Long Series #1480.


#1480

#1480

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Have you met…Joyce Conlon?


 Saint's Shoes 2013 acrylic on wood panel 12x12"


Saint’s Shoes
2013
acrylic on wood panel
12×12″

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Joyce Conlon.

 2013 acrylic & oil on wood panel 4x6"


2013
acrylic & oil on wood panel
4×6″

“My paintings are built upon a dichotomy of that which is seen and that which is concealed. Composed in layers, the paintings are slowly simmered like a rich gumbo. Each finished painting is comprised of several compositional relics that when superimposed, interact to take a form that looks little like it’s previous incarnations. At any given moment, I may be walking, looking at one thing, and thinking about another. As Cezanne painted the edges of his apples to suggest the flux of perception, I am interested in capturing the rich complexity of a visual moment.” JC

 2013 acrylic on wood panel 16x16"


2013
acrylic on wood panel
16×16″

Joyce Conlon’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northeast and abroad, including Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Galleria Centar in Podgorica, Montenegro, and Edward Lear Gallery in Berat, Albania.

In addition, her work is in private collections in the United States and the permanent collections of the Regional Museum in Satu– Mare, Romania and Edward Lear Gallery in Berat, Albania.

Ms. Conlon is the recipient of grants from the University of Hartford and the Vermont Studio Center. She has also been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the 11th Annual Symposium of Contemporary Artists in Carei, Romania. She has taught drawing and painting at Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA. Ms. Conlon holds degrees from Pratt Institute, the University of Massachusetts and Hartford Art School.

The mother of two nearly grown children, she resides in Northern California with her husband and two cats.

 2013 acrylic on wood panel 12 x 12"


2013
acrylic on wood panel
12 x 12″

Other material relating to Joyce Conlon.

Artist website: joyceconlon.us

Two Coats of Paint: Joyce Conlon

Art Matters!: Joyce Conlon

Just Another Painter: Joyce Conlon

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Have you met…Millefiore Clarkes?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Millefiore Clarkes.

Millefiore Clarkes is a filmmaker and documentarian from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her passion is to capture on film, the moments in which humans reveal themselves and their essential interconnectivity.

Her music videos Stealin for Catherine MacLellan, People I Love for English Words, and Philadelphia for Paper Lions won ‘Best Music Video’ at the MusicPEI Awards (2012/13/14). She was named ‘The 2013 William F. White PEI Filmmaker of the Year’ and was awarded the 2013 CBC PEI 321 Award with producer Jason Arsenault. Her short doc December in Toronto is a Staff Pick on Vimeo and was shortlisted in the Lyrical Category and screened at the 2012 Vimeo Film Festival Awards in NYC. In 2011 WIFT-Atlantic Chapter awarded her the ‘Salute Award’ for her work in the sector. Her media artwork has been screened at festivals across Canada and the US.
​​She has produced and directed one feature length documentary ‘Stalking Love’ (2005) which aired on CBC’s documentary! channel from 2006-2009, as well as played at film festivals across North America (including RIDM, The Atlantic Film Festival, and the New York Independent International Film and Video Festival).​

To date she has also produced a number of experimental videos and short documentaries which have played across Canada and the US, music videos, and a documentary web series. She is currently in post-production on her second feature documentary and web series entitled The Telling. She is also currently producing a short documentary ‘Where the Heart Is’ for BravoFactual. She recently directed a documentary for The National Film Board about organic farming called Island Green which has screened at festivals across Canada. She pursues her skills as a DOP and editor working on her own films and with others in the Atlantic Canadian film community. She was the Executive Director of The Island Media Arts Co-op from 2005-2008 and a Video Editor in the industry.​
​​She actively advocates for a vibrant film culture in her home province of PEI through sitting on the boards and participating in organizations such as: Women in Film and Television, The Island Media Arts Co-op, and The Island Film Factory.

Other material relating to Millefiore Clarkes.

Artist website: onethousandflowers.tv

Vimeo: Millefiore Clarkes

CBC Radio “Q”: Millefiore Clarkes

Sesquicentennial Public Art Collection: Millefiore Clarks

The inspired city: Millefiore Clarkes

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Have you met…Douglas Witmer?


...not a statement.

…not a statement.

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Douglas Witmer.

Tonight We Do, 2013. Black gesso and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 inches.  ( 2 / 18 )

Tonight We Do, 2013.
Black gesso and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 inches.
( 2 / 18 )

Douglas Witmer was born in 1971 in Winchester, VA and raised in Lancaster County, PA. He has lived and worked in Philadelphia since 1995.

Education

2001 M.F.A., The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
1993 B.A., Goshen College, Indiana

School Papers, mixed media on found school-grade writing paper. Dimensions variable, approx 9 x 6 inches ea.

School Papers, mixed media on found school-grade writing paper. Dimensions variable, approx 9 x 6 inches

“The School Papers is an ongoing series since 2004, now numbering nearly 100 individual works. In 2004 I saw Tantric drawings from India for the first time. They are made anonymously on irregularly shaped buff-colored paper surfaces. The scale is intimate and the imagery is flat and geometric. Within the Tantric tradition these works serve specific meditative purposes for both their creators and their viewers. Worlds away, and without any knowledge of the Tantric practice, I nevertheless connected immediately and profoundly with their visual energy. It’s an uncanny balance that feels precisely calibrated, yet simultaneously blunt and raw. These works made manifest possibilities I was exploring in my own work at the time. And I was deeply impressed by the idea that “pure” geometric imagery had an important “use” within a community.

In 2006 my father gave me a cache of vintage school grade writing paper he had found. The color of the old paper reminded me of the color of the Tantric drawings. One day I began layering upon this paper the simplest rectangular forms in black and white. Unexpected incidencts began to occur right away–tears, buckling, bleed-thru. But this paper had a way of receiving and transforming every kind of touch and material I put to it.

On this unique surface, with the sheet size and repetitive ruled lines serving as grounding constants, I explore a personal tactility and geometry in a contemplative mindset.” DW

Fruitville, mixed media on found wood. Less than 8" any direction.

Fruitville, mixed media on found wood. Less than 8″ any direction.

“Fruitville is the name for a body of work that has been ongoing since 2000, however individual works are undated. Work in this series is produced in intermittent spurts, often with years between.

The Fruitville Pike is a road where I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It’s a major thoroughfare, but it doesn’t go to, from, or through anywhere called Fruitville. My efforts to find Fruitville, if there ever was such a place at all, have been inconclusive.

So Fruitville exists in my imagination as a kind of Eden; a place of purity, clarity, and quiet delight. It manifests itself in an ongoing visual process of experimentation with wood, paint, glue, paper, ink, light, and shadows. The things that make up my Fruitville exist to be in relationship to the places where they can be seen, and also in relationship with each other.”  DW

A full-length essay about the Fruitville series, by Chris Ashley, is available here
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Fruitville, mixed media on found wood. Less than 8" any direction.

Fruitville, mixed media on found wood. Less than 8″ any direction.

Other material relating to Douglas Witmer.

Website: Douglas Witmer

Blog: Douglas Witmer

Facebook fan page: Douglas Witmer

The Art Blog.org: Douglas Witmer

Some Walls: Douglas Witmer

Thinking About Art: Douglas Witmer

Studio Critical: Douglas Witmer

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