Collector’s Choice: Sigal Ron




Sigal Ron

“I see myself as an abstract painter who enjoys freedom of expression.
However, we are all like ‘ swallows sitting on the wire of tradition,’ so from time to time I sin by creating objective art for feeling a communication with a greater public.  I adore every manifestation of visual art and enjoy crossing over and going back with the passion of a child who has gotten a new toy. I am grateful for every moment I can paint.”

Written by Zichron Jaacov Israel



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Sigal Ron is a painter who walks the fine line between completely non-objective painting and figurative painting with equal ease and grace. She  commands both sides of that artistic differentiation with prowess and inevitability.  Her non-objective paintings rush at us with volumes of hurtling textures, colors and glimmering light. Her figurative works walk with prowess all the way from realistic representation through graphic depiction to sighs of abbreviated yet essential abstractions. Her painterly touch is comprised of deft command, searing insight and relentlessly well timed orchestration. Bravo Sigal Ron! My hat is off to you!

Jan Kirstein






Recent Exhibitions:

“GilArte” Gallery —Zichron Jaacov 2011

“Gam Gallery”—Tel Aviv 2011

“Gebo” Gallery—Tel Aviv 2012

International Exhibition of Art –Matera- Italy 2015

2nd International Bienalle of Art in Palermo 2014

4 International Abstract exhibition in Moscow 2015

2015 – Moscow “Gold collection of Abstract

Bienalle of Drawing Osten Museum – Skopje 2016

Museo Palazzo Farnese-International Exhibitin of Contemporary Art Juni 2016

Art for Peace- Museo Palazzo Farnese Ortona. Italy 2016

Gallery of Contemporary Art-Kazan-Russia

Juni 2016

Poligious Issues-Schiedam-Netherlands 2017















True Inspiration: Helen Frankenthaler


To honor and support the Women’s March in Washington D.C. this week, I am would like to give tribute to some of my fav painters who have inspired me for a lifetime. Today it’s Helen Frankenthaler.




Helen Frankenthaler, Europa, 1957, Oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 54 1/2 x 2 inches (177.8 x 138.43 x 5.08 cm) © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Abstract Expressionism
Royal Academy of Arts
September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017
This long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.

Traveling to:
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
February 03, 2017 – June 04, 2017


Hartung and Lyrical Painters
Fonds Hélène & Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture, Landerneau, France
December 11, 2016 – April 17, 2017
The exhibition positions the work of Hans Hartung with artists of the 1950’s such as Georges Mathieu, Gérard Schneider, Hantaï, and international artists from subsequent decades, including Helen Frankenthaler.


Women of Abstract Expressionism
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2016 – January 22, 2017
The groundbreaking exhibition Women of Abstract Expressionism celebrates the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth century art movement.

Traveling to:
Palm Springs Art Museum, CA
February 18, 2017 – May 28, 2017

Denver Art Museum, CO
June 12 – September 25, 2016
















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Collector’s Choice: Joan Snyder



“The functions of Ms. Snyder’s art, first and foremost, are to further the tradition of painting and to explore the most serious aspects of the human condition; to connect us not only to one another and to nature but to ancient rites and myths. She reminds us that no matter how modern and civilized we are, art can still be raw, primitive and talismanic. Without apologies or decorum, Ms. Snyder’s work awakens all of the things still wild within us.” – Lance Esplund, WS




Joan Snyder, (born April 16, 1940), is an American painter from New York. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.
Snyder first gained public attention in the early 1970s with her gestural and elegant “stroke paintings,” which used the grid to deconstruct and retell the story of abstract painting. By the late seventies, Snyder had abandoned the formality of the grid. She began more explicitly incorporating symbols and text, as the paintings took on a more complex materiality. These early works were included in the 1973 and 1981 Whitney Biennials and the 1975 Corcoran Biennial.



Joan Snyder was born on April 16, 1940 in Highland Park, New Jersey. She received her AB from Douglass College in 1962 and her MFA from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 1966.

In 1969 Snyder married photographer Larry Fink. She gave birth to their daughter, Molly, in 1979. Her grandson Elijah was born in 2012. In 2011 Snyder married her partner of 28 year, Margaret Cammer, a retired New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge and the former NY Deputy Administrative Judge of The New York City Civil Court.

Snyder currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY. She is represented by Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York, NY, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock, NY.


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Collector’s Choice: Helen Frankenthaler

“Jacob’s Ladder” by Helen Frankenthaler


Although this painting shares a name with the biblical tale of Jacob’s dreamed ascent toward heaven, and also with an ancient Egyptian toy, Frankenthaler insisted this work had no illustrational intention: “The picture developed (bit by bit while I was working on it) into shapes symbolic of an exuberant figure and ladder, therefore Jacob’s Ladder.

Working in New York in the 1950s, Frankenthaler painted large-scale unprimed canvases on the floor to explore new ways of handling distinctively thinned paint. The artist said she borrowed from Jackson Pollock her “concern with line, fluid line, calligraphy, and … experiments with line not as line but as shape.”


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Helen Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Wikipedia
Died: December 27, 2011, Darien, CT
Spouse: Stephen M. DuBrul Jr. (m. 1994–2011), Robert Motherwell (m. 1958–1971)
Periods: Lyrical abstraction, Post-painterly abstraction, Color Field, Modern art, Abstract expressionism

Postcards from Colorado: Helen Frankenthaler






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Collector’s Choice: Stéphane Leberloa

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Stéphane Leberloa

The paintings, drawings and sculptures of Stephane Leberola, of France present close encounters with the bare souls of the individual. Sometimes alarmed, sometimes perplexed, sometimes dubious, yet always aware and present in the moment, Leberloa’s figures emerge directly from the collective unconscious mind to engage the viewer with convincing urgency, immediacy and insight.—Janis Kirstein



Interview with Leberola

When did you start painting?

In 2009, before I was a collector, now I am a “an artist” who would see his name on top of the poster !!! To quote my friend Ben Vautier “everything is a matter of ego.”

What techniques do you use most often?

No, I’m not a technician.






Are there any artists that you could cite as an influence on your work?

Since the Chauvet cave, artistic creation is a perpetual issue in art history.
Certainly Influential artists have had an effect, but I’m more interested in the artistic movement and artists. Dada, the Cobra movement, the Situationists, the Bazooka, free representation … very large artistic adventures that haunt me.
Arthur Rimbaud said he had to be of its time otherwise die.
The influence is very XX century with mostly masterpieces–the urinal by Marcel Duchamp, “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso, “Riding with Death” of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
I fear that the XXI century is that of pathos or bling. Fortunately there is still outsider art.







What are your future projects?

Again tomorrow.

What is the experience?

A die faster.

You are what you do?

I undo what I am.




When does a plastic work (work in progress)becomes a work of art?

At that time mysterious, interior, above all plastic creation. I do not know to explain it is a fleeting moment and that troubles me. The epitome of a work of art is where the flamenco is the duende and jazz his blue note. The rest is just sweet talk.

This work she has an independent existence outside its creator?

The work is inseparable from its creator. The artist’s DNA is in his work.

This interview of Stéphane Leberloa is taken directly from his website http://www.leberloa

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Collector’s Choice: Nathalie Collange




About Nathalie Collange:  Addressing the human being, no frills ..

Born in Africa.


Her painting is direct without pomp, delivering pure and violent emotion ..

“Painting to tell all … and if the echo is, peace finally arrives …
Paint to clear up darker, until the final agony.
If burn because there is not other way. ”
Her first series “Face to face” is an encounter with the world, a step toward “the other” in the psychoanalytic sense.
Her painting is unvarnished, gushing like a too long withheld verbal flow.




“Nathalie Collange, fascinating or disturbing, her expressionism is very strong and very current. “- Jean-Henri Maisonneuve – The Brigade Contemporary






Exhibitions / publications:

  • Galerie du Temple Lourmarin 15 March to 28 June 2016
    Nathalie Collange approaches a human being with no frills…
    Her art work being direct and unpretentious….thus sending a violent and pure emotion.. »Painting to say it all…if an echo resounds the calm will return..
    Painting to reach the deepest depths, to the ultimate fears.



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No alternative but to burn yourself. Her first series  ” En tete à tete ” is a ” rendez vous ” with the world, a step forward towards ” the other ” in an psychoanalytic sense.
Her work is open minded,powerful, like an unleashed verbal flow.

“Nathalie Collange, fascinating or disturbing, her expressionism is not only very strong but of today.” Jean-Henri Masioneuve-La Brigade Contemporaine


Nathalie Collange’s expressionistic art works  capture the heart of the human soul in its transformative wrestling with the inner self, the outer world, and the many complexities of emotional and energetic release. –Janis Kirstein




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Collector’s Choice: Margaret Fitzgerald


Margaret Holman Fitzgerald was born in London, England. She grew up in Japan and the United States. She studied fine art and art history in New York City at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. She also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico.




She currently resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and South America finding inspiration for her work in the art, architecture and urban fabric of these places. Recently she has been exploring the relationship of the human body and other living creatures to the natural world, the environmental crisis and the hope for the future.
Margaret’s paintings have been featured in solo shows in New York City, San Francisco and New Mexico. Her work is in private and corporate collections across the United States, Japan and Macao. She is currently represented by Lewallen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach, California, and Chandler Fine Arts gallery, San Francisco, California




Painting is an exploration into the unknown. Its is a process of revealing the underbelly of existence, the part of life that is felt but unseen.

My inspiration comes from the natural world. I am exploring the strength and vulnerability of nature, man’s impact on the natural world and the hope for its endurance.






I begin each painting with a collection of imagery and ideas. I hold in my mind vague ideas of things that I have seen or heard that inspire and motivate me to begin painting. The painting process then travels away from and back to these original intentions. With each layer of paint, remnants remain of what is underneath leaving threads of past colors and forms, creating a history. After working and reworking the surface and forms of a painting it arrives at a place that is no longer literal or predictable. A painting is finished when I don’t fully understand it, when it resides in between words and logic.





My paintings are large in scale. The surfaces are worked and reworked with attention to detail while remaining raw and unrefined. The shapes are bold, moving forms juxtaposed with an intricate, scraped and tooled surface, The forms in the paintings are figurative but not literal. They are suggestions of animate and inanimate forms but remain abstract.






I am interested in microscopic life forms that are the foundation of what we see. I want to show the unseen, cellular structure of life against bold visible forms. I am searching, scraping and layering to get at the potential of life. I am searching for the place that is unspoken but known and the place that resides in our hearts and is felt but remains intangible. Painting encompasses all that is and was. It is an elusive pursuit that is forever challenging and engaging. I paint because I am drawn back to the studio each day to put down a visceral feeling that is tugging at me.




1992 Graduate Studies in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM
1990 Post BA in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM
1980 BA Fine Arts, Univ. of NM, ALBQ, NM
1984 Arts Students League, New York City
1978 School of Visual Arts, New York City
1976 Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico






Selected Exhibitions
2014 Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.
2014 Ross Art Museum, “New Work, New Mexico” Ohio Wesleyan University
2013 Lewallen Galleries, Scottsdale AZ, “Rising Stars” a group show
2013 Solo Show, Chandler Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Solo Show, Lewallen Contemporary Art, fall group show at Railyard, Santa Fe, NM
2012 Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach , CA
2012 Albuquerque Museum “Miniatures” juried exhibition, ALBQ, NM
2012 Solo Show “Natura” Lewallen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
2012 House of Figs, Group show, Exhibit 208 , ALBQ, NM
2012 “New Mexico Showcase” juried group show by Peter Frank, 516 Arts, ALBQ ,NM






Private collections throughout the United States and in Tokyo, Japan
Venetian Hotels in Las Vegas and Macao,China




2013 San Francisco Chronicle, show at Chandler Fine Art is reviewed by Kenneth Baker
2012 House and Gardens Aug, 20
2012 Luxe. interiors and Design summer issue
2012 IQ Magazine interview
2012 catalogue “NM Show Case” juried show by Peter Frank ALBQ, NM
2010 Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Catalogue, “Arts in Embassies” show, Vatican City
2005 The Magazine, Santa Fe, NM
2004 West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco, CA
2003 The Collectors Guide, Santa Fe, NM
2001 West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco , CA
2000 The Santa Fean, Santa Fe, NM




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Thanks so much to Margaret Fitzgerald for sharing her art with us.

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Collector’s Choice: Wan Marsh


Artist Statement

We are born with an innate interest and connection with the natural world.

As a Naturalist, my work is inspired by the beauty as well as the
cruelty of nature. I paint intuitively, layering color, texture,
line and shape developing a visual language.
These layers engage the viewer to experience
the purest essence of nature on the deepest level.
Forms are sometimes suggested in a conscious way,
other times they are purely abstracted organic elements.
The intention is to fascinate and capture the viewer,
speaking quietly to the natural world that resides in us all.

Wan Marsh





Wan is an artist and designer whose work has won numerous awards,
including The Members Hall of Fame Award on Ovation TV.
She was one of 4 artists chosen to work on public art during the DNC in
Charlotte September 2012.






She studied art at the Governor’s School of North Carolina at Salem College
in Winston Salem NC.
Wan has also studied at Penland School of Craft, Spirit Square, and CPCC
in Charlotte North Carolina.






She has worked with many internationally known abstract, collage and
mixed media artists.
Wan has an Interior Design Degree and a Horticulture Technology Degree
specializing in Landscape Design.




Wan conducts workshops nationwide and also teaches privately in her garden
studio which was featured in Studios Magazine 2010.

Wan’s work can be seen in selected galleries worldwide. Her work is collected
by individuals and corporations alike.










Thanks so much to Wan Marsh for sharing her art with us.

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Collector’s Choice: Conn Ryder

“I will be part of an invitational exhibition opening July 15th called “Colorado Women in Abstraction”. This is Colorado’s “answer to” the major exhibition at the Denver Art Museum called “Women of Abstraction” that is giving those fabulous female painters of the 40’s/50’s their due at last!” Conn Ryder

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Conn Ryder was drawn to and garnered praise for her art from an early age. But it was an incident during a high school drawing class that expanded her way of thinking about art.



Assigned to create a pencil drawing of a shoe, Conn sorted through a box of old shoes and, after choosing a clean white Keds sneaker, tied the laces in a neat bow and began sketching.

Noticing this, her teacher lunged toward her desk and heaved the sneaker across the room where it hit and bounced off the wall. He wildly dug through the box of shoes, eventually pulling out an oversized, raggedy, high-topped basketball shoe with the tongue half ripped off and shredded shoelaces.


He slammed the tattered shoe down in front of Conn and said “Draw this! This shoe has character!”

Conn created the best drawing she had done to date and received an A+ for her efforts. More importantly, she walked away with a lesson in seeing the character, interest and beauty in the least obvious places.


Kansas City Art Institute, 1989-90
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, 1975-77
Johnson County Community College, 1986-88

Solo Exhibitions
Conn Ryder * Selected Works; April 1-29, 2016; Front gallery space at Point Gallery; Denver CO
Conn Ryder * Selected Works; May 1 – 31, 2016; Rear gallery space at Point Gallery; Denver CO

Invitational Exhibitions
Colorado Women in Abstraction; Group exhibition; July 15 – October 1, 2016; MSU Center for Visual Art; Denver CO

Juried Exhibitions
Spring Art Exhibit; The City of Brighton Eye for Art Program; Brighton, CO 2016



Select Private Collectors/Corporate Clients
Dr. & Mrs. Shawn Caldwell; Wheat Ridge, CO
Don & Linda Childears; Denver, CO
Colorado Legislative Services, LLC; Denver, CO
Ms. Nancy Engle; Colorado Springs, CO
Ms. Bonnie Geiger; Hilo, HI
Melanie & Kent Layton; Conifer, CO
Ms. Carol Mendenhall; Leawood, KS
Ms. Cheryl Nixon; Taos, NM
Ms. Jenifer Waller-Dean; Denver, CO


Conn’s formal art education includes fashion illustration at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Once during college, Conn’s instructor led a group of art students into the painting studio to show them a large vibrant abstract Conn was working on. The instructor pulled the painting out of the storage slot, only to discover the previously colorful canvas had been covered with thick, black paint.




Conn later explained that out of frustration, she painted the entire surface black, and in doing so, freed herself from the creative fetters of the previous image. The next afternoon, she feverishly scraped back into the black surface, reworking areas as she went and uncovered a more complex and texturally varied abstract that suited her sensibilities. The instructor said she knew then that Conn was a true artist.



Conn later turned to representational painting, with informal training from Daniel E. Greene and Joan Potter. But as other aspects of her life began to take over, Conn’s artistic pursuits became sporadic at best or placed on the back burner altogether.

Though the course of her artistic evolution zigzagged through fashion illustration. representational art and at times was suspended, by age 50, Conn found her way back to the abstract painting that resonated in her core.

Since that time she has painted with dedication to cultivate her own unique artistic voice. Her work has been included in regional, national and international juried exhibits. In 2015 she was selected as a featured artist on Artsy Shark, The Artsy Forager and In 2016 she had her first solo exhibition at Point Gallery Denver. After seeing that show, Denver art critic Michael Paglia invited Conn to participate in the invitational group exhibition.


…abstract painting is an utterly personal exploration. I am not concerned with using my art to make any proclamations, state my opinions or tell a story. Rather I am interested in turning myself inside out, in a sense, to transform my emotional realm into a perceptible domain. My expressive work is the discernible manifestation of my core language – brought forth from internally assimilating, then outwardly fashioning the emotional response to the experiences, observations and backdrop of my life.

I convey that emotional essence to an observable platform by way of a painter’s lexicon – color, form, space, texture, line, movement – and finesse those elements much like seeking the right piece to complete a puzzle. I begin by relying on music to help me disengage from the day-to-day noise in order to unearth the innermost lifeblood of my being. As I fill a blank canvas with an onslaught of arbitrary paint strokes, splashes, drips and mark-making, that essence comes to the fore as the image begins to, in a sense, speak to me -at turns beguiling and confronting me. An exchange of sorts unfolds, as I get immersed in a rhythmic blur of advance and retreat, flow and stagnation, defiance and submission, discord and collaboration. I search for that moment of sensing synchronicity between how I feel and what has been revealed on the canvas.

A visible fusion of the emotive exchange materializes and I realize the canvas was an analyst, a mentor, a gadfly, a cohort – and ultimately a mirror to my emotional nature. My hope is that if I’ve created a painting that feels authentic and impactful for myself, that someone else may recognized some hint of their own emotional nature in the work and that it may touch them in the same way that a particular song can reach deep or a moment in nature can feel harmonious.




Thanks so much to Conn Ryder for sharing her art with us.

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