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Ekaterina Abramova

October 18th, 2017

Artist Ekaterina Abramova specializes in painting and graphic arts in traditional technique using oil, acrylic, markers, etc.

She is a multifaceted artist; her style could be described as going in two major directions: the 21st century Neo-Expressionism, and Spiritual Ornamental paintings drawn on symbolic folk art of various peoples, most notably on Russian and Indian mythology. Born in 1979 in Moscow, she graduated from an art school with honors and continued her studies at the Vasnetsov College of Fine Arts, Moscow. In 2007 she received her MFA from the I.E. Repin State Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia. Her numerous awards include Gold Medal “250th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts,” Gold Medal “National Treasure” of the International Charity Fund “Philanthropists of the Century”, citation from the Russian Academy of Fine Arts for the participation in the exhibition dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the Academy, the Peacekeeper Fund Medal, and AVISKAR – 2016 international VAN GOGH AWARD, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, CALCUTTA-LONDON, UK, among others. She was nominated for the State Presidential Scholarship in the Arts. She is a member of the Union of Russian Artists, Art Fund International, Creative Union of Professional Artists, Art Indulge Foundation.

In 2014, she was awarded an International Artist Residency in Hyderabad, India, organized by the State Fine Art Gallery and Kalanirvana Foundation, to represent Russia among 20 other artists from all over the world; as well as similar artist residency in Goa Chitra Museum, Goa, India.

In 2015, she has been awarded a 3-month International Artist Residency, at the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation located in Mana Contemporary Art Complex in Jersey City, NJ, which she completed in November 2016.

Among her most recent exhibitions are: RedDot Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, December 2016 Miami River Art Fair, Miami, Florida, December 2015; Artnado Art Fair, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, November 2015; Exhibition “Expressions of Color” at Gateway Arts Center, New York City, USA, May 2015; Exhibition “Take Your Breath Away” at the Victoria Space, Art Factory, Paterson , NJ, USA, June 2015; Kolkata Art Biennale, Kolkata, India, April 2015; Exhibition ArtExpo New York, New York City, USA, April 2015; Art India Festival, Mumbai, India, November 2014; Exhibition Golden Age, Russian Cultural Centre, Berlin, Germany, November 2014; Exhibition Innovation of Color, Westside Park Art Gallery, New York City, USA, October 2014; Woman’s Academy, Moscow, September 2014; Exhibition Art Through Light II at the State Gallery of Fine Art, Hyderabad, India, September 2014; Exhibition On The Right Way, Central Artist’s House, Moscow, September 2014; Exhibition ArtExpo New York, New York City, USA, April 2014; Exhibition Artistry at Artery Fine Art Gallery, Chicago, USA, February 2014; Art Cocktail Exhibition at D.E.V.E. Gallery, Bruges, Belgium, November 2013.

She has had numerous personal exhibitions of her art all over Europe, India, China, and USA.

Her works are in the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Permanent Collection, New York, NY, USA; as well as in private collections in UK, France, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, China, India, and USA.

She lives and works in New York City area.

Julie Harris

October 18th, 2017

Julie Harris has been included in over one hundred and seventy regional, national and international shows.  Highlights include two traveling shows; Contemporary Women in the Visual Arts, initiated in New Jersey, and Underneath it all, initiated in Washington D.C.  Underneath it All, exhibited in Soho New York City in 2014 at ISE Gallery where Julie lectured about her creative work.  Currently, she is the Head of Printmaking at Kean University in Union, in close proximity to Manhattan.  She continues to work primarily in intaglio printmaking, silkscreen handmade paper and the book arts.

Harris was born and raised in Michigan.  She was the youngest of five children.  During her pre-school years she was typically left to her own imagination playing alone outdoors for entertainment.  From playing outside, climbing trees and investigating various life forms, she developed a strong connection to nature and the world around her.  During her later childhood, she began spending summers in Ireland with relatives, and was deeply impressed with the strong connection that the Irish have toward nature and culture.  The Irish tradition of the “walk” made an especially important impression on her later work as a visual artist.  This tradition recalls that as one travels through life, objects are collected along the way to represent places and experiences.  With this understanding, she began to believe that places are mapped on people’s souls as much as people are mapped on the sites which they have visited.  This concept later affected her creative thought process as she realized that nature and humans share in a similar vulnerability:  both are dependent upon the other for survival.

Her college education began at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she earned a B. F. A. in Drawing, Magna Cum Laude, in 1991.  One year later she was accepted with a full teaching assistantship to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she earned an M. F. A. in Printmaking, Summa Cum Laude, in 1994.  At present, her creative work focuses upon the integration of silkscreen, collage, photo intaglio, and handmade paper.  Her imagery centers upon creating visual narratives through the juxtaposition of found objects and printed imagery.  Metaphorically, the content addresses such autobiographical concerns as thoughts, humor, feelings and experiences.  Handmade paper is typically used to imply a skin-like reference which symbolically suggests the dichotomy of vulnerability and resilience.  The finished artworks act as substitutes for her female self and the experiences within her life.

Dorie Dahlberg

October 5th, 2017

After exploring the US and my education for a several years in my 20s, I returned to NJ finishing a BFA in 1985 at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers New Brunswick. Coming from an early interest in photography, I worked in commercial developing/printing before becoming an art educator in Newark Public Schools. I attended Pratt Institute, Graduate School of Communication Design from 1989-1993. In 2004, I received an MA in Education Administration from St. Peter’s University.

My BFA concentration was Works on Paper, specifically printmaking and drawing. For several years, I exhibited large pastel and mixed media drawings. However, in recent years I’ve returned to photography. Exhibition venues include: Newark Museum, Paul Robeson Gallery Rutgers Newark, The Priory, Pierro Gallery South Orange, The Perth Amboy Gallery Center of Art, Strong Women 6, Monmouth Museum, Monmouth Art Alliance, Belmar Arts & LITM Gallery in Jersey City.



Trish Gianakis

October 5th, 2017

When it comes to creating artwork, Raku is my passion. For the past 25 years, I have been creating Raku sculpture mixing ceramic sculpture with other elements such as wire, wood, dried flowers and plant pods. Art has enabled me to reflect not just on the pain but also the joy of the gift of life.  My work is emotionally driven using the human form to convey life and its obstacles. The newest phase of my artwork is influenced by my journey as a cancer survivor.

Originally from Arizona, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, then moved to the East coast to earn my Masters of Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City.

My work has been exhibited at the Chelsea Art Gallery, NYC; Broome Street Gallery, NYC; Prospect Hall, Brooklyn, NY; Hoboken Arts Festival, Hoboken, NJ; Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ; Maskers Barn, Deserted Village, NJ; and the Mill Avenue Art Show, Tempe, Arizona.

Awards and honors: Second Place RAKU, mixed media at Watchung Artist Center Members Art Show. First Place, Painting, Arizona State Fair. Best in Show, Drawing, Tempe Artist Festival two years in a row. Four Art Scholarship Awards to Arizona State University.

Anthony Boone

October 5th, 2017

Painter Anthony Boone: Scrapers and Spoons, Railroad Graveyards and New York Fashion

Anthony Boone paints artefacts he finds on the railroad tracks. He grinds them to extract their essence and transforms them. He recently sanded his grandmother’s bedroom floor and transformed the sandpaper remains into a series of delicate paintings he gave to each of her children. He sold 150 small pieces in his series 150 via simple Facebook posts and Instagram photos. As he finished each work, he sold it immediately, to raise enough money for a t-shirt series featuring his paintings. But usually he works on canvas, which he lays on the floor and paints using “scrapers and spoons.”
Boone is a railroad worker. He’s been conducting industrial trains in New Jersey for 22 years. Not too long ago, a friend started bringing him to art shows. Boone liked what he saw, but instead of trying to purchase the expensive works, he decided to try to make his own.
“I bought the canvas and I couldn’t get it out the car fast enough,” Boone recalls. “I just put it down on the floor and started.” Since he grew up painting houses as part of his father’s contractor business, it makes sense that Boone would approach the work in a less traditional way. Later he found out that his work evokes Jackson Pollock.
“I lived next door to an art professor called Max Adams,” Boone says. “I painted still lifes, abstracts, landscapes, everything, and took them over for him to critique. He told me to be myself and take risks. To paint naturally. ‘There are no rules,’ he said, and that opened the door.”
The only painting he’d done before was when he worked for his father, and that had been on the interior of houses, part of his family apprenticeship as he grew up in East Orange, New Jersey.
“My dad was a contractor and I started working with him on weekends when I was eight, me and my brothers,” Boone says. “Then every summer, all through school. We’d demolish interiors, clean them out, sheet rock, plaster, then paint. One thing I did learn was how to paint a straight line!”
That background in construction has influenced the way he approaches his painting.
“I don’t use brushes,” Boone says. “I use all kinds of materials. Wood paint, dirt, whatever seems right. I’ll layer them on and then I’ll move the canvas and go away and let everything mix. When I come back I’ll add more or let it be if I feel some emotion from what I see. What’s there is a combination of me and the paint itself. You can feel the movement in it.”
Since he began painting, Boone has created a number of different series. Atmospheric, which is paint on canvas, remains ongoing, with sixty works so far. The series 13 was inspired by his daughter noticing the concentric circles that dry at the bottom of old paint cans. Boone peeled out the circles to make new work.
Some of his art carries deep personal resonance, like the Sandpaper series.
“My grandmother was moving into a new room and I wanted it to look good for her so I sanded the floor,” Boone says. “I used that sandpaper to make five pieces, each representing one of her children. I’d show them in exhibitions but I’d never sell them; there’s a sentimental attachment for me.”
He also makes art out of his day job as a railroad conductor, in a series called In My Travels.
CcZXzvzmvZzv“Those are pieces of metal I find in my job,” Boone explains. “I spend my time walking track and switches or hanging on the side of trains. Some areas of track aren’t used any more, we call them graveyard branches. I’ll find spikes, pieces of metal there. I bring them home, clean them up and give them life.”
Perhaps the work that’s had the broadest impact, however, is the 150 series. Boone made a limited edition of 150 paintings, each of them eight inches by 10 inches and selling for $40. The aim was to raise enough money to pay for a series of tee shirts he wanted to make. All 150 sold out immediately and sparked something he hadn’t anticipated; Boone became an inspiration to others.
“One woman bought one of the paintings,” Boone remembers. “She didn’t have much money but she wanted to invest in what I was doing. After she received it she wrote me back to say that her son, who was three, to start making art. It was reaching people who don’t go to galleries, who feel they don’t belong around art.”
At the same, Boone’s art is showing up in more New York galleries and pop up exhibits. He collaborates with fashion designers who feature his painting on their creations. Plans are underway for a second appearance during New York’s Fashion Week.
Boone isn’t leaving the life he knows. He has no plans to abandon the railroad job. If anything, he might draw it closer into his art, creating a mobile gallery in a boxcar, going from state to state and featuring local artists. Like everything else, he’ll make it happen.
“If you have the motivation, the drive, and the people supporting you,” Boone says, “you can do whatever you want to do.”