Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Work / Work in Progress / New Direction

WCAGA members Jacqueline Allison, Jeannine Cook, Molly Elkind, Loretta Paraguassu, and Marianne B van der Haar have answered the call to share their work with the WCAGA blog. Some of the pieces included in this post are new works completed in 2009, while others are works in progress or works that have provided a new direction to pursue. Many thanks to all of the participating artists for their time!

Jacqueline Doyle Allison

Jacqueline Doyle Allison, Everything is Relative from the "Relational" series, mixed media, 24 x 24 in, 2009.

About the work:
"A sense of place can be geographical, interpersonal or spiritual and identifies those characteristics that make a place special or unique. The characteristics of relationships that we form highlight the myriad ways in which we are all linked together. Relationships are represented in the shift of the image as each layer is added. The push/pull of various media and color reactions reflect personal associations by attracting, repelling or settling harmoniously alongside one other. These interactions mirror my personal experience of connections through an individual viewpoint of place."

Upcoming events:
Jacqueline Allison's mixed media painting, Everything is Relative, will be exhibited in Sacred Symbols, an invitational exhibition, at the Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN from May 2 - June 14, 2009.

To see more of Jacqueline Allison's work, please visit her website and blog.

Jeannine Cook

Jeannine Cook, Terra Memoria I, silverpoint, goldpoint, graphite, 7 1/2 x 11 in., 2009

Jeannine Cook, Terra Memoria II, silverpoint, goldpoint, acrylic, 7 1/2 x 11 in.

About the work:

"Last year, I attended a concert in Savannah, GA, where the Emerson String Quartet, with violinist Daniel Hope and friends, played a piece, Terra Memoria, by Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho. As I sat listening, a series of silverpoint drawings began to dance through my mind’s eye. The results of this concert are slowly becoming reality on paper as I work to draw what I envisaged as the music was played. Terra Memoria, commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, was first performed in June 2007 in Carnegie Hall, New York, by the Emerson String Quartet. The music evokes “those departed” and remembered in evolving fashion by the people remaining. My silverpoint drawings, so far three in number, address evolutions in the world between reality and abstraction."

To see more of Jeannine Cook's work, please visit her website and blog.

Molly Elkind

Molly Elkind, Mendings 3, beads, graphite, stitch on linen, 10 x 10 in., 2009

About the work:

Mendings 3 is "Part of a possible new direction exploring rending, mending and embellishing as metaphor."

Upcoming events:
Georgia chapter of the Surface Design Association show at the Defoor Center from May 3 - June 5, 2009.

To see more of Molly Elkind's work, please visit her website and blog.

Loretta Paraguassu

Loretta Paraguassu, The Singing Whale, watercolor and ink on paper, 88 x 44.5 in., 2009

About the work:
"This is the last one I've done in a series of ten so far. They are all out-sized watercolor paintings that I worry about framing and presenting. In spite of those concerns, I am blown away by the impact of high intensity watercolors on a large scale. My subject matter is secondary to the beauty of color and line. I don't start with an image. Instead, these are works that build as I go."

To see more of Loretta Paraguassu's work, please visit her page on

Marianne B van der Haar

Marianne B van der Haar, Crooner, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in., 2009

About the work:
"I always liked the word "play". It is an interesting word because in English when you make music, you call it playing music, but when you make a painting it is a "work". People don't say an "art-play". I also like the word primitive because a lot of what I do is primitive. I only took a few lessons but I learned in a primitive way to paint a piece of Fine Art. I am a painter who is driven by inspiration; whatever comes to me or crosses my path in my daily life may find its way to the waiting canvas. The inspiration for the flowers is the spring season which starts early in Georgia. By planting the spring flowers into the warm soil, my imagination is growing under the golden, yellow, bright warm sun and the blue sky hitting the naked trees. And a little later I was messing with colors like the German painter Gerhard Richter does - not necessarily the correct color of the flowers as they will bloom in my garden in the summer, just the shape. The paintings have so many different reds, yellows, greens and blues that it seems like you find yourself in a calm, magic garden. Isn't it great to get a bit of magic like that any time in your life?"

Upcoming events:
7 Girlz Art Show, 2700 Evans Dale Circle, Atlanta, GA 30340 on May 2, 2009, 11 am to 9 pm.
First Artwalk, Marietta Square, Marietta, GA on Fridays, April 4th, May 1st, and June 5th, 6-9 pm.
54th Annual Boardwalk Art Show & Festival, Virginia Beach, June 18-21, 2009.

To see more of Marianne B van der Haar's work, please visit her website.

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