YOU-Topia: Juried Virtual Art Exhibition

Juried by Edith Wadkins

To view YOU-Topia: Youth Challenge, click here.

  • YOU-Topia
    First Place | "Suspended Animation" by Luanne Bole-Becker
  • Third Place | "bees" by Stephen Csejtey
  • Honorable Mention | "Earth to Sky" by Pollock Youngpole
  • Honorable Mention | "Nature's Cathedral" by Elise Radzialowski
  • "#morningrun 9.12.19" by Jacqui Sukie
  • "Protection" by David Kish
  • "A Small Brightness (Quarantine Hike)" by Allison Bogard Hall
  • "The Answer to the Question" by Charles Felzen Johnson MD
  • "Lakeside Memories" by Janet Baran
  • "What a Wonderful World" by Janet Mikolajczyk
  • "Do you dream in French?" by Care Hanson
  • "Lovely Afternoon in Auvers-sur-Oise" by Laura Rath
  • "Walking in a Dream" by Janean Ray
  • "Blue Abyss" by Tayler Bishop
  • "High Noon in Medina" by Diane Pribojan
  • "A New Life" by Sumru Bilge-Johnson MD
  • Image from "Passin' Through Paradise" video by Andy Tubbesing
  • "Mother Earth with Babies" by Laurel Winters
  • "Something Better" by Allison Bogard Hall
  • "Costa Rica" by Laura Rath
  • "Horse Ballet - Andalusian Ballon" by Karen Brenner
  • "Dark Goddess" By Paula Singleton
  • "My Happiness" by Paige Primus
  • "Sunset in Utopia" by Barbara Perkins
  • "Polka Dots" by PRITI JAIN
  • "Sky Falls" by Pollock Youngpole
  • "Lukas Blaise & Me" by Chloe Carder
  • Image from "Pig Chairs Atom Exit Bitten" video by Andy Tubbesing
  • "A Perfect Round" by Luanne Bole-Becker *
  • Image from "Wondrous Tomorrows Revere Impossible Yesterdays" video by Andy Tubbesing
  • "Being With You" by Roger Galbraith
  • YOU-Topia
    "I Long To Be Happy As My Dog" by Luanne Bole-Becker
  • YOU-Topia

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Call For Art

What does your YOU-Topia look like? Artists are constantly responding to the state of the world and creating pertinent work that shapes perspectives and impacts the future. A utopia is defined as an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. During these unprecedented times, imagining a perfect or better world, a utopia, can temporarily relieve anxiety and bring comfort. For this virtual exhibition, artists are prompted to respond to current events and create work that imagines a better future. This future could be whimsical and colorful, or practical and just; perhaps it just celebrates going “back-to-normal.” Get your creativity flowing and share with us your YOU-Topia!
 
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gaiman

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First Place

Luanne Bole-Becker
Suspended Animation
Photography (printed on metal in floating frame)
22 x 18 in. | $195

Artist Statement: Sunshine. Spontaneity. Motion. Abandon. Freedom. Seems like utopia to me.

Artist Bio: Being creative has tied together a lifetime of varied roles. While writing has always been the foundation, in 2019 I finally decided to pursue a lifelong interest as a visual artist. Previously I had worked part time in stained glass, and from 1994-2014 as an Emmy-award winning PBS documentary maker.

In 2012, my husband was diagnosed unexpectedly with young onset Alzheimer’s. This forced simplicity and clarity.

So 2019 brought a new artistic focus, as well as acceptance and awards in juried photography shows. December 2019 included a solo exhibition with 50+ pieces of photography and assemblages.

It’s time to create.

Website: luanne-bole-becker.square.site/

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Second Place

Bob Pozarski
One Fine Day
Glass, copper, and lead
32 x 27 in. | $2200

Artist Statement: I have made all the multicolored glass pieces by kiln casting and fusing, and by glass blowing. Many of the pieces are hand beveled for prismatic effects. Three dimensional pieces stand proud of the surface. Advanced glass blowing techniques provide interesting patterns of color: spun glass threads are blown into a water spout, plaid fused and beveled mountain, fused garden and city parts, the sun disc is the smallest rondel I can blow and spin. This Utopia is like a catalog of all the glass making techniques I know.

Artist Bio: Bob Pozarski is an Akron glass artist since 1976, making stained glass windows, kiln cast and blown glass art. He also teaches beginning and advanced glass blowing at the Peninsula Art Academy. Bob sells his glass at fine area art and craft shows like the Akron Arts Expo and Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet. He has a display of twenty glass works at the Highland Square Mustard Seed Cafe, currently quarantined.

Facebook: facebook.com/BobPozarski/

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Third Place

Stephen Csejtey
bees
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 36 in. | $400

Artist Statement: Bees and other pollinators currently face an environmental crisis. They stay busy, work through it and will see it through to the other side. We too should stay busy, work through it and we will see it through.

Artist Bio: Stephen Csejtey lives and works in Akron, Ohio and has been making things since before you were born.

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Honorable Mention

Pollock Youngpole
Earth to Sky
Digital composite
20 x 16 in. | $500

Artist Statement: My utopia at this time and space is fantasy, so I created a world where down is up and up is down.

Artist Bio: 71 and having fun.

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Honorable Mention

Elise Radzialowski
Nature’s Cathedral
Mixed media on paper
13 x 10.5 in. | $180

Artist Statement: Planet Earth belongs to no one and welcomes everyone. I imagine a utopian world as a place where everyone has a place. A world where peace reigns in hearts and division between people ceases.

A forest is like nature’s cathedral. The feeling of stepping into an old cathedral is similar to that of stepping into a forest. Peace and awe pervade both nature’s biological structures and man’s archaeological tributes to a Creator.

A cathedral belongs to no one and should be a place that welcomes everyone. A place where everyone has a place.

Artist Bio: Elise Radzialowski is an illustrator and artist. She recently graduated from the University of Akron Myers School of Art with a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a minor in Illustration. Her goal is to spend life creating art every day. Her work often uses imagery from Grimm’s fairy tales applied to contemporary issues. Currently she lives and creates in Cleveland, Ohio.

Website: eliseradz.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/elisemradz/

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Janet Baran
Lakeside Memories
Mixed media, watercolors, and inks
15 x 16 in. | $500 matted and framed

Artist Statement: My You-Topia is based on the summer trips we made with my daughter and her three friends to Lakeside. It is one of those places that is very family friendly and the girls loved it there. I based my work on sketches that I did of some of the houses, coffee shop, gardens, and the mayflies.

Artist Bio: I taught art for 36 years before retiring in 2015; 17 years in Albany NY and 19 in Ohio at Hoover High School in North Canton. We now live in Medina Ohio and are involved in several organizations including the Medina County Art League where I am the High School Scholarship Chairman.

Instagram: instagram.com/midgebaran53/

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Tayler Bishop
Blue Abyss
Colored pencils
11 x 9 in. | $100

Artist Statement: I was encouraged by my art teacher to participate in the Summit Artspace online show on the 21st of April. I knew right away I needed to do it to get my art more exposure. I started right away and stayed up all night, because I knew I had no time to waste. Completing these pieces inspired me to make an art account on Instagram to also display my artwork.

Artist Bio: I’ve always had a strong passion for art my whole life. I spend most of my free time working on improving my art skills and creating interesting pieces.

Instagram: instagram.com/tay.drawssss/

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Allison Bogard Hall
Something Better
Graphite on paper
9 x 13 in. | $50

Artist Statement: I was looking out our window the other day, and I tried to imagine what the world would look like when the pandemic had ended. I found my mind blank; all I could think of was a deep want to be better. For people to heal and feel better, for our government to put people first, for us as humans to put our earth first- for all of us to do better, to be better. This drawing is my expression of hope; hope that when we beat this virus, we will be stronger and better in every way.

Artist Bio: Allison Bogard earned her BFA in Painting and Literary Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art in May, 2014. Bogard’s work is heavily influenced by creative writing and literary culture, as well as travel. She is interested in abstracting realism, taking elements of the landscape and figure and warping them through color and line. She works in both oil and acrylic, as well as graphite, water color, gouache, charcoal, collage, and installation. She is currently living and working as an artist educator and graphic designer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Website: cargocollective.com/allisonbogard
Instagram: instagram.com/allisonbogardart/

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Allison Bogard Hall
A Small Brightness (Quarantine Hike)
Oil on panel
12 x 12 in. | $150

Artist Statement: It’s a strange time to be alive, and what’s better in strange times than art? We all need to find some form of expression. My You-topia is process, ongoing creation. As a new mother, I’ve been in quarantine since the birth of my son. I have had to rediscover my You-topia, and make time for it. It’s helped to heal me from childbirth, and to find myself again. This work is a creative burst, one small bright thought among many darker ones. I hope my moments of clarity help to bring that same peace to others.

Artist Bio: Allison Bogard earned her BFA in Painting and Literary Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art in May, 2014. Bogard’s work is heavily influenced by creative writing and literary culture, as well as travel. She is interested in abstracting realism, taking elements of the landscape and figure and warping them through color and line. She works in both oil and acrylic, as well as graphite, water color, gouache, charcoal, collage, and installation. She is currently living and working as an artist educator and graphic designer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Website: cargocollective.com/allisonbogard
Instagram: instagram.com/allisonbogardart/

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Luanne Bole-Becker
A Perfect Round
Assemblage (vintage and current wood, paper, metal, glass, stone, plastics, flora)
10 x 10 x 9 in. | $225

Artist Statement: A Perfect Round I am struck by the cycles of life. Nature endures and erupts, even now. Especially now.
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Assemblages are a favorite medium. Besides shape, texture, function, and beauty, each item offers a story. Many hint and whisper of their history. Together, their voices merge, shaping new insights.
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“On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven a perfect round.” — Robert Browning

I think sometimes we focus too much on broken arcs. Like the pieces of an assemblage, arcs merely hint at the full story–a perfect round.

Artist Bio: Being creative has tied together a lifetime of varied roles. While writing has always been the foundation, in 2019 I finally decided to pursue a lifelong interest as a visual artist. Previously I had worked part time in stained glass, and from 1994-2014 as an Emmy-award winning PBS documentary maker.

In 2012, my husband was diagnosed unexpectedly with young onset Alzheimer’s. This forced simplicity and clarity.

So 2019 brought a new artistic focus, as well as acceptance and awards in juried photography shows. December 2019 included a solo exhibition with 50+ pieces of photography and assemblages.

It’s time to create.

Website: luanne-bole-becker.square.site/

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YOU-Topia

Luanne Bole-Becker
I Long To Be Happy As My Dog
Photography (printed on metal)
20 x 16 in. | $195

Artist Statement: I can’t help but smile when I see this image. Or when I imagine myself right there. It IS utopia.

Artist Bio: Being creative has tied together a lifetime of varied roles. While writing has always been the foundation, in 2019 I finally decided to pursue a lifelong interest as a visual artist. Previously I had worked part time in stained glass, and from 1994-2014 as an Emmy-award winning PBS documentary maker.

In 2012, my husband was diagnosed unexpectedly with young onset Alzheimer’s. This forced simplicity and clarity.

So 2019 brought a new artistic focus, as well as acceptance and awards in juried photography shows. December 2019 included a solo exhibition with 50+ pieces of photography and assemblages.

It’s time to create.

Website: luanne-bole-becker.square.site/

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Karen Brenner
Horse Ballet – Andalusian Ballon
Oil on masonite
38 x 38 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: This painting from my new Horse Ballet series, Andalusian Ballon, depicts a utopian horse-lover’s world where our steads literally float on air. What a smooth ride!

Andalusian black stallion Kairo floats above the ground. He looks magnificent and regal with his head held high, defying gravity – suspended in the air. In basketball, this is called hang time. In dressage – impulsion. In ballet – it’s called ballon, defined by Wikipedia as “appearance of being lightweight and light-footed while jumping….making it seem as though a dancer effortlessly becomes airborne, floats in the air.”

Et voila – Kairo in utopia!

Artist Bio: With a goal of capturing beautiful moments in the lives of horses, Karen Brenner hopes her paintings bring joy to art and horse lovers alike. The Wooster artist has been creating oil paintings of horses for over 20 years. She enjoys traveling throughout the USA to photograph horses for reference material.

Website: karenbrenner.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/HorsePaintingsKarenBrenner/

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Chloe Carder
Lukas Blaise & Me
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 in. | $1000

Artist Statement: This portrait resembles my own personal utopia; it consists of love and nature. I imagine a place where the unhealthy is nonexistent. I have always naturally had a holistic point of view on life. In this world, everything is pure, beautiful, and euphoric.

Artist Bio: Chloe Carder is a portrait artist based in Lake Milton, Ohio. She finds it very important to record her precious encounters within her experiences, in hopes of never letting go of her memories. Her art comes from picking of scraps from wherever she has been, whatever she has felt. Passionate about portraying people and nature in graphite, she draws simply out of her emotions; Chloe views art as a form of therapy.

Website: chlolarissa.wixsite.com/mysite

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Roger Galbraith
Being With You
Photography
13 x 17 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: This picture is my WOW Friend. Her birthday occurred during the Stay-at-Home order for COVID-19. Celebrating with friends would not occur, instead the two of us went grocery shopping. Then she received her present in the parking lot. She gave me the present of a smile. Not the typical celebration, but improvising there was shared joy between friends. Each of us has a ‘you’ that being with trumps the location. That you could be family, friend(s), a pet, or the deceased. Vacations, family homesteads even parking lots become special when they create the joy of Being With You.

Artist Bio: Roger Galbraith is an amateur photographer that enjoys nature photography and capturing facial expressions or movement.

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Care Hanson
Do you dream in French?
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 in. | $600

Artist Statement: Daydreaming of an age where the best and most beautiful aspects of our past are peacefully greeted by ripples of enlightenment.
A time when understanding the colors in shades of gray is valued over stark divisions in black & white.
A place where loving kindness continually flows and exhales come easy.

Artist Bio: Care Hanson approaches painting and mixed media work as art exploration and creative play. Her work relies heavily on intuition and a spirit of ‘just try’, layering each piece until it rings true as abstract, landscape or figurative. She’s a Cleveland native & longtime resident of Stow, with a BFA from BGSU. Care is always grateful to be chosen to exhibit at Summit Artspace.

Instagram: instagram.com/carehanson/

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 PRITI JAIN
Polka Dots
Pastels
11 x 14 in. | $95

Artist Statement: Polka dots, flowers, shopping and summer bring happiness to the artist!

Artist Bio: Artist has been drawing since nearly 10 years just as a hobby. She loves vibrant colors and her main interest is flowers. She has mostly worked with pastels and recently explored acrylic painting. Artist practices as a dental hygienist and enjoys cooking and spending time with her two teenage sons.

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Sumru Bilge-Johnson MD
A New Life
Pastels
13.5 x 13 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: A New Life, the title of my pastel drawing, has special resonance during the COVID-19 Pandemic with its pain and suffering. My Utopia drawing illustrates the development of a new world, represented by an egg, that is hatching from darkness and nothingness. It is developing from flowering plants and promising hope.

Artist Bio: I discovered my artistic side during medical school in Istanbul after encountering numerous adults and especially children suffering from medical disorders and adversities. During that time, I started to pencil draw portraits of children and landscapes. I progressed to drawing with pastels. I was exhilarated and free whenever I was doing art. I participated in my first art exhibition during medical school. I have continued to draw and paint until this time; however, I am not as productive as I wanted to be due to the constraints of my professional life.

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Charles Felzen Johnson MD
The Answer to the Question
India ink on posterboard, acrylic paint, wood, metal key and hinge, plexiglass panel
26 x 24 x 4 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: Every person has their own idea of utopia. In this construction the question is a puzzle with a missing piece. The answer is behind a locked door that is opened with a key.

Artist Bio: I began to do cartoons in medical school as a therapy for stress. Many of these were published in medical journals. I progressed to abstract multimedia art using words, phrases or photographs for inspiration after I was able to build a shop in my home. Generally the “constructions” begin with geometric shapes drawn with India Ink using drafting tools on poster board. The shapes are filled with blocks of wood, acrylic colors, glass, metal, or circuit boards. The board is then glued to Masonite. I may cut holes through the surface to add another dimension to the product.

Instagram: instagram.com/official_felzenart/

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David Kish

Protection
Mixed media on wood panel
12 x 16 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: I worked with shapes that I have sketched and used them on different papers. I wanted to create a piece that could show how different shapes and textures work together. I used plastic film, oil pastels, ink, tape and acrylic paint. The finished piece is a capsule or cocoon shape that will protect us during these trying times. The butterfly shape is all of us being safe and getting ready to return to a changed world.

Artist Bio: David Kish was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from St. Vincent – St. Mary High School in 1977. David started his art career at an early age, learning from his father, the late Robert L. Kish, an accomplished fine artist and working commercial artist. David attended The University of Akron and graduated with a BFA degree in Graphic Design in 1983. He has been employed by the Summit County Executive’s Office for over twenty six years. David has continued to create his own illustrations and art by utilizing and expanding his interest in line, shape, texture and color.

Instagram: instagram.com/dkishrocko/

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Janet Mikolajczyk

What a Wonderful World
Original inkjet print
13 x 19 in. | $189

Artist Statement: I work with found materials. It may be actual detritus or in this inkjet print, I researched images of jazz great Louis Armstrong. Music often inspires my work. The Louisiana oak tree seemed a good starting point to place Louis Armstrong. Then I found images of him and his winning smile to show the joy he continues to give.

Artist Bio: Janet Mikolajczyk has a Masters in Art History from Kent State University and taught art history for 15 years at CSU, Ursuline, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Now she is a working artist in the Cleveland area.

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Barbara Perkins
Sunset in Utopia
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 in. | $200

Artist Statement: Sunset in Utopia. How wonderful to enjoy a day in the sunshine. A warm breeze accompanies the forming of clouds to cool off and end a perfect day.

Artist Bio: Barbara Perkins is a former student of the San Francisco Institute of Art where she majored in Fine Art. She is currently retired from Summit County Sheriffs Office and creating fine art which is her passion.

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 Diane Pribojan
High Noon in Medina
Oil on canvas
42 x 60 in. | $3150

Artist Statement: Home has become not just a symbol of security, but a safe haven and refuge from the troubling world, and times that we are facing. The idealized painting is a sunny day creating a utopia for our uncertain times.

Artist Bio: Diane was born in the former Yugoslavia and moved to Cleveland, Ohio with her family as a small child. Since her move to the US, she has always been interested in making art. She went on to receive her BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA at Kent State University.

Website: dianepribojan.blogspot.com/

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Paige Primus
My Happiness
Acrylic
12 x 9 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: This is a piece from an installment called “My Happiness” inspired by friends at Akron North High School. Each piece uses color to depict the energy I feel from them. Featured in this piece is my friend, Israel; a truly, blue boy. Sensitive, with deep emotions that pull you in like the strong, yet delicate waves of the ocean. He always makes me laugh and we share a depressing, yet funny, sense of humor. When I am painting, I live in my YOU-Topia; free from the weight of the world.

Artist Bio: I am currently a sophomore attending North high school (and yes I do love it there). I’ve always been a beyond artistic person. As I’m growing up and dealing with things being thrown at me every which way, art is my only solid friend throughout it. I truly do it for my happiness.

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Laura Rath

Costa Rica
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: This painting was inspired by a photo taken on a secluded beach in Costa Rica. The gently rolling waves, puffy white clouds, and brilliant blue sky bring back memories of a perfect day spent in an island paradise.

Artist Bio: I’m a lifelong lover of art, especially French impressionism. I am drawn to bold colors and thickly laid oil paint on a canvas. Most of my paintings are inspired by photos taken during my travels in Europe, and I love transforming the memories of special places into works of art.

Facebook: facebook.com/laurarathfineartist/
Instagram: instagram.com/laura_rath_fine_artist/

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Laura Rath
Lovely Afternoon in Auvers-sur-Oise
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 in. | $800

Artist Statement: This painting reflects a sense of utopia in the serenity of the scene and suggestion of warmth and life. The sky is a brilliant blue, and pleasant sunlight bathes the façade of the house. The trees, shrubs, and delicate flowers bask in the heat of the day. Auvers-sur-Oise is a picturesque and idyllic town north of Paris, France, and while wandering its quaint streets and exploring it’s old stone houses, one has the impression that time stands still.

Artist Bio: I’m a lifelong lover of art, especially French impressionism. I am drawn to bold colors and thickly laid oil paint on a canvas. Most of my paintings are inspired by photos taken during my travels in Europe, and I love transforming the memories of special places into works of art.

Facebook: facebook.com/laurarathfineartist/
Instagram: instagram.com/laura_rath_fine_artist/

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Janean Ray
Walking in a Dream
Digital photography
8 x 10 in. | $85

Artist Statement: As a photographer, genealogist and lover of all things having to do with the water, MY-topia would be living in a coastal town on the East Coast of England. I chose this photo because it represents everything I love… a small community – arts & culture – history – photography – and coastal waters. Buildings and shops that haven’t changed in over 500 yrs. Coast lines that fought wars dating back to the Romans. A variety of cultures not common to the USA. Countries so close, you can visit them in the time it takes to fly to California or Florida. A new world to explore!

Artist Bio: I am a self-taught photographer and genealogist. I have been an office manager for 31 years in the legal community. I am 62 with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I took up photography on a serious level after I quit smoking and began walking the towpaths. My goal was to someday let my artwork – “work” for me. I called it my “10 year retirement plan”. I wanted to photograph as much as I could before I couldn’t anymore. I photograph everything from A-Z. I want my work to be natural and inspire others to see the beauty around them.

Facebook: facebook.com/JaneanSkilesRayPhotography/
Instagram: instagram.com/janeanskilesrayphotography/

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Paula Singleton
Dark Goddess
Fiber
10 x 12 in. | $199

Artist Statement: The world right now is anything but a state of YOU-Topia. The goddess is brilliant and resplendent but this head dress is dark and intimidating.

Artist Bio: Paula Singleton has been making hats for more than 15 years. She uses wooden molds or freeform sculpting to create various shapes. All hats are one of a kind and are hand made from start to finish.

Website: whatagreathat.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/whatagreathat/
Instagram: instagram.com/whatagreathat/

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Jacqui Sukie
#morningrun 9.12.19
Photography
20 x 16 in. | $50

Artist Statement: My happy place is sunrise on an empty trail. I like to run when the day is still brand new and full of hope and possibility. All I need to find my bliss are a pair of running shoes and my iPhone to capture the moment.

Artist Bio: My photographs are everyday moments captured on my iPhone then manipulated to project the mood that I would like them to express. I studied art and fashion design at Bowling Green State University and continued my appreciation of visual beauty by visiting museums throughout the world.

Instagram: instagram.com/jacqshot/

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Andy Tubbesing
Image from Passin’ Through Paradise
Link to full video: https://youtu.be/JClNXS6yJjU
Video
1920 x 1080 pixels | NFS

Artist Statement: The optimist declares that this is the best of all possible worlds. Oddly enough, the pessimist also grumbles that this is the best of all possible worlds. The moral? Utopia is what you make it. Enormo (the Wonderhead) has seen better, as has glassy-eyed Gloria. But, both have also seen a heck of a lot worse. They travel well enough together, and, as Enormo (the Wonderhead)’s attributes are incrementally revealed, perhaps Gloria’s glass morphs to half-full.

Artist Bio: Forty years in commercial art has burdened me with a love for typography and garish colors and the mechanics of the trade. Brevity, technique, fitting ten pounds of stuff into a five-pound bag, that kind of thing. My animations tend to be representational – fleeting glances through windows, around corners, or over hills into otherwise unseen worlds. Onlookers have labeled these worlds somber, ominous, low-brow, cartoony, weird. Who am I to argue?

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Andy Tubbesing
Image from Wondrous Tomorrows Revere Impossible Yesterdays
Link to full video: https://youtu.be/NI5ftd3GxzE
Video
1920 x 1080 pixels | NFS

Artist Statement: For some odd reason, we tend to view our utopias in the rear-view mirror. Mythology is brimming with Edens and Golden Ages and First Cycles, lost eras when all was happiness and light. But these rose-colored pseudo-memories are flawed from the get-go. How accurately will a future society recall our age? A post-apocalyptic people may misremember even the lowly Saturday night drive-in as a past Utopia.

Artist Bio: Forty years in commercial art has burdened me with a love for typography and garish colors and the mechanics of the trade. Brevity, technique, fitting ten pounds of stuff into a five-pound bag, that kind of thing. My animations tend to be representational – fleeting glances through windows, around corners, or over hills into otherwise unseen worlds. Onlookers have labeled these worlds somber, ominous, low-brow, cartoony, weird. Who am I to argue?

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Andy Tubbesing
Image from Pig Chairs Atom Exit Bitten
Link to full video: https://youtu.be/4L50LcwngZU
Video
1280 x 960 pixels | NFS

Artist Statement: We view Pig Chairs Atom Exit Bitten through the eyes of an ecstatic first-time museum visitor. Eager to absorb this new Elysium in its entirety, our visitor bounds from image to image, determined to see it all. A temporary Utopia, perhaps – flawed by a looming closing time, by the sheer number of pieces, by the inevitable degradation of canvas to dust – but all the more wonderful for these defects.

Artist Bio: Forty years in commercial art has burdened me with a love for typography and garish colors and the mechanics of the trade. Brevity, technique, fitting ten pounds of stuff into a five-pound bag, that kind of thing. My animations tend to be representational – fleeting glances through windows, around corners, or over hills into otherwise unseen worlds. Onlookers have labeled these worlds somber, ominous, low-brow, cartoony, weird. Who am I to argue?

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Laurel Winters
Mother Earth with Babies
Oil on panel
24 x 24 in. | NFS

Artist Statement: Winters’ current work focuses on both the celebration of the earth and reflects her deep concern about its preservation and the fate of our fellow creatures. Mother Earth with Babies is one of her more positive works depicting Mother Earth holding babies of endangered species. Winters believes that we should all live “in reverence for life and harmony with all creation.” She hopes that one of the lessons of this time of crisis will be to learn to live more gentle upon the earth.

Artist Bio: Laurel Winters received her BFA and MFA degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Although her degrees focus on painting, drawing and printmaking, Winters enjoys a wide range of media, which has been helpful in her career as a teaching artist in workshops, private schools and colleges. Her work has been show in national, regional and local shows, included in publications (two books) and a CD cover. She recorded a segment for WNEO’s Sharing Art series for educators.

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Pollock Youngpole
Sky Falls
Digital composite
24 x 16 in. | $500

Artist Statement: What could be more utopian than being able to experience a warm summer day under blue skies watching a cascading falls of water forming wispy filamentous streaks as it falls into a babbling brook while birds fly freely in the realm between.

Artist Bio: 71 and having fun.

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