The artists and writers selected as ArtAscent Gold from ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal issues.

Gold Artist of the 2019 "Water" art exhibition

Tal Eshed

Gold Artist of the 2019 "Water" art exhibition

Since the beginning of modern history, there has been a sense that humanity is drifting away from our wild roots. For the artist Tal Eshed, it is water that could allow us to re-establish the lost connection with our natural selves.

Tal Eshed is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Water call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Water issue.

www.taleshed.com

Gold Writer of the 2019 Water call for writers

Taria Karillion

Planet Earth Will Soon Be Closing, Please Make Your Final Choices

The view of Earth from orbit always made Professor Verle Coby profoundly sad. In its derelict state, the sparse web of clouds that clung to its blue and brown surface reminded him of the Earth story of the elderly human who lived in her shabby, tattered wedding dress. The passengers were watching the time-lapse holo-ad of the planet’s history and ingesting the press-out pizza and bubble-gum discs from the guidebook…

Exploring a dystopian future as a means to remind her reader the time is now for action, writer Taria Karillion conjures the pain of lost existence in Planet Earth Will Soon be Closing, Please Make Your Final Choices

Taria Karillion is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Water call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Water issue.

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the White call for artists.

Leslie Carpenter-Holt

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the White call for artists.

The very first (and perhaps most banal) association with white that pops into one’s mind is snow. Thus, sometimes this color gets a slightly melancholic flavor. However, photographs of Leslie Carpenter-Holt challenge the stereotypical association of winter with a cold void.

Leslie Carpenter-Holt is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent White call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal White issue.

Gold Writer of the 2019 ArtAscent White call for writers.

Manny Veiga

Getting Away With It

I’m wearing green-tinted sunglasses as I shove my way through the crowded square. It makes the world around me look even hotter than it feels. The crowd is a hornet’s nest of flailing arms and shaking fists. It’s not just the heat that has people stirred up…

In Getting Away With It, author Manny Veiga brings to life a complex, colourful character who reveals as much as he obscures and leaves the reader poised for the next chapter in a brief yet compelling episode.

Manny Veiga is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent White call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal White issue.

https://zmveiga.wordpress.com/

Gold artist of ArtAscent's 2019 Abstract call for artists.

Jeremy Underwood

Gold artist of ArtAscent's 2019 Abstract call for artists.

When it comes to photography and land art, it seems nothing can be more realistic than they are. But a closer look reveals both of these art use tools of abstraction. How? The artwork of Jeremy Underwood brightly demonstrates that.

Jeremy Underwood is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Abstract call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

http://jeremyunderwood.com/

Gold writer of ArtAscent's 2019 Abstract call for artists.

Susan Nickerson

Sugar Mountain

I sit perched on the edge of the proverbial shrink couch. I reach into my handbag and fumble around for a piece of gum before I divulge my inner secret. “I’m a sugar addict,” I blurt. “I’m also a neurotic and a long-time, anxiety-ridden insomniac.” There. I said it. I have been exposed to my core…

Blending playful fantasy with tender reality, Susan Nickerson’s short yet engaging essay Sugar Mountain offering a fascinating experiment with abstract imagination while also enveloping the reading in an all-too familiar scenario. Using a real-world experience as the inspiration for this piece, Susan channeled the sensations of a moment of misunderstood instruction into a delightful exploration of desires and drives.

Susan Nickerson is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Abstract call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Beauty 2019 call for artists.

John Patkau

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Beauty 2019 call for artists.

After the radical changes in the artistic practices of the 20th century, beauty seems to longer be the core issue of art. However, contemporary artists, like John Patkau, keep researching this sphere. What motivates and inspires him?

John Patkau is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Beauty call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Beauty issue.

https://patkau.ca/filter/research/

Beauty 2019 call for writers Gold Writer

Chynna Laird

Beauty in Love

Many of us define beauty in terms of what we see, not what we feel. This makes sense since what we see gives us a complete picture. It’s touchable and real. What we often forget, however, is that how we individually interpret what we see stems from the feelings that surface when we take in a setting, object, or person…

In “Beauty in Love,” author Chynna Laird reveals a transformative moment in her youth that helped her realize the beauty within when exposed to the true beauty of love. Chynna’s story of beauty will undoubtedly resonate with many readers as it brings to mind any painful moment in life when we faced personal struggle.

Chynna Laird is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Beauty call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Beauty issue.

www.chynnalairdauthor.ca

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Figures call for artists.

Gill Bradley

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Figures call for artists.

Gill Bradley’s Taking the Plunge series elevates his study of the figure by capturing the nuances of personality in the most minute of gestures. Gestural yet genuine in the mood they convey, these selections reveal Gill’s sensitivity toward her sitters.

Gill Bradley is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Figures call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Figures issue.
http://www.gillbradleydesign.com

ArtAscent Gold Writer of the Figures call for writers.

Christopher O’Meara

Beach Bodies

Growing up my parents liked to call me the smartest, the prettiest, the absolute best. I believed all of it, for a while at least. Adolescence has a way of fracturing even the most cherished fragments of nostalgia…

One of the Hollywood icons of the 1930s, Mae West, said, “I speak two languages, Body and English.” As every language, we can use it to express ourselves or to meet others’ expectations, as proven throughout the following story by Christopher O’Meara.

Christopher O’Meara is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Figures call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Figures issue.
www.christopheromeara.com

ArtAscent Gold Artist of the Yellow call for artists

Sara Hupas

When someone mentions the colour yellow, one of the things that comes to mind might be the Yellow Brick Road. This association is likewise evoked by the works of Sara Hupas.

Sara Hupas is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Yellow call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Yellow issue.

Yellow call for writers Gold Writer

Joyce Fox

Liquid Sunshine

A bright yellow kitchen was something I had always dreamed of having. I knew it would look cheerful and give the impression of being filled with liquid sunshine. My first husband could well afford to have our kitchen redecorated but he preferred it the way the previous owner left it so that was how it remained, blue and cheerless—just like our marriage…

Author Joyce Fox teases the reader with a turbulent twist in her compelling yet somber narrative, “Liquid Sunshine.” In this piece, Fox relays the tensions between joy and pain, love and loss, illuminating the colour yellow in a brilliant manner.

Joyce Fox is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Yellow call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Yellow issue.

ArtAscent Artist of the Autumn call for artists

Stuart Meyer-Plath

ArtAscent Artist of the Autumn call for artists

Showcasing the splendor of nature through a singular—yet spectacular—leaf, Stuart Meyer-Plath’s Angophora series reveals the stunning variations of Australian autumn foliage alongside the artist’s abilities as a watercolourist.

Stuart Meyer-Plath is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Autumn call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Autumn issue.
https://stuartmeyer-plath.wix.com/stuart-meyer-plath

ArtAscent Writer of the Autumn call for artists

Samira Kacemi

My Chariot in the Cobalt Blue Sky

Her hazy, cobalt blue eyes stared into the distant landscape.
Black short jacket, as short as her hair.
A small blue purse with flowers rests on her lap. And those hazel eyes
haunting her inner chambers as an echo without end…

Many people perceive autumn as a period of decay. Decreasing temperature, rain, and reducing sunshine can feel gloomy. Samira Kacemi, however, demonstrates a bright side of autumn.

Samira Kacemi is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Autumn call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Autumn issue.

ArtAscent Artist of the Youth call for artists

Leah Dockrill

ArtAscent Artist of the Youth call for artists

In the past, society treated kids as “little adults,” ignoring the specific needs of that age. It wasn’t before the late 18th century that the theme of childhood evolved in art. But contemporary artists, like Leah Dockrill, are well aware of the importance of articulating this subject.

Leah Dockrill is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Youth call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Youth issue.
www.leahdockrill.net

ArtAscent Writer of the Youth call for artists

Krystle Vermes

The Deep End

”There is no such thing as the deep end,” he said. “I promise.”
Thomas had been in this pool several times before. There was no reason for Tallulah not to believe him. She dipped her toe into the water and let the initial chill rise up her small body. This was the first time she was swimming without her water wings…

Peer pressure, sheer terror, and calm resolution combine in writer Krystle Vermes’ short story The Deep End, to reflect upon the challenges of youth. Both relatable and remarkably chilling, Krystle’s prose recalls the dangers of youthful risk-taking.

Krystle Vermes is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Youth call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Youth issue.
www.krystlevermes.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Pelin Guven

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Using the power of black and white photography, Pelin Guven heightens the impact of her images in Labour of Love. She transforms the act of industry into a balletic study of human interaction.

Pelin Guven is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Black call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.

ArtAscent Writer of the Black call for artists

S. B. Borgersen

The Blackout

She has a fine thread of silken white hair tickling her pale forehead. She puffs through pursed dry lips; the hair lifts but falls back. I lean across and smooth away the annoyance. Ma smiles then, and mouths, “Thank you.” The scar on the paper-thin skin of her forehead looks more angry now than it did when I first asked her, years ago…

A great novelist, André Malraux, noted, “Man isn’t what he thinks he is, he’s what he hides.” The thing one avoids discussing sometimes say more than their actions. And in her words, S. B. Borgersen discusses how shadows of the past affect our individualities.

S. B. Borgersen is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Black call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
www.sueborgersen.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Happiness call for artists

Nadide Goksun

ArtAscent Artist of the Happiness call for artists

Since the very beginning of its history, humanity has been struggling to discover the formula for happiness. But is there a universal recipe for happiness? Or should we look for individual perspectives on happiness? This is what Nadide Goksun touches on in her photography—individual perspectives.

Nadide Goksun is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Happiness call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Happiness issue.
https://www.nadidegoksun.com/

ArtAscent Writer of the Happiness call for artists

Louise Eastin

Summer in Bordeaux

We sit on the terrace in the evening with a loaf of bread from the
Weekly market and cheese from the fromagerie we pass on the way home
where the man took me to the bar next door because the woman speaks
perfect English and helped him decide that what I want is this butter…

A master of creating imagery with her words, poet Louise Eastin stresses the importance of presence in her work. In her poem, Summer in Bordeaux, she recounts casual conversation that tells about the happiness she found in a house exchange with a friendly family in the southwestern French town of Bordeaux.

Louise Eastin is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Happiness call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Happiness issue.
www.LouiseMoses.com