Brenda Bluestone

The subjects of my paintings are humble, and sometimes odd: produce, flowers, thrift shop finds, rocks, toys, etc. Arrangements of these objects provide a structure for studies of light and shadow, texture, form, color and mood. A successful painting becomes more than the sum of its parts, inviting viewers to take a longer look and hopefully, to see beauty or even humor in these ordinary objects.

Resumé

Education

  • MSed in Art Education, 2006, CUNY Queens College
  • BFA Magna Cum Laude, 1985, Virginia Commonwealth University, concentration in fashion design
  • Attended workshops with Duane Keiser: July 2016, and Julian Merrow Smith: August 2016. Both at South Street Gallery in Greenport, NY.
  • 3 graduate painting classes with Seung Lee at CW Post University
  • Numerous art workshops at Balanced Mind annual conferences and Art Supervisors Association of Nassau County

Exhibitions

  • December 2021 Juried Show at SOAG. “Moody Grapes in Green Dish”, Acrylic on Arches paper, 6”x8”.
  • South Street Gallery 10 x10 Art Show and Sale to Benefit the North Fork Environmental Council, December 3, 2016. “Morning Sun”, Acrylic on cradled panel, 10”x10”.
  • Art League of Long Island 56th Long Island Artist Juried Exhibition, 2013. “Walter”, Acrylic on panel, 14” x 20”

Employment

  • Retired June, 2021
  • HS Art Teacher, Westbury UFSD (Long Island), 2004 to 2021
  • Stay at home mom from 1991 to 2004
  • Worked in NYC garment industry 1985 to 1991
  • Bygones Vintage Clothing, Richmond VA, 1979 to 1985

Contact

4 Responses

  1. I was very disappointed when saw the originals. The pictures online looked better. The work reminds me of a student work that takes one object and explore only it. It still look like a beginners’ discovery process. It would be interesting to see them on a larger format.

  2. I like how this artist plays with color and reflected color… very nice work (and yet another HS art teacher to add to our collection!)

  3. Some of Brenda’s paintings are brilliant, but 2/3 lack the spark that transforms her simple object into a fascinating painting. The orange peel is brilliant, and the objects on the colorful squares are interesting compositions and good paint handling. I feel just awful to have to judge her and pick out the flaws – maybe these are just not her best works, It would be nice to see her work in another year or two.

  4. Very nice work. Interesting subjects and not a duplicate of present members.

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