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Forward Visions—When they write the book on 2011, it will go down in history as one of the toughest for hope. On every level and in every venue, hope was thwarted. What began with great promise, ended with resignation and relief. Just to survive 2011 with spirit and determination in tact feels like an accomplishment. Perhaps that is why Joyce Pommer, founder and director of Franklin 54 Gallery + Projects chose Blue Girl by Rebecca Venn, to be the Curators’ Choice nominee to start the year. Venn’s strong color pencil nude portrait looks to the past, serious and tense. We know it was a grim year, and so does she. In fact the days of January reveal a story. On Monday, January 2, Breathless, an oil by Philip Gladstone (making his Barebrush calendar debut), is curled up in contemplation, maybe mustering strength to go on. On Tuesday, January 3, C-3, also an oil, by Tom Morgan is facing the new year, still serious, head downcast. On Wednesday, January 4, we find Personal Space I, yet another oil, by Christian Beels, looking forward, mustering strength. On Thursday, January 5, we see Into the Light, a mixed media piece by Terry Hinkle, facing straight at us, but looking inward. Will we ever face the new year fair and square with eyes open and happy?
Yes! Just maybe not much in January. Ms. Pommer chose most of the art of January and her other Curators’ Choice picks in a similar somber vein. On January 12, we see Waiting for Spring, a contemplative charcoal/carbon drawing (retiring with this calendar) by Robin Kappy. On the 14th, L’ Autre Bout Du Monde, an oil by Bruce Erikson, imagines us far away in space or maybe time. On the 17th, Frozen, a charcoal/carbon and pastel piece by Tim Woodhouse, sums up. Then, on January 27th, Red Venus, an oil by Hannah Davis, open and defiant, faces the old year square on, demanding closure.
Your browser should have “alt” text turned on, to see each title and artist pop up as your cursor moves over the thumbnails on the calendar page. When you click on a thumbnail, you will link to the detail page for that art—the display of the Barebrush provenance, the color/value profile, the descriptive information and the artist’s contact info.
Four other artworks are also retiring, having been in three calendars: Study for “Art is Long” by Janet A. Cook, Damaged Orchid by Tai Lin, Christine Reclining by Tim Brian McSweeney and Sunday Rebecca by Bill Teitsworth, NWS, chosen in fact by Ms. Pommer to start last January, mentioning at that time, “She has so much hope and light about her, which we could use....”
The 31 artists represented in January, 2012, in day order are:
1* Rebecca Venn, 2 Philip Gladstone, 3 Tom Morgan, 4 Christian Beels, 5 Terry Hinkle, 6 Donelli J. DiMaria, 7 Jon Rettich, 8 Jean Marcellino, 9 Elinore Bucholtz, 10 Tracey Padron, 11 Malcolm McCoull, 12* Robin Kappy, 13 Ione Citrin, 14* Bruce Erikson, 15 Tim Brian McSweeney, 16 Jacqueline Saunders, 17* Tim Woodhouse, 18 Betsy Podlach, 19 Vaughn Butland, 20 Christopher Smith, 21 Tina Johnston, 22 Bill Teitsworth, NWS, 23 Haydee Torres, 24 Penelope Przekop, 25 Susan (SZN) Kraft, 26 David Schulz, 27* Hannah Davis, 28 Profile Deleted, 29 Chuck Miller, 30 Janet A. Cook, 31 Tai Lin.
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.
Viewers can also vote for “My Favorite N*de,”
a poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artworks in My Favorite N*
de win one (1) complementary listing for their artists. Winners announced February 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