January:  Richard Earl
February:  Ann Marie Fitzsimmons
March:  Elissa Swanger
April:  Daniel Genova
May:  Al Vesselli
June:  Linda Aldrich
July:  Adel Khalaf
August:  Eva Marie Fitzsimmon
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September:  Sarah Bass Aspe
October:  Francesca Azzara
November:  Kelly Schott
December:  Sheilagh Casey
JULY - ADEL KHALAF


Artist Statement

Because as humans our frailty prevents us from revealing our weakness, sadness or pain, we hide behind humor, laughter and playfulness. Despite ourselves, we use this absurdity to confront tragedy.

My portraits and ensemble sketches contain all the core elements of artificial playfulness yet they expose the veneer to reveal the pain beneath.
My charcoal, pencil and acrylic artworks deliberately impose a dark, bleak vision directly contrasted by the incongruous humor in each piece.

My works exposes the unique masks of deception our characters wear innately, using subtle absurdities to hint at this subversion.

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clownsky


Clowns in the Sky

Mixed Media on paper
70x100 cm; 2012

servers2

Servers 2
Acrylic on Canvas
60x50 cm; 2012

ball2

Balls 2
Acrylic on Canvas
50x68 cm; 2012

ball3

Balls 3
Acrylic on Canvas
50x68 cm; 2012


faces


Laughing Faces

Acrylic on Canvas
80x80cm; 2012

fa1

Flying Attempt 1
Acrylic on Canvas
40x40 cm;  2013

fa2

Flying Attempt 2
Acrylic on Canvas
40x40 cm;  2013

fa3

Flying Attempt 3
Acrylic on Canvas
40x40 cm;  2013


party


Party

Acrylic on Canvas
120x120 cm; 2013

magiccrutch

Magic Crutch 
Acrylic on Canvas
40x40 cm; 2013

goldencrutch


Golden Crutch
 
Acrylic on Canvas
40x40 cm; 2013

magicfly


Magician fly

Acrylic on Paper
100x70 cm; 2012