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1) Museum of Ice Cream Creates Sprinkle Crisis


A photo of a woman at the Museum of Ice Cream sprinkle pool

 

The Miami installation of the travelling Museum of Ice Cream exhibition is facing some steep fines after being found guilty of contaminating local waters with (what else?) candy sprinkles. Local authorities have charged the institution with $5,000 in fines for contaminating the waters and endangering local marine wildlife. The so-called Sprinkle Plague originates from a pool of…

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Tranquil Ambiance: Art by Laura Spring


An abstract acrylic painting of a wintery blue gradientWhite Nights 2, acrylic on canvas

Laura Spring draws on a background in architecture and ceramics in her art practice, creating paintings that convey a tranquil ambiance through simple color schemes and negative space. Each of Laura’s works showcases not only the artist’s hand, but the texture and material of the paints and the canvas.


A painting of an icy ocean sceneBaltic Bereeze, acrylic on canvas

 

I’m really taken by the works in Laura’s Blues gallery.…

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Sculptural Mosaics: Art by Karen Spears


A concrete sculpture with glass mosaic coatingStones in the Stream II, concrete with paint, iridescent glass, and stained glass

Karen Spears is an Iowa artist who creates sculptural mosaics using raw concrete and scraps of colored glass, as well as traditional landscape paintings. Painting was Karen’s first artistic medium, and she draws on related techniques and aesthetics in her sculptural works.


A tower made from concrete and covered in iridescent glassUntitled, concrete sculptures with abstract acrylic paint and iridescent glass…

 

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Surreal Situations: Art by Yume


A stylized painting of a mermaidDeep Thoughts... acrylic on wood

Yume was born in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of six. Her artworks are illustrative and symbolic, often featuring female figures in surreal situations or elaborate costume.


A painting of a woman with black hairMod Girl, acrylic on paper board

 

I like the way Yume incorporates framing into many of her painted works. She doesn’t stop with a square panel or canvas, but surrounds solitary figures in fancifully carved and…

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Multi-Layered Pointillism: Art by Douglas Moulden


A mixed media painting of a thistleGlobe Thistle, mixed media on panel

Artist Douglas Moulden creates works of multi-layered pointillism, depicting natural subject matter like trees and leaves in gorgeous detail. The artist often works on irregularly shaped substrates, adding another organic element to the look and feel of the works.


A painting of flowing water with layered paint and panelsUntitled, mixed media and paint on panel

 

The recent work in Douglas’ portfolio showcases the artists increasing experimentation with…

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Imaginative New Worlds: Art by Carolina Seth


A painting of a Japanese mythological figureYuki-Onna, acrylic on panel

Born in Spain and now based in Washington, DC, Carolina Seth is a painter and illustrator who specializes in depicting imaginative new worlds and dreamlike scenes. Carolina works primarily in acrylic paint and colored pencil, with many of her works centered on human (or human-like) figures.


A painting of a female figure with blue hairPlenty, watercolor and acrylic on watercolor paper

 

Throughout her portfolio, Carolina sticks to a certain color scheme…

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Pooling, Melting Color: Art by Holton Rower


A monolithic artwork by Holton RowerVenus

Holton Rower creates works that hover halfway between painting and sculpture. Using layers upon layers of thin poured paint, Rower creates psychedelic patterns out of pooling, melting color.

 

Rower creates both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms with this paint-pouring method. I appreciate the artist’s two-dimensional works both in the way they evidence the artist’s hand and process, and in the way that Rower edits…

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Textured, Painterly Style: Art by Ginger Garrett Arthur


A painting of trees and a path in front of a body of waterSparkling Morning

Ginger Garrett Arthur is a painter based in Philadelphia. Working in a textured, painterly style the artist captures scenes from the local landscape, including florals, seascapes, and architectural moments.


A painting of some lanterns hung in darkened treesSummer Evening Pastorius

I like looking through Ginger’s portfolio and seeing the ways in which the artist utilizes a classical sort of impressionist style to capture more contemporary scenes. The resulting works…

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Painterly Still-Life Works: Art by Kathie Selinger


An acrylic painting of some cherries in a bowlCherries, acrylic paint

West coast-based Canadian artist Kathie Selinger works primarily with figurative subjects, creating painterly still-life works and colorful animal portraits. The artist’s hand is exuberantly visible throughout her portfolio, and the works seem as much a celebration of their subjects as of the act of painting itself.


A painting of colorful treesCandy Floss Trees, acrylic paint

I really appreciate the way Kathie uses color – sometimes…

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Natural and Equestrian Subjects: Art by Debbie Hart


A painting of a rider on a white horseThe Show Horse

Debbie Hart was born in Wisconsin and currently lives and works in Illinois, where she creates photo-realistic paintings of natural and equestrian subjects. Debbie’s works utilize natural lighting and deep earthy colors to achieve a sense of brighter-than-life boldness.


An oil painting of a purple orchidPurple Orchid

 

I really enjoy the smooth, polished aesthetic of Debbie’s paintings. The artist seems to know exactly when to stop working a painting,…

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Studio Sunday: Pat Stier


A photo of Pat Stier painting in her studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Pat Stier was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1940 and now lives and works in New York. The artist is known for painting and printmaking in an abstract expressionist style. Her works are often monochromatic, and utilize splashing and dripping techniques to layer paint and other materials onto canvases.

 

Stier’s studio looks cool and well lit in this photo. I enjoy that in this photo (which is actually a video…

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Sunny Oil Paintings: Art by Patty Yehle


A painting of a green bird at some flowersNortherm Parula with Oak Catkins, Plum Island

Patty Yehle creates bright, sunny oil paintings of still life and nature subjects. Patty’s oil paintings have a pleasingly graphic look to them, with slightly flattened planes of color and clearer-than-life delineation between foreground and background.


A painting of some nastursiumsNastursiums

 

I especially enjoy the paintings in Patty’s Flowers and Birds gallery, and the way that the artist uses shadow in her…

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Re-Examining Ideas: Art by Lili Phelouzat


A painting with black geometric shapes layered over a pastel backgroundBLACK HOLE: PIECE 4, acrylic and graphic pen on heavyweight canvas textured paper

U.K.-based artist Lili Phelouzat is focused on re-examining ideas of existence and humanity through abstract works that deal in sharp, geometric lines and bright color. Lili is inspired by forms found in nature, as well as architecture and other man-made items.


An artwork depicting a series of geometric shapes on a pastel backgroundBLACK HOLE: PIECE 1, acrylic and graphic marker on heavyweight canvas textured paper

 

I really…

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Figures From Nature: Art by Pamela Squires


A painting of a wave crashing on a beachUntitled

Pamela Squires has been honing her painting skills for four decades, building up an impressively diverse portfolio packed with figures from nature, and imaginative abstraction. The artist favors color and dense texture, creating works that are gestural without forgoing detail.


A painting of a baby manateeBaby Manatee

 

I really like how consistent and strong Pamela’s style is throughout her art portfolio. Though her choice of subject matter varies…

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Color Balance: Art by Catherine Radix Mansell


An ink and wax painting of abstracted flowersFlower Forms

Catherine Radix Mansell works with a variety of delicate media including inks and encaustic. The artist’s works are often created in the style of traditional Japanese ink paintings, with great attention to negative space and color balance.


An ink painting of a delicate pink flowerDelicate

 

I really enjoy the works in Catherine’s Sumi-e gallery. The title of the series refers to the Japanese term for this style of ink wash painting, and the artist’s works…

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