Synergy Art Projects at AENY

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Synergy: [si-nər-jē], noun. Definition: The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.


 

Artexpo New York is excited to be hosting two [SYNERGY] Art Projects this year as part of our Topics & Trends Education and Events Series. Two New Jersey schools will be involved in this project, Woodcliff Middle School and Morris Hills High School.

On Friday, April 24, from 12:30–3:30 p.m., watch as the students from Morris Hills High School, coached by several talented Artexpo artists, create their [SYNERGY] Art Project masterpiece. Morris Hills stresses the importance of art as a critical subject for students throughout their high school years, because engagement in an arts classroom—aside from providing creative enrichment—teaches students how to be good workers and responsible people. For the [SYNERGY] Project, a group of 36 multimedia art students have devised their artwork theme and will complete it at Artexpo.

On Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., students from Woodcliff Middle School, coached by several talented Artexpo artists, will create their [SYNERGY] Art Project masterpiece. The Art After Hours program at Woodcliff, under the direction of Shawn McCabe, strives to provide students in grades six through eight with a rigorous, individualized, and enjoyable creative experience outside of the regular school day. Students are invited to participate in a process that is driven entirely by the individual student. For the [SYNERGY] Project, the students have devised their artwork theme and will make it come alive at Artexpo.

As Art After Hours Director Shawn McCabe explains, “Ultimately, those students who excel in this program demonstrate exceptional enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism, and independence, along with a willingness to challenge traditional rules about art making.”

Please come by and watch as these amazing art pieces unfold!

View our complete Education and Events Schedule here >

Featured Artist: Peter Layton

Regarded as the “grand old man of glass,” British glass artist Peter Layton is one of the world’s most widely respected artists in the medium. Layton has inspired and influenced countless present-day glassmakers with his creation-before-commercialism attitude, his exquisite use of color and organic texture, and the sculptural quality of his work.

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Wheatfield by Peter Layton

“Glass is such an underrated medium,” remarks Layton, with “a fluidity and uncertainty which I choose to embrace rather than overcome.” Still quite active in his mid-70s, Layton looks forward to continuing to explore and create, explaining that “there are always new ideas, techniques, and other challenges to master.”

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Nautilus Dropper by Peter Layton

Inspired by whatever is around him, whether it be concrete patterns in nature or abstract concepts facing society, Layton shapes his observations into gorgeous glass pieces, which have graced the collections of such luminaries as Elton John and the Duchess of Kent and can be found in museums, galleries, and exhibitions across Europe and America.

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Paradiso by Peter Layton

Make sure to see Peter Layton’s work at the Mattson’s Fine Art Booth #263 at Artexpo New York 2015. For more on Layton, visit his glass studio website here.

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Peter Layton working in the studio

2015 Poster Challenge Winner

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The winner of this year’s Artexpo New York Poster Challenge is Joëlle Blouin, for her piece Without Hesitation. This year’s contest, themed “Passageways,” garnered over 300 entries. After our judges whittled it down to 10 finalists, the judging went to the public, as the finalists competed for votes on Facebook to secure the win. Here are the other nine finalists—a big congratulations to all! Make sure to look for the Poster Challenge finalists’ display in the 2015 Artexpo Show Lounge!

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Joëlle Blouin – Without Hesitation

The first 1,000 ticket holders to Artexpo New York will get a free poster!


Here are the other nine finalists—a big congratulations to all! Make sure to look for the Poster Challenge finalists’ display in the 2015 Artexpo Show Lounge!

  • The Fantasy Passage by Maria Fernanda Lairet
  • Manhattanhenge Passageway, NYC by Tibi Hegyesi
  • Out of Nowhere by Manss Aval
  • Wheat Field, The Ways of Life by Samir Sammoun
  • Mind The Gap by Karin Lowney-Seed
  • Serenity Lane by Cristina Zorrilla Speer
  • Dogma by Thomas Dodd
  • Transfer by Jeff Bye
  • Life in the Fast Lane… 42nd Street by Linda Tucker

AENY 2015 – Meet the Artists Events

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Get up close and personal with the world-renowned artists exhibiting at the show via our Meet the Artist series. This exciting series offers you the chance to learn from some of the artists directly about their artistic journey and creative process, as well as ask them questions and perhaps even see them perform a live demo!


FRIDAY

2-4pm | Meet the Artists: Current Art Group, Location: Booth 315

Meet the international artists represented by Current Art Group! Listen to the story of Franco Mbilizi from Africa and his inspiration to use quantum, molecular, scientific, and ancient symbols to create meaning in his artwork. Carlos A. Pereira and his “Little Creatures” collection of multi-dimensional artwork will fascinate you. And Tania Bakalarz from Colombia will enchant you with her journey to discover different forms of expression through her art. Each of these artists will be on hand to meet you and share more of their story and art with you.


 

4-5pm | Meet the Artist: Tom Venning, 10 Artist 4 US, Location: Booth 600

Meet international artist Tom Venning and watch him create his magic on the canvas! His art is based on Zen Calligraphy, but being self-taught and having no emotional connection to Chinese characters, he developed his own unique form of asemic writing that twists dimensions and challenges perception. Watch and learn his process and mindset of calligraphy as he demonstrates and creates a painting during your visit!


 SATURDAY

12pm-1pm Meet the Artist: Nick Paciorek, Location: Booth 333

Meet Nick Paciorek, the renowned artist whose work is seen from coast to coast. With broad strokes of color lending emotional impact, each of his pieces is a celebration of light and color and a vivid interpretation of his subjects. He tends to paint large cities with active skylines, busy streets, and hard edges, where he can bring his interpretation of the relationship of one building to another and the immediacy of light hitting a surface in a particular way across the canvas. Always eager to share his story and art, Nick looks forward to meeting you!


 

1pm-2pm Meet the Artist: William Ho, Location: Booth B

Meet and watch William Ho, the internationally renowned artist, as he demonstrates his Chinese brush painting technique and explains its gateway to understanding Chinese culture. William’s works are regarded as masterpieces carrying timeless messages to the world–the Chinese Picasso some have said. His art has been exhibited and installed in international museums, galleries, public venues including the UN Headquarters and the Louvre Museum in Paris. This is a rare chance to meet this international artist and see him demonstrate his techniques.


 

2pm-3pm Meet the Artists: Mattson’s Fine Art, Location: Booth 263

Meet the sensational glass sculpture artists that exhibit at Mattson’s Fine Art, each with pieces in museums and private collections around the world. Perhaps you like the life-size sculptural work of Alexis Silk, or the whimsical work of James Wilbat, or the amazing etched and cut details of Lisabeth Sterling’s vessels—or perhaps, like us, you fancy the work of all three! Each of these artists will be on hand to meet you and share more of their story and art with you.


 

2pm-3pm Meet the Artist: Anna Razumovskaya, Location: Booth 207

Don’t miss this chance to meet acclaimed Russian painter Anna Razumovskaya. Her signature style is easily recognizable—classic, romantic figures with a sense of elegance and grace. Each piece carries an aura associated with the Renaissance, yet Anna’s uniquely expressive, dynamic technique makes them refreshingly modern figurative forms. Listening to Anna’s eclectic mix of experiences will enchant you as you learn how they have enabled her to create a an amazing body of work. Stop by and receive a signed print from Anna as a gift.


 

4pm-5pm Meet the Artist: Zingaro of Art on a Whim Gallery, Location: Booth 319

Meet Zingaro, the master of vitreous enamel, and learn directly from him the story behind his use of this ancient art form. The medium dates back thousands of years, but it is rarely seen these days. If nothing else, stop by to say hello and see the artwork. Viewing Zingaro’s vitreous enamel work is as fascinating as the story behind it. Luminous and contemporary yet rustic, each original work of art glows.
Be there to enjoy meeting Zingaro and seeing his amazing artwork.


 

4pm-5pm Meet the Artist: Tom Venning, 10 Artists 4 US, Location: Booth 600

Meet international artist Tom Venning and watch him create his magic on the canvas! His art is based on Zen Calligraphy, but being self-taught and having no emotional connection to Chinese characters, he developed his own unique form of asemic writing that twists dimensions and challenges perception. Watch and learn his process and mindset of calligraphy as he demonstrates and creates a painting during your visit!


 SUNDAY

1pm-2pm Meet the Artist: William Ho, Location: Booth B

Meet and watch William Ho, the internationally renowned artist, as he demonstrates his Chinese brush painting technique and explains its gateway to understanding Chinese culture. William’s works are regarded as masterpieces carrying timeless messages to the world–the Chinese Picasso some have said. His art has been exhibited and installed in international museums, galleries, public venues including the UN Headquarters and the Louvre Museum in Paris. This is a rare chance to meet this international artist and see him demonstrate his techniques.?


 

1pm-2pm Meet the Artist: Tom Venning, 10 Artists 4 US, Location: Booth 600

Meet international artist Tom Venning and watch him create his magic on the canvas! His art is based on Zen Calligraphy, but being self-taught and having no emotional connection to Chinese characters, he developed his own unique form of asemic writing that twists dimensions and challenges perception. Watch and learn his process and mindset of calligraphy as he demonstrates and creates a painting during your visit!


 

2pm-3pm Meet the Artist: Cynthia Duff of Art on a Whim Gallery, Location: Booth 319

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Cynthia Duff and see her organic and contemporary collection of works on wood. Each piece undulates with a perfect combination of form, color, and composition that literally seems to pop off of the wall. As viewers walk past her work, different parts of the painting appear. Looking at each piece changes dramatically depending on the angle from which it is viewed. You’ll want to hear her story of how she uses music, color, subject, shape, and line to orchestrate her art.

Featured Artist: Alexis Silk

Visceral. Provocative. Multifaceted. These are just a few of the myriad observations one could make about Alexis Silk’s work. Working with molten glass, Silk creates sculpted figures that evoke a host of strong and perhaps conflicting feelings as they offer commentary on not just the human form, but also human nature in general, including gender roles and society’s objectification of the female body.

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Sculpture by Alexis Silk

Calling the process of working with hot glass “a dance, intensely hot, urgent, complex, subtle, and immediate,” Alexis Silk could also very well be describing the results of her process. Each of her glass figures, which range in expression from intense to whimsical, is masterfully crafted entirely free-hand by Silk and illustrates that there’s more to us as people than what meets the eye. Lurking under the surface of each of Silk’s sculptures—and each of us—is a richly complex layering of colors, waiting to be discovered.

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Female Angel by Alexis Silk

Finding inspiration for her artwork all around her, Silk notes that “the human figure, in its many forms, is a constant source of connection to humanity, life, the self, and the infinite. Society is the context within which humanity exists and an inexhaustible source of content for art.”

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Sculpture by Alexis Silk

One unusual aspect of Silk’s work is the scale of her blown-glass pieces, some of which measure almost six feet tall including their steel frames. Silk explains that “the process of making these large pieces is dramatic. It involves up to 50 or 60 pounds of molten glass on the end of a five-foot-long blow pipe and requires the assistance of up to seven strong, skilled assistants working with me while I sculpt the glass.”

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Alexis Silk at Work

Silk, who graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, has been working full-time as an artist since 2006. She continues to study with renowned glass masters in Italy and beyond, and her work is showcased in museums, galleries, private collections and fine art shows around the world. Silk, who is represented by Mattson’s Fine Art, will be exhibiting some of her work at this year’s upcoming Artexpo New York—make sure to check out the Mattson’s Fine Art booth (#263) at the show!
For more on Alexis Silk, visit her website.

Seminars for Industry Professionals

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Are you a gallery owner or other art industry professional attending AENY15? If you are planning your weekend and wondering what seminars to attend… Here are our picks of seminars aimed at industry professionals, to help you get the most out of the show.

THURSDAY


 

You’re the Designer! Making Good Framing Choices

Thursday, April 23 from 1pm-2pm | Michael Pacitti

What makes for good framing design? Generally speaking, a beautifully framed piece is part of the decor of a room; therefore, it needs to be designed with the intent of making it an integral part of the room. Creating a well-designed custom frame entails combining components and products to create a design that suits the client’s decor, rather than just assembling parts.

Events! Events! Events! Bringing New Art Buyers to Your Gallery or Studio

Thursday, April 23 from 2:30pm-3:30pm | Litsa Spanos

In a time when galleries are running leaner, it’s critical to find new ways to get existing and new customers to buy art. In this session, Litsa Spanos of Art Design Consultants (ADC) will share low-cost event ideas she has used to energize and renew her award-winning gallery. These inspiring and unique gallery experiences can ultimately help you increase your customer base and revenue.

FRIDAY


Go Big! Strategies to Sell Art and Framing Services

Friday, April 24 from 2pm-3pm | Litsa Spanos

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get banks, hospitals, corporations, and the designers who work on these projects to buy art from you? Litsa Spanos, President of Art Design Consultants (ADC), will share proven methods that have helped her land numerous small- to large-scale accounts throughout her 20 years in the business. You’ll leave her seminar with great ideas that you can implement immediately.

Art Talks: Learn Success Secrets from Three Amazing Artists

Friday, April 24 from 3:30pm-4:30pm | Panel Leader: Linda Mariano Panel: Alexis Silk, Lisabeth Sterling, and James Wilbat

In just five key questions, we’ll uncover the strategies and secrets behind the successful careers of three artists: Alexis Silk, Lisabeth Sterling, and James Wilbat of Mattson’s Fine Art. From discussing when they realized art was going to be their career to recalling their first piece sold and why was it memorable, we’ll probe into the pasts of these artists to see what they have done in their careers that made a difference, as well as explore their present-day career strategies and goals for the future. Don’t miss this opportunity to incorporate these successful artists’ business approaches and tactics into your own art business.

SATURDAY


 

Hoops & Pitfalls: Need-to-Know Legal Details for the Art Business

Saturday, April 25th from 2pm-3pm | Jay Landrum and Linda Mariano

Be art-industry savvy! Learn the five must-knows for anyone in the art industry. From copyrights to art publishing, limited editions, and certificates of authenticity—what are they and how do they impact your business? Come to this seminar to find out the critical details.

Insuring and Appraising Your Art

Saturday, April 25th from 5pm-6pm | William Fleischer and Jennifer Garland Ross

Step back and think about the various stages a work of art goes through—then think about what is needed to value and insure the art. With all the locations to which your art can travel, insuring artwork is of utmost importance to all that create, exhibit, and collect. William Fleischer will give an overview of the many options of art insurance and factors that need to be considered in order to treasure and protect those most valuable pieces. And, of course, determining the value of an artwork is key. Jennifer Garland Ross, the founder and managing director of Art Peritus, LLC, an art advisory and appraisal consortium, will share insights on the evaluation and appraisal of artwork.

SUNDAY


 

Gallery Marketing That Won’t Break the Bank

Sunday, April 26th from 10:30am-11:30am | Litsa Spanos

Generate sales, increase awareness, and brand your business as the premier destination for art and framing. Litsa Spanos, President of Art Design Consultants (ACD), will share creative marketing ideas that can take your art gallery to the next level. She’ll share the many innovative techniques that landed her the highly coveted “Excellence in Marketing” award by Art Business News. If you want new, fresh, effective, and low-cost ideas to boost your business, this is the perfect seminar for you.

Your Top 10 Checklist for Understanding Art Licensing

Sunday, April 26th from 12pm-1pm | Linda Mariano and Jay Landrum

To license or not to license—is that your question? Whether you are an artist, agent, publisher, manufacturer, or gallery owner, what’s the potential impact of art licensing on your business as a whole? How do you decide if licensing is right for you? In this seminar we’ll cover where to begin in today’s fast-paced licensing world.

 

For a complete list of seminars click here.

Featured Artist: Leda Maria’s Show de Bola

Brazilian artist Leda Maria is at the helm of the socio-cultural project known as Show de Bola that aims to illustrate world cultures through art. Since the show’s debut in 2010 in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leda Maria has presented it at other art shows such as SPECTRUM Miami, and is excited to bring it to Artexpo New York this year.

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Saíra Kleinhans

Each Show de Bola features different artists from around the world with artwork in seven hexagonal paintings to reflect the beauty of their country through their art. The hexagons are placed together in a circular format to symbolize the globe. “A primary focus of the project is a tribute to the creators,” explains Leda Maria, “and this is an opportunity for artists of all ages and different backgrounds to express their talent, their technique, their world view, and also the love of their own country.” She calls Show de Bola an “ode to freedom of expression.”

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Linda de Sousa

Beyond conceptualizing and creating Show de Bola, Leda Maria is an accomplished visual artist in her own right, working in watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media, and encaustic. She’s studied in Brazil, Italy, and New York, and holds a BFA as well as an MFA in Art History. Leda Maria’s passion and breadth of talent in various techniques infuse her artwork with vibrancy and vitality, and the same qualities carry over into her wildly creative imaginings that brought Show de Bola to fruition.

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Juh Leidl

Make sure to see Leda Maria’s Show de Bola—featuring over 30 different artists—at Artexpo this year in Booth 439. For more info on Show de Bola, click here.

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Featured Artist: Anna Razumovskaya

Known for painting romantic female figures enraptured by music, bathed in light, or simply steeping in their own divine essence, Anna Razumovskaya translates her passion for life and inherent sensuality into artwork that exudes the same.

Garnet Melody by Anna Razumovskaya

Garnet Melody by Anna Razumovskaya

Though she was born in Russia at the height of the Cold War, Anna grew up with an early love of fashion and glamour, thanks in part to her chic mother (her father was a formal officer of the KGB). “I always wanted to be a clothing designer, to create beauty through clothes,” Anna explains, “but this led me to the canvas, where it is possible to both create and capture the beauty and texture of fabric on the human body.”

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Bond by Anna Razumovskaya

After graduating from the Russian State University of the Arts with a High Class Artist distinction, Anna traveled to Europe, furthering her painting studies by attending classes and taking private lessons in Holland, Belgium, and Germany. But it was in Toronto, Canada, that Anna eventually found her home. She diligently attended to her craft every day, even when feeling uninspired, building up from small landscapes or still-life paintings to larger works requiring the use of models, instruments, and striking gowns. Success found Anna as she blissfully worked in her lofty, colorful studio, and soon her artwork was in high demand.

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Burlesque by Anna Razumovskaya

Anna explains, “I’m so lucky to do what I do for a living, and I am thankful every day that my paintings can bring people happiness, and I can make a living doing this. I will never retire, I feel I have to keep working for the people who enjoy my art. It is the love of my life.” Anna has had personal exhibitions across Europe and North America, and her artwork graces private collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.

Make sure to look for Anna Art Publishing’s Booth #207 at Artexpo New York this year! For more on Anna, visit the Anna Art Publishing website. 

Featured Artist: Carmen Stiffelman

With just one look at Carmen Stiffelman’s work, you know that she is intimately familiar with the strength and grace of the human body. Crafting lifelike yet otherworldly figures with bronze, Stiffelman offers a testament to the human spirit with each sculpture.

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Carmen Stiffelman – Gemini

Born in Romania, Stiffelman moved with her family to Israel when she was just three years old. There, she reveled in her desert surroundings—sun, sand, exotic music, and all—and began to channel her creative energy into making things. Painting, designing jewelry, and creating floral arrangements offered Stiffelman an artistic outlet as a young woman.

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Carmen Stiffelman – SPF1000

Stiffelman later found her artistic side reawakened after working with a physical therapist while she was living in California. The anatomical aspect of physical therapy—the manipulation of muscle and bone, the inner workings of the body’s structural systems—appealed to Stiffelman, and her curiosity spurred a return to the studio. Her manipulation of bronze gives a nod to ancient Greek sculpture yet has a decidedly contemporary feel.

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Carmen Stiffelman – Second Genesis

Expressing her inner intelligence the way she knows how, kinesthetically, Stiffelman has created a dynamic collection over the past several years, featuring sleek, strong figures in motion; evocative busts; and sweeping waves. To view Stiffelman’s work is, simply, to be moved by the power of the human form.

Look for Carmen Stiffelman at Artexpo New York, Booth #268.

For more information visit her website here. >

Featured Artist: Leon Oks

Inspired by his bittersweet Ukrainian childhood, the strength and beauty of the feminine form, and the sweeping simplicity of nature, Leon Oks’s paintings take his viewers on a journey of the human spirit. “It is important that my audience in a very simple way draw satisfaction and pure pleasure when looking at and living with my work,” Oks explains. “This is the power of art: to overcome the problems and realities of everyday life and offer a hopeful view.”

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Leon Oks – Dream

Born in Ukraine, Oks was raised by his mother and grandmother after WWII took the life of his father when Oks was just two years old. They moved constantly, seeking safe, unoccupied areas that eventually would become unsafe themselves. Beyond the hardship and instability of his life as a youth, however, Oks discovered the joy of creating art. “I spent each evening in our tiny kitchen, looking at the reproductions in the few art books my family owned,” Oks relates. “My local art museum also served as a sort of informal school which acquainted my eye with the beauty of oil on canvas. I was also drawn to create studies from nature and spent many days walking through the nearby woods, parks, and streets observing the awesome beauty and grandeur that surrounded my town.” He was captivated not only by the beauty of his natural surroundings, but also by that of the female body, which is evident in his lush, lyrical, female-centric work.

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Leon Oks – Party Girls

Filled with sensual shapes, warm tones, fluid brush strokes, and evocative images, Oks’s oil paintings reflect his leap into a freer way of expressing himself in 1980 when he immigrated to the United States from Soviet-controlled Ukraine. The conservative professors of his early days looked down on Oks’s unique style, but his work flourished when he moved to the U.S. And now, as a teacher in Illinois, Oks passes along the importance of that creative freedom to his students. “As an art instructor, I tell my students to develop their own individuality. Admire the masters, but you must have your own style,” he says.

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Leon Oks – Reunion

Oks has won numerous awards for his artwork, which can be found in private collections, corporations, and museums across the U.S. and Europe. Make sure to look for him at Artexpo New York in the [SOLO] section, Booth S501.

Check out Leon’s website here!