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LAURA MEDDENS WINS ‘SPECIAL MERIT’ ART AWARD FOR ‘BOTANICAL SURGE’

August 2017

Laura Meddens has received an ‘Award of Merit’ from The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery’s ‘Botanicals’ Art Exhibition for her painting ‘Botanical Surge‘.

From the Gallery’s website:

 

“Botanicals” Art Exhibition – August 2017

The gallery’s competition for July 2017 was the 7th Annual “Botanicals” Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s August 2017 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the theme “Botanicals” by submitting their best representational or abstract art.  The “Botanical” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of botanical and floral art. Botanical subjects will include flowers, herbs, fruit, leaves, plants and related botanical and floral subjects.

The art competition and the submission process for the artists began in June 2017 and concluded on July 27, 2017. The gallery received 720 entries from 17 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.  In addition, the gallery received entries from 37 different states.

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital Media and 3 Dimensional Art.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the 3 media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Botanical Surge by Laura Meddens
Award WInning Artist, Landscapes 2017 Art Exhibition. Online Gallery Light Space & Time.
Photo inside St. Janskerk in Maastricht.

LAURA MEDDENS – UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

By Editor

 

The art of Laura Meddens attracted a fair bit of attention at her first exhibition at the SBK and Open Ateliers Oost last year.

Planned exhibitions in Maastricht during TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, as well as at the Hermitage were cancelled by the organizers and may be rescheduled.

In the meantime, Laura is pleased to announce she will be having upcoming exhibitions at two historic churches in the Netherlands: the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam (pictured below), and at Sint Janskirk in Maastricht, pictured above.

Also coming up will be an exhibition on the island of Curaçao.

We’ll share the dates with you soon as all the details are finalized.

 

Photo inside the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam.

LAURA MEDDENS WINS ‘SPECIAL MERIT’ ART AWARD FOR ‘CELESTIAL AVALNCHE’

May 2017

Laura Meddens has received an ‘Award of Merit’ from The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery’s Landscapes Art Exhibition for her painting ‘Celestial Avalanche‘.

From the Gallery’s website:

 

“Landscapes” Art Exhibition – May 2017

The gallery’s competition for April 2017 was the 7th Annual “Landscapes” Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s May 2017 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the theme “Landscapes” by submitting their best representational or abstract art which depicts the theme “Landscapes”. The Landscapes theme includes any subjects such as the natural world, outdoor scenery, geographical environments’, scenic vistas and related landscape subjects.

The art competition and the submission process for the artists began in March 2017 and concluded on April 26, 2017. The gallery received 658  entries from 19 different countries from around the world, including Armenia, Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.  In addition, the gallery received entries from 32 different states.

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital Media and 3 Dimensional Art. In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from the 3 media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Landscapes Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Celestial Avalance is a portrait oriented abstract that people see a white blur of snow falling down a mountain with white-covered objects hurled into a deep blue sky with either the sea or a lake at the bottom.
Award WInning Artist, Landscapes 2017 Art Exhibition. Online Gallery Light Space & Time.
Page of Laura Meddens in MAMN Magazine, October 2016 showing two of her paintings and a photo of Laura with her guide dog Nugget in a boat on a canal.

LAURA MEDDENS – MAMN MAGAZINE

‘I DON’T SEE, BUT I’M NOT BLIND!’

By Editor

On my search for new art and artists, I was at an art exhibition in Amsterdam Centrum last month. My eye immediately catches a colourful painting with a perfect composition. It has the right colours and made me stop and keep looking. Then, common sense prevailed.  I thought, I’d better finish my tour first.

After 30 minutes, I came back to the painting and, again, it draws my attention. “Who made this painting?”, I asked out loud. “I did”, said a woman with a friendly voice. She continued, “My name is Laura Meddens and that’s my work.”

Meddens? If you ask old Amsterdammers about the name Meddens, they think of the Heiligeweg next to the pool near the Bonnetterie.

At a particular moment Laura said, “I can’t see what I paint but I know what I want to express.” My thoughts flew back and forth; no, that can’t be true or is it? Yes, it is true, Laura does not see as you or I see; she sees with her perceptual mind and feelings.

Laura was born in the tropics and is a citizen of the world who, from all her travels over the years, has built up a visual archive of impressions and memories of colours, forms and images, which are unmistakable in her works.

Laura’s love of color was expressed early-on in her drawings and paintings when she could see. Although she never pursued an education in the arts, she does have an awareness of new contemporary art.

The difficulty, when you go from low-vision to blind, is that you don’t see it anymore, but hear it described to you.

One advantage is that you can’t copy it, so the inspiration has to be purely original and come from within based on what she hears, feels and thinks, especially when walking in nature.

In Laura’s case, she calls this  inspiration ‘the eyes of the inner mind’.

Laura’s work is abstract or semi-abstract. Colourful and meticulous work which has a high level of perspective, composition and a balanced use of colours. This, for someone who cannot see  . . .  or does ‘see’?

Speaking with Laura never gives you the feeling you’re talking to a blind person. It’s ‘only’ her eyes that don’t function. Her mind is full of vivid visualizations that she feels the need to put directly on the canvas in a very tactile way. She paints with her fingers.

“I love the texture of the paint on the canvas and will be guided by conscious visual imagery and emotional feeling, and I get the best results when there’s no interference from the outside world.

It makes me very happy when people tell me they feel a deep connection to my work”.

Back to that work. So far, Laura has created 22 paintings and they are very special. The composition is balanced, the colour scheme and the cohesion of the colours all mix together. Twenty-one colourful paintings in all, and one black and white, called ‘Tango’.

It is the first in a range of black and white paintings. Refreshing work, not seen very often. Semi-abstract because you see the Tango, and you feel the Tango.

Perhaps, over time, as more people ‘feel the Tango’, Amsterdammers will have a new and refreshed association with the name Meddens.

LAURA MEDDENS – MAMN MAGAZINE

IK ZIE NIET, MAAR IK BEN NIET BLIND!’

Door Editor

Bij mijn zoektocht naar nieuwe kunst en kunstenaars bezocht ik afgelopen maand een kunstexpositie in Amsterdam . In een hal viel mijn oog op een kleurrijk schilderij, met een goede compositie en de juiste kleuren. Het zorgde het ervoor dat ik bleef kijken en bleef staan. ‘Nog maar even een rondje lopen,’ dacht ik.

Na een half uur was ik weer terug bij het schilderij, en opnieuw trok het mijn aandacht. “Wie heeft dit schilderij gemaakt?” vroeg ik hardop. “Dat ben ik,” zei een vrouw met vriendelijke stem, “mijn naam is Laura Meddens en dat is werk van mij.”

Meddens? Oudere Amsterdammers denken bij die naam aan een winkel aan de Heiligeweg, naast het zwembad, vlakbij Maison de Bonneterie.

In het gesprek zei ze op een zeker moment: “Ik kan niet zien wat ik schilder, maar weet en voel wel wat ik wil uitdrukken.” Mijn gedachten vlogen heen en weer, nee dat kan niet waar zijn, of toch? Ja, het is waar, Laura ziet niet als u en ik, maar met haar waarnemende geest en gevoel.

Laura is geboren in de tropen, en heeft, door al haar reizen, in de loop van de tijd een visueel archief heeft opgebouwd van indrukken, en herinneringenaan beelden, vormen en kleuren, die onmiskenbaar zijn in haar werk.

Laura’s liefde voor kleuren vond al vroeg uitdrukking in haar tekeningen en schilderijen, in de tijd dat ze nog kon zien. Later werd ze slechtziend, en daarna blind.

Hoewel ze nooit een kunstopleiding heeft gevolgd is nieuwe hedendaagse kunst haar niet onbekend, maar zij kan die natuurlijk niet meer zien voor mij een vreemde gedachte; ze kent die alleen uit beschrijvingen.

Een voordeel daarvanis dat copieren niet mogelijk is, en haar inspiratie van binnenuit moet komen, uit wat ze denkt, hoort en voelt, in hetbijzonder bij wandelingen in de natuur.

Zij noemt deze inspiratie ‘the eyes of the inner mind’.

Laura’s werk is abstract tot semiabstract, kleurrijk en zorgvuldig, en is van een hoog niveau v.w.b. perspectief, compositie en evenwichtig kleurgebruik. En dat alles zonder dat ze het zelf kan zien of toch wel? Blijkbaar “ziet” ze, maar op een heel andere manier.

Wie met Laura spreekt, heeft helemaal niet het idee te praten met een blinde – het zijn alleen “maar” haar ogen die niet functioneren. Zij zit vol levendige visualisaties die voor haar gevoel rechtstreeks op het doek moeten worden gezet, op een uiterst tastbare manier – zij schildert met haar vingers.

“Ik houdt van de structuur van de verf op het doek, en word geleid door bewuste visuele voorstelling en emotioneel gevoel. Zonder wisselwerking met de buitenwereld krijg ik de beste resultaten. Het maakt mij heel gelukkig als mensen zeggen dat ze zich diep verbonden voelen met mijn werk.”

Terug naar dat werk. Inmiddels heeft ze tweeentwintig schilderijen gemaakt, en die zijn bijzonder de compositie klopt, de kleurstelling en de samenhang tussen de kleuren kloppen ook. Eenentwintig schilderijen in kleur, en één in zwartwit,Tango, de eerste van een serie zwart witte werken. Vernieuwend werk dat ik niet vaak heb gezien. Semiabstract want je ziet Tango en je voelt Tango.

Misschien, na verloop van tijd, als meer mensen “het gevoel van de Tango, Amsterdammers zal een nieuw en fris associatie met de naam Meddens hebben.

Banner shows the front of the SBK Amsterdam gallery. The headline reads: Laura Meddens Art @ SBK Amsterdam May 21-22, 2016.

LAURA MEDDENS @ OPEN ATELIERS OOST

OPEN ATELIERS OOST EXHIBITION May 21-22 2016

For all our English-speaking friends who will be in the Amsterdam area that weekend:

I’ll be exhibiting one work in the Central Exhibition at: 

The Baggage Hall of Shed 6
Suriname Kade 30
1019 BV Amsterdam.

I’ve also been one of 10 people accepted to exhibit more works during the weekend at:

Kunstknooppunt (Art Gallery) SBK
KNSM-laan 307
1019 LE Amsterdam

Hope to see you there!

AMSTERDAM: Eastern Docklands WEEKEND LONG CENTRE OF VISUAL ARTS

Nearly a hundred professional artists and designers present their work and themselves at the art event Open Studios East, Eastern Edition Port and Cruquius Field, during the weekend of 21 and 22nd of May.

This year, the Central Exhibition is being held in the baggage hall Shed 6 on KNSM Island. Each participating artist is represented there with one artwork.

During the Open Studios East Exposition, professional artists and designers are from various disciplines. The public has direct access to the workshops and can meet the artists in-person. The work has been featured in numerous workshops, cultural and Art expositions at various cultural venues.

The promotion of the Open Studios East in 2016 is dedicated to the “bridge”. The bridge that connects the islands of the route of the Open Studios East with one anther is also the bridge to this area of beautiful architecture from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Also, the bridge serves as a metaphor of the contact between the visitors and the artists, and as a connection with the participating cultural institutions as Art Nodes.

All information at a glance:

• Open Studios East, Eastern Edition Port and Cruquius area takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd, 2016, from 12:00 to 18:00

• Access, map and catalog are everywhere for free (available)

• The Central Exhibition on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday
May 22 from 12:00 to 18:00 in the Baggage Hall of
Shed 6, Suriname Kade 30, 1019 BV Amsterdam

• Information updated daily: www.openateliersoost.nl

 

LAURA MEDDENS @ OPEN ATELIERS OOST

OPEN ATELIERS OOST EXHIBITION May 21-22 2016

For all our Dutch-speaking friends who will be in the Amsterdam area that weekend.

I’ll be exhibiting one work in the Central Exhibition at:

The Baggage Hall of Shed 6
Suriname Kade 30
1019 BV Amsterdam.

I’ve also been one of 10 people accepted to exhibit more works during the weekend at:

Kunstknooppunt (Art Gallery) SBK
KNSM-laan 307
1019 LE Amsterdam

Hope to see you there!

Oostelij Havengebied WEEKEINDE LANG CENTRUM VAN BEELDENDE KUNST

Bijna honderd professioneel beeldend kunstenaars en ontwerpers presenteren hun werk en zichzelf op de kunstmanifestatie Open Ateliers Oost, editie Oostelijk Haven- en Cruquiusgebied, in het weekeinde van 21 en 22 mei.

Dit jaar vindt de Centrale Expositie plaats in de Bagage-hal van Loods 6 op het KNSM-Eiland. Iedere deelnemende kunstenaar is daar met één kunstwerk vertegenwoordigd.

Tijdens de Open Ateliers Oost presenteren professionele kunstenaars zich vanuit diverse disciplines. Het publiek heeft rechtstreeks toegang tot de ateliers en kan direct contact hebben met de kunstenaars. Het werk is te zien in vele ateliers, broedplaatsen én Kunstknooppunten op diverse culturele locaties.

De promotie van de Open Ateliers Oost staat in 2016 in het teken van de ’brug’. De brug die de eilanden van de route van de Open Ateliers Oost met elkaar verbindt en ook de brug naar dit gebied van prachtige architectuur uit de 20e en 21e eeuw.

Ook is de brug de verbeelding van het contact tussen de bezoekers en de kunstenaars en de brug als verbinding met de deelnemende culturele instel-lingen die als Kunstknooppunten fungeren.

Alle gegevens op een rij:

• Open Ateliers Oost, editie Oostelijk Haven- en Cruquiusgebied vindt plaats op zaterdag 21 en zondag 22 mei 2016, van 12:00 tot 18:00 uur

• Toegang, plattegrond en catalogus zijn overal gratis (verkrijgbaar)

• De Centrale Expositie is op zaterdag 21 mei & zondag
22 mei van 12:00 tot 18:00 uur in de Bagagehal van
Loods 6, Surinamekade 30, 1019 BV Amsterdam

• Informatie dagelijks ververst: www.openateliersoost.nl

LAURA MEDDENS INTERVIEW ON RADIO SIGNAAL

Thursday, April 7 @ 12 NOON Amsterdam Time

Radio signal is a radio program with information and discussion on health, welfare and advocacy in Amsterdam and Diemen. Each broadcast includes interviews, columns, news and calendar section. You can listen live on Thursdays at Noon, or broadcast at a time that suits you. More info at the link below.

For our Dutch friends:

Radio Signaal is ons radioprogramma met informatie en discussie over gezondheid, welzijn en belangenbehartiging in Amsterdam en Diemen. Elke uitzending bestaat uit interviews, columns, nieuwsberichten en de agendarubriek. U kunt live afstemmen op de donderdagochtend, of de uitzending beluisteren op een moment dat het u schikt.

See more at this page.

Live

Elke donderdag van 12.00 tot 13.00 uur (nieuw tijdstip sinds 1 januari 2015) is Radio Signaal te beluisteren op SALTO Omroep Amsterdam.

  • Op de radio via FM kanaal 103,3 (kabel) of  FM kanaal 106,8 (ether)
  • Overal ter wereld via de live stream op internet

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