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

Judith Kindler

Judith Kindler

It’s like peeling an onion. Work that, at first glance, appears serene, lovely, ethereal, humorous then, for the patient viewer, begins to reveal what lies beneath. And sometimes, what lies there are more questions. But, for every viewer, my work is never one thing, never singular, never simple. Each piece is built layer upon layer, and it is revealed layer by layer, both in narrative and process.

This explains why most of my work is a melding of media both diverse and complex. Photography, sculpture, painting, encaustics, polymers and resins, and found objects are joined to express what cannot otherwise be expressed; that which cannot be put into words in individual works or large installations. The collections often are responses to highly personal current or past events. Through this lens of intimacy, I try to interpret our greater social impact — shared dreams, frustrations, hopes, despairs. Through the work, I find that my unconscious thoughts cross into the conscious. Is it my story I’m telling? Or is it yours? I am exposing, and I am exposed. The theme for each collection opens a door to a body of work that consumes me for the next 1 to 3 years. I explore both the psychological and physical reactions to life experiences. The figures I employ (often as white as chalk and devoid of detail) are a transparent expression, idea or emotion. They are each of us.


Seattle based artist, Judith Kindler has been awarded the 2009 PONCHO Artist of the Year Award. Poncho announced this prestigious award Thursday evening in a special event held at Escala honoring Kindler and the 2009 Poncho Merit Award winners. Upon accepting the award, Kindler choked up, mentioning how much this honor meant to her and went on to say how much Poncho does for the artistic community in the Northwest of which she was equally grateful.

Judith Kindler is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, photography, and photo-based work embedded in encaustic. Judith’s past awards include serving as Master Artist at Pratt Fine Arts, a PONCHO Merit Award for Excellence, and a Gold Award for Excellence in Printing for her design and publication of the book “Defining Truth/ Judith Kindler . She also has been the recipient of two Roscoe Awards for Innovation in Textiles in the applied arts”

Of her own work, Judith says, “My work deals with the currents of sociological interactions. Whether I am focusing on a more autobiogra-phical subject or cultural trend, I endeavor to lay bare the common threads of the human experience, allowing my own observations to inform my work.”

Outside of the studio, Judith is a hardworking ambassador for the arts in the greater Seattle community. She has been an active trustee on the Boards of PONCHO and Cornish College of the Arts. She has Co-Chaired both the Bellevue Arts Museum 's and Poncho's Fine Art Auctions and sat on the Art Auction committees of BAM, Poncho and Pratt. She has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Contemporary Arts Council of The Seattle Art Museum. In 2005 she generously established an endowed scholarship for Cornish College of the Arts to be given every year to a student who is innovative in the visual arts.

Judith was also instrumental in the task force charged with envisioning of Seattle Center ’s “Theatre District” including the Seattle Rep, Intiman, the Seattle Ballet, and the then-named Opera House, and she also sat on Kirkland 's Arts Commission Development Task Force.

Judith's art can be found in many major collections, both public and private, and she exhibits her work through these galleries in the US : Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, Gebert Contemporary Gallery in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, Forre and Co. Fine Art in Aspen, and Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland, Maine.

Hella Maas

Hella Maas

"Welcome to the website of Hella Maas, painter of still lifes and portraits in oil. You will find an overview of my still life paintings and portraits. Contemporary and realistic artwork.

I work every day from my studio in Kwadijk, 15 kilometers north of Amsterdam. My paintings are realistic. My still lifes are painted to a still life I place on a table in front of me. While I work the light changes constantly and I change things in the painting to make it look stronger, like the light for example of making colors work together. I like to paint with very little color, I call it my typical non color style.

After four years of art school, at the Wackers Academy in Amsterdam, I decided I wanted to develop working on stilllife further. I continued looking for teachers who have specialized in this kind of work. I've been in the studio of Martin Boffé painted in Antwerp where I learned a lot."

Charles Williams

Charles Williams

Charles Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter from Georgetown, South Carolina and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. From utilizing oils for the basis of landscapes, each painting captures his reflection of human emotions in response to and in sync with the natural environment. Recent achievements and awards include a Hudson River Landscape Fellowship, featured work in the Artists Magazines 28th Annual Art Competition, honorable mention from Southwest Art Magazines 21 Emerging Under 31 competition, 2012 Winner of the Fine Art Category from Creative Quarterly, 2013 selected artist for 28th Positive Negative juried art exhibition at East Tennessee State University, juror/curated by Michael Ray Charles from PBS Ar21, one of 25 selected artists for 2012 Dave Bown Project in Chicago, juror/curated by Karl Hecksher, owner K5 Editions, New York, Andrea Karnes, curator at Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Mary Kate O’Hare, curator American Art, Newark Museum, 2nd place Bluecanvas Publication international competition “Environments,” and featured cover artist of Composite and Professional Artist Magazine. Williams' works has been shown in American Art Collector, Empty Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Grand Strand, Studio Visit, Bluecanvas and other national publications. He was recently interviewed and broadcast on ETV/ NPR station, entitled: Nature Through the Eyes of an Artist. His contemporary landscapes have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries in New York, Vermont, California, Georgia, South Carolina and several other southeastern states.

Statement of Purpose

I explore the relationship between human emotions and the natural environment. These parallel
perspectives are the basis for my landscapes channeled onto canvas. Often, it's my perception that
I feel compelled to paint a specific landscape. These feelings inspire me to capture honest moments,
showing others a glimpse of what’s beneath the surface.


Grants And Awards
2013 2013 Griffith-Reyburn Artist of the Year Award; Coastal Community Foundation
2013 Selected artist for 28th Positive Negative National Juried Art Exhibition at
East Tennessee State University. Juror/curated by Michael Ray Charles from PBS Art21
2012 Dave Bown Project (25 Selected International Artist) Chicago, IL
juried/curated by Karl Hecksher, Owner of K5 Editions, New York;
Andrea Karnes, Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth;
and Mary Kate O’Hare, Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum
2012 BluecanvasPublication 2nd place International Competition “Environments”
2012 Creative Quarterly Publication (Fine Arts Professional Category)
2011 10 Most Popular Artist on EIL Year Review -Escape Into Life
2011 28th Annual Art Competition (landscape/interior category), Semi-finalist
- the Artist Magazine
2011 21 Emerging Under 31, Honorable Mention -Southwest Art Magazine
2011 Artist of the month,
2009 Hudson River Landscape Fellowship,"Grand Central Academy" Hunter, NY
2001-2003 Best of Show, Georgetown County Rice Museum, SC

Teaching Experience
2013 Instructor, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
2013 Instructor, School of the Arts (SOA), North Charleston, SC
2013 Alumni Spotlight Lecture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, SC
2012 North Charleston School of the Arts (SOA) - Juror for 2013 enrolled Students,
North Charleston, SC
2012 C. E. Williams Collaborative, Pawleys Island, & Charleston, SC
2012 Instructor, Artist Loft School, Charleston, SC
2012 Artist and Residence, Waccamaw Elementary, Intermediate, & High, Pawleys Island, SC
2012 Porter Gaud - Juror for Annual Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC
2011 Artist and Residence, Waccamaw Intermediate, Pawleys Island, SC
2003 Teacher Assistant, Georgetown Gifted and Talented Program, Georgetown, SC

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2006 Savannah, GA

Georgetown, South Carolina, January 21,1984



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