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February Transcendent—Guest curator, David Reuss, is an artist, illustrator and teacher, as well as active board member of the Salmagundi Club and the Society of Illustrators in New York City. His personal statement for Barebrush artists in the call for entries for February matched his robust stature. He had written:
Strength is what appeals mostly to me in art. The work can be any medium, style, subject or size. However in the end the work must have power.
There was a lot of work to review. In the N*des-of-the-Month contest, competition being stiff, only one artwork per artist would be selected. Thus, in large part it was an elimination process. As Mr. Reuss clicked through the pieces, he would say, almost to himself, “This one is the strongest.” In many cases, he clicked back and forth between several in the artist’s display before he made his decision.
Reuss especially favored “conceptual pieces” in which the artist has “taken on a larger task,” adding a narrative or allegory, thus not only presenting the nude done well but “saying something, [in effect], transcendent.” Appropriately, he chose Daniel Maidman’s large oil, The Black and White War as the Curators’ Choice nominee to launch February. Reuss’ other Curators’ Choice nominees are the bare-breasted watercolor by Jacqui Morgan, Gloves, Girdle and Stockings (“Is this nude? Nude enough!”), Leah on Thursday a charcoal/carbon drawing by Jean Marcellino; a watercolor, Terra with a Twist, by Jacqueline Saunders; and the color-pencil drawing, Kelsey Resting by Tracey Padron, Padron’s drawing is retiring with this calendar, its third.
The Barebrush art retirement policy encourages professionalism. True professional artists keep their online galleries in top shape for the on-going calendar contests, always bringing in their strongest new work as older work is retired or their oeuvre strengthens and their display can be bettered. Thus the incentive to show only their very best work is high and kept high. To date over 150 artworks have been retired from competitions. All retired art is still visible in the Barebrush Archives in the calendars for which they were chosen. For Barebrush Featured Artists, the artworks appear on their Featured Artist pages and also in the Barebrush Honors page in the Art Calendars Menu.
Other artworks retiring with this calendar are: an oil painting, Figure On The Beach by David Michael Hollander; Red Hat #4, also an oil, by Donelli J. DiMaria; and an illustration in ink, Adrianna by Stephanie Fuller. In terms of what is new, February debuts twelve new artworks appearing for the first time, two from artists making their Barebrush calendar debut, Barrie Ripin from Bethesda, MD and Joy Becker from Tenafly, NJ, and ten artworks from Barebrush veterans.
The 29 artists represented in February, 2012, in day order are:
1* Profile Deleted, 2 Terry Hinkle, 3 Barrie Ripin, 4 Janet A. Cook, 5* Jacqui Morgan, 6 Hector Olvera, Etor, 7 Robin Kappy, 8 Bill Foote, 9 David Schulz, 10 Philip Gladstone, 11* Jean Marcellino, 12 Christopher Smith, 13 Bruce Erikson, 14 Lynne Levin, 15 Name Withdrawn, 16 Tai Lin, 17 Joy Becker, 18 Paul Rybarczyk, 19 Chanit Roston, 20 Gary Paul Stutler, 21 David Michael Hollander, 22 Victoria Coyle, 23 Vaughn Butland, 24 Sara Swan, 25* Jacqueline Saunders, 26 Alex Knowlton, 27* Tracey Padron, 28 Donelli J. DiMaria, 29 Stephanie Fuller.
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 March 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