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The Spotlight Artist Program provides collectors a focused look at several cutting-edge artists recognized for their skill and achievement in the visual arts. Meet this year’s selected artists!

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2016 SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS

JEFFREY BISAILLON

Booth 418

Jeffrey Bisaillon was born in upstate New York into an artistic family that was rich in creativity. He attributes his father’s love of photography, his grandfather’s love of painting, and his great uncle’s love of illustrating as the catalyst that led him on his creative path. Bisaillon’s artistic abilities were always nurtured, and from a young age he displayed artistic abilities.

Interestingly, although he did not attend art school, Bisaillon pursued careers that allowed him artistic freedom. As if it were all a well-orchestrated plan, his many years as a pastry chef and his 15+ years as a fine craftsman and builder gave him many of the skills necessary for him to become the artist that he is today.

Bisaillon has painted in many genres throughout the years, but his biggest connection has been with the abstract. Most of his work is achieved through his process of applying and removing paint in methodic layers of color and technique. He is in constant search of that perfect fusion of color and allure in order to entice one’s freedom of thought and emotion. His current abstracts have a clean, modern edge. The pairing of vibrant colors, bold brushwork, and resin finishes create energetic pieces that jump off the wall. He is fascinated by making the simplest shapes into things of beauty.

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Jeffrey Bisaillon | “Zen” | Jbis Contemporary

MARY JOHNSTON

Booth 400

A contemporary landscape painter born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, Mary Johnston grew up with a sense that the natural world we live in is more beautiful and mysterious then we will ever know. The natural elements she observed in her childhood on the Great Lakes—large expansive sky, peaceful water, quiet green forests, the rocks and wind through the grass—dominate her work today.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Johnston and her husband moved to New Jersey, exposing her to the great art museums and galleries of New York City and to the Somerset Art Association in Bedminster, NJ. It was there that Johnston learned to really be an artist, honing her craft and showing and selling her work. After a stint in California, soaking up the gorgeous colors and views of the Pacific Ocean, followed by more time in NJ, Johnston moved to Indiana in 2003, where she began working with oils, the medium from which she has built her business.

As a busy working artist in Carmel, IN, Johnston travels to shows throughout the United States, and is represented by select galleries, design firms, and art-consultant groups. Though she spent many years in the arts field working in different mediums, Johnston’s large-scale contemporary oils are her current passion. Her work often depicts a sense of vastness, which she attributes to her time spent in the expansive-skied Midwest and the great open spaces of the Western U.S. and Canada.

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Mary Johnston | "Appalachian Hills"

Holly Grimm

Booth 110-B

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and influenced by her photographer mother, artist Holly Grimm grew up with a passion for drawing already coursing through her veins. A graduate of Stanford University, where she double majored in studio art and engineering, Grimm counts Abstract Expressionism (particularly the work of Helen Frankenthaler), Chinese painting, and Navajo rug designs among her strongest influences.

In her paintings, Grimm works to create abstraction from nature. While she used to rely on her own photographs of natural and urban landscapes to paint, today she prefers to paint outdoors, traveling to various permaculture farms in dryland Native American communities to work. She begins by laying down her colors with pastels, using that as a template for larger acrylic paintings. Using this plein-air approach, Grimm aims to capture the vital energy of the earth in a way that gives the viewer an opportunity to meditate on the images and feel the life force that brought them to fruition.

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Holly Grimm | "Pilar en plein air" | 12" x 16" | Pastel

Siri Hollander

Booth 309

Artist Siri Hollander was born in New York in 1959 and lived most of her childhood in Andalusia, Spain. Influenced by a family of artists, she began sculpting at the age of seventeen. Seemingly isolated from normalcy, Hollander established a connection with the horses and other animals that surrounded her in her youth. By apprenticing with several accomplished sculptors both in America and Spain, she developed her own sculptural form based on her unique subjects, horses and figurative forms.

Hollander’s sculptural medium combines steel and cement, creating her trademarked texture that, when cast in bronze, brings her sculptures to life. The freestanding sculptures range from monumental pieces to smaller tabletop works. With extraordinary focus and conviction, Hollander works independently of the trends in art movements. Her art flows naturally from her daily life, without dependence on outside factors. She has become a master of three-dimensional images of horses and more recently has developed her figure sculptures, greatly influenced by the emotional impression in the sculptures of modern masters. Hollander’s self-taught process constructs the sculptures with no sketches or maquettes, working directly with steel and recycled metal to combine realism and abstraction, emphasizing the rough essence of the subject.

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Siri Hollander | "Tamarindo"

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