Christine Alfery

Rubies in the Midnight Sky

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Rubies in the Midnight Sky, 40 x 30 
Original unique water media on paper
Giclee print on paper


“Rubies In The Midnight Sky/The Journey” is going to Art Basel-Miami, the Artblend Gallery display, Spectrum Exhibition space. Pretty exciting! Our daughter and I were already planning on going – so this will be super neat to have some work there amongst the greats – Chagall, Klee, Miro, Kandinsky, Joan Mitchel, Picasso, to list a few. So exciting for us to see it in this extremely prestigious exhibition. So exciting for me.

Art Basel is an international art fair with three shows staged annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and Hong Kong. Each show is organized into sectors which showcase contemporary artworks by established and newly emerging artists.

In the American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display.

Rubies in the Sky” received the “Best of Show” award at 64 Arts. I really considered it an honor to be in the show and to have Lucas Cowan judge it – and now to have him give my work best of show. Wow – what a double honor. I love the piece – it just says so much very simply.

“Rubies In The Sky – The Journey” was accepted into the 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition at the Buchman Center for the Arts, Buchanan, MI. The piece was selected by Juror Lucas Cowan. Clowan was the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s first Public Art Curator in 2014. Previously he was the director for the Public Art Program for Maryland State Arts Council, he was the Senior Curator of Exhibits for Millennium Park and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in Chicago and has curated and managed dozens of public art commissions and exhibitions throughout the United States. Lucas Cowan has serves on juries and panels across the United States and has consulted on cultural park planning for cities such as San Francisco and Chicago. Cowan was most recently elected to the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council.

“The Journey” also called “Rubies In The Midnight Sky”, 48×36 Watercolor on 300# hot press Arches Paper, was accepted into the San Diego Watercolor Societies International Exhibition. I have tried many times to get into this very prestigious exhibition with no luck so I am extremely honored to have had “The Journey” chosen by judge Mark Mehaffey who is an internationally recognized watercolor artist, is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; a Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor USA Honor Society among many other distinctions. This work is part of a series in did in 2015 and am still adding words to. I called the series “Fences and Ladders.”

Christine’s Comment on the work: The ladder in this piece is very significant beginning at the bottom of the ladder and climbing upwards reaching for the sky and the rainbow of colors. Climbing away from the grid of black dots. This grid is significant as it represents a how we create taxonomies of people and things.

“The Journey” 40×30 watercolor on paper was a finalist in the Artists Magazine 33rd Annual Competition.

4th Place – 2016 AMERICAN ART AWARDS, juried by USA’s Best Galleries / Museums. Artists in 22 countries competed (Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, UK, USA, Wales).
The Journey was on display in the San Diego Watercolor Societies International Exhibition won the Mark and Kristy Smith Award. I was honored to have been juried into this exhibition and I am doubly honored to have received this award. I love the minimalism of this work – it is so hard to create an effective minimalist piece but this one made it and I stopped at just the right time. Yes, yes, yes to The Journey.