Jul 8, 2013
" Whether or not he is a people person, Vonn Sumner
is a people painter. Although he often depicts spaces and buildings, Sumner has established a reputation as a figure painter of uncommon wit and sensitivity.... The people Sumner picks are certainly uncommon; they may be ordinary enough overall, in dress or in mien or in comport, but there’s always something about how they look that indicates that their behavior is out there a tad. Is Sumner looking for madness? ... Interestingly, we don’t get the feeling that Sumner has imposed that dash of lunacy on his subjects, but has found them in such full-blown states of dignified, low-key abandon. They own their eccentricities, even when it’s clear that Sumner has choreographed several of them into curious, open-ended pantomimes. That open-endedness allows us to own those eccentricities, too, to identify with Sumner’s subjects rather than just watch them enact their elaborated images. They are definitely performing, but they are revealing rather than disguising themselves in the process...." -Peter Frank, L.A. based arts writer and curator, in an excerpt from an essay for the catalogue for the Riverside Art Museum exhibition "Vonn Sumner: The Other Side of Here."
Jul 8, 2013
Paula Wenzl Bellacera
is a contemporary painter and print maker. She works in oil, mixed media, photography, and most recently, ceramics. Ms. Bellacera received her art training at various colleges and universities in Northern California after completing a Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since 1990 she has been exhibiting her work domestically and internationally including: Santa Fe, Chicago, Katmandu, San Francisco, and Seattle. She has won several awards and has been published in books and magazines. She has received public art grants and been commissioned to create collections of work. Her pieces are included in the collections of Embassy Suites, Oglivy Worldwide, Kaiser-Permanente, California Museum Resource Center, Hinsdale Hospital, First Midwest Bank, Elkay Manufacturers, Loyola University, University of California, Hewlett-Packard, and The Money Store.
Jul 5, 2013
is a photographer based in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Although he has been shooting full-time for just several years, his passion for the craft developed long ago. As a kid, it began as a fascination with the magical ability of film to capture a moment of time, being able to hold it in your hand, slip it in your pocket, and share it with the world… at school. That fascination is still very much alive today, as Bruce strives to infuse elements of the moment into each frame, such as emotion, energy, and beauty, with the creative use of light and movement. His easy-going, unassuming personality and fondness for the ‘aina are also reflected in his work. From portraits of surfers on the beach to photos of native Hawaiian honeycreepers deep in the rainforest, he captures an integral part of life in Hawaii from a local perspective. After spending 24 years with an engineering firm on Oahu, Bruce kissed life in corporate America goodbye and moved back to his hometown of Hilo with his family to pursue this passion, and continues to artistically interpret his view of our beautiful island home through the lens.
Jul 5, 2013
was born in Barreiro, a small town on the side of the river Tejo, facing Lisbon, in Portugal. Nowadays she lives in The Netherlands in the city of Amsterdam. Since an early age Ana started showing interest in art, especially drawing and painting. Her passion for sculpture came later, developing more seriously during university years. Throughout this period she could improve her skills by attending classes in sculpture, model sketching and painting. Ana Salvador has a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design. Nowadays Ana dedicates her time mainly to sculpture, with polymer clay as her favorite material. Ana's inspiration comes from a large variety of sources: the human body, antiques, ornaments, fabrics and laces. Furthermore art nouveau, Victorian, pre Raphaelite, symbolism, gothic and other ornate styles. Tim Burton and other fantasy artists also stimulate her creativity. Each one of Ana's sculpted figures is unique with a personality of it's own, representing a gesture forever frozen in time. In her dolls she evokes feelings of strangeness, innocence, dream, and hidden sensuality. Ana Salvador aims at constant progression and further characterization of her style.