March/April 2012

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Tips from Artist to Artist 


By Elly Potamianos

Today we have an advantage from the traditional methods of marketing and promoting art with the information highway, the internet.  It is a precious interpretive tool that enables better worldwide communications.  There are many websites, blogs, and social networks of which one can establish a profile for free.  The online social networks such as (Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, Twitter, Youtube, etc.) serve as great agents for success in becoming known.  Hosting a website will create definite recognition, but if one wants to be serious about establishing a presence, it is imperative to also purchase the domain and implement, “all right reserved.”  This is a more professional approach and an easier method to becoming available in searches… read more




Dave Powell
I found the scene for the next James Bond movie…

I always hear from people that they have no time to shoot or nothing to shoot.   I used to believe that is true but I have learned to always find something to shoot.   I felt like shooting but didn’t feel like going out so wanted to see what I could find around my hotel; The Pan Pacific in Singapore.


When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 

Where: In in Singapore

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Shows in the palace of Versailles

SEASON 2011-2012

Each year, from the beginning of autumn until the following summer, Château de Versailles Spectacles and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles propose a large programme of operas, concerts and ballets in exceptional settings of the palace of Versailles.

For the 2011-2012 season, three outstanding attractions are Armide, Lully’s masterpiece and last opera, performed in the Royal Opera, the Passion according to Saint Matthew by Johann Sebastian Bach, sung in the Royal Chapel during Holy Week, and a concert on the theme of the “Music of the Chambre du Roi” performed in the hall of Mirrors. Learn more



Oysters in the sky. Digital photography.

Guy Belair

My passion for photography goes back to thirty years ago during my university education in science and my first and only scientific photography class. Since then, I have been pursuing my skills, mainly in nature photography. For the last 7 years, I have shifted to digital photography and I have participated regularly in contests on this topic, especially in macro photography… read more

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Mountain Clouds. Digital Drawing.

Elly Potamianos

Displaced to Athens, Greece from a small modest villa on an island across Italy, Argostolion, Kefallinia, Greece, after a devastating earthquake arriving to the US was inevitable. Tutored prior to age five helped in advancing in school and previously knowing the English language.  Already noticed and encouraged by teachers and the principal in Greece, to draw the passion continued in all arts.  Here in the US, the encouragement was the same by many wonderful teachers in Illinois, with art projects phenomenally full of creativity, and fun.  Meeting some master artists at this time was a most exciting treat with an intellectual reciprocation upon interacting that contributed in confidence, creativity, and stretching the imagination beyond… read more

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Face. Digital art.

Arthur Jacob 

Throughout my life I have always had a greater visual sense about how the world looked versus other senses. This visual dominance in perceiving the world has profoundly affected my work as an artist. My art offers an infinite variety of visual perceptions and interpretations for the viewer. The viewer is told what the “real Life” image is in the title of the piece, but through abstraction and reconstruction of that image, the viewer is then asked and challenged to explore the shapes, colors, movements and forms, which the abstraction and reconstruction presents. Colors and shapes become emotion, while form and movement become attitude. Even when a work is easily recognized there is still a predominate thread of color, movement, shape and form. The techniques to achieve these photographic abstractions and reconstructions are a thoughtful and purposeful digital manipulation. Using a mouse rather than a brush to achieve a powerful medium of expression and communication, creates this style of fine art… read more   

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Untitled. Oil on canvas. 40" x 60"

Jason Fairchild

Based in Chicago,USA, Jason Fairchild is a modern artist that currently uses painting as the fastest and best way to get his message out there.
Women are the center of the art of Jason Fairchild: or to be more accurate  women and the unique forms of space that surround them. (*Untitled*)
The women he portrays are not the everyday women we see on the street waiting for buses or shopping in the neighborhood supermarket, they are sexually charged nude or semi-nude figures that seem part lover, part mother, part dream girlfriend, part wife, part earth goddess. They are figures of beauty, pleasure, pain, mysticism and fantasy. (*Angel of Destruction*) His figures are also involved in differing ways with processes of metamorphosis and transformation. They are attempts to portray the journey’s of the soul through various stages and roles in life but in a way which emphasizes the ambiguity of humanity floating through time and space. His figures seem in the midst of travel in journeys that are infinite; his images frozen moments in endless voyages where the model poses for a second in a fantastic landscape, let’s the artist capture her image, but will soon move on to travel onward to another place and another time and another role in her existence. (*Shore’s Left Behind*)As such his woman have a  slightly ambiguous dream like quality that  hints at, but never overtly states, elements of the human condition…  read more

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ATARDECER EN EL PAJONAL. Oil on canvas.16″ x 20″

Gabriel Gross

We can sense all the depth which marks the vital and creative process of Gabriel Gross, an artist in constant dialogue with the different scopes of contemporary art, and who above all is interested in a presence that is in his intense path, in his neofigurative periods, as well as in his abstract research. 

Those of us, who have had the privilege to visit Gabriel Gross’s atelier and house, have found there not only the testimonies of works of art  committed to the humankind, with its  history, with our contemporary, but also with the tangible footsteps of a passionate experimentation, vigorous, and always renewed with the most unusual techniques, without leaving aside any of the possibilities offered to the artist of the  XXI century, immersed as we are in what bad or good  we call it the post modernity, the most advanced technologies of the visual arts… read more

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Tree of Life. Turiya. Acrylic on canvas. 36" x 24"

Elle NicolaÏ

A heart beat.  It is one pattern that we all feel. Through the heart of each of us love flows both primal and eternal. Touching the sacred space of eternal love leads to wondrous worlds that can be explored, viewed and understood, and as this is done, you will facilitate your own healing, at a deeper subconscious level.Inside of that space deep, within the universal heart, the love of existence flows. It is a vibration that is timeless and shapeless yet with clear form.  It is waiting to be explored, understood and coaxed from the source.From this deep wellspring of cosmic awareness come natural archetypes. They flow past our mind’s eye and pause.  Waiting to be discovered, found and eventually to be painted. Their fulfillment is found in the healing of our spirit, essence, and souls.Elle Nicolaϊ has followed this shaman’s path through an opening in time and space to unveil the most clear and pure images of the elemental origins of our human souls.  She paints them with the clarity that allows your soul to recognize the visions of awareness that they explore. Elle reaches to the far ends of the dream state to harvest these images from within the passing flow of our universal heart. She returns to paint what she finds there and because of that these images are spectacular. They invoke the healing heart that connects us to the spiritual existence of our universe… read more

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Julie & Dirty having fun for the audience. Watercolor on Arches, 11" x 15"

Jacqui Morgan

When Jacqui Morgan received her BFA from Pratt, she entered a world without any female illustrators. She with Barbara Nessim and Lorraine Fox who passed away very young, were the first and only working female illustrators. During the heyday of the psychedelic, she designed and illustrated the iconic Electric Circus Poster and went on to create more iconic images for the American Optometric Association, Sansui, Scott Printing, Celanese, Exxon, and 7 UP Billboards. Unique covers for American Artist Magazine, Mac Millan Books, Print Magazine and Cosmopolitan along with album covers for RCA, ads for DeBeers diamonds and animated commercials for Burlington Mills and General Mills were among her achievements. She always loved science fiction and illustrated a few anthologies for young readers.

After Morgan received her MA from Hunter College, CUNY, she studied realistic oil painting with Sharon Sprung a student of Harvey Dinnerstein and then applied these findings to watercolor. While far more difficult to handle than oils, watercolor is easier to control than dyes which stain the paper and cannot be lightened, only bleached.The comfort with dyes came when working for two years designing textile patterns right after Pratt graduation. Watercolor had the same seductive transparency. The first illustration of this no line, more painterly, approach was the poster for the Tap Dance Kid Broadway show… read more

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Jacqui Morgan, Illustrator Painter Educator Writer.


Spotted. Color pencil.

Paula M. Smiles

Interest in drawing started at a very young age for Paula who then attended the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Under the guidance of Emanuel Jacobson she focused on life drawings. Most recently she has been doing a series of “Pin-Head People.” The heads are “pin-head” in size and the body is stretched out as the form moves to the hands and feet.

Paula holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and a MSW from University of Illinois. She resides in Skokie, Illinois where she works as a hospice social worker and continues to draw. She has participated in art shows and exhibited her work in the Chicago area including at The Figurative Art League of Evanston, Art and Beyond, She Art, and The Skokie Art Guild… read more

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The Rose. 23" x 15" x 13". Bronze sculpture

Ione Citrin

Ione’s art has shown nationally since 1998 when, after years of world travel, a successful television, radio, theatre and film career in the performing arts, she decided to focus her richly diverse talents on the visual arts. Ione’s artistic expression, creativity, and passion for communication have resulted in numerous awards for her painting, sculpture, mixed media, and assemblage.

Ione is an avant garde artist whose artistic expression takes fantastic shape through her diverse oil and watercolor paintings, bronze sculptures, found object collages and mixed media assemblages. Her contemporary paintings and sculptures range from abstract to realistic to impressionistic – all visionary interpretations from her imaginative soul. 

Ione uses only one name but a variety of styles to soothe her wild imagination. A native of Chicago, she is a former television star and commercial voice-over artist. Now she wins awards and sells her creativity through her hands instead of through her larynx. Her art is as original as she is – bold, colorful and highly decorative… read more

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phone: (310) 556-4382




Highway to Windy City. Oil on canvas

Semproniu Iclozan

Semproniu Iclozan is an intentionally known American artist, born in Romania. His work has been shown at more than 51 exhibitions in Europe and United States. Iclozan’s art was published in many European books and catalogs around the world. Iclozan’s work is in the permanent collections at the Chicago History Museum, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania, Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland, Royal Art Collection in Stockholm, Sweden and many others.

For almost two decades, Iclozan was exhibited as a solo artist in numerous galleries around the world including; Ambassador Gallery, NY, Portals Gallery and Hansen Gallery, Chicago, Fontanella Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, Craiova Museum of Art, Romania, Drottinnggatan 100 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (full list of solo and group exhibition can be found on artists web site).

Iclozan has also participated in numerous of Art Expos, including the Vancouver, Chicago and Miami International Exhibitions.

Iclozan’s artwork is also in many private art collections in United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, 
Ivory Coast, Japan, The Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland… read more

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