Friday, March 1, 2024

Pileated Accepted into Exhibition


 
Featured image: Ms Pileated

Exciting news! My artwork "Pileated" has been accepted into the "Nature Homage" juried exhibition at the d'Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The exhibition will be running from March 16th to April 13th, 2024. I'm truly honored to have my work chosen among 364 pieces from artists across 34 states. Feeling incredibly blessed to be part of such an amazing gathering of art!



Thursday, February 29, 2024

Elsewhere

 



Featured image: Elsewhere

my heart is

pierced

once again a

moment

of golden light

returns

my sense of 

wonder

I am at rest 

elsewhere


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

River Banks

 



Featured image: Winter River

rivers edge frost-making
 stillness
along its banks
dewy brown dark 
before
brightening grey, 
        silent world
slowly, the sun, orange,
        red erupts
rivers banks streaming
glistening under the flow
of celestial light

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

If Only

 



Featured image: We Are What We Wonder

But only if

if

we allow it

to be

self forever

infinite

time and

space





Monday, February 26, 2024

Fill Up Your Senses

 


Featured image: Improv II- Discovery

questions
take endless
journeys
be surprised
explore
discover
fill up your senses


Friday, February 23, 2024

Thursday, February 22, 2024

A Friend

 



Featured image: Friends


a friend
what is it that makes 
you 
call them friend?
Exchanging sharing
unconditional
love
unconditional
trust
forgiveness
judgment.
Caring for them when
they are in danger.
It is the space you give them to be 
themselves 
it is the
enjoying every moment of who they are.
It is the laughter you share
together
and the tears,
It is the knowing 
what they are going to say before they say it.
It is these many things that make you call someone a friend.
But most of all
it is the sharing of each other’s
lives
and trusting
caring.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

“Zephyr Winds” Selected as Finalist


 Featured image: Zephyr Winds

“Zephyr Wind” 16x16 Various watercolors on 300# Arches paper

Christine Alfery’s work “Zephyr Winds”  was selected as a finalist in the International Splash 25: Best of Watercolor, a ArtistNetwork publication. 

Christine’s Statement for Splash 25.

break of day
a zephyr wind
bringing morning light
and early spring breezes.
I feel its gentle caress
I breathe deeply
contently
and say to myself, it is
great to be alive.

Watercolors are such a perfect match for me and who I am because watercolors are spontaneous and lend themselves very nicely to gestural brush strokes and instant gratification, like the prize in a McDonald's “Happy Meal.” 

My artwork is all about the earth, and the stories the earth keeps. Stories about an individual's journey throughout time and the footprints they have left for us to discover and learn from. Stories about their lives, and how they figured things out, and then in turn, how we figure and learn things out and carry them forward.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Prayers in the Wind

 



Featured image: Bird in the Air

bird songs floating 

prayers in the wind

reaching us

touching us

encouraging us

listen


Monday, February 19, 2024

The Rhythm of the Earth

 



Featured image: The Rhythm of the Land

rhythm of

rhythm of
the earth
raindrops on windows
trees reaching to
drink from the
sky
waves in the
lake
supple branches of
weeping
willows
ripple with
the
rhythm of
the earth.


Friday, February 16, 2024

I have been absolutely fascinated...

 



I have been absolutely fascinated with the French philosopher Michael Foucault and the Surrealist painter Rene Magrittee.  These two men had a wonderful exchange about a work Magrittee painted called: This is Not A Pipe.

 I frequently return and reread the exchange because it is all about reality and just is reality.  A topic that has fascinated me before the movie “The Matrix” but when The Matrix made visible what philosopher’s have been debating for a long time and still are.

This morning I came across the writer Sol LeWill – I have come across is writing frequently but this little saying he wrote hit the nail on the head for me. 

Obviously a drawing of a person
Is not a real person, but the drawing
Of a line is a real line.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Abstraction

 



Featured image: White Road- A Creative's Journey

There must always be a beginning, and the beginning is quite abstract. Abstraction begins the journey to imagination and creativity. Imagination and Creativity lead to conceptualism and theory. 

Thus the journey begins.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Gypsy Accepted Into Exhibition

 



Featured image: Gypsy

I am incredibly honored that my work, "Gypsy," has been invited by jurors Chuck Rouse (AWS, NWS, WFWS, SDWS) and Keiko Tanabe (AWS, NWS, SDWS) to participate in the 15th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition at the Fallbrook Art Center in Fallbrook, California. The exhibition dates are from 3/3/24 to 3/31/24, with the Opening Reception scheduled for March 15th.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies #49 Announcement

 


Featured work: Field of Dreams

I am so honored to be chosen and wanted to share the announcement with you! -CEA


Western Federation of Watercolor Societies #49 Announcement


The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies is a group of watercolors societies:  WFWS Members: Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA), Colorado Watercolor Society (CWS), Idaho Watercolor Society (IWS), New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS), San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS), Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG),        Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS), Utah Watercolor Society (UWS), Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO), and        West Texas Watercolor Society (WTWS)Christine Alfery is a member of several of these societies.  She recently submitted her work to be juried for the WFWS49 exhibition, through the Arizonia Watercolor Societies members. Christine submitted her work “Field of Dreams” for this exhibition.  Stan Miller juried the entries. Stan Miller has been a professional painter in watercolor and egg tempera for more than thirty years.  He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as an AWS award winner.


Christine’s artwork “Field of Dreams” was selected to be a part of this exhibition from all the membership entries from the WFWS members.  Christine states, “I just can’t believe that this work was selected for this outstanding exhibition, and I am truly honored out of all those outstanding artists from these art societies.”



Friday, February 9, 2024

I'm Honored!



Featured image: The Cowboy 

I was so honored and surprised to see that the Red River Watercolor Society's announcement for their 2024 exhibition used my painting Cowboy.  Just thought I would share!

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

My Circles

 


Featured image: Just Because

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh 

My Circles


drawn with innocent

immediate

mark making

free from inhibition

full, empty, imperfect?

oh yes

my circle is….

creation and just is.


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Green Dress Accepted Into Exhibition

 



Featured image: Green Dress

I am thrilled and honored to announce that my artwork, Green Dress, has been accepted into the 47th International Watermedia Exhibition at the Watercolor Art Society - Houston being held March 3-31, 2024. Grateful for this incredible opportunity to showcase my work alongside talented artists from around the world!

Monday, February 5, 2024

Shelter Receives Director's Choice Award

 



Featured image: Shelter

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to announce that my work "Shelter" has been chosen for the Director's Choice award as part of the AQUEOUS online exhibit! Out of 581 entries from seven countries worldwide, the judges announced that my submission "stood out," and I am deeply grateful for this incredible recognition.

Being selected among such a diverse range of exceptional submissions is truly humbling. 

You can view my work proudly displayed on the Art Fluent website at www.art-fluent.com/gallery/aqueous. 

Comments from Director: 

We are blown away by your talent and feel honored to share "Shelter" in the gallery AND as Director’s Choice! It fits the theme like a glove and adds such a cool and beautiful perspective to our collection. Seriously, thank you so much for sharing your amazing skills with us. We truly appreciate it!

Amy Matteson Neill, Creative Director ART FLUENT

Friday, February 2, 2024

Find YOU


 

Featured image: Her Gypsy Spirit 

To find you - you need to dig deeply. Do you know who you are? Not the reflection in the mirror, not what others say you are. 

Your uniqueness, your choices, experience. The path to self is narrow. The journey is hard. It takes a long time. 

You are worth it. Find yourself. Honor your - self, spirit and soul. Honor the gypsy in you.

My work, Her Gypsy Spirit, along with many others will be featured during my solo exhibition, Allegories from the Earth.

Exhibition Details:
Venue: New Visions Gallery
Address: Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Marshfield, WI
Dates: January 14 - March 15, 2024

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Feeling Connected to Everything

 



Featured image: We Are Connected


Being an artist, Creating pretty much 

Comes down To: Everything should

Change during the Process

And, you should feel that Everything is 

Connected

If you don’t feel That as an artist when you are

Creating then you 

aren’t in the work. And the work isn’t yours 

But someone else’s.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Announcement: Christine Alfery's Artwork "She Didn't Know" Wins Best of Show at CVA Wausau

 


I am thrilled to announce that my artwork, "She Didn't Know," has been honored with the prestigious Best of Show award at the Annual Memorial Exhibition at the CVA Wausau. This exhibition is part of The Wisconsin Visual Artist Associations 47th Annual Members Memorial Exhibit, highlighting the exceptional talent within the artistic community.

Show Dates: January 10 - February 17, 2024
Reception: January 19, 5 - 7 pm (Free and open to the public)

I am truly grateful for this honor and look forward to sharing this special moment with you.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Announcement: Christine Alfrey's Artwork Selected for Naturalist Gallery Nature Exhibition

 




I'm thrilled to announce that my artwork, Periwinkle Flowers, Water's Spirit, Ms Pileated, At the End of the Rainbow, Migration Trail, Quartz Trail, Sacred Places and Along the Shore III have all been selected for a prestigious online exhibition at the Naturalist Gallery Nature Exhibition. This exhibition will run from January 19 to March 19, showcasing a diverse range of nature-inspired art.

The Naturalist Gallery usually focusses on very representational nature work – so it is a please for me to be part of a change for their gallery with not realistic naturalist work.  It is always fun to see changes like this – and the inclusion of difference in their gallery.

Monday, January 29, 2024

The Search and Moving Forward

 



Featured image: Arizona Landscape


About a year ago, I traveled to the southwest. I found there was something magical there. I wrote this today recalling that trip and its magical aura.

I felt my feet touch the ground. I was peaceful. Taking a breath, I stepped forward, feeling the earth beneath me. Another breath. My body felt the pleasure of touching the earth and slowly moving forward. The connection to the earth was magical. I was grounded, to the air and to the world around me. It was just the earth and me. I took another step, another breath, moved forward again. 

It’s the journey and the search that is so magical. Without the search ….. well, for me, what is left is despair, which is why I love the beginning of the painting, the beginning of creating something, and the search and the pleasure of moving the paint, helping it find its home and its content.

Friday, January 26, 2024

The Arts in Our Culture




 Featured image: Dancing with The Wind and The Trees


I received very sad news on Friday when I was down at New Visions making a videotape of my exhibition, Allegories from the Earth.  The Marshfield Clinic is going to close the gallery as of the end of my exhibition! It so confirms my gut feeling about the arts in our culture.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Space - The Last Frontier

 


Featured image: Space The Last Frontier

Space the Final Frontier. Science like art explores strange new worlds, it seeks out . And boldly goes where no man/woman has gone before.

My work, Space The Last Frontier, along with many others will be featured during my solo exhibition, Allegories from the Earth.

Exhibition Details:
Venue: New Visions Gallery
Address: Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Marshfield, WI
Dates: January 14 - March 15, 2024

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Fields of Energy


 Featured image: Whispering Winds


A sense of wonder is about living with the majestic forces of nature.  Wind, rain, water, fire, frost. All are a source of energy. 

A powerful source of an energy field is to be explored with a sense of wonder.  Becoming part of their energy field is nothing short of divine. When you surround yourself with these energy fields from the earth, letting them surround you, quietly they create a space of peace; for me it is a holy place.

My work, Whispering Winds, along with many others will be featured during my solo exhibition, Allegories from the Earth.

Exhibition Details:
Venue: New Visions Gallery
Address: Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Marshfield, WI
Dates: January 14 - March 15, 2024

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Inner Compass


 Featured image: Inner Compass


I think reason is important for the formation of a community. However, reason isn't the all-important end all of questioning and should never be absolute.It should never exclude the imaginary and wonder of the self which is always filled with possibility.

Follow your inner compass - feed your inner soul - always allow yourself to imagine and wonder.

My work, Inner Compass, along with many others will be featured during my solo exhibition, Allegories from the Earth.

Exhibition Details:
Venue: New Visions Gallery
Address: Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Marshfield, WI
Dates: January 14 - March 15, 2024

Monday, January 22, 2024

An Individual's Life

 

Featured image: Migration Trail


Supreme value

An individual's life

Anything else confuses

Soul, spirit, self

Friday, January 19, 2024

Empty Spaces

 




Featured image: Engineered Spaces

Are there any empty
spaces, vacant spaces neutral
spaces. Indifferent spaces,
blank spaces? A kind
of space void of energy?
No, no, there are not.

My work, Engineered Spaces, along with many others will be featured during my solo exhibition, Allegories from the Earth.


Exhibition Details:

Venue: New Visions Gallery

Address: Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Marshfield, WI

Dates: January 14 - March 15, 2024

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Copper in the Sun

 



Featured image: Green Dress


she knew her

     green dress

made her

     red hair

     shine like

     cooper in the

     sun


My work, Green Dress, along with many others will be featured during my solo exhibition, Allegories from the Earth.


Exhibition Details:

Venue: New Visions Gallery

Address: Marshfield Clinic Marshfield, Marshfield, WI

Dates: January 14 - March 15, 2024

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Affectionate Earth

 


Featured image: Earth IV

deeply affectionate

earth

precious stones and

rocks

red, orange, clay,

steel rounded

granite

deeply affectionate

earth