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A P R I L 2015 Issue 3, Vol 2

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CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS Amanda Barker: Ceramics

Laurie Brown : Mixed Media

Anastasia Egorova: Ceramics, Jewelry

Liesl Marelli: Photography

Andrea Hazel Ihlefeld: Photography

Lindy Lawler: Sculpture

Anna Rose Bain: Oil, Figurative

Luna Vermeulen: Oil

April McCarthy-Braca: Watercolor

Margaret Merry: Watercolor, Pastel

Blanca LaCortiglia: Acrylic Paintings

MARY LEISETH: Oil on Canvas

Carol Cavalaris: Mixed Medium

Mary Sperling: Mixed Media

Claire DelGrippo: Digital Darice Machel McGuire: Oil

* Melanie Viola: Fotodesign Myra Evans: Watercolor

Diana Birdwell: Poetry

Mythja: Photography

Donna Martin: Mixed Media

Nikki Frazier: Mixed Media

Dorina Costras: Oil and Acrylic

Paula Peacock: Oil Painting

Erin McCormick: Wire Sculpture

Regina Beckers: Handmade Jewelry

Janet Fraser Mckinlay: Mixed Media

Robin Maria Pedrero: Acrylic

Jennie Marie Schell: Photography

Sarah Rachel: Mixed Media Paintings

Julia Beseda: Jewelry

Shaolan Sung: Oil and Watercolor

Kari Welch: Jewelry Design

Sheila Thomas: Acrylic

Kathy Braud: Watercolor

Therese Misner: Acrylic

Kelly Phillips: Jewelry Designer

Victoria Kharchenko: Painting

Laurie Beringer: Handcrafted Jewelry

Wendy Williams: Flamework Glass Art

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from the editor

What is sacred? Paris, a city known for romance and beauty, was in the international spotlight for an entirely different reason - terror attacks and the world responded with “Je Suis Charlie.” As artists, we face a challenging reality. Will our expression of art and opinion cause unrest, discomfort, spark violence, shed light on insecurity, surface suppressed feelings? Do we want it to evoke those emotions? Terrorism is something I do not understand. Even if we stand on opposite ends of the spectrum on any number of issues (and there are a lot of “hot buttons” and “hot topics”) I still cannot, and will not, accept that someone should be killed for his or her perspective. Do you feel it’s okay to express hot topics via satire? Is it okay to joke about someone’s religion ... until they discuss yours? For me, I think context matters. Is something used to incite hate or violence toward a people? If so then I’d say that art or expression may need a suitable place. What is a safe and suitable place if the world is on the internet? Our borders are crossed so quickly and easily through the web. Conversations can escalate by a few characters of a tweet.

the mind and soul, art that brings communities together or surfaces awareness of an issue is powerful and should be commended. In our magazine we welcome artist’s opinions about their religion, about society and about a number of issues that may not often get discussed. We hope your emotions stir while viewing the art because art IS emotional. Art affords us the opportunity to listen to all of the voices in our soul and piece together our own conclusions about a piece of art. We may all view the same art but may also all view it differently. Terrorism was an awful way to have the new year begin but perhaps through art and community we can find peace, we can welcome conversation and bridge differences.

LMarelli

Liesl Marelli Editor-in-Chief @LBMarelli

What a shame it was to see violence but I found comfort in the support and usage of “Je Suis Charlie” and the more than 4+ million peaceful protesters who took to the streets. I believe creating art is a brave act, for some. Art that stirs emotions, art that releases

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american artist

Amanda Barker ceramics

Amanda Barker achieved a Bachelors degree in Art from Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah, USA. It was here that her childhood artistic indulgence was deeply and thoroughly explored. She learned about different styles and methods of expression. Her emphasis was painting and drawing, but as soon as she threw that first cup in a beginning ceramics class, she was hooked. Amanda had fallen in love with the mud. Her artistic process is to stand back and let her experience and her hands actualize the form in the wet clay. She has discovered through much trial and error that the best work occurs when she “gets herself out of the way, allow the creative juices to take over, and assist the from that is manifesting.� The artistic goal is balance, functionality, and delight.

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russian artist

Anastasia Egorova ceramics, jewelry

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american artist

Andrea Hazel Ihlefeld photography

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american artist

Anna Rose Bain oil, figurative

My work covers a wide variety of subjects, but what remains consistent throughout is a deep love for beauty, especially as revealed by the human face. When I paint, I feel connected to my subjects at a level that can only be obtained through the series of silent questions that take place during the creative process. I believe that human beings are created in the image of God, and I hope to portray them with honesty and dignity. This conviction reminds me that my work as a figurative painter is not really about me, but about the subject and its inherent connection to God’s likeness. Thus, my goal for every portrait is to draw out that facet which most reflects the Divine. In some small way then, each portrait becomes a picture of Him.

My paintings are an expression of gratitude and an exploration of the questions one faces at different stages of their life. My style is a combination of both classical and direct painting methods, which often leads to the subject becoming somewhat idealized, while preserving its true essence. I hope that whoever views my work finds their senses awakened as they respond to the use of color, light, and tangible subject matter. I am captivated by those things that go beyond the surface, and I hope to convey this deep and abiding interest to everyone who sees my work.

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canadian artist

April McCarthy-Braca watercolor

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latina artist

Blanca LaCortiglia acrylic paintings

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american artist

Carol Cavalaris mixed medium I live in the middle of a forest in the high country of Colorado, inspired by the beauty of my surroundings. Painting wildlife and nature, color and detail, are my passions. I have a fine art background in oil painting, however I really enjoy the freedom of the digital medium as it stimulates my imagination and offers so many exciting possibilities. I explore art programs, like Photoshop, still using brushes to paint, but now the computer screen is my canvas, blending reality and fantasy together to create my mixed media images that I call “living art.� Many of the animals and flowers I paint have a spiritual quality, with the power to heal hearts and spirits, if one is open to their message. I see the uniqueness in every living being as a gift to be treasured, and so it is this need to capture their life force, to enhance and celebrate it, that gives meaning to my work.

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american artist

Claire DelGrippo digital

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american artist

Darice Machel McGuire oil

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american artist

diana birdwell poetry

Great Healer You are my great healer Your word is medicine to my soul How do I know you are real It is your word I believe is true. You are my strength when I am weak You pick me up when I am down As I feel your presence, I cannot speak I stand in awe of your love Your love is medicine for my soul Never will I let you go. You are my great healer You bring me peace and comfort when I need it most You heal me from all my hurts You bring me to the place of healing For I know you are my true great healer

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Untitled We ask why this has happened The reasons seem to be unclear Nothing is the same without you; You were special here on Earth Now you are in heaven with the prize of eternity.

As Jesus holds you, the life you lead was meant to be. We may not know why you left us But we know that you are with God How my heart breaks to something so senseless. I know you are up there watching... Though I didn’t personally know you, you made a difference in my and many other children’s lives.

My Identity Yesterday has come, yesterday has gone My scars may show but now I know Who I am Yesterday has come, yesterday has gone Now that I am yours I am free My scars have lead me to you You paid the price with your life You have covered my scars with the blood you shed Today you are my identity.

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american artist

Donna Martin mixed media

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I am a Colorado native, so I grew up loving the natural environment and the wild Rocky Mountains. Until recently, I always considered myself a watercolor artist and felt confined to that little “box” I put myself in. About two years ago, a cherished friend of mine committed suicide. After that, I felt devastated and was not even able to pick up a brush, let alone complete another watercolor painting. On a quest for discovery and healing, I took a workshop in mixed media techniques. Since that day, I’ve been obsessed – I’ve found a new and different way to express myself and my emotions. I’m on a constant quest to find unusual and discarded “things” to use in my paintings. I’ve used everything from plaster, twine, metal, foil, and even broken windshield glass. It all somehow becomes symbolic in my paintings and signifies a feeling or emotion. I also became intrigued and started experimenting with encaustic techniques. Many of my paintings are completed with a two-part poly-resin finish. Although it can be a complicated and time consuming process, it makes the colors “pop” and it also eliminates the need to frame a piece. I’m constantly learning about art and technique, through self-study as well as taking workshops and courses from a host of talented instructors in a variety of venues. My work has been displayed throughout the Front Range and resides in private collections both nationally and internationally.

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romanian artist

Dorina Costras oil and acrylic

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american artist

Erin McCormick wire sculpture

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scottish artist

Janet Fraser Mckinlay mixed media, digital art

Originally from Edinburgh, Janet studied Textile Design in the Borders of Scotland and spent over three decades designing both within the Knitwear Industry as well as independently. She latterly taught for ten years in Primary schools, becoming particularly involved in Art, Design, Technology and Computer Skills. After an early retirement in 2015 due to sever work-related stress Janet returned to her roots, and started producing her own work again, combining drawing, painting, photography and digital manipulation. Becoming a practising

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artist again was in itself healing and had a profound effect on her work which at present uses bright colours and light hearted subject choices. In this way she feels that she brings happiness both to the viewer and herself. Janet has had her work featured over the years in three national exhibitions, two in London and one in Glasgow as well as several local exhibitions and Open Studios events in Scotland. She has also won several national awards including the British Textile Designers Award in 1983.


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Jennie Marie Schell photography

I am a photographer living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. To bring out even more beauty in my flower photography, I create one of a kind artistically enhanced floral artworks. A variety of nature, animals, and landscapes are also part of my collections.

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estonian artist

Julia Beseda jewelry

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american artist

Kari Welch jewelry design Kari was born and raised on an island in the Pacific, the beach was her backyard and only footsteps away. As a child, she spent most of her days splashing in the ocean and rolling around on the sandy beaches. Kari and her mother would take daily walks on the beach and she would search for sea shells. She started a collection at a young age and finally decided to make something with all the shells she had collected. She made her first puka (hole) shell necklace at age five and thirtyfive years later, decided to turn that hobby into a business. Most of Kari’s inspiration comes from the ocean, structural architecture, ironwork, different colors and textures that she sees when she is out and about. She carries a small sketch book with her and when she sees something that inspires her, she draws it out in her sketch book. Kari designs and creates all the jewelry in her store. Everything you see, from the photographs to the shipping boxes and beyond is all her. Kari enjoys creating jewelry to satisfy everyone’s taste, so she uses a variety of materials for her jewelry designs. Metals that she loves to work with include gold-filled, gold karat, gold and silver plated metal, argentium silver, sterling silver and bali silver. All jewelry is made from beautiful gemstones, sparkling Swarovski crystals, dazzling glass beads, elegant pearls and beach treasures.

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american artist

Kathy Braud watercolor

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american artist

Kelly Phillips jewelry designer I strive to provide you with an eclectic collection of products that evoke your best memories of childhood days spent at the shore, visits to tropical islands, the peace found in the song of crashing waves and the swirling mist of salty air‌ Anyone who loves the sea understands that once experienced, the deep blue sea leaves an indelible imprint on the soul.

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american artist

Laurie Beringer handcrafted jewelry

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american artist

laurie brown mixed media

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american artist

liesl marelli photography

“Unwanted� (above) is a photograph taken from a unique perspective. In the cage sits a kitten and on the outside, a potential adopter. A finger poking into the cage, invading its private space. Animals across the country (and world) are overpopulated, mistreated, unwanted, left to repopulate recklessly ... This image, to me, captures the feelings of isolation animals may feel while sitting in a cage, in a strange environment with unusual sounds and people constantly poking and prodding them. As a photographer, I feel it is essential to capture the essence of something without destroying it, bringing it harm or discomfort. The kitten doesn’t notice me but rather notices the person staring at it and poking its finger into its cage. I wonder what the kitten was feeling. Perhaps it can muster up feelings for the viewing humans at least.

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“Water Collection IV” from the Water Ripples, Gentle Tide collection. In Florida, we are surrounded by water. I find the sound and the appearance of the gentle ripples relaxing and inviting. Despite its beauty, Floridians also deal with “no swimming” areas due to contamination, wildlife perishes in its unusual water temperatures and toxic/harmful/unnatural chemicals in our fresh and salt water. Responsible living may help transform our world to protect it and reverse some of the ecological damage we’ve inflicted.


australian artist

Lindy Lawler sculpture

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australian artist

Luna Vermeulen oil

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british artist

Margaret Merry watercolor, pastel, acrylics, oil

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american artist

MARY LEISETH paintings

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american artist

Mary Sperling mixed media

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german artist

Melanie Viola fotodesign

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canadian artist

Myra Evans watercolor

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croatian artist

Mythja photography

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african-american artist

Nikki Frazier mixed media

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american artist

Paula Peacock oil painting

Painting is my key to a secret garden, my way through the looking glass, my form of meditation. From the first time I applied paint to brush to canvas the process has always struck me as magical. It fills me with a sense of wonder and gives me the ability to translate an inner vision to a 2 dimensional reality. An established painter since 1999, I use the “Old Masters”, my own life’s experiences and the experiences of those close to me as my source of inspiration. My sole purpose when painting is to celebrate the form, color, and exquisite design we see around us every day and often take for granted. I strive to portray ordinary objects with an emotion and sensuality, rich richer-than life colors, a touch of elegance, and a provocative glow with inter-plays of light. Working primarily in oils and in the genre of realism (with the occasional foray into abstracts and mixed media), I strive to reflect a combination of layered symbolism with a touch of subtle wit in the style of the classical table top still life. My works involve simply staged contemporary subject matters with results I hope are thought provoking yet peaceful to the eye and mind. My work is a conduit for my life’s joys, trials and tribulations and my paintings, more than words, reveal my responses to those experiences.

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german artist

Regina Beckers handmade jewelry

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american artist

Robin Maria Pedrero acrylic

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british-born artist

Sarah Rachel mixed media paintings


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Argentine-Taiwanese artist

Shaolan Sung Oil Painting, Watercolor & Jewelry

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american artist

sheila thomas acrylic

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american artist

Therese Misner acrylic

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russian artist

Victoria Kharchenko painting

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american artist

wendy williams Flamework Glass Art

I started using glass as a medium while living on Maui in the early ‘90s. I walked into a cute little glass shop in Lahaina, with its Ocean Views, and fell in love with the sound of the torch whistling loudly in the background, the sight of the sparkling glass sculptures lining the koa wood walls, and the feeling of excitement in the air! I worked at this gallery/studio for many years before opening my own hot shop in my garage and later a Fine Art Gallery. Living on an island, I created what most inspired me in my environment -- Sea Life. Now living back on the mainland, in South Carolina, I have turned my focus to a few new areas, The Human Form, Marbles and Plant Life. Each allows me unlimited possibilities and creative freedom. I enjoy Whimsical, Organic Shapes and find inspiration all around me. It is in the morning dew glistening on the grass, the movement of the river that flows in my back yard, and the intricate patterns of the tiny wild flowers that nestle in the meadow pasture.

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AR Dorina Costras Oil and Acrylic Bacau, Romania [web] decorative.ro

Anastasia Egorova Ceramics, Jewelry Illes Balears, Spain [web] laccentnou.com

Erin McCormick Wire Sculpture Maine, USA [etsy] thetinkatree

Andrea Hazel Ihlefeld Photography New Mexico, USA [web] wildwildernessphotography.com

Janet Fraser Mckinlay Mixed Media, Digital Art Scotland, United Kingdom [fb] janet.fraser.mckinlay.art

Anna Rose Bain Oil, Figurative Texas, USA [web] artworkbyannarose.com

Jennie Marie Schell Photography Washington, USA [web] jennie-marie-schell.artistwebsites.com

April McCarthy-Braca Watercolor Ontario, Canada [fb] AprilMcBArtist

Julia Beseda Jewelry California, USA [etsy] JBeseda

Blanca LaCortiglia Acrylic Paintings South Carolina, USA [etsy] moxieshART

Kari Welch Jewelry Design Hawaii, USA [web] draedesignsmaui.com

Carol Cavalaris Mixed Medium Colorado, USA [web] carol-cavalaris.artistwebsites.com

Kathy Braud Watercolor Minnesota, USA [web] kathy-braud.artistwebsites.com

Claire DelGrippo Digital California, USA [web] clairedelgrippo.com

Kelly Phillips Jewelry Designer New Jersey, USA [web] RidetheWaveofLife.com

Darice Machel McGuire Oil Hawaii, USA [web] daricemachel.com

Laurie Beringer Handcrafted Jewelry Ohio, USA [etsy] NorthCoastCottage

Diana Birdwell Poetry Tennessee, USA [fb] diana.birdwell2

Laurie Brown Mixed Media Oregon, USA [web] lauriebrownfineart.com

Donna Martin Mixed Media Colorado, USA [web] donnamartinfineart.com

Liesl Marelli Photography Florida, USA [web] gironaconsulting.us

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Amanda Barker Ceramics Utah, USA [web] treepot.com


RT Lindy Lawler Sculpture New South Wales, Australia [web] lindividual.com

Regina Beckers Handmade Jewelry W端rselen, Germany [etsy] Charmecharmant

Luna Vermeulen Oil South Australia, Australia [fb] ArtByLuna

Robin Maria Pedrero Acrylic Florida, USA [web] robinmariapedrero.com

Margaret Merry Watercolor, Pastel, Oils Almeria, Spain [fb] margaret.merry2

Sarah Rachel Mixed Media Paintings Cheshire, United Kingdom [web] sarah-rachel-artist.com

Melanie Viola Fotodesign Berlin, Germany [web] melanieviola-fotodesign.de

Myra Evans Watercolor Ontario, Canada [web] myra-evans.artistwebsites.com [fb] myra.evans.5895 Mythja Photography Zagreb, Croatia [web] mythja.com

Nikki Frazier Mixed Media Texas, USA @NikkichelleFraz

Paula Peacock Oil Painting Colorado, USA [web] paulapeacock.com

Sheila Thomas Expressionism, Acrylic Virginia, USA [web] sheila-thomas-art.com Therese Misner Acrylic Oregon, USA [web] theresemisner.com

Victoria Kharchenko Painting Kaluzskaya, Russia [web] kharchenko-gallery.ru

Wendy Williams Flamework Glass Art South Carolina, USA [web] MorningLightGlass.com

call to artists

Women in Art 278 magazine welcomes female artists from across the globe and varying art genres. To learn more about featuring your artwork visit us online at www.ART278.org or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ART278.org Thank you for supporting

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Mary Sperling Mixed Media Michigan, USA [fb] MarySperlingArt

Shaolan Sung Oil Painting, Watercolor New York, USA [etsy] Studio007

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Mary Leiseth Paintings Oregon, USA [web] fineartamerica.com/ profiles/mary-leiseth.html

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