Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Elaine Witten has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 26th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition. Elaine will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, on the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” Archive.

Elaine is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning sculptor based in Vermont, USA. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the Gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to hundreds of major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through Light Space & Time’s broad social media network.

Elaine’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who are featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions. 

Below are Elaine’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 20 of her sculptures. We hope that you will take the time to read Elaine’s information and to take a look at her art.

Artist Biography

Elaine Franz Witten majored in art at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut and studied sculpture at Columbia University. Her work is inspired by living close to nature in Vermont. With a Registered Nurse background, her anatomical knowledge informs her figurative work.

Elaine’s art has been exhibited in over one hundred fifty National and International exhibitions as well as museums and regional solo shows. Her bronzes are in public and private collections in U.S., Canada and in the private collection of the former King of Saudi Arabia. Ms. Witten created an outdoor lion head fountain for the Village of Old Bennington, Vermont, as well as a dove fountain for St Mary’s Medical Foundation, Langhorn, Pennsylvania. Several of her sculptures are in the permanent collection of Dorset Public Library, Dorset, Vermont, and in corporate collections in Vermont and Alaska. In 2013, she became a purveyor of sculpture to the U.S. State Department for use as Presidential gifts by President Obama.

In New York City, her sculptures have been exhibited at Park Avenue Gallery as part of several National Sculpture Society exhibitions, the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Art Club and Sylvia and Po Kim Gallery. Ms. Witten is an elected member of the National Society of Women Artists.

Elaine has taught sculpture for twenty years at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont. She is a past Trustee of Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont. She is represented by galleries in Vermont, New York, Florida and Maine.

Artist Statement

Beautiful form, creative use of negative space and illusion of movement are hallmarks of my bronze sculptures. Working in contemporary realism and with timeless subject matter, I frequently simplify shapes and sometimes idealize form to achieve my artistic intent. My goal is to interpret beauty for myself and all who view my creation, as I strive to communicate through sculpture the essence, even the soul, of living forms.

My body of work includes figurative, animal, birds and “antique” musical instruments, which I frequently mount on indigenous stone bases. I cast my bronzes using the multi-step ancient lost wax method, which begins with constructing the original in clay over an armature, progressing to wax, and ultimately casting into bronze. Molds are made between each stage.

My roots of inspiration are my lifelong love of nature, art and music. I live close to nature in rural Vermont providing exposure to such living subject matter as horses, llamas, goats, moose, birds, deer, fox, and turkeys. I draw upon my accrued knowledge of human anatomy gained as a R.N. to enhance my figurative work. I was raised in a family that both valued art and played classical music. Thus, I speak from my inner voice, reflecting my past and communicating through sculpture, our human connectedness with all living creatures.

To see more of Elaine’s work, please visit her website.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Ferenc Csurgai has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Ferenc is an award-winning artist based in Hungary. He was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 26th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Ferenc’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to hundreds of major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Ferenc’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 artworks that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Ferenc Csurgai is a sculptor and painter, a graduate of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts (1984). His work is a testament to innovation, marked by an unconventional medium choice: concrete. This fascination has redefined my artistic identity, challenging the perception of concrete as merely rigid and heavy, and transforming it into ethereal, light, and transparent creations.

Ferenc’s choice of reinforced concrete is more than a medium; it's a canvas for scientific and artistic experimentation. Throughout his explorations, he developed a unique weather-resistant concrete composite, a blend of art and innovation, which has been recognized with Hungarian and European patents. This groundbreaking material not only enhances the longevity of his artwork but also holds potential applications in the construction industry.

2023 was a landmark year for exhibitions. Ferenc participated in group shows like 'Faces of Concrete 8.0 Industrial Silence' at Nick Gallery, Pécs, 'Occupation of Space' at the VI. Sculpture Biennale, MANK Gallery, Szentendre, and 'Osas Plus No.2' at Vasarely Museum, Budapest. A significant highlight was his solo exhibition 'Concrete²'. His artistic philosophy centers on the paradox of using robust concrete to create delicate, translucent forms. This not only defies conventional views of the material but also symbolizes art's transformative power. Ferenc’s vision is to continue pushing the boundaries of material and form, creating art that resonates with both aesthetic beauty and functional innovation.

Artist Statement

In the realm of art, I find myself drawn to the exploration of the balance between the tangible and the intangible. My work is a journey through geometric-organic structures, where I seek to understand and represent the intricate dance between materiality and spirituality.

Why I Create: My art is born from a deep curiosity about the world and our place within it. It's an exploration of my favorite material, inspired by ancient cultures and the practice of introspective contemplation. This journey is not just about external observations but a profound introspection, encompassing all that I experience and know.

How I Create: My process is experimentation with concrete, an unusual, resistant, hard and heavy material that I bend the force to express organic, geometric forms. The techniques I employ are not just about crafting art but about refining finding the boundaries of material.

What My Art Means to Me: My creations are not just objects of beauty but symbols of my inner transformations and realizations. Each piece is a step towards understanding myself and the world around me in its most authentic form.

Conciseness and Clarity: I believe in the power of simplicity. My art is a silent conversation with the viewer, an invitation to explore the depths of human experience without the need for elaborate words or explanations. It's an open-ended dialogue, where what I see in my creations might differ from what others perceive, and that's the beauty of it.

Ferenc’s art can be viewed on his website.

 

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Robert Obier has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Robert is an award-winning artist based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Robert was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 24th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Robert’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to hundreds of major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Robert’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 artworks that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Robert Obier is an award winning artist. His work as an architect/designer/illustrator has been featured in numerous exhibitions, magazines and web articles. His high tech sculptural designs have appeared on network television and were selected for a “location shoot” in a major motion picture.

His range of eclectic influences include the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, the explorations of geometry in nature by Andy Goldsworthy and the theatrical creations of Industrial Light and Magic for a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away.

His work explores the intersections and obscures the boundaries between architecture, industrial design and art. Each piece is as much a realization of an abstract design concept as it is a unique work of three-dimensional art. The fabrication combines the "tried and true" techniques of old-fashioned craftsmanship with today's most advanced rapid prototyping technologies such as CAD modeling, 3-D printing, and CNC fabrication. From creation through completion the dichotomy of ‘handmade’ and ‘computer generated’ informs the development and execution of the work.

Robert was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he now resides. He received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from LSU in 1981 and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design in 2007.

Artist Statement

Design is the art of storytelling. Through stories we give meaning and context to this journey we all share. My cause is to create an art that inspires meaning and speaks of some untold story -some distant time - some mysterious place - some unknown tomorrow. This is what I call, “the stuff of dreams”.

A strict and systematic organization of components define the work and reveal a discipline that is unmistakably architectural. At first glance, the geometric forms seem strangely familiar as if seen somewhere before - but where - when? Upon closer examination - perhaps the designs are remnants of some distant and secrete civilization or even an, as of yet, unknown and mysterious future. The forms are intentionally abstract giving shape to a brief moment of design inspiration. Schematic concepts emerge as built objects without the practical or functional restrictions that necessarily accompany the development of an architectural or industrial product.

The final sculpted artwork is derived from an initial “thumbnail” sketch. The preliminary shapes are explored and refined through multiple iterations as 3-d computer models. These varied iterations may serve to refine an idea or may be individually produced as a limited series of sculptural works.

Particular finish applications such as weathering and rust recall an ‘earlier time’ in the story of certain pieces - the scars of a past life.  Nevertheless, the work has a timeless quality - seeming to exist in the past, the present and the future - simultaneously.

Robert’s website is obierstudios.com.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Marlene Siff has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Marlene is an award-winning artist based in Connecticut, USA. Marlene was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 23rd Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Marlene’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Marlene’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Marlene Siff was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. She was an art honors student at the eponymous High School of Music & Art (now LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts located near Lincoln Center). She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hunter College where she studied with Richard Lippold, William Baziotes and Raymond Parker. She was also elected to Kappa Pi, the prestigious Honorary Arts Society.

Marlene’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Katonah Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Mattatuck Museum, the Attleboro Arts Museum, Columbia/Barnard University, the University of Texas, the Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, Eastern Kentucky University and The Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Her work is also in the permanent collection of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury CT, the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport CT, B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C. and in the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell University. Her work can also be found in many private collections, including the collection of Ronnie Heyman.

Since 2015 Marlene has been juried into 126 competitions throughout the United States and has won 37 awards. She works in her home-based studio in Westport, CT.

Artist Statement

I am concerned with communicating a sense of harmony, balance, order and spirituality. Every day we are confronted with the fragmentation of our non-linear lives, trying, as in a puzzle, to make the pieces fit together to make sense of it all. My paintings, works on paper and sculpture depict imagery of personal and global events and psychological issues. They are a reflection of the world we live in, expressed through geometric shapes, color, light, space, texture, edges and movement, each interplaying with one another engaging the viewer to participate.

The multi-dimensionality and multi-layering of my work reference what one must uncover to penetrate the illusions of reality to reach the mystery and essence of the soul. In my former body of work entitled Elements of Peace, I embarked on a series of white paintings (in addition to the black paintings and paintings in color) that abandoned my signature bold palette. The white paintings pay homage to people who have been affected by war. White is soft, quiet, spiritual, unadorned and full of infinite possibilities. My intention was to create an architectural space for rest, retreat, connection, reflection and identification.

The love of my family, gardens, ballet, music, and a profound interest in world issues have always found their way into my work. In my interactive body of work 7 Finely Tuned + 1. . . I have decided to formally bring back color and embrace music.

Marlene’s website is www.marlenesiff.com.

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The gallery’s competition for January 2022 was the 11th Annual “All Women” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D, women artists only, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s February 2022 online group art exhibition.

This art competition had an open theme and was for women artists only. The submission process and competition for the artists began in December 2021 and concluded on January 27, 2022.

The gallery received 1,147 entries from women artists in 30 different countries from around the world, as well as from 41 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3 Dimensional Art categories.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from all the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of February 2022. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 11th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the All Women Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the All Women Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the All Women Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the All Women Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

3 Dimensional Art Category – This category contains any art which has or seeming to have length, width, and depth.  Relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material that can be used to create 3-dimensional art. Please go to the results in the  All Women Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.

 

The gallery’s competition for December 2021 was the 12th Annual “CityScapes” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D, artists, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s January 2022 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “CityScapes” theme by submitting their best abstract or representational art for this competition. The submission process and competition for the artists began in November 2021 and concluded on December 27, 2021.

The gallery received 551 entries from 22 different countries from around the world, as well as from 30 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into two media categories: Painting & Other Media and Photography & Digital Art categories.  Due to limited 3 Dimensional entries in this competition, all 3D artwork will be included in the Painting & Other Media category. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from all the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of January 2022. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the CityScapes Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the CityScapes Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other 2D and 3D media, including relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material that can be used to create 3 dimensional art.  Please go to the results in the CityScapes Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the CityScapes Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

 

It’s that time of the year again when we at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announce our “Year in Review” recap. In this annual feature we highlight and promote again the gallery’s top winning artists for the 12 individual monthly art exhibitions and any other special online art exhibitions the gallery conducted, which in 2021 included the gallery’s “555 Special” art exhibition.

In 2021, the gallery received more than 11,787+ entries for our art competitions and the following artist’s and their art are what we consider to be the best entries from our online themed exhibitions. 

The gallery received a broad array of media and artistic styles throughout the year.  We tried to showcase the various media received in our art exhibitions and we hope that you will take some time to view the various exhibitions that we have posted in our Gallery Archives.

Please enjoy reading about these extremely talented artists.

“All Women” – January 2021 – Merrilee Soberg – “The Timekeepers”

“All Women” – January 2021 – Merrilee Soberg – “The Timekeepers”After retiring from a successful career as a professional potter, Merrilee turned to photography and digital art to fill the creative void. She honed her digital art skills in Sebastian Michael's Photoshop Artistry online courses. As a result, she has been published in numerous editions of "Living the Photoartistic Life" magazine and was featured in the February 2020 edition.

In 2020, Merrilee received first place in Fusion Art's "Leaves and Petals" competition plus second overall (first place in photography division) in "Light Space & Time's" Nature competition. Many of the photos used in Merrilee's compositions were taken at home on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada or during her world travels.

She is passionate about photographing wildlife, especially birds, in their natural habitat. As she lives on the edge of a seasonal wetland, other elements of nature regularly find their way into her artistic creations. These photos combined with digital painting are the building blocks used to create inspired, unique works of art that can be beautiful, intriguing, moving and at times thought provoking. She focuses on the resilience, strength and connectedness of the human spirit.

Nature and the human form....what a magical combination.

Merrilee’s website is www.merrilee-soberg.pixels.com  

“CityScapes – February 2021 – Sandy Friedkin - "Schnippers for Lunch”

“CityScapes – February 2021 – Sandy Friedkin - "Schnippers for Lunch”Sandy received a BS Degree from Columbia U., School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced as an OTR for many years. She had training in many artistic & craft media and enjoys taking pictures and post - computer processing. Sandy was born & spent most of her life in New York City. Her family still lives in the New York Metro Area & if she has an opportunity to visit NYC, she takes her camera & goes there. These pictures were taken on one such visit.

Sandy has lived in beautiful South Florida for the past 30 years. She loves the year-round warm climate and the outdoors. There is always something of beauty to photograph, whether wild birds, wildlife, flowers & botanicals, people, architecture or Land and Seascapes. Sandy has had her photographs displayed in many juried shows, galleries, and in many homes in South Florida. She has won a number of “Best in Show”, Special Merit, and Honorable Mention Awards.

If you would like to see more of her work, visit her website: https://sandyfriedkin.smugmug.com/browse

“Abstracts” – March 2021 – Ingrid Black – “The Cosmic Eye”

“Abstracts” – March 2021 – Ingrid Black – “The Cosmic Eye”Ingrid Black is a self-taught artist who has worked with acrylics for over 35 years. Since retiring from her real estate career in 2008, she has devoted herself to art. She has had four solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions since then. Her cityscapes were very popular in the eighties. She went on to paint a series of portraits of performing artists, capturing her subjects’ energy on stage - depicting them in a surrealistic style. When she submitted her portrait of Bob Marley to the Bob Marley website in 2012, it went viral.

While she was painting portraits, she liked to paint birds and other animals, on occasion, which led to a series of bird paintings - realistic depictions of birds in settings normally associated with human beings. Also very popular, these paintings tell a story, often with humorous undertones.

She ventured into abstracts in 2016. Her fascination with texture, colour, contrast and light is evident in her abstract creations. In 2020, David Stark, Editor/Publisher of two websites, who has been involved in the music scene in London, England for many years, purchased the right to use Magical Mystery Tour, her psychedelic painting of the Beatles, for the cover of his new book, It’s All Too Much.

Ingrid Black’s work comprises a wide range of styles and subject matter - she tries something new just about every year. Not doing so would make her feel as though she is standing still. She is a member of The Lakeshore Association of Artists in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and The Society of Canadian Artists.

Ingrid’s website is www.ingridblack.com

“Figurative” – April 2021 – M. Gilmour - "Sitting. Waiting.”

“Figurative” – April 2021 – M. Gilmour - "Sitting. Waiting.”Based in Munich, Germany, Michael is a Senior Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. With no formal training in fine art (Michael's formal education is in accounting and law), Michael is a self-taught painter who has relied on practice, casual advice, books and videos to develop his painting techniques since he began painting in 2012.

Michael favours representational art with the aim of giving the viewer a high sense of realism to create the illusion of life. Michael prefers still life and figurative motives, and generally works with photographers to find natural compositions.

Michael’s website is www.gilmourfineart.com

“Botanicals” – May 2021 – Cher Pruys - "Coneflower”

“Botanicals” – May 2021 – Cher Pruys - "Coneflower”Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, watercolor and gouache.

Although self-taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 99 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non-juried shows. She has won 75 awards for her work at the International Juried Exhibits. Included in these awards, the first recipient of a major Canadian National Award, The Mary Pratt Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2014 SCA Open Juried Exhibition, The SCA 1st place award of distinction twice respectively, 2016, and 2017 at The Canada’s 150 show. The Gold Medal recipient for Figurative Painting in The Mondial Art Academia’s International 2018 Competition. The Aviation Week & Space Technology Award Best of the Best, and the ASAA Award of Distinction for the best painting in the ASAA International Space & Technology Exhibit & Competition, consecutively for 2 years. She has had 14 solo exhibits. Cher is also an avid fused glass artist, and a certified teacher of piano and guitar.

Her painting “The Bubble” had the honour of being part of the Masterworks from The International Guild of Realism Tour. She was elected to the American Society of Aviation Artists as an artist member in 1996, and eventually was elected as a Foreign Affiliate Artist Fellow, one of only two Canadians receive this honour. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 14 magazines, and has-been featured in over 50 international publications. Cher’s works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.

Cher’s artistic style can be described as Realism with a hint of Abstract in her latest works.

Cher’s website is www.artbycher.ca.

“Animals” – June 2021 – Kaz Turner - "Rise to the Bait”

“Animals” – June 2021 – Kaz Turner - "Rise to the Bait”Since a very young age, visual art has always been of great interest. Kaz began to paint and illustrate from a very early age and continued to do so as a hobby. Kaz pursued an artistic career for a short while, although circumstance led her to a change in career.

Eventually after a long break, she returned to the art world and enrolled onto a part time class at a local college. This transition intensified her eagerness to create a personal style of decorative imagery; consequently, this progressed to the foundation course in Art and Design. It was here her drawing strengths were apparent and subsequently Kaz went on to gain a BA Hons in Illustration for Children’s Publishing at Glyndwr University Wales where she experimented with a plethora of materials, and found the amazing result pastels could produce when creating a design.

As a professional wildlife artist not only does Kaz have an avid interest in animals and their welfare but her love the natural world has been the inspiration to create realistic works of art. Her aim is to capture the spirit and character of the animals she paints, paying particular attention to the assiduous detail, their energy and form. Her portraits are a true representation capturing a pet's personality.

Kaz also offers one to one tuition, at her home studio in which she enjoys helping others to improve their own painting skills. All age groups are catered to, from beginners to advanced. Commissions for pet portraits are always welcome. As a consequence, she considers it an honour and a pleasure to illustrate nature and animals in art.

Kaz’s website is www.kazturner.com

“Landscapes” – July 2021 – Barbara Mierau-Klein‏ - "Tetons Sunset”

“Landscapes” – July 2021 – Barbara Mierau-Klein‏ - "Tetons Sunset”I enjoy combining my photography skills, education in graphics, and love of painting to create mixed-media digital works of art. Using all three disciplines enables me to diversify my style. My first love will always be abstracts. I create these with more of a feeling rather than starting with a vision of the end result. As I get older, I find myself leaning toward more of a modern style of work. The less complicated feel and composition appeals to my "less is more" aesthetic. I am an optimist and generally positive person. I focus on creating art that is colorful, has movement, light and uplifting. There's enough darkness in the world, I choose "HAPPY"!

Michelle’s website is www.woitzelphotography.com

“555 Special” – July 5 – September 5, 2021 – Jon Bøe Paulsen - "Dead Ringer”

“555 Special” – July 5 – September 5, 2021 – Jon Bøe Paulsen - "Dead Ringer”Jon Bøe Paulsen’s (1958) paintings are hauntingly realistic. His impeccable skills give filmic qualities to his works. The artist studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (US) and graduated from the Norwegian State Art Academy in 1984.

His portraits tell many stories in one single image, and his dynamic between light and dark add a “carravaggistic” feel. Jon’s success as an artist was translated into various commissions, awards, and publications, including a documentary film on his life.

The artist’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Norway, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.

Jon’s website is www.artrenewal.org/Artist/Index/7440

“Open (No Theme)” – August 2021 – John H Diephouse - "Carriage for Hire”

“Open (No Theme)” – August 2021 – John H Diephouse - "Carriage for Hire”I am a primarily self-taught photographer who began exhibiting my images about fifteen years ago. I seek to share images with which I has a strong and instinctive personal connection. Images may be simply documentary, invoke a sense of time and place, or resonate as an abstract blend of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection.

My creative process follows an intuitive yet patterned path, searching for the combination of elements that produces an instinctive but undeniable connection. Most often, the images that provoke the strongest connection are those that do not produce an immediate reaction but provoke a response through repeated contact and consideration over time.

I exhibit widely and have received awards in local, regional, and national exhibitions. My photographs are also included in several corporate and private collections.

John can be reached via his email.

“Patterns” – September 2021 – Christopher Brown - "Firmament”

“Patterns” – September 2021 – Christopher Brown - "Firmament”I am a working artist with a master's degree in fine art. Included among my abstract works are wall sculptures, paintings, and drawings. I use a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials including canvas, paper, charcoal, chalk, pen, pencil, oil paint, varnish, plywood, wood, steel, and epoxy resin.

My abstract artworks are informed by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism (Surrealism in that I give the unconscious/subconscious mind considerable liberty while working and Abstract Expressionism in so much as the pieces are not rooted in, nor do they mirror or seek to translate, objective reality). The artworks exist (for the most part) independent of direct visual reference to the physical world. When a direct reference is made, via a representational image fragment or a material that comes loaded with associations, it is done to induce a sense of memory, of fading or forming thought.

Free from the tethers of objective "subject", I use color, line, shape, material, and composition as “notes” struck in dynamic, gestural ways as well as quietly and reflectively played. These “notes” occupy visual spaces that are emotive and contemplative—internal, inward-looking spaces.

My large-scale pieces are intended to envelop the viewer and immerse them as they experience the work. Through this experience, I hope that the viewer may find respite from the noise of the “real” world, a breathing space, and calm found through quiet reflection.

Christopher can be reached via his email.

“SeaScapes” – October 2021 – Laurie Snow Hein - “Sailor's Delight”

“SeaScapes” – October 2021 – Laurie Snow Hein - “Sailor's Delight”Laurie Snow Hein has been painting since first grade when she first picked up a paintbrush and watched the bright paint colors dripping down the paper. It was love at first stroke. Her parents had convinced her that it was impossible to make a career as an artist; but it was in her DNA. Both parents, brother, and grandmother were multi-talented in the arts. At age twelve she started studying with Graham Ingels, a retired illustrator, famous for “Tales from the Crypt.” Her high school teacher encouraged her to apply for a scholarship which she received from Columbus College of Art and Design. She decided to major in Industrial design to be practical. At the end of her first year, Laurie was the first freshmen at CCAD to be awarded the Katherine M. Tuttle Scholarship.

After college, she married considering art as a pass time. Six children later at age 40, she was suddenly in need of supporting her family by herself. Her strength was the arts, portrait painting primarily, so she immediately started advertising to paint portraits. Her garage was converted to a teaching studio. She took a job instructing art in all mediums, teaching at two local country clubs. When her paintings of children and animals were noticed by a national publisher, her career in art licensing and reproductions was launched. God blessed her and provided the opportunities and ability to support her family with artistic talent. Had it not been for the necessity of using her artistic abilities she would have never grown to be the artist she is today.

Working 30 years as a professional artist, teacher, licensed artist, illustrator, showing at art festival circuits, Laurie now shows primarily in Florida. Her subject is concentrated on local landscapes, beaches, botanicals, wildlife. The beauty and variety of God’s creation is all the inspiration needed when exploring the amazing world there is to enjoy. Large paintings making you feel in the moment are her forte. Although very realistic, her brushstrokes are bold, rich with colors, transparent glazing, textures, and energy. You feel like you could almost step into the painting. The pace was so fast and demanding for many years that there wasn’t time to consider entering competitions for awards. Now at 70 plus there is a focus to share her art more with her peers and enter competitions creating greater value for her many collectors.

Traveling is a passion, while she searches out the heart of locations to paint. In 2019 Laurie traveled across the US on a 90-day trip starting a new collection of plein air artworks representing our National Parks. In 2021, she created several more plein air paintings during a white-water rafting trip down the Colorado River, flanked by the majestic Grand Canyon.

Contact her directly from her website: www.laurieheinartist.com/ for originals and commissions or custom made giclee reproductions. Follow her art and videos on Instagram and Facebook and collections on Pinterest.

“Nature” – November 2021 – Carolyn Dakin - "Full Moon"

“Nature” – November 2021 – Carolyn Dakin - "Full Moon"Carolyn is a digital artist and photographer, whose art is inspired by the beautiful natural environment of the South Island of New Zealand. She spends time photographing many images, which she layers together to create painterly and timeless stories. Her work integrates themes of joy, beauty and delight, often with humorous or playful aspects.

Carolyn’s website is www.dakincarolyn.myportfolio.com

 

 

“Primary Colors” – December 2021 – John Jaster - "Boat Reflections”

“Primary Colors” – December 2021 – John Jaster - "Boat Reflections”John was born in Columbus Ohio, graduated from Ohio State and lived in Southern California for 30 years. Although John learned to draw and paint as a young boy, his degrees are in the computer science field. It wasn't until 2010, when his wife bought him a large easel and encouraged him to start painting again, that he began to take his art career seriously.

Since then John has been selected in over 130 gallery shows and juried contests, including the National Oil & Acrylic Painter's Society 2013 International On-line Exhibition and 2014 Best in America show.

John's Carousel Horse #1 was featured in the June 2014 issue the Artist's magazine Competition Spotlight, and he was featured in the 'Artists to Watch' section of the Southwest Art March 2016 edition.

John's acrylic painting have been included in AcrylicWorks Best of Acrylic Painting volumes 1-6+8 and his paintings have been voted FAV15% in Bold Brush on a number of occasions.

John’s website is www.johnjasterstudio.com

Congratulations to our Top Winning Artists for 2021 - Your Works are Magical and Stunning! Thank you.

2021 Year in Review – Our Top Winning Artists

Over the years, we have learned and seen that the artists who continually compete, who consistently show their art and who are dedicated to becoming a better and a more proficient artist, that it will be those artists who will be the most successful in their art careers.

A successful art career takes time, patience and a self-determination to succeed.  It is from the above-mentioned characteristics that the artists who have been selected to be shown through the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for this feature, The Gallery's Hot Twenty-Five 3D Artists”.

The artists were selected from our past Solo Art Exhibitions, Artist Showcase Features, as well as the winning artists from our monthly themed art exhibitions.

This list and the slideshow below are in alpha order. Here are our "The Gallery's Hot Twenty-Five 3D Artists" to keep your eye on as of this date;

Sharon Bartel Clements – “Ancient Warrior 24 – Back” - www.bartelclements.com

Dixon Bergman – “Acoustic Blues” - www.dixondoesit.com

Elizabeth Brownrigg - "Masquerade Beauty" - www.gypsypotterstudios.ca

Patricia Burns – “Zeke” – www.patburnsart.com 

Lynda Colley – “Recycled Glass and Resin with LEDs lit” - http://lyndacolley.co.uk

Sheila Fisher – “Petals from Paper” - www.instagram.com/petalsfrompaper

Thomas Hester – “Jaguar” - http://hesterstudios.com

Cara Lawson-Ball – “River Otter” - www.caralawsonball.com

Sue Majewski – “Garden - Botanical Series” - https://sumajetski.weebly.com

Dorothy McGuinness – “Three Lobe Twist” - www.dorothymcguinnessbasket.com   

Wagner McRee – “Uplifted Shimmer” - www.mcreeturnedart.com

Keith Plummer – “Prince of Tides” - http://keithplummersculptor.com

Sophia Ruppert – “Cameo” - www.sophiaruppert.com

Debra Rushfeldt – “266 Days” - www.debrarushfeldt.com

Deborah Samia – “Odalisque” – www.deborahsamia.com

Irene Sirko – “Starburst” - www.irenesirko.com

Katty Smith – “Botanical” – www.sculpturekat.com

Randall Stoner – “Not Too Bright” - www.madcarver.com 

Oceana Rain Stuart – “Eternal Bliss Bust” - www.oceanarainstuart.com

Matthew Sudlow – “Wish For More Wishes” - https://matthewsudlow.com

Gevorg Tadevosyan – “Time” - www.tadevosyan.org

David Tinsley – “Silent Sobs” - www.outinthebluecreations.com

Kelsie Ward – “Scapes” - www.kelsieward.com

Gayle Wray – “Leticia” - www.gaylewraydolls.com

Belgin Yücelen - Who Am I?” - www.belginyucelen.com
 


 

How to Photograph 3D ArtBelow are some ideas on how to photograph 3 Dimensional (3D) art for promotional purposes and/or for providing digital entries for art competitions.  This also includes ideas and tips on how to professionally photograph art installations and public art. 

If an artist were to follow these ideas when recording and presenting their 3D art, their chances of being accepted will surely increase.

At the end of this post is a link to a more detailed PDF article on this subject, along with additional ideas on how to photograph any 2D art.

This information was gratefully provided by the Visual Resources Center, of the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Art & Art History   

1.   Positioning Your Art

  • For smaller sculptural work, place your art on a flat surface with a neutral colored background
  • Don’t place your art too close to the background, give it some space
  • If your art is small enough and you want even diffused light, use a tabletop soft-box
  • If using soft-box lighting, place the lights at 45-degree angles from the art, halfway between the art and the camera, this will give even, diffused light
  • Then move around one of the lights to start creating shadows, once you have reached the desired shadow leave the light and begin shooting
  • Some pieces of art need three lights to create dimensionality.  If needed, add a third light.

2.   Camera Settings

  • Set the ISO to 100 (this will reduce “noise” in the digital image)
  • Set the camera to “aperture priority” (this will keep the aperture locked)
  • Set the aperture to f/8 or higher (this will put more of the image in focus)
  • Set the white balance if shooting in jpeg or tiff (Tungsten, Fluorescent, Daylight, Custom, etc.)
  • Set the camera to timer mode (this is to minimize camera shake)

3.   Setting up the Camera

  • Set up the camera on a tripod, make sure the tripod and camera are both level
  • Place the tripod at a distance where the art fills almost the entire view, yet you are not too close to get distortions
  • Shooting the work
  • Get the entire image in the frame with a bit of background (you will crop it out later)
  • Focus your image (manually or with autofocus)
  • Press the button and let go of the camera, the timer function will open the shutter and take the shot
  • Bracket your shot by going up and down one stop with the shutter speed
  • Leave the tripod in place in case you need to come back and shoot more images
  • Make sure to capture your piece from multiple angles if needed
  • Image editing in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, etc.

4.   Post Processing

  • Open an image in Photoshop and set the white balance
  • Save as a tiff
  • Crop the image
  • Correct any distortions if necessary
  • Adjust color and contrast if necessary
  • Zoom to 100% to check for imperfections
  • If you have the storage space, save both your tiff and RAW images
  • You can now make derivative jpegs from your tiff to match the requirements that are needed

5.   Tips for Photographing Installations

  • Shooting installations require capturing full views of the work as well as details.
  • Try shooting your full views with a wide-angle lens.  Remember that distortions can occur at the edges of a wide-angle lens, so zoom in a bit with the lens when shooting.  Always look at the image on the view-finder to see if you have noticeable distortions.
  • To capture the installation in focus you must keep your aperture closed down quite a bit.  Try using only f/16 or higher and see what your results look like.  Because you are using such a small aperture and lighting in installations are very often dim, a tripod is an absolute necessity.
  • Make sure to get shots from a variety of angles and positions.  When people walk through or into an installation they often can experience the art from many different views, make sure your photos can document that aspect of an installation.
  • Be very aware of the backgrounds that may exist within the space of the installation.  Make sure to avoid elements that may distract from the piece, or be sure to include them if they are part of the piece.
  • While most installations can be shot with the current lighting, sometimes adding additional light can be helpful to highlight a certain area. If you are supplementing the current light with a lighting-kit, be sure to position the kit so it cannot be seen in the photo.
  • Make sure to get lots of detail shots of the installation, and be sure to still use a tripod.

6.   Tips for Photographing Outdoor Buildings or Public Art

  • It is best to shoot at dusk or dawn when photographing buildings or outdoor sculpture/public art.  There are better lighting and fewer people to get in your shot.  Only photograph during the day if there is a very specific lighting reason to do so, for example, shadows are an important element.
  • Since you will be shooting in a low light situation (dusk or dawn), a tripod is absolutely necessary.
  • Be sure to get multiple shots from many angles.  And be very aware of the background of your shot.  Moving to the side one or two feet may give you a significantly better shot.
  • For larger building or public art pieces, you may need a wide angle lens.  Be sure to watch out for distortion at the edges of the frame.  Zoom in a bit or stand closer to your subject and it may help with the corner distortions.
  • Your depth of field can vary quite a bit with outdoor photography.  For large buildings where it is important to get the entire structure in focus, use a small aperture (f/22).  For isolated sculptures where you want just the sculpture in focus and the background blurry use a larger aperture (f/5.6).
  • While almost all public buildings are legal to photograph, a few are not (especially in foreign countries).  Do some research to find out if you are allowed to photograph your site of interest.
  • Be sure to bracket your shots.  You may not get another chance to come back and shoot the subject again so be sure to have a variety of exposures from each shot to choose from later.
  • Also, remember to take a shot of any kind of plaque or ID that may be posted near the building or art to help you identify it later.

Many thanks to the Visual Resources Center, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Art and Art History for proving this wonderful information.  Here is a link of a PDF file which provides more detailed information along with diagrams How to Photograph Art - University of Colorado Boulder  

Here is a related article about this subject "How to Photograph Your Art the Right Way"  

 
 

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