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Manifest zoom

Sam King, Untitled, 10″ x 8″, oil on linen and canvas

That’s a sample of the work from Sam King on view at Manifest in Cincinnati right now, a fantastic little painting, with tremendously restrained color harmonies and a rich feel for the texture of his medium. It grabbed me in the email announcement Jason Franz and crew sent out inviting people to click into a conversation (see below) among the current exhibitors at Manifest. King’s work tends to follow the structure of this one,  serried ranks of marks, though sometimes with a far more aggressive palette, visual jazz improvisations. He has worked mainly with unevenly mapped, loose grids of geometric shapes densely packed, honeycombed almost, into often tight formats: 15″ by 15″ canvases aren’t uncommon. Then, as you scroll through his site, he springs a very large image on you: 72″ in one dimension. Check out the paintings he did over the past couple years, breaking out of the grids though they are still implied so that the variations and the violations from those regular ranks of marks spring out at you like a Matisse cutout. Note the ones where he limits his color scheme and mutes it, or pares the colors down to a few with blocks of uniform color that look like redactions. The one above gives off a strong whiff of Klee and holds up well in the comparison. In this one the colors are exactly right, as if he’s translating a melody perfectly into paint for the first time, everything just where it should be on the surface.

The Zoom conference Manifest will be worth a listen. I’ve participated in one of these with Manifest and another, quite recently with fellow exhibitors at Main Street Arts. In both cases, it was a rich learning experience and rewarding to listen to fellow painters and those working in other media talk about how they work and how they came to be artists. Here are the details for joining the Zoom from Manifest:

Thursday, August 4th, 6-8pm
Common Ground #18 — A Virtual Exhibiting Artists Panel Talk

Zoom-based loosely-formatted panel talk featuring many of the artists showing in Manifest’s newest set of exhibits.

Panel conversation prompts will include:

1. How is the notion of “transformation” evidenced in your work?

2. Considering materials specifically – At what point are they transformed into something you’d classify as art? Does the artist transform the materials or is it the other way around? Who else is allowed to participate in that conversion?

3. Do the products of your studio lead to more personal, inter-personal (artist to viewer, or vice versa), or community metamorphoses?

 

This pandemic-inspired format for artist talks at Manifest provides the public a chance to meet more exhibitors from the very wide radius that Manifest’s shows draw from. It also offers the artists from afar a chance to meet each other, our staff, and others in engaged conversation. It is also a particularly good opportunity for students of art at any level to have a chance to join in open discussion with working artists, and get a sense for how such a professional practice may be maintained and incorporated into one’s life.

This talk will feature the artists with work included in the newest set of exhibits of Manifest Gallery’s 18th season. It has been thanks to the heroic commitment of exhibiting artists that we’ve been able to continue our work as the neighborhood gallery for the world through the pandemic. However, what has been lost to some degree is the vital energy of people gathering at our opening receptions, and artists traveling to Cincinnati from near and far to make connections and meet each other in their shared exhibits at Manifest. We are offering this ongoing series of online panel talks to provide a chance for the artists and the public to share this common ground once again.

Tickets are FREE!
In order to help Manifest’s staff manage the online event we ask that anyone planning to attend register for a ticket. Zoom connection details and access portal will be provided as part of the ticket. Get a ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/378319663297

Blooming Through

O the courage of yarrow, 

impossibly blooming through 

abandoned asphalt. Yarrow—

meaning healing & love, 

meaning even the thickest lid 

above the wild seed of our hope

cannot contain tenacious life.  

    

August 2022 Guest Exhibit

H2O – Works in Watercolor by Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass

We are excited to feature the work of Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass as our Guest Artist for August 2022. An award-winning artist, Lynda has worked in the medium of watercolor for over 40 years. A third-generation artist, Lynda learned much about painting watercolor from her mother, Elaine Hoffman. Lynda received a degree in art from Southern Oregon State College in 1978.

Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She is a past President, lifetime member, and 2014 recipient of the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Service Award. Lynda is also a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, a lifetime member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, and an associate member of the American and National Watercolor Societies.

For many years, Lynda has judged art exhibitions, presented lectures and demonstrations, taught workshops and private classes, and critiqued for art organizations and individuals. Her paintings hang in collections throughout the United States and around the world.

Artist Statement:

“From shared experiences in realism, tributes to spirituality and journeys into abstraction: my artwork is a culmination and a sharing of my life experiences, dreams, inner visions, of all I that am. As a third-generation artist, I was encouraged to explore and express my creativity at an early age. Predominately, I am a watercolorist; a colorist with a strong emphasis on design. The most important part of a painting for me is the message or experience that I want to share with the viewer. How I handle this dictates the style and medium that I use. If I can do this with watercolor I will, but I won’t limit myself to just that medium.

“Born in Wisconsin, I moved to Oregon in 1964. I have called the Rogue Valley in Oregon my home since 1972.  In 1973, I began to work with watercolor on paper and decided to make it my primary medium. It was 1978 when I received my degree in Art from Southern Oregon State College. A past president, signature, and lifetime member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, I was greatly honored to receive the 2014 WSO Service Award. I am also a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, a lifetime member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, and an associate member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. I have judged Art Exhibitions, presented lectures and art demonstrations, taught classes, and critiqued for art organizations as well as individuals. My paintings hang in private collections throughout the United States and around the world.

“Over the years I have grown and changed, with it, so have my paintings. Today, I want my artwork to stir or spark something within the viewer, to allow their imaginations to play.”

Join us in welcoming Lynda to Art Presence T a reception for the artist! Click here for more info.

Remember to visit Art Presence Art Center to enjoy the bright and expressive paintings of our Guest Artist Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass! Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the paintings you can expect to see in person at the gallery:

Visit Lynda’s website at lyndahoffmansnodgrass.com

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Don’t Give Up the Ship

Don’t Give Up the Ship! Tired or weary or both or just dazed and confused from the non stop news of the world? Moi aussi. But don’t give up. Don’t give up the ship! A few things that help me restart the creative engine or at very least plug back into optimism. I’m sure there’s lots more but here’s what’s worked for me recently.

  1. Turn the news off. Stay informed however that comes to you, but a little news fast is immensely helpful.
  2. Connect with friends or family: in person, phone, text, zoom, pigeon carrier, whatever works and plugs you back into laughter with that person who gets you.
  3. Exercise. The sweaty or the stroll variety. Both help.
  4. Make something. Practice calligraphy, make a pie, paint for 15 minutes.
  5. Help a nieghbor. Or a friend or stranger, little r(and big) random acts of kindness make such a difference.

Hope the weekend is a good one & you are staying cool, on or off the ship!

“Don’t Give Up the Ship” 20×20″

The magic of the everyday, domestic, and mundane

Main Street Arts invited me to show some of my taffy paintings in its current exhibit, Tangible Objects, along with the work of six other artists who are experimenting with form and materials, and whose work in many cases evokes commonplace, overlooked objects. In other words, Bradley and Sarah Butler recognized that someone who tries […]

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Picnic Boat

If you’re Canadian, it’s a long weekend…July 1st is Canada Day! If you’re American, it’s a long weekend, July 4th on Monday! Wherever you are celebrating or relaxing or laying down, resting and restoring, I hope it is peaceful. I think we could all use some of that! My long weekend is a combination of […]

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July 2022 Main Gallery Exhibit

Once again, our artist members have outdone themselves with artworks that make a fantastic show for our July 2022 Main Gallery Exhibit! This show opens Friday, July 1, and continues on display through Sunday, July 31. We should have more images come in soon, but for now, we’ll let Anne Brooke’s lovely watercolor, “Roses and […]

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Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan July 2022

Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan Did you miss Brenda’s class the first time around? Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan is back for July 2022. In this class, you can enjoy learning about the techniques artists use to produce Fluid Art with plenty of time to practice them yourself! Art Presence member artist Brenda […]

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Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan July 2022

Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan Did you miss Brenda’s class the first time around? Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan is back for July 2022. In this class, you can enjoy learning about the techniques artists use to produce Fluid Art with plenty of time to practice them yourself! Art Presence member artist Brenda […]

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July Guest Artist Diana Rasmussen

Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 31, our July Guest Artist Diana Rasmussen is back with “Landscapes of the Heart,” a show of fine textile art.

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