Art by Artists of Distinction adds color & joy to Abrakadoodle's conference
Abrakadoodle proudly features in its creative art program contemporary artists and integrates their unique styles and techniques into our instruction for children. Several of our Artists of Distinction were gracious in donating art to be used as prizes for our 10th anniversary conference.
Cassy Tully is an American artist who creates unique paintings of landscapes. She donated a piece entitled “Sunflower” for Abrakadoodle’s conference. Tully uses real sand from the golf course into each golf course painting. Her paintings have so much texture and relief that they look three-dimensional. Cassy Tully’s recent series of paintings captures Blackwolf Run Golf Course, host of the 2012 US Women’s Open. Visit her website.
Ali Mabuha is a native of Malaysia, who inspired our curriculum with his painting from the “Sea and Me” series. He donated a print “The Moon is Crying” for Abrakadoodle’s conference. His artistic talents were revealed at an early age while he was carving wood and creating stone sculptures. His artwork links human beings and the natural environment in an effort to promote a more balanced world. Visit his profile page.
Luiz Cavalli is a Brazilian artist who is considered a Happy Expressionist because his paintings express nothing but joy. Mr. Cavalli donated an original oil painting “Bike” for Abrakadoodle’s conference. He paints with very active brushstrokes that look like they are moving. Many of his paintings are inspired by bicycles and in most of them, no one is riding, but they still look like they are moving! Visit his website.
Morten E. Solberg is a versatile American artist and Abrakadoodle’s first Artist of Distinction, who donated a piece of artwork “Small Wonder.” He paints in oil, acrylic and watercolor and his techniques range from photo-realism to total abstraction. Mort’s interests are many and varied and they are often reflected in his art. American Indian history and culture hold a special allure for Mort, perhaps because his great-grandmother was Native American. Norwegian whalers and explorers are among his ancestors, as well. Wildlife, romantic women with parasols, flowers, fishermen, cowboys and nature have provided him with endless ideas, shapes and colors with which to design. Visit his website.
Leonor Brazao presents her art "Violin" to Krista Roberts (right) of Abrakadoodle-Northern NJ
Leonor Alvim Brazao is Abrakadoodle’s Artist-in-Residence, who graciously donated three pieces from her Instrument Series: “Cello,” “Viola” and “Violin.” Leonor was born in Portugal but after living in different cultures, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Her work is inspired by people she has met in her path. She likes to transform her memories into images that translate her wonderful moments such as an orchestra player, dancer or a mother. She created several series of instruments because she believes music is a universal language that can relate to any people of any culture or age. Visit her website.
MaryAnn Faubion Kohl is a great friend to Abrakadoodle and donated for our event two copies of her book Great American Artists. Her background began as an elementary school teacher, later a college educator and educational consultant, and now author and publisher. MaryAnn is the award-winning author of Storybook Art, Discovering Great Artists and many other titles. She presents internationally, writes for magazines, consults and owns Bright Ring Publishing. Visit her website.