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.

"Water" 2021 Show

This show will run June 1-30, 2021. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 107  accepted entries came from 19 different states in the USA as well as 8 other countries: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, alcohol ink, collage, colored pencil, digital, glass, gouache, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, pencil, photography, printmaking, and watercolor. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to their special recognition.


We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to The Water Project. The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing sustainable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. For more information about them, please visit their website https://thewaterproject.org/. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with The Water Project. 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.


Artist Statement

The earth has an abundance of water, but unfortunately, only a very small percentage (about 0.3 percent), is even usable by humans and resources continue to dwindle. This particular body of “water” paintings emphasize this precious resource we seem to take for granted so much of the time. Climate change is a sad reality that becomes more dire every day and we have to realize, embrace, and address this global emergency before it’s too late. The access to safe, clean water is a basic human right. Water is life!


About Stan Evenson

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have followed my passion for art since I was a young teenager while having incredible mentors throughout my journey. My early fine art paintings were greatly influenced by the late Ralph Goings, my inspirational high school teacher who was also a renowned American painter and a huge part of the hyperrealism movement of the 60s and 70s. However, I eventually shifted to a design career earning my BFA from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in 1974. I was immediately hired by my former professor and Creative Director of A&M Records, Roland Young, to join their creative services department. It was a magical and unique time to be a young designer creating album covers and rock ‘n roll promotions in the fast paced and crazy world of entertainment. In 1976, at the young age of 24 I opened my own design business. In the early years of my career, I designed over 150 album covers and countless music industry promotions and campaigns for legendary artists such as Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Joe Cocker, Cat Stevens, George Harrison, Steve Miller, Tina Turner, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Dave Mason, Carly Simon, and REO Speedwagon to name just a few. In addition, I am grateful to have been inducted in the Album Cover Hall of Fame for my design work in the music industry.

For over four decades, as Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Evenson Design Group (EDG), I led my design team to create brand identities along with advertising packaging, environmental signage, corporate collateral, exhibit design and web and interactive media for a myriad of businesses, both large and small, domestic and international. I also served as the President of AIGA/LA (The Professional Association for Design) and Co-Chaired the AIGA (Re)designAwards, an international design competition acknowledging the best creative thinking for sustainability and social responsibility.

However, in 2011, I was seeking other creative outlets other than solving design problems for our clients. I was influenced by another mentor, Rassouli, creator of the Fussionart movement. Through his direction and workshops, Rassouli set me on a new path for myself and to recapture the fine art I had left decades ago. In addition, I moved from California to Oregon in 2014 and was truly fortunate to transition from designer to fine artist, as well being mentored by an internationally known artist and educator, David Raphael Andersen. Dave helped me fine tune my reclaimed painting skills as I experimented with paint and collage, combining my passion for vintage iconography, humor and the outrageous with an innate sense and love of design into fine art.

I’m honored to have won best in show for my acrylic painting on canvas, “Water Works I”. It was my first of a series of three paintings dedicated to our most vital natural resource, water, which we so often take for granted. For years I have photographed water main covers on streets and sidewalks and liked the idea of evolving these images of incidental steel covers we drive and step over often without notice into a statement about our world’s dwindling and most precious resource.

You can see more of my paintings at stanevenson.com as well as our design work at evensondesign.com.


First Place


I am a student from Texas and have been an active exhibiting artist for almost 10 years. During that time, I have worked through a variety of professional media. In addition to my colored drawings, I also have a variety of oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel drawings, and graphite drawings. I have enjoyed drawing since I was 3 years old and continue to discover new forms of expression. I have won over 40 creative & professional awards for my work, including art represented in the United States Congress, Art and Film Festivals, museums and galleries, as well as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Auction. No matter which medium I use, I strive to make sure each piece can leave a lasting impact.

My work reflects the subconscious mind; the wants, the needs, and the views of the individual are all present. The double exposure and arrangement of the composition are the primary methods used to establish the symbolism in each piece. The portrait, initially strictly realism, attains an abstract element when layered with another image. The result is a see-through effect, as if gazing into the mind of the individual.

I found myself drawn to this idea when I thought about the people in this world, nearby and faraway. Each individual has a unique story and unique circumstances. I drew inspiration from tales of people in different walks of life and different ages, including myself. Through my work, the viewer can experience the emotions of each individual, as if being transported to their world for a moment in time.

Since the beginning, water has been intricately tied to us. Beyond our daily basic needs, water has defined our history and is an important symbol in many cultures. For example, farming, the institution that has allowed us to settle down and build the cities we have today, was heavily dependent on the presence of 

water. However, today many areas of the world are lacking this vital resource. Billions live without access to safe water or sanitation, and even so, some have to travel on foot for hours to provide a mere day’s water supply to their families. This is even more dangerous during this global pandemic, when these people have to struggle to simply wash their hands. By spreading awareness using my artwork, we can not only lessen the effects of the water crisis and fight poverty, but provide a means to keep clean and fight the spread of COVID-19.



About “Boat and Flying Fishes”

This painting is a memory of one story and the meaning of warning signs. I love going out to sea on a sailboat; on the eve of Halloween, my friends and I agreed to sail tomorrow. So I went to bed early.

At dawn I woke up as if from a jolt, grabbing the elusive dream by the tail. I saw a great green wave and a shipwreck and huge colorful fishes flying around me.

The next day we almost crashed our boat - suddenly a strong wind blew, the whole world seemed to be spinning.. The sail halyard cracked and the rudder broke.

Everything ended well, but this incident, combined with my dream, prompted me to paint this picture. Do signs exist?

Katalina Savola


Katalina works with, Oil on Canvas, Ink on Paper, Watercolors, drawing/painting in modern graphic, figurative, symbolism styles. She gets inspired by nature, animals, horseback riding, sailing, and reading.

Katalina is an artist who works internationally, having spent several years working in different countries.

She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. When a child, she completed St Petersburg’s School Of Arts and later, in parallel 

with her main education as a medical doctor, she attended the faculty of Drawing of the Repin State Academic Institute of Painting Sculpture and Architecture in St Petersburg, Russia.

Katalina Savola lives in Massachusetts, USA. Her work has been exhibited and awarded in Massachusetts and can be found at galleries and private collections in US and Russia.

www.katalinasavola.com

info@katalinasavola.com


Honorable Mention


Noteworthy

"Le torrent"

(acrylic)

by Martin Blanchet

http://www.mblanchet.com

"The Fish Bowl"

(pencil)

by Carol Foerster

https://www.facebook.com/carolsartsite

"Painting 2"

(oil)

by Olga Ivankina

http://instagram.com/olga_ivankina_art

NFS

"Advice from a Fish"

(acrylic)

by Diann Klink

http://www.diannklinkfineart.com

$150

"The Moon and Seven Stars"

(reduction woodcut print)

by David Morgan

http://www.merrymeetingpress.com

$350

"Turbulence of Power"

(photography)

by Linda Reymore

reymoreL@comcast.net


"Water" 2021 Show

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