November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
There are only a few days left to visit the Nick Edmonds exhibit at the Thayer Gallery in Braintree, MA which runs thru November 14, 2014. Edmonds is an award winning sculptor who has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Milton Academy and Boston University where he is currently a Professor Emeritus.
This exhibits features several pieces by the artist that depict his fertile imagination and technical skills. Each piece is unique and yet has a stylized appearance that distinguishes them as a Nick Edmonds’ creation.
The sculptures are large and create abstract forms and on closer observation reveal carved and painted details of imaginary worlds.
Edmonds’ monumental sculptures are inspired by Japanese gardens and the idea of creating a wholeness of nature that can exist indoors. This inspirational show is beautifully arranged and curated by gallery director Karen Koskores. Visit the Thayer Gallery on the campus of Thayer Academy which features a diversity of artists and art mediums on the the South Shore of Massachusetts at 745 Washington Street Braintree, MA 02184.
November 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Bright Matters is the name of the current exhibit by Shinique Smith at the MFA in Boston. Although I was not familiar with Shinique’s work I was pleasantly surprised to find a contemporary show of work by a woman artist that was inspiring and beautiful. All too many times I find that contemporary art focuses on the dark and depressing with a shock value in an attempt to be hip and obtuse-or is it just me… Thankfully Shinique Smith’s work got my spirits up and inspired me with her graffiti style combined with fabrics, sound and just about anything she found appropriate for her creations.
Shinique makes a statement about her exhibit by writing on the wall. So heartfelt and full of optimism.
This piece is thoughtfully detailed with an abundance of freedom of paint application. Smith expresses herself by approaching her work with a lot of physicality in applying her paint. The stained glass motif was created as a fabric collage that gives the piece an anchor within a field of expressive strokes of paint. This piece was named after a Jimi Hendrix song that suggests a vantage point to see life before birth.
These three canvasses have paint in black and white only with the edges in bright primary colors. They depict Shinique’s expressive style that exudes energy and masterful brush strokes-doodles on a more sophisticated scale.
Inspired by the Northern Lights in Iceland this ink and acrylic on canvas over panel is a wave of colors that is uplifting and filled with the power of ethereal lightness.
This creation is an explosion of imaginative expression that ties together colors with ink, paint, fabric, paper collage, yarn, ribbon and found objects on a wood panel.
Explore this high energy and inspirational exhibit which is a culmination of art pieces by the artist from the past decade. The exhibit is in Gallery 158 in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston thru March 1, 2015.
October 30, 2014 § 1 Comment
There are currently three new exhibits at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA all on view thru Dec 21, 2014. In the Dillon Gallery there is a 12″ x 12″ Small Works Show and Sale that features work by their gallery artists. The theme is ‘Feast and Festivities’ which has been uniquely interpreted by each artist.
There’s a wide variety of pieces available all $500 or under with a percentage that goes towards the support of the SSAC. Patricia Berube has pledged the entire proceeds from the sale of her work to the art center.
Now is a great time to acquire artwork by your favorite local artists at a more affordable price. All work is sold off the wall.
Also on exhibit is the Works on Paper National Juried Show curated by Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA in Boston.
Although the exhibit features a vast array of styles and mediums it has a thread of delicately detailed work that has the viewer lured in closely to appreciate the draftsmanship of mechanical-like drawings, paintings and photographs.
In the front lobby there are pieces by SSAC faculty Bill Flynn that are complex and involved and yet have a lightness to them that is remarkable. These abstract pieces are a testament to Flynn’s depth of skills and knowledge as an artist. Worth the trip to Cohasset to admire his creations.
October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
At the Duxbury Art Complex in Duxbury, MA there’s only a short period of time before the ‘Hidden Worlds‘ exhibit by 19 on Paper comes to and end on November 9th, 2014. This group from Rhode Island was organized in 1986 and still has a robust collective of artists that focuses on art made on paper. The above pieces are entitled ‘Spill’ by Kristin Street are constructed with steel pins, poplar and paper that creates a fascinating three dimensional quality which defies gravity.
Joan Hausrath is one of the ringleaders for the 19 on Paper collaborative who recently gave a talk on the participating artists’ interpretations of their individual pieces and how they relate to the concept of Hidden Worlds. Joan’s collagraphs are a personal favorite with their textural characteristics and ties with primitive art that tie perfectly with this printmaking medium.
There’s a wide diversity of styles included in the exhibit such as this watercolor by Hiroko Shikashio entitled Journey to Peace.
This detail of a collograph with silk aquatint is by printmaker Grace Bentley-Scheck. Grace hand wipes the ink on every single print she produces which are generally editions of 100.
Also at the Duxbury Art Complex Museum is the Asian Connections exhibit which features over 70 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 1,450 fine pieces from throughout Asia.
There’s a display of finely embroidered Chinese robes.
The exhibit features 14 Chinese scroll paintings that Director Charles Weyerhaeuser wanted to display. From paintings to prints, pottery to lacquer ware, bronzes, glass and jade is all on display and curated by Alice Hyland, a professor of Chinese art at Trinity College in Hartford. The goal is to define the differences in the aesthetics of each region of Asia. This exhibit runs though January 18, 2015.
September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
Visiting Concord, MA is always a treat with its quaint town square, a beautiful countryside, rich history and a bit of culture thrown in for good measure. Being a tree-hugger, one of the first trips that I asked my parents to take me on was to Concord to walk around Walden Pond and envisioned myself following the footsteps of Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.
On a recent trip I was thrilled to see an engaging exhibit in the Lacoste Gallery at 25 Main Street. This little gallery features American crafts with a focus on ceramic artisans.
Their current exhibit has a vast array of pieces by well known potter Warren MacKenzie. Warren considers himself a functional potter and produces about 5000 pieces per year. He’s interested in forms, surface texture, gesture and perhaps decorative devices. Warren’s work is collected by connoisseurs of pottery and found in the finest museums and considered to be a master by many.
Warren has been producing his work and teaching for over 65 years. His pottery has been influenced by Bernard Leach of England, for whom he apprenticed, and Shoji Hamada. His pieces reflect the Japanese sensibility of pureness and simplicity that takes years of dedication to perfect.
Warren’s pieces are sought after and coveted by many. The Lacoste Gallery is the exclusive gallery for Warren’s work on the East Coast so don’t miss this special exhibit that runs through Sept 13, 2014.
While visiting Concord I always make a point to visit the Albright Art Gallery & Supplies downstairs at 32 Main Street. Although I had recently made a pilgrimage to my favorite art supply stores in Cambridge and Boston I thought this little jewel had a better selection of new artist tools, paints, pastels, mediums and color choices.
Everything is well organized and a friendly staff to help out with all my questions. If you’re looking to see that obscure paint color or ask about the newest water soluble oil paint medium-this is the place to go.
Find inspiration with new art supplies and acquire new friends for your paintbox. Another benefit is there’s plenty of free parking (in the shade) around the corning in the town parking lot.
Surprise… right in the next room over the Albright has a rotating art exhibit with engaging artwork like these beautiful paintings by artist Julie Vinette.
These high gloss oil and pencil on board are abstracts inspired by realism with a hint of Bernhard Richter. This exhibit runs through Sept 28th with an artist reception on Sunday, Sept 14th, from 3 to 5 pm. Seek out and find this art supply store + gallery for inspiration and professional tools of the trade.
July 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s summer and no better time to take a trip to Cape Cod and gain some artistic knowledge while enjoying the sun and the sea. The timing finally came together for me to make this dream come true and I was excited to be taking a Process: Meaning & Making workshop with Deborah Dancy at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
Day one the assignment was to create a collage sketch from pieces of ephemera that Deborah had brought to get us jump-started. Books, magazines, coloring books all for the taking along with a little image transfer to boot. Our collages needed to be boiled down to only three to five pieces strategically designed to be the inspiration point for our finished pieces.
Our afternoons were spent toiling away with the intention to play with materials and force ourselves into the uncomfortable unknown with our art projects. Working with various pieces of papers, sticks, paints and tools like squeegees and paint rollers-anything was bound to happen.
Part of the process was connecting with the other workshop participants. It was the group consensus that we all pushed the boundaries and created pieces that were surprisingly personal and unexpected.
Deborah Dancy would give us focus and direction in the morning sessions by cutting our pieces, adding things and making comments. In the afternoons we were busy figuring out what she told us. By midweek things were moving along at a fevered pitch.
By the last day of our workshop the group had pulled together enough work for a critique and Deborah gave each of us a thoughtful commentary and direction. The outcome was extraordinary in the vastly different and unique pieces that were created.
By the end of our workshop we all felt challenged and excited about new possibilities for the future. The cat was out of the bag and we would never be the same again.
Each day I worked on a new painting collage based on the sketches that I designed earlier in the week. When it was time for my final critique I told Deborah that I felt like I wanted to work bigger. She promptly had my four pieces, with one upside down, tacked up together on the barn door to make one large collage that would measure 44″ x 60″. I’m inspired. Thanks Deborah.
June 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
One of Boston’s hidden artistic enclaves is the The Distillery that’s filled with creative businesses, artisans and businesses. There’s a cutting edge vibe that’s refreshing and inspiring. On a recent trip I was fortunate to meet some of the artists that have their studios within this converted rum distillery building. It was a surprise to run into artist Heather Patterson who was checking out this Sound Sculpture by Derek Hoffend. Heather was one of four artists that I collaborated with for the Synergies: New Gallery Artist Expo earlier this year at the So. Shore Art Center. Heather-you make a great model… I’m just saying.
Derek’s sculpture’s have a zen-like effect in that the sounds are soothing and meditative and the vibrations reach into the core of your physical being. Definitely recommended to experience his creations in person.
Vanessa Irzyk has her studio in The Distillery and her work is vibrant and contemporary. She has developed a technique of cutting paper and sandwiching the designs behind plexiglass.
Creativity at work… Vanessa’s work space is a collage of everything that goes onto her artwork. This is where it all happens.
Here are a few of Vanessa’s finished pieces. Upbeat and fun, free and yet very intricate.
Finding inspiration locally in Boston at the Distillery where this space is charged with new ideas and artists who are ready to share their ideas and techniques. It’s definitely worth the time to venture to their Open Studios or visit the Main Gallery. The Distillery is located at 516 East Second Street in South Boston, MA 02127. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm-Monday thru Saturday.