Thursday, August 30, 2007

FLASH: First Anniversary Art Calendar In Previews Now

The first anniversary calendar, barebrush.com N*des-of-the-Month September 2007 is in previews now (members only).

Beginning on September 1, the calendar will be viewable to the public.

National press release to follow

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Prize-winning photo removed from Facebook

One of the photos that won a place in the prestigious Barebrush calendar for August was removed today from its posting on Facebook, the online social networking utility, by a Facebook manager. The photo was taken by Karen Mathewson of her husband, Paul Rapoport, in Death Valley, California in 2003.

Several people had left favorable comments about the photo when it was on Facebook.

Apparently Facebook wishes to be part of the epidemic of extreme body negativity in the USA, promulgating the lie that all pictorial nudity is immoral.


This image was n*de of the day for August 26, 2007. To see the complete barebrush.com August calendar, click here

Monday, August 27, 2007

Nudist Named to Arizona GOP Finance Committee

Paul Giblin, Tribune

Arizona’s Republican Party named Horst Kroust, the owner of a nudist resort in New River, to the party’s finance committee, a move that is drawing criticism from Democrats because the resort allows nude children to mingle with other nude children and adults.

Shangri La Ranch’s Web site offers this assessment of the facility: “Shangri La Ranch is one of the finest clothingoptional, family-oriented, year round recreational facilities in the Western United States. We emphasize the freedom of choice. You select the activity that suits you — from quiet relaxation to recreation.”

The resort also offered a weeklong camp for children in 2003. The camp was like other youth camps, except that the campers were naked, Kroust said.

Criticism by Democrats is unwarranted, Kroust said.

“Why is it their business?” he said. “This is absolutely absurd. What do those people think they are?”

The resort’s Web site on Friday included photos of nude adults lounging at a pool, gardening, playing sand volleyball and participating in other activities. One photo shows a child, though the photo is cropped tightly to show just the child’s head and shoulders.

About 60 families are staying at the resort, though no underage children were at the facility Friday, Kroust said in a telephone interview.

“I don’t know what the obsession with naked children is,” he said.

State GOP party spokesman Brett Mecum said Kroust was named to the finance committee on the basis that he has donated $5,000 to the party.

“Anyone who gives $5,000 or more to the Arizona Republican Party is an automatic member of the finance committee,” he said. Kroust also has recruited a number of new volunteers and registered voters to the party.

Mecum said he has little dealings with the committee and he didn’t know when Kroust was admitted to the committee, how many members the committee has or whether admittance has criteria other than hitting the $5,000 threshold.

To see the complete story, click here

Thursday, August 23, 2007

N*des-of-the-Month September 2007 -- Opportunity Deadline Tonight

The September 2007 N*des-of-the-Month calendar is a just over a week away. If you don't have all your art of the nude entries in, today is your last chance. The contest closes as midnight, EDT.

Our curator for September is Brigitte Saint-Ouen, founder and director of Gramercy 32 Fine Arts Gallery in NYC. Brigitte is reprising her role as the very first curator for barebrush with this, our first anniversay calendar.

September is the opening of the 2007-2008 art season. We have a lot of entries already and this promises to be a really great calendar. The calendar will be viewable to members only on August 31st (or earlier if circumstances permit). It will be viewable to the public on September 1st.

To get automatic feeds to barebrush announcements, you can subscribe to atom feed (below).

Art recieved after midnight tonight will automatically be entered into the October calendar contest. The curator for October will be announced September 5th.

To see the schedule page, click here

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Global Warming -- Going Bare to Protest Vunerability

Whatever you think about the global warming contraversy (caused by human or non-human factors), the Earth is getting hotter. What? Should? Can we do anything about it?


From artdaily.org
US-Installation artist Spencer Tunick and Greenpeace present a living sculpture: hundreds naked volunteers symbolise the vulnerability of the glaciers under climate change. © Greenpeace / Wuertenberg.


ALETSCH GLACIER, SWITZERLAND.- An emergency provokes extreme responses: human beings in danger will abandon social niceties, etiquette, and the norms of acceptable behaviour to raise an alarm any way they can when lives are in danger. Today, six hundred people shed their clothes on a glacier in the Swiss Alps to bodily cry out for help against a planetary emergency: global warming.


The nude volunteers posed for us and renowned naked "installation" artist Spencer Tunick on the Aletsch Glacier.


Without clothes, the human body is vulnerable, exposed, its life or death at the whim of the elements. Global warming is stripping away our glaciers and leaving our entire planet vulnerable to extreme weather, floods, sea-level rise, global decreases in carrying capacity and agricultural production, fresh water shortages, disease and mass human dislocations.


If global warming continues at its current rate, most glaciers in Switzerland will completely disappear by 2080, leaving nothing but valleys and slopes strewn with rock debris. Over the last 150 years, alpine glaciers have reduced in size by approximately one third of their surface and half of their mass, and this melting is accelerating. The Aletsch Glacier retreated 115 meters (377 feet) in a single year from 2005 to 2006.


To see the entire article and larger photo, click here

Thursday, August 16, 2007

You Voted: Results in for "My Favorite Nude" July 2007


Barebrush.com announces today the results for "My Favorite Nude" Poll July 2007.

In first place, for the second month in a row, Hector Olvera, from Mexico, took the top honor in the voting as "My Favorite Nude" with his painting, Desnudándome. In a very strong showing of interest, El atardecer, also by Hector Olvera, took second place. Clare Shepherd, from Salisbury, UK, took third place with her watercolor, Sleeping Nude with Long Hair.

The July 2007 calendar was curated by Alberto Magnan, founder and director of two Chelsea, NYC art galleries: Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemportary.


Here is the complete list of winners with the day in June represented:

"My Favorite Nude" Poll Results:

1st:
Hector Olvera (9)

2nd:
Hector Olvera (12)

3rd:
Clare Shepherd (27)

Honorable Mention:
Ilene Skeen (28)
Tony Lee (15)


Voting for "My Favorite Nude" August 2007 is now open through September 15th.

Anyone interested in the art of the nude is invited to vote. Membership in barebrush is not required.

Congratulations to Hector and the other winners. Thank you all for your interest in barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Vote Today: "My Favorite Nude" for July 2007

If you haven't voted for your favorite nude for July 2007, now is the time! The contest closes tonight at midnight. Winners will be announced August 16th. If you are an artist with work in the calendar, be sure to tell your friends, family, collectors and contacts to vote.

To vote for "My Favorite Nude" for July 2007, click here

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Nude Comic of Pablo Picasso Embarrassing Georgia

Based on a story by Mallory Simon, Court TV

Okay, a comic book. Okay, Gordon Lee, proprietor of a comic book store in Rome, Georgia, distributes 2000 comics free on Halloween night 2004. Okay, Pablo Picasso meets George Braque. Okay, Picasso was nude, fact. NOT okay, his penis is in print. Oops! A Georgia mother takes offense and therein, so to speak, hangs the tale.

To see the complete story, click here

Friday, August 10, 2007

My Favorite Nudes -- July and August Polls

Calling All Art Lovers

Don't forget to vote for your calendar favorite in the "My Favorite Nude" polls.

Voting for July closes August 15th. The July 2007 calendar was curated by Alberto Magnan, founder and director of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemportary, NYC.


Voting for August now open. The August 2007 calendar was curated by art historian, Della Clason Sperling, Ph. D., founding partner of Dulack, Sperling & Cheney, art advisors.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month September 2007

Expose Your Nudes, Promote Your Art


Deadline August 23. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Brigitte Saint-Ouen, founder and director of Gramercy 32 Fine Arts Gallery, New York, for the September 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Aug. 3, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Brigitte Saint-Ouen of Gramercy 32 Fine Arts Gallery in New York City will select and curate the September 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the September 2007 calendar is August 23. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before August 23 to be eligible for the September exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest....

Ilene Skeen, barebrush.com founder and CEO says, "In 2006, Ms. Saint-Ouen graciously agreed to curate the very first barebrush calendar. The site was just getting started and the selection was sparse. Brigitte did a terrific job both selecting the show and arranging the art. Over the year, barebrush has had twelve different guest curators, and we will continue the practice of having a different guest curator each month. I've invited Brigitte back to curate September as an anniversary gesture.

September 2007 will be an important month for barebrush. Not only is it our first anniversary calendar, it marks the launch of our expanded advertising program in the Gallery Guide. For the entire 2007-2008 art season, barebrush advertising will appear in Gallery Guide New York, West Coast and Europe -- over 100,000 circulation per month. I am convinced that advertising will bring collectors and public recognition to barebrush."

When asked what thoughts she would like to pass along to the artists of barebrush, Brigitte said, "I am very excited to participate again with barebrush, and I am glad to see a national and international selection of artwork."

To read the complete call for entries, click here

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Barebrush N*des-of-the-Month August 2007 – 31 Cool Nudes

National Press Release to Mass Media Distribution Newswire

New York, NY – July 31, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces the publication of August 2007, the twelfth monthly calendar in the barebrush.com N*des-of-the-Month series, completing one year of operation. The calendar was curated by Della Clason Sperling, Ph. D., art historian and partner in Dulack, Sperling & Cheney, art advisors, appraisals and collections management. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from over 360 entries. N*des-of-the-Month August 2007 is in previews for members only and viewable by the public beginning August 1, 2007 at www.barebrush.com.

About the Artists in the N*des-of-the-Month July 2007 calendar:

Della Clason Sperling enjoyed the selection process and especially liked some of the narrative which accompanied the art. She chose Frank Olesen (Denmark) to "center" the month because "it says everything in a bit more graphic way than most, and would be a great fulcrum." Della chose NovA (New York) for the all-important first Saturday, and delighted in the art by Emily Rich (New York) and Tony Lee (Panama), the humor of Karen Mathewsen (Canada) and the whimsy of Joost Remeeus (Belgium). For her jury of selection, Della choose to start and end the month with two historical American artists from the Salmagundi Club collection: Robert Fawcett (1903-1967) and Harrison Cady (1877-1970).

The artists represented (with day of month in parentheses) are: Mark Behme (24, 25), Stefan Beyst (9), Harrison Cady (31), Roger Cummiskey (20), Joyce DiBona (7), Robert Fawcett (1), Anthony Gordon (12), Stevan Josimovic (14), Tony Lee (8), Lucinda Luvaas (19, 29), Jean Marcellino (28), Karen Mathewson (26), Jacqui Morgan (18), Linda Moses (3), NovA (4), Frank Olesen (15), Hector Olvera (17), Michael Parker (23), Joost Remeeus (27), Emily Rich (16), Jennie Rosenbaum (11), Chanit Roston (2), William Stephen Rothstein (22), Salvatore Scrivo (10), Clare Shepherd (6), Ilene Skeen (13), Randy Thurman (30), Haydee Torres (5), Yukako (21).

To see the full text of the press release, click here