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Juried Art Program

Sur-Fis Elements X 3
Virtual Exhibition by Maria Santino Cisneros, Julie Cousens & Judith Weber

Surface texture and materials are explored by three diverse artists with distinctive artistic points of view.  The expressions explored through Photography, Fiber and Mixed-Media speak directly about their world view as seen through the details of the varied elements used to create their work.

Maria Cisneros:  Fiber Art & Design
My work is inspired by nature. My initial medium was collage. By layering canvas with paper and preserved botanicals I was able to produce multi-dimensional and uniquely textural pieces. Longing to expand my versatility as an artist and responding to the wonderfully flexible properties of fiber, I began combining silk, wool, and other natural materials creating unique fiber art and wearable designs. I began utilizing nuno-felting and wet-felting techniques and adding texture by applying the Japanese method of hand-tying and dyeing called “Shibori”.  Each fabric piece is produced by layering strands of fiber and applying soap and water and agitation.

I love having the ability to manipulate the medium resulting in such unexpected outcomes as well as the versatility of surface design that fiber offers.  It allows me, as an artist to produce textural wall art, vessels, apparel, accessories and so much more.

Julie Cousens:  Photography
Having been a photographer for many years I am now exploring my skill as an abstract artist using my digital camera as my medium.  I am always learning and growing and pushing my work   to new limits.  My key focus is on light, contrast, composition and a passion for detail.  My work has been exhibited at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Gallery, The Blue Door Art Center, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site and in private collections.  Currently my work is featured at the Big aLICe Barrel Room in Brooklyn and at the Kittay Gallery by the Garden, in the Bronx, for the Winter 2020 Exhibit and Women’s History Month.

Judith Weber:  Mixed Media, Mono-printing, Collage
Motivated by the relationship between form and function, image, and actuality, I have spent most of my professional life as a ceramic artist designing and creating a line of limited-edition dining accessories. My work has been featured in multiple magazines including Tableware Today, Gourmet Magazine, Architectural Digest and Martha Stewart Living. I have been represented at Museum shops throughout the United States including SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. From 2001 to 2008 I was a Consulting Designer for Dansk International.

As an artist who thrives on challenge and diversity, beginning in 2018 I started to explore works on paper inspired by my work with ceramic tile. Using a variety of media and creative approaches my work is an abstraction of my experience both actual and imaginary.  I paint and print what I feel in the moment. Particularly inspired by the possibilities presented by exploring texture and surface treatments, my work becomes layered with personal meaning, images, color, and complex mediums that seek to draw in the viewer and hopefully connect with my message.

Juried Art Submissions

Please note: these scheduled dates and rules for submission are tentative and subject to change.

The Harrison Public Library seeks artists for rotating exhibitions during 2021.

Artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY for approximately one month during 2021 are invited to submit samples of their artwork for review by a Juried Art Committee sponsored by the Harrison Council for the Arts.

Selected artists will be awarded one person shows by our jury, with three alternate artists chosen as well, should unexpected circumstances prevent artists from exhibiting according to schedule. Group shows (2, 3 or 4 persons) will also be considered provided these artists register and submit work together. For group shows, all entrants must be chosen.

How to Enter

If you are interested in competing for one of these shows, please bring samples to the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY on Friday, October 16, 2020 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All artists must pick up their samples on Saturday, October 17, 2020 between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Two-dimensional art only is eligible and the samples must be in the form of two different pieces of the actual art (preferably framed), 12 copies of the artist’s work either in the form of photos, prints, 35mm slides  or on a CD (all different/representational of the artist’s work), and a resume.

If you choose to participate, you will be notified of the jury’s decision by mail by November 30, 2020. If awarded exhibit time, you will be asked to call Giovanna Iannace at the Library (914/835-0324) and provide three choices for a monthly exhibit in 2021 (first come-first served; March is not available).  If Giovanna is not available, please be sure to leave a message.

We will confirm your exhibit date by mail and at that time you will be asked to sign the Art Exhibit Agreement, which must be returned immediately. The applicable fee is due three months prior to the exhibit date.

For more info, contact Giovanna Iannace at the Library (914/835-0324)

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