Emerge Gallery

It’s time to vote for the fan favorite! Below you’ll find multiple options to vote for. Please only vote once!

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Martha Graham Emerges Video Dance performance

As a retired teacher living through the challenges of 2020 I am more inspired than ever to make a difference in our world! With Zoom meetings and countless new global friends, I have created a company called “Moving the Arts Through the Universe,” through which businesses and fundraising groups can hire musicians, dancers, sculptors, poets, theater groups and other artists to perform at their virtual events.

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42 Votes

Spencer’s Slightly Imperfect Peep Show A.K.A. Micro-Burlesque Short Film

Microscopes emerge as transmogrified beings.

31 Votes

Emerge!

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Total votes for the Contest "Emerge! Art Festival" : 6667

Anita Gibbs

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

At Last Love After Quarantine

This sixth decade of my life has been challenging, to say the least. A surprise layoff, and then another, forced my catapult into unknown creativity. I had never painted in any medium, much less on canvas.

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649 Votes

Anita Gibbs

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

We Missed You

Acrylic on Canvas 48″x36″

This sixth decade of my life has been challenging, to say the least. A surprise layoff, and then another, forced my catapult into unknown creativity. I had never painted in any medium, much less on canvas.

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532 Votes

Arlinda Crossla..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Coneflower

Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 36″

In transitioning from a traditional 9-to-5 job, I look forward to emerging as a more productive fine artist! Using vivid colors and bold textures, I create paintings that comment on the world’s complexities and rhythms from the perspective of a 1950s-born African American woman.

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178 Votes

Arlinda Crossla..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Amazing Grace

Acrylic on Canvas 24″ x 36”

In transitioning from a traditional 9-to-5 job, I look forward to emerging as a more productive fine artist! Using vivid colors and bold textures, I create paintings that comment on the world’s complexities and rhythms from the perspective of a 1950s-born African American woman.

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116 Votes

Armando Madrazo

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Eutopia

Oil on Canvas 28″H22″W 2“D

I am a painter because art grants me the ability to stop for a second and take in my surroundings. While doing so I hope to engage the admirer as well. Hopefully my search for beauty in forms can be translated to the eyes of the viewer in such a way as to validate my emotions and theirs.

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35 Votes

Armando Madrazo

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Destiny

Oil on Canvas 20“x24“

I am a painter because art grants me the ability to stop for a second and take in my surroundings. While doing so I hope to engage the admirer as well. Hopefully my search for beauty in forms can be translated to the eyes of the viewer in such a way as to validate my emotions and theirs.

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50 Votes

Betsy Marsh

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Fractured Existence

Oil on Canvas 36”x24”

I am in the second phase of a second career. At first I was just exploring how to develop my talent, but now I am challenging myself to grow as a serious artist. Both of my paintings reflect COVID times.

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92 Votes

Betsy Marsh

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Emergence

Oil on Canvas 24”x36”

I am in the second phase of a second career. At first I was just exploring how to develop my talent, but now I am challenging myself to grow as a serious artist. Both of my paintings reflect COVID times.

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119 Votes

Betty McGraw

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Taj Mahal

Ink 9×12

After retiring about eight years ago I took my first art class at Hannan Center under Jim Puntigam.

36 Votes

Betty McGraw

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

She Wait

Ink 9×12

After retiring about eight years ago I took my first art class at Hannan Center under Jim Puntigam.

27 Votes

Carol Cook Reid

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Snow in Trees

Acrylic on Canvas 12″x12″

When I retired I resumed a long interrupted practice of painting. As my life experiences have expanded, my inspiration to express imagery has also grown. It is a great joy to me that I continue to emerge as a visual artist.

42 Votes

Carol Cook Reid

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Resistance

Acrylic on Canvas 10″x20”

When I retired I resumed a long interrupted practice of painting. As my life experiences have expanded, my inspiration to express imagery has also grown. It is a great joy to me that I continue to emerge as a visual artist.

32 Votes

Cheryl Haithco

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Social Distancing

Acrylic on Canvas 11”x14”

I have enjoyed and practiced drawing, painting and sculpture from my youth, but I have begun to practice my art full-time only over the last four years. With every painting I feel and see the change or growth.

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100 Votes

Cheryl Haithco

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Boyhood Friends

Acrylic on Canvas 30”x11”

I have enjoyed and practiced drawing, painting and sculpture from my youth, but I have begun to practice my art full-time only over the last four years. With every painting I feel and see the change or growth.

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148 Votes

Cynthia Bodene

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

What a Little Rain Can Do

Mixed Media 23″X33”

When I was 8 years old I won a children’s Play-Doh competition. This started me on a try-anything arty path, sewing my own clothes, doing needlepoint, embroidery and papier-mâché, and painting furniture.

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23 Votes

Cynthia Bodene

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

A Fishy Fiesta

Mixed Media 18″X20″

When I was 8 years old I won a children’s Play-Doh competition. This started me on a try-anything arty path, sewing my own clothes, doing needlepoint, embroidery and papier-mâché, and painting furniture. When I moved into mixed media, I knew I had found my passion.

29 Votes

Daphne Curtis

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Where’s the Exit?

Acrylic and Gel Pen Board 24”x19”

I’m truly an emerging artist. Just three years ago, my husband Paul encouraged me to venture into the world of art. I resisted because I had no formal or informal art training or schooling— stick figures were the extent of my artistic talent.

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29 Votes

Daphne Curtis

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Belonging

Acrylic and Gel Pen on Board 24”x19”

I’m truly an emerging artist. Just three years ago, my husband Paul encouraged me to venture into the world of art. I resisted because I had no formal or informal art training or schooling— stick figures were the extent of my artistic talent.

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29 Votes

Debbie LaPratt

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Elegant Lady

Clay 15”x8”

I began my career over 35 years ago. I have loved making art and attending art shows for many years. My work is created by hand, building and glazing each ceramic tile to give it an effect that is very organic.

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123 Votes

Deborah Ford

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Gay Pride and Lady Justice

Acrylic on Canvas 30”x40”

I have been an emerging artist all my life. At 7 I began to crochet, then turned to quilting, oil pastels, tile work, macramé and floral design. My desire to paint arose in 5th Grade when I visited the DIA and saw the works of Van Gogh.

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30 Votes

Deborah Walters

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Rainbow Lava

Acrylic Paint Pour 20“x16″

This year’s entries build on one of the techniques, “The Art of Acrylic Paint Pouring,” that I was trying to perfect when I entered last year’s Emerge’ Art Festival. For a while I gave up on acrylic pour painting, as I found better success with alcohol inks.

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68 Votes

Deborah Walters

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Moon Stone Jewels

Acrylic Paint Pour 14″x12″

This year’s entries build on one of the techniques, “The Art of Acrylic Paint Pouring,” that I was trying to perfect when I entered last year’s Emerge’ Art Festival. For a while I gave up on acrylic pour painting, as I found better success with alcohol inks.

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39 Votes

Don McGhee

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Blues Chanteuse

Photography 16”x20”

I have loved listening to music for as long as I can remember. The music was aural only—radio and records—until my 60s, when I began attending live performances, mostly of Blues music, beginning in small bars at first, then at concerts and festivals.

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31 Votes

Don McGhee

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Long Tall Guitar Man

Photography 14”x11”

I have loved listening to music for as long as I can remember. The music was aural only—radio and records—until my 60s, when I began attending live performances, mostly of Blues music, beginning in small bars at first, then at concerts and festivals.

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20 Votes

Donald Hoeing

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Moody Blue

Oil on Canvas 22.75”x18.125”

I’ve spent a career in advertising, doing layouts and designing sets for TV commercials. In 1996, a computer was rolled into my office and my drawing board days were over. I improved my computer skills, learning Indesign and Photoshop; but I really missed drawing.

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26 Votes

Donald Hoeing

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

How Bout Them Apples

Oil on Canvas 24”x20”

I’ve spent a career in advertising, doing layouts and designing sets for TV commercials. In 1996, a computer was rolled into my office and my drawing board days were over. I improved my computer skills, learning Indesign and Photoshop; but I really missed drawing.

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38 Votes

Dorothy Jett Ca..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

West African Inspired Village Bag

Authentic African Fabrics Enhanced with Domestic Fabrics 23″x33″

I have been creating wearable art (jewelry and textiles) for over 45 years. This was my first piece of non-wearable art. I created it to honor my life with my husband Rod after he left this life last year.

128 Votes

Dorothy Jett Ca..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Walk with Me

Fiber Appliqué, Embroidery, Fabric Dye, Paint and Beading 27″x24″

I have been creating wearable art (jewelry and textiles) for over 45 years. This was my first piece of non-wearable art. I created it to honor my life with my husband Rod after he left this life last year.

132 Votes

Eno Laget

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Property Relations

Pochoir with Hand Embellishments 48″x71“

All art is political. Social justice themes have always been important in my practice as an artist and engaged citizen.
Long before BLM, my work has been about historic precedents and the spiritual transformation necessary for sustainable change.

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46 Votes

Eno Laget

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Polly Don’t Like That Cracker

Pochoir 2.5″x6″ (unframed)

All art is political. Social justice themes have always been important in my practice as an artist and engaged citizen.
Long before BLM, my work has been about historic precedents and the spiritual transformation necessary for sustainable change.

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31 Votes

Ida Hawkins

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Silver and Gold

Mix Media 24”x30”

I am 67 years old. At the end of the 2019-20 school year I retired from 45 years as an art educator. I have a great love and passion for art. I dedicate my life to living creatively.

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185 Votes

Ida Hawkins

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Date with the Rain

Mix Media 25”x25”

I am 67 years old. At the end of the 2019-20 school year I retired from 45 years as an art educator. I have a great love and passion for art. I dedicate my life to living creatively.

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173 Votes

Janice Murphy

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Mother and Child

Mixed Media 16”x20”

I have been doing art since I was a little kid but never seriously until I turned 70. It is my busting-out time. My art takes something from nothing and makes something.

50 Votes

Janice Murphy

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

All That Hat

Mixed Media 16”x20”

I have been doing art since I was a little kid but never seriously until I turned 70. It is my busting-out time. My art takes something from nothing and makes something.

31 Votes

Jeanine McDonal..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Gele

Ink and Pencil 11”x14”

Working with ink block lets me explore new areas of medium and imagination. The pandemic brings out thought processes that confront the positive and negative feelings of being black and locked down.

21 Votes

Joel Grgurich

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Tiny Dancer

Acrylic 12”x12”

I’m primarily self-taught, but most recently I’ve been taking painting classes at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA). This led to displays at the PCCA, the Rochester Hills City Hall, and the Northville Art Center .

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20 Votes

Joel Grgurich

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Amore e Onore

Acrylic 24”x24”

I’m primarily self-taught, but most recently I’ve been taking painting classes at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA). This led to displays at the PCCA, the Rochester Hills City Hall, and the Northville Art Center .

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19 Votes

Joya Rush Keli

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Intersections

Mixed Media Collage 8”x10 .5”

I am a creative artist working with mixed media collage. I am working to be seen by more of the public than my current circle. This year I am expanding to new color choices and mark making, and including new types of water media in my work.

28 Votes

Joya Rush Keli

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Captured in Place

Acrylic Paper Collage 8”x10”

I am a creative artist working with mixed media collage. I am working to be seen by more of the public than my current circle. This year I am expanding to new color choices and mark making, and including new types of water media in my work.

65 Votes

Karen Valentine..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Pretty Yellow Bow

Graphite and Colored Pencil 14”x17”

I fell in love with drawing as a child, but did not pursue art as a career. After 32 years of teaching English, I am now rekindling the love I had for art and the euphoria of turning a blank paper into a beautiful composition with strokes of my pencils.

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620 Votes

Karen Valentine..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Harpist Princess Mae

Graphite 18”x24”

I fell in love with drawing as a child, but did not pursue art as a career. After 32 years of teaching English, I am now rekindling the love I had for art and the euphoria of turning a blank paper into a beautiful composition with strokes of my pencils.

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529 Votes

Kathy Kosins

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

The Genius of Thelonius

Acrylic on Canvas 48”x36”

I’m an interdisciplinary artist, merging music and improvisational visual art on the stage, a presentation that blends both disciplines, singing and painting. I paint sounds that I hear. Music from both past and current jazz musicians translates into color and texture.

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60 Votes

Kathy Kosins

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

The Prophecy Of Miles

Acrylic on Canvas 20”x20”

I’m an interdisciplinary artist, merging music and improvisational visual art on the stage, a presentation that blends both disciplines, singing and painting. I paint sounds that I hear. Music from both past and current jazz musicians translates into color and texture.

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37 Votes

Lulu Cameron

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Contemplation Two

Acrylic on Board 12”x12”

After self-quarantining for three months I went back to the studio and found that my head had changed, my direction had changed, and my work was totally different. The complexity of our times and the questionable future are my theme.

36 Votes

Lulu Cameron

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Contemplation One

Acrylic on Board 12”x12”

After self-quarantining for three months I went back to the studio and found that my head had changed, my direction had changed, and my work was totally different. The complexity of our times and the questionable future are my theme.

35 Votes

Michael Madigan

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Social Fabric 1

Photographic Monoprint 24”x20”

I am emerging in that I have only lately combined my technical facility as a photographer and graphic designer to create digital art compositions and commit each one to objective value as a single impression.

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23 Votes

Michael Madigan

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Descent 3

Photographic Monoprint 24”x20”

I am emerging in that I have only lately combined my technical facility as a photographer and graphic designer to create digital art compositions and commit each one to objective value as a single impression. My body of work since last year’s Festival is the result of an entirely new way of seeing the ordinary, realized through new processes.

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29 Votes

Onorio Catenacc..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Budapest Man

Photo 18“x24”

I am primarily a photographer concentrating on a wide variety of subject matter. Having lived and worked in many places and countries, I have a broad range of subject matter. With these submissions I have undertaken a different view.

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33 Votes

Onorio Catenacc..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Blue Jester

Photo 18″x24″

I am primarily a photographer concentrating on a wide variety of subject matter. Having lived and worked in many places and countries, I have a broad range of subject matter. With these submissions I have undertaken a different view.

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32 Votes

Pamela Jackson

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Naked Truth

Acrylic Pour 18“x24”

I consider myself an emerging artist because I am new to the art world. I am humbled even to consider myself an artist; but I truly believe that anyone has the chance to create art so interesting to others that it will gain them notice and a place where their work can be enjoyed publicly.

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143 Votes

Pamela Jackson

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Ladybird

Acrylic Pour 16“x20”

I consider myself an emerging artist because I am new to the art world. I am humbled even to consider myself an artist; but I truly believe that anyone has the chance to create art so interesting to others that it will gain them notice and a place where their work can be enjoyed publicly.

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134 Votes

Pat Duff

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

COVID Weary

Oil on Canvas 30″x40”

I am looking for a more subtle portrayal of the relevant issues of the day rather than more graphic images.

34 Votes

Pat McLamore

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Family Reunion Dinner Dance

Oil on Canvas 20”x16”

I am an emerging artist after neglecting my love for drawing and painting for several years since college. About 5 years ago I started back into art, looking to make it my new career.

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166 Votes

Pat McLamore

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Blue Swings

Oil on Hardboard 14”x16″

I am an emerging artist after neglecting my love for drawing and painting for several years since college. About 5 years ago I started back into art, looking to make it my new career. Knowing that art is a very competitive field I tried to define my niche by using different surfaces for my painting and drawing.

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111 Votes

Patricia Baker

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

The Eye of Horus

Mixed Media 18“x24”

I began painting seriously in the summer of 2018 after being encouraged by members of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club. I have since explored in acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil and drawing. There is nothing so constant as change and I love evolving.

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147 Votes

Patricia Baker

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

The Egyptian Queen

Mixed Media 18“x24”

I began painting seriously in the summer of 2018 after being encouraged by members of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club. I have since explored in acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil and drawing. There is nothing so constant as change and I love evolving.

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152 Votes

Patricia Beard

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Shealian

Acrylic on Wood with Paper 48”x30”

When I retired, I felt as though I were emerging from a creative hibernation. I now had the time and energy to express myself artistically. I am still learning, experimenting and doing. I stoke my creative fire continuously by creating visual art, acting and writing.

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35 Votes

Patricia Beard

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

J’aime Mon Cafe Noir

Acrylic on Wood with Paper 48”x30”

When I retired, I felt as though I were emerging from a creative hibernation. I now had the time and energy to express myself artistically. I am still learning, experimenting and doing.

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27 Votes

Paul Curtis

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Inter Vivos

Mixed Media 48”x36”

At 68 years of age, with no formal art education or training, I am venturing into a community of amazements. Before now I could not imagine the satisfaction of expressing my views through pencil and paint.

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22 Votes

Paul Curtis

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Capsulate

Mixed Media 30”x23”

At 68 years of age, with no formal art education or training, I am venturing into a community of amazements. Before now I could not imagine the satisfaction of expressing my views through pencil and paint. My submissions seek to reflect both personal change and the changes in the art world.

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34 Votes

Rosemary Summer..

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Community Spread The Elephant in the Room

Acrylic 24”x36”

I consider myself an emerging artist because, at this age, I’ve decided to share my paintings with the world. My submission fits this year’s theme perfectly because it represents the heart of our nation—the communities and how we as a people have the power to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

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62 Votes

Shirley Garnett

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Whirlwind

Acrylic 24”x18”

I feel that I’m an emerging artist, because I have been searching for ways to express my feeling about today’s situation. I’m frustrated. Thousands have died simply because too many people don’t seem to understand the importance of following mandated, scientifically proven rules.

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22 Votes

Shirley Garnett

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Natural Spacing

Acrylic 22.5”x28”

I feel that I’m an emerging artist, because I have been searching for ways to express my feeling about today’s situation. I’m frustrated. Thousands have died simply because too many people don’t seem to understand the importance of following mandated, scientifically proven rules.

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20 Votes

Shirley Lolles

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Come Dance with Me

Leather 18”x22”

I am starting over in the field of art, learning new techniques, creating my own techniques by using my creative mind.

53 Votes

Shirley Lolles

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Brothers

Paper 30”x24”

I am starting over in the field of art, learning new techniques, creating my own techniques by using my creative mind.

60 Votes

Spencer Gilden

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Paper Doll

Graphite, Pencil, and Conti Crayon on Board 10”x10”

I am emerging into the art world from that place of voluntary obscurity in which one attends to the obligations of raising and supporting a family. Although I was unable to devote as much of my time as I would have liked, I continued to engage in making art.

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28 Votes

Spencer Gilden

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Disco Morphic Dancers #2

Acrylic on Paper 11.5”x7.5”

I am emerging into the art world from that place of voluntary obscurity in which one attends to the obligations of raising and supporting a family. Although I was unable to devote as much of my time as I would have liked, I continued to engage in making art.

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39 Votes

Vernard Rubens

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Ruben

Metal 9“x9“x23“

Because I deal with life and the everyday environment, I try to represent topics like the Coronavirus, George Floyd, and today’s civil unrest in my art.

30 Votes

Vernard Rubens

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Civil Unrest

Oil 35”x40”

Because I deal with life and the everyday environment, I try to represent topics like the Coronavirus, George Floyd, and today’s civil unrest in my art.

29 Votes

Victoria Hart

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Lost in a Daydream

Acrylic 16”x40”

I consider myself an emerging artist because, although I’ve been an artist for many years, I’ve been exhibiting for only two years. My art fits this year’s theme because the new normal, during this pandemic is inside-the-house, wishing to be outside.

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65 Votes

Victoria Hart

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Hope

Acrylic 36”x48”

I consider myself an emerging artist because, although I’ve been an artist for many years, I’ve been exhibiting for only two years. My art fits this year’s theme because the new normal, during this pandemic is inside-the-house, wishing to be outside.

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81 Votes

Walter Bailey

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Women at the Well of Creation

aCRYLIC Fusion aRTs 48”x36”

The visual aRTs adapt and change periodically so that new aRT may be born. Though I have worked in acrylic polymers, as aRT, for the last fifty years I have searched and found an innovative aCRYLIC Fusion aRTs medium that reflects such a change in the visual aRTs.

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44 Votes

Walter Bailey

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

Queen Tye of the 18th Dynasty

aCRYLIC Fusion aRTs 48”x40”

The visual aRTs adapt and change periodically so that new aRT may be born. Though I have worked in acrylic polymers, as aRT, for the last fifty years I have searched and found an innovative aCRYLIC Fusion aRTs medium that reflects such a change in the visual aRTs.

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36 Votes

Warren Wells

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

In the Eyes of God

Oil 71.5”x48”

I am a painter. I consider myself “old school.” I feel that, if it cannot achieved by paint, then it’s crafts. I feel that I am an emerging artist because I have health challenges and have relocated quite a bit.

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48 Votes

Warren Wells

Category : Emerge! Art Festival

In a Moment Honey

Oil 71.5”X46.5”

I am a painter. I consider myself “old school.” I feel that, if it cannot achieved by paint, then it’s crafts. I feel that I am an emerging artist because I have health challenges and have relocated quite a bit.

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41 Votes