Denise Meyers Wood purses and jewelry boxes Friesen Handbag- 9"x7.5"
Denise Meyers's work will bring a smile to your face. Their geometric-shaped wood purses and jewelry boxes often feature animals. Leopards, zebras, horses, and even penguins make an appearance. And then the interiors are lined to match: a leopard print lining for the leopard bags, zebra print for the zebra bags, and so on. Each work is handmade and one of a kind, using birch wood as the surface. The handles are handbeaded. The paintings are done in acrylic. The colors are vibrant and Meyers utilizes a realistic style for the paintings. While animals are the predominant subject matter for Meyers, they are not all she paints. Meyers is a new artist for the 2013 Armonk Outdoor Art Show and we are pleased to welcome her.
Marc Freedman is a new artist for the 2013 Art Show, in the sculpture category. Freedman's material is wood: walnut, cherry, African mahogany, ash, and more. Freedman's bold creations are made up of snaky curved lines, or jaunty sharp edges. Shape is an important part of these sculptures, much of what gives them their personalities. That is not to overshadow the beautiful colors present. There are different shades of brown, but Freedman also experiments with dying wood, mainly to black. The sculptures come in three categories: table, wall, floor. Freedman began working as an artist professionally in 2005 and has no formal training in woodworking. He has been working lately with steam bending in order to create his unique shapes. We are pleased to welcome Freedman to the Art Show this year.
Zu Sheng Yu's oil paintings are intimate and delicate. His subject matters are diverse, but often dwell in the natural world: rocks, porcelain, glass jars, fruit, barns, horses and bulls. Yu actually started working as an artist as a sculptor--he graduated GuangZhou Academy of Fine Arts with a Bachelor's degree in Speciality of Sculpture--but started working on oil paintings when he immigrated from China to the United States in the early nineties (he and his family now live in Long Island). His background as a sculptor shows through particularly in the rock paintings, with their quiet appreciation of form. Many of Yu's works are still lifes, with beautiful renderings of color, shape and shadow. The barns with murals display a sense of fun, as many of the scenes on the murals are from famous paintings (Botticelli and da Vinci's works make appearances). Whereas other paintings hold a serious message, such as work portraying broken public sculptures, which Yu says represents how war destroys the good things in our lives.
Thomas Greene is a new artist to the 2013 Art Show, in the oil painting category, and we look forward to welcoming him. Greene paints portraits, figures, and landscapes, sometimes combining these categorizations. His style ranges from more to less impressionistic, often gestural and always bursting forth with personality. His paintings are colorful, and part of the joyful nature of these paintings comes from a love and appreciation the artist appears to have for his subjects--whether person, beach, or city building. Greene credits his father, an illustrator, with inspiring him to pursue his creativity.
Sohhee Oh is one of two Purchase College Emerging Artists that will be at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show this year. Oh's work is playful and bright. Some of her liveliest work could inspire you to cartwheel. But Oh's work is not innocent or naïve, it seems to look at a certain darkness in childhood (or life in general): the creepiness that lurks below the surface of fairy tales. Her subject matter and materials vary. Dolls, animal figurines, toy cars, nails, replicate oranges, gift boxes, and so on. The work is rich in detail and utilizes both two dimensional and three dimensional surfaces. Oh is interested in dichotomies, and the interaction between them, such as "a neutral place between right and wrong" and "where the illogical can become logical." We look forward to having her at the Art Show this year.
Michele Berman is a new artist to the Art Show in the jewelry category. Berman largely uses gold for her necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. She designs in a bold style and colorful gemstones such as aquamarine, peridot, and garnet. With or without gems, the jewelry pieces are stand-outs with their beautifully lush patterns and detailing. Berman has been studying jewelry making for many years, and launched her own line in 2000. The jewelry is hand-sculpted and carved. Berman aims to create jewelry that is both classic and contemporary. We look forward to welcoming her to the Show this fall.
Caroline Percello is the second Purchase College Emerging Artist, and an Armonk resident. Percello has an expressive style, which comes in handy for her many portraits and scenes with people (and the occasional anthropomorphized bison). She paints vividly with color and utilizes a strong, visible brushstroke. In addition to paintings, Percello does comic work, and that style flows into the rest of the work. Additionally, Percello has a great sense of wit, as can be seen in the above painting of a person reading a comic book with a person reading a comic book on the cover. Not all of her paintings are tongue in cheek in this manner, but she has a masterful ability to create mood. It will be a delight to have Percello at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show this year.
Kenneth Pillsworth's geometric jewelry is both futuristic (some works are titled "Jetson" and do bring to mind Jane and Judy's disc-like outfits) and primitive (with some shapes resembling early cave paintings). Pillsworth's earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are small scale, with a certain delicacy, and are mostly in subdued colors. Pearls are a common material and are used in an unique manner. Metals Pillsworth uses includes brass, titanium, niobium, sterling silver, copper, and 14K yellow gold. He thinks of his jewelry as compositions, and has a background in painting. Pillsworth is a minimalist, valuing simplicity. Layering is used to create interesting shapes and color juxtapositions. Pillsworth also has a men's collection, which includes cuff links and tie tacks in his inimitable style.
David J. Benyosef is another new artist for the 2013 Art Show, and he is bringing with him sinuous and seductive glass works. Benyosef actually went to school for marketing, but discovered glassblowing at the same time. His work is handblown. To compliment the beautiful shapes of his vases, bowls, and other items, Benyosef plays around with undulating line patterns. The sensation the lines create is not unlike watching dancers or listening to a symphony. He designs in bright colors--orange lines swoop and swerve on a red background on one set--but also delivers eye-catching works use clear glass and black lines. These glassworks are sophisticated and enchanting. We look forward to welcoming Benyosef to the Art Show this year.
R. Michael Carr is a new artist for the 2013 Art Show, in the oil painting category. His paintings feature expressive, exuberant brush strokes, and bright colors. Many of Carr's paintings are landscapes, otherwise still-life scenery in rooms. Occasionally, a person even shows up. The lighting makes you yearn to be in these scenes yourself. There is a sense of calmness, an appreciation for simple natural beauty in the world. Many of the scenes do seem to be in warmer weather, gaining that feeling of endless summer days (this is true of the room paintings, also). Carr creates some particularly compelling skies, and his loose brushstrokes work well for trees. We look forward to welcoming R. Michael Carr to the Art Show this year.