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About the Artist:
Ann Calandro is an artist from Flemington, New Jersey. She has Since 2006, participated in approximately 4 dozen juried online and bricks-and-mortar exhibits (mixed media collage and photography), had artwork published in several journals and calendars, sold about 2 dozen pieces of artwork to individual buyers, won approximately 2 dozen awards ranging from honorable mention to best in show, and wrote and illustrated a children's picture book in 2015, which was published by a small independent press.

Breaking the Spell

  • "Breaking the Spell by Ann Calandro is a 28" by 24" mixed-media, collage which was completed in 2009. The title refers to the fairy tale about a wicked stepmother who puts seven brothers under a spell that turns them into birds. Their one sister is the only person who can break the spell. She must knit seven sweaters for her seven brothers within a year, and once they put on the sweaters they will turn back into young men. As the deadline nears and the birds hover close to her, she throws the finished sweaters over them, save for the sweater for the young brother, which lacks one sleeve and leaves him with one wing. That's why the young man in the collage has feather along one arm. I dedicated this collage to my father, who helped break the spell of poverty for his mother and siblings." ~Ann Calandro This piece goes well in any room of your home, especially a child's room or den. I've been influenced by Henri Rousseau, who set out to reproduce the world photographically and ended up creating a world of enchantment; by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, whose artwork is a symphony of color and narrative; by Alice Hoffman, whose books mix realism with fables and myths; and by many other artists, writers, and musicians. I often get ideas for my artwork from songs, and I like to incorporate words into my artwork. ~Ann Calandro Available for purchase: A reproduction of the 28 x 24 original. Purchasing a Contemporary Art Gallery Online reproduction is an easy way to revitalize a dull room, create an area of discussion, show your personality, and more. Art is appropriate and more importantly encouraged, for every room in your house? including the bathroom! Create wall collections from floor to ceiling, ascending the staircase, or choose oversize pieces to consume a wall. No longer are there right and wrongs, to hanging art. The trend today is to show your personality and you through the art you have chosen. Blank walls are out! Art always makes a difference. Great art turns a house into a magnificent home, showcasing the amazing you! Let us help you create your dream room and more importantly your dream home. Let us help you find that art that truly speaks to you!

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