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2016 is here. Though the cold winter months might seem less than revitalizing, there is no better time for new beginnings. Check out these 9 works of art that encapsulate renewal, change, transition, and rejuvenation—perfect for ringing in the new year.

1 Erin Lynn Welsh

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Rebeca Raney, Garden

Full of color and expressionistic energy, Erin Lynn Welsh’s flowers burst with life and epitomize the fresh vitality and opportunity that the new year brings.

2 Ryan James MacFarland

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Evan Bellantone, Here to There
Journal: 9 artworks to usher in the New Year: Gallery
Ryan James MacFarland, Daymoon XIV

In this series by Ryan James MacFarland, the moon is as transfixing in its pale daytime appearance as in its nighttime brilliance. It is also an enduring symbol of transition, and recalls the lengthening days that will get us through the winter.

3 Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey

Journal: 9 artworks to usher in the New Year: Gallery
Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Lewis

In Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey’s intricate works, fire is used in a process of creation rather destruction, with pieces like Burnt Bloom coming to represent renewal and transformation.

4 Rebeca Raney

Journal: 9 artworks to usher in the New Year: Gallery
Erin Lynn Welsh, Knox

Rebeca Raney’s whimsical cast of characters add a pop of joy and life to a room. Her works featuring plants and flowers are especially apt for celebrating this time of growth and budding opportunities.

5 Xochi Solis

Journal: 9 artworks to usher in the New Year: Gallery
Ryan James MacFarland, Daymoon IX

Elegant, vivacious, and balanced—Xochi Solis’ colorful, layered pieces embody everything to strive toward as a brand new year begins. The caterpillar in this piece is especially reminiscent of change and new beginnings.

6 Evan Bellantone

Journal: 9 artworks to usher in the New Year: Gallery
Xochi Solis, The emptiness and silence of the afternoons

This one-of-a-kind monoprint by Evan Bellantone brilliantly juxtapose monochrome and color. The rainbow—a sign of rejuvenation after the rain—is especially appropriate as a symbol of the new year and the exuberance it brings.

7 Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao

Journal: 9 artworks to usher in the New Year: Gallery
Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey, Burnt Bloom

New friends for the new year. Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao’s quirky and playful series of “Lump Nubbins”, like this one named Lewis, make for cute companions that sit perfectly on a desk or bedside table.

8 Evan Venegas

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Evan Venegas, Day Map 90514

NYC artist Evan Venegas creates watercolor Day Maps that map “emotional data”, with each circle representing a priority, activity, or emotion over the course of one specific day. The Day Map series reflects on the ways we organize our lives—quite appropriate as 2016 kicks off.