Upstream People Gallery

12th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition

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The “12th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition” has proven to be one of diversity of expression and media. What a wonder it is to see so many artists from various parts of the world sharing their special talents. Following are comments about some of the special works that capture original approaches to visual dialogue.

KATRIN ALVAREZ of Cologne, Germany creates a foiled pattern field ground with figuration that speaks well of that special uniqueness. The piece “Daddy Loves Me” is more direct wherein the large arm holds the child up as if to present the child as a present.

WESLEY BILLINGSLEA of Los Gatos, California uses thiocarbamide and selenium toned black and white photography to capture the uncommon presentation of native peoples. All of his work is dramatic in terms of the regalia of the figures. “Daniel Epi”, “Epi 1”, “Gerardo Soto Soto”, “Huitzi” and “Karim Lupe 2” are all honorable works that display the beauty of the indigenous character.

SANDRO BISONNI of Appignano (MC), Italy has qualities of Edvard Munch in terms of the stretched elongation of imagery, however in the oil painting “Viale Dante Riccione” the freshly spontaneous brushwork is more active perhaps due to the subject matter.

GREG BLAIR of Aberdeen, South Dakota has a skill with mixed media especially developed in works such as “A Matter of Time” wherein the grass and soil will tend to change in time. The reference to the shape of a clock works well for the message. Consistent with his masterful craftsmanship is his piece “Incendia” with a bit more complexity in concept. And “The Dream of Something Better” is rather arresting in the natural wood grain of the maple presented as an open clam shell.

ROSEMARIE BLOCH of Okeana, Ohio is prolific with her acrylic paintings. In this series of works she creates hexagonal shaped works with rectilinear grid work. Most attractive is “Autumn in New York” which shows the warm and cool contrasting color.

THOMAS BRITT of Knoxville, Tennessee is an excellent painter, able to create gradated tonality with the quick drying media. Beyond the generic imagery, perhaps the most significant work is his “Cardinals in Winter” with the high contrast of light and dark and the two-centered composition and the correlational reference that may be inferred with the possible connection of cardinals associated with the church.

ALEXANDRA CHANEY of Ellensburg, Washington has some very strong body sculpture works in the show. “Repel: Aichmophobia” is delicately presented with the thin lines capped with X-acto blades which classifies it on the edgy side. “Repel: Aprilophobia” is striking as well with the neck piece showing linear movement curled down and out with the points of the syringe needles pointed away from the body which seems to be a main trait of her other works. “Repel: Fumiphobia” is also another outstanding piece in its originality and the cigarettes presented gradually shorter towards the front is a special touch. “Millet Ruff: Wearable Birdfeeder” shows millet seed stems arranged around the neck and as indicated by the title, this work deals with inviting rather than showing blades and needles which is more “standoffish” or repelling. And “Repel: Tetanophobia” is mostly a collection of rusty nails and fence staples arranged outward consistent with the theme of repelling.

IONE CITRIN of Los Angeles, California is a popular artist in the L.A. area and enjoys wide success with her works on canvas. In this show, her piece “Succulents” is very moving and uplifting with the clearly defined curvilinear patterning and the more amorphous and cool background.

ANGELINA T. COLLINS of Montgomery, New York has a signature style in her graphic works dealing with aspects of nature. Quite successful in terms of the imagery of a large wave contrasted with a small drop of water, punctuated with the breaking out of the frame as if the water overflowed as seem in "Angles of Nature Design 03".

JOCELYNE DESFORGES off Lachine, Quebec, Canada has a sense of the delightful and fantasy in her portrayal of “Hollywood” oil on canvas. The many faceted parts staged around a star on the table gives us quite a show of wonderment. Also showing many different subjects nicely arranged in a shelving context she presents “Post Office". The punch of this work is the opposing diagonals and the variety of imagery.

BRYON DRAPER of Springville, Utah, one of our many university professors, is a genius in integrating stone and bronze in his figurative works. “Young Ruler” shows the torso, a strong core depicted with stone, and the head and legs shown with bronze, another strong material. These materials, strong as they are, enhance the needed strength of a ruler.

CARLEE EAST of Swanton, Ohio gives the show a challenging work full of variety in all the elements in her painting “Colorscape”. The zig zag counter play enriches the vitality of this acrylic painting.

STACY ELKO of Lubbock, Texas masters book arts with a wonderfully rich work entitled “Games Played with Hands”. The cylindrical presentation of the lithographs with the three-dimensional aspects are quite fascinating. Another engaging piece is her work “Items for a Weary Planet” which shows iconic symbols, many of which are loaded with powerful meanings.

JEFF ENGEL of Omaha, Nebraska is brilliant in his highly successful artistic furniture pieces. “Balloon Drawer” with its contrast of the curvilinear and rectilinear harmoniously presented with earthly tonality is certainly unique and delightful especially when the drawers are open. His “’Earthquake’ Dresser” is another awesome rendition using the sense of fracturing in a purposeful manner. Another work in the rather deconstructivistic approach is his “Melting Shelf” wherein he successfully bends the wood media giving the straight and curve movements a special staging. Showing different woods, he suspends a boxed drawer with metal within the frame of another wood structure nicely titled “Suspense”. All his works are terrific and amazing in concept and professional skill.

KATARINA FAGERSTROM LEVRING of Kungsbacka, Halland, Sweden takes the approach with gentle drama using digital photography. Perhaps the most impressive is the piece “IrisLive” with the contrasting yellow-orange is central to the rather dark violet environment.

CLAUDIA FAINGUERSCH of Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina deals with parts of the body in an artistic way. In her photograph “Corner”, the L shaped composition shows the wrinkles and texture of the skin.

ANTHONY FOO of Placentia, California has some interesting works in clay. “Family Ties” shows cylindrical forms in two parts; the white ones with black ties and the black ones with white ties. The idea of black and white as a family is a good concept indeed. With crackling used appropriately in the context of a kind of life form emerging from a shell or egg form he successfully creates “Emergence” with wonderful textural effects. “Terra Nova” shows an arch formation holding various cylindrical parts. And “Seed” with its rich patterns of circular voids and overall desaturated orange patina, is magnificently striking. Also, “Home” using raku with a shiny and rich reddish tone, with rough and smooth character, is a nice grouping.

ERNIE L. FOURNET of New Iberia, Louisiana is adept with drawing and painting as seen in his piece "Ghillie Dhu"and in this show he masterfully uses his skill with graphite depicting the intricacy of two hunters in a highly textured terrain combined with very richly patterned outfits and camouflaging.

SUZAN FOX of Terryville, Connecticut gives the show her successful and skillful handling of egg tempera. “In Her Celestial Gaze” she meticulously creates a masterful portrait. And in “The Other Side of the Looking Glass” she develops a sense of mystery in the added images in the environment. The rather super realistic handing of the hair stands out together with the more subtle showing of the pink cat in the tree.

BILL FULK of Centennial, Colorado has a definite recognizable style in terms of the geometric expressionism with the dark outlining used abundantly. “Arapaho Death Song” show this dramatic effect as well as his work “Southwestern Wyoming”. He treats his subject matter somewhat lighter in his piece “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”.

DENIS HAGEN of Wheaton, Illinois gives the viewer food for thought in many of his digital photographs. Of particular note is “Past Lives” in which he shows a tree overlapping an aged corn crib behind. The warm colors and the cool sky work well together to giving a sense of time passing.

BETTY JAMESON of Austin, Texas effectively uses collage and acrylic together. Quite dramatic in the rhythm of light and dark and warm and cool is her piece “Aspen On Ice”. Vertically presented, “Heart Throb” is a wonderful abstraction of the concept. And “Inside Out” with its intense yellow and red-orange and the smaller intricacies in the central part of the composition, is another of her strong works.

JOSEPH L. KAGLE, JR., of Kingwood, Texas is very creative with color and expression. In this show he gives “Self-Portrait in a Box” which seems typical of his use of a kind of boxing formation as seen his other more abstract works in previous exhibitions. The geometric and organic qualities in this acrylic painting are rich.

HOWARD LAMEL of Highland Beach, Florida takes ceramics to another level. His “Lenox 5281” in its warm coloration and his “Lenox 5247” in its cool coloration are both outstanding examples of masterful techniques in glazing and unique in terms of the object forms.

RACHEL LEVY of Glenview, Illinois uses the photographed figure. In “Andrew Shadow” she creates a nice dramatic effect in a square format. The idea of holding the hand over the eyes and the effect of the dark shadow are quite interesting together.

WENDY MOYER of Laredo, Texas shows textile art in a professional manner. Perhaps most successful is her piece “Flor de la Noche” with the black behind the night flower strengthening the subject. The hand stitching adds a nice touch to the simple and direct statement.

BOBBY NASH of Knoxville, Tennessee creates a gentle yet spontaneous rendition of a group setting in his pastel work “At Leisure”. The dark bottom half works well with the lighter upper half of the composition, helping to show the glow of the overhead lighting the the large window light.

KIM NICHOLLS of Gilbert, Arizona takes her imagery to a higher level in her acrylic “No! Wait! Don’t Go!” wherein there is some mystery in terms of the relationships of the fantastic subjects.

SHERRY ZACHWIEJA POWELL of Barboursville, West Virginia creates some very strong works with mixed media and digital manipulation. “Deconstructed Energy” shows some very nice textural patterning. “Florescent Memories” is outstanding in color and movement. And “Unfinished Business” is perhaps the most diverse in the visuality with exciting colors and organic patterns moving here and there in a wonderful engagement.

YOUSSEF RAMI of Toronto, Ontario, Canada takes abstraction seriously. In his oil painting “Angelic Dreams” he composes light and glow on the left contrasted with the darker on the right side. The vertical movements on both sides harmonize the horizontal piece.

ISABELLE RIBEIRO of Orlando, Florida creates with the digital medium. The use of doll forms with the big eyes are taken a step further especially in her piece “Lucia on Pink” wherein the intense blue eyes stand out in the high key environment.

LYNNE RICHARDS of Stillwater, Oklahoma is quite the fiber artist. Thoughtful and ingenious, she develops the message “The Prosperous Prosper Still More by Positioning to Appropriate”.

RICHARD SCHNEIDER of Cleveland Hts., Ohio is another one of our professors who excels with earthenware. He creates many plates that are quite effective as seen in this show with his work “Marbelized Plate #2”.

C. P. SEIBT of Parikia / Paros, Greece is very creative. Showing a sense of the diverse, he positions head shapes in a grid formation in his oil on wood panel “Forgotten Personae/Metamorphosis”. And “Next Generational/Metamorphosis” is quite interesting in that the figurative is supported by chicken-like legs and a right hand outlined inside a cross form.

THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongqing City, PRC, China contributes aspects of his world. “Baby Face” is quite colorful and endearing to see. And “Long Ride Home” is very nice in the compositional arrangement of a seated figure in blue surrounded with a lot of bright yellow.

ANDREW TOTH of Tuscaloosa, Alabama has some outstanding and original ceramic works that are quite amazing. His signature style is strongly presented in several pieces. “Aimlessly” seems to be held in suspension. And “Dance” shows several protrusions giving a lot of movement to the work. “Inflexustriclavusforma Tethoid” and “Inflexusternoclavusforma Tothoid” both show his uniqueness with the textured body and the pointed parts. Without the pointed protrusions, he develops a very handsome piece in “Inflexusforma Tothoid” wherein the movement is enhanced.

LANCE TURNER of Morganton, North Carolina definitely creates with style and that “wow” factor. Standing eight feet tall, he creates a sculptural painting entitled “A Further Distortion of My Space Girl Friend According to Her Phone Numbers in Binary Code”. This is an awesome work of art. “Hollingsworth Photomontage” shows his ability with the grid using acrylic and RC silver prints on canvas. With a bit more adventure with the outside shape, he creates “Jason: Single Increment Grid Paintings” held together with the calming horizontal repetition of the face imagery. And, moreover, his piece “Process and Documentation Installation” is quite impressive in that the environment is created to engage the viewer in a greater way.

ESTHER WERTHEIMER of Boca Raton, Florida creates a melody with bronze in her elongated linearity, showing moving figures. “Born Free” is delightful with its legato movement. “Exuberance” is certainly felt in the playful rendition of four figures dancing about holding hands.

PEGGY ZEHRING of La Veta, California succeeds with her diptychs as seen in her rich mixed media piece properly entitled “Coming Together”. It’s quite interesting to see the large curving movement where it connects the two parts.

And so we have some significant insight as to what is happening with various media and the many creative ideas in ceramic and bronze, egg tempera and fiber as well as acrylic and oil and other media.

Thanks go out to all who are advancing in their visual vocabulary and sharing their artistic genius with the whole world. Keep up the good work!


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art