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art&beyond Vol. 17 • May/June • 2014

from artist to artist - market, promote, succeed

David Bell


oil • acrylic • watercolor • mixed media • photography • digital art • sculpture • glass • ceramic • jewelry

Tom Heflin

Burning Tree. Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24".

Vol. 17 • May/June • 2014

art&beyond Art & Beyond Magazine is a bridge between the artists and the art world. It is an essential marketing and promotional tool every artist needs to possess when exhibiting their work, whether at art shows, art expos, or small exhibitions. Art & Beyond Magazine is proud to present the incredible artists featured on the pages of this issue. Each exhibiting their own style, unique ideas and vision of the world around us. From nothing they are able to create what inspires and enhances our everyday lives. Art & Beyond is also publishes a series of articles titled "From Artist to Artist" where artists share their experiences about promoting, marketing and a stepby-stem guide on how to build your artistic career and to reach your goals. In this issue of Art & Beyond Magazine we have published an article written by Debbi Chan titled "Expose Yourself". In our column "Point of Interest" you will find a very interesting article about Super Yacht Experience Featuring the Pop Up Galleries at SeaFair organized by Contemporary Art Projects USA under the direction of Tata Fernandez as Executive Director and Patricia Scremin, Director of Sales joined the new program of SeaFair Miami 2014. This show started on April 25th and will be on display till August 31th, 2014.

CONTENTS Point of Interest

Super Yacht Experience Featuring the Pop Up Galleries at SeaFair 4

From Artists to Artist Expose Yourself by Debbi Chan 6

Fine Art

Yulia Altas David Bell Olivia Boa Alfonsina Bozzano Maruka Carvajal Alexander Chaikovsky Debbi Chan Gabi Domenig Tom Heflin

8 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 20

Helen Kagan Zinaida Lihacheva Jo Sherwood Ed Wade

21 22 23 24

Mixed Media • Jewelry

Dominique Delay 26 Sandy Den Hartog 27 Kate Themel 28

Photography Digital Art

Vered Galor Arthur Jacob Christophe Kiciak Paula Rucket


Back Cover

David Bell

Kate Themel

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Tom Heflin

Jo Sherwood

18 30 31 32

We would like to congratulate the following winners published in this issue for their amazing work: Congratulations to David Bell, his work “Family” was chosen as this months Art & Beyond Front Cover Competition winner. The Inside Front Cover was awarded to Tom Heflin for his beautiful artwork “Burning Tree”.  The Back Cover was awarded to Kate Themel for “After the Wake” and the Inside Back Cover has been awarded to Jo Sherwood for “Jordan”.  We would also like to congratulate those artists who have been chosen as Publishers Choice Award winners in this issue for their outstanding artwork: Debbie Chan, Ed Wade, Dominique Delay, Zinaida Lihacheva with One-page article and Yulia Altas and Vered Galor with Two-page article. In the May/June issue you will find beautifully conducted Interviews by Justin Hoffman   with Inside Back Cover winner artist Jo Sherwood p.23 and Publisher Choice award winners Yulia Altas, p.8 and Dominique Delay, p.26. We thank all of the amazing and talented artists who participated in the competition and wish you all great success in your journey. Publisher Art Director Interview Editor

Mila Ryk Mila Ryk Justin Hoffman Alina Lampert

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point of interest

Super Yacht Experience Featuring the Pop Up Galleries at


April 25th to August 31th, 2014 Contemporary Art Projects USA “Pop Up Gallery” under the direction of Tata Fernandez as Executive Director and Patricia Scremin, Director of Sales joined the new program of SeaFair Miami 2014 to enable international and national artists to exhibit and be part of this authentic, yet predominately private, super yacht to ensure the proper exposure to collectors, art lovers and international exclusive Miami Visitors.

SeaFair Super Yacht at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131. The SeaFair will feature a series of elegant two-hours cruises departing from Chopin Plaza adjoining The InterContinental Hotel. The uber-luxe 2,800-ton ship offers a broad range of onboard activities including art lectures, artist workshops, corporate events with open-air sky deck dining, an elegant glass-walled club lounge, a sky deck champagne and caviar bar and international coffee bar. Collectors and Art Lovers will have an unparalleled experience beginning with Outside Sculptures at Bayfront Park, luxury shopping and and contemporary art galleries.

travel agents, destination management companies, corporate events and art collectors.

Contemporary Art Projects USA “Pop Up Gallery” warranties the artists a selective and exclusive exposure with a proper marketing through better hotel concierges, tour operators,


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The Participants Artists are: William Chaikovsky, Alejandro Leyva, Celia Zusman, William Stalhuth, Rainer Lagemann, Anabel Rub Peicher, Carolina Rojas, Magaly Barnola-Otaola, Oswaldo Sandoval, Anica Shpilberg, Eumelia Castro, Esteban Leyva, Gilbert Salinas, Mercedes Brunelli and the Unique Kinetic Sculptures of Gary Traczyk. Contact Information Website: Phone: 786-262-5886

Tata Fernandez and Lee Ann Lester, Owner SeaFair Yacht.

Carolina Rojas and Gary Traczyk.

Group of Artists at the Opening Night.

William Stalhuth, Artist and Patricia Scremin.

Magaly Barnola-Otaola.

Raquel Rub, artist, Patricia Scremin, Stacy Shaw and Tata Fernandez. Tata Fernandez and Stacy Shaw, CEO SeaFair Miami.

Eumelia Castro and Tata Fernandez.

Patricia Scremin, Alejandro Leyva, Artist.

Mercedes Brunelli, Handbag Designer.

All Photos credit: Leonardo Di Tomaso • 5

from artist to artist

by Debbi Chan



xposure is something that artists have always strived towards and in today's world of computers and social media it has become critical. The sheer rise in numbers of artists, whether professional or not, has risen drastically and brought with it competition not seen before. If you think, and I know many artists like this, you can sit home and have a small local show every few years while waiting for the BIG ONE to come knocking on your door with an offering of fame and fortune to come. Run. First, this is not going to happen and second, should it, the cost to you, the artist, will be so high that you will wish you took my advice...RUN. With the rise of artists and competition came a rise in ways to ease the problem. No longer can an artist be faint of heart and think their sole job is to create it. One must consider exposure "hunting" an art unto itself. So what must artists do to expose themselves? Devote some time every day to the pursuit. Be creative. Be patient. Maybe try to find a bit of humor just to keep you going because I think I can say from my own experience that you will need it. I am passionate about what I do. I have been making art for over five decades and never before have I come across the need to expose myself like in these past few years. If you love what you do and do not need money to do it you might wish to re feign oneself from complicating your life with the business part and stick with just creating art. But even then, if you feel as I do, and want people to enjoy what gets created, exposure becomes necessary. On an average day I spend at least an hour but more often two, working on the BUSINESS side of art. I find that instead of sitting the whole time if I break it up into intervals during my day or extend it into the night time while I watch late night television i find it to be a good time to knock out a little of this business stuff. So where do I go or what do I do to get exposure? Anything within reason and your artist's creative mind can and should be called in to play for this boring and time consuming

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part of "the new artist". I call today's artist "new" because in these competitive times the artist of today must become the business manager and promotional person in order to get on the top. If you're ready, let's explore a few options. I discovered computers about six years ago and the first thing I did was to get my portfolio uploaded to a few of the more well known online galleries I have stuck with most of them and gained a large following. These online galleries do have the tools to sell your work. Some artists sell more than others. And I found that online galleries are not all alike. For my own work I have gone with a variety, each offering the same or different methods to get the artist selling. I found that paying for a premium portfolio with any of them was a better deal in the long run than using their free but limiting version. Premium portfolios range from about $20 to $100 a year. I don't know about you but I waste that much money on things I could really do without. Being an artist does come with sacrifice. It means more if you are serious enough to put in longer hours when come home from your job or are tired or if you miss a meal or two because you are so involved in the creative process. And the same goes for not skimping on the quality of art supplies such as good brushes or going premium instead of free with your online gallery or galleries. I have portfolios with at least five big well known web sites and several smaller ones such as country specific. I keep a few images on an Italian online gallery for instance. And I joined one that is not as much about selling as about artists gathering to comment on each other's art. If time is short, leave these out of your life. There is no pressure, or should not be, as to how many images must be uploaded a month so my theory is, if you have the time, and it takes only a few minutes to upload an image, the more you get seen, the more you get exposed, and the more people who are looking to collect will see your work.

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Full in love. Mixed media on paper, 24" x 17".

“Even in my gloomiest mood, I try to find in the natural creations from God the raw material, the magic of life, colors, and shapes needed to come up with a work of art.” - Yulia Altas.

Art & Beyond Interview with

Altas Yulia by Justin Hoffman

Yulia Altas was born in Tula, Russia, where she was surrounded by a rich heritage of art. In 2003, she moved to New York, where she continued to work in the arts. Her formal classical education is revealed in her colorful mixed-media paintings depicting elements found in nature. Filled with picturesque features, characteristic of a

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well-lived and nurtured childhood, her paintings display particular attention to the explicit graphic details, a skill learned during her college years. Her works are tender and emotional, and she finds many opportunities in the open air, surrounded by nature, to recreate her inspiration on the canvas with the total energy of life.

Spring is coming. Mixed media on paper, 24" x 17".

Q. What is your artistic goal? A. My goal is to show the beauty of nature. I want to bring forth moods to create magical emotions in the audience, which will give warmth and kindness and love. I would like to make this world a little sunnier, softer, and warmer. Q. Where did you train to become an artist? A. My first serious artistic education began when I was ten, at the Tula Art School. During four years of training, I took part in various competitions, exhibitions, and festivals of children's drawings. In 1993, I entered the Orel Art School, where I learned the basic skills of painting, drawing, and composition. Additionally, I studied crafts, including wall paintings, stained glass, and Gobilen. I received an honors degree at Orel Art School. Later I continued for

six years more years to study at Tula State University, where I learned a new discipline, graphic design.

Q. Where have you been showcased recently? A. I have had work at the Elena Eb Gallery in New York City, the Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, the Spanish Society Benevolent Gallery, and the Caelum Gallery in New York. Q. Do you have any upcoming shows? A. I will have work at the International Biennale Artists Exhibition in Miami this July. I am working on new work for the show. • 9

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Moondance. Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"

David Bell David “Bud” Bell has enjoyed an interesting and varied career as a musician, teacher, photographer, and artist. David has been represented by galleries in Arkansas and Georgia. His paintings have won awards from the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Oval Gallery, Youth Home, and the Mustard Tree Arts Festival. His work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions, as well as solo, joint and group shows. One of his strengths as an artist is the ability to create art for specific spaces, and his commissioned paintings have been enjoyed for years 10 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2014

in offices and private homes around the country. He paints mostly non-representational canvases, but also paints wonderful dog portraits, and whimsical figures. David received his BA in Art Education from the University of Central Arkansas in 1965 and later did graduate work in drawing and painting at Notre Dame University. He has two grown sons and lives in Little Rock with his wife, Lynn.

Conscience. Acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x80 cm

Olivia Boa "Blind" and "Pixels" Collections If I deprive myself of sight, I am no longer in the analysis of structures, shapes and colors. Only creativity and feelings take place in the work.

we go from our right hemisphere to our left hemisphere depending on the tasks to accomplish. Both hardly operate simultaneously. Having a subject represented under these two perceptions allows a better coordination of our hemispheres.

That is the "Blind" collection, since painted blindfolded. It refers to our right cerebral hemisphere: the emotional one.

In different times of the day, we may be more sensitive to the "Blind" collection or the "Pixels" collection...

If I paint with my eyes open, I analyze what colors I should use, in which way and how to structure the image, everything is meticulously calculated.

According to neurological studies, men tend to use their left hemisphere and women their right... And to support this analysis, I have actually noticed during my exhibitions that men were more sensitive to the "Pixels" and women to the "Blind" collection.

That is the "Pixels" collection by analogy to particles in quantum physics. It refers to our left cerebral hemisphere: the analytic one. I like to showing a subject from two completely different angles. In our daily lives, we only activate one hemisphere at a time. So constantly

We could say that the "Blind" collection is the yin and the "Pixels" collection is the yang :-)! • • 11

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Indago red. Brushed acrilic on canvas, 80cm x 100cm

Alfonsina Bozzano She comes from Argentine country life, born 1944- Lost her father at fifteen, endless spaces & horses with him, needding a new meaning to live up to. Obtained painter degree & professorship at high school of arts, inspired at Bauhaus & now Fba, depending of UNLP: ”Universidad Nacional de La Plata” - including humanistic studies. Later worked several years close to great masters in sculpture, painting, mural Technics, and so on & teaching privately or within schools, children’s hospital, indian-mission, rural teacher. Paying attention to the inner need we all have to develop creativity, and the vital importance in our lives, deep roots, connections. Balancing her metaphysical interests, began to work on technical design, finding it fascinating- the ONE structural sense, be it in places we walk on,live in, or in the inner strength working through canvas. Secure earnings too, and time to paint freely. But little time left for PR & art shows, self promotion, groups membership. At age of 35 went to London for 8 months, enjoying Tate Gallery & other magic places. Then to Paris: Beaubourg, Musèe de la Ville, Palais Royal, Jeau de Pomme; coming back latter to Musèe d’Orsay, small travels while living at Milan - Enjoying the Gugenheim at Venice or walking Ravenna.

Alfonsia had retrospective show of her paintings at the Milan Argentine Consulate in April 1994. She has attended the “oliversità” (holistic university) 1998/99 at Milan & online One Center course, 2000, attested “study group leader.” Has worked long at Naval Design. At Milan for 17th years, even with Gae Aulenti on a 21m yacht interior. Latest 8 years at Wally shipyards at Fano & Ancona (Adriatic seaside) & back to Milan where she lives. Briefing about her plastic work: “I think, as many others before me, that every masterpiece is based upon abstract values, inner structure, cadence, synergy of colors, composition & inner need to cope with it all- Colors are like sounds to music. I love both: abstract paintings & portraits, landscapes, drawing animals in movement. Have done it all - just taking one way at the time. Knowing that we are sort of mediums, through which something else manifest - indivisible with us-sort of our higher-selves, and clearence & integration for the rest. Anyway, while painting, I free my mind of every thing than painting - I let it Be-”

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Rush Hour. Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 24”.

Maruka Carvajal I was born in Bolivia, and I am a naturalized Spaniard. I have lived in Brazil, Singapore, Colombia, and currently in Washington DC. I was educated to be an architect but my passion led me to dedicate myself to the visual arts instead. I enjoy painting so much! It is a chance to get involved with my thoughts, my memories and my feelings; it's my moment. When I start a painting I always choose colors first; without thinking maybe it's just intuitively or sometimes based on my mood. In my art I like to explore the abstract secrets of cities I have lived in, cities I have passed through, and cities I hope to visit. I bring out the similarities between cities around the world, capturing their true nature. Using different shapes, lines, and vibrant colors I interpret onto my canvas the emotions that cities awaken inside of me. I recall my experiences in different cities that have impacted me and I look into that past at the feelings that came over me in those moments. Some artists inspire me, especially Hans Hoffman because of his exuberant use of color, the relationship between them, and the spatial tension. 14 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2014

I use different acrylics in different to express myself. My strokes reflect my visual language and respond to the impulse to fill the canvas. Using geometric shapes adds structural order to how freely I use colors. In addition, I like to use both paint that is slightly watered down and pain that is thicker. To me this combination of shapes and my free use of colors along with varying viscosities of paint is the most appealing part of my creative process. The colorful nature of my painting makes them stand out and appear bright. Vibrant colors are very powerful tools and I am able to manage their effect on a composition. I am fascinated by cities because they are short-lived but form a long lasting memory. I think my paintings serve the purpose I intended and convey what I want them to. My goal is to make the viewer curious about the meaning behind my painting. I expect my work to represent the places that I have had the fortune to visit or have lived in and I hope it shares these places with the viewer inviting them to take an emotional journey where their spirit can drive free.

The Mystery of Birth. Oil on canvas 60" x 40".

Alexander Chaikovsky My art is a search of positive roots in the human nature. It displays powerful and deep feelings that are essential for humans. They are also events of the nature: landscapes and still-life paintings that allow developing a positive vision and experiencing the sense of nostalgia when a person call to memory the best minutes of his or her life or reflects upon the life in its entirety. Some canvases are reasoning and discourse about the source problems of the macrocosm and the universe but they are always represent the point of view of person who lives in his or her day, lives his or her life that can be a big one or a small one, too. It is a person who often misses the minutes of contemplation in a bustle, who needs a smallest part of the sublime, who should be reminded that simple and beautiful values are round here an even inside the person. My paintings like Vergilius guide a person to the best, to all the things that are able to fill the soul with the light and tranquility, that help to pause and to breathe in the way through mad and hectic labyrinth of the life. My art is an attempt to create ‘safety islands’ for human souls. Such ‘islands’ do not only provide an opportunity to pause and to see about but also they will also become a path into the inner world of every

Eva. Oil on canvas. 47"x 31".

viewer. It is a challenge for me; it is an attempt to express simple and complicated universal concepts that are close to the inner world of every person by means of shapes, colours and words. Such concepts do not depend on gender, age, confession or personal culture. That is why it is an abstraction including elements of figurative painting which approach it can be defined as abstract expressionism. The root of my inspiration “released’ in canvases by means of colours and abstract shapes. It is ‘action painting’ that is not based on application of paints to canvases in thoughtless way upon influence of various mental and emotional states. It is a precise image that might be incarnated in a sculpture or expressed in the words. However, I choose to express myself in a Canvas thru my Paintings.. At the present time I am exhibiting my artwork at: Contemporary Art Projects USA/Seafair Miami 2014. April 25-June 30, 2014. • 15

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Italian story album. The large album is 16" x 21" and opens as an accordian style album over 70 feet long. The painting is only on two leaves. Done in a traditional Chinese style using watercolors/ink on the rice paper leaves

Debbi Chan On the cusp of two creative signs, the tiger and the rabbit, I was born in Houston, Texas. With a creative push from day one, I took up the brush by age ten. In my early years as a budding artist I decided that oil painting was not my thing but watercolor and ink were. That really never changed but the style vacillated from realism to fantasy throughout those formative years. It was not until a bit of aging wisdom came to me that I sought out a teacher and found Frank Chiu, a master artist in traditional Chinese painting. He mentored me for over a decade and was later joined by his wife, Judy. They showed me that just taking Sumi lessons was not enough. I involved myself in Chinese culture, philosophy, and art until it coursed through my veins and I saw the world through different eyes. My teacher gave me an artist name – Sosum. He said I always do what I say I will do and SOSUM was the He chose. What He did not know is that the main reason I got in to traditional 16 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2014

Chinese art was to paint on silk. Sosum also means, through the root character, threads of silk. I learned much from this wise teacher. then I took an invitation to visit Idaho for a three weeks vacation. Four days before my departure for home, I decided to live here and when I went back home it was only to pack my apartment and say two goodbyes: one to the Buddhist Temple where I was an ordained nun; the other, to the Chiu’s, my mentors and teachers who had become family. Frank Chiu threw the IChing without my knowledge and four days later in my new home he told me what the sticks had said..... GO TO TH E WESTERN now a decade has passed. I own a farm on ten acres of paradise, and my heart and art are reaching heights not reached by many... I can truly say that I am rich – rich with no money. And art is still as exciting as it was when I picked up that paintbrush fifty years ago.

Not alone. Acrylic on canvas, 60cm x 60cm

Gabi Domenig was born in Austria. She is a through and through figurative artist. She tries to capture moments and build up emotional tensions. She does not want to shock, stir up or provoke. The viewer of her images should be touched by a positve energy. He should feel the music she has listened during her painting. He should feel something of her passion when she paints. There are so many negative messages every day which cause bad feelings. For her art should be life-affirming and beautiful, touching and connecting. A language without words. She paints mostly with acrylic colours and concerns herself primarily with the representation of man and especially of women.

Her characters send out varied emotions such as pride, pain, love, sadness, loneliness, joy and longing. They are sensuous, strong, vulnerable, thoughtful, dreamy, seductive, promising and cautious. For the most part the figures are located in a particular environment cutout. The expression of the eyes should draw the viewer into its spell and animate him to enter in a deeper communication with the figures in the picture. Flowers, plants, animals, patterns and landscape sections are decorative parts, but are usually situated in the background • 17

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Never Again. Digital Photographic Collage.

Vered Galor has been involved with the fine art world as an artist, curator and educator for over thirty years. She received her BA and MA in Fine Art from California State University in Northridge in 1975 and 1978. Mrs. Galor started her career as glass sculptor. In 1981 she established a business doing curatorial projects and consulting in Contemporary Fine Art. She lectured, participated in discussions and wrote art programs to encourage the collaboration of Art and Architecture. Since 1989 Mrs. Galor has been concentrating on photography. She has been creating her own work, teaching photography and showing with galleries.

“My photographic collages are layers of my reflections and observations, being personal, political or historical. Like our life experiences, these thoughts accumulate on top of each other, to create my feelings and emotions that get expressed in the artwork. The layering process coincides with the synthesis of creating visual pieces that invites one to investigate and explore the given information. Like in previous works of mine, made on glass, the technique and the transparencies, of the digital process are an important part of the art, they emphasis the build-up process and the blending which creates the images. When photographing in Israel, the amount of history, archaeology, culture, faith and natural beauty of the country overwhelms you. In my Israel portfolio/gallery I combine the Archeological, Historical, political and my Emotional relation to the subject”.

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The Begining. Digital Photographic Collage. • 19

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In the Valley. Watercolor, 24" x 29"

tom heflin have been a full time artist for over 40 years and have won national and international awards. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. Tom continue to paint daily and have a show once a year in his studio/ gallery. “The painting "Try to Remember" was inspired by an old photograph I found in an abandoned house. Don't know who the ladies are but that is what made this vintage image interesting to me. the picture of the World War 1 soldier was found in an antique shop and I painted him fading out because he would not be alive today. The front porch is the old farm house that became my studio. In a small way I felt I was resurrecting and paying homage to these forgotten souls.” 20 • Art & Beyond • May/June 2014

National Weather Biennial National Competition — First Prize on paper, 2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2014 Strokes of Genius 6 Magazine — 2014 International Pastel Society, 2014 Chicago Pastel Painters Society, Canson Paper Award, 2014 Twin Cities TOSCA — Illinois Artist of the Year Award, 2013 ARC International Finalist, 2013 International Artist Magazine ­— Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Pastel Journal Magazine Award — 2013 N.O.A.P.S. Award of Excellence — 2013 Art and Beyond Magazine — 2012-2013 Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 2013 Skip Watts Memorial Exhibit — Kennedy Award, 2013 Paint America Top 100 Award of Recognition Paint the Parks Award, 2013 National Watercolor Society, elected to signature membership, 2012 International Artist Magazine — Finalist, 2012 International Society of Acrylic Painters, 2012

City of Light. Acrylic, Mixed Medium, 60" x 48"

Helen Kagan PhD Coming from a family of scientists, Helen was always fascinated by the left and right brain communication. A holistic therapist and artist, she's been developing her unique technique and style in “Healing Arts” which reflects her own deep and colorful view on life, a desire to bridge realities and heal the Past. A refugee from Russia, Helen believes that art as a powerful form of self-expression can be a vehicle for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Her “Healing Arts” – is her unique way to integrate fine art and the art of healing, and through beauty of expression, positively charged intention, healing frequencies of color, and energetically balanced composition – enhance well-being in a viewer. Helen believes in mind-body-spirit connection and her passionate art is a statement of her beliefs. • • 21

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Autumn is so lovely, still from video. Autumn is so lovely is a video where girls harvest on the field, but during the hard work and they have time for games too, girls circled the field and wear a special outfit on the main character, who symbolizes Ukraine. The project is based on the poetry of Shevchenko and Tychyna and is a homage to Ukrainian Donna.

Untitled. Oil on canvas, 60 cm x 80 cm.

Zinaida Lihacheva is a Ukrainian artist, she lives and works in Kyiv. Her works includes paintings, videos, performances, and installations. Lihacheva puts in practice themes, techniques and references that are deeply rooted in Ukrainian traditions and yet she employs artistic strategies that were developed by contemporary artists.

Zinaida Lihacheva's works have been exhibited in a number of Ukrainian and international biennales and art fairs, such as Art Kyiv Contemporary, the ARSENALE’12 First Kyiv Biennale of Contemporary Art, Art Moscow, Art Monaco, Miami River Art Fair, New York Pulse, Cutlog Paris, The Days of Ukraine in London.

The main motif of her artworks is beauty, tenderness, purity and harmony enshrined in the delicate inner world of the Ukrainian woman, who is also treated as a collective image of the whole country.

Recently her performance, Autumn, was beautifully presented at The Days of Ukraine in London. Her video works, Transformation and She were also shown at Cutlog Paris 2013.

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Art & Beyond Interview with

Jo Sherwood by Justin Hoffman

Recently Jo Sherwood has been showcased at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery in Santa Fe, the William Vincent gallery in Santa Fe, The Ebell Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Coda Gallery in New York City. During May, she will have an oil painting collection of bygone burros from around the world. This show is dedicated to Sherwood’s late husband, Peter, who faithfully carried her easel around the globe to capture these benevolent burro cameos.

Q. How would you describe your artwork to someone who has never seen it? A. I would describe my work as representational oil paintings featuring commissioned portrait, figure, and landscape paintings. I also capture remote cultures that are disappearing due to globalization while traveling. Q. What is your artistic goal?

Uzbekistan. Oil on linen, 12" x 15".

A. I enjoy painting people wearing native dress, working the land by hand, and living close to their animals. I strive to record those experiences, on location, to pass these vignettes on to the next generation. I hope to show what life was like, as if time stood still. Q. How would you describe your perfect situation for creating art?

A. Traveling to developing countries, painting alla prima on location, with my oils. I enjoy capturing disappearing cultures, meeting the people and getting it right on the first try on canvas. It's a huge reward when I return home knowing that I was able to capture the indigenous cultures on canvas for future generations. Q. When did you realize you were going to be an artist? A. Ever since kindergarten I took great pleasure in knowing how to express myself through drawing. The teacher would hold up my artwork and comment about my creativity to my parents. I remember entertaining myself happily for hours just sitting and drawing. Q. Who or what is your greatest influence? A. I am a third generation painter: my great grandfather was a professional painter in the late 1800s, and my father was also a painter. My father took me to European Museums at an early age to study the masters. I spent many hours copying the drawings of Holbein. I was always inspired by looking at the paintings of the Golden 17th Century Master painters. Q. Have you taken any art training? A. I am an honor graduate of the Academie of Fine Art in Rotterdam, Holland. I've studied with: Dan Gerhartz, Michael Lynch, Richard Schmid,

New Mexico. Oil on linen, 12" x 15".

Bettina Steinke, Howard Terpning, Yugi Wang, and Henriette Wyeth.

Q. What has been the best way to showcase your art? A. Exposure is the most important thing. The best combination for success is having a well-qualified public relations agent, gallery shows, advertising, and recommendations for commissioned work. • 23

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Bubbles. Watercolor, 24" x 20".

I am constantly the student when it comes to my art. Ever learning, I am always looking for new ways to express my view of this world, but some things remain constant through out the journey. That is my search for shapes and their relationship with each other… add to that my desire to always explore new color combinations, I feel like I can always improve but never graduate. I get to capture the things that move me in this world and that way you get to learn a little about me through my art.

Edward Eugene Wade Jr. Ed was born in 1956 and was raised in Milwaukee. He studied the graphic arts at Oshkosh university. Ed now lives in Marianna with his wife and has 4 daughters and 4 grans. Ed's passion for drawing dates back to as early as 3 years old and he's never stopped. He really loves watercolors and uses a variety of palettes to create diverse color schemes in his work. He paints from life and his subject matter can be children, trees, people, landscapes, barns, animals, flowers or whatever moves him.

Ed also works in pen and ink, graphite, and plays with a little creative digital photography. Shapes and color have become very important in later years. The subject does not really matter as long as the shapes are good, that’s why there is such a diversity in Ed’s work. He studied graphic communications at U.W. Oshkosh focusing on fine arts 1973-1978 and has been working almost exclusively in watercolors since 1987.

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sculpture • mixed media • jewelry Art & Beyond Interview Dominique Cinq-Mars Delay with

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During the past year, Dominique Cinq-Mars Delay has had her work showcased at the Chrysalids Theater in Kitchener, Ontario, the Studio vogue Gallery in Toronto, the Wellington Artist's Gallery in Fergus, Ontario, and the Waterloo Community Art Center in Waterloo, Ontario. She is an active member of BRAVOART, a professional Franco-Ontarian association of visual artists, as well as a member of the Hamilton Art council and the Waterloo Artist Gallery. She is also a represented artist at Studio Vogue Gallery in Yorkville, Toronto.

Q. How would you describe your artwork to someone who has never seen it? A. My work is a form of visual art that crosses over with two dimensional work. What I create are 2D/3D compositions on stretch or wood canvas. I am a mixed-media artist who uses discarded natural or man-made materials, but please do not call me a recycling artist. My present collection “Fabric, Metal, and Lace” uses rusty metal, fabric of all kinds, and usually I use oil, acrylic, or watercolor as a cohesive element. My work can represent something or be abstract but the elements in the compositions have to relate to one an other. Aesthetics and cohesion are important to me. My mind can not work with detached elements. Q. Have you taken any art training?

Alice's Garden. Fabric, lead, embellishment, 24" x 36".

The Rose. leather. Fabric, lead, embellishment, 30" x 30".

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A. I am mostly self-taught, but I studied visual art at Cegep du Vieux Montréal college in Montreal and at the École des Beaux Arts. I was an art teacher at the junior high level. Also, I have continued to study various techniques at local art institutions. But I prefer to learn from a good book, because I am a visual learner and dislike the group expression of self. I always had a love affair with creating from the time I was a child. Q. You said being an artist has been a godsend after a long battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Could you explain how art help you work through it?

A. In 1999, I was totally disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder at the age of 41, and the person I used to be ceased to exist. I totally died inside for a very long time, losing my identity. When I started to come out of my darkness, I returned to using a variety of mediums. I worked with a lot of emotions at the beginning, some of my work was harsh, but it helped more than any therapy. In therapy, the wound stays open, but art makes your transcend your pain and put it to rest. Then the lighter works begins and happiness settles inside you. I have found myself again.



Free form Baltic Amber spaced with tiny Swarovski Crystals. 14kt. Gold Handmade Metal Beads from Ghana, Africa, followed by

Hand Faceted Lapis Lazuli, 14KT. Gold handmade African Beads. Again using the LOST WAX METHOD. These are painstakingly made in Ghana, Africa from Brass and then plated with 14KT Gold Twice.

beautiful handcut pieces of Teak Wood. Pendant is a very LARGE piece of rare Butterscotch "Amber".

Sandy Den Hartog Sandy has had an interest in stones since childhood. Wherever she went, even as a young person, whether it was picnics, vacations, or field trips; she always made sure she had a cup along to collect rocks which were precious to her at the time. Once in high school she took numerous classes in gemology and geology. Then she graduated, got married, and had children. Rocks and gems had to be put on hold for a while. However, she was still able to attend gem shows and art shows when she had the opportunity. She was looking and learning and eventually was able to travel the globe and reignite her interest in gems and minerals. She was struck by how much stones, rocks,

gems, and minerals change from country to country. In bringing back Ethiopian Crosses from Africa, she made her daughters and granddaughters necklaces with the crosses. She was once again hooked with a creative passion for what she could now do with these artifacts. Sandy’s work has been exhibited at Palace Hotel in San Francisco and the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. She has also been a part of several juried shows winning a first place medal in 2010 and 2012 with a Award of Merit in 2012. • 27

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Kate Themel Kate Themel is an award-winning fabric artist and teacher living in Cheshire, Connecticut. Kate earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art in 1992 and began using fabric as an artistic medium in 1996. "I rely on my formal training when I'm evaluating a composition and deciding if it works or not. The elements of art are the same whether you use ink, paint or fabric as the medium. I use fabric to explore value, color and shape. With machine stitching I can add lines and texture. Fiber art also has this sculptural aspect that's really exciting. I can explore a wide range of creative territory with textiles." Over the years, Kate has developed a distinct, painterly style in her compositions but remains linked to the quilting world by her use of simple, traditional materials: cotton fabrics, batting and thread. Kate Themel has created custom fiber art for individuals and corporate clients and her unique fiber pieces have been exhibited in art galleries and museums from Boston to Botswana. Her work has been juried into international fiber art exhibitions such as Quilt National, Art Quilt Elements and the Kagoshima Quilt Show in Japan. Leaving a Mark.Textile/fabric portrait; cut fabric collage, sewn together with thread, 35” x 59”.

Kate recently earned the Young Emerging Artist Award and the People's Choice Award for her work in Quilt National '11.

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Arthur Jacob Recognition of my work has greatly expanded with participation in several solos and many juried and group exhibitions. Among them is my most recent solo exhibition at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, California and hosted by Gallery ArtLA. I have also been the recipient of several awards and have been featured in or as part of several print media articles, among them Professional Artist and Art & Beyond Magazine, that are both national print and electronic magazines. I have also recently been juried in to the winning on-line gallery hosted by Manhattan Arts International, New York, New York. My work is a process of discovery, strongly influenced by a very strong visual sense of the world. My work offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer

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is first told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, they are then asked to undertake an adventure of discovery and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction present. Colors and shapes become emotion, while form and movement become attitude. Even when a work is easily recognized there is still a predominate thread of color, movement, shape and form. My creative process is a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication, creates this style of fine art. After leaving the work-a-day world, it was in Las Vegas that I began to discover my creative abilities and focus on the mediums of photography and digital art. In 2008 I decided to move to the Portland area where I presently reside, after a short stay in Coos Bay, Oregon. Believing that it is important to stay connected with one’s community, I have actively served on several community boards and committees, most recently, the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas and the Coos Bay Art Museum in Oregon. •

Imagination. Digital art.

Christophe Kiciak Christophe is a 36 years old self-taught hobbyist, living in France. He deeply enjoys creating unusual images, by combining his own photos into surreal, conceptual, or fantasy oriented pictures. The most important to him is to keep control over the whole creation process: he spends much time thinking about concepts, first translating them into rough sketches, then shooting all the various necessary photos, before achieving the composite itself. As a result, his images are always very personal, reflecting his very thoughts and point of views.

His wife Marianne is helping him, especially on the artistic side of the creations (sets construction, image composition, color choices, overall feeling). Since 2012, his work has been awarded several times in international contests. • 31

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Paula Rucket Paula is a self taught photographer and feels at home producing either straight out of the camera or digitally enhanced photography. As a result of the digital world, her camera is an important part of the circle of digitized creativity which gives her a wide range of innovative elements to create images that tell a story. She uses any subject and then uses photographic treatments that give emphasis to tone, shades, texture, and shapes.

exhibited in galleries ranging from Honorable Mention to Grand Prize winner. It is competing that drives her to improve her photographic skills. One element of her approach is to study other photographers’ images - focusing primarily on composition, light, and texture then using that information she experiments on her next shoot. This is a large part of her self taught strategy.

When on site Paula moves around her intended subject to determine the best angle and lighting. Her goals are to capture what is often not looked at. Paula’s inspiration is to deepen our connections to the world around us by digitally capturing substance, color, idea, intensity of light, or form.

Paula prefers to photograph as a Generalist. Shooting different subjects including nature, architecture, and landscapes is always a challenge and provides a learning experience on every shoot. In addition, she enjoys street photography and is currently working on improving her technique. Ultimately, producing a beautiful image created from a blend of many different artistic approaches is her goal.

As an aspiring ‘avid amateur’ Paula has had numerous images

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Jordan. Oil on linen, 12” x 15”.

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After the Wake. Textile/fabric portrait; Cut fabric collage, sewn together with thread, 15� x 20�.

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