Monday, December 12, 2011

Keith Parks - Artist of Distinction - Inventive Photographer

Keith Parks was recently named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: The Abstraction Attraction! He also received a Portfolio Award and, as a result, will have a portfolio of his work published in the gallery's art and literary journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly


Keith Parks' photography is unique, inventive, and revealing of a mind of extraordinary creativity. His five images in this exhibition, of which three are shown here, are from Parks' extensive Paper Series. In this series, Parks uses paper and a camera to explore color, hue, light, shadow, contrast, and, of course...composition. Extraordinary composition. Extraordinary creativity.

Born in Los Angeles, Keith Parks grew up in the town of Oxnard, California, where his father converted an old shed in their backyard into a darkroom to "keep him off the streets" while he was in high school. Parks began college at California State University, Northridge as a photography major, but as graduation approached and he realized there were no "Help Wanted: Photographer" ads in the classified section, but plenty of entry-level graphics jobs, he switched his emphasis to graphic art in his final year. In 1980 he received his B.A. in Art.

That led to a career of more than thirty years in graphic design. In 2008, with his daughter about to depart for college, and his midlife artistic crisis in full bloom, Parks felt the time was right to take a stab at some purely personal artwork. He devoted a couple of years to building a body of work, and posted the resulting images to an online artist's community, eliciting positive reviews and valuable feedback. By 2010, with his hard drive filling up with image files, he began to submit entries to art shows and to have work appearing in shows around the country. Since then Parks' work has been showing in galleries throughout the country and online.
I have been taking and making pictures since the days when it made your fingers smell (aaahhh... fixer). At first I lamented the departure of film, but the digital medium certainly has its advantages. So while I do some computer processing of most of my images, I try and limit it to things that I could have done in the darkroom. It is important to me that the pictures are not overly synthetic.

The series of paper images began quite by chance. While shooting some food pictures, I realized that the paper I was using as a backdrop was quite interesting on its own. And as I worked more and more with paper, I came to see it as the perfect subject. Paper is cheap, comes in almost endless colors and textures, and is quite willing to sit for hours under the lights while I cut, fold, reposition, and take multiple shots. In this series I continue to explore abstracts, still life, figurative images, conceptual pieces, and my own variations on historical art imagery. Ultimately I am most inspired by the phenomenon of nature that we call “light”, by its human offspring vision and perception, and by the amazing things that happen when the three come together. I also love a nice picture of a cute kitten now and then.
Nightshade. 20 x 20 inches. Color photograph. Framed, $395.
Crash. 20 x 20 inches. Color photograph. Framed, $395. 
Visit Keith Parks' website 

Monday, December 05, 2011

Nomi Drory - Artist of Distinction

Nomi Drory was recently named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: The Abstraction Attraction! She also received a Portfolio Award and, as a result, will have a portfolio of her work published in the gallery's art and literary journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly
Nomi Drory was born in Bolivia, raised in Israel, and then moved to Canada as an adult. Through her experience as an immigrant she developed both a pervasive sense of dislocation and a paradoxical attachment to disparate places. The contrasting cultures and the combination of man-made and natural environments experienced on four different continents have helped to direct the material and thematic content of Drory's art. In addition, her training in Israel as an architect between 1983 and 1989 influenced her artistic process and concerns.
Gray Memorial and Wall

Nomi Drory has four paintings in the exhibition; two are shown here. These are from her Dichotomy Series. In her words:
In this series, I have attempted to distill the symbolic and utilitarian essence of two iconic, monumental architectural structures, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and the Israeli West Bank Barrier,  highlighting their metahistorical independence and interdependence. I have also sought simultaneously to explore and confront two of the darkest elements of my personal identity and familial history.

I am the daughter of a father who was born in the Hungarian-speaking region of the former Yugoslavia. The sole member of his family to survive the Holocaust, he escaped Europe to the newly-founded State of Israel, which became for him not only a refuge but a guardian. His first home in Israel was the abandoned house of a Palestinian Arab family. I am also the daughter of an Israeli-born mother, a non-religious socialist and human rights advocate who saw herself as more of a Canaanite than a Jew.

Red Memorial and Wall
Dedicated in May 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial commemorates the murder of six million Jews at the hands of Hitler and his Nazi forces. Designed by Peter Eisenman, it occupies 19,000 square meters of space near the Brandenburg Gate and is made up of 2,711 gray stone slabs of various heights that bear no markings. The Israeli West Bank Barrier is a border separation comprised of fences, vehicle-barrier trenches, and an 8-meter-tall concrete wall built partly along the 1949 Armistice Line between Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. The barrier is referred to by Israelis as the Anti-Terrorist Fence and by Palestinians as the Apartheid Wall.
In juxtaposing Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial with the Israeli West Bank Barrier, I have attempted to represent viscerally the tragic dichotomy inherent in the founding of Israel: the creation of a safe home for the historically victimized Jewish people and the displacement of the Palestinian people. I was drawn to depict these two monumental structures because of their symbolic resonance and literal physical architectures.
The wall upon which the pieces in this series are hung also evoke for me my personal reality here and now in Canada. Though the subject matter of this series is drawn from the politics of Israel and Palestine, I see this series as quintessentially Canadian. Moving to Canada in my late twenties, especially to multicultural Toronto, enabled me to gain the geographical and socio-cultural distance necessary to listen to and hear the voice of the Other--which is what is at the heart of this series.  
During her career Nomi Drory has explored a variety of art media and disciplines. She began exhibiting in Israel in 1989; at that time she was studying architecture and presented and received honors for her work in that field. In 1995 she exhibited drawings and ceramic sculptures in Sydney, Australia. By 1999 she had turning to painting and, since then, her work has been shown in New York and extensively throughout Toronto. 
Gray Memorial and Wall. 48 x 24 inches. Mixed media on board. $1500
Red Memorial and Wall. 40 x 20 inches. Mixed media on board. $1200
Visit Nomi Drory's website 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Exhibition Opening - The Abstraction Attraction!

I am very pleased to announce the opening of Still Point Art Gallery's online exhibition, The Abstraction Attraction - a celebration of the abstract in visual arts!

Our amazing artists have contributed to the creation of a truly amazing show!

Artists of Distinction for this exhibition are Steven Bogart, Ling Ling Cheng, Nomi Drory, David Kinsey, Keith Parks, and Cat van der Heiden. As Artists of Distinction, these six artists will have the opportunity to show more of their work as Gallery Artists beginning in February 2012.

Each of these artists is also given the Gallery's Portfolio Award, which provides the opportunity to have a portfolio published in the Gallery's highly praised publication, Still Point Arts Quarterly.

Be sure to enjoy the work of these artists work in the Gallery and, over the next few weeks, come back to read about them and their art in our blog.

All artists selected to exhibit work in this show:

Richard BarrettGary EngleMikel Patrik
Laura BauerSusan GainenSaule Piktys
B. Clyde BeckPat GoltzCharla Puryear
Mike BellSue GreenDennis Quinn
Lauren BlackwellGwen GunterJerry Reed
Steven BogartJames HarkinsElizabeth Sheehan
John BrooksSue Anne HoytPamela Soldwedel
R. F. BuchanDesiree KantrimJane Soodalter
David BurtnerDavid KinseyMarko Susla (GA)
Manihoo ChangSassoon KosianTT Tone
Ling Ling ChengCandace LawJane Tracy
Ione Citrin (GA)Nigel LordBarry Treu
Lee Clarke*Richard LundCat van der Heiden
Nina ClaytonCheryl MacLeanDaniel Victor
Nik ClementsSallyAnn MickelSingway Wang
Celeste CottinghamPaul MossJohn Grady Williams
Bob CraigLinda MurrayLaura Yang
Marie Dancy-BrennanLee MuslinTakeshi Yokokawa
Jacqueline DelBroccoSelena NawrockiGogo Yu
Halina DomanskiMark NuttJohn Zajac
Joan DromeyJulie O'DalyStephenie Zentara
Nomi DroryAlexander OuchinnikovMaureen Zwier (GA)
Shelley DuBoisKeith Parks

(GA) Artists with this designation are Gallery Artists. They were selected to be Artists of Distinction in previous exhibitions and, consequently, have additional work featured as a Gallery Artist.

* Featured in a previous issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

The Abstraction Attraction will remain a featured exhibition through February 14, 2012 and will remain online until February 14, 2013.

Cat van der Heiden. Mirth. 48 x 36 inches. Acrylic. $1350
David Kinsey. Untitled(Draw). 16 x 20 inches. Acrylic on canvas. $1200
Halina Domanski. Escaping from Tunnels. 30 x 40 inches. Mixed media. $1000
Ione Citrin. Cosmos. 20 x 18 inches. Oil on canvas. $800

November 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya: Visual Poet

Six photographs by Ekaterina Bykhovskaya are currently on exhibit in Still Point Art Gallery's current show: Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces. For her amazing work, Bykhovskaya was named an Artist of Distinction.
Near a Temple, Kyoto, 122

Bykhovskaya's photographs are from a series entitled Poetic Japan. They are stunning in their sense of grace and poise. The images suggest depth and strength, yet emanate freedom, fluidity, serenity, and reverence. They are indeed visual poetry, bringing the viewer to a spiritual moment in Japan.

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya was born in Moscow, Russia, and at the age of twenty-five moved to Strasbourg, France, where she has been living for the past eight years. Bykhovskaya travels a lot and used to take lots of snapshots with her point-and-shoot camera in auto mode when traveling. One day several years ago it occurred to her that, since she took so many pictures anyway, she might as well try to learn to do it “properly." She bought a digital single-lens reflex camera and, after reading the manual and fiddling with the camera on her own, she came to realize that even the basic controls were too complicated for her comprehension. This prompted her to take a photo course at the London School of Photography. This course was an eye-opener; not only was it extremely helpful for understanding how each button on the camera worked, but it also made her realize the vastness of her ignorance about cameras and photography. She discovered that the medium of photography went far beyond the mere recording of the outside world and could be an exciting tool for expression of views, moods, and emotions. 

Kyoto Imperial Gardens, 21

Since then Bykhovskaya has taken numerous photography courses and workshops in Europe and the United States both to improve her skills and to experiment with different subjects and styles. Bykhovskaya still does a lot of travel photography, however, rather than trying merely to document her travels, she seeks to convey in her images a personal perception by expressing emotions and feelings inspired by a place, situation, or moment.  

Of the Poetic Japan series, Bykhovskaya says:
Poetic Japan was conceived before my trip to Japan in the autumn 2010. Buddhist temples and Japanese gardens embody for me the ultimate serenity which I tried to convey through the photographic medium. Being inspired by the works of Elizabeth Opalenik, Jill Enfield, and Kathleen T. Carr, I chose infrared photography seeking to create dreamy and somewhat surreal images of a perfectly serene world. Using digital gear only, I tried to combine the subtlety of infrared light with post-production emulating the wet collodion process so as to give to this series a lyrical and timeless feel.

Near a Temple, Kyoto, 122. 9 x 13 inches. Inkjet print, framed, $500.
Kyoto Imperial Gardens, 21. 13 x 9 inches. Inkjet print, framed, $500.

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya's website

Still Point Art Gallery
September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ronnj Medini: Maker of Pictures

The photography of Ronnj Medini reminded me of this quotation by Elliott Erwitt: "To me, photography is an art of observation. . . . I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." As a viewer of Medini's work, I find that it is difficult to look away from any one of his pieces. They are rich and full and pleasing. Yet in each one there is a tension or a calling that continues to draw you in to find more in the picture. There is so much to see. So much to feel. So much to be revealed. Medini doesn't take pictures of things he sees, rather he makes pictures from the way he sees things.

Ronnj Medini's work is currently being exhibited as part of Still Point Art Gallery's show, Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces. He was selected to be an Artist of Distinction and he will have the opportunity to show more of his work starting in November as a Gallery Artist.


Somewhere, Old Street in Tallinn

Ronnj Medini was born in the town of Fossombrone in Italy in 1974. The only child of two merry-go-round owners, he comes from a long line of circus performers. As a result he spent his early childhood moving from town to town. When Medini was 10 years old, his parents changed their way of living and decided to settle permanently in the seaside city of Ancona.

Footmarks, Ireland
As years went by Medini showed a  rich interest in painting, poetry, and writing. Eventually, his artistic inspiration evolved towards photography, and in 2004, by means of a simple compact camera, he started doing work that brought him to a representation of feelings and sensations that goes far beyond the mere descriptive image. Now, as a fine art photographer, Medini expresses himself through his pictures: a stairwell turns into a Dantesque symbol of good and evil, a tower of Babel where souls go up and down, hopefully questing for the eternal light (Dante, above). Medini’s photographs fix sensations and images in time so to give them a biblical power.

Dante. 39.4 x 27.6 inches. Black and white photograph. $500 (print).
Footmarks, Ireland. 27.6 x 39.4 inches. Black and white photograph. $250 (print).
Somewhere, Old Street in Tallinn. 39.4 x 27.6 inches. Black and white photograph. $300 (print).

More information about Ronnj Medini may be found on his website
September 7, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Marilyn Henrion's Soft City--New York City

I have admired Marilyn Henrion's work for several years, but her recent body of work, Soft City -- Henrion's personal take on New York City, is beyond amazing in both its vision and its artistry. Her contributions from Soft City to Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces, earned her the honor of being named an Artist of Distinction. Like all the pieces in the Soft City series, the three mixed media pieces Henrion contributed are each unique scenes of New York City. Each combines digitally manipulated photography and inkjet printing with hand stitching techniques. The presence of the hand stitching both animates the surfaces and, at the same time, softens and humanizes the urban geometry by the irregular qualities of texture inherent in the materials and construction techniques. These works radiate brilliance in their evidence of creativity, design, and artistry.

New York City
Cable Building Study
New York City
Twilight Study
New York City
Reflection Study

In his introduction to the catalog for Soft City, Ed McCormack writes, The stark iconography of urban architecture takes on palpable sensuality in the distinguished textile artist Marilyn Henrion’s new “Soft City” series, which presents a magical mystery tour of familiar thoroughfares. In these works, Henrion, a native New Yorker, reveals the soft side of New York, with unexpected visual treats lurking around every corner. Once Gotham’s hard unyielding surfaces are peeled back, the beautiful and complex patina of each facade is illuminated. In Soft City, Henrion's strong connection to the images of her Soho neighborhood can be fully appreciated. 
A graduate of Cooper Union, Marilyn Henrion is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C. Her award winning artworks have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. They are in major museums, corporate and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York; the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky; the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska; the U.S. Embassy in Pnom Penh, Cambodia; SAS Institute, Cary, North Carolina; and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts; among others. They have also been featured in numerous publications, including Women Designers in the U.S.- 1900-2000, published by Yale University Press. Among the grants Henrion has received was one awarded by the Artslink Partnership, devoted to fostering excellence in the arts between the United States and countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2005, she was awarded a fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Artst.

More information about Marilyn Henrion and her Soft City series may be found at these sites:

New York City--Cable Building Study. 8 x 10 inches. Mixed media, hand quilted. Framed. $800
New York City--Reflection Study. 8 x 10 inches. Mixed media, hand quilted. Framed. $800
New York City--Twilight Study. 8 x 10 inches. Mixed media, hand quilted. Framed. $800

Still Point Art Gallery
August 27, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Call for Artists - The Abstraction Attraction!

Still Point Art Gallery announces that submissions are now being accepted for its next online exhibition -- The Abstraction Attraction!

This exhibition will be an exploration and celebration of abstraction in visual arts! 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011. More details about submissions, along with the entry form, may be found here.

Still Point Art Gallery
August 24, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Exhibition Opening--Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces

I am very pleased to announce the opening of Still Point Art Gallery's online exhibition, Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces.
The artist travels the world with a sketchbook, an easel, or a camera. The artist wants to draw…paint…take the photograph! The artist travels the world for excitement, challenge, and inspiration…people, culture, architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, famous monuments, ancient ruins. So much to see…so much to absorb. The world's famous places...the world's intimate spaces. 
Our amazing artists have contributed to the creation of a unique and interesting exhibition, showing their views of places and spaces around the world. Truly, one of our finest exhibitions!      

Alexandra Chehy
Patmos Greece Side Street 


Artists of Distinction for this exhibition are photographer Ekaterina Bykhovskaya, photographer Ronnj Medini, and mixed media artist Marilyn Henrion. Be sure to enjoy their wonderful work in the Gallery and come back soon to read about them and their art here in this blog. These artists will have the opportunity to show more of their art as Gallery Artists beginning in November 2011.

Artists selected to exhibit work in this show:

Christine Bakke Bob Craig Marsha Hewitt Jerry Park
Michal Barkai* Paula Dixon Miriam Karp Davide Perella
Sabine Blodorn Monica Engeler Glenn Larsen Judy Reinford
John Brooks Michael Finley Catherine Leach Elizabeth Sheehan
Ekaterina Bykhovskaya George Gati Jessica Levant Jane Soodalter
Amy Bynum Matthew Gauger Nigel Lord Harvey Spears
Adriana Chanmala Valerie Ghoussaini Jim Lustenader Helen Sullivan
Alexandra Chehy Carol Gooberman Ronnj Medini Marko Susla
Ione Citrin Jane Gottlieb Frank Myers Ron Testa
Robert Bruce Clark Marilyn Henrion Timothy Paradise Carla Woody

*Featured in the July 2011 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces will remain a featured exhibition through November 15, 2011 and will remain online until November 15, 2012. 

Still Point Art Gallery
August 10, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Maureen Zwier: Distinguished Nature Photographer

Nature Photographer Maureen Zwier was named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, "We can never have enough of Nature." The three images she submitted for the exhibition are shown below. Each is a view of Nature that leans to the extraordinary, emphasizing the beautiful colors and designs of the natural world.


I photographed "Sunflower" in my backyard late one afternoon. It was one of those wonderful moments when everything fell into place. This particular bloom was a few feet below most of the other flowers on the plant. I laid on the ground and photographed the flower with leaves as the background. The backlighting from the sun just lit up the petals of the flower. I never noticed the red lines running through the petals until I looked at the image on my computer...what a pleasant surprise.

DreamScape I

"DreamScape I" is part of a series of photographs that have been manipulated to give a surreal feel to them. For this piece, I photographed the flowers and then added a slight blur to the image to give it a dreamlike quality.

Maureen Zwier was a microbiologist who decided to make a mid-life career change to become a photographer. She lives in St. Charles, Illinois. As an artist, she attempts to photograph subjects of nature that most people do not notice. This may involve capturing an image of an unusual plant or insect, or, photographing a common subject from an unusual perspective. Using creativity, artistry, and light, her intention is for the viewer to walk away from viewing her images with a new sense of wonder and appreciation for our native environment.

Sunflower. 19 x 13 inches. Color photograph. Framed, $330.
DreamScape I. 19 x 13 inches. Color photograph. Framed, $330.

Still Point Art Gallery
June 20, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Call for Artists - Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces

Still Point Art Gallery announces that submissions are now being accepted for its next online exhibition -- Destination: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces.

The artist travels the world with a sketchbook, an easel, or a camera. The artist wants to draw…paint…take the photograph! The artist travels the world for excitement, challenge, and inspiration…people, culture, architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, famous monuments, ancient ruins. So much to see…so much to absorb. The world's famous places...the world's intimate spaces.
The idea of this exhibition is to create an amazing collection of unique and interesting art pieces from artists’ travels around the world.
The deadline for submissions is July 25, 2011. More details about submissions, along with the entry form, may be found here.

(Be sure to read information in the prospectus about sales. Our sales policy and procedures change with this and future exhibitions. For artists who wish to list prices, we now pass all purchase inquiries on to the artist and require no commission for any sales. More information is available here or in our June newsletter.)

Still Point Art Gallery
June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sushila Oliphant Honors Nature

Midnight Reflection
Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition is all about the essential nature of Nature. It was inspired by a passage by Henry David Thoreau, which ends with the words, "We can never have enough of Nature." Three of Sushila Oliphant's paintings were selected for this exhibition, and she was named an Artist of Distinction for her particularly wonderful and meaningful contributions. Two of the paintings are shown here. They are beautiful...colorful, vibrant, rich...the tones are deep, akin to those of a haunting cello or lyric basso profondo. These paintings speak to the grandeur and splendor of Nature, calling us to bow with respect and in worship. Oliphant so perfectly captures that aspect of Nature that makes it bigger and greater than all of us, though we are all contained within it. She captures the spiritual aspect of Nature, that part that feeds our souls, that part that Thoreau honored in his writings about Nature, that part of which we can never have enough. 
Artist Statement
I love to capture that wondrous spiritual feeling of awe that certain places produce in me, like meadows, sunsets, a mountain view, canyons, or forests. My paintings come from those feelings and memories of peace and joy, as well as from a deep connection with nature.
Los Pináculos de Daniel
Painting is my way of communing with the Universe, Source, or God--whatever one may call that divine awareness. It is the food for my soul on its journey to merge with nature and transcend it.
My favorite medium is painting on found wood. I love the way it feels in my hands. I get excited by the various textures along with the strong patterns formed in the wood. I see the whole scene in the wood as I sand it and then all I do is paint it in. I am always very surprised at the final results as they are totally different from what I originally had in mind. I sometimes think someone else slips inside and does the painting for me...and I am always delighted and very grateful.
Midnight Reflection is a memory from a trip with my sister, Penny, through the Mohawk Trail. It was such a magical place...stunningly still. That stately dead tree, surrounded by those radiant flowers and landscape, emitted a deep sense of peace and striving for a higher reality. We reflected about life for hours in that spot.
Los Pináculos de Daniel was inspired by my life in Arizona and a long, lost love that was found again. For fifteen years, I kept it in the closet without working on it--I had a block. I rediscovered and finished it at the same time Daniel and I reconnected a few years ago. He inspired me to complete it. These are the mountains we have crossed to be together and, as we look back towards them, they have become part of our beautiful scenery.

Sushila Oliphant draws her inspiration from inner traditions and her spiritual teachers. She grew up in Hampden Highlands, Maine and Chenango Bridge, New York. During the harsh winter months in Maine, she and her sister, Penny, were taught painting and drawing by their grandmother, a graduate of Pratt Art Institute. Sushila Oliphant was further inspired by her travels to Canada, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, as well as throughout the Yucatan and Chiapas in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.

Oliphant works in pen and ink, acrylic, pastels, colored pencils, graphite, and watercolor, and with collage and digital photography. Nature and spiritual themes are her favorite subjects. She attended the University of Maine, the University of Arizona, and Miami Dade Community College in Florida. She has won several awards for her work in art shows in Maine, Colorado, Florida, and Mexico. Oliphant owns a graphic and web design business called Harmonic Designs. She currently resides in Miami, Florida.  

Midnight Reflection. 9.25 x 12 inches. Acrylic on plywood. $1200.
Los Pináculos de Daniel. 24 x 24 inches. Acrylic on plywood. $3500.
Still Point Art Gallery
June 13, 2011