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Rehoboth Boardwalk 5x7
Monique Lazard began painting and drawing as a young girl and never stopped. Her formal education began as an undergraduate at the Academy of Art in San Francisco where she received her Associate of Arts degree with an award in Fashion Illustration. Her BA degree is from the California College of Art in Oakland, CA. Graduate studies were pursued at the Art Center College of Design & the Art Institute in California.
Lazard began her career as a Fashion Illustrator for Liberty House department store chain. In 1979 Lazard became an art director for San Francisco’s Nob Hill Gazette until she moved to New York City in 1984. In New York, Lazard became art director for Fairchild Publications working on numerous fashion magazines and taught fashion illustration at Parsons School of Design. For the next six years Lazard worked in Editorial, Graphic and Advertising design. In 1992, tired of the fact pace of NYC, Lazard moved to Telluride, Colorado, working as art director for the Telluride Magazine. Lazard moved on to open her own Design business, also teaching a figurative watercolor workshop at the Ah Ha School. in Telluride. While living in Telluride, Lazard rekindled her love of the outdoors and began painting the glorious mountain landscapes surrounding her home.
Lazard continues to learn and grow as an artist now living in Bryn Mawr with her husband.
Her paintings have won many awards and are frequently chosen to show in galleries and competitions locally, as well as California, Maine, Colorado and NYC. In October 2011, Lazard won the “Artist Choice” award in the Brandywine Valley Plein-Air Competition and the Coastal Delaware Plein Air events. Lazard work can be seen at the Camden Falls Gallery in Camden, Maine, the Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine, the Salty Dog Gallery in Southwest Harbor, ME. On the East Coast at Artist’s House Gallery in Philadelphia, the Carspecken Scott Gallery in Wilmington, DE and the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ.
Lazard’s paintings convey an impression of suffused light and sensitivity to form. The relationship of color and light, brushstroke are integral to each image.
To see more of Lazard's work, visit her website HERE.
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Exhibition Opportunities Call for Proposals: Themed Exhibition Series Mark, Trace, Impact
The mark is at the heart of what it means to be human. It led to the development of writing by attaching meaning to lines and scribbles. The mark fulfills a fundamental need to leave a physical trace. It creates
impact, a message, or a memory in addition to its material presence.
The Department of Visual Arts and Design is calling for exhibition proposals for the Open Gallery in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center that address the theme, “Mark, Trace, Impact.” Four exhibitions
will be scheduled for the 2014–2015 academic year.
The deadline for proposals for "Mark, Trace, Impact" is April 15, 2014.
General Call for Proposals
The Department of Visual Arts And Design accepts proposals for the exhibition spaces in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on an ongoing basis. Proposals are reviewed by the exhibition committee on a rolling basis and must be complete before review. Proposals should follow the guidelines and requirements found in the application materials.
For full information, click HERE.
If you have questions about these calls for proposals, please contact Professor Megan Van Wagoner,firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Artists Inspired by Winter at the Schuylkill Center Gallery
Amie Potsic & Nancy Agati
February 15 – April 18, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 1st 4 – 6pm
On view Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Admission is free
It is safe to say, this has been a winter of surprises with temperatures plummeting well below what we usually expect for this region and snowfall far above. This cold is actually at the heart of the Schuylkill Center’s upcoming exhibition, Frost. In the Environmental Art Gallery, two Philadelphia artists take on winter as their subject with a show that runs from February 15 – April 18. Amie Potsic and Nancy Agati delve into the meaning of winter through photography, installation, and mixed media. An opening reception on March 1, from 4 – 6pm offers a chance for the public to see the artwork and meet the artists.
In winter, patterns emerge from the harsh relief of cold temperatures and heavy snow that illuminate the relationship between ourselves and the changing environment we live in. Potsic explains, “I find winter to be particularly seductive as it simultaneously highlights the stark beauty of our environment’s dormant cycle while hinting at the potential growth of spring.” Agati’s work, exploring the ephemeral through use of natural materials, emphasizes the cyclical patterns of the natural world. Agati writes eloquently about the details that are highlighted by winter: “Working in the studio while the snow falls – again. Linear patterns are further defined as I notice the stark contrast of branches against a pallid backdrop.”
Agati and Potsic draw elements of nature into their work, giving voice to the natural world and putting it in dialogue with both the viewers and the artists themselves. Potsic’s photographs and installations focus on the intersection of the physical, socio-political, and natural worlds, highlighting the change of seasons as indicators of ecological well-being. Agati’s sculptural installations use natural materials to create forms which resonate with the patterns, shapes, and complex structures of the natural world. Whether it is Agati’s striking natural constructions or Potsic’s photographic installation that transports you, Frost creates a world that is both uniquely its own and deeply connected to the natural world that inspired it.
“Endangered Seasons (detail)” by Amie Potsic
February 15 – April 18, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 1st 4 – 6pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagys Mill Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128
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*Merion Art & Repro does in fact still have a selection of Kolinsky Sable brushes purchased before the new regulations were set in place. We are making every effort to keep these brushes in stock for our customers.
Have you tried to buy a kolinsky sable brush lately and noticed that they were out of stock?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun requiring specific certification of certain products and is closely regulating the distribution, importation, and exportation of natural hair brushes that may have been made from endangered species. According to the National Art Materials Trade Association (NAMTA) “Trade in kolinsky hair is managed by the provisions set out in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Kolinsky hair comes from the species called mustela siberica. It is important to know that this is NOT AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, but because of a seldom used provision in CITES, trade in kolinsky hair requires CITES documentation.”
One of these requirements is documentation of the country of origin of the hair being used in the brush. Many of the major brush brands are manufactured in Europe, which follows different regulations and necessary documentation. While these companies and the European CITES are claiming that their version is comparative and valid, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has started refusing to allow brushes which do not come with the forms they consider to be valid from entering or leaving the United States.
Art material retailers, brush manufacturers, and art material vendors, with the help of NAMTA are working to come to an agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Services and CITES to help ensure that the necessary information and documentation can be made provided to them so that natural hair brushes can again become easily available to the artists who rely on them.
Until then, the availability of certain natural hair brushes or an inability to ship them to your location remains a possibility. Hopefully an agreement will be reached soon, however if you are interested in a specific brush that is out of stock, please go ahead and place an order for it so that it will be reserved for you. We will place that item on back order for you and ship it to you as soon as we get new inventory.
If you would like to read more about CITES, you can do so here.