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.
June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
It was back in 2007 that Bob and Elaine Cunniff organized the Coastal Printmakers and now our most recent Coastal Printmaker Invitational Exhibit has over 60 original prints all hanging at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA. This is one of the exhibit spaces managed by the South Shore Art Center.
Within the exhibit are an array of creative and thought provoking pieces. Several of the prints are monotypes which lend themselves to a painterly style that merges abstraction and realism.
While hanging the exhibit I was able to sneak in a couple of shots. These three monotypes by Trish Berube are gorgeously organic with a looseness of texture and incredible details.
Joan Hausrath has included some of her collographs that have a primitive and tribal theme with a skill of printmaking that lends itself to her subject matter. Joan is offering a Collograph and Monoprint Workshop this July at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. I’m a fan!
These intriguing pieces by Roxane Hynek are mesmerizing and beautiful in their simplicity.
In the downstairs hallway the Coastal Printmakers Exhibit continues with a wall filled with black and white prints by accomplished printmakers Susan Denniston, Michele Meister, Amy Geyer and more.
Thanks to all the Coastal Printmakers, the So. Shore Art Center, the So. Shore Conservatory and all our volunteers that made this exhibit possible. This is a printmaking exhibit not to be missed with several fine art prints that are the efforts of local artists. All of the pieces are originals and available for purchase through the So. Shore Art Center. The best way to appreciate art is to see it in person.
This exhibit runs through September 30th, 2014 and is located at the So. Shore Conservatory at 1 Conservatory Drive in Hingham, MA 02043.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm,
Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
May 7, 2014 § 1 Comment
Spring has finally arrived on the South Shore of Massachusetts and Coastal Printmakers are celebrating with a new exhibit entitled Footprints in the Garden on view thru May 28, 2014 at the James Library and Art Center at 24 West Street Norwell, MA. All unique and original prints have a 12″ x 12″ image area (foot prints-get it?) and were created specifically for this themed show that is inspired by nature.
Each piece in the exhibit depicts the character and creativity of the artist such as the above monotype by Anita Franks who is inspired by artists such as Authur Dove and Wassily Kandinsky. Although this piece is abstract it suggests nature from the smallest life force of a single cell to the vibrancy and power of the sun.
Esther Maschio is the printmaker who is the driving force behind Coastal Printmakers. She has taught printmaking at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA for 20+ years and continues to inspire and encourage artists of all skill levels. Her studio classes are consistently popular with many of her students attending year after year.
Jane Johnston is a collagraph expert. She uses a variety of materials to construct her prints that range from fabrics to fragments of drywall tape to just about anything she can get her hands on. Her pieces are thoughtfully constructed and are a balance of mechanical genius and organic madness.
The Footprints in the Garden exhibit will continue thru May 28th and will be part of the Books in Bloom fundraiser that takes place this Friday, May 9th, at the James Library and Art Center. Three floors of spectacular floral displays interpreting books, light fare, cash bar, light music and more.
Looking for a fun Mother’s Day outing this weekend? Bring Mom to the Books in Bloom Open House this Saturday, May 10th, from 10 -1 p.m. Stop by and enjoy three floors of 25 spectacular floral displays depicting books. Details at www.jameslibrary.org. Free.