Art in the Gardenview Gallery
One mission of St. Barnabas Center for the Arts (SBCA) is to encourage and support the work of artists in our area. Through the school year (and sometimes in the summer) we exhibit the work of local and regional visual artists in our Gardenview Gallery, the hallways on the main floor of the church. Artists are invited to display their work for about a month. Works may be purchased directly from the artists. There is no charge to the artists for these showings.
Currently Showing through January: Genesis… and More – the Paintings of MICHELLE SILVERMAN
Michelle is an Artist, a Creativity Coach, and Certified Zentangle Teacher.
Michelle creates and sells and licenses her fine-art for homes, businesses, corporations, healthcare and the community at large. Her art is also available for license on clothing, home goods and more. She donates art to charitable causes that are important to her.
Michelle has a creative solution to nearly every problem. As a non-profit and business consultant she uses the creative power of art to help small businesses or non-profits problem solve creatively and innovatively.
Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Michelle was the founding Executive Director of both Free Arts Minnesota and Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. She is recognized in Minnesota for being a visionary leader and someone who “gets things done.”
Michelle creates all of her art from her morning rituals that begin with meditation, creativity and faith. Love, joy, hope and faith are embedded in all of her artwork.
Michelle obtained her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Expressive Arts and Wellness from St. Mary’s University-Twin Cities.
I create art because I love playing with art materials and it’s my daily meditation. For me, painting is the ultimate meditation and creative expression. When I paint, I approach the canvas not knowing what the final outcome will be, I joyfully paint with the colors that call to me.
Most of my works are created in the early morning hours, reflecting the stillness of the pre-sunlight morning, allowing me to hear and listen to spirit and my inner world. I paint from the heart.
Every day, my art and meditation process is the same. It begins around 4 AM, with a hot cup of tea, candlelight, soft music, my cat Gilmore, and a blank canvas. Inspired by color, emotion, memory, or simply an open mind, I approach the canvas not knowing what the final outcome will be. I paint with the colors that call to me in the moment. I use resin and acrylic paints to pour, drip and brush directly onto Masonite board, metal or canvas and mix them on the surface. The interaction between the paints and the smooth surface creates a dynamic movement of color. My process requires many layers of paint and is not premeditated, allowing for a spontaneous creation that is highly unpredictable. The finished abstract painting allows the viewer to see the images or feelings that speak to them.