Open StudioYU Art Show: March 2017

Indulge your senses and join us every Thursday to Sunday, the entire month of March, for an international art exhibition, live artists’ demos, special sale of artwork directly from the artists, raffles / giveaways, live music (see HVV calendar), brick oven pizza, and plenty of award-winning wines, while surrounded by fun and friendly company. From Latin American to Chinese American, and everything in between, we are celebrating cross cultural experiences through art, painted by citizens of the world. In this premier event, StudioYU and Hopewell Valley Vineyards have teamed up to bring together artists who would otherwise never meet, and they have opened up their studio to the general public as they paint on site in a 75 acre vineyard in the heart of New Jersey.

Each featured artist provides a distinctly unique commentary that feeds into the broader vision and international experience of StudioYU. DeFelice (left) captures her experiences of extensive world travel on canvas with a desire to transcend traditional ethnic identities. Bensliman (2nd from the left), a Tunisian social artist and designer, expresses her cultural roots through recycled materials and doodles. Ramos (2nd from the right) communicates ideas and emotions through daring colors reminiscent of Latin America. J. Yu (right), StudioYU’s founder, beautifully intermingles east and west cultures within pieces that merge Asian brush techniques with western mediums. Their demo dates and details of this event is located at

StudioYU was founded in 2015 with a dream of existing in a more collaborative, interactive, and culturally-vibrant art world. Through an online platform that selects noteworthy, yet underrepresented international artists, the organization works to enable these artists to collaborate without borders and reach a wider community of art-lovers and art-seekers. This Open StudioYU Art Show is a step towards creating this reality. Be a part of the cross-cultural experience this March and support StudioYU’s vision for building international, social, and cultural awareness in the arts. Visit for more information about StudioYU’s mission and join us in bringing the community together.

There will be an opening reception on March 2, 6-9pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyard on 46 Yard Rd. in Pennington, NJ. All are welcome to attend this public event. This exhibition provides an experience like no other, in which influence is drawn from a spectrum of geographic locations ranging from Hong Kong to Ecuador. Mark your calendar today!

STUDIO YU Love ‘n Spring Art Show

Looking for the ideal gift for Valentine's Day or simply want to spring into action after the long winter? Treat yourself and your loved ones to an international art exhibition, live artists’ demos, special sale of artwork directly from the artists, and plenty of award-winning wines for the entire months of February and March. This exhibition, inspired by the theme of love and spring, is presented by two international artists. Open studio weekends will also provide an opportunity to meet the artists as they paint on site. Demo dates and details of this event are located at

StudioYU was founded in 2015 with a dream of existing in a more collaborative, interactive, and culturally-vibrant art world. Through an online platform that discovers noteworthy, yet underrepresented, artists the organization works to enable international artists to connect with the global community of art-lovers and art-seekers. The Love 'n Spring Art Show is a step towards creating this reality. Be a part of the cross-cultural experience this coming spring and support StudioYU’s vision for building international, social, and cultural awareness in the arts. Visit for more information, and to partner with living artists in bringing the community together.  

All are welcome to attend this public event. The exhibition and art sale will run 7-days a week, from February 1 to March 31, 12pm to 5pm, at Unionville Vineyards, so mark your calendar today and see you at 9 Rocktown Rd. Ringoes, New Jersey 08551.

January 25: Jill DeFelice Solo Exhibition and Lecture at Surf City Library

All are welcome to join Jill for her solo exhibition at Surf City Library! She will be showing her work from China and Cambodia and lecturing on the changes in China from her perspective. See you there starting 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25.

Image captured from Jill's previous exhibitions and only partially representative of her coming exhibition. Please visit library website for directions and our Artists page for Jill's bio.

Introducing Clement Kwan

Red Cape, 2009, Victoria, B.C. Oil on Canvas, 24 x 20 inches.

Clement Kwan is a specialist in impressionism and realism who has been capturing sights and scenes of the diverse cultures represented around Victoria, British Columbia, since 1979. His exploration of Native Indian culture and western culture is truly amazing and walks us through history, and time, through the Canadian perspective. His paintings, in particular, is our choice for showcasing the Thanksgiving festivities.

Introducing Leonardo Ramos

Angel en Primavera, Atlanta, GA, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 12 inches.

Leonardo is a self-taught artist from Quito, Ecuador, now residing in New Jersey, who strives to interpret and plaster feelings and ideas on canvas. He translates everyday subject matter into an explosion of color with a Latin American flair. His work is deeply grounded upon his faith and upbringing. It not only welcomes us into his home, but leaves us wanting to learn more about where his "angels" come from and what carried him through his migration from Ecuador. Needless to say, his works are especially popular in preparations for the holidays. 

Click Here for a List of the 269 Galleries and Dealers Showing at Art Basil Miami 2016

21 of them are new to the fair, which will run December 1–4.

Some 77,000 people attended the fair’s 14th edition in 2015...

The 2016 exhibitors come from 29 countries, from Argentina to the United Kingdom. Among the first-timers are New York’s JTT and Callicoon Fine Art; Various Small Fires, from Los Angeles; House of Gaga, from Mexico City; Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong; and Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, from Curitiba, Brazil.
— Brian Boucher, artnet News, September 6, 2016

Introducing Kim Zeluck

Community: City in the Clouds, 2015. Watercolor and Ink on Watercolor board, 20 x 30 inches.

Kim Zeluck is a studio artist from Hong Kong, trained and practicing in New York, who aims to transform dreams into landscape and justify the often misunderstood concept of introversion. She is so passionate about pursuing her dreams that it translated directly onto her canvas in the form of "dreamscapes." She preserves the beauty of imagination through her art and aspires to depict the details that wander into our imagination.

Format Magazine's "The Best Fine Art Contests and Prizes of 2016"

For artists looking to enter competitions that are worth their wild, here's a comprehensive list of potentials provided by Format Magazine. It also does a great job summarizing the the main ideas, guidelines, deadlines, and fees involved. However, be forewarned that joining competitions may cost hundreds of dollars over the course of a year, unless you only sign up for the free ones on the list...which we have extracted for further examination below: 

Frieze Artist Award

Deadline: February 2016
Fee: None
Prize: £20,000 for project production

The Frieze Artist Award is a major opportunity to present ambitious, site-specific work as part of the Frieze Projects programme. The Award is open to UK and international artists between 25–40 years of age.

Artists are invited to propose a new work to be realized at Frieze London 2016 as part of its critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme, produced under the guidance of curator Raphael Gygax and the Frieze Projects team. If chosen, your project is given £20,000 to be created.

Tip from StudioYU: The link to the Frieze Projects Program, where the application should be, is redirected back to the Frieze website during off season, but applications should be open in December as this 2016 press release indicates. This contest is more installation and design oriented, and geared towards UK artists.

The Academy Center of the Arts Annual National Juried Art Exhibition

Deadline: February 2016
Fee: Free
Prize: $1000 for Best in Show, plus more cash prizes

The Juried Art Exhibition is sponsored and held at The Academy Center of the Arts, which provides educational resources and community enrichment through arts initiatives. Its ultimate goal is to serve as an educational resource and improve public safety and economic development in underserved neighborhoods in the US.

Tip from StudioYU: THIS IS NOT FREE. There's a membership fee of $65, which includes a discount to enter the contest. Open to US residents only, 18 years age and up. As the link is broken, probably because it's down season, not much more can be found about the contest specifically.

The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition

Deadline: April 2016
Fee: free
Prizes: $24,000-$100 each

The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition awards are open to artists anywhere in the world working in traditional media. Only two-dimensional, original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant, will be considered, meaning mixed media cannot exceed an inch in depth. 

Tip from StudioYU: There is a $20-$30 per image entry fee, if you're an early bird! Clearly, this is also NOT FREE. The deadline is usually the beginning of May, notified by August for publication.

The notion of "spending money to make money" is abundantly evident in these art contest models. The words "contest" or "competition" also seem to be a euphemism for "pay us to maybe show your work." Nonetheless, there are a few gems on the list, such as ArtPrize, which waives your entry fee for the next year if you don't find a vendor who will show your work, or Southworks, where artwork is judged anonymously, "without the chains of status or reputation." Our recommendation is to always read the Terms and Conditions thoroughly before proceeding, that is, assuming your work fits their requirements. 

PS. Applications to show on StudioYU is ABSOLUTELY FREE.

Introducing Mian Situ (including a video interview from cdsavoia)

Mian Situ is an impressionistic painter, from southern California. He has a knack for capturing the livelihood of people going about their daily lives in precise detail. His area of interest is in highlighting the essence of small farming villages and cross-cultural communities, inspired by his upbringing in the rural countryside of southern China. He is exceptionally talented at breathing life into not only his objects, but also capturing history on canvas, as indicated by his portrayal of the cross-cultural interaction below: 

Balloon Man in San Francisco, California, 1904. Oil on Canvas, 38 x 32 inches.