Author: Renee Phillips

Experiencing New Beginnings Through Art

“It all begins when the soul would have its way with you.” ~ Emerson Every minute of every day is an opportunity to release the past and to renew our faith and dreams. Our inspiration for renewal often comes from the help of artists who raise our awareness and motivate us to see the world around us with a new pair of eyes. As Director of Manhattan Arts International, I was curious to see different artists’ interpretations of the concept of new beginnings. So in September, 2014, I announced a call to artists for a “New Beginnings” juried online...

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Munch: Van Gogh — Exhibition at The Van Gogh Museum

Ask any artist or art enthusiast to name their favorite artists and invariably Vincent van Gogh will spring to mind. As an art student I was enthralled by his life and inspired by his artistic contributions. In spite of his lack of career success during his lifetime, he is viewed as one of the most influential Post-Impressionist artists to have laid the foundation of modern art. Vincent van Gogh’s legacy lives on at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam where he continues to have a prominent impact on the world. The museum achieves its mission to make the...

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Four Artists Convey the Power of the Human Spirit

In art it requires enormous discipline and many years of practice to master the human form. It is not enough to replicate the figure; it is important for artists to evoke thoughts and emotions — to transform viewers — through their art. Artists Rose Adare, Bren Sibilsky, Joanne St-Cyr and Frantisek Strouhal accomplish these tasks. In their own unique styles,  they convey powerful expressions about the human spirit. They have also acquired international recognition, honors and awards for their work. Rose Adare Rose Adare is a Classical Realist painter who currently lives in Hawaii. Her oil paintings on Belgium...

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Elke Daemmrich: Winner of A Luxe Beat Magazine Award

Elke Daemmrich creates dynamic, colorful paintings in addition to detailed engravings that celebrate the magnificence of the natural world. Sherrie Wilkolaski recently selected Daemmrich to win one of three Luxe Beat Magazine Awards among the 43 finalists in the Manhattan Arts International juried competition: “The Healing Power of ART”. The purpose of this online exhibition is to reward artistic excellence to artists worldwide for art that serves as a catalyst for healing. About the exhibition Wilkolaski stated: “The impact of art on the healing process is very well documented and yet so underutilized. It is all about creating awareness. These...

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Bringing Hope to Hospital Patients: The Foundation for Photo/Art

There is growing scientific evidence which confirms that certain types of art, such as soothing nature images, can actually reduce pain, anxiety and stress. Based on this knowledge an increasing number of hospitals are decorating their walls with art as a way to enhance the well-being and recovery process of their patients. Elaine Poggi is an extraordinary nature photographer who lives in Italy. I first met her when I served as a juror for the annual Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of Art” exhibition and selected one of her exuberant floral photographs for the exhibition. The artist, who...

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Artist Kimberly Forness Wilson Turned a Personal Tragedy Into a Gift

Kimberly Forness Wilson is a multi-talented artist, singer, and inventor from Maui, Hawaii and Grand Forks, North Dakota. In addition to having an accomplished art career she presents a variety of creativity workshops to help people in recovery, individuals with mental challenges, children with special needs, and at-risk youth. The artist derives enormous satisfaction in teaching others, “how to tap into the creative force which is within all of us.” For five years Wilson has been presenting “Mental Health Art Tribe”, a workshop designed for artists dealing with mental health issues. She takes pride in the fact that her...

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Thomas Hart Benton’s “America Today” Mural

Thomas Hart Benton’s “America Today” Mural at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Mural painting has come a long way since its first appearance around 30,000 BC, with the famous paintings in the Chauvet Cave in Ardèche department of southern France. As it progressed into modern times, the term “mural” was often associated with the Mexican “muralista” art movement and the renowned artist Diego Rivera. One of the most esteemed muralists in the United States was Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), a painter from Missouri, who was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. The artist attracted enormous appeal for...

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Nadine Robbins Paints Unconventional Portraits and Oysters

Whether Nadine Robbins is creating a large painting of a family portrait or a closeup view of vibrant red oysters glistening on a bed of ice, her approach is always  unconventional. The unique perspective that she brings to her light-filled realistic paintings has attracted the attention of numerous collectors and praise from the art community. For instance, critic John Seed, writing in the Huffington Post, chose Robbin’s portrait “Mrs. McDonald” as one of his “Ten Memorable Paintings for 2013.” Seed praised the “sultry mood and unique beauty” of the image, and was then inspired to write a second article...

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Neo-Impressionism And The Dream Of Realities At The Phillips Collection

During the late 1800s, painters in Europe were in search of new ways to express themselves. Impressionism was a major movement that came to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. Shortly thereafter, Neo-Impressionism made its entry. The term “Neo-Impressionism” was coined by French art critic, Félix Fénéon, in 1886 to describe an exciting art movement founded by artist Georges Seurat and his friends. In 1886, Seurat and this new group of artists presented its first exhibition as the Société des Artistes Indépendants (Salon des Indépendants), in Paris. Seurat’s iconic painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande...

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WOMEN FASHION POWER at The Design Museum

Powerful women from past to present, from Coco Chanel to CEOs, as well as those who reign in the worlds of royalty and entertainment, have used fashion to define themselves, represent their unique personalities, and proclaim their positions of authority. Their individual style choices serve as instruments for self-expression. Suffice it to say, fashion is an integral component in the visual language of society. As the title suggests, WOMEN FASHION POWER, an exhibition at the Design Museum in the UK, promises to be electrifying and colorful.  Visitors will take a multi-media journey through the display of historic pieces of...

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History, Art, Beauty, and Fashion Come Alive in NYC Museums

Three compelling New York museum exhibitions reflect the course of history and share a common thread of beauty, fashion and glamour in different ways. The “Gilded Age” at the Museum of the City of New York provides a view of the 19th century lifestyle of the elite in New York, while the “Killer Heels” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum encompasses decades of styles of high heel shoes. An exhibition of Cubist Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art would not have come to fruition without the 40 year collection of cosmetics mogul Leonard A. Lauder. We know that Cubism...

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Artist Karen Yee Captures The Essence of Her Subjects

Paintings of People in Contemporary Realism Karen Yee lives in El Segundo, California with her husband and two daughters. She was born into an artistic environment and throughout her life her modes of creative expression have taken many different forms. She is a prolific and versatile painter in the style of Contemporary Realism. She paints people in their indigenous apparel and natural environment with awe-inspiring accuracy and an air of mystery. Her range of subjects is impressive and includes those in the realms of Judaica, Asia, and Music. She has even created a series of Pirate paintings. In addition to...

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