september 2009 newsletter

new paintings

Mixed Media
40"H X 30"W

dear art afficianados

My time spent in my studio is kind of like a scientist trying various experiments to whip up something mind blowing.

I fearlessly tackle anything and everything that comes to my mind. I work slowly, patiently, spreading my supplies and junk all over the floor sorting through everything like a kid with new Xmas gifts. When I hit the “voila”! button, I know I’m onto something good, and then continue rapidly down that new road, pushing all limits until I see my art the way I want to see it and the way I want others to see it.

Here is a perfect example of the endless experimentation I go through to produce a final “work of art”. This piece, “Funky Monkey”, started with the background. I came across this black tapestry and instantly was drawn to it. From the background, the piece sprang to life with the African figure leaping. Does it do anything for you?

awards & kudos
The Following Awards were for American Art Awards Online 2009, “Keeping The Dream”, Juried by Votes from Various Participating Art Galleries in the U.S.


2nd Place  -

First Place -
4th Place   -
3rd Place   -
3rd Place   -
2nd Place  -
5th Place   -
Finalist       - - “First Fall 2009 Contemporary Art Online Exhibition”, Juried by a panel of Professional Artists.

American Art Awards Online – Animal Category for “Fish Clams, and Eels, Oh My!”
American Art Awards Online – Watercolor Category for “Fish, Clams and Eels, Oh My!”
American Art Awards Online – Abstract Category for “Cosmos”.
American Art Awards Online – Art Brut Category for “Spectrum”
American Art Awards Online – Erotic Category for “Spectrum”
American Art Awards Online – Fantasy Landscape Category for “Neverland”.
American Art Awards Online – Floral Category for “A Swirl of Roses”
2009 - Journal of Psychosocial Nursing / Volume  47/#8 – August, 2009 Issue

2009 - Richeson 75 Int’l. Art Competition: “Still Life & Floral 2009 Exhibit Catalogue. Juried by Terry Howell Stanley/Artist and a Committee from Jack Richeson & Co.

solo art shows
2009 Dec. - Poway Center for the Performing Arts - Poway, CA.
selected exhibitions
2009 Sept/Oct.– Andrew’s Art Museum, Andrews Valley, N.C.

2010 Oct/Jan. - Space 237 – Toledo, Ohio

selected exhibitions
2009 Aug/Sept. - Open Call L.A. - L.A. Municipal Art Gallery

2009 Aug/Sept. – Placerville Arts Assn. – “The 39th Annual Mother Lode Art Exhibition – Juried by Marilyn Simandle/Artist & Dale Laitinen/Artist.

2009 Aug/Sept.– Online Juried Competition

2009 Sept. – Navarro Council of the Arts/Corsicana Art League – “2009 National Show – Juried by Bob Rohm/Artist – Corsicana, Texas

2009 Sept/Oct. – “2009 Fall Exhibition” – Valley Artists Guild – Juried by Ramela Abbamontian/Art Professor. Sherman Oaks, CA.

2009 Sept/Oct. – Montana Watercolor Society – “Watermedia 2009” – Juried by Don Andrews/Artist – Hockaday Art Museum/Kalispell, Montana.

2009 Sept/Oct.
– “First Fruit XIII”, Juried by Women of Visions, Inc., Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA.

2009 Sept/Oct.
– “Bold Expressions 53rd Annual Int’l. Open” – Juried by David Lowenberg/Artist & Gloria Burt/Arts Activist/Arts Event Producer.

2009 Oct/Nov.
– George School “Eyes on the Earth” Exhibition - Juried by Barbara Kilpatrick/Artist, Stevenl Perloff/Artist, Derek Bernstein/Artist - Newtown, PA

2009 Nov. - Still Point Art Gallery – “Autimnal Tints” – Online Art Exhibition -Juried by Christine Brooks Cote/Gallery Director

2009 Oct '09 to Jan. '10. - 2009 Oct ’09 to Jan. ’09:
St. John’s art wall project located at

Here is a link:

Marcel Duchamp once said, “The creative act is not performed by the artist alone, the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting his inner qualifications”. I need you as my audience. Thank you for your interest in my art.

If you'd like to see a new one minute video of my work,
click on this link
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With care,

ione citrin
Ione Citrin,

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
- Albert Einstein -