2014 Landscapes Art Exhibition – MyArtContest.com
James Frey – Newberg, OR
From his days growing up as a photographer in Santa Cruz to those running a large corporation; and now as a winemaker, general manager, and abstract expressionist artist, James has always been a confusing mix of right-brain and left-brain. He has been creating art for more than two decades, and making wine for the past 13 years since first planting a vineyard in his backyard. He holds master degrees in both exercise physiology and business—neither of which help much with painting or winemaking.
Asked to wear a number of hats for Trisaetum, we often have to send out a search party to track him down in the vineyard, barrel cave, art studio, backyard (passing football with Tristen or softball with Tatum), or any number of places we’re convinced he disappears to in order to flee his more mundane responsibilities.
Responsible for the day-to-day operations of Trisaetum, James is also in charge of crafting Trisaetum’s Pinot Noir and Rieslings. Away from the winery, James creates the contemporary art that is showcased in the winery’s art gallery.
Hanh Tran – Houston, TX
As an established artist in the Houston area, Hanh creates oil paintings reflective of self-study on the human form, nature, culture and emotion. Each work of art, while unique in subject matter, maintains Hanh’s trademark of a three-dimensional effect, created by the use of heavy, sweeping brush strokes. Installed commercially and in private residences across Texas, New York and in both the East and West coasts, Hanh Gallery shares an emotive and approachable art experience. In addition to her canvas work, Hanh uses accessories to transform ordinary items into transportable fashion masterpieces. In 2011, Hanh unintentionally created a fashion movement. After she was unable to find a handbag to wear to a gala, Hanh hand-painted one to match her gown, creating a unique look that paired art with fashion. When a woman purchased the handbag off her arm that night, she realized she was on the verge of something big and began to develop her empire. The Hanh Collection now boasts not only handbags, but also custom-painted UZO umbrellas, revamping a timeless accessory to facilitate unique, personal art. The hand-painted umbrellas have even kept television personalities Regis Philbin and Al Roker dry. Hanh, the seventh and youngest child of Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants, is a native Houstonian and self-taught artist. Hanh strives to help those in need by donating original artwork and art + wellness classes to local and national charities, including North Cypress Hospital and The Sunshine Kids. In the past, Hanh has been commissioned by organizations such as Susan G. Komen and Helping a Hero to raise awareness and funds through her artwork. Two of Hanh’s paintings have raised more than $100,000 for wounded veterans, and in 2011 she established the Hanh Gallery Hero Program along with an annual award to honor those who give back to the community and support the arts. For her outstanding service to the community, Hanh was honored by the 82nd Texas Legislature both in the House and The Senate.
Dennis Neal Vaughn – San Francisco, CA