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"You Want Me" by Tracey Padron
November 2016 — BAREBRUSH presents N*des-of-the-Month for November 2016. Barebrush offers the best nude art gallery and nude art contest, online since 2006. A total of 918 artworks were entered by 81 artists world-wide. Barebrush guest curator, David Masello, Art writer & editor, selected the art and chose the Curators’ Choice nominees. A total of 30 artists represent the 30 artworks for the 30 days in November. Five of the artworks were selected as nominees for the Curators’ Choice awards. Winners will be determined based on voting by the curators. Viewers can see the N*des-of-the-Month calendar on the website.

The 30 artists for November 2016 are: 1* Tracey Padron, 2 Richard Bulman, 3 Richard White, 4 Patricia McDermond, 5 Linda Streicher, 6 William Thierfelder, 7 Jean Marcellino, 8 Seonyoung Kim, 9 Sandy Ryan, 10 Robert Markey, 11 Tom Morgan, 12* Ilene Skeen, 13 Darlene Kuhne, 14 Pacifico Palumbo, 15 Lynne Levin, 16* Penelope Przekop, 17 Guadalupe Herrera, 18 Peggy Dean, 19 Dennis Young, 20* Chanit Roston, 21 Peter Millward, 22 Jeanne Sisson, 23 Elizabeth Sowell-Zak, 24 Damir May, 25 Marie-Paule Martin, 26 Chuck Miller, 27 Dan Simoneau, ISAP, 28* Emily Stedman, 29 Gary Paul Stutler, 30 Michael Hennessy.

About the November 2016 Calendar

"Its Here Somewhere...." by Ilene Skeen
Sala Reservada, part I -- Guest curator, David Masello, writes about art and culture. He is executive editor of Milieu, a national print magazine about interior design and architecture. He has written scores of essays and features for the New York Times, Fine Art Connoisseur, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Boston Globe, Cottages & Gardens, and numerous other national periodicals and literary journals. Mr. Masello added some curatorial notes about his selections:

It was an eerie coincidence, but when I got the call to curate this show, I was researching a phenomenon in 17th-century Spain called the sala reservada, referring to secretive rooms reserved in royal palaces and grand houses where nude works could be seen in private. A show at the Clark Art Institute of nudes from the Prado elicited this interest in finding out more about such places. I chose images here that were unabashedly erotic, but also ones that are more suggestive than overt.

I always feel that with nudes, suggestion can be far more powerful than something more overt.... I also liked that many of the works show couples (straight and gay) and that other works require a longer viewing before deciding what is really being shown (eg. the work showing hands and feet together). Also, many of the chosen works hint at a narrative quality, which automatically animates any canvas. And I like, too, that some of the nudes are accidental, in that a body is shown retrieving a fallen item or a mother is holding her naked baby. Being nude, obviously, is not always an intentional or erotic or sexual state.

Mr. Masello selected 5 Curators’ Choice nominees for November, (starred dates in the list): 1* You Want Me (oil) by Tracey Padron of ELGIN, IL; 12* It’s Here Somewhere.... (charcoal/carbon) by Ilene Skeen of New York, NY; 16* She is the Music (pastel) by Penelope Przekop of Philadelphia, PA; 20* In the grass (watercolor) by Chanit Roston of , NY; 28* Costa Rica Afternoon (watercolor) by Emily Stedman of New York, NY.

"She is the Music" by Penelope Przekop
Artworks making their calendar debut: 8. Twelve artworks are being retired, having now appeared in three calendars: floating nude 6 by Robert Markey of Ashfield, MA; Open to Embrace by Guadalupe Herrera of Houston, TX; STUDY 34 by William Thierfelder of Portland, OR; Resignation by Chuck Miller of Corsicana, TX; CERES by Damir May of Vienna, AUSTRIA; Tender by Sandy Ryan of Kew Gardens, NY; Pledge by Gary Paul Stutler of Vallejo, CA; Pensive by Dan Simoneau, ISAP of Kenosha, WI; Alejandro by Marie-Paule Martin of New York City, NY; painting 63 by Richard White of Coventry, CT; Dare to Dive II by Elizabeth Sowell-Zak of New York, NY; It’s Here Somewhere.... by Ilene Skeen of New York, NY.

"In the grass" by Chanit Roston
Art for this calendar comes from 13 states, Canada and Austria.

About the Barebrush Art Calendar Contests

"Costa Rica Afternoon" by Emily Stedman
Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators’ Choice Awards. Barebrush curators (past and present) vote on the Curators’ Choice nominees. The top three artists receive additional prizes. Selection limits and prizes are determined dynamically based on the number of entries. See the call page for more information.

Winning art is historic and is viewable in the calendar archives (dating from 2006). Winning art becomes a permanent part of the history of In addition, each artwork's detail page show the date and curator of each calendar win as part of its Barebrush Provenance. 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.

The goal of Barebrush is to increase the public awareness, acceptance and appreciation of the art of the nude. Online since 2006.

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For the Editors:

Locations of Artists # More Info
New York
East/Central10CT, DE, IL, MA, NJ, NY, PA
West7CA, CO, OR, TX, WA, WI
International2AUSTRIA, CANADA

Price Ranges # More Info
14$500 - $5,000
1 Over $5,000
Price on Request
3 Contact Barebrush
4 Not for Sale or Sold

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