Friday, November 21, 2008

English Grannies Do Art of the N*de Calendar Photo: FERRARI

A group of Women's Institute members have posed almost naked as animals wearing little more than body paint for a fund-raising calendar.

The group of grandmothers had their bodies painted in the theme of pantomime characters for their annual charity project.

The women, who are from Downe WI, near Bromley, in Kent, have stripped off for the past two years but decided to enlist the help of professional artists to make this year's pictures better....

Money raised from calendar sales will be used to pay for a full time nurse for a year at the Demelza children's hospice in Eltham, south east London.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Art Opportunity, Nov 22 Deadline: Barebrush December N*des-of-the-Month

December N*des-of-the-Month. Prizes.Video. Includes Entry for Jan Calendar Contest.

New York, NY – October 2, 2008. All visual artists are invited by BAREBRUSH founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen to submit art of the nude for the December 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar contest.

Guest curator for the December exhibition is David Thompson of Serrano Contemporary gallery in NYC. When asked about the December N*des-of-the-Month selection, Thompson wrote:

In the December exhibition I’m interested in finding a unique connection with the artist’s sensibilities. I always look for the artistic ability to connect and share tender and intimate conditions with the viewer. Without limitations, I would like to see the human figure revealed in the most genuine, delicate and emotive form.

Ms. Skeen noted:

Barebrush is absolutely committed to the guest curator approach and to helping artists get collectors and dealers excited about their work. We've been planning on a monthly video for quite some time and I'm very glad we are bringing this process on stream to become a regular benefit for the winning artists at barebrush.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Curators Choice Award winners from

New York, NY -- announces the winners of the Curators' Choice Awards for October 2008. The winning artwork, Primal 1, is an oil painting from Hawaii by artist Kathy Ostman-Magnuesen. This magnificent, large format piece (60 x 75) is part of an on-going self-portrait body of work. For the month of November, Primal 1 graces the front page of the barebrush website as N*de-of-the-Month.

The October 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar was curated by Claudia Seymour, president of SCNY, the Salmagundi Club of NY, the oldest art club in NYC and one of the oldest in the country. Seymour also selected the five nominees for the Curators' Choice Awards. Previous barebrush curators were sent ballots to rank the selections. The poll opened for public voting on the nominees October 1st and closed October 29th. Winners were determined by a statistical combination of the curators and popular vote. The grand prize winner of the Curators' Choice becomes N*de-of-the-Month.

The results are below:

1st: Primal 1 by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Primal 1 by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

2nd: MORNING BEAUTY by Benjamin Nazareno

MORNING BEAUTY by Benjamin Nazareno

3rd: Rita by Will Maller

Rita by Will Maller

All nominees receive complementary listings. First, second and third place are also awarded cash prizes.

Congratulations All!

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

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

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November N*des of the Month from

Back Talk -- When Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, curator for ACA Galleries (founded 1932), selected the art for the November 2008 calendar, she mentioned that generally, “images from the back are considered the least accessible...but the images here are really very expressive.... A whole show of backs wouldn't have been fair because I didn't tell [the artists] up front,” she added, somewhat wistfully.

When presented with the prospect of choosing only 30 works by 30 artists, Lamarche said it was hard to choose. She attacked the job with great deliberation going through the images from top to bottom. “How are they arranged?” she asked. Barebrush CEO Ilene Skeen, explained that the art is grouped by artist, in order of each artist's total number of page views, from highest to lowest. “There's no other way which would be fair. Barebrush is promotion 101 for artists. Those who are telling their friends and colleagues, and encouraging people to look at their work are going to have more page views. They deserve to be on top. No obligations to the curator, of course.”

Lamarche curated for barebrush in April 2007. “I'm stunned at how the quality has risen. There's a nice diversity of voices, media, and perspectives.”

The 30 artists selected for November 2008 (with day of month) are: Glenn Abel (20), Ruth Butler (14), Donna Cleary (17), Joyce DiBona (27), Donelli DiMaria (16), Harald Grote (13), Mollie Kellogg (24), Guenter Knop* (23), Szn Kraft* (4), Serge Lis (2), John Luce Lockett (30), Lucinda Luvaas (5), Jean Marcellino* (7), Jacqui Morgan (8), Benjamin Nazareno (3), Kathy Ostman-Magnuesen (10), Hector Olvera (6), Jon Rettich (9), Emily Rich (19), Jennie Rosenbaum (26), Chanit Roston* (12), Cindy Sibilsky (11), Ilene Skeen (29), Christopher Smith (22), Sara Swan (25), William Thierfelder (28), Randy Thurman (18), Haydee Torres (15), Judy Volkman* (1), Timothy Woodhouse (21).

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. Curators' Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists receive cash prizes. You can also vote for “My Favorite N*de,” the poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artists in “My Favorite N*de” receive one (1) complementary listing. You can vote now. Winners announced December 1st.

*Indicates Curators Choice Awards nominees

ACA Galleries

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