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“Choose What You Create” exhibit at Gallery 527

My show, “Choose What You Create,” is now on view at Gallery 527 in the artist-colony tourist destination of Jerome, Arizona. Below is the press release, which got printed in all of the local newspapers!

Keep scrolling down to find photos from the show and from First Saturday Artwalk, which served as my artist reception.

Artwalk is a fun, active time with visitors roving the galleries and shops of Jerome sampling treats and wine from 5-8 pmThe final Artwalk and Artist Reception for my show will be held Saturday, December 2, 2018, 5-8 pm. Please come!

“I’m Ready” (40×30”) embodies the crucible of a decision in the show Choose What You Create – all new work by Julie Bernstein Engelmann featured at Gallery 527 in Jerome, opening October 7 during Jerome Art Walk.

Choose What You Create

Abstract paintings by Julie Bernstein Engelmann

October 7, 2017-December 29, 2017

Gallery 527, 527 Main Street, Jerome, Arizona 86331

Opening Reception at Artwalk, Saturdays, Oct 7/Nov 4/Dec 2, 2017

Gallery 527 announces a new exhibition, “Choose What You Create” – all new work by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, opening Oct. 7 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Each of Engelmann’s dramatic abstract paintings embodies a quality she chooses to create in her life.

“Paintings vibrate with the intention behind their creation,” Engelmann says. “So I use the painting process to consciously dive into an experience or vibration that I want to amplify.”

“For instance,” said Engelmann, “I notice that my posture aligns when my heart is open and I’m at my best spiritually, so I painted ‘Open Chest’ to focus on that aligned state. ‘Gift from a Child’ comes from an imagined experience with my childhood self where she gave me a weed. I realized weeds are wild and free and unapologetic, so I painted the gift to bring it into my life. Another painting, ‘Ask Your Body,’ is a reminder that whenever I have a question about my health or emotions, my body knows the answer and will reveal it if I ask.”

Gallery owner Donna Chesler says, “The paintings are like personal stories, only just their distilled essence. Each one has a very specific feeling, which is unusual in abstract art.”

Engelmann’s lush abstracts have won numerous awards. She was honored with a retrospective exhibit, Being Spirit, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, Pennsylvania. Site Coordinator Barbara Hollander stated, “Julie Bernstein Engelmann combines passages of poured and brushed paint that remind one of stained glass creations. Her technique relies partly on many years of study and partly on an intuitive, creative interaction with what she refers to as the painting spirit. The resulting works are spiritually resonant and ineffably uplifting.”

Engelmann holds an MFA from UCLA and a BA from Barnard College, where she studied with Milton Resnick, first-generation Abstract Expressionist. She teaches Luscious Abstractions on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts.

“Choose What You Create” will be on view at Gallery 527 in Jerome from October 7 through December 29.

For more information about the Jerome Art Walk please contact Donna at 928.649.2277.

Donna Chesler
Gallery 527
527 Main Street
PO Box 1265
Jerome, AZ 86331

To view any of the paintings more closely, just click to my website gallery or back room.

Gifts of Soul show

Here are shots from my exhibit, “Gifts of Soul,” at Gallery 527 in Jerome, Arizona, December 2016 through January 2017.

 

The Art of Autumn

Here are highlights from the fall months of 2016:

Such a lovely group of painters from my Luscious Abstractions crash course at the Sedona Arts Center, September 2016. Notice how differently each painting turned out!

Stephanie Watson and her gorgeous painting from my Luscious Abstractions crash course at the Sedona Arts Center, November 2016.

This is my painting “Morning Pages,” 30×24, acrylic on canvas. My student from Luscious Abstractions (Nov 2016), Rosemary Keiser, liked it so much she took this shot as I submitted it to the Sedona Arts Center Holiday Show. She must have added some magic fairy dust, because the painting sold the next day before the show even opened.

These are shots from a show at the Sedona Arts Center Village Annex Gallery, located in a mall in the Village of Oak Creek for the holiday season. Maybe you can spot my paintings on the walls! I painted there often and gained valuable insights about my works-in-progress from customers.

Here are painters Theresa and Jennifer from my Meaningful Abstracts workshop at the Sedona Arts Center, December 2016.

 

 

Heart Conversations exhibition

Gallery 527 in Jerome gave me a featured exhibition for the month of September 2016. I called it “Heart Conversations.”

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Articles about the exhibition were printed in 4 area newspapers, along with a huge color photo of the painting on the upper left, “Nighttime Conversation.”

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From the press release:

“The paintings are like personal stories, only just their distilled essence,” said gallery owner Donna Chesler. “Each one has a very specific feeling, distinct from the others, which is unusual in abstract art.”

Engelmann explains, “The title, ‘Heart Conversations,’ refers to my heartfelt relationship with what I call the painting spirit. Like a dynamic conversation, the painting spirit actually helps me make a much better painting, leading to a surprise ending that reflects my seed idea in an intriguing way.”

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Gallery 527 Jerome

My sister Beth is fearless — especially when it comes to promoting my artwork. I took a picture of her here in the artist colony of Jerome, which she cheerfully describes as “cutesy.”

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Jerome, Arizona, is a former copper mining town built into the side of the Mingus Mountains. Its only main street switchbacks up the mountain, revealing one spectacular view after another, mixed with colorful galleries and tourist shops, mixed with the ruins of the ghost mining town it is built upon.

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So, there we are eating a delicious lunch and perusing art galleries. Next thing I know, Beth has made a connection to get my art into Gallery 527, my favorite one.

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With an intriguing range of high quality local art, the gallery has been around for ten years — which says a lot. Within a couple of weeks my work was beautifully installed.

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All photographs are by me except this one by Ken Chesler, co-owner of Gallery 527 with his wife, Donna

Soon I attended my first Artwalk.

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There, I was interviewed by a local photojournalist. Within a few days a large color picture of my artwork and me appeared on the front page of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Everyone needs a sister like Beth.

Check out my page on the Gallery 527 website. It gives the poems behind four of my paintings!

 

My painting in the Greater Latrobe School District Special Collection

While I was at the Center for Creativity at the Greater Latrobe High School (Latrobe, PA) doing the Third Grade Art Symposium (see last post), I took the opportunity to wander the halls and view their famous art collection.

This student-selected, student+community purchased collection has been acquiring artworks almost every year since it was founded in 1936. The collection has been an inspiration to many other school districts, including the Derry Area School District that purchased my painting last November.

Walking the halls, you can’t help being awed by the presence of the artworks (which are, by the way, protected by plexiglass). The noise level when the students are pouring out of classrooms seems much lower than in other schools.

Eventually I found my way to my own painting, Restart, which was acquired by the collection in 2006. This purchase was actually a key event for me, as I explain in My Art Story:

My turning point as an abstract artist came in 2006, when I won a Purchase Award from the Greater Latrobe School District Special Collection, which is selected by the students. I was aware that people loved my abstracts as much as my landscapes, but this was a wake-up call. Not only did real, regular high-school kids pick my abstract painting over my realistic ones, but this was the first abstract painting they had picked for their collection since the 1960s. In the meantime, I had discovered how to create space in abstract paintings. I finally decided to throw myself behind my belief that abstract painting is my gift. Mine are the abstracts that don’t need theories to explain themselves to people’s hearts. 

Here is my painting in the hallway, after hours.

My painting in the hallway of the Greater Latrobe High School

My painting in the hallway of the Greater Latrobe High School

Restart

“Restart,” by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, acrylic on canvas, 24″H x 18″W, acquired 2006 by Greater Latrobe School District Special Collection.

As Barbara H. Nakles says in her introduction to A Unique Vision of Art, The Special Collection of the Greater Latrobe School District, second edition (2008), “The collection is…one of the finest collections of 20th and 21st century regional art on permanent display.”

Her book includes all the artworks in the collection purchased through 2007. My painting can be found on page 191. I love that!

The red rocks of Sedona

I decided to take my husband Chip on a trip to see our future home in Cottonwood, Arizona. (Well, we hope it will be, anyway! Our house in PA has yet to sell.)

Here is the rosy glow of sunrise on the airplane.

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Here is the rosy glow of sunset on the red rocks of Red Rock State Park.

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This is the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, where my art is available.

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Here I am dropping some paintings off with Shirley at the James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona. (None of the paintings shown in the photo are mine, though. Mine are on the other side of the room!)

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A home for art in Indiana, PA

Here is our beautiful, one-year-old art center, The Artists Hand Gallery, on the main street of my town, Indiana, PA.

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You can probably pick out my two colorful abstracts in the gallery shot. (One of them won First Place in this show — see my June blog post.)

But I’ll bet you didn’t guess that the vertical painting in the coffee shop shot — the one in muted colors closest to us — is also mine. It’s a painting from 2006 called “Promontory.”

In the back of The Artists Hand is a studio that is home to the Indiana Art Association. I have held many abstract painting workshops there, with one more coming up next week.