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  volume 1. issue two  
A collection of poetry
by Patricia Wellingham-Jones

from Mongolian Art Exhibit

I turn a corner, stunned now by faces / on the wall—masks of deities, shamans, / in papier-mâché, carved wood, stuffed skin. / Black brows pull down over glaring eyes, / red mouths stretch in snarls or gentle smiles. (more...)
Patricia Wellingham-Jones
Isabelle Ghaneh
Todd Heldt
Pamela Miller
Joan Dy
Lina ramona Vitkauskas
Michelle Bitting
Arthur Joyce
Adrienne Lewis
Anne Durant
Kathryn Ugoretz
Cheryl Stiles
Ellaraine Lockie
Arlene Ang
Ellen Wade Beals
JeFF Stumpo
Lita Sorensen
Andrena Zawinski
Rebecca Clark
Jim Coppoc
Carly Sachs
Siri Steiner
Theodore Worozbyt
Hal Ackerman
Gretchen Skillman
Shawn Sargent
Rebecca Harper
Concetta Ceriello
Patrick Tucker
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Dark Tracks
painting by Gretchen Skillman

Pulse 1
painting by Gretchen Skillman

Story in Soil
painting by Gretchen Skillman

From Gretchen Skillman's artist statement: "I'm interested in dialogues, transformations, and mythic visions with ventures into emotional dislocation. Art channels many psychological nuances within me and around me – patinas and rust have been my continuing tools – replicating and expanding on nature's own brush strokes, reworking through my own prism. My art is an inquiry into beauty, grace, love, tensions, dislocations, pain, and redemption. The eternal struggle between artist and audience continues with me; some of my paintings might be about seeing and the responsibility that comes with it. Art is a survival mechanism for me (inspiration is on occasion, a merciless muse). Painting allows me to lose track of linear thought and time; I need to paint not just to express myself, but to live at all. My heart tells me vulnerability is the guardian of integrity."
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