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A Women’s Art Expo

 The Marshall Gallery presents this second annual expo featuring the work of accomplished women artists.  Their beautiful work will be on display for the public to experience on Thursday Oct. 14th & Friday Oct. 15th.

AWAE

Featured Artists

Naomi Brown

Naomi Brown was born in Palm Springs and grew up in Twentynine Palms, California. Now, she, her husband and children live in Queen Creek, Arizona. Self-taught, Naomi is a nationally recognized artist.

For 17 years Naomi’s Southwest and Western landscapes and inspirational religious works have graced the market. Her works range in size from a miniature 5”x7” to an imposing 48”x72”, on museum board as well as canvas. She underpaints with acrylic, then details her gradient skies in oils. Naomi’s instinctual use of color lends her paintings a natural depth and vibrancy.

“I love to capture the delicate beauty and colors of the desert – the desert’s peace and beauty calm me. I was fortunate to grow up in Twentynine Palms and enjoy that beauty – from the smallest creatures to vast open and colorful vistas. The desert is forever instilled in my heart.”

Carol Estes

I stand and look at a giant, blank canvas, paintbrush poised, and ponder my initial approach. I walk up as if into the canvas interior and explore my new surroundings, for each canvas has its own, unique personality that I want to find, express, and make distinguished. The colors and “images” reflect my inner buoyancy and progressive optimism. They reflect my spirit and, I hope, will enliven your surroundings.

I am native to the redwood coastal region of southwest Oregon. Growing up, I knew, felt, and respected the northwest Pacific coast’s rugged power, beauty and freedom. Later, I got to know the straight-forward, infinite landscapes of the Texas Panhandle. Then I discovered the surround-sound, deeply spiritual Land of Enchantment. New Mexico’s warm tinges of golden light cavort across the desert in spritely dance.

I love the freedom of expression and mystery in abstract art, which emanate from the soul, with its own language. For me, it denotes a way of life, a captured individualism etched upon its vessel.

Whitney Gardner

Born in Southern California and based in Twentynine Palms, Whitney Gardner’s southwestern landscape art includes her far west Mojave Desert home. A fascination with rugged scenery led her to an artful study of the region. Her plein air and studio compositions are an ode to the remarkable facets of the desert.

Whitney attained a BFA at California College of the Arts in 2010, but she considers herself self-taught as an artist. Her work has been published in Western Art Collector magazine, and in 2019 her painting Ocotillo Sky received the Best of Show award at the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition. In May 2021 she had a sell-out show in a solo online exhibition in Western Gallery.

Elena Golberg

Elena Golberg was born in an industrial city in Siberia, near Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. She attended an art school for gifted young children, and was strongly influenced by powerful, Russian realistic art traditions. Classes were taught by talented, Soviet painters, who created a wonderful atmosphere within the learning process. In 1989 Elena earned her fine arts degree and teaching license from a Soviet university. She taught art history, painting, drawing, composition, and sculpture for 15 years.

Elena happily moved to the United States in 2004. Native American culture fascinated her, and many Native American portraits followed. Her works were displayed at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art in 2011. In 2019, she transitioned to an intriguing, new subject, Saguaro cacti, her current muse, and she braves the Arizona desert to sketch saguaros enthusiastically. The in early morning light catches the “movements” of their muscular trunks and branches. She then fine tunes the saguaros’ strong expressions as they gesture toward Arizona’s big sky.

Shari Lyon

Most people are not familiar with the word encaustic. It's an ancient process of painting with a hot melted mixture of beeswax and damar resin. I also incorporate the use of oil paints, pan pastels, photography, and some drawings into my work.

The process requires both patience and spontaneity. It's a rare marriage of being in control and completely losing control in the process. It's labor intensive with many steps. But the outcome is a dreamy, ethereal image with texture and appeal unlike any other art form. You truly have to see encaustic works to really appreciate all they have to offer. Photos rarely do them justice.

Krystii Melaine 

Krystii’s first career was as a fashion designer, she loved to create “couturebridal gowns for her clients and help them look beautiful on their special day. Krystii’s style, while realistic, is nonetheless painterly and imbued with a perceptive depth of feeling. She portrays her subjects, whether people, fauna or flora, with sensitivity and grace. She transposed her inherent draftsmanship talents to the world of fine art quite naturally.

Krystii’s paintings portray her subjects’ unique individuality. They inspire everyone who seeks to inhabit a very individual space and make their world more beautiful, one painting at a time.

Her works range from the generous, for large-scale, ample residential spaces to the small, for intimate pieces that suit that certain corner; no task is too big or too small. And Krystii welcomes commissions for those special subjects. Your search for the elusive artist is over... in Krystii you have found the master.

Vanessa Rusczyk

“I want people to see the beauty around them in native habitats, but also to understand that these are more than just pretty plants. They are the basis of life support for all local insects, birds, and mammals. My paintings draw people in because of their color, composition and technique, but then as the viewer takes a closer look, they want to know more.  Appreciation and the desire to care for something usually starts with an initial attraction that is often hard to explain. My art creates that moment for the viewer.”

Jennifer Rasmusson 

I see abstraction everywhere, interpreting the word around me by its shadowy depths, shapes and contours that hide in plain sight in my everyday environment. I find that shapes have their own presence; they push the space around them as they interact with each other.  Therefore the nature of my painting is always fluid, rushing forward and gathering influences form the world around me. I survey these swirling currents to capture elements for my work. During my painting process, shapes and colors make connections.

I draw some lines slowly and thoughtfully, others with a quick movement capturing the speed and weight of my hand as I hold the charcoal, pastel, or brush. Drawing is not something that just happens in my hand or wrist. It is a process that happens in my mind as I respond to what I see in my environment, and reveals itself when I pick up a brush loaded with paint. I feel the weight of the brush, anticipating what marks will be made as I pour paint on the canvas and move it around with a trowel, as gravity works alongside me pulling the paint down into drips.

Kim Randleas

Not being one to shout, Kim Randleas’ paintings are a soft-spoken tribute to a fleeting moment; a bird about to take flight or a woodland creature’s quick glance. Kim’s artistic method starts with a meditative free-flowing process. Working on meticulously prepared metallic surfaces of copper sheets or metallic-leafed panels, she creates pleasing patterns and organic patinas. Once these patterns and patinas are created there is a quiet introspective process to compose the second phase, oil painting on the surface.

Once the oil painting phase is complete, the piece is sealed to prevent the patina from further developing. Painting on copper is a time-tested technique popular among Dutch and Flemish artists in the 1600s. Rembrandt painted one of his first self-portraits “Rembrandt Laughing” on copper in 1628. Kim was born in 1975 in Eastern Oregon. She started oil painting in 2015 and began her artistic career in 2016 when, on a whim, she entered an art exhibition, was accepted, and took home the “People’s Choice” Award. Kim started working on metallic surfaces in 2018. She lives and creates in her home studio outside Canyon City, Oregon enjoying the wildlife, extensive views, and solitude of her home nestled at the base of Canyon Mountain.

Harper Henry 

Harper Henry is an award-winning, Arizona based artist creating vibrant, abstract-realistic paintings focused mainly on horses and historical western figures. 

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration, she had a successful 30 year career as a designer and Art Director in the world of commercial advertising. In 2016, she made the decision to resign and pursue painting full-time. Her work resides in galleries and private collections throughout the country, Canada, and Australia.

Harper’s work is a unique fusion of two contradictory art styles; abstract and realism. Inspired by the great works of John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin and Oleg Stavrowsky. With each new piece she tries to push artistic boundaries by finding new ways to look at classical subject matter. Experimenting with styles that seemingly cause past and present to collide. In many pieces, bold brushwork is employed to evoke a sense of movement or reemergence.

Here are the interviews with the artists who participated in the AWAE event! Be sure to watch and learn more about your favorite artist!

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MONDAY-SATURDAY: 10-5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: extended hours from 7-9 p.m. for the Scottsdale ArtWalk

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