Thursday, April 29, 2010

Make Way for Nudes! Barebrush Announces May & June N*des-of-the-Month

Barebrush guest curator, Gary T. Erbe (pronounced err-bee), President Emeritus of Allied Artists selected the 61 images for May and June N*des-of-the-Month calendars. He selected Cubism Glass by German-born New York artist, Guenter Knop to begin May. He was impressed by California artist, Michael Newberry's Venus. Another work Erbe liked for its approach was Reclining Nude by Peter King of New Mexico. Erbe appreciated Passionate by Ben Riviere-Nazerano of London, UK. Terry Hinkle's Hold On was an instant pick. “I like the colors,” he said.

Erbe selected Incognito Witch Project 6-G by Mollie Kellogg of California to begin June, saying he liked the “attitude” of this piece, and also the rabbit. He admired 4 pm by Christopher Smith of Pennsylvania for the liveliness of the poses. He also mentioned that the red color was a nice touch. Model by Robert Nizamov of Moscow (Russia) intrigued him. Erbe studied it closely and then decided he liked the unusual composition. Rounding up the Curators' Choice nominees for June, is SueƱos Azules by Tony Lee of Panama.

The placement of the art between the two calendars (May and June) reveals an interesting dynamic. Barebrush founder and CEO, Ilene Skeen noted that the overall feeling of May is serene. Reassured by Russell Morgan and Leaning by Emily Stedman both show couples in quiet situations. There is a feeling of relaxed solitude, except for a few lively pieces like Primavera by Janet A. Cook, Zebra by Michael Apice and Mardi Gras (the baby's out of the cake) by Stephani Fuller.

In contrast, June is frenetic, with legs and arms going every which way in lively abandon and humor, such as Vivid Colors of Emotion (Metamorphosis) by Cindy Sibilsky, Audacious by Szn Kraft, What am I doing here? by Chanit Roston, The Other Woman by Mark Behme and The People's Gift by Kasper Holten. In June the calming influences are fewer, but welcome as Sarah in Red by Jean Marcellino anchoring the important first Sunday of the month and Home by Malorie Shannon, bringing June to a satisfying close.

The 31 artists represented in May, 2010, in day order are: 1* Guenter Knop, 2 John Luce Lockett, 3 Adrienne Mills, 4 Cynthia Angeles, 5* Michael Newberry, 6 Harald Grote, 7 Alana Clemens, 8 Janet A. Cook, 9 Dan McCormack, 10 Kathryn Wasserman, 11 Michael Apice, 12* Peter King, 13 Stephanie Fuller, 14 Jon Rettich, 15 Angelique Price, 16 Martin Danjue, 17 Merrill Brace, 18 Russell Morgan, 19 Bill Teitsworth, NWS, 20 C. Charles Wang, 21 Emily Stedman, 22* Ben Riviere-Nazareno, 23 Jeremy Holton, 24* Terry Hinkle, 25 Penelope Przekop, 26 William Thierfelder, 27 Stephen Panoushek, 28 Eric Angeloch, 29 Sara Swan, 30 EKM, 31 Tina Johnston.

The 30 artists represented in June, 2010, in day order are: 1* Mollie Kellogg, 2 Cindy Sibilsky, 3* Christopher Smith, 4 Donelli J. DiMaria, 5 Hector Olvera, Etor, 6 Jean Marcellino, 7* Robert Nizamov, 8 Susan (SZN) Kraft, 9 Tim Woodhouse, 10 Kathy Ostman-Magnusen, 11 Jacqui Morgan, 12 David Michael Hollander, 13* Joseph Mays, 14 William Jobling, 15 Mark Behme, 16 Chanit Roston, 17 Kasper Holten, 18 Michael Seif, 19 Aryn Chapman, 20* Tony Lee, 21 Lucinda Luvaas, 22 Anthony Gordon, 23 Colleen Martin, 24 Haydee Torres, 25 Frank Olesen, 26 Ilene Skeen, 27 Tom Gore, 28 Guenter Knop, 29 Donna Cleary, 30 Malorie Shannon.

About Gary T. Erbe
Gary T. Erbe has been a professional artist since 1970 with solo shows at The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, The Springfield Art Museum, MO, The Montclair Art Museum, NJ, The Boca Raton Museum, Fl., The New Jersey State Museum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, The Canton Art Institute, OH, The National Arts Club, NYC, The James A. Michener Art Museum, PA; The Woodmere Art Museum, PA; The Alexander Gallery, NYC , ACA Galleries, NYC, Harmon Meek Gallery, Naples, Fl., Albuquerque Museum, NM, The Salmagundi Club, NYC and others.

Erbe is a member of Allied Artists of America and served as its President from 1994 to 2005, Honorary Member of The National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists, Artists Fellowship, The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and Trompe l'Oeil Society of Artists.

About Barebrush and the N*des-of-the-Month
The goal of barebrush is to increase the public awareness, acceptance and appreciation of the art of the nude. To say it simply, "It's OKAY to enjoy the art of the nude!"Membership is free. No monthly charges. Artists list art for a nominal fee - $1/artwork for 60 days. Multiple curators look at the art. Artists win free listings, placement in the N*des-of-the-Month calendars. Prizes. Art in the calendars becomes a permanent part of the history of barebrush.

Each of the artists selected for the calendar receives two (2) complimentary listings. Ten artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. Curators’ Choice nominees receive 8 additional complimentary listings. The top three artists in each calendar receive additional prizes. You can vote for the Curators’ Choice nominees and also “My Favorite N*de,” the poll which includes all of the art in the calendar. The top three artists (in each calendar) in “My Favorite N*de” receive one (1) complementary listing.

The May & June calendars are in previews to members only. Public release is May 1 and June 1, respectively. Barebrush calendar competition — online since 2006. Now accepting art for the July & August 2010 calendars. Guest curator to be announced.

eworldwire (national press release)

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