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Visionaries
The Art of the Fantastic
July 12 - Sept 20, 2012
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France Garrido, Olga Spiegel and Miguel Tio are the curators of this exhibition.

France Garrido is an independent curator and mixed media/collage artist.

Ms. Garrido has been curating exhibitions for over 12 years. She has curated exhibitions for The Collage/Assemblage Society, NY, the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs & Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, the Society for Art of Imagination, US & NAWA (National Association of Women Artists) ~ Former Traveling exhibition chair & New members chair, NY.

She is on the Board of the Society for Art of Imagination, London/USA, hob’art, Hoboken, NJ (Exhibition Coordinator/Gallery Director), and she is the co-founder and past co-director of the Collage/Assemblage Society, NY, NY.

In the Spring of 2012 her work was exhibited with the Society for Art of Imagination at the Phantasten Museum (Museum of Fantastic Art), Vienna, in 2011 her work was on exhibition in “GLEANINGS”, at the Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ and her work was featured in “Visionary Art Yearbook 2010-2011, Otto Rapp. She has exhibited at the Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL and was also represented in the Lexikon der Phantastischen Künstler*, Gerhard Habarta, Author, Historian and Curator, a compilation of International Artists from 60 countries who work in the Fantastic, Surreal, and Visionary genre. Her work has been exhibited, collected and published nationally and internationally, including the UN Conference on Women, Beijing, China.

Olga Spiegel, was brought up and trained in Europe, lives and established her studio in New York.

Her work has evolved from the abstract and optical energy field influences of the 1960s through later study of the Old Master's technique with Ernst Fuchs, to her current unique visionary alphabet that has lately included computer, digital paintings.

Nurtured by Psychedelic Art, European Fantastic Realism, Surrealism and Science Fiction, her art points to an inner process, a chemical visual interaction were the inner self's, messages are deciphered through images and symbols taking the viewer into an edgy realm of realism and unnamable forms.

On the wings of improvisation free flowing images and color create ssociations to uncover a mysterious universe.

Ancient icons, space-age imagery with metaphysical overtones, that reveal an evolutionary flowering, nature and its organisms populated into myriad of forms.

Olga work has shown in galleries and private collections in Europe and America and has been cited in many books and publications. Olga has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions

Miguel Tió was born in the Dominican Republic. Since 2005 he is working as an Art Teacher for Studio in School Association. He is also a member of the Society for Art of Imagination

His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in The Dominican Republic, The United States, England, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Cyprus, India and Japan. He has been featured in eight solo shows being Now and After at Rutgers University in NJ the latest.

In 2008 traveled to North Cyprus invited by the municipality of Kyrenia to participate in a workshop and exhibition for the Olive Tree Festival in Girne.

In 2010 he was nominated and selected as one of the recipients of the 2010 “EL Awards” a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding Latino men in the tri-state area.

In 2011 was invited by TellUsArt organization to participate in "Keep Our Planet Alive" a workshop and exhibitions in Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi in India.

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