The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. We want to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world.
"Blue" 2015 Show
This show will run December 1-31, 2015. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 105 accepted entries and they came from 18 different states in the USA and 13 other countries, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Magyarország, Russia, Singapore, and United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, collage, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, tempera, and watercolor. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, as well as relating to the theme, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.
We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to Natural High. Natural High is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization inspiring youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol. For more information about them, please visit their website http://naturalhigh.org/ Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Natural High. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else.
Thank you to all the artists who participated! Your talents and skills gave us a diverse body of work to create this attractive show.
Buyers- Please contact the artists directly for sales. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery does not handle any part of the sale or collect any commission, it is solely between the buyer and artist. You may find a link to the artist’s website or email address below their work.
When I was 10, my art teacher put clay in my hands for the first time, and I knew what I wanted to do. I have always drawn things, objects, flowers, people. And I have always worked a job, any job, part time, so that I could have enough money to live and enough time to draw and paint.
I lost my day job and went back to painting and drawing full time in 1995 because of an MS attack. My Studio, LLC started out in 1996 as, literally, my studio, in my dining room, teaching my daughter, her friends, and my friend’s kids. In 2002, we remortgaged the house, bought the MS Association building, and opened MY STUDIO, LLC, a mini-art school and portrait studio.
I work mostly in pastel, the attraction being that I can go back and work on a piece days later and still work into the surface as if it were just applied. My portrait and floral work has been exhibited in (and won) many local and national juried art shows, and hangs in many public and private collections.
I am a member of the Portrait Society of America, The Plastic Club, The Sketch Club, a signature member of the NJ Pastel Painters Society, and a juried associate member of the Pastel Society of America. I studied drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, 1980 – 1983, ceramics and sculpture at Rutgers University, Camden, 1976 – 1978.
I was born an artist yet at some point in my early adult life I unconsciously moved away from that idea and became an elementary school teacher. During those years, my art was limited to creating classroom materials for my students and my own children.
Now, more than twenty years later, I return to my true nature and I’m an artist again. My concern for the human condition, which has permeated my life, is reflected in my artwork. The grace and beauty of the human body and the perplexity of facial expressions are all recurring themes in my work. I like to create images that evoke emotion and portray the complexity of the human mind.
I consider my work contemporary realism, however my recent work has a touch of the mystical and spiritual reflecting my own growth and awareness. Through my art I reveal the dramatic experience of a our’s self discovery and the monumental transformations that occur in our human life.
My medium of choice is oil but I also work in acrylic and pastel. After a whole year working in acrylic, I’m once again loving the richness and vividness of the oils. They allow me to take my time and work in layers. It’s almost as if I discover a new painting in each layer.
My process reflects my belief that I’m merely an instrument for the creative forces of the universe. I’m inspired by images that evoke a strong emotional response in me. And so I write poems to decipher the messages I receive from those images. Then the perceptions within me take it far beyond my actual experience and help me get closer to my truth.
"Sara Berger was born and raised the Inland Northwest area of Washington State. After crossing the Cascades, she currently studies art at Pacific Lutheran University, with the intent of of becoming an art educator. While not attending to her own education, she teaches preschool and elementary school aged children fine arts crafts and art history while also volunteering at local art museums in Tacoma.
Art has always held a special place in her life since a young age. At five years old her favorite book was Cristina Bjork's "Linnea in Monet's Garden," and it was apparent to her family that art was there to stay. Whether she is working in acrylic, oil, photography, or mixed media, her work typically consists of unconventional portraits and is figurative in nature. Due to a vast curiosity regarding personalities, humanity, and the human condition, her work attempts to explore those complexities ranging from authentic representations of selfhood to examining the effects of mental illness.
Sara's work has been shown in multiple juried exhibitions in the past year, and she hopes to continue to grow in her work and see where her lenses, brushes, and pens will take her. "
In my photos, I hope to create a sense of drama using light. In this photo, my goal is to reflect hope via looking to a brighter future and overcoming obstacles, which is portrayed by the elevated position of the subject and the directionality of his gaze. Regarding the choice to make the hue of the photo blue, this represents where the figure is coming from; a place of depression. The photo is intended to evoke a sense of strength and, more importantly, a sense of hope for the days to come.