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Going with the Flow— Margot Luftig, former long-time director of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show in New York City, and member of the Salmagundi Club, has an experienced eye, a quick business mind and a love for all types of art. In the initial pass through the art submitted for the May 2011 calendar, Ms. Luftig selected 49 pieces, and then had a devil of a time eliminating down to the final 31 for May. “Ain’t easy,” she quipped. At the end, she was satisfied that her selection showed variety and interest. Later she said, “I wonder, but you know, you can’t second guess yourself; it just has to be what it is.”
Barebrush founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen, noted that despite Ms. Luftig’s trepidations, or maybe because she chose so carefully, “The flow of the images across the days of the May 2011 calendar seems very satisfying. Each thumbnail fills its space inviting us to look at the art more closely.”
The May calendar includes two pieces being retired: Full Spectrum by Chanit Roston and All Curled Up by Jacqui Morgan. Both of these New York artists are Featured Artists at Barebrush.com and these particular artworks have been chosen by three curators, so they are officially “retired with honors” from the art calendar competitions.
Five artists are making their calendar debut, including Pacifico Palumbo with Golden Delight, Barebrush’s first-ever neon nude. The other four are: A. D. Cook with Twilight, Joe Moroni with Barbra, Thom Peters with Gause, and Chuck Miller who debuts as Curators’ Choice nominee, launching the month with Beauty is in the Eye.... Ms. Luftig especially admired his skill with the anatomy, finish and placement of the art, and she mentioned that it reminded her of Jennie Saville or Lucien Freud.
Four Barebrush veterans round out the Curators’ Choice nominees. Ms. Luftig was intrigued by by Merrill Brace’s Quiet, citing Alice Neel as her reference. She was interested in the composition and the depth of The Long Hallway by photographer Peter King. Donelli DiMaria’s bright oil painting, Persian Rug #3, reminded her of Matisse, and Phenomenal by Anthony Gordon was interesting for its unusual use of words with the image.
The 31 artists represented in May, 2011, in day order are:
1* Chuck Miller, 2 Jon Rettich, 3 Joe Moroni, 4 Stephanie Fuller, 5 Pacifico Palumbo, 6 Cynthia Angeles, 7 Jean Marcellino, 8* Merrill Brace, 9 Sam Martine, 10 Thom Peters, 11 Chanit Roston, 12 Mollie Kellogg, 13 Roger Cummiskey, 14 Robin Kappy, 15 Jeremy Holton, 16 John Luce Lockett, 17 Carmiah Frank, 18* Peter Wong King, 19 Dan McCormack, 20* Donelli J. DiMaria, 21 Name Withdrawn, 22 Cindy Sibilsky, 23* Anthony Gordon, 24 Alex Knowlton, 25 Profile Deleted, 26 Hannah Davis, 27 Gary Paul Stutler, 28 Jacqui Morgan, 29 Ilene Skeen, 30 Tai Lin, 31 Janet A. Cook.
Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*
), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists receive additional prizes. You can also vote for “My Favorite N*
de,” the poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artists in “My Favorite N*
de” receive one (1) complementary listing. Winners announced June 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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*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.