Jean Cook

Jean Cook

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Sorting The Cows

Oil on Board, 8 x 10 (in)

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Run With The Big Boys

Oil on Board, 8 x 10 (in)

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Chicken Coop

Oil on Board, 10 x 8 (in)

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Bucking Bulls

Oil on Board, 16 x 20 (in)

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Down For The Chew

Oil on Board, 8 x 10 (in)

Jean Cook

American
Practices in Kansas

Quick Facts:

Won the Plein Competition at the Kansas State fair 3 times.

After graduation from Hutchinson Community College, Jean left for the Kansas City area and Hallmark Cards. She worked 34 years, the last 21 as an engraving artist creating bas relief sculptures for emboss and hot foil dies. While working she attending KCAI and studied with nationally know artists Phil Starke, Charles Sovek and Al Currier among others. Like her mentors, her style is painterly and loose.
Awards include many BOS. She has won the Grand Award in the Professional Art class at the KS state fair twice. She has also won the Plein Competition at the State fair 3 times. Other BOS include the 4-State, Tulsa, OK, Artis Gras, Leawood, KS, Bourbon County, Ft. Scott  and the New Jersey Equine Art Association, NJ. She has won BOS in miniatures show, including the Heartland Art Guild Show, Paola, KS,  Sulpher Springs Show, Wilcox, AZ, and the Chambersburg show in Chambersburg, PA. She has exhibited in the Arts for the Parks and was a finalist in the Annual Artists’ Magazine competition (13,000 entries).
She is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and an associate member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors, Gravers Society of Washington, DC.
Jean work primarily in oil, but has also worked in acrylic and pastel.

Barry Sher

Barry Sher

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Dreams of Waves

Acrylic sculpture, 12 x 27 (in)

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Dante’s Party

Acrylic sculpture, 29 x 10 (in)

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Dreams of Waves

Acrylic sculpture, 33 x 20 (in)

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Sentinel

Acrylic sculpture, 25 x 10 (in)

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Untitled vertical

Acrylic sculpture, 25.5 x 6 (in)

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Untitled flame

Acrylic sculpture, 12 x 28 (in)

Barry Sher

American, 1946 – 2013
Practiced in Kansas City, MO

Barry was an innovator with the mediums of acrylics and resins for over thirty years. In a progression of styles and experimental techniques he has developed a unique craft through research, experimentation, and observation. In 1974 he began to produce a “stained glass style” work, creating a more affordable craft with the traditional look.
His present style is very expressive, often showing wonderment, love, and joyous explorations of inner emotions. The craft has developed to a more abstract style than his past work, and the colors are much more brilliant, and in some instances appear to be watercolors. The viewer is drawn into explore the piece, its forms, spaces, and how it transforms the spectrum of colors with the changing environment.

Steven Shortridge

Steven Shortridge

Waiting For You

Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas, 30 x 40 (in)

Steven Shortridge

American
Born in Iowa, 1951, and raised in Southern California

Quick Facts:

He took his first painting class while attending Idaho State University on a Water Polo Scholarship.

Stephen Charles Shortridge, the artist may be more familiar to you as an actor. During the seventies and eighties, Shortridge built an enviable career appearing in such well-known television series as “Welcome Back Kotter” and “The Love Boat”. He co-starred with Debbie Reynolds on the ABC show “Aloha Paradise”. He spent the year of 1987 playing the role of David Reed as part of the original cast on the CBS daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”. Stephen also worked regularly as a model and appeared in over fifty TV commercials.

“Romantic Impressionism is what I do. . . I think the term best expresses how and why I paint. I appreciate, or try to appreciate, all forms of art, but the one that first stirred me was Impressionism. To me it was bold, and full of life and color. It was uninhibited and had a magic quality to it. Rather than attempt to tell you something accurately, it just made you feel it! That’s why I set out to interpret life through this style of art; it invites the viewers’ emotions to take part.”

Judy Crissey

Judy Crissey

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Windows

Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 30 (in)

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Breakthrough

Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 24 (in) x2

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Day

Mixed Media on Canvas, 30 x 40 (in)

Judy Crissey

American
Practices in Kansas City

Process driven work is an ongoing theme for Judy Crissey. Her art is a trip not with the ending in mind but with twists, turns and surprises as she communicates with the canvas along the way. Her 14 year long teaching work with children at Kansas City’s Nelson Gallery of Art continued this theme and helped change the thinking from product to process for numerous young artists. It’s no surprise that Judy’s work is not representational but abstraction. The active and expressive mixed media creations communicate a range of emotionally driven experiences in images that often careen from dark hued canvases that come from a stormy place to brightly colored happy creations. Her influences include the Kansas City Art Institute where she studied for many years, Tucson teacher Josh Goldberg and Phillomene Bennett of Kansas City. Crissey’s work in juried shows and exhibitions and the honors awarded there for daring to push the limits pay tribute to her process driven inspiration.

Melanie Nolker

Melanie Nolker

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Blue Dogwood

Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36 (in)

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Birch Dominoes

Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36 (in)

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Como Retreat

Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36 (in)

Melanie Nolker

American
Practices in Leawood, KS

After thirteen years as a program coordinator for St. Michael’s Day School, with a specialty in Special Education, and having raised three children, I started creating art in my middle years. One Christmas, my husband bought me a book called ‘Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered’. It was printed on watercolor paper and had a palette of paints built in at the base of the book. It took several months and much coaxing to open it and begin painting, but since that first day, I have lived and looked at life differently. The colors are brighter, the contrasts deeper and my joy is greater. I began working with a palette knife and oils in 2004 with a great teacher named Milisa Valliere. Through the years, I have studied with many teachers in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas and have attended many workshops brought to our area by nationally renowned artists and teachers.