Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Judith M Orcutt 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.

Judy is an award-winning artist based in Savannah, Georgia, USA. Judy was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 22nd Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

Judy Orcutt is a photographer from York, Pennsylvania. It is a lovely scenic area surrounded by Pennsylvania Dutch influence and rural beauty. She is a mainly self-taught artist. She has had art experience in calligraphy, pressed flower art, encaustics, and cold wax art. Her photography experience has been in the studio and with landscape work. Her delight is in photographing flowers and she has specialized in scanography which is what she is submitting here.

The flatbed scanner gives high resolution detail and consistent light and depth of field and shows great detail. It almost creates a 3D look. She finds this to be dramatic and enticing. She combines different botanicals and when the image is completed, there is an intense period of cleaning it up in PhotoShop as there is much debris. Her work is currently hanging in the Penn State Medical Health Hospital in Lancaster, Pa. Her work is also in many private collections. She now lives in Savannah, Georgia where coastal photography is calling her.

All of her art comes from the heart. She is a 25-year breast cancer survivor!!

Artist Statement

I fell in love with plants and botany when I studied them in Pharmacy School. The intricacies in design and the beautiful colors and the interactions with insects have fascinated me. Of course, the sheer beauty; and the gift we have been given fills my heart. I want to capture that to the best of my abilities. I have found that scanography (using the flatbed scanner as if it were my camera) is the best tool for me to accomplish this. The depth of field is shallow and that gives exquisite detail. It is almost as if the flower were in 3 dimensions. I hope you love my flowers as much as I do!

Judy’s website is www.quilligraphy.com.

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The gallery’s competition for March 2022 was the 12th Annual “Botanicals” 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 April 2022 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Botanicals” theme by submitting their best abstract and/or representational art for this competition. The submission process and competition for the artists began in February 2022 and concluded on March 27, 2022.

The gallery received 784 entries from 22 different countries from around the world, as well as from 33 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 April 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 “Botanicals” 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 Top 10 Winning Artists & Artworks

Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category to read about each of these artists.

 

Top 15 Painting & Other Media Winning Artists & Artworks

To see all the Painting & Other Media artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

 

Top 15 Photography & Digital Winning Artists & Artworks

To see all the Photography & Digital artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

 

Top 5 3 Dimensional Winning Artists & Artworks

To see all the 3 Dimensional artwork accepted into this exhibition, please visit the Botanicals Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art 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. To view these artists and artwork, please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Kong Ho 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.

Kong is an award-winning artist based in the Pennsylvania, USA who specializes in representational-imaginative floral-spiral paintings. Kong was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 20th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

Kong Ho utilizes his bicultural background as a teaching artist and muralist professionally trained in both Chinese and Western visual art to teach and practice art. Currently, Ho is a full-time artist and muralist based in Pennsylvania. He earned a M.F.A. in painting and drawing at Texas Tech University in 1994. Since then, he taught as art professor and practicing artist at several universities, including USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, University of Southern California and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Brunei Darussalam, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Hong Kong Baptist University, and University of Hong Kong. Ho has received several fellowships, including Visiting Research Fellowship; Fulbright U.S. Scholarship, taught mural painting at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, for 5 months; VSA Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship; Hong Kong Baptist University Fellowship; Sasakawa Fellowship; International VSA arts Festival Fellowship; and Fellowship for Artistic Development. Always looking for new opportunities to inform the public of the educational and cultural value of community murals, he founded the Hong Kong Mural Society in 1997. After that, he has organized and painted numerous school and community murals in the past 23 years.

In addition to his mural art, his representational-imaginative paintings have been exhibited in 16 solo exhibitions and more than 120 international and national exhibitions including United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Hong Kong. His art work has been exhibited in venues such as the United Nations Headquarters, Chelsea Art Museum and American Council for the Arts Exhibition Space in New York City; World Bank Art Gallery and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC; the US Ambassadors' Residences in Macedonia; Clymer Museum and Gallery in Washington; Amarillo Museum of Art and Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Texas; Fine Arts Museums in New Mexico; Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg; San Diego Museum of Art and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in California; Sunny Art Center in London; Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Canada; Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin; Atelier Montez in Rome; National Academy of Art and New Bulgarian University in Bulgaria; Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and Peking Museum of Art in China, Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, National Institute of Education Art Gallery in Singapore, Poh-Chang Academy of Arts in Thailand, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art in Hong Kong. Moreover, Ho has participated in several residency programs, including Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts in Canada, Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, Bethany Arts Community in New York, Soaring Gardens in Pennsylvania, I-Park in Connecticut and British Council in Hong Kong.

His research in community murals and transcendental paintings led to the publishing of his two books, Larger Than Life: Mural Dreamscapes and A Stroke in Time: An Artist's Memoir of Kong Ho in 2016. Moreover, his research papers have been presented in 38 conferences and published in 10 peer-reviewed journals and 12 conference proceedings, such as Teaching Artist Journal, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, History Research, Journal of Art and Design, The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities Official Conference Proceedings, Arts Education Conference Proceedings, and The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology. Moreover, his work has been reviewed in Studio Visit, Vol. 19, 2012; Direct Art, Vol. 18, 2011; New Art International, Vol. 14, 2010; United States Embassy Skopje – ART in Embassies Program, 2006; Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest, 2006; Asian Art News, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004 and The New Art Examiner, 21 No. 5, 1994 and Art in America, Feb. 1994.

Artist Statement

Sumptuously painted in a technique consisting of free-flowing wave-like patterns held in check by subtly controlled washes of glaze and exacting trompe l'oeil floras and shells, my floral and nautilus paintings exemplify the theme and style indicative of my ongoing body of work, the "Luminosity Series."

In my recent series, I have created an asymmetrical composition by off-setting the circular shapes of the primary spiral of the nautilus shell and the floral images against the angular edges of the squared off canvas. Further interest is added to the composition through the articulation of the nautilus shell's segments and the structure of natural flora. I achieve a feeling of dramatic motion by obliterating portions of my ornately patterned objects by merging them with a background of sweeping ribbons, rippling draping, folding petal veins, floating seashells, and dancing stripes. My composition is supported by a dense spatial field of interpreted interactions of forms and patterns found in nature. These patterns include repetitive clusters of meandering lines and portioned color filled areas that suggest ambiguous space. Rhythmic movement is created from a simultaneous saturation and pastel dissolution of the aforementioned contrasting colors within the pictorial space. A sense of fundamental transformation for which no beginning and end can be discovered evolves from this body of work. Contrasting colors with meandering lines, and precisely rendered floral images and improvised random patterns, add to the feeling of engagement with rather than separation from my life experience of Eastern and Western cultures and transcendental belief in Zen Buddhism. Through my art, I try to explore traditionally popular garden flowers in a contemporary context. By bridging the gap of tradition and contemporariness, I connect the opposing aesthetics of the celebrated garden flowers with the transcendental world of spirituality. My Luminosity Series is classic in some respects because it pays homage to traditional floral still lives. The ambiguous space settings of my floral and nautilus painting is a departure from realism because the space depicted is abstract or non-representational. The ambiguous space creates the transcendental or spiritual illusion that is a vital expression in my work.

The distinctive palette of my Luminosity Series is about new sensory experience mingled with nostalgia for familiar one. No matter where I have relocated to in the past, the local plants and flowers always bring back old memories or pangs of yearning in my heart. Nostalgia is more powerful than memory alone. The shades of blue and magenta, like Yin and Yang, help to capture the timeless and transitory moments of my life’s journey. I believe that incredibly delicate and complex plant blooms display not only the beauty of nature but also the transcendental longing of humanity for a world beyond this one. The motivation behind my floral and nautilus paintings is to hold on to the essence of the transitional feeling, memory, time and space of an ephemeral moment. In the Zen Buddhist sense, daily life experience is unique in itself. It is essential to live in a moment of my daily life. It may seem contradictory to try to rematerialize what is already gone, but a part of the large historical rational behind humankind’s reasons for making art seems to favor into this endeavor. The beauty of a short-lived flower evokes a melancholic sense of transience of life and leaves a memory trace that speaks to me about the inevitable processes of change. My art embodies the experience of transition, a sense of the bitter-sweet—of the time in-between—a feeling of the loss for a past that is left behind, and the excitement of new connection in the future.

Kong’s website is www.kongho.com.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that BeeHoon Lim 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.

BeeHoon is an award-winning artist based in Malaysia. BeeHoon was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 19th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

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

Artist Biography

BeeHoon Lim is a self-taught artist, retired teacher, mother and grandmother with a history of passion for art. Denied of the opportunity to pursue this love due to finances, work career, marriage and caring for her children, she finally got time upon retirement to indulge in this passion. Now she devotes her time creating works of art and craft. It is never too late to achieve one's dream. She wants to inspire and share with all her genuine works of art.

Artist Statement

A significant feature in my paintings is FLOW. I love to demonstrate a FLOW in everything I draw. Each flow tells a story. Drawn with intention, each smooth and graceful twist and turn leads to a certain direction. This is to tell the viewers that the flow that we choose to follow always ends with a mission. Either we achieve the aim we want or we let it continue until it meets its fate. I compare this flow in my paintings to our journey through Life. Life ahead is unpredictable, a mystery and when one sails through, one meets challenges. We have the option to maneuver our way through and let it flow in a positive direction. Adding flow to my paintings give a softening effect to whatever I draw, erasing the harsh lines and edges. When my paintings are hung on the wall, it never fails to soften the hard walls behind bringing forth a calm and soothing effect to the area.

BeeHoon can be reached via her Email.

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