Upstream People Gallery

11th Annual Judeo-Christian Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

Thankfully again this year we gather together in this widely viewed venue to share the talents of many faithful and gifted artists from many parts, including New Mexico, Arizona, New York, Utah, Florida, Texas, California, Illinois, Oregon, Maryland, Montana, Georgia, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Washington, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Canada and Malaysia, showcasing this “11th Annual Judeo-Christian Juried Online International Art Exhibition”.

Herein are comments about those works that show a depth of understanding of scripture and some works that exhibit a heartfelt expression of love and faithfulness.

ROBERT BERN of Santa Fe, New Mexico in a way “commands his limestone to speak” visually, by his carving “The Ascension” with a cubistic style. The movement from the rectilinear to the top curvilinear is quite effective.

MARIANA BARTOLOMEO BROOKSMUELLER of Surprise, Arizona has several interesting interpretations. The play of two centers in her work “And Mary Shall Rejoice at the Word” is a nice rendition with a contemporary flare. Her “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” gains strength via the mixed media supported by the asymmetrically symmetrical orchestration in neutral yet warm tonality. And again in “Blessed Are They Who Mourn” is strong in her use of photographic imagery. Yet another stacked diptych-like piece is “The Thirteenth Station of the Cross” with its rather serious tone.

KEN BYLER of Amityville, New York, in his large twelve feet by six feet painting entitled “St. Francis” shows the various aspects of the saint’s life using the brown habit of the Franciscans contrasted with the cool blues. The arched canvas at the top adds to the strength of the piece. And in his “Ark of the Angel” the similar palette is used in a more mysterious manner.

JOSEPH CASALINO, JR. of Salt Lake City, Utah uses simplicity to make a strong statement in welded steel. In “Angels Shall Sing” he uses simple geometric forms to express the idea. Also in his work “Madonna” there is a sense of strength in the textured treatment and humble stance of Our Lady.

KENGSEN CHONG of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia approaches the image “Ecce Homo II” with directness and simplicity as well. In more abstract terms the artist deals with the crucifixion in “Gethsamene Revisited II: Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani” with symbolic clues and text messages here and there.

BARBARA J. CORNETT of Green Cove Springs, Florida uses mixed media assemblage to express such experiences as “Prayer” in which the elongation enhances the concept of prayer going up. Quite nice and lyrical is her other mixed media piece entitled “Spirit” with its outreaching curvilinear movements.

LISA KEARSLEY COWLING of Lakeway, Texas uses oil with delicacy as seen in her painting “White Wings & Rose Petals” and “Winged Altarpiece” both showing a lightness and heartfelt quality.

TAL DVIR of Irvine, California captures the prayerful character as seen in “Evening Pray” with its cool monochrome with rather luscious brushwork fluidity. In the piece “Pray” the somewhat tenebristic approach adds an intensity to the tender moment. And “Women Side (at the Western Wall)” is quite effective with the figures slightly bent toward the wall in prayer; the warm and cool contrast gives it even more visual strength.

JELENA EROS of Mesa, Arizona has two similarly formatted works in acrylic which are engaging: “Carrying Crosses to Jesus” and “Yahweh Rophe”. Both create thoughtful and uplifting presentations.

JUANITA FINGER of Roswell, New Mexico has created something quite nice, involving the meticulous work with beads. Her piece “Loss of Innocence Tree” is quite developed with its references to the snake and the forbidden fruit of the tree in the Garden of Eden.

CHRISTIE HELM of Hinsdale, Illinois deals with verses in Revelations. With rich texture, her large oil on linen piece “Revelation 4:4” is very strong.

CHRISTOPHER M. LINQUATA of Granada Hills, California graces this year's exhibition with his fine iconic works including "St. Demetrios", "St. Michael The Archangel" with its brilliant coloration of red and blue, "St. Nicholas", "St. George" and "St. George II".
These are indeed a marvel in their size and attention to detail!

NATALIE A. MAKLETZOFF of Ontario, Canada expresses “Genesis Chapter 1, Verses 1 & 2” with the dove and cloud formation pattern relating in an harmonious way.

LINDA K. McCRAY of Clancy, Montana has some impressive works indeed. “Dust to Dust” is made with acrylic and ash; “Light from Light” is created with acrylic, blessed palm and sand from Jerusalem; with it’s rich coloration, “Passion to Pentecost” also uses sand from Jerusalem; and “The True Light” is another with Jerusalem sand mixed with acrylic. “To Form Anew XXV” is an interesting interpretation of the metanoia experience.

ANTHONY MISERENDINO of Baltimore, Maryland is versatile in terms of working in various media. His mixed media piece “Dancers” is compelling in the sense of also showing two coffins with two men kneeling beside each. His use of wood is excellent and his interpretation of “Human and Divine” is wonderful indeed. His use of sterling silver and rosewood is dynamic in his piece “Knife of Abraham”. And his etched steel and hardwoods sculpture “Sacrament of Marriage” is rich in concept as well as in materials.

M. CATHERINE MOORE of Roswell, Georgia handles the message of “Adoration” with a rich textural build up and with a complementary color palette. The contrast of the simple face and the abstracted crucified face of Christ adds to the work. With an interesting movement throughout, her mixed media piece “The Flood” is quite strong.

CHUCK MOUNTAIN of Denver, Colorado uses the poster form to get the message across quite effectively. “Christmas”, “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”, “Hope”, “Magnificat” and “May Peace Prevail on Earth” all communicate directly with great visual effects together with the artistic handling of the text.

JAN PARTIN of Dallas, Texas captures spiritual messages through photography. One of the most compelling is “Riderless Horse” which deals with the matter of life and death. The counterbalancing of black and white is quite nice.

ERIC GOGu ROBINSON of Pella, Iowa is able to use various media to create a kind of agony for his Crucifixion series. Especially poignant is "Crucifixion 108" in which the text of "Father Forgive Them..." together with the text about what we are doing to each other, strikes a chord in expression. And technically strong is the piece "Crucifixion 133: Isaiah".

LISA SNOW-LADY of Seattle, Washington has some interesting pieces in the show, especially “Promised Land” in which she shows fruit to create a sense of the bountiful land. “Upward Reaching” also shows again as in her other works, a hopefulness.

JEFF STOLZ of La Crosse, Wisconsin paints in oil the idea of “Jonah = Waiting for God” with warm yellows and accents of rusty orange and blues. The seated still figure encased in a curvilinear rhythm are nicely contrasted.

MATTHEW TETER of San Antonio, Texas works well in abstraction and realism. One of the most attractive is “Outside the City Gates” showing a woman resting her head on her coupled hands. The close-up and the distant city imagery work well together.

PAULA VISNOSKI of Providence, Rhode Island is prolific with her watercolors. Her work entitled "Into The Light" is a wonderful rendition showing the man reaching for the Light of God, reinforced with the lady with outstretched arms upward.

IRENE WONG of Singapore expresses in fine detail the concept of the harvesting of souls in her oil painting "The Great Harvest", using the foreground of wheat in a symbolic way.

Well, those are a few comments about some of the works selected for this year’s show. All artists are to be congratulated in sharing their time, talent and these treasures, with a theme that is very important rather than transient and fleeting. May God Bless you all.


Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art