June 20, 2014

Young Members End Of Season Bash
With Silent Auction To Benefit The Will Barnet Fund

15 up and coming artists have graciously donated their works to benefit the Will Barnet Fund, which awards young artists for their artistic achievements. Please join the Young Members at the NAC on June 20th for their End of Season Bash + Silent Auction and bid on the artworks shown below or purchase certain works now. The Young Members and The National Arts Club wish to thank all of the participating artists for giving their beautiful creations toward a noteworthy cause and Kipton Cronkite for his dedication to making this event a first for the Committee and helping to continue the purpose of the National Arts Club.


Curated and Organized by Member Julia Moore

Perri Salka

Ink on Paper 36”x 36” (Image)  Buy Now $2,700

Perri Salka has mastered the technique of manipulating acrylic based ink, water and heat for the purposes of creating experimental and meditational works of art. In discovering Yupo papers’ sleek, non-absorbent surface, Salka is able to clarify ink’s intrinsic properties and purpose as a material, capturing its most vulnerable and honest state.

Born and raised in Oakdale, Long Island, Salka received a BFA degree in 2009 from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been included in numerous Brooklyn based group exhibitions over the past two years that feature her latest abstract art. Salka’s artwork is collected worldwide and can be found in permanent installations of private residences and commercial buildings from the US to China. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Matt Satz

SMOKE PAINTING (WHT. 4.1.12) (Original)
Smoke, Oil on Canvas 30" x 30" (Image) Buy Now $18,000

Matthew Satz creates art driven by concept and process through which the aesthetic arrives. Deeply rooted in the history of art and Greek literature, Satz’s creative method is influenced both by his modern forefathers and the organic process of intuition.

Collected internationally, the Brandeis University graduate has produced pieces commissioned by Prince Albert of Monaco and Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan. Satz’s work is also in numerous public and private collections including the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He currently lives and works in New York. The artist is kindly donating fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of this piece to the Will Barnett Fund.

Brittany Schall

Colored Pencil on Mylar 8”x 10” (Image) Value $1,200

Brittany Schall’s work consists of photorealistic drawings and paintings through intricately detailed lines with an eye for movement in still objects and materials.

The artist generously resurrected her 2010 “Feather Drawings” series to create “Sighing Susurration,” a one-of-a-kind original artwork specifically for this auction, which could be the very last of this series. Several of Schall’s preliminary sketches for this piece will also be included with this sale, all signed and dated.  

From Denver, Colorado, Schall relocated to New York City directly after receiving her BFA with a concentration of painting from Colorado State University. In 2012 she became a full time artist and has completed commercial commissions for companies like Campbell’s Soup, the ASCPA and Coors Co. Recently her artwork was shown with David LaChapelle and Yayoi Kusama in “Flaunt Magazine’s” ‘Care Issue,’ which was unveiled at Art Miami 2014. An avid promoter for education and the arts, Schall works with numerous nonprofits including her own projects heARTalot and Where’s North Arts.

Aaron Miller

Mezzotint + Embossment (14/25) 12”x 10” (Image) Buy Now $400

Born and raised in the coal mining territories of Wyoming, Aaron Miller’s artwork is a social inquiry into class-consciousness. His hometown and varied experiences shaped his interest in industrial imagery where he finds a constant source of inspiration from his memories of and visits to industrial landscapes. Demonstrating the interdependency between raw production of coal mining and the luxurious consumption of upper-class life, Miller’s work marries the two worlds through mixed imagery composed of coal dust and silvery, shimmering graphite.

Now based in Brooklyn, Miller works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking and installation, using techniques learned from the University of Wyoming, where he received his BFA and master’s degree in printmaking from the University of Arizona. His work has been shown across the US including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago as well as oversees.

Gil Lavi

Photograph, Print 8”x 12”(Image) Value $800
Sea of Galilee, Israel

Gil Lavi uses photography to explore communication, simplifying the visual into the abstract. He often combines his photographs with other mediums, creating works that are alive and changing.

Lavi's work has been featured in several publications including “Photography Monthly,” “F8,” “Resource Magazine,” “AFP,” “PDNand “Popular Photography.” Additionally, “Forbes” listed him as one of the 300 most successful and promising Israelis under 40. In 2012, Lavi was honored 5 times by the International Photography Awards.

Miriam Cabessa

Gold Dust and Oil on Canvas 36”x 18” (Image) Value $14,500

Miriam Cabessa is a unique painter in that she paints without a brush. Using her hands and fingers to create abstract, symmetrical forms, Cabessa moves in choreographed motion over canvas, leaving compositions as records of repeated gestures. She is known for her Monochromatic paintings, most recently, in the form of large abstract works made with gold.
This painting is part of a body of work entitled “Gold Landscape” that has been an ongoing, evolving series since 2009.

Born in Morocco, Cabessa grew up in Israel, where she had her first solo show in the Tel Aviv Museum in 1995 and represented Israel in the 1997 Venice Biennale. Cabessa has since exhibited in galleries across the globe and her work is in collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Haifa Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. and Texas State University (1991). A graduate of Kalisher College of Art, Tel Aviv, and Ha’Midrisha College of Art, Ramat-Ha’Sharon, Israel, Cabessa currently resides in New York City.

Edgar Cardenas

Photograph, Print 12”x 18” (Image) Buy Now $500

Edgar Cardenas is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Sustainability, Tempe, Arizona, who is currently examining the intersections of art and science. Cardenas works as a transmedia artist, studying interrelations between humans and their environments, while exploring the ecological, cultural, and technological relationship humans have with land.

Cardenas is acutely interested in approaching sustainability issues in a more holistic and humanistic manner by integrating art with research practice. 

Keigo Takahashi

Woodcut Print (1 block, 9 colors) on Japanese Paper 22.5”x 18” (Image) Value $500

A Master Printer in screen and woodcut printing, Keigo Takahashi has printed Fine Art Editions for Watanabe Studio and Pace Editions. He is currently the owner of KeigoPrints Inc.  

Takahashi's recent artworks explore the perception of three-dimensional shapes created by creases and folds in paper, opposing the flat, clean surfaces used in printmaking.

Isabelle Lirakis

Oil Paint on Wood, Gold Leaf 34.5”x 34” (Image) Value $2,500

Born in Bagneres de Bigorre in the French Pyrennes, Isabelle Lirakis’ artistic inspiration stems from her eclectic life of travel. From an early age, Lirakis was exposed to the art scenes of cities throughout the world as her family taught her to experience different cultures by observing their food and traditions. She began drawing and painting early on and eventually moved to Paris in 1994, where she began her formal art education, followed by a year at the Beaux Art de Nantes in 1996. In 1997, she returned to the U.S. to continue her education at Parsons School of Design in New York, and received her MFA in 2001. During her education, she was invited to study engraving at the Beaux Art de Paris, and returned to France for the summer in 1999.

Isabelle’s current work focuses on images of specific moments in time, which she turns into modern-day icons by employing the same traditional gold leaf used by Byzantine artists to create gilded backgrounds. Occasionally integrating contemporary drawings made with permanent marker into her paintings, she always brings the viewer back to current times, reminding us that iconoclastic treasures still exist around us. Many of Isabelle’s works have been acquired for private collections in New York, Paris, Newport, and Houston.

Clayton Calvert

PINK MIST VI (Original)
Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper 9”x 12” (Image) Value $500

Striving to offer viewers the opportunity to relate to each piece on a personal level, Clayton Calvert believes every artwork is a moment in time, realized through many different experiences. His works in oil, watercolor, drawing and various materials allude to an ethereal realm hidden between dreams and reality.

Calvert, an alumnus of The George Washington University, shows at The Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton, NY and privately in NYC and is a member of Berlin Collective. A resident of New York City, Calvert’s work is in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide.

Sarah Shebaro

NO FRILLS (Original)
Monotype 14”x 17” (Image) Buy Now $350

Sarah Shebaro’s work focuses on moments and objects that are within the periphery of perception. These subjects are reconfigured and displayed to shift viewers’ attention toward the beauty and complexity of what is often overlooked.

Shebaro is an artist/instructor/designer/DJ/technician living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in the Midwest, she received her BFA from the University of Iowa before relocating to Chicago and then Pennsylvania for a non-degree assistantship position at Bucknell University. In 2008 Shebaro completed her MFA study in printmaking from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Migrating north in 2009 to Brooklyn, the artist is currently an assistant professor in printmaking at the Pratt Institute.

Rachel Barrett

Photograph, Print 30”x 38” (Image) Buy Now $1,400

Brooklyn-based fine art photographer, Rachel Barrett creates images driven by nostalgia, memory and the desire to collect the present and preserve the past. A visual exploration of identity, Barrett’s photography inspires physical expressions of personal experiences.

Barrett received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 and her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. A 2012-13 Wassaic Project Artist-in-Residence, Barrett is a recipient of the 2011 Tracey Baran Award, 2011 PDNs 30 and 2010 Tierney Fellowship in addition to numerous other awards and honors for her personal work.

Jason Varone

Screenprint 6”x 22” (Image) Buy Now $800

Jason Varone combines video and painting with appropriated news footage and electronic data, removing any distinctions or boundaries between them. His “videopaintings” underline the impermanence and constant bombardment of transmitted information to a society that is fixated on alternately obsessing over or ignoring electronic messages. For Varone, the landscape can only be described by the information flowing through it.

This screenprint is a digital print compiled from video stills. Varone stitched together low resolution still images taken from abstract video footage, which he shot from his studio window.

A graduate of New York University, Varone lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His artwork has been exhibited in many venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Boston Center for the Arts, The British Film Institute and The International Center of Photography and Art in General in New York City.

Joyce Lee

Photograph, Print 11”x 14” (Image) Buy Now $500

A fashion and still life photographer, Joyce Lee earned her BFA in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and began shooting commercially for clients such as Kate Spade, “Real Simple,” Hermès, Swarovski, and “Lucky.” Continuing her work in New York City, Lee’s photography reveals an intense love of color and light, the cornerstones of her images. Her vivid sense of color imbues brightness and vitality to everything she captures on film, from fashion to meticulous still lifes.