Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery and Pop-Up Galleries
The following locations currently have work on view as a part of the AMH Pop-Up Galleries. All are available for purchase by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-454-3222
THE ARTIST'S PALATE
As a photographer, the click of the shutter is just the beginning of my visual journey. Creating the photographic print is as important as taking the picture. The final image is all about my moods and insight. Subtle manipulations in the film or digital darkroom, camera and film choices, as well as hand coloring black and white photographs and using alternative processes, are all tools I consider using to create art. As Ansel Adams said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Photography is an art form I discovered about 40 years ago. I received instruction primarily at the International Center of Photography in New York City and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. My fine art prints have been exhibited extensively in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years in solo and group shows, as well as nationally. In 2004, I had the opportunity to exhibit my hand colored photographs at the Logis Royal, a castle in the Loire Valley outside of Paris, France.
Hanna Manner is a Finnish born artist and healer. Fine arts have always been near to Hanna’s heart. When she mixes the paint and sees the colors on canvas, she feels she can make something beautiful that can touch the emotions. Hanna is also a Reiki Master, and she finds combing art and Reiki to be a wonderful way to encourage viewers to find their own inner peace, and to seek relief from their hectic lives. She is driven to create art works that visualize inner peace coming to life, and her passion for painting is fueled by her ability to capture this feeling on canvas.
Hanna’s degrees are in scenery painting and construction, commercial painting, wallpapering and furniture restoration, as well as in decorative painting. Hanna is a Reiki Master, an empath and intuitive. Hanna imbues her art with beauty and healing energy so others can feel the energy through her paintings. She feels like this work is something she was called to do. She said, “We need so much healing and peace in today’s world. If my art can give that I truly feel I have complete some of my mission here. That is what keeps me going back to my studio to create more art.”
As an artist, a teacher, a community member, and a person, creativity and spirituality are central dimensions of my life. Whether I am in the studio, in the classroom, or working with a group, a primary goal is to foster personal and social transformation through my interactions. Guided by this goal, I have recognized that the boundaries between the different aspects of my life are permeable. The artist in me is present in the classroom; the educator in me emerges in my artwork, and I draw on both dimensions in my training and consulting.
These multiple dimensions of myself have emerged in the creation of this Simply Human series. My intention in creating this evolving community is to explore the richness and complexity of human diversity, strength and vulnerability. These figures are every person; they are us. For me, the reclaimed, recycled wood I use in the creation of these pieces adds substance and mystery to their individual and collective stories. This series is designed to be experienced, not just viewed, to be encountered in environments that will change with each installation.
Beyond being sculpture, I have found that these beings are powerful tools for working with individuals and groups in fostering self and social awareness. As catalysts for reflection and dialog, they facilitate action-oriented exploration of personal and social dynamics like empowerment and oppression, inclusion and exclusion, acceptance and resistance, woundedness and healing.
My hope as an artist/educator who is committed to fostering personal and social transformation is that this series will reside in a wide range of social settings and interact with individuals and groups in provocative and powerful ways. I believe that they have stories to share if we are willing to listen.
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I am attracted to a form of abstraction that translates lived experience into a personal, referential form of Surrealism. In my manipulated spaces the organic coexists with the geometric and creates a simulation of reality. I hate the fact that painting is weighted down by Art History which I see as male-dominated. My protest takes the form of playfulness and lightness. I distrust singular points of views and invite the viewer to infuse what they see from their own perspective.