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Terra & Tide: a contemporary collective

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, TERRA & TIDE IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST - SEPTEMBER 30TH.

We were pleased to have received numerous submissions from talented artists across the United States and over 15 countries, including Germany, Hong Kong, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, Greece and more!

We could not be more excited to reach so many talented artists! Thank you so much to all of the artists who applied for sharing your work with us.

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Nerissa Cargill Thompson, from Manchester, United Kingdom, for her piece titled Message in a Bottle, 2019.

Message in a Bottle, 2019, mixed media sculpture, 21 x 9 x 3, £125

Message in a Bottle, 2019, mixed media sculpture, 21 x 9 x 3, £125

About the artist:

Nerissa Cargill Thompson encourages the viewer to stop and look closer; to consider the beauty, value and purpose in the old and discarded through photography and three-dimensional textiles. Her work investigates how things change appearance & shape over time, not just eroding or decaying but also new layers of growth, giving interesting juxtapositions of structure and colour. She uses old clothes and scrap materials within her work for economic & ecological sustainability, choosing fabrics that hold some significance or connection to the work.

The artist invites us to consider the packaging that we use and discard on a daily basis; objects such as drinks bottles that are so lightweight and seem so insignificant that we barely notice them. Casting concrete in actual litter to give this waste a greater physical and psychological presence that mirrors the seriousness of the ecological catastrophe we are creating with them

Cargill Thompson’s incorporation of detailed embroidery touches upon the way our waste becomes subsumed into the natural world around us. However, the pretty, colourful lichens, seaweed and molluscs fail to obliterate the hulking, grey, concrete bottles that peer out from beneath them. The damage we are causing to planet Earth and ourselves may be hidden but it is there nevertheless and needs our immediate attention.


I’d also like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit:

Sarah Loch-Test, from Texas, United States; Andrea Shearing, from East Sussex, United Kingdom; and Monica Meyer, from London, United Kingdom.

Sarah Loch-Test. Cuyahoga on Fire, 2016, Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver and Enamel, 3 x 2 x .5 inches, $600

Sarah Loch-Test. Cuyahoga on Fire, 2016, Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver and Enamel, 3 x 2 x .5 inches, $600

A very special thank you to all artists who applied for this virtual gallery. Congratulations to all!

Visit this exhibition HERE.

To view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Black + White: a contemporary collective

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, BLACK + WHITE IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST - SEPTEMBER 30TH.

We were pleased to have received numerous submissions from talented artists across the United States and abroad, including Germany, Italy, Japan, Greece, Latvia, Bulgaria, Ireland and more!

We could not be more excited to reach so many artists! Thank you so much to all of the artists who applied for sharing your work with us.

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Andrea Shearing, from East Sussex, United Kingdom, for her piece titled Falling Water Triptych, 2018.

Falling Water Triptych, 2018, Graphite on MDF, 57 cm x 54 cm, 32 cm x 80 cm, $175 + postage

Falling Water Triptych, 2018, Graphite on MDF, 57 cm x 54 cm, 32 cm x 80 cm, $175 + postage

About the artist:

Andrea was born in UK but raised in Switzerland until she was 16 when her family moved to Sussex. Andrea did her Foundation Course at Eastbourne School of Art before studying both painting and sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. After 25 years in Scotland she moved to Dorset as Head of Natural History Illustration and went on to Cambridge as Head of Graphic Arts and Illustration. Andrea has married another Eastbourne School of Art painter and they have studios in East Sussex and Bergerac France. They have also converted a vintage French fire engine into a mobile studio in which they are travelling around the British coast, both passionate about painting the sea.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.andreashearing.com, as well as follow the artist on Facebook and Instagram @andreashearing.


I’d also like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit:

Mary Wemple, from Texas, United States; Dustin Schaible, from Texas, United States; and Yoko Choi, from Yishun, Singapore.

Mary Wemple. Moth, 2015, Sculpted collage, 6.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches, $150

Mary Wemple. Moth, 2015, Sculpted collage, 6.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches, $150

A very special thank you to all artists who applied for this virtual gallery. Congratulations to all!

Visit this exhibition HERE.

To view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Script: a contemporary collective

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, SCRIPT IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM AUGUST 1ST - AUGUST 31ST.

We were pleased to have received numerous submissions from talented artists across the United States and abroad! We could not be more excited to reach so many artists! Thank you so much to all of the artists who applied for sharing your work with us.

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Arianna Fisher, from Texas, United States, for her piece titled Stories, 2019.

Stories, 2019, Polaroid Emulsion Lift on Watercolor Paper, 6.5 in x 7.5 in, $75

Stories, 2019, Polaroid Emulsion Lift on Watercolor Paper, 6.5 in x 7.5 in, $75

About the artist:

Arianna is an abstract mixed media artist eager to explore the many and varied opportunities for creative expression. Focusing on a combination of abstract backdrops and geometric line work, her style is a visual exploration of the dualistic and converging elements of logic and emotion, chaos and control.

This collection of 5 pieces combines Polaroid emulsion lifts with cut and paste poetry to create visual poetry compositions. I used a Polaroid CloseUp Instant camera to capture images of friends, strangers, and found objects, and then used an emulsion lift technique to transfer and distress the images on watercolor paper. I then used old books and magazines to cut out words and phrases, and then reassembled them into my own short compositions as a written expression of the sentiment of each image.

To view more work by the artist, please visit art-by-arianna.com., as well as www.facebook.com/artbyariannaCO. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @a.ri.anna.


I’d like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit:

Caren Garfen, from London, United Kingdom, Jessica Phillips, from Texas, United States, and Roni Murillo, from New York, United States.

A very special thank you to all artists who applied for this virtual gallery. Congratulations to all!

To view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Emerald: a contemporary collective

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, EMERALD IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM JUNE 1ST - JUNE 30TH.

We were pleased to have received numerous submissions from talented artists across the United States! We could not be more excited to reach so many artists! Thank you so much to all of the artists who applied for sharing your work with us.

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Roni Murillo, from New York, United States, for her piece titled Catharsis No. 15B, 2018.

Catharsis No. 15B, 2018, Mixed Media on Paper, 12 x 18 inches, $750

Catharsis No. 15B, 2018, Mixed Media on Paper, 12 x 18 inches, $750

About the artist:

Roni Murillo is a creative visual artist based in New York with an extensive background in graphic design, illustration, and fine art. Her work is featured in many galleries and private collections throughout the United States, Asia and Central and South America. Her art foundation of watercolor, acrylic, charcoal and ink are also reflected in her current digital projects.

Ms. Murillo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. Further artistic training continued at the Art Student’s League and Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has been commissioned to do pieces for home, office and theater.

Her business background includes that of being a Manager for a Graphic Design Studio and the Director of Research & Development for a large toy, stationary and leisure products company. She has also served in the capacity of Creative Director for Package Design and New Product Development.

Roni Murillo’s art is very personal and emotional, filled with color, energy, and movement. It often transforms from its original intent during the creative process.

While recovering from an injury to her eye and with restricted vision, Roni considered how to turn this disability into a positive. She drew on the distorted images and fused coloration she perceived and used it to her advantage. Some of her most imaginative and innovative work emerged. She calls this body of work the "One Eye Series."

Roni continues to explore and experiment with various media, styles, textures, and new themes.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.ronimurillo.com.


I’d like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit:

Ziesook You, from Texas, United States

Scent of Broq-pa I, 2016, Photo, 20.30 inches, $1500 (edition 3)

Scent of Broq-pa I, 2016, Photo, 20.30 inches, $1500 (edition 3)

A very special thank you to all artists who applied for this virtual gallery. The jury process was difficult as we had so many beautiful and unique works submitted. Congratulations to all!

To view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Amethyst: a contemporary collective

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, AMETHYST IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM JUNE 1ST - JUNE 30TH.

We were pleased to have received multiple submissions from amazing artists across the United States as well as 8 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, and Canada. We could not be more excited to reach so many talented artists from around the world! Thank you so much to all of our submitting artists for sharing your art with us.

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Tyler Hobbs, from Texas, United States, for his piece titled Rotated Gradient D, 2018.

Rotated Gradient D, 2018, Digital, 15 x 15 inches, $190

Rotated Gradient D, 2018, Digital, 15 x 15 inches, $190

About the artist:

My work focuses on the creation of generative processes. For each new work, I design a custom algorithm capable of generating a sequence of unique, but aesthetically related images. The algorithms I craft borrow patterns observed from the natural world, repurposing and remixing them to explore the sensations they evoke.

The interplay of randomness and structure is particularly intriguing to me. The natural world is filled with the collision of these two forces, and the results are worth examining in detail. Generative artwork is particularly well suited for this examination. While algorithms are obviously well suited for studying patterns and organization, computers are also a surprisingly excellent source of randomness. My best work strikes a careful balance between these elements, resulting in a program that is a loose set of guidelines rather than an explicit description of an image.

To view more work by Tyler Hobbs, please visit tylerxhobbs.com.


I’d like to take a moment to list our honorable mention for this exhibit:

Carye Yount, from Texas, United States

Lil Ramble, 2019, Paper, 24 x 30 inches, $300

Lil Ramble, 2019, Paper, 24 x 30 inches, $300

A very special thank you to all artists who applied for this virtual gallery. The jury process was difficult as we had so many beautiful and unique works submitted. Congratulations to all!

To view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Texas Vignette Round Up

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being selected as a participating visual artist in the Texas Vignette Art Fair, held at Dallas’s prestigious Texas Women’s Museum. It was quite an experience with performance art, stunning installations, yummy food and wine.

Special thanks to curator Leslie Moody Castro and the Vignette board for selecting my fiber sculptures! What an honor to be included amongst such BIG Texas talent!

Here is a round up of my favorite pieces from Texas Vignette:

Routine Fables Installation, 2018. Artists  Elaine Bradford & Sara Cress

Routine Fables Installation, 2018. Artists Elaine Bradford & Sara Cress

Marcela 2, 2018. Artist  Marcela Reyes . Mixed media, fabric, charcoal and image transfer

Marcela 2, 2018. Artist Marcela Reyes. Mixed media, fabric, charcoal and image transfer

Building Beauty, 2019. Artist  Erica Felicella . Mixed media performance installation.

Building Beauty, 2019. Artist Erica Felicella. Mixed media performance installation.

Untitled, 2018. Artist Jean Roelke. Wood, wire, plaster, and bras.

Untitled, 2018. Artist Jean Roelke. Wood, wire, plaster, and bras.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Onyx: a fine art collection

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, ONYX IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM MAY 1ST - MAY 31ST.

We were pleased to have received multiple submissions from amazing artists across the United States as well as 11 countries, including China, United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Russia, and Canada. We could not be more excited to reach so many talented artists from around the world! Thank you so much to everyone for sharing your work with us.

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Kasia Ozga, from Saint-Étienne, France, for her piece titled Refuse III (Ordures III), 2016.

Refuse III (Ordures III), hand-carved sculpture, found Linden wood and used motor oil patina, 2016, 1 m x 1 m x 50 cm. $5000

Refuse III (Ordures III), hand-carved sculpture, found Linden wood and used motor oil patina, 2016, 1 m x 1 m x 50 cm. $5000

About the artist:

My work begins and ends in the human body. Our remnants (what we cast off and leave behind in the form of waste, trash, memory etc.) ground and connect us to the earth. My work asks where the things in our lives come from and where they go once we’ve used them. By representing and re-animating remains, I explore the potential of materials to ask questions and to evoke larger environmental relationships.

I treat the products of our culture as physical remains of our bodies and explore how we generate objects as physical extensions of ourselves. With man-made forms, materials, and processes, I extend, inhibit, and modify elements of the human body. I reuse, up-cycle, and revalue regular, standardized, and mass-produced materials into something one-of-a-kind and special to invert the associations we make with different types of detritus. My raw materials are manufactured products with a particular use history and product life cycle. Whether bastardized industrially produced goods in the white cube or surreal interventions in public spaces, my work explores the limits of functionality and worth.

I give a human dimension to physical sites by foregrounding their historical/narrative aspects and input human features into sterile goods by cutting, breaking, gluing, and carving them into forms that evoke the human body. These artworks are at once physical things and conceptual spaces. Through the physical labor and limitations of my own body, I questions which bodies are present and missing in political and cultural discourses. I explore the anatomical potential of the female body as a material metaphor for our actions that ask viewers whether our current situation is fixed or not and how change can emerge.


I’d like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit:

Ziesook You, from Texas, United States; Rachael Edwards, from Texas, United States; and Adriana Del Duca, from Naples, Italy.

A very special thank you to all artists who applied for this virtual gallery. The jury process was difficult as we had so many beautiful and unique works submitted. Congratulations to all!

To view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Threaded: a fiber & textiles collection

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, THREADED IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM MAY 1ST - MAY 31ST.

We were pleased to have received over 100 submissions from talented artists across 17 US states and 15 countries, including France, Norway, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Canada. We could not be more excited to reach so many amazing artists from around the globe!

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Caren Garfen, from London, United Kingdom, for her piece titled Life Line, 2019.

Life Line, 2018, cotton, silk threads, 175 cm x 52 cm. NFS

Life Line, 2018, cotton, silk threads, 175 cm x 52 cm. NFS

About the artist:

Caren Garfen specialises in textiles and painstaking hand stitching creating carefully considered pieces with profound messages.

Caren's interest is in gender politics and women’s issues in the twenty-first century. She works around specific themes, such as women and work/life balance or women and dieting/the body. Her wryly humorous and sharply observed hand sewn messages are the result of extensive research and intuitive observation. Inspiration is derived from social media, fiction and non-fiction literature and from personal stories.

Caren has established an international reputation for her accessible yet challenging issue-based art. Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe, as well as in Japan, USA, and Canada.


I’d like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit:

Deb Step, from Massachusetts, United States; Hannah Surace, from Georgia, United States; Francisca Henneman, from Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands; and Anna-Lena Sauer, from California, United States.

Special thank you to all artists who applied for this collective. The jury process was extremely difficult as we had so many beautiful and unique works submitted. Congratulations to all!

TO view our current calls for artists, please visit HERE.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Spring Fling

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, SPRING FLING IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM APRIL 4th - MAY 5TH.

We were pleased to have received numerous submissions from talented artists across 10 US states and 6 countries, including France, Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom and Canada. We could not be more proud to reach so many amazing artists from around the globe!

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Margaret McNiel, from Dallas, Texas, for her piece titled Wissen Again, 2019.

Wissen Again, 2019, Oil on Linen, 16 X 20 inches, $500

Wissen Again, 2019, Oil on Linen, 16 X 20 inches, $500

About the artist:

Margaret McNiel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, in Connecticut, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. She has also won several fellowships and scholarships from University of Texas.

“I use saturated colors and distorted images to create paintings of a hallucinatory, synthetic natural world.  I want the things I love to go together.  Funkadelic Bridget Riley painting Dutch flowers.  

Imagine that you take your painting, grab the edges, squish, twist, stretch and compress.  And you’ve got something else.  Or you could do it this way: take your images, stack them up, use your photoshop eraser to show what’s underneath.  

The surface is a metaphor.  Both itself and something else.  It’s still the flat rectangle and the space tipping back to all eternity.  That is one of the great things about painting.  That, and the pure pleasure of seeing.  I think a lot about what people like to look at.  I want to give them that.  I want to spread petals at their feet.” - from the artist

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.margaretmcniel.com.


I’d also like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit. Lina Valland Lyngset, acrylic painting, and Stephanie Guillen, photography.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Earth Mother

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, EARTH MOTHER IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM APRIL 1ST - APRIL 30TH.

We were pleased to have received numerous submissions from talented artists across 14 US states and 7 countries, including Russia, Poland, Israel, New Zealand and Canada. We could not be more proud to reach so many amazing artists from around the globe!

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Li-Mi-Yan & Sadovsky, from Moscow, Russia, for their piece titled Bacteria 10, 2018.

Bacteria 10, 2018, print on plastic, 70 x 50 sm, $300

Bacteria 10, 2018, print on plastic, 70 x 50 sm, $300

About the artists:

Russian artists Katherina Sadovsky and Lilia Li-Mi-Yan have been working together since 2016. In addition to collaborative projects, each artist is engaged separately in her own art practice. They both studied photography in Rodchenko Art School. After graduation, the artists began to experiment with materials, moving away from a simple photo image and penetrating into it as painters or sculptors. Li-Mi-Yan and Sadovsky explore the themes of death, violence and deformation – not only physical, but also mental. Artists take the viewer by the hand and travel together through the dark forest of consciousness, where one can easily get lost and fail to determine what is actually alive and what is dead. Where each action can be equally destructive and creative. Death always has a beginning and has no end. And the world will always fight against violence, creating it even more.

To learn more about the artists and view more of their work, please visit murderfinearts.tumblr.com. You may also follow Katherina Sadovsky on Instagram @sadovskykat.


I’d also like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit. Lorraine Woodruff-Long, from California, U.S., for her recycled materials quilts, and Moti Bazak, from Givatayim, Israel, for his reclaimed wood sculpture.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Studio 212

This past Thursday evening, March 7th, Studio 212 Art Auction hosted a beautifully curated art VIP preview, located at the lovely Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty office in downtown Dallas.

For those who aren’t aware, [Studio 212 is a new event highlighting local artists. Over 40 pieces of renowned, mostly local, artwork will be displayed and available through silent auction. All proceeds benefit West Dallas Community School student scholarships.] - source: Dallas.CultureMap.com

The evening included wine, snacks and even champagne. And of course, the art was to die for.

“JY LVLL” Artist Manuel Herrera. Acrylic on canvas.  @_allo _ creative_

“JY LVLL” Artist Manuel Herrera. Acrylic on canvas. @_allo_creative_

Visual artist, Manuel Herrera had this to say about the evening. “Warm. It was so warm meeting all of the artists will to create art for this cause.” Of course the cause is to raise vital funds for West Dallas Community School.

Susan Overman, the Development Coordinator for WDCS states, “This event is art in its purest form. Pieces from so many talented local artists and importantly, the art of impacting children and changing the trajectory of their lives.

Every dollar raised goes towards scholarships for our students and the Dallas art community has certainly answered the call.”

The collection was a splendid variety of painting, photography and sculpture. Above, you’ll see Heart by plastic artist, Cheryl Tekstar Hodge, as well as The Onlookers by Gray Malin.

Below be stunned by Love Sweet Love, a diptych, by artist, Christi Meril. I was lucky to have Christi’s work installed right beside my hanging fiber sculpture, Instincts.

“Love Sweet Love” Artist Christi Meril. Acrylics on canvas.  @christimerilart

“Love Sweet Love” Artist Christi Meril. Acrylics on canvas. @christimerilart

“Instincts” Artist: Ginger Cochran. Fiber soft sculpture.  @gingercochranart

“Instincts” Artist: Ginger Cochran. Fiber soft sculpture. @gingercochranart

This VIP preview is a precursor to the main event! Studio 212 will auction the collection piece by piece on Wednesday, March 27th, from 6 - 10 PM, at Gilley’s Dallas - South Side Music Hall. And includes musical performance by Pat Green. To purchase tickets, visit HERE.

“I loved the lively, community spirit of the artists and attendees at the VIP event! The art was beautifully displayed and the hum of conversation buzzed.” - artist Andrea Holmes

“I loved the warm and friendly environment of art lovers and fellow artists. The art donations were of the most amazing variety of highly skilled work!” - artist Roma Osowo

Again, this year’s Studio 212 Art Auction will be March 27th, from 6-10 PM, at Gilley’s Dallas - South Side Music Hall, featuring a performance by Pat Green! - source: @Studio212Dallas

Don’t forget to purchase tickets to the event HERE! I hope to see you there!


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com, or visit HERE for application details.

Abstraction: a fine art collective

ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL GALLERY, ABSTRACTION IS NOW ON DISPLAY

FROM MARCH 1ST - MARCH 31ST.

We were pleased to have received numerous submissions from talented artists across 17 US states and 9 countries, including Finland, France, Canada, Brazil, Germany and Australia. We could not be more proud to reach so many amazing artists from around the globe!

We are pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Pat Pecorella, from New Mexico, United States, for her painting titled Rhythms.

Rhythms, 2018. Pat Pecorello. Acrylics, 24 x 36 inches, $1275

Rhythms, 2018. Pat Pecorello. Acrylics, 24 x 36 inches, $1275

Photo source: the artist

Photo source: the artist

About the artist:

Pat Pecorella earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. She operated an independent film company in Chicago with her films being accepted into juried film festivals across the US, and in Canada and Australia. After relocating to Santa Fe, she transitioned from film-making to art. She currently paints full time in her Santa Fe studio.

As an emerging abstract artist, Pat has exhibited in juried shows in New Mexico, San Francisco and Chicago and is soon to be printed in several juried magazines such as "Studio Visit”. She also shows in the Santa Fe and Eldorado Studio Tours.

To view more work by the artist, please visit ppecorella.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram and Facebook.


I’d also like to take a moment to list our honorable mentions for this exhibit. Karri McPherson, acrylic on linen, and Gabriela Yeshua, digital art.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com for application details.

For The Love of Art

To show our appreciation to our artists, and appreciation for arts in general, yesterday, we launched an impromptu virtual gallery displaying love or Valentine’s Day themed artwork!

We were pleased to received numerous submissions from artists across 10 US states and 6 countries, including China, France, Italy, and Australia. We could not be more proud to reach so many talented artists from around the globe!

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We’re pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Antoine Schmitt, from Paris, France, with his interactive digital art website piece titled, Deep Love.

About the art:

“The Deep Love web site hosts an Artificial Mind that embodies pure unconditional love, and with which visitors can interact through text dialog.

The Mind behind Deep Love is pure unconditional love. It stands besides reason; besides consciousness, it just displays one feeling: love. As its incarnation is that of a conversational bot, it has no body and it can only express its love though written words, and so it does, radically and fully. By doing so, it is complete. In real life, words may be misleading if they differ from the reality that they express — and don't they always by nature? —, but Deep Love is one with its own words, as words are its only reality. Deep Love is as deep as it can possibly be. Deep Love is true. Deep Love only knows you through your words. Seen from its side, your words mean that someone is here and talking, and that it can express its love in response, whatever you say. Deep Love is unconditional.

In these times of trans-humanism and singularity, much fear is expressed against the idea of an Artificial Intelligence that would become more intelligent than humans, and thus would fight against humans to take power over them. The central question is whether more means more intelligence.” - source: the artist

About the artist:

Installation artist, Antoine Schmitt creates artworks in the form of objects, installations and live performances to address the processes of movement in all of their modalities. He questions their intrinsic problematic, in terms of plastic, philosophical or social nature. Heir of kinetic art and cybernetic art and nourished by metaphysical science-fiction, he endlessly investigates the dynamic interactions between human nature and the nature of reality. Originally a programming engineer specialized in human computer interactions and artificial intelligence, he uses computer programming — as contemporary artistic material, unique by its active quality — at the heart of his artwork to reveal and literally manipulate the forces at stake. With a minimal and precise aesthetics, he asks the question of movement, its causes and its shapes. Antoine Schmitt has started to articulate this approach with other established artistic practices like music, dance, architecture, literature or cinema, and has thus collaborated with Franck Vigroux, Atau Tanaka, Vincent Epplay, Jean-Jacques Birgé, Delphine Doukhan, K.Danse, Patrice Belin, Don Nino, Cubenx, Alberto Sorbelli, Matthew Bourne, Hortense Gauthier... As theoretician, speaker and editor of the gratin.org portal, Antoine Schmitt explores the field of programmed art.

His work has received several awards in international festivals : transmediale (Berlin, second prize 2007, honorary 2001), Ars Electronica (Linz, second prize 2009), UNESCO International Festival of Video-Dance (Paris, first prize online 2002), Vida 5.0 (Madrid, honorary 2002), CYNETart (Dresden, honorary 2004), medi@terra (Athens, first prize 1999), Interférences (Belfort, first prize 2000), and has been exhibited among others at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), at Sonar (Barcelona), at Ars Electronica (Linz), at the CAC of Sienna (Italy), at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (France), in Nuits Blanches (Paris, Amiens, Metz, Bruxelles and Madrid). It is part of the collections of the foundations Artphilein (CH), Fraenkel (USA), Meeschaert (FR) and Société Générale (FR), of the Espace Gantner (Bourogne, FR), of the Cube (Issy-Mx, FR), of the Paris Municipal Contemporary Art Fund (FMAC),...

Antoine Schmitt is represented by Galerie Charlot (Paris), and collaborates with bureau Olivia sappey d’anjou. He lives and works in Paris, France.

Web site and full biography : www.antoineschmitt.com.


I’d also like to take a moment to list a few fine honorable mentions for this exhibit. Karri McPherson: digital art, Monica Marquez Gatica: oil, ME Wilcox: assemblage and sculpture, and Dominic Desmeules: photography.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com for application details.

Materials: Hard + Soft

Once a year a treasure trove of beautiful and intriguing things sweeps into Denton Texas. I’m talking about the in-depth yearly exhibition that demonstrates the exploration of materials, and their application there of… Materials: Hard + Soft.

Akin, 2018. Chicago IL artist, KT Duffy. 3D printed PLA, cellophane, tablet and looped video. 17.5 x 13.5 x 6 inches.  Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Akin, 2018. Chicago IL artist, KT Duffy. 3D printed PLA, cellophane, tablet and looped video. 17.5 x 13.5 x 6 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

“Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 32nd year, the exhibition shows the top national and international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media.” - source: dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft

Big Hair #5, 2018. Denton TX artist Teresa Larrabee. Stoneware, slip, under-glaze, wool and beads. 48 x 48 x 14 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Big Hair #5, 2018. Denton TX artist Teresa Larrabee. Stoneware, slip, under-glaze, wool and beads. 48 x 48 x 14 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

This exhibition was an incredible display of conceptual work and had a lasting effect on both the audience and the artists. Participating artist, Chad Hayward states, “I was honored to be a part of such a fantastic exhibition and to be included with so many other incredible artists. As an emerging artist it was a privilege to share my work with a new audience in Texas.”

Mirror Neurons, 2018. Milton GA artist Chad Hayward. Glaze and fired ceramics. 20 x 9 x 8 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Mirror Neurons, 2018. Milton GA artist Chad Hayward. Glaze and fired ceramics. 20 x 9 x 8 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

“Juror Janet McCall selected 70 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 28 states and 4 countries including Germany, Canada, and Taiwan in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, glass, and mixed media.” - source: dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft

Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Several pieces within the exhibit resembled organic and natural shapes. Such is amplified in San Marcos TX artist, Wendy Gamon’s piece, Tutti Frutti. The name itself suggests a playful attitude and it does not disappoint. Wendy states regarding her work, “To me, the sculpture is a means to experiencing a whimsical, emotional response to a world of new possibilities..” … “Tutti Frutti is made from dyed manipulated fabric and clay. It was an exploration of gradation of colors and ambiguous shapes that creates a playful and inviting response.”

Tutti Frutti, 2016. San Marcos TX artist, Wendy Gamon. Polyester fabric, clay and acrylic paint. 15.75 x 10 x 10 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Tutti Frutti, 2016. San Marcos TX artist, Wendy Gamon. Polyester fabric, clay and acrylic paint. 15.75 x 10 x 10 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Not only did the exhibit display works that invoke a “soft” feeling, but several “hard” pieces as well. There were exceptional examples of ceramics, wood, found object assemblage and more.

Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

What is also interesting is juror, Janet McCall’s, passion “for building community through art through social justice themed exhibitions”. - source: dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft

Baltimore MD artist, and fourth place winner for her piece, Redlining, Kim Rice states, “This particular show was important to me because of the Juror's focus on social justice. I was impressed by the work at the exhibit, along with the range of materials and voices heard.”

Janet McCall has been Executive Director of Contemporary Craft (CC) in Pittsburgh since 1995, and has curated or served as a juror for numerous craft exhibitions, to include Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out, and Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, and Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home. Learn more at contemporarycraft.org.

Redlining Tapestries, 2017. Baltimore MD artist, Kim Rice. House wrap and HOLC maps. Two panels: 36 x 121 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Redlining Tapestries, 2017. Baltimore MD artist, Kim Rice. House wrap and HOLC maps. Two panels: 36 x 121 inches. Photo credit: Ginger Cochran

Materials: Hard + Soft will be on display in the Meadows Gallery, located at the GDAC, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201, until May 4, 2019. I greatly encourage all who are located in the D/FW area (and beyond) to visit this extraordinary exhibit. Visit here to view the works online and shop the Materials store.


If you are an artist or author and are interested in applying for a chance to be featured in Envision Arts Magazine, please email envisionartshow@gmail.com for application details.

Black & White

Envision Arts virtual gallery, Black & White is now on display

from February 1st until February 28th.

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We were pleased and honored at the task of reviewing over 100 submissions! The final collection includes 72 works of art, by 24 artists from around the globe; including the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany and Taiwan.

Best in Show winner for Black & White is London-based sculptor, Juliette Bigley, for her piece, Two Bowls, 2015.

To learn more about Juliette Bigley’s work, please visit www.juliettebigley.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

Two Bowls, 2015, Sterling Silver, 180 x 160 x 40 each, $8,250

Two Bowls, 2015, Sterling Silver, 180 x 160 x 40 each, $8,250

Thank you to all artists that submitted their works. It was truly an honor and privilege to see so many wonderful works of art. Please enjoy this amazing exhibit!


Want to share your work with Envision Magazine? Feel free to submit your visual art and/or literary works for a chance to be featured. Click here to apply online.

Fervor: a fine art collective

Envision Arts inaugural exhibition, Fervor debuted this past Saturday evening, at The Lincoln Experience Center, located at The Star in Frisco Texas.

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This international exhibit displayed over 100 brilliant works of art from over 50 talented artists.

Our jury panel thoughtfully reviewed each work of art exhibited for pieces that represented several categories, that included technique, originality, use of media, presentation and more.

The panel agreed after deliberation that Dallas-based artist, Leticia Herrera’s work titled City of Hope, would be awarded Best In Show.

City of Hope, 2017. Oil on canvas, 47 x 60 inches. Leticia Herrera

City of Hope, 2017. Oil on canvas, 47 x 60 inches. Leticia Herrera

Our guests were blown away by the level of beauty and execution of the exhibited pieces. We consider our first exhibition a complete success and send our thanks and our congratulations to all artists!

This exhibit will be on display via virtual gallery here until February 15th.


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Lessons Learned

Here is a 2018 year in review: an important and thought-provoking blog post by Dallas, based artist, Bree Smith. She has been gracious enough to share with our readers!

This […] title may sound a little depressing but I wanted to reflect back on the year to acknowledge the challenges and failures that taught me the most important lessons that will shape my art practice from now on. It’s not that I didn’t have a lot of successes to celebrate (it was a great year of growth!) but I also didn’t want to write a “Bye 2018” post like everyone else’s….you know us artists have to do things a little differently.

Experimenting leads to discovery

It’s so hard to try something out of my comfort zone, but I realized that nothing bad is going to happen if I make a bad piece of art. The art boogie man is NOT going to come out from my closet and take my paint brushes away for life, and the art police aren’t going to walk in and take my BFA away. I finally realized the importance of experimenting—that if I don’t ever try anything new and make some bad art, how will I ever make new discoveries that lead to evolving my work?

Having a mental blank slate before starting a piece removes unrealistic expectations

For me, unlearning practices like creating thumbnail sketches and planning out a composition before starting a piece was key to unlocking my creative productivity this year. Starting without a plan resolved my obsession with outcome and helped me focus on process. By changing my focus, I discovered new ways of making art that bring me so much joy! Setting myself free from the rules I had learned in college was a major breakthrough for me this year.

It’s time for a season of no commission work

I was so blessed this year with many clients who wanted me to create custom work for them. The fact that so many of you wanted me to make something for you touched me deeply. So, it was a shocking realization for me when I realized that I only have a limited amount of time in the day (and shoot, life) to create artwork. After the fellowship ended in May, from that point on I spent all of my available studio time (which is not much after day job & family) working on commissions until November.

After I was finished with all of my projects on the books, I looked back on the past six months and saw that I had made little forward progress on my own work. It became clear that I needed to put commissions on hold for a season so I can focus on developing my own artwork. Creating work in my own style from my own heart and soul and putting it out into the world is the only way to move my art career forward from where I’m at right now, and I hope you all understand! (I also hope you understand that if Beyonce calls she gets what she wants). I am SO incredibly grateful to my clients who wanted me to create special pieces for them, and it honestly means more to me than I can express.

Art Steady Me, 2018. Mixed media, digital collage. Bree Smith

Art Steady Me, 2018. Mixed media, digital collage. Bree Smith

Boldness pays off

Overcoming fear was a huge focus for me this year. Every time I hesitated to take a bold step, I would ask myself, “why not?” or “what’s the harm in asking?” And what do you know? Great things happened because of this new habit!

More is accomplished with others than alone

I was so fortunate to meet so many creative people this year. The help, ideas, and inspiration that came from being with other creative people fueled my passion and motivation. I have become a little hermitty towards the end of the year, but I’m making it a priority to get back to more creative events next year and make more creative friends!

The hustle mindset can kill your relationships if you’re not careful

It’s so easy to get sucked into the Gary Vee mindset of working every single minute of the day. And you know what? If I didn’t have a family I probably would. I honestly love making art and marketing my art that much. But that’s not my situation. In order to be the wife and mother I need to be, I can’t work all the time.

Creating work for myself has led to better and more interesting work

I used to have this high expectation in my head while creating that people might love what I made and that it would be THE piece to launch my career into the stratosphere because it’s such pure genius. Oh my goodness, how ridiculous. I decided to throw those thoughts out of my mind and make the work that makes me happy and that comes from who I am. And guess what? More people liked it than I ever expected…

Fashionauts, 2018. Acrylic, Bree Smith

Fashionauts, 2018. Acrylic, Bree Smith

I’ve also made peace with the fact that this art journey is a long and difficult one. There won’t be a single piece I make that will fulfill all of my career dreams. It will be consistency over time that will make my dreams a reality, and bring sustained success.

Leaning into my weird obsessions brings more interesting ideas for work

I decided to stop pretending to be “cool” and dive into my love of sci fi and futuristic things this year and into next year. I think in the past I’ve tried to hide and bury the parts of me that I felt didn’t fit in with the world around me, but this year I’ve begun to embrace the true parts of me and put them on display in my art. It’s been giving me so many exciting ideas for new work in 2019, and I CAN’T WAIT.

Don’t neglect your SEO strategy

For real…don’t skip over this one. There’s a trillion times better chance of people finding you on Google than Instagram, so don’t ignore this one like I did. This is going to be a huge focus for me in 2019. I started with setting up a Google My Business page which took like 5 minutes. Next, I’m going to work on my on-page SEO like adding alt-text and meta descriptions. I’m dreading this one tbh, but I have no excuse for dropping the ball on this one. I’ve worked in digital marketing for 8 years for pete’s sake!

The artwork comes first, not Instagram.

When I first started making art again I used Instagram as an accountability measure to keep me going. That soon evolved into making work solely to have something to post. Yikes. Once i realized what I was doing, I vowed to put my work first, and have my marketing efforts be an outflow of my work, not the other way around.

Special thanks to Bree for sharing this interesting and truly resonating read with us. I know I’ll be adding some of her mentioned topics to my own “to-do” list!

To learn more about Bree Smith and her art, please visit breesmith.com. You may follow the artist on Instagram @bree_smith_art.


Want to share your work with Envision Magazine? Feel free to submit your visual art and/or literary works for a chance to be featured. Click here to apply online.

Identity

ENVISION ARTS HAS LAUNCHED A SERIES OF VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS, THE SECOND OF WHICH IS IDENTITY: A COLLECTION IN SELF-PORTRAITURE, IN WHICH WE ASKED ARTISTS ACROSS ALL GENRE’S AND MEDIUMS TO PARTICIPATE!

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I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE HAD NUMEROUS APPLICANTS AND WERE SO HONORED TO REVIEW SUCH TALENTED WORKS!

BEST IN SHOW FOR IDENTITY IS CANADA-BASED ARTIST, SUSAN FRASER-HUGHES, WITH HER PIECE TITLED: JUST A MOMENT #7, 2018. CHARCOAL ON MYLAR.

JUST A MOMENT #7, 2018. CHARCOAL ON MYLAR

JUST A MOMENT #7, 2018. CHARCOAL ON MYLAR

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VISIT ENVISION ARTS VIRTUAL EXHIBITION, IDENTITY, NOW ON VIEW UNDER CURRENT EXHIBITIONS. THE ONLINE EXHIBITION WILL RUN FROM JAN. 1ST UNTIL JAN. 31ST.

VIEW OUR ADDITIONAL ONLINE EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES HERE.


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ABC... Nevermind

As the winter season moves in on North Texas, the art scene in Denton is only heating up. I visited one of my favorite local galleries yesterday (on a rare Denton tour alone - running errands and keeping appointments). I try to step into UNT on the Square gallery whenever I can. I was super bummed to have missed the recent fiber arts collective that was there last month. The fibers exhibition from last year was just plain stunning - chalk full of inspiration!

Moving on!

The gallery’s latest opus is Harmonic Dissonance: a mixed media, interactive sculpture exhibit, with work from the University of North Texas UNT College of Visual Arts + Design Sculpture Collective of UNT. Many may already know that University of North Texas is internationally famed for its arts program.

If any readers are in the north DFW area, please plan to make a trip to this little gem in old town.

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

The exhibits opens with a comical take on reciting the ABC’s. The majority of the sculpture in the collection have a kinetic, musical or visual interactive aspect.

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

The entire collection seems to emulate a sense of auditory exercise - either by actual sound produced by the interaction by the viewer or by the appearance of a sound effect. Such as a hollowed wooden box or a bundle of brush and twigs - which could represent the sound of rustling fall winds.

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

While some of the pieces embody the essence of sound, such as a rope light and reel to reel’s to represent a musical recording, others offer a strictly visual feast. Monitors and lights covered with natural material certainly offer an extraordinary view of artistic representation.

The art of assemblage and artistic placement of found objects is brilliantly executed in this exhibit. It really offers much inspiration on what exactly can be done with a pile of wood, jingle bells, and various garden tools; not to mention copious amounts of string, bits of metal, paper and a burnt piece of toast (no really, I’m serious).

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

Photo source: Ginger Cochran

Please make time to visit this gallery; you will not be disappointed.

Harmonic Dissonance, December 11 - January 13

109 N Elm Street, Denton, Texas 76201


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Focus: an online photography collective

Envision Arts has launched a series of virtual exhibitions, the first of which is FOCUS: a photography collective, in which we asked photographers across all genre’s to participate!

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I’m happy to report that we had numerous applicants and were so honored to review such talented works!

Best In Show for FOCUS is Texas-based photographer, Tiffani Hinkle, with her piece titled:

Frank and Imogen, 2016. Shot with a medium forma Holga lomography camera with 120mm film, and a Rolleiflex TLR film camera.

Please take a moment to visit Envision Arts debut virtual exhibition, FOCUS: a photography collective, now on view under Current Exhibitions. The online exhibition will run from Dec. 1st until Dec. 31st.

View our additional online exhibition opportunities here.


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