Baranski, Linda

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Biography

Linda Baranski is a Mosaic Artist, Printmaker and Abstract Expressionist painter living in Northeast Kansas.

Use Mediums and Techniques

Mosaics:  Italian vitreous glass tile, smalti, stone, antique jewelry, stained glass and found objects, using all traditional techniques including mosaic restoration method.
Paintings:  Realism and Abstract Expressionism in oil, acrylic and watercolor.
Prints:  Water-soluble ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.

Artistic Statement -- “As a mosaic artist, my life has been transformed into a world of broken china, shattered tile and found objects that recreate themselves anew.  Each sunrise, every cloud, and flower become a puzzle to be reinvented.  Upon my return from studies in Ravenna, Italy, my focus has been more iconic in nature.  When not working at my mosaic studio in Lecompton, I create with oils, acrylic and mixed media in a style best described as abstract expressionism, in the spirit of Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffman and Willem de Kooning, drawing upon personal experiences and the natural world.  In my work I explore the edges of awareness, where the conscious and unconscious intertwine through the play of color and form.  My interest is in the power of art to uplift, inspire, challenge and transform."  

Commissioned Work

2003 – Mosaic busts of Nefertiti and Tutankhamen (private collector)
2003 – Four Foot outdoor installation for the Endowment Association of USD343, Perry, Kansas
2006 - Joan of Arc (private collector)
2006 – Mosaic Mirror (private collector)
2006 – Mosaic Mirror (Art for Arthritis)
2007 – Mosaic Mirror (private collector)

Affiliations and Offices Held

SAMA-Society of American Mosaic Artists 
Friends of the Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library-President 2001-2004 
Library Friends of Art-Along with the Sabatini family, co-founded this group during 2002 to support the Sabatini Gallery through volunteerism and funding
Lawrence Art Guild-Treasurer 2017-2020, President 2015-2016, President 2005-2009, Vice-President 2004-2005, Treasurer 2002-2004, Secretary 2000-2002, Membership Chair 2000-2002
Topeka Art Guild-Member
USD343 Perry-Lecompton Schools-Board member for twelve years
1974-1979: Washburn University
1980-1982: Private Instruction - Robert Ault (former instructor of Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton of Wellsville, Kansas) at Ault’s Academy of Art, Topeka, KS
1988-1990: Private Instruction - Ellen Duncan, Watercolor Artist, Lecompton, KS
1998-2007: Private Instruction - Marty Mavrovich, Old Masters Oil Painting
2004 – Indirect Mosaic Methods - David Loewenstein
2004 – Studio Arte del Mosaico, Advanced Mosaic Restoration - Luciana Notturni, Ravenna, Italy

Awards

2009 Phoenix Award in Arts Administration

Occupation

Professional Artist 
President of Renaissance Mosaics 
Vice-President, D.A. Baranski & Co., Arts and Antiquities, Fine Art Appraisers (heading up Art Placement Division)
Currently, Gallery Director, 1109 GALLERY, Lawrence, Kansas

Juried, Non-Juried and Private Exhibitions

1998-2007:  Holiday Art Fair, Lawrence, KS (Juried)
1998-2008: Art in the Park, Lawrence, KS (Juried)
2001-2009: Lawrence Art Walk (Non-Juried)
2002 & 2003: Prairie Pond Studio Juried Shows (Private)
June, 2003: “Revealed” one woman show, Lawrence Public Library (Private)
June, 2003-2009: Artist in Residence, Raymer Gallery and Red Barn Studio, Lindsborg, KS (Juried)
April, 2004: “Transitional Woman” one woman show, The Artist Collection, Topeka, KS Juried (Private)
June, 2004:  One woman show, Lawrence Public Library Gallery (Private)
June, 2004:  Topeka Art Guild/Lawrence Art Guild (Juried)
September, 2004: Lawrence Own Your Own Art  (Juried)
February, 2005: Lawrence Art Guild All Members Show (Non-Juried)
April-May, 2005: “Complementary Visions” two woman show (Private)
July, 2005: Lawrence Art Guild All Members Show (Non-Juried)
January-February: “The Way of the Masters” Topeka Art Guild Show (Juried)
July, 2006: Lawrence Art Guild All Members Show (Non-Juried)
October-November, 2007: “Anything Goes” Topeka Art Guild Show (Juried)
February, 2008: Maceli’s Show (Juried)
April, 2008: Group Show, Beauchamp’s Gallery, Topeka (Juried)
June, 2008: All Membership Show (Non-Juried) at Hobbs-Taylor Lofts
March, 2009: National Show “Religious Icon”, Beachamp’s Gallery (Juried)
June, 2009: “Wallpaper” (Juried)

Galleries

1999-2001:  Carmesi Gallery, Lawrence, KS
2002: Gallery “Z”, Olathe, KS
2002-2003: Prairie Pond Studio, Lawrence, KS
2000-2008: Booktique, TSCPL, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka, KS
2004-2006: Artist Collection and Custom Framing, 4039 SW 10th, Topeka, KS
2008-2009: Beauchamp’s Gallery, 3113 SW Huntoon, Topeka, KS

Classes Taught

1998-2009: Private workshops given in beginning and advanced mosaics at studio, located 214 N 2100 Rd, Lecompton, KS
2003-2009: Workshops taught at Raymer Gallery, Lindsborg, KS in both mosaics and printmaking
2004: Mosaic workshops at Sunfire Ceramics in Lawrence, KS
2005:  Mosaic workshops at Riverfront Gallery in Lawrence, KS
2008: Lawrence Art Guild Workshop

Donated Artwork

1998-2009 –Lawrence Arts Center Auction
2006 –American Heart Assoc. Auction
2006 –Art for Arthritis
2006 –The Raymer Society Auction
2006-2009 –Douglas County Aids Project