Michael Preble has been an active photographer since the early 1990s, when he was with International Voyager Media in Miami Beach. While working as Curator/Program Director at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia, he was an active participant in art fairs and festivals along the Atlantic coast.
Beginning in November 2016, Preble began to explore digital enhancement, first working with photographs of Hot Springs and the surroundings. Eventually, this led to a reimagining of photographs from Paris, Venice and Barcelona. In November 2017 he visited Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kyoto, Japan. “Kyoto allowed me to explore my appreciation for 19th century Japanese prints through photography.”
As Featured Artist for February, Preble is presenting five large-scale photographs printed on vinyl. “I love these large, digitally enhanced works and their verticality… they feel like banners,” says Preble. The five are Finish Line (photographed at Oaklawn), Empire and three photographed in Kyoto – Tall Bamboo, Torii Dreams and Torii Morn.
Sheliah Halderman began her education in Kansas and later received her Master's degree in education from Indiana University. After retiring from teaching fourth grade in Indiana for 22 years, she moved to Arkansas and found more time to pursue her first love, art.
Halderman began her career in oil but has expanded into watercolors, pastel, and Prismacolor. Her art is inspired by the beautiful scenery in Arkansas and from her many travels. An exceptional colorist, she endows her work with heightened color, giving each canvas and work on paper a shining brilliance. Many of her compositions are adapted from her own photographs. Her commitment to art is clear: “Creating pictures has been a constant joy to me for as long as I can remember."
A frequent award winner, she will be showing many pastels and pen & ink paintings during February. She will also be showing many of her new designs in jewelry. Halderman is a charter and Signature member of the Arkansas Pastel Society.
Halderman's "A Walk in the Woods"