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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Susan Crouch

"I remember...

I remember riding my bike to summer art lessons at the Children's  Museum.  
It was located in a rambling, old house with a helicopter in the front yard - what child wouldn't love this place?  All hot and sweaty from a two mile ride in the Florida sun, I'd park my bike and run up the back steps to an enclosed porch where art class was held.  I remember the feeling of stepping through that door into a magical, paint-spattered sanctuary.  During those summer months on the back porch, a love for painting was born.

Many years of events seemingly unrelated to art followed this beginning.
There was college, marriage, a move to North Carolina, and the birth of two sons.  My family was the primary focus during this time, and many weekends were spent together backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains where we were immersed in the beauty of God's creation.  I didn't realize it at the time, but He had begun to fan that little flame again.

My boys grew older.  More time became available.  Then one summer I registered for an art class at our local community college and stepped through that door again.

So the journey continues. I am a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and have been published in Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision and Splash 14: Light and Color  (North Light Books).  I’ve had the opportunity to study with outstanding nationally known artists such as Cheng-Khee Chee, Frederick Graff, and Joseph Fettingis.  In addition to displaying at art festivals throughout the Southeast and teaching workshops, I've enjoyed doing freelance work for the DaySpring division of Hallmark.  The beauty of God's Word and His glorious creation continue to be the inspiration for my watercolor paintings."

Susan Crouch

Artist Statement

Psalm 19:1 says "The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands."  This is a timeless message -  one that crosses all language barriers.  It's the message I hope to echo in my paintings.

I work primarily in transparent watercolor because its character allows for awonderful blending of spontaneity and control.  As a result, my paintings are a fusion of realistic and interpretive elements.  Most projects begin with preliminary sketches to determine composition, value pattern, and colors.  Once these initial decisions are in place, I follow where the watercolor leads me.

I enjoy painting a variety of subjects including flowers, figures, wildlife, and landscapes. My primary focus is always on the light and its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.  But the longer I paint, the more I realize - it's all pretty extraordinary.

Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Les Rencontres d’Arles festival in 2007, France, OH in 2009, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain in 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH in 2010 and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany in 2011. Her video Green Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA for over a year, and was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in LA. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions. In 2006, Marilyn Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and in a collaboration with Creative Time she installed billboards all over Chelsea in New York city. In 2009, she had solo exhibits at Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Salon 94, New York. In 2011 Minter had a solo exhibition at Team Gallery, New York. She was featured in Commercial Break, at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture and POST, for the 2011 Venice Biennale. Her work is currently featured in “ Riotous Baroque”, a group exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich which will travel to the Guggenheim Bilbao in June 2013.

Alexei Butirskiy

Born in Moscow in 1974, Alexei Butirskiy entered Moscow Art College in 1992. In 1996 he finished his studies at the Art College and graduated with an Excellence Diploma. In 1998 he completed the Russian Academy of the Arts where he studied under respected professor L.S. Hasyanova.

By 1996, he was participating in numerous exhibitions, including the Russian Union of Artists, the Moscow Union of Artists, and the Art-Salon at the Manezh in Moscow. From 1998 to 2000, he had six one-man shows in the Central House of Artists, and in 2001 his work was featured as part of the Russian Post-Impressionism auctions in London.

Since 1996, Butirskiy has participated in over 10 exhibitions, one man shows and auctions both in Russia and in England and over 25 shows in the United States.


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