February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Mixed media painting entitled exposed 72″ x 42″.
It is with great anticipation that I am planning an upcoming exhibit with my artist comrade Patricia Berube at the James Library & Center for the Arts starting on April 3rd thru 29th. The pieces that I am presenting are recent paintings and monotypes that expose a personal side to my work. Interests that come though my artwork are a love of color, texture, scale, paint strokes and a sense of humor. After many years as a commercial illustrator, designer and art director I have taken the time to create pieces that interest me without the restrictions of assignment work.
Monotypes that will be included in the show are a way for my work to be more free with a suggestion of realism that lends itself to the viewer making their own conclusions and stories. Pieces will range in size from large 72′ x 42′ paintings down to smaller 4″x 6″ pieces. Please Join me.
Opening reception Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm
24 West Street Norwell, Massachusetts 781-659-7100
Hours: Tues-Fri 1 t0 5pm, Sat 9am to 1pm, closed Mondays
November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Holidays are here already and, believe it or not, 2014 is coming to a close. Each year it’s been a tradition for myself and friends that appreciate creative integrity to make a yearly sojourn to the Local Pottery Open Studio that runs from Dec 5-30, 2014. The opening reception on Dec 5th, starting at 7 pm and goes to whenever, is a well attended event with an abundance of handcrafted pieces and lots of fine treats and potables. Lisa Howard is the owner and skilled potter who throws this Holiday Soiree that is not to be missed. This year Lisa moved her studio and gallery to it’s new location at:
376 Washington Street (Route 53)
Norwell, MA 02061
The Local Pottery gallery has an extensive collection of fine pottery and crafts from local and regional artisans that are carefully curated to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship.
Look for a vast array of gorgeous pieces that will give your home spirit and joy. Each year I add something new to my collection and over time I have acquired several interesting pieces that pair wonderfully with my local foods from the Braintree Farmers Market.
Lisa has painstakingly designed her new space with custom made shelves and display cases that accentuate the earthy beauty of the products she offers.
Find something for everyone on your Holiday list, including yourself, at Local Pottery. Support this special place where you’ll find local creativity and fine craftsmanship by artisans where each piece is a one-of-a-kind original.
Local Happenings Dec 5th thru 30th, 2014:
Coastal Printmakers Small Works & Sale
The James Library and Center for the Arts
24 West St. Norwell, MA 02061
781-659-7100 | http://www.jameslibrary.org
Gallery hours Tuesday-Friday 1-5 | Saturday 10-1
Opening reception Friday Dec 5th 6 to 8 pm
Local Pottery Open Studio
376 Washington Street (Route 53)
Norwell, MA 02061
Tue thru Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 12pm – 5pm
Mondays and evenings by chance or appointment. Closed December 5 until 7 pm for primping.
Opening reception Friday Dec 5th 7pm to whenever…
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.