Artist Statement: Created for the purpose of spiritual evolution, my art is process based and conceptual in nature. By working in a manner consciously designed to disarm personal criticism and negative self talk, I give myself permission to create in an unrestricted manner which ultimately allows greater potential for communication with the divine spirit within.
Major influences in my art include spiritual and iconographic traditions from across the globe. I also draw inspiration from simple rhythmic patterns found in primitive art which are often used in one of my favorite expressive forms, the sacred circular art known as mandala. Recent works also include large scale paintings of strong symbolic female forms depicting self actualization.
Artist Bio: Stephanie Smith is a visionary artist who manifests rhythm, repetition, and form in her work. Recently profiled in Lehigh Valley Marketplace magazine, Stephanie utilizes her skills as an artist, writer, and teacher to empower creative expression within herself and to others seeking the same. Stephanie is currently a resident artist at The Banana Factory, an arts and education center in Bethlehem, PA and is currently available to work with individuals and groups.
Teaching highlights include: Workshop “Mandala: An Artful Meditation” presented as part of The heART Series at The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA, (2013) to the Intro to Art Therapy class at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, (2011-13) to the South Mountain College students at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, (2012) at the Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA, (2012) and at The Summer Rhythm Renewal retreat in Loretto, PA. (2009-2013)
Artistic highlights include:
2013 “Contextualize: The Banana Factory Resident Artist Annual Exhibition” Bethlehem, PA
2013 June Featured Artist at The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA
2013 “Reanimated Movements ACE Group exhibition at The Quadrant Book Mart, Easton, PA
2013 “ACE Group Show” MCS Gallery at The Sigal Museum, Easton, PA
2013 “At The Edge of Awkward" ACE Group exhibition at The Quadrant Book Mart, Easton, PA
2013 “South Side Smalls: Red Collection” In-studio exhibition The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
2012 “Photo Show” organizer/participant of group exhibition at The Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA
2012 “Perspectives: The Banana Factory Resident Artist Annual Exhibition” Bethlehem, PA
2012 “Earth is Overrated” Group exhibition at Allentown Art Works, Allentown, PA
2012 “First Amendment” Group exhibition Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Elucidator Interview: Taking Root - Growth in the Valley Art Community
2012 “WE” Group project and exhibition at Connexions Gallery in Easton, PA
2011 Semi-finalist in the Lehigh Valley Art Wars live art competition
*Visionary art as defined by American Visionary Art Museum is art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works are arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself. Visionary Art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul…
Contact Stephanie for her availability to work with adult individuals and groups at stephanie at biffybeans.com or 484-893-0336.
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