Forty Artists Selected for Masquerade National Juried Exhibition

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

In the spirit of the upcoming season of costumes and masks, San Franciscos Arc Gallery is hosting the Masquerade National Juried Exhibition of sinister, macabre, and camouflaged works of art that create a virtual masquerade ball. Juror Jack Fischer selected forty works nationally from artists who were encouraged to push the envelope in interpreting the masquerade theme. The festivities begin on Thursday, October 25th, 7-10PM at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco.

Jack Fischer explains his selection by confiding, Obfuscation of the truthclearly the conceit of this exhibition for me is about whats hiding in plain sight. We all know that moment when we become the mask, when the suit becomes the man. And there is that moment of truth when we reveal to ourselves what everyone else sees through the scrim. That moment is what interests me. That moment when we can all see what we really stand for and there is no way that the mask can serve us again. It is the tell, the reveal from which there is no coming back.

Jack Fischer is the owner of Jack Fischer Gallery at 49 Geary in San Francisco. His gallery exhibits work from a diverse group of artists that fall under the rubrics of outsider, folk, contemporary, naive, visionary, self-taught, and intuitive. You may visit his gallery website at

To celebrate excellence, three Jurors Choice awards were bestowed to the works that express the most imaginative interpretation of Masquerade:

San Francisco artist Michelle Peckhams digital image, Fight or Flight, explores emotional and physical transformations during breast cancer treatment and beyond. She holds a Masters degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Scripps College.

Polish-born artist Michal Wisniowskis mixed media painting, Eastern Block #10, investigates his memories of Communist oppression through the metaphor of an architectural motif. The ubiquitous gray architecture exemplifies the mundane activities that took place within them, as well as the secrecy, torture and governance that ruled the lives of Polish citizens. Wisniowski currently resides in the Bay Area.

Virginia artist Courtney Murphys painting, Soliloquy, twists the neoclassical image of a woman in a formal satin gown by revealing only a fragment of her allure, and story, to the viewer. Dr. Murphy teaches at the Art Institute of Washington Northern Virginia, and holds an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art, as well as a B.A. from University of California Davis.

Works selected for Masquerade were created by forty artists from twelve states: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Artworks represent a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and photography, along with sculptures of glass, fiber, wood, and metal.

San Francisco Bay Area artists include Linda Abbott Trapp, Julie Alland, Ciara Bedingfield, Mike Callaghan, Ed Finkas, Nicole Hayden, Irene Hendrick, Howie Katz, Andrew Kornblatt, John Martin, Saundra McPherson, Erika Meriaux, Jennifer Mondfrans, Pamela Mooney, Stephanie Moore, Chris Motley, Michelle Peckham, Stan Peterson, Valerie Scott, Arthur Aladin Stadlin, Gregory Vernitsky, Michal Wisniowski, Yelena Zhavoronkova, and Elena Zolotnitsky.

Artists from the Greater Los Angeles area include Charles Christopher, Nicholas Coroneos, Judy Csotsits, and Scott Shoemate.

Artists outside of California include Elaine Alibrandi, Michael Berkowitz, Trevor Castor, Eric Conrad, Rob Millard-Mendez, Erin Mulligan, Courtney Murphy, Lynn Patron, Claire Richey, Herbert Roe, Maximiliano Si

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