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    Mason Mansung Kang featured in Sedona Art Prize Artist Spotlight

    Contributed by Gateway To Sedona on 07 Sept.2016

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    Painter Mason Mansung Kang Follows His Passion Full Time After Retirement from Petroleum Industry

    Sedona, AZ:  Artist Mason Kang spent the better part of his life working in the petroleum, oil and gas industry, during which time painting was more of a hobby than a career. But at age 61, after he retired in 2012, his hobby became his prime focus and passion, and his accomplishments over the last few years are nothing short of brilliant. Mason is currently competing at the Sedona Art Prize


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    Mason Mansung Kang was born in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). He obtained a BS Degree in Chemistry Education from Seoul National University in 1975. Mason worked for the petroleum, oil and gas construction industries until he retired in 2012 after 35 years of service. Learning to paint has been his dream since childhood. He was finally able to pursue painting full time after retirement and began studying at the Academy of Art University obtaining his Masters Degree in Fine Arts in August 2016.

    Mason specializes in scenes of nature utilizing what he describes as “harmonious light and shadows.” In 2015, he joined the Fine Art Study Abroad program and traveled to Florence, Italy. During that time, he gained

    considerable experience with plein air (outdoor, from life) painting. He recently won the 1st, 3rd, and the ‘Body of Work’ prize under the MFA Landscape/Cityscape Category in the 2016 Spring Show at the Academy of Art University, primarily due to his painting “On the Hill.”  In June/July 2016, he won the Best Landscape Award in the 6th Plein Air Salon, was selected as the ‘Winner Emerging Artist’ of the Artmuse Contest in 2016, and was also selected as the Painter for the Online Gallery, Leisure Painter Magazine, in August 2016. Mason is now represented by the Bill Hester Fine Arts gallery located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Mason comments: “After retirement from 35 years of service in the petroleum business, at the age of 61, I decided to pursue my long-time dream to paint. As a Christian, I feel the awe and wonder of the Divine Providence to see every corner of this world. I think the world we live in is truly a beautiful place. Every natural entity is different and unique and this diversity makes the world beautiful. To share this beauty is the goal of my efforts. I have just begun to experience this in my own work and want to develop my ability to paint beyond what I simply observe from life. I want to show the exact feelings that I have while I'm on site.”


    Mason hopes that his works can ultimately present viewers with a sublime sense of warmth, happiness, and contentment. You can find more of his beautiful paintings at MasonMansungKang.com


    Samantha Buller

    By Anna Nelson

    Samantha Buller at work in her studio

    Samantha Buller at work in her studio

    Samantha Buller graduated from the Academy of Art University with a  BFA in Fine Art and studied for a semester in Italy with the Fine Art study abroad program.  Italy inspired Samantha to continue her love and passion for painting beautiful light and color.  

    Samantha’s current solo exhibit for Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento features her contemporary still life work inspired by Wayne Thiebaud.  The body of work entitled “Nothing But In Thing’s” focuses on simplistic, everyday objects painting in a very stylistic manner.  

     

    “As children we are told from the very start to color inside the lines.  These paintings are an everyday practice for me to push outside my own lines/boundaries, and trying to discover them again by pushing and pulling paint between background and foreground.  From time to time I feel myself tense up, not wanting to loose the “perfect” mark…that’s when I know I need to take a breath and do just that, paint through that beautiful moment I was stuck on.”

    Buller has had the opportunity to teach workshops in California, Kansas, and Colorado, as well as work along side well known landscape artist, Scott Christensen, mixing paint for two of his larger works.  She shows in several galleries, including Abend in Denver, CO, Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley, CA and Wild Meyer Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.  She paints out of her studio in her home in northern California. 

    www.samanthabuller.com

     


    Alumni Excels at Roadworks Printing Festival by Meri Brin

    Each year, the San Francisco Center for the Book hosts the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. Artists, Printmakers, Book Artists and enthusiasts all come together to visit with vendors, play with equipment, make pieces of art at do-it-yourself tables, and watch as a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller prints 3 foot by 3 foot large hand-carved linoleum blocks. This was the 12th year of the event, and quite a few of the Academy of Art’s alumni were there participating and celebrating. 

    Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

    Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

    Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

    Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

    MFA Printmaking Alumni Leah Jachimowicz, owner of Coffee n Cream Press, is a one-woman printmaking powerhouse. Leah designs and prints greeting cards and artwork. She also enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations. Leah participates in many street fairs and art events around San Francisco, selling her unique designs directly to art lovers. She also has over a dozen stores in California, and even one in Louisiana, that stock and sell her cards. Leah enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations

     

    Ryan Vicente

    Ryan Vicente

    Ryan Vicente’s print.

    Ryan Vicente’s print.

    This year BFA Printmaking Alumni Ryan Vicente agreed to carve of Steamroller’s large scale linoleum blocks. He transferred his drawing to the “battleship” linoleum, then spent about a week of long days and evenings carving the image into the block. Ryan proofed the block in small sections as he was carving it in his studio, but had to wait until the day of the event to see the whole image. Using the surface of the street as the press bed, a team of San Francisco Center for the Book volunteers inked up the block, laid it on the ground in a designated spot, and watched as the steamroller ran over it, transferring the ink from the block to the paper that was laid on top. The prints, once dry, are then available to purchase through San Francisco Center for the Book. If you missed this exciting event, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Steamroller! 

    The steamroller.

    The steamroller.

    Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

    Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

    The final print.

    The final print.