Day 107: Charles DeLay

Charles DeLay

Sculptor, painter, designer

Sedona, Arizona

Charles DeLay is a figurative sculptor who works in bronze, stone and wood.  His works are in public spaces and private collections. He has completed over 130 major commissions most are large-scale sculptures.  Six projects are in Washington D.C., the others are in the eastern U.S.

DeLay studied at the Columbus College of Art & Design, and studied for a short time with Arnold Blanch, Martin Fleishman and Bruce Dorfman at The Art Students League of New York.  He also pursued independent studies of bronze casting, mold making and also stone carving in Pietrasanta, Italy.  He built his own bronze foundry for small castings.  DeLay conducted workshops and taught privately.  Mr. DeLay lived in Ohio before moving to Sedona in late 2015.

Selected Exhibitions

Salmagundi Club, New York City

National Arts Club, New York City

Art Students League, New York City

Pontifical College Josephinum-one person show- Worthington, Ohio

Ohio Dominican College, Columbus, Ohio

Capital University, Bexley, Ohio

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Zanesville Art Museum, Zanesville, Ohio

Spangler-Cummings Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Artreach Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio & Lancaster, Ohio branch

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and Portsmouth, Ohio branch

Ohio State Fair Professional Art Exhibit

Columbus College of Art and Design

ArtsAffair-Ohio State Capital building

Huntington Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

Abbott Ross Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio

Worthington Arts Council Invitational, Worthington, Ohio

Worthington Public Library, Worthington, Ohio

Upper Arlington Public Library, Upper Arlington, Ohio

High Road Gallery, Worthington, Ohio

Studio 45 Gallery, Nelsonville, Ohio

Gala Gallery, Marietta, Ohio

Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio

Middleport and Pomeroy, Ohio- A major show in honor of his liturgical works was held in the twin cities of his                                       hometowns by placing his art in all denominations of churches in both towns and concluded with a slide     talk at the Cultural Arts Center on the final day of shows.

Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ- Juried shows ’16 award winner, ’17,’18, award winner

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Day 106: Astral Glass Studio (Cindi Shaffer)

Bio

Astral Glass Studio, LLC

I am a kiln-formed glass artist.  Glass to me is light, translucent color and texture.  Opacity bounces color back to the viewer.  Translucency allows depth and a glimpse of what is on the other side, a portal or window through or into the piece.

My own photographs and drawings are incorporated into my work via printmaking, mark making and layering of imagery.  This is a multi-step process involving many firings.  Glass is naturally a pieced medium.  My goal is to transcend this design necessity and add fluidity, layering, and complexity.  The idea is to see the design, to look into it, to build depth and to see the overall imagery as a whole, not as individual pieces.

Enamel painting, screenprinting, solar plate relief printing, nature prints and monotype techniques have expanded my visual vocabulary allowing the work to grow and change.

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Day 105: Christopher Vena

Artist Statement

“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

Mario Savo, 1964

The two years leading up to the 2016 US presidential election were the most volatile in more than half a century. Arizona, in particular, continues to be a locus of unrest and a staging ground for conflict among people, ideologies and institutions. As such, Arizona is a microcosm of the entire nation. My most recent body of work consists of painting supplemented by print, video, and photography documenting the experience of individuals and groups engaged in the act of resistance in this state, as well as my experience among them.

Painting has served as a means of documentation, comment, and appraisal of political unrest since ancient times. I see my work as an extension of that tradition. Documentation, artistic rather than strictly journalistic, of the emotional effect on individuals embroiled in these struggles is my primary concern. The contentious political climate of Arizona has left me with a wealth of reference material to work with since my arrival in this state four years ago. My resources have been the numerous rallies, protests vigils, and marches I’ve attended with supporters and detractors across the political spectrum over the last few years. I have attempted to do justice to the individuals and scenarios I’ve depicted, but my personal viewpoint, whether passionate or ambivalent, remains present throughout.

As much as I have tried to maintain journalistic objectivity, participation in and observation of these events has changed me and affected how I approach the material. The subject of my work remains the experience of protest participants, but my interpretation of their experience is by no means completely objective. I have come to see this body of work as editorial rather than strictly journalistic. As such, I have made formal and stylistic choices that vary widely depending on my experience of and reaction to the events depicted as they occurred. As a painter rather than a journalist, I am free to interpret the material I have collected as I see fit. The result is something more akin to biopic, reenactment, or docudrama than strict documentary; A ‘lie that makes us realize the truth’ as Picasso once said.

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104: Jacki Cohen

The art of fused glass has been Jacki Cohen’s artistic passion for more than a decade. From her studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jacki creates acclaimed pieces attracting clientele nationwide. Her creations are a delight in color and composition, a testament to her enthusiasm and skill in working with glass as an artistic medium. The scope of Jacki’s work is both functional and decorative consisting of bowls, plates, wall hangings, unique gifts and home decor. From large scale installments to cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, Jacki’s contemporary pieces add beauty, value and individual character to any home or office. She also offers a special collection of Judaica artwork and is available for custom designs.

Jacki is a trained artist who has studied painting, drawing, and ceramics prior to discovering her love for fused glass art. Always an admirer of the medium, it was not until she took a class in stained glass that Jacki started experimenting with glass designs. Feeling limited with stained glass, Jacki discovered that fused glass allowed her to more freely express herself artistically through the vibrant colors and unlimited designs. Fused and kiln formed glass is heated above 1200 degrees and becomes soft and easy to manipulate. The sheets of glass can be cut and layered, creating limitless possibilities. Since her first class, Jacki has studied extensively under glass masters and is constantly educating, refining and building her skills and expertise.

Today, Jacki’s work is inspired by all that surrounds her. Bright colors, abstract designs, unique shapes all fuel her imagination. A restaurant menu, fashion magazine, or clever wardrobe ensemble can spark an idea that will come to life in her studio. Jacki is constantly re-envisioning ordinary objects into glass creations, delicately recreating their essence into a magnificent handcrafted design.

You are welcome to see and purchase some of Jacki’s art at shop.jackicohenglassartdesigns.com, www.JackiCohenGlassArtDesigns.com.

Social Media sights include:

Facebook www.facebook.com/jackicohenglassartdesigns

Twitter twitter.com  @jackicohen

Instagram www.instagram.com @jackicohenglassartdesigns

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Day 103: Jacob Bush

Artist Statement:
Statistically, I shouldn’t be alive.  Generation to generation, sperm to egg, from the beginning of all time, to right now.  I am the divine result of my own lottery, and am connected to my first Mother and Father.

Mother Nature, as my divine creator, I am a God lying next to her in the sweetest of embraces – yet my human body here – remains virgin.

I create, for the sole act of creation, as I have been created for creation, adding my own beauty to this world, day by day – dancing from moment to moment, never missing a single beat.

Time and time again, I have faced, danced, and fucked with death, only to come out stronger, and with an even greater admiration for this grand act we call life.

I am the greatest lover of life.  Nobody can be enraptured by the simplicity or the absurdity of living, that I am capable of.

I am in love with all, the moments of my greatest elation, to the dismal cries of my pain and strain of utter hopelessness.

To laugh at the idea of being beaten senseless, just for the simple fact it is for you.

This life is mine to seize, and if you can’t add to my or your own greatness, you are not for me.

From all this means, I am the greatest liver and the greatest lover.  I am the way to loving yourself, your mistakes, your worries, your troubles, your doubts.  TO be able to laugh at all you regret, and love yourself more form it all

Heed my call, listen and look at my greatness.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I am freedom, I am song, I am to be seen.

I am the universe loving itself. And all in all, I love you too.

Website Links:
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MendoArtCreations

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MendoArtCreations/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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The Cross
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Day 102: Pamela Dunmire

 WHY I PAINT

Before I became a full-time artist I was a social worker and family counselor for many years. I saw that people who had broken spirits rarely picked themselves up.

I found that if I were able to help a person move into a positive-energy direction they would look at life differently and change their lives for the better. I believe that all people have the right to live a better and abundant life.

As an artist, I choose to paint art that is full of movement, positive-energy, and color to uplift the spirits of others.

People who place my positive-energy art in their homes have a constant reminder of an experience, mood, feeling or trigger that helps them to see past a broken spirit and onto abundance and happiness. My customers tell me how happy they are every time they walk past one of my paintings; it lifts their spirit.

What better reason to paint than to bring joy and happiness to others.

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pamela-Dunmire-Christian-Artist/294275978196

INSTAGRAM  @pameladunmirestudios

BLOGhttp://www.pameladunmirefineart.com/blog/

WEBSITE: http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

 

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Monsoon Lake, 24X24, Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

 

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River’s Bend, 20X20 on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Crane’s Crossing, 24X24, Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Blue Bayou, 30X30, Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

 

 

 

 

Day 101: Alvaro Enciso

ARTIST STATEMENT

All my work deals in one form or another with the constant search for “The American Dream”; an elusive
notion that gives all outsiders, like me, a false sense of hope. Is the American Dream so compromised nowadays that we can no longer recognize it? Or, is it another myth just like the “romantic west” that Hollywood invented?
Over the years, I have found pieces of this American Dream. Yet, when I have enough of these pieces to start putting them together, they scatter from my hands, and I am left with nothing. In a way, I am always reconfiguring this American Dream of mine, to placate my longing to belong somewhere.
When I moved to Southern Arizona in 2011, I learned that thousands of migrants had died crossing the desert looking for whatever is left of the American Dream. My work attempts to tell the stories of struggle, suffering, death, and broken dreams that the Sonoran Desert secretly holds. In telling their stories, I am divulging my own; after all, we are the stories we tell.
Bio:
Alvaro Enciso was born in Colombia, South America. He moved to the United States in the mid-sixties to pursue a college education, but the Vietnam War interfered with his plans to attend college. He was drafted into the United States Army and served 14 months in Vietnam. This education was not part of the plan, Enciso remarks.
With aid from the G.I. Bill and various part-time jobs that included: driving a taxicab in New York City, and mopping floors in a peep show house, he obtained a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, and went on to earn graduate degrees in both Literature and Latin American Studies.
In the early 1980’s he was hired by the Federal Government as an analyst and expert in Hispanic culture. He worked in the Washington-Baltimore area implementing public relations projects that would reach out to diverse Latin American cultures living in the United States.
In the late 1990’s he moved to New Mexico to reinvent himself as an artist. Enciso believed that since the word “artist” can be loosely used, he could pose as one. He has been making art without the proper credentials ever since.
In 2011 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a volunteer with the Tucson Samaritans. The Samaritans are a secular organization whose mission is to prevent deaths and alleviate the suffering of migrants that cross the desert in search of a better life. Enciso’s current art reflects the tragedy and broken dreams that he sees weekly while hiking the migrant trails.
Enciso’s work is in private collections throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He has exhibited widely and his art has been featured in movies, videos, newspaper articles, magazines, and radio. His most recent exhibit of work was a solo show, “Looking for the American Dream” at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The show ran November 2017 through January 2018. His work was also in the recent show, “Corridors”, at Tohono Chul Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.
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Red dots series 1, book cover