Archive | November, 2013

Organic Art

25 Nov
Watercolor & Chinese Ink on Terraskin - orgainc abstract

Watercolor & Chinese Ink on Terraskin – organic abstract


Or·gan·ic  (ôr-gān’ĭk)  adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter.
  2. Simple, healthful, and close to nature: an organic lifestyle
  3. Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected: society as an organic whole.
  4. Constituting an integral part of a whole; fundamental.
  5. Involving organisms or the products of their life processes.


Organic Art, to me, means something natural, free-flowing, atmospheric – it creates a feeling within the viewer – maybe a primitive atmospheric memory or serenity.  We have examples of organic art all around us, such as the speckling of burnt sienna in the car bumper that has rusted or the peeling white paint from a window sill.  Organic art is familiar to us in its fundamentals of nature.  Organic art can capture a moment of time, showing us the beauty in our ever-changing world.




Trees: Symbols of Powerful Experiences

12 Nov
tree in dry and thirsty land

Title: Terrain
Watercolor on TerraSkin

Two of my new Terraskin paintings were accepted into the Tech Garden Show:

Trees: Symbols of Powerful Experiences.  I’m excited and very grateful for the opportunity.
 I’d like to extend the following invitation to everyone for the reception on November 21st.
Opening Reception for Juried Art and Poetry Competition: 
Trees: Symbols of Powerful Experiences

The Gallery at the Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 

Opening Reception: November 21, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Exhibition Dates: November 14 to December 31, 2013, M–F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Syracuse, NY, November 6, 2013— Maria Rizzo, Artist-in-Residence and Curator at the Tech Garden, is proud to present her last exhibition, Trees:Symbols of Powerful Experiences, which explores the history of the symbolism of trees and their role in today’s environment. Rizzo’s exhibition is part of a juried art and poetry competition that aims to empower Onondaga county artists and poets by giving them a chance to showcase their work on the walls of the Tech Garden, compete to win awards, and bring the community together in thinking, creating and acting greener.

The poetry juror, Lindsey Bellosa, and the art juror, Anne Cappuccilli, selected works that have many different interpretations of this theme, and a wide display of styles and mediums. This exhibition is a celebration of two dimensional art and poetry that is thought provoking, engaging, and technically strong.

The opening reception will be at The Gallery at The Tech Garden on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The award ceremony will be at 7 p.m. followed by the announcement of the 2014 Artist-in-Residence and Curator at The Tech Garden. At the reception, Steve Harris, the City/County Arborist who coordinates the Save the Rain Tree Planting Program, will speak briefly about the importance of trees in our urban environment and the county’s tree planting efforts under the Save the Rain Program. During the evening of the opening reception two local bands, Wagner 3000 and The River Mist Baroque Ensemble, will perform.

This event, free and open to the public, is made possible by the generous contributions of local business like: Cathy J. Berry, MD and Associates, Liverpool Chiropractic & Wellness, PLLC, Wagner Carpentry and Construction, bc Restaurant, The Art Store, Maria Rizzo Art, Obelisk Design, Cusetonight, and Save the Rain.

The full exhibition runs from November 14 to December 31, 2013, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm at The Gallery at The Tech Garden in Syracuse.



2D Art

1st place – $ 200 – The Kathy J. Berry, MD & Associates’s Award

2nd place – $ 100 – The Liverpool Chiropractic & Wellness, PLLC’s Award

3rd place – $ 50 (Gift Card) – The Art Store’s Award


1st place –  $ 200 – The Kathy J. Berry, MD & Associates’ Award

2nd place – $ 100 – The Wagner Carpentry and Construction’ s Award

3rd place – $ 50 – The bc Restaurant’s Award

Link for the article about this exhibition: