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