean something different depending on your mood. For me, it represents freedom from conformity. I like to step out of my comfort zone in life and explore new things. My art reflects my life. I've been called unique by some and I like to create art pieces that are unique -- no two are alike -- just like no two days in my life are alike.

I give credit to my brother whose love and encouragement inspired me to pursue my artistic dreams. Today I have stepped out of the confinement of the corporate world and for once in my life am doing what I love, sharing my art at shows and through private commissioned work.

[CC] How would you describe your artistic style? What draws you to your particular style of art?

[KW] While being involved in various types of art, my passion is mixed media. I love the different feelings that can be expressed in this artwork which combines recycled materials, tools, and basically anything that holds interest in texture or style and the application of bright, forceful colors or soothing tints and shades. Mixed media is a more flexible art form allowing the use of anything the mind can grasp. I like the ability to pull various objects into the piece to personally engage the mind of the art enthusiast. I want to encourage the individual to explore their own thoughts and emotions and to bring each piece to life in their own mind and heart.

[CC] What are you seeking to express through your art?

[KW] I have always been an emotional person and I think this comes through in my art - even if I am not aware of it while creating it. I find that after finishing a piece, I can really examine what emotions I was experiencing. It is a way to release my own energy in a useful and meaningful way and hopefully to be able to touch the emotions of others.

[CC] What is the inspiration for your art...what inspired the pieces in the Autumnal Tints exhibition?

[KW] Most of my inspiration comes from solitude within and my work has allowed the private person in me to come out for the first time. For many years my solitude and peace of mind came from music, reading and writing poetry. I have a deep appreciation for any type of creativity - including painting, cooking, gardening, sewing - and many of these loves are reflected in my work. I frequently use items such as recipes, music sheets, poetry and road maps in my work. I believe color is the real key to satisfying the heart and soul. It calms, it excites, and it pleases.

In the Autumnal Tints exhibition, On the Road explores travel from southern beaches to northern mountains as exhibited by the colors and use of portions of a road atlas, sticks resembling fallen fencing along sand dunes, and finally leaves in shades of burgundy and green as they are beginning to fall. Forgotten Lyrics is a piece depicting all the colors and warmth of the seasons. The bird seeds represent nature and the continuation of life, while relaxing sheet music "plays" in the background. Locked Out is a playful piece exhibiting various drink recipes, a music CD, while featuring the warm rust colored hues of autumn. Strength in Numbers has the bold and vibrant gold and orange colors of autumn, and mixes in geometrical figures and mathematical equations to emphasize the significance of numbers in our everyday life.

[CC] Is there anything else you'd like viewers and visitors to know about you and your art?

[KW] Since I am very much into ecology, 100% of the materials in my paintings are recycled items or found objects. The paintings are done on old cabinet doors, drawer fronts, old bookshelves that have been taken apart, and any scraps of wood I can find. That is one of the most important parts of my work. Everything involved has lost its original purpose, but is now being used to create something new and vibrant. It allows me to give these items a "second life."

The mixed media pieces are achieved by attaching various items in layers onto the wood. I achieve some of my textures with molding pastes and gels. Then layers of acrylics are applied and finally acrylic varnishes with UltraViolet Light Stabilizers to protect them from discoloration. All of the pieces are intended to be hung on a wall as the back sides of them are, by design, left in their natural state showing how the wood was originally used.

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Kathy Winstead was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-1950s in a family who believed in strong work ethics. From an early age, she explored her artistic talent in various areas, but her career was spent working in the accounting field and her focus was raising her children, Shaun and Tara. In recent years, visits to galleries and open studio tours with her brother have inspired Kathy to re-evaluate her lifestyle and pursue her artistic talents. Although Kathy has traveled extensively and lived a few years in Texas and California, her southern roots run deep and brought her back to her beloved Atlanta where she currently resides with her significant other and soul mate Tim Isenberg. She finds relaxation in her art, primarily mixed media style, and also playing with her seven-month old grandson, Carson, whom she is eager to introduce to the exciting world of art.

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Kathy's pieces may be purchased. Please see the Gallery website for more details about each piece. Inquiries should be addressed to Christine Cote at christine@stillpointartgallery.com or by phone at (207) 837-5760.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
August 31, 2009

John R. Math Named Artist of Distinction in Autumnal Tints Exhibition

Still Point Art Gallery has named John R. Math an Artist of Distinction in its latest exhibition, Autumnal Tints. The online exhibition opened August 31 and will continue through December 1, 2009.

John's contributions to this exhibition are four magnificent abstract photographs. John specializes in abstract and impressionistic photographic images, and hearing the call for autumnal tints, he responded in a grand way. His images are bursting with color - orange, yellow, and red. The pieces have a wonderful texture and design that, along with the color, combine to create images that seem to shimmer with excitement and delight.


Fall #1, Leaves, Fall #2, Falling Leaves

I asked John some questions about his work as an artist.

[Christine Cote] What has drawn you to become an artist?

[John R. Math] As a boy I was brought up an environment whereby I was not allowed to express my feeling and thoughts. The moment I picked up a camera I realized that this was another way to do that.

[CC] How would you describe your artistic style? What draws you to your particular style of art?

[JRM] My style has evolved as I have adapted to technology. With a digital camera my style is now loose, free and full of color. With movement of the camera, I am also able to show textures which increases the feeling of the image.

[CC] What are you seeking to express through your art?

[JRM] When I first began shooting as a boy, due to the cost of film, I shot in Black & White. At that time, my subjects and subject matter were dark and brooding too. Like now, I took my technique to an extreme at that time. Over the years I began to marvel at the beauty of nature and now this is what I choose to explore in my photography.

[CC] What is the inspiration for your subjects...what inspired the subjects of the pieces in the Autumnal Tints exhibition?

[JRM] I just love the range of Fall colors. Green to Brown and everything in between. We never seem to get tired of it, year after year.

[CC] Is there anything else you'd like viewers and visitors to know about you and your art?

[JRM] Every day I am continually taking pictures in my head. I then return to these locations early in the morning and again at dusk and try to recreate what I thought I saw. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't due to external conditions. But I keep trying, until I get it. It could take months to achieve.

My images are simple and as an individual I am still expressing myself through my images. There is so much beauty in the world and I am only trying to show a small aspect of it to those who can also appreciate it.

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John's photographs may be purchased. Each is 15" by 10" and is available for $450 without framing. Inquiries should be addressed to Christine Cote at christine@stillpointartgallery.com or by phone at (207) 837-5760.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
August 31, 2009

Leslie Anderson Named Artist of Distinction in Autumnal Tints Exhibition

Still Point Art Gallery has named Leslie Anderson an Artist of Distinction in its latest exhibition, Autumnal Tints. The online exhibition opened August 31 and will continue through December 1, 2009.

Leslie has five paintings in the exhibition; three are shown below. Leslie submitted works that show her brilliant use of color and, in keeping with the theme of the exhibition, these pieces show fiery reds and brilliant oranges and yellows. Living in Maine, as Leslie does, the pieces are inspired by the scenes that surround her in daily life. The scenes are of autumn in Maine. Such beauty! At Leslie's hand, the bright colors combined with the broad brush stroke that Leslie used to paint these incredible pieces, autumn is made to feel cheery, happy, and bright. No wonder many say it is their favorite season!



Straw on the Barren; Maquoit Oaks; On the Mountain, October

Here is what Leslie says about painting...
For me, painting is an analogy for life--a balance of risk and control, knowing when to go with the flow, knowing when to stop. I started painting several years ago to relieve the stress of my career in high tech (I was marketing communications director in several software companies), never dreaming it would change my life. Eight years I go I moved to Maine to better organize my life around making art.

Whether I'm working in watercolors, acrylics, or oils, my artistic interests are the same--light against dark, pattern and repetition, a strong sense of light, and above all, layers of sumptuous color. As a landscape painter, my goal is not to make portraits of places but to capture the essence of remembered places and moments.

For the past 25 years, I have spent part of every summer on the Blue Hill Peninsula in downeast Maine. My husband Dan Nygaard and I own a farm in Sedgwick, where he grows cut flowers and I paint and operate my studio/gallery, Art @ the Flower Farm. We winter in Portland, Maine.

I have a BA in English from Colby College, and am the grateful recipient of an art education through excellent adult education at the Maine College of Art, the Radcliffe Seminars/Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., the deCodova Museum School in Lincoln, Mass., and through private study with artists including Dennis Pinnette, Jon Imber, Joel Janowitz, Lucy Barber, Gracia Dayton, Louise Bourne, Evelyn Dunphy, and Michael Vermette.

I am a member of the Deer Isle (Maine) Artists' Association.
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I asked Leslie a few questions about her work as an artist.

[Christine Cote] What has drawn you to become an artist?

[Leslie Anderson] I started painting in watercolor as a relief valve from a very stressful job. I loved the deepened connection it gave me with the natural world around me, and I'd say that is what has kept me painting.

[CC] How would you describe your artistic style? What draws you to your particular style of art?

[LA] I describe myself as a "landscape painter in the Maine tradition" which gives me a lot of latitude! I strive to evoke a scene rather than describe it in detail, and my fondest hope for my paintings is that they'll evoke an emotional response from the viewer. So I guess I'm a realist landscape painter, but I'm always striving to become more abstract. I'm influenced in this by the painters Connie Hayes, George Nick, John Singer Sargent, Nell Blaine, James Fitzgerald, John Marin, and Milton Avery.

[CC] What are you seeking to express through your art?

[LA] I live in Maine where the weather (especially this summer) can be a trial and a plein-air painter has to grab those sunny breaks and just go paint. I'm striving to pin down, through paint, those remembered moments and the feelings they evoke. Also, what makes a painting work, for me, is the play of light against dark. Life isn't all sunny days, and the dark bits play an important role in a good painting.

[CC] What is the inspiration for your subjects...what inspired the subjects of the pieces in the Autumnal Tints exhibition?

[LA] I spend my summers painting other people's views, which is a lot of fun and very challenging. I get to drive down all these mysterious dirt roads to the ends of spruce-lined points, and you never know what you'll find. Once the summer's over, however, I get to paint just for me. Most of the scenes depicted in "Autumnal Tints" are things I've glimpsed on my way to the grocery store and later gone back to paint.

[CC] Is there anything else you'd like viewers and visitors to know about you and your art?

[LA] When I started painting twelve or thirteen years ago, I had no idea of the journey I was embarking on. Painting has taken me places and introduced me to people I never could have imagined in my former life. The painting life isn't an easy one, but when I'm on location or in my studio and lost in that wonderful process of endless decisions that is, for me, what comprises making a painting, it's the best job in the world.

Many thanks to Still Point Art Gallery for allowing me to share my work with, hopefully, many new people.

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Leslie's art pieces may be purchased. See the gallery website for more details. Inquiries should be addressed to Christine Cote at christine@stillpointartgallery.com or by phone at (207) 837-5760.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
August 31, 2009

Autumnal Tints Opens

Autumnal Tints will be Still Point Art Gallery's featured exhibition from August 31 through December 1, 2009. The idea for this exhibition was inspired by Henry David Thoreau's essay of the same name.

"I believe that all leaves, even grasses and mosses, acquire brighter colors just before their fall. When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has, sooner or later, its peculiar autumnal tint." --Henry David Thoreau, Autumnal Tints

Karlsberg Anderson Math Santerre Moores

This exhibition, though, is not solely about a time of year. It is about color...the plush, sometimes fiery, sometimes soothing and subtle, colors of autumn. The artists whose works are shown here seem passionate about color. Through paintings, photographs, ceramic, and mixed media pieces, artists have indeed shown both the fiery and the subtle colors of autumn.

This exhibition is truly a treat to be enjoyed slowly. On one page you will see lively, bright colors that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face, while on another page you will see deep, rich colors that feel like velvet to the eye. On another page the colors seem simple and weightless, like a slight autumn breeze. Move to another page, and the colors explode into reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and greens. There are so many ways to explore autumnal tints.

Enjoy!

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Christine Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
August 31, 2009


Monday, August 24, 2009

Final Week for Dwellings Exhibition

This is the final week for the Dwellings exhibition. If you haven't seen it, take a look. If you have, take another look. There are several works in this exhibition that are worth a good study.

All three of Rae Broyles photo encaustic pieces - Desolation, Pink House, and Ancient Thoughts - make great use of color and are very well composed. Denis Wogan's piece, The View from Hiddensee, is beautiful in its simplicity; the scene is calm and inviting and...feels perfect. Penny Oliphant's pieces - Mohawk Cabins, Route 100 Trailer, Burnham Crossing - have enormous energy and vibrant colors.

The exhibition has several photographs by John Luesing. I want to draw your attention to Shadows on Lake Michigan #3 and Suburban Swingset #1. They are right on topic, making a statement about the ways we choose to live. Also look at Home, Sweet Home by George Gati, Blue Door by Terri Erbacher, Father and Son by Ellen Pollachek, and The Shoe House by Laura Seldman for other manifestations of dwellings. Don't miss the four pieces by Kate Cusick - Memorial Drive, Near Parker High, Sumac Street, and Pontiac Early April. Cusick's pieces are striking in their simplicity, but complex in what lies behind the interesting colors and designs.

Still Point Art Gallery's Dwellings exhibition will close as a featured exhibition on August 30. Dwellings will remain online and items can still be purchased, however, until August 30, 2010.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

This Week's Featured Art Work - Jerry Atkins - August 9, 2009

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like a slave to someone or something? Perhaps a slave to a situation or an emotion. Did you feel that you couldn't break free and be yourself? Perhaps you couldn't even find yourself. Did you feel that you were looking out at a life that you wanted to live, but something held you back, something kept you from experiencing the full expression of yourself.

Meet Jerry Atkins. Take a look at his Self-Portrait. The figure in this piece is jailed, held back by the bars of his small cell. The figure is peering out between the bars, eager to put the jail behind him, eager for a momentary sense of escape.

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elf-Portrait is a powerful sculpture that can speak to life's varied situations and emotions.



Self-Portrait is a cast bronze sculpture, 18" by 50" by 14", available from Still Point Art Gallery for $40,000. Contact Christine Cote by email or by phone 207.837.5760.

Christine Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
August 9, 2009