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.
"Open" 2015 Show
This show will run January 1-31, 2015. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work and we were pleased with the response we received. (83 works entered and 81 accepted) Multiple accepted entries came from 22 different states in the USA and 4 other countries, Australia, Canada, Guatemala, and Lithuania. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed, photography, digital, pastel, ink, encaustic, screen print, colored pencil, computer graphics, and pressed plant material. 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, also contributed to the 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 the Global Food Crisis Fund. With the help of their generous corporate partners, our donation was multiplied 5X! It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else. Please visit http://www.feedthechildren.org/ for more information.
The generous Best of Show winners, Kirsten Fenton and Claude Panneton "Clausten", requested their award money be given to Feed the Children. Their kindness brings smiles to our faces and warms our hearts here at Colors of Humanity Art Gallery! -Thank you!
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.
Connection, artistic unity and friendship are the cornerstones of Kirsten Fenton and Claude Panneton's creative partnership known as "Clausten".
Kirsten Fenton was born in Toronto, Ontario (1974) and raised in Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada, where she attended a French language school well known for its photography program. Kirsten was always inspired by National Geographic magazine’s stories and images, specifically, portrait-style photography of fascinating cultures from around the globe. While in school Kirsten studied black and white film photography, experimenting with portraiture, concepts, and darkroom techniques. Kirsten, who now resides in Chicago, draws inspiration from her favorite photographers, Diane Arbus, Robert Doisneau, and the recently discovered work of Vivian Maier. These influences are most evident in Kirsten's portrait photographs which skillfully capture the essence of her subject's character.
In addition to photography, Kirsten has been writing personal journals since the age of 14 and uses them today as a channel, evoking past emotions to fuel her poetry and self-portraits. Recently published in Elephant Journal, she also publishes a personal blog. Kirsten feels most at home when traveling or when living at her off-grid cabin, deep in the woods.
Claude Panneton was born in Hawkesbury, Ontario (1963) and raised in the French-speaking Province of Quebec until the age of 16, when he moved to the United Kingdom. As early as he can remember, Claude was creating, whether through music, theater or visual art. Claude, who now resides in Ottawa, Canada, is an accomplished musician who's passion for photography and visual art has grown over the past four years under the influence of surging mobile photography and digital art communities.
Claude's work has been exhibited in Naples, Italy, Ottawa, Canada, and the U.S. Claude's inspiration comes primarily from nature and the parallels between emotional connection and nature's influence on humanity. The collaborative process with Kirsten has added a new dimension to Claude's inspiration and gives testimony to the strength of creative connection.
Kirsten and Claude's modern style depicts the sentiments and stories of Kirsten's poetic and photographic journeys. Primarily, Kirsten writes poems, Claude devises a visual theme and Both artists contribute to the photographic images, taken with mobile devices and DSLR cameras, which they then manipulate using various mobile applications. It's a fluid and organic process that both artists agree mirrors their life stories as well as their growing friendship.
Their award-winning image, “Destiny Plighted” is inspired by one of Kirsten's poems about her struggle to understand the complicated nature of a love that makes her feel more alive then she has ever been. One where she has felt the deepest connection; utterly perfect, but not. A love better than anything, but not fully attainable. The piece, a blended edit of Claude's autumn field and Kirsten's emotive self-portrait, depict Kirsten's longing for understanding and the lament for the yet unharvested potential of this love.
Diana Licon's interest in art started at an early age as her fine artist father began showing her shading with her color crayons. She loved to see things look more real and colorful and watching him paint in oils. She went on to major in art in college and further studied in Europe and Mexico City at the University of Old Mexico.
Diana has exhibited and sold a number of works in acrylic in 1975-1979. Some of her work was in mixed media with dimensional plastic and mirrors, but her preference is acrylic with oil over-painting. The technique is similar to Tomas Kincaid with polymer varnish between the two layers and the use of a spray gun for effects. She was the founder and director of the Sacramento Artist Guild at this time and taught children to paint in private small group lessons.
Her art career had to be put on hold when her husband suffered a severe injury, requiring her to go into the regular work force.
For the last two years, she has once again had the time and other income to dedicate herself to this love of expression.
Because of Diana's ancestry, her next efforts will be to place children in eras of the past, such as 1605 to 1800 Holland by costume and backgrounds for those time periods.
She is a current member of the California Art Club and Sacramento Plein Air Painters. Work may be viewed at: DLicon.fineartstudioonline.com
Danguole is a lithuanian artist and a professional dog breeder. She has been engaged with animals for multiple decades and it is her natural interest in the anatomical and psychological aspects of animals that has given her motivation to become an experienced animal artist within the field of realism. On her free time she paints landscapes using the oil wet-on-wet technique and does art comissions of animals and people within pastel, charcoal and oil dry-brush mediums. When painting animals, Danguole emphasizes on expressing the animals personality as accurately as it's anatomy. For Danguole, observing and portraying the different expressions and personalities of different animals is a large part of what makes painting animals interesting.
"View from the Bridge"
(pressed plant material)
By Simona Aizicovici
By Christopher Reid