July 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Suddenly it’s summer and I’ve had the pleasure to escape to the outer reaches of Cape Cod for a little getaway. First stop is Provincetown for Gallery Night-every Friday galleries open their doors with a wide variety of art genres to choose from. Two of my favorite stops are the Schoolhouse Gallery on the East End of Commercial Street where there was an opening this past Friday, July 17th, that was going full tilt in conjunction with the ArtSTRAND Gallery which is connected. Hey even director John Waters was checking things out…
Bert Yarborough had a few large mixed media pieces that were very loose and abstract and beautifully executed. In the past I have heard about this artist and now I’m a fan.
These pieces by Maryalice Johnston at the ArtSTRAND were experimental and inspirational and make art look fun and easy-ok that’s easy for me to say…
These wonderful sculptures of strange creatures by Anna Poor at the ArtSRAND are thought provoking and humorous.
This whimsical figurative painting by Erika Wastrom is a wonderful study of simplistic complexity. The Schoolhouse Gallery and ArtSTRAND are both located on Commercial Street in Provincetown just a few blocks East of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum which is free on Friday nights. Get there before summer passes you by…
June 2, 2015 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
This sweet little piece created by Helen Frankenthaler in 1951 is made with plaster, oil and coffee grounds on board.
This exquisite painting included in the exhibit is by Nell Blaine (1922-1996).
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.
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 .
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.
May 27, 2015 § 2 Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.