Tom Stephens: A Land Remembered

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
February 16 – 21, 2015

In this solo exhibition, the artist presents a new series of work with paintings that he created in the past 12 months.

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
February 16 – 21, 2015

ARTIST RECEPTION – FEB. 20th (5-8pm) / FEB. 21st (noon-3pm)

In this solo exhibition, the artist presents a new series of work with paintings that he created within the past 12 months.

“I will take you on a visual hike through landscapes of dense, painterly textures and exaggerated color; where compositions of distant reaching spaces form an opening for the viewer to enter into a natural world of fluid paint and expressive energy.

Influences from vivid memories of places visited along the Florida coastal environment are especially evident in the series entitled, “Rainbow River”. Each painting is developed loosely and left elusive. Through its ambitious use of large-scale canvases and my most vivid palette to date, I have attempted to keep my work adventurous, allowing the viewer a chance to explore with their own creative minds.”

"Rainbow River" oil and acrylic on canvas  48" x 46"
“Rainbow River”
oil and acrylic on canvas
48″ x 46″

Stephens’ received his BFA degree from Ringling College of Art & Design. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries throughout the United States. Stephen’s work is in private, corporate, and public collections including those of the PNC Bank, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Examples of his work can be viewed at www.tomstephenspaintings.com.

Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art
2698 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234
Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday (noon-3:00pm)

Sky Water Blues: A Series of Works Inspired by Three Geographic Locations

July 18 – September 26th, 2013
Women’s Resource Center, Sarasota, FL

An exhibit of abstract and representational personal landscapes in oil, pastel and acrylic by Sarasota artist Carol Hershberger will be on display July 18 through September 26, 2013 at The Women’s Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. 941-366-1700. Carol’s paintings are inspired by her memories. They reveal themselves in symbolic forms and are comprised of multiple layers of color, composition and materials.  The opening will take placeJuly 18 from 5-7 p.m. the Selby Room. The public is invited and refreshments will be served along with Musician Tyler Plaster of 3D Burn.

Carol grew up on a dairy farm in Holmes County, Ohio. Steeped in Mennonite tradition and ritual, she was deeply influenced by a sense of place. Quoting author Lucy Lippard in her book, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multi-centered Society, “If space is where culture is lived, then place is the result of their union”. Carol’s work embodies that sentiment. In 1997, she moved to Sarasota to attend Ringling College of Art and Design. She received her BFA in 2003 and has exhibited her work locally at Selby Gallery, Crossley Gallery, Sarasota Art Center and Selby Library. Visit www.carolannmiller.com to see examples of her art.

Beaulah's Hill, 40" x 30", acrylic and oil on canvas, 2013
Beaulah’s Hill, 40″ x 30″, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2013


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The Black Rebel Mayhem Club Tampa Charter Presents Skin Guns

March 19 – 22 2013
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College

Miranda Burns and Devon Keene are exploring the reinvention and new consciousness of self through imagery, video, and sculptural processes using this as a method to exploit the specific symbols and themes present in the work. Walter Matthews paintings obfuscate imagery taken from his immediate surroundings establishing his presence in the work through the use of mark making with both image transfer and painted response.

March 19 – 22 2013
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College

Miranda Burns and Devon Keene are exploring the reinvention and new consciousness of self through imagery, video, and sculptural processes using this as a method to exploit the specific symbols and themes present in the work. Walter Matthews paintings obfuscate imagery taken from his immediate surroundings establishing his presence in the work through the use of mark making with both image transfer and painted response.

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Miranda Burns
I am selfish; I make work about myself and girls worth talking about. The current body explores a personal mythology in the exploitation of the female trophy and the impression left on the possessor. The new consciousness of self is hunting the naïve, shameful and rebellious disposition of juvenility.

Devon Keene
This series of work is an exploration of the use of an alter ego used as a catalyst for discussing themes of authority, fetishism and daddy love. The second self is an aggrandizement of persona that allows me to discuss contents of a chimerical property- an altered state of consciousness – but in the same body.

Walter Matthews
Each painting I create poses a set of questions and problems that may be resolved in the next painting. This consequently poses another, more complex set of questions/problems and so on. Currently I have been exploring the contrast of abstraction and figuration. I aim to render visible intensities through the coupling of these two forms of representation. While creating a painting I think about affects (sensations) in the Deleuzian sense- intensities corresponding from one experiential state of the body to another; and how these different transitional states of the body may be influenced through the body’s interaction within a particular space.

I begin my paintings by photographing figures from my immediate surroundings and digitally altering them. The resulting print outs are then physically altered, cut and/or torn then transferred to the surface. I often integrate the image transfer with a painted response to create a complex handling of both abstraction and figuration. I treat the image transfer as a form of mark making that eschews the brush while also keeping a presence of hand.

2698 Bradenton Rd. Sarasota FL, 34234

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Chapters in Time

March 11 – March 15, 2013
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College

Fine Arts seniors Jessica Anne Cattle, Darcy Little and David Morais present the viewer opportunities to transcend time and memory.

March 11 – March 15, 2013
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design

Fine Arts seniors Jessica Anne Cattle, Darcy Little and David Morais present the viewer opportunities to transcend time and memory. The works in this exhibition share an underlying theme of the figure’s relation to its surroundings. The viewer is led through each artist’s reflection on past experiences of a distant yet nostalgic terrain, self‐discovery in a paradise and visions of a post-apocalyptic world.
The exhibition Chapters in Time focuses on the specific immersive aspects of the three artist’s individual works. Cattle’s work references the past, Little’s work looks at the past in comparison to the present and the future and Morais’s work captures an imagined post-apocalyptic future. The work in this exhibition functions as a portal or window into a specific environment created by each artist. It is hoped that their juxtaposition and arrangement will provide a stimulating visual journey. It is hoped that during this journey the viewer will create their own narrative.

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Jessica Anne Cattle
My work is about remembering those quiet, precious moments that one tends to forget. I want re-capture the forgotten moments in a life. I believe a landscape can be a portrait of someone, and through printmaking, watercolor painting and sewing I seek to capture the true and unique identity of someone. I want to suggest that I am evoking an aesthetic that I call Contemporary Victorian: an admixture of delicate and bold traditions of the new and the old.

JessicaAnneArt.weebly.com – jessicacattle@gmail.com

Darcy Little
During my process of painting and drawing, I am exploring the dichotomy between perception and reality. With my use of sensuous color and active line, I manipulate and excite the viewer’s observations.

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David Morais
It is 200 years into the future and the city of South Port is under the control of a supreme leader by the name of Wesley. Under her rule, new law is put in place that essentially places the modern human creature into a state of slavery. Human companionship is outlawed, and all people are to only love and adore their great leader Wesley.

Meanwhile, deep in the sewers beneath this dysfunctional society, voluptuous temptresses who would otherwise distract these slaves from Wesley are excommunicated. Wesley’s genetically enhanced enforcers are regularly sent into these sewers to eradicate the so-called menace, but fail repeatedly due to their lack of solidarity. The belles survived on the flesh of these enforcers and have become fearless and strong enough to endure, (and perhaps enjoy) life beneath.

My work brings forth this story in the form of life- size paintings on flat surfaces, in this case, doors. By inventing this universe and the characters that lie within it, I use the doors as a metaphor for entrances into this world.

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Closing night will be Friday, March 15th – 6pm – 9pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

2698 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

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A CERTAIN SCOPE: Fine Arts Senior Show

February 26 – March 1, 2013
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College

A thesis exhibition demonstrates a collection of work to contemplate human emotion and interaction under a given circumstance.

February 26 – March 1, 2013
Crossley Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design

Closing Reception – March 1 (7pm-9pm)

A thesis exhibition demonstrates a collection of work to contemplate human emotion and interaction under a given circumstance. Christopher’s work is abstracted imagery found in deemed popular culture magazines. In essence his work is commenting on life occurrence. Anna Mansberger’s series of portraits captures the importance of her subject matter by repetition and showcasing the subject’s belongings. Morgan Janssen’s work manipulates the figure stressing tensions and attitudes in each sculpture. Together we have created a visual showcase of human experiences.

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CHRIS SCHUMAKER: I attempt to preserve. Whether preserving a thought, memory or feeling, selected imagery implicates abstracted life occurrences. I’m interested in the interaction of life and how perception plays a roll in shaping our cognition.
I tend to work based in the medium of collage. I most recently moved into the object realm and tend to further my exploration in combining the two. Website: artbychris.tumblr.com / Email: cschumak@c.ringling.edu

ANNA MANSBERGER: My work consists of a series of portraits in a response to the loss of someone near to me. The accumulation of portraits is isolated with simple backdrops to bring the focus to the subtleties and details presented. The paintings reveal an insight to this individual by creating a dialogue between them. Website: www.annamansberger.tumblr.com / Email: amansber@c.ringling.edu

MORGAN JANSSEN: My work focuses on ambiguous figures by not accentuating a gender but how the body interacts with itself. The figures lead towards their singular selves internalizing their identity in settings of discomfort and awkwardness. I am pushing towards the progression of a unique internal dialogue with each piece. Website: www.morganjanssen.com / Email: mljanssen007@gmail.com

2698 Bradenton Road Sarasota, FL 34234

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