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Hope and Light—In the afternoon quiet, the library of the Salmagundi Club in New York City is a great place to look at art. Barebrush guest curator, Joyce Pommer, owner and director of Franklin 54 Gallery, carefully selected the 31 artworks to launch 2011. The project: Art of the Nude from Barebrush.com. The title: N*des-of-the-Month January 2011. The result: An international calendar art show, unique to Barebrush, with one artwork for each day of January. The artwork for January: photography, painting, drawing, mixed media by artists local to New York as well as those from further afield—Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, California, Mexico, Panama, England and Australia. Three artworks have earned retirement, having now been in three calendars, selected by three different guest curators. Eight pieces are making their second appearance in a Barebrush calendar display, and 20 are appearing in the calendars for the first time, including five artists making their Barebrush calendar debut: Alan Appel, Gene Azzam, Norman Darvie, Hannah Davis and Robin Kappy.
Ms. Pommer commented on the five pieces she selected as Curators’ Choice nominees. She was intrigued by the playing with light in “Sunrise, Discarded” by Joseph Mays. “The light across the body is an interesting visual effect,” she stated. Pommer also admired “December Night” by Robin Kappy, saying “This is really just beautiful—the mood from the soft technique fits the mood of the figure.” About “We Two” by Michael Seif, Pommer noted, “The water figures have a very interesting energy. It becomes abstractive.” For “Regal Maria” by Jean Marcellino, Ms. Pommer noted, “She named it perfectly — it is a regal portrait. The pose is very stately.” Ms. Pommer selected “Sunday Rebecca” by Bill Teitsworth, NWS as January 1, 2011, launching the year in the spirit of hope and light. “She is adorable,” Ms. Pommer mused. “The painting is lush, the light is beautiful, it all fits together.” Then she continued, “She has so much hope and light about her, which we could use....”The 31 artists represented in January, 2011, in day order are: 1* Bill Teitsworth, NWS, 2 Norman Darvie, 3* Jean Marcellino, 4 Janet A. Cook, 5 Darien Bird, 6 Chanit Roston, 7 Hannah Davis, 8 Jacqui Morgan, 9 Victoria Coyle, 10 Harald Grote, 11* Robin Kappy, 12 Penelope Przekop, 13 Tim Brian McSweeney, 14 Kelly Croisdale, 15 Jeremy Holton, 16 Hector Olvera, Etor, 17 Tai Lin, 18* Michael Seif, 19 Guenter Knop, 20 Emily Stedman, 21* Joseph Mays, 22 Tony Lee, 23 Alan Appel, 24 C. Charles Wang, 25 Mollie Kellogg, 26 Mary Ann Martinez, 27 Geoffrey Stein, 28 Cynthia Angeles, 29 Gene Azzam, 30 Alex Knowlton, 31 Ilene Skeen.
*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.