Marsha Balian is a self-taught mixed media artist living in the Bay Area. She incorporates found objects and invention in her work and frequently uses intense colors. Stories she hears from people find their way into her art. Her artwork has been shown throughout the Bay Area and in many parts of the country. It has also been seen in The Permanente Journal, American Art Collector, Studio Visit, Gathering Clouds, Scrubs Magazine, and West Marin Review. Balian is represented by the GearBox Gallery in Oakland, California. She formerly worked as a health care provider. See her work featured in The Woven Tale Press Vol. VIII #2.
Jasper de Beijer has exhibited in Europe and the United States. His solo exhibitions include The Hague Museum of Photography; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver; Museum Het Domein in Sittard, The Netherlands; the Museum de Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands; Hamish Morisson Gallery, Berlin; the Empire Project, Istanbul; and Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan. He attended residencies at The Instituto Buena Bista in Curacao and Kamiyama in Japan. His work is part of The Bank of America Collection, Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, and the Rabo Art Collection, Utrecht.
In 2017, painter Richard Whadcock leased a workspace at Chartwell Road Studios in England’s south coast. After many years at Phoenix Studios—a complex with one hundred studios—he was looking for an affordable, independent work area that came with more hanging and storage space. Through a commercial leasing agency, he found a self-contained unit in a commercial building in an industrial park in Lancing.
Madara Tropa is a visual artist living in Latvia, Mexico, and the United States. In her paintings, installations, and videos, Tropa constructs dream-like spaces where the sense of human vacancy is uncertain and nebulous. She studied at the National University of Latvia and the National School of Art in Mexico City. Recent exhibitions have been at The Museum of Mexico City, The Cultural Institute of Aguascalientes, The Modern Art Museum of Toluca, and The Daugavpils Regional Museum of Art in Latvia. She was awarded the 2019 Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award for Fine Art.
Wen Yu is a multi-media artist from Suzhou, China, who now lives in Boston where she creates research-based projects that integrate art, technology, story-telling, and tangible materials. Yu explores the line between digital and handcrafted. She currently works as the principle artist at ArnoX in Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the M.H. de Young Museum and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; the San Francisco Art Institute; the Lens Gallery in Boston; Boston University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. She co-founded Mo+CA Projects, an arts organization for contemporary artists in China. In 2017, she graduated from Boston University with a degree in arts administration. See her work in WTP Vol. VII #10.
Christine Olmstead is an abstract painter living and working in Northern Virginia whose clients include tech companies in San Francisco, Marriott Hotels, and home furnishings store West Elm. Christine’s mixed-media paintings focus on movement and mood, as well as the use of color, metallic, and reflective elements. In 2015, Olmstead graduated from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA, and released her first painting collection. She’s currently pursuing an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design. See her work in WTP Vol. VII #10.
Five years ago, painter Sandy Sokoloff left Boston to live in the more serene and isolated environment of Grand Isle, Vermont. On a whim, he’d earlier visited Lake Champlain, and when the opportunity arose to work on the waterfront, he grabbed it. He was drawn to the area’s natural beauty, as well as its majestic skies and the distant Adirondack Mountains. “I’ve never looked back,” says Sokoloff. “Winter is especially inspiring—isolation and silence.”