Monday, January 28, 2013

Call for Artists - Still Point V

Still Point Art Gallery announces its next online exhibition and magazine showcase -  Still Point V (our annual unthemed exhibition).   

  • Deadline for entries is Monday, April 1, 2013
  • Selected entries exhibited online May 1 through July 31, 2013.
  • On June 1, 2013, the summer issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly will be released; selected artists featured in this issue. 

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.
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 summer 2013 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly. (View the magazine showcase in our winter 2012 issue from our exhibition: Sacred Time - Sacred Space.)

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.

A truly beautiful art magazine.
Subscribe today to Still Point Arts Quarterly.


Thursday, January 03, 2013

Debra Houston - Still Point Art Gallery Artist of Distinction

Painter Debra Houston is one of three Artists of Distinction among the many artists in Still Point Art Gallery’s current online exhibition: Sacred Time - Sacred Space

A New Beginning
Almost Home

Houston, local to the Pacific Northwest, spotlights landscapes and street scenes in her dramatic and evocative pieces. With careful use of color and texture as well as thoughtful attention to the depiction of light and shadow, she strives to dramatically expose the essence of landscape and cityscape. Houston's work that is part of the Sacred Time - Sacred Space exhibition (above) provokes a sense of journeying or searching within the anonymity of the urban landscape. Lights guide the way of a lone figure carrying a red umbrella along city streets, through looming architectural elements that represent challenges and difficulties. This lone figure exists in sacred space . . . on a pathway . . . in sacred time . . . any time.

Of her work, Houston says:
I've always been intrigued by vivid colors and textures. Through countless hours of experimentation and practice, I have become a versatile artist depicting landscapes, cityscapes, and street scenes, abstracts and unique color studies.

Much of my recent work is done with both a pallet knife and a brush, which helps provide intricate detail while still leaving a lot of room for interpretation. I use oils and acrylics and paint on a variety of surfaces including canvas, board, and plexiglas.

When I begin a piece, I allow the paint and colors to move me. I don't typically have a carefully mapped-out plan for each painting, but rather just an idea or focal point that develops throughout the creation. An emotional interest is the true goal in my work. Creating a mood, reflection, wonder . . . something that allows the viewer to escape each and every time.

Houston's work currently hangs in both private and corporate collections throughout the Northwest.

Sacred Space - Sacred Time remains online through February 5, 2013.