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Hot Shoulder — In 2009, New York artist Cindy Sibilsky uploaded one of the earliest portraits on Barebrush, Edie Sedgewick: Pop Goes the American Dream. It has been showing on the Barebrush website with little fanfare for over two years. Victim of the recession, Barebrush was severely impacted. Plans to launch new calendars for six genres: portraits, clothed people, landscapes, animals, still life and abstracts took a back-seat to merely hanging on for dear life. Art for these genres slowly trickled in from artists, some also struggling. Finally, having enough art to launch a single calendar series with all the new genres together, Barebrush founder and CEO Ilene Skeen selected the art for the first non-nude calendar, Best-of-the-Rest. Ms. Skeen notes,
Barebrush Artists have waited long enough. I’ve waited long enough. It’s time to take control. Nothing could be better from Barebrush and Barebrush artists than a hot shoulder and defiant attitude toward the gloom and doom of the country. It’s time for a positive springboard to the future, in which nude and non-nude artworks are easy for artists to show and viewers to enjoy. Soon these works (both originals and prints) will be available for sale directly from the Barebrush website.
Portraits and clothed people predominate in this calendar. Long-time Barebrush Featured Artist, Jean Marcellino of New York shows off her solid technique and composition with a brutally rigorous oil painting, Reclining Robert. Jacqui Morgan, also a Barebrush Featured Artist from New York presents two accomplished watercolors: Julie & Dirty Having Fun and Eternal vs Fleeting. Still another New York artist, Jon Rettich, shows a delightful drawing, Tank Happy and a ringing endorsement of the New York art-making locale, with Spring Studio which he describes as “Best studio ever.” Participating from afar are Robert Nizamov from Moscow, Russia with two landscapes, Boats and City, Featured Artist Roger Cummiskey from Malaga, Spain (and sometimes Ireland) with Joyce the Pluralist, Featured Artist Chuck Miller of Corsicana, TX with an oil of his wife sleeping, entitled Sunday Afternoon and Featured Artist Jacqueline Saunders from Burke, VA with a series of watercolor heads called Band of Brothers.
Two artists are making their calendar debut: Jeff Caramagna from Beacon, NY and Justin Austin from Graham, NC.
To round out the thirty artworks in the first-ever Best-of-the-Rest, New York artist Geoffrey Stein ends the month with the dean of double-speak, Alan Greenspan, in a collage portrait featuring a well-deserved paper “black-eye.”
The 30 artists represented in November, 2011, in day order are:
1 Cindy Sibilsky, 2 Justin Austin, 3 Cynthia Angeles, 4 Damian Huntley, 5 Jeff Caramagna, 6 Jean Marcellino, 7 Will Ellis, 8 Ione Citrin, 9 Guadalupe Herrera, 10 Jon Rettich, 11 Chuck Miller, 12 Tai Lin, 13 Jacqueline Saunders, 14 Pacifico Palumbo, 15 Roger Cummiskey, 16 Brian Crede, 17 Robert Nizamov, 18 Jon Rettich, 19 Hannah Davis, 20 Bruce Erikson, 21 BlindWolf Photography, T. F. McDonald, 22 Jacqui Morgan, 23 Penelope Przekop, 24 A. Galban, 25 Terry Tayler, 26 Jacqui Morgan, 27 Gil Conradis, 28 Haydee Torres, 29 Robert Nizamov, 30 Geoffrey Stein.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings for each artwork included in this calendar.
Viewers can also vote for “The People's Choice,”
a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in The People's Choice win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced December 1st.
The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks which have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.
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