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DO YOU HAVE A LIGHT by Sarah Manriquez
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Sarah Manriquez says of her work, "This body of work is from an ongoing series called Vintage Noir. There are several vignettes of different women throughout the entirety of the series thus far. In these images the focus revolves around a classic strand pearls, black satin gloves, a long cigarette and a delicate birdcage fascinator adorned in silky feathers. I used a cinematic approach when shooting this series and went back and forth between wide angle shots and intimate details.

Much of my work revolves around form studies and is a contemporary take on boudoir photography. I am very interested in the body positive movement and my goal is to create beautiful images of women that will empower them and hopefully help shape a more confident sense of ownership and pride in their skin and of their bodies."
 
Born in Carson City, NV and raised in Honduras on the island of Roatan- traveling, culture and language has been a large part of  Sarah’s  life. Originally she started college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque as a Foreign Language major.

Since coming back to school after a gap period of several years, she has changed her major to art with a concentration in photography and is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts.

Sarah enjoys being part of the UAF community and is a member of several organizations. In addition to serving as the Director of the Frozen Lenses Photography Club, she is a member of both the Student Ceramics Arts Guild and the Honors Program.

She also loves music and plays the string bass with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her fine art photography work, Sarah has worked as a freelance writer and photojournalist for the past several years and served as the Photo Editor for the Sun Star for the last two years- taking Best Portrait in Alaska Press Club’s  statewide journalism conference last year.
 
https://www.sarahmanriquez.com/ or follow her on Instagram @Sarah.Manriquez
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THE BEGINNING AND END OF EVERYTHING by Sarah Manriquez
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ALWAYS KISS ME GOODNIGHT by Sarah Manriquez
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ROOTS 008 by Ajuan Song
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Ajuan Song says of her work, "This series (Roots) occupies the space between the dual forces of liberation and restriction to achieve balance and harmony.

The series questions the existing relationship humans have with the natural world. In Chinese culture, trees are respected for their spiritual and symbolic meanings.

Song says of her work, "With this work, I am embracing digital technologies and overlaying photographs of human forms with lines created from tree branches. The human figure unites with nature to achieve harmony and peace with the surrounding world. This is the ultimate goal: to achieve a balance in freedom and control between human and nature."

AJuan Song is a multimedia artist whose work utilizes analog and digital photography and alternative processing to create abstract imagery. She has studied at International Centre of Photography and Pratt Institute and is a member at Penumbra Foundation and Manhattan Graphic Center. She was born in 1986 in China and is currently living and working in New York.

Group Exhibition
 2017  

Abstraction of the Ordinary, Arte Ponte Gallery

Heart & Soul,  Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York

 I_and_Place, K&P gallery, New York

Group Exhibition, Museum of Russia Art, New Jersey

2016         
Concept Winter 2016, CICA Museum, South Korea

2016   You are one of a kind, K&P Gallery , New York

2016  Holiday Group Show, GreenPoint Gallery , New York

2016  "ALL Colors" Art Competition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online , New York

Publications:

2017    Art Yellow Book, CICA Museum, Korea

 ArtAscent  Magazine, Portraits, February Issue
                
http://www.ajuansong.com
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ROOTS 012 by Ajuan Song
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ROOTS 014 by Ajuan Song
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ALCATRAZ TWINS by Ann Marie Donahue
HONORABLE MENTION
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Ann Marie Donahue says of her work, "We all experience deja vu at times.

When I have this fleeting feeling I wonder where it occurred. Was it in a dream, from a past experience or perhaps another time? That's what interests me: often we cannot pinpoint an exact moment that is triggered by an image, but we know a prior experience must be there.

My Alternative Landscape series discovers these pasts by photographing in film with my plastic camera. I use a specific setting on my Holga which melds the images together in camera. The images can repeat or merge together creating a dreamscape. These images express a fleeting impression of a place as a memory. I invite the viewer to stay a bit looking as it may conjure a prior experience."

Donahue is an award-winning photographer living in Los Angeles. She has been photographing for 20 years and studied at the Maine Media Workshops.

She hails from Glenside, PA (the town that has created the new campaign of love “Hate Has No Home Here”) and has lived in France, Maine, and California.

She works in both film and digital photography. Besides photography, she loves to tap dance, learn some new circus aerial skills, and make people laugh on occasion.

Her work has been exhibited widely and is in private collections across the country and can be viewed here: http://www.annmariedonahue.com
 
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GATE by Ann Marie Donahue
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HOUSE DREAMS by Ann Marie Donahue
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EXPECTATIONS- STORIES FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE by Astrid Reischwitz
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Astrid Reischwitz says of her series, 'Stories from the Kitchen Table', "I created 'Stories from the Kitchen Table' to preserve and honor a fading way of life in my childhood home, a continent away.

Going home means travelling the long distance back to a small village in northern Germany and my family’s old farmhouse, a house that seems untouched by modern time, and, one day soon, will be left behind.

The hardship of farming and events during World War II cast a prickly shadow over family members that can still be felt today. Telling these tales gives me a chance for reflection and transformation. Memories and emotions intertwine into new stories.

When I visit, I absorb the ingredients of home: the flavors of dishes that are so familiar, and the same furnishings, photographs, knick-knacks, and worn kitchen tools that have been there since well before I was born. Most of all, the very essence of home for me is gathering around the kitchen table to sit down for a meal with family and friends and share stories old and new.

Connecting past and present, my composites include old family photos combined with images reflecting how I perceive my heritage today. I use flowers and fragmented images of fabric: these dish towels, tablecloths, napkins, and decorative wall hangings (dating back to 1799) were passed down from generation to generation - a salute to the women who lived and worked under the roof of this old house. Pieces of the traditional costume, buried for decades in an old farmer’s trunk, add a layer of local history to my images.

My grandmother was a great influence. She was the overseer and guide of a local farmhouse museum across the street; she was the keeper of local history and the keeper of family stories and tales that often were shared among women in “spin clubs.” In past times, “spin clubs” met with the purpose of spinning wool, doing needlework, and stitching tablecloths and wall hangings. These close-knit groups of women stayed together until death. Today, these clubs barely exist. “Stories from the Kitchen Table” transforms this tradition of storytelling into a visual journey."

Astrid Reischwitz is a Boston-based photographer whose work explores several aspects of storytelling from a personal perspective. Her projects include intimate views of private spaces and reflections on her own history and values. Using keepsakes from family life, old photographs and visual storytelling elements, she builds a visual world of memory and identity, place and home.

Her work Stories from the Kitchen Table was featured at 555 Gallery, Boston MA, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence RI, and Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox MA.

The Bedroom Project was featured at Danforth Art Museum and Cambridge Art Association (CAA). Solo exhibitions of Street Art include: the Griffin Museum of Photography, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University (NEO), Firehouse Center for the Arts Newburyport, Munroe Center for the Arts Lexington, and Boston Public Library.  Expectations, an earlier black and white series focusing on the shapes of pregnant women, was exhibited at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Concord MA.

Reischwitz’s photographs have appeared in juried group exhibitions at the Photographic Resource Center (PRC), Boston, Exposure 2016; The Danforth Museum of Art, Off the Wall and New England Photography Biennial; CAA National Prize Show, Red, Blue (Best in Show), and Platinum (Best in Show); Photo Place Gallery VT (Jurors’ Choice Award); Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA; Gallery Seven, Maynard MA; Bedford (MA) Free Public Library; Brush Gallery Lowell MA; Concord Art Association (Prize for Best Photography), Frances N. Roddy Open Competition (Third Prize 2014, Second Prize 2016); Houston Center for Photography; Vermont Center for Photography; Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury VT; The Curated Fridge, Boston MA; Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg OR (First Place); Massachusetts Convention Center with Photographic Resource Center Boston; and DeCordova Museum School Gallery, Lincoln MA. She received a Silver Medal Award in the San Francisco International Photography Exhibition and was selected as one of Top 100 for Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. She is a Photolucida Critical Mass photographer (Top 50, 2016; Top 200, 2015) and winner of the 2016 International Portfolio Competition, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, as well as the Winner of Portfolio ShowCase 10 at The Center for Fine Arts Photography, Fort Collins CO. Reischwitz was selected as a Finalist for the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2017.

Her photographs have been published in the Boston Globe, the Lexington Minuteman, the Newburyport Current, the Bedford Minuteman, Armenian Weekly, and other publications. Her work was also published online on LensCulture, Lenscratch, Wired Japan, Il Post Italy, P3 Portugal, What Will You Remember, and 3200K online blogs, as well as Cambridge Art Association blog and Echoes of Pop in the New Millennia blogspot. Her portfolio Stories from the Kitchen Table is featured on Syracuse University’s Family.Life. Project webpage. 

Reischwitz curates art exhibitions at the Bedford MA Free Public Library, most recently the group show Portraits, as well as featured exhibitions including Dick Simon (kNOw T-H-E-M), Caleb Cole (Other People’s Clothes), and Nick Johnson/Sus Iserbyt (Solitude). She is a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association.

A graduate of the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, with a PhD in chemistry, Reischwitz began her study of photography at the International Center of Photography in New York soon after moving to the United States. After relocating to the Boston area she continued her studies at the New England School of Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, DeCordova Museum School, and Photography Atelier at Lesley University and Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA. She also holds a certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.

www.reischwitzphotography.com
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PRICKLY- STORIES FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE by Astrid Reischwitz
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FORGET ME NOT- STORIES FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE byAstrid Reischwitz
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GIRLS by Cat Lair
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Cat Lair/ Raised in Mendocino County, lived near Anderson Marsh tribal village site and Audubon nature area. Student of many teachers, including Adele Pruit, Richard Hamilton, Nancy Tinsling.

Lair is a member of Mendocino County Artist Association. To see more of her work go to Members Gallery.

Her work was chosen by Sun Pictures-Permanent collection CBS Sunday morning, International Wolf Center painting of “Aidan” rescued wolf.

Featured article, in ARTiculAction, United Kingdom, Semi Annual, Issuu.com
 
 
 
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GUNNY IN OLD BARRACKS PRESIDIO 4 by Cat Lair
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TIMELESS GIRL by Cat Lair
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CIRCUS by Dana West
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Born in California, Dana West spent most
of her life in the deserts of California, New Mexico, and Arizona.

She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Dana calls Chicago home where she is busy with her art practice and is a staff member of the SAIC Photography Department.

Dana has exhibited from San Francisco to London including shows at Arizona State University, the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Sullivan Galleries at SAIC in Chicago, and Menier Gallery in London.

She is represented with four works of art in the permanent collection of the Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection in the Flaxman Library, Chicago, IL and the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dana West uses art as both an exploration and a personal catharsis. While her main medium of choice is photography, her art has also delved into other mediums that maintain this duality of expression.

Her work is focused on the woman – the interconnectivity of all women as well as the striking subject of a woman alone in the world. Several images exude a clear sense of loneliness, for example a single woman standing and looking out at the ocean, while others like the photograph of an old photograph of a pregnant woman exude a complexity of emotions, loneliness being just one of them. There is serenity in an image of fall leaves imprinting a sidewalk; there is chaos in an image of corporate logos above a streetlight. There are intensely personal images of the artist herself followed by the image of the blatant commodification of women in a piece of street art asking if this display is “Sexy?” Although it is clear that West picks inspiration from an object she passes just as much as from her own past, she qualifies her work as very auto-biographical; a personal history of the artist, made ever more intriguing by the viewer’s own emotion which inevitably shifts and changes the art they encounter. Ultimately, West’s work is an act of courage, of a woman finding her voice, the mediums to amplify it, and using them. It is also an act of reaching out – reaching out to other women who are, as she puts it, “stained by life, stained but not destroyed.”
by Eleanor Goldfield 

http://www.danawestphoto.com
 
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DINOSAURS by Dana West
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SUNDAY MORNING by Dana West
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ANNA H 02-03-17--08AB by Dan McCormack
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Dan McCormack says of this series, 'The Nude at Home', "I use the extreme wide angle distortions of the round oatmeal box pinhole camera and the subtle colorization to create a series of visceral images.

Through successive pulling of curves in Photoshop, B&W values are replaced with subtle color.

The 'Nude at Home' is a subset of a larger pinhole camera project begun in 1998. In this series, begun about seven years ago, I photograph the model nude in her home, apartment or studio. With the model in her space, all the objects in the image are a part of the life of the model. Then the pose, the furniture and the long, two minute exposures, I attempt to reveal an intimate portrait of the subject."

Dan McCormack studied Photography from 1962-1967 at the Institute of Design, the New Bauhaus, at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where he studied with Aaron Siskind, Arthur Siegal, Wynn Bullock and Joe Jachna. Next, he earned an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1967 to 1970 having studied with Barbara Crane and Ken Josephson.

He began photographing the nude with Wendy, his wife while in graduate school. Then for over forty years he explored various techniques and processes while photographing the nude as a central theme.
In 1971,  Dan co-founded the Mombaccus Art Center in Accord which received NYSCA grants for two years. The center offered classes in photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, house building and mime. The Mombaccus Art Center had local and national shows every month. Dan McCormack curated a show of photographer Judith Steinhauser.

From 1973 to 1975 Dan McCormack was a founding member of the Woodstock Artists Co-Operative and he had a solo show with the Co-op.

In 1975 Dan joined the Catskill Center for Photography and served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for ten years. During that term, he had a solo show at CCFP and he participated by hanging every show with another director for the first ten years. During his time with CCFP, Dan curated several shows, one with the work of Aaron Sisikind, and another of photographers who were teaching photography in a college and another of early digital imagery.

In 1982, Dan McCormack  won a NYSCA-CAPS Photography Fellowship with a series of infrared nude images made of Wendy. With that series, he produced a monograph, "BODY LIGHT-Passages in a Relationship" in 1989.   

In 1988, Dan joined Level 3 Gallery, a Co-Operative Photography Gallery in Philadelphia as a founding member. He participated in monthly shows and he had a solo exhibition celebrating the publishing  of his monograph, “BODY LIGHT”.

In 1988, Dan McCormack became the director of the Art Gallery of the Art Department  at the Dobbs Ferry campus of Mercy Collegey. During his year he curated several shows including a solo show of photographer Will Faller and of painter Nancy Ostrovsky.

Dan McCormack has taught photography at Purdue University, Pratt Institute, SUNY New Paltz, Bard College, Mercy College, Ramapo College, Columbia-Green Community College, Somerset Community College, County College of Morris before coming to Marist College twenty-five years ago. He currently heads the Film Photography program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.           

Dan McCormack began teaching an Advanced Seminar in Photography at the Mombaccus Art Center in 1971. The Seminar next moved to the Catskill Center for Photography for over ten years. In the mid 1980's Dan McCormack teamed up with Eric Lindbloom and they co-taught the Advanced Seminar in Poughkeepsie, next back at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, and then back again in Poughkeepsie at the Barrett Art Center. In 2015 Eric Lindbloon stepped down and Michael Sabilia assumed the co-leader with Dan McCormack.

In 1998 Dan began to work with pinhole camera photography. In 2009, he won the Ultimate Eye Foundation’s grant for Figurative Photography and had his work featured in an exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont, CA.

In January 2010, Dan McCormack had a solo show at the Photography Center of the Capitol District in Troy, NY. He showed over fifty images from ten diverse series made from 1990 to 2010.  In May 2013, Dan had a solo show at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. In this exhibit he showed 28 images from his “Nude at Home” series. Then in January 2016  he had a solo show of the “Nude at Home” series at the Beacon Artists Union in Beacon, NY and in May of 2016, Dan had another show with newer images of the “Nude at Home” series at the Arts Upstairs Gallery in Phoenicia, NY.

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NAVA S 07-12-16--14AC by Dan McCormack
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LIGHT by Dawn Watson
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Capturing or creating moments of connection, tension or contemplation, Dawn Watson's work explores our shared psychological and sensorty topography.

She expresses myriad ways in which we inhabit our interior and external worlds.

Watson is drawn to the process of both becoming and diminishing, each stage having intrinsic beauty as it transforms shape and content to reveal a different truth. She endeavors to make sense of the "both/and" that is contemporary life, the beauty and chaos inherent in each moment.

Watson embraces the kinetic and contemplative in her work.  With her camera in hand, her moving mantra, she achieves a heightened awareness of being in the world.  Bringing to this movement her vast experience as a dancer and choreographer, she shifts deftly from large frame to small, stage to camera, finding parallels in use of space, light, form and storytelling.

Dawn Watson attended classes at the Maine Media Workshop, International Center of Photography and Santa Fe Workshop. 

Her work is influenced by Peter Turnley, Cig Harvey, Valerie Jardin, Elizabeth Avedon, among others.

Watson currently studies with Sandi Haber-Fifield.  Her work is held in private collections and has been shown in juried exhibitions at A Smith Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The DarkRoom Gallery, The Griffen Museum, Hastings Station Cafe Gallery, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, The Lodge at Woodloch Gallery, New York Center for Photographic Arts, Photoplace Gallery, Tang Museum, and The Tilt Gallery.

Based in Hastings on Hudson, NY, Watson is an advocate for the arts and the environment. She continues her long association as board member of Scenic Hudson Inc., a regional environmental group charged with preserving the Hudson River and environs.

Features:

What Will You Remember, Message from GRACE “Altered States Photolucida 2017”, (Elin Spring)

Center for Fine Art Photography Featured Artist, Cheeky Chicks “Animalia”, 2017
Don’t Take Pictures blog, Photo of the Day, “Message from GRACE”, 2017

www.dawnwatson.art
 
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Long Road by Dawn Watson
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WHO'S THERE by Dawn Watson
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LOST by Diane Cockerill
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Diane Cockerill says of her work, " A city’s rich pageantry is no more apparent than on the pavement and streets of Los Angeles, specifically its curbs.

Bright colors, faded hues, textures, fractures, patterns, numbers and words provide a coded language, all exposed to the elements, challenging survival
of the fittest.

Through my project, CURBITURE, I take advantage of the boundless bliss of our street inventory, celebrating the diverse, crumbling infrastructure and random still lifes."

Solo Exhibition:       

2007 - Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA – “Curbiture”

Group Exhibitions:   

2017 - 1650 Gallery – Window & Doors group exhibition

2017 - Art Share-LA #MyDayInLA – juried group exhibition

2017 - PhotoLA at The Reef/LA Mart – Represented in CollectorWorks

2017 - The Annenberg Community Beach House “Los Angeles: Detailed” – juried exhibition

2016 - Mas Attack – Torrance Art Museum

2016 - The Curated Fridge “Road Trip Stories” – juried exhibition

2016 - “Human Rights” – juried exhibition

2016 - Groundspace Projects, LA – “Groundswell” – juried exhibition

2016 - Studio C Gallery: “Let Us Eat Cake” – Women Artist Exhibition

2016 - ph21 “Cats” Juried Exhibition – Budapest, Hungary 

2016 - Keystone Gallery: “The LA River – A City Runs Through It”

2015 - ph21 “City + Life” – Budapest, Hungary – juried exhibition

2015 - Glendale Community College Art Gallery – WaterWorks II - juried exhibition

2015 - Ode to the Bridge – Art Share-LA – juried exhibition

2015 - bG Gallery – Spectrum Gestalt 2 Group Show: 4x4 Color

2015 - Studio C Gallery: Water-Line” – Women Artist Exhibition

2015 - Porch Gallery – Ojai: WaterWorks II - juried exhibition

2015 - Griffin Museum of Photography – Sky Exhibition - Boston, MA

2014 - PhotoLA – represented by Duncan Miller Gallery

2013 - Julia Dean Workshop – Street Scenes Exhibition                 

2013 - PhotoLA – Women in Photography International Booth, Santa Monica Civic

2013 - Women in Photography International – juried exhibition – 1st Place – Rainbows

2011 - Duncan Miller Gallery – “I Love LA” Juried Competition – featured in The LA Collection

2011 - International Pink Art Fair, Seoul, Korea – juried exhibition 

2009 - Barnsdall Park/Municipal Art Gallery – Open Show

2009 - JK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – “Two Solo Artists”

2008 - JK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – “Four Photographers” 

Publications/Online

2014 - Jim Daichaindt’s Shepard Fairey publication – street art photographs

2013 - Tonelit Online Magazine – Curbiture images featured, Vol. II             

2009 - Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art – “Women Around Town” Newsletter

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NOSTALGIC by Diane Cockerill
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ONCE by Diane Cockerill
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BOY AND NANNY AT MCDONALDS by Ellen Jacob
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Ellen Jacob says of he work, "I am a visual artist and photographer.

My work focuses on identity. Even though we have very different backgrounds, come from different places and hold differing beliefs, I find sameness in our diversity, sameness in the mundane timelessness of daily rituals.

James Baldwin said: “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.”
 
We often feel divided and isolated from one another. We offer ourselves myriad reasonsfor this isolation: race, class, politics, religion, gender, birthplace and more. I want my images to seek the questions hidden by those answers. That is why I spend time with both strangers and those close to me, exploring and discovering the emotional unity that will force us to connect.

Ordinary daily moments, when frozen in an image, become deeper, more meaningful. I search for what we share, the things that make each of us human, striving to connect through the illusive moments that are often lost in timelessness."
 
Ellen Jacob picked up a Kodak Instamatic camera when she was 12 and traveled across the USA, finding her determination to create art that tells stories. She apprenticed to a sculptor and a silversmith and spent many years as a creative director leading art department and creating children’s books.

She is a teacher and lecturer and has her own design firm working with Scholastic, HarperCollins, Disney and others. She holds a BFA with honors from Pratt Institute.

Coverage of her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Daily
Mail, Asahi Shimbun and other publications. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant, and has performed work under grants from the Knight, Kresge and Google foundations.

Her work has been exhibited at FIF-International Photography Festival, Brazil; Soho Photo Gallery; PH21, Hungry and elsewhere.

She lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

www.ellenjacob.com
 
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CONNIE EATING A COOKIE by Ellen Jacob
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ED EATING SOUP by Ellen Jacob
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RENAISSANCE by Florin Firimita
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Florin Ion Firimita says of her work, "My photographs explore universal themes through personal experiences.

They are riddles born out of the juxtaposition of the real and the imagined, the private and the universal, the desire and the cancelled desire.

What I pour into my art is a reflection of my interest in philosophy, music, photography, literature, film, nature, and history.

I find amazing sources of inspiration in everything surrounding me: my walks around the streets of New York City or Paris; a Mahler symphony; Proust and Borges; a Godard film; a graffiti-covered wall; an old photograph found at a flea market.

I am trying to create a sense of mystery in which the viewer is invited to complete my cosmology. Meaning is never a one-way road, and therefore is always a result of a collaboration between what I am trying to communicate, and what the viewers are willing to see."

Firimita continues, "I am a visual artist, educator, and writer. My interest in image making could be traced back to my father’s amateur photo lab in Bucharest, Romania, where I was entrusted with mixing chemicals, developing film, and printing black-and-white images at the age of six.  A passion for drawing and painting started around the same time under the influence of my mother.
 
While holding jobs such as welder, grave digger, janitor, window decorator, and security guard -  drawing, painting, and photography kept me sane.

Between 1988 and 1990, I was the manager of the art department for the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Bucharest. In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Romanian Revolution, I escaped to the United States.  

My photography, mixed media work, and writing have been featured in hundreds of galleries and art magazines in Argentina, France, England, and the U.S. 

The Art of Leaving, a documentary film about my art, was released in 2003. Based on almost 3,000 pages of journal entries, the film took three years to make and was the official selection of seven international film festival such as Santa Fe, Durango, New York, Chicago, and also Montreal’s 23rd Festival International du Film Sur L’Art. “Reliquary,” a novel based on my experiences, is scheduled for publication.
 
Between 1990 and 2017 I participated in over 300 exhibits. My artwork could be found in many collections in Europe, Australia, and the United States.

In 2010, 2012 and 2013, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Scholastic awarded me three national gold medals for art teaching and mentoring.
 
Today I divide my time between rural Connecticut and Europe. My photography is represented by the GADCOLLECTION Gallery in Paris, France.
 
More on the web: www.florinfirimita.com
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THE DREAMER by Florin Firimita
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TRINITY by Florin Firimita
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FREEDOM FROM EARTHLY AMBITIONS by Lucia Mortato
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Committed to the TRUTH…and
to being BOLD, FREE and FEARLESS.

Cultivating a lifelong interest in the various arts and cinema since high school, Lucia’s maverick spirit of adventure has brought her from Italy, to explore and travel around the world and then to Los Angeles.

She is a Designer/Architect/Artist born and educated in Italy, in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

She now lives, work and resides in Los Angeles, California.  

Her contact info: marylu5007@yahoo.com
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FAITHFUL AND TIMELESS by Lucia Mortato
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TIMELESS STOP by Lucia Mortato
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THEN AND NOW by Harry Longstreet
HONORABLE MENTION
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Harry Longstreet says of his work, "No one just takes up space. The human condition is an entire canvas of thoughts, emotions and reactions to circumstances.

In my photography I try to capture the truth about diverse people and how they live and reflect their respective spaces.

My subjects never know they’ve been photographed. I don’t set-up or pose any shot and never employ anything but available light.

I retired after twenty-five years as a writer, producer and director of filmed entertainment, primarily for television.

When I’m not busy with my wife, children and grandchildren, I keep the creative juices flowing with still photography.

I’m always looking for images that speak to the human condition and the world around me. I favor ambient light and unposed, unaware subjects."

Recent Awards/Publications

LA Photo Curator-"Senses Working Overtime"-First Place-2017
Allegany National Photography Competition-Second Place (Black & White)-April 2017
First Place Photography-Annual Washington State Juried Competition-CVG Gallery-2017
"Stories of Music Volume 2" –January 2017
LAPhotoCurator-“Hometown”-Honorable Mention-December 2016
Fusion Art Gallery-Abstractions"-Second Place-Photography 2016
Emerald Art Center-Autumn Exhibition 2016-Bronze Medal
Fusion Art Gallery-“Cityscapes”-Second Place, Photography-2016
Merit Recognition Award in the 59th National Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Art Center at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount, North Carolina 2016

www.harrylongstreet.com
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LOOKING BACK by Harry Longstreet
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STONEHENGE by Hary Longstreet
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