Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler

June 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Pretty Raw:  After and Around Helen Frankenthaler.

Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler.

There’s only a few days left until this exhibit comes down but it’s worth making an effort to get to the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.  Hats off to curator Katy Seigel who has curated a sophisticated contemporary exhibit with a feminine sensibility.  Centered around the art of Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) it features contemporary artists for the past 50 years.  Art history is predominantly defined by male historians and this fresh, new perspective gives a woman’s point of view.

'Hommage a ML' by Helen Frankenthaler.

‘Hommage a ML’ by Helen Frankenthaler.

Helen Frankenthaler’s oil on canvas entitled Hommage a’ ML, 1962 is the focal point behind the exhibit.  This painting was inspired by ML (Marie Laurencin) a French painter know for works depicting woman and flowers in pastel colors.

Happy Birthday by Helen Frankenthaler.

Happy Birthday by Helen Frankenthaler.

This sweet little piece created by Helen Frankenthaler in 1951 is made with plaster, oil and coffee grounds on board.

'Venus and Flowers' by Nell Blaine.

‘Venus and Flowers’ by Nell Blaine.

This exquisite painting included in the exhibit is by Nell Blaine (1922-1996).

'The Sky' by Jane Freilicher.

‘The Sky’ by Jane Freilicher.

Abstract painting by Jane Freilicher (1924-2014) is a departure from here typical representational work.  Jane and Helen Frankenthaler were friends in the 50s and associated with the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York.

Various artists inspired by Helen Frankenthaler.

Various artists inspired by Helen Frankenthaler.

Walk through the green beaded curtain by Felix Gonzalez-Torres into the Men’s Room where you’ll find two of Andy Warhol’s oxidation pieces from a series that are canvases prepped with a reactive metallic paint surface .

Both 'Untitled' by Christopher Wool.

Both ‘Untitled’ by Christopher Wool.

There are a variety of Rorschach pieces on display by Kara Walker, Any Warhol and Christopher Wool.  This exhibit is provocative, colorful, textural, decorative with a wide variety of media including collage, painting, video, ceramics and installations.  The exhibit remains only until June 7, 2015 and should not be missed.

On the Move

May 27, 2015 § 2 Comments

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Monotype with Chine Colle entitled ‘Pink Garden’.

Working in the print studio at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA is a weekly exercise that helps to keep me creating artwork on a consistent basis while connecting with other local printmakers.  As a Gallery Artist I have been invited to submit a piece for the upcoming Gallery Artist Showcase that opens May 29- June 12, 2015 in the Dillon Gallery.  The opening reception is Friday, May 29 from 6 to 8 pm.  My submission is the above monotype entitled Pink Garden.

monotype with Chine Colle

monotype with Chine Colle

Summer is closing in and the outdoor art scene is percolating.  The 60th Anniversary for the South Shore Arts Festival is slated for June 19th-21st, 2015 in Cohasset, MA.  Two of my pieces have been selected to be included in the Juried Show and one in the Members’ Show.

Monotype with Chine Colle.

Monotype with Chine Colle entitled ‘meadow’.

The Arts Festival is an event not to be missed as the South Shore of Massachusetts celebrates the local creative community.  The above monotype entitled meadow will find it’s way to the fine arts tent in the Juried Exhibit.  Please visit.

Multiple pieces at the Framers Edge in Braintree, MA.

Multiple pieces at the Framers Edge in Braintree, MA.

The Framers Edge in Braintree, MA have graciously offered to exhibit my artwork.  Stop by to view a wide range of my pieces and special thanks to Max for creating a great wall design.

monotype

monotype

The Framers Edge is also offering a sampling of my smaller pieces that are unframed.  The Framers Edge is located at 210 Quincy Ave in Braintree, MA.  Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10am-5pm.

Special Exhibit in April 2015

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Solo exhibit coming in April 2015 at The James.

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.

30" x 22" monotype entitled 'Dynasty'.

30″ x 22″ monotype entitled ‘Dynasty’.

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

The James Library & Center for the Arts

24 West Street Norwell, Massachusetts  781-659-7100

Hours:  Tues-Fri 1 t0 5pm, Sat 9am to 1pm, closed Mondays

Local for the Holidays

November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Lisa Howard is a potter and the proprietor at Local Pottery.

Lisa Howard is a potter and the proprietor at Local Pottery.

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:

Village Gardens
376 Washington Street (Route 53)
Norwell, MA 02061

Vases by Wayne Fuerst and bowl by Lisa Howard.

Vases by Wayne Fuerst and bowl by Lisa Howard.

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.

Pottery and wooden utensils.

Pottery and wooden utensils.

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.

Display shelves at Local Pottery.

Display shelves at Local Pottery.

Lisa has painstakingly designed her new space with custom made shelves and display cases that accentuate the earthy beauty of the products she offers.

Bowls by Liz Kinder.

Bowls by Liz Kinder.

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.

5" x 7" Abstract Monotype with Chine-Colle by Donna Ingemanson.

5″ x 7″ Abstract Monotype with Chine-Colle by Donna Ingemanson.

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

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Local Pottery Open Studio

Village Gardens
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…

Nick Edmonds at Thayer Gallery

November 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Cape Storm, 2013

Cape Storm, 2013

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.

Nick Edmonds sculptures

Nick Edmonds sculptures

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.

Nick Edmonds sculpture detail

Nick Edmonds sculpture detail

The sculptures are large and create abstract forms and on closer observation reveal carved and painted details of imaginary worlds.

Nick Edmonds exhibit at Thayer Gallery

Nick Edmonds exhibit at Thayer Gallery

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.

Shinique Smith at the MFA

November 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

There were Sunday Mornings

There were Sunday Mornings

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.

Welcome to Bright Matter

Welcome to Bright Matter

Shinique makes a statement about her exhibit by writing on the wall.  So heartfelt and full of optimism.

Belly Button Window

Belly Button Window

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.

The Step and the Walk

The Step and the Walk

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.

Majesty

Majesty

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.

Splendid

Splendid

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.

South Shore Art Center Exhibits

October 30, 2014 § 1 Comment

Digital composite by Dorothy Amore Pilla.

Digital composite by Dorothy Amore Pilla.

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.

Mixed media by Patricia Berube.

Mixed media by Patricia Berube.

There’s a wide variety of pieces available all $500 or under with a percentage that goes towards the support of the SSACPatricia Berube has pledged the entire proceeds from the sale of her work to the art center.

Oil painting by Nancy Colella.

Oil painting by Nancy Colella.

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.

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Works on Paper Exhibit.

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.

Works on Paper Exhibit.

Works on Paper Exhibit.

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.

Line drawing by Bill Flynn.

Line drawing by Bill Flynn.

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.

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