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Focus, attitude, risk, skill: these are the terms most used by barebrush guest curator, artist Robert W. Pillsbury, as he selected thirty one artists from among the 48 who entered. Bob reviewed a record 541 pieces, looking at everything. “I like to do a deep dive,” he said. “Everything needs to be looked at.”
Bob consistently opted for the riskier, edgier pieces and had a lot of comments. Of Jen Mazza, he said, “I want to see more of her work on barebrush.” He continued, emphasizing, “She needs to put up more work. If Philip Pearlstein could paint with as much emotion as Jen Mazza, I'd like his paintings better.” Bob called Jacqui Morgan’s Allen, “thrilling” and Jon Reddich’s Richard HC “powerful.” He said that the work by Serge Lis was like looking at Magritte as a photographer. He called Ruth Butler’s photograph, Between Venus and Uranus “painterly,” and Tim Woodhouse’s drawing, Random Pandemonium 1 “suggestive rather than literal”. He considered Donna Cleary (Erased) and Lucinda Luvaas (Flying over City) as pushing their media. He enjoyed selecting Jean Marcellino (Looking at the Bright Side), Guenter Knop (The Call), Joe Mays (Curcuitboard Jungle #84), Trisha Lambi (Flamenco Dancer Diptych) and called them “risky.” With Francien Krieg (Man’s Point of View) and Charles Schindler (Strength of a Woman), he was speechless, and then finally said “I didn't realize you had anything like this out here, wow.”
“I am immensely grateful to Bob for the thorough review of all the artworks and I am proud of this calendar and the caliber of the artists barebrush is attracting,” says CEO Ilene Skeen, “Bob dove deeply into the process, as he intended, and had a few words for almost every artist he reviewed. and I believe this calendar is one of the strongest we've ever had. I feel that the calendar itself is emphasizing Bob’s four key tenets: focus, attitude, risk, skill. You won't find a better small show of this genre anywhere.”The 31 artworks represented in May, 2008, in day order are by: 1* Name Withdrawn, 2* Francien Krieg, 3 John Luce Lockett, 4 Kathy Ostman-Magnusen , 5 Charles Schindler, 6 Mollie Kellogg, 7 Trisha Lambi, 8 Kasper Holten, 9 Judith Araujo-Volkmann, 10 Dan McCormack, 11* Donelli J. DiMaria, 12 Suhas Tavkar, 13 Chanit Roston, 14* Jean Marcellino, 15 Serge Lis, 16 R. Butler, 17 Donna Cleary, 18 Joseph Mays, 19* Jon Rettich, 20 Ilene Skeen, 21 Frank Olesen, 22 Haydee Torres, 23 Harvey Mercadoocasio, 24 Jacqui Morgan, 25 Tim Woodhouse, 26 Randy Thurman, 27 Sara Swan, 28 Richard Rabkin, 29 Lucinda Luvaas, 30 Guenter Knop, 31 David Moreschi.
*Curators' Choice nominee. Nominees for the N*de-of-the-Month were selected by the guest curator as Curator's Choice. All barebrush curators have an opportunity to rank the Curator's Choice in their own special poll. Winners determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular votes.