Michael Conley

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) serves the upper Midwest publishing community through education, networking, and peer recognition for independent, non-profit, and academic publishers.  MIPA's 22nd Annual Midwest Book Awards were held Wednesday, May 9 at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.  In the category of Fiction:  Popular, Lethal Trajectories, written by Mike Conley, published Nov. 2011 won First Place  The book is a very impressive story that brings the serious reality of the diminishing  world energy resources to our attention in the entertaining form of a novel.  It is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  CONGRATULATIONS, MIKE!!!
  Manhattan Bridge Sunrise  Oil on Paper, Collection: Museum of the City of New York
Manhattan Bridge Sunrise Oil on Paper, Collection: Museum of the City of New York
DAVID AHLSTED

As a kid growing up in Minneapolis, making pictures that took a stab at capturing "reality" was a preoccupation of mine.
After 50 years, I am still a realist painter, in that I paint the recognizable world.  However, like the work of the painters who have influenced me, the aesthetic balance of my work tilts slightly toward the abstract aspects of painting, rather than description.  Content, plus geometry, color, light and shadow.  Perhaps it was those many visit to the Walker Art Center.

David
Beach Scene, Atlantic City  Oil on paper, Collection: New Jersey State Museum
Beach Scene, Atlantic City Oil on paper, Collection: New Jersey State Museum

Cantaloupes  Oil on canvas 2 x60, Collection: Heldrich Associ., NYC
Cantaloupes Oil on canvas 2 x60, Collection: Heldrich Associ., NYC

Summer, Mullica River  Oil on Cavas 6' 6' x 22 feet.  Collection: Stockton College NJ
Summer, Mullica River Oil on Cavas 6' 6" x 22 feet. Collection: Stockton College NJ