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ings have focus on animals and women,
with a sense of playfulness and mystery.”
Bonner David Galleries features the
work of contemporary representational
artists including Jane Jones, who paints
still lifes and floral works that often
feature subjects from her garden. Of her
new painting Autumn Afternoon, she says,
“I love apples and this image so much
that I made it monumental, the bowl is 4
feet wide, almost over four times larger
than they are in real life, which makes the
fruit monumental. I have moved to hyper-
realism with my paintings, which means
that they are meticulously detailed, to
create the illusion of a reality that never
really existed.”
Salamatina Gallery represents Cuban-
American artist Demi, whose paintings
portray children who have been ravaged
by the real world. In 2018 a new publication
of the artist’s work, aptly titled Demi, was
released with an introduction by gallery
owner Oksana Salamatina. According to
the gallery, “This important book, which is
particularly relevant today, attempts to give
Demi the attention she deserves, and parses
through the many influences and political
and personal contexts of her work.”
Massachusetts artist Janet Monafo’s
intricately arranged still lifes can be found
at Boston-based Vose Galleries. The pastel
pieces often combine an array of dishware
and patterned fabrics in precise color
combinations that speak directly to the
objects in her work.
In the gallery’s catalog for the artist’s
2018 exhibition, Henry Adams, the Ruth
Coulter Heede Professor of Art History
at Case Western Reserve University in
Cleveland, wrote, “What’s extraordinary
in Janet’s work is not only the rendering
of each individual object, but the way in
which the objects are all ‘in key’ with each
other. The challenge is not unlike that of
getting 60 members of an orchestra to all
play together in tune. When we start to
look closely at objects we start to realize

  1. Leigh Bongiorno, Him, oil on canvas, 28 x 22" 20. Coreen Johnson, Wet Evening on Riverfront, oil on canvas, 18 x 36 x 1½" 21. Karen Merkin, Tea Party, oil on canvas,
    16 x 20" 22. Paige Bradley, Intention, bronze, 31 x 16 x 21" 23. Coreen Johnson, Sunset on the Mississippi – St. Paul, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 x 1½" 24. Paige Bradley, Cycles,
    bronze, 33 x 22 x 15" 25. Coreen Johnson, Murphy’s, oil, 30 x 24" 26. Karen Merkin, Red, Red Whine, oil on board, 16 x 20"

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