Stories in Glass: The Art of Wes Hunting

According to glass blower Wes Hunting, his medium of choice is “an incredible, immediate material.” He would know; for nearly four decades Hunting has been one of the most innovative masters of an ever-evolving art-form.

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Kiyomi Baird | Straddling the Cultures of East and West

The sensibility of an artist like Kiyomi Baird, who straddles the cultures of East and West, is fascinating.  The genesis of an artist’s discernment is always intriguing and complex.

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An Invitation from the Sculptor Somers Randolph

If you’ve passed by OTA Contemporary on the corner of Canyon Road and the Paseo, you will have seen the five piece installation of Calacatta marble by Somers Randolph. It’s an extraordinary witness to the power of will and a grinder…

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Finding the Dominican Republic in the Paintings of Carlos Frias

Transplanting to the cooler climes of New Jersey has not diminished the passion and color in the paintings of Carlos Frias.  A native of the Dominican Republic…

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OTA Contemporary Presents Lisa Pressman

While the encaustic process has attained a degree of familiarity amongst the gallery-going public, its cousin, cold wax medium, has remained a bit of a mystery.  Lisa Pressman is a master of both.  A respected painter and teacher in encaustic and cold wax medium, Lisa has been a mainstay of the highly regarded International Encaustic […]

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REFLECTIONS | Gail Winbury

Acutely aware that the artist must translate the vagaries of human emotion into a solid object before our eyes, Gail Winbury deftly brings us along on her journey.  As she states: Many of my oils, no matter how abstract, often refer to the female body. However, the abstracted and deconstructed figure is not objectified, but rather, the […]

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REFLECTIONS | Tim Craighead

Reflections, indeed. Turns out that in 2016, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California, mounted a show entitled Dynamic Gestures: Action Painting in the 21st Century.  Amongst the four painters in that show—Tim Craighead and Charley Brown. Tim Craighead’s paintings have integrity.  That sounds like a weighty mantle to carry, yet when examining […]

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REFLECTIONS | Charley Brown

At their core, the paintings of Charley Brown have a rich intellectual bedrock ranging from Thomas Eakins and Eadweard Muybridge to Igor Stravinsky and Marcel Proust.  The lyricism of Charley’s expansive canvases is elegantly hypnotic.  The use of a brayer, rather than a brush, acts as an extension of the artist’s entire body, and to […]

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REFLECTIONS | Marietta Patricia Leis

Marietta Patricia Leis has been a dancer, an actress, a poet, and a visual artist in the course of her life.  In much the same way, the breadth of her creativity spans painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation.

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REFLECTIONS | Kevin Wass and the Tuba Song

Long before REFLECTIONS was conceived as an exhibition, Kiyomi Baird and OTA Contemporary had embraced the notion that the gallery would aim to be a strong collaborative presence in the community.  OTA Contemporary’s grand opening in May 2017 featured a collaborative performance of visual artists, dancers, musicians, and videographers. Kevin Wass, a Professor of Music […]

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