Tyrone Lewis was raised in a family of artists.  His maternal grandfather, Hans Hubbard, a respected Fort Worth artist, settled near Mena, Arkansas, and always welcomed his grandson into his studio.  Thus did Tyrone learn to appreciate and create art.

Desiring to pursue an artistic career, he graduated with a B.F.A. degree from the Memphis College of Arts, and then worked as an interior designer for residential and commercial properties and as a fashion coordinator for Federated Department Stores.  Always he painted.

Tyrone has been featured in multiple regional juried shows throughout the United States.  Galleries in Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and New Mexico have featured his works, as has Southern Accents Magazine, The Collectors Guide of New Mexico, and others.  Tyrone's paintings have also been purchased by numerous corporations for their archival collections, as appreciable investments.

Tyrone, lives in western Arkansas with his wife Barbara and daughter Alexis, where, in addition to their art, they breed Egyptian Arabian horses.

Of his work Tyrone says, "Having been influenced by my grandfather, I found my  first endeavors in the visual arts, were portrayals of the landscape.

Over the years I have identified myself with various imagery and varied venues, yet I always come back to the landscape and its forms.  I know not the reason other than the fact that the melody is always in perfect harmony, regardless of conditions, which leads one to ponder how and why and who or what is responsible."

Tyrone's wonderful use of color and light, his paintings faithfully represent the ever changing landscapes of the American horizon.  Traveling throughout the United States, he faithfully brings life to his canvases, freezing in time the beauty of nature.  With an understanding drawn from the roots of his childhood, molded with appreciation of art and nature, he has matured to become a serious, dedicated, fine artist of significance.

Sadly, Tyrone Lewis passed away in 2014.

 

Alex J PenaAlex Peña explores a working definition of aesthetic worth in his art. He allows many factors to influence his assessment of

aesthetics, including cultural inspiration/knowledge, interpersonal relationships, and/or the idea of beauty. He relies heavily

upon the process and physicality of creating art to dictate, refine, or enhance his statement of aesthetic worth. Peña’s work

is suggestive of place and emotion.

Alex was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and is an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. He received his

B.F.A. in 2006 from Cameron University and his M.F.A from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He currently

resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Peña’s work has been exhibited nationally and has participated in group shows in Europe. He has taught at the University

of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is in a number of private and public collections.


Curriculum Vitae

Alex Joel Peña

Education

2009 Master of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2008 Master of Art, Studio Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cameron University, Magna cum Laude

Grants/Fellowships

2012 SWAIA Residency Fellowship. Awarded stipend, residency at the Santa Fe

Art Institute for one month, Complimentary booth at the SWAIA 2012

Indian Art Market, a show at the Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and

publication in the New Mexican Indian Market magazine, the official

SWAIA Market Guide, and other publications and media.

2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education Travel Grant.

Awarded grant monies for artistic development.

2006-2009 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship. Granted from the University of

Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education.

Solo Exhibitions

2011 “Resurfaced.” Two-man show featuring recent drawings and prints at

the Berlin Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona.

2010-2011 “Recent Work.” Solo show of recent drawings at the Sundance Cinema

Art Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin.

2009 “Linear Description.” A solo show of recent prints and drawings at the

Art Lofts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2009 “1/1 VE.” Solo show of prints and drawings at the Leslie Powell Gallery in

Lawton, Oklahoma.

2009 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. 7th Floor Gallery at the University

of Wisconsin-Madison.

2008 Master of Art Thesis Exhibition. 7th Floor Gallery at the University of

Wisconsin-Madison.

2006 “Toys and Things.” Exhibition of prints at the Leslie Powell Gallery in

Lawton, Oklahoma.

Group Exhibitions

2012 “Novosibirsk State Museum of Art Biennial.” Novosibirsk State Museum

 

Jenny Floravita has been painting and
creating art professionally for the last two
decades, working first in watercolor and then
in oil and eventually in glass and metal. She
began her studies in painting, drawing, music
and dance as a small child—excelling in all.
Her life in the San Francisco Bay Area
afforded her great exposure to the arts. Jenny
won numerous awards as a young artist
including four California Governor ’s Medallions and four California State Seals—
two each for art and dance. After receiving
several scholarships, Jenny went on to receive her formal art degree through
University of California, Santa Cruz. She lived and worked in Santa Cruz as a
graphic designer and fine artist for a few years before re-locating to her family’s
home town on the Delta at which point her fine art career blossomed.
In the mid-2000s Jenny was introduced to the rare art form of reverse glass painting.
She produced numerous painted chandeliers for the interior design industry.
Through various glass artists and metals smiths, Jenny learned warm glass and glass
cold-working techniques to create her glass bowls and forging and welding to create
her iron fixtures. She now operates a mini-industrial facility out of her studio.
Jenny’s Contemporary Swirl/Circles of Sedona is a 2013 NICHE Awards Finalist.
Description of Work
My reverse painted chandeliers are created entirely by hand—I am the artist. These
are not production oriented. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and starts with flat
architectural glass that is cut and slumped in my studio to achieve the glass bowl
which then needs to be cold-worked. The special painting technique that I use is a
very old and rare art form called reverse glass painting. Reverse painted lamps were
extremely popular in the Victorian era. Even Tiffany produced reverse painted
lamps, though we know him more for his stained glass.
My iron fixtures are hand-forged and incorporate lamp parts where needed. My
painted night lights and lamp shades incorporate the same techniques stated above
to create the glass shapes on a smaller scale.
Later this year I will be producing my own lamp bases, which will be sculpted, cast
and signed by me and will feature elements incorporated in my glass paintings.

EDUARDO CHACÓN

New Mexico painter Eduardo Chacón explores the diversity of colors in still life paintings from his studio in Taos, New Mexico.  He focuses on
“chiaroscuro”, the concept of light and shadow.

Eduardo was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico surrounded by an art community.  He comments:
“To take something two-dimensional and have the viewer perceive the piece as three dimensional is the challenge.  The viewer needs to travel through the painting, so to speak.  That is to say, a feeling is accomplished in making canvas or panel look as though it is three dimensional. Atmosphere is the key.  The painting has to have atmosphere within.  It is as if air flows around the objects.  I learn with every piece I do.  I strive to build on what I’ve learned and hope to always paint the next piece better.”

He makes his home and paints out of his studio in Taos, New Mexico, where his still-life paintings come to life in the northern New Mexican light.

EDUCATION & ART ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS:

Studied art at the University of New Mexico
Studied  at the Fechin Art Workshops
Member of the Oil Painters of America -OPA
Juried member of the American Society of Traditional Artists -ASTA

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS:

Awards presented by both Taos Open & Taos Invites Art Festival                 
1st. place, 2nd. place & honorable mention 3 years in succession
Juried into the 2008 OPA Western Regional Show @ Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho
Invited to show @ Taos Art Museum--Fechin Institute for “A Russian Night in Taos”, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
Invited to show @ “Taos Fall Arts Festival”, Taos Invite  2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Invited to show @ Millicent Rogers Museum miniatures show, Taos, N.M. 2008-2011
Published in “Art Journey New Mexico” book released fall 2009
Juried into and exhibited at the Von Liebig Museum & Art Center in Naples, Florida for Art Encounter 2010 (entries from 50 states)

 

Dianne Graduated with an associate degree in Art from Ricks College (BYU Idaho). She was influenced by many great artists including, Leon Parsons, Arlo Coles, and Matthew Geddes.

Dianne has been a self employed artist for the past 25 years. Fifteen of those years were spent in Afton, Wyoming where she had the opportunity to show and sell her work in Jackson Hole.

About ten years ago Dianne moved to Utah where she has served as the President of the Cache Valley Chapter of the Utah Watercolor Society (CVC UWS) and as a Signature Member, she also served on the CVC UWS board for the last six years. Many of her paintings have been selected into shows in Salt Lake City and have won awards. She has also had paintings in both the Western Federation of Watercolor Society’s, and the National Watercolor Society.

She has also won many other local and national awards, including the Wind Rivers Valley Arts Guild Annual National Art Exhibit: Bird Art Award, for her painting “By the water’s edge”; and the Still Life Painting Award for her painting entitled “Pumpkins”. She had her painting “Fruits of Our Labors” Chosen for the 8th International Church Art Competition.

Dianne currently has a painting in the Utah Arts Council traveling exhibit. It travels all over the state of Utah for a year. She also had a solo show entitled “Sticks and Stones” at Red Butte Gardens on the University of Utah campus which was exhibited August 14th to September 10th 2008.

 

After 30 years of working in the steel industry Doug’s passion for creating unique one of a kind Metal Sculptured Bells using many of the same techniques and processes he became so familiar with in the Steel Mill are now made manifest in his artistic endeavors. Making a sculpture out of old found objects and persuading it to succumb to his will is the challenge that Doug has thrived on in his work.  Items that might end up in junkyards or farmers backyards are all potential art objects in waiting. In many Asian cultures the combination of stone & steel is considered (ZEN) or good fortune. That is why you see the stones so prominently displayed in his beautiful work. Many of them are from faraway places that Doug has visited. Doug also incorporates fused glass from recycled bottles created by his wife, artist Dianne Adams.

Doug’s beautiful signature garden bells with their unusual and eye catching designs have found international acclaim & and are in public and private collections. His award winning designs are cutting edge.  Doug’s work is truly one of a kind.

Doug currently resides with his amazing artist wife Dianne and their aspiring artist son Ryan in Deweyville, Utah, living their dream!

 

Leah and Stan Goldberg are are team, painting in tandem on the same works. Each an artist in their own right, they have a unique ability to create together.

Leah attended and graduated with a BFA at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.   She did postgraduate work in Chinese Calligraphy and watercolors as well as Japanese calligraphy and brush painting at USCD with Karl Weng. She was the youngest Theater set designer in the USA at the Tyrone Guthrie Metropolitan.  She also taught children art for 15 yrs in Oriental and Waldorf technicques.

Stan was educated at the New School for Social research with a BA. and receives his MA in Art Criticism at Hofstra University, NY.  Stan has a background in Commercial Art advertising with a specialty in art  business related advertising with Avnet,Inc, Gallery One and his own agancy, Blue Banana in NY.  It was in his Blue River Gallery, in Breckenridge, CO, that he and Lisa met.

Private Collections:Frederick Wiseman, Billy Wilder, Alexandria Johnson,Mick Jagger, Jessica Swift, Harry Weiss, Mary Ann Vanderbrook, Daran and Ray Grimm, Laura and Robert Bradley and many others.

Corporate Collections: Bank of America, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Steelcase, Hyler Industries, Hotel BelAire, Leventual & Co. Childhelp USA.

 

Americo makkAmerico Makk is an internationally acclaimed master painter and portrait artist of two United States Presidents. Over the past five decades, the importance of Americo Makk’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including American Ecclesiastic Award, European Banner of the Arts, Oscar d’Italia, Alfred Nobel Medal for Peace (Einstein International Academy Foundation) and Outstanding Achievement Award for Western Paintings (American Biographical Institute).

Paintings by Americo Makk - powerful scenes of city life, character studies, historical and western paintings - have been the focus of numerous major public exhibitions, including Carnegie International Center (NY), U.S. Senate Rotunda (Washington, D.C.), Monaco Intercontinental Exhibition (Paris), St. Stephen Museum (Hungary), and many other museums and galleries in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Japan.

Regarded as one of the world’s most respected portrait artists, Americo Makk was selected to paint portraits for the U.S. White House of President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He has also painted a portrait of Cardinal Mindszenty for the Vatican and many celebrities including Eva Gabor, Barbara Carrera and Ray Price.

Americo Makk’s wife, Eva, and their son, A.B., are also accomplished painters whose works are exhibited and collected internationally, giving rise to the Makks’ reputation as “the first family of the art world”.

Americo Makk has been called a "modern-day Michelangelo". Working together with Eva Makk since 1950, he has painted large murals in sixteen cathedrals and churches on two continents. This feat is unequaled by any other artist in our time, giving the Makks a place forever in art history. Their most famous work, on the ceiling of the 150 year old Manaus Cathedral in Brazil, is the world’s largest single-themed ceiling mural.

Americo was born in Hungary in 1927. His formal training began at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Art in Budapest. At the top of his class, he received a scholarship to Italy, and while studying at the Academy of Fine Art in Rome he met his future wife, Eva, a fellow artist at the academy. The couple moved to Brazil in 1949, and their reputation as brilliant young painters spread quickly. They were appointed as Professors of Art at the Sao Paulo Academy of Fine Art, and later were named Official Artists of the Brazilian Government. Among their many commissions was an unprecedented expedition deep into the Amazon rain forest to paint the indigenous tribal people. In 1962 Americo Makk and his family moved to New York and continued their distinguished careers as artists. Americo Makk now lives in Hawaii, where he and his family have made their home since 1967.

Today Americo Makk’s paintings are highly prized, with some selling for several hundred thousand dollars. Demand for his work is still growing. As he has done for more than fifty years, Americo Makk continues to receive international acclaim, such as a recently opened permanent exhibition of his paintings at the Museum of Hungarian Military History in Budapest.

 

Gourd art is a worldwide art form and is found in many countries.  Gourds have been around for hundreds of years and have been used for both utility  purposes and as  objects of art.

Roy’s interest in art started at an early age.  He took art classes in Junior High and High School while growing up in Baytown, Texas.  He received an art scholarship to Lee Jr. Collage.  His college was put on hold while he spent four years in the Air Force.  Roy then returned to college and graduated with a degree in Art from Lamar University.

Upon graduating, his career took a turn into sales and he spent the next 30+ years in corporate America. During this time, his art was limited to drawing industry posters and sketching providing some escape from his full time sales profession.  Upon retirement, he devoted more time to his art and he perused his interest in pen and ink drawing historic landmarks around his home .  In 2010, he discovered the world of gourd art which has became his passion.  His interest in pen and ink drawing was transformed to pyrography on gourds.  Gourds are nature’s canvas and allow Roy to explore his other interest in pottery and sculpturing.   
Gourd art is an old art form that is practiced in cultures all over the world.  Primitive cultures used gourds for utilitarian purposes, and used crude tools to embellish them.   Today’s gourd art ranges from simple craft projects to works of fine art by full time gourd artists.
Roy is a member of the American Gourd Society.  He is also on the Board of Directors with the Texas Gourd Society.  His work has been featured in several Gourd Art newsletters and newspapers.  He received a first place award in 2012 and a second place award in 2013 in the American Gourd Society Gourd Art competition.  Roy is active promoter of the art form and gives frequent demonstrations to school children, associations and garden clubs.
In 2013, he received a second place award in the Southwest Division at the Southwest Fine Art Gourd Show in Kerrville, Texas.  In 2014, he received two honorable mention awards in the same show in the Carving and Southwest Art Division.  His gourd titled “Seabound” was chosen for the “People’s Choice Award” .In 2014, he was also juried in for the annual Ruidoso Art Festival. He was awarded” Best of class” and  “ Best in Show “ 
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The artistic ability of Caroll Forseth began to emerge when he was a young boy living in Northern Alberta. He was one of the nine children born to Norwegian immigrants homesteading in Canada. From an early age, he knew he had a talent for painting. Although his surroundings, as a child, did not afford him the luxury of art lessons, the drive and determination of years have made Forseth a master. The development of technique, an uncanny sensitivity to color and the projection of composition were self-learned tools in the quest to record the beauty he sees.

The rugged and majestic Rocky Mountains provide the inspiration for the majority of his work. Working from a wide palette, tangibility is projected from the canvas in color, weight, and texture. The palette knife and brush seem to take on life of their own as they effortlessly fashion the subject, held by the hand and followed by the eyes that have become one with the canvas and oils.

Mr. Forseth’s full time career, now spanning over twenty years, has afforded him a stress free lifestyle. He is a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Gregarious by nature, his loves besides art are music, traveling, people, family and most of all, his Creator.

The years of magnifying his talent have earned Caroll Forseth the esteem and respect of his fellow artists, patrons, and students. His endless dedication to art showings, preparing commission work and teaching seminars in many countries is evidence of a deep commitment to share the grand vision he has with others in a permanent legacy.