Fine Art Defying Boundaries

"Each person is a book or medley of memories
 and each story choreographed in time 
is as unique as the actors and their lives."

EWR - A Purposeful Journey

And one more... an earlier EWR Video
 "One Artist, Two Forms of Art" - Myslenice Residency 2014 by Bonnie Shanas 

Honoring the Journey 

My art focuses on unraveling the complexity and mystery of human emotions, behavior, and relationships, featuring the individual within or outside of a group dynamic. Layers of color, shape, and calligraphic line palpitate with calm or charged energy to convey a mood: intimacy, loneliness, alienation, joy, solidarity, sensuality, conflict, harmony, or mystery.  Depending on the story, I zoom in on an individual, defining their character in layers, or I depict them only as silhouettes or after-thoughts. Are they center stage or out of focus? Do they wear a mask?  Each painting is wrenched from personal experience, influenced by dreams, and infused with emotion.  Each tells its own unique story and is part of an evolving thread or series. We are all products of our personal histories and in my work, I try to connect the present with the timeless voices and ancestral whispers of my past.

            I love the physicality of painting and creating. I am an action painter and firmly believe that “Art is an Action Word.” Entering my studio, I turn on the music and tune into my intuition and emotions. I continually move around my paintings in a painting-specific improvisational dance and that energy serves as the undercarriage of my work.  I often have up to ten paintings in various stages of progress. Sometimes I work from sketches, but generally I go into the studio armed only with my idea, a memory, and a mood. As I tune out the world and lose myself in the creative process, I splash, pour, draw, and sculpt with paint and plaster, layering to create the undertones and undercurrents of a particular scenario or dynamic.

"Everything is connected. Art is an action word."



   Elaine Weiner-Reed is a bilingual, multidisciplinary Artist living and working in Maryland since 1980. She received an M.A. in French from Middlebury University, VT, and both a B.A and B.S. in French from West Chester University, PA.  One of her sub-disciplines was Sculpture.

   Her work has been included in international shows in China, Hong Kong, India, Spain, Poland, Canada, and at least 20 national exhibits throughout the U.S.  Her art is in public and private collections in Poland, France, Bulgaria, Spain, Senegal, Mali, and the U.S.  She was one of five American artists in the first U.S. contingent to be personally invited to participate in the 17th annual Poland Ministry of Culture- and EU-sponsored Artist Residency Program (Warsztaty Artystyczne– Towarzystwo, 17th WMA,) and she received an open, standing annual invitation.  Her art has been reviewed or featured in The Dobra Polska Szkola, Studio&Gallery Magazine, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Capital Gazette, Attractions Magazine, The Columbia Flyer, The Alexandria Port Gazette, Spain’s feest.es, and France’s paperblog.fr.  Weiner-Reed uses line, color, and composition to create iconic or allegorical reflections of relationship complexities, dimensions, and inter-dependencies to resurrect feelings of transcendence, mystery, and hope. 

Elaine Weiner-Reed (EWR) - Mixed Media - My Iconic Me

     Professional Certification, IT and Telecommunications; Johns Hopkins University, School of Business and Professional Studies; Baltimore, MD (2002)
     M.A. - French; Middlebury University; Middlebury, VT (1989)
     B.A/B.S. - French; Minor in Sculpture, West Chester University, PA (1979)


     July 2014: Poland:  Ministry of Art and Culture of Poland-Sponsored and Funded Residency:  Warsztaty Artystyczne (WMA, 17th Annual) – Towarzystwo; Myslenicia, Poland – July 2014. By-name invitation; one of five American artists in first American group ever invited. [Mentor/Sponsor: Jan Funek, Master Sculptor] Received standing invitation to return.
     January 2014, 2015: California: Artist/mentor: Katherine Chang Liu (Master Painter)
     July 2008-2012: Maine: Artist/mentor: William Lawrence (Master Painter)



     Solo Exhibition: Bernice Kish Gallery: Columbia, MD – “Revealing Layers” (May-June 2016)
     Jordan Faye Contemporary Gallery: Baltimore, “Thrive Inaugural” (Nov.2014)
     Gallery on the Circle, Maryland Federation of Art: “Mélange II” Annapolis, MD (2013)
     West Annapolis Art Works Gallery: Featured Artist “On the Map” Annapolis, MD (Summer 2013)
     Slayton House Gallery (Two-person show): “Art On the Edge” Columbia, MD (2008)
     Whitehall Gallery (Three-person show): “Color and Soul” Annapolis, MD (1998)
     Solo Exhibition: Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis; Gallery Two, “Expressions” (1996)


     Human Rights?Diversity Exhibition – AIAIP (Associazione Internazional Arte Plastiche Italia), the Italian National Committee of IAA/IAIP UNESCO Official Partner: UN Day of Peace and UNESCO-Designated Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development; “Mirror’s Edge,” Torento, Italy; Curator Roberto Ronca (21 May – 21 September 2016). [One of 141 artists invited and juried from 34 countries into the exhibit.]
     International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) 7th Annual Open Online Exhibition: “An Intimate Betrayal.” Juror: Stephen Quiller (2016)
     International Masters Exhibition 2015: Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas; “Primal Scream;” International Curator Despina Turnberg (April – July 2015)
     38th Annual “Art on Paper” – Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis; “Common Threads I” Juror: Michael O’Sullivan (April – May 2015)
     Artist Post-Residency Exhibition: Center for Art and Culture, Myslenice, Poland; “Who Am I” One sculpture, four paintings on exhibit (July-Sept.2014)
     Red Dot Miami - Studio 26 Gallery, New York City (Dec.2014). Marina Reiter, Director
     Asian Contemporary Art Show (ACAS) Hong Kong.  Studio 26 Gallery, New York City (May 2014). Marina Reiter, Director
     Espacio 120 – Salon del Arte, Primavera 2014: Galería ARAGÓN 232-Sponsored. Barcelona, Spain (May 2014)
     New Century Artists Gallery - New York City (Chelsea).
   International Curator: Basha Maryanska
     Group Exhibit – “Dreams” (January 2015)
     Featured Artist - “Awakening” (January 2014)
     Featured Artist - “Memories” (October 2014) 
     Group Exhibit - "Highline Art" (March 2014)
     Featured Artist - "UP-SURD" (June 2013) 
     PARALLAX AF Miami: Miami, FL (December 2012)
     D.C. International Artists Support Group: “Contemplation” selected for traveling exhibitions: New Delhi, Beijing, and Washington D.C.  (2002).
     Pikes Peak International Watermedia XV Exhibit, “Provence Nights;” Juror Frank Webb.
     Abend Gallery, Denver: All-Media National Exhibition. "Time Alone” and “Lady in Waiting” (July-August 1998).
     Sacramento, CA. Art Center International Juried exhibit Magnum Opus XI. “Southwest Perspective” (July 1998).


     Baltimore Watercolor Society’s 123rd Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, “Provence Nights;” Juror: William Lawrence; BWS Award of Merit (2007).
     Georgia Watercolor Society’s XXVIII National Juried Exhibition, “Through Time” Juror: William Lawrence; GWS Award, Fourth Place (2007).
     Pittsburgh Watercolor Society’s 59th Annual Juried International Exhibition Aqueous Open 2005; Juror: Miles Batt; Sulkolsky Brunnelle Award of Merit (2007).
     Baltimore Watercolor Society’s 122nd Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, “Provence Nights”; Juror: Tony van Hasselt; BWS Award of Merit (2005).
     Art Association of Harrisburg’s 75th Annual International Juried Exhibition: 
First Place Award, Watercolor Category for: “Café Glimpses: Lady in a Blue Dress.” Also in show: “Café Glimpses: Lady in a Green Dress.”  Juror: Yvette Lee, Whitney Museum of American Art (2003).
     Arizona Aqueous National Juried 54th: “Cafe Glimpses: Lady in a Green Dress” Juror: Christopher Schink.  Award: Honorable Mention (2000). 
     Georgia Watercolor Society National Juried: “Mind’s Eye” Juror: Dominic DiStephano. GWS Art Materials Award (2000). 
     Pittsburgh Watercolor Society National Juried: “Cafe Glimpses: Lady in a Blue Dress” Juror:  William “Skip” Lawrence. PWS Award of Merit (2000). 
     Baltimore Watercolor Society Exhibit: Honorable Mention: “Colorful Journey” Rockville, MD (1998).
     Kentucky Watercolor Society’s Annual National Exhibition. Three Merit and Merchandise Prizes Awarded: “Ideas are Born" (1998).

National Juried

     ArtQuench Magazine: “Best International Creatives” 2016 for painting “Joined by the Heart."
     “Strokes of Genius” – Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis; National Juried Fine Arts Exhibit.  Juror: Kim Lordier (2014).  
     National Juried Exhibition @ BAU Gallery, Beacon, NY; “Apocalypse” (2012).
     Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 66th Annual National Juried Exhibition, “Convergence” Juror: Cheng-Khee Chee (2007).
     Art League of Hilton Head’s National Juried Exhibition, “Smoke and Mirrors” Juror: Dean Mitchell (2007).
     Georgia Watercolor Society’s XXVI Annual National Exhibition; Juror:  Tony van Hasselt, AWS (2007).
     Art-Exchange.com’s 2nd Quarter 2002 Watercolor Exhibition: One of 200 artists selected from over 10,000 artists worldwide for feature exposure.
     Western Colorado Watercolor Society’s 13th Annual National Exhibition; Juror: John Salminen (2005).
     Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 62nd National Juried Exhibition: “Innocence”  
Juror:  Barbara Nechis (2003).
     Pittsburgh Watercolor Society’s National Juried: “Mind’s Eye.” Juror: Pat San Soucie (1998).
     Maryland Federation of Art – Circle Gallery: 24th Annual National Juried “Art on Paper” Exhibit:  “Cafe Glimpses:  Lady in a Red Dress.” Juror: David C. Levy, President and Director: Corcoran Gallery of Art (2001). 
     Georgia Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried National Exhibit:  “Time Alone.” (1999)
     Bay Country Art Guild’s Annual: Best in Show and First Place Awards: “Sunstruck” (July 1998). 
     Governor's House, Annapolis, MD. First Lady Frances Glendening’s “I Can See Clearly Now” Celebration of the Arts in Maryland” Exhibition. “Landscapes of the Mind and Beyond.” (Sedona Sunset) September-October 1998.
     Taos National Watercolor Competition: “Time Alone” (October 1997).  Lake Powell Art Association’s National Scenic Southwest competition: “Sedona Sunset” (November 1997).
     Georgia Watercolor Society’s XII Annual National Exhibition: “Sunstruck” Juror: Christopher Schink (1996).
     Stamford Art Association’s 16th Faber Birren Color Show: “Awakening” Juror: Andre Emmerich (Connecticut, 1996).


·         ArtQuench Magazine: “Best International Creatives” 2016 for painting “Joined by the Heart.”
·         International Contemporary Masters: World Wide Art Books, Volume VIII, 2013.
·         The Palette Magazine: Featured Artist. Issue 21; Mar-April 2007.
·         New Art International 2005-2006 Edition, Book Art Press.
·         The Palette Magazine: A Change in Direction – Issue 13, Featured Artist; March-April 2005.
·         Nominated as one of 50 Artists selected from thousands nationwide for Watercolor Magic’s “Up & Comers 2005” feature.
·         Rockport Publisher’s “Best in Watercolor: Painting Color” - November 1997. Award of Distinction for “Awakening.” Juried by two of the Nations’ most prominent Watercolorists, selected and published artwork described as “the best in contemporary watercolor art.”

Professional Qualifications 

   Juror/Awards Judge: Healing Arts Annual Exhibition 2015, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore (October-November 2015)  

    Juror/Awards Judge:  Baltimore Watercolor Society’s “Boston Properties Exhibit” (Honorarium; February 2006) 

   Guest Lecturer: Howard County Community College Art Department, “Modern Art” Classes (Honorarium; Twice yearly, 2007-2009.); Bowie Art League (Lecture/Demonstration, 2000)

  Signature Artist: Georgia Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society (Life Member), Potomac Valley Watercolorists


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