Monday, April 28, 2008

May 2008 N*des of the Month In Focus

N*des-of-the-Month calendar is in previews now.

Focus, attitude, risk, skill: these are the terms most used by barebrush guest curator, artist Robert W. Pillsbury, as he selected thirty one artists from among the 48 who entered. Bob reviewed a record 541 pieces, looking at everything. "I like to do a deep dive," he said. "Everything needs to be looked at."

Bob consistently opted for the riskier, edgier pieces and had a lot of comments. Of Jen Mazza, he said, "I want to see more of her work on barebrush." He continued, emphasizing, "She needs to put up more work. If Philip Perlstein could paint with as much emotion as Jen Mazza, I'd like his paintings better." Bob called Jacqui Morgan's Allen, "thrilling" and Jon Reddich's Richard HC "powerful." He said that the work by Serge Lis was like looking at Magritte as a photographer. He called Ruth Butler's photograph, Between Venus and Uranus "painterly," and Tim Woodhouse's drawing, Random Pandemonium 1 "suggestive rather than literal". He considered Donna Clearly (Erased) and Lucinda Luvaas (Flying over City) as pushing their media. He enjoyed selecting Jean Marcellino (Looking at the Bright Side), Guenter Knop (The Call), Joe Mays (Curcuitboard Jungle #84), Trisha Lambi (Flamenco Dancer Diptych) and called them "risky." With Francien Krieg (Man's Point of View) and Charles Schindler (Strength of a Woman), he was speechless, and then finally said "I didn't realize you had anything like this out here, wow."

"I am immensely grateful to Bob for the thorough review of all the artworks and I am proud of this calendar and the caliber of the artists barebrush is attracting," says CEO Ilene Skeen, "Bob dove deeply into the process, as he intended, and had a few words for almost every artist he reviewed. and I believe this calendar is one of the strongest we've ever had. I feel that the calendar itself is emphasizing Bob's four key tenets: focus, attitude, risk, skill. You won't find a better small show of this genre anywhere."

The artists represented for May 2008 are: Ruth Butler, Donna Cleary, Donelli J. DiMaria*, Mollie Kellogg, Guenter Knop, Francien Krieg*, Kasper Holten, Trisha Lambi, Serge Lis, John Luce Lockett, Lucinda Luvaas, Jean Marcellino*, Joseph Mays, Jen Mazza*, Dan McCormack, Jacqui Morgan, David Moreschi, Frank Olesen, Kathy Ostman-Magneusen, Mercadoocasio, Richard Rabkin, Jon Reddich*, Chanit Roston, Charles Schindler, Ilene Skeen, Sara Swan, Suhas Tavkar, Randy Thurman, Haydee Torres, Judy Volkmann, Tim Woodhouse.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards (box at right). Each nominee receives 8 additional complimentary listings and is in the running for cash prizes as well. MEMBERS CAN VOTE NOW. Winners announced June 1st.

The May 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar will be visible to the public on May 1st.

For the Members Only link to the live previews, click here.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

N*de of the Month -- North Carolina Artist Captures Honors

"Vision" by Mercadoocasio Brings Home First Prize

New York - announces the N*de of the Month, March 2008. The winning artwork is a mixed media canvas entitled Vision by North Carolina artist, illustrator and instructor, Mercadoocasio. The painting will grace the front page of the barebrush website until the end of April.

The March 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar was curated by Zoran Crnkovic, artist and instructor at the Salmagundi Club life drawing in New York City. Zoran also selected the nominees for the Curators' Choice Awards. All previous barebrush curators were sent ballots to rank the selections. The poll opened for public voting on the nominees March 10th and closed April 15th. The winners are determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular vote. All nominees receive complementary listings. First, second and third place are also awarded cash prizes. The results are below:

1st: Vision by Mercadoocasio

Vision by Mercadoocasio


2nd: Post-Thanksgiving Aviva by Jean Marcellino

Post-Thanksgiving Aviva by Jean Marcellino


3rd: Say Yes by Ruth Bilowus Butler

Say Yes by Ruth Bilowus Butler


Honorable Mention: Desired? by Donna Cleary

Desired? by Donna Cleary


Honorable Mention: KEVIN by Jon Rettich

KEVIN by Jon Rettich


Congratulations All!

To see the March 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar and further details, click here.

To see the archives and all the barebrush curators, click here

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

N*de Uproar in Virginia

Art lovers raise money for teen who lost Student Gallery title

By Teresa Annas
The Virginian-Pilot
© April 5, 2008

Local art lovers rushed to donate money this week to a high school artist who was chosen as a winner in The Virginian-Pilot Student Gallery but was not given the award because the newspaper’s publisher deemed her work inappropriate.

By late Friday, $700 had been collected. The goal was to raise $1,000.

That’s the sum Nancy “Beth” Reid, a 17-year-old senior at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, would have won for her nude self-portrait, which art experts described as discreet.
Beth said she was flattered that people were trying to replace the cash prize. “I was not expecting it. That’s really nice of them. But I feel bad that they’re doing that. It shouldn’t be their responsibility to make up for this huge scandal going on.”

Beth said she loves art history and appreciates the nudes she has seen in classical art. “It’s not perverted at all. Now, it’s almost like if you see a naked person it’s pornographic, and that’s not true.”

Student Gallery is a 36-year-old art contest open to any high school junior or senior in the region. This year, the show was judged three times.

The top winners chosen by the first two jurors were rejected because their work depicted nudity. Bruce Bradley, publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, on Friday took responsibility for the decision.

“While it’s true we don’t specifically address this in the rules and regulations, the concern I had was to have a 17-year-old girl do a self-portrait of herself in the nude,” Bradley said. “I thought that was inappropriate for the contest.

“This is why we did not name it the first-place winner.”

Bradley told the newspaper’s editor not to publish a photograph of that work, for the same reasons. “I feel it’s an inappropriate picture to run in The Virginian-Pilot.”

Even though the newspaper has received numerous letters from outraged art supporters, he said he has not changed his mind. “I believe we made the right decision.”

...[link to article]

The controversy is continuing with many weighing comments pro and con about the controversy. Here is my comment:

Dear Virginians, You Are Not Alone
Submitted by iskeen on Sat, 04/05/2008 at 10:22 am.

The entire country is upside down on the subject of nudes.Here is a good home remedy if you are opposed to nudes: go stand naked in front of a mirror. If what you see disgusts you -- go on a diet, exercise, renovate yourself. It is your own hang-ups with your own body which are preventing you from enjoying your greatest gift: that of feeling yourself wonderfully, physically alive. If you don't want to do that, you can visit barebrush: world wide art of the nude without porn.The girls showed sensitivity and courage and their families and at least part of their community are rightly supportive. Good luck and courage to all those who stand up to anti-nude bullying.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Call for Entries: May N*de Art Contest

via MMD Newswire

New York, NY – April 3, 2008 – invites all visual artists to submit art of the nude for the May 2008 Nudes-of-the-Month art calendar contest. Prizes. Deadline April 23, 2008.

Ilene Skeen, founder and CEO of barebrush, is pleased to announce award-winning artist Robert W. Pillsbury as guest curator for May 2008 Nudes-of-the-Month contest.

Robert studied with noted figurative artist and author, Joseph Sheppard, at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Pillsbury is an award winning artist, trained in painting and printmaking. Recently he has experienced much interest in his novel encaustic techniques. He is an artist member and juror of awards at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Robert's work exhibits a multi-disciplinary fusion of numerous mediums: watercolor, acrylic with oil glazes, graphite and colored pencil mixed with beeswax. Each work combines modernist and classical allusions, possessing a visual beauty and aesthetic cohesion of the two. When asked to curate the May contest at barebrush, Bob wrote passionately and profoundly,

“The nude as the centerpiece of an artist’s renderings speaks to the core of my life long experience.”

The deadline for contest entries is April 23. All artists who work in this controversial genre are encouraged expose their art (pun intended). Art entered on or before April 23, 2008 will be automatically considered for both the May and June 2008 Nudes-of-the-Month contests. The curator for the June contest will be announced May 5th.

To see the complete press release with contact info, click here

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