Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A New Year's Poem from Barebrush

Here is a toast to the years, both old and new. (Reprised from 2007 with a slight adjustment). Best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. With warm regards, Ilene

A New Year's Poem
by Ilene Leslie Skeen

The New Year ought not come, but be attained
By only those who celebrate a time well spent.
December's final days are mounting steps
To reach that peak of midnight, head unbent.
To stand upon that yearly peak of time,
Look back without regret, look forward without fear
To stand as in salute to one year's pride
And one year's promise, pledge to both a solemn cheer.
To hold unbridled future as a wild mare
To be caught and tamed and molded to man's will.
To hold one goal, reach out, and finding it too far
To walk toward it, to walk and say, I will.
To gain that goal, to say, I have, and set another goal.
To check the score next New Year's eve.

© Ilene Leslie Skeen

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Too N*de! Protecting the Princess in Netherlands

N*de-of-the-Day, December 16, 2008
E-mail received from the artist

Hello Ilene,
Maybe it is interesting to know that this painting was taken away from an exhibition because our princess Maxima was in this gallery, and they thought it was too provoking for her. It was even in the newspaper and I had a radio interview about this situation. Unbelievable isn't it??
Francien Krieg

Comment: Francien's work is no stranger to controversy -- it was her painting of May 2, 2008 on barebrush to which another customer of our PR company so objected that the PR company dropped barebrush as a client! I still can't get over that one. (Ilene)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Art Opportunity: Dec 22 Deadline, Barebrush Jan 08 N*des-of-the-Month

January N*des-of-the-Month. Prizes. Video. Includes Entry for February Calendar Contest.

New York, NY – December 4, 2008. All visual artists are invited by BAREBRUSH founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen to submit art of the nude for the January 2009 N*des-of-the-Month calendar contest.

Guest curator for the January exhibition is artist and curator, D. S. Wade, administrator of First Street Gallery in the Chelsea art district of NYC. When asked about the January N*des-of-the-Month selection, Wade wrote:

I will look for work where the artist takes ownership. The work will be structured around the traditional elements of composition: gesture, angle, measurement, expressiveness, and scale.

Ms. Skeen noted:

I am delighted to announce the participation of D. S. Wade and First Street Gallery in the barebrush project. Among artist-run galleries, First Street Gallery is exemplary: outstanding art, a variety of genres, excellent display, and a professional approach to the gallery business. At the same time, First Street is both artist- and collector-friendly.

Debra Wade is dynamic and forceful. She is our first curator from an artist-run gallery. I'm excited to see what she selects and I'm doubly delighted to be able to present this opportunity for January, the launch of 2009.

Call for Entries Details


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Monday, December 01, 2008

Curators Choice Awards Nov 08 from barebrush

New York, NY -- Barebrush.com announces the winners of the Curators' Choice Awards for November 2008. The winning artwork, Zoetrope, is an oil painting by Czech-born, NY-based artist, Chanit Roston (promounced ha-neat). This unusual 5-lobed format is the second in this series by Roston to win Curartors Choice 1st. This honor was also won by Uplifted in the January 08 calendar. For the month of December, Zoetrope graces the front page of the barebrush website as N*de-of-the-Month.

The November 2008 N*des-of-the-Month calendar was curated by Mikaela Sardo LaMarche, curator of ACA Galleries in NYC. Lamarche 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 November 1st and closed November 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: Zoetrope' by Chanit Roston

Zoetrope' by Chanit Roston
New York


2nd: Listening by Jean Marcellino

Listening by Jean Marcellino
New York


3rd: Seated Figure by Judith Araujo-Volkmann

Seated Figure by Judith Araujo-Volkmann
New York

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

Congratulations All!

To see the November 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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December N*des-of-the-Month + Video from barebrush

New York, NY. -- EMOTIVE POWER-- When David Thompson of Serrano Contemporary sat down with the curator's lightbox to select the N*des-of-the-Month for the December 2008, he exclaimed, "Wow, there's a lot of great work here." Then Thompson studied the art silently looking up and down the lightbox for some long, quiet minutes. His choices are notable for both the variety of the overall selection and the individuality of the artists. In the call for entries, Thompson had said,

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.

True to his intent of selecting work with emotive power, each of these pieces is its own world of power, mystery, pleasure or pain. When the selection was over, Thompson said, "It was much harder than I thought...."

The 31 artists selected for December 2008 (with day of month) are: Michael Apice (25), Grant Besley* (3), Donna Cleary (29), Roger Cummiskey* (1), Donelli DiMaria (30), Harald Grote (6), Mollie Kellogg (20), Guenter Knop (14), Szn Kraft (9), Francien Krieg (16), Tony Lee (19), John Luce Lockett* (28), Lucinda Luvaas (17), Jean Marcellino (24), Peter Matthews (11), Joseph Mays (31), Jacqui Morgan (12), Benjamin Nazareno (26), Kathy Ostman-Magnuesen* (7), Hector Olvera* (13), Angelique Price (2), Richard Rabkin (23), Jon Rettich (21), Jennie Rosenbaum (27), Chanit Roston (15), Cindy Sibilsky (5), Emily Stedman (4), Sara Swan (10), Haydee Torres (18), Jim VanKirk (8), Judy Volkman (22). Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. The Dec 08 calendar is available now, viewable on the barebrush website and at YouTube.com.

Artists receive complimentary listings. Winners of the Curators' Choice Awards are eligible for cash prizes.

Curators' Choice Awards for November Announced

Winners for the November Curators' Choice Awards are announced after a month of voting. Top honors go to artist Chanit Roston for her uniquely-shaped oil, "Zoetrope." The November calendar was curated by Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, curator of ACA Galleries, NYC.

About BAREBRUSH and the N*des-of-the-Month Contest

Each N*des-of-the-Month calendar contest is curated by a different guest art professional. Voting by past and present barebrush curators, and the public determine the Curators' Choice Awards winners. Voting is underway now at BAREBRUSH.com for Curators' Choice and "My Favorite N*de."

BAREBRUSH.com is dedicated to the art of the nude giving artists recognition for their work in this controversial art genre and helping them to connect with interested dealers and collectors worldwide. Online since 2006.

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