Exhibits

EXHIBITS

“Liminal moments. Those moments apart from time when you are gripped. Taken. When you are so fully absorbed in what you are doing that time ceases to exist." Rebecca Wells

Recent Gallery Exhibitions

Sharing my paintings is as satisfying as creating them. It is so exciting to share my process with others. It is also an honor to encourage others to embrace their own process over their product. Don’t look at what I’ve made. Look at why I made it. What did I notice, think about or meditate on? What was I mindful of? What does art and creating make you think about? How does it help you understand yesterday, the present moment, and what might happen tomorrow? These are the questions I hope you will ponder as you visit my exhibits. May it all help you embrace your “Right Now” and accept that tomorrow can’t be fully understood today. Perhaps, you will see that liminality, while challenging, can help you wait in the “Right Now” with greater understanding? May this gallery bring you a little extra peace in your liminal places and spaces.

A pen and ink drawing with collage elements showing a water spigot and two windows.
A pen and ink drawing with collage elements of barrels and an abstract circular shape.
Painting of a Water Spigot, Window, and a Door

The Quarantine Artwork of the Artists of ECVA, 2021

Alisa looks back on a lifetime of art making, and she sees creativity’s gift of “flow” during the countless times of sitting and waiting for time to do its work within her. She sees that her creative process was with her whether the hands of time moved too fast or too slow. She also notices that in the most challenging times—the moments when time seemed not to move at all—her creative process was her great companion. When engaged in this process, Alisa’s has her most profound spiritual experiences. Art is a gift that provides her much connectedness, meaning, and joy.

Exhibit opens on September 13th, 2021

 

St. Vincent College Verostko Arts Center, 2021

I am enraptured by the idea that Mary carried God incarnate inside her womb. I like to think that this supplied enough holy power to ignite a spiritual fire inside her. I painted “Madonna on Fire” with the same wonderment I had as a child. She’s not God but she birthed Him. How could she not glow from the inside out? I believe Mary was ablaze and that’s why, and how, I painted her.

This is a painting of the Virgin Mary with a ring of fire around her head.

Madonna on Fire, 2019

September 6th through October 29th, 2021

View All the Entries to the 8th Annual Catholic Biennial Here:

Photo of fine artist, Alisa E. Clark, at the 8th Catholic Arts Biennial.

Learn about “Madonna On Fire” in David Brinker’s Lecture Here:

Learn More About the Vertosko Art Center Here:

Edward A. Dixon Gallery Juried Exhibition, 2021

I paint what fascinates me. I explore memories. I find joy in the present moment. I paint it as I see it. It alll makes my “Right Now” a good place to be.

This is a painting of a hanging pot of flowers and the word "joy."

I Find Joy, 2021

2021 Genesis Exhibition in Partnership with the Jewish Art Salon and CARAVAN, NYC, NY

This piece explores creation: the very beginning of time. What was it like at the dawn of the strange, swirling birth of planets and life from a void of nothingness? Was it quiet? Were there colors? Was the light bright? Was God there? These were questions I explored as I painted “Out of Nothing.” 

Painting about creation with the hand of God, the tree of life, and a cosmic sky.

Out of Nothing, 2021

Genesis: The Beginning of Creativity  

Artistic Initiative of the Jewish Art Salon in partnership with CARAVAN

Show Opens May 1st, 2023 in NYC, NY

International Society of Experimental Artists 2021 Exhibition

This canvas originally had a painting on it that always bothered me but was more classical and “acceptable” in style. People liked it. I recently threw every impulse I had on top of it, and completely recreated the original work. I used new materials with intensity: cold wax, handmade collage papers, torn pieces from old documents and memorabilia, and textured mediums. I don’t have a focal point: naughty. I used black and texture liberally: intrusive. There are so many things I was trained to do that I threw out. No one conventional would even consider hanging it on their wall. I was asked why I didn’t make it look real and keep it the way it was. Why? Because I will vomit if I stick with what’s expected for even a second longer. I just can’t do it anymore. Impulse is telling me that it’s time to investigate, explore, and break the rules. I let loose when I made this painting. It will likely lead to little approval, but at least I am satisfied.

Experimental painting of a patio using acrylic paints, collage, and alcohol inks

Go Back, Move Forward, 2020


Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI

Exhibit Opens on September 3rd, 2021

Photo of fine artist, Alisa E. Clark, at the 2021 ISEA Exhibit.

Las Laguna Gallery International Exhibition, 2021

I peer into the oven where my father kept the cookies. I hear the squeak of the oven door opening. I smell chocolate and vanilla. This magical oven and its magical cookies are stuff long forgotten. I reach to seize it and remember. I paint and then go forward to “What’s Next.”

Stuff Long Forgotten, 2021

Exhibit Opening: January 7th, 2021

SHCA 2020 Artist and Artisan Holiday Gallery

“My dad planted hundreds of little pine trees in his passion to preserve beauty. These trees are now happy little reminders of Dad now that he’s gone. Every little pine tree I see washes me with a little comfort and joy.”

Collection of Small Works by Alisa E. Clark, 2020

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Fantastical Flora and Fauna Regional Exhibition, 2020

This space is loaded with significance. It teems with things that are deeply meaningful for me. I paint the “Space Between” what once was and now is. My studio is now full of odds and ends that I cut, glue, mix with paint, and apply to a canvas. What springs forth is my garden full of memories.

Space Between, 2020

South Haven, MI, Regional Juried Exhibition Finalist

South Haven Center for the Arts

Exhibit Opening: September 25th, 2020

The Color of Music Art Exhibit, 2020

I make art, and I do my best to do it my way: honestly. The more I create, the more I know my song.

I Know My Song, 2020

A show of works from across the country no larger than 10 inches in any direction.

d'Art Center National Juried Exhibition, 2020

I want people to see a universe inside this painting: a universe where everyone is called to display their uniqueness and diversity. I want you to see a world where a person’s honest attempt at authenticity is held high: a place for everyone everywhere. Look. See what I see.

Norfolk, VA, National Finalist

Theme: Mental Health Awareness

Title: Everyone

Exhibition Closed

39th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition, 2020

As we all wait for what’s next, the present moment is causing us all anxiety and grief. We can’t even trust in simple necessities as we once did. Despite today’s realities, I have a canvas that speaks something unexpected and surprising. I have one place where hope can say, “Hello.”

39th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition: Finalist, 2020

(Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center, Birmingham, MI)

Title: Hello Hope

Small Works National Juried Exhibition, 2020

323 Buena Vista, NY is about a door and the people who have entered it. Painting it helps me in my process of accepting—accepting that I won’t be able to use this door for very much longer. I paint to continue turning the knob of this door, and the knobs of the doors beyond this door, so I can see what was once on the other side. I am stuck here, so I paint it over and over and over again, so I can find my way back.

Portals- Small Works National Juried Exhibition: National Finalist, 2020

(Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, NY)

Title: 323 Buena Vista Rd, 2019

Exhibition Closed

Yale School of Divinity Reflections Magazine Cover Art

Alisa’s work is featured on the cover of this Reflections Magazine issue. Click on this link to read the magazine’s article about the cover art:

https://reflections.yale.edu/article/spirit-and-politics-finding-our-way/our-shared-hope

ECVA Universal Christ Exhibit, 2019

Part of His Universe, 2019

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit:

https://ecva.org/exhibition/universal-christ/exhibit29-aclark.html

Visit the Full ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual

https://ecva.org/exhibition/universal-christ/index.html

 

ECVA Exhibition on Worship, 2019

Madonna on Fire, 2019

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit:

ECVA Exhibit on Suffering

Why We Don’t Suffer, 2019

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit:

http://ecva.org/exhibition/Suffering/exhibit68-AClark.html

Visit the Full ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual Arts) Exhibit:

http://ecva.org/exhibition/Suffering/index.html

ECVA Exhibit on Telling God Stories

Transformed, 2017

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit:

http://ecva.org/exhibition/Telling_God_Stories/exhibit41-AC01.html

Visit the Full ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual Arts)

http://ecva.org/exhibition/Telling_God_Stories/index.html

Exhibit Archives

Follow this link to view the entire exhibit:

https://ecva.org/exhibition/OpenStudio2011/OS-2011-Thumbnails.htm

Follow this link to view the entire exhibit:

https://ecva.org/exhibition/Justice_And_Peace/JusticeAndPeaceMain.htm