We are pleased to highlight these 6 local artists as we kick off the 21 st season of Gallery Night Providence!
Mi Ok Song Bruining is Korean. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted to the U.S. when she was five years old after living in an orphanage. She was adopted into a NJ Dutch American family. Mi Ok has lived in NJ, RI, MA, NY and South Korea.
Mi Ok is an award-winning poet, has had over 30 poems published since 1990, is a published writer, & award-winning artist. Mi Ok has also conducted over 80 speaking engagements on international adoption issues since 1984.
Mi Ok’s recent medium of choice is black pen, white gel pen, colored pens (both gel & neon) & sharpie markers. She utilizes both gray paper & black paper. Mi Ok’s specializes in human hands, feet & faces as she believes these body parts are the most challenging to draw. She focuses on composition, line, negative space, the edges of the paper, & incorporating imaginary elements for a more dynamic, dramatic drawing.
Sam Allerton Green paints often, both inside and outside. The majority of his work is done plein air, on site, in a single session. This forces him to focus on capturing what it feels like to be there, rather than simply replicating what he sees. The outdoor elements have a significant impact on one’s mood and thought process, which makes every painting session different.
Sam grew up in Providence, and studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of art. He has been an artist in residence at The Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore, MD, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. He is currently the director of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Dr. Jason Hack is an emergency physician and medical toxicologist who enjoys taking photographs of both beautiful living and inanimate yet dynamic objects he finds in the immediate environment around him.
His photographs include many of the medicinal or poisonous flowers that he has come upon here in Rhode Island. To get these images, he works only with his handheld camera and a stock lens. The flowers are in sharp foreground relief, unstaged, using only natural light. This allows the viewer to see the fleeting combination of light, breeze, background, and imperfections they would have seen if they were with the artist when it was taken.
Each unique epoxy photograph is very labor intensive to create. A photograph is applied to a painted and sealed cradled board with high tack permanent glue. Once perfectly aligned, it’s allowed to dry. Days later the epoxy is applied, blow torched to remove bubbles and allowed to dry for 48 hours. Epoxy drips are then removed with a razor from the frame and a dust cover is applied to the reverse.
S.C. Mordan is a vibrant emerging artist from Pawtucket, RI. He immigrated to Boston, MA at the age of ten in 1986. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in June of 2000 and received his Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in September of 2015. An assignment from his graduate studies where he was challenged “to create anything imaginable to demonstrate creativity,” altered his life. He painted his first acrylic painting titled “Novo” to illustrate the context of his life in order to complete the assignment. Prior to this experience in graduate school, he had never created any work of art and received no formal training in the arts. S.C.M.’s sole purpose for painting is to communicate his sentiments to the universe on canvas.
His particular style of art is nontraditional and nonrestrictive; it is rooted in symbolism, mysticism, and nature. His paintings document both his development and progression as an artist. He loves to paint just as much as he love gardening every spring, because in time he is able to see the fruits of his labor, which he can then share with others.
Karen Murphy grew up in a small town on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She started oil painting at the age of thirteen, and has been teaching herself the challenging art of self-expression ever since. A true lover of the outdoors, this is where Karen has always found inspiration. She enjoys translating her experiences
into creations that connect with the soul. Her landscape and seascape paintings are serene and captivating, with a poetic quality.
Over the years Karen’s work has evolved into a combination of contemporary and classic painting styles. She is influenced by realism, impressionism, and tonalism. Her creative process involves plein air and studio work, painting mainly from direct observation or memory. The American Tonalist landscape painters of the 19th century have always had an impact on her, especially the works of George Inness and Charles Warren Eaton. Karen is currently living and working in Rhode Island with her husband and two dogs. Her work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.
Jade Sisti has been featured in the Motif magazine and numerous galleries. Her recent works consist o
f late authors and discontinued bottles. She’s an art teacher in East Providence, a member of the East Providence Art council and the Rhode Island Romance Writers. Additionally, she’s published a novel titled Stagnant Souls, which can be found on Amazon Kindle, as well as a free comic titled The Providence Hipster on facebook.com/theprovidencehipster.
Jade’s work is all under the umbrella of her Red Series, a series of work that simplifies the focus on the topic’s expression or mood and retains a limited palette of mostly black, red and white, though in recent works the red has spread into all three warm colors.
The Sprout CoWorking Community Gallery is committed to showing high school and college student work.
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