Thursday, October 8, 2015

Famous Women in Art

Shayna here. Being a public figure, I understand the fascination that others have with us luminaries. So Clancy and I decided that this week’s installment of ArtSmartz would be about famous female artists. (OK, I decided and bribed Clancy.) Be forewarned: HE gets to pick the topic another week. . .Boys!

  1. This famous artist and humanitarian died in 2014 at the age of 97. During her life, she was cited for her innovations in the art of original stone lithography and porcelain. In 1995, she was commissioned by the Foundation of the National Archives to commemorate the 75th anniversary of women receiving the universal right to vote. Lucy Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, proclaimed her the “heart and conscience of America.” For more than half a century this artist raised donations for children’s and medical charities and worked for peace and international cultural understanding. In 2007 she opened a Mother’s Day exhibit of her work at Gallery One where a number of her works are on exhibit. Name this famous woman.
  2. A Cleveland native and American impressionist, this artist paints tranquil landscapes and garden settings inspired by time spent on Nantucket and her travels to the Mediterranean. Name this artist.
  3. Her subjects are women who are beautiful, not by Hollywood standards, but rather because they possess a quiet beauty reflecting a range of emotions. Layered in symbolism, her portraits express complexity and feminine strength of character. As a child, she visited the world’s great art museums with her famous artist father, in whose studio she loves to paint. Who is she? (For extra credit, name her artist father.)
  4. This talented landscape artist grew up in a Pennsylvania farmhouse filled with the music of Italian opera. When she saw California’s wine country, she was reminded of her childhood home and began painting vineyards, which eventually led her to paint the countryside of Tuscany. Do you know her name?
  5. Have you ever wished you could live far off, in your very own lighthouse with the endless views of the ocean and the rhythmic sound of the waves? This new Gallery Giclées artist has homes in two states, both near lighthouses. If you want to own a lighthouse, her giclée canvas entitled My Lighthouse was painted especially for you. Who is the artist?
  6. Can you find this artist? She is most famous for her camouflage art that showcases her passions: a love for horses and nature as well as an affinity for the Native American spiritual relationship with the earth and its creatures. Name the artist.
  7. Talk about a green thumb - this artist loves flowers, grows flowers in her garden and paints flowers like no one else can! Using an Old Masters technique, she layers oil glazes over her opaque underpainting to achieve a depth of light and luminosity. The result is a contemporary and elegant – her flowers radiate an inner light. An excellent example is her work entitled Shining Moment. Who is the artist?
  8. Meet a lady who believes that rules are meant to be broken. Her unique painting techniques of throwing, squirting, pouring and spraying are legendary and have been the subject of books and videos. A member of the American Watercolor Society and one of America’s most prominent watercolorists, this artist lives on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Northern Michigan. She paints only that which she has personally experienced in her travels. Who is this artist?
  9. This self-taught artist paints the people and culture of the Low Country of South Carolina. With its vibrant colors and animated figures, her artwork celebrates the seasons, customs and heritage of an area she loves so well. Who is she?
  10. The realistic art of Jean Monti celebrates life’s simple, timeless moments made all the more exquisite by her masterful use of glowing light. One such example depicts a mother with her baby. What is the title of this classic giclée?

  1. Li River
  2. Epreuve d’Artist
  3. David Utz (Thornton Utz)
  4. Antarctica
  5. Dean Morrissey
  6. The Washington Memorial
  7. Neuschwanstein Castle
  8. Robert Bateman
  9. Lahaina Afternoon
  10. Irish Church and Barn Owl

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