A Juried Selection by David Masello, Art writer & editor

November 2016

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You Want Me by Tracey Padron
Young Athelete II by Richard Bulman
painting 63 by Richard White
Tania Seated on Draped Stand by Patricia McDermond
Pocohontas by Linda Streicher
STUDY 34 by William Thierfelder
Reclining Benjamin by Jean Marcellino
Pink by Seonyoung Kim
Tender by Sandy Ryan
floating nude 6 by Robert Markey
Green Chair by Tom Morgan
It's Here Somewhere.... by Ilene Skeen
Melonie by Darlene Kuhne
Tom & Bella by Pacifico Palumbo
MUTED NUDE by Lynne Levin
She is the Music by Penelope Przekop
Open to Embrace by Guadalupe Herrera
Gaia by Peggy Dean
Under The Light by Dennis Young
In the grass by Chanit Roston
Boyfriend and girlfriend XI by Peter Millward
In a Winter Sea by Jeanne Sisson
Dare to Dive II by Elizabeth  Sowell-Zak
CERES by Damir May
Alejandro by Marie-Paule Martin
Resignation by Chuck Miller
Pensive by Dan Simoneau
Costa Rica Afternoon by Emily Stedman
Pledge by Gary Paul Stutler
Grief by Michael Hennessy

Sala Reservada, part I -- Guest curator, David Masello, writes about art and culture. He is executive editor of Milieu, a national print magazine about interior design and architecture. He has written scores of essays and features for the New York Times, Fine Art Connoisseur, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Boston Globe, Cottages & Gardens, and numerous other national periodicals and literary journals. Mr. Masello added some curatorial notes about his selections:

It was an eerie coincidence, but when I got the call to curate this show, I was researching a phenomenon in 17th-century Spain called the sala reservada, referring to secretive rooms reserved in royal palaces and grand houses where nude works could be seen in private. A show at the Clark Art Institute of nudes from the Prado elicited this interest in finding out more about such places. I chose images here that were unabashedly erotic, but also ones that are more suggestive than overt.

I always feel that with nudes, suggestion can be far more powerful than something more overt.... I also liked that many of the works show couples (straight and gay) and that other works require a longer viewing before deciding what is really being shown (eg. the work showing hands and feet together). Also, many of the chosen works hint at a narrative quality, which automatically animates any canvas. And I like, too, that some of the nudes are accidental, in that a body is shown retrieving a fallen item or a mother is holding her naked baby. Being nude, obviously, is not always an intentional or erotic or sexual state.

Mr. Masello selected 5 Curators' Choice nominees for November, (starred dates in the list): 1* You Want Me (oil) by Tracey Padron of ELGIN, IL; 12* It's Here Somewhere.... (charcoal/carbon) by Ilene Skeen of New York, NY; 16* She is the Music (pastel) by Penelope Przekop of Philadelphia, PA; 20* In the grass (watercolor) by Chanit Roston of , NY; 28* Costa Rica Afternoon (watercolor) by Emily Stedman of New York, NY.

Artworks making their calendar debut: 8. Twelve artworks are being retired, having now appeared in three calendars: floating nude 6 by Robert Markey of Ashfield, MA; Open to Embrace by Guadalupe Herrera of Houston, TX; STUDY 34 by William Thierfelder of Portland, OR; Resignation by Chuck Miller of Corsicana, TX; CERES by Damir May of Vienna, AUSTRIA; Tender by Sandy Ryan of Kew Gardens, NY; Pledge by Gary Paul Stutler of Vallejo, CA; Pensive by Dan Simoneau, ISAP of Kenosha, WI; Alejandro by Marie-Paule Martin of New York City, NY; painting 63 by Richard White of Coventry, CT; Dare to Dive II by Elizabeth Sowell-Zak of New York, NY; It's Here Somewhere.... by Ilene Skeen of New York, NY.

Art for this calendar comes from 13 states, Canada and Austria.

The 30 artists represented in November, 2016, in day order are: 1* Tracey Padron, 2 Richard Bulman, 3 Richard White, 4 Patricia McDermond, 5 Linda Streicher, 6 William Thierfelder, 7 Jean Marcellino, 8 Seonyoung Kim, 9 Sandy Ryan, 10 Robert Markey, 11 Tom Morgan, 12* Ilene Skeen, 13 Darlene Kuhne, 14 Pacifico Palumbo, 15 Lynne Levin, 16* Penelope Przekop, 17 Guadalupe Herrera, 18 Peggy Dean, 19 Dennis Young, 20* Chanit Roston, 21 Peter Millward, 22 Jeanne Sisson, 23 Elizabeth Sowell-Zak, 24 Damir May, 25 Marie-Paule Martin, 26 Chuck Miller, 27 Dan Simoneau, 28* Emily Stedman, 29 Gary Paul Stutler, 30 Michael Hennessy.

Five artists, indicated by asterisks (*), are nominated for the Curators Choice Awards. The top two artists as voted by Barebrush Curators, receive prizes. Winners announced November 20th.

The Barebrush Provenance for each artwork is viewable by clicking on the calendar thumbnail (above) or on the caption under the artwork from each artist’s Barebrush Gallery page. The Barebrush program of retiring artworks that have been selected for three calendars is designed to encourage all artists to show their best new work and keep their online galleries fresh and interesting.

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*Curators' Choice nominee, selected by the Guest Curator.

Winners below:
(winner, day)

Curators' Choice

Tracey Padron (1)
Ilene Skeen (12)
Emily Stedman (28)
Honorable Mention:
Chanit Roston (20)
Penelope Przekop (16)


Congratulations all!



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