Michele Usibelli ~ Judge
Michele’s award-winning artwork has shown in both group and solo gallery exhibitions as well as regional, national and international juried exhibitions. Usibelli has won numerous awards, most recently the Silver Medal Award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club, NYC/2015. She is honored to have her work in the permanent collection at the University of Alaska Fairbanks/Museum of the North, along with long admired historic and contemporary Alaskan artists. Recently, Michele has followed her passion to teach, conducting ongoing workshops and art demonstrations. She has proven to be a popular juror. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. Michele is a member of, and has exhibited with, the following organizations; Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club, Women Artists of the West/Signature Member, Salmagundi Club/NYC, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Her work has received numerous awards.
(b.1964) After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1990, Terry Miura headed out to New York City to pay his dues. He began his career as a freelance illustrator, creating imagery for such clients as Time, Newsweek, Rollingstone, and Sports Illustrated, to name a few. In between illustration assignments he painted and exhibited cityscapes, and continued his transition to becoming a full-time painter after returning to the West Coast in 1996. Miura’s evocative tonalist landscapes explore the relationship between memory, emotions, and identity. “Although they’re still very much representational,” says Miura, “they’re not about specific locations. Well, actually they are, but the locations are found in my and the viewer’s memories. Not out there in the physical world. “With atmosphere, mood, and abstraction as driving characteristics of his work, Miura has more recently been revisiting the complexities of the cityscape as a major part of his repertoire. Urban Aria, his latest solo exhibition at Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco, illustrates his mastery in this genre. Emotion and abstraction carry over to his figurative works. It is in this genre that Miura finds most personal expression; “In painting the figure, I allow myself to get lost in the process and take more risks. Only by deconstructing the representational and the objective, am I able to tap into the more subconscious, intuitive voice which for me, is at once mysterious and authentic.”His works are represented by The Christopher Hill Gallery in St. Helena and Healdsburg, Sekula’s Fine Art in Sacramento, Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, Holton Studio in Emeryville, Ca, and Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara
Mitchell Albala’s semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and in Seattle at Lisa Harris Gallery. His book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice, with 43,000 copies in print, is the best selling landscape painting book in the nation. It has been called “a new classic in landscape art” [Katherine Tyrell, Making a Mark]. Mitchell is also a dedicated workshop instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Winslow Art Center, Pacific NW Art School, and Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials. He led painting adventures in Italy in 2015 with Arte Umbria and in 2017 with Winslow Art Center. Mitchell has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. In 2016 his work was profiled in the French arts magazine, Practique des Arts, and his popular painting blog was awarded the #12 spot on feedspot.com’s Top 75 Painting Blogs. See more of his work at http://blog.mitchalbala.com
Steven Reddy draws detailed illustrations of urban scenes, cluttered interiors and complex still-lifes on location in ink and watercolor. A teacher with Seattle Public Schools since 1998, Reddy spent 2010 traveling throughout Southeast Asia, teaching English and recording his experiences in his sketchbook journals. His drawings from China and Mexico appear in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Journey. Steven currently teaches Drawing and Illustration at Gage Academy in Seattle, teaches two popular online classes with Craftsy.com, is an active member of Urban Sketchers, and is kept busy with private commissions. Reddy has published three large-format illustrated memoirs which showcase drawings spanning 40 years from his obsessive sketchbook diaries. Now, Where Was I? An Illustrated Memoir, the sequel, This Is Then, That Was Now, a 282-page, full-color, 8.5″ x 11″ illustrated memoir, and Perfect World, A Sketchbook Journal. website: www.stevenreddy.com/
Darrell Bainbridge Island artist Darrell Anderson paints in gouache, casein, watercolors, and oils, and draws in ink, graphite, and conte crayon. He studied under Ron Lukas, William F. Reese, Del Gish, Carolyn Anderson and others. He often paints near his cabin in Montana.