STARTING WITH A TWANG -- Tom Taffe, artist and officer of the Salmagundi Club, the oldest art club in NYC, has a definite sense of art and fun. Taffe launches the month with humor in the shape of Mark Behme's "The Other Woman," a fully functional guitar. A number of barebrush artists appear in the N*des-of-the-Month calendar for the first time: Eric Angeloch, Aryn Chapman, Kelly Croisdale, Raymond Smith, and C. Charles Wang.
In the selected work, it is notable that all of the images in the calendar thumbnails demonstrate strong composition even at the reduced size. Taffe looked at the detail pages to confirm the artist's skill and the artwork's impact. The range from realism to abstraction is also notable. Efficient and professional, Taffe studied each artist's body of work, made a selection (or not), and moved on. In the end, he wound up with too many and reluctantly had to eliminate. "Good fun" was his summary comment.
The 30 artists represented in April 2009 (with day of month) are: Eric Angeloch (15), Mark Behme* (1), Ruth Butler (20), Aryn Chapman ( 11), Janet Cook (18), Kelly Croisdale (27), Joyce DiBona (30), Donelli DiMaria* (19), Harald Grote (17), David Hollander* (13), Mollie Kellogg (16), Guenter Knop (10), Francien Krieg (26), Tony Lee (12), Lucinda Luvaas (14), Jean Marcellino (5), Will Maller (23), Joe Mays (2), Jacqui Morgan (9), Benjamin Nazareno (24), Jennie Rosenbaum (3), Chanit Roston (29), Cindy Sibilsky (7), Christopher Smith* (21), Raymond Smith (22), Randy Thurman (8), Haydee Torres (25), Judy Volkman* (28), C. Charles Wang (4), Tim Woodhouse (6).
Music for the April Video provided by Black Lab (http://www.blacklabworld.com/)
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Here is a note from Mark Behme about "The Other Woman"
Hi, Ilene. Thanks to you and Tom for selecting me for the honor of being the First Day of April's Artist...And that's no joke! I want to share with you, Tom, and any others, the video clip on YouTube of Ken Moss playing "The Other Woman" (The winner) with Glenn Kowalski, playing "Nutjob", at Gallery Neptune last weekend at the artist talk there. They are in the group, "7 Door Sedan". See the video at [here]
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