Athena Project and Print Pointe are pleased to announce the four winning artists of the Art For Hope Campaign. Sue Crosby Doyle with It Is Complicated, S. L. Yang with Panda Hug, Laura Pawlik with Hocus Pocus and Michelle Lamb with Madonna of Measure will each receive $100 and 20 x 16 print of their work on acrylic or metal. All artists hail from Colorado.
Art For Hope was created to provide an opportunity for artists to uplift those most vulnerable to Covid-19. The artwork will be used to create postcards that will be sent to the residents and employees of assisted living communities around the metro area. The cards include messages of hope and encouragement. We know that these populations suffer isolation and vulnerability. Most folks have been confined to their rooms and have been unable to see family members for a very long time.
Over 40 submissions were received from over 20 Colorado artists. Winners were chosen by a team of local artists including Carina Bañuelos-Harrison, Sylvia Montero, Tessa Crisman, Rachel Bayse of Arts Students League of Denver, and Cecily Cullen of Metropolitan State University Center for Visual Arts.
Laura Pawlik is an award-winning artist whose primary focus is contemporary realism. Her work has been exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Atelier on Santa Fe Gallery in Denver. Laura lives in Highlands Ranch Colorado with her husband Tom.
It Is Complicated
Sue Crosby Doyle
Sue is interested in viewing the environment, outer or inner, marks and line; a juxtaposition of shape and form to one another; the shadows play on the forms with the ever-changing light to make shapes, lines, and negative spaces. Now, Sue is intrigued by the movement of the light. There is a suggestion of the shifting of dark and light shadows as the light transverses over the ever-changing environment. The most interesting part of serendipity is the framing and presentation of the works in a formal situation. This presentation of the art allows the artist and the viewing public to see the finished piece in a whole new realm. Out of context for the artist, because Sue only views it from the creative venue, while the viewer has never seen it before and only sees the finished piece.
S. L. Yang
Peaceful Rain D. S.
Dr. S. L. Yang is an avid explorer in the sciences and arts. She has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and a deep passion for visual art. Dr. Yang enjoys using various mediums and exploring a wide variety of themes for her artwork. The majority of her works are done with acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, and pencil. Her explored concepts range from still life to abstract impressionism. Dr. Yang is inspired by God and nature. Through her work, she aims to stimulate emotional introspection and evoke love, peace, joy, and gratefulness.
Madonna of Measure
Michelle Lamb is a multi-disciplinary artist and instructor. A member of CORE New Art Space Gallery in Denver, she specializes in mixed media assemblages that have an industrial feel due to her love of disassembling obsolete machinery for use in her sculptures.
Rachel Basye is Executive Director at the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD), an artistic community where people of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential. She serves on the Denver Commission for Cultural Affairs and is currently the co-chair. She is an advisor for the newly formed Westwood Creative District, in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood. In 2015, she was selected to be a Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellow, in recognition of her non-profit leadership abilities. She is a practicing artist, and a member of The Mix, an artists’ collaborative in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. Ms. Basye received her BA in International Affairs and German and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
Tessa Crisman is the Executive Support Coordinator at the Art Students League of Denver. She’s worked in cultural institutions since 2015, including the Denver Art Museum & Denver Botanic Gardens. Tessa is invested in creating artistic communities that are accessible and welcoming for all people, especially those who have historically been excluded from art institutions. Outside of work, she is a fiber and jewelry artist.
If curation is an art, Cecily Cullen wields it with a broad brush; as creative director at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art, she continually creates sophisticated exhibitions that take a global and multicultural look at art or offer comprehensive overviews of mediums and techniques. In the center’s Emerging Artist Gallery, she turns the curatorial reins over to students, bringing the institution’s goals full-circle.
Carina Bañuelos-Harrison is a Colorado native who serves cultural and art-related communities as a social-justice fighter and public-art administrator/curator for the City of Aurora. She’s also a mom of two, but still finds time to support and work with artists of color on projects with political underpinnings. Bañuelos-Harrison is Founder, Curator, and Photographer for Art and Color. Most importantly, an advocate for artists that are part of historically marginalized communities, helping them exhibit their work in art spaces and other locations is a personal passion and commitment.
Sylvia Montero has been a community activist since the age of 13. As an adult, she worked with community non-profits Servicios De La Raza, SafeHouse for Battered Women, lastly Mi Casa Resource Center. Sylvia has been an artist all her life and in 1992, she decided to become a professional, visual artist. Her decision was stemmed from the birth of her son in 1990. She wanted to stay home with her son so she began working as a visual artist at home. She has never stopped since. She is now a community artist. She is a painter, photographer, printmaker, and a performing artist. Her work speaks of social issues and the human condition. She follows her own path and is not afraid to speak loudly of issues which inflict indigenous cultures, Sylvia is of Native and Mexican American descent, She continues to exhibit her work locally, nationally and internationally.