Maureen Sanner Biography
Maureen Sanner Biography Maureen Sanner received a B.S.F.A. from Valparaiso University, spending time on both b/w photography and large format, color abstract paintings. She has worked in oils and acrylics. Always non-representational, her work originally expressed her fascination with color and spatial play. Over the years, she continued her artistic effort in mostly 2D works of paintings, pastel drawings and photography for home and family. After a successful marketing career, she‚Äôs recently returned to acrylics experimenting with color and chemistry. Once again, her formats are enlarging as she examines the development of amorphous shapes using vibrant color. She shares her love of fluid art by teaching monthly classes and offering private painting parties with the help of her sister.
Hilary Saner Biography
I was born in South Africa, travel the world, and come to rest on the Central Coast of California. I paint in oils, on large and small surfaces of many different types of construction, from paper to collage, to wood, canvas and particle board. My work tries to ask questions that might not otherwise occur, to take us places we might not think to go, to spark connections that may feel subversive but are ultimately a quest for transformative engagement. Resume Education in Cape Town, South Africa; San Francisco State University and Stanford University, California. Selected Shows California: Linus Gallery, Las Laguna Gallery, Chico Arts Center, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Guttfreund Gallery, APERO Catalogue, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, SLO Beacon Art Show, Morro Bay Art Association; Illinois: Fine Line Art Center; Oklahoma: Bauhaus Online Gallery; Florida: LightSpaceTime; Canada: International Gallery of the Arts, Toronto.
Fran Sampson Biography
Fran Sampson is a mixed media painter that uses uses color, brush strokes, collage material, and texture to create an ambiguous spacial field that moves across rather than into the canvas. She sometimes uses torn word fragments, barcodes, and stamped symbols as stand-ins for humans and elements of society. She creates in her paintings both a sense of frantic movement that references life on a quantum level, as well as the evolutionary movement of life from stardust to beings conscience of their own existence and capable of abstracting that concept. Fran has shown her work at galleries in and around Chicago including the Art Institute Museum, the Koehnline Museum of Art, Bridgeport Art Center, Riverside Art Center’s Freark Gallery, the Oak Park Art League’s Carriage House Gallery, ARC, and Woman Made Gallery. She currently lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Curator Review: Cycles
An impression of locomotion and relativity has been created in this painting, by the placement of circles and lines against the layered background. This incredibly seamless and coherent expression of equilibrium, invites the observer to look ‘through’ the paint and conveys a great sense of depth and order. Artist Fran Sampson has aptly crafted an extraordinarily dimensional and cohesive work, and should be applauded for her articulate expression of motility in art.
Margaret Minardi Biography
Margaret Minardi lived much of her early years in Port of Spain, Trinidad where without television or radio, she was able to foster a vivid imagination. She graduated H.S. in 1978 From Cold Spring Harbor. In her H.S. years she was able to attend The Huntington School Of Fine Arts which gave her a heavy classical, atelier training. She attended S.U.N.Y. Purchase Where she was influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, especially Willem de Kooning. She was a painting major with a minor in lithography. She graduated at the top of her conservatory and in 1982 was awarded the Faculty Award For Drawing And Painting. Minardi received a Masters in Education from Dowling college. The remainder of her education has been predominantly self-taught. Margaret Minardi does not have a traditional studio. She works on tables or on the ground wherever she is, sometimes lugging 5 foot canvases around during her work day. She is a an obsessive artist, rarely looking up into the real world. Her series have focused on subjects such as infertility, adoption, identical twins, her upbringing in Trinidad and bi-polar disease. She has struggled through these issues on the substrate in front of her. Most of the time Minardi works in a stream of consciousness, not knowing what a series is about until it is most of the way through it. As a 30 year high school art educator, Minardi has found profound gratification in passing on what she teaches herself to her students. They help to keep her stimulated and excited about art and on top of the latest technology and mediums. She is also a single mother of two of her own, Max and Vanessa. Most of the past 30 years have been spent promoting her students work. Over that time a thousand works of her own art have accumulated in the closet. In January of 2015 a close friend bullied her into taking her work out. Since then she has shown in ver 60 exhibitions that include solo, group, local, national and international venues. Her work continues to win top awards, including Best in Show in many of them. Minardi has also been a panelist and guest speaker at places like the Heckscher Museum and Saint Joseph’s College. She has been a grant recipient, A juror and an Artist in Residence.
Curator Review: Front Door
This highly artistic representational piece by artist Margaret Minardi, exudes immersion and flux. The beautiful scale of this outdoor scene is cleverly conveyed by her use of minutiae and perspective, and feels like a visual essay in prose. Minardi’s dramatic exploration of contrast, heightens the strong horizontal and vertical aspects of this work and leads the eye deeper in, to explore and discover more of the ‘Front Door’.
Karri McPherson Biography
Karri McPherson (b. 1995) was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to Australia soon after. She is a contemporary painter, digital artist and muralist living in Queensland, Australia and has recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Art at the University of Southern Queensland. McPherson’s art practice explores geometric art in relation to contemporary spatial confinements. Through her hard-edge forms she seeks to break down the boundaries of perception by actualising hard- edge forms in various settings. McPherson seeks to understand the power that geometric art has to infuse different communities with the beauty of shape, form and colour. Her works are typically created on two-dimensional surfaces where she strives to convey an illusion of depth; she achieves this by experimenting with perspective and shading, using contrasting colours to delineate between foreground and background. McPherson has been involved in over thirty exhibitions throughout Australia, including her selection in ten finalist exhibitions. She has also won two art prizes; the Emerging Artist Award at the University of Southern Queensland graduate exhibition in 2017, and the 2018 Biennial Emerging Artist Award where her work was acquired by the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
Anna Masiul-Gozdecka Biography
The work of Anna Masiul-Gozdecka two-dimensional: figurative and abstract. Both roads complement each other and inspire. Apparently they seem to be completely separate, but coexist and create the overall image of the artist’s work. Their common denominator is color and a reference to dreams, in which nothing is impossible, and parallel worlds permeate. Realistic painting does not have to reflect reality, it searches for other layers, other meanings, questions, and looks. It can combine inspiration with music and inspiration with nature. Light, shadow, man, objects - like the same each day, but in every moment has so many different shades. Painting captures and brings out these worlds. We sense this other reality and look for interpretation in ourselves. Abstract painting is like discovering the inner cosmos, unnamed, untouchable, elusive. It is like solving an equation with an infinite number of unknowns. It provokes questions, searches and discoveries. However, it posesses this moment, when everything seems to be in place and in perfect harmony. But before this happens, a storm of transformation passes, invisible but intuitively perceptible. This is why paintings by Anna Masiul-Gozdecka are so diverse, diverse and inquisitive.
Curator Review: First Violin
This beautifully vivid hot and cold piece by artist Anna Masiul-Gozdecka, boldly explores physicality and movement. An untamed energy and intensely focused figure, animates this entire painting. Anna’s shapes, lines, drips and patterns, meld together into one seamless dance, creating a liberated painting that leaps beyond the edges of the canvas itself, crafting a unique and passionate visual narrative.
Linda Louis Biography
PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS Featured Artist-Nat. Endow. for Arts, 50th Anniv., Wash. DC Honored by Nassau Cnty, NY for contributions to art Member-Nat. Assoc. of Women Artists, NY Member-Guild Hall, E. Hampton, NY Advisory Board, LI Arts Alliance Juror, No. Shore Art League of LI w Stony Brook University Juror, Art Events & Exhibitions, LI & Greater NY Metro Area Curator, Art After Dark, Art League of LI Curator, Invitational Gallery Shows, Hunt. Arts Council, Hunt Curator- LaunchPad, Hunt., NY Instructor Entrepreneurial Studies, Hofstra University, L.I., NY Teacher Frost Valley YMCA, Frost Valley, NY B.o.D. Huntington Arts Council, Hunt., N.Y. B.o.D. Art League of Long Island LINDA LOUIS ART FEATURED IN: NY Times, Newsday, Pulse Magazine, LI Woman, Village Connections, etc. SOLO EXHIBITIONS Paul Calendrillo Fine Art, Chelsea, NY Robinson Gallery, NY Van Loen Gallery, Hunt., NY LaunchPad, Hunt., NY Dealertrack Corporate Gallery, Lake Success, NY Adler Gallery, Port Wash., NY GROUP EXHIBITIONS Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY LI Museum, Stony Brook, NY Nat. Assoc. of Women Artists, NY Kouros Art Gallery, Madison Ave., NY Hansen Art Gallery, SoHo, NY Paul Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook Univ. NY Centotto Gallery, Bklyn, NY RIVAA Art Gallery, NY Robinson Gallery, NY Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY Mills Pond Art Gallery, St. James, NY Paul Calendrillo NY Fine Art Gallery, NY South Hampton Arts Center, South Hamp., NY OMNI Corp. Gallery, Garden City, NY Dealertrack Corp. Gallery, Lake Success, NY b.j. Spoke Gallery, Hunt., NY PAC Gallery, Patchogue, NY Gallery North, Setauket, NY N.Y. State Univ. Galleries & Museums Art That Matters Gallery, Syosset, NY Art League of LI, Dix Hills, NY Huntington Arts Council, Hunt. NY Adelphi Univ., Garden City, NY ArtSpace Gallery, Patchogue, NY Roslyn Village Gallery, Roslyn, NY Art Guild, Port Wash. NY Barnes Gallery, Garden City, NY ART EDUCATION B.A. Adelphi University, LI NY M.B.A Parsons, New School, NY
Erin Liljegren Biography
Madison, Wisconsin-based artist Erin Liljegren may dig through your trash in search of inspirational materials for her art. She loves re-purposing discarded items into her work to give them a second chance at life. Primarily focusing on 2-dimensional surfaces in paint, drawing, and printmaking, the surfaces used are often recycled cardboard, wood scraps to packing materials. The subject matter of her work, relates to the material Erin chooses and her art explores concepts such as: environmental issues, deprivation of resources, factory production, social injustice, capitalism, human habitat and politics. Although these topics tend to be heavy in nature, bright colors and a satirical slant make her work approachable. Erin received her BFA from UW-Madison in 2007 and continues to enjoy life there with her husband and son. Artist Statement: People and their environment, and the impacted environment from people, are the main concepts in my work. My art comments on politics, human rights, social and physical space among people, industry, and societal and environmental decay. Recycled materials are used whenever possible in construction. Compositionally, I give attention to balancing chaotic dense areas of detailed line work with soothing negative space. This too can be a metaphor for human dwelling patterns.
Jessica Leigh Biography
As a woman and an artist, I hope to empower girls to become women who are unafraid to shine their internal light and also to be perfectly imperfect. We can be whoever we want to be. I believe we should have good ego strength and be confident that we have something to offer the world. We all have our personal stories that make us unique so therefore we each have something important to offer. Release negativity so that we may increase. Forgive so that we can live. Be your own personal best whoever that may be. We are not empty vessels programmed to be something other than our real, true selves. Compete with yourself because that is who you were always meant to be. Maybe you are an extravert and an introvert. That’s ok. Just be.......whoever you want to be. If you can’t stand strong, reach out because there is a community of love ready to lift you so that you may rise up to be who you were always meant to be.
Nicholas Kozis Biography
This piece demonstrates my studies of movement. The concept of movement was a delight to explore as the themes came from moving into the past to find inspiration. The subject is extinct. A remnant of past Pliocene Age. The action was frozen in time lost long ago. Motion is depicted through the actions of the creature. The method is a creative concoction of ingredients of numerous sources to construct the art. Please enjoy.
Dedicated to true expression through the arts.