Atmospheric Perspective: A Contemporary Approach to a Traditional Technique
NY Artists Circle
curated by Christina Massey

Atmospheric or aerial perspective refers to the traditional painting technique of creating an illusion of depth or distance by making objects appear less detailed and typically bluer than nearer objects, traditionally utilized in creating realistic landscapes. It is described as the air and all the particles in it, from dust to pollution that lingers between the eye of the viewer to the distant object that is the subject.

Contemporary perspective of what exists in that air is vastly different however than in past eras. These artists touch on the subjects of smog and pollution, that our air is full of invisible wifi signals, consider thoughts and ideas as objects floating in the air, and inspect the connection to our larger celestial atmosphere which is full of satellites that can cut through all of that distance taking incredibly detailed photographs.

This exhibition takes a new approach to visualizing what exactly is the air we breathe and live in today. How that air shifts and moves through storms, thought forms and energetic waves and how everything from science to social philosophies creates that atmospheric haze that alters how we view our contemporary landscape. The overall exhibition will still highlight that gray and bluish tone of the traditional atmospheric perspective but with pops of an orange-copper glow symbolic of more modern sunsets. These color choices hinting at that technical artistic training and understanding each artist holds despite their choice to forego the traditional landscape in their imagery.

Artists Include
Beth Barry, Fran Beallor, Yvette Cohen, Jane Dell, Karen Fitzgerald, Pauline Galiana, Eleanor Goldstein, Peggy Klineman, Barbara Lubliner, Elizabeth Mead, Gammy Miller, Janie Milstein, Linda Lee Nichols, Anne Raymond, Phyliss Rosser, Andra Samelson, Linda Schmidt, Linda Stillman, Audrey Stone, Robin Tedesco

About the NY Artists Circle
The NYAC is a community of professional visual artists reflecting the creative diversity of the New York art scene. Established 20 years ago, membership is now 400 strong. The group meets monthly to share information, opportunities and resources. The collective bank of shared expertise, and an active electronic listserv and website, supports each member of the group in their professional growth. The NYAC grows by invitation from the existing membership.

Founded 20 years ago by Barbara Ellmann, the NYAC is a group of professional visual artists. Numbering nearly 400, the group’s purpose is to support each other in professional endeavors. NYAC is unincorporated.

Members meet once per month for two hours. During these meetings, they exchange business information, contacts and opportunities. The group has also had a history of purpose-driven guest speakers at monthly meetings. Most recently a social media expert addressed members at a meeting, highlighting ways artists can use social media to actively promote their work. An electronic list serv keeps everyone in touch outside of meetings: members post opportunities, questions regarding specific materials and advertise their exhibitions. An online portfolio was established; members self-select into this online gallery. Each year the portfolio is advertised in the August edition of Art in America. During the early days of the group, people joined through word of mouth. As the group grew, it was eventually closed. Once a year, members are invited to bring a guest who might wish to join the group. In this way, the group changes and grows. At the end of 2015, Ms. Ellmann stepped down as the group’s leader. A steering committee was formed to continue the administrative efforts required to direct the NYAC in its next 10 years.

About the Curator
Christina Massey has curated shows at locations such as the Hunterdon MuseumCWOWHEREart, and the ISE Foundation as well as commercially and privately for personal collections. Artists that Massey has worked with have gone on to show internationally in solo exhibitions, won prestigious awards such as NYFA Foundation Fellowships, Joan Mitchel Foundation grants, and Pollack Krasner grants and have been awarded residencies with the LMCC and Yaddo. Massey has a tradition of supporting female artists through her exhibitions, and this is echoed in her blog WoArt, which features interviews with female artists from whom she finds personal inspiration. Massey exhibits her own work extensively. She is currently a merit scholarship awardee at Urban Glass, was a SIP Fellow at the efa Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop last summer. Massey is a studio resident at Chashama’s Brooklyn Army Terminal Space to Create.   |   Instagram   |   Twitter

About the Artists
Beth Barry
Beth Barry was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and started making art as a young child. Exposed to the love of making things by her father, she used to make furniture and clothing for her troll dolls.  She continued the making tradition by studying art in college and graduate school. Barry loved printmaking and painting and started painting exclusively about fifteen years ago.  Her paintings are personal responses to things she sees and feels in nature. They are expressive and primitive, capturing the feeling of the spaces she sees.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Fran Beallor
New York City native Fran Beallor creates realistic artwork with a contemporary twist. She paints and draws still lifes, portraits, figurative oils, watercolors and prints, and occasional murals. She loves to travel, collecting memories, sketches, photos and objects to use in her art.  Flying over glacial coastlines in Alaska inspired Portraits of Glaciers, her series of aerial portraits of glaciers around the world. Beallor exhibits her artwork regularly around the US. Her work is represented in numerous public and private collections, and she has won awards and grants including Greenshields, Stacey Fund and NJ State Council for the Arts. Feature articles have appeared in American Artist, American Arts Quarterly, Professional Artist, etc. Beallor has been the subject of radio interviews and online videos and recently finished several life-sized portraits and a large ceiling mural in a private NYC apartment near the UN.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Yvette Cohen
Yvette’s paintings are flat, yet define volumes and space, drawing viewers in to experience space beyond the borders of the canvas. Yvette Cohen was born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Paris and Montreal. After receiving a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, she moved to New York where she continued her education at the Art Student’s League, the School of Visual Arts, and the Whitney seminars. For a year she worked in lithography at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. In 1983 she established Plum Graphics Inc. a greeting card company. In 2004 she returned to the studio to pursue her fine art full time. She lives and works in New York City. Her work is in several private collections. The Katonah Museum of Art, ODETTA Gallery, the National Academy of Art in New York, the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University in New Jersey, as well as several site-specific installations, are among the various venues that have exhibited her work.  |  Instagram

Jane Dell
Jane Dell is a native New Yorker, Brooklyn-born artist that is currently living and working in Easton, PA. Dell’s vivid imagination and an attraction to all types of painting and mixed media mediums have encompassed a number of themes from environmental, animal fantasies, hybrids and the effects of lunar phases on the earth. The love of painting and creating worlds of fantasy are her main focus. Dell studied at Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and received her BFA from Pratt Institute. Her paintings and mixed media art have been in numerous group and solo shows located in Brooklyn, Connecticut, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, upstate New York, Los Angeles, and Matera, Italy.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Karen Fitzgerald
Karen Fitzgerald’s work has been actively exhibited in the United States.  The Queens Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Rahr-West Museum, Madison Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the University of Arizona – Tucson and the United Nations in NY have featured her work in their active exhibition schedules.  She received grants from the Queens Community Arts Fund, the Greenwall Foundation and the Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work is in many private and public collections, including New York Public Library, Related Group, The Four Seasons Hotel, the Rienhart Collection of Germany, Montefiore Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC.  |   Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter 

Pauline Galiana
Pauline Galiana was born in Algiers and grew up in France. She received her MFA at ESAG in Paris in 1984, and has a Christie’s Art Business Certificate. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library; Memorial Sloan Kettering Gallery Brooklyn; Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn; the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; Drawing Rooms Art Center, NJ; Durham Arts Council, NC; Islip Art Museum, NY; New York Institute of Technology; Chashama Gallery, NYC; Robert Henry Gallery, Bushwick; Baron Boisanté Gallery, NYC; and the Ramis Barquet Gallery, Mexico among others. In 2017 she was selected for a one-month artist residency at MassMoCa in North Adams, MA. Her work is included in the collections of UBS, New York University, the National Museum of Romanian Literature, where she won a 2018 Bibliophile Object-Book Biennale award, and private collections in New York, Washington, Houston, Paris, Riyadh, London and Sydney. She lives and works in New York City.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Eleanor Goldstein
Eleanor Goldstein is a member of the New York Artist’s Circle, NAWA, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow. Commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; selected by the United States Art in the Embassies Program; she has exhibited at the Rockefeller Gallery; as well as other galleries and museums in the United States.

Peggy Klineman
Peggy Klineman was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her MFA degree in ceramics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and BA degree from the University of Arizona. While living and working as a designer in NY, Klineman studied painting at Cooper Union and at the Art Student League of New York. Klineman has exhibited her work in venues throughout the Northeast. In 2015 she moved from New York City to Worthington, MA where she now lives and maintains her studio.  |  Instagram

Barbara Lubliner
New York artist Barbara Lubliner moves fluidly between performance art, works on paper, and sculpture both large and small. She transforms traditional and non-traditional materials into iconic and quirky expressions. In recent years, Lubliner’s public installations and studio work have involved repurposing trash, transforming it into playful art, shifting the focus from environmental blight to creative production.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Elizabeth Mead
Elizabeth Mead’s sculpture and drawings have been exhibited across the U.S. as well as in Iceland, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Portugal, Australia, and England.  Mead just returned from her second residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. She is Professor of Art and a W. Taylor Reveley Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow at The College of William and Mary.  |  Instagram

Gammy Miller
Gammy Miller is a self-instructed artist using mixed media. Her drawings are accumulations of marks, stitching and collage that reflect her interests in natural history and concern that we are on the precipice of a much diminished biosphere. Her work has been widely exhibited in small group shows as well as solo exhibitions at The Hudson Opera House Gallery, New York and The Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, New York.  Her work is in the collections of the Roberson Museum of the Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, NY and The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.  |  Facebook

Janie Milstein
Janie Milstein’s work is inspired by skyscrapers and the images reflected in their smooth glass surfaces. Using a variety of materials she re-creates the mysterious, distorted and beautiful panorama of the urban landscape. Milstein earned her BA degree at the University of Texas at Dallas and studied at the Art Students League of NY. Her work has been exhibited widely across the United States. After living in NYC for twelve years, Milstein now lives and works in Dallas, TX.  |  Facebook

Linda Lee Nicholas
Linda Lee Nicholas is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. Her practice engages non-traditional processes in mixed media that speaks about nature, and the environment. Linda has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC and an MFA from Brooklyn College. Her work has been exhibited thought the US and Europe. Nicholas’ latest awards and honors include a fellowship of  Artist in Residence at the Golden Foundation in New Berlin, New York, A Cerf-Ravenel Travel Grant, a Residency Fellowship at the Museum Techniki in Mileniec, Poland, Virginia Creative Center for the Arts, Amherst, Virginia, and I Park, East Haddam CT. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Golden Foundation, Monmouth Museum (NJ), the City of Rahway (NJ), the Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn College.  |  Instagram

Anne Raymond
Anne Raymond‘s work is in the permanent collections of major museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Blanton Museum of Art: The University of Texas at Austin. The Art in Embassies Program – U.S. State Department recently selected two of the artist’s paintings for the US Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus. Her work has been shown extensively in solo and group shows in the United States and abroad.

Phyllis Rosser
Phyllis Rosser works with wood stripped bare of its bark and washed smooth by water.  Her boldly interlocking forms suggest rapidly moving human or natural figures. Some works painted in brilliant colors evoke the sea life of a coral reef, while others, in natural colors recall a winter forest.  They are wall-hung and range in size from 12 inches square to large free standing sculptures nine feet wide. Her work has appeared in many exhibitions and is represented in important collections.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Andra Samelson
Andra Samelson’s work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe and her public artwork, commissioned by New Jersey Transit, is permanently on view at the Hudson Bergen Light Rail’s Second Street Station in Hoboken, NJ.  She has been a visiting artist at the University of Virginia and the ceramics factory Ditta Grazia Majoliche Artistiche in Deruta, Italy. Her work is represented in several private and public collections including the Rubin Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, Chase Manhattan Bank, Dow Jones, and the Loyola University Museum of Art.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Linda Kamille Schmidt
Linda Kamille Schmidt is originally from Kansas. Her work evokes a space that contains elements of our universe ranging from cellular to cosmic where simple geometric shapes serve as characters or markers. Subconscious gestural elements interact with geometric lines and shapes and may transform into games, systems of measurement or other organizational devices that can be used to understand, explore, invent or entertain. Schmidt received an MA in drawing and an MFA in painting from the University of Iowa.  She currently shows with Art Mora Gallery in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Seoul, South Korea and New York, NY. She is represented in collections around the world.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Linda Stillman
Linda Stillman focuses on investigating concepts of time, memory and nature. Stillman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the School of Visual Arts and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). She is the recipient of fellowships including the NYFA MARK program and residencies at VCCA in Virginia and France and at MassMoCA. Her work is shown regularly in galleries and museums and represented in private and public collections.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Audrey Stone
Audrey Stone received her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from Pratt Institute, both in painting. She also studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and was selected for the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely across the United States, as well as in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, England, France, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include a 2018 solo exhibit of her paintings at Morgan Lehman Gallery, a two-person show at Muriel Guepin Gallery in 2015, and a solo exhibit of a thread-based installation on Governor’s Island in 2014. She has shown in group exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Arkansas Art Center, the Columbus Museum, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Kentler International Drawing Space, ODETTA Gallery, Schema Projects, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her work is in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Credit Suisse, and the Amateras Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria. Stone lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Robin Tedesco
Robin Tedesco is an artist and educator working in New Rochelle, New York. She has degrees in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art (BFA), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and University of Delaware (MFA). Her work has been exhibited and is in public and private collections internationally. She has taught all levels of drawing and painting for over 25 years. She resides in the Bronx, New York.  |  Instagram

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