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"Open" 2019 Show

This show will run January 1-31, 2019. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 106 accepted entries and they came from 25 different states in the USA as well as 9 other locations: Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, charcoal, collage, colored pencil, digital, etching, graphite, ink, marker, mixed media, oil, paper, pastel, photography, printmaking, 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 the entry fees from this show to Feed the Children. Feed the Children exists to end childhood hunger. For more information about them, please visit Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Feed the Children. 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.

I am a full time artist, currently living in West Hollywood, California.

I was born in Montana, grew up in Washington state and now live in California. Art has been a part of my life since childhood, experimenting with many mediums along the way. Charcoal has become my medium of choice, as it gives me the most control and adaptability for my wide range of subjects.

With virtually no formal training, I have learned how to control the medium to create the textures and effects I want to achieve. Over the years I have discovered unconventional tools that work well for the technique I use, such as cotton swabs, makeup applicators and round cotton pads. With these tools, I can actually paint on the charcoal to get a soft clean blend and photo like realism, rather than the harsh, rough texture normally associated with charcoal.

‘Kristina’s Cadillac’ is one of a series of three drawings I created especially for my first museum show in Singen, Germany, at the Museum of Art and Cars (the MAC). Through my agents at Premium Modern Art, based in Germany, I was given the opportunity to show my work in an exhibit focused on women and cars.

The show opened in March and ran through October 2018. I was able to visit the museum in 2017 while in Europe doing other shows, to discuss the upcoming exhibit. The museum was closed that day but the owner gave us a private tour. The MAC displays antique cars and motorcycles on the floors and the walls are filled with fine art.

When I returned from this trip, I got busy thinking of ideas compatible with the theme of this show. Fortunately, this old Cadillac is almost always parked on the street, a block away from where I live and I had photographed it before because it's such a perfect subject, with the rust, the dents and dulled paint. One day I brought one of my models over to the car and had her do various poses as I took photos. After reviewing the photos, I decided to do a series for the exhibit just using the same model and the same car. I edited and composed the three selected poses and began my sketching, using the photos for reference and realism.

My model, Kristina, was wearing a great retro floral dress which complimented the vintage car. I used just a bit of chalk pastel to add color in the dress and shoes to give the effect of an old hand colored photograph. I have won several awards already for this piece, but now Best of Show is the topper.

The other two pieces were titled ‘Roadside Service’, a pose with Kristina touching up her lipstick in the side view mirror, which has also won an award, and ‘Heels and Wheels’, a composition of Kristina’s legs and coral shoes in front of the white walled tire. ‘Heels and Wheels’ was purchased by the museum after the show, for their permanent collection. It's very flattering for a prestigious museum to buy a piece of my art and I am humbled by that.

I had my second museum show in October at Museum Villa Seiz, in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany, along with gallery shows in Erfust & Haroldstatt. I will return again in spring for more shows in Europe thanks to my diligent agents. Meanwhile, I work usually seven days a week to keep up with the inventory needed to fill several galleries at a time. I only sell originals, no prints, so each piece is one of a kind.

Its an honor to share my work through Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, and winning Best of Show is the highest achievement. I am very thankful for the recognition.

To see more of my work, visit my website:

As long as I have a feeling for my own sense of being, I will paint. Perhaps this reason is in my genetics, my parents and grandfather are artists. I have been painting since I was 1.5 years old. I only paint subjects that tough me personally, as I believe that the core of any art is sincerity.

-Elena Chernykh, 1984, an artist of the third generation

-Grekov RHU graduate in 2003 (Roston-on-Don, Russia)

-Surikov MGAHI graduate in 2009 (Moscow, Russia)

-Participant of All-Russian Youth Exhibitions as well as Foreign Exhibitions: Dortmund, Dusseldorf, London, Harbin, Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou (personal exhibition by China's invitation)

-Paintings are kept in private collections in Russia and abroad.

"Valentina Chernykh is a hereditary artist in the third generation. She was born in 1984. In Russia, Rostov-on Don. She graduated from the Grekov Art College /1999-2003/ and Moscow Academic Art Institute by Surikov /2003-2009/.

The paintings of her grandfather /A.M. Chernykh/ and her father /P.A. Chernykh/ are kept in the collections of Louvre Museum in Paris and Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

The pantings of Valentina Chernykh are the pride of private collections all other the world. Her paintings regularly participate in prestigious Russian and foreign exhibitions.

She has many diplomas of first degrees, prizes, publications in prestigious albums and magazines, a gold badge at the All-Russian exhibition «Young Artist of Russia». Was a member of the jury of fine art at the international festival «You are a legend!» and entered the english book about Moscow «100 person of the capital».

Her works combines the traditions of Russian culture, classical painting and modern perception of new trends. In portraits, her main task is to convey not so much the external resemblance of a person as his character. Since recently, Valentina lives and works in Turkey /city of Bodrum."

Honorable Mention



(colored etching)

by Adele Soll Aronson



"E C S T A S Y"

(digital painting)

by Oxana Bayra


"Melanin Blossom"


by Janay Cosey

"Abyssal Plain"

(acrylic on canvas)

by Cyan Garma


"A Color Gathering Before the Fog"

(oil, acrylic, charcoal on canvas)

by Hartini Gibson



by Victoria Stillman


"Open" 2019 Show

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