5th Annual Promising Artists Exhibition

May/June 2021

The Grosse Pointe Artists Association 5th Annual Promising Artists Exhibition is open for in-person viewing from  2 - 6:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 6 - June 3.

A celebration of the show and the artists involved will be held 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 11, in the gallery. The program will include award-winning artists Jerome Patryjak and Julian Wong. Link here for details.

The following pieces are listed in alphabetical order according to the artist's last name.

Slowly Fading 1 by Arielle Anderson
Description: For this photo I used a dark room, flashlight, and a long exposure which allowed me to have the fading effect. These 'Slowly Fading' photos are meant to show how when someone's mental health declines they tend to stray away from their happier selves.
Dimensions: 11inx14in
Material: Dslr camera and flashlight
Price: $40.00

Lipka's by Sarah Blum
Description: A perspective landscape painting of the storefront of Lipka's Drug Store in Montague, Michigan. This soda fountain is a core memory from my childhood that I know I always will remember.
Dimensions: 29inx14in
Material: Acrylic on Canvas
Price: NFS

Movie me by Frannie Boyle
Description: This piece was inspired by the movie poster for the film Frances Ha. I used charcoal to try to emulate the feel of the black and white photo used in the poster.
Dimensions: 13inx20in
Material: Charcoal
Price: NFS

Day turns to Night by Sophia Carozza
Description: When my dad replaced my broken ceiling fan I did not want to waste the blades, so I painted a landscape series from day to night. The long skinny blades were great for land and sky!
Dimensions: Triptych: covers 26in wide by 18in high
Material: Acrylic paint on ceiling fan blades
Price: NFS

Corsage by Scarlett Draper
Description: This piece was created in the fall of 2020, while were were in lockdown. I used the stippling technique to create a prom memory that I hope to experience in my senior year.
Dimensions: 12inx12in
Material: Colored pencils and ink pens
Price: NFS

 

Waddles by Scarlett Draper
Description: This is my pet duck, Waddles, raised from 2 days old. He had an accident when he was still a duckling, and now walks with a limp. He is my favorite duck in our small brood. This painting captures Waddles wrapped in a towel after a nice bath.
Dimensions: 5inx7in
Material: Acrylic paint
Price:NFS

Coco by Scarlett Draper
Description: This is my Corgi puppy, Coco. She was the cutest thing as a puppy, so I wanted to capture her in a collage.
Dimensions: 12inx12in
Material: Colored paper
Price: NFS

BEST OF SHOW for body of work 
Thoughts and Memories
by Maria Garcia Rivera
Description: This piece was inspired by an old photo of my dad. I wanted to communicate a refreshing green scenery while getting across a pensive feeling. It is a busy piece in detail, but from afar it has a contrasting calm vibe.
Dimensions: 7.5inx11in
Material: Watercolor
Price: prints: $20

Winter Day by Maria Garcia Rivera
Description: This piece shows me walking home with my friends one day. I wanted to capture this moment almost as if I was already looking back on it. It serves to remind me of the winter season and good times during my high school years. I wanted to add lots of detail and different elements in this piece to create a very whole scenery.
Dimensions: 9inx12in
Material: Pencil on bristol board
Price: prints: $18 or $12

Time by Chloe Harb
Description: 2D digital art painting, 1-1
Dimensions: 11inx8.6in
Material: Adobe Photoshop
Price: $80

Time & Death by Patsy Koppy
Description: I used photoshop to put together a portrait of Time and Death. This shows that death is always lurking behind you and to represent you running out of time. I wanted to show Time and Death as a couple in an old portrait standing together.
Dimensions: 11inx14in
Material: Inkjet print
Price: $40

 

Body in the Fridge by Patsy Koppy
Description: I used photoshop to make Body in the Fridge. I used a person holding a teddy bear to make them look innocent and and then contrasted that with a dead, bloody body in the fridge.
Dimensions: 11inx14in
Material: Inkjet print
Price: $40

 Who Am I by Sabrina Kroll
Description: This piece was designed to show the different personalities I portray to others in contrast to how I feel inside. This piece also drew inspiration from Andy Warhol’s self portrait style.
Dimensions: 16inx20in
Material: Canvas and acrylic paint
Price: NFS

 

 Jam of the Sea by Lizzie Lukas
Description: This jellyfish was created using acrylic paint, tulle, and canvas.
Dimensions: 11inx16in
Material: Acrylic and tulle
Price: NFS

Crow by Lizzie Lukas
Description: This crow was one of my first realistic drawings using a digital format, which at the time was a new media for me.
Dimensions: 11inx16in
Material: Digital painting
Price: $75

THIRD PLACE for body of work

December Sky by Ellie Martin
Description: This painting is of a cottage in Harrisville, Michigan. I spend a lot of time with my family in Harrisville, and it has become a place where I can go to reflect, paint, and unplug. While in quarantine, I was unable to travel and painted this piece using pointillism to remind myself of the peacefulness of the forest and the natural world.
Dimensions: 8inx10in
Material: Acrylic paint
Price: NFS

Just Yesterday by Ellie Martin
Description: This charcoal drawing depicts my mom, aunt, and uncle when they were younger. It expresses their personalities and captures the importance of family. The piece represents how both time and childhood can fly by, and how a photo captured years ago can feel like it was taken just yesterday.
Dimensions: 12inx9in
Material: Charcoal pencils
Price: NFS

Eye by Gabby Noble
Description: This piece is a mosaic created out of pieces of scrap glass, which were glued onto the board and completed with grout.
Dimensions: 12inx8in
Material: Glass
Price: $175

Cherries by Mia Pyenta
Description: While painting these cherries I really wanted to focus on shading the dark parts of the cherries. I decided to use a neutral background so all the attention is on the cherries.
Dimensions: 6inx10in
Material: Watercolor
Price: NFS

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In My Head by Alexandra Randall
Description: This piece displays what goes on in my head, showing my emotions in colorful patterns.
Dimensions: 11inx11in
Material: Markers, paint, pens
Price: $50

The Wind Brings the Stars by Angelina Randazzo
Description: I created a colorful acrylic painting showcasing lots of movement and different mediums. I scattered the mirror pieces throughout the woman's hair and used them to give the stars an extra shine. This was to add complexity to the piece and make it a scavenger hunt for the viewer to find all of the pieces hidden in her hair.
Dimensions: 24inx34in
Material: Acrylic paint and multimedia on tapestry
Price: NFS

My Old Shoe by Angelina Randazzo
Description: This drawing was an intensive study of one of my shoes. I had a photoshoot with it and adjusted the lighting to my preference. After that, the drawing started. This piece's intensive detail was important to tell a story of all the places the shoe has been.
Dimensions: 7inx9in
Material: Graphite on paper
Price: NFS

Paths to the Unknown by Giovanna Randazzo
Description: My theme and inspiration for this piece was all of the different and unknown paths there are and how you can get lost in them, like how you can get lost in a forest.
Dimensions: 24inx35in
Material: Canvas, acrylic paint, fabric, and safety pins
Price: NFS

Death Behind the Door by Giovanna Randazzo
Description: My inspiration for the piece was from a photo I had taken. Because of its dark shadows I decided to create a charcoal drawing of it to fit the dark ominous theme.
Dimensions: 12inx18in
Material: Charcoal
Price: NFS

Walking in Someone Else's Shoes by Sarah Riashi
Description: This charcoal drawing depicts someone walking in another person's shoes. The shoes not fitting is a metaphor for being unable to really understand what someone else's life is like.
Dimensions: 20inx15in
Material: Charcoal on paper
Price: NFS

2021's Girl With a Pearl Earring by Sarah Riashi
Description: This painting is the modern day version of "The Girl With a Pearl Earring." She demonstrates the idea of natural beauty and fits into today's culture. Her mask and different features show the time period she is living through.
Dimensions: 11inx14in
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Price: NFS

Stressed Makeup by Sarah Riashi
Description: This drawing shows two types of makeup, the highlighter and an old mascara brush. The pallet is distressed and broken from overuse. The pressure that has been put on this pallet has destroyed it. Now that it is not perfect anymore it is viewed as trash.
Dimensions: 7inx7in
Material: Pencil on paper
Price: NFS

HONORABLE MENTION

Ascension by Arise Rock
Description: Ascension focuses on the seemingly never ending cycle of racism and brutality in our country. George Floyd is rising into the sky after his death, and on both sides of him are protesters, those from the civil rights movement and from this past year. It forces the viewer to consider that even though we've come so far, there are still voices that must be heard, and stories that must be told.
Dimensions: 20inx30in
Material: Acrylic, pencil, marker on canvas
Price: NFS 

Cupcake by Lynne Romanelli
Description: A mosaic of a cupcake, inspired by my baking hobby.
Dimensions: 8inx11.75in
Material: Glass, board
Price: NFS

Monet inspired Water Lilies sneakers by Ava Said
Description: I hand painted sneakers for my mom in a Monet water lilies theme. Monet is her favorite artist.
Dimensions: 9inx3.5in
Material: Acrylic paint
Price: NFS

A Magical Road to Tayt by Ava Said
Description: This is a painting of my best friend Tayt that I met in summer camp in New Hampshire. I don't see her because I live in Michigan, so I painted her in a field looking back at me, and a white road that crosses the landscape, which signifies that there will always be a way to find my friend Tayt and that she will be there waiting for me.
Dimensions: 20inx16in
Material: Oil paint
Price: NFS

Clutter in the Art Room by Julia Tibbits
Description: Open composition acrylic painting
Dimensions: 18inx12in
Material: Acrylic on paper
Price: $80

The Soul by Nicole Werner
Description: With this piece, I heavily incorporated the elements line and color to display a surrealistic preview into a creative spirit.
Dimensions: 8inx10in
Material: Photograph (digital art)
Price: $50

Outside The Box by Nicole Werner
Description: This piece incorporates surrealism to depict how children have out of the box thinking with a greater imagination as a result.
Dimensions: 16inx11in
Material: Photograph (digital art)
Price: $50

In the Mind of a Shy Girl by Paige Westergaard
Description: This piece represents what it's like as a quiet girl in a loud world. While she may be silent, her mind flows on with creativity.
Dimensions: 11inx14in
Material: Acrylic painting on canvas
Price: $50

HONORABLE MENTION
The Journey of Ideas by Victoria Wheeler
Description: This piece depicts the journey my ideas take from me to the paper and back out again.
Dimensions: 12inx18in
Material: Photo transfer, watercolor pencil, and graphite on paper
Price: $100

SECOND PLACE for body of work

1derful Being by Bryan Wilson
Description: This piece is about my journey as an artist, as I am the subject being consumed by my own artwork and being caught up in what to create and who to become in this art world.
Dimensions: 40inx20in
Material: Oil paint
Price: $1,000

1derful Beauty by Bryan Wilson
Description: This piece is a celebration of the beauty of the woman. The bone hands are not of threat but are of admiration, respect and awe.
Dimensions: 30inx24in
Material: Oil paint
Price: $600

Fast Life by Bryan Wilson
Description: This piece is about living the fast life, living life on adrenaline. The skeleton represents the being, because anyone can fall into this same position and be victim to the same morals of the skeleton subject.
Dimensions: 18inx24in
Material: Oil paint
Price: $400

American Road Trip

June 10 – July 29, 2021

THEME: With summer comes dreams of vacations -- hitting the road to explore new countryside, revisiting favorite places and going to annual warm weather events. 

JUROR: Travel Michigan Executive Director David Lorenz has been in charge of marketing for Michigan's tourism industry since 2002. Other states look to him for his experience and knowledge. Last year, he was a judge for the Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards.

The following art is listed in alphabetical order according to the last name of the artists.

Lovely Lily by Sylvia Bandyke
Description: Photo collage with photo of a water lily flanked by shots of squills
Dimensions: 14inx14in framed
Material: Photography
Price: $100 framed

 Parting of the Clouds by Sylvia Bandyke
Description: Photo collage with scenes from the Meijer Gardens (inside and outdoors)
Dimensions: 14inx14in framed
Material: Photography
Price: $100 framed

Everything That Never Was by Michelle Boggess
Description: On a trip to West Virginia, a friend and I decided to hike some of the rural areas surrounding her family's land. We came across an old bridge that seemed to float in the sky. There were signs warning us not to cross. To this day I wonder what was on the other side.
Dimensions: 18inx24 in
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Price: $400

Awakening by Michelle Boggess
Description: In my early 20's I helped a friend move across country with nothing more than a disposable camera and a backpack. Most days were mundane with nothing more than the road to look at. But this particular day we were forced to pull over on a random exit and wait for a storm to pass. This painting is inspired by the view we had from the side of the road somewhere from a hill in Colorado.
Dimensions: 18inx24in
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Price: $400

Sultry Evening in Savannah by Kim Bristol
Description: View from balcony of an iconic southern street in Savannah.
Dimensions: 16inx20in
Material: Watercolor paints and pencils
Price: NFS

Sunset in Middle America by Kim Bristol
Description: Sunset from highway with silhouette of farm
Dimensions: 16inx20in
Material: Watercolor paints and pencils
Price: NFS

 

Bud Break by Julie Carion
Description: 'Bud Break' is a celebration of renewed life and the tender vines and buds at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery on Old Mission Peninsula
Dimensions: 8inx10in 
Material: Photography
Price: $95


As the Crow Flies by Denise Carozza
Description: This mobile evokes the feeling of freedom when you are on a road trip.
Dimensions: 6 feet long. Hangs from the ceiling.
Material: Paper and wire
Price: $60

Destination Irrelevant by Denise Carozza
Description: The open road is often as good as the destination.
Dimensions: 24inx16in
Material: Mixed media
Price: $125

BEST of SHOW

And the River Flows by Anastasia Chamiok
Description: This pastel drawing depicts the natural beauty of our country's many rivers and surrounding vegetation.
Dimensions: 20inx16in
Material: Chalk pastel
Price: $160

Crossing the Missouri by Chris Charron
Description: Rail bridge across the Missouri River.
Dimensions: 16inx22in
Material: Digital print on framed canvas
Price: $125

Coastal Blues by Ellen Doyle
Description: Semi-abstract landscape of an imaginary place I'd love to visit by sea .
Dimensions: 36inx24in
Material: Acrylic on stretched canvas
Price: $500

Into the Woods by Dennis Gordon
Description: Woodcut of trees dappled with wonderful shadows. Printed on a hand-painted background of muted yellows and blues.
Dimensions: 16inx22in
Material: Printmaking relief paper
Price: $425

Looking West by Marcia Guetschow
Description: This Japanese woodblock print is the result of drawings done on Old Mission Peninsula looking out onto Grand Traverse Bay across from Marion Island.
Dimensions: 24inx20in
Material: Carved woodblock print on Japanese paper
Price: $350

Open Harbor by Marcia Guetschow
Description: This Japanese woodblock print is the result of drawings done on the shoreline of Glen Haven, Mich.
Dimensions: 14inx17in
Material: Carved woodblock print on Japanese paper
Price: $225

O Beautiful by Saralee Howard
Description: This is a modern riff on 'America, the Beautiful' written by Katharine Lee Bates after climbing Pike's Peak in 1895. The cog rail, ending on the top of Pike's Peak, recently shut down. The 'eye' in the painting and the steps in the clouds hint that we are still a distance from 'brotherhood from sea to shining sea.'
Dimensions: 24inx36in
Material: Acrylic
Price: $600

Grafitti Gratzi by Michael Inman
Description: Recently I attended a memorial service for my godfather Clayton Wilhite. Clayton was on the U of M 1965 football team that defeated Oregon State in the Rose Bowl. He was also an advertising executive who lived an extraordinary life around the world. His deepest regret was losing touch with those who mattered most to him -- family, long time friends and former football teammates. This was my connection.
Dimensions: 20inx16in framed and matted
Material: iPhoneography on archival 88lb matte paper with pearlescent acrylics
Price: $800

 

Salvador Knockers Bright Idea by Michael Inman
Description: This piece was created by shooting and combining images from the windows on Main Street in downtown Midland. Part of my pandemic relief was to get out each day and walk, shoot photos and create art. This was part of that process. After printing I painted on top of the images to elevate it to a 'one of a kind' work of art.
Dimensions: 16inx20in framed and matted
Material: iPhoneography on archival 88lb matte paper with pearlescent acrylics
Price: $800
 
Iron Bridge Farm by Liz Keblaitis
Description: Landscape of Michigan farm in rustic floater frame
Dimensions: 20inx12in
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Price: $350
 
Get That Photograph by Jim Klein
Description: The Woodward Cruise is the ultimate road trip for many car lovers.
Dimensions: 24inx20in
Material: Color photo
Price: $650
 
 

 Almost There, One More Hour by Jim Klein
Description: This photo displays the feeling at some point in any road trip.
Dimensions: 24inx20in
Material: Color photo
Price: $650

THIRD PLACE

Lake Ann, Michigan by Judith LeBeau
Description: Every year I return to the Leelanau Peninsula. It’s always been my sweet spot. Lake Ann near Traverse City was a lovely surprise.
Dimensions: 28inx22in
Material: Watercolor on arches paper
Price: $400

 In the Heart of Winter by Kevin Macfarlane
Description: Historic Wilcox Mill, located along the Hines Parkway, on a cold winter's day.
Dimensions: 24inx18in
Material: Oil on stretched canvas
Price: $395

Tropical Light by Kevin Macfarlane
Description: Taking the air with an afternoon stroll along the jetty at Fort Pierce, Florida.
Dimensions: 24inx18in
Material: Oil on stretched canvas
Price: $395

Scenic Route by Loretta Markell
Description: landscape
Dimensions: 40in30in
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Price: $800

Roadside Attractions by Loretta Markell
Description: Abstract landscape
Dimensions: 40inx30in
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Price: $800

SECOND PLACE

Nighttime Closes In by Pat McAtamney
Description: Nighttime closes in and presses down upon us as we drive through flatlands in Colorado with many miles ahead of us. Headlights and the fading sunset provide the only illumination.
Dimensions: 24inx36in
Material: Acrylic on deep wrapped canvas
Price: $625

Tumbleweed by Pat McAtamney
Description: A road trip through Colorado provides a wealth of incredible sights that range from glorious mountains to the humble tumbleweed.
Dimensions: 30inx15in
Material: Acrylic on deep gallery wrapped canvas
Price: $850

Blue Horizon - Fragmented Landscape by Ray McKenzie

Description: This piece is an abstraction of the horizon, created when we are no longer seeing the view as we daydream.
Dimensions: 48inx30in
Material: Acrylic on stretched canvas
Price: $750

Stop and Think by Kathleen McNamee
Description: A fatigued and frustrated motorcyclist on a cross-country trip.
Dimensions: 18inx24in
Material: Watercolor
Price: $500

U-Haul by Kathleen McNamee
Description: A U-Haul and a Budget van tangled up in traffic with big trucks
Dimensions: 15.5inx11in
Material: Watercolor
Price: $250

HONORABLE MENTION

Route 66 Traveler by Karen Merkin
Description: GMC truck found in Santa Fe
Dimensions: 12inx9in
Material: Oil on board
Price: $550

New Orleans Streetcar by Karen Merkin
Description: Seen on the street in New Orleans
Dimensions: 24inx12in
Material: Oil on board
Price: $1,200

Mother and Daughter in Sonoran desert by Carol Morris
Description: Vacations
Dimensions: 11inx11in
Material: Watercolor, mixed media, original Victorian photo
Price: $90

Hola at the Texas Border by Carol Morris
Description: Desert landscape
Dimensions: 35inx20in
Material: Acrylic, mixed media on canvas
Price: $750

Siblings Sifting Sand by MaryAnne Perry
Description: Children playing at one of the many beach resorts along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Dimensions: 36inx24in
Material: Stretched canvas
Price: NFS 

HONORABLE MENTION

Kayaking by Turnip Rock by Margaret Reese
Description: In the pandemic summer of 2020, the one escape my husband and I had was a trip to Port Austin. This is my husband touching part of Turnip Rock as he glides by in his kayak. It was a beautiful, magical day.
Dimensions: 24inx20in
Material: Oil paint on stretched canvas
Price: $950

Big Mac Bridge at Night by Bill Schahfer
Description: Nighttime photo of the Mackinac Bridge
Dimensions: 18inx12in
Material: Digital photography
Price: $200

 Michigan and Upper Peninsula Art Books by Will Schippert
Description: Michigan road trip themed art books created during the pandemic
Dimensions: Each book is 14inx11in
Material: Leather bound books with dust covers
Price: To be determined

1941 Packard Climbs Mt. Washington by Sarah Stahl
Description: The Great Race vintage car rally travels across the country annually. This year they took the steep 6,288 ft. trek to the top of Mt. Washington, NH.
Dimensions: 30inx20in
Material: Stretched cotton canvas
Price: NFS

The Model A Adventure by Sarah Stahl
Description: This little Model A enthusiastically zips through the dessert while on our annual summer travels with the Great Race, a vintage car rally.
Dimensions: 10inx10in
Material: Stretched cotton canvas
Price: $250

Hot Pursuit by Vasu Tolia
Description: A car is being flagged by police for exceeding the speed limit. The velocity of both cars makes the surroundings and police car blurred in definition. The yellow car is shown almost swerving off the road in front.
Dimensions: 24inx12in
Material: Mixed media on canvas
Price: $400

 

Summer Love by Lela Ulmanis
Description: A watercolor painting reflective of the joy and love my parents had for each other. Taken from a photo from the early 1980s, this painting shows the joyful side of my dad and my mom as they walk the beach of the Outer Banks.
Dimensions: 11inx8in
Material: Watercolor on watercolor paper
Price: NFS

Cow Canyon by Kelly Vander Kley
Description: Taken somewhere on a road in the middle of nowhere as we wandered around New Mexico, this photo encompasses road trip symbolism and ideals.
Dimensions: 23inx19in
Material: Sepia photograph with spot color and gold leaf
Price: $200

Ryan in the Garden by Leslie Wagner
Description: My heart bursts with love as I see my niece gaze out at her future in the midst of the beautiful flowers on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel.
Dimensions: 24inx36in
Material: Photo on canvas
Price: $300

Flow by Nobuko Yamasaki
Description: When our kids were small, we took road trips. It was always exciting, but busy. My work has lots of movement, so I think it fits the theme.
Dimensions: 24inx19in
Material: Japanese woodblock print with ink droppings and collage added to the foreground.
Price: $400

Red Ribbons by Nobuko Yamasaki
Description: I like to explore using different materials. In this piece I used veneer that makes interesting vertical lines, as well as cheesecloth and lace to make textures. The yellow and blue lines are meant to invoke the business of travel.
Dimensions: 18inx18in
Material: Traditional Japanese woodblock print
Price: $400

You can visit the exhibition and experience these pieces in person from 2 - 6:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 10 - July 15. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please contact us.