Still Point Art Gallery


Gallery Artists


The Plug
The Plug

 Leyla Aysel Munteanu is a sculptor and mixed-media artist who currently resides in Windsor, Canada. She first became interested in art while growing up in Romania, and she was particularly inspired by the artwork of the Renaissance. As a growing artist, Munteanu developed a strong appreciation for diversity and texture in art from being exposed to the rich cultural history of the town in which she was raised. Of it she says, “every place was worn by time or human nature."

Munteanu earned a degree in engineering and then later earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Art and  Education from the University of Windsor and a master’s degree in Fine Art from Wayne State University. Her work has been featured in many publications and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and elsewhere.

Munteanu received the award for Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed-Media Artwork for Size 38 in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Ordinary Everyday Objects.

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Winter 3
Winter 3

Arthur Kvarnstrom won the award Best in Show - Portfolio for his series titled Winter in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Winter Splendor.

 My paintings are created outdoors and rely on spontaneous impressions.  Working with direct perceptions encourages freedom from formula and supports a cultivation of painterly values that are expressed in my work, including simplicity, boldness, experimentation, invention and a reliance on intuition.

Arthur Kvarnstrom has been actively exhibiting his work for over twenty years. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Arizona and his M.F.A. from Kent State University. He has received numerous awards and honors and completed residencies at Great Cranberry Island in Maine and Vermont Studio Center.

Through the process of observation and painting, choreographed brush strokes and shapes of color are transformed into personal visual shorthand.  I keep shapes and colors simple and clear, exploring the relationships and harmonies of color and form.  Through the use of paint and the manipulation of color and form, the viewer experiences the world as I see it – in both rural settings and urban imagery.

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Constance Culpepper studied psychology and art at Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1991. She later did graduate work in psychology at Bryn Mawr College. After graduate school, Culpepper began to think about emotion in relation to her work. What kind of emotional climate can be produced through color? How can a utilitarian subject matter paired with distinct color combinations elicit specific reactions from viewers? These questions are the basis for Culpepper's paintings.

Culpepper was strongly inspired by her grandmother, Willie Dell, whose fiery spirit and sense of adventure continues to infuse her creativity. As a child, Culpepper's creative outpourings included drawing, knitting, and sewing. Today, her work is primarily oil on canvas. Style and subject matter are expressionist still lifes and interiors, verging on abstraction. Culpepper explores emotion through color, patterning, and compositional deconstruction.

I am captivated by textiles and needlecraft, which developed from my summers spent in Willie Dell’s museum-like house. It was filled with items from her long adventurous life—American quilts, handmade by Texan women in the late 1800s and early 1900s; antique chairs and textiles; hand-painted Mexican furniture; Delft pottery; ceramic figurines; French china; vintage glass bottles; and old family photographs. My fascination with these things has influenced my painting process, organically interweaving itself into my work, at times with embroidery, fabric, and cut paper, but mostly through color, patterning, layering, texture, and subject matter.

Culpepper lives in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. In the exhibition Interiors, she was awarded Best Painting or Drawing for One Cup of Tea.

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On Duty at Sunset, Tiananmen Square, Beijing
On Duty at Sunset, Tiananmen Square, Beijing

  John Christopher Brooks was born in the United Kingdom and studied A Level Art and History of Building at Bath Technical College. He received his Higher National Certificate in Technical Drawing and Graphic Art. Brooks has been a commercial photographer for historic buildings, a web-designer, freelance photographer, and graphic artist. His work has been shown in over fifteen exhibitions, including in four different Still Point Art Gallery exhibitions.

Brooks studied painting and drawing in college, but eventually came to prefer photography. Early on he used medium and large format cameras. Now he works in digital, but still uses the 5 x 4 plate camera when his work calls for it. But Brooks is unique in that he realizes that a camera is not needed to compose a photograph. He often considers certain compositions over a period of weeks or months before actually committing them to film or memory card.
 
Of his work, Brooks says:
My work as an artist features the world around us viewed in an alternative way, one that seeks out the extraordinary that lies within the ordinary. I have for many years been inspired by the commonplace object or landscape and the hidden aspects of that subject matter. Without selecting a microcosm of the subject it is still possible to present the viewer with a radically different perspective of the ordinary by drawing their attention to the potential of the subject by virtue of its shape, color, texture, shadows, juxtaposition, or transient condition rendered by human interference.

Brooks was an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Sacred Time - Sacred Space.

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Jane Paradise is a photographic artist who works in San Francisco and Cape Cod. She is represented by Galatea Fine Art in Boston and shows regularly at Gallery Ehva in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her solo exhibition, When I was Young I was Considered Beautiful, an extended portrait of photographer Norma Holt, was presented in 2013 by the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts. Her photographs are in the collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography and in many private collections in the United States and Europe.

Paradise’s work has been included in juried shows at the New England Photo Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art; National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association (Honorable Mention); Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado (juror selection); the Worldwide Photo Biennial (honorable mention) in Buenos Aires; and SNAP exhibit (juror award) at the Bedford Gallery in California as well as the Minneapolis Photo Center, PhotoPlace in Middlebury, Vermont, and RayKo Gallery in San Francisco. Her photographs have also been included in invitational group shows at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Ireland, and the Houston Center of Photography.

Paradise's photographs have been published in the Provincetown Arts Magazine, Boston Globe, Sailing World, The Newsletter for San Francisco City Guides, and other publications.

Paradise is a trustee of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) and former Deputy Director of the International Museum of Women.

Paradise was awarded Best Photograph or Digital Artwork for her image Snow Dunes.

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Bobby Baker’s work is shaped by his ongoing love of seaside life. The Caribbean, Mexico, and the Florida Keys have all served as inspiration for his work, but the driving force for his creative eye remains Cape Cod, so much so that his work for the past several years has been almost entirely shot on the Cape. He finds the lighting on the Cape to be special, citing the soft, warm light of the setting Cape sun to be, at times, so lush, you want to wrap yourself in it, and the early morning Cape light to be magical.

Baker began his journey into photography in the 1980s as an assistant/intern to a Palm Beach, Florida event photographer. Over the next several decades his camera work was interrupted several times by a music career, then a successful business career. For the past several years his work has flourished with the ongoing mentorship of renowned fine art photographer and Copley Society of Art artist and board member, Judith Monteferrante.

Baker's photographs have been featured in galleries, newspapers, websites, calendars, books, and are included in private and corporate collections. Bobby received national award recognition in the Fine Art Photography category of the prestigious 2012, 2011, and 2010 @eNational exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Association; this exhibition features juried work from artists across the United States. Baker's work was recognized with the Best Seascape Award at the Fine Art Photography exhibit at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and he was named Artist of Distinction in recognition of his work in the Still Point Art Gallery Still Point III exhibition. His work has been featured in the national art publication Still Point Arts Quarterly (Summer 2012) and by the Office of Massachusetts Bureau of Travel and Tourism.

Bobby Baker is a juried artist at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, the Cape Cod Art Association, and Marblehead Arts Association.

Bobby Baker lives in New Hampshire. He was named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Still Point III and received the award for Best Photograph or Digital Artwork for his image Lineup in Still Point V

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Martina Near a Window
Martina Near a Window

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya was born in Moscow, Russia, and at the age of twenty-five moved to Strasbourg, France, where she has been living for the past eight years. Bykhovskaya travels a lot and used to take hundreds of snapshots with her point-and-shoot camera in auto mode when traveling. One day several years ago it occurred to her that, since she took so many pictures anyway, she might as well try to learn to do it “properly." She bought a digital single-lens reflex camera and, after reading the manual and fiddling with the camera on her own, she came to realize that even the basic controls were too complicated for her comprehension. This prompted her to take a photo course at the London School of Photography. This course was an eye-opener; not only was it extremely helpful for understanding how each button on the camera worked, but it also made her realize the vastness of her ignorance about cameras and photography. She discovered that the medium of photography went far beyond the mere recording of the outside world and could be an exciting tool for expression of views, moods, and emotions. 

Since then Bykhovskaya has taken numerous photography courses and workshops in Europe and the United States both to improve her skills and to experiment with different subjects and styles. Bykhovskaya still does a lot of travel photography, however, rather than trying merely to document her travels, she seeks to convey in her images a personal perception by expressing emotions and feelings inspired by a place, situation, or moment. She has done work in Japan, Istanbul, Provence, and Jerusalem, the latter series winning her the award for Best in Show-Portfolio in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Still Point V.

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya was previously named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces. Her work was featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Stone Voices.

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Speckled in Gold
Speckled in Gold

  Jill Valliere was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1974. Her passion for art began at a very young age, and her desire to draw and create became an outlet for her and provided her with perspective and a freedom of imagination. Over time art grew into her life’s focus. In 1997 she began attending the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied Venetian plastering, figure drawing, and painting. Upon graduating with a degree in decorative painting, Valliere opened her own studio, Valliere Design Studios, working solo and in cooperation with other artists to create works of art for commercial spaces as well as residences. Her years of experience with decorative painting combined with her formal art schooling brought Valliere to the technique and vision she uses today in her fine art paintings. Her work emphasizes texture and captures the beauty of landscapes and other subjects through her distinct visual signature. 

My work is about capturing those surreal moments in life when you stop to look around at your surroundings and suddenly everything seems more vibrant, more ethereal. Some days it’s the power and energy of the scene and other days it is the all-encompassing calm and quiet that captivates. 

Valliere currently resides in Rockland, Maine with her husband and architectural designer Marcel Valliere. She is represented by Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, Maine. She was named an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Sacred Time - Sacred Space (November 7 to February 5, 2013).  

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Trust
Trust

JULIE A. STRUCK is an interdisciplinary mixed-media artist. She lives in Rockport, Indiana. She was born and raised in the Chicago area, and after becoming a mother and wife obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree and became a college art professor. She has taught at several midwestern higher education institutions, and recently took a break from teaching to pursue her own interests and artistic endeavors, including writing a book.

Struck's mixed-media work includes a mixture of new, old, colored, and faded pieces to create images that engage the feelings of the viewer. Of this process, Struck says it “involves assembling disparate and fragmentary memorabilia such as meaningful phrases, photographs, images from old women’s magazines, and antique dress pattern pieces, which I then rearrange, layer and piece together into a new cohesive whole that visually communicates forbidden, frequently terrible, yet always redemptive stories.” Struck focuses largely on American culture and its incorporation of women, which also highlights her own personal story. Primary themes include family, memory, history, the nature of truth, as well as the lives and work of women and what women consider important in our culture both past and present.

Struck's combination of creative writing, mixed media and digital artwork illustrates her interest in dissolving boundaries between what is considered fine art, design, creative writing and other disciplines.

Struck was awarded Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed Media Artwork in the gallery's exhibition Still Point V for "Semesterland." One of her personal essays, "Art Education," was published in the summer 2013 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly.

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Palm Frond
Palm Frond

For Irene Hill, photography is a window into a deeper, more profound world. As a photographer she challenges herself to see more than superficial reality and to explore the beauty and design that exist beyond casual observation.

Hill lives in Atlantis, Florida. In the exhibition Ordinary Everyday Objects, she was awarded Best Photograph or Digital Artwork for her photograph Fading Into the Past.

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Laurie McCormick has been interested in photography for her entire life. She developed her skills as a photographer by attending classes at several different colleges around the country. However, with the purchase of her Digital Canon 5D, photography became a much more serious matter and her photography skills and interests developed very quickly. Among other things, this camera gave her the creative capacity to travel within the United States and worldwide and satisfy her desire to encapsulate the essence of a place.
Photography is my continuous lesson of living in the moment. Not looking back at the fading light or turned head; just keeping it real with what is now, in the present. I capture that moment as I see it from my angle and I bring my unique personal history to that instant when I capture each photograph. . . . What pleases me most is how my pictures illicit strong responses from those that view them. It brings me great satisfaction to please and entertain others. This is what gives me purpose. 
Still Point Art Gallery is currently showing images from McCormick's extensive series, Miniature Moments in My Daily Life.These images utilize everyday objects like toothpaste, cereal and milk, and an ipod as well as miniature figures to explore activities and events of everyday living. Any viewer is sure to find him or herself in at least one of the images in this series, thus getting an opportunity for self-observation and reflection. These images are powerful in their ability to point to what lies beyond everyday objects to the depth of feelings and attitudes often hidden by our objects.

McCormick was awarded Best in Show-Portfolio for a set of six images shown in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Ordinary Everyday Objects.

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Selena Nawrocki received a B.F.A. degree from Mississippi University for Women in interior design, an M.F.A. in interior design from the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in technology education from Mississippi State University. Nawrocki is currently a professor of interior design at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). In 2005, she received the Valdosta State Univeristy Excellence in Teaching award. Her artwork has appeared in over ninety state, regional, national, and international art competitions, and she has received numerous awards. Notably, she received the Best in Show award at the 51st International Exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute.

Nawrocki's works of mixed media images represent compositions utilizing the common thread of interior design. Traditional boundaries of applied arts have been shattered, with her axonometric drawings and computer renderings yielding a bas-relief sculptural quality associated with the fine arts media. An abstract room interior, rendered in informal balance, is created with line and plane, plus tints and shades of color. The effect is a mechanized, industrial structure designed to simulate architectural construction elements.

The honesty of materials is Nawrocki's principal focus in developing machine-age quality enhanced with shadows and light. Printed on clear film, the image is united with zinc metal, Plexiglas, and exposed hinges. The pre-print visuals for her work have their origins in perspective AutoCAD drawings and computer renderings. The compositions from the CAD drawings are enhanced in Photoshop, and printed in a 36X50 inch format. The transparent image is framed incorporating angles and animated with hinges to suggest door swings and the traffic throughout an interior space. The geometric forms are intuitively assembled to build an irregularly silhouetted arrangement of planes.

Nawrocki was awarded Best Three-Dimensional or Mixed Media Artwork in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Interiors for "Star Step."

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Maya Chachava was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She did undergraduate work at the Tbilisi Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, completing her B.F.A. in English language and literature. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington in 2000.

Chachava always wanted to be a painter, but her dream came true only after she moved to the United States nearly two decades ago. Her work is deeply rooted in the myths and legends of her native culture, childhood memories, and the lost and found connections in her new life. The notion of self-identity—its formation within the parameters of current reality and past influences—nostalgia, and ever changing semantics of a place are fundamental forces behind her paintings. Chachava tries to fully rely on the process and inherent properties of her chosen media, and her major objective is to infuse her work with expressive quality and meaning, while still retaining a sense of mystery.

In addition to solo exhibitions at the Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, Square Inch Gallery in New York, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and Chardin Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, Chachava's work has been featured in over forty group shows including those at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Brad Cooper Gallery in Tampa, Liz Afif Gallery In Philadelphia, Steward Gallery in Boise, and Springville Museum of Art in Salt Lake City. Chachava has been a recipient of numerous awards including the GAP Grant Award from Artist Trust, Dee Research Grant from the University of Utah, Dean’s Travel Research Grant, and a Summer Research Grant from Central Washington University.

Chachava was awarded Best Photograph or Digital Artwork in the gallery's exhibition Interiors for "Beauty Salon."

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Drying Out
Drying Out

Susan Landor Keegin paints to celebrate daily life, to illuminate the ordinary, to shape the day.

Keegin's work is a distillation of her experience. She is continually inspired by what is right in front of her. She takes a morning row in the cove and sees the light reflected on the boats in the harbor. Figures gliding through a museum add depth and meaning to cherished works of art. Old books stacked in a corner suggest memories of time spent turning their pages.

Keegin often works in a series, creating a narrative.  “My Mother’s Last Purse” (exhibited in Ordinary Everyday Objects) began with images of the purse itself, found in a closet. Then she painted her mother's checkbook, her wallet, comb, and chapstick.

The seemingly insignificant things we carry contain the stuff of life. When it’s over, there they are, reminders of the person who was so central to our lives.

The Window Series grew out of Keegin's fascination with what we see when walking past a house, or passing by a room with an open window, with its curtain blowing in the breeze. These fragments of information paint a picture of the lives lived within.

Daily painting is at the heart of Keegin's practice.  She works small and fast, as though creating intimate entries in a diary. Fleeting moments are recreated, illuminated, and commemorated. 

I know the painting is finished when it starts to glow.

Keegin is inspired by Morandi, who re-imagined the same vessels in his studio over the years. She admires how Maira Kalman captures the essential in her random objects and how Lois Dodd has spent a lifetime creating art highlighting the world around her.

Keegin has been faithfully posting art and writings on her blog, "A Little Painting Every Day," since 2007.

Susan Landor Keegin was awarded Best in Show—Portfolio in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Interiors

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Flooded Field
Flooded Field

Leslie Parke lives on the border between New York and Vermont and works in a studio that spans the top floor of a nineteenth-century factory building. Over the years she has also worked in Sweden, France, and Germany. She has been an artist for many years, and her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She has received several grants and awards, has lectured about art, and has work in dozens of private collections.

Parke received the award Best in Show-Single Image for China in the Ocean, which was selected for Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition, Ordinary Everyday Objects.

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An Affair of State
An Affair of State

Anthony R. Whelihan won the award Best in Show - Single Image for his mixed media piece, Latter Day Geisha in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition Still Point V. Whelihan is chiefly a portrait artist who believes everyone shows their life on their face. He is known for the use of bold primary colors in his work, and says "color can alter mood and can excite imagination, enticing the viewer to look beyond the surface." Latter Day Geisha is an amazing piece of art, displaying a courageous use of vibrant color, imaginative design, and a striking interpretation of subject.

Whelihan is a well-known national and international artist. He has done commissioned work for the NFL alumni organization, the United States olympic ski team, Nobel conference XXXII, the Minnesota Vikings and Timberwolves, and many other national and local organizations. He was commissioned by Ameriprise to complete the mural at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It stands three-and-a-half stories tall and covers 5500 square feet. Titled SEASONS of the CITY and depicting the diversity of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, it is one of the world's largest murals on canvas. Whelihan's work has also been widely exhibited and has earned him many awards.

Whelihan, like his art, is known for his gregariousness and volatility. Yet, he is also introspective. It is an experience to attend an opening of his work, at which typically hundreds of people show up to view the art and meet the man who creates such magnificent work.

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Porcelain on Sill
Porcelain on Sill

Bethany Rachelle Swanson drew incessantly as a child. With an artist aunt in her life, she would often tag along to the adult art classes at the Little Red School House near her aunt’s country home. She continued art classes along the way, but was persuaded against pursuing an art degree in college because, “That’s not a real job.”  She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science and master of arts degree in rehabilitation counseling and psychology.  She worked privately and corporately; owned her own businesses; traveled; and raised her two sons, Max and Keiler—always finding her way back to art.

With my work, I try to exude a feeling of warmth, peacefulness, and comfort. Given this intent, I seem to focus on still life interiors, though my portrait and figurative works tend to create a similar “environment.” It is important to me that the viewer feel invited into my paintings. I want them to step in for a moment and maybe even escape the stresses of their day. How great it would feel to me to think I might help someone have a little better day.

Swanson has served on various community arts boards, including the Bartow County Arts Guild and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Bartow County. She is currently a member of The Big Canoe Art Club in Big Canoe, Georgia. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and at shows throughout the United States. Her work can found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Swanson currently works from her studio in the beautiful north Georgia mountains of Big Canoe. She received the award Best in Show—Single Image in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Interiors for her painting "Quiet Invitation II."

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Arches
Arches

Debra Houston, local to the Pacific Northwest, spotlights landscapes and street scenes in her dramatic and evocative pieces. With careful use of color and texture as well as thoughtful attention to the depiction of light and shadow, she strives to dramatically expose the essence of landscape and cityscape. 

Of her work, Houston says: 

I've always been intrigued by vivid colors and textures. Through countless hours of experimentation and practice, I have become a versatile artist depicting landscapes, cityscapes, and street scenes, abstracts and unique color studies.

Much of my recent work is done with both a pallet knife and a brush, which helps provide intricate detail while still leaving a lot of room for interpretation. I use oils and acrylics and paint on a variety of surfaces including canvas, board, and plexiglas.

When I begin a piece, I allow the paint and colors to move me. I don't typically have a carefully mapped-out plan for each painting, but rather just an idea or focal point that develops throughout the creation. An emotional interest is the true goal in my work. Creating a mood, reflection, wonder . . . something that allows the viewer to escape each and every time.

Houston was an Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's exhibition: Sacred Time - Sacred Space.

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