Opening: May 19, 2011 6PM-10PM
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Open to public May 20-21, 2011, 10AM-6PM

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Bill Mensching, Long Afternoon Wave, 24” x 48”, Oil on canvas, $7,500

Bill Mensching, Curling Wave, 36” x 48”, Oil on canvas, $8,500

bmensching@evergreene.com

STATEMENT

Working as EverGreene’s mural director has given me such a great opportunity to work with and really learn from the many, many incredibly talented artists who have been in our studio over the past 21 years. To be constantly working on projects that require the efforts of many artists working together is quite a unique experience and not always easy, but to see all of that creative energy work together successfully is amazing when it happens. Many of the projects we work on also require us to intensely study and understand the styles and techniques of artists from earlier periods.  For example we may need to understand how a muralist would have painted a historic scene for a Capitol building in 1910, how an itinerant artist decorated a courthouse in 1840, or a renaissance painter composed a Crucifixion scene.  What often strikes me is how the basic elements of drawing, composition, form, color, etc., etc., that all of these artists worked and struggled with to make their art are still the same basic things that we as artists deal with today, and in some way we all understand and are connected by this same visual language.

BIO

William Mensching works primarily en plein air on Long Island. His paintings have been exhibited at the Heckscher Museum, the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, Old Westbury Gardens, the Firehouse Gallery, Katrina Rich Perlow Gallery NYC, the Salmagundi Club, the Sky Art Gallery NYC, and the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY, NY.

Tsering Phuntsok, Eleven Faces Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara, 44” x 61”, Canvas, natural stone colors (pigment), and 24 Karat gold, $27,000

Tsering Phuntsok, Chakra Samvara, 25.5” x 35.5”, Canvas, natural stone colors and 24 Karat gold, $7,000

tphuntsoknj@yahoo.com

STATEMENT

I’ve been working for EverGreene Painting Studios since 2003 and have encountered a lot of new experiences. I’ve worked on murals, plasters, decorative painting, gilding, restorations, residential paintings and much more. One thing I could always love is that the work ethic here at the studio is very professional yet friendly and I think that is immensely important for the success of the company.

BIO

Tsering has been studying Tibetan arts since 1981. A third generation Thangka painter, Tsering was influenced by and learned this traditional art from his late father, Jampa Kalsang. He has created paintings in places such as Potala Palace, as well as the Drepung, Sera, Ganden, Tashi Lunpho and Sakya monasteries in Lhasa, Tibet. He has also created custom art at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence and the Kalachakra Temple in Dharamsala, India. Tsering has produced many Thangka paintings for both government officials and private individuals. His work has been exhibited countless times across the U.S. and Europe. Since moving to the U.S. in 2003, Tsering has painted murals and done restoration and gilding work in numerous churches, casinos, court houses, theaters, and has done residential work for EverGreene Painting Studios, Inc.

Eleven-Faces Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara This thangka depicts Avalokitesvara with eleven faces and one thousand arms rendered in the deity style. Above are the Buddha shakyamuni on the left and tsong-ka pa on the right. Below on the left is Manjusri Bodhisattva (Buddha of Wisdom) standing on the lotus and on the right is Blue Vajrapani who is also standing on the lotus.

Chakra Samvara One of the main yidoms of the New Translation (sarma) tradition, Samvara is especially revered by the Gelugpa and the Kagyudpa sects. Samvara’s home, the top of Kailas in the Himalayas, coincides with Mt. Meru, the center of the Universe. Kailas and the surrounding area are considered one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage in Western Tibet. Milarepa spent much time there with his disciple and displayed the superiority of Buddhism over pon, an indigenous shamanism of Tibet. On the top left is Choche Pande Uhadishak and on the top right is Gurru Padma Sambhava.  On the bottom left is the six armed Mahakala, on the bottom right is the Yamaraja Yab-Yum.

Tsering is from Tibet & lives in East Rutherford, NJ.

Anita Flejter, Tune of Lights, 36” x 48”Acrylic on canvas, $2,000

Anita Flejter, New York Night, 48” x 36”, Acrylic on canvas, $2,000

anita@flejterllc.com

STATEMENT

Anita has been working for EverGreene since 2008 as art conservator on various conservation and restoration projects including conservation and restoration of murals at 30 Rockefeller Center, American Museum of Natural History in New York and EEOB in Washington, DC.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Anita Flejter was born in 1976, in Poland, She has been painting and drawing since childhood. She gained her Printmaker Diploma in High School in Lomza, Poland and Master Degree at Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. In November 2004 she immigrated to the U.S. and completed printmaking course at National Academy of Fine Arts in New York as well as Art Appraising Course at NYU. She is a full time artist and art conservator currently involved in “American Progress” restoration project at Rockefeller Center in New York, NY.

The artist’s work has been featured in many exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia including those at the Cekirdek Art Gallery in Istanbul, TURKEY; ALISAR Art Gallery in Warsaw, Poland; Alameda Historical Museum in Oakland, CA; Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont CA; Cork Gallery and Audubon Artists Exhibition in New York, NY. In addition, Flejter’s works were the subject of several one-person exhibitions, mainly in New York.

Anita Flejter was awarded twice as one of the finalist of Art & Bussiness (Polish issue) Painting of the Year Competition (2002 and 2003). From National Academy of Fine Arts in New York she was distinguished with Ogden Pleissner School Scholarship and Lilian Bogart School Scholarship. In 2006 she was serving as SHTOOKA Gallery Director.

Her work has been published in Magazine.ART, Summer-Fall 2005, The Albuquerque Tribune, November 18th, 2005, “An Evening of Odds” – published issue (2205), Reflections, vol. II and Polish newspapers: Nowy Dziennik, Kurier Plus, Super express, Centrum, Tygodnik Polonijny. She has also been twice the topic of a program “Art mania” in RYTM Radio and “Art weekend” in Polish Radio New York.

Anita is from Poland & lives in the Bronx, NY.

Amy Mahnick, The Taming of the Shrew, 8” x 10”, Oil on canvas, $2,500

Amy Mahnick, Marionette, 8” x 10”, Oil on canvas, $2,500

amymahnick@gmail.com

STATEMENT

I’ll always remember my first day at EverGreene.  There was a flurry of activity as the deadline for the Venetian casino was approaching.  I vaguely knew a couple of people from grad school, but mostly I was unfamiliar with the my new colleagues who came from all over the world with a diversity of ages, ethnicities, languages, experiences and stories to tell.  I also felt right at home.  Despite the diversity of our backgrounds we all had one thing in common that bound us together during that exciting time – we all loved painting and Art.  And with each successive project as I learned about the professional practices of large scale mural painting and restoration, I also made life-long friends, found inspiration, and gained valuable professional experience that I draw upon today for my own painting practice.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the enormous talent, knowledge, and charisma that make up the EverGreene Painting Studios family.

BIO

Amy Mahnick received her BFA in Sculpture from Michigan State University and then her MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art. She then studied painting with Harvey Dinnerstein in the Art Student’s League before exhibiting in several group exhibitions in New York, Florida and Ohio. In 2008, she was featured in her first solo exhibition Garbage at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Amy is from Michigan & lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Petio Petkov, Self-Portrait, 14” x 12” x 12”, Colored plaster, NFS

Petio Petkov, Temple I, 10” x 18” x 10”, Greenstone, NFS

pplatikanov@yahoo.com

STATEMENT

I’ve been working at EverGreene for about seven and a half years. My start at EverGreene was in the plaster studio where I worked for three years. Some of my selected projects from 2003-2010 are the Biltmore Theatre, Boston Opera House, Kansas State Capitol, Columbia University, the Plaza Hotel, and Met-Life. During this time I’ve gotten closer to the decorative restoration in historical buildings.

BIO

My art career started when I graduated from The National Academy of Fine Arts-Bulgaria in 1992, specializing in sculpture. I have participated in all of the major national sculptural exhibitions as well as four symposiums in sculpture: Asenovgrad/1991/ and Sozopol/1995/-stone, Tryavna/1996/ and Barzia/1998/-wood. I’ve had experience in working with different materials, including stone, bronze, and wood.

Petio is from Bulgaria & lives in the Bronx, NY.

Faizulla Khamraev, A Man of Success, 58” x 38”, Oil on canvas, NFS

Faizulla Khamraev, The Kite, 72” x 62”, Acrylic on canvas, NFS

novkat8@gmail.com

STATEMENT

My name is Faizulla Khamraev.

I was born in a small town in Uzbekistan. When I was in my youth I copied Lenin’s portrait from a local magazine. The portrait was picturesque for that time.  People were surprised and praised this first art piece. My uncle was a fine artist and he taught me to write a slogan:

"Lenin lived, Lenin will be alive, Lenin is still living!"

… It was a good old time!

When the USSR collapsed, I remained without work. In 2001 I moved to New York. EverGreene has taught me to draw the Christ and I am very grateful for this.  In general, I have no complaints, life is beautiful.

BIO

I am a participant of more than 40 exhibitions and 5 personal one man shows. I am a Member of The Union of Russian Artists since 1996.

Faizulla is from Uzbekistan & lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Christian Batteau, Man Invoking a Better Version of Himself, 37” x 13” x 15”, Bronze and 18 Karat gold, $5,200

Christian Batteau, Woman Pregnant with the City, 28” x 24” x 12”, Bronze, $4,800

cbatteau@gmail.com

STATEMENT

 Painting for EverGreene as a traveling artist in the Midwest and New York is one of the ways I put myself through the Kansas City Art Institute. The shear volume and quality of materials I had the opportunity to work with at EverGreene gave me the ability to think of my own work the way I would a job; use the appropriate material for the project even if it is 18 karat gold leaf! From my experiences restoring our countries architectural treasures I grew an appreciation for the history of American building and decoration that I will always carry with me.

 BIO

I received my BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute with continued study at the New York Academy of Art. I’ve performed and shown extensively throughout the United States and am in collections in California, Missouri, Kansas, Boston and New York with two permanent installations in theMidwest. I have done commissions for the Kochs, Terian-Gilberts, Taubmans, Shankens, Jeff Koons, Chanel, Tiffany, Kwiat and Graff Diamonds. 

Christian is from California & lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Vicki Khuzami, Montreal, 18” x 24” Oil, $1,500
art@khuzamistudio.com
STATEMENT
In 1987 I was on my 4th year of painting romance novel book covers and believe me the romance was gone! I was sick and tired of painting tight oil paintings of generic soap opera actors out of work, model gigging on the side. One day I happened to be walking down 36th street when I saw this odd store window that had some artwork posted kind of arbitrarily, and so I knocked on the door. Someone answered and I said “What do you guys do here, anyway??” “Murals” they answered. I said, “I’m a Romance novel illustrator; could I do this?” “Bring your portfolio” was the reply. The next day, portfolio in hand, I returned. I passed that test and it just so happened that the lead designer was leaving, so I remember Jeffrey sitting me down with a scale ruler and a blue print, and he said, “Design this construction fence.” I had never seen a scale ruler before and had never actually looked at blue prints ever.  So after a brief lesson, he left me alone.  I struggled for the first hour, never having used the left side of my brain much before, and felt totally frustrated.  I went out for lunch and said to myself, “I REALLY want this job, I can do it, I love Math, please big art God in the sky help me.”   I returned, amazing very relaxed, set back to the task, and nearly completed the design by the end of the day. I remember Jeffrey saying, “Very impressed, you caught on fast. You’re hired.” He may not remember all this but I certainly did! It was a miracle. I quit my Romance Novel job and for the next 8 years painted wild and furiously fantastic huge murals with lots of loose brushstrokes. I am also a research freak, so I was never happier researching the annals of the NYC library, picture collection, and ultimately the Library of Congress when I helped Jeffery design The Capitol Building Murals. It was an amazing period of growth in my technical abilities, sharing knowledge with all the other talented artists, and designing murals that spanned the length of art history itself. We were like a big family and those years I will never forget and always appreciate.
After I left EverGreene in 1995, I continued to paint murals and illustrate. I was very happy painting murals. I was lucky to establish a great friendship with a mural painter in Japan and spent many trips painting murals all over Japan. I actually was on a project this year and returned 6 days before the tragic earthquake stroke. Ironically, after tremendous suffering, my friend told me there is lots of work for him painting finishes on all the damaged interiors! Anyway, recently, I have been feeling intensely the desire to concentrate on my private work. I have been in the odd show here and there, but now it is all I want to do. After painting ever subject under the sun in my mural work, I thought long and hard about what it is I really want to paint? What is really in my heart? It came to me: MEN. I want to paint men.  This is my current path - you could almost say, back to the Romance Novel days, only without the women.
BIO
Vicki lives in Soho, NYC. She worked at Evergreene from 1987-1995 and then continued Mural and Illustration business, but is now focusing on her personal work.

Vicki Khuzami, Montreal, 18” x 24” Oil, $1,500

art@khuzamistudio.com

STATEMENT

In 1987 I was on my 4th year of painting romance novel book covers and believe me the romance was gone! I was sick and tired of painting tight oil paintings of generic soap opera actors out of work, model gigging on the side. One day I happened to be walking down 36th street when I saw this odd store window that had some artwork posted kind of arbitrarily, and so I knocked on the door. Someone answered and I said “What do you guys do here, anyway??” “Murals” they answered. I said, “I’m a Romance novel illustrator; could I do this?” “Bring your portfolio” was the reply. The next day, portfolio in hand, I returned. I passed that test and it just so happened that the lead designer was leaving, so I remember Jeffrey sitting me down with a scale ruler and a blue print, and he said, “Design this construction fence.” I had never seen a scale ruler before and had never actually looked at blue prints ever.  So after a brief lesson, he left me alone.  I struggled for the first hour, never having used the left side of my brain much before, and felt totally frustrated.  I went out for lunch and said to myself, “I REALLY want this job, I can do it, I love Math, please big art God in the sky help me.”   I returned, amazing very relaxed, set back to the task, and nearly completed the design by the end of the day. I remember Jeffrey saying, “Very impressed, you caught on fast. You’re hired.” He may not remember all this but I certainly did! It was a miracle. I quit my Romance Novel job and for the next 8 years painted wild and furiously fantastic huge murals with lots of loose brushstrokes. I am also a research freak, so I was never happier researching the annals of the NYC library, picture collection, and ultimately the Library of Congress when I helped Jeffery design The Capitol Building Murals. It was an amazing period of growth in my technical abilities, sharing knowledge with all the other talented artists, and designing murals that spanned the length of art history itself. We were like a big family and those years I will never forget and always appreciate.

After I left EverGreene in 1995, I continued to paint murals and illustrate. I was very happy painting murals. I was lucky to establish a great friendship with a mural painter in Japan and spent many trips painting murals all over Japan. I actually was on a project this year and returned 6 days before the tragic earthquake stroke. Ironically, after tremendous suffering, my friend told me there is lots of work for him painting finishes on all the damaged interiors! Anyway, recently, I have been feeling intensely the desire to concentrate on my private work. I have been in the odd show here and there, but now it is all I want to do. After painting ever subject under the sun in my mural work, I thought long and hard about what it is I really want to paint? What is really in my heart? It came to me: MEN. I want to paint men.  This is my current path - you could almost say, back to the Romance Novel days, only without the women.

BIO

Vicki lives in Soho, NYC. She worked at Evergreene from 1987-1995 and then continued Mural and Illustration business, but is now focusing on her personal work.

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