Using our love of courageous, daring and complex color, three artists, Jan Crooker, Nina Mickelsen, and Tara Grim will weave our local unique beach culture with pieces of familiar sites, icons and shapes. “Boards” can reflect our boardwalks, surfboards, etc. “Treats” can include anything from foods to beach apparel. We will present our unpretentious beaches, the familiar, down-to-earth offerings and the uncomplicated and unencumbered feel of our local beach culture in a dramatic new way.”
While we all are strong colorists, we differ in the way we look through our artistic viewfinder - Tara boldly and abstractly reorganizing the elements with multiple layers of complex color, Nina offering intense, daring and abstracted close-ups with simplified color and Jan finding a middle-ground in strong linear and circular shapes, striking brushwork and complex color mixes.
We will present an exciting, colorful and tantalizing new way of viewing local and familiar beach spaces, shapes, and icons through the eyes of three unique artists.
About the Artists
Tara Funk Grim
Ms. Grim began her art career painting seasonal themes on Atlantic City boardwalk store windows. She went on to earn a BA from Chestnut Hill College and a teacher’s certification from Kutztown University. A signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, she has exhibited widely and received many awards. Her work has been featured recently in several publications, including: 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, AcrylicWorks; Radical Breakthroughs and AcrylicWorks; Celebrating Texture.
Ms. Crooker received her Bachelors in Art Education at Toledo University and her Master in Fine Art at Pennsylvania State University. Her work has been published in many art magazines and she has been in exhibitions in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2013 she received the Best Use of Color Award at Happy Little Trees, Boyertown, PA. Crooker has also competed in numerous Plein Air competitions. Jan also has one of her works in the Permanent Collection of the Rehoboth Art League.
As a Finland native, Ms. Mickelsen grew up with Nordic and Scandinavian design- bright colors, bold shapes, and crisp, strong lines. Seeking inspiration from both nature and contemporary design, she seeks to convey strength and motion and draws to explore the juxtaposition of controlled shapes with natural free strokes. After a long, international business career in both Europe and the US, she went on to study printmaking, painting and graphic design at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. Her work shows in galleries and juried art shows along the East Coast, from New York to Florida.