By Barbara Bagshaw
This week in the Arts we bring you five paintings by Barbara Bagshaw and her biography.
I am the President of the New England Christian Arts Council and the creator/event coordinator of their annual visual and performance arts festival.
As an artist, I communicate what I feel. Whether I see and feel the natural, the physical or deeper beyond into the heart and the supernatural. I strive to tell the truth, the truth about my core reality or the truth about my perception of my subjects heart.
I studied art at Bennington College, Maine College of Art and a year in Sweden. During a trimester at Bennington, I did an internship with Boaz Vaadia and Sydney Hymann in New York City.
I have received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Portland Partnership, Partners in Learning (PAL), and Portland High School. I show in a number of national and international galleries. In March, 2005 I organized the Portland City Hall city-wide art show. I coordinated the show with 14 schools and over 20 art teachers. I teach figurative art workshops in Maine schools. For nine years, I taught art at the junior and senior art level. Annually, my students and I would assist Sculptor Pandora Lacasse assemble her outdoor installations. In 2006, I won an honorable mention award in New York out of 271 artists. My work was also chosen for the Peoples Choice award at His Gifts His Presence New England Christian Arts Festival in June 2006.
I study dance intensively at Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio and find it to be a moving and emotional meditation. Working all three art forms together, visual art, music and dance, strengthens my expression both consciously and subconsciously.
My dance experience has afforded me the opportunity to partner with Sasha Soreff Dance Theater of New York City. I have also worked with nationally known choreographer Stephanie Powell, who is also a ballet/modern instructor for Alvin Aliey Dance Theater. I have also shown in conjunction with Ballet Magnificat while they were on tour in Massachusetts.
In addition to painting, sculpting and dancing, I speak nationally and internationally on the connection between the arts and healing. In 2000 I spoke at the Womens International Fire conference in Kenya. In 2005 I spoke at the Journey Arts conference in Richmond VA and 2006 The International Arts conference in Cairo Egypt, to highlight a few.
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