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Fall 2018 Issue

Sean Qualls By Sean Qualls

Sean Qualls’ books and illustrations often explore history and non-fiction subjects. His fine art focuses on race and identity, and the intersection of history and mythology, ultimately examining how we create our own identities or allow them to be scripted to for us. Together his paintings and illustrations reveal simultaneously unique and universal moments that reveal the human spirit.

Sean’s most recent books include Why Am I Me?, The Case for Loving and Two Friends, all of which he illustrated with his wife, illustrator/author Selina Alko. He has also illustrated Emmanuel’s Dream (Schneider Award recipient) written by Laurie Ann Thompson, Giant Steps to Change the World written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee and Before John Was a Jazz Giant (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor) written by Carole Boston Weatherford.

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Winter 2017 Issue

nba odds 2019Karen Eve Friedland By Karen Eve Friedland

An artist for more than 20 years, Friedland’s work has been shown extensively across the country and received awards in exhibits of: Hilton Head Art League, Northwest Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America, Mississippi Watercolor Society, amongst others.

As a devoted transplant to Brooklyn, New York, she buries a Brooklyn Bridge symbol in each of her paintings. As a community activist, Friedland founded and led the Flatbush Artists and the Flatbush Artists Studio Tour. As a Teaching Artist, Friedland has taught art to mainstream and special needs children and adults for more than 12 years. She teaches creative workshops to adults in her home teaching studio, the Open Center and online. Friedland is a creativity coach and a Right Brain Business Plan? facilitator.

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Spring 2017 Issue

Rebecca Levéillé By Rebecca Levéillé

Rebecca Levéillé received her BFA from Pratt Institute and has been a guest speaker at Rhode Island School of Design and a guest artist by invitation to shows and events in cities around the world, including Melbourne, Paris, Nagoya, Osaka, Valencia, and Bologna.

Levéillé is influenced by the work of Gerda Wegener and Jim Shaw, along with painters such as Titian Fragonard and Vigee Lebrun.

Pastiche elements from iconic moments in history play throughout her work to manipulate the viewers expectation and identification of the moment. Through these fertile elements of symbol and sign, she creates a surreal stage in which to play out the performance of the dark and light of sensuality and sexual identity.

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Fall 2016 Issue

Dale Williams By Dale Williams

Dale Williams was raised in a working-class Catholic family in suburban Baltimore in the 1960s. In 7th grade a nun at the parochial school he attended introduced the class to drawing and painting with oil pastels. When he won an honorable mention for a work called “My Grave” in a school-wide exhibition he decided to keep making pictures.

Williams’s paintings, drawings, and books usually depict figures, largely imaginary, and often contain traces of writing, legible and illegible. His art aims to create a contemporary mythos – an imaginal way of understanding and explaining the world. The figures, and the work itself, bear evidence of distress: empathy for the beaten and lowly is embodied in these creations of emotional immediacy.

?Williams has exhibited in venues in the New York City area for many years, such as the Drawing Center, Kentler International Drawing Space, and the BRIC Rotunda Gallery. His last one-person show, “Fear Not To Appear”, which highlighted early work from 1980–1997, was held at Gowanus Loft in April 2016. His work has been published in BOMB, Ecotone, Weirderary, A Bad Penny Review and other print and online journals. He is a 2014 fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is currently represented by the Vanderbilt Republic creative agency/artist cooperative.

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Winter 2015 Issue

Steven Erra By Steven Erra

Steven Erra is a visual artist, a photographer and painter. He has been legally blind for many years due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. He has a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. In 1993 Steven joined a photography class for the blind and sight-impaired and it was from this group that the Seeing With Photography Collective started in 1997. More recently he joined the Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA). Steven has had work in numerous exhibitions and publications.

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Spring 2015 Issue

Joseba Elorza By Joseba Elorza

My name is Joseba Elorza and I was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a small city in the Basque Country, Spain. I studied to become sound technician and later spent a couple of unfruitful years in art school. It was all this synesthesic hodgepodge where MiraRuido sprang from; I used to spend the morning as a sound technician in a radio station and the evening working on collages. Sight gradually took over hearing, and presently I’m making a living as an illustrator and artist.

And what is MiraRuido?
It’s just the combination of two Spanish words:
Mira = look, see.
Ruido = noise.

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Fall 2014 Issue

Laurie Lipton By Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, the UK and has recently moved to Los Angeles after 36 years abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. She tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 16th century Dutch Masters and failed. When traveling around Europe as a student, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. “It’s an insane way to draw”, she says, “but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail.”

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Spring 2014 Issue

Stefan Belzig By Stefan Beltzig

Born in Bavaria in 1944, the son of a Berlin film maker and dealer in Oriental Antiquities, Stefan Beltzig attempted at first to turn his back on the artistic milieu in which he was raised, dropped out of school and joined a circus troop as an acrobat. After leading the life of a vagabond, which enabled him to travel in India and the Near East, he began to study art. From 1963 to 1964 he worked at Shiraz and Isfahan in Iran where he took up ceramics and sculpture. After a formal study of art and graduation from the Academy of Art in Munich with First Prize in painting in 1973, he began to emphasize realism and trompe l’oeil- effects in his works. From 1979 on, his attention turned solely to drawing. His work and additional information can be found at and

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Fall 2013 Issue

Matt Crump By Matt Crump

Matthew Crump is a cognitive psychologist by day, and a hobby painter and analog synthesizer enthusiast by night. He received his B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada where he grew up, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He became interested in painting during his graduate school days, and continues to explore colorful themes that blend elements of cartooning and graphic design with his interests in science fiction, spaceships, robots, dinosaurs, and nintendo. He enjoys using sharpie markers whenever possible, and has developed a fondness for oil paints on wood panelling as his primary medium. Crump is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College of CUNY, and runs a research laboratory investigating cognitive processes involved in learning new skills. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and cat.

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Winter 2013 Issue

Matt Burke By Matt Burke

Matthew Burke is a sculptor whose research interests include finding parallels between human activity and those in the natural world in order to communicate the interdependency of life. He uses wood for its lasting character and ever association with nature. His work is in several major museums and collections including, the Museum of Modern Art Library, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Library.

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