Introduction by Laudelina Martinez
A group of six well-established artists bring work to this exhibition that firmly demonstrates a sense of trust in our collective futures, whether because of divine intervention or the determination of human endeavor. As we move through the immediate threat that this pandemic presents to the world, a call for blessings is either a prayer, a cry that establishes an expectation for an eventual solution, or a deeply felt hopefulness in our ability to survive yet another crucible.
Laudelina Martinez, Curator
Hannah Davis, Curatorial Assistant
Born in Puerto Rico, Juan Alberto Negroni is an artist based in Dallas, Texas. He received an MFA in Studio Arts, an MA in Art History/Museum Studies, and BFA in printmaking. His work has shown in the U.S., Europe, and China and is in museums in Puerto Rico. He has participated in solo and group shows, is documented in magazines, and received the Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award. Having a residency in Dijon, France among other things, has allowed him to spread his love for Puerto Rican ecology which Negroni’s work primarily features.
Conard Holton grew up in rural Pennsylvania which encouraged his attachment to the outdoors. Painting in his studio or plein air has allowed his work to represent the fleeting beauty of nature. The Adirondacks in New York are often the subject of his work. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and does many group shows at museums in the area. He is an artist with an abiding interest in publishing and writing about science and technology. Holton seeks to connect humans with nature through his work.
Mary Wheeler is an artist who works in a variety of mediums, such as metals, fine stones, photography, and painting. She lives in Upstate New York where she has been a gallerist with a record of exhibitions. Wheeler has taught art and jewelry design. She designs and creates jewelry of outstanding quality.
Puente Puente is an artist and teacher who lives and has a studio in Brownsville, TX. Born in Mexico City, she adopted the name Puente Puente. She studied at Instituto Nacional de Bella Artes’ schools, Antigua Academia, and attended workshops with Mexican master artists Tamayo and Cuevas. Puente’s work is featured in collections globally, such as in Germany, Mexico, Canada, Bangladesh, and all over the United States. Her surrealistic painting sometimes features an iconographic style.
Chris DeMarco is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Upstate New York. She is considered one of the best in the region, admired for work that shows abandoned spaces that call to mind the shortness of life. She has been an art teacher at the college level. DeMarco also exhibits and curates on a regular basis. Besides being an artist, she has a business in Lark St. called National Upholstery company.
Barbara Masterson’s work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Italy, and Germany. She has participated in juried, solo, and group shows throughout the United States. Masterson earned an MA in education from SUNY New Paltz, and taught art for many years. In late May 2015, while painting en plein air on a local farm, she began adding migrant workers to her work. Masterson maintains a farm and studio in the Hudson Valley.
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