Maya Kuvaja loves how she can experience nature from her home-based studio in the Lakes Region of western Maine. Through a single window in a two-hundred-square-foot room, she gazes out on acres of pine and oak forests and visiting animals. The varying light shining through the room influences her artwork. “Bright orange summer afternoons, pale blue winter mornings, deep violet autumn evenings all filter in and inform the atmosphere and mood of my work,” says Kuvaja. “My studio feels like a part of my natural surroundings. It is a space where I am lost in abstract thoughts and tuned in to nature.”
Five years ago, Joshua Enck found a perfect spot for his studio, in a former 1929 belt factory in Rochester’s north side. He divided the two-thousand-square-foot space into a woodworking and then a metalworking area, and was particular attracted to the natural light coming through five big windows.
Amy Bennett is an American artist who lives and works in Cold Spring, NY. Her paintings have been shown at numerous national and international solo exhibitions, including Miles McEnery Gallery in New York; Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont; Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm; and Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo. She’s had recent group exhibitions at Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT; and MUba Eugène Leroy museum in France.
Jen Bradley is a painter and printmaker whose work has been exhibited in the United States, and is held in public and private collections in America and abroad. In 1994, Bradley began routinely drawing at the gorilla habitat at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Since then, she has continued to record her experiences and observations through the process of drawing and video. She refers to this ongoing series as The Ape Drawing Project. Her recent work contains references to mythical geographies, interiors, and the natural world. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, MA. She splits her time between Boston and Provincetown, MA.
A resident of San Francisco, Henry Jackson has exhibited his abstract paintings nationally and internationally. His work is part of the permanent collection of the De Sassait Museum in Santa Clara and the Boise Art Museum in Idaho, and it is held in numerous corporate and private collections. Jackson combines figurative and abstract elements in bold, colorful paintings composed of oil paint, dry pigments, wax, graphite, and sometimes collage. He draws inspiration from the abstract expressionist movement. He received artist-in-residency awards from Monte Azul Contemporary Arts (MACA) in Costa Rica, the San Francisco Zoological Society, and the Bernard Osher Foundation, as well as a fellowship award from the Vermont Studio Center. He studied fine art and environmental design at San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts in Oakland.
Fiber artist Jo Stealey is thrilled to enter a new phase in her life. On September 1, she’ll retire from the University of Missouri as director of the university’s School of Visual Studies. This fall, she’ll be able to devote more of her day to her art instead of only early mornings or evenings. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to explore where the work can go when more time is devoted to working in the studio,” said Stealey. “Up until now, I have maintained a two- to four-hour daily practice scheduled around my position at MU.”
John M. Humphries is an artist who grew up in Texas, and teaches architecture and interior design at Miami University in Cincinnati, OH. His artwork has been exhibited in Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the United States. He has received several awards, including the Award of Distinction from the Interior Design Educators Council and the International Juror’s Award of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He serves as a fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Texas, Arlington.