Art & Beyond November/December 2016

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Vol. 40 • November/December • 2016


Garsot and Helen Kagan

TERPSICHORE. Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 48". © ArtSynergism

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

Constance Williams

BUBBLES. Alcohol Ink on Aluminum Board, 48" x 36"


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Vol. 40 • November/December • 2016



In This issue: In the November/December issue Art & Beyond continued to cover an upcoming and going on events where under our column Point of Interest we published a few articles about upcoming Art! Vancouver 2017 Fair which will take a place in May 2017; A wonderful article by S. Conde on the amazing young Cuban artist, Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio, who’s represented exclusively by Conde Contemporary, located at 204 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134. In this issue you will also find two new editorial sections that bring new visions and open new horizons. Tips and Opportunities is the first new column where you will read about the DABI (Detroit Art & Business Institute) founded by Andrea Rosenfeld offering a variety of coaching services for artists and small art related businesses. The second new edition is a food related column, Have a Bite. We believe that in todays world and its array of gourmet chefs and high end restaurants boasts a new understanding of food as art and the "art of cooking". Food can be one of most amazing creations not only in the form of visual expression but the tasting experience as well.


Back Cover

Helen Kagan & Garsot

Diana Whiley

Inside Front Cover

Inside Back Cover

Constance Williams

Eric Jabloner

Also in this issue you will find beautifully conducted Interviews by Justin Hoffman with an amazing artist Barbara Walder. Art & Beyond is proud to announce the following winners published in this issue. Art & Beyond team would like to congratulate Garsot and Helen Kagan a collaborated artists creators of the © ArtSynergism who’s artwork “TERPSICHORE” won the Front Cover for November/December Online issue.

Point of Interest

Art! Vancouver – Discover, Create, Connect by Heidi Castle 7 The Back Cover won the artwork “On Wings Of Lace” Painting the Collective Unconscious by Diana Whiley. by S. Conde 12 And Inside Back Cover was awarded to Eric Jabloner for his work “Could Have Been Abigal”. Tip and Opportunities The Publisher Choice Award to be published and DABI promoted in the November/December issue was by Andrea Rosenfeld 8

The Inside Front Cover won Constance Williams for her work "Bubbles".

given to following artists: Natalya Parris, Sandy Den Hartog, Anna Maria Giordano, Jimi Lively, Yorka Ralwins, Arthur Jacob, Kathy Dee, Maruka Carvajal, Gabi Domenig, Hui-ju Chen, Patty Margalotti, Steven Lustig, Barbara Walder, Natalya Parris, with One Page article and Ilam Mahfouz and H. Allen Benowit with Two page article. 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

Art & Beyond published 8 times a year. Six (6) Online issues and Two (2) printed issues. Distributed to the galleries, museumes and other

Anna Maria Giordano Jim Lively Patty Margalotti Constance Williams Eric Jabloner Ilham Mahfouz Natalya B. Parris Yorka Ralwins Barbara Walder

Sculpture • Jewelry

Food Lovers Guide DOC Restaurant 10

Fine Art

Garsot & Helen Kagan Hui-ju Chen Gabi Domenig Maruka Carvajal

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Keri Colestock Sandy Den Hartog Steven Lustig

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Photography • Digital Art

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H. Allen Benowitz Kathy Dee Arthur Jacob Diana Whiley

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Entry Form to apply to be published in the Art & Beyond Online magazine is available at Membership Program application is available at For any additional information please contact Mila Ryk at • 5




Art! Vancouver is an international curated fair created with the idea of discovering galleries and independent artists and showcasing the careers and achievements of creative minds. PRESENTED BY


point of interest

– Discover, Create, Connect by Heidi Castle

Art! Vancouver, Western Canada’s international art fair, invites both galleries and independent artists to exhibit their original works before a savvy and welcoming audience of curators, collectors, designers, gallerists, other artists and art lovers from all over the globe. Vancouver’s natural beauty, ease of living, cultural diversity and amenities make it ripe for an international art fair, says Lisa Wolfin, director, Art! Vancouver. “We want to put this city on the map as a must see art destination,” says Wolfin. “People are coming to this beautiful place in droves yet we had no art fair. After seeing what other cities have done and what we have to offer I knew it was time.” Wolfin’s background more than prepared her for the task. Having trained in Los Angeles and Paris as a fashion designer and built her own clothing label Wolfin took those skills and experience and shifted her focus to fine art. An accomplished artist in her own right with works in private collections around the world Wolfin ran and curated Hollyburn Country Club Gallery in West Vancouver for eight years before launching Art! Vancouver. “I meet artists, locally and internationally, who need a larger platform to connect with the greater community,” says Wolfin. “Art! Vancouver provides that. We provide a space and time for those attending our fair to connect and build relationships directly with the artists and for artists to connect with other artists and art professionals as well. As much as it is about promoting and sales it’s about building community with art at its core.”

Lisa Wolfin. TOGETHER WE STAND STRONG. Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36"

“Art! Vancouver gave me the opportunity to meet my audience and see how they reacted to my work, which is invaluable for any artist,” says Kirsten Nash, award winning singer songwriter and fine artist. “Since my first exhibition with Art! Vancouver my paintings have been featured in several magazines, including Arabella, a Canadian art, architecture and design magazine, and will be featured on the inside front cover of this winter edition of Art and Beyond.” Nash’s paintings have also been featured in International Contemporary Artists, the 11th edition and in the latest edition of The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists.

Adam Gibb. FAIRY MIST. Photography

“All this started with participating in Art! Vancouver, which I’m really looking forward to doing again 2017,” says Nash. Housed in Vancouver’s architecturally renowned waterfront convention center, the four day event held annually in late May and now in its third season, runs next in 2017 from May 25 – 28. Each of the past two years have seen over 120 Canadian and international artists exhibit work. The well advertised and promoted event has seen some 20,000 attendees. “Sales are solid for a young event,” says Wolfin. “We’re growing and artists are growing with us. In addition to direct sales a number of galleries have signed artists as well. We’re excited for them.” Art! Vancouver offers a diverse selection of fine art in various styles, mediums and subject - realistic to abstract, portraiture to landscape, in oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography and sculpture. The opening night gala features select artists strolling along a fashion inspired runway displaying a work of art. The crowds love it, says Wolfin. For more information, to register or purchase advance tickets contact Art! Vancouver at Skyla Wayrynen. EYES HAVE THE POWER TO SPEAK A GREAT LANGUAGE. Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48" • 7

tips and opportunities Andrea Rosenfeld Member, Founder/CEO Detroit Art & Business Institute


ecause all artists deserve respect and business success, former Director of Merchandising and Operations for Isaac Mizrahi, Ltd., professional mixedmedia artist and business consultant, Andrea Rosenfeld founded Detroit Art & Business Institute soon after moving home to Detroit from the East Coast. As a long-standing, working artist Andrea saw firsthand the need for and lack of professional development education in the creative communities. An artist who thrived in the business world, she combines her passion and expertise to guide nationally-based, creative entrepreneurs to greater confidence, clear forward movement and financial sustainability. Andrea empowers her clients to rise above their business fears and reach their goals through mindful business consulting. “I guide artists to grow a healthy and sustainable business by helping them “see” every part of their business and prepare for both challenges and strong progress.” A consummate connector, she loves to introduce others and is happiest when small businesses that she’s “matched” produce greatness together.

In addition to privately consulting small business owners and teaching an engaging and important group, 8-week business course in Detroit, Andrea presents her mission and expertise as a panelist and speaker at conferences, symposiums, and workshops. Andrea welcomes all artists to take advantage of her free, 15-minute business assessment phone call and hopes to engage with and support many artists, makers and designers to reach their distinct vision of success.

Contact Information • • 732.705.1567

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art&beyond published by


have a bite


© Photography DOC Restaurant

© Photography Art & Beyond, Mila Ryk


hen traveling we try to equip ourselves with a favorite guide or two in order to get the most out of our short or long journey we call a “holiday” or here in America “vacation”.

While travelling through Portugal late this summer my husband and I chose two major cities to visit, Porto and Lisbon. Our goal was to travel around and get the most out of every place by driving through each town, enjoying the wonderful cities, full of old traditions, beautifully preserved historical landmarks, architecture, castles and little old towns with cobblestone streets that for centuries have not changed a bit. A huge part of our travel involved experiencing a variety of authentic foods native to the country. In order to understand and fully submerge oneself in any one culture one must eat, and through eating, we are able to try different things that may be foreign and unfamiliar to us. This experience allows us the opportunity to understand and form a bond to the new lands we visit as we are able to travel back in time and even forward in time through the tastes, smells and sounds of food. After a few days of driving and a lot of walking around small towns and villages we decided to take a slow road and try to find something peaceful and enjoyable at least for a day. We took a drive through the most beautiful countryside of Douro Valley. It is an unforgettable experience to breath the air and see the beauty of that magnificent part of Portugal. This day we ended up at outstanding and extremely contemporary restaurant right on off the road by the Douro River, DOC, a place not to be missed if you are in the Douro Valley.

The tasting menu was fantastic!

© Photography Art & Beyond, Mila Ryk

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This is a place with a breathtaking view.


There you can see the majestic schist valleys

Five golden medals in "Gastronomia

covered with vines combined with the river peacefulness and also the quiet villages around the valley. The only thing that old rail train that passes from time to time. The DOC works as an open window to this stunning scenario, which makes each meal a special and unique moment. The creativity

Port Wine) - under de awareness of the Instituto do Vinho Do Porto (Portuguese Port Wine Institute) “Garfo d’Ouro” (Golden fork award) from the annually book “Boa Cama, Boa Mesa” published by the newspaper Expresso

profile from Rui Paula’s dishes centers


in the use of unique products from the

Privado” (New private touristic project)

Portuguese culinary tradition with modern

on the 4th edition of the awards from

conceptions. His food is deeply connected

Turismo de Portugal in 2008|Projectos

to the sensations and old memories. It’s a

Turísticos de Excelência, that recognizes the

cuisine inspired in the Trás-os-Montes and

contribute of the restaurant DOC, in Douro

the Douro Valley which he gives a personal

Valley, to the “qualification of the national

and, at the same time, a modern twist.

tourism and the image of Portugal as the

Our menu reflects all this inspiration,

© Photography DOC Restaurant

disturbs the calmness of this picture is the

com Vinho do Porto" (Gastronomy with



Projecto Turistico

excellence in travel destination”

David Lopes Ramos” (Special Gastronomy David Lopes Ramos)- notorious portuguese journalist that once wrote “DOC is a unique case, because, by itself did the Douro cuisine get out of darkness, placing in a level of sophistication and creativity unknown

allowing two different tasting menus, paired

“Best of Wine Tourism 2010” award, on the

to that point. This all happen in the Douro

with a careful choice of wines by the glass

category of wine restaurant, gave by the

Valley, our most prestigious wine region:”

or, for those who prefer a selection à la

Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Awarded in 2016 with 2 Suns by the Repsol

The 2012 award “Especial Gastronomia


carte, many and varied proposals.

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point of interest


by S. Conde

the C o l l e c t i v e Unconscious "The mystical life is at the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write."


- William Butler Yeats ubstitute "write" for "paint" and this quote could very well have come from the mouth of Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio.

The 26 year old Cuban artist creates lush alternate worlds, rife with symbolism, beauty, mystery and magic on canvas. Born on October 31st, (though completely unaware of the date's symbolic value outside of Cuba until recently), perhaps his affinity for the esoteric was a fait accompli, if you believe in such things. "My work." He smiles then continues earnestly. "I have always said, my work is a virtual door to another world. It is the inner world we do not know ourselves. A place of magic, surrealism, all encompassing situations of being, such as time travel, where wishes are made and come true... It is an exploration of my subconscious." Luis Enrique channels images of butterfiles in bottles, golden eggs in nests often sat atop his subject's heads, human marionettes on red strings, broken pocket watches frozen in time, and youth perpetually suspended between childhood and adulthood. Recurrently his paintings are set in the primordial woods at night. "...for the complexity of the branches, the way they wrap around each other. Their complications make me think of the subconscious mind, holding the ancient secrets of the collective unconscious since the beginning of time."

DESPUES DE EL OCASO. Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio 12 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

Luis Enrique begins a painting with the overall compositon, but as he begins to draw the work takes its own shape, "Many objects and characters are born from the constant conversation between the creator and the creation. The painting asks me for the baroque, and the archetypal elements. Sometimes I paint things and I don't even know why."

LA IRONIA DE UN IDILIO. Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio

While the subject of Toledo del Rios's paintings and the way he creates them may be at least a partially unconscious act, his technique is certainly the result of many hours of conscious training. The level of detail he acheives and academic skill with which the artist executes is stunning, merging classical and contemporary styles. At first the viewers eye is pulled in all directions. There is so much to see, to marvel at. Eventually one comes to a harmonious state with the art, still an active participant in the painting, exploring each stroke, one feels the emotion emanating from the work. "I have a great fear of empty spaces", he laughs, it's easy to see why. Each milimeter of canvas is bathed in layer upon layer of paint and glazes, part of a process he learned from his father, Enrique Toledo, a brilliant artist himself, whose work is in the permanent collection of the Vatican. Luis Enrique and I discussed influences on him and his work. His father is of course, of monumental importance. One can see the elder Toledo in Luis Enrique's technique, his use of color and in their mutual attraction to the Rennaisance. His mother, an actress in children's theatre, is referenced in the puppets and sets, and his grandmother, an award winning Cuban poet, is everywhere.

MISTRESS OF DESTINY. Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio

According to Toledo del Rio, "Poetry is present in everything. Poetry is words creating images, paintings are images creating poetry." "Everything I paint, the keys, the clocks, the wheels, the forests, the trees, mythic people, mystical characters, the moon, the oneiric, the magic is about the forest within and is coming from somewhere deep inside me. From a part of myself I don't know very well." Psychologist Carl Jung wrote about art which grew from the collective unconscious, “Whoever speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand voices; he enthralls and overpowers, while at the same time he lifts the idea he is seeking to express out of the occasional and the transitory into the realm of the ever-enduring.”

Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio is represented exclusively by Conde Contemporary, located at 204 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 and on the web at Contact Stacy Conde 239.961.0452 or via email at for further information. • 13

fine art • digital art



Helen Kagan

“Muses and Music” Series © SYNERGISM

Concept CLEO. © ArtSynergism Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 48"(top)

ERATO. © ArtSynergism Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 48" (bottom)

The presented collaboration of two pronounced artists, a legendary Sotirios Gardiakos [Garsot] and Helen Kagan, PhD [Helen Kagan Healing Arts] - is much more than just two artists working together. Garsot and Kagan are working on the development of a new perspective in the categories of Fine and Decoratie Art, a new concept, a new Art Movement. Their unique concept called © ArtSynergism, integrates various art forms, techniques, styles, personality and experience of each artist, and most importantly – a positive intention, embedded positive spiritual messages, and of course - a bright and positive color palette We are two artists, Garsot ( and Helen Kagan ( creating our unique synergistic Series by painting together, simultaneously, on the same canvas, without defined parameters or tasks, freely flowing, integrating our individual techniques, art forms, styles, intertwining, embracing and enhancing each other's spontaneous flow of movement and colors. We are originators of ArtSynergism, a new concept, and a new art movement (see The Series “Muses and Music” consists of 10 large square paintings (48"x48"), one for each Muse in accordance with the Greek Mythology. Bright colors, energetically balanced composition, ancient theme, embedded healing messages, and of course, the beauty of the Muses and the Music - all this brings an inviting ambiance full of Light, Love, Beauty, and Healing, to a viewer. 14 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

Diana Whiley

ON THE ALTAR OF FASHION. Digital Art 80cm x 70cm

I spent much of her childhood immersed in the vivid landscape of the Southern Australian countryside with its redorange hills and white limestone. It inspired my love of colour and interest in art. My journey as an artist began as both an editor and contributor to a number of community art projects. An avid reader of history and lover of science I love to create and respond to the affects time and place have had on us. My themes revolve around nature and music; both have transformative power over our body and psyche. In much of my artwork, I hope to evoke a sense of intimacy with the subject, a sense of ritual and ceremony I turned to mixed media while creating art for my fantasy novels. I love to explore myth and dreams and am heavily influenced by the Graphic Novels of Neil Gaiman and the various artists he collaborated with like David McKean. The narrative created between art and story is transformative and inspiring.

www.dianakwhiley.weebly. com • 15

fine art

BEAUTIFUL POLITICS. Mixed-Media, 70cm x 90cm

IMPRISONED. Mixed-Media, 50cm x 110cm

Hui-ju Chen (Mickey) Hui-ju Chen (Mickey) graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Even though she has not been using art and design as her main profession, she has kept her passion of making art until today. Along with her teaching job at Shantou University, she always finds time to create various styles of work. It is interesting to see her work varied from photography, acrylic painting, mixed-media to collage. She hopes to keep being experimental because she believes in trial and error except in the art world, there are no real errors but different thinking and doing with different outcomes. Without experimenting, art is not art. She gets inspiration from all sorts of things in life. She always hopes to learn and create more different kinds of work through her own different kinds of experiences in life. The real goal for art making for Mickey is the art making itself. 16 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

It is logical to have lots of frustration and doubts going through all the phases of creation; however, the most annoying one to Mickey has been about how she should build and keep up with one particular style in order to be a professional artist. It is true but somehow problematic to Mickey because she thinks that art is about taking chances and taking some risks. If she is satisfied with one style, she believes that she loses some very important quality of art, the excitement of experiencing different things in the world. Therefore, she hopes to throw away the practicality behind certain logic and continues working in different ways and styles. Art making to her is not just a way to express herself but a way to define her existence.


Gabi Domenig is a through and through figurative Austrian artist. Since her early childhood she was attracted to the fine arts. She took classes in nude painting, color theory, drawing and composition. Especially charcoal, red chalk and pastels on paper and primed wood panels were the medium in the nineties. After her first show in 1999, when she presented 20 large pastel paintings to the public, she began to paint with acrylics on canvas. The strong and bright colors and the way of working with acrylics approached to her nature. 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 positive energy. For her art should be life-affirming and beautiful, touching and connecting. A language without words. She paints mostly with acrylic colors 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. Because of her strong color palette she is assigned to the Neo-Expressionism. Participation in many international exhibitions in Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, South America and USA. She got 6 Awards in the last 2 years. Single pieces of painted lampshades and T-Shirt you can also find on her web site: • 17

fine art

QUIET SUMMER . Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 24”

Maruka Carvajal is a contemporary artist based in Washington DC. Born in Bolivia, with Spaniard nationality, an upbringing in Brazil, and after several years living as expat in Asia and the Americas, she brings a multi-cultural perspective of the world and sensations expressed through shapes, patterns and her peculiar use of colors and strokes. She started painting during college in Brazil, where she graduated as an architect, but with the years she followed her true passions and devoted herself to the visual arts in full. She pursued further studies, including art classes at Chinatown Heritage Centre in Singapore and the Art League in Alexandria, VA. As a member of the Foundry Gallery in 18 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

Washington DC, the Color8art group, and visiting artist at the Torpedo Factory Gallery in Alexandria VA, Ms Carvajal’s paintings were displayed in several exhibitions at these and other venues. One of her paintings was acquired by the “Writer’s Center” in the city of Bethesda, MD to be displayed in their permanent collection. Maruka Carvajal’s work is featured in the cover of the “Art & Beyond” magazine edition of March/April 2014 and also in the back cover of the same magazine in the edition of September/October 2014. More recently, in 2015 her work is also featured in the Studio Visit magazine volume No. 32. Using different shapes, lines, and vibrant colors Ms Carvajal expresses in canvas recollections of emotions, impressions and experiences different cities caused on her.

LOVE - MA FOLLE + MON FOU. Acrilic on Canvas, (50+50)cm x 70 cm. 2016

Anna Maria Giordano A neapolitan, Anna moved to Gaeta twenty years ago. After leaving her previous job in 1999, she dedicated herself entirely to the figurative arts. She started with making and decorating ceramics (such as jugs, vases, plates, tiles....), and afterwards moved almost naturally to painting. Her first painting experiences were strictly figurative, and then, after gaining more skills, she moved gradually to the abstract paintings. She normally uses acrylic colours on canvas, wood or mason wood, but sometimes also mixed media (inclusion of paper, pumice or gauze integrated with the acrylic paint). "The observer should not, and can not, ignore the executive path of this painter of remarkable talent. As the musical composer lives and express himself through the notes, so this virtuoso artist communicates through the colour and significant signs. From what we can see, its tendency is to proceed from the figurative to an informal post cubist with bright colours". – Paolo Levi ("Eccellenze”, 2015).

the artworks of Anna Maria Giordano carries the viewer into the world of emotional language. The artist communicates through her images on an emotional level and allows the viewer to feel the world of feelings. The proximity, security and protection feelings are an important issue in her work. Sometimes she used elements of Cubism with colour contrasts in her own style and comes with the viewer in a dialogue." – Heinz Playner (“About Art Magazine”, 2015).

"A great skill in transfiguring the abstract, with very good versatility and astonishment aimed at the research of an emotive project. Anna Giordano creates her characterized and symbolic intuitive projections, by superimposing signs and symbols of rich material drawing up". – Jean Charles Spina, ("1st Grand Prix Côte d’Azur”, 2015).

"The works by Italian artist Anna Maria Giordano hit with their emotional language . The magical and poetic light reaction in • 19

fine art

OPPORTUNITY. Zinfandel Wine and Acrylic on Canvas.

THE OTHER SIDE OF GROWTH. Zinfandel Wine and Acrylic on Canvas.

Jim Lively is an attorney who left the practice of law to pursue his passion full-time as a contemporary figurative and abstract artist. His works have been recognized in numerous juried competitions and publications. He was named to the 2013 and 2014 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art (www.arttourinternational. com). In addition, he has participated in several group and a solo exhibitions across North America and in Europe. Jim has published four books containing images of his art including two novels. Selected 2012 - 2014 Credits • N amed to 2013 and 2014 list of Art Tour International Magazine’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art 20 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

• Selected to represent Southwest Artists and appear in Art Portfolio Magazine, 2014 Northeast Artists vs. Southwest Artists Edition • Placed Second in the Abstract Category in 2013 American Art Awards for “Layers of Civilization” and First in the Humor Category for “A Second Cup of Coffee” ( • Art and Beyond Magazine, March/April 2014, Publisher Selection for “Butterfly Effect” and “Breach” from the “Red Wine” series of paintings • Art Portfolio Magazine, Editor’s Selection for 2013 Landscape Competition for “Five for Fall” •

NEW MOTHER. Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x18"

patricia margalotti PATTY MARGALOTTI studied art at The Summit Arts Center - beginning with sculpture , then sequeing to painting over the past decade. Inspired by the work of the great Nathan Rohlander, this woman and mother of six, seeks to capture those very simple, yet profound ( or playful) moments, that exhude the emotional breadth of just. being . human. The moments that speak to all of us. Patty currently has 2 of her paintings out on exhibit with THE SUSSEX COUNTY ARTS & HERITAGE COUNCIL. "Painting is breathing" says this contemporary artist." I get lost when I paint and time simply stands still" The freedom in her brushstrokes, combined with her sense of color and movement , define her very style. Patty is honored to have her work galleried ; yet nothing brings her greater satisfaction then having her work become a part of someones home.

SOULFUL IN DAISY CROWN. Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x18"

The following quote sums up the reason that she paints:


And this is it- art is the universal language of feeling. • 21

fine art

Constance Williams

LILY PADS. Alcohol Ink on Aluminum Board, 48 x 36"

Born in Somerset, England Constance Williams has always been enamored with the arts. She was a concert pianist by the age of eight and at seventeen, she worked as a film intern in London. In 1986, she moved to the US to start her career in event management and later, owning her own business in the greeting card industry. During those years, Constance felt the need to continue her passion in the visual arts, so she studied under a classically trained oil painter. Constance traveled to Asheville, NC numerous times with her husband,

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and decided to make the move in 2004. Feeling that she had found her home, she established a studio in the River Arts District. For a decade, she worked in her open studio and by 2015, Constance closed it to the public in order to concentrate on large painting commissions. Currently, her studio is located in the Historic Biltmore Village of Asheville and she spends her days painting with her k9 sidekick, Rufus.


BARCELONA SELFIE. Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 60"

At age 17, Eric attended the University of Arizona. Upon completion of a bachelor in fine arts, he went to work for the Arizona Opera Company and Arizona Theatre Company as a scenic artist. For the past 35 years, he has travelled to many locations creating fine art, public art and museum exhibits. Eric continues to make a mark on the art scene - painting, illustrating and designing. His work ranges from Tucson downtown and barrio interpretations to exquisite people, animals and still life paintings.

"Can a painting prompt a viewer to create a narrative? Can a painting induce memories or rouse taste, smell, and emotions? As a trained Scenic Artist & Exhibit Designer for theatrical and museum installations the backgrounds we create hope to support the narrative of the Actors. For the installations we created within the walls of the Museum we hope to chronicle a historical narrative. My paintings, figurative, architectural, still life or spiritual are narratives. My hope is that they capture the viewer by formulating their own narratives persuaded by their memories, senses, and emotions." • 23

photography • digital art

Ilham Mahfouz

THE JOURNEY. Acrylic on Canvas, 36" x 48". 2016

Ilham Mahfouz an Arab-American Artist, born in Damascus, Syria. She came to the United States in 1972. “I had the privilege of having the best of two cultures and the adventures of a new world guided by the upbringing of an old world.”

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Life is a journey of adventures and experiences, accompanied by joyful and sad memories. You will have to swallow the bitter tastes to appreciate the sweet ones.

NOCTURNAL BLUE. Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 60". 2016

These art work are a reflection of the struggle of my people in Syria for survival, and escaping the bumming and the destruction of wars.

Artist Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz is Syrian/American living in Michigan.

I pray to have peace in all over the world living with each other's in peace and harmony . • 25

fine art FLOWER BED. Acrylic on Canvas, 4" x 4"

BOUQUET OF FLOWERS. Acrylic on Canvas, 4" x4"

Natalya Parris Curiosity and exploration are entwine in the process of creating art for Natalya B. Parris. She does not limit her artistic imagination and inquisitiveness to merely one medium of art; she is constantly exploring painting on paper and canvas from oversize to miniature. She finds new surfaces to paint on from recycled materials, metals and wood. Ms. Parris is recognized for creating paintings in her unique artistic style - “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots.” She started painting in this style in watercolor, then moved to creating dots with acrylic on mixed media and paper. After that, she began to paint dots on canvas. She continued to develop this style; and in order to express powerful emotions, she piled the dots on one another. The dots, like music notes, interacted with the rhythm of the melody - creating emotional counterpoints in a three-dimensional painting. But that was not enough for Ms. Parris. Her dots are as limitless as her artistic vision – they now appear on tin and wood. Ms. Parris constantly challenges her ability in art by addressing new art forms or combining opposite form of art, like painting oversize art in miniature scale. She was very happy when her first “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots” style miniature painting "Portrait in Lace" was juried to the 81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015 at Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, Rockville, MD 20852.

Natalya created it in record short time to be able to submit the painting for jurying on time. She did not have time to take a professional photograph of it. The painting was sold at that exhibit. With her second 4"x4", acrylic on canvas miniature painting "Bouquet of Flowers" that was also created in her signature “Dots style” she did not want to take this risk. She obtained an image of it before she submitted the painting for jurying in professional category at Montgomery County Agricultural Fair 2016; August 12 - 20, Gaithersburg, MD. The painting won First Place at that exhibit. 26 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

FREEDOM. Acrylic on Canvas, 30 cm x 40 cm. 2016

Yorka Ralwins Yorka Ralwins (B. 1965, La Romana, Dominican Republic) began her painting life in 1999 when she opened a gift shop of hand-painted art in South Plainfield, New Jersey and set up her first studio next door where she taught painting to children, adults, and mentally challenged persons. Murals were her love during that period. She was also attracted by decorative and faux painting, which she incorporated into her business as a working painter. Exhibiting her personal artworks was never a consideration as she felt them too intimate to unveil to critics and the public. Moving to Florida changed that. South Florida awoke the artist with a purpose in her, and she was ready to step out of her cocoon. The figures, strokes, colors, and effects in her paintings are intended to strike an emotional involvement with the piece. Yorka intends to arouse memories and feelings, perhaps spiritual, which compel you to pause and wonder what her story is about. She calls it figurative expressionist work which gives her the freedom to set up a contradiction in the

viewer’s mind that asks them to reconcile a familiar image with the sometimes unreal surroundings she places it in. She emigrated from the east coast of Dominican Republic to the United States in 1974 where she lived a number of years in New York City before marrying and moving to nearby New Jersey. She has three charming children and a golden grandson and currently lives in Port Saint Lucie, FL. At the present she is an in-house artist at Studio 17 Highwaymen & Florida Art Gallery in Fort Pierce, FL. • 27

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Art & Beyond Interview with Barbara Walder by Justin Hoffman

Living and painting in the Principality of Liechtenstein, Barbara Walder builds her pieces layer by layer, and through reduction discovers the answers to her questions about essence and balance. Recently, her work has been exhibited at Art Shopping au Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, and she is currently preparing to show in Switzerland and to have her first exhibitions in the United States. pieces of trash (rust, poster shreds, torn pieces of paper). The painting surface (cardboard, canvas, or paper), the shape, and the size of the resulting image are defined from the beginning of the experiment. My techniques allow me to choose in applying delicate pastels, fine glaze paint, and ink, as well as compacting colors and materials such as acrylic, marble dust, and pigments. Applied layer after layer, I define an interior and exterior space. Step by step, again and again, I add, create chaos on the painting, taking away material in the next step, giving rise to the empty - following the laws of painting which arise out of the need for imagery.

Q. Have you had any formal training? RED. Mixed Media on Paper, 49cm x 36cm

A. Life is my greatest master. The findings in spiritual

rhythmic movement in nature: reflections of sunlight, intensity of wind movements on water surfaces, shadowing caused by clouds, in the flora, and reflections on buildings. The associated changes in color trigger an explorable fascination. These are the observations that I bring to my work.

science and the knowledge of my journey are my bases; my connectivity to the Original Christianity the foundation. There is also the access to my inner child's game and the void that is created in the “now.” This is what I brought to my teachers, and I am deeply grateful for their passion for art. There I met the artistic expression of perfect purposelessness, the devotion, the serving principle to make oneself available, to create artworks for the world. Once or twice a year I visit courses with Alfred Darda at the Art Academy in Bad Reichenhall, Germany, and art tours in Europe and the Middle East let me delve into the history of art.

Q. How would you describe your creative process?

Q. Who or what is your greatest influence?

A. My creative process is equal to a child who wants to experience new

A. My greatest influence is my inner knowledge which draws out of

Q. Where do you find your inspiration? A. My inspiration arises from observations of light, shadow, and

things. This childlike spontaneity finds its space in a first movement on the painting surface. The momentum of this is the expression of a thought from my own inner world, being alienated through the steps and opening into an independent work, thus showing birth of an image. In the process I draw all of my intuition that guides me and creates the work as opposite. During this process parts fit together, combining fragments that I have taken out of context like collages, rubbings, or 28 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

the past. Observing the interpretation of techniques and the laws in the painting I have been impressed by the work of Otto Greis, the Painter of Light, the co-founder of Art informel, as well as by Antoni Tàpies, Gabriele Münter and Alfred Darda with his concrete painting. Original interview text translated by Bruno Stephan Walder

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LEAPIN' LIZARD MAKES MY HAIR STAND UP. Recycled Found Object Sculpture, 31" x 24"x 13"

I'M HORNY. Recycled Found Object Sculpture, 33" x 18" x 13"

Keri Colestock I am a Contemporary Artist specializing in a wide-range of art and styles. My works are described as colorful, thought provoking, unique and original. I currently have artwork online through my website http://www. My artwork is also available in galleries throughout Illinois. My wish is to continue to create beautiful but also fun works of art fueled by passion and imagination. l recycle found objects in my pieces so one man's garbage is a Keri 'treasure!' The flea markets provide me with the necessary pieces I need for my work. At times I incorporate polymer clay into my piece. My style has been referred to as whimsical, unique and on the funky side like me! In addition to my website to can stay up to date on Facebook. 30 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

Sterling Silver Pendant from Egypt, very old. Gemstones are an Agate from Africa, White Bone, and Sterling Silver. ending with small Carved Bone and Silver Clasp.

This is a Amulet Necklace used and worn for protection. Amulets are Silver, Pendant is a Hamsa, with a Hamsa on either side, Old Moroccan Coins . They are spaced by African Amber, Sterling Silver. The little Zebra Shells are from the Southern Coast of Africa. Small Amber ends the necklace.

Sandy Den Hartog is a Native Californian. She now resides in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Her current home, she and her husband had built for themselves, faces the water with the desert a short distance behind and as a backdrop a dramatic and rather large mountain range. With this view Sandy has taken the time to absorb the impact of this beauty and pieced together jewelry that exemplifies each geographical characteristic, blending them into original jewelry objects. She is an Award Winning Artist. Sandy has placed in numerous Juried Art Shows throughout Arizona. Her romantic pieces of art continue to be showcased at David Rafaels in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Other distinguished pieces of jewelry designed completely from within her personal workshop are in the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Arizona and Africa and Beyond Gallery in La Jolla, CA. Malouf on The Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a self taught artist. Her jewelry displays both serene and harmonious qualities that have

been regarded as the highest of models. Her work covers a wide range of Style, from Ethnic, Classic, to Over the Top and Everyday Chic. She refers to herself as displaying "ARTISTIC FREEDOM." Sandy loves to mix everything up. The old with the new, and the big with the small. Although quite versatile in her design she leans toward the large and Ethnic Style. Many of Her Designs are created as she sleeps. She considers them to be her most excellent art pieces. Gemstones and Artifacts used in her talented designs have been found in her many World Wide Travels. These and and so much more from the nations she has visited, are incorporated into the designs made by Sandy. Sandy also feels, "If you can't see your JEWELRY from across the room, why bother." • 31



STEVEN LUSTIG Art - Breath - Movement This art is born out of a love of the human form and its natural motion. It is powerful, passionate, and embraces both human and natural forms. Steven was born and raised near the North Shore of Chicago where he began drawing at a age five. In high school he met a regionally known sculptor and began his fine arts education. During that time, Steven was given a copy of Gray’s Anatomy. He became fascinated by what he saw and immediately began to draw directly from the book, changing the course of his life and starting a lifelong study of the human form. Steven received an art scholarship to Bradley University. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis on Biotechnical Illustration. While at the University of Illinois, Steven began to work for the Biomechanical Engineering department. His early work combining computers, art, and human motion

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became the genesis of Steven’s fine art, regardless of media. He would go on to draw, paint and sculpt thousands of interpretations of the human form in his own distinctive style. In 1982 Steven moved to Southern California for the opportunity to work at an Olympic research center focused on Sports Medicine and Biomechical Engineering. Looking to the future, Steve quickly recognized the promise of what computer illustration could bring to traditional graphic design techniques. After seven years of working in corporate presentation graphics, Steven founded BioDesign Communications in 1989. BioDesign was a highly specialized computer graphics company supplying creative illustrations to the Life Science, Medical Device, and Healthcare industries. Steven has produced medical and life science images for companies around the world, and has illustrated four books, completed a series of life science illustrations for the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Throughout this time Steven continued to draw and sculpt, dedicating his life to the arts. His fascination with drawing the human form continues to ignite his creative talent and provides him with an endless supply of material. Steven currently teaches a stone sculpting class at the Laguna College of Art & Design. In addition to working as an Illustrator and fine artist, Steven has been the Cultural Arts Chair for the CA PTA and a leading art advocate Statewide. For the past twelve years Steven has been a volunteer legislative advocate, recruiting and training parents, running legislative junkets to Sacramento and leading parents in the cause of public education. Steven is a volunteer art teacher at a local elementary school and has taught students art privately. Steven has studied Kenpo Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his son and daughter and practices yoga. He lives in Huntington Beach with his wife and two children.

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ARCHITECTURE; CHELSEA, NYC. Photography, 24” x 16”

H. Allen Benowitz, self-taught photographer, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate from the Interboro Institute of Business in Manhattan, migrated to Miami, FL, in the 1960s, where he currently resides. He spends time at his log home in Burnsville, NC. Mr. Benowitz has been invited to Morocco by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, to photo journal his country’s Moussem 34 • Art & Beyond • November/December 2016

de Tan-Tan festival, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage for Peace and the Humanities. 2012-2013: Repeat Selected Nominated Finalist - International Color Awards Photography Masters Cup Competition. 2014: Awarded Special Recognition in the top 50 of the 2014 Juried International January Art Competition by Art Quench Gallery; Selected a winner for entry [“La Medina Archway I” - Morocco] in

STREET ART NYC NO. 1. Photography, 24” x 16”

global competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, July 2014. His photography was included in the Portraiture Collection, displayed at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, France, July 13, 2015. March 2016: Presented with six Winner and Nominee Medals in the 9th Annual International Color Awards Competition. Recognition for his work includes: Judges’ Award , University of Miami Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Festival; honorable mention, International Kodak Contest; and winner, American Institute of Architects global competition. His work has also appeared in galleries in Coral Gables, FL, and in the

NATURE’S WINDOWS. Photography, 24” x 16”

Wynwood-Miami Design Districts. Among publications in which he has been featured are The ARTnews, Laurel of Asheville, Art & Beyond, and Art Business News magazines. Two of his visual works of art have been included in the 2014 International Contemporary Artists art book, Volume IX, entitled “An Exploring Journey to Art.” Mr. Benowitz has also been chosen as one of Art Business News’ Top Emerging Artists for 2014. His photo subjects include Nature, wildlife, people, architecture, and adventure travel. • 35

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ON. Photography

Kathy Dee You could say photography was always in my blood. My father, Vester Dick, was a master photography and owned his own studio in Santa Cruz, California. Although I had a camera and loved to shoot from an early age, I wanted to go my own way and became a writer, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. But, in 2007, I had a trauma that affected the part of the brain used for words and writing. I had to quit my job and struggled to find a new path. I was at loose ends looking for a creative outlet. Then, after a trip to Costa Rica and some reflection, I realized the most fun I had was taking pictures. I loved the medium because I didn’t have to think in words. Unfortunately, my father had passed away years prior and wasn’t there when I needed a mentor. Although I learned a lot from him, watching and listening to him throughout the

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years, I realized there was much I didn’t know. I began taking endless classes. I also studied award winning photographers. I analyzed my shots against theirs and learned what mistakes I was making and worked hard to becoming a better photographer. In the past years, I’ve had close to 1,000 photos accepted on stock websites. I love the challenge of doing stock photography where even ordinary objects can result in sales. I’ve won a couple of contests and had many honorable mentions. Photography is a never ending adventure and I’m excited to see where it brings me in the future. I currently reside in Eastern Washington with my boyfriend and a dog named Sela.


SWAMP GRASS. Digital Art.

Arthur Jacob Jacob reveals the identity of the original image and then through digital manipulation, asks the observer to take a journey of discovery exploring shapes, colors and movement. Even when his work is easily recognizable, the predominate thread of color, movement and shape still exist. Using a mouse rather than a brush, Jacob hopes that his work results in a powerful medium of expression and communication. His extraordinary art has received accolades from the Medial Museum in London, England. He is also the recipient of two Awards of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International. Jacob has participated in numerous exhibitions including having a one-person exhibition at the Bergamot Station

Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA. He has also been awarded both front and back inside cover placement by Art & Beyond Publications. His many juried and group exhibitions include Best In Show at the Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida. In addition, Jacob’s creative versatility has propelled his art into many homes and other non-residential spaces. One of his works, Video Display, appeared on HGTV in a segment of Million Dollar Homes. • 37

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