I had been painting a long while before I spent that decisive summer in Monet’s garden. That was when Monet spoke to me. I think his spirit was always with me, but that is where he made himself known to me. And it was an epiphany. My paintings took on a new life.
I walked on his Japanese bridge and painted on his Japanese bridge and then, I went beyond it. I have always liked impressionism, but now it has become part of me. It is an expression of my soul. Late Monet carried forward with my emotional brushwork and my heart.
This presence is always with me. I love color. I see color everywhere. I am drawn to a specific spot for some indefinable reason. I set up my canvas and paints. And look and look and look. Something catches my eye. I load up my palette. Pick up a brush, holding it as a conductor would hold his baton, and begin.
At that point, I don’t speak to the canvas; instead the canvas speaks to me. Whose voice is that telling me what to put where? Has Monet’s psyche merged with mine? My feet are barefoot feeling the grass; I smell the flowers in front of me. I am transported. I paint but lose the concept of time. Fast, faster, passionately painting, furiously painting. I cannot get the colors down fast enough. Then suddenly I need air. I stop and stand back. The séance is over. I have returned to the present. I think Monet is looking down from above, smiling." -Susan Marx
Susan Marx wrote this passage on a painting trip to Giverny. Her first experience there was so transformational for her, she has returned several times since, each time being more transformational than the next.
Her most recent trip this past May was perhaps her most inspirational and prolific.. affecting her in ways mere words cannot express. She painted on Monet's bridge, but her work traveled beyond it.
On her first trips, Susan used a smaller format for her work. This time, her canvases are larger, 30" x 24", so the forms have more room to move and her brush is larger. She paints in acrylics, so that she can paint color against color quickly, not needing to wait for the paint to dry.
So it is through her words, photographs and her paintings, we will try to relay that experience for her.
As told by Susan Marx about her recent trip to France:
We were a group of 7 painters (plus some non painter spouses). Caroline Nuckholls is the Owner/Director of Art Colony Giverny. She is a painter who arranged the group (and gave instruction to those who wanted; I, of course, did not take instruction and did my own thing. I met her before when I painted in Giverny in 2008. Caroline arranged with the Monet Foundation, for the privilege of letting her artists paint in Monet's Garden before the tourists go in at 8:30am, when the gardeners work, and after the tourists leave at 5pm, every day except Saturday and Sunday. The Garden is open 7 days a week. And there are many tourists, individuals and busloads from all over the world. On a nice day, it is wall-to-wall people enjoying Monet's garden and water lily pond. The experience of painting in the garden with no one around, except for a few gardeners, is unbelievable. It is quiet, except for a cuckoo bird and frogs. Time to see the garden and nature in all its glory; time to commune with Monet directly. I often chose to paint from the Japanese bridge, where Monet also painted. Looking at the lily pond, I can place most of his paintings that I am so familiar with. Yes, there really are some red water lilies near the reflection of the willow tree.
One of the greatest compliments ever paid to me was by one of the gardeners (who see many painters painting here). He said "The Garden of Monsieur Monet, painted in the style of Susan."
It was difficult to choose where to put my easel. There were paintings to be painted everywhere I looked. Most often I chose to either paint the bridge (which is now emerald green, but which was white in most of Monet's paintings). Or the view of the pond and the reflection of the plants and trees, topped by water lilies.
What excites me most visually about this place is that you see three perspectives at the same time: the view across the pond from side to side; the view of the pond into the distance; PLUS the view up and down, with reflections into the water.
Just as Monet eliminated the horizon line, I did the same in my paintings of the pond to concentrate on the relation of one shape to another. And when I was on the bridge, which to my great luck had wisteria in bloom, I felt as if I was almost communicating with him. At least, I was seeing what he did, but painting with my own eyes.
During the day we painted in other spots in Giverny and in the town of Vetheuil, where Monet lived before he moved to Giverny. In Vetheuil, we went to see the house where Monet lived, and above it, the house with the turret, in which the painter Joan Mitchell (my other 'muse'), a second generation American Abstract Expressionist lived... years later. Then we crossed the river in a boat to paint the view of Vetheuil from Lavacourt.
Bottom left, the view of the Vetheuil from Lavacourt.
Right, Susan's painting: 'Vetheuil from Lavacourt', acrylic on canvas painting by Susan Marx.
On Saturday we went to the colorful weekly market in the nearby city of Vernon.
We visited Les Andelys, but, it was raining, so we could not paint. A very picturesque city with huge limestone cliffs. I have painted there before when I was on prior painting trips to Giverny in 2006 and 2008. I look at the paintings I painted then, and the work I painted this year and I am amazed at how I have grown as a painter.
More color, freer brushwork, stronger design...
On those trips, it was not possible to walk the Seine, as Monet used to do in the very early morning hours, to see the islands with their reflection in the river. But this time, I was able to walk to the Seine to see where he worked. You can see what he took from nature and what he decided not to take and what he decided to add from his own mind. Plus, we were able to sail on a replica of Monet's boat, from which he dropped anchor and painted.
With a guidebook in hand that marked where Monet painted his paintings, I walked to the spot where poplars in "Bend in the Epte" was painted.
One could reach the Seine in a ten minute walk from their backyard. It was not possible to get there in 2006 or 2008 because the fields and the road to get to the Seine were private property. They now belong to the town.
It is my belief that Monet built the Japanese bridge so that he could paint from the bridge. At least, in my opinion. It is the one spot where one can see the entire garden as in his famous Water Lilies paintings. That is why I painted from the bridge whenever I could. (sometimes other painters got there first). This pond is long (like a kidney bean) One gets the best view from the bridge.
Joan Mitchell (Susan's other 'muse'), purchased the house on top of the hill with the pointed roof years after Monet lived there.
ABOUT SUSAN MARX
Why am I a plein air painter? I think I have always been attracted to the light, the color, and the air outside. When I paint outside, the painting, the process and the result are more intense.
I always knew I wanted to be a painter. I have been painting since I was four. And I was always drawn to painting outside. I studied painting at Boston University where I received a BFA in painting, and when we had still life arrangements set up to paint in the studio, I would often turn my easel to the window to paint the Charles River instead.
I first attended a seminar in France in 2006, ‘Art Study Giverny', led by the late artist, Gale Bennett, where we painted in Monet’s Garden on Mondays when the garden was open to gardeners and painters and on other days of the week after the tourists left at 5 pm. During the day we painted in other places in town and in other neighboring cities in Normandy where Monet had painted. That experience was a changing point in my artistic career. I feel like I inherited part of Monet’s soul! And I have returned to spend time in Monet's garden several times since.
There is something about standing barefoot on the grass looking at and smelling what is in front of you. I often joke that the inspiration starts from my feet and then works itself up to my brain. I smell the colors of nature before I paint them. The act of painting is experiential, and I want to convey the emotions I experience while being out of doors, seeing the light and color and smelling the air on the finished canvas.
My art comes from my radical amazement at the visual world around me, and my need to turn that visual experience into paint. Nature is my starting point, but not my end result.
I observe nature very carefully and respond spontaneously to what I see and feel. I think of painting as drawing in color, relating warm colors and cool colors with each expressive paint-filled brushstroke. It’s my personal handwriting.
I call myself a modern Abstract Impressionist. I paint outside, en plein air, which lets me truly experience and feel the landscape I am painting. Working with acrylics allows me to record my color impressions quickly, with immediacy. I am abstract in that my goal is not to reproduce what is in front of me, but to turn nature into something of my own: my vision, my paint-filled brushstrokes, my emotions. I don’t paint flowers to paint flowers. I paint flowers to paint color.
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Susan is represented by Agora Gallery and Ashok Jain Gallery in NYC and by Veranda Fine Art Gallery in Fair Haven, NJ.
For more information, or to purchase her work, call or visit any of her galleries:
AGORA GALLERY 530 West 25th Street, NYCHours: 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday; 212.226.4151
ASHOK JAIN GALLERY 58 Hester Street, NYCHours: Wed-Sun: 12-6pm or by appointment. 212.969.9660
The Veranda Fine Art Gallery
763 River Rd., Fair Haven, NJ 07704
Both Agora Gallery and Ashok Jain Gallery have Marx's paintings listed for sale on Amazon.com.
Marx's paintings may also be purchased through her listings on Agora's gallery website: Susan Marx on ArtMine.
Susan Marx will be in a show at Agora Gallery entitled Divergent Realities
Exhibition Dates: October 9 - October 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6-8pm
Credits: photographs by Susan Marx.
Painting Above Left: Flowers in Blue, 30" x 24", acrylic on canvas
Bottom Left: Floral Abstract, 30" x 24" , acrylic on canvas
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SAG HARBOR ARTIST, TED ASNIS
Debuts an Exhibition of New Paintings,
TED ASNIS ABSTRACTS
at Bobby Van's Steakhouse in Bridgehampton, New York
SAG HARBOR, NY – July 6, 2015 Sag Harbor artist, Ted Asnis, proudly presents a new series of paintings in an Art Exhibition entitled ‘Ted Asnis Abstracts’ at Bobby Van's Steakhouse in Bridgehampton, New York.
The show opened in June and will run through Friday, Labor Day, September 7th 2015. Patrons of the popular Hampton eatery have had the benefit of enjoying Asnis’s paintings there over the years. But, followers of Ted’s work will definitely notice an exciting new direction in the artists style through this new exhibition of work.
Long revered for his traditional open landscapes depicting beloved Hamptons beach scenes (as seen left) and farmlands along with beautiful architectural renditions of local barns, boats and farmhouses, Asnis’s paintings have a history of capturing the spirit, beauty and light of Long Island’s East End.
His latest series of paintings reflects a bold, new contemporary approach with the artist’s current interest in developing abstract work. In so doing, he has also developed a new technique of applying rich layers of paint with short, vivid strokes.
Viewers will see many of the same local landscapes, often combining his earlier techniques with the new.
The result is a captivating and refreshing series of canvases illustrating beaches, bays and sunsets in a palette of vibrant colors.
There is also a series of Abstract paintings that are simply filled with those richly layered paint strokes.
The new paintings are larger in scale, commanding a greater presence and often incorporating Asnis’s signature use of space, movement and perspective
ABOUT TED ASNIS: Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Ted Asnis attended the University of Florida, where he earned a B.A. degree in Architecture. After completing post graduate work at NYSID (New York School of Interior Design), he went on to become one of the top architectural illustrators in the field. His work for Edward Durell Stone, Carleton Varney and other major designers appeared in House Beautiful, House & Garden, The New York Times and has graced the covers of Interior Design Magazine and other major design publications.
For more than 25 years, Ted ran his own commercial office design firm in NYC doing work for Simon & Schuster, United Technologies and Paramount Pictures, while continuing to exhibit his artwork. His work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout Long Island, where it has often been featured and awarded for his masterful technique.
Ted’s art has graced the covers of numerous Dan's Papers and was voted Best Dan Cover of the Year in 2012.
His paintings hang in many private collections throughout the Hamptons and other part of the United States. A resident of Sag Harbor, New York for over 25 years, the artist continues to take his inspiration from the beauty surrounding him on the East End of Long Island.
ABOUT THE EXHIBTION: The exhibition “Ted Asnis Abstracts” provides a perfect complement to the three major international Fine Art Fairs here in the Hamptons this July. Fair goers may enjoy a relaxing and delicious meal at Bobby Van’s while taking in new works by a revered Hamptons artist depicting a contermporary version of local landscapes. It wouldn’t be the first time a local artist was discovered in an area long well known for its’ history of fine artists who have made the East End of Long Island their home and inspiration.
ABOUT BOBBY VANS: Founded in 1969, Bobby Van’s was originally renowned as the gathering place for such literary giants as James Jones and John Knowles. It is even rumored that Truman Capote finished his novel In Cold Blood in the original Bobby Van’s. This legacy can be seen today in the art and photographs decorating the dining room.
The Bridgehampton location is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner for the laid back dining experience that has delighted since the days when Bobby Van himself serenaded guests.
BOBBY VAN’S RESTAURANT,2393 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 Phone: (631) 537-0590: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Besides Bobby Van's, the artists’ work may be seen at his Sag Harbor studio by appointment.
Lisa Freedman, The Art Marketer: firstname.lastname@example.org; 914.907.9842.
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Germany East 2015 - Introduction
Experience an amazing journey of Wine and Art
Germany East 2015 - INTRODUCTION
WINE and ART
GERMANY’S UNDISCOVERED WINE REGIONS & WORLD-RENOWNED ART CENTERS :
The Eastern Tour
10 day immersion in Wine, Culture, The Arts
June 11, 2015 – June 20, 2015
This tour allows wine lovers and aficionados of the arts to experience what the statement “wine is a form of art” entails. Participants will live the profound relationship between wine, music, dance, and visual arts by visiting Germany’s beautiful, lesser known wine regions, and the region which is the cradle of German culture, and intellectual thinking.
Meet winemakers who embody the "wine and art" approach right at their wineries, and attend three world-class concert-opera- and ballet performances in East-and Middle Germany.
This tour will tickle all of your senses and emotions.
Here's What to Expect
Saale-Unstrut, the northernmost German wine region and former GDR territory. It is situated on the hillsides lining the Saale and Unstrut rivers and produces racy white wines from many white grape varieties;
Sachsen, also located in the former GDR, is the easternmost German wine region and extends some 35 miles north and south of Dresden along the Elbe river. This region tickles all your senses with its unique voluptuous baroque architecture, a rich history, its wealth of art, and love of all the good things in life;
Franken with its Bavarian charm and gorgeous, crisp, crystal clear wines from their signature grape Silvaner;
Württemberg, Germany’s premier red wine region with hearty, bold wines made from grapes like Lemberger (Blaufränkisch in Austria), and Trollinger. This is the region where wine is ingrained in daily life like nowhere else. The Württemberg region has the highest per capita consumption of wine in Germany;
Hessische Bergstrasse, the smallest wine region in Germany with quaint little towns and villages right at the doorsteps of Frankfurt.
For an even more detailed itinerary of this tour, click on: Schiller Wine Blog.
A Brief History
Germany with its roughly 250,000 acres under vine belongs today to one of the smaller wine producing countries in the world. However, viticulture in Germany has a long tradition, going back to Roman times 2,000 years ago.
In the 15th century, the area under vine was four times larger than it is today. Wars, subsequent loss of territory, diseases, overproduction, and competition from beer brewing resulted in land turned over to other agricultural uses.
In the 19th century, concentration on terroir and technological progress fostered a tremendous improvement of quality and the prestige of German wines, in particular from the Mosel, Rheingau, and Pfalz regions, resulting in prices above those for first growth Bordeaux wines.
Today, all thirteen wine regions in Germany produce outstanding wines. However, the two regions in the former GDR had a lot of catching up to do. During the communist times from 1945 until reunification in 1989, wine production was nationalized, and winemaking took place in huge VEB (volkseigener Betrieb / company owned by the people) wineries. The output, the bottle count was imposed on the VEB by the State, and therefore quality could not play a major role. The winemaking process was deprived of modern farming and cellar techniques. The majority of wine produced was for the consumption of the communist party members.
After the iron curtain came down, family wineries were founded, and the winemakers pursued quality with a vengeance. Some of Germany’s finest Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris today come from the Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen regions.
This will be an unforgettable journey discovering the German wine country off the beaten tourist track: the inside guide to top German wines, history and extraordinary cultural highlights!
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Show Dates: May 19 - June 9, 2015
Ombiasy Public Relations & Wine Tours
Serves up a Couples Life Long Passion for Wine
Conceived, created, owned and operated by the venerable husband and wife team, Annette & Christian Schiller, Ombiasy Public Relations & Wine Tours represents the lifelong passion the Schillers have for wine. Their business is founded on the passion, knowledge and network of contacts they have made throughout their travels around the world, an interest that started for them both while students at the University of Mainz in Germany.
The Seeds are Planted
Annette Schiller first became intrigued with wine back in her days as a student at the University of Mainz. Mainz is one of the 10 Wine Capitals of the World and Annette quickly realized that in this city, wine is ubiquitous. Students crank wine spritzers; the university offered classes in wine with accompanying tastings; and every other week there was a wine festival downtown. It was here also, that Annette met her husband, Christian, and their shared passion for wine soon became a keystone of their life together.
The Schillers were curious about all aspects of wine and wine-making. They took evening wine classes, worked in the vineyards during harvest season, and spent their weekends exploring the thousands of wineries in the surrounding countryside, tasting great wines right at the source. The Schillers immersed themselves in learning every aspect of the winemaking process from understanding how the outcome of the combination of nature and production techniques play a significant role in the taste, smells and flavour of each variety; to learning the different grape varietals, terroir and soils, as well as the production aspects in the vineyard, not to mention the vinification processes. But, they didn’t end their education with those details. They also learned the role wine has played in history and politics, and, of course, its inherent links to the culinary arts.
They were hooked!
The Schillers lived in Germany and France for extended periods of time travelling the regions, tasting the wines, developing close friendships with wine estate owners as they continued to indulge in the passion of learning, immersing, exploring and tasting wine from all over the world. What started out as a passion quickly became a lifestyle and is now a vocation.
A BUSINESS IS BORN
After thirty-five years of their own travels, friends of the Schillers from their student wine days asked them to organize a tour of Bordeaux. And so a new chapter in their adventures began in 2011 with their first Bordeaux wine tour for the Hochheimer Wine Brotherhood. The tour proved to be such a success that the business grew to include other tours throughout Germany and France.
THE BUSINESS TODAY
These days, Ombiasy Public Relations & Wine Tours offers a growing number of tours, tasting, wine-pairings dinners and wine talks both in the United States and abroad.
Following is just a sampling of current offerings provided by Ombiasy:
Ombiasy Wine Tours have the benefit of offering tours in areas the Schillers know best, in countries where they lived, and like the first wine tour they arranged for their friends, the Schillers plan each tour designed around sharing their passion, their network within the wine community, and their in-depth knowledge of the wine regions they know best and feel most at home with their fellow participants throughout France and Germany. Specific tours have also combined their love of wine with their love of food, art and theatre, depending on the area they are visiting.
WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH OMBIASY PR:
Germany East Introduction – Wine & Art:
Germany’s Undiscovered Wine Regions and World Renowned Art Centers: The Eastern Tour
10 day immersion in wine, culture the arts: June 11, 2015 – June 20, 2015
This 10 day tour allows wine lovers and art aficionados to experience what the statement “wine is a form of art” entails. Participants will live the profound relationship between wine, music, dance and the visual arts by visiting Germany’s beautiful wine regions in the East and the cradle of German intellectual thinking. Visit 19 wineries, among them wineries that embody the wine and art approach; attend performances at the Gewandhaus Leipzig; Semperopera; and Stuttgart Ballet.
Germany South Introduction – Wine & Food:
Pinot Country and Michelin-Star Meals: The Southern Tour
7 day immersion: August 30, 2015 – September 05, 2015
This 7 day tour takes participants to the southernmost German wine regions where you will experience the German red wine revolution, in particular gorgeous Pinot-Noirs. You will visit 16 wineries, among them Germany’s unconventional but exceptionally gifted winemakers. This tour has a strong culinary component reflecting this region’s historic affinity with good food, and its proximity to culinary Alsace in France across the Rhine.
Germany North Introduction - Riesling Country
Quintessential German Rieslings and the Northern most Pinot Noir: The Northern Tour
7 day immersion: September 06, 2015 – September 12, 2015
This 7 day tour lets participants explore the regions that are quintessential to understanding “Riesling”. You will visit 18 wineries and many cultural gems. The tour includes a cruise on the romantic Rhine River with its castle-and-vine ribboned banks; the Mosel valley with its dizzying steep vineyards; delving into 2000 years of history; and tasting first class wines at world-renowned wine estates.
Bordeaux 2015: Quintessential Bordeaux
10 day immersion: September 15, 2015 – September 24, 2015
Spend 10 days in Bordeaux! “Bordeaux” embodies more than just wine. In France the interplay of wine and food is very important and plays an integral part of the journey through the Bordeaux wine region. The tour focuses on top ranking classified Chateaux, but visits to unknown, excellent and very charming producers are also included. Drawing on the Schiller’s love and deep knowledge of the region as well as their personal ties to many of the players in the Bordeaux wine scene, you will visit many of the hidden gems that other tours pass by, but which are essential to understanding what Bordeaux is all about. This is a hands-on Bordeaux wine class on the ground.
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"Thank you for setting up such a tremendous Bordeaux Wine tour. I cannot believe that you were able to get our small group of 13 people into the very special wineries …plus they really treated you (and us) as Royalty with the special tours, talks, and great meals. The places you selected spent much much time with us, like the 4 hour lunch and tasting of 15 of their wines. Annette, you did a great job of infusing history, meals, as well as the top selection of wines. You balanced costs with having us stay close to the places we were visiting.
We highly recommend your tour. On a scale of 1-10, your tour is a 15!"
Vicky and Bruce Ballantyne (Bordeaux Tour)
"In 2013 my wife and I joined Annette Schiller and her husband, Christian, for her Bordeaux wine tour and had a wonderful time. Annette's tours are top-notch, well organized and lots of fun. Annette is fluent in French, English, and German, her mother language. Our best experience? Our stay in the town of Saint-Emilion, and the City of Bordeaux, both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Saint-Emilion with its Romanesque churches and famous for its Merlot based wines. We very much enjoyed the excellent food and top wines from renowned wine makers.
We highly recommend this tour for wine lovers of French wines.
In 2016 we plan to join Annette again for another round of her terrific Bordeaux wine tour."
Gisela and Ray Leon (Bordeaux Tour)
"I joined the German tours in both 2013 and 2014 as I love both Germany and German wines. As I knew that dry German white wines are becoming more available in the U.S., I wanted to learn more about these and the new VDP classification system. From the superb visits I learned so much about these topics and really appreciated the great "grand cru" German Rieslings. In addition, being a Red Burgundy lover, I was fascinated with the top Pinot producers on the Southern German trip in 2014, and found many which were as enthralling as top Burgundies. Annette's organization of the tours was excellent, and I look forward to the 2015 tours".
Brian Thomas (Germany north and Germany south tours)
"I am a wine lover who took the Bordeaux wine country tour in September 2013. I had always been intrigued by Bordeaux and wanted a structured approach to exploring the region. Annette and Christian Schiller were excellent guides: remarkably knowledgable about the wines, vineyards and winemakers; talented transmitters of information; very caring; fun to be with. I tasted a great variety of red and white wines and enjoyed amazing food.
I cannot say enough about this wine tour and recommend it highly."
Stephen Kent (Bordeaux Tour)
" As a wine lover with a reasonable knowledge of German wine (I have been a member of the German Wine Society since 1986) I had always wanted to visit German wineries. In September 2014 I took the northern and southern German wine country tours led by Annette Schiller. Our small group visited a total of 36 wineries (many hidden gems bypassed by other tours) in 9 different regions. Annette is a lively speaker with a deep knowledge and love of German wines and culture. We also greatly benefited from her close personal ties to the winemakers and owners visited.
I have nothing but great memories of my German wine experience. Thank you Annette."
"I have traveled on many wine trips, often with highly qualified locals who know the wines of their region and the local producers very well. I would put Annette in the very top tier of wine travel organizers. She knows well and fully understands the regions and producers of Germany. Her trips were perfectly organized and carefully planned. While it was a high energy undertaking, the good news is no time is wasted and there is room made in the action-packed schedule for the occasional historically or culturally significant place. An added benefit is Annette's charming husband, Christian. A wine blogger and dedicated foodie, he added another fun dimension to the trip. Their driver is a great guy, and almost every participant was someone I would gladly travel with again. My advice is do these trips if you are serious about understanding German wines. "
Ellen Kirsh (Germany north and Germany south tours)
"Everything about the Bordeaux trip - the wineries, the wines, the meals, the travel arrangements -was great. This is all due to Annette Schiller’s extensive knowledge of, and contacts in, the region. One could not ask for a better guide to Bordeaux wine and culture. The group benefitted greatly from Annette’s relationships with many of the vintners. Annette and the vintners taught us much about the terroir and the all the steps in the process that makes these great wines, as well as the foods with which to enjoy them. Moreover, given differences among vinters over some of the steps in the process - e.g., hand vs machine picking, use of pesticides, etc. - the group experienced an on-going debate as we travelled from one winery to the next. The openness of the vintners to our questions further personalized the experience that stemmed from Annette’s meticulous preparation of the journey. We are grateful to have had this experience and highly recommend it to anyone with a love of wine, regardless of the extent of their knowledge."
Anne and John Parisi (Bordeaux Tour)
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A road trip to Rockville, Maryland reunited me with my artist friend and client, Susan Levin.
On a recent flight back from Europe, Levin had the unique opportunity of meeting and befriending, Annette Schiller, a principal with Ombiasy Public Relations and Wine Tours.
Susan put me in touch with Annette,
who had the brilliant idea of creating a
‘Wine Tasting & Art Exhibit’
showcasing Susan’s work in collaboration with a wine tasting event.
The ‘invitation only’ event took place in the privacy of Levin’s lovely home, studio and gallery space. Guests were asked to bring a bottle of Pinot (Gris or Noir). The stage was set for a perfect marriage of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and art in an elegant gallery setting overlooking the beautiful setting of Rockville, Maryland.
The event brought together wine lovers and art aficionados from all three of our guest lists, facilitating new friendships, collaborations and ideas for other upcoming events.
ART BY SUSAN LEVIN
As a painter and digital photographer, Susan Levin works hard to create pieces that evoke emotion and conversation. While her paintings and photographs are an expression of her moods, they are also an abstract interpretation of real life experiences. Levin interprets her dreams and often paints what she dreams. She embellishes her photos with the use of the computer.
Creating new work is a form of playing and designing what is often clearly before her eyes and sometimes what is simply perceived through the lens. It is that combination of being acutely aware and having the ability to clarify what is right before her that makes Levin passionate about art and love what she does.
For more information: Susan Levin Art: artbysusanlevin.com
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Wine Tours in 2015
France: Bourgogne (May) and Bordeaux (September) Germany: Germany-East (June), Germany-South (September) and Germany-North (September)
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SUSAN MARX IN 'ABSTRACT' ART EXHIBITION
at ASHOK JAIN GALLERY IN NYC
Show dates: April 29th - May 29th, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 3rd from 4-6pm
pictured 'An Afternoon With Claude' 30x24, acrylic on canvas by Susan Marx
Abstract Impressionist Painter, Susan Marx will be one of five artists included in a group show entitled Abstract to be held at
Ashok Jain Gallery
at 58 Hester Street on
the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
The show opens on April 29th and will run through May 29th 2015.
There is an opening reception planned for
Sunday, May 3rd from 4-6pm that is free and open to the public.
ASHOK JAIN GALLERY
58 Hester Street
New York, NY
Gallery phone: 212.989.9660
ABOUT SUSAN MARX
Susan Marx is an Abstract Impressionist artist whose paintings are the result of her own radical amazement at the beauty of the visual world and her own need to turn that experience through her. Using nature as her frame of reference, Marx paints her interpretation of what nature leaves her with. She is concerned with light and what light does to color, which is why she calls herself an Abstract Impressionist. Her paintings are the conversations between her eyes, her mind, her heart and her gut as well as the canvas in front of her. Marx enjoys enticing and engaging her viewers, drawing them into a fresh and beautiful world. She hopes her artwork will lead people to notice the beauty in nature, a healing beauty.
Marx uses fast-drying acrylic paints which allow her to record her color impressions quickly, painting with thick, bold, rich colors and gestural brushstrokes. She leaves parts of the canvas blank intentionally, in order to create more contrast and tension between the color and the blank canvas, allowing the painting and the viewer’s eye to breathe. This process often also allows the painting to form a shape on the canvas within the picture plane.
She enjoys the process of putting color next to color, trying to capture the essence of her subject in her painting through color and emotion, leaving the rest to the viewer's imagination, drawing them into and engaging them through her process.
Someone once said Marx works to the muse of Monet, Van Gogh and Joan Mitchell; she was thrilled. They helped guide her in the journey to become the artist she is today. Marx has travelled extensively and exhibited widely. Her works may be found in collections in the US and abroad.
or visit her website: Susan Marx Artist
Abstract Impressionist Artist, Susan Marx, started the New Year off right with two very successful shows in January.
Marx was included in NYC's Ashok Jain Gallery's Anniversary Show from January 4th through January 25th; and in a group show entitled Sensorial Realms at Agora Gallery in NYC that opened in late December and ran through January 15th.
The artist will be featured again at both Ashok Jain Gallery & Agora Gallery on the following schedule:
April 29th-May 29th Ashok Jain Gallery
May 19th-June 9th Agora Gallery
October 9th-October 29th Agora Gallery
Both Agora Gallery and Ashok Jain Gallery have Marx's paintings listed for sale on Amazon.com. Marx's paintings may also be purchased through her listings on Agora's gallery website: Susan Marx on Art Mine
For more information, visit either gallery's website, or stop by to inquire at the galleries while in NYC.
ASHOK JAIN GALLERY 58 Hester Street, NYC Hours: Wed-Sun: 12-6pm or by appointment.
Susan's work may now also be seen at The Veranda Fine Art Gallery in Fair Haven, New Jersey.
The Veranda Fine Art Gallery
763 River Road
Fair Haven, New Jersey 07704
IN OTHER NEWS: The Montclair Ten
Marx is also one of ten artists that will be featured in a group show entitled 'The Montclair Ten'. The exhibition will showcase over a dozen art works in a range of media by ten artists including: Benedetta Balsimelli; Dan Fenelon; Nanci Iovino; Martha Kelshaw; Peg Kenselaar; Susan Marx; Elizabeth Seaton; Earl Speid; Lisa G. Westheimer and Aggie Wszolkowska.
Each of the artists featured in the exhibition work in various facets with The Montclair Art Museum, whether in the Education Department, teaching in the Studios, or volunteering in the Communications Department.
All ten artists live and work in New Jersey. The show comprises a nice selection of various mediums and styles including: painting, photography, prints, drawing and ceramics and was curated by Martha Kelshaw, Manager of Public Programs at The Montclair Art Museum.
Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NJ Properties at their Montclair, NJ office on Bloomfield Avenue, The Montclair Ten Art Exhibition opens April 2nd and runs through April 30th 2015.
There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, April 2nd from 6pm to 9pm, which was planned to align with the First Thursday Opening Reception at The Montclair Art Museum.
THE MONTCLAIR TEN
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
695 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 01042
Monday - Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm.
For more information please contact: Martha Kelshaw, Martha.email@example.com, or call Ms. Kelshaw at 973.714.7290.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Susan Marx website: http://www.susanmarxartist.com/
Susan Marx Facebook Page: Susan Marx on Facebook
Paintings pictured from top to bottom:
Top left, Firebird, 30x24, acrylic on canvas
2nd from top right, Carnival of Flowers, 30x24, acrylic on canvas
3rd from top left, Mozart's Meadow, 30x24, acrylic on canvas
Bottom left, Summer, 30x24, acrylic on canvas