Art Works Gallery artist Michelle Jewett has entered her work in this years Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Her piece, “Pristine Wilderness” is an acrylic/mixed media painting. “It is a product of my imagination, although it could easily have been inspired by the jagged awe inspiring peaks of the Eastern Sierra.“

She created the mountain range using pieces of magazines with intriguing colors and textures then used acrylic paint to blend the shapes into a cohesive image. The light and dark pieces suggest sun lit and shadowed mountain faces. A restful sky and richly colored foreground complete the painting.

“To me this work reflects a beautiful, peaceful and untouched wilderness,” said Jewett. A short video about her piece can be viewed on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytUl7en1wPM



This year Eileen Blodgett submitted an original mixed media painting entitled “Renascence” for The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibit. “I was inspired by my

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1959-Ode to Dad by Lisa Stephens

1959-Ode to Dad by Lisa Stephens

The Council on Culture & Arts is pleased to present Photofest 2021, an annual, juried, fine art photography exhibition at the Artport Gallery now through Jan. 10, 2022.

From breathtaking landscapes to mind-bending altered images, the Photofest 2021 exhibition features fine art photographs by 33 local artists. The artworks were selected by a volunteer jury comprised of accomplished photographers who reviewed the submitted images and selected work for exhibition.

There were more than 100 individual artworks submitted by 40 artists and all those images can be viewed in COCA’s Online Gallery at cocaonlinegallery.zenfolio.com.

The artists selected to display artwork in the physical exhibition at the Artport Gallery are: Michael Alfano Jr., Inger Avant, Katie Clark, Dawn Cooke, James Daniels, George Dawson, Joel Dawson, Elizabeth George, Gregg Gleason, Lisa Faire Graham, Scott Holstein, Bill Humphries, Art McConnell, Tommy McGraw, Timothy Moore, Adieren Narro, Ruth Nickens,

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International Artist Day is celebrated on Oct. 25 every year to honor artists across the world who add beauty through their works.

A Canadian artist, Chris MacClure, who specializes in the style known as “Romantic Realism,” founded the International Artist Day in 2004. The day also marks the birthday of Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who was born in 1881. 

As art is popularly considered as a means of expression, International Artist Day celebrates all forms of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, architecture and music. 

You can join the celebrations of the day by spending time exploring your artistic skills. Take time to brush up on an art form that you have not experimented with for a long time. You can also use the day as an opportunity to learn more about great artists of all times by reading about them from

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From photographers to painters to multimedia creators, these artists are ready to make their indelible impressions on the art world.


© Erin Taj and Hannah Minn
From photographers to painters to multimedia creators, these artists are ready to make their indelible impressions on the art world.



7 Artists You Should Know Now


© Erin Taj and Hannah Minn
7 Artists You Should Know Now

From paintings and photographs to film and fashion, art is a fully sensory form of storytelling — and the best of it doesn’t just make us feel something; it says something. Like anything that’s been around for millennia, art continually changes, grows, and takes on new shapes and forms. In this series, Shondaland steps into today’s world of art and gets a taste for the trends, themes, and people who are making contemporary art what it is — now and for centuries to come.

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Visual art serves as a portal into an artist’s mind, a gateway to their belief systems about the subjects that transfix them. To pluck a narrative

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