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Outside the OMD community I'm an art collector focusing on local and listed artists. I have gravitated toward one artist, a friend named Alixandra Martin. She's a certain unmistakable style that appeals to me so we've slightly over 20 of her pieces in our home. 

Im also socking away $$ to purchase a watercolor from Tony Bennett under his true name, Anthony Benedetto, if Niagara Falls

first up Alixandra Martin Lady in Pink, my favorite

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Another Martin favorite "Masquerade"

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A funky one, abstract impasto by listed artist Stephen Slomko

Stephen W. Slomko is a New Jersey treasure. He is an award winning, self taught artist.  Born in 1929, he waited until after his retirement to fulfill his desire to paint. His art is stunning synthesis of folk art, impressionism, and post impressionist styles. His unique and vibrant color palette visually delights and incorporates both the style of pointillism (small dots closely painted) and impasto (a thick application). 

Mr. Slomko is a prolific painter but is equally comfortable in three dimensional papier mache sculpture and wall hangings. He hand forms each piece from sketches, papier maches them, and then paints each one. They are dazzling and unique.

Mr. Slomko's art is a stunning tribute to innate gifts and personal tenacity. By his own admission when inspiration strikes he must create because he is unable to do anything else.

He has won many awards for his art and is part of many collections across the United States.

 

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Buffalo, NY artists George Grace & Heather Harris respectively 

 

 

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Unknown artist from an auction in NC while stationed at Ft. Bragg

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Another Alix Martin, I'm a fan of the framing on this one

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An overlooked problem with art collecting is finding the space to hang the paintings....

I have just finished the following.... and really enjoyed it... although a bit off topic, I think it was a very enjoyable read and the style of a number of your paintings remind me very much of the artists in the story.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7743117-sacr-bleu

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Chris

Thank you for you kind comments. Ironically, I was just about to comment that very thing. I've run out of walls, so I rotate paintings throughout the year. Except I leave my favorites up all the time without changing them. 

While not necessarily a religious art collector, this was a must have. It is entirely done in pencil. Even close up it's difficult to tell but was so unique I brought it home from a local estate sale. 

The second is an interesting interpretation from a local artist named Alex. Another estate sale buy; the local bistro that held a showing for her couldn't recall her last name so it remains a mystery

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Another local artist Ruth Hoffman. 

Ruth M. Erb-Hoffman (American, 1902-1968) artist, painter, sculptor and educator known for figurative, landscape, and still life paintings. She was born in 1902 in Buffalo, NY, and received her B.A. from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1922-circa 1926. She also studied at the Child-Walker School of Fine Arts and Crafts (graduate fellowship from Wellesley) in Boston, MA. In addition, she studied with the sculptor Arthur Lee (Norwegian-American, 1881-1961), artist Agnes Anne Abbot (German-American, 1897-1992), artist Edwin Walter Dickinson (American, 1891-1978) and the famous Buffalo artist Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893-1967). Hoffman was one of the original founders of the Patteran Society of artists in 1933, and had many successful solo and group exhibitions along with several awards at: The Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, prizes 1939, 1940, and 1946), the American Federation of Arts (traveling exhibit), the Riverside Art Museum, the Carnegie Institute (prize. 1941), the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Terry Institute (prize, 1952). Collections can be found in the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, and in the Northwestern University Hall of Fame (busts), Evanston, IL. She was married to the orthodontist Dr. Burton A. Hoffman (1903-1967) who had his practice in Buffalo, NY, and they also resided in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.
 

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A small but special painting by an Iraqi shop owner, he painted it as a gift to me. 

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A cute painting from a 10 year old Juvenile Diabetes sufferer. I won this at a JD fundraiser. She was amazed anyone bid and when I met her and her mom, was floored I bid what I did. It's just so special in it's simplicity and innocence 

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Not just paintings either

The mask is a local made piece from an antique shop; the female is a local glass artisan I seek out at the 2 major art shows here

 

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More from a local estate sale by Buffalo artist  Liz Spector

 

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Unknown Buffalo artists

 

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More local finds

 

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Theater District Main St. Buffalo, NY Shea’s Buffalo Theater

Found it in an antique shop in Erie, PA

 

 

 

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Another from a local Buffalo, NY artist quite abstract I’d say

 

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A few more favorites

Top was purchased at an antique auction in NC close to 25 years ago. Nothing super special but it keeps my attention. 
 

Next is a bear one bu Morris Katz who was known as the worlds fastest painter; creating one on Letterman in a minute I think. He did a lot of clowns but his Asian and other scenes I find most beautiful. 
 

Last is another from my friend Alixandra Martin

 

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