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Summer Marathon: In Your Face — To accommodate the summer schedule, Barebrush guest curator, Robert W. Pillsbury, artist, teacher and First Vice President of the Salmagundi Club selected the art for July and August.
Mr. Pillsbury is no stranger to Barebrush, having selected the art for the May 2008. That calendar caused a controversy and our long-time pr firm was forced by an irate advertiser to drop Barebrush as a client because of the nude artwork for May 2, 2008. Interested viewers can still find it (and all previous Barebrush calendars) in the Barebrush history archives. And what did Barebrush and Barebrush artists do when this happened? We all laughed and kept going! True to his vision, Mr. Pillsbury’s selections for July 2012 have that same confident and defiant attitude.
When asked to provide a personal statement for the art selection, Mr. Pillsbury had said:
My work reflects an ongoing process of seeing and focusing on the relationship between conscious and unconscious
observations.... In selecting the art for Barebrush, I will be looking to find the the essence of the idea, never restrained by
process, subject nor media.
Mr. Pillsbury chose an oil painting, The Woman, by Connecticut artist, David Schulz to start the month of July. “She’s out there,” he said. Mr. Pillsbury’s other Curator’s Choice nominees are: the strong pastel, State of Mind, by Tai Lin of New Jersey; an intriguing mixed media piece, In To The Light, by Terry Hinkle of St. Louis, MO. (“I like the effect of the blue on the black; it pops,” he said); an oil, Absent Friends, by Brooklyn artist, Daniel Maidman (“Tremendous and impressive”); and a watercolor, Head in Hands, by Roberta Goschke of Waldoboro, ME. "I like the looseness and authority,” he commented.
Two artists are making their Barebrush calendar debut in July: Roberta Goschke of Waldoboro, ME and Lauren Rinaldi of Philadelphia, PA.
Four artworks are retiring with this calendar, having been selected for three calendars under our unique retirement program which is designed to keep the Barebrush contests fresh and lively for the art-viewing public. The artworks which are retiring are: Be Alive by Taehyub Lee; Eric by Bill Foote; Honey Bee reenacted with bunny slippers by Gretchen Mahnkopf; and Primal 1 by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen.
Barebrush is an international monthly art competition with Barebrush artists from 37 states and 25 countries. In addition to the localities already mentioned above, artists in this calendar come from California, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Canada and Croatia.
The 31 artists represented in July, 2012, in day order are:
1* David Schulz, 2 Bruce Erikson, 3 David Michael Hollander, 4 Damir May, 5 Tracey Padron, 6 Elinore Bucholtz, 7 Rebecca Venn, 8* Tai Lin, 9 Geoffrey Stein, 10 Paul Rybarczyk, 11 Angelique Moselle Price, 12 Taehyub Lee, 13 C. Charles Wang, 14 Christopher Smith, 15 Svetlana Kanyo, 16* Terry Hinkle, 17 Dan Simoneau, ISAP, 18 Brian Crede, 19 Lauren Rinaldi, 20 Michael Apice, 21* Profile Deleted, 22 Justin Austin, 23 Robin Kappy, 24 Tim Woodhouse, 25* Roberta Goschke, 26 Joy Becker, 27 Bill Foote, 28 gretchen mahnkopf, 29 Kathy Ostman-Magnusen, 30 Bill Teitsworth, NWS, 31 Jacqui Morgan.
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 August 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 that 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