Opening July 10, 2021

Metro Montage XXI: Metro Montage is the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art’s annual juried exhibition featuring all types of genre, medium, style, subject matter, concept, and technique in art. Metro Montage XXI will feature, throughout all of the Museum’s galleries, works of fine art by contemporary artists that showcase the diversity and skill within our nation’s culture. 

 

People's Choice Winner

Crystian Hopper (Destin, FL)
Ballet Be Great
2021
Colored pencil on paper
80 x 44.25 inches

 “Glass blowing is so fascinating. I don’t understand it, but it is always beautiful! This ballet statue sat in my house and I wanted to ‘blow’ it up on a larger scale, but mimic that glass blown elegance. Almost resembling a trophy, this piece is meant to represent one’s passion for doing what they love and feeling free in that passion.”

Metro Montage Exhibition

Winning Artists

First Place

Kirsten Stingle

Metro Montage XXI

Stories are Forgotten Dreams

hand built porcelain and mixed media

Second Place

Fathima Mumin

Metro Montage XXI

MILES

ink on paper

Third Place

Debra Yaun

Summer Immersion

colored pencil

Honorable Mention

Joel Sobelson 

Metro Montage XXI

Old Friends

 pastel

Honorable Mention

Melvin Toledo

Metro Montage XXI

Claudia and Elvi

oil on aluminum panel

Metro Montage XXI Artists

Karen Adams

Ruler of The Kitchen  

ink on paper

Chloe Alexander

Stasis

woodcut

Website

 

 

Stasis refers to a state of equilibrium that is created by equal yet opposing forces. This work, which is a self-portrait of sorts, illustrates the energy exerted to maintain the equilibrium of two identities…one pulling me towards passion, the other pulling me away for the sake of normality, routine, and security. Both figures are a representation of self that are trapped in stagnation, which inevitably leads to the decay of both identities. Rather than becoming complacent with this state, I created print work that reflects on how to regain balance while in motion.

Courtesy of the artist

Caroline Annandale

Isolation III  

linoleum on paper

Website

Meg Aubrey

Behind the Bottle

oil on canvas

Website

Chad Awalt

Calming

oil on panel

Website

Morgan Bailey

Alaskan Mountains

digital – ink

Instagram

David Barron

The Devil’s Playground  

acrylic and prismacolor on canvas

Instagram

Leticia Bernadac

3 Second Moment

oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Website

Anne Bradham

Soothing Creek

transparent watercolor


Website

Mick Brandenberger

Living in Mediterranean History

oil on panel

Hannah Brooks

Neurodermatitis #4

woodcut print, monoprint collage

Instagram

Neurodermatitis #5 was created as the conjoined efforts of Neurodermatitis #2 and #3. My work touches on the ever-changing relationships between the human body, the brain, and other members of humanity. Mirroring our architectural limitations in print to create a larger, organic piece that can also change shape is my way of gaining control over my life even if it is so small in comparison to the world around me.

Courtesy of the artist

Rebecca Brown

Undercurrent

acrylic

Instagram

Bradley Burquest

Hey!

photography

Website

Philip Carpenter

Midsummer Orange

color pencils on paper

Website

David Carr

I See You

photography

Website

I See You was captured in Bozeman, Montana during the winter of 2019. Here, a mountain lion rests upright against a tree stump and peers into the camera with a hypnotic stare.

Courtesy of the artist

Glynn Cartledge

P2P No. 136982

oil on canvas

Website

An artist who spent twenty-five years as a criminal defense lawyer, Glynn Cartledge’s work addresses the justice system, focusing on the reentry process of the formerly incarcerated.  No. 136982 is part of the series “P2P” (Prisoners to Paper dolls), which is an exploration of the public perception of the formerly incarcerated.  The series tackles punishment commentary, examining pejorative perceptions of felons while challenging the myths and stereotypes given those who have been released from incarceration. Glynn expands the conversation surrounding the residual restitution from the formerly incarcerated that is desired by the victims and the public

Courtesy of the artist

Glynn Cartledge

P2P No. 136982 clothing

fabric and notions

Website

By challenging banal, preconceived notions of their worth, Glynn Cartledge presents the formerly incarcerated as if they were paper dolls in oil portraiture with accompanying, spirited, contemporary clothing.  Archival criminal and personal documents, family photographs, collaged jail cells, and recorded historical transcriptions provide context. No. 136982 is a portrait of Landon, an affable young man from a small town in Ohio, who pleaded guilty to a first offense of Breaking and Entering, a fifth-degree felony. The State of Ohio sent him to prison for two years.

Courtesy of the artist

 

Armando Chacon

Martin Luther King Dr. & Peachtree Street

oil on canvas

Website

Marc Chatov

Creme brulee

oil

Website

Jessica Cook

Metro Montage XXI

Flight

oil and acrylic on canvas

Website

I have always been intrigued by the varieties of human expression. Creating figurative paintings helps me observe closely, to move beyond first impressions. Lately I am focusing on movement to capture the spirit of the person of a particular scene. Ultimately, I want people to be uplifted by my art or to participate in it by creating their own story.

Courtesy of the artist

Kara Daviau

Metro Montage XXI

Counting Stars and Fighting Sleep

acrylic on canvas and vintage book pages

Nikki Davidson

Metro Montage XXI

Ancient

oil

Website

Roger Derrick

Metro Montage XXI

Recollection Lost

oil on linen

Website

Robert Detamore

Metro Montage XXI

The Tree of Knowledge

graphite pencil

Steve Dininno

Metro Montage XXI

Top of City III

acrylic on canvas

Website

Gene Dunn

Metro Montage XXI

Untitled

oil on canvas

Website

Like many growing up in Manhattan during the late 1970s and 1980s, my major art influences were street and subway art, which led me to seek out and learn more about more traditional art. My aesthetic is principally influenced by the vibrant (atomic) energy of Jackson Pollock and the more nuanced, grounded forms of Paul Cézanne. I approach my work as a blend of craft and inspiration, rooted in the belief that small amounts of disciplined daily practice are the greatest determinant for progress. Much of my inspiration today emerges from my own diligent, daily practice and my “#doarteveryday” campaign. As Picasso said, “inspiration exists; it has to find us working.”

Courtesy of the artist

Cathy Ehrler

Metro Montage XXI

Trashformation 5

recycled materials

Website

This series is a result of the stress of my isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. I needed something tedious, colorful, and beautiful to work on…something fun and time-consuming to keep me busy, while still being creative with recycled material. This work was created from items in my recycling and trash bins…old CDs, Amazon packaging, aluminum cans, paper boxes, drink packaging, egg cartons, pasteboard, envelopes, junk mail, Styrofoam and other takeout containers, single use plastic, yogurt containers, candy wrappers, and more make up this mosaic.

Courtesy of the artist

Mitchell Erick

Metro Montage XXI

In The Red

wood

Website

Andrew Feiler

Metro Montage XXI

Pebbles

photography – archival pigment print

Website

Archival pigment print

In the South, it is in the center of our cities and towns that Blacks and Whites meet.

Pebbles is from my series entitled, “Blacks and Whites.” The images in this series portray glimpses of the modern Southern dynamic.  Predominantly monochromatic, but often with a hint of color, these photographs offer small windows into those places and spaces where we all come together.

Courtesy of the artist

Lynn Felton

Metro Montage XXI

Afternoon Light

oil on paper

Website

Clay Fisher

Metro Montage XXI

Male House Finch

pigmen ink print

Website

To create this image I used a composite technique that combines the photograph of the bird with a textured background. The intent was to create a final image that best represented the mood and personal emotions I experienced during the pandemic last year.

Courtesy of the artist

McGarren Flack

Metro Montage XXI

Self

oil

Website

Larkin Ford

Metro Montage XXI

I Remember Only Fiction

oil on canvas

Website

Scott Foxx

Metro Montage XXI

Bargains with Crows

mixed media collage

Instagram

Jason Guffey

Metro Montage XXI

Portrait of Fate

polaroid emulsion lift on black watercolor paper print

Website

Maxine Hess

Metro Montage XXI

Typically A Saturday II

mix media fabric collage

Website

Jim Hill

Metro Montage XXI

Jazz

paper mosaic

Website

In my poverty stricken days as a youth in the inner city of New York, I could not afford oil paint. Out of necessity, I created my own palette of colors using recycled paper material. I took different colored paper from magazines and posters and cut it all up into small pieces to create the palette for my “painting with paper.”

Courtesy of the artist

Crystian Hopper

Metro Montage XXI

Ballet Be Great

colored pencil on paper

Website

Glass blowing is so fascinating. I don’t understand it, but it is always beautiful! This ballet statue sat in my house and I wanted to “blow” it up on a larger scale, but mimic that glass blown elegance. Almost resembling a trophy, this piece is meant to represent one’s passion for doing what they love and feeling free in that passion.

Courtesy of the artist

Denise Jennings

Metro Montage XXI

Morning Light

oil on stretched canvas

Website

The light, movement in the sky and grasses, and the abstract shapes of the land draw me to our coastal marshes. They are calm and peaceful, yet so alive and constantly changing beneath the surface. This painting is about the reality of the place that lies beneath its surface. My hope is that it gives the viewer a sense of that essence and sparks memories of connecting with our amazing coastal environment.


Courtesy of the artist

Elizabeth Kayl

Metro Montage XXI

Complexity

digital photography

Sierra Kazin

Metro Montage XXI

The Travler

mixed media

Bryan Kennelly

Metro Montage XXI

The First Glance

oil on yupo paper

Website

Tim Keogh

Metro Montage XXI

Silverback Portrait

oil on board

Website

Dawn Kinney Martin

Metro Montage XXI

Old Loudermilk Milk Mill

oil on canvas

Website

Dawn Kinney Martin is an award-winning artist with national and international collectors. Her work hangs in the permanent collection of the Harris Arts Center in Georgia and can be seen in juried fine art festivals throughout the country as well as in regional galleries. “I love the challenge of working on location (en plein air). I strive to create expressive paintings that elevate the ordinary and encourage the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the day to day.”

Courtesy of the artist

Joe Krawczyk

Metro Montage XXI

Sun Surfing Chair

solid acrylic

The creation of my art chairs begins on paper. The design objective is to create a three dimensional chair using only two dimensional shapes. Once a design is perfected, the final refined shapes are drawn in Adobe Illustrator. The components are then laser cut from solid acrylic. Each individual segment is sanded, fitted, painted, and hand assembled.

Courtesy of the artist

Shelley Laband

Metro Montage XXI

One

oil

Tom LaBarge

Metro Montage XXI

Hero’s Perspective

photography

While honoring the thousands of heroes interred at the US Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy, this image presented itself. The use of a very short depth of field with a 300mm lens creates emphasis on one particular headstone, but also speaks to the perfection and the size of this very special place.

Courtesy of the artist

Sharon Lapin

Metro Montage XXI

Boys in the Bedroom

acrylic on canvas

Instagram

J. (Jie) Li

Metro Montage XXI

Fire and Desire

watercolor on Arches paper

Website

(Jie) Li’s work is deeply influenced by Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy theories on Zen and Daoism. The theme of my artwork is to discover human’s inner self and human salvation. Li explores love, hate, and desire in the depths of human nature by using figurative and abstract cross-expressions to discuss the meaning of life, the positive and negative aspects of human nature. Li uses natural occurrences and disasters as symbols, bringing out the emotions and atmosphere in the paintings. Fire & Desire is the power of life instinct; it’s like a fire, more like wildfire or volcano eruption. The fire of desire, which constantly arises, also continues to change with the environment expand. Fire and Desire describes and expresses that the fire of desire is a driving force of life, but it could be the source of destruction, too.

Courtesy of the artist

Jonathan MacGregor

Metro Montage XXI

The Three Fading Graces

oil on canvas

Website

Jon MacGregor is a full time representational artist focusing on painting figures and landscapes as a form of emotional expression, using classical techniques with contemporary characteristics to fuse the past and present. As a child, he often searched for the nuances of all things, finding the intersections between fact and fiction and questioning constructs within art and art history. As the last of eight children within a military family, MacGregor travelled to Europe, taking in the architecture, classicalism, and traditions that are vital instruments of his work.  Learning to paint at the age of seventeen, he began to research the work of American Realists and grow an immense appreciation for meaningful art, capturing the beauty, the minute, and the melancholy of all things in life.

Courtesy of the artist

Pat Magers

Metro Montage XXI

The Conjuror

fired clay copper wire

Website

Booth Malone

Metro Montage XXI

My Covid Response – Georgia

oil on linen canvas

Arline Mann

Metro Montage XXI

SHELTER

watercolor over graphite on Arches paper

Website

Transparent watercolor over graphite

Arline Mann lives in New York City and Chattanooga. Shelter was painted mostly in Mann’s Chattanooga mountain house, a refuge for her and family during the height of the pandemic in New York. Mann’s watercolors contemplate light and shadow in personal spaces and on cherished objects.  Her work aims to project clarity, calmness, joy, and a benevolent world.

Courtesy of the artist

John Mariana

Metro Montage XXI

Elk Rut at Cataloochee Valley

photograghy

Website

Early morning in the valley, the sun was creating beautiful rays through the clouds and trees. This image was captured during the fall Elk Rut. The large male Elk was collecting his females and turned toward me in a very proud and daring manner. He then moved into the trees. It was very special and I’m so pleased to have captured the moment.

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Diana Marino

Metro Montage XXI

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

oil 

Diana Marino

Metro Montage XXI

The Shortcut

oil

Julie Mazzoni

Metro Montage XXI

Summer at the Creek

mosaic

Candace McCollough

Metro Montage XXI

Black and Blue Luster Vessel

clay

Website

The combination of glaze, fire, and clay merge with spontaneous results in this raku-fired vessel. The matte glaze contrasts with the smooth surface of the vessel in both texture and color, which results from the reduction process that occurs once the vessel is removed from the kiln at about 1500 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Candace McCollough

Metro Montage XXI

Horsehair and Rhododendron Vessel

clay

Website

This piece was created with a low-fire technique, which does not vitrify (convert into glass or a glasslike substance, typically by exposure to heat) the clay. The subtle and organic trails of the horsehair are reflected in the curves and spontaneous growth of the rhododendron branch. Each branch is chosen to complement the vessel…sanded, stained, and attached to the final form.

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Celeste McCollough

Metro Montage XXI

Noli Passeggiata

oil

Italy has the wonderful tradition of an evening stroll, known as the “passeggiata.” This painting recalls a beautiful evening in the small Mediterranean town of Noli, Italy, where I spent many wonderful hours.


Courtesy of the artist

Robert McDonald

Metro Montage XXI

Knotted Brow

acrylic

Instagram

Patrick McGannon

Metro Montage XXI

The Whisper

oil on canvas

Website

Mary Means

Prince of Compassion

ceramic mixed media

Website

Brenda Miller

Metro Montage XXI

Sheldon Church

photography (in-camera infrared)

Website

Located in rural South Carolina, the Old Sheldon Church was built to completion in 1753 in the Greek Revival style. It was burned during the Revolutionary War, “rebuilt,“ then burned down again during the American Civil War. I had a deep feeling of peace while visiting these magical and beautiful ruins and hope to convey this feeling to viewers of this capture.

Courtesy of the artist

Elizabeth Mobley

Metro Montage XXI

Cotton Candy and Fudge Sundae

glass

Website

The colors and patterns of this vessel remind me of some of my favorite delicious treats. On the outside, light pink and neon blue spin together…the classic colors of cotton candy. On the inside, chocolate swirls are reminiscent of hot fudge melting on top of cool vanilla ice cream.

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Dale Molnar

Metro Montage XXI

Coosa

glass tesserae mosaic

The red eyed Coosa bass is suited for an exterior installation where the fish can swim in the landscape. The implied movement is integral to the concept of this work. Fused glass creates subtle tones and the slumping effect facilitated adherence to the sculpted substrate. For Coosa, the “andamento” (flow or movement of tesserae, or the pieces, in a mosaic) technique was used to show visual flow and direction.

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Dale Molnar

Metro Montage XXI

The Calling of St. Matthew

glass and mother-of-peral tesserae mosaic

Website

Looking to the light and dropping the coins is that exact moment when St. Matthew answers the call “Come, follow me.”

Courtesy of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Tyrone, GA

Katherine Moore

Metro Montage XXI

Portrait of Bob

scratchboard

Website

I used the subtractive medium of scratchboard for Portrait of Bob. This entails using different tools to scratch through a black inked surface to expose the white clapboard underneath.

Courtesy of the artist

Fathima Mumin

Metro Montage XXI

MILES

felt tip ink on canvas

Instagram

Tracy Murrell

Metro Montage XXI

Ode to Toni Morrison

high gloss enamel , acrylic, encaustic rice paper, resin 

Graciela Núñez Bedoya

Metro Montage XXI

No Longer a Girl

oil on canvas

Website

It was a perfect day with the sun in the sky and the wind in your hair, you walked towards a better life, you walked and left everything behind except whatever you could carry inside a little girl’s mind, you walked towards a promise but your feet were aching so bad, when did your journey turn sour and make you so sad? The home you once knew was taken away, the dreams you once had are now nightmares in your head. They say hope is the hardest thing to kill; you are no longer a girl but an empty shell.

Courtesy of the artist

Licha Ochoa Nicholson

Between the Line

kilnformed and draped glass

Instagram

Donna Outwater

Metro Montage XXI

Wanna Scratch My Head?

watercolor, pen, ink

“Wanna Scratch My Head?” was inspired by two friends, their dogs, and a young boy who stopped to chat at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art’s Chalktoberfest in October 2019. While they visited, one of the dogs looked about and the second dog seemingly offered the young boy his head to scratch. I enjoy capturing ordinary moments like this that take place during public gatherings.

Courtesy of the artist

Sara Owen

Metro Montage XXI

Bridge

photography

Instagram

Raoul Pacheco

Metro Montage XXI

9.15 (spectacular shine series)

guiled receipt

Rita Pelot

Metro Montage XXI

Adina

oil

Website

Bob Petersen

Metro Montage XXI

Cloud Vase – 1

ceramic

Website

My ceramic art is influenced by my life experiences and the shapes, forms, textures, and colors in my environment. I am drawn to both the visual and tangible qualities of clay and its interaction with others. It is through my hands that I manipulate and mold the clay into a form. In my “Cloud” series, I explore the response to light on the surface of the form. Pushing, pinching, and folding the clay, I create spiral channels which suggest movement through each change of light. This use of the surface’s finish invites the viewer not only to explore the form by eye, but also encourages touch—connecting the observer to the hand of the maker. However, the Museum asks that you please refrain from touching the artwork in this setting.

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Doug Pisik

Metro Montage XXI

Six Feet

maple, oak, solid surface, dye, resin

Website

Six Feet is part of a series titled “Art for Our Unusual Times” in response to the pandemic and represents the impact on society. Depicting a social gathering, this piece has dual imagery. The circles can be viewed as a safe six-foot social distance of an individual from others while also being viewed as a target.

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Chuck Pittman

Metro Montage XXI

a little yes and a big No

photography

Joanna Poag

Metro Montage XXI

Binding Time (Black grid with Stars

ceramics

Website

My work explores structure, time, and entropy as they relate to personal narrative. The accumulation of additions to the grids reveals growth and movement, reflecting my understanding of time as it relates to data, memories, and emotion. Time, which we often consider as linear and meant to be spent, has morphed into passages of rest and activity, fullness and chaos.

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Michael Sawecki

Metro Montage XXI

The Madness of Thomas Bernhard

acrylic

Website

Donna Shiver

Metro Montage XXI

Release

charcoal

Laura Shull

Metro Montage XXI

The Reader

oil on canvas

Website

Gordon Skalleberg

Metro Montage XXI

Sitting Bear

laser cut steel

Joel Sobelson

Metro Montage XXI

Old Friends

pastels

Madeleine Soloway

Metro Montage XXI

Encounter

pastels

Website

Suzette Spinelli

Metro Montage XXI

Isolation

oils

Jane Springfield

Camden Traffic

watercolor

Camden Traffic is a street scene inspired by a small town I visited on a painting trip to Maine. I always enjoy these picturesque small towns and seeing how they contrast with the more crowded urban city where I live.

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Steven Steinman

Metro Montage XXI

Circumstantial Circle 

painted steel

Kristen Stingle

Metro Montage XXI

Stories are Forgotten Dreams

hand built porcelain and mixed media

Website

This piece is a story within a story; both heroines are caught mid-action/mid-narrative. They are part of a developing journey reflecting the retelling of past narratives and the informing of new ones. The television represents not only their transmission and repetition but also our connection to one another through the basic human elements of sharing experience and understanding. The presented “theater” harnesses the suspension of disbelief, using paper waves and fabric sea to convey the turbulent waters. This story is staged, but nevertheless sincere. The skirt is hand sewn, embellished with flowers that are hand cut, formed, and sewn. Inside the skirt/stage curtains is a hand embroidered messages: “Stories are Forgotten Dreams” in French. Both figures are embellished with glass balls symbolizing the magical and temporary nature of our dreams.  The fan, covered in waxed and painted wallpaper and trim, hides an antique Victorian gem photo album.

Courtesy of the artist

Siyuan Tan

Metro Montage XXI

The Sculpture of David Was Destroyed in The Square

epoxy clay, wood, foam

Siyuan Tan

Metro Montage XXI

The Venus of Willendorf was Destroyed in The Museum

plaster

Tokie Taylor

Metro Montage XXI

An Offering

photography – archival pigment of 310 gms cotton rag

Website

Cat Tesla

Metro Montage XXI

Chrysalis No 348

acrylic, oil glazes, oil pastel on canvas

Website

Chrysalis No. 348 was painted in France at the Chateau Orquevaux Art Residency in 2018. The French countryside has many beautiful lakes; petals, flowers, and lily pads float everywhere. I hiked through the French countryside, wrote down words that inspired me from my hike, and started painting. The words that inspired this painting are written on the back of the canvas: “Dancing Light Ripples Through Clear Water Petals Sway Floating Free To Nature’s Rhythm.”

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Keith Thomson

Metro Montage XXI

Leftist

oil and ink

Website

The bright side of the pandemic…

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Melvin Toledo

Metro Montage XXI

Claudia and Elvi

oil on aluminum panel

Website

Arthur Umlauf

Metro Montage XXI

Maple Over Bronze

maple wood – bronze 

Website

Maria Valehrach

Metro Montage XXI

Marietta Sunrise

oils

Instagram

Karen Varsha

Metro Montage XXI

First of Spring

giclée photography

Website

Flowers are the perfect subject. They are beautiful and they stay posed. During COVID, I had lots of time and a camera. I focused on still-lifes and came up with a new series of florals. The black background and my shooting in the dark gave this image a painting-like appearance.

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Kay Vinson

Metro Montage XXI

Thin Line

oil pigment over acrylic

Website

Debra Wade-Eulau

Metro Montage XXI

Tulips with Perfume Bottle

oil on canvas

Website

Susan Duke Waters

Metro Montage XXI

Disconnected

oil on canvas

Website

Gail Wegodsky

Metro Montage XXI

Sittin’ in the Lat(itude) Yearn Seat

oil on linen

Website

I found the reference image for this intimate library setting online, with that crazy red striped couch! There was a heating grate below the window, which I transformed into the window seat for the boy, Alex. I spotted Alex at an outdoor concert, went up to his mom, and asked if he would enjoy modeling. “YES!” she replied. He really nailed the yearning look.

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Ron Whittingham

Metro Montage XXI

Saint John the Baptist Cathedral

watercolor

Susan Winchester

Metro Montage XXI

Summer of ’20

oil paint

Wing Na Wong

Metro Montage XXI

Silver Fox

oil on canvas

Website

Debra Yaun

Metro Montage XXI

Autumn Rain

colored pencil

Website

A hard rain knocked leaves onto my windshield as I parked my car at home. I was fascinated by the shapes and colors as the rain distorted the trees in the background. The rain created abstract patterns as it ran down the windshield. Some areas are blurred and some are crisper.

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Debra Yaun

Summer Immersion

colored pencil

Website

I am fascinated by water reflections. In this piece, I wanted to capture the movement of crystal clear water in a pool with my friend’s granddaughter. The refraction of light creates an interesting abstract look when viewed up close, but at a distance it looks more like realism. The cool colors of the water complement the person’s warm skin tones.

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