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Award Winning Artists

A great work of original artwork will never go unnoticed, so why not be certain the art in your space is the best of the best? Why not put an award winning piece in your home or office? In addition to “loving it,” this takes your artwork above and beyond—certifying its merit and worth. Apart from the emotional connection we can so deeply have with a work of art, achievement such as these provide us with confidence we’ve chosen the right piece! This week we’re highlighting five spectacular artists who received Gallery Contract Awards from this year’s Art Comes Alive.



Our first gallery contract winner as well as a purchase award winner, Linda Fischer creates eye-catching abstracts, layered with color and textures that develop beautiful depth. Her joy of experimentation with detail, color, shadows, lighting and distinct nuances is clearly seen when viewing any of her works. She expresses, “When someone sees my work I want them to be able to connect to my experiences and to feel what I was feeling when I created the piece, which is the memories and the many layers of experiences that have led me to this point in my journey of over 30 years.

Linda Fischer

Click here to see more of Linda Fischer’s artwork!



Renato Foti, Art Comes Alive’s “Glass Artist of the Year,” is a talented glass sculpture artist all the way from Toronto, Canada. His current work focuses on fused and slumped glass wall sculptures. The large scale wall creations are composed of fused glass made out of a variety of color segments forming a strong sense of balance and harmony to any space in which they are placed. The Color Wall Series sculptures are typically made up of linear lines, with variations at different angles as well as sections that are rectangular, forming a harmonic pattern that fits naturally with in the whole and can be lit with LED’s.

Renato Foti

Click here to see more of Renato Foti’s stunning sculptures.



Candace Primack uses a variety of mediums and manipulates them around the canvas to create shapes and patterns to instill within the viewer a sense of hope and joy. Also, her canvases are monochromatic and contemplative, filled with no more than two or three colors, resulting in a very sophisticated design aesthetic.

Candace Primack

Click here to see more of Candace Primack’s work.



The talented and acclaimed artist Ken Elliot has a transitional style that is easy for everyone to enjoy and his masterful use of color creates an amazing energy that emits from his work sending out a pleasing and tranquil feeling. “There is paradox in Ken Elliott’s landscapes: They pulse with powerful color, and yet collectors speak of his paintings as exuding a sense of calm. They contain choreographed rhythm and order, even within the seeming disorder of winter trees along a creek.”  – SW Art Magazine

ken elliot

Click here to see more of Ken Elliot’s work.




Ron Gordon’s work is BIG and BRIGHT!  Ron’s passion for paint, color, visual texture and detail combined with inner vision and a commitment to craftsmanship brings a unmistakable excellence to his work. Lines and shapes thrust upward or move in arches leading the eye through fields of rich patterns and visual texture. Energetic, sometimes whimsical, sometimes dramatic, the compositions of his paintings are compelling from a distance; though, on closer inspection the artist provides a visual feast of brush work and detail.

Ron Gordon

Click here to see more of Ron Gordon’s work.




Are you interested in the availability of the above artwork? Please call Elizabeth, ADC’s Gallery Director, at 513-723-1222 or email for more information!

Savor Seasonal Art

With the chaos of back to school behind us, and October slowly inching up—everyone finds time to pause and look at nature’s masterpieces. One of my favorite seasons is fall -the rustic oranges, deep auburns, and rich yellows of the leaves and the gold light of the autumn sun are so inspiring! I can’t wait for the leaves to change! If only the leaves stayed this way for longer…they seem here and gone in an instant.

That is why I love to bring these colors into my home through artwork! I get to enjoy the beauty of the short season, for longer—and bring the energy from the outdoors inside.



What is your favorite part of this season? Is it the colors or the energy? The memories of jumping into a pile of leaves when you were young? Or maybe it’s the calm, quietness of cool days, when we cuddle up to the fireplace with a good book.

Here are a few of my favorite contemporary representational artworks. Each piece adds glowing warmth to the space.

April Willy

click image to see more of April Willly’s work.


trish weeks

click image to see more of Trish Week’s work.


william neil

click image to see more of  Blink artist William Neil’s work.




If representational works aren’t for you, then an autumn abstract is! The vibrant yellow with splashes of blue remind me of leaves playing in the wind.  Pieces like this can really add an energetic and inviting quality to the space!

Kevin Poole

click image to see more of Kevin Poole’s work.



To really make a statement with the beautiful and bold reds of fall pair them with a dark wall and watch how the artwork instantly pops! This elegant contrast creates a beautiful contemporary space that is both warm and welcoming.

Karen Hale_Blink Art Resource

click image to see more of Blink artist Karen Hale’s work.



Are you interested in the availability of the above artwork? Please call Elizabeth, ADC’s Gallery Director, at 513-723-1222 or email for more information!

Pattern Play

Trending right now is bold patterned wall coverings, which we absolutely love! Funky patterns likes these can impact a room in a big way, just like art, but often people tend to go with one or the other. We’re here to reassure you that you can have your cake and eat it too!

This week we’re featuring a collection of artists from Art Design Consultants, Art Comes Alive and Blink Art Resource!



When working with super dominate patterned wallpaper keep within the theme and depending on your color choices, the artwork you set against it will pop or blend accordingly.

Marlies Merk Najaka I Blink Art Resource

This pairing is the perfect example of a seamless incorporation of patterned wallpaper and art creating a sophisticated display. Blink artist Marlies Merk Najaka’s large leafy work not only compliments the wallpaper in subject matter but also in color. Click image to see more of Marlies’ work.

Anyes Galleani I Art Design Consultants

Still staying with the theme of the design by incorporating a woman’s face, the artwork doesn’t feel out of place, but the bold color choice pops the art right of the wall! Anyes Galleani was an Art Comes Alive award winner and won a a gallery feature on Blink Art Resource! Click photo to see more of her works!



When working with a dramatic abstract wall pattern pair it with a figurative work to keep the room feeling balanced. Look for artwork that has the same consistency and texture as the paper.

Larry Forgard I Art Design Consultants

The blocky nature of Larry Forgard’s work pair perfectly with the geometric wall patterning. Click image to see more of Larry’s work!


Nick Stamas I Art Design Consultants

Nick Stamas’ piece pops off the wall with the contrasting light and dark colors, but it doesn’t feel out of place because the texture of the wall paper and the artwork match. Congratulations to Nick on winning a prestigious gallery contract in New York at this year’s ACA. Click image to see more ACA award winners.

JoAnne Helfert Sullam I Art Design Consultants

The same rule applies here as it did to Nick’s piece. JoAnne Helfert Sullam’s soft brush strokes match that of the wall paper for a seamless feel. Click image to see more of JoAnne’s work.



Larger scale rooms mean you have more space to incorporate more patterns and colors.

Jill Lear I Art Comes Alive Winner I Art Design Consultants

This is a bold design, but the high ceilings in the room allow for the colors and patterns to breath and expand through the space. Click image to see more of Jill’s works.



Incorporate colors and textures from area rugs to make the room feel finished and unified.

Fran Carlisle I Blink Art Resource

The fine filigree of the flower is complimented by the fur rug and rather than overwhelming the space with a detailed texture the room feels refined and elegant. Click photo to see more of Fran Carlisle’s photography on Blink Art Resource!

Marti Leroux I Art Comes Alive I Blink Art Resource

This room really packs a punch! The hot pink in Marti Leroux’s triptych pulls out the soft pink in the floral wallpaper, but matching yellows in the art and rug is what makes this room work.


Go decorate with confidence that wallpaper and art can be friends and make for one killer statement room! It’s just all about how you create balance within the space!


Color Crush: Blue!

We loved pulling together our first Color Series, Color Crush: Orange, so much that we decided to put together one on a color that’s most associated with summer: BLUE!

Whether it’s a family vacation to the beach, a long weekend at the lake or just a walk outside, the color blue surrounds us during the summer no matter the activity!


Light and Atmospheric

Pale Blue I Art Design Consultants I Color Crush Blog


Pale blues are often associated with nostalgia and creativity. Think back to your favorite family memory about time spent with your toes buried in the sand reading your favorite book or tossing ball on the beach. This blue can provide a much needed break and breath of fresh air, and is an excellent color to brighten up any room with a peaceful tone.  

Jane Stoddard I Art Design Consultants

“Where Would you Rather Be?” by ACA Artist Jane Stoddard. Click image to see all 185 ACA Artists.


Fresh and Calming

Sky Blue I Art Design Consultants I Color Crush Blog


Sky Blues are one of the calmest colors and helps promote a healing nature for resiliency against future obstacles. This blue is best known to reduce stress – just think of how relaxed you are when lying on your back looking up at a crystal blue sky dotted with clouds. This color is best used in high-energy spaces where a lot of people tend to gather.

tom owen I Art Design Consultants

“Beach Day” by ACA Artist Tom Owen. Congratulations to Tom for winning the prestigious award Abstract Artist of the Year! Click photo to see more of Tom’s work.

Amy Genser I Art Design Consultants

Mixed Media Abstracts by ACA Artist Amy Genser. Congratulations to Amy for winning several awards at this year’s ACA! Click photo to see more ACA Award Winners!


Bright and Bold

True Blue I Art Design Consultants I Color Crush Blog

Due to its calming, grounded qualities, bright blues are great to incorporate into an already colorful space. These blues are a non-threatening and won’t compete, such as a vibrant orange or green would. Also, this blue is the color of determination and ambition to strive for great things in life – what better way to utilize the effects of this great color than in your bedroom and waking up to it every morning feeling ready to take on the world!

Marlene Sanaye Yamada I Art Design Consultants

“Adventurous” by Marlene Sanaye Yamada. Congratulations to Marlene on all her ACA Awards!  Click photo to see more ACA Award Winners!


Strong and Rigid

Dark Blue I Art Design Consultants I Color Crush Blog

Dark blues are seen as conservative and give off an air of being calm, cool and collected.  Use this confident color when wishing to achieve a regal and sophisticated design. The deep blue creates a grounded focal point and a much needed break for your eyes to rest on as they take on the room.

John Metz I Art Design Consultants

“Submerged 4″ by John Metz. Click photo to see all the incredible works entered into ACA 2015!

Blue is calm, clean, confident and the least controversial of any color, so artwork with any quality of blue will be a fantastic addition to your space!

Are you interested in the availability of the above artwork? Please call Elizabeth, ADC’s Gallery Director, at 513-723-1222 or email for more information!


ACA 2015 is our most successful show to date! We’re thrilled we were able to celebrate the nation’s top 185 artists by giving away over $250,000 in awards! So mark your calendars for Friday, July 31st from 5 – 7 PM and join us for ACA’s Closing Reception and one last look at the show!