Midwest Modern: Meet Contemporary Acrylic Artist John Chehak
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1M ago
When John Chehak graduated with a degree in pharmacy, he couldn’t have guessed that 25 years later he would become a professional artist. Now, as he travels to juried fine art fairs throughout the Midwest, this acrylic artist blends playful, colorful creativity with sensible decisions around framing and production. Marshmallow Clouds One magazine editor described ..read more
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Urban Abstractions: Meet Photographer & Architect Alan Chimacoff
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1M ago
One look at Alan Chimacoff’s photographs and it’s obvious that his architecture career shapes his work. Fascinated by everyday urban landscapes, this Princeton, New Jersey, photographer explores the real and illusory space of the manmade world — revealing humanity’s presence despite the absence of people in his photography.  Geometric Cohesion As Alan captures city life ..read more
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Midwest Modern: Meet Contemporary Acrylic Artist John Check
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1M ago
When John Chehak graduated with a degree in pharmacy, he couldn’t have guessed that 25 years later he would become a professional artist. Now, as he travels to juried fine art fairs throughout the Midwest, this acrylic artist blends playful, colorful creativity with sensible decisions around framing and production. Marshmallow Clouds One magazine editor described ..read more
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Best Practices for Shipping Your Artwork
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1M ago
I recently had my first solo exhibition at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. The gallery’s policy is that all artwork must remain at the exhibit until after the show closes. One of the customers who purchased a framed artwork from me lives in another state and couldn’t make a return trip to pick ..read more
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Paint, Pencils, and Healing: Meet Artist Veronica Winters
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2M ago
For Veronica Winters, the road from Russia to Naples, Florida, was rocky yet fruitful. This prolific artist studied classical art traditions at three schools (earning a BFA and an MFA), using art to process her emotional journey. Along the way, she learned how to handle creative blocks according to their root causes. Secrets of the ..read more
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Glam Decor Style: A Complete Guide
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3M ago
Essence of Elegance Over-the-top opulence isn’t anything new. When you consider the Taj Mahal, the Biltmore Estate, and assorted castles throughout Europe, you realize humans have been enamored with sumptuous luxury through the ages. These days, Glam Decor can be a style “umbrella” that includes subcategories such as Timeless Glamour, Vintage Glamour, Farmhouse Glam, Earthy ..read more
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From Critique to Refocus: Meet Artist and Photographer Alison Thomas
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4M ago
Have you ever felt the sting of a critical remark about your artwork?  When a fellow artist told Alison Thomas that her photography looked like everyone else’s, she was taken aback. But then the Louisa, Virginia, artist used that feedback as fuel, finding a way to differentiate her art and raise it to a new ..read more
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Lodge Decor Style: A Complete Guide
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4M ago
Bringing the Outdoors In Have you ever spent time in a mountain cabin or ski lodge? If so, you can picture the scene in your mind. Simple or grand, your surroundings may have included rugged furnishings, thick plaid blankets, wood-paneled or log walls, a stone fireplace crackling with flames, and glorious views of nature just ..read more
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How to Pursue, Secure, and Prepare for an Art Show
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4M ago
Case Study: “Night Creatures of Rainbow Mountain” What do Bobcats, Flying Squirrels, and Eastern Screech Owls have in common? They all party in my backyard at night. Of course, I fully approve of these nocturnal revelers. We set up game cameras around our home on Rainbow Mountain in Montreat, North Carolina, just to capture images ..read more
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Digital Illustration as an Art Medium
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4M ago
Like many artists, I enjoy exploring new art mediums as often as I can to challenge myself creatively. From Plein Air painting and sketching with graphite or colored pencils to acrylic portraiture and digital illustration, if I can learn a new technique from a skilled master or fellow creative, I’m there! Some of you may ..read more
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