Friday, November 30, 2007

BAREBRUSH Launches Sweet 16th

This is the press release sent to MMD Newswire for release and national distribution Monday, Dec 3, 2007

Art News: 16th Art Calendar Successfully Launched

New York, NY – Dec. 3, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces its sixteenth N*des-of-the-Month Calendar, (December 2007) is released to the public at the website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude. The calendar was curated by Tria, the Suchman-Bart-Metheny Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from 335 works submitted by 35 artists worldwide.

About the Selection and the Artists:
Tria specializes in contemporary painting, photography and mixed media by established and emerging artists. In addition to artwork on exhibit, the gallery maintains an inventory of select works by its featured artists. Tria's three directors, Carol Suchman, Paige Bart and Latifa Metheny, are committed to presenting artists with compelling bodies of work, and ones whose stories should, in their estimation, be told.

When asked what they were expected from the artists of barebrush, Carol Suchman wrote, "December is a month of sweeping emotion. People feel great happiness and optimism towards the holiday season, but can also feel great sadness and desolation. We are looking for this emotion in the artist's work."

"The energy level at Tria is impressive, as are their shows," says barebrush CEO, Ilene Skeen. " I am pleased that barebrush artists responded to the call for entries with an impressive array of work. This allowed Carol, Paige and Latifa to remain true to their expectations for the December calendar, selecting especially work which expressed the sweeping emotions of the holidays. They were also very interested in unusual presentations and materials.

They chose Randy Thurman's, “Merry Christmas!!!” for December 25th and Suhas Tavkar's “Nude Angels” for Christmas Eve. They chose Kaya's “Dance” for Kwanza on December 29th and two by Lucinda Luvaas, “Flying over City” and “Judith and Holofernes” for a two-day New Year's Eve. To launch the month of December, they decided on “Flight from Earth” by Joost Remeeus.

The artists represented are: Georgette Backs (28), Deborah Batt (22), Lenin Del Sol (23) Donelli J. DiMaria (19), Leon Nicholas Kalas (17, 18), Kaya (29), Lucinda Luvaas (9, 10, 30, 31), Jean Marcellino (2-4), Nudairist (20), Joost Remeeus (1), Ilene Skeen (5-8), Suhas Tavkar (24, 26, 27), Randy Thurman (14-16, 25), Haydee Torres (11-13), and Yukako (21).

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Khajuraho Lovers by Suhas Tavkar at Soho20/Chelsea Gallery

Khajuraho Lovers is in the barebrush.com October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month Calendar curated by Esther S. Kim (N*de of the day for October 28th). This is a letter from the artist.

Dear Ilene,

I am pleased to invite you as an art lover to view truly unique art form, the art of "Nakha Chitra." Nakha Chitra originated in ancient India and still exists in today's world. The "Small Works" show at SOHO20/Chelsea Gallery, November 29th - December 21, 2007 will be featuring a sample of my fingernail relief drawings. The opening reception will be on Saturday December 1st, 3-7 PM. I really believe that this ancient, unique and rarely known art form originated from the beginning of the human race.

Evidence shows that humans practiced etching on the soft wooden bark of trees or banana and lotus leaves with their fingernails. The art of fingernail etching may have started a long time ago and fingernail relief drawing may have started when humans started making paper. It seems that this has really become a lost art form. It's really surprising to see that not a single museum has ever done any research on this art form. In the history of art no one has ever mentioned the art of "Nakha Chitra" (Nakha means fingernail and Chitra means art in the Sanskrit language of the Hindus). But, I believe it is an art form that needs to admired and promoted....

Every living creature on earth is an artist and also a wonderful piece of art by itself...

Regards,

Suhas Tavkar

The address of the gallery is:

SOHO20 GALLERY
511 West 25th Street, Suite 605
New York, N.Y. 10001

Reception: Saturday December 1st, 3-7 PM

For the barebrush October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month Calendar , click here

For a direct link to Khajuraho Lovers by Suhas Tavkar at barebrush.com, click here

Friday, November 23, 2007

N*des (and more) in History at the Salmagundi Club


Available for the First Time since 1878: A Comprehensive Exhibition History of the Salmagundi Sketch Club


The Black and White Exhibitions of the Salmagundi Sketch Club 1878 to 1887: A Guide to Etchings, Engravings, Drawings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Oils and Monotypes by Alexander W. Katlan


In the 1880's, the Salmagundi Club, which welcomed artists of all stripes (painters, sculptors, illustrators, etc.) and art lovers alike (as it does to this day), promoted a series of exhibitions exclusively for work without color, called "The Black and White." The exhibition series gave the Club's etchers had a venue to present their work to the art collecting public.


The delightful image shown above, Zephyr, is by George W. Maynard and was No. 39 in the Black and White Exhibition of 1882. It sold for $75.00. Maynard joined the Salmagundi Club in 1881 and was president 1888-1889.

“ With the publication of this guide, we are now also fortunate to be able to add the Salmagundi Sketch Club Black and White Exhibitions to the evolving documentations of American Art.” Nancy Whipple Grinnell Curator Newport Art Museum and Art Association


“…will surely join the ranks of scholarly art historical reference material.” Eva Gregruski Art Curator


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Monday, November 05, 2007

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

Art News: Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month December 2007 -- Guest Curators, the Founding Directors of Tria Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

Deadline November 21. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by the founding directors of Tria, the Suchman-Bart-Metheny Gallery of Chelsea in NYC, for the December 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Nov. 5, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Carol Suchman, Paige Bart and Latifa Metheny, the founding directors of Tria, a new gallery in Chelsea, will select and curate the December 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the December 2007 calendar is November 21. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before November 21 to be eligible for the December 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.

About Tria Gallery

Tria specializes in contemporary painting, photography and mixed media by established and emerging artists. In addition to artwork on exhibit, the gallery maintains an inventory of select works by its featured artists. Tria's three directors, Carol Suchman, Paige Bart and Latifa Metheny, are committed to presenting artists with compelling bodies of work, and ones whose stories should, in their estimation, be told.

"The energy level at Tria is impressive, as are their shows," says barebrush CEO, Ilene Skeen. "I am very excited that Tria is going to curate our December 2007 calendar. Their gallery is an open and friendly place and they know how to make visitors feel welcome. Carol, Paige and Latifa are enthusiastic about the barebrush concept and told me that they are very interested in art of the nude, so much so that they are currently planning a nude show at Tria for summer 2008.

When asked what they are expected from the artists of barebrush, Carol Suchman wrote, "December is a month of sweeping emotion. People feel great happiness and optimism towards the holiday season, but can also feel great sadness and desolation. We are looking for this emotion in the artist's work."

To see the complete call for entries, click here

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Art News: Calendar Art for November 2007

Barebrush.com announces its fifteenth N*des-of-the-Month (November 2007) is now released to the public at the website, barebrush.com.

Mass Media Distribution Newswire

New York, NY – Nov. 1, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces its fifteenth N*des-of-the-Month (November 2007) is now released to the public at the website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude. The calendar was curated by artist, Ronnie Cutler, signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and member of the Salmagundi Club, and Pen and Brush. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from art submitted world-wide.

About the Selection and the Artists:
Ronnie Cutler has been called the finest living artist in the Salmagundi Club (Gary T. Erbe, former president of Allied Artists of America). In addition to the Salmagundi Club, Ronnie is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. She is also a member of Pen and Brush. Her work is in public and private collections world-wide. Ronnie studied at the Art Students League in the 1950's and has spent a lifetime painting. "No one I know has a more original eye," says Ilene Skeen, barebrush founder and CEO....

The artists represented are: Ronnie Cutler (1), Donelli J. DiMaria (15, 16), Tony Lee (5), Lucinda Luvaas (6), Jean Marcellino (28-30), Dan McCormack (19), Chris Miller (14), Jacqui Morgan (2-4), Hector Olvera (11), Jim Owens (25), Jon Rettich (17), Emily Rich (12), Jennie Rosenbaum (24), Chanit Roston (22, 23), Clare Shepherd (20, 21), Ilene Skeen (7, 8), Suhas Tavkar (9), Randy Thurman (26), Haydee Torres (10), Wlodarski K (18), and Yukako (13).

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