NOW in Sicily

June – July our Founder, Gina Hartmann explores Sicily to conduct feasibility study to narrow sites for upcoming communal Artist residency. Now Team has narrowed it down to three locations. We hope to have an announcement by the end of year. Enjoy some of the incredible pics.



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And the NOW 2017 Residency recipient is…

~ Sarah Novio ~

After informing Sarah that she had been selected for the residency I reached out to get to know more about her. Below is some more information about the 2017 recipient.

Sarah was born and raised in Long Island, NY. She attended college in Florida before moving to go to New York Academy. Currently residing in New Jersey, Sarah enjoys being active, music, Disney movies, and enjoying the company of family and friends when she’s not creating artwork. As a kid, Sarah enjoyed drawing but would get in trouble for drawing in her notebook. She stopped making art in middle school and picked it back up after taking an art class while applying to a nursing program. This resulted in her changing her major to art. During this change is where she found her love for painting.

She is inspired visually by artists including, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Cecily Brown, and Nicole Eisenman. She also gets inspiration from books and nature’s beauty.

Sarah enjoys being in a new place and out of her comfort zone. This is one of the reasons she enjoys residencies. When in a new environment she asks herself “How am I going to adapt, who am I going to meet, and who is going to influence me?”. She sees residencies as not only an “endeavor of art” but also a journey of personal growth.

When asked about using color in her art, Sarah said that studying different art helped her realize that color is, “not just something we see, it is something that can be used to create emotion”. Sarah feels that through art she has a responsibility to use her voice to help bring awareness to the inequality between men and women. This is why she plays with the process of painting while simultaneously painting about personal narrative and the experiences of a woman coming of age. She says her work thus far has been a journey between abstraction and representational art because she enjoys the push and pull between describing a human figure and obliterating it with flat shape and color.

On behalf of the NOW team, we are excited to Congratulate Sarah Novio on being the recipient of the 2017 NOW Artist Residency and we are looking forward to her stay!



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Sante Fe Art and Life

Founder Gina Hartmann taking some time to explore the arts and region of Santa Fe.

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Thank you and good luck!

We want to thank all the incredible artists who applied to the NOW Artist Residency. The diversity and caliber of work is impressive. The judges are going to have a hard time making their decision. I look forward to learning the name of the recipient this week. Good luck everyone.

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Deadline for Application: April 16, 2017

Notification of Selection: May 15-20, 2017

Residency commences: On or around Sep. 1, 2017
Artists are invited to submit complete applications for the NOW ARTIST RESIDENCY program. Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis. One artist will be selected as the recipient for 2017 year.

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Part of the NOW Team Celebrating the launch of the NOW Artist Residency Program…super fun at the Portland Cider Anniversary party. Looking forward to meeting the first recipient.

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Saying Goodbye …

It’s time to say good bye….

We loved our old studio space but its time to embrace change.. so we’ll take a moment to look back at our beautiful  space …as we look forward to seeing the finished product of our new Artist Residency this spring!

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Sicily, Italy……

MUCH still to come…   NOW is so excited about our Portland, Artist Residency, can’t believe it’s finally here Summer 2017. We can’t wait for it’s big reveal in June and the announcement of our first Residency recipents in May.  The garden and outdoor painting area are stunning the Garden Room can only be just as amazing.                BUT… just an update as many of you know we are working on a Sicily, Italy location for 2019. Part of the Now Team will be visiting in June ….and here is just a little taste of what to expect…    what?! an outdoor shower!

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Awesome…Firehouse Gallery!

We are so excited our Founder Gina Hartmann will be having a solo show at the Firehouse Gallery in Grants Pass, OR. A beautiful space in a stunning setting.

Aug. 30th, 2017 – Sept 29th, 2017

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di Rosa Collection …Napa Valley

A few of the members of NOW visited the di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery and Main Gallery in the historic residence of Rene di Rosa. di Rosa houses one of the for most collections of contemporary San Francisco Bay Art. Worth the visit even if not a Bay Area Art fan. The historic house has been left just the way it was when Rene di Rosa lived and entertained there. They lived with their art and the house is still alive with the energy of those days and the many Artists that graced the doors.  di Rosa was an extraordinary meeting place.  A place for creatives to gather and why we think its an important place to take a look if your in the Napa area.

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