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Summer Marathon: Going the Distance— In the summer of 2011, selecting the artwork for the July and August calendars meant choosing 62 artworks from among 1,100 entries. Just a year later, Robert W. Pillsbury, artist, teacher and First Vice President of the Salmagundi Club, accepted the challenge of selecting art for a total of six calendars, (three each from July and August). In all, he selected 189 artworks from a field of 1,300 entries— nudes, photography nudes and other genres. His efforts, care and concerns alone were worthy of the headline title.
Here in the August N*des-of-the-Month, we see the full force of energy and exhaustion. Mr. Pillsbury choose a dramatic epitome of exhaustion, Mucha Model by Gil Conradis of Florida to launch the month. The work in oil is based on a photograph by Czech Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). Mr. Pillsbury selected four other Curators’ Choice nominees: the arresting sculpture, A Really Awkward Situation by Kasper Holten of Copenhagen, Denmark; a Greek theme in a modern interpretation, Falling with Phaethon’s Horses, an oil by Janet A. Cook of New York; a commanding pastel, Sennelier Barbara by Jean Marcellino, also of New York; and the delightful Colored Sketch by Sam Martine of Long Island, NY.
Seven artworks are retiring, having now been selected for three calendars: Back Portrait, an oil by Gary Paul Stutler of California; a watercolor, From Life No.28 by Vaughn Butland of Canada; two mixed-media pieces, STUDY 17 by William Thierfelder of New York and Within these Walls Series (I) by Victoria Coyle of South Wales, UK; a drawing, Colored Sketch by Sam Martine, previously mentioned; the mysterious graphite on black paper drawing, Leaning Nude by Hannah Davis of Brooklyn; and Melissa’s Choice by Darryl King of Florida. The Barebrush “retirement” program is designed to keep the Barebrush artists “on their toes” and the Barebrush contests fresh and lively for the art-viewing public.
August 2012 marks the completion of six years of monthly calendars. The Barebrush online calendar total is 92; 72 N*des-of-the-Month calendars, plus 20 calendars representing PhotoArt Nudes and Best-of-the-Rest. A total of 1,713 artworks of the nude have gained curatorial recognition and are permanently part of the archives of Barebrush. In addition, 196 artworks from the six other genres are in the Best-of-the-Rest calendars. In all, work by 296 artists world-wide is permanently part of the Barebrush website. Barebrush founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen, had this comment:
It is important to note that not all art submitted gets into a Barebrush calendar. In total, over 400 artists have submitted well over 5,000 works to the Barebrush website. Only 1,909 are permanently on the Barebrush website as of August 2012.
As year number six draws to a close, I’m pleased to report that this unique validation concept, and the calendar-based structure of Barebrush is helping us to hold our own in this challenging business environment. The big upgrade to e-commerce is almost complete. My thanks once again to all the curators and the artists who continue to make Barebrush the place to find excellence in contemporary art. The 31 artists represented in August, 2012, in day order are:
1* Gil Conradis, 2 Lynne Levin, 3 Pacifico Palumbo, 4 Hannah Davis, 5 Darryl King, 6 Ellen Wahl, 7 Jacqueline Saunders, 8 Gary Paul Stutler, 9 Joe Moroni, 10 Guadalupe Herrera, 11* Kasper Holten, 12 Victoria Coyle, 13 Sandy Ryan, 14 Damian Huntley, 15* Janet A. Cook, 16 William Jobling, 17 Jennie Rosenbaum, 18 Mark Behme, 19 Jeremy Holton, 20 Chanit Roston, 21* Jean Marcellino, 22 Merrill Brace, 23 Vaughn Butland, 24 William Thierfelder, 25 Desiree Rose, 26 Tom Morgan, 27 Chuck Miller, 28 Donna Cleary, 29* Sam Martine, 30 Stephanie Fuller, 31 Ilene Skeen.
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 September 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