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Online Art Gallery #135

Election Day is Tuesday.

On this Saturday — Online Art Gallery Day — a pair of artists remind “06880” readers of the importance of ballots.

Other contributors remind readers of the beauty that surrounds us — and the people, food and whimsy.

This is your feature. All readers are invited to contribute. Age, level of experience, subject matter — there are no restrictions.

All genres are encouraged. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, collages, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage and (yes) needlepoint — whatever you’ve got, email it to 06880blog@gmail.com. Share your work with the world!

“Vote” (Amy Schneider)

Untitled (Lawrence Weisman)

Untitled (Jerry Kuyper)

“Fall” (Mark Yurkiw)

“Happy Schooner and Dad Enjoying a Hike at Lake Mohegan” (Rick Benson)

“Tuscan Delight, Monteverdi” (Ellin Spapdone)

“Are You Sure This is From the New Webb Telescope?” (Steve Stein)

“Balsamic Olive” (Tom Doran)

“Sacred Water on Sacred Wood” (Jonathan Prager)

“Steps” (Karen Weingarten)

Photographer Mike Hibbard jokes, “Meet me at Aster’s for lunch, and Honey, Bee hungry!”

“And So It Begins” (Bonnie Erickson)

Geoffrey Stone’s collage of Stacey Abrams was made with material from the New York Times; altered photographs, acrylic, and pencil on canvas.

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Online Art Gallery #117

Happy 4th of July weekend!

Time to take a break from flag-waving, grilling, and whatever else the holiday brings, to gaze at our neighbors’ work.

Remember: This is your gallery. All readers are invited to contribute to our online art gallery. Age, level of experience, subject matter — there are no restrictions.

All genres are encouraged. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage and (yes) needlepoint — whatever you’ve got, email it to 06880blog@gmail.com. Share your work with the world!

“Music in Four Parts” — mixed media (Peter Barlow)

“Child’s Pose” — oil on canvas (Geoffrey Stein)

“Staples Proud. Me Too” (Roseann Spengler)

“Lights on the Delaware” (June Rose Whittaker)

“Guns, Abortion, Climate, COVID, Politics, POTUS, SCOTUS, Etc.” (Steve Stein)

 

Online Art Gallery #114

God save the Queen!

After 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth makes her first appearance in the “06880” online art gallery. I hope it was worth the wait.

That’s the magic of this Saturday morning feature. You’re free to submit whatever you want, on any subject (pun intended), in any medium,

All readers are can participate, whatever your age, level of experience (professional or amateur, young or old).

All genres are encouraged. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage and (yes) needlepoint — whatever you’ve got, email it to 06880blog@gmail.com. Share your work with the world!

“The Queen.” Artist Geoffrey Stein says: “This portrait is made using collage material from altered historical photographs of Her Majesty’s wedding, coronation and other official events. They were originally published in The Times of London, Getty Images, Shutterstock and Reuters. Acrylic and pencil on canvas.”

“Sasco Creek at Southport Beach” (Kathleen Burke)

“The Golden Lion at Compo, 1955.” Photographer Peter Barlow used a Rolleicord camera with flash; this was taken from a dinghy. “1955 was before the harbor was enlarged, before it became a marina, and before it was named for someone,” Barlow says. “Most people called it ‘the yacht basin.'”

“Mother Ship Gives Birth” (Mike Hibbard)

“Time is Running Out” (Stephen Stein)

“Wired” (Karen Weingarten)

Online Art Gallery #112

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

This week’s online art gallery includes boats, beaches, Greta Thunberg and Uvalde, Texas. We end with something red, white and blue.

But it’s not a flag.

That’s the fun — and serendipity — of this feature.

As always, we appreciate everyone’s submissions — whatever the subject. All readers are encouraged to participate, whatever your age, level of experience (professional or amateur, young or old).

All genres are encouraged. Watercolors, oils, charcoal, pen-and-ink, acrylics, lithographs, macramé, jewelry, sculpture, decoupage and (yes) needlepoint — whatever you’ve got, email it to 06880blog@gmail.com. Share your work with the world!

“Tonic” — oil on Masonite. Artist Peter Barlow says, “This Herreshoff S-boat was owned in the 1950s by Westport conductor/composer Bernie Green (Bernard Greenwald).”

“Misirlou” — acrylic (Patricia McMahon)

“Wise Beyond Her Years” — acrylic and pencil on canvas. Artist Geoffrey Stein says, “This portrait of Greta Thunberg is made with collage material her 2019 speech to the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

“Please Bug Me” (Mike Hibbard)

“Didn’t You Hear About Uvalde, Texas?” (Steve Stein)

“Purple Gem” (Karen Weingarten)

“Maine at Its Best” (Marianne Harrison)

“Compo Dreams” (Rowene Weems)

“Red, White and Blue” (Fred Cantor)

 

“Recovering Lawyer” Turns To Collage

Geoffrey Stein studied product design at Parsons. Terrified of not getting a job, he pivoted to a sociology major at Bard College.

Hmmmm …

Walking around cold, rainy mid-1980s New York City — unemployed — he took stock. He didn’t have enough science courses for medical school. He didn’t have enough math for business school.

So, since Bard had taught him to think critically and analytically …

…. in 1986 he graduate from Albany Law School.

Stein clerked for an appellate judge. He worked at a trial firm. He got into reinsurance litigation, in London.

He found that aspect of law fascinating. “You have to get the right answer, but you do it in a civilized way,” he describes reinsurance.

These days, Stein is …

… a “recovering lawyer.”

Geoffrey Stein

Geoffrey Stein

All along, he’d made art. He carved wood, built things, welded metal sculptures and took photos.

He kept looking for a more creative way to practice law. Though “there are some very creative people” in the profession, he could not find that niche.

Finally, in 1999, his wife said, “Go to art school. Or stop complaining.”

He did the latter. For 3 years, Stein practiced law while taking classes at the New York Studio School.

“A more prudent person would have taken a leave of absence” from the firm, he says.

But — although he’s kept his license, and still does a bit of contract work — Stein has been a full-time artist for nearly 20 years.

“It’s quite a switch,” he admits. “People know what a lawyer does. They have status. They don’t know what an artist does.” Then again, he adds, “I don’t know what ‘artist’ means either. I just put pigment on a flat surface.”

Objection, counselor!

Stein does far more than that.

He began experimenting with collages at the Studio School. After earning an MFA from the Slade School in London, he began moving into the political realm.

“A.O.C.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; from a speech. New York Times photocopies; digitally altered photo. Acryclic, gesso and pencil on cavas.

Stein calls himself a “conceptual portrait painter.” A self-described “political junkie,” he is fascinated by what’s going on in the world, and with the economy.

The artist uses materials from a subject’s world to create their likeness. Stein calls it “a modern take on the Renaissance trope of putting objects into a portrait to illustrate the attributes of the subject — for example, books to show the subject was educated.”

Instead of illustrating the attributes of the subject with a symbol though, he collages the portraits with materials and text from the subject’s world.

“Dissenting.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby; Justice Ginsburg’s dissent. Acrylic and pencil on canvas.

Stein says, “I paint, draw and collage to find out what I think about the world; to discover the things I do not have words for. When painting, I savor the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings about the subject, and in collage, I love the randomness — the snippets of text and photographs appearing and disappearing that becomes the subject’s likeness.

“I am interested in the conversation between abstraction and realism. I do not want to make an academic copy of the model or a photo realistic illustration. My work rather explores the tension of what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.”

Geoffrey Stein, with other types of his work. (Photo/Rosie Lopeman)

His subjects include Alan Greenspan, Timothy Geithner, Jamie Dimon, Janet Yellen and Elizabeth Warren. He’s done Donald Trump, of course.

Commissions started coming: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Queen Elizabeth, presidential candidates, Michael Bloomberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Cuomo, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Greta Thunberg, Amanda Gorman.

“Speaking Truth to Power.” Dr. Anthony Fauci; CDC and New York Times. Acrylic, gesso and pencil on canvas.

Stein works in a studio at his Westport home. He and his wife Pat — a partner in a law firm — bought a house here in 2015.  Before COVID, it was a weekend getaway. Arriving Friday night and leaving Sunday, they were very much New York-focused.

Since moving here full-time in the early days of the pandemic, they have gotten to know their neighbors better. It’s been a wonderful sanctuary for them. “We recognize how fortunate we are,” Stein says.

(Their offices are on opposite sides of the house. “We meet in the middle for lunch and coffee,” he says.)

One downside to working alone: Stein says he has not had time to engage with Westport’s arts community. “I’ve had my head down, working and marketing,” he admits.

As he starts his next project — a Stacey Abrams collage — Stein is thinking about how to go back to the city. His wife’s firm plans to bring their lawyers back after Labor Day.

“It’s so nice to have all these trees, and so much room,” Stein says. “I understand how lucky I am to have both worlds.”

(For more information on Geoffrey Stein, and samples of his work, click here.)

“The Poet.” Amanda Gorman, from “The Hill We Climb” inauguration speech. Acrylic and pencil on canvas.