June 10 to July 29 – 2015
Featuring the original art works of Jane Portaluppi Durand, Priscilla Treacy and photography by Eileen Laibinis and Gwen Greenglass.
About the FORM featured artists
Jane Portaluppi Durand
While born in the U.S. Jane was raised in Europe from Russia to Italy where she developed her passion for classical art. After returning to the States she continued her studies at the Corcoran School of Art,Wash. D.C..
Her interest in fine art printmaking led her to open a Gallery and Printmaking Studio in Old Town Alexandria,Virginia offering classes in all forms of printmaking including stone lithography.
Leaving the East Coast for Los Angeles, California she began a career in Advertising that ranged from illustration to Art Director for fashion and product marketing. Along the way she continued her training to learn scenic background painting and trompe l'oeil effects. A move to Santa Barbara gave her the opportunity to work in a small Design Company where she worked alongside a noted inspirational author/artist assisting in the digital illustration of more than 10 children's books. Under the company umbrella she created her own successful line of greeting cards whose designs were then licensed for many products from calendars to fabrics.
It was in Santa Barbara that she began participating in the I Madonnari street painting Festival and quickly became a fan of the medium. This European tradition of fugitive painting was embraced by Jane and it was not long before she was invited to be among the featured artists in multiple festivals in the U.S. and Mexico. She was also requested to be the solo street painter at the annual "Carnevale" event at the Venetian Resort/Casino, Las Vegas for 3 consecutive years.
She has been fortunate to travel to Mantova, Italy several times to compete in the International Street Painting Competition and has been honored with several medals elevating her to the Maestro category.
She has recently completed a large 160 foot mural for the Bayside Marketplace, Miami, Florida and is now residing in Naples, Florida working on private paintings and mural commissions.
Priscilla Treacy studied printmaking at Oberlin College in Ohio, receiving a BA in Studio Art.. She also spent a year at Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy, where she earned a Master of Arts in Printmaking.
Treacy now paints classical figure paintings in oil as well as teaches drawing, painting and figure drawing at the Art League School of Alexandria, Virginia. The versatile artist also exhibits her etchings, monotypes, graphite and silverpoint drawings, large alla prima paintings and pastels.
P. Treacy's works have been featured twice in American Artist Magazine and her work in drypoint etching was featured in American Artist DRAWING Magazine.
Source: American Artist, December 2002
I have been an artist my whole life. Much of what I do now is self-taught, despite my formal education, as I was unlucky enough to attend college during the days of PopArt, OpArt, and Andy Warhol. I have always been inspired by Classical Art, not in an academic sense, but following the basic idea that "Beauty is Truth". It is my constant goal to create works of art that inspire and enrich the viewer. I agree with Matisse, who said (paraphrased) "art should be like a comfortable armchair, in which the viewer feels enveloped by beauty and peace". Although, like any artist, I don't always succeed, this will continue to be my motivation for the rest of my life.
My fascination with photography started at a young age. My camera was my companion on my artistic adventures. I love the idea of capturing a moment in time and seeing where it would take me creatively.
I studied Art and Photography in Connecticut, NY, and Miami. I worked as a graphic designer and used my photography as a creative outlet for various projects I would create.
The art of movement and dance is one of my favorite subjects to pursue. I am always amazed by the beautiful expression of the human form through dance. The dancers are so present and in the moment. Therein lies the beauty and not really knowing what you will capture.
There was one consistent theme throughout this project and that was freedom. The emotion that the dancers conveyed as they danced. I think the artist in all of us can relate to that. That is where all art leads eventually in how it makes us feel.
I continue to pursue creative dance projects. Along with this I capture weddings, creative portraits, and commercial photography. I appreciate all aspects of photography.
"My Corner of the Sky"
To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance. - Aubrey Lynch
Dance provides the freedom of expression and perhaps, for just a moment, a complete sense of belonging. Twirl around and just for a moment you are free.
The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, ranked dancing with poetry, and Mata Hari agreed when she said "The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word." Dancing remains one of the most expressive forms of communication that we know. The Dancers were photographed out of the theater and in a location that helped tell their story. When you view the images, you will be inspired to imagine your spirit running free.
A "portrait study" of each dancer was done to determine their strengths, styles and stories. The location was selected to complement their movement and style. From a dancers perspective (many years ago), we collaborated with our subjects to create images that will move and inspire you, creating poetry in motion.
All images were photographed and danced in southwestern Florida including beaches, parks, and semi-urban environments. The dance styles included ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, go-go, ballroom, and Yoga Flow . The subjects include both women and men of various ages and levels of performance.
Master Photographer Gwen Greenglass creates fine art images using light and digital imaging to tell her stories. A classical photographer of modern life, influenced by painters John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, Gwen's style and technique reflects the beauty, light and life that we see in both people and the environment around us.
An award winning photographer, Gwen's work has been exhibited nationally and in Asia. She is a recipient of the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award in Photography, has been recognized by the Naples Art Association and Bonita Art League with various awards, and has been selected to exhibit in many national Juried shows, including Camera USA 2015. Gwen's collection of 'Dancers in the Environment,' her most recent project, was selected to hang in the Shangri-La Springs 'Form' show during the months of June and July 2015.
A resident of Bonita Springs, Florida, Gwen captures images locally and abroad, for both individual and commercial clients. Gwen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Virginia, an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver and her Photography education from the Maryland Institute of Art. Gwen is a member of the Bonita Art League, Naples Art League, the Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida, the Women's Cultural Alliance of Southwest Florida and the Professional Photographers of America since 1996. Gwen, a Master Photographer and a Certified Professional Photographer, teaches portrait and travel photography classes to both professional and non-professional photographers. She also offers photo safaris locally in southwest, Florida.
No outside photography, food or drinks permitted on the property. Applies to all events.