Staff Picks – Art Design Consultants


Staff Picks

Posted on 15 August 2012

In this blog, every week I describe the elements of artwork that I find beautiful, intriguing, and inspiring. For a change of pace, I thought it would be fun to showcase the favorite pieces of the Art Design staff. With new artwork coming in all the time…we seem to fall in love with a new work of art daily. Today, the members of the ADC team will share with you their “artwork pick of the week” and why that piece speaks to them.  


“I really enjoy these John Landseidel pieces because not only are they dynamic, dramatic, and colorful, but they are incredibly versatile. They could be displayed together, horizontal, vertical…or my favorite—one on each side of a doorway and one above the door. I like the idea of surrounding an entrance with artwork that you essentially ‘walk through’ to get to the other side.” [caption id="attachment_2490" align="aligncenter" width="327" caption="Artwork by John Landsiedel"][/caption]  

CHRIS MORRIS, Master Framer

“During the ‘Art Comes Alive’ preparations many artists brought their work to us personally and I remember when Robert Coomer came with his piece in tow. I like it the moment I laid eyes on it. This piece is so different, so subtle, steely and cool. I recognized its curious metal presence and on closer observation I see a flower. Yes. The image of a flower on the cold rusty steel. Not just any flower though, but the spent blossom & prickly stem of what might be from a thistle. Curiously indelicate. I like it from a distance because of its proportions—so very close to the magic shape of the ‘golden rectangle.’ But that’s the closer in the deal. That is what made me get closer to see the eye candy inside. “ [caption id="attachment_2491" align="aligncenter" width="327" caption="Artwork by Robert Coomer"][/caption]  

ROCKY WOODS, Gallery Manager

“I chose this incredible duo because I am very enamored with Denny Baker’s ‘deco-inspired’ metal art. I currently have two of his pieces in my home! Whether these fabulous pieces are mobiles or free-standing metal sculptures, they burnished masterpieces are truly inspired. When he uses color—mainly on his mobiles—his choices are magnificent! Continued success to the talented Mr. Baker!” [caption id="attachment_2492" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Artwork by Dennis Baker"][/caption]  

KELLY RYDER, PR & Social Media Specialist

“Throughout the day my eye continues to wander over to Jens G Rosenkrantz Jr’s photograph on aluminum. Every time I look at it I see something different. It makes me feel like I’m looking at the world through a colorful and contemporary stained glass window. The energy reminds me of the hustle and bustle of Chicago or New York City where you are surrounded by driven and artistic people. From a design perspective I love this piece’s versatility. The range in colors allows it to work with so many different spaces and personalities.” [caption id="attachment_2494" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Artwork by Jens G. Rosenkrantz Jr."][/caption]


KEVIN POOLE, Master Framer & Artist

“I’ve always been intrigued by landscape painting. Tom Towhey’s piece had a unique, playful composition and perspective that draws me in. The glowing layers of color and impeccable surface handling are something appreciate both as a fan of art and as a fellow painter.” [caption id="attachment_2505" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Artwork by Tom Towhey"][/caption]


ALLISON BANZHAF, Senior Art Consultant

"Beth Himsworth's mosaic is beautifully pieced together. The textural elements, and the way it catches the light, is what admire most about it. The high gloss, together with the matte finish of the grounded tree in the foreground, creates a juxtaposition of rich and rustic textures... A combination like water and earth. And the other obvious stunner of this piece are the blues and oranges working together to create a enticing warmth in the sky."   [caption id="attachment_2535" align="aligncenter" width="328" caption="Artwork by Beth Himsworth"][/caption]

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  • Lars Anderson: December 09, 2016

    I’m with Kelly on this one. Of course, I’m a sucker for strong vertical elements, and Jens’ piece certainly has those. Beyond that, it gives me the sensation of being in a vital and curious place.

  • Jens G Rosenkrantz Jr: December 09, 2016

    Thank you for the mention. Glad people are viewing the work and enjoying it.

  • Helmut kientz: December 09, 2016

    I like Rocky’s pick – The sculpture in itself is a wonderfull visual study of juxtaposition of cube and sphere. The surprising draw after viewing the sculture on top of a “table” is that the sculpture has transcended from below. This was not immediately apparent, but when realized becomes the basis for pulling you into the whole piece.

  • rebecca ragland: December 09, 2016

    So glad you like John’s work…thank you so much for mentioning. Funny, I think it’s wonderful also…..

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