Thursday, December 13, 2012

John Brooks - Artist of Distinction

Cuban Chapel. C-type print.
John Brooks is one of three Artists of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery’s current online exhibition: Sacred Time - Sacred Space. His photographs in this exhibition are reflections upon sacred spaces, buildings, and places to which human beings are drawn for prayer, meditation,  and contemplation. The images themselves are reverent and respectful depictions of their subjects--masterfully composed and beautifully presented. 

Brooks was born in the United Kingdom, and studied A Level Art and History of Building at Bath Technical College. He received his Higher National Certificate in Technical Drawing and Graphic Art. Brooks has been a commercial photographer for historic buildings, a web-designer, freelance photographer, and graphic artist. His work has been shown in over fifteen exhibitions, including in four different Still Point Art Gallery exhibitions.

Brooks studied painting and drawing in college, but eventually came to prefer photography. Early on he used medium and large format cameras. Now he works in digital, but still uses the 5 x 4 plate camera when his work calls for it. But Brooks is unique in that he realizes that a camera is not needed to compose a photograph. He often considers certain compositions over a period of weeks or months before actually committing them to film or memory card. 

Of his work, Brooks says:
Cuban Church. C-type print.
My work as an artist features the world around us viewed in an alternative way, one that seeks out the extraordinary that lies within the ordinary. I have for many years been inspired by the commonplace object or landscape and the hidden aspects of that subject matter. Without selecting a microcosm of the subject it is still possible to present the viewer with a radically different perspective of the ordinary by drawing their attention to the potential of the subject by virtue of its shape, color, texture, shadows, juxtaposition, or transient condition rendered by human interference.
Sacred Space - Sacred Time remains online through February 5, 2013.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Jill Valliere Named Artist of Distinction

Jill Valliere has been named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery’s winter 2012 exhibition, Sacred Time - Sacred Space. Her contributions to this show speak to the sacredness of space - a bog, a pond, a field - sacred spaces of nature. Yet Valliere captures these sacred spaces at the most sacred of times, when the bog is brilliant with color and glow and reflection (Brilliant Bog), when the field is shimmering from gold and silver bouncing off the grasses and flowers (Gold and Silver), and when the pond is drenched with the reddish rays of sundown (Sundown on Mason Pond). Sacred time perfectly merged with sacred space.

Brilliant Bog. 36 x 36 inches.
Mixed media. [enlarge]

Sundown on Mason Pond.
80 x 24 inches. Mixed media.

Jill Valliere was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1974. Her passion for art began at a very young age, and her desire to draw and create became an outlet for her and provided her with perspective and a freedom of imagination. Over time art grew into her life’s focus. In 1997 she began attending the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied Venetian plastering, figure drawing, and painting. Upon graduating with a degree in decorative painting, Valliere opened her own studio, Valliere Design Studios, working solo and in cooperation with other artists to create works of art for commercial spaces as well as residences. Her years of experience with decorative painting combined with her formal art schooling brought Valliere to the technique and vision she uses today in her fine art paintings. Her work emphasizes texture and captures the beauty of landscapes and other subjects through her distinct visual signature.

Gold and Silver. 36 x 18 inches. 
Mixed media. [enlarge]

My work is about capturing those surreal moments in life when you stop to look around at your surroundings and suddenly everything seems more vibrant, more ethereal. Some days it’s the power and energy of the scene and other days it is the all-encompassing calm and quiet that captivates.  

Valliere currently resides in Rockland, Maine with her husband and architectural designer Marcel Valliere. Sacred Time - Sacred Space remains a featured exhibition through February 5, 2013 and remains online through February 5, 2014. Valliere is represented by Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, Maine.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

EXHIBITION OPENING Sacred Time - Sacred Space

Still Point Art Gallery announces the opening of its winter 2012 exhibition: Sacred Time - Sacred Space.

The sacred manifests itself in time and space. Feasts, festivals, ceremonies, and rituals mark a return to sacred time, a separation from ordinary time, a time generally filled with excitement, significance, and transition. Temples, churches, shrines, and special areas in the natural world are sacred spaces, removed from our ordinary everyday environment, thus allowing us to focus on spirit—that which gives meaning to our lives. This exhibition explores the many expressions of Sacred Time and Sacred Space.   

Artists of Distinction for this exhibition are photographer John Brooks, painter Deb Houston, and mixed media artist Jill Valliere. As Artists of Distinction, these artists have the opportunity to show more of their work as Gallery Artists as well as the opportunity to have a portfolio of their work published in the Gallery's highly-regarded art and literary publication, Still Point Arts Quarterly. Be sure to enjoy the work of these artists in the Gallery.

Read editor's remarks about this exhibition.

All artists selected to exhibit work in this show:

Loretta Alvarado, Adam Amara, Grethe Angen, JB Basham, Stephen Beckett, Sabine Blodorn, Steven Bogart, Eldred Boze, John Brooks, Leah Brosig, Kimberly Callas, Ione Citrin, Kathy Conway, Stacy DeMott, Susan Dessel, Henrietta DuBois, Gary Engle, Al Gerk, Paul Hitchen, Deb Houston, Walt Hug, Margruite Krahn, Flo Li, James Macdonald, Cheryl MacLean, Elena Malec, Susan McCulley, Ronnj Medini, Tommy Nienaber, Tatiana Nikolova-Houston, Sheree Rasmussen, Sarah Rehfeldt, Suzan Scott, Hadass Shereshevsky, Harvey Spears, Marko Susla, Jill Valliere, Leon Vanella, Carolyn WarmSun, Teresa Young, Annette Zalanowski

Sacred Time - Sacred Space will remain a featured exhibition through February 5, 2013 and will remain online until February 5, 2014.

Christine Cote

Monday, November 05, 2012


Still Point Art Gallery announces its next online exhibition and magazine showcase -  Ordinary Everyday Objects.   

  • Deadline for entries is Monday, January 7, 2013
  • Selected entries exhibited online February 6 through April 30, 2013.
  • On March 1, 2013, Spring 2013 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly released; selected artists will be featured in this issue.
Nevit Dilman, Rope.

Take a look at the ordinary everyday objects you see every ordinary day. Objects small or large. Objects red, blue, or yellow; black or white. Objects hard or soft, old or new, shiny or dull. Objects for home, school, or work. Objects expendable; objects remarkable. Objects found, bought, or given. All sorts of objects...ordinary everyday objects.

Selection and Awards  NEW!
Thirty (30) artists will be chosen for the exhibition, making selection competitive. Selections will be made by the editorial staff of 
Still Point Arts Quarterly. All selected images will appear in our online gallery, and at least one of each selected artist's works will be printed in the Spring 2013 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

Five (5) awards will be given: Award for Best in Show (Single Image); Award for Best in Show (Portfolio...Three or More Images; Award for Best Photograph or Digital Artwork; Award for Best Painting; and Award for Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed Media Work.  

Each award recipient will be invited to exhibit his or her art for one year as a Gallery Artist; and is invited to submit a portfolio for publication in Still Point Arts Quarterly, which comes with an honorarium of $100, one year of free advertising worth $180, and a free one-year subscription to the Quarterly worth $36.  

Also, the exhibition and its award recipients are advertised on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and our Blog. Press releases are submitted to worldwide information feeds through several major press release distribution services.

Christine Cote

Monday, September 17, 2012

Incredible Texture


This incredible image by Keiko Nomoto is from Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Elements of Art: Texture. This image is all about texture, showing many different textures at once...rough, dimpled, brushed, edgy, sharp, hard, pointy. Did I miss any?

Keiko Nomoto, Untitled 1. Photograph of a piece of oxidized sterling silver that was drilled, hand sawed, and scratched with emery.

Christine Cote

Monday, August 06, 2012

The Texture of Gary Engle's Images

Obsessive Emulsion Disorder #17

"Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form... certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind." 

These images, by Gary Engle, are from Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Elements of Art: Texture

These images are appealing because of texture . . . the surfaces have a sense of being raised, pitted, bumpy, jagged, rough . . . like . . . 

engraved silver, 

porous rock, and 

frosted glass. 

In black and white, the pure contrast enhances the feel of the texture. Feel these images slowly with your eyes. Indeed "the eye and mind" will enjoy the experience.

Shadow Fracture

Christine Cote
August 8, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Stillness of Abandoned Buildings

I see so many photographs of old and abandoned buildings. Houses... factories... mills... barns. I've made a few photos of abandoned houses myself. There are quite a lot of them in certain rural parts of Maine. We seem to be more drawn to the old than the new. At least lately. Maybe it's because we as a society are aging. Maybe it's because I'm aging and so that is what I notice...other things that are aging. 

Looking at old and abandoned buildings, we can't help but think about what they may have been like in its prime, who the people were who lived there, what events took place in the buildings, and why they were abandoned. An old building holds memories...and mystery. And it holds on tight, because an old and abandoned building is still. No people coming and going and no sounds from appliances or furnaces. Just a dead silence. A stillness. A stillness that is thick and dense and fearsome. A stillness that you can feel rub against you as you walk through it. A stillness that pulls you in and won't let go. 

Perhaps this explains our interest in old and abandoned buildings. It's the stillness.

Photograph: Marko Susla. James Van Campen Farmhouse.
From Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Still Point IV


Monday, June 11, 2012

The Magnificence of Stillness

Susan Johnson Bergin. Bishop's Beach.
The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.
--Bruce Lee 

Here is another piece that relays the essence of Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Still Point IV. The artist finds something, and, through art, makes it still. The artist has made still the moving of the tides, made still the rhythm of the universe. Look deep into this image for several minutes and reflect upon your experiences of the tides and the ocean. Appreciate the magnificence of stillness.

June 11, 2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Lesson in Stillness

Jean Noon. After.
This piece is from our current show, Still Point IV. It really captures the essence of the show...art holding the artist's vision in stillness. But there is so much more to this seemingly simple piece. It exudes happiness, flexibility, delight, and joy, and, when I look at this image, that is what I see held in stillness. Such a lesson in this simple piece...holding these qualities and keeping them still.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Within You There Is a Stillness...

Kajal Zaveri. Ocean Blues.
From Exhibition: Still Point IV

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

~Hermann Hesse 


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Still Point Arts Quarterly Writer Wins Award For First Book

Sonia Saikaley, whose story The Dragon Painting appeared in the inaugural issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly, has won an award for her first published book. Saikaley has won the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest for her novella The Lebanese Dishwasher.  In the book Saikaley delves into issues faced by immigrant communities in Canada, including the effects of civil war, working low-paying jobs despite their level of education, and the taboo surrounding homosexuality. Read more...


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Still Point IV Opens

STILL POINT IV is open and will remain a featured exhibition through July 31, 2012. Wonderful images...one of our finest exhibitions!  
Artists of Distinction for this show are Leslie Anderson, Mike Bell, Jane Gottlieb, Helen Shulman, Mayumi Yamakawa, Tetiana Zakharova, and Kajal Zaveri. These artists have been awarded the opportunity to display more of their art as Gallery Artists as well as the opportunity to have a portfolio published in Still Point Arts Quarterly

Still Point Art Gallery

Monday, April 02, 2012

Keith Parks Wins First Place in PhotoSpiva

Photographer Keith Parks, Still Point Art Gallery Gallery Artist and featured artist in the current Spring issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly, was recently awarded First Place in the PhotoSpiva competition. PhotoSpiva is a national competition hosted annually by the Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri. It is the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the United States. Its objective is to "present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today's contemporary photographers."


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ron Testa - Unique, Extraordinary, and Genuine

For his contributions to Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Spirit of Place-Spirit of Home, photographer Ron Testa was named an Artist of Distinction. His images indeed reveal the spirit of the places he photographs--places that are unique, extraordinary, and genuine. His images also reveal something of Testa's spirit--someone who is unique, extraordinary, and genuine. After all, the great photographer Minor White once said, "All photographs are self-portraits."

Home Sweet Home
This house belongs to a graffiti artist
living in a suburb just north of Chicago.
Jake's Garage
This isn't really Jake's Garage,
but Testa thought it was an
appropriate name for this structure.
Lucille's Trailer
Lucille used this trailer to travel
around the country with her daughter.
Testa has been making photographs for fifty years and has had his work exhibited in a broad array of formats and venues--nationally and internationally, solo and group, casual and elite, publications, galleries, and museums. It began with Testa receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He then took on a brief stint as assistant photographer at the Cleveland Museum of Art before joining the U.S. Navy as a combat photographer and serving three tours of duty in Vietnam stationed aboard an attack aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf. In 1973 Testa received a masters of fine arts degree in photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He went on to teach at the Baldwin School of New York City from 1973 to 1975 and was head photographer at the Field Museum in Chicago from 1975 to 1989. During that time he taught photography at Columbia College in Chicago and was a consultant to the collection at the Chicago House archeological dig in Luxor, Egypt. 

Examples of his work are represented in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art  in Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Frank Baggett - Artist of Distinction

Daniel's Barn

Frank Baggett was recently named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Spirit of Place-Spirit of Home. He also received a Portfolio Award and, as a result, will have a portfolio of his work published in the gallery's highly-acclaimed art and literary journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly.

Frank Baggett's work fits perfectly into this exhibition. His work is all about the spirit of place, the spirit of his home. The pieces in this exhibition are intimate portraits of buildings--homes, a barn, a church--set in their natural environment. These are weathered buildings--not fresh and new--but it is the weathering and aging that have allowed them time to soak up the spirit of their surroundings and develop their own spirit of place. You can feel this spirit come through in Baggett's work, through his marvelous sense of composition and color. He is a spirited artist, true to his place, true to his home. 

A Tennessee Homeplace
Frank Baggett is a Tennessean born in 1956. He is a nationally acclaimed landscape and wildlife artist with over thirty-four years of experience. With a major in art during his high school years and a scholarship to Austin Peay State University, Frank opted to join the United States Air Force and continued to paint during his tour at Norton AFB in San Bernadino, California. Painting had become a passion for Baggett, and after discharge from the USAF his impressionistic style was refined and became his trademark. Many of his works are displayed in art galleries in the United States and abroad. Frank has many mentors, including Robert Wood and Winslow Homer.

The Mystical Beechcreek Barn
All of my life I have had the pleasure to hunt, fish, see a sunrise, and enjoy nature's wonders of the world that I live in. I wish very much for my children's children to have the same pleasures from life as I have. The only way this will happen is for us to have concern for preserving what is before us now. Life is a gift, please do not take it for granted. 
Painting is the way for me to show what I have witnessed, experienced, and dreamed during my life. To me a blank canvas already has a story to tell, all I have to do is explain it by painting on it.  
The pieces in this exhibition are actual places in my community. Everyone needs a place they can call home, and every time I create one of these artworks, I imagine how life would be if I lived there. While painting these places..I am..."living" there.  
Daniel's Barn has special meaning to me, as this barn belongs to a personal friend of mine. The spirit of place can be felt..every time I walk into this barn. As a young man, I spent many days stacking hay in these old barns. 

A Tennessee Homeplace is an abandoned farmstead that was lived in for several years by farmers in the area. I painted this piece in remembrance of these folks that are part of our Tennessee heritage.

The Mystical Beechcreek Barn is an original Civil War relic that has been nestled in the backwoods for over a century near the Duck River in Tennessee. I wanted to capture the sheen of the sunlight hitting the reconditioned barn roof, giving the appearance of a mystical feeling. This barn still stands today, weathering the ages of time. I often visit this barn doing Plein Aire works, and every time I do there is a Spirit of Place!

Daniel. 24 x 18 inches. Acrylic. $1200
A Tennessee Homeplace. 10 x 8 inches. Acrylic. $700
The Mystical Beechcreek Barn. 14 x 11 inches. NFS

Frank Baggett's website

March 16, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spirit of Place-Spirit of Home: Ramona du Houx

"Our kinship with earth must be maintained; otherwise we will find ourselves trapped in the center of our own paved-over souls with no way out."
~Terry Tempest Williams

Image: Ramona du Houx. Discover. Color photograph. 
From Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Spirit of Place-Spirit of Home

Still Point Art Gallery

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spirit of Place-Spirit of Home: Marko Susla

"We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies."
~Shirley Abbott

Image: Marko Susla. My Comfort Though the Night. Color photograph. 

From Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Spirit of Place-Spirit of Home

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Call for Artists - Still Point IV

Call for Artists - Still Point IV

Hossein Kazemi. Minimal 1. 

One way of thinking about visual art is that the artist finds or discovers something - be it inside or outside of the artist - and, through art, holds it still. A photographer captures a moment in time with a click of the shutter and that moment is locked in stillness. A painter paints a scene using oils on canvas and that scene exists forever in a motionless state. A sculptor molds and shapes details of a human body, and that body stands frozen...never to age...never to change.

Still Point IV is the fourth annual exhibition focused on exploring those things that artists, through art, hold still.


You are invited to participate in our upcoming online exhibition and magazine showcase -  Still Point IV.   
  • Deadline for entries is Monday, April 2, 2012
  • Chosen entries exhibited online April 18 through July 17, 2012 AND  presented in the summer issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly

From the chosen entries, a few winning entries will be selected. 

These Artists of Distinction... 

1.  will be invited to show their work as Gallery Artists for one year;
2.  will have the opportunity to submit a portfolio to be published in an upcoming issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly [an honorarium of $100 is given upon publication]; and
3.   will be able to advertise at no cost in four consecutive issues of the Quarterly.     

I always look forward to seeing submissions!  

Christine Cote
Gallery Owner and Director

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Call for Artists - Spirit of Place - Spirit of Home

Still Point Art Gallery announces that submissions are now being accepted for its next online exhibition -- Spirit of Place - Spirit of Home.

We all need a place to call home, a place to which we belong, a place where we feel the pull and draw to come back again and again to be refreshed, renewed, revitalized. It may be a house, the city in which we were born, a cabin in the woods, a spot near the ocean, or a place far, far away that remains elusive. Wherever it is, this place feels like home. This place has magic, soul, and spirit.

The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2012. More details about submissions, along with the entry form, may be found here.

Image: Helen Sullivan. Kay's Cottage Garden. 

Monday, January 09, 2012

David Kinsey - Artist of Distinction - Abstract Amazement

David Duane Kinsey 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.

Untitled(New White)                                                Untitled(Draw)
[Enlarge]                                                                 [Enlarge

Kinsey has two paintings in the exhibition: Untitled(New White) and Untitled(Draw). With their beautiful and entrancing detail, complexity, and structure, the viewer is drawn into the work...drawn into the web of amazement. This web is the result of Kinsey's careful arrangement of line, texture, and color...elements of painting masterfully combined to create compositions that capture.

David Duane Kinsey received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1997 and his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in 1999. He taught at his alma mater, Ringling College of Art and Design and State College of Florida from 1999-­2010. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
Kinsey's various awards and honors include the George and Segal Foundation Grant for Painters, a Hermitage Artist Residency Fellowship, and a Yale Norfolk Teaching Fellowship. His paintings have been exhibited  in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. 

Artist Statement

Embedded in abstract forms, there lies a heightened awareness of the alchemy and visceral properties of paint. This is the fuel that propels the expressionistic responses and reactions of automatism. Obviously the paintings are somewhat preoccupied by the multiple facets of the formal issues of painting. However, I strive to elevate this in an abstract language for ways of talking about ideas of aesthetics, structures, dichotomies, the physical versus the ethereal, internal versus external.

I am interested in the painting's physical presence and that reflection upon the viewer. This can be seen by some of the accumulated gluttonous areas of thick impasto paint (influences: Chaim Soutine, Antoni Tapies, Frank Auerbach) and, at other times, by thin washes or glazes within atmospheric spaces. Some of the shapes are organic reflecting the organic nature of painting itself and the human touch. The geometric shapes often allude to technological references, architecture and/or other structures. When combined, I attempt to have them harmonize with a sense of balance within the variety. Music and aesthetic contemplations are often a major influence of this fusion.

My paintings are incredibly labored over with hours of studio time. I like the idea of them having gone through a type of epic trail, because I would like them be an echo of moments of time that occur in one’s life. And so, I try to mix up the process by which I create them, because they act as markers on a timeline in my experience as a human and artist. By using acrylic paint, I am able to maneuver at a rapid pace to accommodate the improvisational processes that I use. These processes always fluctuate as it relates to my mental temperature. I try to work on about three to five paintings at a time, each with a different process. By having multiple works in progress I have found that I attempt to build them all up like an orchestra. They seem to feed off each other and provide me with advice as “what to do next."

Untitled(New White). 16 x 20 inches. Acrylic on canvas. $1200.
Untitled(Draw). 16 x 20 inches. Acrylic on canvas. $1200.

Visit David Kinsey's website