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January 2011

Michael Porten

Michael porten Michael Porten was born in Huntsville, Ala. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004, and is currently working towards an M.F.A. in painting from SCAD. Recent solo exhibitions have been held for his work at Hall Street Gallery, Savannah, Ga., 2008; and Galeries de l”Olivier, Lacoste, France, 2009. His works have also been included in recent group exhibitions with Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, Mo., 2008; Miami Art Basel satellite fair (ARTery Art Fair), Miami, Fla., 2009; and SCAD Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 2010.

His work focuses to a large degree on the synchronizing of seemingly disparate content and contexts, such as rainbows, addiction, home, family, painting, theory, science, computers and religion. These themes originate from discursive research and converge to from an amalgamated self-portrait that is imbued with a statement.

Porten is currently showing at P.J.S. Exhibitions: http://www.pjs-exhibitions.com/ and his exhibit runs through March 11, 2011


Laura Hughes

Laura hughes Laura Hughes creates unique, whimsical, one of a kind needlepoint pieces drawing from her photographs, and borrowing from a variety of pop culture influences including pop art and sixties psychedelia. These daringly innovative compositions exude an energy not often associated with needlepoint.

Laura first began to needlepoint when she was a small girl living in Ohio. She loved to create handmade things and loved the serenity needlepoint evoked. Years passed. In the Bohemian spirit, Laura moved to The Village and forged her way as an artist, using Polaroid film and digital video to produce dreamy, surreal photographs.

Laura's work appeared in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad.
She has been profiled in both Polaroid and Eyemazing Magazine, and
her photographs are part of international collections including the Polaroid Collection, and SONS (Shoes or No Shoes?), a museum based outside of Antwerp, Belgium.

Although she enjoyed success as a photographer, Laura felt disconnected from the hands-on process of making art. She longed for more control and involvement. Looking to take her work in a new direction, she revisited the hobby of her childhood.

After years of living without needlepoint, Laura picked it up again with a newfound passion and purpose. Her canvases feature a storied cast of playful characters creating a fantastical world, and presenting this traditional craft into a contemporary context.


Ron English

Ron english One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Other characters carousing through English’s art, in paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.

Jan Huling

Jan huling Jan Huling is an artist who uses fantastic bead work in her art.

She says - In a recent review, the New York Times dubbed my work “oddball assemblages,” and aptly so. Have fun and make beautiful art by gluing seed beads, ball chain and other stuff to boxes or any other solid object that tickles your fancy! Clean out your junk drawer before you come and bring all of those buttons that were just too pretty to pitch, souvenir pins that no one wears but bring back such nice memories, lira you forgot to forgot to spend in Italy - anything that you might want to glue down and decorate. Take a look at my web site (www.janhuling.com) to get an idea of what it is that I do and then join me for five days of laughs and glue. Oh, and don't forget your reading glasses!

Jan Schwab Huling was born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis. After attending the Kansas City Art Institute she started her career in greeting card design. She has since made her way working in New York City as a product designer, children’s book author and beadist. The spectrum of Jan’s beadwork is diverse, from her first beaded kazoo to whole table tops. She is liable to bead just about anything that stands still. Sorry Mr. Van der Rohe, less is not more when we are talking about the scintillating qualities of beadwork. Not a nudist nor a Buddhist, Jan is a BEADIST practicing a labor of love within her home studio in Hoboken, NJ.

Feel inspired? Try it yourself and possibly find your muse in The Art of Bead Embroidery: Techniques, Designs & Inspirations


Michael Ruiz

Mike ruiz From Brooke to Tyra Banks, J Lo to Jenna Jameson, Dolly to Dita Von Teese — few do cool so hot, even fewer capture the glamorous inner sinner imagination of today's extravagant enigmas than New York based high-octane celebrity and fashion photographer Mike Ruiz.

Innately intuitive, a deft-eye for detail and full of sensual self-styled sizzle, Mike marries the sacred and profound in sophisticated unison. With a unique approach to the exploration of visceral brilliance, his finely crafted frames of reference have appeared in Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Interview, Italian Elle, Spanish and Brazilian Vogue. Additionally, Mike has contributed to D&G's 'Hollywood' book and Iman's 'The Beauty of Color' beauty book and continues to explore different forms of expression via film, television and music. As founding partner of elite L.A photography complex Miauhaus Studios, Mike further cements the reckless glamour of his noisy impunity to never follow trends. Vive la différence! The powerful pleasure of perfection never felt so fabulous.