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A Couple: Two Visions


Prolific Detroit artists; Donald & Linda Mendelson celebrate over 50 years of love and dedication to the art world with a duo exhibition of rare and never seen before masterpieces at AtomArt Gallery. 

Native Detroiters; Donald and Linda Mendelson will have many of their finest watercolor, mixed media and acrylic masterpieces on display in this duo collaborative exhibit. “A Couple: Two Visions” fine art exhibit will be on display from July 26 to August 23 2019 with the opening reception taking place on July 26 from 4 to 10 PM.  Very special performance by legendary 3 time Hall of Famer Billy Davis and his The Billy Davis Rhythm Machine Band with Mighty Michael at 7:30pm!

Closing Reception takes place on Friday, August 23rd from 6 to 9. Join us on the final day of the A Couple: Two Visions exhibit for your last chance to see this phenomenal body of work together on gallery walls. A special conversation with the artists; Donald & Linda Mendelson will take place from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Free to public. Free convenient parking.

Header images are a portion showing detail of the full work of art. Top image: Watercolor by Linda Mendelson Forced Relations II 32.5 H x 45 W
Bottom image: Watermedia by Donald Mendelson Noah's Ark with Space Probe II 36 H x 47 W

ARTIST Bio and Mission Statements:

DONALD MENDELSON

Donald’s works contrast primitive world images with the computerized space technology of today. His paintings include expressionistic figures, animals, insects, and other life forms dealing with environmental landscape themes, anti war themes, and space exploration. The viewer can explore the relationships between the variety of organic living creatures and the familiar mechanical forms which coexist in an environment that the artist creates with a myriad of patterns suggesting computer mapping, lunar landings, sky, water, and other mysterious surfaces.

Donald’s approach to painting and drawing in these works is reflective of these concepts. This interweaving and juxtaposition of imagery expresses the thread of time that interconnects our past and present.

Donald Mendelson is a native Detroiter and had served as a Professor of Painting, Drawing and Design at Oakland Community College in Michigan for forty eight years. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit where he received a BFA Degree in 1966 and an M.F.A. in Painting in 1968 while on a Graduate Professional Scholarship. His paintings have been included in more than two hundred shows in art centers and museums throughout Michigan. His works have also been represented in numerous national painting and drawing exhibitions, including shows in North Carolina, Utah, North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, California, Washington, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ontario. Donald is a recipient of numerous awards and purchase prizes, including recognition in national exhibitions. Among his many honors, he received a Creative Artist Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts for his innovative approach to mixed-media water media painting. He had served on the Board of the Michigan Water Color Society for twelve years. In addition, Donald has juried and curated numerous exhibitions. His oil paintings and water media work are in the collections of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan as well as in many private collections. Donald’s work has received many awards in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan and has been displayed in various venues including The Scarab Club, Detroit Artist Market, University of Michigan, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Wayne State University Art Gallery, N’Namdi Gallery, Lansing Art Gallery, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Whitdel Gallery, Janice Charach Gallery, Oakland University, Ferris State University, Paint Creek Art Center, Tangent Gallery, Anton Art Center, Black Box Art Gallery, Art Center Traverse City, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Holland Area Arts Center, Saginaw Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Ella Sharp Museum, Midland Center for the Arts, Saginaw Art Museum, Ann Arbor Art Center, Great Flint Arts Council, Manistee Art Institute, Besser Museum of Art for Northeast Michigan. She has served on the Board of the Michigan Water Color Society for more than thirty years, was President for five years, and currently holds the position of Historian as well as liaison and advisor to the Board.

LINDA MENDELSON

All my work deals with microscopic and macro cosmic matter and the dynamics of life forces. My creation of 'spatial illusions' through manipulating color, light, form and marks (I am a 'mark maker') has always been a concern in my paintings. Much of the work reads as imaginary landscapes as I explore a tapestry of monumental structures and organic forms within a spatial ambiguity of color fields. A personal iconography has developed over the years in various art works.

I usually set up contradictions. Just when you think you're reading it right, I will throw something at you, a form or mark that doesn't belong, like life itself! Humor is another thread in my work, as one often deals with life’s absurdities. I explore a new vision while examining a process and continuity of the human condition. My paintings often express the alienation, a state of being, of being fragmented, separated from all that one has known in a rapidly changing world. Yet, there is a constant play of life forces and regeneration. The crisis within urban decay, the separation of peoples, the loss of cultural cohesiveness, pervades the soul of the individual. Spirituality is a major underlying theme which I am sure stems from my upbringing and my current introspection in my senior years. An inner light is revealed, a spirituality that offers a rebirth, a hope for the future.

Linda Mendelson

July 2019

Linda Mendelson has been a highly respected and influential college teacher of painting, design, color theory and drawing for more than thirty five years. Linda had taught Watercolor and Color Design at Wayne State University in Detroit for fifteen years. Afterwards, she was an Associate Professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit where she had taught Painting (oil, watercolor), Drawing, Design (color, mixed media, 2D, 3D) and Interdisciplinary English (Imaging: Visual Verbal Crossovers) for another fifteen years. Ms. Mendelson taught Drawing, Painting (acrylic, watercolor) and Design at the University of Michigan -Dearborn for six years where she had developed a Fine Arts Program and served as Chairperson. She has also served on the faculty of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, Michigan. Linda was raised and educated in Detroit. She attended Wayne State University where she received a BFA Degree in 1967 and a Masters in painting in 1969 while on a Graduate Professional Scholarship. Her paintings and drawings have been included in more than two hundred exhibitions in Michigan, including shows at the Detroit Institute of Arts and various major museums throughout the state. Her works have also been represented in numerous national painting and drawing exhibitions, including shows in Indiana, Utah, North Dakota, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona and Oklahoma, New York, and Ontario. Linda has received numerous awards including many in the Michigan Water Color Society exhibitions, other state shows, as well as in national exhibitions. She received an Award of Excellence in the Arizona Aqueous Exhibition in Tubac, Arizona. She has also received honors from the Michigan Council for the Arts and was a recipient of the National Tannahill Faculty Grant. In addition, Linda was the 2012 honoree for her influential career of college teaching and involvement in Detroit’s art community at the Scarab Annual “Crone Celebration”. Besides serving as a juror and curator of exhibitions, Linda is well known for her many school presentations, workshops for educators, watercolor workshops, slide presentations, lectures, and group critiques. She has served on the Board of the Michigan Water Color Society for more than thirty years, was President for five years, and currently holds the position of Historian as well as liaison and advisor to the Board. Linda’s work has received many awards in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan where her work has been displayed in various venues including the DIA, The Scarab club, Whitdel Arts Gallery, Gallery 555, Tangent Gallery, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Woods Gallery, Janice Charach Gallery, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University Art Gallery, University of Michigan, Oakland University, Ferris State University, Saginaw Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, Contemporary Institute of Detroit, Riverside Arts Center, Anton Art Center, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, The Carr Center, Detroit Artist Market, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Black Box Gallery, Studio 23 Art Center, Crooked Tree Art Center, The Art Center Traverse City, Holland Area Arts Center, Shiawassee Arts Council, Lansing Art Gallery, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Ella Sharp Museum, Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Midland Center for the Arts. Linda is a member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art and her paintings have been included in exhibitions at the New Century Gallery in New York, NY; Arc Gallery in Chicago,; Robert Morris State Street Gallery in Chicago; Martin–Mullen Art Gallery in New York; Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY.

Linda’s work has received many awards in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan where her work has been displayed in various venues including the DIA. All my work deals with microscopic and macro cosmic matter and the dynamics of life forces. My paintings often express the alienation, a state of being, of being fragmented, separated from all that one has known in a rapidly changing world. Yet, there is a constant play of life forces and regeneration. The crisis within urban decay, the separation of peoples, the loss of cultural cohesiveness, pervades the soul of the individual. Spirituality is a major underlying theme which I am sure stems from my upbringing and my current introspection in my senior years. An inner light is revealed, a spirituality that offers a rebirth, a hope for the future.

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