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Big Beauty and Form Sense in Contemporary Figurative Practice

by Patricia Watwood

 "Perhaps it is beauty that will save us in the end."-DostoevskyMy mentor Martha Erlebacher (1937–2013) passed away from cancer last year. I studied drawing with her at the New York Academy of Art, and her influence on me has been deep. In a field of few female role models, she was a singular example of a professional woman of... More »

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The Spiritual Currency of Sylvia Maier’s Painting

by Sarah Sutro

Sylvia Maier creates everyday tableaux and multicultural portraits with deep empathy toward the people, places and situations she paints. In casual social situations like a café, a bakery or a concert, she first draws... More »

A Conversation with Bo Bartlett: Artist, Patron, Community Leader

by James Lancel McElhinney

I met with Georgia native Bo Bartlett to discuss the arts center bearing his name at Columbus State University. Our meeting took place at the Warwick Hotel, but we first met in the late seventies, and our paths crossed... More »

Chaos and Catharsis in the Paintings of Stephen Hannock

by Sarah Sutro

Striding through the studios where he works in North Adams, Massachusettes, Stephen Hannock’s talk ranges from his method of painting, the art world, mentors and friends, to serious life challenges. Beginning as a... More »