Friday, February 24, 2012


Media Contact: Dean Draznin Communications
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Jane Welch-Westgate jane[at] 336-608-4439

For Immediate Release


NEW YORK CITY, (FEB. 24, 2012)— Artexpo New York will showcase the exciting art work of Leila Holtsman, Joan Konkel, Anne Marchand, Jodi, and Georgia Nassikas from March 22-25, 2012 at Pier 92 on the Hudson.

For the last decade, Leila Holtsman has created mixed-material sculpture, site murals, and ceramic objects for private clients and juried exhibits in the Mid-Atlantic region, including in Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Leila spent ten years of her early life in the deserts of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which inspire her interest in natural forms and earthen palettes to this day.

Washington, DC-based sculptor Joan Konkel unleashes color to interact in the third dimension. She recently completed a 15-foot long triptych for the biopharmaceutical, MedImmune, in Gaithersburg, Maryland and currently has work in the Arts in Embassies program in Paris. Holding a BA in Fine Arts and an MA from San Francisco College for Women, and an MFA in Sculpture from George Washington University in Washington, DC, she also received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Joan is represented by galleries in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia and Palm Desert, California. Her work is included in private and corporate collections.

Anne Marchand received an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Marchand’s award winning paintings convey universal rhythms in nature and the cosmos. She explores relationships in color, mark making, body movement and poetry to provoke deeper inquiry into the origins of humanity. She layers mixed media with acrylic paint in her canvases. Her work is represented in private, public art and corporate collections. Her work is available at Porter Contemporary, NYC. She has exhibited at Gallery 555dc, Zenith Gallery and Longview Gallery in Washington, DC and prestigious galleries in the United States.

Jodi left her native country of Canada in 1967 for the Far East and Europe, a move that would influence her life and work forever. She moved to the United States in 1978 and while art has always been a part of her life she first began to emerge as a serious artist in 1995. Although Jodi has received private training, she has never studied painting or ceramics at an academic institution. This has allowed Jodi the independence and freedom to develop her unique style. Layering clay on the original textured surfaces has taken her work to a new level of expression. Capturing the colours and textures she experienced while living in Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Africa and Europe is a joy to her and she hopes to others.

For Georgia Nassikas, life’s turning moments often arrive unexpectedly. As an artist and beekeeper, I experienced an artistic crossing while viewing a modern encaustic painting at the National Gallery a day after the honey harvest from my hives. That was my moment of crossing from oil painting to encaustic: my wax in my paintings. An ancient technique, encaustic involves wax, pigment, and resin from fir trees. This process allows for luminous, textured, complex surfaces that deepen and enliven my images: an interplay of elemental form and color, the geometry of angles and shadows, and the light of a lifting sky.

Meet the artists who will be located on aisle 1100 at the show and view their artwork during Artexpo New York 2012, March 22-25 at Pier 92 on the Hudson.

About Artexpo New York
Artexpo is the world’s largest fine art trade show, providing dealers with access to thousands of innovative works from artists and publishers in one single venue. Over its 33-year history, Artexpo New York has hosted many of the world’s most renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indiana, Keith Haring and Leroy Neiman. To learn more, visit, and

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