Colony Artists 2000


The Netherlands


United States
of America

Sergei Andreevski
Robert Cvetkovski
Claude Der'ven
Claire Feuillet
Michel Raby
Rosemarijn Dissen
Natalia Himmirsica
Branko Lazic
Vesna Svoboda
Luc Marelli
Giovanni Sanfilippo
Gönül Nuhog˘lu
Hernando Osorio

Peter Butler
Deborah Cavenaugh
Carol Collier
Mimi Carter Haley
Evalyn Boyd Hines
Sandra Ihly
Marshall Milton
Dick Roberts*
Leon Schenker
Traudi Thornton
Pamela Toll*
Gayle Tustin*
Chappy Valente
Linda Williams
Virginia Wright-Frierson

*NBI Co-founder/Co-Director

In November 2000, through the generous support of our community and especially Bald Head Island Limited, twelve artists from France, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Holland, Turkey, Serbia, and Columbia joined eighteen American artists for two weeks of art making on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. There, artists laid down their egos and called upon their minds, hearts and hands in the creation of nearly 150 paintings, ceramic works, relief prints, and assemblages.

Uninterrupted expanses of time to create, combined with the vigor and passion of the participants led to a creative revolution. Artists forged makeshift and “imaginary” studios on porches, dunes, and marsh paths — engaging in their work there. A rhythm established itself: painting, musical collaborations, printing, aesthetic discussions, castings, sunset celebrations, dancing and moonlit turtle launchings. In the evenings artists gathered, euphoric or disappointed with the day’s work, to talk and eat — their hands articulating, again in a common language. National, geographical, and linguistic boundaries disappeared for a few weeks as artists embraced each other with respect and understanding. Hands and voices worked together. Ideas and cultures were shared.

Among the most prolific of the painters was Swiss Luc Marelli who resides in France. Marelli comfortably nestled himself amongst the dunes. He found abundant inspirations working alone there. On large sheets of canvas he juxtaposed scenes of colony life, swimmers with fish, Captain Charlie’s cottages, and mysterious figures on the beach. Marelli mixed his bees wax from home with turpentine and oil paints to give depth and life to his expressionistic paintings.

This was the second colony on Bald Head Island for French artist Michel Raby, who once again chose to work on the outside deck of the BHI Marina. Raby first focused his concepts with pastels. Numerous studies in well-conceived palettes of large areas of color were executed on abandoned picnic tables. From here Raby dove into his canvases with a thrusting dance across the wooden deck. His finished pieces examine the intense relationships between figures and the charged space between them.

Claude Der’ven came from Paris with an incredibly clear vision of what he planned to paint. Working in a daring palette of mainly red and blue, he made a commanding statement with his “Red Man” series. A huge double canvas dominated his corner of the deck. This vertical diptych of “Red Man Seated” awes the viewer with its bold brush strokes and looming figure. “Red Man in the Fog” captures the atmosphere of a particularly ominous day at the island shrouded in fog.

Once again Macedonia granted us the privilege of hosting two extraordinary painters — Sergej Andreevski and Robert Cvetkovski. Cvet­kov­ski brought raw oxide pigments with him to compose layer upon layer of color and texture. His paintings evolved daily, the final versions were enigmatic abstract statements. Andreevski returned to the island with his fervent artistic personality. Relief surfaces, birthed by squeezing oil paint straight from the tube, are the characteristic feature of this ambitious and dynamic painter. His insight is poetic.

Colombian artist Hernando Osorio, who lives in Austria, painted at the Captain Charlie’s cottages. Osorio’s work achieved texture by mixing beach sand with the paint. Geometric patterns framed his playful, stylized renditions of turtles, fish seahorses, sandpipers and armadillos.

Giovanni Sanfilippo brought with him a memory storehouse of scenes from his native Italy. His bright and pleasing palette portrayed Italian landscapes, towns and natural plant life.

In the middle cottage four artists from abroad worked harmoniously. Claire Fleuillet painted in oils and acrylics. This French painter has a spontaneous imagination that allows her to develop each piece with an unending secret code, dreamlike in character. Turkish artist Gonul Nuhoglu used numerous media of expression in her art works. Found objects from the surrounding beach environs created relief and texture on canvas. Bronze and copper pigments were applied to many pieces for a burnished metallic finish. The plaster cast hand of San Flippo protruded off a sea washed board, and a large medallion carried “a lone,” gliding figure.

Husband and wife, Branko Lazic and Vesna Svoboda from Belgrade, Serbia were happy to be able to join the No Boundaries community from their war-torn Yugoslavia. Svoboda chose to work in her main medium, clay. She created a bas-relief series of tiles that were later finished with terra sigillata and oxide patinas. Lazic used his graphic design and printing skills with found objects from the island — wire, wood, netting, string, etc. He applied primary and secondary colored printing inks brought from home to his treasures and meticulously hand-pressed each object on paper creating clean, bold mono-prints.

Russian born, Bulgarian artist, Natalia Himmirsica chose Captain Charlie’s first cottage as her studio. Here she found instinctive ease inspired by the sea. Himmirsica’s vigorous works allowed complex patterns to overlap and emerge. She employed an esoteric language brimming with symbolism.

Rose Dissen from Holland had the pleasure of engulfing the panoramic view of the Bald Head Island marsh from her screened porch studio. Here she constructed hard and soft edge patterned designs with acrylic washes.

At St. Joakim Osogovski International Art Colony in Kriva Palanka, Macedonia, there was a gift of uninterrupted time bound with the solitude of nature and a world community of artists given to Pam Toll, Gayle Tustin and Dick Roberts, organizers of the 2000 No Boundaries Colony. Now, it has been passed on to other artists and has become larger than any of their individual dreams.