Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Practice, Practice, Practice

I am standing at the front of the classroom, leaning on the podium as thirty-three high school students stare at me. Some eyes are alive with interest, others were glazed with boredom when they entered the classroom and have not changed. My tattered copy of Don Quixote flops in my left hand. The mad knight has fought windmills, puissant Biscayns, troublesome sheep, and now, with dreamy persistence, searches for the golden helmet of Mambrino. The eyes stare. A hand from the back rises. "Who cares?" asks the young inquisitor. "Why do we need to read this story?"

I pause, because this is the most important question of the whole school year. If I fail this question, the whole year is easily lost. "We tell stories to convince ourselves that our lives have meaning."

(excerpt from "Before He Melts Away," by James Hanmer. Shambhla Sun, January 2014.)

We tell stories to convince ourselves that our lives have meaning. This is the essence of art making. Convincing ourselves that our lives have meaning. Trying to make sense out of the ups and downs, the craziness, the complications. 

I realized some years ago that this is why I make photographs. Everything seems to fall neatly into place when I make pictures, and, for a time, it feels like my life has meaning, purpose. 

Art making is a practice, like prayer or meditation or yoga. As artists, we practice being open to what art tells us about ourselves. We seek those moments when everything falls into place. We practice finding out who we are. Be it painting, writing stories, dancing, or acting—it's really all about discovery.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Stay the Course

I don't really like to make New Year resolutions. Change should happen when change is due. When I realize I need to lose weight or exercise more or be nicer to someone, I make a resolution right then and there. Somehow, though, I find myself making these resolutions over and over, so perhaps what I really need is to resolve to persevere. Stick with it. Stay the course. Through thick and thin. 

So, as I sit here looking out at the piles of snow that have come early this winter, I resolve to carry on . . . through the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the thrills and the disappointments. Stay on the path. Keep moving forward. I'm not sure what I'll see along the way, though I know that some days will be bright and some will be dark. But, if I persevere, every moment will be a gift. I can't ask for more than that.

Monday, September 30, 2013

From the Mind or from the Heart?

In the upcoming issue of Stone Voices—the winter 2013 issue—we will feature the work of photographer Ralph Hassenpflug. Since he has a studio in my town and lives not too far away, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ralph. His work is quite remarkable. No matter the subject, his photographs exhibit strength and tenderness, triumph and struggle. His photographs are like windows that allow you to peer into the depths of human experience.

For every artist whose work we feature, we review a biography and a statement about his or her work, both provided by the artist. Like many artists, Ralph doesn’t like to apply words to his work, but what he ended up writing showed truth and clear insight into his work. He captured it, I think, in this one sentence: I don’t think my photographs; I feel my photographs.

Christine Cote, from the series Beyond.
This sentence made me pause to think about my own work as a photographer. Do I feel my photographs or do I think them? What leads me to make pictures from certain subjects and not others, my mind or my heart? What drives me to snap a picture, my mind or my heart? What guides me during post-production, my mind or my heart? While pondering these questions, I scanned my body of work in my mind. Indeed, some come from thought, some from heart. The “better” photographs, I think, are the ones that come from my heart. Somehow, they are longer-lasting. I don’t tire of them. There is always something in them that holds my attention . . . something I feel when I look at them.

I don’t yet fully understand what all of this means, but it is something to be mindful of when I make pictures and look at the work of other artists. Is it from the mind or the heart?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It Stopped Me in My Tracks

Images are images, and art is art. All visual art is an image, but not all images are art. I love images . . . color, line, shape, texture. But art . . . well . . . art stops me in my tracks. 

Quiet Invitation II. Beth Swanson.

This painting, by Beth Swanson, is part of Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Interiors. I really love this image. I love the folds in the tablecloth, the curves of the backs of the chairs, the clean lines of the windows, the little pots on the sills, and the lovely, curvaceous objects on the table. The composition is perfect. Everything is balanced—one window balances the other, the chairs are positioned to give the image stability and firmness, and the objects are carefully placed to achieve an effect of evenness and equilibrium. The eyes of the viewer are drawn to the corner of the room, off-center, avoiding a feeling of symmetry and creating a bit of tension that is very enjoyable. The curves of the chairs are a perfect counterpoint to the straightness and angularity of the windows. The color—beautiful, soft greens—make the piece feel cool and peaceful. Everything about this piece is perfection. It is art. It stopped me in my tracks. 

Only one problem. It doesn't exist. I've never seen a room like this. I've never seen color and light like this. I've never been in a room as quiet and ethereal as this one seems to be. But, again, this is art. This image came from the depths of Swanson's imagination and heart, and it captivates my own imagination and heart. I could stare at this painting for hours and days. Yet, I don't see this painting as much as I feel this painting. I feel it with all my senses. It is art.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Enfolded in Benign Embrace

I have never been afraid in the woods. 
I am calmed there, as though enfolded in benign embrace.  

This is the opening paragraph in Shanti Arts Publishing's recent release, Current: Essays on the Passing of Time in the Woods. This short paragraph alone convinced me to publish this book. 

Jeffrey Stoner. Road of Man Colors.
I first came to know Robert McGowan, the author of Current, when he submitted his essay, "Discovery," for possible publication in Stone Voices. After I read the essay, I immediately turned to my computer to write to Rob to tell him I wanted to publish the piece. I loved it. What was Rob's discovery? Himself. Speaking from the depths of his well-lived life as an artist, writer, husband, colleague, and friend, Rob came to discover who he was and what was important to him. He discovered truth and wisdom. In the life of any person, such a discovery brings the contentment we all seek.

Rob submitted a few more pieces for publication, both fiction and non-fiction, and his art was featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Stone Voices. He and I developed a wonderful relationship. He passed on his wisdom in a most supportive and collegial manner He, in fact, suggested that I consider publishing books as well as magazines, and he wanted my first book publication to be one of his. He was willing—even eager—to allow me to use the process of publishing Happy Again at Last: Life in the Art World to be a learning process for me as a publisher. I did learn a great deal from it. It was a tremendous gift from Rob. 

Rob died in November 2012 from lymphoma, likely the result of exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam. When he was first diagnosed, he was confident that he would beat it. He was looking forward to the publication of Happy Again at Last and had plans for book signings and author interviews. But he didn't beat it. He died within a year of his diagnosis. 

In the months before he died, Rob sent me several of his unpublished manuscripts with the hope that I might publish more of his work someday. When I read the manuscript for Current, I felt such a connection to Rob. I, too, love the woods and all they offer to the human spirit. Now, when I go to the woods, I recall sentences and excerpts from his book, and I am "enfolded in benign embrace"—both by the woods and by Rob's generous spirit.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Remembering Isadora Duncan

I was a voracious reader as a child and teen. Today, I have less time for "pleasure reading," but, in fact, I'm reading nearly all day, every day. It's how I gather information, make judgments, develop confidence, find solace, and stumble upon new ideas and inspiration. 

One night this week, I awoke around 2 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep. I decided to get up; I had something on my mind, and I thought it would be better to get up and try to distract myself than stay in bed and let it churn inside me. I stumbled in the dark to my office and looked up at my bookshelves. My eyes landed on a book I had read many, many times when I was young, My Life, by Isadora Duncan. This book affected me deeply. It gave me insights into Art and Love and Freedom and Joy and Sadness. I wanted to live the life of Isadora. 

I hadn't looked at the book in many, many years, but I took it off the shelf and sat down to browse through it. Over the years, I had written little notes in the margins, and a few of them brought back some good and not-so-good memories. Then, I found a paragraph next to which I had written, "hmmm."

I believe that in each life there is a spiritual line, an upward curve, and all that adheres to and strengthens this line is our real life—the rest is but as chaff falling from us as our souls progress. Such a spiritual line is my Art. 

Isadora believed that Art was her mission and purpose in life. It was her calling, her vocation. Art was her way to discover the inner truths of her life, the meaning of her life, and the connections between all parts of her life. Art was her air, her source of life, her spiritual path.

I felt inspired. This was indeed a good distraction. Whatever had been on my mind now seemed trivial. I remember now why reading about Isadora when I was young was so life-changing. Like Isadora, I wanted to breathe in Art and exhale Love and Joy. I still do.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Shanti Arts Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of Current: Essays on the Passing of Time in the Woods

Having spent his entire life exploring the woods and hills of Tennessee, writer and artist Robert McGowan wrote these short essays to pay homage to the natural world he so loved. In essays such as “Bee,” “Beetle,” and “Turtles,” McGowan marvels at the curious behaviors of small creatures. In “Tops,” “Fences,” and “Maple,” he writes about trees—young trees he has seen grow and old trees he has watched rot and disappear into the earth. Be it animals, trees, ferns, flowers, or rocks, McGowan passionately and tenderly recounts his close observations of nature, often wondering about the woods of olden time and imagining the woods of tomorrow. The fine, unbreakable thread that winds through the book is the passing of time—life in the woods begins, grows, and dies. Through it all, McGowan shows the reader he is a man sustained by his sense of peace and contentment, for he knows that despite his concerns about yesterday and tomorrow, “there is only the current.” The beautiful photography of Jeffrey Stoner adds vibrance and vitality to this inspiring collection of nature essays. more information

Designed by Shanti Arts Designs
Published by Shanti Arts Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9885897-2-8

Scheduled for release in October 2013

120 pages; 57 illustrations; perfect bound; $30.00

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Julie Struck: Award Winner

Artist Julie A. Struck is one of five award winners in Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition: Still Point V. Her piece, Semesterland, won the award for Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed Media Artwork. 

Julie A. Struck, Semesterland.

Semesterland integrates photography and digital artwork to create an image ripe with nostalgia and feelings about recollecting one’s childhood—whatever that childhood may have involved. Essentially Struck uses a mixture of new, old, color, black and white, and faded pieces to create an image that engages the feelings of the viewer. Of this process, Struck says it “involves assembling disparate and fragmentary memorabilia such as meaningful phrases, photographs, images from old women’s magazines, and antique dress pattern pieces, which I then rearrange, layer, and piece together into a new cohesive whole that visually communicates forbidden, frequently terrible, yet always redemptive stories.” 

Struck focuses largely on American culture and its incorporation of women, which also highlights her own personal story. A recent three-year-long hiatus from teaching surprisingly resulted in a memoir about connections between her difficult academic career and an abusive childhood, and how both have affected her life. In its summer 2013 issue, Still Point Arts Quarterly published Struck's piece, "Art Education," which is her first published excerpt from the memoir she has been writing.

Julie A. Struck is an interdisciplinary, mixed-media artist. She currently lives in Rockport, Indiana, having been born and raised in the Chicago area. After becoming a mother and wife, Struck earned her M.F.A. and became a college art professor. She has taught at several midwestern higher education institutions and recently took a break from teaching to pursue her own interests and artistic endeavors, including writing a book. 

Struck’s work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed until July 31st in Still Point Art Gallery’s exhibition: Still Point V.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Walk Paris Streets with Eugene Atget

Shanti Arts Publishing, based in Brunswick, Maine, will soon release a collection of short stories by the Australian master storyteller Greg Bogaerts inspired by the photographs of Eugene Atget. Working in the early years of the twentieth century, Atget is often called the first "street" photographer because he scoured the streets of Paris looking for the common everyday characters and places that comprised the city's backdrop and character. By photographing the city's ragpickers, lampshade vendors, market workers, and prostitutes, Atget left us an intimate portrait of old Paris. Bogaerts brings these photographs to life with imagination and flair. Filled with imagery and description as dark and deplorable as the back alleys of old Paris, and entangled with historically accurate details, these stories will give you far more than an entertaining read. You will never again look at an Atget photograph without thinking about the stories behind them.
Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France is scheduled to be released in July 2013. It has already received impressive reviews and endorsements. Art historian, writer, and teacher Jeanne S. M. Willette wrote, "For those who have gazed upon Atget's haunted images of the solitary and the lonely and have wondered about their arrested lives, writer Greg Bogaerts brings Atget's denizens of the streets to flickering life. The short stories, petites vignettes, give each nameless character a fully realized moment . . . the latent image of their existence rises from Atget's glass plate."
Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget is produced by Shanti Arts Publishing. It is available in paperback on their website and everywhere books are sold. Release is scheduled for July 2013. Queries should be addressed to Christine Cote, publisher. (publisher@shantiarts.com; 207-837-5760)
ISBN: 978-0-9885897-1-1

price: $19.95

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Bobby Baker Wins Award for Best Photograph

Photographer Bobby Baker is one of five award winners in Still Point Art Gallery’s latest online exhibition: Still Point V. His photograph, Lineup, won the award for Best Photograph or Digital Artwork. The striking image of eight trees evenly spaced against a cloudy background comes from his portfolio, Black and White, a collection of images of the New England coast.  Simple yet dramatic, Lineup presents a uniquer and emotive image of New England, much unlike the warm, colorful, tourist-alluring scenes that the region is famous for. Yet the image well-represents a more interior view of New England, known only to its long-time residents—simple and straightforward, yet profound.

Bobby BakerLineup

Baker has a tremendous love for the sea and the coastline.  Although he has photographed many different coasts, including those in the Carribean, Mexico, and the Florida Keys,  Baker attests that the Cape Cod coastline really offers the most for him. His photographs have been featured in galleries, newspapers, websites, calendars, books, and are included in private and corporate collections. Bobby received national award recognition in the Fine Art Photography category of the prestigious 2012, 2011, and 2010 @e National exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Association that featured juried work from artists across the United States. His work was recognized with the Best Seascape Award at the Fine Art of Photography Exhibit at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and he was named Artist of Distinction in recognition of his work in the Still Point Art Gallery Still Point III exhibit. His work has been featured in the national art publication Still Points Arts Quarterly (Summer 2012) and by the Office of Massachusetts Bureau of Travel and Tourism. 

Bobby Baker is a juried artist at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, the Cape Cod Art Association, and Marblehead Arts Association.

Baker’s work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed until July 31st in Still Point Art Gallery’s online exhibition.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Anthony R. Whelihan - Best Single Image

Anthony R. Whelihan is one of five award winners in the latest Still Point Art Gallery online exhibition: Still Point V. Whelihan won Best in Show-Single Image for his mixed media piece, Latter Day Geisha

Whelihan is chiefly a portrait artist who believes everyone shows their life on their face. He typically uses bold primary colors into his work and says, “color can alter mood and can excite imagination, enticing the viewer to look beyond the surface.” Latter Day Geisha is an amazing piece of art, displaying a courageous use of vibrant color, imaginative design, and a striking interpretation of subject. 

Anthony R. Whelihan is a well-known national artist. He has done commissioned work for the NFL alumni organization, the United States olympic ski team, Nobel conference XXXII, the Minnesota Vikings and Timberwolves, and many other national and local organizations. Whelihan's work has been widely exhibited and has earned him many awards. 

Whelihan has five images in the Still Point V show. His work,  along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed until July 31st in Still Point Art Gallery’s online gallery.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Call for Artists: Interiors

Still Point Art Gallery announces its next online exhibition and magazine showcase - Interiors.

  • Deadline for entries is Monday, July 1, 2013
  • Selected entries exhibited online August 1 through October 31, 2013
  • On September 1, 2013, the fall issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly will be released; selected artists featured in this issue

Cottage, rustic, contemporary, southwestern, or yard sale. We spend most of our time inside our homes, workplaces, and other spaces, and how and with what we choose to occupy these spaces matters—to most of us. Perhaps we strive for comfort; perhaps we want to show off our riches; maybe our goal is to live in a way that reflects our values; some of us want to create an environment of good design and good taste. Whichever it is, interiors are worth a good look.   

Selection and Awards

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 Fall  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, YouTube, and our Blog. Press releases are submitted to worldwide information feeds through several major press release distribution services.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya Receives Best in Show-Portfolio

Photographer Ekaterina Bykhovskaya is one of five award winners in the newest Still Point Art Gallery exhibition: Still Point V. Bykhovskaya’s work is from her creative and provocative series: Jerusalem, Old City. Of the work, Bykhovskaya said she wished to capture the “singular atmosphere of the old city of Jerusalem.” The portfolio is made up of pairs of images, one containing the people of the city and one void of human beings, showing merely what is left in the absence of people. Set amongst a background of the old walls of Jaffa, the stark comparison between humans and their constructs as well as the black and white composition offer the viewer an ethereal, mysterious glimpse of how contrasting this famous city can be. 

Jerusalem, Old City, 1
Jerusalem, Old City, 2

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya was born in Moscow, Russia and currently lives in Strasburg, France. Her world travels inspired her to learn more about the art of photography. She took her first course several years ago at the London School of Photography. Since having taken that course, she has sought to focus less on making her photography about travel and more a way to convey her feelings and emotions surrounding her subjects. 

Bkhovskaya received the award: Best in Show-Portfolio. Her work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed until July 31 st in Still Point Art Gallery’s online exhibition: Still Point V.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Still Point V Opens

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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 V is the fifth annual exhibition focused on exploring the things   that artists, through art, hold still.

Honored artists for this exhibition are:

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya, Best in Show—Portfolio.
Bykhovskaya is from Strasbourg, France.
The six images in the exhibition are from
her series, Jerusalem, Old City.

Anthony R. Whelihan, Best in Show—Single Image.Whelihan is from Plymouth, Minnesota.
His winning image is Latter Day Geisha .

BakerBobby Baker, Best Photograph or Digital Artwork.
Baker is from Brentwood, New Hampshire.
His winning image is Lineup.website
Barbara Greaux, Best Painting or Drawing.
Greaux is from Charleston, South Carolina.
Her winning image is Sunday Afternoon.

Julie A. Struck, Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed-Media Artwork.
Struck is from Rockport, Indiana.
Her winning image is Semesterland.

Each of these winning artists has the opportunity to show more of their work as Gallery Artists as well as the chance 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.

This exhibition is highlighted in the summer 2013 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly. Read editor's remarks about this exhibition.

All artists selected to exhibit work in this show:
Leslie Anderson, Bobby Baker, Anna Belleforte, Benita Brewer, Ekaterina Bykhovskaya, Tom Chesnut, Bob Craig, Halina Domanski, Patrice Drago, Juan Escudero, Joyce Glasner, Jane Gottlieb, Barbara Greaux, Ralph Hassenpflug, Tom Hinkle, Linda Karlsberg, Freya Kazemi, Kristianne Koch Riddle, Susan Landor Keegin, Candace Law, Nan Liu, Gloria Matuszewski, Laurie McCormick, Tony Podue, Cheryl Rau, Julie Struck, Chris Taylor, Karla Van Vliet, Anthony Whelihan, Mayumi Yamakawa

Still Point V will remain a featured exhibition through July 31, 2013.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Dan Pyle is "On the Edge"

Dan Pyle, Life on the Edge. 12 x 30 inc

Only about three more weeks for Ordinary Everyday Objects in Still Point Art Gallery. Time to talk about some of my favorites.

This image is one of my favorites in the show, from the clothespin at the top to the box on the bottom, and the matchbox, spool of thread, and electrical socket in between...I love to look at this image. I think I keep looking because I expect a collapse; I doubt the balance. But the objects stay put, even though they (like me) are "on the edge." After all, don't you just want to tug on the lovely blue thread?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Leyla Aysel Munteanu Awarded for Size 38

In Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Ordinary Everyday Objects,  Leyla Aysel Munteanu received the award for Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed-Media Artwork for Size 38

Size 38. 24 x 20 inches. Mixed media.

Size 38. A shoe, a sports shoe, an ordinary everyday object. But, still, not just any ordinary shoe, a certain ordinary shoe, a size 38 shoe, mounted between the numbers "37" and "39" inscribed on the wall, and hanging by its shoestrings. An ordinary object that is anything but ordinary. 

Leyla Aysel Munteanu is a sculptor and mixed-media artist who currently resides in Windsor, Canada. She first became interested in art while growing up in Romania, and she was particularly inspired by the artwork of the Renaissance. As a growing artist, Munteanu developed a strong appreciation for diversity and texture in art from being exposed to the rich cultural history of the town in which she was raised. Of it she says, “every place was worn by time or human nature."

Munteanu earned a degree in engineering and then later earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Art and  Education from the University of Windsor and a master’s degree in Fine Art from Wayne State University. Her work has been featured in many publications and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and elsewhere. 

Munteanu's work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed through April 30, 2013 in Still Point Art Gallery’s online exhibition.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Maya Gerr Wins for Best Painting

Still Point Art Gallery recently announced that Maya Gerr earned the award for Best Painting or Drawing in the current exhibition, Ordinary Everyday Objects. Her winning piece is Cabbages, a remarkable watercolor of both a green and a purple cabbage. The beautifully textured detail of the cabbage leaves contrasts and stands out from the more abstract, blurry background, perfectly executed in watercolor. The use of only two colors...green and purple...serves to simplify the painting and draw attention to the fine detail of the cabbages. A simple piece, but incredibly complex and sophisticated in its portrayal of cabbages.

Cabbages. 10 x 14 inches. Watercolor on paper.
Maya Gerr currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts. Gerr was born and educated in Moscow, where she received formal art training in painting as well as in tapestry construction and theater stage design. 
Gerr's love for painting began early in her life, but it was strengthened and enriched after spending a few years in Heidelberg, Germany, where she was constantly surrounded by landscapes and medieval castles that inspired artistic elements of German romanticism. Her paintings became more abstract and began to include more animal and plant elements when she came to live in the United States.
Abstraction now makes up a majority of Gerr’s work. Of her process, she says, “I always have a clear vision of the complete piece but introduce sudden notes as I go. I generally lead the painting, making it follow my vision, but sometimes it happens in reverse--the painting itself leads me in my work. This happens just like in a musical improvisation, where an almost accidental, unimportant note or chord suddenly creates in the composer's imagination a new move, which later unravels in front of us.”
Gerr’s work has been included in many exhibitions including Cambridge’s From Russia With Art exhibit, an exhibition at the Honan-Allston branch of Boston Public Library, Daniels Gallery in Brookline, Massachusetts, The Theatre Academy Museum in Moscow, and the Shalyapin State Museum in Moscow. She has had her work published in Breath of Wind by Dmitry Semynin, as well as in Contact Magazine of Boston and Stone Voices, a magazine that focuses on the connections between art and spirit.

Gerr’s work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed through April 30, 2013 in Still Point Art Gallery’s online exhibition.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Irene Hill Shows the Best Photograph

Still Point Art Gallery recently honored Irene Hill with the award for Best Photograph or Digital Artwork. Her winning photograph is Fading Into the Past, which was chosen to be part of the Gallery's current exhibition, Ordinary Everyday Objects

Fading Into the Past

Hill's image is award-winning for several reasons. For one, Fading Into the Past is perfect for an exhibition of images of ordinary, everyday objects. What is more ordinary than a couple slices of white bread? Hill's compositional abilities are evident in her skillful arrangement of the bread, the bread bag with the words "Wonder," and the dark, empty space that suggests a feeling of gloom. The sharply focused foreground, which highlights the fine texture of the bread, contrasts perfectly with the blurry background. But there is much more here: within this composition, its subject, its texture, is a story. In 2012, Hostess Brands, the company that baked and distributed Wonder Bread, declared bankruptcy. Wonder Bread was originally produced in 1921 and, for decades, was practically a staple in most American homes. Millions of children were raised on Wonder Bread, and the colorful bread bag often brings back memories when spotted in a store. But, when Hostess Brands declared bankruptcy, it seemed that Wonder Bread was "fading into the past." (In January 2013, Flowers Foods acquired Hostess' bread brands; Wonder Bread will soon be in stores again.)

Hill speaks of her photography in this way:
For me, photography is a window into a deeper, more profound world. As a photographer I am  challenged to see more than superficial reality and to explore the beauty and design that exist beyond casual observation.

Hill's work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed through April 30, 2013 in Still Point Art Gallery's online exhibition

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Leslie Parke - Best in Show

Painter Leslie Parke has received the award Best in Show-Single Image for China in the Ocean, which was selected for Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Ordinary Everyday Objects

China in the Ocean is a sober piece, its colors somewhat pale and meek, its concept subtle and gentle; fragile, heirloom dishes cleansing in a vast ocean of water; quiet moments of cleansing; dishes left pristine and fresh. This image has depth and power...emotional and spiritual power. There is so much here for the mind and spirit to connect with. 

China in the Ocean
Artist Leslie Parke lives on the border between New York and Vermont and works in a studio that spans the top floor of a nineteenth-century factory building. Over the years she has also worked in Sweden, France and Germany. She has been an artist for many years, and her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She has received several grants and awards, has lectured about art, and has work in dozens of private collections. 

Parke’s work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed through April 30, 2013 in Still Point Art Gallery’s online exhibition.

Parke's website.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Laurie McCormick Has Best Portfolio

Early Morning B-rush

Still Point Art Gallery is currently showing Ordinary Everyday Objects. Photographer Laurie McCormick received the award Best in Show—Portfolio for six images in the exhibition that are from her extensive series, Miniature Moments in My Daily Life. (Three of these are shown to the left.) 

Rockin' Out
These images utilize everyday objects like toothpaste, cereal and milk, and an ipod as well as miniature figures to explore activities and events of everyday living. Any viewer is sure to find him or herself in at least one of the images in this series, thus getting an opportunity for self-observation and reflection. These images are powerful in their ability to point to what lies beyond everyday objects to the depth of feelings and attitudes often hidden by our objects.

The Cheerios Affair
Laurie McCormick has been interested in photography for her entire life. She developed her skills as a photographer by attending classes at several different colleges around the country. However, with the purchase of her Digital Canon 5D, photography became a much more serious matter and her photography skills and interests developed very quickly. Among other things, this camera gave her the creative capacity to travel within the United States and worldwide and satisfy her desire to encapsulate the essence of a place.

McCormick describes her art in this way:
Photography is my continuous lesson of living in the moment. Not looking back at the fading light or turned head; just keeping it real with what is now, in the present. I capture that moment as I see it from my angle and I bring my unique personal history to that instant when I capture each photograph. . . . What pleases me most is how my pictures illicit strong responses from those that view them. It brings me great satisfaction to please and entertain others. This is what gives me purpose.

McCormick’s work, along with that of twenty-nine other artists, may be viewed through April 30, 2013 in Still Point Art Gallery’s online exhibition.

McCormick's website.

Friday, February 08, 2013


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.
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Rau Ebarb Landor Keegin Teague  

Honored artists for this exhibition are:

Laurie McCormick, Best in Show—Portfolio.
McCormick is from Los Angeles, California.
The six images in the exhibition are from
her series, Miniature Moments in My Daily Life.

Leslie Parke, Best in Show—Single Image. 
Parke is from Cambridge, New York.
Her winning image is China in the Ocean.


Irene Hill, Best Photograph or Digital Artwork.
Hill is from Atlantis, Florida.
Her winning image is Fading Into the Past.
Maya Gerr, Best Painting or Drawing.
Gerr is from Newton, Massachusetts.
Her winning image is Cabbages.

Leyla Aysel Munteanu, Best Three-Dimensional
or Mixed-Media Artwork.

Munteanu is from Windsor, Ontario in Canada.
Her winning image is Size 38.

Each of these winning artists has the opportunity to show more of their work as Gallery Artists as well as the chance 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.

This exhibition is highlighted in the spring 2013 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly. Read editor's remarks about this exhibition.

All artists selected to exhibit work in this show:

Nadia Adams, Dennis Angel, Robin Antar, Richard Barrett, Eldred Boze, John Brooks, Philip Clift, Kathy Conway, Megan Dill, Louis Ebarb, Maya Gerr, Irene Hill, Susan Landor Keegin, Catherine Roberts Leach, Jessica Levant, Michael Lynne, Laurie McCormick, Karl Melton, Leyla Aysel Munteanu, Jacqlyn Murdock, Leslie Parke, Dan Pyle, Cheryl Rau, Tatiana Roulin, Jane Soodalter, Marko Susla, Nancy Teague, Kristina Thalin, Leon Vanella, Maciej Zabawa

Ordinary Everyday Objects will remain a featured exhibition through April 30, 2013.

View the exhibition video!