Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Volta opens tomorrow March 1-5 2017 Pier 90







Dear Jamie Forbes,
VOLTA NY 2017 opens tomorrow in previews beginning at 5 PM. This edition marks our ten-year anniversary in New York — and 10 years of solo focus — and we are thrilled to welcome you to it!
As a friendly reminder, spots in the curated daily VIP tours are filling up quickly, and if you have not done so already, reserve your place now >>via this link<<. As well, consider setting up a consultation with the art advisory experts at ANOKO, our friends and the savvy art social club. Reserve your free consultation >>via this link<< and meet with them in the VOLTA NY VIP Lounge.
We are pleased to provide refreshments during the preview from SOTO and RUNA— that is small-format junmai daiginjo premium sake and clean energy drinks, respectively!

Thank you to our 2017 Hotel Partners, Kimpton Ink48 and Ace Hotel New York. Props to our distinguished Design & Restaurant Partners: Wintercheck FactoryArticleA Space StudioPatrick Weber DesignEr BarettoLittleneck, and Everyman Espresso. Much respect as well to the many fine ventures outfitting our VIP & Exhibitor Programming: AesopArt MoneyBoxed WaterRaleigh Denim Workshop, and Rosehip Social.

Major thanks to GalleryLOG for their bespoke video productions and to artnet for curating our salon talks program, and thanks as well to our many fine media partners.

See you tomorrow at Pier 90!

Warm regards,



Vanessa Maltese

NADA New York
March 2 - 5, 2017
Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington Street, New York 90014

VIP Preview by Invitation:
Thursday, March 212–2pm

Opening Preview by Invitation:
Thursday, March 22–4pm

Open to the Public:
Thursday, March 24–8pm
Friday, March 3, 11am–7pm
Saturday, March 4, 11am–7pm
Sunday, March 5, 11am–5pm

Image: Heading Home, 2017, Oil on panel, painted wood, steel frame, magnets, 64" x 62", 162.6 x 157.5 cm

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Toronto, Ontario M6H2A2



Thursday, February 23, 2017

WaldmanArts Presents "Manual Digital" Opening tonight in San Francisco at Space 151. Tonight

Opening tonight in San Francisco at Space 151.

WaldmanArts Presents "Manual Digital"

Curated by artist, art consultant and independent curator Beth Waldman, “Manual Digital” features the works of eight national artists who have developed new visual languages by embracing digital tools in their primarily analog work. Part of a genre The New Aesthetic, coined by James Bridle, this exhibition presents artwork that is defined by or influenced by computer technology’s increasing role in daily life. The technologically informed practices of these artists reveal new potential meeting points about the time and space in which we equally reside. While the intersections of art & technology have garnered attention in the growing and varied genre known as new media, the practice of many contemporary artists relies on technology in ways that are more subtle to the eye and accessible to a wider public audience. “Manual Digital” will be on exhibit at Space151 from February 23rd through March 25th, 2017. Join us for the opening reception Thursday, February 23rd from 6-8pm, a panel discussion co-hosted by SFAI Feb 25th 3-5pm and and a celebratory closing reception Saturday, March 25th 6-9pmPress Release.


Jenny Day
Victoria Mara Heilweil & Phil Spitler
Ted Lawson
Oleg Lobykin
Jamie Martinez
Neil Murphy
Beth Davila Waldman
Konstantin Zlatev

PANEL DISCUSSION: Saturday, February 25th 3-5pm

Co-hosted by the San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Association and WaldmanArts, SFAI Alum Beth Waldman will moderate a special panel discussion on Saturday, February 25th from 3-5pm. “Manual Digital” looks at the evolving technical, conceptual and theoretical merging of art and technology in art practice, including innovations in media such as painting as well as electronic media.  Joining us will be SFAI Associate Professor and Artist Meredith Tromble, Director of Fiction Science Gallery and Artist DC Spensley, and Head of Acquisitions at SFMOMA Maria Naula.


Join David Richard Gallery for ARTsmart Art of Home Tour Feb 25th

February 22, 2017
Features Vol.2, No. 6

Join David Richard Gallery this weekend
presenting great contemporary artwork in a very contemporary home
by Interiors and Functional Design

ARTsmart Art of Home Tour
875 Camino Francisca, Santa Fe 87506

Saturday & Sunday, February 25-26, 201712-4 pm

Benefiting ARTsmart New Mexico
A portion of the art sale proceeds are donated to ARTsmart

ARTsmart is a 501c3 nonprofit organization

Click here for home locations, maps and event information
Featured above fireplace: Catherine Howe, Carborundum and Silver (humming), 2016, Acrylic, encaustic, metal leaf, carborundum grit on canvas, 48" x 36"

Presenting Artwork by many Santa Fe Artists:
Chris Collins, Sydney Cooper, Erik Gellert, Stephen Hayes, Catherine Howe, Phillis Ideal, Matt King, Daniel McCoy Jr. and Bryan Whitney 
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JAMAICA BIENNIAL 2017 February 28-May 28


February 28-May 28
Left: Jenny Gordon, “Male Target,” Mixed media collage on board, 2016
Right: Phillip Thomas, “High-Sis in the Garden of Heathen,” Mixed on fabric, Variable dimensions, 2017
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Open to the public from Tuesday, February 28 to Sunday, May 28, 2017, the 2017 Jamaica Biennial is organized by the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. With a focus on Jamaica and Jamaica Diaspora artists with specially invited artists from other Caribbean nations, the Biennial will be housed in three locations including: the National Gallery and Devon House in Kingston and the National Gallery West in Montego Bay. The Biennial is team-curated by the NGJ’s curatorial department under the direction of its Executive Director, Dr. Veerle Poupeye. A series of Biennial opening events will take place from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26.
Initiated in 1977 as an exhibition for only Jamaican art, the Jamaica Biennial is repositioning itself as a platform for Caribbean art as the region’s significance in the global contemporary arts landscape pivots and as contemporary artists from various islands gain relevance internationally.
The 2017 Jamaica Biennial will include 35 invited Jamaican artists, 49 local, juried Jamaican artists with 7 special projects by Caribbean artists. In addition, the Biennale will have tributes to local artists Alexander Cooper and Peter Dean Rickards. The Aaron Matalon Award, named after a former chairman and major benefactor of the NGJ, will be presented to the artist with the best entry; and the Dawn Scott Memorial Award, art critic Edward Gomez’s private initiative, will be awarded to a young or emerging artist whose work echoes the innovative spirit and social engagement of the work of the late Dawn Scott, a pioneering contemporary Jamaican artist.
Dr. Veerle Poupeye, the lead on the curatorial team, is a Kingston, Jamaica-based art and historian and curator specialized in Caribbean art.  “Part invitational and part juried, the Biennial is a very inclusive exhibition which brings into dialogue work in traditional and new media and established and emerging artists from Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons’ reflections to recent art school graduates such as Kelly-Ann Lindo,” says Poupeye. “There is no imposed theme but for each edition, certain shared themes come to the fore that reflect the concerns of the present moment, such as the politics of race, hair, migration, violence, human rights, and climate change.”
The other curatorial team members include O’Neil Lawrence, Senior Curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica andMonique Barnett Davidson, Assistant Curator in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Jamaica.
The judges for the Juried Section of the Biennial include Amanda Coulson, Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Christoper Cozier, an artist, writer and curator from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Susanne Fredricks, Exhibitions Director at Gallery 128, Kingston, Jamaica and Omari Ra, Head of the Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts at Edna Manley, College, Kingston, Jamaica.
Exhibition Venues
Located in the business district on the Kingston Waterfront, the National Gallery of Jamaica’s 30,000 sq ft of exhibition space is spread over two floors. The largest part of the Biennial will be on view here with work in traditional and new media. Among the 117 artists who will be featured at the NGJ are: Raquel Paiewonsky, Nadia Huggins, Marcel Pinas, Prudence Lovell, Oneika Russell, David Boxer, Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Judy Ann MacMillan, Bryan McFarlane, Phillip Thomas, Simon Benjamin, Jacqueline Bishop, Olivia McGilchrist, Richard Nattoo, Samere Tansley, Shoshanna Weinberger, Cosmo Whyte and Laura Facey. The special tributes to Alexander Cooper and Peter Dean Rickards will also be shown here.
Devon House, a Victorian-era, plantation-style mansion, located just north of the New Kingston business district, was built in 1881 by George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire. The work chosen for Devon House intervenes into the space and context of the house. Artists exhibiting at Devon House are Laura Facey, Andrea Chung, Deborah Anzinger, Leasho Johnson, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan and Sharon Norwood.
The National Gallery West, the National Gallery’s Montego Bay branch, housed in a restored Georgian courthouse on Sam Sharpe Square, will feature the David Gumbs’ installation Xing-Wang, an interactive, sound activated 5 channel video installation in the gallery space. The project’s outdoor component will be activated during Easter Weekend.

Special Project Invitees (Caribbean Artists)
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons – Cuban born, resident in the USA
Andrea Chung – Jamaican heritage, born in USA
David Gumbs – born and resident in St Martin
Nadia Huggins – born in St Vincent, resident in Trinidad and Tobago
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow – born Jamaica, resident in USA
Raquel Paiewonsky – born Dominican Republic
Marcel Pinas – born Surinam

Friday, February 17, 2017

This is a nice story!!!Patrica Qualls' life: the privilege of lifelong learning, hard work and perseverance.

Carmel Valley Expressionist Artist Patricia Quall’s Artwork in High Demand Nationally, Internationally

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From humble beginnings on a farm, to a Ph.D., and an internationally collected artist, there is an underlying theme that has resonated throughout artist Patricia Qualls' life: the privilege of lifelong learning, hard work and perseverance.

Qualls is a nationally and internationally known expressionist artist with art in collections in Switzerland as well as in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix, Dallas, Vail, Sun Valley and Palm Desert, among others. Her work is also part of the George Blair permanent collection at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

Qualls' paintings are large scale and bold. Some of her series' emphasize powerful strokes of color and texture, while others are more subtle with washes of cream and shades of white. While her style is unique, some of her series could be likened to styles found in the great expressionist artists of the early-to-mid 20th century such as Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hassel Smith, Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock.

She opened Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art, a 1,400-square-foot studio/gallery in 2008 in Carmel Valley Village in Monterey County. The studio/gallery's large, open-beamed ceiling with 15-foot walls allowed her to produce the large scale paintings. 


 "Carmel Point Storm" 66 x 48 Acrylic on Linen

“I love the physicality of painting large...There is something about being able to use my whole body, there is so much synergy...to have room to move...it's like dance...to be fully engaged with my whole being. I don't have to sit in a chair, and at the end of the day I feel like I've had a good days work. I am so blessed to be able to do this!”

It’s no question where Qualls' work ethic comes from. “I grew up on a farm in Middle Tennessee and there's not much play time on a farm. We used to work seven days a week, which is what I do now as an artist at age 62. It's amazing that I have a profession that brings me such fulfillment,” says Qualls.

After life on the Tennessee farm, Qualls left for a job in Nashville. In 1980 she went on a blind date with a man who happened to be from Carmel. “That changed my life,” she says.

Qualls moved to Carmel, and began the process of personal growth and deep lifelong learning. The precious time with great therapists, kind professors and brilliant mentors opened the door to a life that seemed impossible to ever imagine.
She has an executive MBA from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies. 

Part of her passion as a therapist entailed holding “Life Presence” 4 day retreats. One of the retreats included a group of artists and it had a profound effect on her.

“I realized I needed to do something creative and playful,” she says. 

So she took a class on “intuitive painting,” and that was all it took. She fell in love. To hear her tell it, “art found me.”

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"Outside the Box" 84 x 66  Mixed Media

“I would go to the garage and paint every morning for 15 minutes,” she says. “Then I got obsessed. I got so excited I would get up at 4 in the morning and paint. I was just trying to find my own voice.” Waking before the sunrise was not new to Qualls, but, unlike waking to the crow of a rooster on her family farm as a child, she would now wake with a hunger to explore her new found passion.

Qualls delayed taking art classes or reading art books, just trusting her intuition and inner voice to guide her painting and style. This helped shape her artistic philosophy of experimentation: a willingness to play, free from self judgement or self-scrutiny.

When she first started painting it was to get out her head and other people’s heads and to discover an outlet for her voice: a way to express herself that did not involve words.

And what cinched it was an art book on California Expressionists a friend had recommended she read.

Up until this point Qualls' desire for pure self-expression—void of outside influence—had kept her from reading about abstraction. “But when I read that book I cried like a baby, I had found my people.”

Before long, her therapy practice gave way to painting full time, resulting in her opening her studio/gallery in Carmel Valley Village in 2008. She can usually be found working in her studio, experimenting with color, texture, brush strokes and various tools and techniques.

And, just as she wanted to help people as a therapist to access their emotional life, as an artist she wants people to access their creative life. She feels everyone is creative and that all they need is the space for them to express their need to express.

“I love the solitude of being in the studio by myself and love the emotions of the things that go on in people’s lives, quilting together pieces of other peoples’ stories and putting them together on a canvas,” she says. “Each painting tells a story. Life is not without work, there is dark and there is light and hope. My paintings are layers that move toward the light.”

When asked where her inspiration comes from, she said it comes from within and of course is influenced by the world we live... my job is to trust and stay engaged with the process.

“Inspiration lives inside of me, it's just a matter of letting it come out without judgment,” she says. “It comes knocking all the time. I can't do it fast enough, there's not enough time in the day. “I am so grateful that I get to run experiments all day long,” she says. “Where else can you do that? It is magic to watch the power of color and brushstrokes. Every day in my studio is a blessing to me.”

Patricia Qualls