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.