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